michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smelled of honey and summer, but not strong. Color was dark gold, with a slight head. Not sure what the flavor is, but it fits the “well balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness” description. It is similar to the Pils but not as bitter or harsh. It has a flavor that it tries for but what is it? Palate was not too bad. Overall, eh, probably a good Dortmunder, but not my style. It does fit its description.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a nice golden color with a good sized off white head. Nice aroma of biscuity malts. Medium bodied with a nice biscuity malt taste, with just a touch of hop bitterness. A enjoyable brew.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear color of straw yellow gold, finger high head of beige foam that fizzes away fairly fast. A nice collar continues to hold its edge the whole glass down and the lacing stays close to the collar leaving minimal thin strings as it goes. Aroma is of fresh sweet bread dough, clean and pleasant, soft and well rounded, dryish with a bit of earthy factions of stone ground biscuit dough. Quite nice on the nose.
Ahhh... but the taste is where its really at, tasty biscuit malts, dry and clean, some whole grain and sesame notes, slightly bittered and buttery in the finish with touches of grassy spices. Very nice on the palate, very geniune, gentle, subtle, and another showmanship by Great Lakes of what it means to be well crafted. Feel is quite smooth with a solid medium, firmly built body, kinda fluffy, and an easy drinkablity, could choke down a few of these with ease. Seems sessionable enough, but being close to 6% may be much to ask from a whole sixer. But indeed that could be done without a blink of an eye. Yummy stuff!
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold straw color. Light, but very pleasant aroma. Good body with nice clean bittereness and buttery finish. Just opening my eyes to the GABF "gold" behind the name. Well deserved I would say.
jonas (5847) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Somewhat neutral aroma.
Nice orange golden low head.
Compared to the average bavarian Helles available to me I found this one to be a bit too lightfooted - the solid malt footprint is simply not there. Maybe my sample was too small or I tasted beers in the wrong order, but this brew did not wow me...
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer as it skedaddles from the bottle into my ever present empty glass a lustrous gold color with a purposeful in size bright white head with the texture frothy and the lace a fine film to cover the glass. Nose is quite earthy, reminiscent of fresh bread dough, sweet and fresh to the senses; the start is also sweet and nicely malted with the top moderate in its feel to the taste buds. Finish is orthodox in its acidity and the hops enduring in their spiciness, quite dry as the style dictates and a fine drinkable beer from this great Midwestern brewery.
imradioboy (23) - USA - FEB 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
gotta love the local stuff (I'm from Ohio) It has just enough bitterness to make you sit up and take notice, but not enough to turn me off. I can get it almost anywhere in Ohio. I love it.
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice gold colour. There is a slight sweetness, and also a flavor that reminds me of fresh bread. But it's not heavy. It goes down fairly easily. This beer is available in most restaurants in the Cleveland area, and it goes extremely well with food. There is a hop presence, but not too bitter. I recommend this beer.
PhillyBeer2112 (2547) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lightly hazy gold with a tinge of amber. Aroma lightly hoppy with herbs, grass, clean malt. Perfectly balanced flavor, well made with clean malt and tingly hop flavors, and light finish. Superb.
hershiser2 (1232) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2004 A nice smooth beer going down, and is probably the most popular from the Great Lakes Brewing Company. This beer goes down quick, which may or may not be a problem (depending on how drunk you want to get), and gets filling after a few. It's semi-sweet flavor isn't too sweet that you'll tire of it... and it's usually the first or second choice when I am in a bar.