Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich golden almost amber color with a moderate head and a lacing that left rings. Fresh yeasty spicy aroma with a citrus touch. Medium bodied and it seemed well hopped for the style with a bready almost toasty malt flavor and oh so drinkable. Finished smooth and lightly bittersweet with a hint of clove, just amazing stuff.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2007 Golden pour with white head. Very different beer, spicy with a very subtle hop and malt presence. Slight swet malts and noble hops are what this beer is.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Clear golden w/ a lasting white head. Grainy toasty malt w/ a floral hopa and moderate diacetyl aromas. Flavor is well balanced, Lightly herbal hoppy and grainy malt. Light diacetyl in the mouth. Pretty clean otherwise. Well balanced throughout, finish is on the semi dry side and has a clean aftertaste that is lightly herbal hop. Lighter bodied, smooth, creamy m/f, medium carbonation. Overall not a bad beer, but I wish theyíd go back to letting it sit on the yeast a little longer and stop trying to turn it out so quickly. This beer was fantastic 10 years ago, but now itís usually loaded w/ diacetyl, especially on tap.
Puddleglum (16) - Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice Helles. My measuring stick has always been Christian Moerlein and this fellow Ohio lager is very similar. The head was larger than I expected and the aroma was slight and citrusy. The flavor was evenly distributed between malt and hops and was very drinkable. Not too sweet, not too bitter. I like it.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great lakes is great. I like all of their beer to one degree or another but this is one brew that everyone nation wide should replace for their generic lite lager. The aroma is nice and not over powering with hints of malt and grass. Good golden color with lite orange running thru it. Very well balanced between malt and hops, Iím not sure I can descibe it better than the commercial description. I do want to note that compared to other more complex beers, this does not "wow" me, but Iím not sure thatís what this beer is trying to be. I thnk Iíve rated it fairly overall (i.e., with the same standards that Iíve rated other beers). However, for good tasting easy drinking, Iím not sure Iíve had better! Itís a solid beer for easy/everyday drinking. Come on...Give it a try...what are you waiting for...
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light gold reddish color,clean satisfying malt hop blend aroma, dry lemony taste with a slight hop finish. A nice enough lager but the style really doesnít lend itself to much excitement.
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very beautiful beer, nice dark golden color, with a white head. nice lace left on the glass. Didnít really pick up a strong aroma, but I detected both a hint of malt and hop in the aroma, truely a delicious brew, nice malty sweetness that is well balanced but some hop bite, only complaint I can make is that great lakes has the least creative bottle labels, but I do like the reading material on them
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maltiness, roasted maltiness, that I am eager to take down my throat. Had this during a frantic bus ride into Cleveland from Wickliffe while campaigning in Ohio.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sourish malty nose - buttery, noble hops. Clean flavor is malty with a butted popcorn finish, a little lemon. Nice finish with the butter.
CBCPaleAle (73) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tried this because Iím such a fan of many other GLB beers. Average golden color didnít inspire me to want to really tear into this. Not a bad beer, but Iím just not a fan of this style.