gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This a extreamly engaging brew and my close proximety to cleveland guarentees fresh beer. The beer is think and heavy with good and has a very distinct dortmunder taste.
Lightman (1) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a fantastic beer, best on tap. Served commonly around Cleveland, it’s one that I enjoy often. This and the Christmas Ale are my two favorite Great Lakes brews. Highly recommended.
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 (draft, 5/27/06) Clear apple juice body topped by a white head. Aroma is medium sweet, peach. Taste is medium sweet, peach, some earthy, light spice. Light-medium body, light stickiness. (6/3/8/4/15)
(12oz bottle, 1/24/05) Clear amber body with white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, bread, caramel, apple. Taste is moderately sweet, bread, some apple, light bitterness (grassy/earthy). Light-medium body, some crispness. I was not sure how to rate this -- it seems to have all the characteristics of a very good brew, but for some reason it did not much appeal to me. (6/3/6/3/12)
cazort (558) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Aroma distinctive, somewhat alcoholic. Taste, kind of interesting. Not bad at all, and I’d take it over most American micros. However, it’s not anywhere near close to the quality of the other beers that Great Lakes can produce. If you’re going to shell out enough money to buy their beers (which are pricey), you might as well get your money’s worth and buy something truly outstanding like the Burning River, Edmund Fitzgerald, or if you want a softer beer, the Locktender Lager or Conway’s Irish Ale. Another thing that’s a little strange about this brew...this is my opinion, but I swear it tastes exactly the same whether it’s on tap or in a bottle.
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 they’d 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 it’s 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, I’m 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 I’m not sure that’s what this beer is trying to be. I thnk I’ve rated it fairly overall (i.e., with the same standards that I’ve rated other beers). However, for good tasting easy drinking, I’m not sure I’ve had better! It’s 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 doesn’t lend itself to much excitement.