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RATINGS: 1173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
This smooth lager strikes a delicate balance between malt and hops in the aroma, palate, finish and body. It has more body and less hops than a Pilsner, and less malt and more hops than a Munich style lager. 30 IBU.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2005 Deep golden in color with a two-fingered, sustained head, this has a sweet, doughy aroma with a touch of caramel. It’s got a good balance between hops and sweet malt in the taste and a crisp, snappy hop finish. Another good brew from Great Lakes.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lightman (1) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2005 does not count
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2005
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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cazort (559) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2004
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Puddleglum (16) - Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2004
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...

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