fly (1450) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another in the line of "what the hell happened to my damn notes??" - that I can fairly clearly remember it attests to the quality of this fine brew. Superb roasty, toasty malt and excellent accompaniment in the bitterness. Me want more.
heemer77 (5217) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 7, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Got a bottle from civforprez. Pours a dark amber with very little head. The light aroma made me think of cheddar cheese. This has a thin body with a flour-y mouthfeel. The taste is slightly bitter with a cheesy finish. This is more interesting than most ambers.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours red with no head. There is a noticeable amount of yeast in the aroma, not much else. Flavor is of malt and barley, with a sweet finish. Disappointing compared to other Great Lakes lagers.
aracauna (3352) - Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty, clear mahogany with a yellow khaki head that builds up nicely but fades quickly. Toasted malty aroma is followed by a lightly sweet toast flavor with a bit of bright hop bitterness in the finish. Great Lakes really excels with its lagers.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
beautiful clear dull red color with a frothy off white thick but average sized head, beautiful. Light cereal aroma, a bit of carmel, very light chocolate nose too. Sweet and malty above all, light toasted grain. very drinkable, great body, light black mlats too. all around good
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2005 Deep, vaguely hazy reddish-copper, with a thin, nicely firmed lasting head. Great nose, very malty with lots of caramel, also a bit sweet. Wonderful flavor, simply huge malts, nicely caramel-sweet with butterscotch and maybe a slight bit of apple tartness. Palate is the best part, very sticky and full. Great, great stuff, currently voted in as the best lager I’ve ever had. I would bathe in this on a daily basis had I that option.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A sharp, well-rounded malt fest, with dark brown sugar, toast, biscuits, maybe some caramel. Slighty woody, herbal hop overtones. Smooth, firm mouthfeel. Great sandwich beer. Thanks to cb and TAR for a great night out!
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright copper color with slight reddish tint, medium white head that dissipated quickly. Sweetish malty aroma, hints of pine. Rich and malty, dark and sweet, like eating a loaf of bread. Ever so slightly roasted, tobacco, buttery smooth. Lingering bread finish, little bit metallic. Very well balanced. Delicious! Great Lakes brings the lager to the US.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber color with an off white head. Aroma is carmel and malty. Malty flavor profile with a thicker palate. Slight clove taste which detracts, but overall a good beer.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby red in color with an off white head that is retained. The aroma is bready/malty. The flavor is sweet malt with light roastiness. Easy going drinker with quite good flavor.