bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light copper body with a thin white head. No lacing.
Malt with a real pils kick in the aroma. Some bready/fruity notes.
Malty clean flavor. Pils comes out again with a little flowery hop flavor. Nice and grainy. Well balanced.
Medium to full bodied. Smooth and drinkable.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours bright golden color, clear, with a medium rocky white head. Aroma is lemon, malt, straw. Flavor is some lemon, malt, honey, grain. Good for the style.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2006
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Tap. Pours to a clean golden body with a white head. The aroma is silage and not very good. The flavor is icky. Grains galore and nasty lager yeast flavors. Man, I can do without this one. Thank God I only had a sample. Had I decided on a glass, I’d have wanted my money back. Unappealing palate. Was not that good.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tart lemon earth aroma, spritzy with aged hops and grain husks. Percolatingly hazy golden, with a rocky cream of white. Flavor a very plain and longingly sweet sugary malt over a light body of lemon dust. Malt is clean, but very plain and subdued, however tending a few distant esters and some background yeast notes. Bright and refreshing. Not much depth or character, which I find unfortunate in the this example. It’s almost too americanized for me. But, cleaniness appreciated and light euro hop parch provides welcome balance to the finish.
brummbar (3) - Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
It’s a great example of a Munich Helles.
I’m not sure if I like it better than Hacker Pschorr’s fine Edel-Hell, but they are close. one of my favorite styles of beer.
not a "light beer" at all but a specialty lager with lawnmower malt flavors and nice fresh tettanger hop flavors.
Superb summer lager.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle: Rated a while ago! Crystal clear deep golden body w/ a lasting white head. Aroma is of clean grainy and toasty malt, a light DMS, also a bit of malty sweetness in the aroma. Clean flavor, well balanced throughout w/ a sweet, malty finish. Toasty malt dominates w/ no hop presence. Lighter medium body, medium carbonation, smooth m/f. Overall a good beer, I’m actually a bit surprised they are discontinuing this one! Not their best, but this would appeal to the non "good beer" drinkers in Cleveland!
TINOZACCA (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I don’t usually enjoy these soapy german style lagers. But this one is very good. The color is nice and golden, witha decent head. The aroma is strong of hops. And the flavor is full and ends witha very good bitterness. A very good lager.
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of the very best dortmunder’s I have experienced, which is saying a lot because I don’t particularly enjoy these types of beers. I didn’t pour this one, so I can’t speak of its color, however, the aroma was pure and clean, as was the finish. The taste was very smooth, flowed like honey, although not as sweet as honey. So that really isn’t an apt comparison.
ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I don’t think this is a lager at all. It’s more of a hefe-weizen. It’s very citrusy, with a small head. It’s tasty, but I don’t see how it’s labeld a lager.
dirtyc (173) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I dont know if I have any more to say, Great Lakes is simply a great brewery and I enjoy all of it, great job!
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 Figured I’d better try this one last time before it was too far past freshness date on the bottle. Blonde pour with a foamy white head. Not much retention or lace. Mildy malty aroma, with grassy noble hops. Bready malt profile with slight spice and a hint of fruit from the hops. Clean finish with the slightest hint of yeast. I liked drinking this at Jacobs Field. Too bad this didn’t sell better, or it would probably still be in the bottling rotation. Now, where’s the Barrel Select Pils bottles?