BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUL 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear deep yellow, small white head. Aroma is faint hops. Taste is pure and clean. Slight malt. This beer is extremeley crisp all around. A great pils.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewery. Clear, pale yellow with a nice creamy head. Lemon citric elements manifest in the aroma, along with herbal butter and lemon birthday cake. Creamy palate feel (for a pils) with a muted musky flavor. Day old sourdough bread and light baker’s flour for the finish. It’s a pils.
cazort (554) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2005 This beer was a bit of a let down and answered my question of why Great Lakes didn’t have a widespread pilsener on the market (although how/why they got this one wrong is another story). It’s a perfectly drinkable beer but it lacked the strong hops that I would expect from a pilsener. It was soft and grainy tasting, a bit too thick, almost sweet. Definitely not crisp, hoppy, or light, by any stretch of the imagination. Perfectly enjoyable but it wasn’t what I expected and overall, it didn’t stack up to the other great lakes brews.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Slight wheat aroma but not too much smell overall. Appearance was light; not quite Coors, but still looked poor. Tasted gross. Maybe some coriander? I don’t know what the flavor is supposed to be, but ewwww. It does have whatever flavor it is supposed to, but WTF is it and who can drink it. It was so groos that iw was not easy to drink. Had a dry finish. Overall Impression, not “crisp and refreshing,” not a “thirst quencher.” I am not a fan. I gave them a 3 for trying.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden color. Whispy head. Snappy nose full of hops and sourdough. Pleasant malty character accompanied by rather pumped up hops. Crisp, dry finish. Quite hoppy for a pils, and very drinkable.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
10/6/02 at their brewpub. A very hoppy pils (listed at 50 ibu on the menu). This is probably the thickest pils I’ve ever tasted. Actually, the thick body maybe ruined the finish - I like my pils crisp and dry at the end and this was not. I’m not sure how I feel about Noble hops, either. Worth trying, but not their best effort.
LuckeyHaskins99 (180) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Worst Great Lakes product, that said, rather unimpressive Ohio Pils... I have had much worse in the way of beer, but the price of this stuff doesn’t justify it over Labatt’s Ble.
joet (2408) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 25, 2001
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Points for lack of oxidized Saaz. This is lightly effervescent, pale, doesn’t foam and tastes like less than 30 IBUs.