closey22 (631) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very pale gold/yellow thin white head; slight grain hop aroma ; Flava is softly sweet grain and bitter hop finish; feels medium yet crisp; finishes dry and hoppy bitter
rangerred (843) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear light gold with a half finger white head. Lots of little carbonation bubbles rising up through the beer.
Smell is very grainy along with some lemon and a touch of hay.
The taste has a nice biscuit note to go along with the graininess noted in the aroma. A tiny bit of lemon tartness along with some light grassy hops that are a lot less prominent than in other pilsners I have had. Bitterness is moderate and leads to a crisp dry finish.
Overall, while this beer is far from being groundbreaking, it is an excellent example of the style. A wonderful thirst quencher and a great summertime brew that I wish more breweries would make. Another great beer from Great Lakes.
superspak (2127) - Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best by 8/29/2012. Pours a fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with very good retention; that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, apple, herbal, grass, bread, floral, and light pepper. Very nice and pleasant aromas with good balance. Taste of lemon, biscuit, pear, floral, pepper, bready grain, and herbal spiciness. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, bread, floral, pepper, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of flavors with a good amount of flavor as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice crisp and clean mouthfeel.. Alcohol is well hidden with almost no warming noticed at all. Overall this is an excellent pilsner. Good flavor robustness and balance; and extremely easy to drink. Highly enjoyable and spot on to style.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The only other beer Iíve had more than this one is Bellís Pale Ale. Despite being a seasonal Iíve had dozens upon dozens of examples of this beer, mostly bottled, occasionally draft. When fresh and refrigerated from the start, this beer is incredibly, flowery and pencil shavings, pepper, straw, bread, the overall excellent pilsner package. Outstanding beer when on. Delicate. Iíve had multiple six packs which sat in room temp for only two weeks and they were nowhere as good as the fridged all the way versions. Iíve done the experiments. Love the Saaz.
jstraw (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Jerryís. Yellow-gold with big, foamy, white head / Light nose of lemon, grain, straw, and resin / Light to medium body, some sweetness but mostly dry, fat with low carbonation, good balance and lightly bitter finish / Mellow flavors of lemon, straw, and honey / Lacking the expected crispness, this is still a very nice, easy drinking pils.
redlem (1295) - Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light gold color with a medium lasting head. Lots of carbonation, a continuous stream of bubbles on all sides of the glass, very pleasant to look at, mesmerizing. A light grassy floral aroma with bread notes. Slight peppery taste, grassy. The finish is mildly acidic from the carbonation and lasting. Very pleasing on the palate and quite drinkable.
pinkie (404) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours vibrant and with sparkling clarity. Bubbles floating up nonchalantly. A great head of pillowy white foam that was loathe to fall and really wanted to stay all day. Left a few rings but they faded down to a filmy cap. Nose is scrumptious. Sweet yeast. Hay, grass, little lemon over the top and floral. Thereís bread in there but itís feather light and a faint malt sweetness. Taste is the definition of smooth. Pilsner malt & sweet cracker greets the palate. Then as if not to be outdone the hops rush in with some lemon and a flourishing but delicate hop bitter. Spice is in back, casual and little prickly . Mouthfeel is like silk but with a little tickle from the carbonation and the spice. Itís full but airy and the bread is always forthcoming.
This is a satisfying and robust pilsner thatís also gentle and abundant. Itís expansive and the aftertaste lingers almost dry with the cracker and sweetness left on the tongue as the bitter echos at the back of the throat. Itís practically weightless and crisp. Great Lakes has done it again with a robust pilsener that you can easily drink all day.
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Grabbed this on a recent visit to the brewery and brew pub. Pours a clean golden yellow with a white head. No a whole lot of aroma going on except for some slight hops and grapefruit notes. Clean and crisp flavor. Some citrus notes. Has a nice lingering bitterness to it. Very good and refreshing overall for a pils.
andyhwcinc (1323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased at In Fine Spirits in Chicago, IL, enjoyed on a hot Wednesday night prior to doing some grilling. Appearance a pale yellow/gold with a thin white head. Aroma of sesame seeds, rice, bit of sweetness, light grass and yeast, really perplexing smell. Taste is just fantastic. It starts out with notes of sesame, grass, then becomes lightly hoppy and yeasty, and has a great crisp finish. Probably the most unique of the style that Iíve had, I donít think I washed my glass in a sesame dish, would just be too weird of a thing to notice. Hats off to this great brewery.
bluejacket74 (1186) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle, surprisingly there wasnít a best by date printed on the label of any of the bottles in the 6 pack I just bought. But since this just came out in bottles recently, I canít imagine itís very old at all. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention is good, and thereís a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is grainy malt, along with some grassy and spicy hops. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but thereís also some slight floral hops noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light, itís crisp and refreshing and very easy to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, at just $8.99 a 6 pack Iíd certainly buy this again.