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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 2.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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A German altbier with mild hoppy flavor and clean dry finish made with all organic ingredients. Thanks to GLBC’s Christine Bryant for the idea of naming this beer after a Cleveland invention!


novels' rating

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2012
If you’re a fan of pilseners or any German style beer, this Altbier offering from Great Lakes is right up your alley. My Dad particularly enjoyed it, and is a step in the right direction as I’m weaning him off American adjunct lagers. A nice honey/dark yellow colored colored pour with a thin head. All organic hops and yeast made for a particularly tasty altbier experience.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SSSteve (3786) - - DEC 17, 2013
draft. this was the better beer of the evening with a clear amber color and no head. bready toast aroma. decent malty bready notes but finished husky.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamJackson (2689) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Slight dark red orange nose is cornbread and pine needles MMMM. Apricot and lemon or maybe peach tastes. Sticky rye and cloves

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Sample at Great Lakes on 1/21/13. Pours clear amber with a medium off-white head. Malty and caramelly nose with some bready notes and crisp hops. Malty and slightly caramelly flavor with a crisp hop finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8251) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2011
On draught at the brewpub. The beer is a clear light brownish-amber color with a medium thin light beige head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, grain and mild hops. Light to medium body with flavors of roasted malt, caramel and grassy hops. The finish is sweet with a malt aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3260) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 4, 2010
Tap at glbc. Aroma of grainy caramel, coffee, and that typical doughy sugar presence common in organic beers. Clean, fresh herbal dough. Neat, well made beer, but not exactly my cup of tea.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Draft @ GLBC. Flavorful grainy/bready malt profile. Slight hops in the nose, but not as hoppy as I desire. An ok beer, but not my favorite style. refreshing but average.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Enjoyed on tap at the brewery in pub glass. The beer pours a medium amber, with a slight white head. The nose is dominated by the floral aroma of German noble hops, leading one to hypothesize that this is the "North German" variant of altbier. The flavor begins slightly bitter, but gives way to a soft malty center and a very clean finish. In some ways the beer was almost similar to an APA. In any case, a well-done alt, and a good all-around beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2009
medium to light brown with nice white head. german nobel hops to the nose with some initial bitterness that is moderate for the style followed by a good degree of floral noble hop flavor, some yeast character before a nice dry finish that is subtle but effectively malty leaving a nice toasty and sweet aftertaste. a nice version of the style, if not somewhat tame

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2005
This is one of those brews that you just want to order a pitcher of it for yourself and not to share. Copper with a short off white head, good lacing. Nice balance between the cookie toast bready malts and a pleasant spicy hop. On tap at the pub, 4/9/05 (I think this is the first time they’ve brewed this one)


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