Great Lost Bear | Portland, Maine
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Great Lost Bear
Excellent based on 71 ratings
Type: Bar

540 Forest Ave
Portland, Maine United States 04101 [ print map ]
207 772 0300 | facebook | twitter

Hours: 11:30 AM - 11:30 PM

Mayor: dlovell2 (4) | Taps: 72 | Bottles: Not much

Great Lost Bear

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Beer Available At Great Lost Bear (arranged by most recent)
Tumbledown Bull Horse Double Black , SoMe Apostrophe IPA , Gneiss The Nameless Entity , Allagash One T 94, Shipyard American Pale Ale 48, Ringwood Old Thumper (USA) 54
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71 reviews for Great Lost Bear
 Ambiance  73%
 Service  74%
 Selection  80%
 Food  67%
 Value  75%
 Overall  77%
 Rating  87%
Rating Distribution

IPFreely  (143) Sanborn, New York | June 8, 2008
Pretty solid bar. Stopped in during the early afternoon so it was pretty empty. Fairly divey atmosphere, but rather comfortable. Solid local selection, lots of decent taps and four casks. The Allagash Four on cask was killer. A fair percentage of the beers were of the boring variety, but you can blame that on the pedestrian summer beers that the local breweries put out. Still, not bad, and it was right down the street from the Thai place where I stopped for lunch so it ended up being convenient, although it won’t be for anyone that goes right into Old Port.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead  (67) Barre, Vermont | June 1, 2008
Visited Memorial Day weekend. I try to get to this place when I am staying at Old Orchard Beach. Lots of great beers on tap... I was particularly fond of the Belgians that they had. Food was good, but nothing special. Waitstaff were friendly, but not that knowledgeable about the beers that they were serving. This is probably my favorite beer bar on the East coast.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
airforce1  (9) Atascosa, Texas | May 22, 2008
Nice place with a ton of local beers from Miane on tap. Nice place with friendly service. Food was adequate, but nothing special.
TaktikMTL  (263) Montréal, Quebec | May 20, 2008
Établissement visité le dimanche 18 mai vers 12h. Ambiance: Les murs sont innondés de vieux cadres. L’intérieur est sombre. Présence d’une terasse. Service: Correct sans plus. Sélection: Plus de 50 fûts, Maine surtout et quelques belges. Nourriture: Disponible mais rien pris. (94e rating d’établissement)
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
josarah  (107) Hinesburg, Vermont | May 5, 2008| Updated May 8, 2008
This place is great. Our bartender could not have been any better. Tons of local brews on tap (4 casks going strong), 8 Belgian drafts (served in the proper glass), tasty pub food ( I’ve never seen spanikopita in a beer bar before). I could make this place home if I lived closer. The only negative is the parking, you will have hunt around to find any.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 2/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
mkgrenwel  (113) North Shore, Massachusetts | January 2, 2008
Pretty cool place, but a bit overrated. Huge focus on local beer which would be even cooler if it was in the other Portland or SF, rather than here. They don’t seem to care to offer the rarer, more interesting of the local beers, either. It’s more like flagship products and session styles. I’d recommend eating before coming, because the food is garbage. The service is fine they know what they’re serving, but aren’t truly beer geeks. Most people are knocking the ambiance, but I kinda like it. It’s dark and randomly decorated, but has character. The location is also heinous. If this were in the Old Port it would gain significant points, but it’s just out on Forest ave a few miles from downtown and near nothing. It’s the closest thing Portland has to a great beer bar, but it just isn’t that great.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
LadySusan  (104) Ste-Therese, Quebec | October 7, 2007
The place is great for the locals and friendly to visiters. If your looking for something fancy, turn around and go elsehere. This place is good if you like good beer friendly down home service and good food. I would go back anytime.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 11/20
notalush  (379) Denver, Colorado | August 5, 2007
All-American, hunting lodge-like pub interior, with a large bar space, many taps, and four casks (which is pretty nice) - not a beer nerd place, so don’t come expecting such - it’s more of a "slam back a couple of pints" kind of place - their focus on local session brews makes this even more apparent - their menu LOOKS impressive, but the food sounds a lot better than it actually is - you might consider eating somewhere else and then coming here for a few beers - the service is pretty slow, so you kind of have to be assertive or they won’t pay you any mind - the parking lot only holds about 8 cars, and the street parking is limited, so that’s a bit of a pain in the ass - it’s worth checking out, but I probably won’t ever go back.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon  (238) Boisbriand, Quebec | July 12, 2007
On a été là pour un souper et quelque bières (bien sûr). La serveuse était bien gentille, malgré le fait qu’elle m’a carté, pas grave. La sélection de bières est quelque chose, pas mal tout américains. La nouritue est typiquement pub américaine, mais ça goûtait bon.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
SlowandLow  (14) Connecticut | April 16, 2007
I was rather excited to check this joint out on a late Saturday afternoon. After all the hype I heard about this place it was a bit a let down. It does showcase the most local Maine brews on tap alright sure enough. There was only one of the four beer engines working, which was a dissapointment. The layout of the bar itself for the working bartender is horrendous. The taps way down at one end and the serving station way down at the other end, made it difficult to get service. Although when she came around she was friendly enough and I only had to get up and go find her once to get another pint. I had the Hellfire XXX wings, which had a decent amount of heat to them. All in all, you are better off checking out Three Dollar Dewey’s which offers a better overall experience in all aspects to this place which did not live up to it’s reputation IMHO.

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