Great Lost Bear | Portland, Maine
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Great Lost Bear
Excellent based on 70 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)
Shipyard American Pale Ale 45, Ringwood Old Thumper (USA) 55, Founders Breakfast Stout 100, Long Trail Limbo IPA 97, Harviestoun Old Engine Oil (Cask) 94, Foundation Blaze , Marshall Wharf Big Twitch 80, Sebago Bump Black Ale , Bissell Brothers The Substance Ale 98, Gneiss Weiss , Banded Horn Pepperell Pilsener 50
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70 reviews for Great Lost Bear
 Ambiance  73%
 Service  74%
 Selection  80%
 Food  67%
 Value  75%
 Overall  78%
 Rating  87%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2  (772) San Diego, California | June 24, 2013
This seems more like a biker bar than a craft beer bar, though it seems they cater to all, given the "tower of beer" available for the macro lovers. The decor reports of yesteryear with old photographs of the area. The staff seemed like they were just going through the motions of a job that was keeping them away from other things.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Tajmohol  (3) Portland, Maine | July 8, 2014
Very laid back and chill atmosphere. I enjoy sitting in the lounge area which is always busy. The selection of beers is incredible and the food menu is quite large. The service could have been faster but Iím sure that my server just had too many table which happens sometimes. I like the wings and choosing many different beers each time I come back to the GLB.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier  (87) Temporarily, Pennsylvania | June 7, 2014| Updated June 28, 2014
Another Maine place, Iím about to upload for information purposes. I was once stationed in Maine and hereís my take on this awesome place. Though a tad dark most of the time, Iíve been there, its still a great place to have almost any brew youíre lookiní for from the New England states. Even when its pretty busy, the service is mostly still good. Iíve had a fair amount of somewhat rare beers here, but also somewhat new for the most part. The food is absolutely excellent every time Iíve had it. The value, hmmm...well, it is New England (go figure, not gonna say too much). Overall, thought a tad more pricier than other places, I went there when I could and almost always loved it. Last thing, if youíre not a local, take a taxi, parking leaves more than enough to be desired - it sucks the ratís ass.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Sudcutter  (4) Portland, Maine | June 6, 2014
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
Bacterial  (79) Twin Cities, Minnesota | May 16, 2014
This place was really hoppiní on a Friday evening. Went up to the bar, which was rather large and found an empty seat way around the back. Lots of beer on tap, including about 6 Allagash. I only stayed for 1 beer, however, because of the drunk frat assholes sitting next to me at the bar. Loud, obnoxious, drunk. Just bad luck for me, I guess.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
rich_beer  (3) , | April 2, 2014
This is a great place, wide selection of beer and decent food with reasonable prices. The atmosphere is fun and the crowd is mixed from barely legal age to old farts like me. The bar tenders are good and responsive. Grab a seat at the bar if you can find one. Enjoy!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Mep3222  (43) East Greenbush, New York | January 11, 2014
Good food, especially the buffalo fries and wings. Good need selection and a cool ambiance. Definitely would visit again.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
Pivoyager  (86) Gaithersburg, Maryland | November 26, 2013
was in the city for their annual beer week and the event mandated a journey her, to Portlandís beloved Great Lost Bear and their great beer list of some 70 drafts - mainly Maine brews, natch. Located about 2 miles north of downtown, the Bear lives behind a modest storefront benaeth a green awning. Upon entry, you find a lively place: a fun and lively dining room to one side, an active bar to the other. All amid an exuberant display of beer paraphanalia. Kids are more than welcome. The food menu is ecclectic and loaded with a variety of choices: I went for the cajun chicken wrap and chili, the latter being a particular specialty here. This was my fourth visit and, hopefully, not the last. To anyone wishing to partake of the malted beverages without the prospect of a DWI, the city bus No, 2 passes right by the front door. Donít you pass this place up.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
rejtable  (148) Ontario | August 16, 2013
Solid tap list and big pub food menu. Lots of kitch on the walls. Kid friendly.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr  (1751) Washington, Washington DC | August 2, 2013
Ed from Churchkey and Maxís fame turned me on to this place. Itís a big place with lots of nooks and crannies, so you can be as public or as private as you like. The beer list was large, with a handful f things we did not see elsewhere during our entire trip. Definitely worth a look.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerBabe  (13) Portland, Maine | July 8, 2013
Big draught list and tasty food - but the main drawbacks for me are the service which can be very, very slow (even to grab a few beers, let alone order food) and I usually end up with someone whoís kind of hungover or distracted. However, there are some beers here that you canít get anywhere else on draught. Just be sure to double check freshness - with lists that large thereís always a chance that something might be a little past its date.

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