RATINGS: 1181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
This smooth lager strikes a delicate balance between malt and hops in the aroma, palate, finish and body. It has more body and less hops than a Pilsner, and less malt and more hops than a Munich style lager. 30 IBU.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lightman (1) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2005 does not count
This is a fantastic beer, best on tap. Served commonly around Cleveland, its one that I enjoy often. This and the Christmas Ale are my two favorite Great Lakes brews. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (14108) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 (draft, 5/27/06) Clear apple juice body topped by a white head. Aroma is medium sweet, peach. Taste is medium sweet, peach, some earthy, light spice. Light-medium body, light stickiness. (6/3/8/4/15)

(12oz bottle, 1/24/05) Clear amber body with white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, bread, caramel, apple. Taste is moderately sweet, bread, some apple, light bitterness (grassy/earthy). Light-medium body, some crispness. I was not sure how to rate this -- it seems to have all the characteristics of a very good brew, but for some reason it did not much appeal to me. (6/3/6/3/12)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cazort (561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Aroma distinctive, somewhat alcoholic. Taste, kind of interesting. Not bad at all, and Id take it over most American micros. However, its not anywhere near close to the quality of the other beers that Great Lakes can produce. If youre going to shell out enough money to buy their beers (which are pricey), you might as well get your moneys worth and buy something truly outstanding like the Burning River, Edmund Fitzgerald, or if you want a softer beer, the Locktender Lager or Conways Irish Ale. Another thing thats a little strange about this brew...this is my opinion, but I swear it tastes exactly the same whether its on tap or in a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Rich golden almost amber color with a moderate head and a lacing that left rings. Fresh yeasty spicy aroma with a citrus touch. Medium bodied and it seemed well hopped for the style with a bready almost toasty malt flavor and oh so drinkable. Finished smooth and lightly bittersweet with a hint of clove, just amazing stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2007 Golden pour with white head. Very different beer, spicy with a very subtle hop and malt presence. Slight swet malts and noble hops are what this beer is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Bottle: Clear golden w/ a lasting white head. Grainy toasty malt w/ a floral hopa and moderate diacetyl aromas. Flavor is well balanced, Lightly herbal hoppy and grainy malt. Light diacetyl in the mouth. Pretty clean otherwise. Well balanced throughout, finish is on the semi dry side and has a clean aftertaste that is lightly herbal hop. Lighter bodied, smooth, creamy m/f, medium carbonation. Overall not a bad beer, but I wish theyd go back to letting it sit on the yeast a little longer and stop trying to turn it out so quickly. This beer was fantastic 10 years ago, but now its usually loaded w/ diacetyl, especially on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Puddleglum (16) - Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2004
A very nice Helles. My measuring stick has always been Christian Moerlein and this fellow Ohio lager is very similar. The head was larger than I expected and the aroma was slight and citrusy. The flavor was evenly distributed between malt and hops and was very drinkable. Not too sweet, not too bitter. I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Great lakes is great. I like all of their beer to one degree or another but this is one brew that everyone nation wide should replace for their generic lite lager. The aroma is nice and not over powering with hints of malt and grass. Good golden color with lite orange running thru it. Very well balanced between malt and hops, Im not sure I can descibe it better than the commercial description. I do want to note that compared to other more complex beers, this does not "wow" me, but Im not sure thats what this beer is trying to be. I thnk Ive rated it fairly overall (i.e., with the same standards that Ive rated other beers). However, for good tasting easy drinking, Im not sure Ive had better! Its a solid beer for easy/everyday drinking. Come on...Give it a try...what are you waiting for...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Light gold reddish color,clean satisfying malt hop blend aroma, dry lemony taste with a slight hop finish. A nice enough lager but the style really doesnt lend itself to much excitement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2004
very beautiful beer, nice dark golden color, with a white head. nice lace left on the glass. Didnt really pick up a strong aroma, but I detected both a hint of malt and hop in the aroma, truely a delicious brew, nice malty sweetness that is well balanced but some hop bite, only complaint I can make is that great lakes has the least creative bottle labels, but I do like the reading material on them

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