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 they’d 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 it’s usually loaded w/ diacetyl, especially on tap. 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. brentfeesh (1216) - 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, I’m 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 I’m not sure that’s what this beer is trying to be. I thnk I’ve rated it fairly overall (i.e., with the same standards that I’ve rated other beers). However, for good tasting easy drinking, I’m not sure I’ve had better! It’s a solid beer for easy/everyday drinking. Come on...Give it a try...what are you waiting for... 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 doesn’t lend itself to much excitement. 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. Didn’t 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
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Maltiness, roasted maltiness, that I am eager to take down my throat. Had this during a frantic bus ride into Cleveland from Wickliffe while campaigning in Ohio. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Sourish malty nose - buttery, noble hops. Clean flavor is malty with a butted popcorn finish, a little lemon. Nice finish with the butter. CBCPaleAle (73) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Tried this because I’m such a fan of many other GLB beers. Average golden color didn’t inspire me to want to really tear into this. Not a bad beer, but I’m just not a fan of this style. shadey (2166) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Tried this at the Boneyard in Cleveland. I had already tried the porter and a brown so this tasted a little light to me. Still... a pretty clean and smooth lager. I enjoyed it. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Clear, peachy-golden-hued in appearance, very promising, with a solid heft of head above, soft and near-white in color.
Aroma, neutral, a bit grainy, right on for the average lager, airy and inoffensive. Nice enough.
Taste: smoooth, mild, big and malty, little hops on the palate, but everything slides very easily down. Grainy taste is easily met by light fruit, the body is medium, finish is long and lasting. Flavor sits forever in the mouth, that’s is the biggest thing this brew has going for it. It’s not one of those In-&-out-lagers, in the mouthfeel. big points for that, for the persistence, and the pleasure, and the all-out pleasant-ness going on here. If I were somewhere where this was the most intriquing selection, though I’m no lager lover, it’s a beer I could happily sit with. Or stand, even.
Actually, it tastes better the more you get into it...very nice. Yum, top notch lager!