RATINGS: 1174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kingman (26) - Lexington, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2004 Uniquely bitter with a touch of sweetness at the end. Strong golden color. One of my favorite beers from the tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2004
golden color with off white head a little bitterness with some sweetness liked this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13760) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2004
Moderate malty with a grain/hop tone. Clear medium amber color with large frizzy white head. Bitter flavor and finish that lasted a long time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 17, 2004
Golden color with a pretty rich white head. Aromas of bready malts and a touch of hop zest. Flavors of biscuity malts with a pretty hoppy finish. A standby session brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2004 Aroma of a combination of malts and hay. A little hop bitterness with a full sweeter aftertaste. Really a tough beer to describe. Smooth yet strong, its flavor is very multidimensional. Very carbonated.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Smelled of honey and summer, but not strong. Color was dark gold, with a slight head. Not sure what the flavor is, but it fits the “well balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness” description. It is similar to the Pils but not as bitter or harsh. It has a flavor that it tries for but what is it? Palate was not too bad. Overall, eh, probably a good Dortmunder, but not my style. It does fit its description.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Poured a nice golden color with a good sized off white head. Nice aroma of biscuity malts. Medium bodied with a nice biscuity malt taste, with just a touch of hop bitterness. A enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2004
Clear color of straw yellow gold, finger high head of beige foam that fizzes away fairly fast. A nice collar continues to hold its edge the whole glass down and the lacing stays close to the collar leaving minimal thin strings as it goes. Aroma is of fresh sweet bread dough, clean and pleasant, soft and well rounded, dryish with a bit of earthy factions of stone ground biscuit dough. Quite nice on the nose. Ahhh... but the taste is where its really at, tasty biscuit malts, dry and clean, some whole grain and sesame notes, slightly bittered and buttery in the finish with touches of grassy spices. Very nice on the palate, very geniune, gentle, subtle, and another showmanship by Great Lakes of what it means to be well crafted. Feel is quite smooth with a solid medium, firmly built body, kinda fluffy, and an easy drinkablity, could choke down a few of these with ease. Seems sessionable enough, but being close to 6% may be much to ask from a whole sixer. But indeed that could be done without a blink of an eye. Yummy stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1464) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Gold straw color. Light, but very pleasant aroma. Good body with nice clean bittereness and buttery finish. Just opening my eyes to the GABF "gold" behind the name. Well deserved I would say.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jonas (6977) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2004
Somewhat neutral aroma. Nice orange golden low head. Compared to the average bavarian Helles available to me I found this one to be a bit too lightfooted - the solid malt footprint is simply not there. Maybe my sample was too small or I tasted beers in the wrong order, but this brew did not wow me...

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