RATINGS: 1176   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1465) - 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 (7102) - Garching b. Mnchen, 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2004
The beer as it skedaddles from the bottle into my ever present empty glass a lustrous gold color with a purposeful in size bright white head with the texture frothy and the lace a fine film to cover the glass. Nose is quite earthy, reminiscent of fresh bread dough, sweet and fresh to the senses; the start is also sweet and nicely malted with the top moderate in its feel to the taste buds. Finish is orthodox in its acidity and the hops enduring in their spiciness, quite dry as the style dictates and a fine drinkable beer from this great Midwestern brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imradioboy (23) - USA - FEB 10, 2004
gotta love the local stuff (I'm from Ohio) It has just enough bitterness to make you sit up and take notice, but not enough to turn me off. I can get it almost anywhere in Ohio. I love it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2004
A nice gold colour. There is a slight sweetness, and also a flavor that reminds me of fresh bread. But it's not heavy. It goes down fairly easily. This beer is available in most restaurants in the Cleveland area, and it goes extremely well with food. There is a hop presence, but not too bitter. I recommend this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2770) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Lightly hazy gold with a tinge of amber. Aroma lightly hoppy with herbs, grass, clean malt. Perfectly balanced flavor, well made with clean malt and tingly hop flavors, and light finish. Superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (2515) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2015 A nice smooth beer going down, and is probably the most popular from the Great Lakes Brewing Company. This beer goes down quick, which may or may not be a problem (depending on how drunk you want to get), and gets filling after a few. Its semi-sweet flavor isnt too sweet that youll tire of it... and its usually the first or second choice when I am in a bar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
Appearance is a shining clear yellow with a small white head that turns into a film and medium carbonation. Aroma is herbal, like I imagine is a typical Maine hay field by the end of the spring when it's still humid enough and not completely burnt by the summer sun. Restrained mild german hops in the aroma. Taste is all made of subtlety, never too sweet nor too bitter, perfect balance in that sense. I don't find much to be said really, excellent balance, medium body shows a perfect carbonation to my liking, quite creamy lager, pretty crisp dry herbal hops finish. Cheers Ciderguy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9535) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
UPDATED: APR 9, 2010 A honeyed narrator slowly shadowed by the oncoming spicy hops and biscuity malt chorus...A quiet caramel storyline comes and goes always accompanied by moderate hop melodies...The fresh cereal feel makes this a delightfully palpable lager...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Smells like hay, flowers, and week-old gym socks left to ripen. Tastes much the same. German noble hops figure prominently, but do not add much bitterness. Basically, the malt profile does not impress, but a very passable beer.

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