badgerben (5286) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2010 Original Rating, May 8, 2004: Very golden color with little head. Aroma is a little vacant... malt? Taste is very well balanced between hops and malt. Very clean. I’m a little torn because it is so balanced, but it also does not seem to have much to offer in the way of a flavor. 6/4/5/4/13 Re-rating, May 28, 2010: Dark gold color with a quickly falling medium head. Very faint aroma of grains. Mostly a grainy flavor, with a bit of bitterness and astringency. Fairly dry. Hint of earthy hops. Sammy (12623) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
A beautiful color. One of the best beers we have had that goes with almost any meal because of its overall balance. I have never had a bad beer from this legendary brewpub. 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. walleye (1102) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2004
golden color with off white head a little bitterness with some sweetness liked this one Tmoney99 (14866) - 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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!