jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2005
My least favorite in the Great Lakes Brewing Company sampler pack, but a formidable selection nonetheless. It is a great beer, the best of this varietal yet (for me). HOppy, malty, has a little bit of everything. A very higly reccommended beer. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 Grainy and hay-like aroma. Pale gold with a fluffy white head. mmmm smooth and wet with a an almost banana sweetness. Has a tone down malt base with a an ever so fleeting hint of hop in the finish. This is really extremely well done. Probably very underrated at 89, but then it’s a light style. Really a fantastic beer. Geeks often talk about macro replacements, but if this was the dominant light lager the beer world would be in a very zen like state of transcendence. A very nicely done beer that makes me wonder why I didn’t like the porter (my favorite style) from Great Lakes nearly as much. TINOZACCA (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2006 This is a very good beer. It has a very nice color. And pours with a nice head. It goes down very smooth, with a light body, and a good bitter aftertaste. The flavor is full of hops, and malt, with a hint of sweetness. This is the most popular of the Great Lakes beers which are brewed year round. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2010 Sometimes you forget just how nice a style can be when you haven’t had a good example in a while. I haven’t had this beer in a long, long time, but it is a great dort. Thanks Secret Santa! Medium gold, good head. Aroma was of gentle malt and hay, faintly floral. Great balance of these elements in the mouth as well. Amazing finish, as everything just comes together and lingers in perfect harmony. Hints of medicinal herbs as well. Nice, nice stuff. Rerate from draft at the Cleveland Airport location. Notes and scores remained the same, a really nice beer. drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
My absolute favorite lager, hands down. Also my first choice (lately) of session or default beer. Exceptionally well-balanced, great moderate hoppiness and light body. Huge flavor considering what it is. Exceptionally drinkable.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2005
Poured orange-amber, short creamy white head, short-lived, moderate lacing. Aroma was pleasant, with fruity notes, yeast and hops. Tasre was surprisingly bitter for a lager, but with a chewy malt background. The herbal taste of hops stood out, though, with malt sweetness, earth, other herbs and spice in the background. Nice mouthfeel, slightly fizzy. Well balanced and full-flavored lager. DrnkMcDermott (3099) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Draft, at GLBC. How did I miss trying this until now? Good pils color and a nice German hops smell. Thin head. A striking pale malt taste – yes, a pale-type lager with taste – with that slight note of hardened water. Nicely done. clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 Bottel for this review, but have had draft-brewery also. Pours clear with a decent sized white head. If you like balanced brews this one is for you. When fresh, this is the king of American craft brewed lagers. Perfect on a hot summer day! Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Gold. Delicate, perfumey, herbaceous nose wth a light, clean, honey grain smell. Large body and fairly flavorful, quite complex for this style, which I am not very familiar with. Really toasty and rich, grassy and earthy with well developed malt flavors. Ernest (7695) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2015 Bottle (BB Jan 09, 2016). Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is moderately hoppy (toasted bread, grain, cereal), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, faintly husky. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. A touch rough/raw in the malt department, but otherwise fairly decent.