AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2004
malty brown sugar carmel aroma, slightly foggy ruby colr, thick tan head, slightly bitter finish with a little lime, barley malts, a little fruity and a little chocolately, interesting flavor HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2004
(Best by Sep/20/04) I really like the color of this beer, sort of chestnut red. The nose is full of Hallertau and light sweet malts. The head only lasted for a little while, but there still is a small ring holding onto the rim of the glass. Malt and spicy hops meld effortlessly to produce a tasty brew. I taste bitter chocolate and smooth coffee and cream. This beer is nice and malty, but it is not overly sweet. Actually, the beer finishes dry and hoppy. A good interpretation of the style. steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 20, 2004
my dad held a bowl glass filled with miller lite while i held a stem glass full of this: honey/reddish brown body with a lingering and airy off-white head. caramel malt announced nicely enough while it seems the hops bring something floral. slightly sweet, watery, but it’s very drinkable. the aftertaste is a little bitter with some veggies. it finishes nicely, a bit sweet. it's a quiet beer and i like that. not much else than any other lager, in my opinion, but it has just enough more to edge most of the others out. good lager. but today, at least, i preferred my dad's miller lite. happy father's day everybody! YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Good beer from Great Lakes. Deep amber/copper body with frothy biege head. Nice malt aroma with the fleeting hint of vegetables. Light to medium in the body. Flavor was malt and caramel and very pleasant. Quite good. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Bottle pours translucent caramel, small milkish cream colored head, lively carbonation, with decent lacing. Malts, biscuit, cookie dough, and floral esters on the nose. Malty, chewy, caramel, cookie dough, slightly sweet, very smooth, oh yeah this is damn tasty! WOW, by far the best Vienna I have had. No real bitterness, just a nice malty flavor with hints of caramel. Clean, crisp, with a nice finish. Body and mouthfeel are very appropriate. I would easly have this one again. Thanks goes out to TChrome for the trade!
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Bottled. Pour produced an average sized beige head that fell to a thin layer after a few minutes; fair lacing. Clear med-dark amber color. Aroma was a harmoniously layered complex of toasty caramel malt, floral hop nose, and some esteriness. It was marred somewhat by a subtle but discordant sulfury off-note. Flavor was a nice balance of bitter/sweet up front with some esteriness that emerged mid-palate. It finished with the same balanced bitter/sweet character accompanied by a pleasant yeastiness. A gentle but present hop character was evident throughout. Palate was creamy and medium to full bodied with a lively carbonation. A nice amber (Vienna) lager that was enjoyably crisp and refreshing and easy drinking. It had a definite American craftbrew character i liked that was manifest in its subtle but present hop flavor and aroma. My enjoyment of this lovely brew was only marred a bit by the sulfury not in the aroma though this off-note wasn’t apparent in the flavor. Thanks Drew! zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 [draft - 10th Annual PA Microbrewers Fest, Pennsylvania Brewing Co. - Pittsburgh, PA] Had to do a little research to find out exactly which Great Lakes Brewing beer I had. Poured a nice amber color with a thin and fizzy white head. Thick and chewy roasted aroma with a nice caramelly malt hint. Strong malt flavor with a good sweet touch of that caramel that I caught in the aroma. The sweet malts give way to a nice roasted finish with a clean aftertaste. fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Another in the line of "what the hell happened to my damn notes??" - that I can fairly clearly remember it attests to the quality of this fine brew. Superb roasty, toasty malt and excellent accompaniment in the bitterness. Me want more. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Got a bottle from civforprez. Pours a dark amber with very little head. The light aroma made me think of cheddar cheese. This has a thin body with a flour-y mouthfeel. The taste is slightly bitter with a cheesy finish. This is more interesting than most ambers. civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Pours red with no head. There is a noticeable amount of yeast in the aroma, not much else. Flavor is of malt and barley, with a sweet finish. Disappointing compared to other Great Lakes lagers.