Aggie80 (827) - Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2003
Foamy head that dissipates quickly, but with nice lacing. Great brown red color. Good flavor with roasted hops, touch of caramel and nice hops in the finish. Much better than expected. Terminus (3711) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 5, 2003
definately a beer that i thought would not fit my palate, but did. im not much for lagers, but this one definately took me by suprise. malts were huge and hops were there, but subtle. finishes like a carmal apple. definately a great lager fraternie (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2003
Amber colored body, thin head. Sweet fruity, malty aroma. Flavor is sweet caramel, very rich malt, sugary and toasty. Slightly hoppy finish, somewhat metallic and lingering. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Smell of sweet malt and hops. Slight hint oh citrus. Great dark amber color, with a bit of cream colored head. Flavor is decently malty, and some nice hops flavors. Finish is mostly from the sweet hops. jgb9348 (6438) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2003
Great crimson colour with an excellent off-white head that lasts and lasts! Sweet smell with hints of fruit! Nice combination of early hops and latter malt create a nice feel in the mouth, and a great aftertaste. Once again, not one of my favourite styles, but this brewery definately has something going for them!!!
Panzuriel (2333) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Wonderful bitters that mellow through the bottle. Somewhat sweet but very nice finish. Decent copper colored brew with a nice head. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Interesting beer. Has a sweet malty taste, with a little hops balance. Overall gives a thin, sweet impression. Not one of my favorites, but a smooth drink nonetheless. So far my favorite Great Lakes varieties are the Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and the Dortmunder Gold. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2003
This has a subtle malt aroma dominated by German hops. Glowing copper with a thin nougat colored head. The mouthfeel is fizzy and lacks complexity and balance. The finish was a sticky, stale bitter one. I'm wondering if maybe I got a bad bottle. jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Deep amber with a malty, caramel aroma with a definite sweetness. Hops present at end; very dry. Slightly stale sample, doesn't measure up to the other beers I've had from Great Lakes. Lots of carbonation. bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Pours a perfect amber color in my book. Thick beige head. Nice lacing.
Deep malty aromas, almost like there's some biscuit malt in there. Roasted malt is evident in the aroma too.
The noble hops (Saaz?) really shows through in the flavor. The caramelized malts sweetness balances out the nitter hop bite nicely.
Has a very smooth drinkablity. The touch of a lager. Nice.