Drake (14358) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run, 5/17/16. Clear golden, thin fizzy white head, decent retention. Aroma of grassy and mildly dank hops, pale malt. The taste is earthy, grassy hops, pale doughy malt. Medium bodied, crisp. JPDIPSO (6317) - Wauwatosa, USA - SEP 8, 2016
Draft at CLE. Straw color with a finished white head and minimal lace. Grains with mild dough scents along with a touch of herbal hops. Light sweetness with a bit of grain. Appropriate for style. Herbal notes in the middle along with a touch of gentian. Feel seems a bit thick, but I’m ok with it. Cross between a kolsch and Czech pils. phaleslu (10957) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2016
Draft at The Brass Tap-U Square, served in a flight. Pours a clear light gold with a small white head that settles into a ring and some wisps of film, leaving ropes of lace in the glass. Notes of hay, crackery malts, grass, faint herbs, and lemon. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a clean mouthfeel. Very good for the style. These new offerings are maddeningly inconsistent; I’m glad to know this one is on the right side of things. Emeister84 (2705) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2016
12oz bottle from Kroger (Barracks Rd., Charlottesville, VA). Grainy aromas, floral. Clear gold with a fairly lasting white head. Pretty dry, floral, some hard candy flavors. Light bodied. PanMarek (465) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2016
Golden, slightly cloudy pour with vanishing head. Pilsener-like hoppy nose with notes of bread. Moderate, sweet, slightly slick mouthfeel, medium / light body. Touches of spice - pepper -- the bread is there, but faint. Crisp, slightly sour malty finish. A little more complex than the average Kölsch and certainly a good one for a summer day.
Brigadier (3800) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2016
12 ounce bottle
JayCapz (1) - sayreville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2016 does not count
A typical Great Lakes beer won’t have you running out to grab a six pack but it manages to get the job done. I don’t remember where my bottle came from but it took the edge off a warm spring / summer day nicely. If that’s the goal then Great Lakes has accomplished their mission.
Aroma / Appearance - A carbonated golden body and fresh snow head look like puffs of dandelion seeds blowing through a summer sky. Crisp grain is dry and fresh with a low key profile.
Flavor / Palate - Lemon and honey sooth the tongue. The light profile of an average lawn mower beer emerge long enough to pique curiosity before a quick fading finish. I don’t know that I would declare this a go to beer but it shows off Great Lakes well enough.
Can taste underlying hints of orange, citrus taste, taste is not to hoppy but can have a slight skunky finish, pours light. You could do worse, but decent as far as kolsch goes. nuplastikk (6630) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2016
12oz bottle. Filtered tan orange. Really captures the style well. Light to medium bodied, refreshing and easy on the palate. Mellow golden malt notes, mellow noble hops. Really enjoyable, quality offering. Darwenus (1177) - Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2016
Bright, clear yellow with a fair amount of foamy head and carbonation. The aroma is grassy hops, and malt that has popcorn/cereal qualities. The flavor is rich and malty. Thin, crisp mouth-feel. Not bad. akoeninger (776) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2016
Clear straw yellow and white head. Great aroma of sweet pale malt sweetness, grassy hops taste is similar. Medium light body nice carbonation. Very good