Great Lakes Locktender Lager

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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Golden Munich helles lager with a mild hop profile and slightly malty flavor.

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brewrater (92) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2004
GLBC makes great beer! But....... this is their exception. I personally believe that people visit their restaurant never having had a micro. So a typical craft brew may seem overwhelming. So this is their attempt at giving those people something to drink. Think Sam Adams Light. You probably asked yourself why but it introduces those lost souls to the good stuff. Now GLBC servers and bartenders can give that particular patron something to start with. That said, most on this site would find it lacking character and balance. Think your favorite lager plus a few ounces of H20.

IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Pale gold, white head. Grassy aroma, a little sweet, some spicy hops. Similar flavor, a little mild. Light body, smooth, very drinkable. Not bad, but nothing special.

5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Bottle pours a slightly hazy pale yellow, small white foamy head, heavy carbonation, with spotty lacing.   Sweet grass, malts, and a slight sulfer note on the nose.   Forwardly sweet malts, with a bit of straw or hay.   Light body, with a lightly spritzy mouthfeel.   Finishes quickly, with only a trace of sweet malts and grass.   Decent, but nothing exceptional.   Thanks goes out to atpayne for the trade!

humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 Big frothy head atop a golden-orange hue. The aroma is spicy pine hops and sharp notes. Sweet initial flavor and low carbonation with floral hops bringing up the rear, but not really kicking it in the ass. I’ve never tended a lock, but I can imagine that after a long day of swatting mosquitoes along the Erie Canal, a smooth, malty, thirst-quenching brew like this would sit well in the lock that is my stomach.

sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Visually not very appealing: Pale straw with a white, bubbly head that disappears after a little while. Aroma slightly sour with some citrus. Flavor is light but pleasant: Sweet malts up front with a very light yeastiness, and a clean, mildly hoppy finish. Flavor lingers fairly well. Clean and not overly thin. For the style, not bad.

DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 2, 2004
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trade, thanks Brian!) First impressions go a long way, so when the nose on this light to medium bodied beer is somewhat unpleasant -- it’s stinky and on the sour side -- that’s not good; Fortunately, the beer tastes better than it smells; The flavor is fairly light overall, but it’s somewhat malty, grainy and bready with some light hoppiness that contributes a mildly bitter finish and a fairly clean and crisp, yet somewhat substantial palate; The beer is also somewhat citrusy and sour from start to finish; The pale yellow color is like a Coors Light, but this beer is also slightly hazy; Smallish white head on the pour fades to a thin layer very quickly

MrBeer (276) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Had a pleasant aroma with a pretty decent flavor. Overall it was pretty good.

garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2004
This one poured a tall white head over a distinctly yellow body, and its aroma was definitely malty. The taste was crisp and grainy, and this is a good lager... but I’m just not a lager man.

JPDIPSO (6317) - Wauwatosa, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Slightly hazed straw color with a dense finger of white foam and heavy lace. Light citrus and malt aromas. Very clean. Crisp sweet malt and lightly green hops bitterness toward the finish. Has some dry grain flavors mid quaff. A touch more malt would make this a real winner in my book, but as it is its good, just nothing to out of the ordinary in the pale lage department. Very nice malt linger.

roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2004
Very tasty lager. Little bit of sour flavor with some hoppiness and fruit aftertaste. Not as good as some of the other great lakes brews, but damn good nonetheless.

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