Beer 346/365 – Great Lakes Nosferatu

Great Lakes Nosferatu

Style: American Strong Ale

ABV: 8.0%

Purchased at: On Tap@Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Pretty hoppy for a Strong Ale, but thats a good thing!

Will I be drinking this again: Yup! Would like to see what this tastes like aged.

Grade: A

10/19/2010: One last major beer run for my 365! Made the trek up to Vintage Estate to BS with Phill, and to grab some beer for my last couple dozen updates. As usual I was unable to keep my tab under $100, but that’s okay as I picked up a lot of really good beer.

The nose is much hoppier than a typical Strong Ale, boozy, and caramel malt. The flavor is an amazing 3-way balance between caramel malt, citrus hops, and booze. Strong Ale’s can sometimes be a bit overwhelming for me as far as the booze goes, but this was just the right amount. This is probably due to the fact that it was very well carbonated. Mouthfeel was about average. Nosferatu almost comes across as a boozy DIPA, either way its the best American Strong Ale I have ever tasted.

Picture of the day: CNN seems to have their priorities screwed up.

Beer 255/365 – Great Lakes Holy Moses White Ale

Great Lakes Holy Moses White Ale

Style: Witbier

ABV: 5.4%

Purchased at: Coworker Tony gave me this.

What makes this beer different: Crisp citrus, coriander and spice flavors.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes this was really refreshing.

Grade: A-

7/21/2010: Anyone notice I’ve been drinking a lot of Great Lakes beer lately? It’s purely coincidental, but I do like their beer a lot. I feel like most of their beer is very well crafted, with no “duds” in the lineup to speak of. On that note they also don’t have anything I would consider spectacular. Overall they are very consistent at making beer that is true to their respective style.

Holy Moses has a very strong yeast character in the nose, with a clean smack of citrus. The flavor is perfectly balanced between citrus, spice, and coriander. Each respective flavor keeps the other in check like a 3 part yin yang. Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side for the style, but there is just enough carbonation to make this extremely refreshing. Holy Moses White Ale is one of my go -to brews if I am looking for something from Great Lakes Brewing.

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Published in: on July 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm  Comments (2)  
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Beer 244/365 – Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Lager

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Lager

Style: Dortmunder Gold

ABV: 5.80%

Purchased at: TGI Fridays – Sandusky OH

What makes this beer different: Very unimpressive looking, but a lot of clean crisp flavor.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: A-

7/10/2010: I figured since I was spending the weekend in Ohio, I might as well continue drinking beer from the Buckeye state. Today the girlfriend and I decided to go to Soak Zone, and Cedar Point. Sixty bucks for both for the day, pricey but the coasters are worth it. Soak Zone though, just average. For the Pittsburgh readers lets just say sandcastle is just as good if not better.

The Dortmunder did not have a lot of smell to it, maybe a little bit of grain. First sip reminds me of a pilsener, but much more drinkable and a bit more malt. The one word I would use to describe this lager is balanced. Nice crisp hops, just enough sweet malt, and finishes off very dry. The dry finish makes this a great summer beer and very drinkable. If I wasn’t about to go ride a bunch of roller coasters, I would for sure get another pint.

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Beer 243/365 – Great Lakes Lorelei Dunkelweizen

Great Lakes Lorelei Dunkelweizen

Style: Dunkelweizen

ABV: 5.10%

Purchased at: Great Lakes Brewery – Cleveland Ohio

What makes this beer different: One of the doughiest tasting beers ever.

Will I be drinking this again: I wish they bottled the stuff, but they don’t so probably not.

Grade: A

7/9/2010: Decided to take a weekend away with the girlfriend to the great mistake by the lake: Cleveland Ohio. Okay seriously I feel bad for the city though, they just lost Lebron James to the Miami Heat. Lebron was literally the only thing this city had sports-wise. We were there the day after the announcement, and great lakes already started brewing a beer called “Quitness;” A dry hopped ipa that will leave a bitter aftertaste.

I always scratched my head when I read reviews on Beer Advocate describing beer as doughy, but I now understand without question. It smells a lot like when you roll out fresh dough for bread, and a bit nutty. The flavor is like taking a bite into a slice of banana bread right out of the oven. Fresh grains, banana, a little bit of nuttiness, a hint of vanilla, and some fresh hops in the background. The mouth-feel is perfect for the style, medium to medium heavy. Great Lakes doesn’t offer a lot of brewpub exclusives, but this one made up for the lack of selection. Very tasty.

Picture of the day: Haha tell me that this isn’t the truth.

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Beer 192/365 – Great Lake’s Lake Erie Monster

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 9.10%

Purchased at: On tap @Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Not a ton but its a really good beer

Will I be drinking this again: Pretty rare but if I find it yes.

Grade: A-

5/19/2010: Does Great Lakes make a bad beer? I can’t think of one. With that said they don’t make anything “spectacular” either. I’ll bet the Barrel Aged Blackout Stout is amazing, but its also impossible to find unless you go to the brewery. Lake Erie Monster is pretty rare as well, but Phill out at Vintage Estate got some on tap somehow.

Lake Erie Monster is a bit sweeter smelling than most DIPAs. The hops are there but mostly fruity. The taste has a lot of sweet caramel/biscuity malt, with the fruity/citrus/grapefruit hops right behind. This is the type of ratio I like in a DIPA, about 60% malt, 40% hops. The mouthfeel is very creamy for an Imperial IPA, and hides the 9.1% VERY well. I wasn’t even thirsty but I took down the entire pint in about 10 minutes. I would have had another if I didn’t have to trek it back to Pittsburgh after.

Picture of the day: This has been around for awhile, but I haven’t seen it in a long time. When in doubt eat the evidence.

Published in: on May 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm  Comments (2)  
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Beer 112/365 – Great Lakes Blackout Stout

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Oakey hops

Will I be drinking this again: Yup, bought a few to age.

Grade: A-

2/28/2010: I can’t believe its been a couple months since I have had a Russian Imperial Stout for my beer a day. I also can’t believe this is my first Great Lakes beer for this site. Probably because I have had pretty much every readily available beer they make. Although this is my first time trying blackout stout.

Blackout stout smells like coffee, black malt, and a bit of hops. The taste is mostly a roasted coffee, a bit of chocolate, a little tiny bit of hop flavor, and a hint of smoke. Very nice combination. The smoke adds a nice touch to the aftertaste. Thick but silky mouthfeel, and hides the 9% alcohol very very well. Great lakes doesn’t really make a beer that I don’t like, and this one falls right in line with the rest.

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Published in: on February 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm  Comments (2)  
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