Great Lakes Prohibition Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: cabsandking on 03-19-2007

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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 28
Reviews by maggotbrain:
Photo of maggotbrain
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours straw yellow with a thick white head.

It smells herbal, reminiscent of Dinkel Acker CD pils.

The taste is an excellent balance between a light sweetness and a refined, peppery bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit slick.

Drinkability is very good.

This is a refreshing beer that I wish was 1) bottled and 2) available year round so that I could enjoy it more often.

According to this brewery's website, this is the same beer as the Barrel Select Pils:

"Silver Medal, 2003 World Beer Championships (as Barrel Select Pils)"

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor,poured into a pint glass (not a pilsner) a dull light golden/straw color with a pretty well retained white head atop.Milder but enticing aromas,light lemon and floral hop intertwined with a soft toastiness a touch of mineral as well.Well balanced on the palate quite floral and lemony up front with that underlying grainy toastiness,light but not watery in the mouth.Somewhat mild but not boring and it went down very easy,another good one from GLBC.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to try this one for quite sometime I'm glad I went bar hopping a few nights ago this was at the first stop my old stomping ground at Fuel and Fuddle in Oakland near the Pitt campus. appears a light pale golden tone with a large brilliant white head leaves fine even lacing with each sip great look to a true pils. Aromatics come upfront with herbal noble hops I'm going out on a limb here Saaz herbal grassy zestiness hmmm with mild sweetness from the lightly toasted grains a touch of mineral character pretty clean overall. Flavor is so crisp mildly bitter with ample grassy hop bursts light creaminess touch of cooked veggies but clean and not husk offness offered here balanced so well yet flavoful and authentic to a German pils mineral finish, biscuit malt presence as well. Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy ample carbonation not overdone finishes with a touch of dryness perfect crisp snappy hop finish. Drinkability is an all day session beer even your frat party seeker will find comfort and some eye opening flavor here, not as aggressive as Prima, Sunshine, Pikeland, or Kaiser but damn tasty and refreshing, simply thirst quenching.

Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright brassy gold with a thick ivory cap.
Scented of dry biscuits and hay and dried flowers.
Enters with a crackery, saltine maltiness without a glimmer of sweetness. A brisk, clean water middle carries it into a crunchy, dried grass, hay bale, and dessicated floral hop note. It's labeled as 40 IBUs, but it doesn't seem to entirely translate. It's on the mild side, even for a pils.
Light bodied, moderate carbonation, but this gushes down the tubes as a food washer. Sort of a Dortmunder Gold-Light
I had their Barrel Select Pilsner a few years ago, and (from hazy memory) seem to prefer that, but I have a suspicion that that may be the same beer recipe. Regardless, this is a solid, traditionally styled quaffer.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at O'Shaughnessy's Public House, Columbus, OH. The beer poured a golden yellow with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing were both good. It smelled like sweet malt, grain and some floral hops. Taste was the same as the aroma, good balance between the malt and hops, nice flavor with this beer. Mouthfeel is light/medium, also crisp and smooth. Drinkability is pretty good. Overall I liked this beer a lot, too bad Great Lakes doesn't bottle this one.

Photo of cabsandking
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear golden to copper with a nice foamy white head that stuck around for while. The nose has big floral notes, citric esters, crisp fresh hops, some alcohol tinge and a little fruitiness mingling around. Dry, crisp hop profile with an herbal spiciness that's somewhat hot at its peak. Soft fruit balancing well with its moderate bitterness and light grainy twang. The finish has a lasting twang and bitterness with some sweet bread and grains in the back. Semi-smooth mouthfeel with a nice carbonated fizz that doesn’t consume the mouth to much. Very tasty and very drinkable.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear golden/straw color. A thin white head disappears very quickly, and leaves minimal lace.

Not a whole lot to the aroma, some very light cereal grain malt, a bit of lemon zest, followed by some floral hops. The hop aroma is pretty faint.

Good amount of malt, well balanced by some floral hops, which add a bit of zest. Not as clean and snappy as I like in a pilsner. Good amount of sweetness.

Good body. This beer was very easy to drink. Not the best beer by GLBC, and not the best pilsner, but still tasty.

Photo of Cresant
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on draft at the Dilly Deli. Served in an American pint glass. The body was clear and golden with one finger of head that left significant lacing.

Smell was fresh and faintly floral. There was a light sourness (in a good way) in the aroma.

Taste was crisp and refreshing. Lemony snap. Grainy. Well balanced and flavorfull.

Mouthfeel was nice and raspy (maybe due to Nobel Hops?) Well carbonated, medium in body.

Photo of neenerzig
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a glass of this on-tap at the brewery recently as this beer is another on-tap pub exclusive only available there. Served in a pokal glass. This beer is a light, clear golden color. The head is about 1/2 inch thick when drawn from the tap. It settles very quickly to a decent surface layer with a ring lining the inside of the glass. Pretty good lacing. Aromas of malt and hops are definitely present but not much else. Maybe a bit of lemon or citrus. Tastewise it is fairly malty sweet upfront followed by some floral hop undertones. Not a very complex taste, but quite good and quite refreshing seeing as how this is the first beer I drank after being outside on this particular day in about 80 degree heat. It really hit the spot. Has a smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is also slightly creamy. Good, full body with moderate to heavy carbonation. Very easy to drink in the way a good pilsener should be. Another winner from Great Lakes.


Photo of tctruffin
2.36/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I hope that the reason that my pint had no aroma and little flavor was that the sports bar I had it in served it too cold. The only thing separating this from the macro-brews was its potency.

None of the hoppiness that I see referred to in other reviews was present.

Being a great fan of Great Lakes, I'll have to give this a try at a different venue.

Photo of UDbeernut
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap, poured into a pilsner glass

a: translucent light straw yellow color, bubbling 1/4" head with decent retention. light lacing rings the glass

s: clean smell, light malt and floral hops

t: light malt flavor cut by floral/noble hop bitterness. Well balanced beer. Not as bitter as i would have guessed by the advertised 40 IBUs.

m&d: light bodied, crisp and clean. Excellent pilsner. Very drinkable, almost the most sessionable GLBC Beer.


Photo of Deuane
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Brilliant, crystal clear golden yellow with a medium bright head. Head reduces to a thin film that leaves nice lacing behind.

S-Like a freshly made lemon biscuit with just a touch of sharp spiciness.

T-Spicy lemon bite with a supportive light malt bill. So light, refreshing and crsip this one just dances on the palate.

M-Light bordering on medium-light. Super crisp with a long lasting bitterness.

D-Really good and thirst quenching. So easy it goes down without a fight. Very true to style, well done.

Photo of ejimhof
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Rivertowne Verona stopped there because Pourhouse was too crowded. Great Lakes is one of my favorite breweries and this beer is excellent as are most of GLBC beers. Not very hoppy and I would consider this an American pilsner as opposed to a German style. It kind of reminds me of the Locktender Lager or the Victory Lager before they changed it. I wish breweries would put all of the beers into a sample case like the Saranac 12 beers. Then more people would try and buy these beers and maybe they would be available year round. I would like to have a case of this for the summer.

Photo of bruachan
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

gold in color with a minimum of head

the flavor is of spicy noble hops (which come through nicely in the aroma) and mild sweetness with a dry finish. it's got distinct bitterness

it's a nice brew. a little more distinctive than most pils. tasty but not mindblowing. i'd love for it to be available in bottles, however

Photo of mcallister
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks like a pilsner. Pours clear golden/yellow with a white whispy head that fades quickly and leaves some spotty thin lacing. Good retention with a layer lasting through the drink time.

Very nice and crisp smelling. Caramel type malts lead into a bit of floral hop and lemon zest. Refreshing aromas.

Mighty fine pilsner here. Thick and chewy malt in the mouthfeel with a great bit of bitter hops with a piney kick too them. The same lemon with a hint of other citrusy fruits as well. Highly carbonated and zesty bite on the tongue. Big for a pils and drinking like a pro. Drink all day and maybe tomorrow.

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint on tap at Pizza Plant in Buffalo.

Pours a clear yellow/golden, thin white head forms, some lace spots, thin ring, looks like a pils. Smell is sweet and malty, some flowers, citrus, wheat, very clean aroma, nice. Taste is sweet, spicy, bready malt, wheat, floral finish, nice bitter bite. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Decent pils, satisfying.

Photo of perfectkaos
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Buffalo Wild Wings in Greensburg.

Beer pours a classic golden color with about a half an inch of frothy head with some lacing.

It has a floral aroma with some hints of malt, but mostly hops.

Tastes really crisp with a good hop kick, and that classic pils aftertaste. Easy drinking.

Another winner from Great Lakes. Ive had almost all of their beers and haven't really been disappointed, except for the holy moses... but then again wheat beers aren't my thing. Hopefully this beer will make it into their rotation.

Photo of Reed415
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden yellow color with a medium white head

S - Grainy malt and light hops in the nose

T - Taste light grainy malt flavor, very faint hops, pretty much what would be expect from the aromas

M - Light Body with medium carbonation

D - Good beer for the style. Enjoyable

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice gold color with a very thin head. Smells of earthy tones and some spiciness especially pepper. It taste of nice spices and roasted malt some citrusy hop hints but not too much. Also has some hints of pepper that give it a nice refreshing crisp feel but are nicely balanced with the sweetness of the malt.

Photo of klewis
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/29/07 at T.G.I.Friday's - Stow, OH

A: Pours a darkish straw color with a frothy white head. Good lacing.

S: Big German malt smell with a touch of floral hop aroma.

T: Big malt taste but with a bit of a corn flavor. A slightly spicy hop character in the finish provides a nice balance.

M: Light-bodied with crisp carbonation. Finishes clean and dry.

D: This one is really close to being an outstanding brew. The first time I tried it, there was little to no corn taste, so this may be a freshness or tapline issue. Either way, this is a nice and refreshing beer from GL - not as good as Prima Pils, but not far off.

Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a good straw yellow with a thin head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is of some sweet malts and mild hops. The taste is a good balance of sweet biscuity malt with some subdued earthy hops. The beer is light and refreshing and would make for a decent session. This was a very decent pilsener to say the least.

Photo of Lepley
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took a swing top growler home from the brewery with me. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color with about two fingers of foamy white head.
S: Malty, sweet, floral. Not too potent.
T: Sweet, malt, slight hoppiness, spice, light-light bitterness.
M: Smooth, good carbonation.
D: This is a very easy to drink to pilsener, its light, smooth, flavorful, but not overpowering. I was impressed with this.

Photo of psinderson
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a one-finger white head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Yeasty with a slight noble hops aroma. Some grain presence noted.

Taste: Not very complex. Hoppy flavor but a corn-like flavor permeates the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thinnish with acceptable carbonation.

Drinkability: Relatively clean, but corny aftertaste hurts.

Photo of Risser09
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light golden yellow beer with a white head that billows over the glass. Plenty of lacing left over for me to stare at as I enjoy the brew.
Smell: Not strong, but the aromas I can pick out are roses, mint and pepper.
Taste: Balanced lager with hops in the forefront. Malt profile fills the finish which is dry and pleasing. not complex.
Mouthfeel: Pinchy up front with carbonation. alcohol burn is late and not strong at all.
Drinkability: Awesome for the summer but not worth seeking out. Pilsners are a hard beer to come by these days. I regress, try it and like it because quality pilsners aren't making there way to the craft beer shelves much anymore.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at Gallo’s Tap Room in Columbus: Pours yellow-gold with a thin white head that lasts awhile. Thin rings of lacing. Grassy hops aroma with hints of malt. Light, dry body with floral hops and earthy malt flavors. The finish is somewhat bitter with a hoppy aftertaste. While not normally one of my favorite styles, I found this Pils rather enjoyable.

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Great Lakes Prohibition Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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