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Great Lakes Locktender Lager - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Locktender LagerGreat Lakes Locktender Lager

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BA SCORE
86
very good

42 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SheepNutz on 05-26-2002)
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Reviews by Blueribbon666:
Photo of Blueribbon666
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

Though retired I had to weigh in on this beer. Living in C-town I don't get to GL as much as I'd like so when I see their new stuff in the stores I buy and try...even if the 4-packs are pricey and leave me wanting more. These were in 6-packs and I only had the one sixer. In my opinion this was Dortmunder Gold light. It's no slight, but at the time I remember telling a Christmas Ale lovin' type who thought Dortmunder had too much body to try this...great taste but not as full bodied. Too bad they retired it as I often refered people to this beer to get them started with Great Lakes outside of their BIG three. RIP

Blueribbon666, Oct 30, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.4%

This is the first time I found this selection from Great Lakes, so I had to pick up a sixer. The Locktender Lager pours a sunshine golden hue with a nice white frothing head leaving a pretty decent lace as the glass empties. The aroma is full of a mellow, yet pleasant malt sweetness. There's nothing here that is too complex or outrageous, but it is a definite classic go to session beer. A lighter bodied Munich style lager, that with each sip brings a crisp citrusy flavor. This is one outstanding lager, it could definitely teach our macros a lesson. You could drink this with a big smile on your face all night long.

WVbeergeek, Jan 30, 2003
Photo of soper2000
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

Always eager to try Great Lakes beers, I picked up a sixer of this golden elixir. Poured a slightly hazy golden with a medium sized frothy white head into my Sam Smith pint glass. Hints of bready malt dominate the nose. This is a very bready beer but it somehow maintains a nice edge despite a lack of hoppy character. Interesting offering with superb drinkability. Not much more to add about this one.

soper2000, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of cokes
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

Slightly chill-hazed, straw golden body with creamy medium-sized white head. Good durability.
Very solid nose of slightly toasted biscuits as well as some green tea hoppiness. Clean and inviting.
Good malt body for the style. Nicely bready and biscuity, with hints of toasted white bread. Also fairly sweet, hinting at grape. Hops stay true to the aroma, with distinct green tea flavors, enhanced with a spicy edge. This screams freshness.
Body is a shade or two lighter than medium. With a nice crispness that makes this incredibly drinkable. Pairs well with just about any food you throw at it.

I sort of feel like I am rating this too high. But it is very clean, well-built and solid. A beer needn't be loaded with complexities to be great.
This is a very good straight-forward Helles lager. Session all the way.

cokes, Aug 25, 2002
Photo of Reverand
3.18/5  rDev -17%

Poured to a clear, slightly golden yellow with an airy white head. The head faded fairly quickly but had some nice belgian lace. An almost pilsner like aroma which was ok but do I dare and say slightly skunked. Taste wise was just average. A nice balance of hops and malt made this beer fairly easy to drink.

Reverand, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of Jon
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

Locktender, another of Great Lakes' fine lagers, pours a nice golden yellow color with a foamy white head. Retention is minimal, but lacing is decent. Aroma is earthy, with a grassy-lemon character. Taste is similar, with earthy hops complementing a solid, flavorful, and sometimes-sweet malt profile. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and somewhat creamy. Although this is fairly carbonated, it doesn't really bring down the drinkability at all. This lager is a great choice on a hot summer day as it's refreshing and quite tasty overall.

Jon, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Clear hay-yellow in hue, there is a fair amount of animation racing towards the finger of bright white head. The head retention is very good; it took a long while before it faded to a loose cap. The subsequent lacing was like tattered wallpaper. The aromas are sweet, from the malt and not adjuncts, which is a nice change of pace from mass-produced lagers. Plus there is some hoppy earthiness too; I’d say this has a German influence. The bouquet is simplistic but inviting. I found the palate to be very refreshing; the flavors consist of notes of dull citrus, hay, sweet earthiness, and a distant bite of bitterness. The finish is quick, some toasty maltiness in the aftertaste and a hint of hops too. This is a very good lager. It is cleansing. The low abv makes it agreeable to session with, at a BBQ or something. My bottle is seven months past its “best by” date, I think GLBC needs to re-work how they decide freshness because this offering is still in great shape. I am very impressed with this beer, either it is a great Pale Lager or a very good Helles. Either way I’d be happy if I drank this again. Medium/medium-full in body, good crisp, biting carbonation, as a whole the mouthfeel is very appropriate, it’s dead-on for the style. While this beer doesn’t challenge the tastebuds much it has a straight-ahead deliciousness that is hard to refute. I bet this would make a wonderful crossover beer for the macro drinker. It is well worth trying. Thank you PhantomVodoo!

bditty187, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%

Originally reviewed November 11, 2006. 12 Oz Bottle. Tart lemon earth aroma, spritzy with aged hops and grain husks. Percolatingly hazy golden, with a rocky cream of white. Flavor a very plain and longingly sweet sugary malt over a light body of lemon dust. Malt is clean, but very plain and subdued, however tending a few distant esters and some background yeast notes. Bright and refreshing. Not much depth or character, which I find unfortunate in the this example. It’s almost too americanized for me. But, cleaniness appreciated and light euro hop parch provides welcome balance to the finish.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of psyco1
3.83/5  rDev 0%

It came out of the bottle a deep straw yellow and little to no head.

The smell was of malt and hops and a bit of sweetness.

The taste was malt/sweet and hops, in that order.

It definatly felt better in the mouth than any macro.

I could pour a few of these down just about anytime.

psyco1, May 20, 2004
Photo of hotstuff
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%

The Rathskeller Wine & Beer Fest:A small sized white head that contained of fine sized bubbles.The body was clear and the hue was straw yellow.The nose of this beer was malty, hoppy, fruity, sweet and spicy.The flavor was bitter tasting and the mouthfeel was tingly, smooth and light-medium bodied.

hotstuff, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of CRJMellor
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a crystla clear golden color with a white head that leaves traces of lace as the beer is drained
Aroma is pale, crystal malts with some wheat and a floral and citrus hop notes, very crisp and clean notes.
Flavor is fairly sweet, but light carameland somewhat tart citrusy notes, citrus orange and lemon detected.
Mouthfeel seems good for style and after light sweetness and some fruity tart hits there is a pleasnt light bittering to finish.
Drinkability is good, another solid offering from GLBC, very refreshing.

CRJMellor, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of Brent
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a slightly hazy gold. Sweet caramelized malt offset with some citric qualities. Pleasant even hops kick in and carry through to the finish with a touch of lemon at the end. A bit more body than the average lager, which for me is a good thing. This is a lager with some backbone.

Brent, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -6%

The beer as it decamps from the bottle a limpid gold color with a comfortable sized head that is creamy and bright white in color, the lace a fine coating upon the glass. Nose is a tad earthy, but dominated by the sweet malt, also crisp and fresh with the start somewhat sweet, and a nice malt presence, top is middling in its feel. Finish is hard-nosed in its acidity, the hops are apropos to the style, quite dry aftertaste that lingers, a fine drinking beer, one that I could drink several of, thanks Atlagerheads.

Gusler, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of BuckSpin
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

This beer will always hold a special place in my heart (or liver to a BA) in that it was a bottle of this at a beer taste that really opened my eyes (and mouth) to the world of craft beers. It is sad to think it has been removed from circulation, but I was able to grab one last bottle.

Poured a plae, cloudy gold with a 1" head of mixed white foam, its lace lightly clinging. Nose was nice and light, nothing spectacular, with a hint of some of the beer's body. Taste was clean, light, very crisp. It seems that most GLBC offerings often have a mild citrus undercurrent, and this was no differenet with a very light lemony twang. Its body was almost pilsner like on the pallette, and finished smooth and even with that nice lemon twang fading off. This would be a great summer beer, especially on a warm July evening to enjoy with friends. Hopefully it will make a return.

BuckSpin, May 12, 2005
Photo of aracauna
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

This one is a clear yellow gold with a nice bright white head. There is some good lacing. Lightly hoppy nose, slight straw malt. The flavor is dry straw and a nice peppery hop bite in the end. It’s not hoppy, but there’s enough hops to keep it from blandness.

aracauna, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

Pale cloudy yellow with a nice white head, decent carbonation, and some lace. Husky grainy malt aroma with a touch of hops. Husky grainy malt flavor and lightly sweet. Medium bodied and smooth with a malty finish.

A nice grainy malt Helles.

Per G.L. website: 20 IBU. 2 row malted barley and Hallertau hops.

Enjoy By: 05/10/04
Tasted: 01/09/05

RBorsato, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of Ellbert
2.48/5  rDev -35.2%

This beer was nothing special. It had a decent look, nice golden color with a white head that quickly went away.

The smell was very grainy. The taste was also the same. It had a characteristic that was all its own and I can't really put my finger on it.

Not a beer I would drink again.

Ellbert, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours a little darker yellow than the average macro. Creates a big pocky head that reduces to a film with some spotty lacing.

Smells pretty pilsner-like, and a bit skunky, too, which I really dislike. Freshness date is Sept. 3rd, '03, so it's not overly stale. Thankfully, after a few moments the aroma turns to a very nice grassy, slightly malty aroma, but that first impression cost it some quality points.

Light malt taste, paired with a great hop flavor providing excellent balance. With food, some lemon notes come out as well. Crisp and bubbly, I am impressed. There's enough here to keep the taste buds happy without getting bored. Fruity hop finish and a mild, very pleasing hop aftertaste.

Average weight in the mouth, bubbly enough to keep it on the crisp side while still leaving a tasty residual.

A wonderfully drinkable beverage for any cool to hot day. Most enjoyable and thirst quenching.

brewdlyhooked13, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of Afterburner
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow, with a frothy off-white head.

Smell: Delicate floral hops, and a hint of lemon.

Taste: Faintly citrus at first, giving way to the flowery hop flavor and a hint of malt, before finishing ever so briefly with some bitterness and a cracker-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: Not as combative as most lagers. Medium-bodied, with small bead carbonation. Very nice.

Drinkability: Very smooth and thirst-quenching. A good lawnmower beer. Easy to drink.

Afterburner, May 04, 2004
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

ejimhof, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of JackTheRipper
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours a brilliantly clear golden color, head is small with not a lot of lacing.

Smell: Faint honey, grassy, and citrusy smells in the nose, not a whole lot of alcohol smell up front.

Taste: Starts with a nice malty sweetness, finishes with a bit of hop bitterness, it seems like the two balance each other well. No really noticeable aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation. Alcohol is barely noticeable in the taste, but I can feel it warming my gut a bit. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: I'd look forward to my next bottle of this. I'm becoming a big fan of this brewery, all hits with me, so far.

JackTheRipper, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of pezoids
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

This beer poured a light and pale golden yellow color and had a thin white head to it. There is a slight candy sweet aroma rising from the beer. Mellow tasting with a light grassy hopiness to it, the beer goes down ultra smooth and is quite flavorful. Well carbonated and highly drinkable. A nice lager offering.

pezoids, Jun 09, 2003
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

sixerofelixir, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of John
3.83/5  rDev 0%

Although this may be a tad lighter bodied than some Münchner-Style Helles I've had it still measures up quite well. Great Lakes does a fine job with this one putting forth a brew with a light straw/yellow color, lightly malted aroma and flavor, finishing clean and dry.

John, Jun 26, 2002
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%

First time I've had this on tap. The smell is better than the bottle version (freshness?) The color is still a pale straw and the taste is still full of bredy goodness. I believe the whole great drink is enhanced by being served from the tap. This tastes like you're eating a wholesome, whole-grained meal. Taste tailed a bit when the beer warmed to near room temperature.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 06, 2003
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Great Lakes Locktender Lager from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.