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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.92/5
Based on:
98 Beers
45,463 Hads
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 226
Visits: 497
Avg: 4.25
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2516 Market Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio, 44113
United States
phone: (216) 771-4404 | map
www.greatlakesbrewing.com

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Reviews: 226 | Visits: 497
Reviews by scoobybrew:
Photo of scoobybrew
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I stopped in here with a work colleague while on a business trip to Cleveland. I had been anticipating visiting the place ever since my trip was scheduled. The experience was everything I hoped it would be.

The bar room walls are lined with wood and a wonderful grand old wooden bar. The lighting is dim, but not too dim. The place was filling up at about 7pm when we arrived and getting fuller by the minute. The room was filled with the sound of friendly conversation.

The food was good, but the beer was better. All varieties I tasted were of the most excellent quality.

The staff was friendly and helpful, but they were a bit understaffed for the crowd that was coming in, which understandably slowed the service a bit. However, it was not too slow. I suppose when you're wanting another pint of their delicious beer, it can seem like an eternity.

I highly recommend the place for anyone stopping in Cleveland. If I were more local, this would be routine watering hole for me.

Update on 6/21/08:
Stopped here with my wife on a recent trip. It was every bit as good as I remember and perhaps even better. I've updated the scores as well to reflect these opinions.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Doublicious
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of RebornStussy
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of chiefbender
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Brian29
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of rjd722
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I love the downstairs "dungeon" style set-up, lots of brick and wood. Solid beers available, but not much beyond their year round offerings, wish they had a little more. I didn't have any food so unfortunately can't rate anything there.

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Photo of erk0607
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Almost always busy, but they have a unique selection of foods on their menu and have a few brews that are only available on tap at the bars (one in the basement, main level, and top level). Staff is friendly and willing to let you try samples if you ask politely and they're not swamped. Parking can be hit or miss but it's not too bad, and is nice that it's located across from the West Side Market so you can wander around after your meal and check out all the fruit, bakery and meats (some of which is used at the GLBC restaurant).

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Photo of Sabtos
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of orangesol
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of needMIbeerinMD
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of Angerhaus
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2 | food: 4.25

Photo of torwart68
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of JMcBride415
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of DrJGR629
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of fallis10
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of brewohio1
2.43/5  rDev -42.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

15 years ago I loved their beers but they have really gone downhill. The beers are shells of their former selves. Especially Edmund fitzgerald and Christmas ale. Not sure if they have changed recipes or brewmasters. I got the strip steak and it came with POWDERED mash potatoes. Big letdown.

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Photo of searsclone
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Gregf51
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of schroeder1200
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of JustinSparks
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Dikfour
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Vibe:My folks and I were in town for the night as we were on our way to the Football HOF induction ceremony. The place was packed on a Friday afternoon. Outdoor patio seating looked cool. Up stairs and downstairs bars looked a bit cramped. We ended up at a table downstairs as it was the only room really available. The people seemed pretty cool and there were a few other out-of-towners.

Quality: The beers were really nice. Only had a couple duds that fell flat to me. We were lucky that they still had some of the Christmas Ale left over from the Christmas in July thingy they did. The Oktoberfest, Lake Erie Monster, and the Clevelander Weisse really stood out to me, with the last two really making a strong case for my favorites.

Service: was prompt and friendly. Pretty dang extraordinary for how packed it was in there.

Selection: I was pretty psyched for all 11 different beers they had on tap. They had a beer for everybody. Some safe picks like the Dortmunder and Eliot Ness Amber and some more challenging beers like the Clevelander Weisse and the Moondog ESB.

Food was pretty kick ass. Had a perfectly cooked burger and the grilled cheese is to die for. Though, my father is doing this whole pseudo-vegetarian thing to keep his gout at bay and the beet salad didn't do it for him.

I really enjoyed myself here and love that you can get a 5 oz sampler of all 11 beers for like $16. If I hadn't just gone from a mile up in elevation to about 650 above sea level I might have gotten a little drunk even. I will definitely return next time I am in Cleveland.

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Photo of zimm421
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
94 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.