Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 81
Beer Ratings: 35,045
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 10 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 334 | Reviews: 211 | Display Reviews Only:
4.1/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
The atmosphere is o.k. They have a nice bar area, and a couple dinning areas. The place is usually packed with a high brow/white collar crowd which is a turn off for me.
The quality of their beer is outstanding. I haven't ate here since 1991, but the food was great back then. This place has grown greatly since opening in 1988, but their quality only got better with their growth.
Service is good for a busy place. They take time to answerer questions and know their product.
Their gift-shop is my favorite place to buy their beer. Their cooler is nice and cold and full of FRESH beer.
03-29-2010 01:45:58 | More by sitarist
3.93/5 rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by here before a friend's wedding reception.
Nice neighborhood; it was very lively on a Saturday afternoon. GLBC was packed, with a 45 minute wait for a table.
It's a multi-roomed interior, with lots of wood and random things on the wall. They were pretty flexible and able to switch things up when we had 3 extra people than we thought we would have.
Good beer selection. I think about 10 on tap, with a wide range of styles to choose form. Of course all were high quality.
Food was decent, but nothing special. Took an incredibly long time, and then everyone's food came out at different times.
Overall a nice stop, but slightly underwhelming.
03-14-2010 15:39:30 | More by shivtim
3.69/5 rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I've been drinking Great lakes for years, and always enjoyed their brews. Unfortunately, when I visited the brewery they basically had everything I can already buy in the store. Sure the freshness of the Commodore Perry was greatly appreciated, but I generally go to a brewery to try the brew house specials. The only specials they had were Black Ice (very good) and a Pils (not so hot, but honestly Pils generally aren't my bag). That wouldn't have bugged me to much, but to top it off they had zero guest taps... or bottles for that matter. I didn't try the food, but have always heard good things. They had a nice Gift shop, but whatever. The place was dead. Although it was a Monday at 4:00. So take that for what it's worth. The upstairs Bar was honestly a little nice for my likings, but I'm weird and prefer dumps, or the unusual. The down stairs bar looked very nice (closed while I was there though). It kind of reminded me of a cave. I really wish it was open. I know this review may seem a little negative, but I would return (although I've been to far better). I'm just a cynical Diego. Oh yeah and the service was slow (kind of sad since there was one other person in the bar)
01-25-2010 22:06:46 | More by jquanmusic
4.05/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I was very impressed with the decor and overall apearence of the building. Probably the best atmosphere of a any brewpub I have been to. The basement pub was really cool. I was really excited to have the food and it was just ok, I had the brats and perogies I expected them to be much beter. The cheddar stilton soup was the highlight for me on the food I ordered. The beer was good, but I was hoping for the beer to fresher than what I have had at home. I ordered a commodore perry and it not taste right, it seemed a little flat and it seemed like the line was dirty. The other beers I had were all perfect and fresh. The service at the downstairs bar was just ok and it was hard to get the attention of the bartenders.
01-19-2010 01:14:37 | More by pbsmooth
4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Reviewed from notes. Originally visited 12/21.
I've visited Great lakes a few times before and this visit lived up to my previous experiences.
My friend and I elected to sit at the bar in the downstairs bar. It has an eclectic atmosphere with old stone walls, nice wood tables and chairs, and a few flat screen TVs above the bar.
We were greeted right away by the bartender as we took our seats at the bar. She took our drink orders, and asked if we wanted to see food menus. We had stellar service pretty much throughout the night. However, a little later in the night, we had a little bit of a hard time getting the bartender's attention, but they were pretty busy and the staff was spread thin.
We both ordered a Wright Pils to start off the night. They also had Christmas Ale and Ohio City Oatmeal Stout in addition to their year-round regulars.
As far as food, I ordered The Old World Burger and my friend ordered the Pancetta Mac and Cheese. Their food prices are a little expensive($11 for a burger) but they only use high quality ingredients and the food is consistently great. We were both very satisfied.
We also visited the gift shop after dinner. It was completely different than what I remembered. My friend informed me that they expanded it about a year ago. We were specifically looking to buy the Wright Pils in 6-packs, as we both really enjoyed it, and had read that it should be available on their website...
They had a a whole wall cooler(ten cooler doors long) full of their year-round beers as well as Christmas Ale. There was no Wright Pils to be had though. They also do growler fills, but they seem to be a little on the expensive side ($10 for a small and $20 for a large plus the cost of fill). I asked another customer who was carrying a growler how much they were and he informed me he paid $52 for a large growler of Christmas Ale. This is offset slightly by the reasonable beer prices in the restaurant.
I really do enjoy stopping by this place every time I'm in Cleveland, and even though is a little pricey, it's definitely a justified cost.
12-27-2009 16:20:07 | More by samie85
4.36/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Great Lakes is another awesome brew pub and this one is only about 2 hours from where I live. I was making a brewery trip through MI, IN, and IL and saw that The Lake Erie Monster was on draft. I love Great Lakes beer and this is something they don't bottle; so I had to stop in (for the first time)!
The brew pub is very big but still cozy and has a great feel. They had flat screens up with football on in the bar. There was also a nice dining area where you can sit and have a meal. Didn't try the food. Then, I go to the bathroom, which is downstairs, and I find another whole bar and dining area downstairs. Great wooden bar, very nice people, and very crowded at noon on a Friday!
12-08-2009 19:10:20 | More by cpetrone84
4.22/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
was fortunate enough to make it by the brewpub a couple times over this past visit to Cleveland - both after forays in the West Side Market across the street, which is a must if you're at all into cooking or food
the establishment is best broken down into three areas - upstairs are the taproom and dining room, and downstairs is the more publike beer cellar, both absolutely dripping with history in their comfortably lively, stone and dark wood adorned confines; third is the more recently renovated, eco-friendly beer garden, as well as a gift shop that supplies bottles to go and various paraphernalia, we chose the downstairs pub both times, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience
selection was nothing to scoff at, but far from jaw dropping either, I went with a Lake Erie Monster and Blackout Stout as all the others on draft at the time are widely available in bottle, maybe 6 or 7 in total, the beers were of course super fresh and glassware was appropriate
no food this visit, though I'd really wanted to get on some lake fish - the wait was 1.5 hours and the fam impatient to eat
also cool to learn about their active approach towards environmental responsibility, something they don't seem to market but is certainly admirable
12-07-2009 04:37:16 | More by blackie
4.2/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
On the list of great beer places in Cleveland, this is on a very short list.
The atmosphere is wonderful, makes you happy that a place like this with such quality beers is in Cleveland.
I will start with the food. I have always heard not to go with main meals, so we have always stuck with appetizers.
The brewers pretzels are fantastic, and the sausage plate is wonderful as well.
Now to the beer! The thing that I love about Great Lakes is that their flagship beers are solid. While I am not a huge fan of the Dortmunder Gold, the Burning River is one of my favorite pale ales.
The seasonal are also a source of great strength with Blackout Stout, Nosferatu, Oktoberfest, and Christmas Ale being exceptional.
In summary, stop by Great Lakes when you have the time. Grab some food, get a brew, upstairs or down it is a great place to be.
11-18-2009 03:02:49 | More by KingMoomie
4.95/5 rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Visited the Brewpub/cafe tonight during a trip to Cleveland with the whole family. We were seated on the 1st floor near "Brewhouse #1". Nice wood paneling everywhere, and very relaxed through the whole place. Good tunes, plenty of plants nearby, not exceedingly loud. I think it says something about the place that they have a Kid's menu and the place is friendly to all ages and types. I laughed when I saw that someone had ordered wine in a Beer Temple like this place, but the fact that they serve to all is very telling.
Outstanding quality in everything - from the bread brought out before the meal to the very fresh beer on tap (I had Edmund Fitzgerald and the Mrs. had Eliot Ness).
The server was great - made sure to check often and was very personable. Made us laugh a few times and talked us into dessert.
Selection - a lot of everything available but heavy on the European influences in the cuisine. Not that this is a bad thing mind you. Given the beer choices though it makes sense that this is what they have a lot of on their menu. Plenty of beer on tap tonight.
Food - just right in portion size, high quality and oh so very tasty. I had the meatloaf which was just right. Everyone cleaned their plates and the Kid's mac-n-cheese was not from a box, but actual hand made stuff.
Overall - I thought everything was very reasonable given the great brewery this place is - a great evening had by all, even the kids liked the place.
11-13-2009 23:34:53 | More by damndirtyape
4.68/5 rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I live about 30 minutes from Great Lakes Brewery but this is my first review of this fine establishment. Went with friends on 10-27-09 for the pre-release of Christmas Ale. Bar was jam packed but we managed to find a table in the corner. Atmosphere is very comfortable with low lighting. Decorated very nice with two levels and a bar on each level. Service and food was top notch. I would have to recommend the Old World Burger. Beer selection always includes the Norm: Commadore Perry, Elliot Ness, Burning River, Edmund Fitzgerald and Dortmunder. The specialties were the Barrel Aged Blackout Stout, Prohibtion Pilsner, Nosferatu and Christmas Ale. I have enjoyed atleast everyone of these but prefer Commadore, Nosferatu, and Christmas Ale. They also give you all the samples you want for a small $1.50/each price. This offers a great opportunity for you beer geeks like me. I spent about $25.00 bucks and had a great time. So if you get the chance this place is a must stop.
10-31-2009 13:04:40 | More by Intimidtor
Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
96 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.