Great Lakes Green Tea Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
In our pursuit to bring you the most flavourful and unique beers possible, we are proud to release this tasty spring ale. Handcrafted with specialty malts and hops, we added carefully selected Organic Gunpowder Green Tea and fresh Ontario grown ginseng directly into the brew. Like green leaves sprouting, this beer boasts a refreshing and slightly herbal flavour that pairs well with lobster, pad thai, spring rolls or sesame chicken.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 03-04-2009)
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Photo of IronDjinn
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to wfeddern for sending me this in CanBIF 5.

From a 650 ml brown bottle, small green foil around cap and top of neck. I'm a big green tea fan, so I'm curious to find out how they pulled this off. Pours out a hazed and transluscent deep golden hue, tall frothy and creamy white head. Intermittent patches of sticky lacing.

A deep biscuity malt on the nose, with the exception of the tea and ginseng this is obviously an all-malt lager. Slight earthiness from the ginseng.

The base malt is what pops out first, a great bready profile. While the tea is present as a mild green spicy flavour, and the ginseng adds its expected earthy and woody character, being the most prominent flavour on the finish and into the aftertaste.

A medium bodied mouthfeel, a much fuller texture than most lagers have which is a nice surprise, however light in carbonation therefore feels thin on the finish, although this does not detract from it.

I feel that the green tea or the ginseng doesn't really add to this lager. It's still palatable, and I commend Great Lakes for their experimental spirit, yet I'd be satisfied with the bare base lager without the addition of the herbs.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lightly hazed gold with an inch or so of tight white foam. Aroma is light, but definitely tea and ginseng, as advertised. Malt backdrop is light and there's a bit of a citrus/orange as well. Drier than I expected, with some acid up front and a herbal flavour although I wouldn't pick out tea specifically. Somewhat earthy/chalky with a mild hop. Slightly astringent and light body with a strong carbonation.

Photo of Ralphus
3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As mentioned before, Great Lakes does have a very good seasonal program. Their pumpkin, winter and orange peel ales are all an attractive bunch and something to look forward to. This one though is a bit of mixed bag.

It starts off quite well. The pour is a very deep golden colour that's pleasant to look at. The head is white and foamy in the beginning but dissipates to a small blanket at the top. Initially the smell is dominated by grassy notes but as you drink more of it the smell starts to resemble the taste - and that's a fairly reasonable blend of beer and slightly bitter green tea. Constant throughout is the light smell and taste of butterscotch or microwave popcorn however. Many people find it's overwhelming to the point that they can't finish their beer. I didn't think it was that strong. And I had no trouble finishing off my bottle.

Mouthfeel is fine and drinkability rates as average. Seasonals rarely get put away in numbers.

Photo of Stocean1
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured a pillowy white two finger head from the bomber bottle which proved to be the most interesting thing about this brew - decent retention with nice lacing - colour was light yellow and clear

S - malt, some fruit, hint of tea

T - followed the nose with only a slight tea flavour coming and a metallic after taste - the faint tea was thoroughly disappointing - it is one thing to a have a tea note but with the elaborate bottle and being named green tea ale, one expects something bolder and interesting - this tastes only slightly better than Labatts Blue

M - light to medium body with plenty of carbination, a little bitter on the back end

Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber from the LCBO- Pale sparkling yellow topped with a fizzy and short lived white fizz. Nose of straw, some honey, and an herbal grassy aroma floats around as well, though like others have mentioned, it isn't really upfront. I get a bit of mint leaf aroma too. Sweet grains with, a bit of chamomile tea flavour, mint springs....which I credit the ginseng...but these are all muted and difficult to pick out. If I had to blind sample this, I'd probably say it was a cleanly, well made pale lager with a touch more flavour than what the masses are used to. A well made, well balanced, and interesting experiment, unfortunately not really resembling what I suspect was intended. Novel.

Photo of Will12
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of cyrenaica
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml bottle <br>
4.2% ABV <br>
I tried this beer on June 29, 2011 after purchasing from oine of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent straw gold colour with a half inch white bubble head. The aroma was grainy malt, weak tea, and light fruits. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with mild carbonation. The flavour was grains, tea, and weak hops. The finish was not very bitter.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like the silk screened label and green thick foil on the neck of the bottle. GLB have some of the best packaging in Canada.

The pour reveals a pale peach colored liquid topped with a patchy, smallish head. Trails and patches of lace cling to the glass in abundance. The aroma is mildly herbal and malty with a whole wheat, grainy character and a definite diacytel tang. The taste is better, corn flakes, ginger, very faint green tea, fuggles hops and fruity tartness all shows up. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a harsh but not tremendously active carbonation. The finish is bitter for a short bit, then sweetish and herbal.

An OK beer, but a little too sweet and uneventful. Maybe more hops, green tea and malt girth is needed, or maybe green tea beer is just not my thing.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry citrus, tea notes, and a small dry wheat. In the taste, dry lemon citrus and some tea like notes. A smooth and a thin mouthfeel, with a small dry tea like notes with notes of lemon citrus in the aftertaste. Lots of dry tea and lemon citrus, but quite thin.

Photo of hopsolutely
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of Sammy
2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I like green tea, though without ginsing, but I was not crazy about this concoction. It smelled cheesy-beery, appearance was passable though light with foaming white head. A tad below average mouthfeel. Not very drinkable.Green tea was the dominant taste, but could not distinguish from harsher beer taste, not well integrated.

Photo of cratez
2.55/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, like many Ontario craft beers in retail stores today, this one disappoints. I decided to try it because the other brews from Great Lakes - 666, Winter, Pumpkin - range from good to great. Not the case with their Green Tea Ale. In fact, I am truly puzzled as to why GL is making this beer. It baffles me how a respectable craft brewer can create such a mediocre product, approve it for retail, and then hype it up with a release party to pretend like it doesn't suck. Anyhow, on with the review...

Appearance: cloudy off-yellow body with a foamy half-inch head and lots of fine lacing. Very promising.

Smell: tea leaves and a musty cheddar/popcorn/spice aroma that I can't put my finger on. I'm assuming it's the mix of malt and ginseng. Either way it smells unpleasant and ruins the beer in my opinion.

Taste: green tea, misplaced bitterness, wheaty malt, and a watery aftertaste. Yawn.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy upfront, nicely carbonated in the body, and dryly malted in the finish. Definitely the strongest aspect of this beer. It's a shame that this looks and feels like a craft beer but smells and tastes like crap.

Drinkability: I couldn't get past the smell on this beer and, as a result, I didn't finish it. My expectations were high given the quality of GL's other beers, but alas I was underwhelmed. They certainly deserve points for originality - the Green Tea twist is something different. However, the style is poorly executed here.

I'm increasingly realizing that Ontario craft brewers don't seem to "get it" when it comes to making bold, distinct, and enjoyable beers that consumers actually want. Hopefully a barrage of bad reviews will inspire GL to go back to the drawing board and produce something noteworthy.

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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

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2/5  rDev -37.5%

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2/5  rDev -37.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -53.1%

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Great Lakes Green Tea Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
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