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Great Lakes Green Tea Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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75
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery visit their website
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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1.5/5  rDev -53%

kinguy, Sep 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

ktat, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Will12
3/5  rDev -6%

Will12, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of jmkoscie
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

jmkoscie, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.35/5  rDev +5%

A - fully hazy straw golden, two fingers of white head retained nicely with s few random lacing spots
S - citrus zest is dominant, some mild grains, and subtle floral green tea
T - citrus zest and spice up front that is quickly overtaken by green tea flavour, I do like a nice warm green tea but the flavour of the key ingredient seems to take away from the 'beerness' of it
M - medium body and slightly creamy, smooth and mellow with just a bit of herb & spice tingle
O - as a fan of both beer and green tea I think this works generally, just a bit too much tea and not enough beer on the flavour, but still worth a try but only if you like the taste of green tea

joemcgrath27, Nov 23, 2012
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2.9/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

OWSLEY069, Sep 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Molson2000, Sep 11, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

hopsolutely, Aug 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

beerhunter13, Aug 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

KrisDLSmith, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%

Big ups to peensteen for helping to procure this selection...

A - Pours a pale straw colour, thin layer of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Mild on the nose, quite bready, loads of grassy wheat and buttered bread, with a hint of leafy greens on the finish.

T - Again, rather mild, but the green tea notes come through surprisingly well, offering up the bitter leafy notes attributed to green tea. A hint of honey sweetness which brings along with it flavour reminiscent of traditional iced tea. The bitterness lingers alongside some grassy notes and buttered bread.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly dry, which is a bit of a turnoff.

O - A tasty green tea ale, and certainly portrays the true essence of green tea. If you're not a fan of tea, then you might not be a fan of this particular offering. The flavours are mild and non-offensive, making for an easy drinking summer ale.

andrenaline, Jun 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

RedAleMan, Jun 16, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev +15.4%

Bomber picked up at the LCBO; no packaging date. Hopefully this manages to be a bit more inspiring than the somewhat similarly-themed Coors Light Iced T I reviewed a few days ago (although I haven't exactly been blown away by any GLB bomber-format brews).

Pours a bright golden yellow-orange colour, completely translucent, topped with almost two fingers of creamy, pillowy white head. Much better head retention that most of the other beers in this style I have tried; it lasts well over ten minutes before dissolving - I'm honestly pretty amazed. The aroma is agreeable but other than that, has little about it worth noting - the citrus zest is fairly prominent, along with some disappointingly subdued tea notes.

The aroma may be a bit weak, but the taste makes up for that - which is a relief, because at 4.2% I almost expected it to be a little, well, light. Pale, bready malts provide much of the body of the flavour, with a firm lemony citrus bite to back it up. The green tea provides a lovely light bitterness toward the end of the sip, and in the aftertaste. Light-bodied and (unfortunately) rather watery, with heavy, spritzy carbonation. Very drinkable stuff, due to a combination of the mild flavour, light dryness, and low abv.

I actually quite enjoy this beer. It's ridiculously quaffable, and a perfect summer patio pint. One thing I will complain about is the format - this doesn't really need to be in a bomber; tallboys would be fine, although perhaps significantly less elegant.

Final Grade: 3.68, a respectable B grade. I've had 4 or 5 of these GLB bombers now, and Green Tea Ale is definitely one of the better ones. That being said, I'm not exactly enamored with it - and due to the 4-5 dollar price, probably won't get it again any time soon. Something tells me a heavier version of this with more tea infusion might be much more interesting, but this brew remains a highly crisp, refreshing and enjoyable drink, if not an especially memorable or interesting one.

thehyperduck, Jun 16, 2012
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2/5  rDev -37.3%

Wordslinger, May 06, 2012
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2/5  rDev -37.3%

BeerClubNiagara, Jan 13, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev +11.3%

650ml, green foil enclosed bottle. Props to tbeckett for the cross-country enabling...

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden amber colour, with one solid finger of tight foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some random swaths, specks, and clumps of lace around the glass as it dutifully recedes. It smells of bready, cracker-like malt, and warm grassy herbal tea. The taste is big on the green tea, which is weird, given the normally delicate nature of that beverage. It's more earthy than grassy, and the ginseng is very soft in its savoury leanings. Underlying all this is an adequate pale maltiness, that does a good job of supporting without getting in the way. The carbonation is just a little zingy, but nothing too distracting, the body medium-light, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, just, the malt able to continue its low-impact support of the lingering spiced green tea character.

It's sometimes strange when the realization hits that all beer flavours don't have to be big and brawny, and that, if done properly, subtly can be winsome as well. I would not have thought this particular adjunct a good idea, but lo, Great Lakes has proven my hypothetical self wrong. Easy drinking, almost 'green' tasting - a decent reproduction of that steeping cup of catechin-laden goodness.

biboergosum, Aug 31, 2011
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3/5  rDev -6%

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

Stocean1, Aug 08, 2011
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3/5  rDev -6%

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.

cyrenaica, Jun 29, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev +12.2%

Single bottle from the LCBO Summer release.

Poured into a conical pint glass. Light hazy golden, nice frothy head, good retention and lacing.

Nose is tea, cracker, rice, a bit of lemon.

Cracker, rice, lemon, a bit of green tea (though not oppressively so), and a basic pale lager taste to the finish. A slight fruit or berry makes an appearance towards the end of the pint. It doesn't taste a great deal like green tea, it's still pretty drinkable.

Light, good carbonation, creamy.

While I still await Great Lakes to finally hit the mark with a quality brew, I have to say this one was among their better brews. Although it doesn't taste that much like green tea, the end result is a fairly decent lager with a few hints of tea, which is not bad. So while the brew didn't really achieve what I thought it was going to do, it's not bad as it is.

JohnnyBarman, Jun 26, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a hazy, rusty and mango juice-like orange colour with a moderate white head that falls to a collared film without leaving lace.

Very mild aroma. Smells like wet wheat primarily with a honey-like sweetness and an apple or pear juice tone. Starts to smell like brewed green tea and rice after warming.

Tastes like toasted malt, green tea and rice, again with a honey-like sweetness. It's actually quite refreshing and not at all too sweet. Develops a subtle berry-like note as it warms

Thin-bodied with just enough carbonation to give it some life on the tongue. Quite dry in the finish.

My least favourite of the Great Lakes Brewery seasonals and it took a while to grow on me, but for a light beer it does have a lot of taste. Would be a great barbecue session beer, but maybe a bit pricey for that purpose.

bryehn, Jun 12, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev +7.5%

Deep golden colour, minimal white head, no lacing left behind. Smell is bready, malt, cereal, ginger, spice tea leaves and a caramel like sweetness. Taste is malty, biscuit like, tea and spice come through, hops come and go, lightly bitter in the finish. High carbonation, medium weight, touches of cream come and go. OK, not my cup of tea (pun intended) though I would not mind splitting a bomber 3 ways every summer like I did this year.

peensteen, Jun 08, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev +16.9%

Rerating after last year's diacetyl-laced samples.

Bottle: fresh from brewery.

Pours a light protein hazed light gold ale in the glass. A 2 finger frothy cap laces well.

Aroma is demure light fruity tones over sweet grains and grassiness...delicate pale ale aroma with green tea leafy aromas.

Light bodied, gritty mouth feel.

Dulcet biscuit malts mingle with pear and herbal hops up front, finish is clean, puckering tart with the green tea and hops joining forces. Very refreshing, dry, quenching clean tasting ale. Great for plus 30 weather.

pootz, May 26, 2010
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3/5  rDev -6%

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.

mrmanning, Aug 01, 2009
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Great Lakes Green Tea Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.