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Great Lakes Green Tea Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Green Tea AleGreat Lakes Green Tea Ale

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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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Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed again July 2/10, brewed May 2010; found to be much better all around on this occasion. Generous beige head starts at three fingers and sticks around, foamy lace with good retention. Hazy orange hue, very lively carbonation on opening.

Taste is dominated by an astringency that weighs in heavily, as one might find in green tea. Lemon-lime flavours jump out at you with flashes of sour fruit. Heightened carbonation imparts a cleansing, refreshing mouthfeel, although the finish is a bit too dry. I have to say I've not a clue how ginseng might taste so I can't say if it comes through or not but there is an herbal feel. This is a good attempt at a curious beer although I found the finish a bit sharp and dull on the pallete.

As indicated on the label, this would go fine with pad thai or similar asian dishes, also would contribute nicely on a hot summer day where some sticky bbq sauces are featured. Thanks to Great Lakes for coming out with products like these, curiosities worth a try and just make a great conversation piece around the patio too.

review 04-07-09

Light orange, tangerine hue, murky. Fleeting off white head, wispy surface, ring, minor lace, lazy carbonation soon went flat. The taste very reminscent of cold tea, not necessarily green tea, astringent bite. Herbal nose reminds me of chamomile or peppermint, not overly pronounced with an earthy musky odour. This is an interesting take on blending green tea and ale, kudos for the brewery for trying it out, but it doesn't quite "click" for me, I think I'll keep those separate from here on in.

ThatWineGuy, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of cratez
2.55/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

cratez, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of cyrenaica
3/5  rDev -6%
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.

cyrenaica, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light hazy golden colour with a foamy white head that stays for a while and leaves lots of lacing.

Doesn't smell like much, definately ginseng, maybe some green tea, very hard to tell though.

Decent tasting beer, citrusy, herby, a bit of green tea, almost like iced tea, and definately ginseng, starts to taste like red bull or some energy drink after a while(which I don't mind).

This is a nice refreshing beer for a hot day, but it lacks complexity..

GodOfBeer, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

KrisDLSmith, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of bryehn
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
Photo of Stocean1
3/5  rDev -6%
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

Stocean1, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Ralphus
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Ralphus, Mar 18, 2009
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2/5  rDev -37.3%

Wordslinger, May 06, 2012
Photo of jmkoscie
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

jmkoscie, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Will12
3/5  rDev -6%

Will12, Jul 14, 2013
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2/5  rDev -37.3%

BeerClubNiagara, Jan 13, 2012
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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
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Great Lakes Green Tea Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.