Devils Lake Red Lager - Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
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3.18/5 rDev -10.4%
Served in a shaker pint glass at the Madison brewpub.
Another entry in my pre-interview extravaganza. It pours a clear rosy pumpkin topped by a finger of white micro-froth. The nose comprises flowers, wheat, and some very light toffee. The taste holds notes of wheat, flowers, and, get this, white bread. Seriously, it tastes like biting into white bread. I've never encountered this before in a beer. Hmm. The body is on the lighter side, with a very light carbonation and a ridiculously smooth feel, almost nitro-tap- or cask-like. Overall, this was just a lackluster beer all around. If beer is liquid bread, this is liquid milquetoast. That said, it's easy enough to drink, but only because it's offensively unoffensive.
10-30-2010 18:24:05 | More by TMoney2591
4.22/5 rDev +18.9%
Ruby-copper bodied. Fat, creamy beige head sit on top and never moves. More like a life raft than actual foam.
Pleasingly, abeit faint, nose of carmel and subtle fruitness. Hops are present in an organic, floral form.
Starts off with light toffee and carmel tones. Ghosts of raisins, and perhaps even more exotic fruits. Doughy and chewy. A large dose of hops enters late and ads some earthy floral hues. Exits with a long, lingering green-tea herbalness.
Full, fluffy body. This rivals their Emerald Isle stout for size, and actually might be fuller. Like a big doppelbock, with a smaller wrath.
Quite a surprise. I love it
10-11-2002 09:50:13 | More by cokes
3.78/5 rDev +6.5%
appearance: The beer is given to me in a Great Dane imperial pint with a slight white head that persists throughout. The layer of carbonation on the surface is veined in a way that reminds me of the overhead view of an alluvial plain. The beer is a reddish medium brown in color, and some nice lacing is left behind as I drain the glass.
smell: At the forefront of the aroma I find moderately sweet, biscuity toasted malts with hints of apple. There is a big biscuit smell that is very reminiscent of the typical Irish Red aroma. No hop aroma is really noticeable.
mouthfeel: The carbonation is extremely low...practically flat. The beer is around medium in body. The low carbonation really detracts as the beer needs that boost of CO2 to carry the nuances to the tongue and nose. After the swallow, the feel of the beer on the tongue progresses from wet to dry.
taste: I find the typical toasty and sweet, biscuity malts that I usually associate a red. There is a nice, subtle hop flavor and a light bitterness that lingers into the finish with a very slight roast and biscuit. The finish is the best part of the beer...it starts out a little one dimensional but seems to open up after the swallow when the roast and toast becomes most evident.
drinkability: not bad, not good
on tap at the Dane during my stay in Madison...was a nice ending to my first Friday walleye fry
08-19-2006 05:25:43 | More by blackie
3.78/5 rDev +6.5%
Pretty pour, dark red with a large, soapy white head.
Smells of fairly mild hops against a big backbone of caramel and bread malt. Not as crisp as what I'm used to with reds, but nice and smoth.
Tastes very much like it smells. The bite of the hop is softened greatly by the smoothness of the cask pour, and the red ale maltiness is a lot more reigned in than you might be used to.
Very laid back, smooth red. Reds ain't exactly what I'm used to getting out of a cask, but this one worked pretty well.
04-06-2008 15:54:36 | More by mynie
4.03/5 rDev +13.5%
I had this one at the Great Dane in downtown Madison.
Poured a medium reddish brown color. Full head throughout the beer that took a couple minutes to settle and become drinkable. Tasted really good, nice malt flavor. Very smooth drinking beer. I could drink this all night.
01-31-2011 19:43:09 | More by richkrull
3.28/5 rDev -7.6%
This beer struck me as good, but not very special/different from other beers, particularly for a brewpub offering.
Color was orange with a good amount of velvety head (nitro-tap at Roman's). Aroma was very faint caramel smell. Flavor was also too light for my taste, and lightly sweet and caramel-y. Great velvety smooth mouthfeel. It reminded me of a Boddington's from a nitro-can - great mouthfeel, but otherwise unremarkable.
03-02-2007 20:22:16 | More by BeerBelcher
3.43/5 rDev -3.4%
From a hand-pulled cask, pours a clear mahogany red with an inch-plus smooth-as-silk foamy head, and left tons of lacing on the glass. The aroma is almost non-existant through the head, then some bready biscuit malt comes through, then caramel, then disappointment. Not much here. The taste is a bit better, but still too soft. More biscuit malts, more caramel malt, some toasty malt, maybe a twinge of hop, though vague and faint. But where everything else comes flat, oh how a guy can fallin love with cask. Smooth as silk, creamy, slightly above medium bodied, a joy to drink. So, as a session beer, its a triumph. As a red, meh. With I have it again? Most definitely.
07-21-2008 19:33:52 | More by objectivemonkey
3.28/5 rDev -7.6%
P: Served on nitro-tap @ Romans' Pub. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a beautiful reddish-auburn color with a two-finger, off-white head with excellent retention.
S: Extremely subtle nose. No prominent aromas detected.
T: Silky fusion of slightly sweet malt flavors balanced by the crisp taste of Hallertau hops. Nut-like notes and subtle traces of caramel. Very understated taste profile.
M: Smooth and creamy. Served high-nitrogen blend for a velvety mouthfeel.
D: Just okay. Aside from the exceptional mouthfeel, nothing remarkable going on here.
11-08-2008 18:13:12 | More by CaptainIPA
4.28/5 rDev +20.6%
The Great Dane in my neighborhood finally added the Devil's Lake Red on tap, if only for a few months. Served chilled in a pilsner glass.
A=Lighter yellowish red...started out cloudy in the pitcher, but settled. Foam was minimal...nice amber color, except lighter and more towards yellow than I would have liked.
S=I was not able to detect any smell, either positive or negative.
T=Very nice...stronger than other lagers, but not quite as flavorful as I had hoped for.
M=Very nice...lost a half-point for being a bit more watery than ideal.
D=The lightness of this beer makes this a very drinkable beer...I was able to drink 3-4 glasses from the pitcher without any difficulties.
I will likely get this again unless I can find another red that I like even more.
02-03-2011 03:31:17 | More by dhannes
3.68/5 rDev +3.7%
A very pretty beer to look upon- deep ruby red with a creamy head.
Some hop presence (Hallertau, I'm told) in the nose and definite malty aroma. All of it melds into a well balanced full taste that doesn't overpower you.
Named for a beautiful glacial lake nearby, this is a nice choice.
05-16-2004 01:50:38 | More by brewQ
Devils Lake Red Lager from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
81 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.