Devils Lake Red Lager - Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
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
3.43/5 rDev -3.4%
Ultimate frisbee teams in Madison get 2 free pitchers after league games. Mmmm free beer twice a week.
Beautiful white head top of pitcher, almost can't tell the color until it settles a bit because there are so many white bubbles struggling to the top. This is one smooth lager. Nitro-tap gives it bonus points for appearance, capable of beer-stache formation.
Not much aroma when cold, but it comes out when it warms up a bit. Same goes with the flavor and bitterness. If you drink this one too fast, you are missing out (as I did on my first glass) but that isn't your fault you were thirsty, pour another from the pitcher.
Nothing special really, but tasty just the same. Good balance of malt, bitterness, and hop flavor when it is at optimal temperature. Can't say it added anything to the fantastic Inner Warmth Peanut stew.
07-12-2007 17:46:36 | More by svraines
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
3.78/5 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
4.03/5 rDev +13.5%
This is one of the best Red's I've had in a while.
Has a nice deep red color, and a great head that sticks to the glass. There's an obvious carmel malty flavor with a mild hop taste.
Its a little on the heavy side, but I think I could drink it as a session beer.
07-17-2005 21:44:18 | More by circuitmonkey
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
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
Devils Lake Red Lager from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
81 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.