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The Great Lost Bear

Not Rated.
The Great Lost BearThe Great Lost Bear
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

138 Ratings
Ratings: 138
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Taps: 69
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

540 Forest Ave
Portland, Maine, 04101-1507
United States
phone: (207) 772-0300

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @greatlostbear

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Reviews by Fishersold:
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2.85/5  rDev -32.6%

I want to really like this place. I live in Portland and I have tried on a number of occasions to make this place, "my place", but I can't get passed some basics that the GLB lack.

Most importantly is the selection. At a quick glance, this is the best selection in the state and possibly the region with 60 or so regional beers on tap. But I believe the GLB commits the greatest sin of bars with huge tap selections: not keeping fresh beer. I've had the Sebago Frye's Leap IPA hundreds of times, but I had it at the GLB and couldn't drink it. I even asked them to take it back because I figured it must have been the wrong beer, but they brought back the same gross smelling/tasting thing. This wasn't the first time I've received a beer that seemed "off". Now I'm too scared to try a beer I haven't had before because of the fear of hating a beer I possibly could love.

The atmosphere is kind of cool. It has the real deal version of what places like TGI Fridays go for with the "put any piece of junk up on the wall for decoration" thing. It's part charming, part dirty, which is ok. The food is fine, very fried, very cheesy.

Again, my main concern is the beer freshness. I take great pride in my state's brewing, and would hate for anyone to get the wrong impression by having one of those beers here. If you want to really taste a local brew, go to their own beer bar (Sebago Brewing Co, Gritty McDuff's, etc). Most have them, or try Novare Res.

Fishersold, Jan 18, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 15, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

mdaschaf, Sep 15, 2014
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EyePeeAyBryan, Sep 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

My first exposure to the craft beer scene (many years ago). This place will always be something special for me. Always an interesting tap list, and their sandwiches are awesome!

hudsonheat, Sep 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Gatordaddy, Aug 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

good food good beer good service what else can you expect.. maybe more parking

aking32753, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of bosshop
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

It was great to finally get in a visit. Funky ass place, great vibe and character. Beer list was impressive and balanced. Service was friendly, knowledgable and prompt. My food was rather disappointing, steak fajita with four huge chunks of very tough 'tips'. But, overall a nice experience and a great spot for a beer geeky couple with three kids in tow.

bosshop, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Kevincredible, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Tidesox28, Aug 06, 2014
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The Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME
94 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.