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Great Lakes Beers, Ranked.

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by VncentLIFE, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Champion (805) North Carolina Feb 16, 2011 Verified

    Im a Great Lakes fanboy, but this thought came up. If you had to rank you favorite GLBC beers, how would you do it? I would go:

    Hop Madness
    Alberta Clipper
    BA Blackout
    Lake Erie Monster
    Alchemy Hour/Edmund Fitzgerald
    Engine 20
  2. Shmuffalo

    Shmuffalo Savant (420) Pennsylvania Feb 26, 2012 Beer Trader

    Their Christmas Ale is a staple for the holidays. Alchemy Hour was incredible. Ranking everything that I've had from Great Lakes I guess I'd go...

    Alchemy Hour
    Edmund Fitzgerald
    Blackout Stout
    Commodore Perry
    Lake Erie Monster

    I'm not too far from Cleveland, but I tend to miss out on their tap only beers.

    Excited about Rye of the Tiger
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  3. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    Rackhouse Ale. This is in my top 5 of all time
    Eddy Fitz w/coffee
    Eddy Fitz
    BA blackout
    Big Black Smoke
    Burning river
    Market st wheat
  4. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Savant (400) Illinois May 18, 2011

    Oktoberfest, Alchemy Hour, Nosferatu. (All their beers I've had are great, but these are the one I really look forward to having. When it comes to their year-rounds, Elliot Ness and Dortmunder Gold are perfect lagers to me, Edmund is overrated, and Commodore and Burning River are good but forgettable).
  5. riemster

    riemster Advocate (745) Ohio Mar 17, 2011 Beer Trader

    The only ones I care about. Their brewery is a fun place. Free tours on Friday and Saturday night. I go there every holiday season. The most recent trip smelled like pure sex outside and inside the brewery. They were brewing the Christmas ale and it smelled like Santa's workshop and the inside of a gingerbread house. Amazing day/night. Also, picked up pints of their ice cream... Edmund fitz and xmas ice cream. I made a thread about both about 2 weeks ago.
    1. BA Blackout
    2. Blackout
    3. Edmund Fitzgerald
    4. Christmas
    5. Nosferatu
    6. Alchemy Hour
    7. Dortmunder
    8. Oktoberfest
  6. Squatchito

    Squatchito Savant (250) Virginia Dec 6, 2007

    Of what I have had:

    Alchemy Hour
    Edmund Fitzgerald
    Dortmunder Gold
    Eliot Ness
    Burning River
    Lake Erie Monster
    Commodore Perry
  7. Brew33

    Brew33 Advocate (690) Ohio Oct 24, 2007 Beer Trader

    Rye of the Tiger
    Alchemy Hour
    Dortmunder Gold
    BA Blackout
    Independence Ale
  8. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (870) Michigan Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    Based on my reviews here are the top 5:

    1. Christmas Ale (4.5)
    T2. Blackout Stout (4.43)
    T2. Edmund Fitzgerald (4.43)
    4. Alchemy Hour (4.39)
    5. Oktoberfest (4.35)

    As you can see, I'm a big GL fan. They put out a lot of good stuff over a nice variety of styles.
  9. spitshaded

    spitshaded Savant (345) Virginia Nov 12, 2012

    Of what I've had:

    1. Alchemy Hour
    2. Nosferatu
    3. Blackout Stout
    4. Edmund Fitzgerald
    5. Elliot Ness
    6. Dortmunder Gold
    7. Burning River
    8. Oktoberfest

    Never saw the Christmas Ale around here to try it (maybe this year) & I'm looking forward to trying Rye of the Tiger
  10. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Poobah (1,030) Kentucky Mar 3, 2011 Beer Trader

    Dortmunder Gold might be my favorite American produced lager, and Nosferatu is just underrated all around.
  11. Ri0

    Ri0 Poobah (1,155) Wisconsin Jul 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Those are what I like.
  12. Kadonny

    Kadonny Advocate (705) Pennsylvania Sep 5, 2007 Beer Trader

    Have not gotten to try Alchemy Hour, but I hear it's fantastic. Not being near the brewery, I can only go on what I have had that are regular issues. But my top 5 would be:

    1. Elliot Ness
    2. Edmund Fitz
    3. Oktoberfest
    4. Blackout
    5. Lake Erie Monster
  13. wardenclyffe

    wardenclyffe Savant (285) Virginia Sep 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    Hard to rank cuz Greak Lakes just kills it every time in my opinion. From what I have had:

    1. Alchemy Hour
    2. Edmund Fitzgerald
    3. Christmas
    4. Blackout
    5. Oktoberfest

    I have Nosferatu around somewhere, but I haven't tried it yet.
  14. DangerDawg

    DangerDawg Savant (455) Ohio Dec 8, 2008 Beer Trader

    BA Blackout
    Eddy Fitz
    LE Monster
    Alchemy Hour
  15. mecummins

    mecummins Savant (425) Illinois Nov 16, 2012

    Wait. They have ice cream? That. Is. Awesome.

    I haven't had a GL yet that I haven't enjoyed. But I'm still working my way through their line up.

    1) Ed Fitz
    2) Christmas
    3)Conway Irish Ale
  16. jmw

    jmw Savant (450) North Carolina Feb 4, 2009

    Edmund Fitzgerald/Nosferatu (tie)
    Blackout (non-BA)
    Conway's Irish
    Burning River
    Commodore Perry
    Eliot Ness
    Alchemy Hour
    Lake Erie Monster
    Christmas ale
  17. miketd

    miketd Advocate (615) Ohio Mar 2, 2006 Beer Trader

    My top 10:

    Eddie Fitz
    Rye of the Tiger
    BA Blackout
    Big Black Smoke
    Alberta Clipper
    Burning River
    Xmas Ale
    Alchemy Hour(Name will be changing)
  18. Some of the best beer produced on the midwest/east coast...

    1. Ed Fitz
    2. BA Blackout
    3. tie - Christmas Ale
    4. tie - The Wright Pils/Moondog ESB/Holy Moses Wit

    They are so spot on with the styles, its not even funny.
  19. smakawhat

    smakawhat Poobah (1,310) Maryland Mar 18, 2008 Verified

    Personally for myself:
    1. Wright Pils
    2. Dortmund (in bottle not on tap)
    3. Elliot Ness
    4. Burning River
    5. Alchemy
    6. Nosferatu
    7. Barrel Aged Blackout
    8. Regular Blackout
  20. Eastside151

    Eastside151 Savant (485) Ohio Jun 29, 2012 Beer Trader

    Blackout Stout
    Christmas Ale
    Alchemy Hour
    Eddie Fitz
    Commodore Perry IPA
    Conway's Irish Ale
    Dortmunder Gold
  21. jminch

    jminch Savant (480) Ohio Jul 17, 2011 Beer Trader

    I go:

    1. Blackout
    2. Elliot Ness
    3. Oktoberfest
    4. Alchemy
    5. Edmund Fitzgerald
    6. Monster
    7. Dortmunder
    8. Burning River
    9. Nosferatu
    10. Christmas Ale
    11. Perry
    12. Holy Moses

    and I just picked up six Rye of the Tiger today. I hope that cracks the top three!
  22. MikeCactusGordon

    MikeCactusGordon Advocate (710) Ohio Feb 20, 2011 Beer Trader

    Great Thread idea. Fanboy'd myself.

    1.) Eddy Fitz
    2.) Alchemy
    3.) Blackout Stout
    4.) Oktoberfest (Excellent for the style)
    5.) Dortmunder (I don't drink it much anymore, but its excellent for the style)

    Had (1) Rye of the Tiger on draft the other day...once I grab a 6'er I have a feeling that might be in my top 5.
  23. Edmund
    Rye of the Tiger
    Alchemy Hour
    Eliot Ness
    Burning River
  24. Daktah

    Daktah Savant (320) Illinois Apr 13, 2011

    Hard to rank multiple instances of perfection. Everything I've tried has been among the top few beers in that style. Had an Eliot Ness last night after not tasting it for a while - just an amazing beer. Already excited for the Oktoberfest again too. And Alchemy Hour - blown away by that one. Just wasn't expecting that taste profile given their other IPA and pale ale offerings.
  25. Daktah

    Daktah Savant (320) Illinois Apr 13, 2011

    Good heads up on the name change - see link below for more information. Liked the name, so hope they get another interesting west coast reference in there.

  26. Alchemy hour
    Rye of the Tiger
  27. This is my list but I still haven't tried Blackout Stout or Alchemy Hour...I also wish I could try some brewpub exclusive beers. I've come to the conclusion that Great Lakes is one of the top American breweries - they just don't make a bad beer.

    1. Dortmunder Gold
    2. Oktoberfest
    3. Wright Pils
    3. Nosferatu
    4. Christmas Ale
    5. Burning River
    6. Lake Erie Monster
    7. Eliot Ness
    8. Edmund Fitzgerald (I just don't love porters)
    9. Conway's Irish Ale
    10. Commodore Perry
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  28. whiterabbit

    whiterabbit Savant (315) Ohio Jan 24, 2010 Verified

    Better to ask what DON'T you like.....outstanding brewery, not a bad one in the bunch.
    Top 5?? Tough as hell, but..
    #1 Christmas ale. Cleveland holiday tradition/religion
    #2 nosferatu
    #3 oktoberfest (absolutely best for style)
    #4 alchemy hour (impressed the hell outof me)
    #5 (tie) Edmund Fitzgerald & Dortmunder.
    Dortmunder has been around 20+ years. Great beer, not as hyped as others.That being said, commodore Perry always in fridge, and never miss lake Erie monster, and Conways......lol
  29. fx20736

    fx20736 Advocate (685) New York Mar 7, 2009 Verified

    1. Eddy Fitz
    2. Blackout Stout
    end of message
  30. Shagator

    Shagator Savant (420) Kentucky Mar 17, 2012

    one of the most solid and under appreciated breweries out there.

    Alchemy Hour
    Lake Erie Monster
    Edmund Fitzgerald
    Eliot Ness
  31. kell50

    kell50 Champion (850) North Carolina Jul 25, 2007 Verified

    1. Christmas Ale
    2. Edmund Fitzgerald
    3. Oktoberfest
    4. Blackout Stout
    5. Alchemy Hour
    6. Conway's
    7. Elliot Ness
    8. Nosferatu

    I've never had the BA Blackout stout, nor the Rye of the Tiger. Probably both awesome, since most releases from Great Lakes are just that- awesome!
  32. JamesMN

    JamesMN Savant (420) Minnesota Jul 12, 2012

    Haven't had much from them even though they distribute where I live. However, Nosferatu was phenomenal.
  33. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Champion (805) North Carolina Feb 16, 2011 Verified

    I can answer that one easier than ranking them. The first batch of Traffic Light was as bad as BMC. Then Wit Til Next Year!. The lemongrass just didnt work.
  34. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poobah (1,015) Michigan Jun 18, 2012 Verified

    1.) Edmund Fitzgerald (4.3)
    2.) Burning River (4.05)
    3.) Eliot Ness (4.03)
    4.) Commodore Perry (3.83)
  35. SomethingClever

    SomethingClever Champion (955) Ohio Feb 22, 2013

    1. Commodore Perry
    2. Edmund Fitzsgerald
    3. Doppelrock....pleaded w/ brewery to bottle this again this year pleaded that being said
    4. Alchemy Hour
    5. Elliot Ness
    6. Black out Stout
    7. Nosferatu
    8. Lake Erie Monster
    9. Octoberfest
    10. Conway's Irish Ale
    11. Holy Moses
    12. Burning River
    13. The Wright Pils
    14. Christmas Ale (let the burn begin...my absolute first GL beer ever and my gateway into craft and least favorite GL beer.)

    Absolutely love GL beers
  36. Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Savant (405) Wisconsin Jul 24, 2008

    This brewery is so underrated compared to other breweries. I don't have great distribution so I won't bother to list mine, but I will say their Oktoberfest is world class; best I have ever had (many Germans included). Dortmunder Gold, Edmund Fitz, and Eliot Ness are top representations for their style. Wright Pils, LEM, and Christmas Ale were all great too. I would love to try Rye of the Tiger, Nosferatu, and Alchemy Hour.
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  37. inchrisin

    inchrisin Savant (480) Indiana Sep 25, 2008

    I think that if you're going to pay the same price as Sam Adams (entry level craft) this is all the better beer gets!

    Anyone know how many of these beers you can only get inside of Cleveland or at their pub?
  38. SomethingClever

    SomethingClever Champion (955) Ohio Feb 22, 2013

    their website does a great job of stating which are pub exclusives and when the seasonals will be offered
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  39. Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Savant (405) Wisconsin Jul 24, 2008

    Funny story. I stumbled across GL Oktoberfest after Woodman's ran out of New Glarus Oktoberfest, which until then I considered the best representation of the style. The NG offering flies off the shelves in Wisconsin quite frequently, yet there was an endless supply of GL. For a mere $.30 more ($7.49/sixer) I was introduced to an amazing oktoberfest.
  40. inchrisin

    inchrisin Savant (480) Indiana Sep 25, 2008

    I think NG has a sour cherry beer that is the best representation of a fruit beer I've ever tasted. I want to make a pie with it! I can't get the stuff here in Indy, you lucky SOB :)