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Great Lakes Barrel Select Pils | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by PhantomVodoo on 07-21-2003

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by OWSLEY069:
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with a white head that goes away quickly. In the nose there is a sweetness and a European hop aroma. It tastes of a malty sweetness and a small European bitterness. It is very light and refreshing, almost a palate clenser. A very good representation of stlye.

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Photo of pwoods
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewpub with lunch after I got my BA Blackout bottles.

Served in a 16oz. pint glass.

A: Pours bright yellow, good clarity. Decent head with some retention and a bit of lacing throughout.

S: Good crisp pilsner grains. Light, crisp, clean. Some grassy and floral hops.

T/M: Tasty Saaz hops, maybe Hallertau. Good level of bitterness. More of the crisp and very clean malt bill. Great dry mouthfeel, perfect on style points. Light crisp body with good carbonation.

D: Easy to drink and low ABV. Would make a pretty decent session beer.

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Photo of cokes
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sunny gold under ample amounts of white suds. Rolling streams of carbonation.
Dry grassy, and spicy aroma, complimented by some bready malt hues.
Begins cracker-dry and traditional. Sourdough notes. Tiny rivulets of caramel sweetness trickle in, adding sweet traits as it stays fairly dry. Interesting feat. Loud hop finale, but not upsetting with its Noble spice and grass. Mild bitterness, but mostly just palate-cleansing.
Fuller than many pils, yet not out of place. A quaffing jewel.
Overall, a slightly unique and lovely pils, that I plead to see bottled and more readily available.

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Photo of jay_schrock
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

50 IBU pilsner with noble hops.
Clear golden in color with a white head.
Aroma of floral hops and slight yeast.

Taste shows a smooth, clean lager. Floral hop. Slight fruit notes. Very balanced. I would never have guessed this beer is 50 IBU's. Hops are there, but not nearly as crisp as I had anticipated.

Mouthfeel just a tad thin.
Very easy-going and drinkable.

Overall, a good pilsner, but one of my least favorite Great Lakes brews.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(part of a sampler at the Great Lakes brewpub)

Poured a very clean, light gold in hue. A loose 1/4" head of white foam that laced and vanished quickly. Nose is almost invisible - no, wait - with a very deep breath I'm getting florals, clover, sweetness...nice.

It is very even, crisp...perhaps too even. The tongue gives way to a watery pallete and finish. There are no real peaks and valleys here, just whoosh, and gone, with no aftertaste. This was my least favorite of the beers I had at GLBC. I'll pass on this one again unless its offered to me gratis.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of dustylong
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Almost perfect for the style, in terms of color. A very light golden color out of the tap into a pilsner glass. Nice head, very full, beautiful color. Smells like a lighter beer, because it is. Tastes the same too, a lighter beer....reminds me a lot of Miller Light (uh-oh). Easy to drink...not too much carbonation. Not too flavorful...but I partly blame that on the style.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another wonderful on-tap "pub exclusive" from Great Lakes enjoyed by me a few weeks ago. Reviewed from notes.

Served to me in a pokal glass. This beer is a very clear light to medium golden color. The white head is about 1/2 inche when drawn from the tap, eventually settling to a fairly thin ring lining the inside of my glass. Decent lace. Decent malt and hop aroma coming through, but nothing too special here. Spot on for this style I suppose. A somewhat malty sweet flavor tastewise followed by a discernible hop presence along with a bread type quality. Very good, but not complex at all, just he way a beer like this should be! Has a crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with high carbonation. Very drinkable. A great summer beer. Great Lakes has another winning beer on their hands!


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Photo of hustlesworth
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- clear golden color with a nice fluffy white head and plenty of sticky lace.

S- very fresh pale cereal grains and fruity floral pineapple and fruit blossom aroma. i appreciate pilseners with ale complexities.

T- very crisp and perfectly bittered and balanced. there was a distinct fruitiness present that i usually don't get from pils, but as i said before, i totally dig these qualities. fresh malt is even more forward in the taste with a nice clean noble hop finish.

MF- a little heavy for a pils, felt more imperial than usual. medium carbonation and a slight astringency. something doesn't quite fit.

D- moderate abv and great taste, i wish they bottled this one.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As with all Great Lakes brews this one is beautifully crafted, tastes great, and has superb drinkability. A lovely golden color with a substantial and lasting head, and good lacing effect also present. A nice body , but just a tad light on feel - not off style, yet noticeable. Floral aromas and a bit of fruitiness in the flavor. Lacks a crisp finish.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Great Lakes' taproom. The color was golden, with a layer of white head. The smell was golden malt cut with the very nice hop smell. The taste was very hop dominated, with the Saaz coming through very nicely over the slight sweetness of the golden malt. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, could have several of these.

A good pilsener, and the quality of the brewpub-onlys certainly made it worthwhile to make the trip to Cleveland (so much so that I realize I forgot my traditional pops at Cleveland in my reviews). I'll hopefully be having this one again!

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Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crystal clear gold color with a thin white head and leaves very little lacing.

S- Not a whole lot going on here just some malts and a touch of floral hops.

T- Very crisp, nothing jumping really out here. Some malts and a little bit of bittering from the hops.

M- Light in body and nice carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub.

Appearance: Spot on for the style. Crystal clear and straw golden color with a fluffy white head. Carbonation cascades through the body of the beer.

Smell: Just a hint of light floral hops. Nothing exciting here but there isn't supposed to be per se.

Taste: Crispy, tea-like hops, some hints of wheat bread. Light notes on the malt and hops end of things. Nothing off here but nothing over the top...just well done for the style. Very refreshing and a well crafted beer.

Mouthfeel: light and crisp. A real thirst quencher.

Drinkability: Purely poundable. The perfect lawnmower/summer beer. Pilsners aren't my thing but it is what it is and for what it is, it is very well done. A great beer to introduce macro swill drinkers to the beauty of beer advocacy!

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Great Lakes brewpub in Clevelnd, OH.

Pours like a good pilsener, with a straw golden body that rests below a quickly receding patch of near-white foam. The aroma brings some juicy german hops (saaz or tettnanger?) that remind me of white grape juice with a kiss of grapefruit.

The flavor packs a nice amount of bitterness for a pils, with grassy hops in the finish overtaking some light, crystal malts. Excellent mouthfeel--very dry, crisp, and clean with a near-perfect carbonation level. I'd have this again, and I'm glad I got to try it, but in all honesty I wish I'd have gone for that third pint of Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout which was on-tap that night.

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Great Lakes Barrel Select Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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