Grandes Lagos
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Lager - American
Ranked #96
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3.73 | pDev: 13.14%
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
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Mitchster from Michigan

3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brwewed with Harrington 2-Row Base Malt, Flaked Corn and Hibiscus Flowers. Hopped with Mt. Hood.
5.4% ABV, 20 IBU. $1.69 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo.

Pours out to a light golden sparkingly clear with a subtle pink tinge, forming a very creamy bone white head, like nitro with superior retention and lacing. Carbhonation is moderate. Strong adjunct lager nose, that of corn, subtle note of raspberries, minimal to no hop nose, very clean lager ferment character, no sulfur or diacetyl. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, clean and very soft. Taste is on the malt forward side, and thankfully the corn isn't overpowering. A fairly neutral beer with a soft touch of raspberries, even though it's not brewed with them, it definitely tastes like it. Bitterness is minimal to frankly, absent. An easy summer drinker meant to be chugged to cool off or eat with burgers or brats.

This might be refreshing for some, but it's not my cup of tea. Well brewed and very clean, but minimal character. About as drinkable as an ice cold coors light, if thats what you want in a beer. I wouldn't buy this again.

Sep 10, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

2.56/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Man, nothing like a brewery horizontal to take the edge off of a post-eclipse come-down! This afternoon's non-light show was freaky deaky, man! I am celebrating having survived by drinking some GLBC beers & eradicating The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody at the same time.

From the bottle: "Colorful hibiscus flowers bloom against a picturesque malt backdrop in this refreshing cerveza from south of the border (of Canada, that is)."; "A Mexican-style lager with hibiscus flowers".

I have come to embrace the Pop!ping of the cap on these bottles. but I still feel unfulfilled. I slowly decanted the beer into an awaiting glass, but I really wanted to just let loose & see what would happen. An in-glass swirl raised just under three fingers of what looked like freshly-spun pink cotton candy! Color was equally pinkish, like Kool-Aid (SRM = N/A). Bizarre. Nose had a flowery, perfume-y quality that, man, I'm sorry, but I just don't dig. Mouthfeel was watery. The taste had a slight sourness, lightly brine-y with that same flowery, perfume-y quality that I noted on the nose. It tasted almost salty, as though it were more towards a Gose than a Lager. Finish was dry, but just not doing it for me. I would be willing to revisit this under two circumstances: 1) if they CANned it and/or 2) if they made a Mexican-style lager sans adjuncts so that I could taste them side-by-side. Otherwise, I am giving this one a wide pass.

Aug 22, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy off-pink color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, floral notes, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is strongly sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of pale malt, floral notes, rice, hint of hop, hint of sorghum, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, weak appearance and aroma with a distinct sharpness.

Jul 10, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy pink with a creamy off white head. Medium retention, and excellent lacing.

S: Tart hibiscus, plum juice, raspberry, vinegary salinity like pickles or even potato chips, cracker.

T: Follows the nose precisely. Huge pickled hibiscus flavors; raspberry, cherry ice cream, and pickled salinity. Ghostly cracker in the mid-palate, followed by a floral bite with clean and crisp finish.

F: Leans light, but a huge pushing carbonation feels creamy on the palate. Ends light, crisp, dry, and refreshing!

O: A hibiscus lager? Weird and hard to classify, but that's not an obstacle. Endlessly refreshing.

Jul 08, 2017
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dhannes from Wisconsin

1.73/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Poured into a Perfect Pint.
Look: A salmon color, as if someone has poured a bit of red food coloring in a light golden beer. Head was thin and unappealing.
Smell: Smelled like a strawberry Fanta.
Taste: As an APA, this fails miserably. Taste is very fruity with almost no hops or malt is what I imagine what a Bartles & Jaymes poured into a Bud Light would taste like.
Feel: Watery with excessive carbonation.
Overall: As a beer, this is a miserable representation and annihilates my theory that Great Lakes only brews good beers. I paired this with tacos, as the label tried to pass this off as a Mexican lager, but it put a grape taste in my mouth. Seriously, this is more like a wine cooler than a beer...while tolerable as a beverage, to call this a beer ought to be a felony.

Jun 28, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This crushable little lager pours a
nice pale pink color with a very nice head of white foam that subsides to a thick
ring, thin subtle pool, and showcases light lacing. Nose of floral hibiscus much like
honey suckle IMHO, mild grain notes, and subtle honey malts with a touch of lager
yeast. Flavors follow and hit the perfect balance between mild floral notes and honey malts
touched with mild grain notes on the rear along with a light lager yeast touch with subtle
floral hops. Nice mouth feel; medium high carbonation, medium light body, and a
lightly sweet finish that is moderately clean.

Overall; NOTHING to hate, and a lot to enjoy from this solid little brewery in Cleveland.


Jun 14, 2017
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badgerbeer1 from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Normally i am not a fan of floral sented beers, but this brew is light, tasty and perfect for back porch drinking. I wasnt expecting such a good, delicious beer. Will definitely be drinking this plenty

Jun 11, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Pig & Fiddle.
L: added hibiscus flowers give the beer a pink tint. It has a thin white cap and the beer is bright.

S: hibiscus, spice, sweet corn, and light cracker.

T: a little corn sweetness and a hint of apple but the hibiscus flavor is in there big time and it adds a little tartness and a touch of astringency to give the beer a lightly tart, crisp, dry finish.

F: medium light body and the carbonation is medium to medium high.

O: drinkable but it might work better in a bottle with a little more carbonation to tone down the hibiscus.

Jun 06, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought a 6pck of this from my local Meijer. It poured a clear golden with pinkish hue and white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of floral with grape lean. The taste was flowery but easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good summertime beer.

Jun 04, 2017
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle best by 7/18/17. Sam Adams glass.

A: pours a crystal clear copper with a pinkish hue, one finger thick fizzy head that lasts. A few large bubbles lazily float up here and there. Lacing was great.

S: has the distinctive "Great Lakes" house malt smell, but it is mild. Not really getting much on the nose.

T: tastes like what it is. It arrives very clean and light, almost like grapefruit juice; a dry, floral, and very clean arrival. A little floral or herbal note from the hibiscus lingers. The floral note seems to come off as alcohol, or make the alcohol in the beer more noticeable. Those that have said this is wine-like, I would agree with that assessment.

M: very light and very crisp. Dangerously drinkable on a hot day. Refreshing. Carbonation is quite understated for a lager, which makes it really perfect. Typical "wet" feeling from a lager.

O: I've only had one hibiscus beer before, and I really disliked it. Look and feel are good. I don't dislike this, but I don't really like it, either. Very refreshing and innovative, but I have some Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger teabags and could put hibiscus in my beer if I wanted it there. But I don't really, so I'll just stick to Dortmunder and Turntable.

Jun 03, 2017
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a new 12oz bottle

It looks like a blush wine. It is a clear, rose pink color with a very moderate head that disappears quickly.

It smells pretty sweet. A lot of berry with a touch of tartness. A faint cracker like grain aroma. Honestly, it smells like a blush/rose wine too.

A bunch of strawberry-cranberry mix fruit flavor. Way more sweet than sour, but there is a bit of lemon-lime tartness along with the berry flavor. Just a little bit of lingering grain, but not nearly enough.

It is super drinkable. Light bodied, but not watery, and just enough carbonation to give it some crispness.

Nothing offensive about this beer, but it is as close to a white zinfandel as it is a pale lager. It looks, smells, and even tastes a bit like a blush wine without the alcohol. I don't really get the "Mexican Lager" thing, seeing as how those are traditionally Vienna lagers, but if they were trying to make a fruity, better Corona, then I guess it worked.

Jun 01, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great Lakes Brewing Co. "Grandes Lagos"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "...please enjoy by: 07/16/17..." and sampled on 07/01/17
$2 @ Weis Market #231, Conshohocken, PA

For those of you who don't speak Spanish, "Grandes Lagos" means great lakes. How cute.

It pours a pinkish amber, kind of like a rose wine, beneath a short head of white that drops readily.

The aroma is fruity over a delicately sweet, gently grainy malt base.

The flavor is initially sweet and lightly tart, and for a second it reminded me of ketchup, not that the flavor is the same, but the sweet/acid blend is similar. It's fruity, like strawberry and apple mixed, and a bit floral as well. It's refreshing although on the edge of becoming too sweet. A moderate bitterness balances it, but some residual malt does linger in the finish.

It's medium bodied with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation that leaves it quite smooth.

Interesting, and refreshing, it would probably make a great summer beer.

Jun 01, 2017
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale pink body containing fine elements of sediment with an even more pale pink head, a steady stream of fine carbonation rises. Pretty. Nose offers classic 'lager' aromas, like corn, light malt, a hint of vanilla. The flavor is mostly hibiscus/floral flavors with a strong backbone of the light malt and mild bitter hops. It feels light, crisp yet warm, carbonated nicely with semi-assertive prickles.
This would do well on a nice summer day. Unfortunately, when put under the microscope, it reveals shortcomings. The flavor and smell of hibiscus do not compliment beer so well as to make it a good or interesting brew. Yes, it was fine for a Mexican-style lager, an 'elevated' one, but that's all. Within that category it did well, but on the wider spectrum of beer, this was another 'only' above average brew.

Jun 01, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, pinkish-amber in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste starts of with cracker, and moves to a berry mix: strawberry, raspberry and blueberry jam, there is a sweet floral end which I imagine is the hibiscus. Sweet, light bodied, with medium-high carbonation. Makes for a great summer beer. Berries have a non-artificial taste that blends well with the base beer...Almost reminds me of a warm weather Alberta Clipper. Should have picked up a six when I had the chance.

May 29, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The bartendress worked hard to pour this without a head so we will never know what is could have looked like; anyway, the beer arrives relatively clear and amber colored with just a hint of pink mixed in; no lacing even though I tried to work up a small head

Smell: Cracker malt with a hint of caramel and a fruity bouquet of strawberry and raspberry; hibiscus tones as well

Taste: Cracker malt forward with a hint of caramel; the berry tones build, along with the hibiscus, through the middle, bringing strawberry and raspberry; the beer avoids sweetness with the tartness from the fruit and the floral hibiscus rounding out the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation

Overall: The berry flavors make this distinctive and the carbonation is perfect for the warmer months

May 28, 2017
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GStone899 from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hibiscus flowers in a lager? Yea, sounds scary. But this beer will change your mind. It changed mine. Color is a sunset amber with moderate head. The hibiscus plays really nice with the sweetness of the malt. Definitely get some caramel notes as well. It also had a nice carbonation that doesn't overpower like lagers can do. This beer definitely screams summer.

May 26, 2017
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BBD 6/26/17. Clear light amber pour with a strong dash of rose yielding a pinkish hue. Normal head volume. Very good retention but poor lacing.

Very good nose of slightly sweet cracker biscuit and a dose of floral hops. Hibiscus is the most dominate floral aspect, but light sweet berry notes are present as well.

Heavy light body that is very smooth in texture with a touch of slickness. World class carbonation / body balance. Middle effervescence is a finely bubbled prickly explosion and serves as the apex. It never really stops being a tongue tickler. It slowly subsides yet still leaves a prickly finish that approaches rollicking. Consequently, flavors are allowed to really open up.

For a lager, the flavor profile is borderline world class. First to arrive is cracker biscuit that flows into the lightly bittered middle. Here is where the action starts. The base is slightly sweet - just enough contrast to make the flavors pop. Berry flavors separate first. Strawberry, blackberry and cranberry arrive with cranberry having the strongest influence. As the finish approaches, hibiscus takes center stage over a slightly bitter cranberry base that is nicely tart. The finish has a hint of crispness. Hibiscus and subtly tart bitter cranberry linger.

May 25, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a light reddish amber color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

Smells sweet, with lots of flowery hibiscus, with some corn and sweet malt as well.

This is interesting, but I'm not the biggest fan of hibiscus. The hibiscus is well represented, however, adding some nice crisp and floral sweetness to a corn-heavy malt backbone. There's not much in the way of hop flavor.

This is light bodied, with a crisp and clean feel to it. It's quite drinkable.

This is not exactly for me, but I could imagine a lot of people enjoying during the hot summer months.

May 24, 2017
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Ob512316 from Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured, into pilsner glass.
Look: between pink and copper with a medium white head.
Smell: malt with a hint of floral notes.
Taste: malt at first with a berry, floral after taste.
Feel: medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall: outstanding beer, unique

May 23, 2017
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Qback5 from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offers a nice change of pace to a typical drink-all-day lager. The hibiscus was, for me, mostly in the aftertase. Probably not going to become a go-to for me, but a nice way to add variety for a summer season brew.

May 14, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint
Enjoy by 6/24/17

A- pours dull pink in color with a one finger foamy off-white head that has short retention and reduces to a thin film floating on top

S- clean lager yeast & toasted malt, followed by a strawberry-like fruitiness as well as some floral hibiscus notes closing it out

T- clean toasted malt up front, followed by some fruity berry notes, as well as plenty of hibiscus floral notes. The finsh is clean with a linger of lager yeast and light floral notes

M- medium-light body with medium carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish, high drinkability

O- most pale lagers are simple and often identical, but the hibiscus addition adds a nice fruity/floral note that makes for a super drinkable beer

May 07, 2017
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into one of my pokal glasses, this beer is a clear, dark amber copper color with a just ever so slightly pink head that makes quite the fizzing sound when first poured. head is initially well over an inch thick when first poured and settles to a good surface layer of foam along with a thick ring lining the inside of the glass and decent lacing. Aromas of somewhat toasted caramel malts and certainly some hibiscus along with some citrus and berry notes as well. Has a toasted, bready, caramel malt sweet flavor along with hibiscus sweetness and tartness along with an herbal, citrus hop flavor with a slight bitterness. Good mix of flavors here. Has a very crisp, slightly prickly, yet smooth, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way. Has a clean finish. Very refreshing. A good late spring/summer time beer. Next year, I hope the GLBC holds off on releasing this beer until the middle of May or so.


Apr 24, 2017
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atr2605 from New York

3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a reddish copper with with a white head with average retention
S-mango, strawberry, floral, sweet malt
T-malty, floral, subtle berry
M-medium-light bodied, average carbonation
O-nice fruity lager that is easy to drink, worth trying

Apr 23, 2017
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Grandes Lagos Mexican Lager last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for something on the lighter side today and I thought I would give this one a chance, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design that goes well with the beer and it's a little eye catching. It poured an amber red color that takes on more of a lighter hue when held to the light and it had a finger and a half of slightly creamy off white and very like pink head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away. This is a good looking beer, the hibiscus, really changes the color.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of sweetness with the hibiscus being the first to show up and it's the aroma that sticks out the most in this beer while imparting a typical floral hibiscus aroma followed by some fruitiness. Up next comes a little bit of sweet and creamy aroma that goes into the malts which impart some grainy, bready, pale malts, with a little bit of an adjunct lager like aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, but it's a little on the sweet side.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but with the malts showing up more this time and it's starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hibiscus still being the first to show up and it imparts all the same aspects, but it's a good amount a lighter than it was in the aroma and it;s followed by a little more of those fruity aspects. Up next comes a nice creamy flavor that goes into the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they showed up a little more this time. On the finish there's pretty much not bitterness with some sweetness taking it's place and it had a malty aftertaste with a little bit of hibiscus. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, it's well balanced and it's just as advertised.

M- Very smooth, a little refreshing, crisp, pretty creamy, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, I don't expect the creaminess from a lager, but it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and it's a nice example of the style, it had all the aspects that I was looking for and the balanced seemed to be just about where it needed to be. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of them when it's warm out. What I like the most about this beer is that it is just as advertised, all the aspects show up. What I like the least about this beer is the little extra sweetness, it could be toned down a little. I would buy this beer again when i'm in the mood for a unique lager and I would recommend it to anyone looking for the same. All in all I liked this beer, it's not something I would go out of the way for, but it delivers just what it claims to. It's not a favorite Great Lakes beer and it's a nice example of the style. Nice job guys, this is a tasty and unique lager.

Apr 20, 2017
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Stooven from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

My opinion of hibiscus beers is that the flower deadens the hop profile and renders the beer as floral sparkling water. I got that sense with Dogfish Beer/Drink/Music 2017 and I get it here. The spritzer sensation is a turn off. Lager or ale, same difference.

Apr 20, 2017
Grandes Lagos from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 115 ratings