Grandes Lagos
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Grandes LagosGrandes Lagos
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Style:
Lager - American
Ranked #97
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
84
Ranked #35,096
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 13.14%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
115
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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
 
Ohio, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  24
SCORE
84
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Reviews by GStone899:
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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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durwood64 from Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Apr 22, 2017
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tbeer40 from New Jersey

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

May 04, 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.

Eric

Apr 24, 2017
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prototypic from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mar 26, 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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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

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

May 08, 2017
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tykechandler from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 25, 2017
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nrbw23 from Ohio

3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Slight pinkish hue to it. Very floral in the nose & taste

Apr 16, 2017
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CPAles from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

May 04, 2017
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Mardukk from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a white zinfandel color with ample white head and lacing. The smell is the worst part of this lager. Kinda lime sour with salt that doesn't transfer to the taste at all. The taste and mouthfeel are very smooth with a bit of a tart bite and hint of lime and salt in the finish. No lingering aftertaste and low carbonation. This is unlike any craft beer I've ever had. Think mexican lager with higher abv, no corn or adjust taste and add in a slight tart bite.

This is THE go to beer for those tired of being hit over the head with ultra bitter or super sweet beers. Dangerously drinkable. It has the possibility to become the ultimate summer beer.

Mar 21, 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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Soneast from Wisconsin

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

Jun 04, 2018
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kkmiller76 from New Jersey

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

Sep 14, 2017
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sparx1100 from Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 17, 2017
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Grandes Lagos Mexican Lager brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Co., with an ABV of 5.40% This American pale ale pours out a reddish amber color with a small white head. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. I really like the color of this brew. The is sweet with grassy grains and malts. You also pick up on a slight roasted smell and hops. The smell of Grandes Lagos Mexican Lager is really inviting. Now for the taste, it is bold but sweet with flavors. There is a lot going on in this brew. Picking up on some real nice sweetness and light hop bitterness. The body of this American Pale Ale is medium. There is a lot going on in this brew, it is real smooth drinking brew. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The mouth feel of Grandes Lagos Mexican Lager is Rich, Sweet, Smooth, Clean and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.75 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again. If you are looking for a sweet great tasting brew look this one up. Great Lakes Brewing Co., Did a real nice job with this one.

Apr 13, 2017
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atone315 from Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Apr 24, 2017
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rfgetz from New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Jul 31, 2017
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tpeters from Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 22, 2017
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ONUMello from Ohio

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

12oz bottle best by 6/27/17 poured into a pils glass
A: Very pale, pink hue, thin head
S: Hibiscus & malt
T: Corn, raspberry, hibiscus
M: Light-bodied, smooth, just a hint of sour
O: As is this is good and worth a try. But I can't wait to try it on the deck on a warm summer day, it will be fantastic

Mar 30, 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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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before 06/26/17, served in a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow with a strong pink tint from the the hibiscus flowers. Initial 1/4" white head died back to a thin skin of foam across the top. Some persistent fine lacing noted.

Smell: Clean with a hint of floral. I got a hint of corn briefly but it didn't persist as the beer warmed up.

Taste: Crisp, cracker/pilsner malt, noble hope finish with a hibiscus flavor at the finish. The hibiscus flavor is a cross between cranberry juice and raspberry to my tastebuds. I've had the flavor before in Jarritos Jamaica soda and it's that distinct flavor again. Complements the lager nicely.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, otherwise a bit thin.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable and refreshing. This would make a good post-lawn mowing beer in my opinion. I could easily have another. Paired well with curry meatballs over lemon rice, and I think this would go very well with Mexican. Maybe not too spicy a Mexican dish though. Glad I picked up a six pack of this.

Apr 10, 2017
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 7/1/17. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours the same color as a white zinfandel, as someone below described the color perfectly. It has perfect clarity and transparency. Small off-white head with light pink hues that fades quickly leaving solid retention and little lacing. The aromas are fruity and floral. Flower pedals and hibiscus is there. Lots of raspberry. Malts are there with some hints of corn. The flavors are clean and refreshing. The hibiscus does its thing without dominating. More hints of raspberries. There's a mild tartness that is barely noticeable. It's sweet, but nothing crazy. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light and very fluffy with moderate carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice unique lager. It seems to drink more like a "fruit beer" more than it drinks like a lager, but it works. This one would be nice with the warmer weather. Enjoyable stuff.

Mar 27, 2017
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ssimpson89 from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 03, 2017
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Zanico from Ohio

3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

May 05, 2017
Grandes Lagos from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 115 ratings