Great Lakes Cellar Dweller | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured it from the growler into a pint glass. It has golden straw color body with no head or lacing to it. The smell is has some earthy, grassy hop aroma to it. The taste has a grassy, hop taste to it, not bitter at all, and some malt also. The mouth feel is very nice and well balanced and overall a really good beer.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler poured into some tall heavy Seas glass on 8/21/11

Thanks to nrbw23 by way of fiveo2270

Light, golden straw color with a mild haze. Puffy, two finger head drops to 1/4th inch. Stray trails of lace.

Aromas of toasty grain and grass. Deep swaths of the grassy stuff. Not overly clean but nice enough. Tastes much the same - lots of grass and hay. Quite grainy. Fairly simplistic. The feel is light but not very crisp. Lower carbonation. Finish clean, though.

It's pretty tasty but seems more like a dank pilsner than a kolsch.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a fairly clear pale yellowish gold color with a thin white head. Head leaves some nice spotty lacing.

S- Smell is a bit better than I expected for this one. Picking up some floral and grassy hops. A touch of sweet malts.

T- Nothing over the top or out of this world. Again pretty solid in taste. I'm picking up a a bit of sweet malts, spice, grassy hops, and yeast.

M- On the extreme end of lighter side of medium and good carbonation.

O- This brew exceed my expectations for sure, and was easy to drink for sure. Thanks again Steve for the refill on the growler.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the GLBC brewpub - served in a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear pale golden to straw yellow color with an initial 1/4" fluffy white head. The white foam died down to a thin film across the top with persistent lacing as I drank it down.

Smell: Earthy spicy German hops solely - very little else.

Taste: Everything one would expect in a Kolsch, but a bit more hop bite - not bitterness though. The beer starts with more of that earthy spicy hop flavor, then there is some biscuit-like malt and pilsner-like malt flavor, then a crisp finish. Bitterness is mild and it is tempered nicely by the malt.

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation on the tongue, but just right and doesn't get in the way of the flavor of the beer. Body of the beer is thicker than water, but not by a lot. Otherwise coats the mouth and throat, quenches thirst nicely, and does not linger.

Overall / Drinkability: I rather enjoyed this beer - a Kolsch with a bit of an aromatic hop bite I think is how I would describe this beer. Refreshing, enjoyable, and I had more than one over the course of a long meal. A solidly good beer.

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Photo of Stigs
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour at Smokin Joes, standard pint glass

A - poured with short-lived wispy sudsy white foam which dwindles to a thin film and ring relatively quickly. the beer is clear, golden in color.

S - light toasted malts along with some toasted nutty sweetness, grainy with a small kick of grassy hops at the end.

T - good balance with an initial wet grass and earthy hop bitterness melded alongside sweet grainy malt with a slight toasty cracker character.

M - thin to medium bodied with moderate pinchy carbonation. crisp and dry, clean finish. refreshing.

D - solid for the style. easily drinkable, clean, refreshing, and pretty tasty.would love more of this and less of their IPA's.

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Photo of jampics2
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at GLBC for Oktoberfest. Served in a pint glass.

Cellar Dweller is a German Kolsch, honey in color with nice clarity. There's minimum head and nice lace left behind as I work through the pint.

The smell is the best part of this beer. Too many Kosch style beers are lacking expressive notes, while this really pops with flowery hops and crisp, slightly sweet malt. Really nice and just under the top of the heap for the style.

Too bad my excitement over the pleasant smell didn't continue as I took my first few sips. The beer is just off, there's some weird malt taste that is almost reminiscent of plastic and mold in nature. The rest of the beer is nice, clean and just slightly sugar-kissed malt couples well with flowery hops that aren't bitter at all. I can't believe the weird taste ruins this beer. Major bummer, this could be up there with the COAST Kolsch, Summit Kolsch, or even Victory's amazing rendition.

The mouthfeel is fine in terms of carbonation and just a touch too insubstantial in terms of body. This is a beer Kolsch lovers should seek out, just because the off taste I noted came across as it did on my palate doesn't mean this is a bad beer. It's got a lot to love, and, hopefully, this was just a batch that dwelled in the cellar for a bit too long.

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Photo of adamette
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Another Pub exclusive on tap at the brewery into clean, clear glass. "Light German ale with strong hop presence."

A Pours a nearly clear translucent yellow with brief, small head. Not all that impressive of a look. 2.0

S Surprising Belgian yeast smell with some malt and hops. 4.0

T Barley, hops and a bit of that yeast taste (dissapointingly, I was hoping that it would be more prominent). This beer has that now familiar strong barley and hops that is very typical of GLBC beers.

M Light but not to any extreme as in a BMC product, made a bit stronger by the prominent "GLBC" taste.

D Good since it is light and 5.0% ABV but I will not likely get this again.

Notes: Interesting to have this on tap but only mildly interesting at that.

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Photo of sliverX
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a very light bright amber with a slight white cap of foam that faded fast to a ring around the edge but left a nice sticky mess of lacing everywhere
smell is a semi-sweet cereal grain with floral and grassy hoppiness
taste is light grain but very dominant floral and peppery noble hops- a bit high on the hops for a Kolsch in my opinion
mouthfeel is medium bodied feels nice in the mouth
drinkability this is pretty nice to drink but needs to be a bit thinner in my opinion but then it would just be way to tasty

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Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes as it was enjoyed by me at the brewery brewpub on 8/20/08. This is yet another on-tap only "pub exclusive." I actually went down to the cellar area of the pub to drink it, which was technically not open to patrons during happy hour on a Wednesday night, but it was the only place where there were empty seats and tables as the bar was quite hopping indeed and no one bothered me while I was down there So I quietly enjoyed my Cellar Dweller while dwelling in the cellar at Great Lakes! Served to me in a standard pint glass. Draws a clear, pale light golden color. The white head was a good 2/3 inch thick when served to me, settling to a thick white ring lining the inside of my glass and a decent foam surface layer about 5 minutes later. Good lace here. Smells of grassy hops along with a bit of citrus and a hint of spice to these nostrils. Tastewise there is some mild malty, grainy sweetness along with very good citrus hop bitterness and some mild lemon sourness, rounded out with a hint of spice-maybe coriander or clove. Very good balance of flavors. Has a very crisp and frothy, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with heavy carbonation. Very easy to drink and a very enjoyable summer brew in this hot august weather. Well done once again GLBC!


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Photo of Kegatron
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the GLBC on 8/22/08. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium gold with a thin head of creamy brite-white foam. Pretty much retains that way the whole way through the glass, leaving some OK looking lace behind. The aroma is a moderate amount of grassy hops, some citric notes, and a bit of backing sweetness. Rather fresh and pleasant but not overly assertive.

The taste is quite similar to the aroma with a tingling noble hop bitterness that is balanced out by a splash of citrus and light bready sweetness. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a crisp feel and sharp carbonation.

While not mind-blowing or anything, this packed a little more flavor than I thought it would and delivered quite a pleasantly crisp, refreshing and easy drinking experience. I'm not sure that I would go for another pint when there are so many other great beer on tap at the brewpub but I'm happy to have tried it once.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery. Reminded me of a macro brew. The waiter even stated that this is as close a beer to a macro that you can get.

A: A very pale golden color. Minimal foam head and no lacing.

S: Not much happening here. Some earthy and floral hop presence.

T: Taste was not overwhelming but not bad. Not as much hop presence as advertised on the board. Some bread or biscuit flavor was masked by the hops.

M: A very crisp, clean beer. Not too bitter despite the 'presence' of hops.

D: A good summer beer, very low ABV.

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Photo of akorsak
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the brewpub.

A: The ale is pale. I mean crazy, light, practically Pepsi Clear light. The yellow fizzy quotient is here in this one. A finger or so head head and a steady stream of carbonation are present.

S: The nose is earthy, loaded up with noble hops that are grassy and dirty. The liveliness of the hops is surprising, as most kolsch biers are not that big. Pale grains add a vegetal flavor.

T: The ae is surprisingly hoppy, even though it stands out in the nose it is more powerful in the taste. Earthy, dirty grass hops are bitter with herbal flavors. The grains are dry toast with green apple and grape flavors thrown in for good measure. The dryness of the malts and bite of the hops make this very refreshing.

M: Crisp, this ale would never be confused with a macro lager (despite the appearance). The intensity of the hops and dryness of the malts is powerful.

D: The abv is low, hovering around 5%. That makes for a great lawnmower beer but not one that I'd grab again in the brewpub.

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Photo of Gatzby
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me preface this with saying that I absolutely love Great Lakes. However, this has been their most disappointing offering to date.

Went in to check out the pub exclusives and fill a growler or two. Labeled with, "strong hop presence," samples were poured from the tap. The taste was akin to Miller, but with a more full flavor. A mild background of hops was present, but nothing that would qualify as strong. Mouthfeel was smooth, light, though I don't know I'd go as far as crisp.

Scent was similar in that the floral hop smell was mildly there, but very hard to detect. Generally, a weak ale smell.

The beer was a very pale, watery yellow with a small white head that dissipated quickly. Very clear, almost as a few drops of yellow food coloring had been added to a glass of water.

It would be a pleasant brew after mowing the lawn on a hot day, but I'd pass it up at the pub.

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Great Lakes Cellar Dweller from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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