Great Lakes Cellar Dweller | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

34 Ratings

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

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bruachan on 09-04-2005

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3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
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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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
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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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.96/5  rDev +9.7%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
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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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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