Great Lakes Honey Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by AtLagerHeads on 04-06-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by SpartyJoe:
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I hate to say it....but "honey-colored" appearance (how original?!) with fluffy white lace that coats the glass.

Smell: Excellent. An enticing mixture of honey, malts, and sugar.

Taste: Wow! This is one smooth beer (a trait I've found with all of the GLBC beers I sampled). Fantastic flavor combining some of the honey, the sweet malty flavor, with some fruit-like flavors swirling in the background.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: There should be a big warning that comes with this beer..."Danger! This beer is so smooth and the alcohol is so well-hidden that ye should be wary of consuming massive quanitities of this fine beer." So very smooth, creamy, and sticky. Perhaps my favorite GLBC beer I've tasted thus far, though the Wolfhound Stout is very close.

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Photo of dustylong
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden blonde color...great head with awesome retention, and fluffy lacing (this bartender is amazing) poured on-tap into a pint glass. Has a malty smell, along with honey. The taste goes along with it.... I sweet fruity, citrusy, malty, honey amazing mix. Along with a high alcohol content....makes for a top of the line beer. Feels as good as it does tastes. I would suggest this to anyone...but please be careful because of the high alcohol content.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draft at Firkin on June 24, 2015.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another rotating release on-tap only "pub exclusive" enjoyed be me at the GLBC brewpub. This beer is a deep, clear medium gold color. The white head is about 1/4 inch when served, settles to a nice surface covering with a thick white ring lining the inside of the glass. Good lacing and retention. Aromas of sweet malt, caramel, honey, and mild hops are all present. The taste is of sweet and a slight bit of caramel upfront along with a definite honey presence and some light spiciness, followed by some fairly slight, citrus hop bitterness. Has a crisp, frothy, creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink as I certainly did not taste the 8% alcohol at all. Another winner from Great Lakes!


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Photo of hustlesworth
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

had on a recent trip to the brewery

A- slightly hazy dirty honey color with drippy ivory lace.

S- noble-ish hop aroma with fruity hops and pale malts playing back up

T- amazing citrus, pineapple, and tropical mandarin orange flavor. very light honey, definitely not sweet, but just the right amount to accent the fruity hops. with a nicely bitter floral hoppy aftertaste.

MF- medium carbonation and a near full body, perfect feeling that i've come to expect from great lakes pale colored ales.

D- tastes great but packs a punch!

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Photo of johnklotter
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man I really dug this beer. It looks like it's made it's way out of the retirement home and back to the pub floor where it belongs. Sampled at the Commodore Perry release party at the Dilly Deli.

Very bright shiney golden in color. A squat white head dissipates very quickly leaving little lacing.

Smells big on the honey, with heavy aromas of carbonation, and a awesome malt smell, with hints of barley, and some white fruits.

Thick mouth coating malt. Mouthfeel on this is rich, and carbonated. Almost like eating a bowl of cereal. Honey suckle jumps out at you upon entrance of the palate, the mid palate is filled with a whole grain flavor, and also some fruity qualities,with a malty 30 second finish. Not overly sweet the malt balanced the honey impeccably and a slight hop helps as well.

This one could be dangerous it's so drinkable. I had 2 pints and a good buzz afterward, a third may have done me in.

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Photo of beergod1
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at GLB....Poured into a 5 oz. sample glass, Clear Yellow, very thin line of lace. Not a good start. Aroma was mellow, sweet, very light hop notes.
Taste was nice and smooth, I cant taste honey, but I can tell the honey is in there doing it's job. Did I mention smooth. Mild hop is present. I wanted to order a whole glass of this, but I had the "11 beer sampler" and that was enough....And at 8% abv. this could be dangerous.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLBC's beer sheet calls this one a strong blonde. It is high in acohol and really surprised me with the hops- almost IPA like. The appearance is clear dark gold with a great white head and lacing. There is citrus all over the place and very complex finish that confuses the palate. I couldn't get the honey, but that's what they call it. Great hop and malt nose.

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Photo of Nickgargs
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jtw5877
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a great summer beer. Pours a golden hue with a white head. Smells sweet and malty. Tastes very crisp and smooth. Honey is present along with a little bit of bittering hops. It is very hard to detect the alcohol in this stuff. Not an overpowering brew, but very smooth with a creep up on you kind of kick.

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Great Lakes Honey Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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