Great Lakes Hissyfit Grisette | Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Hissyfit GrisetteGreat Lakes Hissyfit Grisette
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Great Lakes Hissyfit GrisetteGreat Lakes Hissyfit Grisette

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Sammy on 06-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by hopsolutely:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bryden's Best of the West with the brewer, Lackey. Cloudy blonde with significant lace. Lemon, wheat, yeast. A light beer, good for the summer, significant carbonation and a dry finish like a club soda (Saaz). Very sessionable, summery creation.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of dipso123
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of ssmack
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle from the brewery.

A cloudy light golden yellow colour. 3/4 of an inch of pure white foam. Great carbonation. Good lacing.

Interesting aroma dominated by strong Belgian yeast. With bread and tangy citrus - mango and lemon. Great

Taste matches aroma. Lemon flavour. Mild bready malt. Lots of grassy hops detected. A long tart aftertaste.

Light crispy feel perfect for a hot summer day.

There is tons of aroma and taste for such a low alcohol brew. Really tart and crisp.

This is a Belgian grisette which is a cousin to the Belgian farmhouse saison, not an America blonde ale. Thanks to GLB for bringing us great example of this unusual style.

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Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jrenihan
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Volo.

Cloudy golden in colour, with a big fluffy white head. Good retention, lots of lace.

Nose contains bready malt, honey and yeast.

Taste consists of yeast, bready malt, a bit of spice. Honey is there, making the beer slightly sweet, but finishes a bit dry. Refreshing.

Light bodied, moderately carbonated. Chewy.

Overall, I quite liked this one. Light and refreshing but flavourful. Good stuff.

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Photo of biegaman
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great Lakes' Hissyfit Grisette appears to have little to complain about; a very pretty golden straw colour, it has a healthy shimmer and considerably strong head retention (though most foam does fade away by the end). Even being unfiltered it is bright enough to allow some muddled clarity.

For our purposes, Grisette can be thought of as a lower-strength Saison. Indeed, it both smells and drinks that way, showcasing similar, if more tempered notes of farmhouse, grain and peppery yeast. The bouquet specifically also has a twist of lime.

Assuming traditional Grisettes were anything like this one, I understand why thirsty miners were so fond of them; after a hard days work, I'd much prefer this more quaffable, lower gravity and less perfumy/spicy ale to a typical Saison. This serves quite literally as liquid bread.

The palate carries forth with flavours of lemon myrtle and cereal grain with a little bit of coriander or white pepper-like spice chasing on the finish. There's a splash of lemony acidity alongside a very dry straw-like texture. The use of wheat malt gives it a crisper yet lighter mouthfeel.

Grisette may be lower in alcohol but it is certainly no less substantial - it was a coal miner's beer after all! I can't say whether Great Lakes' Hissyfit is a fair representation of the style - then again, who can? - but I can say for certain that it's a highly enjoyable, super approachable ale.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Great Lakes Hissyfit Grisette from Great Lakes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 11 ratings