Devils Lake Red Lager | Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

37 Ratings

Brewed by:
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This one-of-a-kind red lager is the unique creation of our brewmaster. Special hop characteristics are brought out through a process called "dry-hopping", where raw hops are added directly to the lagering brew. Experience this smooth blend of slightly sweet malt flavors balanced by the full taste and aroma of the renowned Hallertau hop.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-11-2002

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at the Madison brewpub.

Another entry in my pre-interview extravaganza. It pours a clear rosy pumpkin topped by a finger of white micro-froth. The nose comprises flowers, wheat, and some very light toffee. The taste holds notes of wheat, flowers, and, get this, white bread. Seriously, it tastes like biting into white bread. I've never encountered this before in a beer. Hmm. The body is on the lighter side, with a very light carbonation and a ridiculously smooth feel, almost nitro-tap- or cask-like. Overall, this was just a lackluster beer all around. If beer is liquid bread, this is liquid milquetoast. That said, it's easy enough to drink, but only because it's offensively unoffensive.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

P: Served on nitro-tap @ Romans' Pub. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a beautiful reddish-auburn color with a two-finger, off-white head with excellent retention.

S: Extremely subtle nose. No prominent aromas detected.

T: Silky fusion of slightly sweet malt flavors balanced by the crisp taste of Hallertau hops. Nut-like notes and subtle traces of caramel. Very understated taste profile.

M: Smooth and creamy. Served high-nitrogen blend for a velvety mouthfeel.

D: Just okay. Aside from the exceptional mouthfeel, nothing remarkable going on here.

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3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

This beer struck me as good, but not very special/different from other beers, particularly for a brewpub offering.

Color was orange with a good amount of velvety head (nitro-tap at Roman's). Aroma was very faint caramel smell. Flavor was also too light for my taste, and lightly sweet and caramel-y. Great velvety smooth mouthfeel. It reminded me of a Boddington's from a nitro-can - great mouthfeel, but otherwise unremarkable.

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3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a hand-pulled cask, pours a clear mahogany red with an inch-plus smooth-as-silk foamy head, and left tons of lacing on the glass. The aroma is almost non-existant through the head, then some bready biscuit malt comes through, then caramel, then disappointment. Not much here. The taste is a bit better, but still too soft. More biscuit malts, more caramel malt, some toasty malt, maybe a twinge of hop, though vague and faint. But where everything else comes flat, oh how a guy can fallin love with cask. Smooth as silk, creamy, slightly above medium bodied, a joy to drink. So, as a session beer, its a triumph. As a red, meh. With I have it again? Most definitely.

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3.44/5  rDev -2.5%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ultimate frisbee teams in Madison get 2 free pitchers after league games. Mmmm free beer twice a week.

Beautiful white head top of pitcher, almost can't tell the color until it settles a bit because there are so many white bubbles struggling to the top. This is one smooth lager. Nitro-tap gives it bonus points for appearance, capable of beer-stache formation.

Not much aroma when cold, but it comes out when it warms up a bit. Same goes with the flavor and bitterness. If you drink this one too fast, you are missing out (as I did on my first glass) but that isn't your fault you were thirsty, pour another from the pitcher.

Nothing special really, but tasty just the same. Good balance of malt, bitterness, and hop flavor when it is at optimal temperature. Can't say it added anything to the fantastic Inner Warmth Peanut stew.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pretty beer to look upon- deep ruby red with a creamy head.
Some hop presence (Hallertau, I'm told) in the nose and definite malty aroma. All of it melds into a well balanced full taste that doesn't overpower you.

Named for a beautiful glacial lake nearby, this is a nice choice.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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Devils Lake Red Lager from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 37 ratings
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