Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

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

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
38 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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
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.

 725 characters

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

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Photo of mynie
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask.

Pretty pour, dark red with a large, soapy white head.

Smells of fairly mild hops against a big backbone of caramel and bread malt. Not as crisp as what I'm used to with reds, but nice and smoth.

Tastes very much like it smells. The bite of the hop is softened greatly by the smoothness of the cask pour, and the red ale maltiness is a lot more reigned in than you might be used to.

Very laid back, smooth red. Reds ain't exactly what I'm used to getting out of a cask, but this one worked pretty well.

 515 characters

Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of cokes
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby-copper bodied. Fat, creamy beige head sit on top and never moves. More like a life raft than actual foam.
Pleasingly, abeit faint, nose of carmel and subtle fruitness. Hops are present in an organic, floral form.
Starts off with light toffee and carmel tones. Ghosts of raisins, and perhaps even more exotic fruits. Doughy and chewy. A large dose of hops enters late and ads some earthy floral hues. Exits with a long, lingering green-tea herbalness.
Full, fluffy body. This rivals their Emerald Isle stout for size, and actually might be fuller. Like a big doppelbock, with a smaller wrath.
Quite a surprise. I love it

 630 characters

Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The beer is given to me in a Great Dane imperial pint with a slight white head that persists throughout. The layer of carbonation on the surface is veined in a way that reminds me of the overhead view of an alluvial plain. The beer is a reddish medium brown in color, and some nice lacing is left behind as I drain the glass.

smell: At the forefront of the aroma I find moderately sweet, biscuity toasted malts with hints of apple. There is a big biscuit smell that is very reminiscent of the typical Irish Red aroma. No hop aroma is really noticeable.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is extremely low...practically flat. The beer is around medium in body. The low carbonation really detracts as the beer needs that boost of CO2 to carry the nuances to the tongue and nose. After the swallow, the feel of the beer on the tongue progresses from wet to dry.

taste: I find the typical toasty and sweet, biscuity malts that I usually associate a red. There is a nice, subtle hop flavor and a light bitterness that lingers into the finish with a very slight roast and biscuit. The finish is the best part of the beer...it starts out a little one dimensional but seems to open up after the swallow when the roast and toast becomes most evident.

drinkability: not bad, not good

on tap at the Dane during my stay in Madison...was a nice ending to my first Friday walleye fry

 1,388 characters

Photo of richkrull
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one at the Great Dane in downtown Madison.

Poured a medium reddish brown color. Full head throughout the beer that took a couple minutes to settle and become drinkable. Tasted really good, nice malt flavor. Very smooth drinking beer. I could drink this all night.

 275 characters

Photo of Soneast
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of BeerBelcher
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.

 431 characters

Photo of schmidtmattsays
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Troville1990
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of objectivemonkey
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.

 671 characters

Photo of MooseBoose
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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

Photo of nineworldseries
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of dhannes
4.21/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Great Dane in my neighborhood finally added the Devil's Lake Red on tap, if only for a few months. Served chilled in a pilsner glass.

A=Lighter yellowish red...started out cloudy in the pitcher, but settled. Foam was minimal...nice amber color, except lighter and more towards yellow than I would have liked.

S=I was not able to detect any smell, either positive or negative.

T=Very nice...stronger than other lagers, but not quite as flavorful as I had hoped for.

M=Very nice...lost a half-point for being a bit more watery than ideal.

D=The lightness of this beer makes this a very drinkable beer...I was able to drink 3-4 glasses from the pitcher without any difficulties.

I will likely get this again unless I can find another red that I like even more.

 767 characters

Photo of CaptainIPA
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.

 557 characters

Photo of jawneyt
3/5  rDev -15%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Devils Lake Red Lager from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 38 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.