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

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

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of Soneast
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of svraines
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
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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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.

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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 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

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Photo of circuitmonkey
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the best Red's I've had in a while.

Has a nice deep red color, and a great head that sticks to the glass. There's an obvious carmel malty flavor with a mild hop taste.

Its a little on the heavy side, but I think I could drink it as a session beer.

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Photo of brewQ
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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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

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Devils Lake Red Lager from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 38 ratings