Locktender LagerJanuary 1, 2003 Cleveland, OH
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Available: OH, PA, NY, WV, KY, MI, IL
The name of this Munich-style beer, Locktender Lager, pays tribute to the 19th century “lock-tenders,” the men and women who operated the locks and along the Ohio and Erie Canal, between Akron and Cleveland. Part of the proceeds of the sale of the beer will be donated to the Ohio Canal Corridor, a non-profit organization promoting the heritage of the Canal.
This beer has a beautiful head, which disintegrates in a very tidy manner, accompanied by an invitingly slow click-buzz sound. The aromatics are nicely balanced and well managed. On the palate it seems just a tad hoppier than expected from 19 IBU, but I like that in a beer. Nevertheless the malt background rises merrily to meet the challenge. Well done!
- Fred Eckhardt
This beer has a full gold color and a fluffy white head which drops back quickly. The nose is distinctly lager-ish (I like that), with a flourish of sulfur over the floral hop aroma. The hopping is crisp up front on the palate, then nice bready sweetness shows briefly in the middle before the beer dries into a quick, clean finish. Bready grain flavors linger attractively. A very nice version of Bavarian helles. It would be perfect with lobster or shrimp.
- Garrett Oliver
Full gold color. Dense, rocky head. Fresh, clean flowery aroma. Smooth, slippery, malty body, with the slightest hint of aniseed spiciness. Lightly dry finish, with a delicate, dusty, flowery dryness. When brewers (or their marketing people) say a beer is “quaffable,” they often mean “bland.” A true session beer must have sufficiently interesting aromas and flavors to sustain interest through several pints. This one does, as I would expect from Great Lakes.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Styleand Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.