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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,145 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,145
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 196
Gots: 190 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Red Ale

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

ncworster, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

William123, Sep 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Localdrinklax, Oct 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

sliks96, Nov 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

ttengea, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

lilnicky068, Jun 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

SaxmanRick, Dec 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

SkinniePost, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of SamAdams
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very impressed with this one. It kind of remindes me of a combo of two other Great Lakes beer. It has the hops flavor of the Burning River Pale Ale, and the malt from Conway's Irish Ale. A easy one to drink and packs a little punch too. A good one for Halloween.

SamAdams, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of kinger
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stock Ale with a Vampire on the label, leave it to Great Lakes to always entertain me with their brews. This seasonal is very nice but not over the top. Good hearty aroma, wine-like sharpness with a generous helping of hops. Pour is a medium dark ruby red with some amber tones, minimal head and little lacing. Due to the higher abv I can't complain too much about how this looks. Mouthfeel is powerful and unbelievably clean it hits you then melts away. Hops-a-plenty round out the high maltiness creating a nice sipper of a brew. Bitter and citrusy at first you think this doesn't work but as you go forward it all melds too easily. I like this ale very much.

kinger, Aug 13, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

szmnnl99, Mar 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

chrishensley, Nov 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

buddha5050, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of WillCarrera
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark copper/amber color, produces a finger of creamy, sticky beige head.

S- Nose is full of toasted malts, a bit of caramel and toffee, finishes with some sweet, juicy citrus.

T- Has a nice malt character similar to the nose, lots of toasted bread with a bit of caramel sweetness, there's a considerable grain-ey bite to it though, the hops provide some nice citrus towards the end and a bit of pepper, a generous dose of hop oil keeps it bitter through the finish. The flavor on this beer is damn aggressive and takes a while to really unravel, I'm very impressed.

M- Medium bodied, smooth body with a dry finish.

O- An outstanding beer, I honestly wasn't expecting it to be this good, although Great Lakes usually doesn't disappoint. A powerful beer with big flavor, definitely give this one a try.

WillCarrera, Oct 09, 2011
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4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Label is in the traditional GLBC fashion with phenomenal eye-catching graphics. In my opinion, Nosferatu is probably the coolest of the GLBC beers as far as graphics are concerned. Front label gives a great back story and description of the beer, ABV info, serving temperature recommendation, a bit of brewery info, web info, and an Enjoy By Date(11/21/13). Neck label give a nice back story and description of the beer.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 20oz imperial pint led to a 3 ¼ golden tan head that is of a medium density atop a deep amber/orange bordering on red beer that is crystal clear. Head retention was a great 6min before fading to a thick cap and ring with phenomenal lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is heavy on the caramel malts and hops with citrus and bit of pine resin coming through as well.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes is of heavy caramel malts on the front end along with a nice sweet citrus hop bite. A bit of bready maltiness comes through mid point with the hops turning slightly resinous before a toasty caramel sweet maltiness hits on the back end. Finishes with a bitter hop aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Very very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: On of my favorite GLBC beers and for good reason because Nosferatu is just a tremendously well done beer that is perfect for the fall season. It has a great flavor profile!! Try it if you get the chance!!

thegodfather1076, Jan 31, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +3.9%

APH, Oct 21, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +3.9%

hillind, Sep 03, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Look carefully at the color. It's amber meets blood red. 1 inch off white head, fades, laces. But for my bottle, the head completely disappears and there's not much carbonation if you sip this.

S - Needs to warm a bit, the smell is laid back compared to the taste. Caramel, biscuity first, followed by bitter sweet grasses, flowers, pepper, citrus. Good spice notes

T - All of the smell x 10. Beautiful back and forth balance of sweet and spice. A see saw between caramel coated malty cookies vs pepper, spice, nasturtium.
Grassy, flowery (in a peppery way), complex, many faceted. Totally a meditation beer. The taste is awesome. Church-like, old wooden seriousness.

F - medium weight with oil and blood. Low carbonation.

O - Compares well with G-Knight from Oskar or the best from Stone (oaked arrogant bastard). A must try .

Act25, Oct 20, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, ruby red color with a thick, fluffy head on top, quickly dwindling to a bubbly covering. Heavy, oily hop aroma...sweet citrus, dark fruit, spice, bread, leafiness, and pine. Smooth, piney Simcoe, grapefruit, light pepperiness, caramel, biscuit, and a little brown sugar. A tasty blend of flavors creates a lovely balance. Medium body, not too heavy on the tongue, creamy, solid bitterness. Very nice...

wedge, Oct 08, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

A: Pours a nice murky brownish-red with a soft, sticky tan head. Really nice retention and lacing.

S: Reeks of sticky hops and heavy, wheat-like malt. Pineapple, black pepper, burnt sugar, tangy dark wheat, caramel malt.

T: Big, sweet red malts (caramel, bread, dark wheat, grain, nuttiness, little bit of chocolate) pushed up by some spicy, earthy, slightly citric hops (grapefruit, grass, mint leaf, pepper). Dark grain, a little bite of alcohol, and some bitterness in the finish.

M: Frothy and creamy carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: This is one of my favorite American red ales. Achieves a great balance between the malts and hops. Unique and tasty.

Etan, Apr 24, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with a best by date of 11/29/2013. Pulled out of the beer fridge at 55F and poured into a Founders' snifter today, 10/5/2013. I will note that I've had this several times previously, as I've been offered bottles when visiting friends and co-workers, but this is the first time I have a bottle to sit down and to review.

Review #220.

Absolutely stunning beer. Pours a clear but rather dark amber colour. It's rather reddish, but also has some orange hues. It really brings out that Founders' logo on the glass so well. It comes with a nice fluffy 1cm white head that drops into a thick collar that leaves lacing all over the glass. I can't recall any red ale that looks as good as this one.

Lots of clean malts in the nose. Toffee, some caramel, a lot of bread. And finishes with a nice clean floral hop scent.. I suppose I could call it earthy, but I'm going to go more with floral and a bit of oranges. Not an overpowering nose by any means, but a very pleasing one.

I really like how clean the flavour components are. In the beginning, there is a nice citrus presence which is more oranges and tangerines rather than grapefruit or passion fruit like Citra hops would have. It's a more subdued citrus flavour, but no less hoppy. Then there's that nice clean bready malt flavour and that ubiquitous GLBC yeast spice in the middle of the palate.. not for long though. End-palate comes with a nice, semi-earthy but very floral hoppiness that switches to a nice earthy bitter finish. It's a clean tasting beer that doesn't make me work too hard to suss out what's what, and that helps me enjoy this beer a lot while reviewing it.

The feel on this is medium bodied, not full nor thin for the style. Its got the right amount of carbonation and certainly feels refreshing on the palate, not drying at all. That earthy bitter aftertaste lingers quite a while, which somehow doesn't stop me from quaffing more of this brew. Its funny how quickly this one disappears after being poured into my glass.

Clean tasting, semi-complex and refreshing brew. You know what, screw pumpkin beers.. This is probably going to be one of the beers I look forward to every fall. It's very enjoyable in that its not difficult to appreciate the nuances of this beer. Trade-off of course is that its not über complex, but you know what, fuck it. I want to enjoy my damn beer, and this one makes it very easy to enjoy.

Stevedore, Oct 05, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with another fabulous GLBC logo. This was poured into a Standard GLBC pint glass.

A - A deep red. Think of a black cherry. Almost a blood red color which goes well with the name and logo of this brew. A nice somewhat creamy off white head with good lace.

S - an aroma of both hops and malts. Strong toasty biscuit aroma. Big whiffs of caramel and a good amount of floral notes as well as citrusy smells. Hints of orange and grapefruit. Has a spiciness about it throughout.

T - caramel taste is wonderful and plentiful. Very sweet at the start then the spices and ginger tastes kick in. Still fairly sweet all the way through. Nice citrus notes of grapefruit, orange, and some pear paired with a good amount of dark fruits all connect just before the finish. Slightly bitter in the end, but it's just right. A variety of flavors that all go together quite nice.

M - almost full in body. Excellent carbonation. Definitely an imperial style beer and somewhat strong at 8.0% ABV. However it's still a very smooth beer and the thickness it provides make it a craft brew almost all craft drinkers will enjoy.

O - a very well balanced beer with loads of different flavors and smells. A unique flavored brew and is a good change of pace on this cool night in front of the camp fire. I will buy a few more of these without question. Good quality and class as always from GLBC.

BradtheGreat7, Sep 18, 2011
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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pint glass. best before date marked.

a - pours a deep copper shade and gave me a thin cap of tan head. leaves thin legs of lacing in the glass.

s - cherry, honey, berry, tangerine, fresh baked bread, grass. wow.

t - deliciously malty and hoppy. i'm getting big berry notes with not so big grassy and citrusy notes. malt character is lightly bready with toffee notes. bitterness is resinous but subtle enough to allow the other flavors through. finishes dry and extremely well balanced.

m - lighter side of medium in body with the right amount of carbonation. finer co2 profile gives it a smooth and creamy feel. ever so slightly slick from the hop oils.

o - a damn fine beer and one of my favorites from great lakes. really glad they make this every year.

divineaudio, Oct 03, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer I had to celebrate my one year BA anniversary

A - Amber with golden and reddish hues with a rust colored head sitting on top. for some reason, I feel like i'm looking into a darker glass of honey. See a few bottles trailing upwards through the center; for a small head, this left a ton of lacing down the sides

S - Sweet smells of caramel malt and honey waft up; mixed in with citrus, mango and orange and pine hops. A great mix that comes up in unbelievable waves, i was surprised by the complexity of the nose as each smell was different and each one good.

A - At first the beer is sweet with caramel malt and honey coming up; there is a slight hint of date and a smack of cinnamon within it. After the sweet, there comes a smack of citrus and near the end is where the bitter pine comes in; slight hint of the alcohol but nothing too bad. Reminds me a bit of dreadnaught except with more pine and less mango. After awhile one gets bigger and bigger whiffs of pine as the beer warms up to room

MF - A big full beer that really fills the mouth; can feel the hops resin really just sit on the tongue; there is slight carbonation, just enough to deliver and keep the beer from being dead.

D - overall this is a good beer. Very drinkable especially given the 8% ABV. I could see myself getting in trouble with this one since you don't feel the alcohol until it smacks you right in the forehead. Good taste, mouthfeel, smell and look all adds up to another great great lakes beer

jeonseh, Oct 14, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one.
Poured a beautiful light copper color going almost red.
Aroma-malt and hops fused together with a little piney hops but the sweet malt aromas are really coming a bit stronger.
Very thin film of head that is rather dark trying to be the same as the beer. Hops are first on the palate, tastes like a Pale Ale, but then a bold malt flavor matches up evenly with the hops. This one is hearty. The finish is balanced with a sharp bitterness from the hops kicking back at the last second. A good froth reveals the alcohol but the flavor stays consistent. This is a great strong ale, bold malt and hops are strong without being too aggressive. This is my first GLBC brew and I dig!

ByTor2112, Jan 12, 2007
Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,145 ratings.