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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,894 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,894
Reviews: 830
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 170
Gots: 98 | FT: 6
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

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Photo of cpetrone84


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-cloudy ruby red, some particles floating around, very light tan head, creamy and thick. The head lingers for quite some time, a long time, thick lace left on the glass

S-sweet caramel and lots of brown sugar onslaught the senses first, a nice citrus hop backbone sets in next. Lots of grapefruit and a touch of apricot

T-the taste is big but not as good as the nose. It brings some caramel and burnt brown sugar up front, some earthy tones and hints of phenol, the finish brings some bitter grapefruit and keeps on coming with bitterness.

M-smooth and creamy, fuller side of medium body, slightly syrupy.

D-big time lingering bitterness at the finish makes this a tough sell for a drinkable beer; but it is quite tasty and very creamy!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 01:55:30 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of surlysober


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FOURTH TRIAL: I've had this beer a few times before at (what tastes like) varying degrees of freshness. The first few times I've had it, it had a great hop presence, a nice malty backbone, and a bit of rye flavore. However, this time, it was much less hoppy and the malt and alcohol seemed to have taken a more dominant position. It was still good, but not as good as the first few trials. When both are fresh, I slightly prefer Founder's Red's Rye (which tastes quite similar to me), but to me, this beer seems to age a bit better (still rather have it fresh though). Overall, a great beer: great looking, great lacing, great smelling, and great tasting.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 00:30:43 | More by surlysober
Photo of mashedpotatoes


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crazy hop madness, this vampire has just drained me of tastebuds. This stuff is exactly what it says it is - Beer with bite. The hops jump out and scare the sh*t out of you (ok, I'm taking that a bit far). Full bodied and I mean full bodied like a set of D cups, dark red almost bloodlike, the head is pronounced and lacing is quite nice, leaves a level of lacing like the bathtub ring of a child that has been playing in the mud all day. This beer is incredible. Finishes with a bizarre roasted apricot / molasses taste and a very pronounced alcoholic ending. Good but absolutely not worth $10 for a 4 pack. For that reason alone I cannot recommend more than a single serving.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 00:39:44 | More by mashedpotatoes
Photo of corey0212


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in the Brews n' Books BIF from Monsone!!

Pours a very handsome deep ruby color, with copper accents, decent sized beige head fades pretty quickly and leaves just a few patches of lacing. Smells like big caramel malt, grapefruit, and a slight boozy undercurrent. Massively hopped beer, juicy grapefruit, all backed up with thick, rich, malty goodness. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, the lingering bitterness is actually really mellow, which is surprising given the bold flavors. This is tasty....I'm not the beer style police, but it seems like this one blurs the lines a little....it could be an Imperial IPA, or maybe a Barleywine. Whatever the hell it is, it's another extremely tasty beer from Great Lakes.

I'm endlessly pleased that I just drank a beer called Nosferatu.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 01:19:09 | More by corey0212
Photo of GregSVT


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 11/16/08 into a Brooklyn Snifter

A: Pours a very hazy deep amber almost like a barleywine with a small white head and some lacing.

S: The nose is full of chocolate malt and a piney hop aroma.

T: The taste is sweet chocolate malts, caramel, toffee, and cocoa with a slight earthy hop bitterness on the finish. Good stuff.

M: The feel is medium bodied with a creaminess from the carbonation.

D: This is pretty good and I have another one aging from the same bottling that I hope will be even better after 2 years. The ABV will sneek up on you though.

Although I haven't had one fresh I bet age has done this some wonders to this and toned down the hops considerably allowing the malty/chocolatey flavors to come forward. Thanks to smelleesell for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 05:49:57 | More by GregSVT
Photo of TheBierBand


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The soft-ish pour provided a 3/4" head of light beige foam of tight bubbles. The beer is orange-amber and clear. The head dropped to a thin cap leaving moderate lacing.

The aroma is piney hops with a nice balance of malt.

The taste is GOOD. Nice hop bitterness that is balanced well with full flavor of dried fruit.

Mouthfeel: not too much carbonation.... pretty much right where it needs to be. This is a rich and robust quaff.

Drinkability: Recommended. I will search this one out again. I think that I like Arrogant Bastard a bit (just a little) more for an American Strong Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 16:14:35 | More by TheBierBand
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-amber body with an inch of frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Fragrant mix of caramel-coated, oven-toasted biscuits, cut grasses, grapefruit, pepper. A bit sweet-smelling, a bit spicy, a bit citrusy. Nice!

Taste: Toasted biscuit maltiness with just a faint touch of dry caramel and even lesser hint of sweetness. Grassy, leafy hop character drizzled with freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice. Medium-high bitterness alongside a pinch of white pepper. Finishes dry with a bitterness that lingers on into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Reminds me a bit of our local Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster. A fine beer to pair with the F. W. Murnau film, which I do own, I'll admit, but I opted instead to set it against tonight's Colbert Report. A fair base of malts with plenty of hops and bitterness (and alcohol), yet it still remains easily drinkable -- good job as always, Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 03:18:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of BrianOhio


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice deep copper color. Looks great in the glass. Aroma is not overwhelming citrus hops, but it's there in a subtle way that still told me I was going to enjoy this beer.

This is one of the more drinkable, strong ales I have sampled. I recently had Stone IPA and found that too harsh for my taste...but this is completely different. Initially sweet citrus, smooths out quickly, and then a really nice finish.

I'm not one that is going to get into all of the various fruits and breads I am detecting here, but I will tell you that for my taste, this is an outstanding beer. There were also some comments on price, but I have no issue paying $9.99 for a 4-pack of something of this quality.

Great Lakes is having a great fall, with this plus their Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 03:22:01 | More by BrianOhio
Photo of generallee

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter glass. The bottle has a best by date of 11-09-09 and it was sampled on 10-24-2009.

Appearance: It had a deep copper amber body with some reddish highlights and good clarity. The head is tall and fluffy, light beige in color and has nice retention. On the glass it makes cool sticky lacing.

Smell: There is a full nose of fresh bready malt, light roasted notes, hints of toffee and mixed nuts. The aroma is sweet and yet balanced by solid notes of citrus like hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has sweet caramel, bready and nutty maltiness with well balanced citrus/pine hops. The 8% abv is mild and adds some more subtle warmth and character. The finish is slow with some pleasant hop bitterness. It has a solid medium to full body with mellow carbonation and a smooth texture.

Notes: This was a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 20:45:46 | More by generallee
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, red-orange color, small head. Lace is spotty. Looks inviting.

S: Quite an array of aromatic goodness here. Deeply sweet, tangy, and spicy with mouth-watering citrus, caramelized apple, biscuit malt, honey, and various other fruit. Slight woody musk in the mix as well. All combined makes for delightful sniffage.

T: All of the above with increased caramelized sweetness. This beer is multifaceted. Deep and dark flavors (caramel, malts, wood, leaves, purple/dark red fruits perhaps) with an edge of brighter, brisker flavors like orange, lemon, grapefruit rind, and perhaps hot red pepper? I may be going out on a limb for that last one...

M: Dense, full feeling body with a medium body-like ease of consumption. Feels heavy, soft, and clean. Light bitter tingle via hops and carbonation through the finish. Very pleasant.

O: This is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 22:56:55 | More by tastybeer


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint: from notes.
A: The body is a reddish brown, with a thick tan head that holds in a nice fluff.
S: The aroma is of sweet and strong malts. A medium to high intensity is shown from the aroma.
T/M: The first impression of the taste is one that holds sweet before the strong. The hoppy bitterness does not taste strong at all and then the mouthfeel releases a punch of rich, roasted malts and finishes with a strong and heavy finish.
D: This is a really nice Strong Red ale or stock ale. The flavors do develop with the warming of the brew. Nicely done and tastes really good outdoors on an autumn night while the sun is sinking low.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 13:15:24 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of buschbeer


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint to a good helping of beige head. It is redish orange in color. It has a defined hop presence. It is an acquired taste. I will have to drink the remaining 4 to see if I acquire a taste for it. This is not my favorite style but I am still an acolyte so I have years of research to do.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 02:15:52 | More by buschbeer
Photo of scottoale


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Yetiman420 for this tasty ale, thanks Chris. 12oz. brown longneck pours a deep coppery-red with a sturdy 1/2" light tan head. Good clarity and carbonation.

A nice rich malty malt nose upfront with some tame leafy hop notes in the background. Some mild honey sweetness and earth as well.

Very malty intro with some caramel and malted milk filling the mouth. Long and lingering, the malt eventually gives way to a grassy green hop bittering finish. Mostly malt driven but with a solid balance none the less. The alcohol is really is well masked...certainly doesn't seem like 8.0% by vol. Kind of reminds me of North Coast's Old Stock Ale.

Full body with perfect carbonation and the alcohol holding back...this stuff is highly drinkable and I like it. A solid ale with some strength.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 18:00:27 | More by scottoale
Photo of endincolorado


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Deep red amber with a thick reddish-tan head that recedes slowly. Nice sticky lace.

Smell- Big, hoppy nose with citrus and pine- backed by a great, caramel malt.

Taste- Drinks like a DIPA with a great malt backbone. Again, lots of hop-bitterness and the perfect balance of caramelly, bready malt. Some alcoholic bite.

Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Sticky and satisfying. Great carbonation.

Drinkability- If not for that alcoholic bite, this would be a really solid drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 01:44:10 | More by endincolorado
Photo of ne0m00re


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

09/29/10- Had a 12 oz of this.
A: Reddish amber; nice smooth dark cream head.
S: Nice sweet copper, earthy green hops and caramel malts, some cinnamon raisin bread.
T: Rich caramel malt, more roasted than expected, with earthy and moldy hops. Nicely mellow.
M: Nicely creamy and syrupy.
D: Really good for a Strong Ale (Old ale?).

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 19:31:10 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of alcstradamus


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red/brown with a finger of persistent head and some lacing.

The aroma is rich bready maltiness. A bit of sweet caramel and raisin as well. Some floral hoppiness. Pretty nice.

The flavor is an extension of the aroma with a bigger emphasis on the hops. Bitter, pine resiny hops burst out and nearly cover up the nice malt bill underneath. Despite this reversal of dominance, there is still enough balance there to make this nicely drinkable. This is nearly as much of an American Barleywine as it is an Old Ale.

The body is medium and carbonation is a bit prickly but good overall.

This is definitely a finely crafted beer and one I will revisit in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 04:15:47 | More by alcstradamus
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I would have to say this is one of my oldest "Wants" of all time. I remember surfing this website 3-4 years ago and saw how this was one of the higher rated Strong Ales at the time and I have always loved Nosferatu by Murnau. Finally having it, no idea on freshness.

A- A murky dark amber beer pours from a bottle into my pint glass. A one finger off-white head foams up but falls pretty soon after to just a small ring and some random thin clouds atop the beer. The heads texture was bubbly and foamy and what is left of it leaves spotty but persistent lacing.

S- Some deep caramel malts like an Old Ale with the grains also contributing biscuit, toast and nutty hints. Fruit aromas come as well, with some citrus from hops and darker red fruit from the yeast. Balanced but on the maltier side at this point (age details below).

T- Definitely has that "Strong Ale" feel which to me lies somewhere between hoppy Barleywine, Old Ale and Brown Ale. Strong malts give notes of caramel, toast, biscuits, roast nuts and cracked grains. Hops less effected by age here than in the aroma, citrus peel is big as well as pine and herbal hints. Some yeast bread, spice and dark fruits to round it all off.

MF- Fairly creamy body which is not extremely thick but does carry its weight to support the big flavors. Bitterness still in tact in the finish at a moderate level. Carbonation is smooth and helps the beer drink very easily.

Judging from the Great Lakes website, it seems like this is somewhere around 5 months old and it holds up well. It says 90 day shelf life, hopefully I can get some fresh in September 2013 and re-review it but I will leave this up as I consider it a pretty positive review. This beer brings it all, a nice hop profile (even after months), big malts and a good yeast influence. Balanced and an easy drinker for 8%.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 03:30:38 | More by cbutova
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer poured a nice striking ruby blood red with a half inch thick white head with fine carbonation that left beautiful lacing all the way down; this is a beer with legs.

Smell: Candied apples up front, moving to a sweet toasty malt. There is a bit of earthy hops and yeast/alcohol esters.

Taste: A full flavored toasty malt beer. Reminds me of a bold/imperial Oktoberfest, with a bit more roast. A nice hop appears at the end of the sip, and leaves a dry toasted malt sweetness. As it warms, more yeast comes through, moving to nice fruit esters with a little brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: The creamy head gives this medium to full bodied brew a nice flow; active carbonation is a nice touch.

Drinkability: Medium to low. A potent brew that sneaks up on you.

Notes: A great Halloween beer - it seems to be a red, imperial oktoberfest. Very enjoyable. Look forward to one again next year. I have never found a less than stellar beer from Great Lakes; keep them coming!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 03:12:14 | More by halo21
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark orange with a one-finger off white head. Nice amount of thin lacing.

S - Sweet - toffee and caramel - with some pine and grapefruit hops.

T - Just like the nose with big sweet toffee and caramel. Good amount of pine and citrus creates a nice balance.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Very fun and complex beer. Very smooth and easy drinking. Alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 07:10:06 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of JackieTH


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from tasting notes.

Pour was amber red with a nice cap of foam and great lace. Smell was biscuits with a heap of earthy rye spice, some minor citrus elements. Layered. Similarly the taste was complex with layers earthy spice, rye, citrus pith, bitterness, dark fruit, ensconced in a toasty biscuit package. Medium velvety body. Drinks heavier than it really is. Nice ale, was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 19:09:55 | More by JackieTH
Photo of RedHaze


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 01/06, courtesy of jhammerly.

Pours a really cool looking deep garnet, with a one finger, lightly tan head. The foam fades very slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a solid sheeting of lace.

Smell; lots of caramel malts, with a little bit of chocolate sprinkled in. There's a little bit of a citric hop presence even after being in the bottle for a year, with a little bit of some spices. Cherries and figs make a nice presence.

Taste; the caramel and chocolaty malts are very evident, but the hops are not as strong as they were in the aroma. I shouldn't be to surprised by that since this is a year old. There's a nice fruit presence with the cherries and a bit of orange peel, with a little brown sugar in the finish, with no alcohol peeking through at all.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a very good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 02:04:43 | More by RedHaze
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two reviews here. The score is based on the second, within freshness date.
Freshness date passed - 12.17.07

A - Dark Amber body, Small head leaves fast. Lacing like sticky glue.

S - Toffee, burnt caramel, hop relief.

T - Much as smell. Deep thick burnt malt flavors, finished with bitter hops.

M - Coating, pleasing, filling, good carb.

D - Nice beer.
Freshness date 12.03.08

A - Dark Amber body, offwhite small head leaves fast to small disk. Lacing like sticky glue.

S - Toffee, sweet caramel, hop relief.

T - Much as smell. Deep thick sweet malt flavors, finished with bitter hops.

M - Coating, pleasing, filling, good carb.

D - Nice beer.
Same beer, pretty much, just more intense the second time.


Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 04:52:28 | More by srandycarter
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle marked best by Nov. 2007. I assume this beer can handle a few months extra age on it.

About one inch of dense amber foam. Good retention and lacing. A nice layer persists throughout the glass. The beer is a clear and bright reddish copper.

Aroma is bright juicy citric hops just edging out the bready biscuity malts.

Flavor is immediately complex with caramel and bready malts, red apples, strong herbal hop flavors and dried cherries all hitting at once. A sharp bitterness emerges through the middle towards a long finish that opens up to a light fruit candy aftertaste. Very complex. very tasty. The intense bitterness may give it a "bite" but it does wear on the palate after a while. A minor complaint in the grand scheme of this beer. The alcohol is not overwhelming but does become more apparent as it warms.

Smooth, rich, full body with medium-low carbonation. Very satisfying and pretty drinkable considering. Would be truly excellent with a few less IBUs.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 22:52:42 | More by skizziks
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice red color with a short head. Dissipates to a film and lacing. The smell is fruity hop with a sweet malty background. The taste is also fruity hop with a nice balance of malt. Mildly bitter finish. This is a great beer. Well balanced and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 00:37:36 | More by Kbogac
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very slightly fogged brown amber with a yellow/tannish head. It slowly falls and leaves a fairly large amount of lacing on the way down. Nose is malty caramel with a minor earthy edge and also a minor alcohol tone as well. Flavor is unusually dry. It almost seems like this is wood aged. Just loads upon loads of wood. Barely noticeable alcohol. Feel is fairly full bodied on the liquid and has a bit of a biting carbonation as well. For being so high in abv and also being "the beer with bite", this one goes down very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 02:09:54 | More by RblWthACoz
Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,894 ratings.