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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes NosferatuGreat Lakes Nosferatu

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1,806 Ratings

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Ratings: 1806
Reviews: 829
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1,806 | Reviews: 829 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Thorpe429


3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Scion.

Poured into a snifter. The color is a murky amber with a short light-tan head that persists for quite some time. The nose is a bit of roasted nuttiness with some caramel and light fruits. A bit of earthy and pine hops. Faint citrus as well. The taste melds things together but is a bit plain. Some slightly-sweet cherry-tasting malt and a bit of light hops. Feel is medium and a bit sweet with a mild bitterness. Some good flavors individually, but I don't quite like how everything comes together in the end.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 17:02:38 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Cylinsier


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a clear amber reddish color, moderate off white head with decent retention.

Smells of very faint sweet malts like buttery apples, but mostly of piney wet hops.

The taste is an even greater ration of piney hoppiness to a very subtle sweet malt flavor. Perhaps more of a caramel and bread malt flavor at this point.

Feel is moderate, a bit on the thicker side of right down the middle, with the carbonation hitting more on the back of the tongue and in the cheeks.

Tastey good beer, the strength probably puts it just out of session range for most, but still might be hard to refuse a second one. Or a third.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2010 02:17:32 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of Seanibus


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a lively head. The aroma is warm a cherrylike, but with some earthy and grassy quality to it that increases as it warms. The flavor is like a dark chocolate-covered cherry, sweet and rich and bitter, with a delicious spiciness like a fruitcake, with toasty wheat and malt. There is a wonderful deep bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is wonderfully chewy.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2010 00:06:21 | More by Seanibus
Photo of rpardon7


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Pazzo's Pizza Pub. A- the beer is a reddish amber color with a thin tight white head that recedes into lacing for the entire beer. Smell is of citrus and pine hops big hop pressance. Taste is very nice crisp citrus hops some grapefruit maybe a little pin and grassy hop flavors, balance by a nice malt backbone that doesn't have much pressance up front but helps round out the beer. Mouthfeel is very clean and crisp and light. Very drinkable beer, you definately do not find the 8% abv in this one. I honestly was expecting more hop and more alchohol in this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 19:36:44 | More by rpardon7
Photo of NODAK


3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose has a good mix of pine hops and some sweet, caramel malt as an undercurrent.

Pours a deep red in the glass; decent head.

Taste is of pretty strong pine cone hops, resonating in an oily way along with some grapefruit. Then near the finish a somewhat sweet and caramelly malt presence comes in with a little hint of sweet biscuit, but make no mistake that the hops rule this one. They linger a while after the swallow.

Reminds me of another famous beer of this style (AB), but hoppier.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2010 23:40:15 | More by NODAK
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/22/10 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC last night.

a - Pours a nice amber color with two inches of creamy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of smells of caramel malts, citrus hops, fruity malts, and bready malts.

t - Tastes mostly of citrus hops and caramel malts again. Also a decent amount of alcohol in the taste and hints of fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent enough red/strong ale, but nothing really stood out about it. I enjoyed the caramel malts and citrus hops, but would have liked more out of it. Would drink it again but wouldn't seek it out annd it wouldn't be my first choice.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2010 21:04:28 | More by mdfb79
Photo of brewnic


4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark gold color and head retention. Aroma has a lot of hops and almost get that fresh hop smell with some malts . Really like this beer good amount of hops as well as malt so no matter what you are looking for this seems to hit the spot. Again like the other ales from GLB it has a lot of body with it. This one I'm sad that it would be hard to find at home.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2010 21:20:20 | More by brewnic
Photo of Bogforce


4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Love this beer. Had it for the first time recently and would definitely drink this every week. Could be my favorite beer.

A: Dark Reddish brown color, that has a on finger head. Sticks around for a little bit..

T: Bold but not too bold, has an amazing flavor.

D: I could drink this beer all day every day

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2010 05:40:50 | More by Bogforce
Photo of MbpBugeye


2.8/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- This is a really nice looking glass of beer. Its clear ruby red capped off with a tall, eggshell colored head. Precise rings of lace mark the glass all the way down.

S- Sadly the nose is pretty weak. Its malty with a touch of chocolate, spicey hops and toffee.

T- Malty and hoppy with a bit of alcohol. The chocolate and toffee come out in the finish.

M- Highly carbonated, dry and medium bodied.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2010 04:42:55 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of regspeir


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at TJ's. Poured a reddish-amber with a one-finger, off-white head which dissaptes to a coating. Lacing is ample and lasting. Nose is caramel, grapefruit. Taste is sweet caramel and bready malts, tempered by the bitter grapefuit. Mouthfeel is light to medium with moderate carbonation. Brew is mildly sticky and oily. It is a little sticky but not unpleasantly so. There is no hint of the higher ABV in the taste but it is the only thing preventing me from having another.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 00:27:59 | More by regspeir
Photo of TMoney2591


3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Missed out on this last year, so it's nice that we happened upon it at the Firk tonight. It pours a russet Halloween brown topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises rye bread, spicy caramel (...that's what I wrote...I hope it makes sense to someone else...), light booze, and red grapes. The taste goes in a slightly different direction, with notes of grapefruit, light caramel, heavy pine sap, and cedar. The body is a solid medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a thickly watery (or watery thick) feel. Overall, I gotta say I wasn't enthralled with this brew, but it's not all that horrible either. I like the disjointedness, but I can't see myself seeking it out very often in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2010 18:39:44 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Vdubb86


3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL

The appearance is of a nice brownish red with a decent finger of foam on the surface. The smell is mostly of sour and char. There are some citrusy hop aromas most similar to orange zest, but that's not nearly as strong as the burnt notes. The flavor is strongly of burnt biscuit. A slight malty flavor comes in on the back end to try and rectify the damage done, but it is too late. The burnt biscuit flavor is really off putting to the point where I truly don't like this beer. The mixing of the hop flavor with it makes it seem like someone lit hops on fire before putting them in this brew. The good thing is the bitterness doesn't translate too badly on the mouthfeel, but it is still there to a point I don't care for, despite the smooth nature of the drink. This beer is all sorts of intense, that I really don't care to go into. It's harsh in a number of ways and honestly some might enjoy drinking it, but I could go either way. Not something I'd really recommend or seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 22:06:25 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of garuda


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, deep amber in color, and a white head that has great retention and good lacing.

S - Citrusy, grapefruit hops, with some pine and caramel malt sweetness as it warms.

T - Wonderfully balanced citrusy hops up front, solid caramel/toffee malt sweetness in the middle with some resinous pine and grapefruit hops through the finish.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, slick going down, mostly dry in the finish with a little bit of hop oil left in the mouth.

D - I was impressed how easily, quickly I drank this. Great strong ale/imperial red. I will most definitely get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 23:23:30 | More by garuda
Photo of drtth


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a deep dark ruby red, almost mahogany color with a ¼" off-white head that recedes slowly leaving a ring of foam and lots of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves lots of irregular lacing, and even to end of beer there is a ring of foam on the beer and there is lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is a nicely balanced mix of malt and citric hops, mostly grapefruit, that fills the nose and builds anticipation.

Taste: The flavors are very well balanced in this beer. While the beer shows a lot of hops, there is also a nice malt backbone (and subtle sweetness) that keeps its presence known throughout and mingles with the hop bitterness and several hop flavors. The hops are mostly citric and fruity with some definite grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a soft smoothness. There is persistent carbonation throughout the beer. The finish is medium to long and begins in the malt-hop balance before gradually turning lightly bitter and reasonably dry.

Drinkability: Enjoyed this one a lot. Each sip followed naturally and easily and I'm sure I'll be seeking out this beer again in the future. It has found a place on my shopping list.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 11:59:41 | More by drtth
Photo of Buebie


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes, consumed at ABR saturday, also have a bottle here to refresh my memory.

Poured a burnt dark red, transparent, some deep copper highlights. An inch of off white head. Settling to leave a thin cap and generous collar.
Spicy earthy onion laced mustard seed hop aroma. light roasted grains, some nuttiness and malt.
Taste is very good, reflecting aroma to a T. More hop strength in taste, earthy and floral with some citric sweetness, becoming dank with some welcome bittering. Bitters work together though and help to balance the large malt presence and burnt caramel. Rich and delicious. This beer is in harmony with all flavors.
Mouthfeel has a fuller feel with medium amounts of carbonation.

This could be one of the better, if not best ASA's I've had. Things I really enjoyed in this beer were the color, hop combo is stellar, and malty balance between bitterness. I would love to know what the hop combo was too, it is scrumdiddlyumptios (Ned Flanders) Heat is nowhere to be found, making it a dangerous brew to consume in multiples. Very easy to drink.

Witty bottle label humor makes me lol

"Vampire pro: They live without lights, which really helps to conserve energy" Vampires are earth friendly with green in mind.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2010 22:35:39 | More by Buebie
Photo of jwhancher


3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Mad Mex. Bartender said this was a worthwhile brew to try. Appears amberish in color with nice lacing clinging to the pint glass in ring set sequences. Smells mostly hoppy with pine, citrus, and peppery notes. Tastes mostly hoppy with a subdued malt backbone that's hidden behind this abundance of hops. Should this be an IPA? The strong ale label complexes me. Either way, it's a slow drinking hoppy beer with bitter mouthfeel and dry then sweet mouthfeel. Sees like a sipper to me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2010 22:30:11 | More by jwhancher
Photo of jampics2


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at GLBC for Oktoberfest. Served in a pint glass.

This seasonal offering from GLBC is marketed as a "beer with bite". Available mid-September through October, it arrives just in time for the Halloween season. Let's see if it can live up to it's "scary" good reputation as one of their best brews.

This is a wonderful looking beer, it's firey red and brown with a beautiful white head and nice lace. Just looking at it makes me thirsty. Not thirsty for blood, just great beer!

Nasferatu is hoppy, that's for sure. The hops basically jump out of the glass and attack. There's a ton of Cascade hops, adding their signature grapefruit and citrus notes to the boquet. There's even a touch of pine and woodiness from the Simcoe hops. A sweet caramel and slightly toasted malt base lets everything shine, giving some impressions of toffee and even a touch of tobacco. This is a very good smelling beer, very inviting and bold. Almost too smooth and seductive, let's hope it's not a rouse to lure me in and strike.

The most remarkable thing about the way Nasferatu tastes is the depth and variety of flavors. This is a bold beer but it's not a brute monster as it's label depicts - if anything, it's a deeper, more sophisticated succubus. The most bold flavors are obviously the hops, as they add a lot of pleasant bitterness with pine and citrus flavors. The malt base is also formidable. It comes across as a mixture of sweet caramel (thanks to the crystal malt) and some toasted/biscuit flavors that the secret specialty roasted malts contribute. There's even a touch of chocolate. There's a ton of flavor but a ton of balance as well. A really well formulated beer - something you don't see enough of in the current world of extreme and imperial everything.

Like all other Great Lakes beers, this Stock Ale/Old Ale feels great in my mouth. It's creamy but firm with just enough carbonation to keep things fresh. It's got a nice medium body and some lingering bitterness in the finish along with some toasty malt. Clean and very drinkable.

Nasferatu is a beer that will bite your palate with flavor. But don't fight it, this isn't a monster of the bloodsucking kind. Instead, it's an imperial red ale that's sure to please the palate with rich, sweet, toasty malts and a coffin full of hops. An awesome beer and certainly deserving of all the praise it receives. Great Lakes was making this beer long before Twilight made vampires trendy, and it's (oc)cult following will continue long after the trend has passed.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2010 13:13:58 | More by jampics2
Photo of josefnewsong

New York

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a deep scarlet color with two fingers of off-white head leaves some lacing but not too much to speak of
S - spicy hops, alcohol, and a bit of sweet caramel malt
T - tastes like it smells, with hops being more dominant and malts less pronounced than I'd expect from the style. Good but not great.
M - medium-bodied, pretty light for the style, well-carbonated (again a bit different for the style) nice tingly hoppy finish
D - easy to drink, not as much of a sipping beer as other old ales I've had

I thought this was a slightly hopped up barleywine when I tried it. It's a good ale, but Old Ale is a category I've come to expect great things from.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 04:21:30 | More by josefnewsong
Photo of sholland119


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sharp Edge Creekhouse

A-Ruby red, crystal clear with a thin tan head and a nice sheet of lacing.

S-Caramelly and nutty with some hops in the background./

T-Nutty with a rich caramel malt and a light sweetness with a nice caramel finish and a little bit of hops.

M-Medium bodied, leaves a light coating on the tongue.

D-Very tasty and drinkable.


Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2009 17:48:10 | More by sholland119
Photo of samie85


3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, consumed 11/06 at The Bad Apple.

A- Pours a reddish copper color with an off-white head.

S- The nose is all hops with this one: pine-y, floral and lemon notes.

T- This is very similar to the nose with a pine-y, bitter slightly citrus(grapefruit) with a bit of a caramel malt backbone.

M- Medium bodied with a pretty decent amount of carbonation.

D- This was pretty easy to drink, given the ABV. It's crisp, clean, somewhat bitter finish leads me to believe I could drink a few of these in a night.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2009 08:19:01 | More by samie85
Photo of Hojaminbag


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Nosferatu has an orangish red body and about one finger of off-white head. That head thick and creamy with some good retention. Some pretty good sheets of lacing are left behind also.

The aroma has a bid dose of caramel malt, a bunch of hops, and some slight fruitiness.

The flavor seems to have lots of everything. The malt is big and sweet, with noticeable caramel characteristics. The hops are bitter with lots of grapefruit. At this point I would say that they hops are a little more pronounced than the malt. Underneath both of these is a less pronounced but substantial fruitiness. What fruits you say? Well, I can't really say, but they are light, sweet, and pretty good.

Moderate, slightly oily feeling body with moderate carbonation; nothing special.

This is a good beer, especially on tap. I expect the malt and hops to be big, but the fruit notes are a pleasant surprise (ok, I realize it tells me that on the bottle and I've had this a few years in a row, but still).

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2009 22:20:31 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Intimidtor


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Great Lakes Brewery on 10-27-09 during the initial release of Christmas Ale for the year. Had a sample glass and found myself wondering why I was drinking the Christmas Ale. Great American Strong Ale in all aspects. S-A-S-M-D were all very well. This beer will bite you with its 8.0 ABV. May have to start stocking up on this one. Price is about 10 bucks for a four pack.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2009 02:21:18 | More by Intimidtor
Photo of CaptCleveland


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20 oz imperial pint poured from 1/6 barrel keg, from Cleveland, Ohio beer pub.
One inch white head covers ruby-red liquid, impressive Belgian lace throughout.
Fruity, grapefruit, intense hop aroma. First sip does not disappoint: hops predominate with a nice smooth flavor balanced with a modest amount of malt.
Alcohol well blended and does disguise the full potency of this brew. Not for those expecting a usual ale blend.
Too bad it's a seasonal.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2009 20:26:45 | More by CaptCleveland
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark caramel color with a frothy head and tons of carbonation. Not much to report about smell, very minimal and more toward to earthy side.

Sip. High alcohol noticeable from the get go. Nice on the pallet, and finished clean, with an aftertaste of a typical strong ale.

Not really a beer that I would have in a session, but could be done if you had the time. I recommend for a nice cap on a winters day/night.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2009 23:52:27 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
Photo of beeristhefuture


3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a fine example of a good red ale. It's flavorful, with lots of strong hop taste (more than cascade!), and the caramel and crystal malts buck up the typically thin mouthfeel Great Lakes beers tend to have. It's a shame this brew's only a seasonal; it'd be one I'd have readily available otherwise. It should be noted that because of the high sugar levels and thin mouthfeel I can't give it superlative ratings. It is a great beer, though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2008 20:45:35 | More by beeristhefuture
Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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