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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,931 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,931
Reviews: 832
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 181
Gots: 115 | FT: 7
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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Photo of SolipsismalCat


4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear red-brown with a two-finger, off-white, creamy and foamy head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus hops and subtle delicious smelling malt.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Dark caramel malt and bitter hops. No taste of alcohol. Slightly nutty finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and slightly warm.

O: A solid strong ale. I would have preferred a bit more dark fruit and malt and slightly less hops, but still really good.

10-10-2012 02:13:49 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of nhindian


4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint.

A - Pours a dark amber, deep red color and builds a 1.5-finger, creamy white head. Doesn't stick around for the party though, and the lacing is minimal. Poured into a Perfect Pint and can see a constant trickle of carbonation rising from the nucleation point. Very clear.

S - Predominant nose for the Nosferatu is hops and malts. Perhaps a tinge of caramel, sticky molasses. Very earthy. Bouquet is heavy and reminds me of a double IPA. Quite enjoyable.

T - Taste is hop-forward with the earthy undertones swarming in afterward. Malty, bready, thick. Complex in that it's hard to distinguish individual flavors but with a tone that comes together nicely that prevents it from coming off as too muddled. Very slight alcohol vampire bite at the end that entices the drinker to indulge again.

M - A medium-bodied ale that has nice carbonation as noted above. A bit sticky.

D - A very drinkable beer. I'm nearly done tasting my first bottle of this and I'm surprised it went as quick as it did. Not heavy, but I can myself wanting to move on to something else after a few of these due to the high hop character. Extremely happy I went with my urge to pick this one up.

10-20-2010 02:45:50 | More by nhindian
Photo of tlazaroff


3.15/5  rDev -23%

I am shocked in the lack of aroma in this beer. I get nothing but a very slight, almost absent caramel note. It doesn't smell bad, it just has virtually no aroma.

Perfectly clear and deep red in color with a light tan head that laces moderately on the glass. Its a great looking beer, for sure.

Thank god it tastes better than it smells. I get a burnt sugar flavor, molasses, caramel candy, and a nice floral hop note in the background. It has a lighter body which shocked me especially for an 8% ABV beer, with medium carbonation and the finish is a touch on the dry side. It's a good beer, but not one of their best seasonals.

09-08-2012 05:01:51 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of IAmHollywood13


4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-05-2014 17:25:31 | More by IAmHollywood13
Photo of giblet


4.72/5  rDev +15.4%

as near to perfection for my palate! poured nice from the bottle. some light persistant carbonation. excellent lace throughout. the aroma is very pleasing with hop and sweet malt. the flava is excellent. i am afraid i could sit and have about 5 or 6 of these in a row! that would likely knock me socks off since it is a 8%abv.

top 5 beers that i have ever had!

suckem up and movem out!


09-14-2007 13:23:44 | More by giblet


4.5/5  rDev +10%

02-15-2013 22:50:21 | More by ROBSTARR
Photo of Natural510


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a bright crimson red with a thick layer of retaining head. Very inviting.
Smells citrusy sweet and of floral, piney hops.
Initial taste is sweet & malty, with notes of dried fruit such as apricot & plum. The piney hops subtley but surely make themelves known, leaving a noticable kick and dry finish. Nothing overpowering; everything blending together well.
Goes down smooth, with the carbonating melting in the mouth rather than kicking around.
A very well-balanced ale. Alcohol is well-hidden and only noticable in the effects, not the flavor.
Not an everyday beer, but certainly something to go to when in need of balance and a nice hop bite.

09-12-2008 08:39:39 | More by Natural510
Photo of vwbus7

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

06-26-2014 02:48:27 | More by vwbus7
Photo of beerme626


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-11-2012 05:04:34 | More by beerme626
Photo of Fish113d


3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

Served from a bottle at room temp into a pint glass.

It pours an amber color with 1" of cream colored foamy head with nice retention; lots of cling on my glass.

Aroma is of lots of biscuits and sweet pine hops. Alcohol stings the nose just a bit, but nothing too interesting here.

Sweet hops flow over my palate initially along with some sweet citrus flavors, but a huge biscuit flavor ensues throughout the swallow. Intersting taste! And I enjoy!

Mouthfeel is nice. Good balance, some alcohol felt, but not too big. Medium bodied and nice.

Relatively drinkable. I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would have, but it was decent. I can use one word to classify this one: interesting.

09-13-2005 03:00:26 | More by Fish113d
Photo of siradmiralnelson


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 3 finger head. Nice retention. Thick lacing. Color is an amber red.

S. Smell is pretty hop forward. Some nice floral and pine hop smell that imparts some bitterness. Has a somewhat sweet malt base underneath the hops. Also has some biscuity bready malt smell. Smells like a red ale.

T. Taste is a pretty nice balance of hops and malt. Get some piney hop taste balanced against a biscuity malt flavor, leaves the beer pretty dry. tastes pretty standard for a red ale, maybe just a little bigger.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes dry.

D. Drinkable 8% beer. Not the most flavorful in my opinion. It is a pretty well balanced beer that goes down easy enough. I wasn't amazed but a solid offering.

01-02-2011 23:28:34 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of dhbiker0889


4.5/5  rDev +10%

08-30-2012 05:16:45 | More by dhbiker0889
Photo of whitenads


4.5/5  rDev +10%

05-05-2014 18:11:28 | More by whitenads
Photo of firstlighthiker


3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

10-11-2013 21:17:02 | More by firstlighthiker
Photo of GOBLIN


4.5/5  rDev +10%

03-07-2014 02:05:35 | More by GOBLIN
Photo of MichPaul


4.5/5  rDev +10%

09-18-2013 04:24:18 | More by MichPaul
Photo of EROCK75


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

10-29-2012 15:09:22 | More by EROCK75
Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

04-17-2014 16:37:28 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
Photo of JamesMN


4/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber/red hue with very light brown head.

Aroma: Nice barley character with some sweet hop presence.

Taste: Like this one immediately. Great barley flavor in there, the whole malt bill shines. Caramel and amber malt flavors as well. Nice earthy and hop presence with a little grapefruit. Very good balance of sweet malt and bitter hops. Moderate bitterness in this one, probably around 60 to 70 IBUs. A bit of a dry finish and lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A tad over medium bodied with average carbonation. Easy drinking.

Final Thoughts: I heard some good things about this beer so I went ahead and bought a bottle. Wish I would have sooner. A well-rounded full-flavored brew with a lot of things to like about it. Would I drink it again? Yep.

10-18-2012 23:53:22 | More by JamesMN
Photo of Ohiovania


3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

06-15-2014 16:07:55 | More by Ohiovania
Photo of rhinos00


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Brown mixed with tints of blood-orange. Very transparent. Half inch head formed, but dissipated rather quickly.

S- Hops! Also hints of caramel and malt.

T- Very similar to the smell. The hops is in your face, but then temporarily relieved by the sweetness of malts and caramel. Finishes with a nice crisp, hoppy taste. Also distinct instances of piney/citrus flavor similar to west coast IPA's.

M- Light to medium bodied with some carbonation.

D- I couldn't stop drinking this one. The alcohol really was not that detectable.

Overall, another impressive brew by GLBC. Now if only I would have taken more advantage of this place when I lived in Cleveland, especially since I went to the high school right next to the brewery.

10-24-2008 01:15:55 | More by rhinos00
Photo of jackorain


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

This beer poured red amber, a real nice color. Small but nice head that fell as I wrote this, real nice cascading lace

Smells of hops and sweet bready malts, not increadilby strong though

Tastes nice green and medicinal hops hit 1st. sweet malts hit next, they are almost like a sweet grain bread, you know the kind with the little sunflower sedds in it. There is also some carmel malt in there. This beer gets better and more comlex as it warms. There is a big bitter hop finish

Creamy medium body, carbonation is spot on and doesn't run the creamy texture

Drinkability could get dangerous given that the 8% is well hidden by the depth of flavor.

12-14-2006 21:16:55 | More by jackorain
Photo of rcjennings


4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-17-2012 15:48:22 | More by rcjennings
Photo of wheatyweiss


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured from a bottle into a nonic.

Pours a dark mahogony red with a nice receding head that leaves webs of lace. Bottle says best by 11/16/08, hops may be a bit muted as a result.

Aroma is light hops and roasty malt. A sweetness is there that make this aroma somewhat candy like.

Taste is roasted malt upfront with a hops flavor that is surprisingly FRESH. This is weird, the last beer I had with hops that had this fresh of a flavor was Ale Asylum Hopaliscious on tap, at the brewery. Only hop flavor that I can describe as grapefruit, which a lot of reviewers do. This flavor is really well done. Hops and malt in perfect harmony, the malt is roasty and a bit smokey, with a perfect roast, this is well done. I am enjoying every quaff.

Mouthfeel is medium and perfect for a strong ale.

I would seek out and buy this again, glad I have three more.

02-08-2009 19:08:15 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of Tracker83


3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

01-15-2013 02:35:46 | More by Tracker83
Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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