Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 856
Hads: 2,347
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 245
Gots: 294 | FT: 9
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

Imperial Red Ale
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Photo of surlysober
4.13/5  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. (655 characters)

Photo of The_Blodge
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Served from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a crystal clear bright red color with a one finger head. nice lacing down the glass as the head slowly dissipates into a thin film. Love the redness of this one.

S: Fruity notes with bright citrus hop character. Orange and grapefruit. Malty undertones but blend well with the bright hop character in the nose. Not picking up a lot of alcohol. Very subtle. This one will bite.

T: Bitter up front like an IPA. Pleasant hoppiness with a hearty, malty finish. Fruit notes. Delicious!

M: Big bodied beer with a chewy mouthfeel. Creamy texture. Tight carbonation. Somewhat over carbonated in my opinion.

O: One of my favorite beers this time of year. This is a dangerous beer. It will sneak up and bite you...for real. (766 characters)

Photo of atuite
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with best by date of 12/05/07.
Poured with less head then others have eluded to but the head did not completely dissipate- a copper, red color. smell is rather pleasant and there is a strong fruity scent- somewhere between grapfruit and grape as pointed out by others. taste was not as pleasant as expected. strong hops flavor but much less of the fruit suggested by the scent- the alcohol content is not well hidden- i've had worse but i've had much better,even at 9-10%. mouthfeel is average and the beer is easiy drinkable but i'd stop after a couple. wondering what it tastes like on tap . . . (610 characters)

Photo of biggerboat88
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Held up to light Nosferatu has a great ruby red color with some off-white head that at first produces some elaborate lacing which eventually slides down the glass. Head retention itself was great, the lacing however did not maintain itself, but that doesn't really matter to me. Really strong citrus hops aromas with a rich malty background. I got some grapefruit coming through but balanced out with the malts, smelled fantastic. After a couple sips I couldn't help but think about just how balanced this beer is. While you get plenty of hops at first, they are never overbearing or offensive. The wet and sticky hop goodness is quickly followed by a slight sweetness and malt flavors. Very well carbonated but it still coats the tongue with it's flavors and character, after a while you get a little bit of alcohol warmth going down. Deceptively drinkable and delicious! I had only had this once before but will hopefully grab it a few more times before the season is over. (975 characters)

Photo of Briarbush
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- A dark red almost blood red. :)

Smell- Not a very strong beer in terms of aroma a light hoppy smell though

Taste- Hops from start to finish. With a piney and citrus flavor hiding in the
background

Mouthfeel- Was not overpowering considering the ABV.

Drinkability- Take your time and enjoy this one, it's worth it. One of my seasonal favorites. (370 characters)

Photo of mgobrew
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 12 Oz Brown Bottle

A: Dark red "sanguine", thick manila head clings to the glass as it dissipates.

S: Initially strong hop aroma with noticeable citrus and grassy hints. The sun must be setting because this beer is starting to bare its fangs....

T: Bitterness overpowers at first with caramel entering but not enough to balance the bite of the hop bitterness. Bitter finish with a warming alcohol accompaniment.

M: Nice and full bodied but not too thick more on the smooth side.

D: Apply named after the vampire as it combines the blood red color and hop bite with the warm sting of the alcohol. At 8% it is hypnotically drinkable so have your cross at the ready to avoid falling under its spell. (714 characters)

Photo of SamAdams
4.23/5  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.
Cheers (270 characters)

Photo of Manos
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 summer edition
Hop Devil on steriods, was my first thought. Piny, IPA feel for sure; a
90 minute IPA crossed with citrus and a nice oktoberfest lager. Pretty
saturated orange red appearance. Sipper, enjoy this limited edition
while you can. Hunt this vampyre down! (273 characters)

Photo of schlazzgraft
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this in my college town on tap... they always have some interesting great lakes brew and i'm always willing to try what they put out.

A - Pretty standard appearance, dark/reddish brown with nice lacing and a decent head retention

S - Nice, earthy and hoppy. Not shockingly piney or citrusy, but subtle and balanced.

T - Similar to the smell, with a great earthy, drying bite to it that I've never experience with any other beers. Exceptional taste, I couldn't stop going back for another sip just to figure out what I was tasting! Great stock ale that has a really original taste.

M - Smooth, and a nice dry finish with the perfect amount of hop bite.

D - Pretty strong, I was starting to get a good buzz and am still feeling this one to be honest (: ... I'd get it again, but i'm not sure how many i could drink in a night

Overall, this is a great beer I'd suggest anyone to try... very different and very unique. Great Lakes always has a knack for surprising me. Bravo! (981 characters)

Photo of craftbeerbyob
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful red, amber color. Beer is dark enough not to be able to see through. Nice head on pour.

Smell: I honestly could not smell much of anything that distinguishes it's characteristics. I do pick up a little fruit smell along with hops!

Taste: Great bitterness!

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking for an 8% alcohol beer. (329 characters)

Photo of portijon
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of my favorites. Period. Not sure if it's some strange nostalgic effect or what, but I love it to death and wait for it every year. The body is solid, it's an 8% imperial but it's ridiculously smooth and tasty. Hops up front, dark fruits in the middle, and some flowery hops in the finish. A perfect fall beer to throw all the unworthy pumpkins in their graves. They have nothing on Nosferatu. This beer isn't perfect, but it's a great tasting beer that can disguise itself and bite you back after a few.

This beer is one of the reasons that I fell in love with craft beer. (592 characters)

Photo of BEEER
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark translucent amber color with medium, light cream colored head that diminishes after a few minutes into just a ring and messy lacing. Aroma is faint, but has nice amber malts and light fruity hop. Tons of flavor, but not too strong or overkill on anything. It's so balanced, the hops and malts work perfectly together. There's no alcohol flavor, medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. For an amber, it's got to be one of the best. (437 characters)

Photo of hrockefeller
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

4 pack of 12 oz. bottles purchased at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield. The wife "convinced" me to drive her to IKEA in Cincy in exchange for a beer run. Been waiting to try this beer for a long time, as I've had a few of GL's other offerings and have never been disappointed.

Taken out of fridge and allowed to warm somewhat, poured into tulip glass.

A: Wonderful deep bronze color, thin (1/2 inch) layer of head that leaves lacing through the whole session.

S: Heavy caramel and toffee notes, some hop aroma, alcohol is well hidden in the nose.

T: Starts off sweet, followed by a hard punch of citrus from the hops, mellows out slightly and leaves a long aftertaste of citrus/pine.

M: Excellent mouthfeel. Very silky, not too thin and slightly creamy.

D: I could drink these all night. It took approx. 1/2 hour to finish off the glass, and I had to force myself to take time to savor.

Oh, if only I had easier access to this wonderful beer. Luckily we may be making a return trip to IKEA in the next month or so. I will almost surely be stopping back into buy more of this brew. Will definitely be saving a few of these for a while. (1,134 characters)

Photo of Tizzod
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to mcallister for the trade.

Pours a deep, dark amber into the galss, with a fairly thin head. Nice lacing though. It smells very sweet, almost like caramel, although the smell isn't terribly strong. It tastes very sweet as well. Lots of rich maltiness. Almost syrupy. It does finish with a nice bitterness though, which dries the palate a bit. Some alcohol is noticable. Moujthfeel is silky smooth, with just the right level of carbonation. Overall, a very tasty beer. It's a little too sweet (and strong) for me to want to drink often, but could really hit the spot in the right mood. (596 characters)

Photo of lookitsfelias
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

havent done a review in a while so as i have a 4-pack of these in the fridge thought why not

A - wow this stuff pours a nice rasberry red, with lots of head and lacing

S - smell reminded me of a stout almost, chocolate, figs ..

T - tastes great, strong malty complexity with an alcoholic bite at the end

M - mouthfeel is smooth and buttery, good carbonation

D - although an excellent beer, i couldnt see myself drinking more than 1 or 2 of these, can definitely sit on one for a while (490 characters)

Photo of r3zim
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A:
Pours a light amber with a strong white head of carbonation. Shows nice legs as I continue to drink.

S:
Smell is full of tantalizing floral and citrus notes.

T:
Very flavorful. Balanced, yet has a strong hop kick and malt presence.

M:
Body is medium. Slight sting from either the hops or alcohol. Carbonation is abundant but not overly apparent.


D:
Drinkabilty is moderate. Enjoyable in moderation due to strong flavors, heavier body, and high carbonation. (479 characters)

Photo of 77suburban
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish amber color, fluffy white lace which sticks around for quite a while.

Smell: Hoppy, slightly alcohol.

Taste: Very pronounced hop flavor, lemon/citrus character to the hops. Warming as it goes down - good for a cold day. All around a very hoppy brew, not quite as harsh as their IPA, but close. Finish is not too bitter and is rather balanced.

Mouthfeel: Nothing too notable, fairly smooth for this much hop, not too harsh.

Notes: Like everything Great Lakes brews, this is a quality beer. Although I really like this beer, I'd like it if it was a bit more distinguished from the Commodore Perry IPA, maybe a little more emphasis on the malts. I don't know what it's lacking, it's just not as clearly defined stylistically as other seasonals are, or for it's $9 a 4-pack price. (800 characters)

Photo of beeristhefuture
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of RJBeverage
2.91/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A red/amber possibly attempting to be blood colored beer. A bit hoppy, slightly bitter, with a citrusy tang, a bit of grapefruitish taste. It's a pleasant taste, but with a bit too much bitter aftertaste for me. The mouthfeel is a robust, carbonated feel.

The 8% abv doesn't show up in the smell, or the taste.

If you like a hoppier beer you might like this, it's not bad just not what I would come back to. (409 characters)

Photo of haschauer
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip

A - Great dark amber color with light off white head.

S - Caramel, citrus/grapefruit hoppiness. Smell is refreshing but not overly complex.

T - The caramel and toffee came through first for me then the hop hit on the backbone. As it warms it helps the complexity.

M - Nice and smooth. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.

O - Definitely worth picking up. Great beer for the incoming autumn weather. Na zdravi!

Serving type: bottle (455 characters)

Photo of Rfrick11
4/5  rDev -1.5%

This is an excellent brew. Initial toast and strong caramel malt balanced beautifully with a nice floral hop character. Begins to open up upon warming and takes on increased roastiness, almost nutty. Fall in a glass to me. (223 characters)

Photo of Shawn_Sins
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

THIS BEER IS AMAZING. DO NOT SLEEP ON THIS. TRY IT IF YOU CAN.

serving type: bottle

appearance: red, dense, beautiful

smell: complex, getting sweetness, maltiness, light hopiness, smells amazing

taste: mild sweetness from "red malts" up front followed by a prominent bitterness that lingers. highly complex and perfect.

mouthfeel: moderate to high carbonation. perfect consistency in my opinion.

overall: ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. this is the best GLBC beer i have had so far, in front of the lake erie monster and the EF Porter (i have not been lucky enough to try Alchemy hour yet). To me this could be classified as a Red IPA. The hopiness is very prominent. The flavor as very complex. This has been compared to Stone's Arrogant bastard. To me it is a more refined version, but to the keen taster i believe you will find more complexity and flavors in this one. (868 characters)

Photo of fiveo2270
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent hoppy flavor, like an IPA but it is actually a red beer. Loved it. Nosferatu has great color. I poured it into a Sam Adams beer glass (the one with the wide mouth) and it was very impressive in flavor. If you like red beers and also like IPA's then you will definitely like the Nosferatu by Great Lakes. I am a big fan of all of the Great Lakes beers I have had so far. (379 characters)

Photo of iheartcraftbeer
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on Friday, September 25, 2009. Fall is here and I am happy.

A: 12oz bottle poured into Sam Adams tulip glass. Color is a dark, rusty red. Only a shadow of my hand can be seen on the other side of the glass. Thick, fluffy caramel-colored head sits atop the brew and hangs around for a while. Decent amount of lacing.
S: Sweet malts and black cherries. Bit of alcohol as well.
T: This is a complex brew. Biscuit malt is the dominant flavor but the hop bitterness can be detected on the back end. Very nice balance. Alcohol is well hidden.
M: Mouthfeel is fairly thick. Well suited for the style.

Overall, this is a perfect style for the fall season. Warming and comforting on chilly autumn evenings. Not overly sessionable, but that's probably a good thing considering the ABV. (786 characters)

Photo of mccann51
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 12 oz into a small sniffer.

Nice red colour with good carbonation. Aroma of malt and citrusy, earthy hops, though not a strong nose. Taste of caramel, citrus fruit, and raisins. Rather sweet, but balanced by the distinct alcohol bite and hop bitterness. Overall, a delicious beer, if a bit heavy. A four pack would make for a very nice liquid dinner. (367 characters)

Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 856 ratings.