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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,288 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,288
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 222
Gots: 252 | 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:
Imperial Red Ale

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with a two finger light tan head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma is a nice combination of caramel malt and citrus hops.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Caramel malt combined with citrus hops. Not overly complex, just a nice flavorful beer.

Medium bodied, proper carbonation,and there is a nice combination of sweetness balanced by hop bitterness. I like this beer quite a bit, and will be sure to look for it again.

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?).

Photo of CaptDavyJones
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with the freshness date and ABV on the label. Deep blood red color; not too much of a head, good carbonation. Aroma is an unique blend of sweet caramel with pine, unlike any I have had so far. The taste is truly exceptional, the hops hit you right away, but the finish is malty/sweet. The ABV is masked very well amongst the bevy of flavors that hit your palate. Drinkability is very good, too bad it is a seasonal beer. Highly recommended, anyone and everyone who appreciates beer MUST have the Nosferatu. I don't know how they do it, but Great Lakes is another brewery that keeps churning, well brewing, one solid beer after another.... Cheers!!!

Photo of Bonis
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours to an amber/red,, fluffy off white inch of head, leaves a nice lace. Some sediment suspension is notable, and that's fine with me.

S - Big citrus hops, a tad grassy, and some caramel malt peaks through. Holds the aroma well, as this bottle has been sitting in my fridge for quite some time.

T - Earthy and grassy, with a nice hop profile with citrus and notes of pine. Sugars linger in the mouth with a subtle bitterness. This one is well balanced. Alcohol is there but not really overwhelming.

M - Pretty high carbonation, medium bodied, and a fairly dry finish.

D - An easy drink. Another fine offering from Great Lakes.

Drink by date: 12/16/10

Photo of russwbeck
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark amber pour with a small off-white head, rescinding quickly, and decent lacing.

S: Very malty with the hops coming through predominantly. Some caramel and spiciness in there as well.

T: Hop bitterness all over the place. Piney, but mostly malty and caramel. Hops stay on the palate for a long time after the last drink.

MF: Medium body and carbonation. Oily with a bit of a bite.

D: Not high for me. Intense hops make it tough to drink it consecutively.

Photo of rpardon7
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to the generous jahuneyc for the hook-up.

A - It is pours a radiant shade of auburn with ruby and copper highlights. There is a two inch pancake batter head that recedes to a wispy cap but deposits large webs of lace in its wake.

S - There is a significant hop presence that I wasn't expecting. I don't know why I wasn't expecting it, but I digress... The nose has notes of tangerine, orange blossom and a floral-herbal nuance in the range of lavender or chamomile. The malt is pretty subdued aromatically, lending only a vague toasty biscuit element.

T - I really dig the flavor, it is quite unusual. Upon my first sip, I don't know quite what to make of it. I am struck by how hop-centric it is and also how unusual the hop contribution is unto the palate. Strange, pleasant vegetal notes are foremost, with a green weed-stem dankness. There are some pink grapefruit and some earthy black dirt impressions, as well. Also, I am starting to notice a very unusual similarity in flavor to acorn or butternut squash. This is some alchemy here! I am impressed. The slightly sweet and mineral-y malt seems to be very much in the background, perhaps contributing most noticeably to the astringency on the finish.

M - Lighter than medium-bodied, with a bit of late effervescence on the finish, providing a pleasant bitterness.

D - Very interesting. I would like more. Probably wouldn't be my go-to, but you never say never. At least I don't.

Photo of crossovert
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best before 11/30/10.

It pours a deep brownish crimson with a soapy off-white head. It sticks for a while and recedes to a lot of lacing.

The smell is hoppy goodness. There is tons of ruby red grapefruit and citrus with a bit of pine. There is also some caramel and toastiness from the malt underneath.

The taste is pretty awesome, it has been a while since I have had a beer this hoppy (I haven't had any good, fresh IPAs lately). It is mostly pine, which I love. There is a hint of astringent bittersweetness and cloying sweetness in the end, perhaps some rottenish fruit presence as well, but it is mostly hops and it isn't overly sweet.

The mouthfeel is a bit cloying and a bit thin for my liking.

This is an interesting brew that is suitable for hop lovers when fresh.

Photo of jpro
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pk at Brawley's in Charlotte...

A: Poured into a shaped Dogfish Head pint glass... a striking red with some tea-like coloration; a pretty tame pour yields a two finger, cream colored head that leaves some sudsy lace and manages impressive retention.

S: Piney hops, with a touch of some herby dank-ness; malt sweetness; toasted grains and dark bread crust.

T: Piney hop bitterness dominates, along with some resin; slightly nutty sweet caramel malt - with some faint hints of roasted grain; the sweetness provides nice balance.

M: Slightly less than moderate carbonation level and kind of thin; a touch oily; very crisp and clean... This is where this beer falls short for me - I think I'd enjoy it more if there was a little more mouthfeel there.

D: Enjoyable and very drinkable; the one good thing about the thin mouthfeel (I guess) is that it lends to an easier drinking brew; a nice choice for cooler weather and another good one from Great Lakes!

Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having wanted to try this one for quite a while, I was glad to pull this one from a trade package earlier this week. Poured from the bottle a dark red color with a little bit of off-white foam. Aromas of candi sugar, sweet malt and light hops. On the palate this one is medium bodied, with good carbonation, caramel, sweet malt, some citrusy hops and a candy sweet finish.

Photo of NODAK
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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

perhaps best served at 98.6 f while viewing werner herzog's film of the same name. am i bloodthirsty enough to drink a brew so red and wicked?
were any virgins violated in the making of this?
will it make me a creature of the night?

The villagers fear this,they cling to their pathetic adjunct corn beer and make futile cross signs with their fingers.

I thirst for fear> I grab the neck,aggressively,decapitate this hollow vessel and let it's precious fluids bleed out into my goblet.

it is red

like beer with a few tablespoons of human blood. there's a short lived head. life is so short...hazy..like english fog,but with blood in it.

aroma--citrus,dark fruits,a hint of yeast,a hint of caramel,a hint of dark secrets i should never hear.

flavors--- sort of a rich lead in with a sweet lure to bring me to ruin. it shifts,cunningly,into a citric,grapefruit bite and the deed is finished. a trickster? a monster? no. it would seem this creature has a good heart.
a bit more malt side than a typical ipa,and the ample hops, grapefruit and pine/evergreen give it a charachter of dark cascadian or a robust dipa. there's another kind of earthy/woody something i can't pin down, not big like a wooden stake to the heart,subtle like just a big splinter.
altogether seductively tasty. one can not taste blood nor bats nor pure evil in this.

mouth feels right...the bite is gentle and with sweetness,and all as smooth as a velvet cape. it says "stock ale". it resembles "red rocket". the hop finish is well done.

drinkability would i risk my soul for one more? probably.

Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish amber color with a large head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Aroma seems to be a balance between the citrus and pine hops and the caramel malt. No hint of alcohol is detected. But the alcohol sure is detected in the flavor. The flavor starts with notes of grapefruit, pine, and grass. The malt then adds its contribution of caramel and a little toastiness. Finishes dry and boozy. The body seems a little too light for so much going on in the flavor but it has nice carbonation for the size of the beer. An interesting beer that has some good hop flavor and some malt balance.

Photo of herman77
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark ruby red with an big, rocky off white head that slowly fades and leaves whispy lacing trails. Great lacing overall. The color kind of reminds me of iron rich blood. Love the color on this.

S: Grapefruit and pine hops. A little bit of carmel malt in the mix too. Kind of reminds me of Furious, but not nearly as strong or fresh.

T: Lots of citrus and pungent grapefruit hops. Its got a pretty good kick of carmel and bready malt too to provide balance, but the hops are the main flavors here. Finishes a bit dry, a little sweet and a little bitter. Hop oils linger around for awhile. You can pick up the abv just a tiny bit.

M: Medium to fuller body. Moderate to lighter carbonation. Feels nice and slick, a tad bit oily.

D: Decent drinkability. I thought it was going to have more malt and a less hops, but its still good and defiantly worth a try.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my new Duck-Rabbit snifter.

A. Pours a milk chocolate brown that turns very ruby (almost fake blood) red when held up to the light. A half finger of off white foamy head rises up and dissipates to small islands of foam topping.

S. Caramel with citrus and pine hops and a hazy cinnamon undertone.

T. Caramel with lots of citrus and pine alongside spicy hop flavor.

M. Medium with a medium carbonation level.

D. Not bad, but not what I expected. I went in expecting a malt bomb and ended up with a fairly hoppy strong/amber ale. A fairly good beer that I'll probably pick up again next year (knowing what to expect).

I'm also giving .5 extra points to the appearance for the concept of the beer: great Nosferatu on the label with a bloody looking beer that has biting hop flavor.

Photo of mountdew1
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color was dark brown, with a touch of reddish hue. Small 1 finger off white head that laster a few minutes and then left no trace. Aroma was slightly berry fruity, sweet, but with a touch of acid bitterness, maybe akin to a raspberry. Taste was completely unlike the aroma. It had a hoppy bitterness to the flavor with the piney aftertaste. Hopes became more pronounced as it went on. Felt thin in the mouch, otherwise was well balanced, nicely carbonated. ABV hit hard and fast, despite being otherwise fairly well balanced and drinkable.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$3.00 / ea.

A: Bright brown body with strong red highlights. Big loose head that quickly dissipates leaving moderate lacing and a thin bubbly cover.

S: Grapefruit citrus upfront with hints of sweet caramel malt. Fairly one dimensional but the hap aroma is divine.

T: Heavy citrus hop flavors, predominately grapefruit. Noticeable malt sweetness takes over after the initial sip. Bready to the end with a moderate bitter aftertaste.

M: Light body and moderate carbonation. Strong carbonic bite and pronounced hop oil smoothness.

D: If you enjoy IPA you will have no problems drinking this one all night long. The aftertaste is pleasant and the hop character citrus, so it is pretty accessible.

O: Comes across as a double IPA. Not a bad thing, just something to consider before you make a purchase.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Reddish-brown with an off white heading. Settles for a nice covering. No lacing to speak of.

Nose is all caramel malt. Decent hop aroma in the background. Simple.

Taste is amazing. Loaded with an amazing caramel kick. Solid hoppy background almost to the point you thought you were drinking a IIPA. A slight hot alcohol jumps out in the middle alomost liquor like and does settle with a spicey kick ending.

Mouth full bodied. Excellent alive feeling on the palate as the tiny bubbles just dance on the palate.

Wow I am really not a big fan of the the style but this was great.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from a local six pack distributor

A - Pours a dark amber color with an inch of head and lace. Looks nice

S - caramel malts, citrus hops, fruity malts, and bready malts

T - Wow starts off mildly hoppy and leans in with a caramel base and finishes dry. Very unexpected.

M - Medium bodied and hoppy.

D - Overall didn't expect this old ale to be so hoppy! Liked it and will have it again! Awesome!

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for this in the Sunday Night Football Squares Week 6 winnings.

Best by date 11/30/10

Poured into a dogfish head glass a transparent dark amber with a very thick off white head. It's allergy season, so my nose is worthless. But I am getting a good hint of hops in the scent. The taste is almost like a IIPA and a Barleywine mix. There is carmel malts and sugars with a good hop representation that leaves a dry bitterness. Medium body in the mouthfeel with no apparent alcohol burn. Nosferatu is one of the many reasons why I wish GLB distributed to Texas.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stock ale, imperial red... Great brew no matter how one looks at it. Nice all around with a solid hoppy character over a nice malt profile.

Presentation: 12 oz capped brown bottle. Black design with white lettering and an image Murnau´s Nosferatu.. Side narrative notes main characteristics, inspiration, main ingredients, and adherence to the Bavarian Purity Law. Neck label notes naming reference and related joke. Notes freshness date (12/08/10), and Alc. by Vol. (8.0%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep amber-red pour with 1" frothy head, good retention, fair surface memory and nice lacing.

S - Hoppy range woven with a nice caramel malt, grapefruit, citrus, a tad grassy.

T - Nice sync with the nose delivering a rich hoppy sense, citrus, grapefruit, touch of peach, over a rich caramel malt backbone. Tasty.

M - Medium body and medium-low carbonation with a nice bite that is not overwhelming and an oily hint.

D - Really nice flow, they have crafted an awesomely balanced brew here with a sturdy backbone.

Notes: Now, this is Great Lakes quality to remember. Despite a couple of not so good tries of late this is putting me back on their path.

Photo of nhindian
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have waited for this since May to try this beer and it's such a relief that it's finally here.
I pour most of the beers I rate into a deep tulip which I feel offers great improvements to the overall drinking experience, however that is just my opinion. That being said, Nosferatu does not fail to impress from packaging and aesthetics to first taste.

Deep rich amber which lends itself to the lighter tones of autumn once in the spotlight. I like to think of it as the blood from slain victims, but you are entitled to your own opinions. Nosferatu is rich and inviting, no haze nor head, but gives a decent lace when tilted. A good swirl will reproduce a tan head of a centimeter's width.

The first thing I smell is citrusy/piney hops. I first think IPA, but strong ale will also fit the bill. Not much more other than bitter oils come through, but it's what I have come to expect from a good ale which boasts being "highly hopped."

Outstanding taste. It is completely clean with a generous amount of hops. I have such a special spot for ales that go the distance to bring a crystal clean, refreshingly bitter brew to my Tuesday nights. The richness of the beer makes it worth allowing it to warm (more towards the 50oC recommendation). However, not much more is offered except more of the malty-caramel coming through the hops.

Well carbonated, tickles the tongue and hits the bitter-buds hard. Nosferatu is clean and refreshing, as stated earlier, and doesn't variate far from classic strong ale guidelines. I was not sure what to expect the first time trying this beer, but I soon realized that Nosferatu had much to offer. Light yet smooth.

Surprisingly drinkable for having such a high ABV. I let the beer warm over the hour that I drank, trying it very cold as well as approaching room temp. If you're trying to mask the strong hops and EtOH I would recommend the colder temperatures, but you will gain more from the malt if you let it warm a bit. Give this beer a try, you wont regret it.


Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to korguy123 for this one! Poured into the DFH snifter glass.

A: Pours a very deep ruby color with a one finger tan head. Nice lace sheeting down the side of the glass.

S: A really interesting mix, I get a strong strawberry aroma mixed with a heavy caramel smell. There is also a nice hop/citrus aroma in the middle, some tangerine maybe.

T: The caramel is much heavier on the taste than the smell. There is a nice hop kick in the middle that lingers into the finish. Also get hints of brown sugar.

M/D: Full bodied and no hint of the 8% whatsoever. Overall a really nice beer, very drinkable.

Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,288 ratings.