Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,341
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 242
Gots: 293 | 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 Qbdoo
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a lovely brick red. Scent is unremarkable but the taste is a wonderful balance of hops and malt. The hops provide the backbone here to the malt that is a bit of caramel and a touch of cinnamon. A beautiful, well-balanced, highly quaffable beverage. Perhaps the perfect fall beer.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep red amber body, orange highlights, topped by an oatmeal colored two finger head.

Deep malty aroma. Big bakery. Hint of candy. Tropical fruits.

Deep, deep semi-sweet malt. Massive foundation. Juicy tropical fruit. Big bitter bite. Bigness all around.

Full mouthfeel with hoppy bumpiness.

A big, big imperial red. Heartily recommended. Bloody good.

Photo of TheStig
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear reddish amber with a fast-dissolving head. Ok, it's not BLOOD RED, but it's close enough!

Smells of yeast, toasted bread, a few bitter herbal notes floating around.

Tastes most prominent: juniper, oak, bitters and a healthy base of a dark fruit sweetness. Cherry perhaps.

Gentle carbonation, smooth finish. Crisp.

This should be the level to which other Halloween-themed beers aspire to-- there's no hokey pumpkin fetishism to be found, the flavors come from the beer and not from syrup or flavorants added later and it's as near to blood red as one can get.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, orangish-red with brown running throughout. Solid 1"+ high light tan head. Retention is decent and even, settling at a chunky, thick film. Good lace.
Smell is malt, hops, wood/straw, a hint of caramel. Balance is good.
Taste is better than the nose with notes of malt, floral hops, caramel, some pine as well. Balance is very good, complexity much better than others of the style.
Warming from the first swallow, drying starts before that. Hops are noticeable but not overpowering. Others can reach IPA levels, fortunately this one doesn't.

Photo of cjgiant
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Re-review on tap 9/22/2014:
This beer looks very good, dark ruby and fairly clear with good head, retention, lacing.

On re-review, I didn't notice much in the nose. What I did get seemed Marie malty in nature than fruity, but my original review had: The smell is mild and a little fruitier than expected. Grainy notes also detected.

Taste is sweet grain up front, brown sugar and light candy/bubblegum notes. This is followed and combined with a mint/pine taste that doesn't quite work for me. This turns into grapefruit rind as the beer finishes. The lingering feel is a bit oily to me.
Original review points:
Taste is also grain-forward, a little more fruit than expected, grapefruit/pomegranate in nature. The bad side of it, for me, was an acidic bite that crept in later, and lingered as a coating on the tongue.

Rated down a bit from original review, but generally agree with point: I think I'd rate it decently higher without that last taste. It had a little more bitterness than an amber, which I liked and enjoyed until the end.

Photo of BEEER
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby amber. Quickly dissipating head.
Smell: Malt, biscuits.
Taste: Pine, alcohol, hop.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, and nicely carbonated.

This is so good. The color is beautiful. The biscuity, sweet smell is complemented with the bitter, piney taste. I will get this again.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saw this at Joe Canal's recently and was thrilled that this was available here for the Halloween season. Love the name but thankfully, the beer inside was just as good. Balanced, strong, and flavorful, this was a great example of the Red Ale and the best one I've had this side of the Troegs Nugget Nectar, which is great given that that's not available all year-round either!

Enjoyed the pour to this, with a hue that straddled the line between garnet and almond beautifully with a good head and lacing was visible but not strong enough to last for that long. An awful lot going in the taste here, which was certainly a good thing! Lots of blood orange, baker's chocolate, booze, mildly earthy hops, and herbal tea to be found here. All of them blended wonderfully together with a light mouthfeel and hardly any carbonation to be seen and not much to be felt. Just a hint of tropical fruit and wetness in the back combined with the chocolate malt and mild bitterness in the back, leading me to even wonder if there was even a hint of chili powder in this.

This didn't feel like a beer that was 8.00% ABV and only a hint of the alcohol could be felt in the initial taste of this. It's not often that a beer can be this complex and incredibly smooth at the same time but this fit the bill and on its own, paired with spicy foods, or as a dessert, this would be a great choice. It never warmed me but it never felt weak either and it's not often I find an offering that combines chocolate and fruit flavors so well, without being dark and powerful. Well worth enjoying even though Halloween has passed by for the year!

Photo of dar482
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a reddish ruby amber color.

The aroma has tons of caramel malt along with a herbal, piney hop profile.

The flavor follows with tons of hops and that caramel malt sweetness. It has grass and floral notes and then a strong bitterness of pine on the end. This is a very bitter beer with a large amount of pine.

A good imperial, though for those into pine and a really stiff bitterness.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a very clean amber, almost ruby red in color with a finger of off-white head, slow dissipation and great sticky lacing. smells bready, light citrus on the nose - almost fruity (like strawberry jam). the flavor is a lot like an ESB in profile, nutty hints, biscuity, bready.. not getting much hop character - tastes a lot like an octoberfest in general, with a different yeasty flavor. medium in body, medium carbonation - quite refreshing and goes down smooth for the abv.

well, i was really looking forward to trying this one as my first great lakes beer - mainly because nosferatu is one of my favorite characters from old sci-fi horror stuff.. the beer, well, it was sub par.. not bad, but not as mind blowing as i heard it was.. as far as having this be my first great lakes brew, i'll give them another shot - i hear the ipa's and stouts are good so i'll shoot for those next. overall, not a terrible beer but nothing out of the ordinary either.. at least it's got a bad ass label!

Photo of GJ40
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with enjoy by date of 11/22/13. Thanks surge1311.

A - Reddish copper with great clarity and a small beige head. Good lacing.

S - A mix of floral and citrusy hops with bready malts.

T - Nice malts up front with more citrusy hops at the back. Clean and crisp with a good lingering bitterness.

M - A little on the thin side with a moderate carbonation of fine bubbles.

O - Flavorful and interesting. Well worth a try.

Photo of ONUMello
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle best by 11/30/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Pretty reddish hue with a two-finger head
S: Caramel, hops, a touch herbal
T: More hop-forward than the nose but good balance with caramel, a hint of fig and spice
M: Medium-bodied with a bit of bite from the hops/spice notes
O: The sum is more than the total of its parts- always a seasonal favorite

Photo of Act25
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Look carefully at the color. It's amber meets blood red. 1 inch off white head, fades, laces. But for my bottle, the head completely disappears and there's not much carbonation if you sip this.

S - Needs to warm a bit, the smell is laid back compared to the taste. Caramel, biscuity first, followed by bitter sweet grasses, flowers, pepper, citrus. Good spice notes

T - All of the smell x 10. Beautiful back and forth balance of sweet and spice. A see saw between caramel coated malty cookies vs pepper, spice, nasturtium.
Grassy, flowery (in a peppery way), complex, many faceted. Totally a meditation beer. The taste is awesome. Church-like, old wooden seriousness.

F - medium weight with oil and blood. Low carbonation.

O - Compares well with G-Knight from Oskar or the best from Stone (oaked arrogant bastard). A must try .

Photo of KFBR392
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a light to medium bodied thickness. A thin head on the pour and was not really present while drinking. An average amount of active carbonation while drinking. Dark red/brown color to this brew.

Smell: Bright front of molasses, caramel, cloves, and some hop bitterness. Leafy greens and sugary tones continue to ride throughout the aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, the sweetness hits you right away from the caramel and leafy greens. The body opens up the hop profile and has some very bitter hops. The front of this beer is really heavy on the palate and lightens up slightly but no doubt take you for a ride. The finish is lingering earthy hops with molasses sweetness hanging around.

Mouthfeel: Heavy sugary tones and very bitter hops. Pretty smooth feeling on the carbonation from though.

Overall: A really good strong ale. The sweetness brings you in and the hop knock you out. Great Lakes always bring great beer and this one is no exception.

Photo of weller1js
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear, deep maroon-red, with a very-slight orange hue, lightly carbonated, with antique white, finger-thick, bubbly foam that leaves a beady-bubbly lacing.

S: delightful yet balanced, essences of tangy-sweet hops, light yeast, and subdued malt notes masked by the strength of the alcohol.

T: begins notably clean, changing rather quickly as tangy-pine hops envelop the palate; robust and bold, the medium-body of the malts is overtoned by the strong alcohol and lighter yeast attributes; the effects of the pine-tanginess and alcohol linger for a strong yet pleasant finish.

O: the attributes of an imperial red are there and remarkable; malts could come off to others as more to be desired, but overall--strong, balanced, and very drinkable.

Photo of gr0g
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish-brown with high clarity. A two finger head shows nice retention and lace formation. Aroma shows the dichotomy of a hoppy red. Citrusy notes of grapefruit and a touch of pineapple. Sweet toffee malt backbone is present as well.

Nice hop bite up front. Bitterness mellows out a bit after that, but it remains a hoppy, American ale through and through. As such, Nosferatu doesn't have any features that make it a stand-out, but it's a very good take on the style. A touch of alcohol on the finish to show its strength. Good balance, with the scales tipped a bit toward the hoppy side.

A solid, hoppy red ale. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: A beautiful deep red/amber. Pours with a nice rich head and leaves excellent lacing.

S: Interesting. Not what I was expecting, but this is probably the cleanest, most direct smell of chocolate I have ever gotten. It smells like those dark chocolate bars with cocoa nibs or coffee nuts in it. I think I might have lost the scent. My friend said she didn't smell chocolate. Caramel and black coffee/espresso.

T: It's good, but it just seems like a standard imperial red ale. Not sure I would call this a strong ale. Different, but not my cup of ale. Straight malts with just a hint of a strong ale in there. Not very interesting but well constructed.

M: Nice and smooth. No coarseness, but it feels bumpy in a good way.

O: This is a beautiful looking beer and it has some interesting scents.

Photo of MacQ32
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a lighter mahogany for with 3 fingers of caramel head. Good retention, great lacing.

S - lots of sweet caramel, some toffee and earthy hops. Minimal citrus notes.

T - great combination of bitter hops and slightly rosary toffee and caramel malts. Quite toasty. Finish is earthy hops and rich toffee. Aftertaste add minimal amounts of citrus.

M - medium bodied, good carb. Decently drinkable.

O - Good, simple flavor. Decent hop bitterness with a good sweet caramel and toasted toffee flavor. Hints of lemon come through at the end. Flavor is a little disproportionate in my opinion, aging for another month or two may improve the balance

Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a mini snifter.

A: Deep mahogany blood red with a bone white head. Lacing is super, super sticky.

S: Caramel, sugary malts, molasses, burnt pine needles.

T: Caramel malts, burnt oranges, light pine, with an herbal bitterness.

M: A little below medium carbonation with a pleasantly long herbal bitter aftertaste that lingers for minutes. Seriously killer mouthfeel.

O: This is a seriously tasty beer. I can see why it's perfect for the fall months; it fits my seasonal taste buds flawlessly. I personally greatly dislike red ales, but I somehow find myself trying a new one every now and then. This one puts all the others to shame. Definitely a great October beer.

Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with great clarity, a medium amber color with a blood orange hue. Fat head of foam that fell to a thin cap and ring and left good lace. Nose is toasted malt and biscuit. Earthy rye with a bit of pepper, pine grapefruit and resin. Floral hops and no alcohol on the nose. The taste is amber. It's a liquid malt sweetness with a very bitter pine that literally bites you amidst all the sweetness. Grapefruit keeps it flowing and the mouthfeel is sticky and medium heavy with good carbonation. The malt is so deep and rich it's just shy of chewy. It cascades over the palate and leaves with a nice sweetly bitter aftertaste. There is no alcohol on the palate just a nice little warmth after a few sips.

Great Lakes has made a terrific beer here. I love the rich malt character of this. The hop resin coats the palate and brings out the toasty malt and the sweetness perfectly.

Photo of tillmac62
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby amber with a nice head and lacing. Nice nose of caramel malt with a touch of noble hops. An excellent ale that I wish was available all year. Very well balanced with a medium mouthfeel that is also slick. Well carbonated. This is an example of how to properly hop a beer. The hop flavor is pronounced but without a harsh bitterness against a full caramel background. The taste lingers of fresh hop resin. Increase the malt bill a bit and this becomes a Gold Medal exceptional ale. While medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel, the finish is crisp from the carbonation leaving you with a slightly sweet aftertaste over a noble hop bitterness with a touch of smoke.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best before date 11/21/2013 printed on the label. Ahh yes, the almighty Nosferatu once again. I haven't drank this beer since it was released last year, but I remember loving it then, so I am excited to have it again.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a bronze / ruby tinted burnt orange color with pretty decent clarity and one finger of tan froth that settles to some fat bubbles quickly.

S - Smell is of lots of toasted biscuit malts, red / amber malt, earthiness, some peppery rye, and a resinous pine / grapefruit / blood orange hop profile.

T - Taste follows the nose. Biscuit malt, red / amber malt, bitter pine / grapefruit hop resins, rye, & white pepper. The malts and the hops are in good harmony together here. Nicely balanced.

M - Feel is sticky, bitter, piney, and resinous. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, not as impressive as I had remembered, but it is still another great beer from Great Lakes Brewing Co. Listed on BeerAdvocate as an American strong ale, I would liken this more to a red IPA or a rye IPA. High 8.00% abv is well-masked; this is quite the easy drinker. A delicious Halloween treat that I will continue to look forward to yearly.

Great Lakes Nosferatu ---4/5

Photo of Shawn_Sins
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of maxcoinage
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle (best by 11.21.13) into tulip glass with a nice 3 in whitish tan head that took it's time to settle down and left some good lacing on the glass.

Color - dark reddish brown

Aroma - resinous hops, bready for sure

Taste - slightly citrus, pine, a bit of malty sweetness, bread, bitter finish

Moutfeel - good body and medium carb, easy drinking

Overall - Nothing too special but nice and enjoyable to have with a meal

Photo of JWU
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Beer rarely looks THIS good. Deep amber/red color, perfect clarity, with a huge two fingers of off-white/tan head. Amazing, sticky lacing.

S- An very complex nose. Toasted bready malts, a touch of caramel and toffee are there. Earthy, floral hops with a touch of orange rind.

T- A brief, moderate bitterness starts it, the toasted, bready malts are there quickly, a balancing sweetness comes in, some orange rind as well to round it out.

M- Slicker and creamier than an IPA, but need to expect that with the increase on the malt bill. A bit dry on the finish, maybe a touch over the top.

O- A must try for the fan of hoppy red's. Well done, per usual for GLBC.

Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,341 ratings.