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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,245 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,245
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 212
Gots: 229 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Rojada1988, Oct 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

elec, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of JWU
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

JWU, Oct 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

GMUPatriot_inKansas, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Stevedore
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with a best by date of 11/29/2013. Pulled out of the beer fridge at 55F and poured into a Founders' snifter today, 10/5/2013. I will note that I've had this several times previously, as I've been offered bottles when visiting friends and co-workers, but this is the first time I have a bottle to sit down and to review.

Review #220.

Absolutely stunning beer. Pours a clear but rather dark amber colour. It's rather reddish, but also has some orange hues. It really brings out that Founders' logo on the glass so well. It comes with a nice fluffy 1cm white head that drops into a thick collar that leaves lacing all over the glass. I can't recall any red ale that looks as good as this one.

Lots of clean malts in the nose. Toffee, some caramel, a lot of bread. And finishes with a nice clean floral hop scent.. I suppose I could call it earthy, but I'm going to go more with floral and a bit of oranges. Not an overpowering nose by any means, but a very pleasing one.

I really like how clean the flavour components are. In the beginning, there is a nice citrus presence which is more oranges and tangerines rather than grapefruit or passion fruit like Citra hops would have. It's a more subdued citrus flavour, but no less hoppy. Then there's that nice clean bready malt flavour and that ubiquitous GLBC yeast spice in the middle of the palate.. not for long though. End-palate comes with a nice, semi-earthy but very floral hoppiness that switches to a nice earthy bitter finish. It's a clean tasting beer that doesn't make me work too hard to suss out what's what, and that helps me enjoy this beer a lot while reviewing it.

The feel on this is medium bodied, not full nor thin for the style. Its got the right amount of carbonation and certainly feels refreshing on the palate, not drying at all. That earthy bitter aftertaste lingers quite a while, which somehow doesn't stop me from quaffing more of this brew. Its funny how quickly this one disappears after being poured into my glass.

Clean tasting, semi-complex and refreshing brew. You know what, screw pumpkin beers.. This is probably going to be one of the beers I look forward to every fall. It's very enjoyable in that its not difficult to appreciate the nuances of this beer. Trade-off of course is that its not über complex, but you know what, fuck it. I want to enjoy my damn beer, and this one makes it very easy to enjoy.

Stevedore, Oct 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

gts, Oct 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

norinco, Oct 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

KJ2013, Oct 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

skaboom420, Oct 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

martyl1000, Oct 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

SFNC, Oct 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Icedogs, Oct 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

tvghost, Oct 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

WolfAlynn, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of MilkMan126
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I like the bottle graphic. It sets the mood for what's to come.
Taste: GLB hops to start, burnt bread and nutty malt following. Tastes grainy. Some sweetness. Taste dark fruit and maybe a fall spice. Hops continue with an herbal twinge. Much of this is present in the aroma. Mouth feel is dark with robust structure. Medium body.

I am a huge fan of this beer. It's balanced with a unique complexity. It really represents what makes GLBC such a solid choice.

MilkMan126, Oct 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Boverhof3, Oct 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

russwilliam, Oct 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

mtomlins, Oct 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

aRmanda, Oct 01, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

portijon, Oct 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

NateMac13, Oct 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Brasso, Sep 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

zbodnar1, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Drew26, Sep 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

MallyOMight, Sep 30, 2013
Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,245 ratings.