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Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Eliot NessGreat Lakes Eliot Ness

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2,447 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,447
Reviews: 920
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 171
Gots: 180 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An amber lager with rich, fragrant malt flavors balanced by crisp noble hops.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

12-01-2012 04:33:52 | More by MrBoh
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Good malty-spicy beer,smelled like bread rising,went great with pizza nice high alcohol content went well with the spiciness of the pizza.I honestly havent had a bad beer from Great Lakes yet.Best brewery in the midwest,with Kalamazoo(my beloved Bells)not far behind.

02-01-2003 18:06:45 | More by oberon
Photo of DaPeculierDane


4.6/5  rDev +12.5%

Just a wonderful beer and supremely drinkable beer.

Crystal ruby-amber with a nice but thin off white lace.

Smells of sweet toffee, toasted grain, hex nuts.

Tastes of tremendously malty toffees and caramels. Nutty.

Mouthfeel is sweet and chewy. Oh so rich and creamy. Mmmm…

Drinkability couldn’t be any better.

01-18-2006 03:51:32 | More by DaPeculierDane
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

04-26-2014 11:03:07 | More by DanGeo
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

12-22-2013 12:53:29 | More by Turbo
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a solid amber color with mild clarity, a touch of haze in the middle of the glass. Light beige head that doesn't last too long and doesn't leave much lacing either. Crisp aroma, almost with some fruit tartness initially; light berries and apple skins. Lightly toasted caramel grains abound in this one, with a slightly floral underbody. The first sip follows through with the crispiness of the aroma, headed by an array of toasted grains and malts, light caramel and toffee flavors. Some mild apples and raisin fruitiness comes through and sweetens things up just a bit. Slight hoppy taste in the background, a tiny floral essence, but they never get very bitter, maybe only a touch to balance the malt sweetness. Tasty biscuit-like yeast in the finish; thin body, medium-high carbonation, with a crispy, clean, refreshing finish.

Wow, this beer really surprised me, although I shouldn't be surprised - I've been very happy with most of GL's brews. Nice mix of hops and malts, not too overpowering on either. Great, crisp finish all around, and certainly one of the best lagers to cross my palate in some time.

12-21-2012 16:06:29 | More by tectactoe
Photo of punkindrublic50

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Vienna style lagers are a great style of beer - a little sweeter than your average ale, but still completely drinkable and full of flavor. Elliot Ness is the best that I've had in the style: sweeter malts are used, but absolutely no sugar rush and still a solid bite of hops. Smell, carbonation and appearance are attractive and spot on. What really sets this beer apart though is its balance and drinkability. There are too many good craft beers that are good, but become unattractive or even undrinkable after 2 or 3. However with Elliot Ness you could happily drink it all night long.

Price is very reasonable as well. If you haven't tried the style and happen across a sixer or even a case I highly recommend giving it a try.

04-14-2010 14:55:52 | More by punkindrublic50
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

07-14-2014 09:29:51 | More by Greenmosheen
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

07-04-2014 20:49:50 | More by woodchipper
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3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

Good full bodied Amber lager

Very distinct amber maltinessin both taste and smell

Good alcohol content but not too much which makes it a good session brew

Not my favorite but it is a good beer to drink

Best served closer to room temperature due to the alcohol content

09-25-2010 17:28:30 | More by CBOLAND17
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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured from a bottle. Freshness date 01/07/09.

A: Dark coppery amber color. Clear with subtle carbonation present. Nice fluffy one finger head. Immediate fine lacing. Good head retention throughout

S: A roasty, sweet and sour smell. The sweet and sour is almost reminiscent of lactose.

T: Starts with a breadiness and goes into sweeter tangy finish. It has a nice sweet, dry aftertaste - makes it feel crisp and drinkable. There is some hop bite but it is playing second fiddle to the malts. I can detect a nuttiness there too. Really tasty beer.

M: Medium bodied and creamy mouth feel. Carbonation is subtle and perfect.

D: I am new to lagers but if this is indicative of a Vienna Lager, I'm in! I could session this in a heartbeat. Very nicely done. Another cracking Great Lakes beer.

01-19-2009 03:31:20 | More by sgoodship
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New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

10-23-2013 00:22:50 | More by SkiBum22
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

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

A: Clear coppery amber color with an abundant foamy white head. Good retention and excellent lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Light caramel malt and sweet brown sugar. Perhaps a complex but light hint of hops if you look for them.

T: The first thing on the palate is a complex but even malty sweetness that stays together well as it washes over the tongue. The sweetness is predominant but not overpowering and very even in flavor. There are some bittering hops that bring everything close to balance - but still allowing for the sweetness to be primary. The finish is the best place to catch the hops - just a bit citrus in the linger.

M&D: Mouthfeel is moderate with and creamy. The carbonation is moderate and persistent. The finish has a bit of levity to it that makes you want to take another pull. I think I could drink these all day! Very nice.

03-05-2008 02:46:25 | More by SIRIUS2
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4.13/5  rDev +1%

Hmmm, I thought I bought a sixer of Edmund Fitzgerald. How'd this one get in there? Anyway....

Bottle says "Jul 9, 04"-Oops! Pours an orangish-amber color. Nice foamy head that leaves a little lace. I'm not crazy about the smell, but it's not obtrusive. Taste is all caramelly malt-very nice and warming on a cold rainy night-with a bit of hops that provides some balance. (This one actually tastes a little like Rogue's Dead Guy, although I like that one better.)

Even though I'm not an amber lager (or ale) type of guy, this one is pretty darn good (glad I have another bottle), and the fact that it's past due doesn't seem to have affected the taste (but maybe the smell). If only it was available locally...

09-17-2004 22:50:59 | More by skybluewater
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-01-2012 21:30:54 | More by sabitu
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

03-06-2014 03:16:43 | More by bulldogg915
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

07-18-2014 01:52:21 | More by markmo
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-05-2014 14:52:00 | More by EDuncan
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-26-2013 04:17:50 | More by beaversfan12
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-05-2012 00:57:19 | More by DWolf
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-21-2013 01:57:36 | More by SunDevilBeer
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

05-03-2014 16:31:55 | More by TTripp725
Photo of generallee

New York

4.72/5  rDev +15.4%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It was sampled on 6-4-09 and had a best before date of 6-19-09 on the label.

Appearance: The body has an inviting deep reddish amber color with very good clarity. On top there is a modest sized, just off white colored head that hangs on well and makes some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has some sweet and toasted malty character with light mineral and leafy hop notes.

Taste/Mouth: Its flavor has a sweet malty and toasted bread base with notes of brown sugar, caramel and toasted malt. Hop flavor is solid and matches the sweetness of the malt with earthy, leafy and mineral flavors and balanced bitterness. The finish has toasted grains and hops fading slowly off the tongue. Its texture is smooth and slick with soft carbonation.

Notes: This is an outstanding Vienna Lager!!! The balance of sweet, toasty and hops is spot on. Well done Great Lakes!!!

08-07-2009 14:21:05 | More by generallee
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

06-13-2013 21:18:32 | More by ValpoExpo
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-18-2012 06:02:14 | More by nstroup
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Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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