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Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,386 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,386
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 166
Gots: 155 | FT: 3
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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fx20736

New York

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a glass mug.

I am reviewing this right after reviewing Dortmunder Gold as I bought the sampler 12 pack from Great Lakes. FWIW the GL 12 is about as good a sampler as you can get'3 EF Porters. 3 Dortmunders, 3 Burning Rivers and 3 Eliot Ness and it was only $ 14.69 at Beers of the World.

Pours a 1 inch beige head that leaves nice lacing.

Beer is a gorgeous Reddish amber. Pretty to look at.

Aroma is not strong and mainly bready.

Mouthfeel is fine, a little slippery.

Taste: I am learning that the 1st sip of a beer is always the hoppiest. This beer is not quite as hoppy as Dortmunder and definitely more malty with some nice caramel notes. Again the striking thing about this GL brew is the overall balance between malt and hops and the quality of the beer. It is such a pleasure to sit down with one of these.

I definitely like this better than the Dortmund which is not to say the Dortmunder is not a very good beer. I like the maltiness that comes through on the Ness. I know that this beer is often compared to Sam Adams Boston Lager. I drink Boston Lager by the yard but I think this might be a little better. At 6.2 ABV this one could sneak up on you and take you down pretty easily.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 20:57:40 | More by fx20736
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A- Clear amber body with a one finger tan head, good retention, leaves a fuzzy film on top, lots of lacing all around.

S- Sweet toffee malt, earthy noble hops, some caramel, crisp banana bread, yeast. Sweet but not cloyingly so and in a refreshing way.

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Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,386 ratings.