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Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Eliot NessGreat Lakes Eliot Ness

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,195 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2195
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,195 | Reviews: 914 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by mobyfann:
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mobyfann

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $13.99 for a 12pk. Great Lakes mixed sampler...

The appearence is another beauty by GLBC... Bronze-Copper color body with a tanish-white head and great retention and a beautiful lacing effect. The aroma is of a faint malty caramel one, pleasent, nothing great.

The taste is a good solid mix of hops, coffee, caramel, not too heavy, not too light... The drinkability is nice on the palette and smooth for a 6.2% lager. The drinkability is very "do-able" for a mini-session beer...

Final Thought: GLBC has a great mix and diverse tasting beer lineup, and this one never disappoints from start to finish...

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2004 19:29:05 | More by mobyfann
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice lager. Light amber in color. Not much lacing. Good aroma. Smooth taste. Not slit of after taste. A quick drink. Would definitely have this one again. Not a specialty beer it a really nice daily drinker. 6.2 on the the alcohol level, so not a light weight.

This is a really nice beer for general drinking. That's not a bad thing. Good beer. I think I'll go have another.

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redearth329

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4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on the cold side, ~40 degrees (F) into a weissen glass

A - medium dark clear reddish bronze, evident carbonation, 1 finger of coarse light brown head that quickly settled into lace with minimal stickiness.

S - not a lot offered on the nose, but in line with the style. Bready malts form the backbone.

T - Tastes very good. Sweetness dominates in my opinion, with notes of toasted bread, caramel malts and a hint of a maple syrup sort of character. Not much in the way of hop notes.

M - creamy, medium to full bodied (think whole milk), light/fine carbonation, syrupy finish that coats the tongue, but my mind might be tricked by the maple notes I mentioned earlier.

O - Very tasty beer. I would pair it with some fried chicken and waffles.

Serving type: bottle

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3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
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I guess I am in the minority here. I will try another one, as I have a few. I am not a naysayer in regard to lagers, I cut my teeth on lagers, because our options when I began drinking was not as diverse as it is today. Anyway, I was not overly crazy about this beer. The first sip was not all that great. Too malty for my taste anyway. But as I continued on, I am one to push on through no matter what, it got better, but for it to be a 100 beer I disagree.

Look: Its a beautiful reddish brown color. That is the best part of this beer!

Smell: Not a lot happening here, but it was alright, lagers don't have a lot of olfactory dominance like an IPA or something in that order.

Taste: Eh, it was't great at first but then it opened up some and was better. Maybe I am under appreciating this beer, but that is my take on it. I just don't like a lot of malt anymore. I lean toward beers that get flavor from hops or yeast.

Overall: It was fair, but for a similar style I would pick Yeungling all day over this, its half the price and you can session the hell out of them. To me a lager is meant to be consumed in quantity, maybe they were shooting for quality, but if I go to a lager, its a warm/hot day and I want to drink at least a six pack. This one I could not do that with.

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Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,195 ratings.