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Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,778 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,778
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 219
Gots: 351 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

An amber lager with rich, fragrant malt flavors balanced by crisp noble hops.
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty solid Vienna Lager, with a nice amber color and two-finger head which left lasting lacing. It smells like spicy hops and a bit of caramel malt and is very clean tasting, with toasty malt, a bit of graininess, some spicy but definitely subordinate hops, a little bit of a bite at the end, and fine carbonation which makes it a good drinker. Not incredibly exciting but certainly an excellent beer.

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From 10/23/11 Tasting Notes

Poured out of a12 oz bottle into a Hamms pint glass. Who doesn't like that trouble making bear from the land of sky blue waters?

A) A sturdy looking copper color, with a finger of off white head. The head dissipates to a nice dusting around the ring of the pint. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S) Roasted malt sweetness, with a hint of booze and a touch of hops. A pleasing aroma.

T) A nutty maltiness, slightly sweet. A nice hoppy flavor balances this brew out.

M) A medium body, with light carbonation. This is pretty smooth and creamy. Nice aftertaste.

O) Another very solid offering from Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a ruby-tinged dark brown color with good clarity. The head is a finger high, and off-white in shade. Retention is a bit weak, but the head leaves behind nice rings of lacing on the glass. I think this one has a great look.

S: At first, it's very caramely and toasty - typical of a Vienna, but somehow more defined. At times, I'm even getting chocolaty hints. Let it open up just slightly, and it will develop that awesome fruit punch character all Great Lakes lagers seem to have (house character?) Everything about this seems more defined than other examples of the style, and that's what makes it so good.

T: I'm getting a goodly amount of toasted caramel to start, along with an undercurrent of brown sugar. The hops here are nicely complex - grassy, zesty, perfumey, and even fruity. Of course, the hop profile is very subtle, never overpowering the malt backbone. This is ridiculously enjoyable in almost all facets.

M: This is so crisp and refreshing it's unbelievable. It's not a bone dry beer in the least, but regardless, it's very drinkable. With just a hair more carbonation, the feel would be damn near perfect.

O: This beer has 'it' - it just seems to have more pizzazz than other examples of the style. Basically, it's the best Vienna I've ever had. The complexity of this really caught me off guard, too. I contemplated buying a 6-pack of this beer - and honestly, I really should have. This one bottle I got isn't enough.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a very clear amber with about a fingers worth of white head which leaves some decent lacing throughout.

The smell is of toasty maltiness with hints of caramel.

Taste is of bready malt with a slight hop presence that fades into a fairly dry, yet sweet finish.

This is a rather full bodied beer and really goes down smoothly. This is definitely a pleasant brew to drink. While nothing truly stands out, it is solid in all categories. Well worth a go.

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Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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