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Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,374 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,374
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 163
Gots: 150 | 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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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a mix pack I picked up in late Aug at the Price Chopper grocery in North Syracuse NY. Freshness date on the box: Jul 16 2010. Oops. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

I haven't ever been a big fan of Vienna lagers... the few I've had seem to have a sticky kind of sweetness that doesn't appeal to me. Same reason I usually don't like brown ales. Interested to see how this one fairs on my palate.

This clear deep red brew gives 3/4" of frothy dense foam that's tan with an orangey tint. The head sticks around fairly well and generates some lace. The nose has a bit of raw grain, which I'm starting to see may be a characteristic feature of GLBC brews. Also in the smell is some light fruity honey sweetness, maybe some floral stuff trying to come through. Taste is semi-sweet but not as offensive as I was fearing it might be... it is lighter, not (too) sticky. Fairly fruity, strawberry and/or raspberry, and the florals do indeed come through. The taste reminds me of the red ICEE brand slushies I used to like as a kid. Mouthfeel is a moderate body, soft carbonation, dry finish with some lingering lemony hop.

Not as bad as I thought it might be.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 01:10:30 | More by BeerNinja007
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UDbeernut

New York

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2 bottles poured into my Paulaner Mug

a: clear copper/amber hue. Nice foamy 1/2" head with decent retention, nice amount of carbonation

s: clean scent, mostly malt

t: clean flavor, malt sweetness dominates but is balanced well with clean hop bitterness. Slight touch of alchohol.

m&d: slightly chewy mouthfeel. A drinkable beer, wich it had a bit more fizz.

As I drink more beers, I find that GLBC is more geared toward sweetness. I don't know if this is desired or the yeast is underattenuated. Regardsless, GLBC comtinues to impress with beers that are great for their style and is amond the top craft brewers in the states.

Cheers!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 00:10:30 | More by UDbeernut
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dfillius

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint
Drink by 12/04/08, That is the date I drank it!

A: Aggressive pour yields 3/4 finger of white pillowy head with good retention. The best retention I've seen from a lager! Crystal clear dark red liquid. Very pretty.
S: Buttery caramel and bread. Slight hop tang. Some cooked veggie smell.
T: Starts strong with good malt character and finishes with an off, "bad breath" taste - bummer. Much better with airing out and time. Enjoyable, but not stellar.
M: Funky from the bad breath-iness part. Smooth overall
D: Decent. A good beer that I could have a couple of. I wonder if it was better fresher?

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 01:43:01 | More by dfillius
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williamherbert

New York

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, glassy reddish orange. Big creamy head. Tiny, slow carbonation bubbles. Head is proud and sturdy.

The smell is earthy amber malt. A mild flowery hop. Rich and bready. Estery to balance the gritty malt. Darn good.

The malt is still earthy like soil, but also German bitter. A little flowery in the hop with a bitter citrus spice. Not bad. Caramel and butterscotch at the tail end. Hops poke through with more warmth.

The feel is smooth but with a gritty, rougher texture at the swallow. A solid amber. Balanced, earthy, bitter and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 04:18:24 | More by williamherbert
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Perfectly clear ruby, light tan head, sparse sticky lacing. No visible carbonation.

S: Mixed malts, mild toffee sweetness, background breadiness. Fits the style perfectly, but somewhat plain.

T: Lots of malt providing ample sweetness, some bready undertones with caramel notes. Rich but, again, plain.

M: Smooth and somewhat velvety.

O: Great for the style, but not up my alley. Malt is needed, but doesn't do it for me as a lead role.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 07:54:00 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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BeefyMee

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Awesome color. The brightest amber I've ever seen in a beer. Good head, minimal lacing. Decent but one dimensional aroma. Just some stale bread and an idea of hops. Flavor is a big improvement. Sweet and chewy malts dominate. Only drawback is a bit of an annoying floral characteristic like a maibock. Goes down easy and would make a good session beer even thought the abv is a little high.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 19:00:35 | More by BeefyMee
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Westsidethreat

California

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to NucularGeorge for this one

A: Brownish saffron, started hazy but its clearing. Some streams of bubbles working their way to the surface, but for the most part still. Carbonation is solid, had a lot of energy when poured out of the bottle. Head is a roasted marshmallow shade, nice and creamy.

S: Toasted grains, some sweet malts, red fruits and raw pumpkin.

T: Doughy cinnamon roll light on the cinnamon. Over ripe stawberries, black cherries and cantelope flavors lend a quality maltiness. Sweet potatoes and cooked carrots add and interesting rounded flavor to the brew. Touch of toffee and bittering hops towards the end. Finishes starchy with long lingering toasted biscuits.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel. Slightly fuzzy towards the end of the swallow.

D: Definately reminiscent of an Oktoberfest. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 04:41:41 | More by Westsidethreat
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a delicious amber ale thats slightly unconventional. has a very rich earthy smell, while lacking that sugary malt character usually indicative of ambers. the taste is great, featuring a layered malt flavor with a hidden hop presence in the background. a very sessionable amber and one of my favorite brews from great lakes. goes great with a bowl of chili

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 16:44:50 | More by StonedTrippin
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CardiacNP

Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Elliot Ness lager from Great Lakes Brewery in Cleveland OH

Aroma slight sweet malt and slight floral from Nobel hops

Appearance. Amber/red clear with a 2 finger head and nice lacing

Taste mild roasty/sweet caramel with a decent hop finish. Mild bitterness

Mouthfeel moderate combination crispy dry finish

Overall an ok american style lager more flavor and complextivty than mainstream american lagers. A solid beer -

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:52:16 | More by CardiacNP
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oldirtycaffrey

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown/mahogany color with a foamy off-white head that stays for a while. Slight amount of lacing is left behind. Sweet smell of malt, raisins, molasses -- really nice. Taste is also slightly sweet with a raisin aftertaste. Very robust and "thick," but still easy to drink. Could see this as a great Thanksgiving brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 15:10:02 | More by oldirtycaffrey
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice 2 finger head that settles immediately but leaves a huge amount of lacing behind. Crystal clear ruby/amber colored beer. No visible carbonation.

Aroma is Malt, cinnamon, minerals and toasted grain.

A little more subdued than I had imagined. Toasted malt, slight cracker flavor and a touch of caramel. Slight sweetness in the middle of the flavor yet finishes quite dry.
Again a slight mineral flavor.

Medium bodied, rather smooth and just a prickle of carbonation.

Pretty good, but I have to say, not quite as impressive as I had imagined.. Did not live up to it's mini hype for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 01:00:55 | More by Reagan1984
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rousee

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok an American amber that is called a Vienna lager. I guess I dont know the style too well. No matter what style, this is still pretty good. Amber as described on the bottle. Malty smell and taste. Slight sourness on the finish. A fine amber beer. Pretty basic but good.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 23:10:54 | More by rousee
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slym

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up one of these in a sampler-pack. I am not too keen on lagers usually, but the darker the better, and this one pours up a nice copper colour. Not too much nose, mostly bread, no head nor lacing to speak of. Taste was nicely malty, but they must use different barley or do something to it, as it isn't quite like most other malt-flavours. Finishes crisp and not too sweet.

I'll buy this again, definitely!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2014 05:39:41 | More by slym
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megamass

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

05-24-2013 01:42:03 | More by megamass
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dmk91

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

11-07-2013 19:45:49 | More by dmk91
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

04-27-2013 00:52:20 | More by acurtis
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

08-07-2013 19:26:31 | More by JMS1512
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RichardMNixon

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

12-25-2013 00:23:35 | More by RichardMNixon
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Mazarate

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

08-03-2012 01:03:22 | More by Mazarate
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

01-02-2014 01:36:24 | More by let8it8grow
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brissonm

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

01-16-2014 05:58:53 | More by brissonm
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rolandboy

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

11-13-2012 04:34:16 | More by rolandboy
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morimech

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a large off-white head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. This is one good looking lager. Faint hop aroma to compliment the unbaked bread malt profile. Aroma overall is relatively weak. The flavor likewise is weak, even for the style. Slightly sweet malt with just a hint of spicy hops in the finish. Finishes clean and semi-dry. A good lager body. Feels substantial and smooth. A good drinker and high quality lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 19:16:52 | More by morimech
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wellsnb

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

03-28-2014 23:46:48 | More by wellsnb
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Trent

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

12-11-2013 01:01:02 | More by Trent
Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,374 ratings.