1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Great Lakes Eliot NessGreat Lakes Eliot Ness

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,451 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,451
Reviews: 920
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 172
Gots: 182 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Great Lakes Eliot Ness Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 2,451 | Reviews: 920 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of E_Mac


1/5  rDev -75.6%

09-04-2012 18:01:13 | More by E_Mac
Photo of uziangis


1.5/5  rDev -63.3%

01-13-2012 02:29:56 | More by uziangis
Photo of J2t645


2/5  rDev -51.1%

02-16-2014 19:39:35 | More by J2t645
Photo of SickNukes


2/5  rDev -51.1%

05-21-2012 18:19:21 | More by SickNukes
Photo of TheBigBoy


2/5  rDev -51.1%

04-22-2012 14:52:09 | More by TheBigBoy
Photo of chippo33


2/5  rDev -51.1%

12-21-2012 04:01:22 | More by chippo33
Photo of wtalbott


2/5  rDev -51.1%

07-16-2014 22:31:50 | More by wtalbott
Photo of jjanega08


2.2/5  rDev -46.2%

A= The pour yeilds an average finger high head that has some average retention and average lacing. The color of the beer is a magnificent ruby red however. Sort of looks like a few framboise I've had it's so red.

S= Interesting. I haven't read any reviews on this beer yet so I'm not sure if other people are getting it but this beer smells like Play Doh to me... It smells sort of salty and Play Doh like. I dunno how else to explain it but it's loaded with play doh.

T= Luckly it doesn't taste as much like play doh. There is still a very play doh like character to it. Not as salty. Sort of average maltyness to it and a balanced bitterness.

M= Smooth and a nice carbonation level. Prolly the best part of it being in my mouth.

D= Yes I have tasted play doh and yes this beer smells and somewhat tastes like it. I dunno what's going on here. I'll try this beer another time to sure just to make sure it's not a fluke but if this is what the beer actually tastes like I don't think I'll be having much of it.

05-19-2010 01:01:06 | More by jjanega08
Photo of Pinkdaisy

2.25/5  rDev -45%

07-25-2014 23:28:27 | More by Pinkdaisy
Photo of MShirokov


2.26/5  rDev -44.7%

I got this beer on-tap at the local bar yesterday based on the reviews, and expected a fantastic lager. At first I thought they gave me the wrong beer, but I double-checked and it was the right one.

It doesn't really taste like a lager to me, at least as far as the usual German lagers go. It tastes like.. well.. cardboard. My girlfriend said it after taking a sip, and I was amazed, because that same description was in my head the instant I tried it. It tastes like a combination of watered-down whiskey and cardboard. I hope something was wrong with the tap at that place, because it's hard to believe this is the beer that's getting such excellent reviews. The color seems to match though - a dark amber. So, it's definitely "unique" but I won't be drinking it again.

04-06-2013 04:20:51 | More by MShirokov
Photo of jrallen34


2.3/5  rDev -43.8%

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a very pretty amber with a light white head. The head lastes only about 30 seconds. It is very clear for its color, lacing is pour but it carbonates quickly with a swirl.

The aroma is very light, hard to detect anything. There are notes of light hops but they are kind of skunky.

The taste leaves much to be disered. The taste is very light you hardly taste anything, but what you do taste is tea. Its really not good.

Mouthfeel is ok, but I couldn't drink more than 2 sips before I had to dump it.

09-27-2009 22:00:31 | More by jrallen34
Photo of caustin90

2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

06-25-2014 18:07:54 | More by caustin90
Photo of harripat


2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

06-21-2014 17:59:01 | More by harripat
Photo of KevMo84


2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

05-31-2014 06:57:53 | More by KevMo84
Photo of Jerid


2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

08-25-2012 23:06:12 | More by Jerid
Photo of JazziJeff88


2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

07-10-2014 22:21:25 | More by JazziJeff88
Photo of thedifferencemaker


2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

12-07-2013 00:44:02 | More by thedifferencemaker
Photo of J_Beloved


2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

01-27-2013 01:01:28 | More by J_Beloved
Photo of Fettpopps


2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

08-08-2014 00:39:08 | More by Fettpopps
Photo of hypnotoad1


2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

02-26-2014 01:24:48 | More by hypnotoad1
Photo of clfrost


2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

10-25-2013 01:06:05 | More by clfrost
Photo of loren01


2.53/5  rDev -38.1%

A: Poured an amber color, small head. No lacing observed.
S: Not much of anything really, slight sweet smell.
T: Was better than smell I guess, slight nutty/caramell flavor with a little bit of hop bitter aftertaste.
M: Mild amount of carbonation, goes down pretty well though.
D: Not the best tasting beer, I wonder if I got a bad batch

10-10-2006 23:15:13 | More by loren01
Photo of ballewblake

New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -36.4%

Poured from bottle into my Boulevard pint glass.
One finger cream head on a deep amber body. Head retention seems weak on first glance as it drops lower and lower before even the first sip. Sweet nose, sour taste. Alcohol is noticed right off. Almost a vinegar flavor there, tempted to throw a lime in. Great thick lacing trails the glass while the head has pretty much stuck at a shallow constant crown. Vinegar is telling me this one might be bad, I'm pretty sure this wasn't what it was intended. Though from all appearances it looks fine. First beer of the day and the Drain was fed.

06-15-2009 22:05:28 | More by ballewblake
Photo of JDV


2.68/5  rDev -34.5%

Have to say I'm surprised at the scores for this one. I wasn't impressed at all. Pours a maroon transluscent color with a medium head. Smell is a bit sour, slightly skunky, and metallic tart maltiness. Not terrible, but not inviting...Taste is not crisp at all, but rather sour smooth caramel. While drinkable, I wouldn't recommend it. If this as as good as the style gets, maybe I just don't like Viennas as much as I though I did..

02-24-2008 19:00:55 | More by JDV
Photo of ambiguousfigures


2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

07-20-2014 19:43:03 | More by ambiguousfigures
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,451 ratings.