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Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,510 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,510
Reviews: 922
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 178
Gots: 204 | 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)
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1/5  rDev -75.6%

E_Mac, Sep 04, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -63.3%

uziangis, Jan 13, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.1%

J2t645, Feb 16, 2014
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2/5  rDev -51.1%

SickNukes, May 21, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.1%

TheBigBoy, Apr 22, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.1%

chippo33, Dec 21, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.1%

wtalbott, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of jjanega08
2.2/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

jjanega08, May 19, 2010
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2.25/5  rDev -45%

Pinkdaisy, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of MShirokov
2.26/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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.

MShirokov, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of jrallen34
2.3/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

jrallen34, Sep 27, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

caustin90, Jun 25, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

harripat, Jun 21, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

thedifferencemaker, Dec 07, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

J_Beloved, Jan 27, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

clfrost, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of loren01
2.53/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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

loren01, Oct 10, 2006
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2.6/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

ballewblake, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of JDV
2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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..

JDV, Feb 24, 2008
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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

ambiguousfigures, Jul 20, 2014
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Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,510 ratings.