Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,875 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,875
Reviews: 991
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 236
Gots: 429 | 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:
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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Ratings: 2,875 | Reviews: 991
Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yup, that's a Vienna lager. Bit short on carbonation and head, though.

Photo of Brian_L-2056
2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not impressed, good initial flavor up front, but very bitter, dry after taste.

Photo of jooler
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best damn tasting lagers I have ever tried. Fruity and delicious. It barely has a metallic taste.

Photo of Eman17
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Very earthy feel to it.

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A tasty lager but not much more than that. To me this was nothing to get excited about.

Photo of dacrza1
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: June 14, 2015... GLASSWARE: Hennepin pokal... OCCASION: Cavs/Warriors Game 5--have a good feeling about this one, so I will pair it with a good--and Ohio-brewed--beer... APPEARANCE: Amber, almost ruby red, dark but mostly translucent; head is off-white, swift and forms a halo around an island... AROMA: a slam of caramel with cherry, raspberry and other fruity hints; the hops are not so present, but in a lager, I am not surprised... PALATE: speaking of style, unlike any Vienna I have had--full-bodied, balanced between the teeth and the tongue, and dry--almost a winelike finish; the ABV is clearly a force... TASTE: again, the strength of a pinot noir, with caramelized malts and pepper, chocolate, and some cherry qualities as well... OVERALL: as formidable a lager can get, in terms of flavor and strength--balanced and full, with a pleasant, drinkability; something of a dessert lager (?) that finishes an evening properly...now, if only the Cavs can do the same...

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The most confusing beer I've ever rated. Comes in smooth, crisp and refreshing then Bam! It Hits you with complexity and a clusterfuck of flavor at the end. I need to try it again

Photo of DuaneL
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't usually like lager but I like this one JK

Photo of HattedClassic
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice creamy head that takes a long while to dissipate and covers the surface pretty thoroughly. The beer itself a clear and very deep amber. I really like the hue on this beer because of the way the beer really glows.

The beer smell is what you would expect from a Vienna Lager. Sweet caramel notes and a nice bready malt smell with a sharp hop bite to it. The smell isn't complex but don't be fooled by its simplicity. The smell is very well done and very pleasing.

The beer taste is the same as the smell. The beer has a strong sweet bready malt note with a slight hop bite to it. The hop is a bit stronger than the smell but the sweet malt finish fixes that.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. The beer is a bit sticky and has some weight despite being medium bodied. The biting carbonation gives a nice feel to the upper mouth parts.

Overall, a very good beer and one worth getting. The craftsmanship is superb and its reputation is rightly deserved.

Photo of SFNC
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As good a Lager as I've ever had. It's a dark copper color with a eggshell head. Smells lightly of toast and a light hop bite. Taste is very satisfying. The feel is fine, if a tad thin. Great Lakes have pulled off a great one here, this goes into the summer rotation.

Photo of Fuzzgun91
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good lager. Has a bit of bitterness, but not too much. Smooth. Nice redish color.

Photo of robebo44
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So far, the best beer I have tasted!

Photo of 50marathons
3.24/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good clean lager. My first beer from this brewery.

Photo of montybugg
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Favorite beer at our get-together. Preferred over La Fin Du Monde.

Photo of InsaneBeerLover
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great light color Copper beer with a great taste and feel.

Photo of Gote
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

²nd outing with Great Lakes and I'm still impressed. This one pours out a dark reddish-brown that tells me it has potential to slake my thirst. Full bodied but not as rich as a stout it's light enough I could drink it year round but not over powering. This could earn a permanent place in my fridge.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant amber with a light copper tint under a thin cream colored foam cap.
S: Malt and kettle sugars but not caramel. Faint hop.
T: Rich malt, very light toast, no fruit, grain and malt complexity, spice.
F: Medium light body and medium carbonation.

Photo of PVMT
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Great Lakes Brewing Co. on 5/1/15.

Photo of Shade1951
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a lager that gives lagers a GOOD name. I have probably become unfairly biased against lagers in general because most of the ones I've tried simply don't have much flavor. Ness delivers on the flavor, but without tasting like an ale. It has the crisp, refreshing feel and taste that many lager lovers say appeals to them, but you can actually taste malt and just a bit of hop bitterness. I have had this beer previously, and the fact that I am having it again means that it is quite good!!

Photo of chuckpalka
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle a medium to dark brass color with an off white nice head. Smells of bread grains. Taste is a nice combo of sweet at first then quickly a slight bite of hops and then quickly to a dry finish. Kept a very thin head throughout with low carbonation and slight lacing. A buttery mouth feel and with just that slight bitterness. Goes down nice. At 6.2 % it's a lot higher than Sam Adams Lager and Abita Amber which are my other two favorites in this style. Very Good

Photo of Jtrump
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a huge lager fan, but very nice not much nose but really nice front and end

Photo of ARoman
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*transferred from previous notes - 1/2/2014*
12oz bottle poured into an English Tulip pint glass. Buttery caramel, and fruit are the first aromatic impressions that struck me - a faint berry and/or orange citrus aroma. This gives way to a slight dampness / mildewy smell as the head recedes, but the buttery notes are present and eventually turn to a baked cookie smell. There’s also a faint roasted grain in there too. The head is a creamy, slightly yellow/brown shade, a hearty amount of which remains throughout the drink, and it leaves an abundant lacing along the glass. The head sits atop a very clear orange-brown ("deep amber" I suppose) beer. It’s mostly a sweet beer, but a mellow sweet at that.. It has some spiciness to it too - root beer comes to mind as there’s maybe anise or sarsaparilla notes to it, as well as perhaps some molasses? There’s some light roasted bitterness with an ever so slight hoppy kick too, but the hops only appear at the finish. It’s a astringent too. It’s a medium bodied beer with a decent amount of carbonation to it - although it goes down smooth. There’s a roasted flavor that sticks around shortly, but it’s a mostly clean finish. The hops also contribute a slight grassy coating of the mouth, but, again, it doesn’t stick around long. As it warms up, the root beer flavoring disappears and is replaced by maple syrup and butter (pancakes came to mind) with some slight burnt toast hints.

Photo of tom10101
2.41/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle (12 oz). From Brian, thanks.

Appearance: Muddy reddish-amber with a small ring of off-white foam and little to no lacing.

Aroma: Really metallic at first, it then settles a bit and there’s some citrus and earthy presence.

Taste: Slightly sweet with mineral and earthy presence, toasted malt and a strong metallic presence.

Palate: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Earthy and metallic finish.

Overall: Not really good and definitely "off". Considering the other ratings, I think I got either a bad or an old bottle. I wasn’t able to finish a third of the bottle.

Photo of Bone53
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Spot on Amber Lager look. Pours a beautiful amber red color with a fingers worth of light beige head

Smell: Sweet (caramel, toffee) and bready malts that balance great with the noble hops

Taste: Sweet bready malts upfront with hops on the finish

Mouthfeel: Pretty full bodied for a lager yet goes down amazingly smooth with a slight bitter finish. Very refreshing

Overall: Iv said it before and ill say it again. Great Lakes makes some of the best lagers i have had from this country. I think a lot craft beer enthusiasts get lost in the double and imperial beers and cant appreciate a well crafted lager. For what this is, its pretty amazing and the benchmark for an amber lager in my opinion. Great balance between malts and hops, yet light enough so you know its a lager. Along with Dortmunder Gold, this is my go to lawn mowing, bbq lager of choice. That's all folks

Photo of SaltofOH
4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle best by 11/20/2014. Threshold beer glass. Reviewed 10/18/14. Re-reviewed 6-17-15.

Appearance: Deep crimson-copper with a 1/4 inch tan/sandy head and good lacing; retains a thin skim. (retention was significant, lacing excellent)

Aroma: Sweet, slight roast, noble hop and lots of well-toasted Munich malt.

Taste: Sweet on arrival, then dries immediately. Robust, malty mid-palate. Dry, toasty, bitter, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Firmly mid-weight; ample carbonation.

Overall: I remember why I fell in love with this beer - my first microbrew back in 2002. Perfectly satisfying interplay between malt and hops with a slight tilt toward malt. It's a solid, reliable favorite that I will return to again and again.

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Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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