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Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,717 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,717
Reviews: 950
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 210
Gots: 296 | 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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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMN322
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of APH
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of DDiFran
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DaneBramage
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark red/amber in color, caramel/nut/malt flavor. Mild bite aftertaste but not offensive at all. Very smooth and drinkable, goes well with meat and potatoes or just some potato chips.

Photo of timontheroad
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a deep reddish brown clear color, nice one finger head with nice lacing and retention.
Smell: Sweet malty aroma up front, with some slight piney hop notes, also a bit of caramel and toffee.
Taste: Flavor is toasty sweet malt, with some nice caramel presence and some nice hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a nice carbonation bite.
Overall: Quite a nice beer, reminds me a bit of a good German lager. Well done, Great Lakes!

Photo of tillmac62
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

BBD 2/16/15. Pours a clear amber with a lovely rich dark ruby cast. Excellent head volume, World Class lacing and excellent retention.

Nice light nose of toffee with caramel malt notes over subtle noble hops with a touch of spice.

Heavy medium body with a creamy texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The World Class flavor profile is intense, complex and a masterpiece in balance. It begins with creamy blend of toffee and caramel against a slight sweetness that has a cracker character. In the middle, a nice noble hop flavor emerges over a mild bitterness. Against a fading bitterness, a nice spicy hop character emerges that is a bit tart, a bit clove like and has a pepper aspect - outstanding. The finish is a bit dry, but also has a sweet biscuit component. A slightly tart note lingers for a bit over a receding caramel and biscuit sweetness leaving the tongue with a slight pucker.

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big UPS and Maximum Respect to @WesMantooth for this true gem!
Recieved in the NBS BIF #1

Beautiful amber hue, one finger of frothy oatmeal colored foam. Wow, clean malty sweet with a hint of nuttiness on the nose.
Kinda sweet for an Amber, but in an OH SO RIGHT way. And then comes the nuttiness. Incredible! We agree, this would be an awesome beer to have available regularly.
The finish is much the same. Very consistent through and through.
Overall, I would make this a regular in my fridge to offer to any and all! And I would score points with the wife too. ISO!!!

Photo of Bryanweppner-123
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Superbohl4
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sdlhy
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium malt with a faint roast but a high boozy finish

Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jacksburg
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MarkO1971
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlueMoon10
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KyleSweetsema
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JsBeers
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Peaches13
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mikus
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep reddish brown hue, very little head, lots of bubbles throughout. Slightly fruity, slightly spicy hop presence on nose... clean malt profile, slightly bready. Crisp and clean with some nice bite (bit of rye?)...Smooth flavors overall. Malt forward yet nicely balanced. Bit of grassy hop on the finish. Light to medium viscosity, nice bready aftertaste (light). Excellent lager (and I'm not crazy about lager). Great Lakes keeping it classy.

Photo of jjhardy12
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My next go-to amber lager

Photo of Mjmaisel
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,717 ratings.