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Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,635 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,635
Reviews: 933
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 198
Gots: 241 | 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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Photo of denimdemon
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

denimdemon, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of 5lat5ive
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a Great Lakes "Taster's" 12-pack. 2/4. Bottle into a pint glass.

A - Caramel-brown, slight carb from the bottom for a short time. 1-inch muddy-white head. some lacing.

S - Sweet, malty, mild citrus (lemon-orange), floral aroma.

T - Caramel malt, pineapple, mildly roasty, and a bit of honey. It's hard to find the hops, but they're there. Slight alcohol bite.

M - A little sticky, but not like an ipa could be, more like a porter/stout. smooth. thick-medium bodied.

O - Maybe a little too sweet for some, but I love it.

5lat5ive, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of primrose54
4/5  rDev -2%

primrose54, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Treyliff
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark copper color with a small light tan head and small fizzy lacing?

S- clean malt, faint hops, toasted grains, super fresh and clean.

T- lots of sweet malt with a bit of caramel, faint herbal hop accent, finishes dry with toasted grain, good linger.

M- medium body with a bit of chew and medium carbonation, very smooth.

O- Complex for a simple brew, very well balanced and eat to drink.

Treyliff, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of mattparsons
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

mattparsons, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Brubaker
4/5  rDev -2%

Brubaker, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of paulytasker
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

paulytasker, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Mazarate
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Mazarate, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Lee45102
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Lee45102, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Rmatuszak2
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Rmatuszak2, Aug 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

AustinHughes, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

WDJersey, Jul 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

dkroger24, Jul 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Axnjxn, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of JayKay412
3/5  rDev -26.5%

JayKay412, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of BMMillsy
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this from a bottle back in Michigan. A deep brown amber color with super creamy white head. Aroma of toffee malts, caramel, fruits. Flavor follows with a beautifully sweet fruit-caramel combination. Extremely smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation. What an incredible lager this is. Finishes clean, fills the mouth with flavor. Wow.

BMMillsy, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of drperry11
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

drperry11, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev -2%

Kunstman, Jul 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

joek440, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep copper/caramel color. Soapy two finger off-white head.

Aroma: Caramel malt. A hint of hops.

Taste: Caramel just like in the nose. A little nutty. Pretty smooth, not much bitterness. Surprisingly there is some heat in there from the alcohol which shows up in the back of your throat.

Mouthfeel: It's got a full body and the right amount of carbonation. Sort of coats the mouth as you drink, which isn't necessarily good or bad. It depends on how syrupy you like your beer.

Final Thoughts: I'm not sure why this beer is so highly acclaimed. It doesn't really live up to the hype for my tastes. I probably won't seek this one out in the future. Although, it gets props for being the best amber/vienna lager I've had.

JamesMN, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Peter
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Peter, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a glass stien.

Appearance: light amber / orange bodied beer with a slight copper hue. An off white head with easily two fingers of head. The head has some staying power and leaves a little bit of spotted lace on the glass.

Smell: grainy, biscuity, and bready malt profile with a touch of caramel sweetness. A touch of citrus and grassy hops.

Taste: This beer tastes almost identical to the nose, but has just a touch of nuttiness in the malt profile like a brown ale. Really nice balance between the malts and hops really smooth lager beer. Finishes with a grainy cereal note.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Smooth easy drinking summer beer with nice flavors and fantastic smoothness. Carbonation is crisp and clean.

Overall: This is a great beer all around. Summer is here and this is a solid option when it gets hot.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jul 26, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Lou Malnati's with some deep dish. Enjoying this Chicago trip....

A - Pours amber with a reddish hue. Nice lacing on the glass. Foam retention is solid. Some carbonation.

S - Sweet smell with some mild hoppiness. Also get some floral scent.

T - Nice tasting amber. Listed here as a vienna lager and is very similar to Sam's Boston Lager, with a hoppier bite. Really enjoyable style.

M - Went great with pizza and I see this is a go-to beer with food. Wish this was readily available by me. Feels smooth and so easy to drink, yet has a very robust flavor.

O - For the style, one of the best I've ever had. My first chance at Great Lakes and this did not disappoint at all.

socon67, Jul 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

teslaguy, Jul 24, 2012
Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,635 ratings.