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Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,749 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,749
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 214
Gots: 331 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours clear amber with a slightly off white one finger head. Leaves almost no lacing.

S - Munich malt, sweet malt, and apple. Pretty lacking in this department.

T - Munich malt, apples, slight toasted malt, and extremely sweet malt. This is too sweet honestly, it's almost like a dunkel.

M - Medium creams body with medium to high carbonation. Once again however, it is too sweet.

O - Honestly, this beer did not meet my expectations. It lacks depth in my opinion, and Samuel Adams Boston Lager is the clear winner when it comes to this category. I'd have another if handed it, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a small mug. Best before 1/19/2013.

Amber-tinged fire-brick body beneath two fingers of active off-white foam. Light soapy lacing, good retention.

Light hop presence in the nose backed by plenty of distinctive almost toasty malt. The aroma seems to fade as you become accustomed to it.

Excellent and subtle malt complexity makes up the bulk of the flavor profile, with hints of toast and melanoidins. Hints of bread and black tea are present as well. The hops contribute a moderate bitterness which offsets the high (for a lager) gravity and leads into a perfectly balanced, dry, faintly earthy yet crisp finish.

Medium-light bodied, well carbonated, and brisk mouthfeel.

Very pure and surprisingly hop-forward for the style. I can understand why it's at the top of the pack.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep rich copper with a two finger off-white head. The head refuses to go away and the lacing on the sides of the glass is amazing.

Aroma of toffee, caramel, and chocolate along with a little bit of toast. Some yeast and cinnamon is also apparent in the aroma.

The flavor really has quite a bit going on. Caramel and toffee with dark bread up front with some cinnamon and chocolate lingering in the background. There is also a little bit of dark fruit. A mild bitterness comes in midway through but there isn't much hop flavor to go along with it. Malt is king. Mouthfeel is full but not too sticky. Really good job of keeping things fro getting too sweet which is easy in this kind of beer.

Overall, an amazing beer and one of the best I have ever had in the style. Definitely one to pick up when given the chance.

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Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,749 ratings.