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Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,628 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,628
Reviews: 933
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 198
Gots: 235 | 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 siege06nd
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint...

A: The red copper color on this is spectacular. Really clear and crisp looking. A finger and a half of light tan head that is beautifully uniform and creamy. The head settles to a half finger, but with good retention. Very good lacing.

S: Really really really nice malt bill on this, with some excellent pine and citrus notes from the hops. I get grains, bread crust, and some light caramel. Also some pine and grapefruit hop notes.

T: Slightly burnt biscuit, caramel, bread crust, orange rind. Crisp and supremely refreshing. Wow is this good. A nice sweetness balanced almost perfectly with a little hop bite.

M: The most stunning facet of this one...perfect balance between flavors, spectacular creaminess and relative complexity while maintaining a light crispness characteristic of the style. Wow.

O: Who said lagers can't be amazing? Great Lakes has been churning out some of the best in the land...between this and Dortmunder Gold, you should never want for an excellent lager again. A great treasure in this bottle.

siege06nd, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of sweethome
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is deep amber, bordering on ruby. Beautiful head develops and leads to nice lacing. Nose doesn't match what it looks like, muted, a little brown sugar and .... not much else. But - this is a lager.

Entry is crisp but full of flavor. Rich malts flow outward over the palate. Honey, brown sugar and a hint of roast malt. Delivers to style - german beer hall malt flavors. The hop backing cleanses quite well....but a lingering sweetness stays. Wow, what a beauty. Still as good as when I had in the pub in the late 1980's.

Rock on!

sweethome, Apr 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

stortore, Apr 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

DiscGolfRobot, Apr 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

IheartTomorrow, Apr 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Ted, Apr 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

dmorley21, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Luigi
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a rich clear deep amber color, with plenty of carbonation bubbles racing to the top. The head is massive at first and through out the life of the beer the retention is perfection. Keeping a one finger head and chunks of lace sticking all around the glass.

The aroma is sweet with caramel malts yet balanced so well with a dry bitter hop.

The flavor is the a more intense version of the aroma. Sweet malt, with caramel and toffee note. Balanced out with a semi dry floral hop with a lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied with a slightly slick feel on the palate. Very easy to drink.

I do not know if I can criticize this beer at all. Just get some and enjoy!

Luigi, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of WMEugene
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Absolutely stunning. Huge fluffy off-white head rests on top of a rich reddish amber color with great lacing. Perfect.

S - Rich malts, a bit of caramel and nuttiness. Some toffee as well. Earthy. A very nice smell for a Vienna lager.

T - Much like the nose; rich malts and a swirl of caramel, nutty, and toffee flavors. Rich and tasty. Perhaps the most delicious Vienna lager I've ever had.

M - Smooth, extremely drinkable. Great aftertaste, medium bodied. Nice carbonation.

O - Great Lakes may have the best "regular" line-up of any beer available in my area. The Eliot Ness is a fantastic Vienna Lager and one of the best lagers I've ever had.

WMEugene, Apr 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

mikepcarney, Apr 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Profchaos20, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

mingo1968, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

jacewg, Mar 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

hainesly, Mar 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

jmo2k1, Mar 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

MerkurKing16, Mar 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

80b, Mar 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

GTB, Mar 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

szmnnl99, Mar 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

ambruns1979, Mar 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

jstewart1130, Mar 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

BeerNoobNC, Mar 21, 2012
Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,628 ratings.