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Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,716 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,716
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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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Everything about this beer is well executed. The head is thin (1/4"), but dense and yeasty, dissipating to an ultra-thin lacing. Color is a beautiful dark amber. Mouthfeel surprisingly creamy and the flavor is spectacular! They pushed the envelope with a flavor of toasted bread with a hint of dark fruit. They walked right up to the edge of the cliff without stepping over. They didn't overdue anything but packed this brew with a great flavor palate. It's just a perfectly balanced flavor. A little sweet on the front, little bitter on the back end. Not too much of either, but also not a victim of a conservative brewer going light on ingredients. The only aspect I could possibly criticize, if I was really looking to do so, I didn't get much out of the aroma. That's another reason the flavor was so surprisingly impressive.

Great Lakes is quickly becoming my favorite brewery if they keep up this superb brewing!

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3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by date: 06/14/12.
Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: One finger of dense, dark beige head that disapated very slowly to a layer of light foam and left some lacing. An amber color and very clear. Plenty of very small carbon bubble raising to the top.

S: The aroma is very mild. Some caramel malt and some floral hops.

M: A medium body. Very smooth and dry. Very clean.

T: Begins with dark, sweet malt, and then a grassy hops enters. Very crisp. A good amber lager, but nothing adventurous. Very well balanced.

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3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*Full disclosure -- not a huge lager fan*

A: Pours a pale golden-red amber color with an egg shell head with red hues. Fair amount of bubbles in the body and tiny pieces of sediment swimming around. Very nice feature. Unfortunately the lacing was average. Overall, good appearance.

S: Getting a fruity, bready grain aroma. Gave it a swirl, and I could swear I smelled an orange. Very subtle aroma for me. Once your nose gets accustomed the smell blends in with your surroundings. Just above average for me.

T: A nice toasted grain flavor with a subtle fruity backbone. Some spice in there for sure. Pepper or cloves, maybe. An almost-crisp characteristic that just misses the mark. Finish is -- surprisingly -- a little boozy. Good for a lager, just not all the way there.

M: This is where the beer fell a bit flat for me. A medium to heavy body. Heavier than I expected -- kind of syrupy. There's some chewiness that's turning me off. I hate to say this beer could use some hops, but well... Not amazed with the feel.

O: Kind of "meh" for me. One of those good and bad beers. When I drink a lager, I want something that's crisp, and this beer doesn't have that. Decent flavor, but falls a bit short elsewhere.

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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 ounce bottle of this at a bottle shop in Philly.

Appearance is a copper color with two fingers of head, that with a couple sips turns to a nice ring of lace. Its` nose has bread, caramel and some fruit. The taste has toasted malts, fairly sweet, very nice in general. Mouthfeel is medium and has a crisp finish. This is tasty beer, wish we had distribution of this in CT.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Red amber with a decent amount of clarity. A touch of head and slight lace left on the glass

S - Sweet malts dominate, but not much aroma. Probably the weakest component of this beer

T - Lots of caramel, sweet, and malty. A touch of spice, and a bit of a bitter backbone from the hops.

M - Full bodied and thick.

O - A very well balanced red lager. Its not my prefered style, but it is very very good if you are into this type!

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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy copper to an ambered brown with a small light brown rocky head. Sweet malted barley with sugary notes and a hoppy nose with vanilla hints. Warm and sweet creamy caramel flavor greets your tonue with the first draw and leaves you with a creamy hoppiness. Medium-bodied and creamy/fizzy palate.

Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,716 ratings.