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Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,778 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,778
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 219
Gots: 351 | FT: 5
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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I've been drinking this now and again for a very long time. At one time it was my favorite Great Lakes beer (that's important for a life long Clevelander who was a beer lover before Great Lakes existed). I don't think I've ever tasted anything quite like it. Vienna Lager? I beg to differ, but I'm not sure what it should be classified as.

It says amber lager on the label. Well, it's amber (and very pretty), and that they say it's lager is a hint that the fermentation is not a top fermentation. You get a very nice malty taste that goes beyond most lagers. It can sometimes have a nasty aftertaste and that's why it is no longer one of my favorites, but it is an exceptional beer.

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

Rather nice malty and delicate ale.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Black design with white lettering and a sepia/retro illustration of Eliot Ness enjoying a beer on a bar. Side narrative notes award, main characteristics, adherence to Bavarian purity laws of 1516, and serving recommendation. Neck label notes some of the environmental practices of the brewery. Notes freshness date (02/8/12), and Alc. by Vol. (6.2%) Served in a tall Pilsner glass.

A - Deep amber pour, very rich and great looking frothy head, notable retention and surface memory with rich lacing.

S - Softly sweet and malty nose, rather grainy with a soft herbal hop insinuation…

T - Gentle malted sense, toasted caramel sense, soft hoppy spice in the back sides of the tongue.

M - Medium body with medium to moderate carbonation. Soft bitterness with a slight crisp finish.

O - Quite an elegant and poised lager, nice one.

Notes: Not much of a palate around Vienna Lagers, so maybe this is closest in my memory to some Marzens… different floral finish maybe, but a nice offering in any case. Overall these are not typical styles I go to, so this might be a review a bit more skewed than usual.

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Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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