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Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,388 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,388
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 166
Gots: 158 | FT: 3
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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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Standard 12 ounce brown glass bottle. Dark label that has a black background with white lettering. The picture is a sepia photograph of the man himself enjoying a Pint. Brewery blurb to the right of the label explains that this beer is named after one time Cleveland Safety Director. It goes on to explain that this Amber Lager has a feint hop nose and a slightly sweet finish. Recommended Serving Temperature of 45°F, as well as a listed Strength of 6.2%. Enjoy By Date is Jan. 01 04, wow, a New Years Eve beer this one!!

Appearance: A very dark but exceptionally clear amber body with some polished copper burnishings when twizzled in the light. Just as with my first Great Lakes beer, the head is awesome. A solid tan head that is large, fluffy and caps the beer well. Cloud like; it leaves a little lacing on the glass walls, but not much. Great staying power. Average levels of dissolved carbon dioxide, but curiously the bubbles appear to be trapped near the surface of the beer like air bubbles in blown glass. Looks great.

Nose: Toasted malts and ‘brown’ nutty odors fill the air. Some grain and a heavy odor of freshly baked wholemeal bread aromas mixed with a sweet feel in the ending. Like a thick Nut Brown Ale.

Taste: Sweetish start, toasty malts, grain and biscuit to start with, it rises a notch in the middle when hazelnuts together with a spicy caramel middle take over completely. Bitter hops linger in the background, but they race through and stick to the cleft of the mouth once the beer is swallowed, whilst all the time a very nutty finish with a hint of the caramel fudginess from a half chewed Curly-Wurly mixes with a solid Malt feel in the ending.

Mouthfeel: Easy going smooth licks, even creamy at times, yet bitter with a husky nuttiness mixed with biscuit and grain at others. Finish is astringent, bitter and it lingers, it won’t let you forget the experience too quickly. Above average body with a fulfilling sturdy frame that is very robust.

Drinkability: I love the malty finish in this beer, slightly sweet, nutty malty and creamy. Has a solid high quality feel about it that impresses.

Overall: Only my second offering from Great Lakes, and I am already very impressed. Well worth seeking out if you get chance. Recommended!

”They sip one of ours, we imbibe one of theirs, they drink one of ours, we quaff one of theirs, they sink one of ours, we “down-in-one” another one of theirs”.
A Sean Connery ‘Untouchable’ Thanks to BigHuge for this one!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 06:21:25 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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CortexBomb

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a lovely shade of amber with plenty of frothy head to go with it. Scent is that hoppy floral aroma with nuttiness creeping in as well.

Nice deep taste here, Roast and nuttiness starts to come through, and it continues to build and build to a crescendo pitch on the back with a dash of hops, and a light rememberence left in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is relatively thick for the style, while the drinkability on this beer is excellent, very smooth. I'd label this beer a perfect candidate for 'bridging the gap' between macro and micro drinking, it's not as overwhelming as many micros, yet has more than enough character to keep your palate interested.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 22:43:15 | More by CortexBomb
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Reneejane

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a nice reddish orange topped with a beige-orange head that was fluffy and thick, it seemed to last. I've had this beer on tap as well as in the bottle, but I'm reviewing bottle. Anyway, starts with a definite hoppy taste. The hop is somewhat earthy but mostly floral. It finishes with a nutty malt. I just love the nuttiness afterwards.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 03:21:27 | More by Reneejane
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark amber, very nice head which dissipated fairly quickly. Lacing is pretty good for what little head is left.

Smell: a bit spicy, a bit toasty.

Taste: Very nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Finishes a bit hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Big, full but not too heavy. Carbonation is really good. Alcohol is noticeable, but not too heavy, but does give a wonderful warming feeling in the belly.

Drinkability: So far, I've really enjoyed everything from Great Lakes Brewing, and this is no exception. This is a very easy beer to drink, not too much going on to overwhelm my still-in-training beer sensors, but good enough that I'll be picking up a few more on my next trip to D's.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2004 03:30:16 | More by JackTheRipper
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goz

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear deep amber, with a small tan head that slightly lasts, and leaves a very small bit of lacing. Aroma strong on sweet caramel, lightly nutty, and some toasted grains. Flavor starts with caramel spread on some toasted whole grain bread, ends with a slightly spicy hop finish. Medium body, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 22:13:26 | More by goz
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exellent brew.
Very deep dark amber with a touch of cloudiness. Head was short but left a nice frothy ring and thin island lace.
Carbonation was active.
The body close to full.
Aroma slight of roasted nuts.
Aaah, the taste, features an early roasted malty caromel with a gentle bitter hop back to finish. Great balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 00:41:08 | More by Shiloh
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dpend

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, deep, dark amber that built to a decent pillowy off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma of malts greet you immediately with fruitiness through the middle and mild hopping in background. Taste is also heavily malted and a bit of a raisin presence. Nice and mellow feel with a slighty hoppy and wet finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 01:10:09 | More by dpend
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have never had a bad brew from this legendary brewpub. Clear freshness dating appreciated. Too bad its not available in Canada. This is a very good German style beer. Goes well with food, perfect for appetizers. Well balanced. Two to three people to finish a six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 23:20:09 | More by Sammy
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yankeeheel

Maine

3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a nice 2 finger off-white head. Good lacing down the glass. Smells strongly of bread with a hint of hop citrus in the background.

The taste is fairly mundane and average to me. Caramel malts followed by a little buttery diacetyl and some underlying fruit. Slightly nutty. Mildly hopped. Mouthfeel is middle of the road.

A very easy drinking brew, you could easily consume a lot, but it does nothing to set itself apart from the field.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2003 01:10:05 | More by yankeeheel
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Winking Lizard. Lovely amber color with a medium thick off-white head. Thin lacing Nice aroma of malt, caramel and nuts. Medium-bodied and smooth with a blend of roasted nuts, caramel, cinnamon and malt working well together. The finish is mostly sweet malt with a lingering hops bite. Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2003 13:41:39 | More by Dogbrick
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xgrigorix

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Best by date printed on label.

Dark amber, slightly hazy. One finger of tan foam caps it. Large bubbles pop through the head.

Strong malt aroma, some dark fruit, & mild hop aromas.

Malt drives this one start to finish. Some breadiness, a hint of fruit, and just enough hops to keep it from becoming cloying. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 16:55:23 | More by xgrigorix
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StevieW

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at MikeyW's house. Deep, shiny copper color. Glowing. Off-white sticky head. Bubbly. Laced the glass to the bottom. Full toasted carmel malt smell. Perfectly rich taste of toasted malt, very full malt taste. Lots of sweetness, and snap, sticky, quick hop kick. Very balanced, and full flavored. Solid medium bodied, but super easy to drink. Dru finish, but toasted flavors linger on the tongue. I thought this was vienna lager, not a marzen, but there probably isn't really a difference. Whatever category you place it, it was a very impressive beer and worth any efforts to try it. I waited a long time to try it, and it exceded my expectations. A "wow" beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2003 00:45:44 | More by StevieW
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euskera

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle..

Nice rusty-red color with a nice mediun bodied head. Good balance of malt and hop with a slight floral tinge to it. Smooth and eminently drinkable, with a little caramel edge to it at the back end. I'd love to have a keg of this stuff at a party..

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 17:53:26 | More by euskera
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francisweizen

Alaska

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This marzen-style lager poured a nice copper colour with an off-white head. The aromas were of malts and hops in a nice perfect harmony. The taste is malty of course, a bit fruity, fresh, floral and hoppy. The mouthfeel is a bit light on the tonuge, but heavy enough to slightly coat the throat on the way down. The drinkability is pretty excellent as well. Another good brew from the folks at GLBC!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 02:28:05 | More by francisweizen
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Reverand

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep Amber red color with an off white head. Head retention is good, traces of Belgian lace down the side of the glass. A nice balance of noble hop and caramelized malt give this beer a good taste. Very drinkable beer considering the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2003 07:46:49 | More by Reverand
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Did not even realize this was an Okto beer, thought it was more of a brown ale (but that's a compliment). A nice creamy head, alost stoutlike. Had a good beery smell with a touch of fruitiness that led me to think this was an ale. A complex hop taste that I thought had more American hops that the normal German ones. A delightful brew that stands out at any autumn party,

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2003 15:05:15 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Eliot pours a nice clear amber, like iced-tea. Initially forms a rocky head which dissipates to a bare covering and crown.

Aroma - malty sweet with some caramel presence, too. Kind of light smell-wise, but what is here is good.

Taste - *Very* toasty malt. Oh man, is that good... Fabulous malt depth. Worth the price of admission right there. But wait, there's more! The malty sweetness ducks down long enough for some mellow hoppiness to show through. Drying on the finish but a toasty, lightly hoppy aftertaste. Great balance.

Great body and mouthfeel for the style. No wimpy Octoberfest offering here. Solid and yummy in the mouth and belly.

What a great session beer for the chilly fall months. Nicely warming and comforting. I will be getting more of these for the fall/winter.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 15:59:34 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review date 8/29/03. Drink by date on bottle is 7/18/03. Deep amber in color Poured with a thick tan head that lasted for quite a while. Nice lace. Smell is predominately sweet malt with just a hint of hop presence. Taste is quite good. Malt sweetness with a nicely balanced hop finish. Perhaps a bit more the malt side, but still very nice. The hoppiness has a nice finish that is to say it doesn't hang around long, which is what I like. Mouthfeel is Better than average. The malt and hop flavors are very distinctive and seperate, it would be nicer if they were mixed together a bit more so that they compliment and help balance each other better. this is a very drinkable brew, not one to get drunk on, but one to kick back and enjoy several of.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 01:49:38 | More by sabrills70
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brakspear

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An decent amber lager/marzen. Pours a clear deep amber with a tan head which fades and laces somewhat.

The aroma is malty with toasted malts and a very slight clean nuttiness and faint hop nose.

The flavor has a pronounced graininess, with some caramel and toasted malts rising to the fore. It is crisp for a marzen with a decent hop spice. Medium body that finishes a tad dry.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2003 15:31:11 | More by brakspear
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beerguy101

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Amber color, medium head. Aroma is malty and slighlty sweet. A full-bodied Vienna Lager. Big malty flavors, caramel and slightly nutty. Nice hop bite. Well balanced. Great tasting beer. Smooth taste. Finish is clean and slightly dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2003 02:18:17 | More by beerguy101
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canoehornpoint

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber, almost a light brown with red hues. Highly carbonated and a tick rich head. Malty nose. This is a smoothe, full flavored beer with even maltiness and slightly sweet. There is no real hop flavor but this does not make it overly sweet. This is full flavored as stated before but remains refreshing. Another gold for Great Lakes.

An odd note is that this was given to me by a Canadian innkeeper who has guests bring this up from Cleveland.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2003 20:02:31 | More by canoehornpoint
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was a dark amber, with excellent head retention. The smell was malty, with hints of sweetness. The taste was the same sweet malt, with some caramel taste and a wonderfully sweet aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth and perfectly carbonated. With drinkability, another one I could have over and over and over again.

Just one of the fantastic beers out of Great Lakes. As much as it pains me to say it, coming from the Pittsburgh area, something from Cleveland isn't really all that bad at all!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 00:01:47 | More by beergeek279
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Winter

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a gem, if you're a Marzen / Oktoberfest fan. Pours a clear deep reddish amber with a thick luscious creamy light tan head. Sweet malt aroma seems almost bock-like, but consists of caramel and raisin. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with just a touch of carbonation. Taste has a real nice sweet rich chewy malt flavor that also consists of dark fruit (raisins) and caramel (this seemed evident from the nose). Hallertau hops provide a mildly dry bitter middle. They provide a good balance to the sweet malt finish. Being a big fan of Oktoberfest beers, this was a real treat.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2003 03:41:43 | More by Winter
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MJR

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear deep red with a touch of orange around the edges. A tan head starts off well, and fades to a small cap that laces well.

Smell: The aroma is malty and bready. Toasted malts and a slight nuttiness match well with a faint, spicy hop note. Very clean nose here...

Taste: The flavor is quite rich, with a pronounced graininess and loads of toasted, bready malt. There's some caramel, but it stays mostly in the background. Incredibly crisp and clean. Dries out on the finish with a good, firm bitternes and a spicy hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, with a firm, clean, and crisp mouthfeel. Finishes a bit dry.

Drinkability: This is a really good brew. It's not 'exactly' to style...but who cares?! This would be one of my regulars if I could get it locally. But I can't. Damn...

A 'thank you' goes out to 'Realale' for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 11:48:42 | More by MJR
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was some amazing stuff! Never before had I had a vienna like this and I'd be hard-pressed to find another vienna that was this high quality. It definitely had a sweet caramel malt that dominated the flavor but was not overbearing. Soothing tea-like hops came in to balance and add to complexity. More flavors ensued but I could not pick up on what exactly they were, they were good though. The beer's finish tasted exactly like the bread I buy from my local bakery. Light honey nut wheat bread that is superb! This one's a classic.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 07:39:53 | More by granger10
Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,388 ratings.