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Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,755 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,755
Reviews: 959
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 215
Gots: 333 | 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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Photo of glass_house
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NeubTube
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wattoclone
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Malty sweet with caramel after the initial assault of grapefruit hops which is uncharacteristic of the German version. The hop settles down as the caramel malt and sweetness predominate. Perhaps this should be a new style: "Americanized Vienna Lager". There is also a bitter hop note in the finish but overall an excellent example of the style. As a fan of Negra Modelo and Dos Equis I had to try this based on the glowing reviews here at BA.

Photo of DemoniChris
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Metalsnota
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShanePB
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dankumm
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vixie
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really nice red/amber color with a bit of an off white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving some lacing across the top. Really nice looking beer.

Smell is a bit malty with some nuttiness, also a bit of caramel and toffee.

Bit sweet up front, caramel and toffee notes, hint of nutty. There's a bit of a hop bite at the finish to keep things in check and keep it from getting too sweet.

Solid and smooth feel to it, I have had bigger beers that felt less full than this one.

Definitely a very flavorful beer. There's a lot to like here, easily one of the best lagers I have ever tried. Another great beer from Great Lakes.

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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of krubs
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: pours a caramel amber color. Translucent, with lots of carbonation bubbles that dissipate after about a minute . Big 3 finger off shit head

Smell: nutty, caramel, slight piny hop smell, and a distinct lager smell.

Taste: first it's nutty but then you pick up some caramel and brown sugar type sweetness. Defonitlly malty at first but goes to a nice sweet piny hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with some light carbonation.

Overall: just an awesome example of what an American brewed Vienna lager can be. It's very refreshing but still complex and refeshing. You have no idea it's over a 6abv drinking it. It's follows German purity law and still has great flavor and great refeshment. Just a really good brew.

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3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark red/amber in color, caramel/nut/malt flavor. Mild bite aftertaste but not offensive at all. Very smooth and drinkable, goes well with meat and potatoes or just some potato chips.

Photo of timontheroad
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a deep reddish brown clear color, nice one finger head with nice lacing and retention.
Smell: Sweet malty aroma up front, with some slight piney hop notes, also a bit of caramel and toffee.
Taste: Flavor is toasty sweet malt, with some nice caramel presence and some nice hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a nice carbonation bite.
Overall: Quite a nice beer, reminds me a bit of a good German lager. Well done, Great Lakes!

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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

BBD 2/16/15. Pours a clear amber with a lovely rich dark ruby cast. Excellent head volume, World Class lacing and excellent retention.

Nice light nose of toffee with caramel malt notes over subtle noble hops with a touch of spice.

Heavy medium body with a creamy texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The World Class flavor profile is intense, complex and a masterpiece in balance. It begins with creamy blend of toffee and caramel against a slight sweetness that has a cracker character. In the middle, a nice noble hop flavor emerges over a mild bitterness. Against a fading bitterness, a nice spicy hop character emerges that is a bit tart, a bit clove like and has a pepper aspect - outstanding. The finish is a bit dry, but also has a sweet biscuit component. A slightly tart note lingers for a bit over a receding caramel and biscuit sweetness leaving the tongue with a slight pucker.

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4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big UPS and Maximum Respect to @WesMantooth for this true gem!
Recieved in the NBS BIF #1

Beautiful amber hue, one finger of frothy oatmeal colored foam. Wow, clean malty sweet with a hint of nuttiness on the nose.
Kinda sweet for an Amber, but in an OH SO RIGHT way. And then comes the nuttiness. Incredible! We agree, this would be an awesome beer to have available regularly.
The finish is much the same. Very consistent through and through.
Overall, I would make this a regular in my fridge to offer to any and all! And I would score points with the wife too. ISO!!!

Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,755 ratings.