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Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

978 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 978
Hads: 2,942
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 250
Gots: 469 | 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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Reviews: 978 | Hads: 2,942
Photo of CIBoy10
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

By far the most complex Vienna-style I've ever encountered. Points for uniqueness. Heavy biscuit on the front leads to a surprising floral-esque finish. Quite boozy for the style at 6.2% ABV - and it can be felt as the beer is much heavier than say Boston Lager. As far as this style goes, I wish this one was lightened up a little bit. All in all it is a fantastic unique beer. Cheers! (386 characters)

Photo of sdface
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

It's been a while since I've had the Eliot Ness as I have been in the bubble of IPAs and DIPAs for some time and all I can say is that this beer put a huge smile on my face and delighted my taste buds. This is sweet and candied and has a super nice perfume like finish...which is amazing! I forgot how good this beer is and how nice it is to step out of the IPA haze and appreciate a style that is different but equally satisfying. This is more malty and is not very bitter. A very delicious beer that I will be drinking more of! (529 characters)

Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first Bee, and a beer that I will never forget. A strong dark taste, very special. I could see this being off setting for light beer drinkers, but if you want a full on dark beer look no further. (198 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly dark amber brew, reddish-brown, very clear. Topped with an off-white, almost beige head. Decent size and retention. OK lacing.

Traditional aroma: slightly sweet, with notes of toffee, caramel, and a touch of fruit - banana and figs. Rather strong.

Flavor follows: bready malt, dry spices and fruit, prunes, caramel, and toffee. Lots of bread on the finish.

Slick and somewhat dry mouthfeel. Active.

This is a solid, very flavorful lager. I don't particularly like the mouthfeel, and it comes across a little dry on the flavor, as well, but it's a good brew to pair with food. (592 characters)

Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber red with a decent white foamy head.

In the smell you get a good amount of Carmel sweetness and some spices.

For the taste you get Carmel/toffee sweetness, a good amount of toasted nuts, some subtle earthy hops, spices, and breadiness.

For the mouthfeel it's medium bodied, clean crisp finish with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall this is a fantastic lager by Great Lakes..this beer definitely doesn't lack on flavor and is one you can drink and not get tired of. I'll definitely be pickin this up more often (539 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Amber with 1 finger of white head. Moderate carbonation with good clarity.

Nose
Caramel, nougat, bread, and brown sugar.

Taste
Caramel, nougat, slightly dried biscuit, and a touch of candy sugar. A hint of earthy, leafy hop bitterness along with brown sugar and a slight nuttiness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Overall
Clean, refreshing, and flavorful. A well done Amber Lager. (459 characters)

Photo of Jgoth34
4.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A dark amber, clear with solid head. Great looking lager.
Smell: Very clean, sweet smell. I get a hint of toffee.
Taste: You get the sweetness at first like caramel or toffee. Then you get hit with a nutty flavor. Solid taste.
Feel: Very warm yet light, could definitely have a few of these
Overall: A fantastic beer, looking to find more by this brewing company. (376 characters)

Photo of jgebauer110
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rich, clear dark amber color. Solid head retained throughout. Excellent rich malt flavor with just the right amount of hoppy tang. An excellent lager, with the Dortmunder Gold a very close runner up! (199 characters)

Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a caramel amber color.

Overall: A little bit sweet at first, with caramel and toffee notes, hint of nut flavor. Solid and smooth feel to it. Just a really good brew. (184 characters)

Photo of wattoclone
3.36/5  rDev -18%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of Vixie
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of PGD120
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (758 characters)

Photo of DaneBramage
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (185 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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! (469 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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. (984 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
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!!! (574 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep reddish brown hue, very little head, lots of bubbles throughout. Slightly fruity, slightly spicy hop presence on nose... clean malt profile, slightly bready. Crisp and clean with some nice bite (bit of rye?)...Smooth flavors overall. Malt forward yet nicely balanced. Bit of grassy hop on the finish. Light to medium viscosity, nice bready aftertaste (light). Excellent lager (and I'm not crazy about lager). Great Lakes keeping it classy. (444 characters)

Photo of taters21
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a nice ruby reddish amber color with a half finger white head, low retention.
Smell: Piney and citrusy hops, sweet malt
Taste: Citrus, tart cherry, with a biscuit dry finish
Feel: About you standard ale feel, but somewhat heavier more towards a creamy mouthfeel, which is unexpected but quite welcome
Overall: Crisp, clean, well balanced, with a nice mouthfeel (378 characters)

Photo of Jonoesh5
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks beautiful with a deep amber body and tan head. No suspended yeast or floaties makes for a very polished look. Scent is in the background, nothing pronounced other than a malt blend. Taste begins with mostly malts, then gives way to hops. Notes of red apple were also present. Mouthfeel is soapy and carbonated with significant, and a surprising amount of alcohol warmth for a 6.2% ABV lager. Overall, a solid anytime beer. Great first impression with Great Lakes! (469 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasty little vienna lager, maybe a touch too filling, but presenting a pleasing caramel sweetness and cleanness that makes for a nice, unobtrusive accompaniment to plate of sliders. (181 characters)

Photo of bmeehan
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Remember when Yuengling was the cool amber lager to drink? Remember when it fell off a cliff? Eliot Ness is on top of that cliff now and isn't going to fall off of it. It's a beautiful amber color (duh) and is as smooth as it is refreshing. (240 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 6.2% abv

Appearance- Pours a rich ruby-amber hue with a frothy 2 finger or more head with good retention.

Smell- A sweet malt smell, bits of caramel and toffee in there.

Taste- At first there is much more a grainy flavor than the smell suggests. This transcends into a sweeter finish, with the toffee flavor coming through later. Slight roasted type of qulaity to the taste as well. Some hop bitterness in there ever so slightly. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body; ample carbonation.

Overall- A unique and memorable lager. This is a good one to sip on as it is not super light but has plently of flavor. Not the everyday lager for sure. A great beer to try to divert oneself from the norm. Another Great Lakes home run. (759 characters)

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

I prefer their Dortmunder Gold, but this is an extremely well-made and clean representation of a Vienna Lager. Sweet, bready malts, a bit of honey, and a crisp, clean finish. This is on par with Devil's Backbone's Vienna. (221 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a goblet style pint glass.

A: Clear, dark reddish amber. One finger of tan head.
S: Scent of baking spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, derived from the noble hops. Toasty caramel malt peeks through the nose as well.
T: Toasted caramel malt makes its presence first with a sweet, smoky taste. The malts give this a nice body. The hop presence comes out in the end as a tingle of bitterness on the tongue. Finish is neither too sweet nor too dry.
M: Medium bodied. Slightly creamy. Very drinkable.
O: Very good crisp lager. Reminds me of some of the Marzen beers. (595 characters)

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Newly introduced on tap at my local drinking establishment. Here goes nothing:

Appearance: Beautiful, copper red with golden undertone (at least in this light) with a tan head about one finger's width. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Definitely strong noble hops. I like the slightly sweet, fruity aroma.

Taste: Ah, not bad! Smooth, slightly toasty taste, with some sweetness that doesn't overpower the lager.

Mouthfeel: Some moderate carbonation, medium body, and quite smooth. A very drinkable amber lager.

Overall: This is the way lagers should taste. The macro-brews obviously have nothing on this. I was very impressed with it overall, and the fact that it was on draught made me a very happy man. I would definitely get this again (and probably will). (766 characters)

Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.