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Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,756 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,756
Reviews: 960
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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A: This beer has a deep clear brown amberish color with a light tan head which reduced to a thin layer of bubbles.
S: This beer has a great aroma with a nice malty smell that is rich, toasty, nutty, and caramel-like. There is some hop aroma but not too much. The characteristics are much like a light brown ale.
T: The flavor here is top of the line. It is crisp like a larger and so refreshing with a very smooth delicious malty start that carries through. This beer delivers flavors of roasted nutty biscuit and subtle hops. The finish for this beer is about a medium as the flavors turn very smoothly to a pleasant hop flavor that lingers only for a short time leaving you feeling refreshed.
M: Crisp, refreshing, and with light carbonation. Overall a dry beer with malty sweetness in all the right places.

Overall, they knocked this one out of the park. I would buy this any day of the week. This beer has the characteristics of a good English Brown Ale and combines them seamlessly with the light, refreshing crispness of a lager. Delicious.


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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sure there are enough straight reviews on this to view, so I went a little different direction:

Much like the Dortmunder Gold, this offering is very smooth, crisp, and refreshing, while having some flavor characteristics that sometimes are missing in lagers. As I said in my review of the Dortmunder Gold, I had high expectations for this beer, but I liked Dortmunder better, and thought it was more complex than this beer.

That is not to say this is a bad beer. I find it less bitter than some amber beers I've had (although they may be more ales). In comparing this to Devil's Backbone version of a Vienna Lager, I enjoyed DB slightly better (granted, I had the DB from tap, not bottle, and sadly, didn't rate here to compare). In both cases, I think the complexity is minimal, which might make these beers more appealing to a larger crowd.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid comes out a nice dark golden amber color. Glows like a nice red sunset when held up to the light, perfect clarity. Nice light orange creamy colored head, looks frothy with mostly small bubbles, but a few medium sized ones creep in there as well. Head is pretty big after an aggressive pour. Really good lacing and glass retention.

Smell is really good, nice big malt bill on this one and not quite as hoppy as I expected, but still really good. Very bready with lots of toasted caramel and maybe some pale malts. Nice grassy and slightly spicy hops at the end, mesh well together.

Taste is equally as good, especially for the style. It's not overly sweet, but sweeter than you'd probably expect. Caramel, toffee, toasted grains/brown bread with a hint of honey. Nice grassy and spicy hops with a slight hint of pine at the end. Incredibly well balanced.

Full bodied, flavor really lingers nicely for a while. Great carbonation level and not really much of a bite anywhere. Starts smooth with a subtle bite at the finish. Great drinkability on this one. This is something any beer lover could regularly have in their fridge. I understand why this is a year round brew from Great Lakes, great beer on in what my opinion is a fairly under appreciated style.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on-tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Red amber body sits beneath a white foam head which leaves thick lacing throughout.

Smell: Toasty. Bread and grains.

Taste: Sweet caramel notes. Full malt and grain flavors. Decent kick from the hops as this one goes down.

Overall: Another great brew from Great Lakes. Full of flavor and does not disappoint!

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Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,756 ratings.