Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4.21/5 rDev +2.9%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given current ratings, and to a lesser extent the brewery. 6.2% ABV confirmed. "Best served at 45 degrees F." Enjoy by 03/28/13. Oops. Didn't catch that at the bottle shop. Reviewing as an Amber even though it's currently classified as a Vienna lager; I trust the brewery over beeradvocate's often clunky ratings system.
Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a 2.5 finger light khaki colour head. Nice soft creamy complexion. Flocculent. Good frothiness. Good thickness. Good (~5 minute) retention. No bubble show.
Body colour is a clear translucent vibrant amber. No yeast particles are visible.
Great appearance all around. Spot-on for the style. Very inviting and appealing.
Sm: Hot damn those malty notes are fresh. Smells like the malt room of a brewery. Lovely German style amber malts. Light toasty malt character. Caramalts. Pleasant graininess. Lightly bready. Live yeast. Extremely inviting; I can't remember ever experiencing an aroma this fresh - and it's two months past its recommended enjoy by date. A fantastic aroma of moderate strength. I can't wait to try it. Near perfect for the style. Wow.
T: A well balanced seamless blend of the primary malts used; German amber malts, caramalts, toasty character. Hop character is light and floral, complementing the other flavours nicely. Full-bodied and tasty, with a refreshing finish. Lots of flavour for an amber. Damn, that's tasty. Excellent balance and good complexity. Fair subtlety to boot. Good creaminess.
Mf: Nicely creamy. Perfect coarseness and wetness, adequately coaxing out maximal depth of flavour whilst remaining refreshing. Good presence on the palate. Decent thickness; if I have any one criticism of this beer it's that it feels a bit too thin - a feature that becomes more noticeable as it warms. Nice full body. Clean and crisp. Very soft and welcoming. Complements the flavour profile excellently - even coming off feeling like it was custom-tailored to do so. Great execution.
Dr: Extremely drinkable and sessionable stuff. I'd definitely get this again and would buy it by the six-pack happily. Every beeradvocate needs to try this; they do so much with so little. Elegant simplicity is admirable here. An impressive gem from Great Lakes, and one I'm told has a good price point where it's distributed. Definitely amongst the best in the style. Wow.
05-29-2013 03:50:22 | More by kojevergas
4.05/5 rDev -1%
A- Pours a deep amber color that is strikingly red. Small, off-white colored head that reduces to a thin layer on the top rather quickly. Fairly good lacing for the small amount of head left on top of the body.
S- Huge caramel and semi-sweet malts right up front and dominating throughout. Brown sugar sweetness and a hint of molasses flavor towards the end of scent. Really kind of one dimensional, but very delicious smelling.
T- Just like the scent, except stronger. Less sweet than the scent, but still big caramel malt notes right up front. Some hops make a big appearance for an amber ale right after the caramel notes and provide a balancing bitterness. On the back end the hops persist a little and a slight tinge of dark fruits peak in with a little juiciness.
M- Crisp and dark in feel and flavor. Easy drinking lager that is slightly heavier in flavor profile, yet still quite refreshing.
Overall, a solid everyday brew. A little darker and heavier in flavor than most lagers of its type, but still a beer to drink regularly.
05-29-2013 01:56:42 | More by boilermakerbrew
4.5/5 rDev +10%
Appearance: Gorgeous, deep amber.
Smell: Sweet, slightly hoppy and floral, caramel and honey. Maple syrup.
Taste: Sweet, slightly hoppy and floral, caramel and honey. Maple syrup.
This brew absolutely blew me away. Normally lagers and and amber lagers are good, but never really exciting. This is it. The sweet, excellent smells are mirrored so well by the taste. It's been a long while since my expectations were surprised this much. In my opinion this is the best lager available. I will definitely get it again.
05-24-2013 05:06:16 | More by TeamMathis
4.39/5 rDev +7.3%
Appearance - Very attractive dark amber color. Nice meaty looking head settles down slowly to a puffy film on the surface. Active carbonation. Great lacing all the way down.
Smell - Great smelling beer; Earthy with a honey sweetness
Taste - Delicious malt and grains up front and subtle hop coming in behind. Great honey throughout.
Mouthfeel - Medium body, the honey sweetness lingers in the mouth. The carbonation lightens things up a bit.
Overall - Really, one of my favorites go-to brews. Drinks so easy. I like the honey/sweetness because there is substance to it but it could be too much for some.
05-23-2013 00:42:25 | More by BeerYoss
Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,450 ratings.