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Great Lakes Eliot Ness - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,387 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,387
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 166
Gots: 155 | 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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Ratings: 2,387 | Reviews: 918 | Display Reviews Only:
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Hopmarc

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-16-2013 01:01:37 | More by Hopmarc
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Rob315

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

04-15-2013 20:49:37 | More by Rob315
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AlphaKingKegger

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10%

04-15-2013 04:53:42 | More by AlphaKingKegger
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sirsteve42

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-15-2013 04:10:42 | More by sirsteve42
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racingkenny14

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-14-2013 19:50:10 | More by racingkenny14
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superspak

Michigan

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

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 3/4/2013. Pours slightly hazy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, floral, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of malt and fruity notes with good complexity; good strength as well. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruit, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, floral, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a bit. Great balance of malt, hops, and fruity ester flavors; with a nice amount of robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Vienna lager! Great balance of malt and fruity ester flavors with good robustness; and very easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 07:40:28 | More by superspak
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DrStiffington

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-14-2013 01:20:06 | More by DrStiffington
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SDG1070

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

04-13-2013 22:03:09 | More by SDG1070
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Skott1123

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10%

04-13-2013 16:45:56 | More by Skott1123
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Illos

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-13-2013 06:32:44 | More by Illos
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Chokobo

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-13-2013 00:58:15 | More by Chokobo
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-11-2013 17:37:08 | More by DaPan
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allensr

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

04-11-2013 02:11:45 | More by allensr
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Mister_Falcon

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous ruby-amber color with nice carbonation that resulted in a fluffy 1/2 inch head. Don't smell much that pops out in a good or bad way so I'll take that to mean this is gonna taste "safe" at very least. Nice, crisp, slightly malty, just a pinch bitter, understated. The beer is crisp, a touch watery and goes down easy leaving the touch just a little bitter after all is said and done. This one is really good if you are looking for something in the amber part of the spectrum. Can't imagine this every wearing on me.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 18:17:02 | More by Mister_Falcon
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JArena13

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-09-2013 22:05:09 | More by JArena13
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Beautiful red amber color with very active carbonation. About a finger worth of head on the pour which formed a solid lacing on the outside of the glass throughout. Lacing drags down the glass with each drink.

Smell: Dry hops with a sweet smokey malt presence. The mixture of hops, malt, caramel, and sweet amber seem to mix together so well. The aroma jumps out of the glass and captivates the drinker.

Taste: A light hop front that yields to a wonderfully thick and complex malt body. The transition if flavors happens incredibly quickly and jumps through. Leafy greens blast through, some kale, cabbage, and celery. Many of the traditional touch points of a lager with so much more going on. A very light sweet caramel kiss sits on the palette and keeps coming in waves long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: A dry hops touch, with a medium bodied thickness. Refreshing combination.

Overall: I think this is one of the best beers being made in the United States. Complexity is off the charts. I love that I can get this beer at most places in my area. This is one of the beers I always recommend to those looking to have a great beer without having much beer knowledge. Simply fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 23:34:57 | More by KFBR392
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ThePole

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-08-2013 05:30:49 | More by ThePole
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wroywel

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-06-2013 21:17:40 | More by wroywel
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MShirokov

Illinois

2.26/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I got this beer on-tap at the local bar yesterday based on the reviews, and expected a fantastic lager. At first I thought they gave me the wrong beer, but I double-checked and it was the right one.

It doesn't really taste like a lager to me, at least as far as the usual German lagers go. It tastes like.. well.. cardboard. My girlfriend said it after taking a sip, and I was amazed, because that same description was in my head the instant I tried it. It tastes like a combination of watered-down whiskey and cardboard. I hope something was wrong with the tap at that place, because it's hard to believe this is the beer that's getting such excellent reviews. The color seems to match though - a dark amber. So, it's definitely "unique" but I won't be drinking it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2013 04:20:51 | More by MShirokov
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Gold

New York

5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been to Munich, Germany and Great Lakes is the next best thing in the U.S. for the greatest lager out there. Perfect, delicious lager and it follows the beer purity laws. This is high quality stuff right here. Highly recommended. The variety pack is a great place to start for Great Lakes wide array of excellent offerings.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 02:52:15 | More by Gold
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

04-03-2013 06:05:23 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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SubpoenaDeuces

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-03-2013 05:08:44 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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trim200xc

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-03-2013 04:18:58 | More by trim200xc
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jsurfs82

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-03-2013 03:28:53 | More by jsurfs82
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

04-02-2013 01:54:08 | More by buzzy
Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,387 ratings.