Great Lakes Nosferatu | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes NosferatuGreat Lakes Nosferatu

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Red Ale

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

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Reviews: 915 | Ratings: 2,604
Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a deep amber red with an off white head.

The beer is a little past prime so the caramel malt is coming through strong.

Taste is a nice balance of roasted malt and sweet malt.

Delicious for a beer thats probably two months too old.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, some hops. Taste is balanced malts and hops, caramel, light pine, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I was expecting a little more.

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Photo of Babalu614
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle to pint glass. Poured a dark red/copper color. A sweet aroma of carmel and hops. Tastes of carmel and piney hops, alcohol was hidden very well for 8%. Very smooth feel with little to no carbonation. A very good beer from Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, strong caramel malt, slight hops, hint of pale malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of biscuit. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight bitterness. Tastes of strong sweet malt, caramel malt, hops, hint of biscuit, hint of pale malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, good blend, body, appearance, and complexity.

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Photo of puck1225
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite styles, and this is a good representative. Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Deep red brown color with a beige head and nice lacing. Caramel smell and taste, nice and malty. Smooth feel. Very nice beer that I have been looking forward to try for some time.

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Photo of argock
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Best by 111516 on side of label.

A: Burnished dark red/amber with healthy 1-2 finger beige frothy head with good retention and plenty of lacing.

S: Malty with caramel and toffee with piney and resiny hop character

T: Very caramel malt forward up front with burnt caramel, raisin, and a bit of cereal grain but finished deftly with pine, light red grapefruit, and floral hopping. No yeast or alcohol elements. Just excellent flavor composition. Medium bitterness.

M: Creamy and smooth with medium body at most and low-medium carbonation.

O: Exceptional imperial red ale with superb balance and drinkability. Will be seeking this one out yearly from now on.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- reddish amber in color that is cloudy. A minimal head but decent wavy lacing on the pint.

S- caramel malts with bready and lots of earthiness

F- piney hops with earthy and caramel malts

M- dry bitter hops that fits the red ale style.

O- im not a red ale fan and this is hard to therefore its a great red ale style!

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Strikingly red! A beautiful looking beer, truly outstanding in terms of how this looks, with a nice caramel and bready aroma amongst the blood claret visage. In terms of the mouthfeel, this is a chewy, full one. Fairly smooth. Malt profile overwhelms somewhat. Would have liked more balance but I think for an imperial red ale this lives up to it's promise.

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Photo of davisrin
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love the way the bitterness comes in as an aftertaste and just stays for awhile. This beer smells so good, too. I am a fussy person about mouth feel, and this has a creamy flow that is nicely balanced.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served cool into a pint glass. Purchased while visiting in the US. Best before November 15, 2016.

Appearance - clear, dark red or amber in color with a big fluffy off-white head. Loads of lacing left at the sides of the gals and head retention coalesces into a rocky terrain of foam.

Smell - lots of leafy hops with some earthiness, roasted caramel and a gentle grain aroma. However the leafy hops are the star of the aroma.

Taste - initially some grain, then leafy hops with some bitterness followed by a transition to a sweetened green tea. Herbal like characteristics. Finishes with some orchard fruits and some honey. Hops not as assertive as I'd imagined, but it is a little older.

Mouthfeel - smooth, slick, moderately bodied and alcohol is superbly hidden.

Overall - nosferatu is just one of those beers which while the individual components are very good the sum of the beer is even greater. One of the best red ales I've had and certainly one of the best of the imperial variety. Certainly worth a try as any beer lover won't be disappointed.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Transparent red-amber with a thick cream colored head. Sticky lacing on the glass as it goes down. Moderate activity.

Smell: Bready malt, pine and floral hops, light toffee, cereal grains. Semi sweet.

Taste: Bready sweet malt. Like a slice of whole grain bread with honey. Then a huge bitter piney hop envelopes the palate leaving little room for a small flash of toffee as it finishes.

Feel: Medium - big bodied. Light alcohol on the finish. Leaves the palate like scorched earth with floral and pine hop bitter. Bone dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed the malt profile of this beer but the hops are just too aggressive. The malt and high ABV are excellent. Now if only the hops had been dialed back just a bit. The whole body of the beer is blown out in bitter pine.

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Photo of thebeers
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber red with two fingers of dense and lasting foam head that leaves heavy lacing. Big caramel malts in the aroma with earthy, piney hops and a spicy tinge behind. Similar tasting, with a strong hop bitterness that's cut by the even stronger malt profile. Medium bodied with a somewhat spicy kick to the mouthfeel. Great beer that lives up to the name.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and deep, ruby brown with a tan, quarter-finger width head that dies off quickly, revealing a mostly barren surface. Not much for lacing outside a rare spot or two.

Smell - Lots of caramel on the nose with lesser hints of floral and citrus hop.

Taste - Hops come out to play on the tongue, though flavor is slightly skewed toward malt dominance. Caramel and a touch of toasty bread upfront. Hops come through shortly after with a bit of floral character, spice and a touch of citrus. Earthiness emerges near the finish. Aftertaste rings with a touch of grain, honey and some citrus pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - On the fuller side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A good, solid imperial amber, but nothing particularly amazing. For the price, probably not worth another purchase.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle in a snifter via A friend from work---Thanks Randy!
This nice red ale pours a bright and clear reddish mahogany with a moderate
head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and features light
lacing. Nose of toasted malts, honey, and floral notes with a touch of pine.
Flavors follow the nose with nice toasted biscuit and honey awash in light
pine notes with a touch of citrus in there as well with a sweet moderately
piney aftertaste. Very nice mouth feel, smooth, lightly crisp, and lightly dry on the
finish. A solid imperial red.


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Photo of trygelski1
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Lagerheads in California PA poured into a pint glass:

Look: Pours a nice dark ruby red color with about an inch of head and some lacing present.

Smell: Huge notes of malt with a slight sense of some hops.

Taste: Taste follows the nose with tons of malt present that provides a great amount of sweetness. Very small amount of hops and pine coming thru as well.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Decent red ale that I wish had more of a hop bite. I guess I am a bigger fan of the India red ales than this style. This is still a solid offering from Great Lakes that I might revisit next fall to give it another shot. I think the price point of this one is also a tad high.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange. Pours a ruddy, amber hue with ample frothing. Caramel and malt sweetness on the nose with a very similar flavor profile well balanced by no shortage of hops.

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Photo of Chestertonian82
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark amber that turns to a beautiful ruby when held up to light. Plenty of creamy head.
S: Nice fragrance of roasted malt.
T: Goosebump-inducing. Lovely, creamy flavor of roasted malt. Sharp but not harsh in the least. As dangerous and seductive as Bela Lugosi's Dracula!
F: Despite the temptation to drink this fast (it is that creamy and smooth despite its sharpness), this is truly a beer to be savored. The perfect companion beer to a chilly autumn evening, and perhaps an old horror movie as well.
O: This was even better than I remembered it being! I always look forward to its seasonal release. This may well be my favorite beer by Great Lakes.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is a nice dark amber with a pretty white head.
The aroma is a big caramel malt sweetness, citrus, and pine.
The taste is similar with a big malt sweetness at first with the hoppy pine and citrus bite coming through.
Has a nice medium plus palate with a good lingering sweetness.
Overall this is a really good imperial red that I would love to pick up a 4 pack of.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.09/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gives those mixes of brown and red colors, nighttime and crimson, definitely the vampire look.

The smell was big alcohol notes.

Taste didn't impart the hops like the label described, kept getting lots of alcohol, sometimes it was quad like from the dark fruit notes, sometimes it was just old barleywine. There's bitterness there from both some hops, malt and yeast giving the dark fruit aspect. More of a maltier strong beer to me.

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Photo of Bt0rbeer
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a four pack from local store for $15. (Bit too high). Poured into a pint glass.

Look: Rich ruby red, solid foamy head that stuck around for awhile.

Smell: Toasty, piney, maybe some cinnamon .

Taste: Initial spice and sweetness quickly replaced by medium bitter hops at the end. Alcohol is well masked.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, average carbonation.

Overall: First time trying a Imperial Red Ale, very impressed. Another quality selection from Great Lakes. Goes down easy and has a great taste that changes as the beer warms up a bit. Will be looking for more imperial red ales in the future.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark red with some head that dissipated quickly. Smell is of malts and hops and some citrus as well. Taste is strong, with the finish showing off the alcohol and the fruit hops. Feel is very full bodied for this type beer. Very good drinkability.

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Photo of EMH73
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish amber color with minimal head and no retention. Smells of malts and floral notes. Tastes is slightly sweet, honey and or cherries, malts and finishes with a bitter hoppiness. Moderately carbonated, goes down smooth, very drinkable.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber red ale in the glass, kicks off some citrus and mild pine aromas. Dark, earthy citrus melds with a hearty, bready caramel malt base... Well-carbonated, medium-weight, and nice in the tongue. A solid red ale.

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Photo of rjd722
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Pour House in North Wales.

Look: Beautiful deep ruby red with a small tan foam head, not much retention and decent lacing.

Aroma: Toasted malts up front with slight hops and cherry (some earthy notes). As it warms I'm starting to get some honey as well.

Taste: The toasted malts come through again at first followed by a big hoppy bitterness. Cherry notes are a constant and add a nice lightness.

Feel: Great balance with the hops and malt, medium-high carbonation. Nice earthy, roasted mouthfeel. Easy drinking and masks any alcohol. Doesn't disappoint!

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 8% abv

Appearance- Pours a deep ruby red with frothy two finger light tan head. Opaque.

Smell- Barley, floury dough, lightly toasted bread.

Taste- Sweet at first, ripe semi dark fruit meet the palate such as apple with a pronounced sweet malt. Sugary alchohol with a semi sharp bitter kick. Lightly toasted grain goes through to the finish. Retains the mildly bitter grapefruit hop kick to the finish, just how a red ale should.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body with active carbonation.

Overall- Spot on for a heavy style of red ale. Complex sweet malt with ample hop flavors yet not overdone. Well crafted.

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