Great Lakes Nosferatu | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes NosferatuGreat Lakes Nosferatu
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,606
Reviews:
916
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
279
Gots:
433
For Trade:
7
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of haschauer
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip

A - Great dark amber color with light off white head.

S - Caramel, citrus/grapefruit hoppiness. Smell is refreshing but not overly complex.

T - The caramel and toffee came through first for me then the hop hit on the backbone. As it warms it helps the complexity.

M - Nice and smooth. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.

O - Definitely worth picking up. Great beer for the incoming autumn weather. Na zdravi!

Serving type: bottle

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Amber color is absent of a richness I prefer but the head was significantly robust with a nice thick layer and tremendous lacing.

The aromas are hop-centric with some fruity citrus like grapefruit and lemon. There's a barley malt that supports the overall aroma but it's slightly buried.

I really like the balance here with a floral and citrus hop profile melding with a caramel and barley malt. It melds so well that you know the flavors are there but it's not as easy to pick them out individually.

The feel is slightly astringent and a little too bitter on the tongue. It's also a wee bit thin but the overall beer is quite good.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful burnt red color. The head is typical for the style: about one fingers worth, with an off-white shade. It fades away slowly leaving nice ring of lacing on the glass.

S: This is dominant in burnt caramel. Touches of piny, herbal hops blend well within all the caramel the nose provides. Slightly bready, too, almost like pumpernickel in a way. I could use a touch more hops, but I doubt it's the freshest bottle.

T: It pretty much tastes just like it smells. Plenty of burnt caramel and toffee malt start this one off, with a pleasant balancing hop quality (mostly piny, not much citrus). I like the aftertaste and it's mild nuttiness. Fairly balanced and mellow, almost to a fault - no one note really sticks out.

M: The general feel is bit sharper than I'd like, both in carbonation (pokes through the body somewhat excessively) and actual texture (it's rather coarse). Aside from those two niggles, the dry finish helps it go down easily.

O: Not my favorite beer, but neither is it my favorite style. It's quite well made though - there are definitely others out there who will enjoy it more than I did.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Poured Nosferatu into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a dark clear amber with one finger of off white head.

S - Getting some grapefruit, light pine, light hops in there.

T - Very nice, smooth rich malts with grapefruit, pine, some light citrus in there mid palate. It has some toffee and carmel in there as well. Much better flavor than the aroma.

M - Again very smooth, medium carbonation, with medium mouthfeel.

O - Nice offerring from Great Lakes. Recommended ! Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 2,606 ratings.
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