Great Lakes Nosferatu | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes NosferatuGreat Lakes Nosferatu
2,637 Ratings
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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Photo of CloudStrife
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 11/29/13.

A: Pours a clear copper ruby with an off white head. Leaves some spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Tiny bubbles of visible carbonation.

S: Aroma is very nice on this. Strong hopping that comes through with earthiness and an herbal quality. Malts add some sweetness but do not overwhelm. Touch of citrus fruitiness from the hop.

T: Flavor is a balanced blend. Hits you with some bitter hop at first before the sweetness of the malt takes over. Hops come back and linger in the aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Finish is smooth with a refreshing feel and surprisingly clean with resinous hop.

Overall glad I waited for a fresh bottle to review. The hop is much more pronounced and it compensates for the serious malt bill. Very tasty and certainly worth picking up.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dense, resiny, off-white head that has excellent persistence and laces wonderfully. A wonderful, sweet, nectar-like aroma that has a really nice citric hop aspect to it. Just lovely to smell. Stunning, alizarin crimson color. Starts with a surprising, bold hop bitterness that is nice and spicy with citrus rind. Peaks at a medium bitterness. Wonderful biscuit and hop spice. Floral, spicy hops lingering over biscuit.

I really, really like this one. A soft, lovely smell belied by an assertive hoppiness. I love how that spooky apparition bites ;)

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle advises me to enjoy by 11/21/13.

A finger, I always pour to a finger of head. Every review. Well here we go, I poured a finger of light tan head over this one. Body is a vibrant red/brown color. Top retains a frothy ring, lacing is slight and slides back in quickly.

It smells rich and malty. Caramel is also present. Hop aromas are piney and floral.

A hint of sugar up front cascades into caramel, malt and eventually a decent mix of pine and grapefruit. Ends up with a juicy grapefruit/caramel/grain mix that sounds weird but definitely works.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It leaves a little residue on the middle of the tongue, and finishes dry.

I haven't drank this in 6 years or so. The first time I did, I was not all about "heavy" craft beers, preferring to stick with light American lagers and the occasional dortmunder. I'm glad I came back to visit this one, because it is solid.

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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%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
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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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 2,637 ratings
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