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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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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1.95/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a Kasteel goblet.

Appearance- Blood red in color with a half finger of khaki head that leaves lacing.

Smell- Lots of pine. Smells like a car freshener. Also a hint of lemon and bread.

Taste- Yuck, I'm getting so much pine and citrus. Not my thing at all.

Mouthfeel- Over carbonated making the pine bomb even harder to choke down.

Overall- This is a prime example of why you don't judge a book by it's cover. This is a beautiful looking beer that has an unbalanced pine hop presence. It was a drain pour x2 for me, but I'm not into beers being over hopped especially with piney or floral hops.

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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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 rereview. 12oz bottle BB 11/22/2013 consumed on 9/12/13. into a FW tulip.

Pours a nice red color with an appropriate 1 finger head. not much lacing. Smell is quite hoppy with noble hops but also malty. Nice balance. The taste has a good amount of hop flavor a real bitter finish. Strong piney flavor. Maybe some raisins as well. Lots going on honestly. Good drinkability for the style, though novice beer drinkers should stay away from this one as the bitterness may be offputting. Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall another solid beer from Great Lakes. Slightly preferred the 2012 version but the 2013 is no slouch.

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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with orange shine. Two finger head with walls of lacing.

Subdued pine, caramel malt, slightly toasted, slight nuttiness.

Well balanced. A little boozy. Some pine again, sweetness, smooth bitterness, bitter aftertaste.

Big substantial beer, nice body.

Good Imperial Red here. Great Lakes never disappoints.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Served from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a crystal clear bright red color with a one finger head. nice lacing down the glass as the head slowly dissipates into a thin film. Love the redness of this one.

S: Fruity notes with bright citrus hop character. Orange and grapefruit. Malty undertones but blend well with the bright hop character in the nose. Not picking up a lot of alcohol. Very subtle. This one will bite.

T: Bitter up front like an IPA. Pleasant hoppiness with a hearty, malty finish. Fruit notes. Delicious!

M: Big bodied beer with a chewy mouthfeel. Creamy texture. Tight carbonation. Somewhat over carbonated in my opinion.

O: One of my favorite beers this time of year. This is a dangerous beer. It will sneak up and bite you...for real.

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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I would like to drink this from a Great Lakes "Nosfertu" snifter, but since I don't have one, a chilled Coors mug will have to do. Kidding: Served in a Delirium Tremens tulip.

A: Poured a beautiful, glistening, crystal clear, ruby red color, with about 3/4 - 1 finger beige head that retained itself and then some.

S: Very grainy brown sugar notes and very rich in its assertion. It's as if and American Imperial Red and a more classical, German style brew (perhaps a Doppelbock) were mixed together.

T: Yeah, to my mind, this is much more towards the German side that the American one. But what do I know? Grainy and initially off-putting, but after I got used to the flavor bill, I started to enjoy it. Not a spice bomb in any way, and had a nice fresh barley flair mixed with some good old fashioned American hops.

M: This one smelled sweet enough, but trust me, that is TOTALLY bleached out when it comes to taste. The German element practically stains the teeth and I dug that about it. Great feel here, especially the pleasant bitter afterbite.

O: I'm so glad I finally got to try this brew that always comes around this time a year but I'd never taken the plunge. Great idea for a Halloween seasonal as well....

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, red-orange color, small head. Lace is spotty. Looks inviting.

S: Quite an array of aromatic goodness here. Deeply sweet, tangy, and spicy with mouth-watering citrus, caramelized apple, biscuit malt, honey, and various other fruit. Slight woody musk in the mix as well. All combined makes for delightful sniffage.

T: All of the above with increased caramelized sweetness. This beer is multifaceted. Deep and dark flavors (caramel, malts, wood, leaves, purple/dark red fruits perhaps) with an edge of brighter, brisker flavors like orange, lemon, grapefruit rind, and perhaps hot red pepper? I may be going out on a limb for that last one...

M: Dense, full feeling body with a medium body-like ease of consumption. Feels heavy, soft, and clean. Light bitter tingle via hops and carbonation through the finish. Very pleasant.

O: This is a very good beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Reddish orange color. Great lacing and perfectly carbonated

S - Citrus Lemony grapefruit smell with caramel and bready.

T - Caramel and deep rich malts that has some pepper and a light citrusy bite(Grapefruit mainly is what I get ), Finishes with a crisp earthy hop that really makes this ale a treat.

M - Medium bodied, thick rich carbonation

O - Such a delicious red ale. I really have enjoyed this four pack. Shared one with a friend of mine on the golf course and he was really impressed. I recommend it

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.14/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am shocked in the lack of aroma in this beer. I get nothing but a very slight, almost absent caramel note. It doesn't smell bad, it just has virtually no aroma.

Perfectly clear and deep red in color with a light tan head that laces moderately on the glass. Its a great looking beer, for sure.

Thank god it tastes better than it smells. I get a burnt sugar flavor, molasses, caramel candy, and a nice floral hop note in the background. It has a lighter body which shocked me especially for an 8% ABV beer, with medium carbonation and the finish is a touch on the dry side. It's a good beer, but not one of their best seasonals.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 2,607 ratings.
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