Great Lakes Nosferatu | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

2,610 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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,610 |  Reviews: 917
Photo of Sooch222
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of strohme2
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of vitters03
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of ajanesz
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of StayCeeJay
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of slasich
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BigGameRick
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of boofda
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of spinrsx
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear copper/red colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, hay, cherries

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some hops. There is also some raisins/cherries mixed with hay/herbal notes. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste and a light lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - I think I was expecting more hop bitterness with this one. I see that my bottle was 'best before nov 2011' so maybe that had something to do with it. Anyways, still a very drinkable beer and the alcohol was well hidden - just not something I'd reach for again.

 787 characters

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

A - Pours a reddish copper color with mild carbonation and a thin layer of foam.

S - Aroma is light for a big beer...grassy and a little earthy with some citrus mixed in.

T - Matches the nose to a "T". Grassy, earthy, and toasted caramel, no more, no less. Flavor stays even across the sip. The aftertaste leaves a citrus, grapefruit and earthy presence. Finishes more on the malty side.

M - Medium body, slightly watery at the very end, mild carbonation on the tongue. Finishes fairly clean and doesn't leave much of a lingering aftertaste (though, maybe a little pine and citrus), finish is semi-dry.

O - Not doing much for me, for an American Strong Ale, I was expecting more.

 683 characters

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL.
Aged for one year in my fridge (best by 12/30/10).
Poured into my grandfather's old pint glass with a columnar stand.

Pours a ~2.5cm head of tan foam with a slight reddish tint to it. Decreases, but is continually renewed, leading to a 0.5cm cap of off-white foam atop the body. Excellent lacing along sides of glass, literally huge cobwebs of the stuff. Body is an amber-red color out of light, in light it is a gem-hued orange-red with some turbidity.

Aroma is hoppy first, with grapefruit, tangerine, and pine scents, then I notice the malt: bready, slightly syrupy, a bit of sweet potato mash.

Taste is a solid mix of hearty, robust maltiness with spicy and bitter hops. Particular hop character of mild pine and grapefruit, with specific malt flavors of dense whole-grain German bread, mild cocoa, . Slight alcohol flavor and burn in the latter quarter of taste, even after a year. Aftertaste is of mild hop bitterness and faint malt extract.

Body is medium to medium-heavy and features sharp carbonation at first, which later fades to gentleness. The effect is, at first, a sharp mouthfeel, which gradually changes to a fairly smooth one. A little off here. Alcohol is sharp on the latter half of the taste, warming and slightly burning. Finish is mildly dry.

Very different from other strong ales I've had, but the style is not particular. Overall, quite good, would willingly pick up another four-pack if I could find it. Also, my year of aging this shows that it ages well in a fridge.

 1,559 characters

Photo of liftop
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden red color with a one-finger tan head of bubbly foam. It left soapy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very piney and malty with a touch of booziness.

T - It tasted malty and sweet with a spicy bite. Nice piney hops with a touch of citrus.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with an alcohol warmth and a dry finish.

O - This is a good Great Lakes beer. Glad I found this one at Zipp's in Minneapolis.

 457 characters

Photo of BeRanger
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours amber, with about one finger white head which disappears quickly - mild lacing.

S: Has a sweet smell - fruits, malts, caramel and possibly some rye.

T: Fruity hops up front, doesn't have a real alcohol kick even being an 8% ale. Finishes very smooth

M: Medium body with light carbonation - a good combination. I feel as this could be a session beer even though it's higher than the ~5.9% benchmark.

O: I liked it - a very well balanced American Strong Ale. Glad I was able to find a 4-pack of this.

 511 characters

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Cross between caramel brown and orange in color. Off white colored, creamy looking head. Lots of different sized bubbles and it provides really good lacing to the glass. Good looking beer overall.

Smell is unique in the sense that it wasn't quite what I expected from an "imperial red" but it smells freaking awesome. In a nut shell we're just talking about generous portions of caramelized malts and mostly citrus hops, but it's more complex than that. There's also a slight funk to it that I can't figure out, like a type of natural preservative or something. Don't get me wrong, hops are probably the strongest portion here, probably just the blend. However, this is quite an interesting and very good smelling beer.

Taste is something all it's own as well. HUGE malt backbone here. Big time caramel malts provide some general sweetness. This is followed by a fruity combination of flavors. Sort of like dried and glazed holiday candied fruits, like apricots and figs. The ending flavor is hops, glorious hops, mostly citrus. Probably past it's prime here, but really tasty.

Mouthfeel is good. Full bodied, slightly creamy with a good carbonation level. Relatively clean feeling overall. Starts sweet and finishes with a nice bitter bite at the end. Absolutely stoked at the opportunity to try this beer. This beer wasn't fresh, but was awesome. Love to have a fresh one and an aged one to compare the two sometime, but this is certainly good enough for now.

Thanks bpfrush for the killer extra, you're the man Brian!

 1,583 characters

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of jbck109
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of schoun
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of IlPostino
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of ALLISON01
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of leeo
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of TasteTester
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 2,610 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.