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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,606 |  Reviews: 916
Photo of JDoHo
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of martinpfal
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good red. Not quite giving me the imperial vibe, but another solid brew from Great Lakes.

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Leoherrmann9
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of White_Whiskey
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bearshawks85
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 13tido
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scraps
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pdb
3.27/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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

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 micropale
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSFS
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Determined419
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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 oldvines
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 mpolewan
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SebastianMandeville
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 jayhunter357
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gregf51
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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