Great Lakes Nosferatu | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes NosferatuGreat Lakes Nosferatu

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

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 mwalters
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case to have through October. Poured in to a snifter, nice copper red color. The smell was hoppy with a citrus malt tone. I had an aroma that was quite different but very tempting. The beer was not cloudy at all but deep in color. Just the right amount of carbonation, and you taste that this is a higher alchohol beer. Nice bitter tone. Highly reccomended. I also had it from the tap which was very good.

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Photo of eze153
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have heard much hype over this beer and now I got to try a draft, needless to say I was not as thoroughly impressed as the others who hyped this beer up.

The restaurant I was in was pretty dark so it was hard to really judge the appearance of the beer, but it looked good to me. the smell was good, could def small the hops and some other spices mixed in. the taste was strong in hops, which I really don't like at all, but I'll have to say it;s much better than say an extremely hoppy beer, I could at least drink one of these again.

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Photo of Winter
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nosferatu pours a gorgeous clear copper with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, malt and piney hops dominate. Then there's a peach-like fruitiness to it, followed by a brown sugar scent. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and somewhat sticky. Flavor starts off with a rich malt front, followed by caramel with a slight nuttiness to it. A piney hop bitterness arrives midway and lingers into the finish. The alcohol is hidden well for being 8.0% (as listed on the bottle's label). It sort of sneaks up on you though. A bottle of Nosferatu is a good way to start... or end the night.

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Photo of dogfooddog
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sent by MABZ.... Thanks!

Pours deep red, with active light tan head. Nose is very hoppy, floral and citrusy. Enticing...

Taste is a bit harsher and acidic initially than expected, quickly turning very bitter as hops dominate this in all categories. Grapefruit is probably a good descriptor for this beer.

aftertaste remains bitter, reminds me of an english bitter.

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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of a trade with bleeng. Thank you!

A - 1/2" yellow-beige head. Retains well at 1/4" and then a cap. Light lacing. The beer itself is a nice garnet / chestnut color with good clarity.

S - Grain bed. Fruit. Caramel. Thick malt.

T - Dark fruit ~ raisin (old ale). Brown sugar. Some chocolate. Quick citrus twang in the middle. Bitter piney finish that lingers.

M - Thin body - especially for 8% ABV. Medium carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. Reminds me of an old ale or Arrogant Bastard or maybe a cross between them. Nice beer with layers of flavor and nice complexity.

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Photo of orfeu
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish bronze, still and deep, with a modest but densely packed sand-colored head. Rough piney and sweet citrus aromas -- ruby red grapefruit juice and some candyish malts. Big juicy pine sap juice flavor at first, with an unmistakeable alcoholic sharpness all around the palate. This yields to a surprisingly mellow grapefruit acidity and an earthy mineral twang at the finish. Slight alcohol slickness in the mouthfeel, dry tannic finish that lingers as a sticky bittersweet malt character. A very flavorful strong ale, not nearly as rough around the edges as some of its West Coast counterparts, yet still bearing many family resemblances -- just a bit more "refined," perhaps. Glad to finally have this (deservedly) highly reputed ale available in my area now. And, I might add, as good a choice as any on Halloween night!

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Photo of Grundle20
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber into a pint glass with a one finger head. There's decent lacing but little to no head retention.

Caramel malts and hops build this pretty passive smelling beer. It's pleasant just not very potent.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Apricoty hops and caramel malts continue to build this beer. There's slight stings of pine in the beer too. It's pretty sweet with an almost syrupy quality. Rolls over my tongue smoothly and finishes with a slight bitterness.

For it being just over 7% this is dangerously refreshing. There's enough body here to pair with dinner and it's a pretty good beer for general drinking purposes.

Bottom Line:
Yet again another good beer from GLBC. If you've had your fill of arrogant bastard and need a slight change of pace look this one up.

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Photo of ahking
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh, what a beer here. Great flavor! Deep red color, like blood! One of the most truly red colored beers I have seen. Nicely hopped, citrus and pine flavors. Sticky hop bitterness sticks to the back of your tongue. Also, incredibly well balanced. Rich caramel maltiness, but not too heavy mouthfeel. Okay, enough typing....more drinking.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear beautiful ruby/mahogany with a thin off white head.

S - Caramel malts with piney and citrus hops. Slight sweetness with the caramel malt up front followed by bitterness. This one is perfectly balanced.

T - Citrus hops with a slight piney character followed by sweet caramel malt. The hops come back into play with a nice dry bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied with enough carbonation to create a nice creaminess.

D - One of my favorite seasonals. A truly fantastic beer.

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Photo of ClearDog
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is colored cloudless red, with a one finger, dirty-white head. Sticky lacing clings to the sides of my imperial pint glass. The beer looks very bright when held up to sunlight.

Smells of sweet roasted malts, caramel, burnt sugar, and fruit bread. Hops are dominant upfront, however the malty sweetness is far more pronounced as the beer warms.

Tastes of bitter hops, followed by a delicate malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is just right. Not too light, not too heavy.

This beer is extremely quaffable. Were it not for its seasonality, this one would find itself in my regular rotation.

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Photo of Maestro
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unbelievable. This beer is the best offering I have had from Great Lakes and I have liked everything before it. I didn't know that had this little secret waiting for me. The beer has a great malt profile that is matched with an awesome amount of fruity hops. The nose is hoppy, like a big IPA. The taste is a great balance of malts and hops. Biscuits and bread come to mind, as well as a smoky hop backbone that carries this beer above the rest; full-bodied and tasty. Drink-able.

Would you believe it if I told you my local watering hole was pouring 20oz. pints for $3. Yowzers!

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Photo of Melchizedek
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep ruby with a healthy, durable light beige head and streaming, steady carbonation.

Aroma is all fruity hop, with a strong citrus tendency. Notes of grapefruit and almost a lemon-peel zest and pine freshness that slight toasted grain barely invades. Mouthwatering. Medium-full body, with kind of a creamy texture that's offset by potent bitterness; citrus balances with a sort of grape-and-honey sweetness as well, tending more toward grape in aroma and taste as it warms. Apple skin crispness in the finish. A little toasted character pokes through as well, along with a fairly mellow alcohol presence.

I like it. A nice Rust Belt counterpart to Arrogant Bastard, and certainly worth a taste. Has potential to mess you up pretty good if you aren't careful, and it sits on the stomach a bit, but it's easy to enjoy.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had the pleasure of sampling this a few times in the past and had a pint last night on tap, this had been sitting for a few weeks waiting to be drank here at home.Poured into a impy pint glass a nice clear copper/amber color with a tight 1/2 finger light reddish tinted head that left a nice ring as it settled,aromas of roasted nuts,dark fruit and a real noticable leafy hop presence wich I found more profound out of the bottle than on tap.Big fruity profile on the palate up front with notes of brown sugar with that leafy,piney hop presence coming thru into the finish as well a light alcohol zing.I like a good American strong ale and this is another top notch one in my book it has alot of different flavors and character going on.

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Photo of becktone
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nosferatu pours a beautiful deep ruby red color. Color can also be described as cherry colored wood. The beer is crystal clear and looks very appetizing as it sits in my glass. Initially the head pours to just a bit under two fingers, would be nice if it were just a tad bigger. As it receedes it leaves a wall of lace along the sides of the glass. I've seen better retention in other American Strong Ales. Overall nice appearance, though better head retention would be welcomed.

No doubt about it, the aroma of this beer is magnificant. I don't think that I've ever smelled a beer that had the potentcy and alluring aroma that this beer displays. To the nose crystal/caramel malts and aromas are clearly evident. In addition to that I can detect some aromatic malts, dark munich malts, and perhaps even some german wheat. Ohh this beer smells wonderful. I can't describe in words. I think that this one alone is worth buying just for the smell.

The taste of this beer is also great. Hops are a big part of this beer. They easily stand out in the taste of this beer. The hop flavor is very aggressive. In my opinion it takes the foreground in this beer's flavor profile. The wonderful aromas are behind the hops in this beer; as should be expected with an American Strong Ale-Hopheads describes Americans pretty well. However, the aroma compounds can still be detected in the flavor. Its just that the hops appear at the front of the taste. Nicely balanced.

This beer is full bodied and heavy on the palate, carbonation does not interfere with the flavor and is at a level which seems appropriate. This is a beer that I wish were offered year round. Probably one of my favorites from what Great Lakes has to offer. Will definitley be buying this one again.

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

Appearance- A dark red almost blood red. :)

Smell- Not a very strong beer in terms of aroma a light hoppy smell though

Taste- Hops from start to finish. With a piney and citrus flavor hiding in the

Mouthfeel- Was not overpowering considering the ABV.

Drinkability- Take your time and enjoy this one, it's worth it. One of my seasonal favorites.

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Photo of Bones54
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at the brewery....

Appearance-dark copper color, thin lasting head.

Smell-Faint hoppy aroma.

Taste-Very rich, 8.0% abv us not overpowerig at all.

Mouthfeel-hops, hops, hops!!!

Drinkability-This ones not exactly a sipper, but you'll want to take your time and enjoy it anyway.

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Photo of Illinick
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Solid amber red in color with thin, slightly off white, almost tannish head that sticks as a thin layer. Great lacing. A nice looking brew.
S: Aromatic herbal and hop scents backed by a layer of slightly sweet malt and some extremely slight dark fruit (cherry) scents. Some grapefuirt and citrus pulp scents in there throughout.
T: Piney, herbal, slightly spicy, and big pulp flavored hops throughout. The piney and grapefruit/citrus pulp flavors are dominant up front with a nice balancing sweet malt near the middle and end. Finishes nice and bitter with hops again! Great balance. Tatse like a hybrid of an IPA, an Imperial Amber, and an APA. Great flavor profile and balance.
MF: Medium with a nice finish.
Overall: A delightful brew that was a nice surprise. Another classic from Great Lakes. Definitely get as much as possible. This one should drink nicely throughout the cold months.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The label describes this beer as "highly hopped and rich with flavor, yet remarkably balanced frin start to finish," and I agree. This red ale reminds me of Founder's Red Rye (of which, I am a big fan). It is an extremely nice balance of significant hop presence, light citrus notes, and moderate maltiness. It is a substantial (and substantially pleasant!) beer. I'm guessing I would probably not want to drink more than three at a sitting...and it's sold in a four pack, so I'm guessing I'm not alone in that opinion.

The Great Lakes Brewing website says Nosferatu is only available September-October. It seems like I really only review beers I enjoy on this site, and consequently end-up recommending everything. Nosferatu deserves a stronger endorsement than that; I'll definitely be purchasing this beer again before Halloween.

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Photo of stouty1
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Small thin creamy head laced around the rim with a sticky spider web. Transparent deep amber red in color with a clearn pour.

S: Hoppy, hoppy , hoppy! Sweet and grassy with a maly backing.

T: Sweet start with a tremendously good bitterness. Is this an IPA? More hops and bitterness than anything else, but according to the bottle, they achieved exactly what they were attempting.

M: I almost feel like I am eating the grassy hops soaked in water. If this beer wasn't so clear I would think there were leaves in there!

D: I am not sure what the ABV is on this but I am assuming it's up there. I could get tanked on these and enjoy it!

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the Parlour.The color was deep ruby red and clear.An off white creamy head,good retention and lacing the glass.
The aroma was complex,it was sweet,malty,caramelly,chocolatly and friuty with pine and citrus hop notes.
Taste was citrusry,grapefruity,piney,a bit grassy,a presence of alcohol.
It tasted smooth,velvet like,lively on the palate,a syrupy,cloying mouthfeel with a very nice bitter hop finish.
It was fairly drinkable for the style,well balanced,very tastey,a very enjoyable beer.Recomended drinking,would love to drink this beer again.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tyrawlings for the bottle.

Apearance: Brown-crimson body, head is small from th pour, and only leaves a little lace.

Smell: Very sweet malts in the nose, brown sugar, caramel, and a nice hint of citrus hops in the background. A little grassy, too.

Taste: Wow, that is a strong taste. Hops are up front and create a wall of flavor. Very sharp on the backside, there is also a big amount of roasted malt, caramely. A little earthy, a fine example of a free style strong ale, good experimentation.

Drinkability: I will enjoy this beer to the last drop. Sharp and strong, but good for a cold October day.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Thin off white head, clear darker red. Looks very nice.

S Some citrus mixed with grassy floral hops, big malt balance in it also, reminds me of a lighter Arrogant Bastard.

T A lighter floral Arrogant Bastard. Still has the big citrus hop taste just has grassy hops added in.
To follow the Arrogant Bastard it has the same strong bitterness and flavor bitterness.

M Medium to full body, light carbonation, smooth

D It is very good I would just prefer a Arrogant Bastard but if I didn't have that on hand all the time this would be a 2nd choice to it.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber red and clear with a small cream colored head. Aroma is a light citrus hoppiness including grapefruit and sweet oranges. A solid citrusy hop bite shows up in the taste as well along with a nice chewy maltiness and a fairly dry finish. This beer is incredibly balanced, no alcohol was evident in the aroma or taste, I felt like it was more of a strong ipa with a large malt bill. Very nice display of citrusy hops and incredibly easy to drink.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 oz bottle with a 12/1/06 best-by date. Poured a clear, reddish color. Tall head with great retention. Smells of hops, a little sweet and smoky. Tastes mainly of the hops. Not a huge fan of the aftertaste, but there's a nice balance of sweet and hoppiness. Good creaminess in the mouthfeel complements the flavors. Overall, one of my favorites from Great Lakes!

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

The beer pours an incredibly clear reddish brown, and while not looking like a vampire's drink of choice, you can get the allusion. Tall off white head that recedes to a mellow topper, clinging to the sides of the glass. I'm expecting good lacing on this one too.

Smells of malty sweetness and stong hops. Fruits in there too, though I'd be hard pressed to list them.

Wow this has an interesting taste. The hops on the end of this are huge, but its balanced out nicely with the sweet, fruit-like malts on the front. For an 8%er you'd expect more of an alcohol pressence, but I think the balance hides it well enough, its there, but not going to overwhelm. This is a sipper though, for certain.

Pretty thick in the mouth, as you'd expect for the style. Certainly quite drinkable as well, but you best pace yourself with this one.

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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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