Eliot Ness | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An amber lager with rich, fragrant malt flavors balanced by crisp noble hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,307
Reviews:
1,055
Ratings:
3,314
pDev:
11.3%
 
 
Wants:
316
Gots:
723
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 3,314 |  Reviews: 1,055
Photo of bristol2120
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice reddish amber with moderate light tan head - a very mild taste with expected malty toffee notes and not much of a lingering aftertaste - mouthfeel is smooth but a slight bit on the light side - overall, a nice beer but a bit underwhelming for what I would have expected of the style and brewery

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Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoelZ1
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesGrove
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of prisdefer
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of DavetotheB
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrewTheBrew
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OhioBeerFan
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Azdirtmover
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good stuff

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

Pours a dark copper color with a decent tan head (which fades pretty quickly). Honestly, not getting much for aroma. Taste is fairly toasty with some bread, caramel and significant malt notes. Mouthfeel is definitely on the thin side. Been exploring the Great Lakes lineup recently, this Vienna Lager would slot below some of their other offerings for me.

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Photo of Loves2Splooge
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of beergoot
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruby-red body sporting a little in the way of a lasting head but does leave some fair lacing inside the glass. Big roasted grain and char nose. Roasted nut flavor with some spicy and fruity hop undertones; cola. Medium-heavy in body; generally smooth with a somewhat sweet finish.

A nice amber lager with an outstanding aroma. I kept getting a rather fruity flavor in the taste although there was plenty of roasted grain and nut-like quality there as well. This is one I'll re-visit, especially so I have time to let the beer warm up a bit, as I am inclined to believe that might open up things up more and perhaps iron-out the esters.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TigerSoul
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm really enjoying this one. 'Tis the season for amber beers, including Oktoberfests (Great Lakes' effort on that one is equally impressive). Very rich, layered flavors as well (some spice, some tangy element on the finish). Great body and lovely auburn color in the dimpled pint mug. I also attribute some of the character to a respectable 6.1% ABV, like other GL beers, the extra percent or so adds much to the experience.

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Photo of Columbus37
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

More going on than a Sam taste wise . I’m picking up some nutmeg and cinnamon, plus a sour note on the finish. A fine amber.

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Photo of KurtisCarman
3.24/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is in line with George Killians Irish Red, quality brew with some quality caramel notes and doughy undertones. Left with some minor remembrances of this beer but nothing that might make me come back to it.

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Photo of Richardalways21
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown and smooth. Not very bubbly. Good taste

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Photo of jkblr
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bb 11/22/18 poured into a perfect pint glass at fridge temp 6.1% ABV 27 IBU. The beer pours bright copper in color with a little khaki colored head. The head recedes to a few bubbles and a pencil thin ring. No lacing and zero head after 10 minutes. The aroma is light with toasted malt being most prominent. The taste is toasted bread with some earthy & spicy hop flavor throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There could be a little diacetyl in the finish, but it's hard to tell between the hops & heavy malt. Overall, good. Not the most complex Vienna, but enjoyable enough.

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Photo of Cris4545
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsippel
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of VintageGuitars
1.55/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Yuck

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

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Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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