Great Lakes Eliot Ness | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Eliot NessGreat Lakes Eliot Ness
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
Ratings:
3,201
Reviews:
1,030
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
304
Gots:
678
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a clear glass. Dark, rich and hazy mahogany color occupy the glass almost mysteriously; very interesting in its own character. Mild carbonation and with little foam head.

Smells like a mixture of roasted nuts, grain, toffee, and caramel, however all of this is very subtle and light to the nose; kind of adds to the mysterious factor. I get imagery from the senses in my mind that this is sort of elusive.

Tastes malty with a strong nudge towards the flavor of masking pepper, along with roasted notes of wheat and a sort of woody taste as well, yet relevant in all of its complexity with fairly spicy hops. Overall goes down real smoothly and delicately.

There's a lot of character in this beer and I have to say that I enjoy it as a Vienna Lager.

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Photo of LT630
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TimInPA
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my absolute favorite beers. Drank it for the first time at the brewery, and have had it in my beer fridge ever since.
Great taste, look, and mouth feel. Smooth and not bitter.

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Photo of Walleybeer
4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TPZEM
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a somewhat reddish, muddy brown ale. Off-white creamy head with lots of lacing on the glass and a head that dissipates within a few minutes. Smells of toasted almonds, walnuts, malt, and other toasted nuts. Tastes like a smooth caramel and nut mix. Definitely some slight bitterness near the end of the swallow, but a medium-bodied lager with lots of robust flavor. Overall, a very well done Vienna-style. Definitely getting again.

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Photo of JoeLev
3.24/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of shreead
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gambyt20
3.14/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BamfBacon
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerSexLove
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another solid beer from Great Lakes.

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Photo of Isarnan
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- Pours an light red, with a one-finger, off-white, creamy head with plenty of carbonation. Lots of lacing.
S- Grainy, malt, caramel and slight cherry smell.
T- Quite malty with and immediate spice and hop taste. transitions into a wonderfully smooth caramel malt. A peppery taste also jumps in after a few sips.
M- Lots of things going on for a Vienna Lager. Quite smooth.
O- A wonderfully complex Vienna Lager.

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Photo of briantullis1
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Several times poured into a pilsener and a couple times poured into a pint glass - there really wasn’t much noticeable difference. The appearance was a nice golden amber hazy sort of color with a decent one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Once the head died, there was some light stringy lacing sticking to both glasses for the most part. The smell had a nice roasty maltiness running all about the nose. I’d say it was a decent caramel of sorts that made everything seem right about it. The taste was slightly sweet, but not bitter. It was somewhat roasty, but also a bit nutty. On the palate, it sat about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionable quality about it. Overall, I say this was a good Vienna Lager well worthy of having again if I ever saw it again.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a an amber red color with a toffee colored, full, creamy head, beer is clear, looks more like a burnt orange color.

A: Lots of malt on the aroma, toasted, roasted malts, caramel, slight note of spice, no alcohol on the nose, the aroma is subtle.

T: Up front there are subtle notes of toasted toffee and burnt caramel, hit with some spicy and peppery notes in the middle, finish has more peppery notes lingering in the finish along with roasted wheat and slight citrus peel, very nice.

M: Medium/light body with a very dry peppery, spicy finish, good amount of carbonation with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

O: This has a best by date of 6/23/17, has a good amount of flavor, I bumped the score up as I believe this would definitely have more flavor if the bottle was fresh. Not much on the aroma but the taste is really good.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall: a mighty fine, premium Vienna lager. The best.

Such a dark, rich color. The roasted, caramel maltiness is full force with a touch of alcohol coming through. Just enough hopping to balance. Exceptional.

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Photo of bumbledink
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wiescins
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hotdogtornados
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of laser4322
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rmarquardt17
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OKCNittany
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PprBurke
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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