Eliot Ness
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Lager - Vienna
Ranked #1
Ranked #4,096
4.09 | pDev: 11.25%
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
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Notes: An amber lager with rich, fragrant malt flavors balanced by crisp noble hops.
Reviews: 1,098 | Ratings: 3,433 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper appearance with a smallish off white head and spotty lacing. Malt driven aroma dotted with caramel. Toasty, earthy taste continues the emphasis on malts. Bittersweet finish. Soft, medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel. Consistent, well made, easy drinking lager that's been around for decades.

Saturday at 11:52 PM
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LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle enjoy by date 10/21/21 into a tall lager glass.
L: Pours dark clear caramel copper amber, creamy beige 1/2" head, good carbonation, good skeletal lacing.
S: Caramelized sweet bread malts, toasted malts, French toast, biscuit, grains.
T: Rich sweet caramel, apricot, toasty malts, lemon lime zest, sweet biscuit, long bitterness, rich black tea. It is lightly fruity.
F: Lightly tacky med-heavy mouthfeel that has a med-long semi-dry finish. It is crisp, creamy, velvety and rewarding.
O: Very full flavored American Amber Lager that will satisfy malt and hop lovers alike. It has a luscious, lively taste and is very excellent in it's style.

Oct 07, 2021
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear amber with a two finger foamy white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is yeasty bread, toasted biscuit and a light fruitiness.

T - The taste is caramel malts, toasted biscuit, and some bitter hops in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Classic Vienna style lager.

Jun 13, 2021
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Whyteboar from Michigan

4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was reddish amber with a light brown head and aroma had malts with a light hops presence.
The taste was hoppier than I expected from the comparison to the Marzen style but not unpleasant. The hops keep the complex malts from being too sweet and help make this very quaffable and refreshing. Really good beer!

May 31, 2021
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a plastic cup. Pours deep red orange with a small off white head. Smells of dark roasted grain and some fruitiness. Tastes of dark roasted grain with bright fruit notes. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

May 15, 2021
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a 12oz. bottle dumped into my Great Lakes pint glass. The lager starts with a one finger plus finger of beige foam. The head quickly settled back to a thin layer with some thick lacing left behind. This is a deep amber, very clear, with light carbonation.
The aroma is that of sweet bread malts. Very pleasant!
The flavor follows the schnoz, pleasant bread flavors, sweet caramel, with slightly spicy hops and a pinch of bitter to cut the sweetness. Just a perfect finish!
The feel is medium with noticeable carbonation on the tongue.
This is very good, it is easy to understand why this beverage rates at the top of the Vienna Lager list. list. I don't think this sixer will last long!

Apr 28, 2021
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with brilliant clarity. Head is cream colored heading toward light brown. 4.25

Aroma - toasty, biscuity and brown bready malts. Very light fruitiness from yeast or hops keeps this interesting. 4.5

Taste is right in line with aroma - almost french toasty. Again, the subtleness of the hops keep this fresh. 4.5

Feel is light-medium bodied. Medium carbonation. 4

Overall - malt forward lager with just enough hop characteristic to keep this from becoming too sweet. 4.5

Apr 06, 2021
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep amber and very transparent with a beige head. On the nose it a maltiness that isn't exactly sweet. Like some kind of biscotti. The taste is what one thinks of as "good malt" it may lack distinction but cliches exist for a reason. It is sweet but has a dry finish. The body is welcomingly good. Overall, good beer.

Feb 24, 2021
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Elemental19xx from Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad beer, just leaves a lot to be desired. The smell is pleasant, but the taste is a little harsh compared to other amber lagers I've enjoyed. Would I be able to down a few if they were given to me? Sure, its not unpleasant, but I cant see myself purchasing a six pack of these. If you get the chance to throw this in a "pick six" pack try it for yourself and see what you think.

Feb 03, 2021
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Davidstan from Alabama

4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best amber ever had for me. Very rich with slight heat from alcohol but well hidden. Caramel and biscuit on the front end and great boozy hint on finish. Well carbonated.

Feb 01, 2021
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Seinfeldfan from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For those of you outside of GLB distribution area, Eliot Ness tastes very much like Sam Adams Boston lager. Malt forward, a little sweet , easy drinking,.

Jan 21, 2021
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Aroma is caramel and hops. Taste is sweet caramel. Very smooth. No hoppy bitterness. Goes down easy.

Dec 26, 2020
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ChristopherCurtis from New York

3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Crystal clear copper, a few patches of off white lacing.
Smell: Light caramel, cashew, grains.
Taste: Fairly light. Multi-grain toast, some brown sugar, nutty, clean.
Feel: Dangerous.
Overall: Light in the flavor department but it goes down like water. Tailgate beer?

Dec 16, 2020
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JustinTheJuice from Wisconsin

3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Eliot Ness has a great amber brown look. It smells and tastes of caramel malt but combines it with the right amount of hops to still give it the kick. The aftertaste does not linger strongly and is not bad. Overall Eliot Ness is a great amber lager.

Jun 30, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tumbler.
Enjoy by: 08/02/20

A very good, straightforward but solid Vienna the seems to fit within the style on all accounts. Possibly it is brewed to please the masses and is being held back a bit because, but there is nothing to complain about. While my experience in this style is limited I think this may be the best Vienna I have drank. Well done!

May 25, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Copper amber color. Fizzy head that fades.

Caramel and toffee malts. Biscuity and bready. Earthy and a bit zesty. Clean and smooth. Solid Vienna lager.

May 08, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I liked this beer quite a bit. I first had Great Lakes beers several years ago, and thought they were really good. Now that I've become more of a beer connoisseur, it's been interesting to come back around to some of the same beers, and find that... they're still really good! I enjoy GL's Edmund Fitzgerald a bit more, but this was a really tasty beer as well. I thought the rich red color was very appealing. The smell was OK but nothing too special. The taste was very good - sweet and malty but with plenty of hop for balance as well. A very drinkable amber, although if we're comparing, Ma from Tree House is still by far my favorite amber (although it's an ale and this is a lager)

May 05, 2020
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jadpsu from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: Pours bright and crystal clear in an inviting mahogany color. Good looking tan head that has fair to good retention, but some significant side glass lace.
AROMA: Nuts, dark cherry sweet malt compote, along with some burnt malts and licorice.
TASTE: Roasted malts are more noticed in the flavor, caramel sweetness.
FEEL: Low in carbonation , smooth and creamy.
Drying finish. an excellent beer, with characteristic of a solid brown ale.

Feb 24, 2020
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Judgie from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by date of 04/17/20. Very cold pour into a Sam Adams pint glass. Very thin head, no lacing. Beautiful clear amber color. Smell & taste are strong blasts of toasty malt, caramel, & toffee. Noble hops provide perfect hint of bitterness to balance the sweetness. Nice carbonation and medium, creamy smooth feel on the tongue. Very easy to see how this is highly rated. Glad that it is readily available to me and relatively fresh.

Feb 20, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Clear, deep amber color with a khaki head that falls to a thin cap.
Smell: Malt! Lots of sweet bready malt with some earthy, spicy hops mixed in.
Taste: Sweet malt up front with some toffee flavor and to me a bit of a nutty flavor. Then the herbal, spicy hops clean everything up and keep the beer balanced. Leaves you anticipating another sip.
Feel: Medium body, smooth, almost creamy on the tongue. Enough carbonation to keep it alive!
Overall: Wow it's good. I've ignored this beer for far too long! Not anymore. Could become a fixture in my fridge when I want a tasty easy drinker.

Jan 05, 2020
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a tulip.

L: Crystal clear, deep chestnut body under a three-finger head of off-white foam. Solid retention and lacing. Beautiful beer.

S: Relatively sweet, malt-forward aroma. Lots of caramel and vanilla up front, with toasted bread in the background. Quite nice.

T: Toffee, toast, and sweet nuttiness dominate the palate. As the finish nears, things dry out a bit as some faintly herbal hops provide a crisp close. Walnuts and brown sugar on the aftertaste. Perhaps a touch sweeter overall than I typically expect from the style, but well-balanced and delicious all the same.

F: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Not much to say, but it's solid.

O: Really nice Vienna Lager. Better than the vast majority on the market, and one I'd happily drink in any season, on any occasion. Beers of Fame tick 178/250.


Dec 06, 2019
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kagee from Virginia

4.86/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This Eliot lager has exceptional look and smell. The complexity of the smell is matched by the taste. Toasted malt (almost burned?) and some sweet and slightly bitter notes are there from start to finish. The ABV is perfect to match the mouthfeel and overall great finish to this wonderful representation of a Vienna-style lager. If one has not tried one of these then I feel it would be safe to say that person has missed one of the truly outstanding lagers to be savored.

Nov 29, 2019
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Jmongillo from New York

4.94/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pretty near perfect lager. A fantastic smell that is surprising and makes you excited to try it. Very clean finish and a excellent mouth feel. Something about it has a wine component to it. Would be super easy to drink way too many of these.

Nov 22, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner style glass. A thin white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing on the glass but this does not have an affect the flavor. Smells strongly boozy from the bottle before pouring. Again no impact on the overall taste. Very malty taste and smooth mouthfeel. As a sidenote it drinks similar to Sam Adams Oktoberfest and pairs well with spicy chicken.

Nov 17, 2019
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4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It looks beautiful, smells great, all the flavors are perfectly balanced, and it has just the right edge on it bitter wise. Damn near a perfect lager.

Nov 07, 2019
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