Eliot Ness
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #1
Ranked #7,429
4.07 | pDev: 11.3%
Oct 01, 2022
Jul 11, 2001
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Notes: An amber lager with rich, fragrant malt flavors balanced by crisp noble hops.
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Reviewed by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured this rich dark amber ale into a pint glass, which yielded a nicely lacing 2 finger off-white head. Carbonation was spot on, mouth feel felt substantial but without stickiness, a plus. The nose was similar to traditional American ambers, malt and hops, but the hops seemed more refined and subdued... there was no hint of skunkiness or overt hoppiness. The malts were hearty but clean feeling, extremely well balanced with the hops. I am not a fan of American lagers, and have abandoned all the beers I grew up on, but suspected if there was a brewer who would find a way to make one I like, it would be Great Lakes. I am not surprised to see Eliot Ness ranked as the #1 American lager on Beer Advocate. Great Lakes already makes my favorite Oktoberfest, and my second favorite Porter. I have come to expect great things from Great Lakes, and I have never been disappointed in their brews.
Sep 18, 2022
Rated: 4.51 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Sep 07, 2022
Rated: 4 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Sep 02, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a clear copper-like color that brings on a small off white head.
The smell was of grain and hops.
The taste was one that reminds me of a Sam Adam's beer. A good tasting beer I would drink anytime I'm presented with.
Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance - The beer poured a red copper color with a bubbly white head on top.

Smell - The nose had slightly bitter malt nose.

Taste - The initial taste was more sweet than I might have expected. Notes of dark bread and raisins were present. It leaned a little more bitter and dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The lager had a nice creamy body and finish.

Overall - I wanted to like this more, but it’s a solid version of the style.
Aug 13, 2022
Rated: 3.97 by Xyvos00 from Illinois

Aug 02, 2022
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Rated by BillBabbitt from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Loads of body and flavor for a beer classified as an amber lager
Jul 20, 2022
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Rated by bigbellysailor from Maryland

4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Good beer. Lots of flavor. Easy to drink.
Jun 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Olesjm from Kansas

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: rich brown crystal clear color. A strong pour created a scant tan head that faded very quickly.
S: caramel malty sweetness
T: caramel with a slight hop bitterness.
M: medium bodied
O: basically a clean easy drinking brown ale, although it's got the clean finish of a lager (it is a lager)
Jun 03, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by David19457 from New Jersey

May 30, 2022
Rated: 3.78 by SierraFlight from Virginia

May 28, 2022
Rated: 3.83 by benjaminsa from Vermont

May 09, 2022
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Reviewed by NeutroMan from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear deep mahogany color with a small off-white head. Toasted malt and dark stone fruit on the nose. Complex malt flavor - bready, toasty, very rich. Also molasses and candied plum. Mild bitterness. Very flavorful and balanced; very easy to drink.
May 08, 2022
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Reviewed by hbeimers from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Sharp hop bitterness right on the front with most of the malt in the aftertaste. A solid amount of each, although more bitter than I expected. Beautiful color and overall balance. Strikes me as something like a marzen but with a stronger hop presence.
Mar 02, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Feb 19, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by adamstef

Feb 18, 2022
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Reviewed by vainosuomi from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: Dark amber, a bit of foamy tan head that dissipates quickly.
S: Caramel, toasted malt
T: Plenty of sweet toasted malt, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit and maybe some nutty notes. Despite the sweetness, it's overall bit on the bitter side but not too hoppy.
F: medium body/carbonation

Overall solid and full flavored. A nice darker lager, without being too heavy.
Feb 13, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
After having this again I do find this enjoyable but my main thing is it's accessibility. It's not the absolute best but man I'd be hype if there were no options but this was still one. Very tasty
Feb 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured at fridge temp. Pours a transparent dark brown with a nice thin layer of tan head. Lots of bubbles throughout. The nose is toffee candy, blackberries, plums, bread, fresh pomegranate seeds, and a touch of brown sugar. Very nice!

The taste is fantastic. Very flavorful. Toffee and bread come through right away, followed a slight citrus peel bitterness. I keeping thinking how flavorful and smooth this is. Lots going on, but it's nicely integrated. After a bit, the nice dark fruits from the nose start to emerge. Plums and blackberries for sure. A Christmas cake note is there.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp. Just a fantastic beer all around.
Jan 27, 2022
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Rated by Jaytory

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Everything an Amber Ale should be. Another fantastic beer from Great Lakes. Absolutely delicious, you always want another one.
Jan 21, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
"Best by 3/25/22"; drank 1/16/22 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange/red rust appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice khaki head; strong tree-rung lace.

Apple, caramel & allspice notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Caramel, orange peel, allspice & mild apple flavors.

Kind of an Old-Fashioned vibe here, without aping it. A very pleasant surprise.
Jan 17, 2022
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a straight-sided handled mug. Beautiful in appearance: deep reddish-amber in color, with a thick light tan head that lingered for quite a while before settling to a thin cap. Malt-forward on the nose and palate, with notes of dark bread and caramel and hints of peppery spice, apple juice, and citrus. Lots of pleasant bitterness greets the palate and lingers all the way through the finish. The finish is dry and a bit astringent, begging for another sip. Very easy drinking and a fine beer with food. Well done!
Jan 12, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

Dec 06, 2021
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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.
Nov 27, 2021
Rated: 4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Nov 22, 2021
Rated: 3.66 by QuintusHorace from California

Nov 20, 2021
Rated: 3.99 by jchanley from Illinois

Oct 29, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by Mavigo from Michigan

Oct 09, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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
Rated: 3.43 by magikbagel from Wisconsin

Sep 07, 2021
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Rated by dofo777 from Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Fresh, malty not too hoppy.
Aug 11, 2021
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Rated by Blitzkriegbob

4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
One of my favorite beers. Finished dry. Enjoy with a hearty meal.
Jul 31, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by Myboymi from Kansas

Jul 17, 2021
Rated: 4.17 by mcbraxt from Michigan

Jul 10, 2021
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Rated by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Such a tasty lager. I'd like it a tiny bit more if it has just a touch more noble hop character, but it's still damn near perfect.
Jun 04, 2021
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Rated by Manta200 from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle out of a variety pack from my trusted liquor store.
This is a really tasty lager, like it a lot!
Jun 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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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