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Great Lakes Eliot Ness | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Eliot NessGreat Lakes Eliot Ness
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Great Lakes Eliot NessGreat Lakes Eliot Ness

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

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

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Ratings: 3,228 |  Reviews: 1,035
Photo of Ahhdball
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A four time champon in the Chicago WBC, I was anticipating this from the get go and this was absolutely worth it.
Deep amber that made a nice red glow from the light behind. Thick head that left great lacing down the sides and through the drink.
Malty with high caramel nose and thorough hops.
Great flavor! Scalded malt and crisp hop finish but the malt never left the mouth.
Slick dinkability and huge flavors make this one of my favorites from GLBC.

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Photo of msarver16
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of smurphy493
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Disease
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of AHeaston8
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Franz4
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of msquared36
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nrombes
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of klesniew
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cory_Brown
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber light carbonation which have it a sligjtly watery feel after it warmed a bit .Aroma was complex,roasted malt,nutty,and some hops. Taste was identical,just a bit sweet,very flavorful. Really nice balance between a lot of malt and some hops. A very good full flavored lager

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Photo of zrbeer1579
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Wonderful auburn-like color, and transparent as well. A one and half finger light tan head. Hold for a little while. Some lacings.

Aroma: A little bready with a slight toasted-ness and sweetness. Faint hops, mostly earthy. Sugar sweetness in the aroma. Definitely has that lager smell.

Taste: Lovely fresh baked bread. Light toasted and caramel malts. Little toffee. The hops is faint, but does make a present. Some earthiness with a slight spice to it. A little nutty. Very little bitterness and a nice malt sweetness. Finish is clean.

Mouthfeel: Feels medium bodied with ample carbonation. Drink very easy and smooth.

Overall: A great tasty lager. Great flavors. A lager I'll always get. Excellent going with this beer, GLBC.

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Photo of Matthew1788
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of KyleSweetsema
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeefyMee
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Awesome color. The brightest amber I've ever seen in a beer. Good head, minimal lacing. Decent but one dimensional aroma. Just some stale bread and an idea of hops. Flavor is a big improvement. Sweet and chewy malts dominate. Only drawback is a bit of an annoying floral characteristic like a maibock. Goes down easy and would make a good session beer even thought the abv is a little high.

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Photo of EvilKeith
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes of 09/01/2006 visit to The Map Room, Chicago IL.

In the glass this one was a dark red amber color with very good clarity and a fluffy tan head. The lacing was off-white on color, sticky, and around for the duration.

The smell was sweet roasted malts, caramel, and a mild nuttiness.

The taste followed the smell fairly well. The taste was a sweet roasted toasty malt base, caramel, and buttery toffee with the nuttiness having a more pronounced roasted character. Light hop bitter signature in the middle with a sweet malty finish.

The moderate carbonation and medium-heavy body meld nicely to give this a crisp, creamy mouthfeel. I found this to be very enjoyable all around. This is something I could easily drink on a regular basis. Well done and nicely balanced.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought some bottles back w/ me from a trip to the Windy City. Finally got to try some of this stuff, here it goes...

A - Deep dark red w/ orange highlights. Single finger biege colored head w/ tiny foamy bubbles.

S - earthy and herbal hops, caramel malt. gives off a very bready scent. nothing too special here

T - very balanced, slightly hoppier than expected. Opens up w/ a slighty spicy and bitter intro which leads to a creeping malt sweetness that rolls out like a red carpet. some sweetness is there, but is kept to a minimum. the overall flavor is that of bread. this beer is not really dominated by any one element or flavor, but the starring role goes to the bread-yeast flavor, and is accompanied by an unidentifiable spice.

MF - medium bodied, medium carbonation and an overall creamy mouthfeel. very easy to drink and mellow on the palate.

D - Easy drinker, nothing too extreme in any way, good balance and ample flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UncleFlip
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper colour, very clear...very even foamy off-white to tan head hits two fingers fast, but quickly falls back to one, then slowly disapates.

The smell is slightly thinck and pungent- with an astringency and a bit of munich malt, hops, and a slight over-ripe banana. Not bad.

Almost a cola-like quality to the flavour off the top- but not as strong a flavour as I'd expect- just ever so slightly watery. The hops really show their colour in the aftertaste, though they are there throughout, though very subtle most of the time. There's also some cereal-graininees on the aftertaste.

This one has just a little more carbonation than I generally like. The liquid underneath is just the thick side of average.

Despite the shortcomings, I find it rather drinkable. It wouldn't be my first choice, but it's ot bad.

Be well

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Photo of kajerm
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and rich, reddish-amber with a thin head of fine carbonation and minimal lacing. Good color.

The aroma is lager yeast and toasted malts, with a trace of hops that so faint I might have hallucinated it. The biscuity malts make this smell pretty nice as far as lagers go.

Tastes like it smells, crisp, light and biscuity; pretty sweet too.The finish is long and malty. Mouthfeel is light but not insubstantial, and fits the rest of the beer really well. Call me crazy (or Pennsylvanian) here, but this beer really reminds me of an upscale, all-malt Yuengling lager.

All told, this is a solid, pretty tasty lager and drinkable as hell.

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Photo of fgilbert2
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mbratt93
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My local stop started carrying Great Lakes beers and this is one I've been after for a long time. I was not dissapointed and the wait was worth it.

Poured a beautiful amber-brown with a finger of tan frothy head. Head is very balanced and the retention is decent. Served at suggested temperature of 45 degrees into a tumbler.

Smells of sweet toasted malt and light hops.

Taste is very smooth, starts with toasty malts, a hint of very light butter, and finishes with a very light earthy hop.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very balanced. Carbonation is just about perfect, good feel, smooth but not flat.

Drinkability is great. This is a fantastic beer and very top notch. Easy drinkability combined with great flavor makes this a keeper. I'll be buying a few six packs to store up, and hopefully my store will continue to carry this.

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Photo of dleigh
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 3,228 ratings
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