Great Lakes Eliot Ness | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Eliot NessGreat Lakes Eliot Ness
3,215 Ratings
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - Deep, dark amber wood color with 2.5 finger dirty white foamy head with excellent retention. Leaves clumps of foam and a thick collar around the glass. Lacing lines the glass in rings.

S - Dark and roasty amber malts, with sweet bread and caramel. I also get a bit of nuttiness.

T - Big roasted amber malts and bread, caramel, crystallized honey, and nuttiness.

M - Smooth, rich and creamy with a medium body.

O - Delicious and balanced, sweet malts. Every now and then this really hits the spot.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown btl ex date clearly marked. Poured into a .5l cylinder named Spaten.

A: Crystal clear beautiful reddish amber with a 2 finger head that lasts but didnt lace for me.

S: Church like wooden pew, incense, with toffee, toasted grain and a nutty, dried fruity dark sweetness.

T: Full rich impression of mainly fruit and malt in a chewy mouth feel. It's toasted, caramel, raisins, toffee, and more old church. The bit of hops balance and there's spice/pepper. The finish is dark, sweet, raisin bread, but not cloying. (Altho it's a bit too sweet for me, a hop head). Very original and unique, a must try.

F: Full bodied, heavy without being cloying. Great end of evening beer. I'm not reaching for another.
An hour later, the powerful church-like, walnut/raisin dark flavor of this beer is still resonating, like a fine wine, that really is a bravo moment!

O: Well crafted. Unique, Full body. memorable.
As reviewers wrote perhaps the best in the Vienna lager style, but in the end I prefer Kolsch and IPA. Great brewery.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From its beautiful amber color and thick, rich head, to its smooth taste and solid mouthfeel, this is a superb lager. Just the right amount of sweetness and maltiness, and good balance of alcohol and flavors. It's easy to see why this is the top-rated Vienna Lager on BA. I found this thoroughly refreshing and fairly complex for such an easy drinker. Very satisfying.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a beautiful reddish amber color with a nice head that is tan/off-white which, while never grew to be a huge 2-3 finger head, lingered for a long time. This beer is refrigerator cold so i poured it rather aggressively to generate a head. The aroma of this beer is amazing. Malt, toffee licorice, figs, caramel, and other candies all present themselves in a mild and perfectly blended manner. There is little hop presence. The initial taste is malty with hints of caramel and candied fruit. The end has a taste that reminds me of certain Marzens/Oktoberfests and then the finish has just enough hops to kill some of the malt sweetness. There are some basic mild toasted/roasted notes during the drinking experience as well. The MF is light and crisp with carbonation but still has great body and presents itself as a little chewy in the mouth.

Dare I say....a near perfect beer. I think that Great Lakes does some great work provided the experience I have had with their brews (which isn't a whole lot.) This is a beer that I could enjoy any time of the year and it would seem perfectly fitting. To be honest, I can enjoy any beer any time of the year, but this one would seem appropriate in each location and season. It is light in flavor yet rich at the same time. Chewy yet would be very easy on someone who doesn't like a heavy and viscous brew. I tend to lean towards a hoppier beer for everyday drinking (APA, A-IPA and E-IPA) and I also drink a lot of stouts and porters, but this a great lager. I hold this beer on the same pedestal as I would place Victory Prima Pils...another near perfect brew.

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Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 3,215 ratings
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