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Great Lakes Eliot Ness | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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: 3,218 |  Reviews: 1,033
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4/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Deep dark amber with a huge off white creamy head.

S - Sweet toasted malt, caramel, earthy hops, hints of grass and herbal spice.

T - A balanced blend of caramel, brown sugar, biscuit malts, and earthy, grassy hops. Finishes with a hint of bitterness and some graininess. Dark fruit and a pleasant nutty flavor come out as the beer warms.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium bodied. Crisp, mild carbonation, somewhat dry finish.

O - A very flavorful, balanced lager. Reminds me of a high quality version of Yuengling. Overall, it ranks as one of the best amber lagers I've ever had.

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4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

* drinking almost 2 months past the enjoy by dat

a: dark amber/mahogeny. burnt caramel and a pale ruby red. 3 finger, white bubbly head

s: sweet caramel and sugar right away. this smells super clean yet also rich. hint of brown sugar, toasted barley and bread. has my mouth watering

t: clean and crisp sweet caramel malt and candy sugar followed by a faint toasted note. very smooth & mild hop bitterness after the sweet punch makes this real refreshing. kind of like in the aroma, its clean and rich at the same time. hint of pepper spice on backend

m: lighter side of medium

o: really nice for a Vienna Lager. its not overly complex, but the flavors smooth and well balanced. you know you're drinking a lager, but you don't mind

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A clear amber color with a two finger off-white head.

S- Toasted malts, sweet bready malts, touch of hops.

T- Nice malt sweetness balanced with nice spicy hop finish, not very bitter, but bitter enough. Getting some nuttiness along with toasted malts and bread.

M- Smooth, crisp, light to medium body.

O- I have not had many Vienna Lagers, but this is the best one I have had. Wish I could get this by me. Well balanced, flavor is not overpower, but it is not weak or watered down.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a red rust color with a 1 1/2 finger tannish head with excellent retention. Moderate lacing

S - Very lightly scented beer. Smells of sweet malts and freshly baked breads

T - Very malty tastying with a hint of spice. Has a slightly bitter finish. Very refreshing lager

M - A medium bodied beer. Felt like it was low in carbonation. Felt almost creamy

O - Very nice lager. Much more flavor than I was expecting. The malt profile was very nice and well balanced. The hops was noticable on the finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a flute glass. Small head, made up of large bubbles that quickly disappears with no lacing. Deep amber color with some reddish ting.

Nose is malty, grainy, and sweet. Very appealing and well balanced between be three.

Flavor follows nose. Full grain flavor with a nicely balanced maltiness. Sweet is more in the nose that the taste, but it is there. Real full flavor with a suitable mouth feel.

Overall a really good lager. I am more of an ale guy, but this one is really solid and may cause me to give more lagers a look.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber colored with an average off-white head.

Aroma & Taste: Average malt and toasty notes, with a thick full-mouth feel. Slight hop and herbal notes to it.

Overall I thought it was more similar in hoppiness to a light IPA, still had solid malt and toasty notes to it.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 3,218 ratings
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