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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap in Cleveland Hopkins airport- poured a clear dark amber color, with two fingers of bone white head, modest retention, nice even rings of lacing.

Smell is rich and malty- lots of caramel and some roasted barley. A little bit of citrus as well.

Tastes great- consistent with smell but balanced out by some noble type hops. Caramel up front, followed by toasted malt, to finish out somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel is fantastic- medium bodied, light to moderate carbonation. This is a great amber lager. Same style as Boston lager but way more flavorful.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass.

Eliot Ness pours a nice rich amber color with a rosy hue. There is an off white head which leaves a little bit of lacing. The clarity of this beer's appearance allows one to see the constant effervescence. The aroma is clean and crisp with bready notes. There might also be a hint of fruitiness, but the doughy bread is the overwhelming scent. The first sip reveals the rich biscuity caramel notes in addition to the breadiness. The malty notes are balanced with just a hint of bitter hops and there is a lingering boozy alcohol taste at the end. The mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied with a mild carbonation. It finishes clean with no stickiness. Although Vienna Lagers are not among my favorite styles of beer, this is a great example of one. It is very flavorful and well balanced. I wish I could get this one more frequently.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle out of the mix pack.

A - amber with fire orange highlights. One finger head that quickly dissipates into a thin lace.

S - bread, biscuit, mild malt

T - more bread, some back end bitterness, a barely noticeable fruit twang.

M - slightly thin, but solid.

O- a great lager, not quite awe inspiring but definitely recommended.

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look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: On point amber color with nice head that sticks around for a good while and leaves a lacing on the glass and the surface of the beer. No complaints at all.

Smell: Didn't pick up much on this serving, I've had this before and picked up more. Picking up a little malt, and a dap of nice hops.

Taste: This is everything I want in a quality amber lager and one of the few amber lagers good enough for me to not just get a Yuengling (the regional favorite for cheap beer) instead. Nice balance of excellent sweet malts and a bit of zesty hops on the end. This is a perfect taste for this beer.

Mouthfeel: Maybe a little thinner than I'm used to given my Yuengling backgroung, but the carbonation is perfect.

This is an excellent beer and one of my favorites.

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