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 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Freshest by 01/19/13.

A: Pours a mostly clear deep amber with a 1.5 finger white head that is rocky and fiarly quick to dissipate. Leaves some decent lacing. Not much visible carbonation in this glass.

S: Get a good blend from this beer. There is a bittering hop but also some dark fruity yet bready/cracker yeastiness.

T: Balanced brew, I'd lean toward it being slightly more malt forward. Hops balance it out but the malt seems to linger more in the aftertaste, There is a sweetness to it.

M: Light to medium bodied with mild carbonation. A pretty smooth and drinkable beer.

Overall a tasty lager that is a smooth and drinkable blend. Isnt overpowering and I think most people could drink and enjoy this beer.

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

A: Pours a brilliant, vibrant hazed orange/reddish color. A perfect two finger white head forms. The head is tightly packed with many fine bubbles cascading up. Rings of lace is left behind. You can't make a beer look better than this from a bottle.
S: Warm toasted malts. Baked bread and biscuit with some caramel sweetness. The toasted malts are amazing, and followed by a light kiss of hops. Lightly floral and grassy. Awesome.
T: Yep, amazing toasted malts, baked bread, and grains. A light sweetness, honey and caramel. Balanced with the perfect amount of spicy/floral hops. The toasted baked bread comes out again towards the end that leaves a perfect dryness in the finish. Again, awesome.
M/D: A near perfect mouthfeel. A medium body with crisp carbonation. So smooth at the same time. Incredibly clean and with a perfect dry finish. So easy and enjoyable to drink. The bottle is gone in no time. All day with this.

I thought Dortmunder Gold was one of the best lagers I have had. This is just as good if not more enjoyable for me because the toasted grains are so amazing. One of the best. I can't recommend this enough.

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

Enjoyed out of the bottle with some asparagus risotto, 11/16/2012

Appearance: Pours a nice copper/amber, crystal clear. Dense, creamy cream colored head. Great lacing. That’s a good looking beer.

Aroma: Very nice malty aroma. some biscuit. Touch of piney hops.

Taste: nice malt and hop balance. Sweet/bitter. clean amber/biscuit malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Leaves a residual, slightly dry, bitterness. Other than that, very clean.

Overall: Never been a huge fan of amber lagers, but it’s very nice, biscuity, and clean.

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

Pours a semi-clear amber with good head that fades to a thin lacing. Some very small particles can be seen floating in the light. Smells nice and malty with brown & crystal malts, some caramelization, and a hint of chocolate. Very clean lager aroma. Tastes malty with brown & crystal malts and again with light notes of chocolate at the end. Feels medium and nice assertive bitterness at the front & back end of the malts. Hops don't lend themselves noticeable aroma or flavor, assuming hops were mostly for bittering or they just plain faded in this bottle. Overall, a very well designed & executed beer. GL is quickly becoming a favorite brewery as I try more & more of their beers.

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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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