Great Lakes Eliot Ness | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

3,201 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: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very deep amber color. Almost red. There's a very nice head on this one, and it leaves some pretty good lacing as well.

Smell: As the bottle says, a <VERY> faint hop smell. It's really barely there.

Taste: Wow. The roasted malt comes through well in this one. The sweetness with the bitterness on the finish is fantastic... VERY tasty. It works perfectly as an amber lager.

Mouthfeel: No complaints. Not much to say, other than that it's medium bodied.

Overall, I'm glad I randomly picked this up in a mix-a-six at the store I was at. I was glad to see these ratings when I got home, and even happier when I poured the glass and took a sip. This is even MORE enjoyable to me considering I've had a lot of super hoppy beers/IPAs recently. It's nice to have something a bit malty after so much of that. All-in-all, a great beer. Some may be turned off by its sweetness, but that's what I think I love about this beer. The sweetness and bitterness just works very well. Would definitely get this one again.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium amber to deep amber in color, a significant 1-2 finger head that dissipates slowly. Some lacing.

S: Sweet, light to medium notes of caramel and some spices.

T: Caramel malt taste with a slightly hoppy finish.

M: Very light and drinkable. Definitely the best feature of the beer.

D: High, dangerously high. If I lived in Ohio I'd be buying this by the six pack.

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Served in a bottle at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear deep amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with some sweetness as well as spices.

T: Moderate flavors of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. There is a light spiciness with some light to moderate amounts of bitterness which linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable, I could certainly put a couple of these down in a session. Very good flavor complexity.

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Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 3,201 ratings.
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