Eliot Ness | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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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3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
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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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is just not meant for my palette I guess. I've had it in bars in Northeast Ohio and in bottle form numerous times.

I'm not going to give a lengthy review, but I'm just weighing in to say this beer never did anything for me. It has a caramel, nutty, sweet mouthful that turns me off and makes me wish I was drinking something else.

I do greatly enjoy Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter as well as Dortmunder Lager. I'm not afraid to say however that my opinion of the Elliot Ness Amber Lager greatly differs from the common opinion of the experts..who like it a lot. I don't care for it very much.

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Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,266 ratings