Great Lakes Eliot Ness | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

3,195 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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my 1/6th keg into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass.

Appearance: Standard ice tea, dark amber color tap pour resulted in a nice ½” beige head reducing to a thin ring after a few minutes. Lacing was sticky, but minimal.

Smell: Sweet caramel-butterscotch combined with toasty malts and a hint of vanilla. A swirl of my glass provided a gentle hint of booziness once the beer warms. Not a dominant nose, but very inviting nonetheless.

Taste: As with the smell, sweet caramel and toasted malts attack the palate immediately. Mild hop bitterness is present in the middle but the toasted malty/nutty sweetness finishes perfectly. Absolutely delicious…One of the best Vienna Lagers I’ve ever had.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was perfect for this medium body beer. This beer is extremely well balanced for sure.

Overall: Although a tad higher ABV than most lagers, well worth the exchange for the entire flavor this Vienna Lager has. A lingering sweet malty finish is what I enjoyed the most. I could easily see myself buying another 1/6th keg of this. This quasi-session beer could easily steer me to having a few in one sitting. A great all year round brew from Great Lakes. The Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is still my favorite from this brewery but this one sure comes in a close second. Well done!!

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with a long lasting white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt and noble hops, hints of cherries. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is of caramel malt in the beginning followed by herbal, earthy hops. Finish is long and dry. Nicely balanced excellent brew.

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3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best before august 15 SAPP glass

A: Dark reddish to amber color, completely clear 1.5 finger caramel head, with nice bubbles, carbonation is nice off the bottom, head dissipates slowly, leaves some sticky lacing on the sides as it recedes.

S: some nice toasted malt, bread, toffee, caramel, citrus, herbal

T: caramel, huge gobs of toffee, along with a toasty bread taste. hop presence is less than i remember but a slight earthy/grassy/citrus bitterness at the end. ever so slight alcohol taste as it warms

M: Medium bodied, creamy, dry finish, carbonation is nice, cleansing, paves the way for the hop bitterness

O: a nice complex refreshing lager, awesome.

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4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lovely amber color with a big off white head that has a wonderful retention. The head faded very slowly over time to give a good level of lacing.

Smell – The smell is heaviest in a bready and biscuit aroma. These are mixed some lighter sweet caramel a mild citrus hop aroma.

Taste – A smooth lightly roasted and bready flavor meets the tongue. This is mixed with some light nutty flavors as well as a very light caramel flavor. The carmel fades and the nuttiness gets a bit stronger as the taste advances. While these flavors transition, notes of a citrus hop also come to the tongue. At the very end, the taste bitters ever so slightly leaving a rather nice bready-lighty bitter flavor on the tongue. Very pleasing.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is just above average in creaminesss with a carbonation level that is just below average to average. Both are great for the lighter roasted flavors, but niehter are too intense to take away from the flavors and drinkability.

Overall – One fantastic easy drinking brew with great flavors. A great drinking experience for this Vienna.

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4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought this at a bottle shop and was looking to cross off some of my, "wants" on my list.

It poured a dark amber with a nice head, but it was the aroma that smacked me in the face. It just said to me, your not gonna forget me anytime soon! Then I drank it. Then I wanted another, but only bought one!

I have to say that after I was finished drinking this heavenly beer I smelled the glass for the next 20 min. While contemplating going to the store and getting more.
Must try!!!!

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Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 3,195 ratings.
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