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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this from a bottle back in Michigan. A deep brown amber color with super creamy white head. Aroma of toffee malts, caramel, fruits. Flavor follows with a beautifully sweet fruit-caramel combination. Extremely smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation. What an incredible lager this is. Finishes clean, fills the mouth with flavor. Wow.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of JamesMN
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep copper/caramel color. Soapy two finger off-white head.

Aroma: Caramel malt. A hint of hops.

Taste: Caramel just like in the nose. A little nutty. Pretty smooth, not much bitterness. Surprisingly there is some heat in there from the alcohol which shows up in the back of your throat.

Mouthfeel: It's got a full body and the right amount of carbonation. Sort of coats the mouth as you drink, which isn't necessarily good or bad. It depends on how syrupy you like your beer.

Final Thoughts: I'm not sure why this beer is so highly acclaimed. It doesn't really live up to the hype for my tastes. I probably won't seek this one out in the future. Although, it gets props for being the best amber/vienna lager I've had.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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

poured into a glass stien.

Appearance: light amber / orange bodied beer with a slight copper hue. An off white head with easily two fingers of head. The head has some staying power and leaves a little bit of spotted lace on the glass.

Smell: grainy, biscuity, and bready malt profile with a touch of caramel sweetness. A touch of citrus and grassy hops.

Taste: This beer tastes almost identical to the nose, but has just a touch of nuttiness in the malt profile like a brown ale. Really nice balance between the malts and hops really smooth lager beer. Finishes with a grainy cereal note.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Smooth easy drinking summer beer with nice flavors and fantastic smoothness. Carbonation is crisp and clean.

Overall: This is a great beer all around. Summer is here and this is a solid option when it gets hot.

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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Lou Malnati's with some deep dish. Enjoying this Chicago trip....

A - Pours amber with a reddish hue. Nice lacing on the glass. Foam retention is solid. Some carbonation.

S - Sweet smell with some mild hoppiness. Also get some floral scent.

T - Nice tasting amber. Listed here as a vienna lager and is very similar to Sam's Boston Lager, with a hoppier bite. Really enjoyable style.

M - Went great with pizza and I see this is a go-to beer with food. Wish this was readily available by me. Feels smooth and so easy to drink, yet has a very robust flavor.

O - For the style, one of the best I've ever had. My first chance at Great Lakes and this did not disappoint at all.

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, bottled.

A - clear bronze amber with 1 finger white head with moderate retention and moderate foamy lacing.

S - caramel and honey malts with bready yeast and wheat

T - honeycomb and beef jerky, caramel malts and bready yeast.

M - light body, moderate carbonation, crisp

O - a very solid sweet lager light and crispy

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of 57md
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Copper in color. The nose is toasty and bready. The flavor profile follows the nose with a very subtle sweet note on the finish. The body is perfect – not too hefty but not thin either.

A picture of this beer should be found in the dictionary under “lager.”

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber, with a quickly disappearing cream colored head. Scent of toasty malts, caramel, biscuit, and a touch of hops. Taste follows nose with prominent notes of sweet toasted malts, toffee, and a fresh doughy taste. Well balanced mouthfeel with somewhat delicate carbonation rounds out this brew. Another solid beer from Great Lakes.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of cmq103
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,265 ratings