Great Lakes Eliot Ness | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

3,185 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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Photo of dexterk1
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours from bottle to glass with nice amber color. Translucent as well. Head is thick and has some staying power.
Odor is of toffee and some malt. A little bit of citrus also.
Taste is of some malt and a little sweet(maybe some buttery). finishes with hops.
Mouth feel is solid and carbonation is not over bearing.
Overall, pretty well balanced.

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Photo of nrombes
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presently, this is the top rated Vienna Lager here on BA by a country mile.

Served in a Delirium Tremens oversized snifter.

A: Poured a crystal clear amber color, with a slight mildly off-white head that, while rather small, contained huge bubbles.

S: I didn't get a lot of activity on the aroma front, but the I got the signature GL profile with its barley-hop-fresh H20 combo. Nice!

T: I got a deep, beet sugar-esque finish on this thing that was very intriguing. Not much sugary sweetness (nor did I get much on the nose).... just good old fashioned grain, barley, hops, and yeast... all brewed to perfection!

M: The carbonation bill on this one was absolutely perfect, the lacing was quite ridiculous, and my palate came out clean as a whistle.

O: I'm really starting to become a Great Lakes fan here lately and I'm so happy we now get their stuff here in NOVA. Eliot Ness is another great poolside sipper indeed!

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of Mark4prez20
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Looks fantastic, nice amber color with a two finger head that laces the glass heavily

S- Sweet malts with a hint of nuttiness. As I am almost finished I am picking up a little alcohol

T- Sweet up front with a slightly bitter hop finish

M- medium bodied, creamy texture with nice carbonation

O- First I've had from Great Lakes and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Will buy again.

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Photo of dhep16
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of atr2605
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours nice soft red amber with a giant off white head with great retention
S- mild malt aroma with no hop presence
T- sweet malt with a bit of dry biscuit flavor and hop bitterness
M-medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation
O- a nice well rounded lager

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a big, off white, creamy head that has good retention. The nose has a faint caramel sweetness and a nice floral hop aroma. The taste is toasty with a nice caramel sweetness up front followed by a clean, citrusy hop character that imparts a balanced, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated leading to an easy drinking, medium body.

This is a really decent beer. It's balanced, flavorful, and drinkable. I will definitely have this again.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of claytri
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poures a solid opaque browm, just a bit dark for an amber. The aroma was a bit malty but nothing special. The taste is slightly malty with a bit of alcohol burn no additional flavors stand out. The feel is medium and wet. Overall an above average beer but nothing special.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of TallNerdGuy
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Zaso
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of MaximalC
2.94/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich, clear copper color with a cream-colored head that lingers just long enough to appreciate. Aroma is mild and slightly sweet. Almost honey-like malt dominates the flavor profile. Hops are faint but noticeable. A little too sweet for my tastes, and not much to offer in the way of complexity. Not bad, but I'd be perfectly fine not having it again.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 3,185 ratings.
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