Great Lakes Eliot Ness | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Eliot NessGreat Lakes Eliot Ness
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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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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tap to nonic pint glass on 3/7/12
*From notes

-- On tap at Justin's Cafe in SE DC --

A: Rustic brownish-amber in hue. A two finger white head lingers for quite a while. Crazy lacing and a dense white collar follows.

S: Rather nutty. A strong malt presence balances a generous amount of earth.

T: Again, it's a bit nutty up front. As it wears off, the gently toasted grains fall in line and take the mid on quite a ride. The finish is bready, and a mild kiss of hops seal the deal.

M: Dense and thick. This is really a big beer at it's core, yet drinks like a lager should.

O: Great Lakes is one of the best in the lagering business, and I can't tell you how lucky we Northern Virginia residents are to finally have this available on our shelves. This beer is a "how-to" for those looking to make complex, delicious and easy to drink beer. Not every beer I consume needs to be crazy and sour or barrel aged. And when I'm looking for a beer drinkers beer, I reach for this a whole hell of a lot.

Highly, highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from Bottle Revolution.

Appearance: Very attractive clear garnet color. The head is off white and stiff, with good retention, ultimately fading to a thin film and a glob of foam in the middle. Nice webs of sticky lacing.

Smell: Rich, but uncluttered malty aromas. Caramely, toasty, and vaguely spicy as well as a bit of a steely aroma. Clean hop aroma.

Taste: A bit of spicy Munich flavor and a generous hopping balances out the sweet caramel here perfectly. Again, rich and toasty malt flavors. Finishes hoppy and sweet, then very clean. Great.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, crisp and clean. Perfectly carbonated.

Overall: What a great beer. Could drink multiples.

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

Pours deep amber, bordering on mahogany, with a small head that quickly dissipates into a few lonely islands and a ring around the outer edge. Smells sweet and malty with caramel and toffee right up front, giving way to floral notes with a hint of licorice. Full bodied for a lager. Starts a bit thin but then warms up into a medium mouth feel. Sweet up front giving way to malt complexity and perhaps some spices, such as all spice or coriander, which stays on the palette long after the sip has been swallowed. No bitterness in the finish. Extremely well-balanced. Hits every sense a beer is supposed to.

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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85.5% out of 100 with 3,209 ratings
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