Great Lakes Eliot Ness | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Eliot NessGreat Lakes Eliot Ness
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,199
Reviews:
1,029
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
300
Gots:
671
For Trade:
3
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of DaveBlack
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper colored beer with a finger's width of white head that doesn't last overly long except around the edges and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Sweet and toasty, with a caramel and almost chocolate aroma as well as a cedar smell. Really a delicious smell, but not all that complex.

T: Sweet, malty, toasty and caramelly, like the smell, but stronger, more rich and earthy tasting. The end has just the right amount of hops to balance the sweetness and leaves the beer feeling dry.

M: light-medium body, with a moderate amount ofsmall-bubbled carbonation. Both chewy and sticky, really quite substantial and filling.

O: No surprises here: just another incredibly solid beer from Great Lakes. They deliver a beer that has deep favor, a nice balance, and is dangerously drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size beige frothy head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, breads/grains, grass, raisins, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, nuts, and some raisins. There are some faint hops and a bit of caramel mixed with an earthiness. It ends with a malty/earth aftertaste.

Overall - One of the better examples of the style. It's very drinkable and has the perfect balance of sweet/bitter. Happy I had the chance to try it fresh on tap.

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Photo of Aiptasia
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with a slice of pizza from a pint glass. Thanks to Iadler for this hookup:

A: Pours a hazy caramel toffee into a pint glass.
Head was mostly non-existent with no lacing.

S: Light toffee, grass, wet horse blanket.

T: Phelonic band aid, warm earth from the hops and alcohol sting. Balanced and dry finish.

M: Drinks fine. Minimally carbonated. Wet up front with a dry ending.

O: A decent beer with food. Leaves me wanting a little more depth from the malts and some dry hopping with noble hops would be nice for aroma.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of whendeathsleeps
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a beautiful new penny copper, two finger off white head, decent retention, nice lacing throughout.
S- Toffee, malts, bready, slight piney hops in the background.
T- Sweet up front, carmel, malts, nice hop bitterness in the finish.
M- Full bodied, moderate carbonation, a little sticky sweetness.
O- A very good beer, not much good comes from Cleveland, but this beer is one of them, my first trying from the Great Lakes Brewing Co. Leaves me eager to try more of their offerings.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Pours a rich amber. Medium head, settles to a nice film. Nice thick lacings all the way down.

Light caramel on the nose.

Good caramel flavours up front, with some nice nuttiness as well... don't really know what else to say. A simple, but very well made Vienna lager with a rich caramel malt, but a great drinker.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Apostlebrews
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great lager! The color pours out a copper-amber. The aroma is of toffee, malt, and a slight nutty sent. Taste is fairly complex. Starts with sweet malts and hints of toffee, and caramel. The carbonation carries the sweetness to a more bitter finish where the hops are present. I am most impressed with this beer's finish than anything. Love the bite at the end.

Great Mid-West beer from a great Mid-West brewery.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 3,199 ratings.
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