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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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Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rather nice malty and delicate ale.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Black design with white lettering and a sepia/retro illustration of Eliot Ness enjoying a beer on a bar. Side narrative notes award, main characteristics, adherence to Bavarian purity laws of 1516, and serving recommendation. Neck label notes some of the environmental practices of the brewery. Notes freshness date (02/8/12), and Alc. by Vol. (6.2%) Served in a tall Pilsner glass.

A - Deep amber pour, very rich and great looking frothy head, notable retention and surface memory with rich lacing.

S - Softly sweet and malty nose, rather grainy with a soft herbal hop insinuation…

T - Gentle malted sense, toasted caramel sense, soft hoppy spice in the back sides of the tongue.

M - Medium body with medium to moderate carbonation. Soft bitterness with a slight crisp finish.

O - Quite an elegant and poised lager, nice one.

Notes: Not much of a palate around Vienna Lagers, so maybe this is closest in my memory to some Marzens… different floral finish maybe, but a nice offering in any case. Overall these are not typical styles I go to, so this might be a review a bit more skewed than usual.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of DaveBlack
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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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3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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 +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +22.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 3,226 ratings
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