Eliot Ness | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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 Bighuge
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a deep amber. Slight tan head caps it and has good retention. It provides a nice belgian lace to view as I drink. This beer has a great sweet malt aroma. That's about it, but it's worth the price of admission. The mouthfeel of this beer is so smooth and creamy. Similar to a good stout. Velvety and silky. Glides over the tongue effortlessly. That characteristic and the great taste of this brew make it one of the more drinkable brews I've had in a while. The flavor has some great contibutions coming from the vienna and I'm assuming some Munich malt as well. Beautiful malt flavor in this beer. The hop bitterness and hop contributions are fairly low, but there nonetheless to keep things in check. If I were to line this up against any of the numerous Oktoberfest beers that are about to come out in a blind taste test, I'd be pretty disappointed if I didn't choose this one over almost all of them. Love this beer.

Well, this concludes my mini-tour of Great Lakes thanks to the great effort put out by my sister in nabbing some of this stuff on her trip recently. I've got to say, after sampling 4 styles from them, they are very impressive.

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Photo of ZAP
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When they list Vienna Style in the dictionary, there better be a picture of this next to it. I can't imagine anyone makes a better Vienna. I thought Schell's Firebrick was a fine example of the style(and it is), but that is triple "a" ball..this is major league material...all-star major league material. Brick brown in colorwith a very soft but small lace....nice aroma of toasted malt...Excellent mouthfeel...malty, with caramel and toffee notes...but also some nutty characteristics...it is accentuated by a small, but tantalizing spicy/herbal hop finish....finishes sweet, but not oversweet...a lot of character in this brew...I love Vienna's and Octoberfests and this is one of the best I've had....I WANT MORE!!

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

Nice amber color and slight aroma to it. Light head that doesn't hold very well. Nice taste to it, lighter and slightly tangy. Prefer this to Bell's

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

The Great Lakes Brewing Co. is on equal par with Bell's for me. We are blessed in the midwest to have these two breweries. The Elliot Ness is a very, full flavored lager and is smooth as silk.

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Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown with a drink before date clearly marked.

Appearance: Crystal clear reddish amber in colour with a well retaining off white lace that holds its own all the way down.

Smell: A bit of toffee, a bit of toasted grain and a touch of sweetness.

Taste: Full rich and smooth with quite a chewy malt mouth feel. Very malty on the palate with toasted and caramel all over, just enough hops to balance and a dose of spicy/herbal hop flavour to add a complexity. The toasted grain seems to go on for a while into the dry finish which is reminiscent of toasted whole grain bread.

Notes: Indeed a awesome brew ... high quality and oh so flavourful, very hard to find anything wrong with this beer. A definite BeerAdvocate pick!

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

Although it is a lager, the body was more ale-like. Sweet/tangy front with a mild, delayed hops finish. If I had not seen the bottle, I might have thought it a Scottish ale.

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Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,306 ratings