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Great Lakes Eliot Ness | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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4.08/5
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3,218 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#2,258
Reviews:
1,033
Ratings:
3,218
pDev:
11.27%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
307
Gots:
689
Trade:
3
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,218 |  Reviews: 1,033
Photo of DaveCash
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rszopko17
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: amber

Smell: very sweet, strong caramel aromas

Taste: caramel, hints of chocolate, toffee

Overall: enjoyed this beer!

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Photo of Magsmyth24
2.73/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I was not a fan of this beer. It had a caramel color, hoppy/coffee smell, and bitter taste.

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gravewalker
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KelseyCizek
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber in color with caramel taste and some hops.

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Photo of dubayale
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good beer for a kick back. Taste strong and burley.

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Photo of Nick2Wendell
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Mae1118
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is a very nice caramel color. smells fruity. taste like caramel smokey, with a lingering after taste. Not a bad beer over all.

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Photo of Reddanm1
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer overall was very good! It has a very beautiful and interesting color to it. The color is golden brown with a hint of orange. The Aroma was citrus with a little bit of caramel. The taste of Eliot Ness was very good. It tasted like caramel with a little bit of smoke flavor. The beer was a little acidic when it hit the tongue. The aftertaste continued with the caramel taste because it tasted like burnt caramel. Again, overall, it was very good!

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Photo of colbster92
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1947
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this baby for a lotta years. Fabulous, smooth, tasty Vienna Lager. I'm from SE Pa, have drunk thousands of Yeungling Lagers over the years, which is great for the price. This is, like, it's apotheosis, though for twice the price, at least. Worth it.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rallyr32
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ctb6582
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ewelvaert
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fern22
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trygelski1
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Natty Greene's pint glass:

Look: Pours a nice amber red color that is very clear. Little to no head present and lacing is very minimal. This is the color an amber ale should look like.

Smell: Lots of caramel and toffee notes along with some bready malts.

Taste: Loads of caramel, toffee, and bready malts present along with a minor hop bite which is very nice. Throw in a bit of sweetness as well. This is one of the best tasting amber ales I have had.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: This is one of the better amber ales that I have had. Another solid offering from Great Lakes!

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Photo of Timtac
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jodio
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fishguyac
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kinggimp
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 3,218 ratings
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