Great Lakes Eliot Ness | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
3,185 Ratings
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:
3,185
Reviews:
1,023
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
297
Gots:
661
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,185 |  Reviews: 1,023
Photo of brother_rebus
2.86/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Terrible beer

13 characters

Photo of Quesophresco
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bankboy66
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great color. Moderate fizz. Very easy going down with mild hops up front and doesn't burn going down. Not too sweet despite the color. Give it a try.

 152 characters

Photo of SteveJeremy
2.74/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Another super-okay beer that Beer Advocate just randomly decided to oversell.

77 characters

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tap at Applebee's during the Steelers vs Dallas game with Leah. We love Edmund Fitzgerald, but have never appreciated this one from Great Lakes! Very very nice offering!

 174 characters

Photo of Justinprintz
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of schnjac
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DOCRW
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DKHNOVA
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SebastianMandeville
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Caseyk1088
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MechanicDoug
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color, this is a red/amber lager in the Vienna category. Great Lakes usually makes nice looking beer, this is no exception. Aroma has that feel of a cool breeze in fall.

Some caramel and carbonation with noble hop spice. Plenty of grain feels. Not too sweet. Heartier than average for style.

Above average at everything. Manages to do a lot in a light body and a style with nuance.

 403 characters

Photo of Nihilistic
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akopczyk
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dhannes
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled into a Perfect Pint.
L=Rich reddish hue, two finger head.
S=Robust/sweet/honey.
T=I was expecting an amber and this is closer to an amber than a vienna...slightly sweet, but like molasses...moderate barley.
F=Rather sessionable/light.
O=A good offering...not as robust as other ambers...I'd probably try again if on tap, but not worthy of a 6-pack.

 363 characters

Photo of Cycle69
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jmaskell33
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shane-L-Waddell
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdt88
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nater919
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 3,185 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe