Great Lakes Brewing Co. “Eliot Ness” Review (#027)

Eliot Ness Amber Lager
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Cleveland, OH

From The Brewery:

An amber lager with rich, fragrant malt flavors balanced by crisp, noble hops.

ABV: 6.2%
IBU: 35

Namesake: Named after one of Cleveland’s most respected safety directors who frequented the Brewpub’s bar during his tenure from 1935-1941 and, according to popular legend, was responsible for the bullet holes in the bar still evident today. Margaret Conway, the mother of owners Patrick and Daniel Conway, worked with Ness as his stenographer.

(Editors note: This is an except from Eliot Ness’s Wikipedia biography, which defines a bit more about him “Eliot Ness (April 19, 1903 – May 16, 1957) was an American Prohibition agent, famous for his efforts to enforce Prohibition in Chicago, Illinois, as the leader of a legendary team of law enforcement agents nicknamed The Untouchables.”)


Vienna Lager

Beer Advocate says:

Named after the city in which it orginated, a traditional Vienna lager is brewed using a three step decoction boiling process. Munich, Pilsner, Vienna toasted and dextrin malts are used, as well wheat in some cases. Subtle hops, crisp, with residual sweetness.
Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 3.5-6.5%


Appearance: As with many of my reviews, I enjoyed this one out of a Duvel chalice, allowing for not only space for the smells to open up, but also for head stability. This striking redish orange beer looked clear and inviting, with a huge thick khaki head.

Smell: Fruity and floral, with sweet malts behind it. Not too hoppy; lager yeast ads to some complexity.

Taste: A full flavored lager, with a perfect amount of hops. It starts off sweet and big, then finishes drying hop.

Mouthfeel: Big; huge amounts of flavor and is held together by this full bodied beer; a lager none the less!

Drinkability: Medium to high: While it is very smooth and inviting, it is a bit on the higher end of session beers at 6.2%.

Notes: Amazing; one of my favorites. I enjoy this one a bit more than their Dortmunder Gold. One of the tastiest lagers made; reminds me of an offshoot of an Octoberfest beer.

First Time Trying This Beer: Nope


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