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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
85 94 66 4 27 11
Eliot Ness by Great Lakes Brewing Company
Vienna Lager
6.20 % ABV

Review by Oxymoron on 02/05/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 3 7 13 4 6 2010
The Untouchables? Poured a deep burnt amber color with some lighter highlights throughout. A good pour leaves an ample soft, white head. Ok retention that remained around the edge of the glass and limited lacing over time.

The nose is sweet with malty undertones. Mostly caramel but limited in its complexity, especially for style. Some sugary residual but smoother. No really yeasty undertones. No real hop aroma. Nothing really distinctively Vienna on the malt side.

The taste is off on style, more of an amber. Some sweeter malt with more of a caramel flavor. No real Vienna flavors at all. Some grainy and light honey flavors. Some grassy finishing hops with a light earthy flavor as well. Some light spicy almost peppery finish. Very smooth with next to no yeasty/estery undertones.

The body feels light but still has a lot of sweetness. Although does not have that unattenuated feel more with an under balance of bittering hops. To me, not a Vienna. Maybe fermented cold but nice amber.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by MasterSki on 11/16/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 16 5 8 2008
Served in a pilsener glass. Thanks to my buddy Robert for buying a sixer of this so I could try one. Best before May 13th, 2009.

A - Two fingers of orange-tinged foam that dissipates slowly and leaves a ton of beautiful rings of lacing. Orange-red colored brew that gets darker and more intense near the top of the glass. A few bubbles lazily rise to the top. Not sure what else you'd want from a Vienna lager.

S - It's got that lager twanginess, Saaz (or noble) hop bite, and plenty of bread, brown sugar, and toffee malts. It's nice but not super unusual.

T - Significantly more of the hop bitterness and spice come out in the taste, but these are well-balanced by the bready maltiness. The 6.2% ABV is pretty much imperceptible. The aftertaste is a touch of bitterness, but not overwhelming. For the style it's great, just not overly complicated.

M - Nice carbonation tingle on the upper lip and top palate - very refreshing (although this may be more because I just got back from the gym). Surprisingly medium-bodied, and very creamy.

D - The carbonation gets a little heavy by the end of one bottle, which would limit the session possibilities, and for me it's just not a style that I'd keep wanted to revisit. But hey, if you like Vienna lagers, this might be as good as it gets.

Served In: Pilsner Glass

Review by tavernjef on 01/30/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 10 19 5 10 2008
Solid rust/coppery color with a slight chill haze, medium, softly topped yellowy chicken meat colored head that sits a good while before settling to a favorable skim and thin, speckled curtains of lace sticking as we go. Aroma starts a tad light on the nose with some light toasty grains and bread with just a bit of sweetened fruitiness. As it warms a nice smokey-like dryness of multi whole grains, roasty hazelnuts, and hard caramel appear in the nose making it much nicer and even a bit stronger. Taste is mild but eagerly built with some f*ckin' great malts! One of the best profiles of bready/grains ever encountered, wow! Has an easy start that remains in some mixed maltyness of slight sweetness and light toastyness, but that gains with a gradual presence of uniquely thick seven grain pancake-like, toasty wild rice roundness. Spectacular malts! Perfectly milding light grassy spice and hops poke through. Add in the teriffic finish of smokened grains and malts slightly drying and lifting into the finish with mixed roasty nuttyness. Very intriguing flavors indeed, well put together with a delicately rich and smooth body that keeps convalescing. A true showmanship of the meaning behind hand crafted. Wow, what a recipe, great stuff! Absolutely drinkable to the fullest! My new Vienna/Marzen to keep around at all costs! Yum times ten!

Served In: Bottle

Review by tjthresh on 07/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 20 4 9 2008
12 ounce bottle poured into a tankard mug. Amber red with a lasting beige head. There’s even some nice lace left behind. The aroma is toasted and nutty, with lots of noble hop character. The flavor is the same toasted malts with a sturdy hop flavor and bitterness. Very easy to drink. This beer kicks all kinds of ass.

Served In: Pint Glass

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