Eliot Ness Amber Lager, a Vienna Lager by Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Eliot Ness Amber Lager is a Vienna Lager brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a tulip pint glass from a bottle.


The lager pours a crystal-clear amber and is topped by an inch-thick cap of dense, off-white foam that shows modest retention. The head reduces to a thin soapy ring and doesn’t leave any residue or lacing left behind.


The aroma is predominantly floral with a touch of caramel.

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A light taste of biscuit and apple transitions to a noble hop blend that’s mostly floral and herbal. Finishes with a spicy bite of pepper and a hint of citrus. A malty base of toasty bread and light caramel ties the palate together.


The feel is smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry.


Eliot Ness ticks all the boxes you’d expect for the style. The balance of hops and malts are spot on. The aroma and feel are just right. Perhaps the appearance is somewhat lacking but that’s nitpicking. All things considered, the Eliot Ness is a is well-crafted Vienna Lager.

A Place in History

Eliot Ness, the renowned prohibitionist once visited the bar that today serves as the tasting room for Great Lakes Brewing Co. Above the bar is a bullet hole that was fired by Eliot Ness himself.

Recommended Pairings

Great Lakes recommends the following food pairings with the Eliot Ness Amber Lager: smoked meats and hearty bread.

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