Eliot NessSeptember 1, 2011 Cleveland, OH
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Available: DC, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, WV, WI
Eliot Ness is an amber lager with rich, fragrant malt flavors balanced by crisp, noble hops. It’s considered “untouchable” in world beer tasting competitions – much like a certain former Cleveland safety director (who the beer is named after and who also employed Margaret Conway, mother of co-owners Patrick and Daniel Conway, as his stenographer).
Original gravity: 1060
Most craft breweries brew ales, so when a really good lager like this comes along it’s a rare treat. Deep amber, with reddish highlights, bright with an ecru head. The nose is a balance of fresh, earthy malt with the subtle floral tones. The flavor is malty, with just the right amount of hops, i.e. more than most German brewers use. An ideal food beer, we relished this beer with warm organic potato salad and a char-grilled pasture finished hamburger, roasted onions, and cheddar cheese.
- Charles Finkel
Clear, red/amber and appealing cover of froth. A classic modern German-style dunkel―malty sweet with lurking hop balance a pretense for great drinkability. Along with toast malt aroma, honey-like hop floral squeaks through the red glow. Medium body and quite satisfying 12 ounces, a pint or a liter at a time! Wonderful, copper amber lager.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
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