Style: Vienna Lager
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 6.2%
Awards: Gold Medal (multiple years) World Beer Championships
I stumbled across this week’s beer while creating my own six-pack at my favorite beer shop. I was drawn to the beer bottle’s label and it’s mysteriousness. Equally appealing was the beer’s name, Eliot Ness. We all know the story of Eliot Ness, right? Of Untouchables fame who brought down Al Capone. Did you also know he was Cleveland’s Director of Public Safety? Cleveland just so happens to be the home of Great Lakes Brewing Company – hence the name of this Monday’s selected brew.
I drank this Vienna Lager from a beer glass. Upon pouring, I noticed its deep, clear, rich amber color and white fluffy foam. The foam did not last long but there was lacing on the glass. This beer packed quite a punch. At 6.2 percent alcohol by volume I found myself feeling a little buzzed half-way through my glass. I also sensed a warming feeling in my stomach. Flavors were rich in orange, toffee and a little flowery. The aftertaste was almost medicinal and bitter, but quickly dissipated. It was a little strong for my taste.
There were many things about this beer that I liked – it’s use of all natural ingredients with no chemicals or preservatives and also the company’s focus on being eco-friendly by running their beer delivery trucks on straight vegetable oil which saves on emissions and overall fuel costs. But, there were moments of the beer’s taste that I did not entirely enjoy and I fully realize I am in the minority here as most people rave about this beer.
I would definitely try other selections from Great Lakes Brewing Company – you can tell they know beer – but I think next time I will reach for one of their porters or maybe their Dortmunder Gold Lager. Who knows, maybe I will even give Eliot another try, but for now, I am off to the next Malt Monday find.
This week’s selection was an interesting one. I can’t decide whether I liked it or not. However, for the love of their good eco vibes and definite attention to detailed brewing, I am rating this one GGG approved!