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Old 09-30-2008, 10:06 PM   #1
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OK, this is a dumb question since I actually live like 15 minutes from the place, but can anyone describe either of the two lagers to me? one is described on the box as a light lager and the other an amber lager. I just don't feel like gambling $9 for a six pack only then to take a sip and not like it.
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:05 PM   #2
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The Dortmunder Gold is a very tasty brew. I had one at the brewery while visiting Ceveland this summer. My girlfriend's grandfather swears by it.

I can't comment on the Elliot Ness. Have not tried it.

If I were you, I'd go down to the brewery for lunch or dinner and try them for yourself!

I also had the IPA. Very tasty. My girlfriend loved the Holy Moses White Ale too.

 
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:37 AM   #3
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I have had both. While Elliot Ness is a nice beer, Dortmunder Gold is in my top 10 list. Flavorful and refreshing at the same time.

 
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:47 AM   #4
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I don't remember the Elliot Ness. Maybe that means it's not a memorable beer, but it could also mean my memory is middle-aged.

Agreed, the Dortmunder Gold is very good.

I'm not a huge lager fan- my favorite Great Lakes beer is Edmund Fitzgerald. If you are willing to try a dark beer, it's an awesome porter that isn't "roasty" or harsh like some porters can be.
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:12 PM   #5
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.....my favorite Great Lakes beer is Edmund Fitzgerald.
Agreed, the good ole' EF is a winner for sure. I've tried the Elliot Ness. It was very good. I have yet to try the Dortmunder, because I prefer darker beers. But, a few guys around town with similar tastes as mine say it's one of their favorites.
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Old 10-02-2008, 12:44 PM   #6
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I love Great Lakes. In fact, Nosferatu (a hoppy Red, 8% ABV) is one of my favorite seasonals and its out now.

Dortmunder is just an all around great brew. Best commercial American Dortmunder out there in my opinion. Burning River Pale and Commander Perry IPA have never done me wrong either.

If I lived 15 minutes away I'd be in trouble.
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Old 10-02-2008, 02:22 PM   #7
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Love Great Lakes but i am much more a fan of Ales than Lagers so I prefer Commodore Perry and Burning River to Dortmunder and Eliot Ness.
However you requested a review of the lagers so here is my opinion.
Dortmunder is a Pale Lager with moderate body and a decent hop bitterness. It is an easy drinking beer that is a good step up from BMC styles but won't scare those that grew up on lagers.
Eliot Ness is an Amber lager with a sweeter finish and a darker color. It has more caramel flavors and less noticeable hops presence.
Both beers are very good but I find I like the other styles even better. Of the regularly available beers both Edmund Fitzgerald and Commodore Perry are excellent beers and well worth trying. The seasonal Blackout Stout and Nosferatu are well worth the extra coin. The other seasonals are also very good.

The best advice is go to the pub and try a few.

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Old 10-02-2008, 02:44 PM   #8
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Dortmunder, EF, Burning River, Nosferatu, Moondog, Imperial Dortmunder, Octoberfest and Blackout stout are all very good.

Holy Moses and Commodore Perry are decent, but neither is a great example of their respective styles.

Eliot Ness is not a very good beer, IMO. Maybe I just always end up getting bad bottles, but I always get a lot of off aromas and tastes from that beer. It's the only GLBC brew that I stay away from.
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Old 10-02-2008, 10:21 PM   #9
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Well, I am in heaven today. I decided to stop at the liquor/wine store down the street from my office. They break up 6 packs and sell individuals so i was able to pick up a bottle of each. Now I can try them and not have to buy the 6 pack of go to GLBC.
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