This review first appeared on the blog Stuff Smart People Like.
I don't care if Will Ferrell is their spokesman, you should NEVER drink Old Milwaukee! Miller should be sued for false advertising there because I'm pretty sure it's one of the worst possible things about Milwaukee. Instead of this swill go with something from another Midwest brewery, the Great Lakes Brewing Co.
The Great Lakes Brewing Co. is based in Cleveland, Ohio and was founded in 1988 by the brothers Conway. The brewery brews all of their beers according to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Simply, the law states that the only ingredients that can be used in the brewing process are water, barley, and hops. Besides being perhaps the only good thing about Cleveland besides the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the brewery is also dedicated to sustainability in its operations, including using beer delivery trucks that run on vegetable oil.
Eliot Ness Amber Ale pours true to its name in a nice amber color, with minimal head. It is 6.2% ABV. The aroma is a little sweet with a strong malt scent. You can also get a hint of hops on the back end. The taste is a little sweet, with a distinct taste of malt on the front end. Similar to the aroma, you get the subtle hops taste on the back end as well. All in all it is similar in taste to Sam Adams Boston Lager as a comparison.
I'm going to give Eliot Ness Amber a 92, a nice, simple amber lager.
Beer Advocate gives the beer a 91 based on 828 reviews and a 100 from the experts. They recommend pork or poultry as a pairing, I can get on board with that.
Over at Ratebeer we see an adjusted ranking of 95 based on 864 reviews.
All right folks, remember, friends don't let friends drink Miller or Bud products.