Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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3.45/5 rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to Bob Kamholz for this one! Bottle freshness date of 10/21/11. This was just purchased at a reputable store in Ohio two weeks ago. Hmm...
Pours with a frothy white head that doesn't quite stick around the way I expected. Light copper color, good clarity, and rather effervescent.
Caramel maltiness in the aroma. A fruity, apple cider-ish note as well.
Taste is sweet, with a slightly stale malt character. One-dimensional. Apple cider fruitiness and hardly any hops. Bitterness seems low for the style. None of the intriguing noble hop spiciness that I consider the hallmark of a good Märzen.
Carbonation is ok. The beer still manages to finish cleanly, but the overall balance tilts towards sweet and boring; not much of an invitation to order another.
Slightly disappointing. Perhaps this one was brewed too early in the season and it's showing signs of shelf abuse. A casualty of the creeping-earlier-each-year seasonal beer release epidemic? I would consider trying this again on draft, or at least closer to the bottling date.
Serving type: bottle
10-20-2011 00:31:19 | More by afdempse
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