Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle served in a portsmouth tulip...not sure why I picked that glass, as I typically serve oktoberfests in mugs or tumblers, but it seemed to work well. Best by date of 11/24/11 makes me wonder how early Great Lakes brews this, or if they just give it a short shelf life.
A- pours a vibrant orange/amber with a solid 1-finger head. Very appetizing.
S- rich caramel, malty (obviously) with limited toasted character. As it warms, the hops really start to come through.
T- burn caramel with a healthy dose of hops. I can't place the varieties, but they seem more American than noble (as mentioned on the bottle). Either way they add some peppery spiciness. Bitter but smooth finish. Very tasty. Somewhat overhopped for the style, but I certainly won't complain.
M- Thin, crisp, a little sticky.
O- overall an incredible oktoberfest, and the best I've had in the style in a long time. Don't expect this to blow your mind in the way a crazy imperial kitchen-sink beer will - this is more subtle but incredibly satisfying...an excellent brew all around and one I'll certainly be revisiting annually. Perhaps the sum is greater than the parts on this one, as the overall score is higher than all of the other categories except appearance.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2011 18:36:12 | More by fo5s
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