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Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,720 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,720
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 167
Gots: 172 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 11-04-2003)
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Photo of keithmurray
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - clear amber color with beige head

Smell - caramel, toffee, toasted nuts

Taste - caramel sweetness, toffee, toasted nuts

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet upfront, hop bitterness at the back end,crisp, flavor lingers for a bit

Overall - this is a solid beer that I would gladly revisit, holds its own against its German counterparts

Price point - $8.99/6 pk

keithmurray, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance – This is a brilliant, crystal clear lager halfway between orange and brown with a nice, off-white head that left lacing on the inside of my pint glass. I don’t want to call the beer copper because that really doesn’t do it justice. I just couldn’t stop staring at it the color was so brilliant and perfect.

Smell – No aromatic hops here so the bouquet is all malt, and man what a wonderful aroma this beer has. It’s toasty with a bit of whole wheat dough and very simple in the nose which is just as it should be. The smell rightfully lacks sweetness which is a big mistake among American brewers of the style.

Taste – This is phenomenal. The flavor picks up some hops but mostly it is an incredible mix of malts, and again the sweetness typical of many pretenders of the style is all but absent. The malt is raw and slightly doughy with a slight uncooked biscuit character supplemented with mature, unsulphored cane molasses, second molasses if not the third boil.

Mouthfeel – This is shy of medium in the body and pleasantly flat to mild with a teasing bitterness that begs for sausage and mustard. It’s a bit rougher than other versions that I’ve had but really hit the spot.

Drinkability – This is easily the best Oktoberfest beer manufactured in the US that I have ever had the pleasure to consume. It’s simple, straight to the point, on style, and literally transported me back to Munich.

RoyalT, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%

gangstafaceclay, Today at 03:07 AM
Photo of bigbeers84
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bigbeers84, Today at 02:22 AM
Photo of Zetcha7x
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Zetcha7x, Today at 02:05 AM
Photo of UlfAndreas
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

UlfAndreas, Today at 01:32 AM
Photo of npendres
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

npendres, Today at 12:47 AM
Photo of Furley80
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Furley80, Yesterday at 11:57 PM
Photo of Boto
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a clear, lighter amber color. There was a small off white head that left little lacing. Decent aroma. A bit of toasted malts. Possible some earthy hops also. No noticeable sweetness. The taste is decent. Toasted malts and slight biscuit notes. It has just a hint of bitterness and is very smooth. Nice!

Boto, Yesterday at 07:15 PM
Photo of EJJ1848
4/5  rDev -1.7%

EJJ1848, Yesterday at 04:53 PM
Photo of JoeJoe52
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

JoeJoe52, Yesterday at 04:34 PM
Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -26.3%

akttr, Yesterday at 05:28 AM
Photo of johnklotter
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%

johnklotter, Yesterday at 03:17 AM
Photo of jmt308
3.5/5  rDev -14%

jmt308, Yesterday at 02:12 AM
Photo of campfirebrew
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

campfirebrew, Tuesday at 02:39 AM
Photo of TheBrewo
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew was served from the bottle at The Brick Oven Bistro in Sandusky, Ohio. We poured into a set of half-sized house snifters, revealing a ruddy amber coloring to the brew. It held a half finger tall head of creamy white bubbles, showing nice retention. Wet, etched lacing was left around the glasses. A mild haze cut clarity, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma boasted bitter skunk spray sourness, eucalyptus and menthol plant resins, dusty pollen florals, plastic and Magic Marker phenols, basement mustiness, soured wheat and crystal maltiness, big coiny metallics, canned creamed corn, gravel sweaty dog fur saltiness, and warmed pumpernickel breadiness. The taste offered honey and white sugar sweetness atop a base of plastic foaminess, brown, crystal, and toasty brown German malts, dense banan esters, pumpkin seed and nutmeg spice, black pepper booze, orange peel citrus, light grassy hoppiness, bitter brown autumn leaf crunch, toasty honey, salt lick, and biscuity, savory butters. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice cream and froth, slurp and smack, and pop and glug, with the mouth left coated, warmed, and eventually lightly dried with tannic astringency. The abv was appropriate, and the beer glugged back easily.

Overall, this was again, a great suggestion from the bartender at this establishment. We are typically always on top of what we want to order from our beer spots, almost always before we even get there, but we were being so indecisive, so decided to go with this proposed offering, however widely available it is. Again, we were not disappointed. This is your quintessential southern German Oktoberfestbier. The flavoring was beautifully balanced to a crisp malty push, although we did find a lacking of even the mildest hops, making for a highly sippable and enjoyable beverage to relax with. This beer fits well with the change in the season to colder weather, and should satisfy the palate of any novice or expert alike.

TheBrewo, Tuesday at 01:57 AM
Photo of johunnic
4/5  rDev -1.7%

johunnic, Tuesday at 12:49 AM
Photo of Shnanign
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Shnanign, Monday at 11:30 PM
Photo of BrewThru_29
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

I dont review many beers, but this one was worthy.

Appearance: Gorgeous crystal clear fall amber with a nice head.

Smell: Sweet malt. Really not a ton going on here.

Taste: This is where the beer stands out. Hands down the best balance and flavor I've experienced in an Oktoberfest. Phenomenal. Sweet malts are near perfectly balanced against the hop profile. So drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Easy to take down a few without feeling full.

Overall: Best O'fest I've tried. Get you some!

BrewThru_29, Monday at 11:03 PM
Photo of mboyer
4.76/5  rDev +17%

mboyer, Monday at 10:34 PM
Photo of butters_mcgee
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

butters_mcgee, Monday at 12:34 PM
Photo of alostplot
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%

alostplot, Monday at 06:45 AM
Photo of nperrier
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Very good Oktoberfest. Quite delicious.

nperrier, Monday at 03:09 AM
Photo of packe1ak
5/5  rDev +22.9%

packe1ak, Monday at 01:34 AM
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Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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