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Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,608 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,608
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 159
Gots: 146 | 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%

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%

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
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

crowsnest, Today at 03:49 AM
Photo of ethanmc12
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ethanmc12, Today at 03:08 AM
Photo of tillmac62
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

BBD 10/30/14. Pours a clear amber with a nice dark ruby hue. Good head and retention, rich excellent lacing. Nice nose of malt - caramel, biscuit and a light spicy note. Medium body with a creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. Excellent flavor profile that is balanced and complex. It begins with a toasted biscuit character which flows into caramel over a subtle note of sweetness. The middle is slightly bitter with a very nice touch of spice. The finish is clean, slightly sweet, and a noble hop flavor lingers while the spice tickles the tongue. Great Lakes has nailed it, again.

tillmac62, Today at 07:27 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

ejh06752, Today at 05:50 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

parkwood, Today at 01:18 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

InVinoVeritas, Today at 10:40 AM
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4.92/5  rDev +20.9%

howdiz, Yesterday at 02:56 AM
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

ranger7, Yesterday at 02:29 AM
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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

kricks77, Yesterday at 11:24 PM
Photo of JSaulWelter
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%

JSaulWelter, Yesterday at 10:46 PM
Photo of Bone53
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance (4.5): Beautiful orange amber color with an attractive two finger head

Smell (4.25): Toasted caramel malts, toffee, banana bread, spices hops

Taste (4.0): Toffee, caramel, spiced hops

Mouthfeel (4.25): Light yet full bodied for an Oktoberfest. Perfect carbonation and crisp bitterness

Overall: Not a fan of most Oktoberfests and only have a couple when in season. With that said, this is definitely one of the better ones iv had. Good quality at a good price. What Great Lakes does best!

Bone53, Yesterday at 08:57 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

MNBeerGeek, Yesterday at 06:39 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

jaltland, Yesterday at 05:57 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

spoloha11, Sunday at 01:37 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

MattBreight, Sunday at 01:15 AM
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4.32/5  rDev +6.1%

stomioka, Sunday at 12:46 AM
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Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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