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Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,865 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,865
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 172
Gots: 214 | 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 Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Premiere Gourmet. Pours peachy colour, and the aroma is fruity peachy. Easy drinking, mild bitterness, and the bitterness is more pronounced than the slight sweetness, a tad smoked. Not outstanding beer that I would seek it, very pleasant though. Bang on the style plus.

Sammy, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.7%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to whitenads for sending me this one.

Enjoy by: 10/15/14.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, toast, earth, caramel, and slight nut aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, toast, nut, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of malt and earth forward characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -14%

djrn2, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

zestar, May 10, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14%

acurtis, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a fairly light amber, bordering on copper. Starts with a two-finger head in my pilsner glass, lading into just a rim as the beer goes down. Hints of lacing. Smells slightly sweet with some caramel. Not too much depth. Taste is similar with a faint hoppiness. Light caramel touch. Mouthfeel is nice. Medium body and good carbonation. Slightly creamy. Drinkability is average. Nothing spectacular here. Not quite malty enough to fit into the German-type Oktoberfest, and doesn't have the hop feel of some of the better American Octoberfests.

Thorpe429, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

nmann08, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Texasfan549, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear orange and amber in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of toasted malts and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of toasted malts with hints of caramel. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is a good representation of the style.

metter98, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

kjkinsey, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found on-on tap at (of all places) Cheapside's. The bottle proved to be a world-class brew, so I had high hopes for the tap. The golden-copper-orange brew came out with a very froathy, withstanding head retention thats tough to fight through. The aromas are somewhat light, but are very yeasty, bready, malty, with just a touch of refreshing hops. Tastes very malty without the caramel or toffee sweetness. Malts are so rich that the hops, esters, and alcohol take a really far back seat. This is undoubtedly the most malty-textured Oktoberfest that I have had. Very rich textued, creamy, and soft. Finishes malty and firm. Could this beer be too malty?

BEERchitect, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of clean cereal notes is exactly what I would expect from the style. Taste is also dominated by cereal notes with light residual sugar with a clean finish. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Perfect example of the style.

Phyl21ca, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Polished pumpkin orange with candy corn colored highlights. The thickly creamy crown is more pale orange than ecru and possesses the usual Great Lakes magic, both immediately after the pour and as it settles. A thick, circumferential sheet of lace is broken only by a few specks of visible glass. Wow, what a start!

The nose is standard for the style and neither disappoints nor impresses. Actually, given the brewery, it is a disappointment. Earthy malt and musky hops lead the way, but don't make me excited to begin drinking.

I'm sorry I doubted. The flavor profile makes up for the aroma's shortcomings, and then some. Oktoberfest's best feature is its balance, both with respect to complementary flavors and to sweetness and bitterness. Toasted barley, baked nuts and steely caramel are beautifully countered by bitter orange peel, dark honey and herbal-earthy hops.

I feel the same way about Oktoberfest that I feel about Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, in the sense that there's something in this flavor profile (that I can't pinpoint or even describe) that makes it better than all of the other versions that I've tried. It's just... so... damn... delicious. How they do it, what secret ingredient they use, I'll never know.

One thing I didn't doubt, not even for a second, was the mouthfeel. These guys do mouthfeels like Monet does landscapes. Strangely enough, their brewpub beer (a different brewer by the way) doesn't hit me the same. This one is medium-full and is incredibly smooth and polished. In other words, it's a treat for the mouth.

I'll admit, Oktoberfest is not my favorite style. In fact, it isn't among my top-20 favorite styles. Leave it to Great Lakes, a world-class brewery, to show me just what a world-class O-fest should taste like. Highly recommended... but only if you're a fan of outstanding craft beer.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -1.7%

jaydoc, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan for tossing this beer in as an extra in a recent trade.

A: The pour is a clear copper color with a finger or so worth of white foam.

S: Initially I get a lot of lager yeast aromas along with some grassy hops. As the beer warms up a little bit, some sweet malt aromas come through. Fairly creamy with some caramel and toffee notes, and a mild spiced quality.

T: Fairly malt forward with notes of grassy and spicy hops. The malt character is bready with some sweet caramel flavors. A slightly earthy bitterness to this beer as well.

M: The body is medium with a smooth carbonation that is lively and moderately creamy.

D: A solid Oktoberfest from a solid brewery. I really enjoyed this lager.

womencantsail, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Knapp85, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my new favorite Fest style beers,poured a clear bronze with a delicate looking 1/2 finger slight off white head.Grainy aromas a bit toasted with some caramel doughy sweetness a bit of iron is detected as well as well as some leafy hop,truly American in its larger dose of peppery hop but staying true with its lightly sweet doughy maltiness it has something for everyone and purists I really liked this one glad I have alot more.

oberon, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD: 10/18/12

Poured into a tulip glass, it has a bright amber copper color with high clarity. Languid sparse trails of rising bubbles from the center of the glass. A sizable head at first pour becomes a frosted thin layer on the surface, with a perfect delicate crown of lace around the edges. Retention is pretty good.

Mellow shortbread aroma, slight toasted grain.

A light bitter bite is noticeable upfront, segueing into some smooth nutty almond from it's grain and malt character. Bitterness grips lightly, but slips into the malt cocoon effortlessly. Light bodied but with enough complexity to keep one well interested.

2013: Sampling this again against a dozen other Oktoberfests, this one came out in my personal top 3. Very fresh and true to style with it's own unique nutty malt character, and lingering flavors. Highly recommended for an American Oktoberfest that upholds tradition.

emerge077, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pokal at ChurchKey.

I missed the Nosferatu, but at least I got to try this one. It pours a clear amber copper topped by a veruy short, ecru, bubbly head. The smell is sweeter than expected, comprising brown sugar, maple syrup, caramel, and a semi-tropical fruitness that's hard to pin down (my best guess is pineapple). The maple comes through in the taste, along with toffee, walnut, green apple, and a sort of woody bitterness. Not what I've come to expect from an Oktoberfest necessarily, but not all that bad either. The body is a light medium, with a smoothness that improves over time and a carbonation that's small and short, but pretty active while there.

TMoney2591, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with ruby highlights. It had a small, foamy, off-white head that left some sticky lace.

S - It smelled of caramel malt and some mild floral notes. It smelled really quite sweet.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel with touches of honey. It doesn't have the maltiness that I expect in a great octoberfest.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly dry finish. A light to medium bodied brew.

D - This is a nice easy drinking octoberfest. It's not my favorite but its still worth a try from a quality brewery.

zeff80, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of Jason
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle.

The lacing makes a spectacle of it's self, copper clarity is stunning. Clean malty nose of toasted bread with some spicy hop too. Smooth and a bit creamy with a delicate medium body. Malt is quite complex with fresh baked bread, dried hay and a hint of caramel. Spicy hop bitterness is there from start to after taste. Dry finish and the flavor lingers slowly away.

Seriously great beer here. One of the top picks for O-fests.

Jason, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served up at Med Mex the Robinson location:

Appearance: Perfect, caramel orange tint nice foamy cream hued head, with rings evenly spread for the lace. Aroma: Rich toasted malts with a sryupy malt backbone bringing out the sweetness with the hops tip toeing onto the scene. Taste: Full malty and hoppier than most awesome Ofest the best spicy finish I have yet to taste from any of the Oktoberfests I've sampled, mildly hopped at 35 IBUs. Mouthfeel: Medium body slightly sticky in texture with smooth carbonation. Drinkabiltiy: All I can say is by the liter.

WVbeergeek, Nov 04, 2003
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Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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