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Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,815 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,815
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 170
Gots: 201 | 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:
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(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 11-04-2003)
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

JayKay412, Oct 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

theleechster, Oct 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

StretchZep, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Eastside151
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Eastside151, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of MrJuengling
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

MrJuengling, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of jminch
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

jminch, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of JuniperJesus
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Among the cacophony of Johann Schrammel blaring in the background and the merry yells of the festival crowds, she crosses your sight. She’s a voluptuous beauty who’s had her share of brezen, weisswurts, and obatzda, but she perfectly fills out her dirndl in full. Among all these Marzens, what is it about this one that has you hiding the bulge in your lederhosen? Her dark copper color helps her stand out from the rest as she pours into your glass with the thickness you expected. As soon as you bring her to your lips, she surrounds you with a warm comfort, both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time; her aroma matches evenly with her sweet taste. She is ready for fun and her hearty laugh makes you smile with each sip. After unraveling the strings on her dirndl blouse and voraciously dropping to her knees, you are overwhelmed with her lascivious mouthfeel but also a looming sorrow: this tryst will last but a few days. Alas, Octoberfest wasn’t meant to last all year, so grab her by her thick curves and dive in head first. You might as well: she’s been patiently waiting for you all year with a tankard in one hand and a motel key in the other. As the bacchanalia comes to a close, she quietly slips away into the Munich night; the memories of the copious merriment she leaves behind can only find their match in grandeur in the moist spot she left behind on the bed you shared.

JuniperJesus, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of lastconfederate2
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

lastconfederate2, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of rangerred
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with an extremely thick two finger head. Excellent lacing and head retention.

Aroma is very malty with biscuit, bread, and lots of caramel. There is an overall sweetness about it.

Flavor is tons of caramel along with dark bread and a little biscuit. Sweetness pervades throughout and it approaches syrupy at times. Some squash flavor although there are no spices detectable. Bitterness is mild with no hop flavor. Mouthfeel is full.

Overall, I want to like this beer but it is just too sweet approaching cloying. It drinks stronger than its 6.5% and is more of a sipper. My idea of an oktoberfest is a flavorful beer than can be drunk in liters and this isn't it.

rangerred, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very bright amber-orange color. Lots of carbonation bubbles streaming upwards. Head is fizzy and falls relatively quickly. Nice lacing on the glass, though.

Aroma is very nice. Rich, full, and sweet. Caramel-ish malt and a lot of fruity aromas. There's an herbal spiciness akin to what you'd have in a Christmas ale or winter warmer.

Flavor starts with a slight herbal/ grassy flavor that gives way to a sweeter caramel malt and slightly metallic finish. The feel is extremely creamy and enjoyable.

BamaBeerBuff, Sep 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

AndrewMichael, Sep 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

humanenigma, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color topped by a tight, creamy looking head that leaves sticky rings behind before the first sip. Clean aromas of mild sweet bread and subtle earthiness. Sweet malty flavor - again, clean and lagery. Dough, some toast, nuttiness, and a flicker of leafy hops. Medium bodied and nicely smooth with fine, tingly carbonation. A bit on the strong side for the style, but I think I could suck down a liter or two without much trouble.

wedge, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is orange with a small white head. The aroma offers sweet malts, lager scents - smells appropriate for the style, albeit a bit sweet. The flavor is ok. A bit grainy and sweet, but also flavorful and enjoyable. Notes of gourds, squash. A tad syrupy on the palate with moderately low carbonation. Overall, a pretty good example of the style, although one was plenty.

Huhzubendah, Sep 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

chim52chim, Sep 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

tehchico, Sep 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Cosho, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a mini Hofbraü maaskrug.
6.5% ABV, Best served at 45°F, Please enjoy by 10/18/12

A - Streams of lazy bubbles rise to a chunky off-white head which seems to refuse to dissipate. Minutes go by before the tall, loose foam gently blankets the vibrant golden, honey colored beer. Perfection in a pint, it looks like!

S - Great Lakes Oktoberfest has a rich bready aroma so strong it's reminiscent of breaking a loaf of dense, freshly baked bread and taking a deep whiff in. Strong Vienna maltiness paves the way for light Munich sweetness and faint noble hop aroma on the finish. This beer has an odd intoxicating sweetness like boiling wort without smelling like it will be overpoweringly sweet in flavor.

T - Sip after sip continues the explosion of malt flavors and complexities to bombard the taste buds. At first, it's like biting into honey drizzled slices of dense bread. Kettle caramelization follows with a candy-like sweetness before finishing with a crunchy bite of dry wheat toast. The malt nuances are perfectly wrapped in submissive, yet balancing hops which delicately trickle in light spice and dry earthiness.

M - Smooth as glass from start to finish Great Lakes' Oktoberfest fills the mouth with a rich, medium-full bodied feel that carefully walks the line between drinkable and too sweet. The hop additions stray from the classic dry and prevalent profile to a low-key balance.

O - Great Lakes has struck gold with their spot-on rendition of this German lager which expertly marries different malts which blend to perfection with superb drinkability but are also allowed to develop and contribute different nuances. It's rich without being over-the-top; a hearty, malty Oktoberfest which demands you drink it by the liter!

BeerFMAndy, Sep 28, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a great label

App: Beautiful medium amber. Quickly failing head, but that is a matter of the glass.

Smell: Smell of munich malt and salty, minerally caramel. I typically like a bit more hops in my O-fest.

Taste: Firm but mild malty flavor. It's a strong pilsener malt base with munich and caramel for flair. As it warms a munich malt and noble hop huskiness come through in the finish. A nice middle ground in a diverse style.

Mouthfeel: True medium body with complexity. A refreshing lightness flanks the palate.

emsroth, Sep 27, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with a foamy, 1/2 inch off-white head. Lasts for a while and there is a fair amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is really extraordinary. A strong hint of sweet fruit, chocolate, malt -- really nice. The taste is also sweet -- hints of raisin or dark chocolate. Hoppy. Very clean, crisp taste. Perfect for a Marzen. I find with Oktoberfests, carbonation is the X factor in making a brew a hit or a miss. The carbonation in this one is really pretty perfect -- just a really pleasant, solid beer. Very easy to drink.

oldirtycaffrey, Sep 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Peter, Sep 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

DavidGross, Sep 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

BurghFanSC, Sep 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

HeathernThistle, Sep 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

tugdriver7, Sep 25, 2012
Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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