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Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,900 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,900
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 179
Gots: 247 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 11-04-2003

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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.83/5  rDev +19%
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!

Photo of emsroth
3.37/5  rDev -17%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Lakes - Oktoberfest

Bottled in Cleveland, Ohio. This has been one of my favorites too. It poured a decent head and a ver nice amber, redish-golden, perfectly clear color. The head didn't last very long in the mug, but neither did the beer :)

It had all the maly taste along with a hint of some hoppy spice, but I couldn't taste the 6.5% ABV at all. I've had a few that tasted a bit thicker somehow, but this was just about perfect.

I'll definately have to add this to my "must remember" list and look for it again.

My bottle has a "please enjoy by:" date of 10/25/12, puchased and consumed on 9/24/12. There's also 10203DE stamped below the date, no indication of what that's for though.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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