1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Great Lakes OktoberfestGreat Lakes Oktoberfest

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,815 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,815
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 170
Gots: 200 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Great Lakes Oktoberfest Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,815 | Reviews: 559 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev -1.7%

klipper, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from a six pack, picked up in Buffalo at Consumer Beverages.

Poured into a tulip. Lovely caramel amber colour, very bright. Good sturdy head, settles into a thick ring with flecks of lacing.

Nose is very malty and with a grainy biscuit character, with a touch of herbal hops in the back.

Solid marzen, again with a strong sweet malt flavour up front, grain, biscuit as well, then settling into an assertive herbal hop finish with just a touch of citrus. Very drinkable, though a little sweet for me.

Smooth, carbonation is quite balanced.

Drinkable little marzen, would certainly be a good addition to an Oktoberfest evening.

JohnnyBarman, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of nheinzie57
3/5  rDev -26.3%

nheinzie57, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of PaBeerLover
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

PaBeerLover, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of heizerbjj
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

heizerbjj, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of atone315
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

atone315, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of WaterCzar
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

WaterCzar, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Simko1209
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Simko1209, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of BigTrubble
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

BigTrubble, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of brettski
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

brettski, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of profholt82
4/5  rDev -1.7%

profholt82, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of kautzmad
4/5  rDev -1.7%

kautzmad, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of UncleRandy
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

UncleRandy, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of reynolds2121
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

reynolds2121, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Heidelberg7
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Heidelberg7, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of brealbg
4/5  rDev -1.7%

brealbg, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of mcintire78
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale Amber to deep gold in color. Very little head and a small bit of lasting carbonation. No lacing to speak of.

S: Delicious malty smell with some slight notes of toasted bread.

T: A strong caramel taste up front with a bit of hops evening out the taste on the back of the tongue.

M: The light, sweet taste characteristic of a marzen. Made for drinking large quantities in a short time. Some strong carbonation on the back end.

D: A very good beer, and my first marzen of the season. Not a bad way to start things off, if a bit early.

mcintire78, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of ATK
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

ATK, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of mattyb85
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

mattyb85, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of jrpapajcik
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

jrpapajcik, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a medium orange color with a one finger dense white head. The head had decent retention and faded to give way to a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma of a light roasted malt and some caramel. There is some toasted bread notes and a light spicy hop aroma that are mixed within.

Taste – The taste begins of a caramel flavor and a great roasted malt and biscuit taste. As the taste advances some of the caramel fades as some light hop flavors of a more herbal note come to the tongue. These flavors crisp up the taste toward the end and leave a smooth, slightly roasted and lightly hopped malty flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly higher then average side in terms of creaminess wth the carbonation level being quite average. The body was fantastic for the roasted flavors of the brew while the carbonation level helped to give just the right amount of crispness to the brew as some of the sweeter flavors left the taste profile.

Overall - Very easy drinking with some wonderful tastes as well as a nice smooth feel. Quite nice.

Darkmagus82, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Dray
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Dray, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the nose I get a little bit of toasted nuts, slight slight caramel molasses, and a feint spicy character. Everything on the nose is subtle and nothing really pops out as being a primary aroma.

This is one of the most beautiful beers to look at that I have ever seen. It's perfectly clear, a stunning shade of orange in color, leaning towards amber, and has a nice thin off-white head and decent lacing with little visible carbonation bubbles finding their way to the top. Five starts on looks for sure!

Flavor is full of wonderful toasted biscuits, nuts, and subtle spice. I have no words to describe how good this beer is.. Medium body with a lighter touch of carbonation, and incredibly smooth. There is a lingering toasted caramel flavor in the finish that sits in the corners of your mouth and under your tongue. I want more.. I need more. The best Märzen that I have ever had, by far.

tlazaroff, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev -14%

thebigredone, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/6/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention; that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, biscuit, toast, herbal, floral, and light earthy spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of biscuit, toast, caramel, pear, herbal, floral, grass, and earthy spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, pear, herbal, and grass on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance and robustness; fairly clean finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Extremely smooth and easy to drink. Overall this is a highly excellent Oktoberfest. Great flavor balance and very smooth to drink. An easy winner.

superspak, Aug 26, 2012
Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,815 ratings.