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Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes OktoberfestGreat Lakes Oktoberfest

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1,350 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,350
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 131
Gots: 62 | FT: 3
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 bamadog


4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

You've just gotta love the time of year when Oktoberfests start showing up on the shelves. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an orange/coppery color with some faint hints of amber; comes with a 1 and 1/2 finger head that is off-white and fades quickly to a pretty full skim on the sruface; body appears to be very clear and shows a very light carbonation; spotty lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Toasty and grainy, very much like I would expect from a lager style; faint hints of some sweeter malts in the back of the nose.

Taste: Very nice - I'm so pleased with the way this one tastes - the toasty graininess is definitely present, but it is really complemented more by the sweet malty backing and the flavors blend very well together, really, this just tastes like "autumn"; almost a slight flavor of corn in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very moist in the body with a very light carbonation - not especially lively, but there's enough going on to keep the mouth busy; actually a slight stickiness left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: High. This is a great tasting beer and a strong representative of the style as a whole. Nice flavors and a moderate ABV would make this a great go-to beer for a session.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 02:37:18 | More by bamadog
Photo of wyattshotmaker


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass,this beer is a nice clear amber with a which fluffy head that left some nice lacing after dissipating. smell almost reminds me of gingerbread for some reason. taste is very clean and crisp, toasted and bready with a slight amount of spiciness to it. i wanna guess it's from saaz hops,however i'm not 100% sure.

honestly,i really hate most marzen lagers,but i seek this beer out when it's released.solid with great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 02:00:26 | More by wyattshotmaker
Photo of animal69


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear deep orange-copper color w/ thin off-white head which dissolves into a nice ring of lace in my stange
S- a moderate smell, like fresh baked bread w/ nuts and a touch of fruit, a sweet, faintly alcohol note detected as well as the classic "curing concrete" smell after swallowed
T- rich & malty from the onset, steely cereal grain, toasted nutty malts and dark fruits with a crisp finish that lets you know hops are there
M- a dry, lighter than medium mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style
D- a very drinkable beer, i've tried to get my hands on this beer for 3 years now and am certainly impressed

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 04:03:56 | More by animal69
Photo of LyonsHead


4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: coppery orange with a thick creamy white head which sticks around for a while. The clarity is top notch

S: There is a rich malty sweetness with bread and biscuity notes.

T: this beer is very sweet with hints of bread and biscuit throughout. there is a slight caramel sweetness in the background. and the finish is just a touch sweet which keeps me from rating this 5.

M: mouthfeel is thick and smooth, but as noted earlier, the finish is not dry enough for this style

D: This is a fantastic beer. Its almost completely accurate to style except I feel it finishes too sweet (almost cloying) to be given all fives. Nonetheless this is a great beer, one that I would drink all year round

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 23:07:47 | More by LyonsHead
Photo of Auspice


3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a pitcher at the GLBC brewpub into a pint glass. Pours a rusty-bronze color with about 2 fingers of head. A biscuit-bready sweet roasted malt aroma is heavy in the nose. This beer is medium bodied and well balanced with a malty sweetness. Very drinkable and on the high end of a session beer at 6.5% ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2009 02:46:45 | More by Auspice
Photo of 2Stout4u


2.5/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was not impressed with this offering from one of my goto breweries. In all fairness this is not a style Im familiar with, but I do know what I like.

Color was the best thing about this beer. It was a nice ornage that reminds that October is coming.

Poured with moderate carbonation and small head that quickly dissipated.

Taste was to malty for me and had what I like to refer to as a slight sour taste. It is possible I got a bad batch, but I think this is just a style I don't like.

Overall it's better than macro beer but I won't try again. No worries though I still love you Great Lakes!!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 18:52:10 | More by 2Stout4u
Photo of gestalt162

New York

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1 1/2 finger fizzy head that sticks around. Somewhat hazy orange amber in color, would have liked a better color out of this brew as it's kind of a muted color. Rings of lace on the glass.

S: Delicious maltiness, lager yeast, slight whiff of hay.

T: Rich semi-sweet malt (which is really what I look for in an Oktoberfest). A little buttery, touch of caramel. Just a touch of earthy hops and hay toward the end to cut the sweetness. Fairly one-dimensional and non-complex, but with a delicious maltiness that stands out from other beers of this style.

MF: Smooth, not much carbonation.

D: I could drink a gallon, but at 6.5%, a little strong for a session beer. A beer that is propped up by its great malt flavor and relatively good balance. A solid brew of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 03:38:52 | More by gestalt162
Photo of Atron67


3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this was an acceptable beer however lacked alot of the vienna malt flavor that i look for in oktoberfests. not to say it was out of style or bad. it was relatively tasty however it contained a tang of a maltiness that was not what i was looking for. smooth light carbonation, medium body. little to no white head on top that faded quickly

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 03:18:27 | More by Atron67
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish gold with no head to speak of. Plenty of spice and malt in the nose. Pleasant. Taste is no where as good as the nose. The spices that were in the nose are hidden in the taste. Just a simple lager is left in the taste. Nothing to get excited about. Expected more from Great Lakes. I've loved everything from them to date.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 14:22:44 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of Wasatch


3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to tburkhart for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little off-white head, with minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some slight spice. The taste is sweet, malty, with some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 21:37:25 | More by Wasatch
Photo of mikereaser


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my dogfishhead pint glass

A - Poured a nice amber orangish color with 1/2 inch of foam that faded quickly leaving no lacing on the glass

S - earthy, grassy spicy aroma

T - had a grassy, piney taste ending with some nice spicy hops

M/D - Overall not a bad brew that I could drink several in a setting, but its not my favorite in this style

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 01:03:12 | More by mikereaser
Photo of cameraman


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber to golen color, with visible carbonation. A half inch head forms on top, cream in color, that dissolves away to afilm on top. A combination of fragrances starts it out with bread and biscuity aromas, then blending to a sweet yeasty scent. It ends with a spicy peppery scent. The bread comes out strong at the beginning of each taste. Then midway a yeasty tanginess, then finishing with mild bitterness of eath and grass, but nothing overwhelming. A watery feel at the start, but it gradually becomes fuller in body as it rolls across the palate. A bit of crispness from the carbonation at the end. Is there such a thing as an undrinkable oktoberfest, probably, but I have never foung one. This is an excellent starter and session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 18:01:53 | More by cameraman
Photo of jpkoch1962


2.53/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Perhaps I got a poor batch. This beer poured a cloudy orange with plenty of chill haze. The smell was neutral to a bit floral. The taste was very astrningent, bitter, and chalky. I won't even begin complaining that there was no "Bavairan" character to this lager - no Bohemian Pilsner malt, Munich malts, or German noble hops. I've had Great Lakes ales before and have given them good reviews. I can only say that I just got a spoiled batch.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 03:23:20 | More by jpkoch1962
Photo of BeerCheese


3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clear light copper color. Very little head that was gone in an instant. Not much aroma noticeable. Maybe just a hint of malt? Taste was typical oktoberfest - malty with just a hint of hops. I thought this one may have had a hint of smokiness as well. Medium/heavy body with medium/light carbonation. Fairly drinkable, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 03:44:10 | More by BeerCheese
Photo of Slar211


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from Zagara's in Richmond Heights, Ohio.

Appearance: Pours beautiful deep orange into a pint glass, with a nice creamy head and sticky lacing.

Smell: Caramel and toasted malts take the front, but there's definitely some hop spiciness in store as well.

Taste: Delicious malty sweetness, rolling into a nice hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some nice creaminess.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable on a brisk autumn evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 23:30:55 | More by Slar211
Photo of Deuane


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into my newly purchased GLBC mug club members glass.

A-Bright copper with a medium off-white head. Foam holds on well and leaves modest lace.

S-Deep rich caramel malts with earthy/spicy hop undertones.

T-Sweet, smooth biscuity malts dominate with a nice backing of spicy hops. Notes of toffee and caramel fight for supremacy.

M-Medium bodied and super smooth and creamy. Like liquid caramel candy....but not too sweet.

D-Superoir....without question one of the best domestic Marzens I have ever had. A total caramel malt delight! Hard to resist having seconds, thirds...

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2008 07:44:08 | More by Deuane
Photo of GoodKnight1220


4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this brew from a bottle to a pint glass.

Had a golden, copper, orange look with a nice three finger frothy head and a good bit of lacing throughout.

Smells of a malt and a hint of citrus and spice.

Taste and mouthfeel is perfect. Very smmoth and crisp. Wonderfull sweet maltyness.

You want to gulp this stuff down all night, drink this like water.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 01:20:21 | More by GoodKnight1220
Photo of roadhouse


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a crystal clear shade of light coppery orange with a once inch off-white head. Hands down the best looking O-fest I've seen yet. Leaves a very nice looking lace pattern.

Aroma is sweet caramel, toasty, bready, with a some nice spicy and earthy hop notes. Like most O-fests but this one seems to have a bit more "oomph".

Taste has sweet caramel notes up front with more of the toasty notes then it finishes with a surprising but delicious amount of hop flavor that's herbal and spicy.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a wonderful creamy feel to it.

This one is definitely up there in my O-fest rankings. It's hard to say whether this or FFF Munsterfest is better.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 19:48:32 | More by roadhouse
Photo of pwoods


4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased from Krogers in Finneytown, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours an extremely clear copper/bronze. Decent head, a bit fizzy, but holds on for a bit. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Big, clean malt notes. Note heavy. Grainy, earthy, husky. Some caramelly sweetness. Earthy hops.

T/M: More of the same from the nose. The malts are very crisp and clean and enjoy a healthy backing from the earthy hops. A nice savory(?) caramel malt keeps things interesting. Body is medium to medium light and good carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink. ABV is technically too high to be a session but that doesn't stop me during this time of the year :)

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 04:04:46 | More by pwoods
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got 2 bottles of this brew for having the winning numbers in SNF squares week 5.
1 from JohnTravolta21 and 1 from tburkhart, Thanks Sara and Thanks Tim!

12oz bottle(s) served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear orange/copper color with a medium sized off-white head that settled as a ring and left a few bits of lacing.

S - slight sour tangerine smell along with sweet malt.

T - sweet and malty with a light bitterness right before the swallow, very balanced flavor.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - great tasting, smooth drinking brew, delicious!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 22:48:25 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Winter


3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper in color with a creamy, light khaki colored head. Malty aroma has a caramel and light nuttiness to it. Mouthfeel is medium in body. Toasted malt with a caramel sweetness to it. A moderate amount of hops adds some bitterness and balance to this. Finish has a lingering nuttiness and rich sweet maltiness to it. Overall, a solid Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 02:47:56 | More by Winter
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Great Lakes Brewery Resturant

a: copper is amber no head and with a fair amount ofcarbonation

s: carmel malts and hops

t: toasted grain and malts, hop flavor balances nicely

m&d: medium body, smooth and very easy to drink

Not a bad brew, but deffinatly better offerings from Great Lakes.


Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2008 11:47:43 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of Lupe

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color with a one finger white head. Decent retention and nice lacing left behind.

Your typical semi-sweet Oktoberfest aroma - toasted grain and bread with a dash of hops.

Flavors of toasted grain and bread, caramel, and some spicy hops to balance. Hearty malt flavor is balanced well by the hop choice.

Medium bodied - fuller than expected. Smooth, creamy, and a touch of chewiness. Very nice mouthfeel. Easy to drink with enough flavor to keep you interested.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 17:20:38 | More by Lupe
Photo of drxandy


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to flare pint, pours a orangey golden amber, cream colored head hangs around

smells of heavy sweet malts, slight hops

taste is smooth and well blended germanic malts and hops, a very tasty oktober/marzen, heavy flavor, nice hop choice, caramel, bready, very well balanced.

mouthfeel is creamy, nice carbonation, good heavy flavors to style - nice!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 03:52:18 | More by drxandy
Photo of wspscott


3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Crystal clear, dark copper color with thin off-white head that leaves no lace.
S: Sweet, malty (nothing specific), as expected, there is no hint of hops. The smell is relatively muted even after it warms up.
T: Slight toast, mostly sweet/caramel flavor. A slight hop bitterness in the background keeps it from being cloying.
M: Crisp with medium carbonation, slightly drying on the tongue. No hint of alcohol.
D: Highly drinkable, would be a great session beer if the alcohol was dialed down a bit. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 20:33:01 | More by wspscott
Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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