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Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,468 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,468
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 148
Gots: 102 | 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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Photo of samie85


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Best By 10/01/10.

A- Pours a nice, clear, reddish amber color that I identify as being a Marzen/Okto.'s color. It has a one finger, white head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some nice lacing.

S-Rich hints of sweet Munich malt with some spicy, floral hop notes and some lighter pilsener malt notes.

T-Light and toasty malt notes upfront with sum sweet, rich Munich malt and finishes with dry, floral hop notes.

M-Light bodied with medium to heavy amount of carbonation, and a slightly smooth, mouth-coating feel.

D-Overall a really solid Okto. and one of my go-to's this time of year. I just wish it wasn't so hot out, I'm really ready for fall and the beers it brings with it.

09-01-2010 05:43:19 | More by samie85
Photo of brewdoc75


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

A: Copper colored and translucent. Strong carbonation feeds a small, 1/2 inch head that seems to last awhile. Condensation gleans off the sides, which adds to the look.

S: Faint herbal hops. Mild grainy sweetness. Some hints of toastiness. Good aromas, but nothing overpowering.

T: Lovely maltiness. Rich flavors with toffee and even a little caramel. Ends with a pleasant toastiness. The hops are there and balance it out with a clean bitterness. The hop flavor is mostly herbal. No off flavors and remarkably clean. Solid flavor overall, but nothing that stands out.

M: Light bodied. Finishes clean, dry and not overly sweet. Good carbonation.

D: A really nice Oktoberfest. Nothing over the top, but that's ok. Very solid flavors and a clean finish make this beer amazingly drinkable. It was hard to drink just one in a sitting. I really enjoyed this beer. Give it a try.

09-01-2010 01:34:57 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow

Smell - Pine, hops, malts and spices

Taste - Nice and bold, there is a mild hop bite to this. The spices give this a bitter flavor but then the malts sweeten it up a little. Has that dry lager taste to it also.

Mouthfeel - As ive said, feels like a lager with its dry bitter kick. Coats mouth with spices and mild hops but basically all gone after a few seconds.

Drinkabilty - Nice octoberfest, very drinkable and full of flavors. Enough alcohol in it that you will feel once you drink a couple. I wish i would have got a 6-pack.

08-31-2010 04:19:58 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of GilGarp


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Served on tap at a restaurant in Brecksville. It was poured into a chilled flute-shaped pilsner glass. Not ideal as I don't like chilled glasses but I'm also not one to complain the bartender.

Oktoberbest has a hazy (possibly because of the glass) coppery orange color with about an inch of head. The head is short-lived and leaves no lace, again, probably because of the glass. Ok, let's not dwell on the serving vessel.

Aroma is malty sweet and a little fruity. Pretty mild but that's to be expected from this style.

Flavor is also malty and fruity. Orchard fruits, if that makes sense, like apples and maybe some pear. A nice light spice note rounds out the sweetness. Very little bitterness but all of this seems right for the style.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, easy drinking, medium-low carbonation.

It may still be August but this Oktoberfest is a good reminder of the cooler months to come. This would be a great session beer for someone looking for a sweeter brown or red ale for the fall.

08-29-2010 14:03:06 | More by GilGarp
Photo of Brno

New York

2.95/5  rDev -27.5%

Good solid amber color with a scent of caramelized sugar. Medium body with a little astringency for cleanliness. Leaves you with a good flavor and a touch of weight on the aftertaste. This is a complex and beguiling brew that every time I think I have it figured out, I am thrown a change-up. Good and drinkable, especially for kickoff...

08-29-2010 02:43:49 | More by Brno
Photo of ProudBeerSnob

New York

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%

Poured into pint glass from bottle.Copper color very clear with very sparse head. Sweet aroma, taste to match but overly sweet as some Oktoberfest can be. Finishes sweet rather than crisp.

Fairly drinkable for the style. Great Lakes makes some great beers, rarely misses (ahem, Grassroots), and makes solid efforts like this one. Not a great Oktoberfest, but one I will pick up again.

08-29-2010 00:52:32 | More by ProudBeerSnob
Photo of Erish


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

A: clear red/orange color, tan head quickly falls back into a skinny, lager-y cap with decent lacing.

S: dark fruit, caramel, honey, plenty of fruity yeast funk, the hop aroma is bright and floral.

T: the fruit flavors burst up front, along with a nice bite from the carbonation, the middle is nicely funky, with some earthy notes as well, the finish features gentle grassy/floral hops, and a pleasantly drying finish.

M: silky, moderate carbonation, crisp finish.

D: this is a very good Oktoberfest, and is very close to great!

08-28-2010 21:12:24 | More by Erish
Photo of KeefD


3.3/5  rDev -18.9%

Pours a rather dull looking copper color with a small white head that falls quickly to no cap. Not much carbonation. Aroma is sweet and bready, very little in the way of hops, with a touch of toast. Taste is a bit too sweet for my likings. It's definitely malty, bready, with generous amounts of Munich malts, but the sweetness becomes a bit cloying for me. OFests are good when they're sweet, but normally they dry out on the finish, which this doesn't. Bitterness is light and somewhat floral. Mouthfeel is medium, but there's a huge lack of carbonation. It's not flat, but needs more. This is a decent OFest, but nothing spectacular, and I still find it a little sweet for the style.

08-28-2010 16:15:11 | More by KeefD
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured into a pilsner like glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Head fades down to a thin layer. No lace left. Color is a golden bronze.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malts with bready flavors. Has a toasted flavor to it. No hop aroma.

Taste: Very similar to the nose. Some sweetness with some toasted flavors. However, there seems to be some grassy/noble hops showing. Bready and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. End dry with spice notes.

Overall, a fairly average octoberfest beer. Nothing crazy, but it is what it is supposed to be. I do like the hops that shine through in this beer. Fairly drinkable.

08-28-2010 02:10:27 | More by mothman
Photo of Ryan011235


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured into a pint glass on 8/25/10

Freshest taste by 9/25/10

Burnt amber in color & boasting astounding clarity. A very nice looking beer. Head retention is thin; with only 1/8th inch of initial foam, it skimmed out quickly. No retention or lace at the end.

The nose is full of robust malt aroma - baked spiced bread & toasted overtones. Hints of caramel, yet it doesn't seem particularly sweet. Noble hops are distinct & offer an earthy, spicy offset to the malt. Good, clean aroma.

The taste is no less impressive & actually mirrors the aroma quite well, though the hops lead the way. A moderately spicy hoppiness segues into a spot-on malt base. In a similar fashion to the nose there are swaths of toasted breads, caramel & top-notch grains.

Round about the midpoint between medium & full bodied. The carbonation is just right; it's fittingly restrained for the style. Finishes with a tingling sensation on the tongue & leaves something of a coating. Toasty caramel notes linger.

Great Lakes did a fine job with their Oktoberfest. The ease of drinkability is impressive. I only bough a single, not knowing if I wanted to commit to a 6 pack. I think it's fair to say affirmative on that. I'll be keeping an eye out for it on tap, as well.

08-27-2010 19:12:28 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of Buebie


3.08/5  rDev -24.3%

Smallish head forms, leaving a thin collar and little to no lace.
Color is a burnt orange, bits of glowing golden as well.
Transparent, appearing filtered.

Aroam contains a large amount of breadyness, not as sweet as its counterparts with a bit of grain at the nose too.

Mouthfeel is slick and medium bodied.
Taste is kind of bland at first sip, then a funny thing happens on the swallow, the flavor turns on and delivers.
Plenty of bready malt here as well as charred caramel and sourdough bread. Hops are at bay mostly, but do provide a light herbal spice to the finish.

This is to me a much darker take on the style, not only in color but flavor as well. By flavor I mean not a stout, but dark as in gloomy? More bold flavors, reminiscent of bold cheese. Not one of my favorite takes on the style, but a great contender. Probably a beer you either like or do not like, for me it s a do not.

08-27-2010 16:44:02 | More by Buebie
Photo of JLeege


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

First 'fest of the season!

Appearance- tan/orange/burnt looking in color, nice white head, quickly disipating

Smell- Caramel apple. Nutty, bready. Not to sure were the apple is coming from, but I am definitly getting it!?

Taste- to me this tastes like a liquid taffy apple. I am really liking this a lot. Though I was not expecting an apple flavor in this.

Mouthfeel- very drinkable as an octoberfest should be

Overall- I'm going to need to try some more of this, this whole apple business is not what I was expecting. But I am digging this a ton!

08-27-2010 03:41:30 | More by JLeege
Photo of jera1350


3.68/5  rDev -9.6%

My first Oktoberfest of the year and on a nice cool evening as well.

Crystal clear burnt orange color with an okay tannish head that delivers a little lace.

Huge sourdough bread scent dominates. A light sweet and spiciness as well.

Much like the nose, a very pronounced bread flavor, but minus the sourdough. Moderately sweet with a spicy finish.

Very soft and smooth feel. Medium bodied.

A well crafted Oktoberfest. No complaints here, but also nothing that makes it really stand out, but that's fine with me. A couple of these would go really well on those cool fall evenings.

08-27-2010 01:49:58 | More by jera1350
Photo of Redrover


4/5  rDev -1.7%

Great Lakes Oktoberfest was freshly taped at the Tip Top in Columbus. Served in a standard pint, the beer is copper with a beige head.

It has an inviting aroma of grass, malts and light brown sugar.

The taste is of sweet malts, a hint of hops, apple and a very light whiff of bread. Seems like a good representation of the newer style Ofests.

The mouth is semi-thick and the beer is extremely drinkable. Bring on the sausages and the chicken dance!

08-24-2010 00:54:41 | More by Redrover
Photo of fbone


3.63/5  rDev -10.8%

A-a clear copper,medium head,medium retention.

B-yeasty smell,slight malt aroma.

T-good,sweet malt flavor that the hops hide under just a hair .

M-medium body,medium carbonation,mild hops.

D- very easy to drink,I would buy this one again.With all the craft beers today that are heavy on the hops,It's nice to taste the malt in a beer with a medium amount of hops.

I have been to this brewery and would like to say that there best beers aren't in stores.There at the brewery on tap.If you can't get there beer where you live message me for a trade.

08-22-2010 17:28:17 | More by fbone
Photo of beergod1


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

Clear burnt orange with a small off-white head, fading to a thick ring before long. Aroma of Caramel toasty malts with a bit of earthy hop bitterness, even a bit of biscuity malts after the initial smell. Medium, creamy, light hop body with decent finish / Light flavors of caramel malt, with undertones of pine hop. Very drinkable....as most Marzens are.

08-15-2010 16:29:44 | More by beergod1
Photo of Landfill21


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

I always look forward to Oktoberfest beers and this is the first one I have tasted this season. I like almost all of the Great Lakes brews especially the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Drank in a pint glass. Pours into a nice amber color with a small head. Drinks very smoothly. Has an aftertaste that you have to get used to. Smells of fruit and finishes with a nutty taste.

This is a good oktoberfest beer.

08-15-2010 04:03:16 | More by Landfill21
Photo of dditto2


2.73/5  rDev -32.9%

First to remark that the end of august is when the fall seasonals always start hitting the shelves, just a little edumacation.
Unfortunately I was not impressed by this beer much.
Beautiful looking amber, very nice head.
Smell is dominated by a decomposing grass smell.
Taste is ok exept for that decomposing taste that lingers well after you finnish the brew.
It feels good and is very drinkable in general but that odd taste really ruins it for me.
Definately the worst oktoberfest ive tried and the worst ive tried from greatlakes. Not really a bad beer over all. I would drink it but theres better for the price. I have access to many kinds of hard to find brews so its very unlikely i will ever buy this one again.

08-11-2010 19:36:36 | More by dditto2
Photo of MbpBugeye


4.15/5  rDev +2%

Seeing this out at the beginning of August makes me wonder when we will see Fall seasonals next year? July?

Anyway, fresh by 9/22/10 on the label. This style was really my first foray into craft. German tradition and culture really interests me so I owe it all to Marzens. Drinking this bad boy out of a big Weinhenstephan dimpled stein for that traditional feel. Why dont I have a boot yet!?

A- Nice, deep orange in color with a quick dying head. Its a very clear lager.

S- Grainy and fruity. Golden raisins, apple cider, and a nutty and bready malt base. Lots of things that remind you of autumn.

T- Really awesome tasting. Lots of fruitiness from a golden raisin flavor. Its very sweet. Nice nutty finish.

M- Quite dry, this beer finishes clean and smooth. Body is medium, getting kinda full for an amber lager. Its a robust Marzen for sure.

D- I like this one a lot. This has got to be my favorite oktoberfest to date.

08-10-2010 05:49:28 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of Keffa


3.6/5  rDev -11.5%

Bottle poured into my Unibroue Ephemere glass.

A: Pours an absolutely beautiful burnt copper/orange, nice 2.5 finger white head that disappates slowly and leaves a little lacing here and there. Head settles to a small ring and a film like top layer of bubbles. Very nice so far.

S: Sweet, caramel, slight burnt sugar, biscuits and a little bit of a dry yeast. No real hops on the aroma.

T: Caramel, toasted bread, little bit of a citrus like sweetness, like a marmalade, a very very faint taste of floral hop. Very malt heavy, and rightly so. One of the better ones I have had in terms of flavor.

M: Very rich and chewy, creamy, and just big, IMO.

D: Very drinkable. Normally, I don't like beers that are very malt heavy or overly sweet. This one wasn't bad.

Not a first choice, but this is a good beer, and a decent one in the style. Marzens seem to be pretty easy to get into because most don't stray far from the norm. If you like sweeter, malt forward beers, this is a great one to have. For the price (8.99 for 6) this is a good value.

08-09-2010 01:10:34 | More by Keffa
Photo of dpcoz


3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

Great lakes Oktoberfest
Pint glass from bottle - 08/03/2010
A - copper-amber complexion, cream colored head, appx three fingers deep. Good carbonation rising to the top

S - roaster malts, slight hops, Carmel, bread and spiced, possibly from Vienna malts?

T - sweet malts, Carmel, breadiness, spice - just as it smells

M - sweet to the taste, decent carbonation, sweet finish

D - nice, attractive and delicious. I could enjoy multiple in one setting

08-04-2010 16:09:07 | More by dpcoz
Photo of OverToad


3.33/5  rDev -18.2%

It poured a copper color with a nice white head. It has a very strong malt smell and flavor. It was a lot sweeter than I was expecting. There was a little bit of the alcohol coming through at the end. It had a nice creamy mouthfeel. One I would drink again if they were to make it again.

08-01-2010 16:49:57 | More by OverToad
Photo of TMoney2591


3.6/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

06-13-2010 20:35:22 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of drabmuh


3.63/5  rDev -10.8%

Beer is red and clear with a white head of small bubbles. No lacing and carbonation is moderate.

Beer is mild smelling and mostly malty.

Beer is pretty thick, full bodied. Very malty, mild roast perhaps. Drinkability of this beer is good but I feel its a little too thick for an oktoberfest.

06-10-2010 19:57:51 | More by drabmuh
Photo of ToasterChef


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. The beer is light brown in color, but shows off some orange tones when held up to the light. The head is small, made of small bubbles and tan colored. It disappeared to a slight skim. There's lots of carbonation rising within the glass. The aroma is woodsy and leafy, but with a good toasted malt character, kind of like toasted artisanal bread. It starts out with a good toffee malt flavor that is slightly sweet. The finish has a bit of a kick; it almost feels like there is a slight alcohol burn, but since this is only a 6.5% ABV beverage, I'm guessing it's some finishing hops that cause this sensation. The beer has a full body; each sip feels like a real mouth full of beer. It leaves behind a good amount of coating on both my lips and in my mouth. The carbonation is felt, but it isn't too prominent. It's a very drinkable beer. It's too bad it isn't available in my area...I could see it becoming my go to autumnal seasonal brew.

04-15-2010 00:12:57 | More by ToasterChef
Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,468 ratings.