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Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,895 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,895
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 174
Gots: 242 | FT: 4
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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Photo of auroracrisis
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best by 9/30/12 poured into a pint glass.

A copper color with effervescent carbonation and a one finger eggshell head. Dies down into a smaller head that sticks around for the duration of the session.

Sweet caramel and lighter maple syrup with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Nice bready, almost pumpernickel presence as well.

Opens with soft caramel sweetness that has a touch of that maple. Spices are similar to the nose with plenty of that bread quality as well on the finish.

Medium body and low carbonation and on the verge of sticky.

Good sweetness with some spice and bready flavors. A great Marzen. I am not huge on the style but I can not think of a better one brewed out of Germany.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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Photo of MadScientist
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A medium amber with brilliant clarity. The cream off-white head has a good retention time slowly dissipating over a couple of minutes.

S: Light toasted malt aroma and an allergy stuffed nose, but not too bad as I just smell more of the soap on my hand than this beer initially. A very clean lager having no fruity esters, no DMS no Diacetyl. Malt aroma increase as it warms.

T: Rich German Malt flavors (Munich and Vienna) dominate with a light toastiness and a slight hint of caramel. There is a moderately-light earth noble hops flavor with a touch of spice. A firm hops bitterness provides enough balance to make this malt driven beer dry out on the finish with lingering bitterness and a slight grainy malt aftertaste. Again a very clean lagering process so no fruitiness nor diacetyl.

M: Smooth medium bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a slight prickle at the back of the but that could be my allergies going off here.

O: An excellent Oktoberfest, Great Lakes is on Hell of a brewery that consistently reminds me that lagers a worth my time and attention despite being a huge ale fan.

Looks like a 10/12/12 best by date

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- a nice, thick head about .75". Copper color, see through

Smell- caramel, with hints of hops. Also some brown sugar and hints of pine.

Taste- Similar to the smell. On the sweet end, with spices hidden beneath that linger after swallowing. A bit of a bready taste.

Feel- very carbonated. Medium body, not too light but also not too heavy. Great to drink alone or with food.

Overall- not what I would normally expect when thinking about an oktoberfest but still a wonderful beer. I would definitely buy this again.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of justintcoons
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Golden amber with 1 finger of off-white head. There’s an extremely heavy amount of carbonation. Great head retention and excellent clarity.

Caramel, bread, brown sugar, nutty malts and a hint of noble hops.

Big maltiness composed of caramel, bread and nuts. Notes of brown sugar, toast and earth. Hints of noble hops and a pinch of lemongrass. I also detect a touch of bubblegum and pilsner malt. The maltiness lingers in the back of the throat long after taking a sip.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

An extremely well done Oktoberfest. Has a nice little bump in the abv compared to more traditional Marzens. Also has a slightly drying bitterness in the finish. Very refreshing. Prost!

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2.88/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for 2.75$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, grass, cereal, hay, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and lots of wet herbal notes like hay/straw/grass. It also has some raisin notes and some light hops. It ends with a malty herbal aftertaste.

Overall - Way too much herbal/farm type flavour for me. Maybe it's spot on for the style, but it just isn't enjoyable. Not something I'd buy again.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint

A- golden amber, slight haze.a one finger off white head. Good bubbles.

S- A little caramel. Some dark furits. A slight spiciness like clove and cinnamon, reminds me of a Christmas beer a little. A little breaddy. Nice stuff

T- A good one. There is a slight caramel up front. This beer has a spicy dark fruit character that reminds me of a dubbel and a christmal ale, unique but tasty. A lot of malt extract like flavors. A really nice malty beer.

M- Drinks easy, smooth. Refreshing. interesting taste.

O- This is a great Oktoberfest. A step up from the stand by, sam adams, but very different and very enjoyable.

Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,895 ratings.