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Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,902 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,902
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 185
Gots: 251 | 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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Poured from a 12oz bottle into a lager glass.

Appearance: nice orange-amber color with a half-finger white head(I keep my beer too cold so I don’t get much of a head on it). Still like how it looks.

Smell: roasted caramel notes with malty tones. Not that great of scent, honestly. A little musty if you ask me.

Taste: nothing extra spectacular here. A very solid Oktoberfest, one of my favorites for sure. Spices and malts with slight hints of hops.

Mouthfeel: very easy to drink. Goes down very smooth. Finishes with a slight alcoholic burn.

Overall: I am starting to really enjoy the fall season for its Octoberfest beers, and Great Lakes Brewing Company makes arguably one of the best. Definitely pick is up if you get the chance.

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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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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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