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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:
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(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 11-04-2003)
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Photo of seangroves


3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Poured into a pint glass with about 1/8" of carbonation that dissipates very quickly. Very distinct copper color and relatively clear.

The beer is very hoppy to an almost herbal degree but yet sweet. The malts used are very quant in smell but provide an almost flowery aroma, yet are blended with the hops in the smell.

The beer provides for a seemingly balanced mix of lighter malt with mild hops. The hops are evident in the after taste to a degree.

The beer feels light but very carbonated but is very smooth. It has a bit of a dry aftertaste that slowly follows.

This beer is smooth and easy to drink. Nothing overly bountiful in terms of taste but provides a mild hop balance that is mixed in with the lighter malts nicely.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 04:36:06 | More by seangroves
Photo of jwinship83


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

A- dark golden bordering on amber with a finger sized white head.

S- grainy and bready. semi sweet.

T- about how it smells, with an added touch of booze which works well. some hints of fruit.

M- medium body, creamy and smooth.

D- possibly my favorite Oktober fest beer. this is something i could easily kill a couple of bottles of. pretty refreshing and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 23:11:42 | More by jwinship83
Photo of generallee

New York

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: The body has a deep orange amber color with very good clarity. Its head builds up thick and creamy. It's just off white in color and slowly fades to a thinner covering.

Smell: The aroma has nice spicy and earthy hops with a wonderful sweet malty character.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has a deep malty base with light toasty bready notes and nice caramel sweetness. Balance comes from spicy, herbal and earthy hops. The texture is smooth and easy drinking with modest carbonation and a good solid medium to full body.

Notes: Absolutely wonderful balance of flavor, body and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 03:47:18 | More by generallee
Photo of blakesell


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

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a wonderful looking amber golden with a thin wispy head one finger high of whipped cream foam. This is about the most perfect appearance I've seen for a marzen. Very impressive from an impressive brewery. Lacing is even.

Smell- Rich roasty malts with a little bit of smoke lingering in the aroma. The malts smell extra toasted and deep with caramel. Much in the German malt realm. Great Lakes does do a great job with nearly all beers and this is no exception judging by the smell.

Taste- More of those creamy Germanic malts with a touch of burnt toasting. Malt is not overly sweet and has a drying finish. Lots of bready toasted flavor that makes the beer very drinkable. Caramel is noticeable, but the lager flavor is very clean. There is a slight metallic taste in the hops.

Mouthfeel- The hops don't seem quite suitable for the beer style. It is superior to many others, but seems just a bit off. Not cloying, smooth, light in carbonation, and medium bodied.

Drinkability- Smooth and drinkable, but the off hops and over caramelization seems to detract from the beer overall. I may end up buying a 4 pack, but I'll have to try some others for this season to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 23:08:04 | More by blakesell
Photo of jeffmonarch


3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice reddish orange with a thick off white head that stays for a while.

S - Good malt smell with a lot of spices. Some hops and some grainy scents.

T - Light and smooth. Good spice and malt flavor. Good hops also.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer but it's not one of the best Oktoberfest's.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 05:44:29 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of r3zim


3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a lo-ball glass.

A: Color is amber. Poured about one-half inch of head followed by nice lacing. Carbonation appears plentiful.

S: Smell is earthy and mild.

T: Slightly malty follwed by some unpleasent bitterness.

M: Smooth. Medium - low carbonation.

D: Drinkability is good. 4

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 02:34:06 | More by r3zim
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. light copper in color with a nice head that retains to a fine film.

s. smells like lager yeast and caramel and roasted malted barley.

t./m. Smooth and crisp, wonderful malt body solidly complimented by tea like noble hops that add the neccessary amount of bitterness to make this a perfectly balanced beer. On the lighter side of medium bodied.

d. This is a very good o-fest. Would reccomend to any lager enthusiast.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 20:09:59 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of uwmgdman


4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brilliant copper color with moderate white head that quickly diminishes into a skim. The aroma is moderately malty, spicy, biscuity, grainy, and a bit sweet. The flavor is highly malty; biscuit and bread-like, spicy malt and a spicy, earthy low but noticeable hop flavor. The finish is exceptionally smooth and pleasantly dry. Carbonation moderate-low and body is full. Overall an exceptionally smooth, flavorful beer. A great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 21:57:41 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of PenguinBeerFan


4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Crisp golden brown, with little head.

S - Exceptional lager sweetness you'd expect from a Marzen. Little more hops than most in the style.

T - Fantastic. Very crisp and sharp, and not all sticky malt. Superbly balanced.

M - Medium bodied, sweet on the tongue and just enough bitter on the finish to not be overpowering.

D - You could easily drink yourself into the Oktoberfest gutter on this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 00:09:55 | More by PenguinBeerFan
Photo of number1bum


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper color, nice and frothy light ivory head on top. Keeps a nice lace and leaves lots of stick.

Smells of grain, lightly toasty, bit of caramel sweetness and some grassy and slightly spicy noble hops.

Taste has a buttery, more toffee than caramel like sweetness, along with some toasted grain and husk. Grassy noble hops provide a bit of bitterness and a very subtle spice.

Mouthfeel is medium, nice level of carbonation and is quite smooth and even a little slick on the palate.

This is a very good oktoberfest in my book - not quite my favorite but a really good one.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 16:45:51 | More by number1bum
Photo of akronzipfan


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

This is yet another in my select tour of Oktoberfests for 2008.

a - pours a clear, yet vivid rusty orange hue with an impressively thick tan head that results in moderate lacing

s - sweet aromas of pumpkin pie and hops that are wonderfully balanced

t - pumpkin spices, mildly hoppy grains, and a suprisingly smooth and earthy finish

m - medium bodied and medium carbonated, this feels more substantial than it first appears

d - a very fine Oktoberfest, perhaps my preferred version from a relatively convenient source (for NE Ohio anyway)

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 18:53:40 | More by akronzipfan
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear copper with an inch of dense tan foam.

S - Malty, some dark fruit, floral hops and light graininess. Very rich smelling.

T - Nutty, caramel, molasses, raisins, toasted grain and husk. Light floral hoppiness balances out the malt nicely.

M - Smooth, substantial mouthfeel with a mild carbonation.

D - This is a superior beer. Very tasty, and well balanced, leaning towards the malt.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 02:34:35 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of ckeegan04


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Clear coppery orange color with a very thin khaki head. Head quickly fades to nothing. Very little lacing left in the glass. Tons of little bubbles quickly rising to the top.

S - Deep aroma of roasted nuts and sweet burnt caramel. Also a hint of an earthy/spicy hoppiness.

T - A very sweet nuttiness up front. The roasted nut aroma does not come through as strongly in the taste. There is also a taste of caramel. An earthy hoppiness emerges later in the drink before finished very sweet.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and incredibly smooth. Excellent feel and a very drinkable O-Fest.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 15:59:26 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper color with glints of ruby and a thin rimming of lace.

S: Malt, hops, earthy peat and veggie matter.

T: Rich, toasted malt flavors combined with a pleasantly sweet, nutlike character. Finishes with a subtle touch of noble hops.

M: Thin to medium-bodied with active carbonation that surrounds the tongue.

D: A sweet and mildly hopped taste profile makes Great Lakes Oktoberfest exceptionally sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 22:34:57 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of Spidey13


3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Oktoberfest pours a very nice, clear, orange/amber color with an off-white head. The nose is also very nice, with a malty aroma with hints of white wine.

The taste has lots of malt sweetness and caramel. The abv of 6.5% is a bit high for the style and you can detect it in the taste, though it adds a nice bit of character to the beer. There is a bit of a sour-ish aftertaste that I wasn't a fan off. The mouthfeel is nice and a bit creamy.

Overall, this is a real good beer. It's close enough to the style but different enough to make it its own thing.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 01:57:33 | More by Spidey13
Photo of riversider76

New York

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

Pours a nice deep golden with a thin white head. Decent retention,and a nice lacing. Aroma is of bread abd butter. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is sweet and bready,with some fruit notes. Dry finish with just enough hops to make this a great Oktoberfest!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 18:43:47 | More by riversider76
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours a clear light brown hue with a big frothy off white head. This settles down into a one finger cap and leaves lace everywhere. Really nice looking.

S_Very clean smelling with a bit of bread and cereal for the malt with a light kiss of noble hops.

T_Bread and cereal grains rule the roost upon first sip. This mellows out and leaves a firm bitterness of a grassy hop note. The brew itself is slightly sweet but with a relatively dry finish.

M_Medium bodied in the sense of the word. The slightly aggressive carbonation works well here.

D_This here is a well rounded Oktoberfest. As a style I enjoy quite a bit I tend to review these critically, however this is eminently drinkable. One of the better American examples of the style. Great Lakes manages to do a number of styles really well without having to resort to Imperialism and this is no exception. Too bad it isn't served int he one litre masse style.

Prost to Zapata

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 04:49:29 | More by sleazo
Photo of Rennpferd


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

It arrived with a nice 1 finger velvety head. Ther was no activty.

It had a nice malty and sweet scent that was accented by a slight hop undertone.

It was well balanced by malt and hops. It have a very smooth and clean finish. It had a medium-heavy body but went down easy, velvety smooth.

I found it to be very drinkable. If it were not for the fact that I wanted to try a couple different beers I would have drank this one the whole session.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2008 00:25:51 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of shroompod


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

Pours a copper color , nice head , some lacing.

Aroma is faintly sweet , some biscuit earthiness.

Good balance between malty sweetness and hoppiness. Caramel sweetness. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is light/Medium , good carbonation.

Overall a very easy drinking beer I'll be drinking more of.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 23:48:26 | More by shroompod
Photo of Gmann

New York

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

Pours a pretty copper color with a dense off-white head that dissipated into a light cap. The aroma is of caramel malt, bready, and hard mineral water. The taste is of light caramel malt, rusty hard water, lemon, and a spicy tea like hop. Could use a touch more caramel and doughy malt presence. The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation, slightly chewy. A good not great Oktoberfest, doesn't quite ring German in my opinion. It does have some nice flavors though I think the Cleveland area has hard water as these Great Lakes brews have a mineral flavor to them.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 04:43:56 | More by Gmann
Photo of JDK


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark clear honey with a 1/2" head
Medium lacing the clung pretty long
Nice smell of hops and a bit of spice
Medium mouthfeel but I thought it was a little flat on the palette.
Tastes of spice and a touch of hops.
Overall a very nice Oktoberfest brew and worth a try

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 00:53:33 | More by JDK
Photo of PittBeerGirl


4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Body is a nearly transparent saturated caramel brown color served with a nice foamy 1 finger white head that has great retention. Some bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass.

S- Nose is distinctively caramel malt with a nice nutty overtone.

T- Somewhat nutty with a nice caramel malt backbone. A slight hop presence is added to the finish while the other flavors intensify. Left to linger is a nice malty sweetness.

M- Medium carbonation and a nice light drinkable body. Not thin.

D- This is a great, drinkable Oktoberfest...and that's what the style was designed for...drinkability. I really like this beer and will go back to it more this fall season. One of my favorite (American) O-fests so far (I only tried a few last year).

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2008 20:06:03 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of betterbgood


3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have a great priviledge to visit Great Lakes Brewery on a regular, I'm from Cleveland. the appearance is like an bronze, three-fourths bodied tone not full like stout, but you know that the malt used are present and the head stuck to my glass all the way down. I have a growler, I'm a fan of tap beer, the freshness and potency is magnificent if you can get it without the bottle. I digress, the smell is upfront doesn't hide, I can sniff the sweetness and alcohol and the taste sticks to the tongue, there is no running away. the beer lingers in the mouth, this beer is a good sipper and the drinkability will hold you down until tomorrow, if you fill the 72oz growler up.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2008 02:34:27 | More by betterbgood
Photo of PiecefulToker


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 10/12/08.

A: Pours crystal clear amber brown with a thick frothy head that sustains itself, leaving a thick layer of lacing.

S: Malty, grainy, toasty.

T&M: Very well balanced, highly drinkable. It has an awesome toasty nutty flavor, with a sweet malty backbone and a mild bitterness for balance. Smooth on the tongue, medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D: Very high. This is a delicious and easy-drinking beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 05:42:20 | More by PiecefulToker
Photo of IronCitySteve


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

Had at the brewery with some Brats and Pierogies.

A: A very bright amber color. A thick white head, with ample lacing with each swig.

S: Lots of bread and biscuit malts.

T: As with the smell, ample bread/biscuit flavoring. Also, some caramel and nutty malts. I did taste some alcohol, but nothing over the top.

M: A smooth slick feel left on the tongue and mouth. A decent amount of carbonation.

D: An excellent Oktoberfest beer. Went along slendid with the bratwursts and pierogies.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2008 19:06:15 | More by IronCitySteve
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