Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,889 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,889
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 171
Gots: 229 | 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 davecavemaster
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, I got a thick, off-white head that was semi-creamy. The head stays with the beer in a thin layer, and there is modest lacing with the foam.

The color is a coppery, orange that is crystal clear. There is a constant stream of small bubbles that rise from the bottom of the glass, and keep the head solid. This beer is truly beautiful to look at.

The malt dominates the nose of this brew, but I also got a bit of caramel and a hint of spice. Deeper into the beer, I started to smell more of the hops.

Upon tasting, I found a malty, caramel taste on the front end. There is a bit of bready flavor in the center of the taste, and then a mild hoppy bitterness at the end. Great taste, classic balanced Octoberfest.

This brew coats your mouth. Moderate carbonation and the smooth flavors make this a great drinking beer.

This is my favorite Octoberfest that I have tasted this season.

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of XenonX
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pumpkin orange with a finger of white head. Lacing is medium.

S: Copper, sweet malts, bready grains, honey.

T: Bready with a slightly sweet malt build. Notes of copper (in a good way) and slightly nutty. Sweet, but not overbearingly sweet.

M: Crisp and refreshing with a long finish.

O: A super solid American oktoberfest, definitely my go-to oktoberfest during the fall since it's cheap and delicious.

Photo of djwhit24
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of swh1972
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Fiona
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of ABokononist
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of The_Blodge
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle into a Detroit Tigers beer mug. Poured slightly aggressive into the glass producing a billowy white head about 2 fingers width. Head dissipates slowly. Nice lacing. Crystal clear deep copper color. Beautiful to look at. I wish I could brew my beers this clear.

S: Rich, malty, and sweet. Toasted bread and savory. Subtle spiciness.

T: Sweet toasted bread and very well balanced. Nice malty backbone in the front with a crisp, mild hop finish. Caramel sweetness. Almost a bock-like quality. The hops are so subdued, but just right. Man...great freakin' beer!

M: Full body but clean. Not overwhelming.

O: Fantastic beer. Bummer that it is seasonal. No wonder it's a Gold Medal beer. Enjoy it while you can get it.

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of benfairbank
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Beerohio
5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jordand3
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of troysoy2
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Lagunitas mason jar.

An aggressive pour got me a finger of billowy, off-white head. Retention is pretty good, and lacing decently impressive. The body is a clear, deep amber.

Nice malty aroma. Caramel and fresh bread. A light tinge of herbal, grassy hops crisps the smell.

The taste follows the smell. Herbal hops on the front, with prickly carbonation -- very nice, not overdone. The caramel really comes off well towards the finish, especially as the beer warms up, complimented by a sublime creaminess in the mouthfeel. The finish is clean, and punctuated by the light hoppiness.

Great, balanced beer with some nuance.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Danno48
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of mscott1975
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Tracker83
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of vande
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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