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Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,901 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,901
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 181
Gots: 249 | 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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Photo of blameo
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Picodegallo87
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of javatime
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

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

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

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

Overall
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!

Photo of spinrsx
2.91/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Photo of TwelveOunces
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint
2012

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.

Photo of innocensiii
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of carolinahophead
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting for this one .
The beer pours easy with a nice head and good appearance .
Aromas are dark caramel mixed with some brown sugar floral notes.
This a marzen full of flavor . Awesome roasted malt and hops are represented in this sessional offering . The medium mouthfell is full of flavor and has a long finish .
Overall this ranks right up there the fall Octoberfest brews out there . With fall in the air, this Great Lakes beer is a real treat beer lovers .

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Clear rust orange pour, maybe half a finger of white. Laced a little.

Aroma, strong toffee and caramel. Some bread and white grape.

Taste, toffee and caramel here again. Just a faint earthy hop presence that is more pumpkin spice like. Finish like a Werthers Original.

Solid clean drinker. Alcohol nowhere to be found. About right amount of carbonation. Almost mid bodied though. There is just "more" to this than many which makes it pretty excellent.

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a moderate orange hue with a two finger white head. Spot on for the style. Left a great amount of lacing around my mug.

S - Caramel upfront on the nose, followed by some white bread and an ever so slight adjunct in the background. Ever some allspice is thrown into the mixture.

T - The taste is of caramel malt. faint hops, allspice, nutmeg, slight white bread, And even a fair amount of pumpkin. Very slight adjunct also comes through in the background. Very good, Well-rounded flavor.

M - Mouthfeel retains all mentioned flavors with a medium body and a very low carbonation level. Probably the best mouthfeel I have ever has the pleasure of enjoying. It is an easy drinker.

O - Overall, This was a great beer that I would definitely have again.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint glass

A: Crystal clear golden orange, head never gets too big even with a decently aggressive pour, starts to grab the sides of the glass immediately with a soapy looking pure white lace, the lace ends up not lasting and the head fades to just a ring around the edge of the glass, otherwise it would look outstanding

S: Caramel sweetness mixed with hints of grassy hops, seems to have hints of alcohol in the aroma too, mild overall, but not unpleasant in any way

T: Slightly disappointed by the taste, its a little out of balance to me, while I expect an Oktoberfest to be stronger, I also expect the hops to match, in this case I think the strength of the beer and the sweetness are a little too much, starts off with a hint of crisp bitterness, but not much, then almost immediately that very strong caramel/grainy sweetness hits, despite a little more bitterness in the finish along with decent grassy hop flavor the sweetness lingers a little unpleasantly

M: Carbonation doesn't appear to be high but it definitely leaves a tingle on the palate which is much appreciated

O: Despite the too sweet taste this beer remains fairly easy to drink. Overall its just average, but for Great Lakes I am a little let down since I like all their beers so much.

Photo of ruffdawg
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of davecavemaster
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of bmb8201
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of XenonX
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Lordquackingstic
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 -13.8%

Photo of swh1972
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Fiona
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ABokononist
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of The_Blodge
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of prisoner1572
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of benfairbank
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Beerohio
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of nurseindisguise
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,901 ratings.