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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: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 174
Gots: 243 | 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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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.

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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.

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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%

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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.

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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%

Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kuhndog
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jordand3
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of troysoy2
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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 +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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