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Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,418 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,418
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 141
Gots: 90 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured from a bottle into my dogfishhead pint glass

A - Poured a nice amber orangish color with 1/2 inch of foam that faded quickly leaving no lacing on the glass

S - earthy, grassy spicy aroma

T - had a grassy, piney taste ending with some nice spicy hops

M/D - Overall not a bad brew that I could drink several in a setting, but its not my favorite in this style

11-15-2008 01:03:12 | More by mikereaser
Photo of cameraman


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

An amber to golen color, with visible carbonation. A half inch head forms on top, cream in color, that dissolves away to afilm on top. A combination of fragrances starts it out with bread and biscuity aromas, then blending to a sweet yeasty scent. It ends with a spicy peppery scent. The bread comes out strong at the beginning of each taste. Then midway a yeasty tanginess, then finishing with mild bitterness of eath and grass, but nothing overwhelming. A watery feel at the start, but it gradually becomes fuller in body as it rolls across the palate. A bit of crispness from the carbonation at the end. Is there such a thing as an undrinkable oktoberfest, probably, but I have never foung one. This is an excellent starter and session beer.

11-09-2008 18:01:53 | More by cameraman
Photo of jpkoch1962


2.53/5  rDev -37.8%

Perhaps I got a poor batch. This beer poured a cloudy orange with plenty of chill haze. The smell was neutral to a bit floral. The taste was very astrningent, bitter, and chalky. I won't even begin complaining that there was no "Bavairan" character to this lager - no Bohemian Pilsner malt, Munich malts, or German noble hops. I've had Great Lakes ales before and have given them good reviews. I can only say that I just got a spoiled batch.

11-07-2008 03:23:20 | More by jpkoch1962
Photo of BeerCheese


3.63/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured a nice clear light copper color. Very little head that was gone in an instant. Not much aroma noticeable. Maybe just a hint of malt? Taste was typical oktoberfest - malty with just a hint of hops. I thought this one may have had a hint of smokiness as well. Medium/heavy body with medium/light carbonation. Fairly drinkable, but nothing special.

10-30-2008 03:44:10 | More by BeerCheese
Photo of Slar211


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

12 oz. bottle from Zagara's in Richmond Heights, Ohio.

Appearance: Pours beautiful deep orange into a pint glass, with a nice creamy head and sticky lacing.

Smell: Caramel and toasted malts take the front, but there's definitely some hop spiciness in store as well.

Taste: Delicious malty sweetness, rolling into a nice hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some nice creaminess.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable on a brisk autumn evening.

10-29-2008 23:30:55 | More by Slar211
Photo of Deuane


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Into my newly purchased GLBC mug club members glass.

A-Bright copper with a medium off-white head. Foam holds on well and leaves modest lace.

S-Deep rich caramel malts with earthy/spicy hop undertones.

T-Sweet, smooth biscuity malts dominate with a nice backing of spicy hops. Notes of toffee and caramel fight for supremacy.

M-Medium bodied and super smooth and creamy. Like liquid caramel candy....but not too sweet.

D-Superoir....without question one of the best domestic Marzens I have ever had. A total caramel malt delight! Hard to resist having seconds, thirds...

10-24-2008 07:44:08 | More by Deuane
Photo of GoodKnight1220


4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Poured this brew from a bottle to a pint glass.

Had a golden, copper, orange look with a nice three finger frothy head and a good bit of lacing throughout.

Smells of a malt and a hint of citrus and spice.

Taste and mouthfeel is perfect. Very smmoth and crisp. Wonderfull sweet maltyness.

You want to gulp this stuff down all night, drink this like water.

10-24-2008 01:20:21 | More by GoodKnight1220
Photo of roadhouse


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a crystal clear shade of light coppery orange with a once inch off-white head. Hands down the best looking O-fest I've seen yet. Leaves a very nice looking lace pattern.

Aroma is sweet caramel, toasty, bready, with a some nice spicy and earthy hop notes. Like most O-fests but this one seems to have a bit more "oomph".

Taste has sweet caramel notes up front with more of the toasty notes then it finishes with a surprising but delicious amount of hop flavor that's herbal and spicy.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a wonderful creamy feel to it.

This one is definitely up there in my O-fest rankings. It's hard to say whether this or FFF Munsterfest is better.

10-20-2008 19:48:32 | More by roadhouse
Photo of pwoods


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

12oz. brown bottle, purchased from Krogers in Finneytown, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours an extremely clear copper/bronze. Decent head, a bit fizzy, but holds on for a bit. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Big, clean malt notes. Note heavy. Grainy, earthy, husky. Some caramelly sweetness. Earthy hops.

T/M: More of the same from the nose. The malts are very crisp and clean and enjoy a healthy backing from the earthy hops. A nice savory(?) caramel malt keeps things interesting. Body is medium to medium light and good carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink. ABV is technically too high to be a session but that doesn't stop me during this time of the year :)

10-20-2008 04:04:46 | More by pwoods
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

I got 2 bottles of this brew for having the winning numbers in SNF squares week 5.
1 from JohnTravolta21 and 1 from tburkhart, Thanks Sara and Thanks Tim!

12oz bottle(s) served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear orange/copper color with a medium sized off-white head that settled as a ring and left a few bits of lacing.

S - slight sour tangerine smell along with sweet malt.

T - sweet and malty with a light bitterness right before the swallow, very balanced flavor.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - great tasting, smooth drinking brew, delicious!

10-16-2008 22:48:25 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Winter


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a clear copper in color with a creamy, light khaki colored head. Malty aroma has a caramel and light nuttiness to it. Mouthfeel is medium in body. Toasted malt with a caramel sweetness to it. A moderate amount of hops adds some bitterness and balance to this. Finish has a lingering nuttiness and rich sweet maltiness to it. Overall, a solid Oktoberfest.

10-14-2008 02:47:56 | More by Winter
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

On tap at the Great Lakes Brewery Resturant

a: copper is amber no head and with a fair amount ofcarbonation

s: carmel malts and hops

t: toasted grain and malts, hop flavor balances nicely

m&d: medium body, smooth and very easy to drink

Not a bad brew, but deffinatly better offerings from Great Lakes.


10-12-2008 11:47:43 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of Lupe

New York

4.03/5  rDev -1%

Pours a golden amber color with a one finger white head. Decent retention and nice lacing left behind.

Your typical semi-sweet Oktoberfest aroma - toasted grain and bread with a dash of hops.

Flavors of toasted grain and bread, caramel, and some spicy hops to balance. Hearty malt flavor is balanced well by the hop choice.

Medium bodied - fuller than expected. Smooth, creamy, and a touch of chewiness. Very nice mouthfeel. Easy to drink with enough flavor to keep you interested.

10-03-2008 17:20:38 | More by Lupe
Photo of drxandy


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

12oz to flare pint, pours a orangey golden amber, cream colored head hangs around

smells of heavy sweet malts, slight hops

taste is smooth and well blended germanic malts and hops, a very tasty oktober/marzen, heavy flavor, nice hop choice, caramel, bready, very well balanced.

mouthfeel is creamy, nice carbonation, good heavy flavors to style - nice!

09-30-2008 03:52:18 | More by drxandy
Photo of wspscott


3.68/5  rDev -9.6%

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Crystal clear, dark copper color with thin off-white head that leaves no lace.
S: Sweet, malty (nothing specific), as expected, there is no hint of hops. The smell is relatively muted even after it warms up.
T: Slight toast, mostly sweet/caramel flavor. A slight hop bitterness in the background keeps it from being cloying.
M: Crisp with medium carbonation, slightly drying on the tongue. No hint of alcohol.
D: Highly drinkable, would be a great session beer if the alcohol was dialed down a bit. Recommended.

09-27-2008 20:33:01 | More by wspscott
Photo of seangroves


3.38/5  rDev -17%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

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

New York

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev -14%

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.

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


3.3/5  rDev -18.9%

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

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


3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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


4.6/5  rDev +13%

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.

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


4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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