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Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,864 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,864
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 171
Gots: 213 | 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 tlazaroff
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the nose I get a little bit of toasted nuts, slight slight caramel molasses, and a feint spicy character. Everything on the nose is subtle and nothing really pops out as being a primary aroma.

This is one of the most beautiful beers to look at that I have ever seen. It's perfectly clear, a stunning shade of orange in color, leaning towards amber, and has a nice thin off-white head and decent lacing with little visible carbonation bubbles finding their way to the top. Five starts on looks for sure!

Flavor is full of wonderful toasted biscuits, nuts, and subtle spice. I have no words to describe how good this beer is.. Medium body with a lighter touch of carbonation, and incredibly smooth. There is a lingering toasted caramel flavor in the finish that sits in the corners of your mouth and under your tongue. I want more.. I need more. The best Märzen that I have ever had, by far.

tlazaroff, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev -14%

thebigredone, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/6/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention; that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, biscuit, toast, herbal, floral, and light earthy spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of biscuit, toast, caramel, pear, herbal, floral, grass, and earthy spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, pear, herbal, and grass on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance and robustness; fairly clean finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Extremely smooth and easy to drink. Overall this is a highly excellent Oktoberfest. Great flavor balance and very smooth to drink. An easy winner.

superspak, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

enelson, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

JeffTheJuice, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of sweethome
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottling. Pour is light amber, medium head of off-white. Two finger head, dissipates to nicely retained topper.

Carmel and crystal malt nose. Sweet with hints of honey and maple sugar. Nice, smooth entry - crisp out the side of palate. I like this mouthfeel - crisp yet full flavor throughout. Snappy finish cleanses most of the sweetness - leaves a lingering carmel malt flavor.

Nicely done - up to the style - not quite what I remember this beer to be while sitting in the pub about 10 years ago - but maybe it's just the time and place...a well done fest beer.

sweethome, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev -1.7%

2dogbrew, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Sturmthis
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Sturmthis, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of DiscGolfRobot
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

DiscGolfRobot, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -26.3%

jaidenjb, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of ZPB
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ZPB, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of tdmccarthy
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

tdmccarthy, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of ksp1978
3.5/5  rDev -14%

ksp1978, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of scm2787
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

scm2787, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of AlSharp
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

AlSharp, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of donzilake
3.5/5  rDev -14%

donzilake, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Pillowburn
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Pillowburn, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of RWACKO
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

RWACKO, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Ri0
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Ri0, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of mzeld
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

mzeld, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of mrosenfeld32
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

mrosenfeld32, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of ZachRusk
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ZachRusk, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of jstewart1130
4/5  rDev -1.7%

jstewart1130, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -1.7%

sabitu, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of The_1084
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep copper/orange color with a creamy head roughly 2 fingers in width; leaves nice lacing and shows good activity of carbonation.

S - Other than some mild notes of spice, there's not a lot going on with the aroma on this one; not unpleasant, but not superb.

T - What it lacks in smell, it makes up for in taste; has a sweet taste of caramel that is balanced nicely with a slight blend of hops; one of the better tasting Oktoberfest beers I have drank.

M - Nice and thick, but not too chewy; full-bodied with medium carbonation that has a clean finish.

O - This is one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers to date and I look forward to drinking more of these this fall season.

The_1084, Aug 17, 2012
Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,864 ratings.