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Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,886
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 170
Gots: 223 | 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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3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell isn't very overwhelming, though it does have some sweet caramel notes to it....a little toasty note as well. All in all though, not a very rich nose here.

Pours a clear amber color in my glass with a one finger head.

Taste just seems kind of light for an Oktoberfest to me. It has that signature sweetness, but seems less like a typical heavier caramel sweetness and more like a light, sugary sweetness to me. There is also an underlying, but kind of mute for style toasty note that shows up. Finishes sugary with a tiny medicinal bitter note.

It's inoffensive but not remarkable for style. There are better options for the style.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Freshest by 10/06/12.

A: Pours a clear carmel orange with a 1 finger off white head. Fizzles to a thin film in a minute or so. Some visible carbonation.

S: Sweet carmely malt with a mild wheat backing and a spicy hop.

T: Real balanced sweet malt, biscuity and a slight bitter from the hop. One of the most drinkable Oktoberfests I've ever had.

M: Great feel for its style, isnt too sticky making it very drinkable.

Overall I'm glad I finally got a chance to try this and I can see why its one of the best. Great Lakes scores again.

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3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Record high heat today, but I saw some of the Fall seasonals out and had to pick some up.

Pours a delicious amber with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Smell is all over the place for me. A vinous smell that borders on straight isopropyl alcohol. Some toasty-ness and Fall sweetness, but nothing inviting.

The first sip brings it back though, creamy and sweet. Caramel notes fall into toasted malts and spices. Not cloyingly sweet, just right. Very good with high drinkability. I'd love to have mugs of this stuff on a crisp fall evening.

Overall I was impressed by the unoffending taste and drinkability after the nose was so sharp. Will be purchasing more in the Fall.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for bringing this to the tasting.

A - amber with a thin, white layer of head

S - faint caramel, a bit toasty

T - caramel, faintly toasty, a bit sweet, faintly hoppy

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a solid marzen with great flavor and drinkability. It has rich caramel, but it's not sticky. There is somce faint hop character that offers balance. This is an all around solid offering.

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Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,886 ratings.