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Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes OktoberfestGreat Lakes Oktoberfest

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1,289 Ratings

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Ratings: 1289
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 11-04-2003)
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Photo of Mantooth

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour at The Peculiar Rabbit in Charlotte, NC (how bad a pub name is that?).

Loverly orange creature, thick oily lacing and ample head. The nose is nice, the taste is fantastic; malt, hops, grains, dried hay (yes, I taste dried hay!), pepper - very nice brew. Slightly oily moutfeel on this wonderful beverage. This is a beautiful beer, grab one if you get a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2013 22:32:42 | More by Mantooth
Photo of KYGunner


3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The body is not a rich or robust brown but favors more to the dark orange or Autumn leaf color. The head was loosely knit and full of carbonation.

The scent is sweet barley and caramel malts. Hints of toffee couple with a burnt grain to give a satisfyingly stiff backbone. A tiny bit of hops are found near the end with a subtle malty tea leaf aroma.

Very sweet malt flavor with grain, toast and tinges of caramel/toffee meet the tongue with a great deal of exuberance. A nutty, granola flavor follows and it ends with a gourdish, earthy pumpkin flavor.

Very appropriate fall tastes and smells come alive in this Oktoberfest beer and it's certainly worth a crisp cool night to try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 21:11:36 | More by KYGunner
Photo of thecheapies


3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red-bronze in color. Beautiful clarity. The head almost hit two inches; stays at over an inch, easily.

Mildly sweet nose with hints of caramel. Lots of grain, with yeast the secondary aroma. Light hint of banana, which is a little unusual.

Rich flavor of hearty sweet malts. Hunches of caramel, but less milky now. Yeast is still here, but there's an affirmed nuttiness. Finish uses more cereal notes to propel through mild-to-medium bitterness and a kiss of pomme fruitiness. Something in here still reminds me of a banana milkshake--hard to place.

Feel is burly with a decently smooth feel spiced by semi-coarse bubbles. Alcohol is fittingly tasted.

Tasty Oktoberfest, but I can't figure out why the community would rate this higher than most Germans. A very good stab at it for craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 13:53:20 | More by thecheapies
Photo of cmq103

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my Duvel Belgian Tulip glass:

A: A slightly angled pour resulted in a thin beige head. Lacing was strong and clingy. This beer seemed a little thicker than your average Oktoberfest style, but in a good way with a clean non-cloudy copper orange glow.

S: Light breadiness with a hint of caramel. With a deep inhale you catch a mildly sweet aroma with a hint of vanilla.

T: Malty sweet and bready, with a moderate caramel finish that is very well balanced in every way. I really like this one a lot. By far one of the best Oktoberfest beers I’ve ever had. I know some of the ratings mentioned slight hop bitterness, but I didn’t sense that at all. The caramel-bready sweetness is spot on for the style.

M: Lively carbonation with a long, creamy finish. Surprisingly light-moderate body for an Oktoberfest topping out at 6.5% ABV.

O: Great Lakes hasn’t disappointed me yet. Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is my favorite, but this Oktoberfest comes in a close second. If you enjoy the Marzen - Oktoberfest style then this one is a “must try”. Too bad my local beverage outlet couldn’t get this in a 1/6th keg for me, so I had to settle with buying a case.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 01:33:55 | More by cmq103
Photo of TeamMathis

West Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful, clear copper.
Smell: Bread or biscuit.
Taste: Something sweet. Then a lingering, slightly spicy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Balanced?

This is so good. I'm not sure if there's a better Oktoberfest on the market today; at least not one that I've tried. The smell is very, very light, and I can only make out something bready. However, it works so well with the sweet and spicy taste. It really is excellent. I will definitely get this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 21:39:09 | More by TeamMathis
Photo of SportsandJorts


5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: a nice amber color with an unusually nice clarity. A finger of a tannish head that retains very well

Smell: strong malts, slight bitter hops. Slight fruitiness

Taste: starts off with a subtle fruitiness, and rich caramel malts. Stays pretty malt strong but with a nice small dose of hops for balance

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy and medium bodied. Strong clean feel but some taste left over.

Overall: I had all but given up on oktoberfest beers but gave this one a shot just for the respect I have for the brewery. This one gives me everything I want in an Oktoberfest and works well on a way too cold summer day

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 01:39:04 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of BEEER


4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark orange, copper color with small off-white head and little lacing. Aroma has nice mixture of caramel malts, sweet fruitiness, and light hops. Flavor is great- smooth and malty, with sweet caramel, light spices, and a light fruitiness. Medium body with light carbonation. Great all around- one of the freshest bottles I've had, drinking this the first week it's out! Way too early for Fall, but it's delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:37:10 | More by BEEER
Photo of fitrock2112


4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured Oktoberfest into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white creamy head.

S - Nice aroma of this Marzen, smooth roasted malts, toffee and carmel, a pinch of hops in there as well.

T - Lord have mercy, smooth malts, rich toffee and carmel. This is one hell of a good tasting Oktoberfest beer.

M - Smooth and creamy. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Just a true winner.

O - Again, simply the benchmark for this style of beer. If your into Marzens try this one it will not disappoint. Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 00:01:23 | More by fitrock2112
Photo of screamking


4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a deep amber with a thick 2 finger off white head. Lacing all over the glass as I drink it. This thing smells like the fall, lots of brown sugar and spices. Sweet roasted caramel. The taste is quite good as well. The malt is sweet but has a nice round edge of earthyness. This is one of the best Oktoberfest beers you can find. It's as drinkable with maximum flavor as you can get. Add to that the great price at 8.99 a sixer and you got a winning fall release. My only complaint is its far to early to have this out sitting on the shelves. Mid August would do just fine. Hopefully they will keep releasing this until the end so fresh batches are still circulating.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 01:43:06 | More by screamking
Photo of Bulabeers


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Copper colored with a good finger of white head that doesn't last long. White spots on top and just a tiny bit of lacing lasts as you drink.
S- Subtle malts and hops.
T- Starts off sweet and malty and ends with a good bit of hops. Very nicely balanced. This is an extremely fresh bottle and is best by 09 28 13.
M- Perfect. Just the right amount of carbonation to keep it refreshing and interesting.
O- This is one of my personal favorites from Great Lakes. I drink a lot of these and you should too.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 20:26:32 | More by Bulabeers
Photo of json83


2.96/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Autumn seasonal with an est. 195 calories per bottle and 6.5% ABV. An amber lager with the flavor of a slight herbal/ grassy taste. I am rating this low because it isn't one of my favorite styles. I would recommend if your a fan of amber lager, but I would not go out of my way to buy again. The aftertaste is almost as bitter as an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 00:27:11 | More by json83
Photo of Amish_Ambush


4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Original Review: 09-24-2006

Amber in color. Small head and minimal lacing. The body was about medium with a slightly creamy mouth feel. The taste notes include a complex mix of ripe sweet orange, biscuit/toast and some mild hops. The aftertaste consisted of more of the same.

Notes: I think they nailed this one. Perhaps they should bottle this one for their seasonal rotation?

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 01:38:38 | More by Amish_Ambush
Photo of PorterLambic


3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark honey color with a light tan head. Scattered lace. Clear and bright.
Smell is a bit weak but notes of roasted malt, light fruits and faint hops.
Taste is malty (roasted), caramel, light fruits like apple and green grapes. A hit weaker than I expected but well balanced.
Medium bodied with an effervescence that is a bit sharp upfront but mellowed quickly. Not my favorite Great Lakes beer, not my favorite Oktoberfest, but a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 20:31:38 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of jsisko01


3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours an orangish/copper color with a centimeter thick, creamy white head. Dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell - Toasted malts, sweet, toffee, and a bitter funk.

Taste - Toasted malts, caramel/toffee, sweet, earthy, and a slight bitter sting in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - Not a bad Oktoberfest beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 02:50:32 | More by jsisko01
Photo of tectactoe


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice copper-caramel color with nice clarity, creamy looking head that sticks around for a little bit, minimal lacing left on the glass. The nose is a malt-fest, filled with toasted bread, butter, yeast, spices, slight floral hops, caramel, toffee, biscuits. The taste is well balanced and on the sweet side up front, hitting with caramel and toffee toasted malts. The yeast flavors work well to balance this and provide a nice structure to the flavor profile. Spices come alive, maybe some clove and/or a hint of cinnamon, I can't quite put my finger on it, but some spice is definitely there, and once again, it helps to counter the sweetness of the malt. Medium, creamy, and overall dense body with mild carbonation, leaves a slight spice filled and yeast-heavy aftertaste on the palate. Mild bitterness and some light hops in the background that become a little more noticeable towards the end; they are musty, dry, leafy in character.

I'm not too well versed in O-fests or Marzens, but this beer is great. In fact, it's quite a bit different than many of the other Oktoberfests I have had, very ambiguous yet very familiar all at the same time. A nice collection of flavors from the abundance of malts, this beer also makes a nice winter warmer, if you can hold onto it for that long.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 13:00:22 | More by tectactoe
Photo of barczar


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

Pours a clear golden caramel color with a huge 1 and a half inch dense, cream head that lingers, eventually dissipating and leaving spotty lacing.

Caramel malt and deep notes of toasted bread crust and nutty toffee dominate the aroma, with subtle floral hops and a hint of citrus adding complexity.

The flavor is very rich and pretty sweet, with caramel forming the backbone. Toffee and toasted malt are present throughout, and there's a touch of citrus at the finish, which is also pretty sweet. Very complex malt flavor that is difficult to describe.

Body is moderate, and carbonation is on the high side of moderate, preventing the flavor from becoming cloying. There's a noticeable alcohol warmth.

Overall, a very good example of the style. Malt complexity is spot on, and the warmth is a welcome accompaniment. The citrus flavor is a touch overdone.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 21:09:08 | More by barczar
Photo of raznug


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

Appearance: This Oktoberfest pours a clear deep orange color and is topped with ½” of white head that tends to hang around nicely.
Smell: This beer smells of German malts, spices and yeast, seems to be a typical Oktoberfest.
Taste: It does not taste like the typical Oktoberfest though it has a smooth and creaminess to it that makes it easier to drink than most Oktoberfest. It has a nice malt base with a spice flavor that doesn’t overpower the beer.
Mouthfeel: This is a smooth medium bodied Oktoberfest that is easy drinking yet has plenty of flavors to go around.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 18:23:25 | More by raznug
Photo of tviz33

New York

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass

A- Pours a fist-high chunky head of off-white cream covering a transparent orange body.

S- Toasty malts, toffee, and just a little bit of spice. A distinct sourness that I can't put my finger on as well. I wish there was a little more going on here.

T- Caramel and toasty flavors. Not much hop presence to speak of, but well-balanced.

M- Medium body that is creamy and refreshing.

O- A head above Sam Adams Oktoberfest, but not overly outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 00:19:28 | More by tviz33
Photo of BigCheese


4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A: Clear Orange Amber. Healthy slightly tan head,

S; Bready toasted malts, some toffee/caramel, some grassy hops make their way through.

T: A rich rasin bread, maybe even some hints of rum, molasses, caramel, toffee. malt flavors arent overly roasted, more bread crust than burnt bread. Some lemongrass hops in finish.

M: Very big body, high carbonation, creamy/soft mouthfeel, right on point.

O: best american Oktoberfest I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:23:54 | More by BigCheese
Photo of xnicknj


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at devils den

Pours a clear deep amber color with brilliant red and gold hues. Crop of beige head rests on top, fading into some patchy film on the glass while drinking.

Toasted malts and sweet caramel in the nose. Earthy with soft, leafy hop presence. Hints of raisin, burnt sugar and dark fruit.

Earthy, leafy hops swept away by layers of malt flavor. Toasted bread, bread crust, caramel and burnt sugar. Fairly sweet with some raisin and a touch of dark fruit. Finishes malty and roasty.

Fuller medium body, well carbonated, creamy and chewy on the tongue. Really well balanced and crafted - one of my favorite Oktoberfests right now.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 00:34:50 | More by xnicknj
Photo of JuniperJesus


4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Among the cacophony of Johann Schrammel blaring in the background and the merry yells of the festival crowds, she crosses your sight. She’s a voluptuous beauty who’s had her share of brezen, weisswurts, and obatzda, but she perfectly fills out her dirndl in full. Among all these Marzens, what is it about this one that has you hiding the bulge in your lederhosen? Her dark copper color helps her stand out from the rest as she pours into your glass with the thickness you expected. As soon as you bring her to your lips, she surrounds you with a warm comfort, both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time; her aroma matches evenly with her sweet taste. She is ready for fun and her hearty laugh makes you smile with each sip. After unraveling the strings on her dirndl blouse and voraciously dropping to her knees, you are overwhelmed with her lascivious mouthfeel but also a looming sorrow: this tryst will last but a few days. Alas, Octoberfest wasn’t meant to last all year, so grab her by her thick curves and dive in head first. You might as well: she’s been patiently waiting for you all year with a tankard in one hand and a motel key in the other. As the bacchanalia comes to a close, she quietly slips away into the Munich night; the memories of the copious merriment she leaves behind can only find their match in grandeur in the moist spot she left behind on the bed you shared.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 01:42:30 | More by JuniperJesus
Photo of rangerred


3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with an extremely thick two finger head. Excellent lacing and head retention.

Aroma is very malty with biscuit, bread, and lots of caramel. There is an overall sweetness about it.

Flavor is tons of caramel along with dark bread and a little biscuit. Sweetness pervades throughout and it approaches syrupy at times. Some squash flavor although there are no spices detectable. Bitterness is mild with no hop flavor. Mouthfeel is full.

Overall, I want to like this beer but it is just too sweet approaching cloying. It drinks stronger than its 6.5% and is more of a sipper. My idea of an oktoberfest is a flavorful beer than can be drunk in liters and this isn't it.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 20:56:19 | More by rangerred
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very bright amber-orange color. Lots of carbonation bubbles streaming upwards. Head is fizzy and falls relatively quickly. Nice lacing on the glass, though.

Aroma is very nice. Rich, full, and sweet. Caramel-ish malt and a lot of fruity aromas. There's an herbal spiciness akin to what you'd have in a Christmas ale or winter warmer.

Flavor starts with a slight herbal/ grassy flavor that gives way to a sweeter caramel malt and slightly metallic finish. The feel is extremely creamy and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 20:04:21 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color topped by a tight, creamy looking head that leaves sticky rings behind before the first sip. Clean aromas of mild sweet bread and subtle earthiness. Sweet malty flavor - again, clean and lagery. Dough, some toast, nuttiness, and a flicker of leafy hops. Medium bodied and nicely smooth with fine, tingly carbonation. A bit on the strong side for the style, but I think I could suck down a liter or two without much trouble.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 22:16:37 | More by wedge
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District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is orange with a small white head. The aroma offers sweet malts, lager scents - smells appropriate for the style, albeit a bit sweet. The flavor is ok. A bit grainy and sweet, but also flavorful and enjoyable. Notes of gourds, squash. A tad syrupy on the palate with moderately low carbonation. Overall, a pretty good example of the style, although one was plenty.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 21:33:00 | More by Huhzubendah
Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,289 ratings.