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Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,900 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,900
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 179
Gots: 248 | FT: 5
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 ThisWangsChung
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color. About two fingers of a fluffy, barely off-white head is featured. Retention is surprisingly good for a lager, and there's plenty of lacing left behind, too.

S: I've never had a marzen that seemed this juicy before. The aroma is more reminiscent of fruit punch (or perhaps a good apple cider) than it is the bready caramel sweetness typical of the style. The hops give off nice notes of grass, apricot, and peach. Aromatically, it's probably as good as a marzen gets.

T: A touch of the caramel-y sweetness does appear initially, but the real star of the show is how juicy it seems to be - and how much of that juiciness seems to come from the hop profile. Apricot, apple, peach, and pineapple make up the bulk of the flavors around the middle, with some bitter hoppiness finishing it off.

M: It has a fairly light body, with a rather wet finish. Normally, I'd prefer a drier beer, but since the flavors are so good, I don't care. Carbonation is middling, which I like.

O: This is unusual. Why? Because it's not a marzen I want to chug - it's a marzen I want to savor. How Great Lakes crams so much fruity flavor into their lagers, I'll never know. I'd put this up near the top of all the oktoberfest beers I've ever sampled. If my last review said I wouldn't have minded getting a six pack of the beer in question (ST's 2XRYE), then I'll state in this I kind of wish I got a six pack instead of a single.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of MaximalC
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a moderate off-white head that soon disappears almost entirely. Aroma is light, smelling of noble hops and caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, featuring mild caramel, grassy hops, and an off-putting dash of apple juice. There's also a metallic twinge that muddles the middle and obscures what ought to be the backbone of the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is light but appropriate for the style.

I'm not much of a fan of oktoberfests to begin with, but even by oktoberfest standards, this is unremarkable. The peculiar juiciness is distracting, and there's just not much else there to gravitate toward. Perhaps my least favorite offering from Great Lakes.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of AdamBear
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-great amber color but with a fairly significant lack of head

S-grainy beer wort. A good scent but not a strong scent

T-comes in with a flavor of roasted caramel grains. They're very crisp and bready. Just a touch of sweetness. Matching after-taste that has some lingering bitterness to it. Quality ingredients.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a semi dry finish

O-definitely a great example of the style, definitely something I could quaff liters of if at a festival. Has a good raw beer flavor more so than some oktoberfests and is also a bit more bitter than most.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bbeane
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into a pint glass... decent head that recedes quickly. Beer is a dark gold color

S- Bread and caramel, hint of sweetness

T- Nice balanced tasting fest beer. Notes of caramel, bread, toffee, and a hint of hops

M- Medium body with light-medium carbonation

O- I think this may be my favorite American brewed Marzen. and very reasonably priced

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,900 ratings.