Oktoberfest Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
Oktoberfest Lager BeerOktoberfest Lager Beer

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

267 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 267
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jackndan on 08-30-2002

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 267 | Reviews: 133
Reviews by Jeffreysan:
Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront Brewery Oktoberfest

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy amber/brown color, with a full finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam and formed wispy clouds that collected over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty and bready with notes of black pepper, honey and clover.

Taste: Like the aroma, the beer is very malty and bready with notes of black pepper, toffee, orange zest, clover and honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.7%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: A good American version of an Oktoberfest beer, but nothing memorable. While I enjoyed it, and would also happily drink it again, there are a good number of American Oktoberfest beers that I’d order or purchase again over this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden amber in color. Thin and quickly diminishing off white head. Aroma is fainter than I would like consisting of Munich malt, toast, a touch of herbal hops, and sweet graininess. Flavor is mild and clean. Lots of malt without being overly sweet. Pale and toasty with light bitterness. Medium to light bodied. Very drinkable but not particularly alluring.

Photo of blackearth
4.42/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright amber body with a white head of foam that falls after a couple minutes. Aroma is slightly toasted caramel malt and a touch of cake spice. Medium to full bodied mouth feel with a rich, malty flavor that last all the way through the finish without being overly sweet. Overall, one of my favorite fall beers.

Photo of grynder33
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured an amber color, one and a half inch head, had a faint malt carmel aroma and a malt sweet, slightly sour taste. After the third sip an unpleasant bitter aftertaste made an appearance after each swallow.My least favorite Lakefront brew,will try again in the future.

Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label.

LOOK: Faintly hazed reddish-amber, good head retention.

SMELL: Toasted grain, bread crust, floral, taffy, yeast.

TASTE: Very malty, mineral, toasted husk, fresh grain, dried grass, bready, caramel, herbal, clean, dry.

Tastes a lot better than it smells or looks, not that this a is a bad looking beer with an odd odor. Pretty dry even though there is some caramel or sugary malt in the middle. I could see going back to this one every year.

Photo of wattoclone
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a few bottles in 2012. Initially it tasted overly sweet and strong notes of citrus peels from the hops. The color is excellent for this style though and the aroma is spot on: woody, burnt sugar, malty and inviting. Last week I found a bottle I had buried in my stash for 2 years in the cool basement at 65-68 degrees and cooled it down for a couple days. I opened today to see what it had become and was pleased to find the citrusy hops had disappeared while the caramel rich malt flavor increased. Drank almost like a dunkelweizen, very smooth, malty and caramel rich with a slightly crisp finish.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper gold under a 1” off-white foam cap that quickly collapses to a thick film.
S: Rich malts and light spice aromas.
T: Has a malty palate, slightly sweet with a gentle hop accent on the finish.
F: Medium body and medium carbonation.
O: a good, easy to drink Oktoberfest.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Man I cannot believe the amount of Lakefront beer we have been receiving in Reno, NV! Anyways, nice appearance, Lakefront's stuff always has the professional look from a clarity and otherwise appearance viewpoint. Auburn in color, mostly white head, nice lace, retention. Sweet and somewhat grainy aromas. Smells like fall in Wisconsin.

Mild notes of caramel and nuts complimented by the bready nature, although you wouldn't know it from looking at it. Hops virtually undiscernable, which is to say, it is made to style. Toffee as well is minimal. This is a somewhat crowd pleaser, not very thick, easy enough to drink. Nothing special.

Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright darker copper color, clear. Yellowish head of small bubbles, settles at at under 1/2 of an inch. Punctuation mark lace on the glass. Nice aroma, distinct malted milk and a little grape jelly. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is lower. Pleasant taste, a lot like the grape jelly from the aroma spread on toasted white bread, certainly malt skewed. Starts sweet, ends a bit on the sticky side. Nice enough beer, a little more hop in the mix and slightly lighter body would do well for me, but a pretty nice toasted quality overall that meets usual aspects of the style.

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.54/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours so nicely caramel amber bodey with a fluffy slightly off white head, thick chunky lacing. Aroma has butterscotch popcorn and a mild...very mild hint of vinegar tone going on almost cider like approach. Flavor too much buttered popcorn drizzled with caramel this is offsetting with vanilla cream sweetness I have to pour it out, never again for me. Cloying disgusting, mouthfeel carbonation can't save you from the body that won't go away. Drinkability hide your children and women, this is horrible please God save us...I've had beers from Lakefront that were not this bad. This is nearly unexcusable with the diacetyl.

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear amber color with a medium off-white head. It left little lacing. Some sediment in the bottom of the bottle added mid-tasting.

S - It smelled malty and quite sweet (caramel!), with some floral and fruity notes.

T - Lots of caramel and medium malt flavor. Hints of hops, but overall somewhat sweet. Buttery in a good way.

M: Medium bodied. Light carbonation.

O: A nice and flavorful, if rather sweet Oktoberfest.

Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark amber color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of mildly bready malts with good amounts of sweetness and hints of nondescript fruitiness. As it warms the fruit aroma intensifies.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Layered sweet and lightly bready malts up front with very small hints of spicy hops. As with the smell there's a nondescript fruitiness lurking in the background and as with the smell it grows stronger as the beer warms. The ending is equally bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my bottle and could have a few more - as long as they're colder than normal.

Overall this wasn't a bad Marzen but it could certainly be a lot cleaner.

Photo of richkrull
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Hyvee for only $1. I think they're trying to get rid of them.

Poured a cloudy orangish copper color with quite a bit of head on it. Not a whole lot on the nose, maybe a bit of malt. Taste was not very bitter, tasted some malt and spice. A very mild oktoberfest beer. That being said, it was very smooth and enjoyable to drink. I wouldn't mind having a few more of these. It's a good beer, just not a real pronounced flavor.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront- Oktoberfest

A-Cloudy brownish orange with a small 1 ring lacing head.
S- Sweet caramel malt with a touch of spices. Very faint aroma.
T- Sweet thick malt, caramel and orange rind come out. Spicy, pepper and clove appear in the tail end.
M- Sweet and malty with a sweet tangy finish.

Overall- Good, but a little to tangy to drink more than 1 pint.

Photo of dkoehler42
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer proclaims to be an Oktoberfest lager. However, the taste, smell, and mouthfeel are sorely lacking. The color is a dark gold or brown. The beer smells average, maybe a bit sweet. The taste however, is where this beer suffers. At best, I picked up on a partial Oktoberfest taste. The mouthfeel just wasn't pleasant overall. This is one best let on the shelf.

Photo of cokes
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden-amber bodied without much of a head. Just a slight lace.
Faintly toasted malt aroma. Subtle but nice. Very clean
Delicately toasted malts on the taste buds. Perked up with some grape/sour apple notes. Honey notes too. Quite sweet for the style, and seems to get sweeter as it sits. Initially, I thought this was a top-notch oktoberfest, but the sweetness becames overwhelming. Almost cloying. A deft use of hops would have saved this one, but hops are nowhere to be found.
However, it is very solid in the mouth, perky yet creamy.
This is still a very drinkable and solid amber lager, just not a great o-fest. Plus, I'd take Riverwest Stein anyday over this.

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap and so fresh from the brewery. Very good drinkability with a sour edge.Lemony, thick lacey, with only a slight coloured body.Approprately carbonated and hopped (Cascade I am told by the President). One of their more enjoyable choices. Brewery does better on traditional styles.

Photo of secondtooth
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber, with a decent head but no retention.

Nose is typically malty-sweet. Not bad.

Tastes also quite on the sweet side, with hints of a little spice and some fruit.

Overall, a mild and easy-to-drink session beer, lacking in complexity but making up for it in drinkability. Not outstanding, but solid.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lakefront's Oktoberfest pours a traditional deep amber body and creamy off-white head. The head retention is very good, and it leaves some nice lacing behind as it goes.

The aroma is sweetish, and a little fruity, which might be from Vienna malts rather than yeast. There's also some nice caramel to it, and it's lightly toasty.

The flavor follows the aroma, and it's very nicely balanced. A lot of American brewers tend to over-do the style, adding too much malt and sometimes hops but this one is kept in check.

The body is medium, and the carbonation is moderate, leaving it creamy and smooth across the palate.

As American-brewed Marzens go, it's pretty damn good. It's flavorful with a decent maltiness and just a hint of hops; and it's really well-balanced and quite drinkable. Prost!

Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bought a 6 pack at Woodman's - West, as I prepare to watch NCSU vs App St on the computer

appearance: pours into a Notre Dame pint glass...cloudy glowing amber body, creamy beige head with light lacing

smell: big malty aroma, grain, roasted peanut, caramel, earthy tones

taste: This is pretty tasty...big roasted peanut flavour, toasted grain, sweet caramel malt, light earthy hop presence, pretty well balanced beer and enjoyable enough

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth

drinkability: high, but filling

Photo of cjgator3
2.61/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is pretty faint toasted malts and not mug else. 

T- The taste like the aroma has some toasted malts up front with some sweetness and a hint of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this beer. I wouldn't purchase again.

Photo of tempest
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Princeton Liquors. The label says it was bottled the 2nd week of September, so it's only about six weeks old. The lager appeared a clear orange with a tall white head. Oddly enough, this beer smells and tastes more like a maibock. There's a definite clove and dried fruit quality that presents before the normal caramel and bready malts kick in. A tasty beer, but not on point for the style.

Photo of russpowell
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours butterscotch/orange with a 4 fingers+ sand colored head. No head retention or lacing

S: Sweetness from malt & grainyness

T: Malt sweetness, slight grainyness & an ever so slight alcohol burn up front. Finishes sweet with dryness &grainyness

MF: Under carbonated with a medium body, skews malty balance-wise

Drinks okay, this doesn't really cut it as a marzen, but there are worse examples out there. This'd probably rate .5 higher as an Ameican lager IMO

Photo of jackndan
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lakefront Oktoberfest: appears to be the first year that Lake Front is offering this, and I think they have got a real winner on their hands. Classic Marzen color, the head disappeared quickly, but I think that is a product of my lack of cleaning. Very classic Oktoberfest taste, with out any hint of spices, this beer remains very flavorful with very pronounced malt sweetness, and an excellent balance. Very impressive, look for it.

Photo of bditty187
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, tawny-amber in hue with slight influences of copper and gold. The color is attractive. However there wasn’t any animation. The head was slightly off-white in color, at the apex the foam was one finger in height, it faded quickly to a fizzy cap. Subsequent lacing was spotty and it clung poorly. The nose is malty sweet, clean, grainy, mildly fruity, kind of nutty at the back. It doesn’t really say “O-fest” to me. The potency is very low, I guess it is inviting by default. The palate is good but nothing more than that. It is has more malt than the nose indicated, this is a good thing. The sweetness is mild; the nuttiness is soft but still misplaced for an O-fest. Mild caramel influences mixed with a good dose of “straight” maltiness that is reminiscent of the style. Enjoyable. Fairly clean, after the swallow a somewhat chocolaty, bittersweet taste emerges. Hops offer only a trace of grassiness. Overall the taste is pleasant, aside from a mineraly twang. The flavors are straightforward and it is easy to drink. Medium in body with low carbonation that helps produce a sluggish mouthfeel even though there isn’t much bulk, this aspect of the beer could be improved. I found it too lazy on the tongue. It is drinkable but ordinary, only “a dime a dozen” type O-fest. I could drink one or two of these and then I’d have to upgrade to a more flavorful beer. It has some positive aspects and some negatives, for instance, I don’t like the odd mineral twang at all. This was purchased as part of a sampler-pack in Milwaukee, WI. I won’t need to try this one again. Too boring.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Oktoberfest Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.