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Oktoberfest Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Oktoberfest Lager BeerOktoberfest Lager Beer

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BA SCORE
78
okay

220 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jackndan on 08-30-2002)
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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

Jason, Oct 06, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of blackearth
4.43/5  rDev +29.2%

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.

blackearth, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of grynder33
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

grynder33, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

deebo, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of wattoclone
4.01/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of zldjn97
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

zldjn97, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of ADR
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

ADR, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.45/5  rDev -57.7%

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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

chinchill, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
4/5  rDev +16.6%

IchLiebeBierZu, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

glid02, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of tugg407
3.5/5  rDev +2%

tugg407, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Schlafly33, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of richkrull
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

richkrull, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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.

Jeffreysan, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Sara
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Sara, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

NJpadreFan, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of dkoehler42
2.53/5  rDev -26.2%

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.

dkoehler42, May 11, 2012
Photo of cokes
3.55/5  rDev +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.

cokes, Sep 09, 2002
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

Sammy, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

secondtooth, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

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!

NeroFiddled, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

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

dirtylou, Sep 02, 2006
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Oktoberfest Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.