Oktoberfest Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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4.43/5 rDev +29.5%
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.
08-26-2009 23:20:15 | More by blackearth
4.38/5 rDev +28.1%
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.
08-30-2002 20:20:42 | More by jackndan
4.25/5 rDev +24.3%
Pours a light fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades semi quickly, with hints of lacing, over mostly clear tan orange-ish color.
Nose is actually pretty nice, just a faint hint of caramel and reddish malts, but mostly soft creamy pale malts, nice cracked straw, grainy malts, some nice crisp and fruity lager aromas, nice soft but complex malt, with a decent juicy like malt, then some light grassy noble like hops.
Taste comes on with soft complex malts again, slightly grainy and a bit of straw, light pale malts, and hint of caramel and reddish toasty malt. Then more fruity lager flavors, quite lager loaded flavors but no bad lager flavors, crisp and fairly clean, and a bit juicy with the fruity lagers. Hops also kick in with just a touch of bitterness, some light grassy and floral hops. Finish is a bit more bitter, with some caramel, plenty more malts and hint of toffee, and a dry clean crisp finish.
Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied, very drinkable, decent carb, clean and crisp.
Overall very nicely done for an American Marzen/Oktoberfest. Great malts with just a hint of caramel so they didn't go overboard with it, great lager flavors and crispness, nice grassy noble hops, even some cracked straw, etc. The only things really keeping this from being into the A range, lack of decoction which I can't hold too much against them since it's an American brewery, maybe a touch more hops, and a touch less on the caramel.
And the fact that this only has a B- on BA just shows more of how much the American palate is out of touch. They love to rate "Oktoberfest" style beers with tons of caramel and sweet toasty malts and tons of spicy hops with a big rating, and something like this with a low rating. The "American" palate is so out of whack these days, nothing where it should be, and this is a great example. This is one of the best American made Oktoberfest beers I've ever had. Well done lakefront!
11-04-2011 02:52:16 | More by jlindros
4.25/5 rDev +24.3%
This is probably my favorite Oktoberfest beer.
Got this out of an 8-pack of different Oktoberfests.
The apperance is perfect, a clear dark amber. The head was a bit small on this particular bottle but on others i've had they've been just fine. I probably poured it wrong.
The smell was pretty good, a malty caramel sweetness.
The taste is awesome. An aftertaste of rich caramel maltiness.
The mouthfeel awesome too. The perfect amount of carbonation. It barely tickles your tongue as you drink the beer. The beer itself is a good thickness.
I could and have drank many of these in one sitting. Great beer.
10-19-2008 01:33:28 | More by pphunkdelux
4.22/5 rDev +23.4%
This one was sitting in the fridge at State spirits the other day and I just had to pick one up. I had not had anything from lakefront in a good long while. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/05/2009.
The pour was very nice for the style. Rich dark amber in color with a nice head of white across the top and really nice lacing along the sides. Good clarity here with lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom. The aroma was rich bready malts with just a touch of bittering hops. Really well done here. The flavor was much more of the same. Rich bready malts highlighted by just enough of a bitter touch to offset and balance really well. Smooth easy sailing as far as drinking with a light to medium body and nicely done carbonation.
Overall a very solid little beer here. I was not expecting the world here but was more then pleased with the results. Very solid offering.
04-08-2009 01:59:00 | More by mikesgroove
4.1/5 rDev +19.9%
Last day of October to enjoy the Oktober, pours a loverly reddish brown with a cream colored head that leaves all to fast (shame), very slow carbonation, 2 lines visible, smells very smooth and creamy and malty... hmmm.... taste... the very same, smooth and creamy and mouth filling, (geez this is good), a brief hoppy start that rolls into a sweet malty aftertaste. gonna have to find more.. dont have time to write more.. there is still the remainder of this glass and bottle.
10-31-2004 21:41:37 | More by schrist275
4.1/5 rDev +19.9%
It poured clear with a nice golden brown hue. I noticed that it was flat right off the bat. I tried to pour long and right in the middle from close to the bottom of the stein and it failed.
It smelled delicious. The malt smell was robust and tastey like fresh bread. On the second smell I could detect a faint bit of hops.
It tasted very robust overall. The mixture of malt and hops is well balanced and good. It has a nice medium body that I find enjoyable.
Overall I find this very drinkable. I wish that it poured with a better head but that will not stop me from putting down two or three of these in a sitting. Well done Lakefront.
08-20-2008 23:48:23 | More by Rennpferd
4.01/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
09-12-2012 01:18:09 | More by wattoclone
4/5 rDev +17%
I bought this bottle in CT. Poured the brew at cellar temp into an english pint glass. The beer is a clear amber color with minimal beige head that fades rapidly to a thin edge layer. Aroma is sweet caramel and brown sugar with just a hint of herbal hops in the background. First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is sweet malt from start to finish with caramel and toffee and brown sugar mixing nicely. This is a well crafted beer and spot on for an octoberfest brew IMO. Check it out next fall!
03-20-2007 12:48:23 | More by sulldaddy
4/5 rDev +17%
I should have refrained from pouring this into a Hofbräu mug seeing as their Okt, which is self-aggrandized to be the world's greatest, was my least favorite besides the one by Summit. The Lakefront one however ranks behind the Harpoon and Samuel Adams only by a small margin. That is only due to the lesser amounts of sweetness and not because of the quality which is on par with the afforementioned. Other than the Fuel Cafe this is their most drinkable in multiple quantities beer. Wear a helmet though and spit no seeds for the mothers of Lakefront will strike thee down if you get out of line!
11-05-2006 13:36:13 | More by thelagerheads
4/5 rDev +17%
As much as I have tried, I don't generally like this style. Lakefront has a good one here, in my non-style-liker's estimation. It is much more palatable than most. That said, I still don't like the style.
The color and clarity are perfect. It has great aromatic properties - nice finishing hops. The aftertaste is nice. This could be one to change my mind about the style. I actually would try it again. I am planing a trip to the Milwaukee area next month so maybe I can get some on tap.
09-03-2011 00:20:14 | More by schoolboy
4/5 rDev +17%
12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a clear amber with a finger of off-white head that dissapears quickly.
aroma is of sweet malts up front, namely caramel, with a fruity characteristic that stays in the background. notes of apple and sweet toffee are also present. rather sweet in overall character.
taste is sweet and malty up front, with caramel and munich presiding. no hops to speak of. could use a bit of spice.
mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth texture. smooth on the finish as well, without much bite.
drinkability is good. this is a concentrated marzen, but not overbearing. lacks a bit in the boldness, and could use some spice, since it is a marzen.
09-30-2007 01:20:58 | More by botham
4/5 rDev +17%
Sampling right now on 6/11/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled-glass stein.
Pours a hazy brown-amber in color with a good 2- finger off-white head that settles down to just a thin layering on top and sides of the glass. Some spotty lacing is seen with each sip. Perfect carbonation for this type of brew. The aroma is of bread yeast, malts and spice. The taste is about the same with some toffee, honey and orange peel as well. Very tasty and goes down very easy compared to others I had of this type.
06-11-2014 22:56:04 | More by BeerWithMike
Oktoberfest Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.