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Oktoberfest Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Oktoberfest Lager BeerOktoberfest Lager Beer

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135 Reviews

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Reviews: 135
Hads: 290
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 21.16%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | 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

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Reviews: 135 | Hads: 290
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.

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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.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, soapy, off-white head that has surprising persistence that laces a bit. Soft, spicy hops in the nose. Clear, copper color. Starts with a nice, spicy hoppiness. Spiciness rises just as a wall of smooth, smooth malt comes through on top of that. There's a caramelness to the malt (which I usually don't like, but it works well here). Slight lingering hop bitterness of spice lingers into the finish on top of malt.

I really, really like this one. I think it may be my favorite Oktoberfest; great, spicy hoppiness, excellent maltiness, and a crisp mouthfeel.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of pphunkdelux
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of schrist275
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A bready and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of caramel, grains, and biscuit. Barley malt with bready hints of grains, biscuit, caramel, cracker, and lager yeast. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A solid malty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and sweet malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, caramel, and grains. Upfront presence of toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, cracker, and lager yeast. Light background notes of earthy hops. A pretty decent lager taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A solid take on a Marzen. Nice sweet caramel malt notes.

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

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!

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

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!

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

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.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Loved the brewery tour, but the beer was ok. After tasting octoberfest, I want to give another try. Nice head on the pour which is a great trait for classic octofest. Tasting cloves a little hop Carmel biscuit as well. Actually quite balanced with a little alcohol kick at back of throat. Very nice experience during current octofest sampling tour I'm currently on.

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

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.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Kasteel goblet

Appearance- A hazy reddish orange color. Small amount of white head that completely dissipates into 0 head.

Smell- Sweet ripening fruit mostly banana. Malt, bread and wheat are also there.

Taste- Once again, very sweet fruit up front with a super bready malt finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with a very clean finish making for a very drinkable brew.

Overall- I like the addition of the sweet fruit notes that alter from a normal Marzen. Well done very drinkable beer with a little more complexity then the usual Oktoberfest.

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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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a typical copper/caramel color, slight haze that you cannot see through totally. A cream colored head dissipates quickly to a wisp. Lacing is light but present.

The aroma is faint, but pure: malts, sweet caramel.

I like the taste in that it throws no surprises: Malty, sweet caramel, dough, and the hops are so muted they may not be there. Total marzen in my opinion.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, goes down very well.

Overall, I just think this is very easy to drink and holds up to the style. It's not aggressive in any area, it just tastes like a damn marzen, and that's awesome.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper with hints of ruby shines through, grabbing the eye immediately. Not much of a head, but decent bubbling. Crisp, sweet malt toasted malt give the scent of fresh baked bread. The taste is a great balance of toasted malts wth some mint julep hops. Sweet,not cloying or overdone. Great drinkability. Very good Amercan version of a classic German style.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2nd week of September:

The beer poured a nice reddish color with a slightly off white/light tan head that was dense yet fluffy but not well retained. No lacing, no cap to note.

Nice, solid malty and yeast aroma with a hint of spices.

The taste is really good, nice thick malt flavor and seems like there is some other spices in there.

Medium body, smooth and very easy to drink. I like this one a little better than the Sam Adams Octoberfest and it was on par with the Victory Festbier.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint.
5.7% ABV

A - Crystal clear and totally lifeless, it pours a vibrant copper color with a tall cream head that plateaus and drops slowly, gently draping lace webbing on the pint for a beautiful looking beer!

S - Tart apple skin pops out from this muted aroma, offering more bready malt aromas once it's swirled. Delicate hop notes are barely noticed behind the toasted characteristic though this Oktoberfest which finishes with a slight unfermented wort scent.

T - Simple and straight forward, Lakefront's Oktoberfest is smooth and malty with toasted bread crust overtones and subtleties of dough for a rich flavor profile that's finished with earthy hops.

M - Medium-bodied with a crisp and clean finish accompanied by a carbonation bite, Lakefront's Oktoberfest is a little slick on the tongue, drying out after the swallow.

O - Here we have Lakefront's Oktoberfest; a pretty clean lager that goes down well while offering bready malt overtones and a dry, earthy hop finish for an easy fall drinker.

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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!

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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

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a pristine dark amber beer. Head rose a nice light tan off the pour, but dissipated quickly to sparse bubbles.

S-Spicy-bread maltiness.

T-Bready, toasty sweetness with a nuance of autumn spiciness. Hop bitterness is there to do its job, which may be subtle, but it's done appropriately.

M-Moderate-light body, very easy and pleasant, with a slighly harsh medium-high carbonation, which does not distract my tastebuds too much, thankfully.

D-Very drinkable. Even if this isn't a perfect, beer, man, is it a good 'fest beer.

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Oktoberfest Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.