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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
79
okay

243 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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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Ratings: 243 | Reviews: 127 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.45/5  rDev -58%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of Winter
1.7/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured a clear amber with an off-white large creamy head. Aroma had a similar quality to the Riverwest Stein, but reeked of wet cardboard. This is basically and amber lager lacking the rich malt flavors typical in an Oktoberfest/Marzen style beer. Very light bodied. Overall bland taste did not improve as the beer warmed either. Finish is a bad combination of sourness and decaying fruit. It's hard to find anything positive to say about this one, except the appearance is quite alluring.

Winter, Nov 16, 2002
Photo of Profane
2/5  rDev -42%

Profane, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Soneast
2/5  rDev -42%

Soneast, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of ZAP
2.13/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Re-review...better but not good...big odd coffee like aroma and taste....the sourness is still there but a little more very subtle...still not enjoyable...this one is drinkable but seems "off" still for the style...I'm raising the scores ever so slightly..


10-03-02-
This is the worst Lakefront Beer I've ever had....From the same batch as the one big Hugey rated and I almost have to wonder if it is bad even though it appears pretty fresh....sour nose like it is spoiled....taste is sour and tart...if I really really strain I get some toasted grains in the long finish but this is really bad....I can only hope this is a bad bottle...I would never, ever buy this again if this is what they brewed it to taste like...pretty brutal...and Lakefront is one of my favorite breweries..

ZAP, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
2.2/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Found at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield. This beer proves you should never judge a book by its cover. Poured a beautiful orange-red color with a thin beige head. Very slight malt aroma. Flavor was thin and blood-in-your-mouth metallic. Hopefully I can find some other Lakefront brews because I am sure they can do better than this.

Dogbrick, Dec 04, 2002
Photo of lampkins
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this up this week and was looking forward to this batch. Beer poured a copperish brown with little or no retainable head. Could smell the malts in this brew and thought it would be great. Unfortunately this beer did not taste as good as it smells. While the malt was there it tasted watered down. A dissapointment from this brewery.

lampkins, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of Thorpe429
2.28/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a very, very opaque light copper color with some orange tint. Even when I hold this up to the light I can't see my finger through the brew. Initial half-finger head falls down somewhat quickly to just a ring atop the beer. Some very slight lacing.

The nose brings some very light bready malt plus a very slight amount of caramel candy. Try as I might, I really cannot get all that much more from this. At the same time, appearance gets bumped up to 3.5 as each time I swirl the beer to try to get some aroma a bit more lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

Taste is not good from the start. A bit of diacetyl presence permeates the entire brew. Light caramel and toffee make their way through but this is almost entirely buttered popcorn. Fairly-strong off flavors here. Body is light to medium with pretty low carbonation. All together, I cannot get past the flaws in this one and the fact that there wasn't much there to begin with.

Thorpe429, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of brakspear
2.33/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This must be a Lakefront work-in-progress, that needs more refining. Pours reddish amber-copper with moderate head and appropriate carbonation. Both the aroma and taste are off for an Oktoberfest, both vinegar sweet apple notes dominate rather than the caramel or biscuity aroma and that should be present. I was disappointed by this beer from a brewery that usually produces excellent beers.

brakspear, Oct 07, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
2.4/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brewed during Week 1 of August.

Pours a chill-hazed copper/orange color. Slight beige head recedes to nothing in seconds. Sweet malt aroma. Taste has a sour apple note to me as well as a tinge of vinegar/acetic acid. These are off-flavors to me and they surprise me a bit coming from a high quality brewery such as Lakefront. The sour apple taste is an indication sometimes that a beer is "green", but this is about 7 weeks old, very young for an oktoberfest in my opinion, but old enough that the acetylaldehyde (source of green apple taste) should have converted to alcohol. Bacterial infection or weak yeast could be the other causes of the off-flavors. After getting past the off-flavors, I can get some maltiness and slight hop bitterness. Not enough to make this an enjoyable brew though. I won't dump this one, but it's not that good. The Riverwest Stein beer they produce is 10 times better.

Bighuge, Sep 24, 2002
Photo of Tiburon
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Tiburon, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of IkariBattousai
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

IkariBattousai, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

TheBigBoy, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of jahred
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tried this at the Goose Island Oktoberfest "Beer Academy"

Pours a super clear light brown color with a very small head. The scent is of toasted malts and incredibly buttery. I've always read about diacetyl and buttery/butterscotch flavors, but never been able to ditect them - until this beer. The taste continues the buttery malt flavors, and ends with a strong hoppy, earthy aftertaste. At first I thought the buttery flavors were kind of night, but after a few sips they became sickeningly unpleasant. Glad I had only a small glass of this beer!

jahred, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of MillerMan16
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

MillerMan16, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of SF_Posse
2.52/5  rDev -27%

SF_Posse, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of dkoehler42
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

dkoehler42, May 11, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

cjgator3, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of lvoutlawjlh
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

lvoutlawjlh, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of ToddHolder
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

ToddHolder, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of bcsbeer
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

bcsbeer, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of grynder33
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

grynder33, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of fsvan
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into imperial pint glass.

A- Light amber. A bit light for the style. Minimal off white head. Not much to report.

S- Big dark bread malt notes. Very similar to other marzens, but something makes this one a little different. Something like a honey like sweetness going on also.

T- That sweet smell really comes out here, and not in a good way. Big sweetness, with the malts taking a distant 2nd. Some sourness on the back end. Is this unattenuated or is the beer intended to be this way? Which ever it is, I'm not a fan.

M- Medium bodied. Tough to appreciate with the not so great taste of this guy.

O- Marzens aren't my favorite beers, but I do enjoy them and try to keep reviews to style. That said, this just isn't my cup of lager.

fsvan, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a small white head, average retention, no lace.

S: Apple cider, sweet malt.

T: Some caramel malt, lots of red apple peel, grassy hops.

M: Light-bodied, a bit acrid at times, crisp, some biting carbonation.

O: A middle of the road Oktoberfest, not the best flavour, drinkable enough, but there's a lot better out there.

Halcyondays, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed June 8 2007. 12 Oz Bottle. Pours a burnished copper, fiery and rimmed with a banana-tinted yellow creamed head. Aroma is a rustic seared malt sugar and light earth, held back and maybe muddled with a bit of off-flavor. The originally tasting impressions are of an underdone Marzen, with too little Munich malt, not nearly enough bold chewiness, nuance or good lagering. A nip skanky and all around weak and not desirable. Lacks a balancing crisp bite of hop work at the end.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 15, 2007
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Oktoberfest Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.