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Oktoberfest Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

129 Reviews
THE BROS
82
good

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Reviews: 129
Hads: 268
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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: 129 | Hads: 268
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled 7/2012.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and caramel. Taste is of malt, caramel, and some metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that smells pretty decent but the flavor isn't all that good. (498 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on an amber with crimson hues body.

S: mostly caramel malts with some grain and biscuit. A mild fruity presence.

T: toasted cramel malts and sweet breads, mild earthy and herbal hops but lacks the spiciness of a good marzen.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one is drinkable but lacking in the degree of spiciness, hopiness and malt profile you want from the style. (411 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is quite hazy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has some flavors of toasted malts (these aren't that heavy) and a light amount of carbonation.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely tastes malty and is true to the style, but the maltiness is of a lighter variety and isn't that heavy on the palate, making it very easy to drink. (781 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.33/5  rDev -31.9%
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. (1,030 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a light brown color with a tan colored head on top. The aroma of the beer is loaded with malty sweetness, some earthy notes as well. The taste of the beer has some very light spice notes with a caramel sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied with a decent carbonation to it. Overall this Marzen isn't bad, I thought it was enjoyable and would probably drink it again. (419 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dusky orange with a hint of red and the occasional lazily rising bubble. The head looks like orange-peanut butter mousse (yummy!) and is the best part about the appearance. It's thickly creamy, is persistent and leaves quite a bit of lace in thick, fissured sheets. The upper third of the glass is largely responsible for the score.

The nose is only passingly Oktoberfestish. It's way too weak and is metallic smelling besides. I guess I could identify it as belonging to the stated style, but then again, I'm not so sure. A mild, earthy maltiness is the only thing emanating from the glass and requires one to go searching for it, not the other way around.

Oktoberfest Lager is better on the palate (it couldn't have been worse). At least now there's something to appreciate, something to assess, something to... well, okay, enjoy is probably too strong a word. The beer tastes like a slightly better than average Oktoberfest from a slightly better than average craft brewery.

It's sweeter than it is bitter, no surprise there, and doesn't have quite as much earthiness as the nose suggested it might or as most versions of the style have. I'm guessing that Munich malt is not the dominant member of the malt bill. This really is an okay little autumn seasonal that goes down with a minimum amount of effort and thought.

The mouthfeel does nothing at all to distinguish itself. Much like the flavor profile, it's light and is without excitement. Even the subdued amount of carbonation seems designed to keep from offending.

I have never been thrilled with Lakefront beer and Oktoberfest Lager has done nothing to change my mind. I can see how Oktoberfestophiles might like it, but even they would have to admit that it can't hold a candle to the best versions. Even the best domestic versions. (1,809 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, reddish, amber color with a two-finger, thick, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled malty (caramel and mild chocolate) with some floral notes.

T - It tasted of caramel and rich malts. It had a mild bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager.

D - This is an okay Oktoberfest. They certainly are better out there, though. (413 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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! (794 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +24.9%
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! (1,928 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly clouded orange hued brown. Basically no head. Flavor is sweet-ish. Slight leafy acorn thing is there as well. Feel is sticky slick on the liquid and carbonation is about standard I suppose. Nice to drink. Nothing that will blow you away, but it's good enough. (276 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
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 (472 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.54/5  rDev -55%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark crimson color, the match of autumn leaves (the ones that pass by my window, of red and gold...), with a short, white head above.
Aroma: rich and sweet, caramelly, and touch vegetal.
Taste: toasty mouthfeel, with no hops anywhere, but malt is all over the place, and is quite yummy, too. A malt monster, with a full body, medium finish, and a nearly sticky flavor that coasts the mouth with every sip. I quite enjoyed this bottle and emptied it with exceptional ease.
Prost, indeed, and thanks to jeffboo for providing! (544 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed orange-reddish amber with a creamy head that thins. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramelized grain.

The taste is of sweet caramel with a balancing bitter touch. Clean, crisp finish.

It is very smooth, as it should be. Very fitting carbonation. Malty smooth.

This is a solidinterpretation of a smooth, easy-to-drink O-fest with a nice malty texture. (371 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a one finger head that lasts a bit. Light lacing develops during the session.

Smell: malt and sugar sweetness is nice on the nose.

Taste: malty base with caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit sweetness. Bitterness is light but balancing.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Short aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: a slightly sweet oktoberfest that is quite enjoyable. Easy to quaff this one, as several can be had in a session. (488 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a ring, leaving some lace. Almost clear amber color. Light malty nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is a malty, bready. Similar to their Pumpkin Lager without the pumpkin. Bottled Sep 2009. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. (323 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.61/5  rDev -23.7%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.47/5  rDev -27.8%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber color. Poured a tight off-white head that dissipated to a broken skim. Minimal lacing.

S: Big bready malt. A honey sweetness with some hay and dry grass.

T: Sweetness more prominent than in the nose. Still big and malty. Smooth and little creamy. Light, building bitter.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and rich.

O: Big malty beer for sure. Smooth with a fairly good balance. (407 characters)

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Oktoberfest Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.