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Oktoberfest Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Oktoberfest Lager BeerOktoberfest Lager Beer

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201 Ratings

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | 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 Redrover


3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Lake Front Oktoberfest was a seasonal offering at Palmer Place in La Grange, IL. Check it out on beerfly!

12 oz bottle poured into a pint the beer is a ruddy copper with a thin beige head.

It has a malty nose with some sweet caramel and grains.

The taste is also malty and a bit rich. There are plum and grain notes in the background. It is a solid and workman like example of an American O-Fest.

The mouth is slightly thinner than I like in this style, but it is an easy drinker that goes well with hearty food.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 15:54:19 | More by Redrover
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 12:36:47 | More by Gavage
Photo of pphunkdelux


4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 01:33:28 | More by pphunkdelux
Photo of Slynger


3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit of murk to a coloring of two parts orange to one part blood orange. Cap is light khaki colored with finely bubbled carb.

Smell has caramel sweetness, with some musty-herbal breadiness to it.

Flavor is malty rich. Sweetly caramel with lightly toasted bread. Musty-vegetal-herbal with a touch of tanginess. Solid medium body good feel lightly chewy with nice, fuzzy carbonation.

Not a great oktoberfest, but a pretty good beer. Definitely enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 02:31:36 | More by Slynger
Photo of superdedooperboy


3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber with a full head of light tan foam, which dissipates rather quickly to form a tight cap but which leaves behind little-to-no lace.

Fragrance is of herbaceous hop notes and not much else besides.

Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated. A slight sweet, grainy maltiness is overpowered by various herbal hop flavors and an off, earthy flavor, leading into an off, somewhat corn-like finish, which lingers long and sweet.

Overall, not a very good example of the style, but with the off flavors that were so evident, I believe that I may have gotten a bad bottle. If not, then I'd have to say this is probably the most disappointing Oktoberfestbier I've sampled this season.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 03:59:54 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 17:46:47 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of roadhouse


3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a hazy orange amber with a half inch off-white head. Seems very hazy for a lager. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is pretty weak also. A bit of caramel and toasted malt and a slight herbal hop presence but everything is very light.

More of the same in the taste department. Light caramel up front but it ends up being dominated more by spicy/herbal hops and a slight toastiness. Finish is fairly hoppy for an Oktoberfest, but there is this medicinal quality that makes it kind of weird.

Mouthfeel is the best feature of this one. Medium-light bodied, good level of carbonation makes it nice and creamy. Not exactly what I would expect for the style but I like it.

Overall, one of the weakest Oktoberfests I have tried thus far this year. Not very drinkable - I mostly have an urge to chug it due to the weird aftertaste. Will not be getting it again when there are so many better ones.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 04:18:56 | More by roadhouse
Photo of scaliasux


3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Amber, gold. Moderately cloudy. Tall off-white head.

Smell - Yeasty. Behind the prominent yeast is some toasted malt.

Taste - Hits hard with a strong toasted malt flavor. Finishes with a mild sourness. Some "spiciness." Tastes like fall.

Mouthfeel - Moderate to full. Long finish seems a little off-style.

Drinkability - Its a little different from some oktoberfest beers, but its good. Then again I'll drink almost any Oktoberfest and like it. One of the few things that makes the end of summer bearable. Comes from a fine brewery in a town made famous by beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 02:45:14 | More by scaliasux
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 20:21:08 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of morimech


3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled Wk3 of July. We are bottling Oktoberfests in July now?

Pours a clear copper with a small white head that settles quickly. Some sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Has a caustic aroma. I would not quite call it vomit-like but it is still not very appealing.

The flavor is grainy and dry. No hops noted. A pedestrian effort. I do not get any of the great maltiness that one expects from a good fall brew.

A light/medium body with a well matched carbonation. A somewhat creamy texture.

I would pass on this the next time. An underdeveloped lager. The ABV feels a little high as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 22:41:55 | More by morimech
Photo of Rennpferd


4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 23:48:23 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of Dubbercody


3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer for $ .75 on my last beer outing...so the frugal bastard I am, I went ahead and put one in the cart...can't be that bad right. Happily I was right.

Orange amber color, very little head with a normal pour. Alright taste, not nearly as thick as it should have been for the style. But it's still not bad...

It's okay, not an oktoberfest beer. More of a it's 70 degrees outside and I just want something to drink beer. I should have bought a case for $15. It would have been great party fodder.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 23:25:49 | More by Dubbercody
Photo of CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

2.9/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 15:01:21 | More by CharlesDarwin
Photo of tgbljb


3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber colored beer with modest white head. Poor retention and sporadic lacing.
Smell is a bit ' off ' with strange glue-like characteristics???
Taste is abundant with fruity notes, combined with a touch of caramel.
Taste begins to show a mild hop presence, just enough to blend well with all the sweet malt.
An OK beer. Not one that would probably revisit.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 02:15:07 | More by tgbljb
Photo of mentor


3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of yellowed-tan head over a cloudy murked-golden liquid. Smells bright octoberfest lagerish. Caramel, toasted grains, quite hoppy, and a bit of berry ester. A bit of phenol/clovey edge.

Tastes dry with nice hop and a bit of clove. Nice marzen rounded gariny profile. Wetter in the finish with a lingering light hop floral. Some berry esters are unexpected, but work well with the hop flavor. Mouthfeel is light and memory of the disappears once swallowed. Md-sstrong carbonation is about right.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 00:42:59 | More by mentor
Photo of Pauly2X


3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Bright golden amber one finger head with decent staying power.

S- Spicy hops abound in a sea of sweet malts.

T- The toasted malt taste abounds but it is not over powering. This allows the sweet malt/hop balance to come through in the finish along with a slight astringency.

M- Nice carbonation but a little light.

D- Prolly should of gotten the six pack.

Although a little on the light side, not a bad Oktoberfest at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 20:52:38 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden straw color with a small white head that fades. Minor lacing on the glass.

Aroma is quite brisk with a nice caramel malt smell and light herbal hop presence.

Caramel malty upfront with a very slight sweetness. Mild bitterness and hint of herbal hops midway through. A slight fruity taste appears toward the finish. Finishes rather clean with the same slight sweetness as the start.

Medium body, full carbonation.

Overall, a nice tasting O'fest. A little sweeter than expected for a lager (under attenuation?), but a decent brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 02:09:06 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of jasonpeckins32


3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber color. Slight layer of foam, but not much. It smells malty and quite basic. The taste is malty up front, but not quite as basic as the aroma is. A little more flavor in here than i thought there would be. One of the more flavorful marzens, but still very true to the style. The mouthfeel is closing in on becoming medium-bodied and the drinkability is good also. Nice adequate carbonation. Solid, full-drinking, nice output by Lakefront. Not a boring wimpy beer, but nothing extravagant either.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 03:51:54 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of botham


4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 01:20:58 | More by botham
Photo of GPHarris


3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter. nice and billowy with good sheeting throughout. the body was a bright orange-amber color.
s - grainy, spicey and some citrusy hops.
t - malty and sweet with a little hop bite in the finish.
m - medium and slick.
d - easily drinkable and enjoyable. i'd go back for this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 18:22:37 | More by GPHarris
Photo of shadow1961


3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront's Oktoberfest Lager pours out a finger of foam over
a cloudy dark gold brew. There's lots and lots of big fat bubbles
holding up that head, and the nose is malt and lager yeast. The
flavor is sweet malt and barley up front, and just a tiny bit of grassy
hop in the finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly full for a lager, though
there's not much of an aftertaste- mostly more of that malt and a
shadow of that hop. Really tasty and appetizing.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 17:32:25 | More by shadow1961
Photo of sulldaddy


4/5  rDev +17.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 12:48:23 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of gmfessen


3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a light golden color with a pinkish-red hue and a head composed of a thin layer of very fine bubbles. Primarily smell is sweetness from the amber malts, very little hop presence. The taste is like the nose, but there is more bittering hops which balance out the sweetness quite well. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a light carbonation and has a dry finish. This is a pretty drinkable Marzen, I would say slightly better than your average... I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 02:58:55 | More by gmfessen
Photo of pmatz2


3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours amber in color, with a fluffy white head that quickly disappeared. There was decent lacing.

Smell - Sweet smell of malt . Detected a hint of grain.

Taste- All malt, no hops, lots of fresh grain on the palate. Slightly sour finish and aftertaste

Mouth feel - Very little carbonation, medium bodied brew

Drink ability - This was OK didn't really do anything for me. Glad that I'm working my way through a sampler and not a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 08:09:22 | More by pmatz2
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 13:43:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
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78 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.