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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 Westsidethreat


3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to UncleRandy for this one.

A: Pours a chill hazed dark copper brew with carrot colored highlights. Head is made up of medium sized bubbles and dropping quick. A creamy ring remains around the side of the glass.

S: Toasted malt, red fruits...very dry and biscuity.

T: Begins sweet and somewhat tangy. Sort of an over ripe strawberry, bing cherry, raspberry fruitiness accompanies. Little bit of sourness moves on next. Never know for sure if that sour twang is supposed to be there or a misguided bacteria got in there. Little bit of tomato vine maltiness adds a small backbone with saltine rounded it out. Finishes with lingering apricot.

M: Medium body, little bit of fuzzy carbo sting.

D: Started out with some funny sour notes but finished up ok. Not a lot of depth but thats not really and oktoberfests trademark.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 04:40:45 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The Liquid is orange copper and cloudy with ok carbonation. The head is two finger off white and leaves great lace.

The smell is classic O'fest, caramel and light hops

The taste follows mostly, light toasty bread and caramel with a unique citrus and cherry like taste.

The mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation and medium body.

The drinkability is good, a nice example of the style refreshing, crisp and enjoyable but not my first pick.

Lots of thanks to jpm30! Prosit MK

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 05:11:45 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of thelagerheads


4/5  rDev +17.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 13:36:13 | More by thelagerheads
Photo of DaPeculierDane


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

Light golden amber in color. Thin and quickly diminishing off white head. Aroma is fainter than I would like consisting of Munich malt, toast, a touch of herbal hops, and sweet graininess. Flavor is mild and clean. Lots of malt without being overly sweet. Pale and toasty with light bitterness. Medium to light bodied. Very drinkable but not particularly alluring.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 20:07:12 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of uwmgdman


3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lakefront's version of an Oktoberfest pours into the pint glass a golden-amber color with a thin off-white head that diminishes shortly after pouring. The beer has a moderate malty aroma, with a toasty element present, likely a healthy amount of Munich malt. There is no detectable hop aroma. This Oktoberfest has a high malty flavor, a background of toasty Munich and a rather sweet element as well, likely a fair amount of Crystal Malt. As expected with the style, no detectable hop flavor. The bitterness of the beer is rather low, perhaps a bit too low, making this beer a little on the sweet side, I would guess close to 15 IBUs. The beer has a medium body and moderate carbonation. The drinkability of the beer is medium, although the Crystal sweetness maybe a bit high for my palate and might limit how many of these Oktoberfests I would want to indulge in. Overall this a solid Oktoberfest, then again almost any Oktoberfest is good since this is one of my favorite styles. I enjoy the maltiness and toastiness of the beer, but the beer is a tad on the sweet end, and a little more hop bitterness wouldn't have been bad to find. Still, with that said, a good Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 23:20:44 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of russpowell


3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 03:21:55 | More by russpowell
Photo of dirtylou


3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 22:03:35 | More by dirtylou
Photo of TastyTaste


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

Not too much head, hazy rust body. Slight vinegar in the nose, also some graininess. Very acidic flavor, also toasted grains making up the bulk of the flaovr. Hops are not very dominant. Decent carbonation and body. Mediocre oktoberfest, I probably wouldn't come back to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 17:44:11 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of battlekow


2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A pretty, clear, reddish-gold color, pretty good lacing. Smells has the same funky yeast character as a lot of Lakefront's other beers. Smell and taste are otherwise primarily malty, with a little bit of toastedness, and a slightly bitter, earthy finish. Maybe a little apple. Pretty boring.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 19:01:11 | More by battlekow
Photo of cncbofh


3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say I truly enjoyed this one.

Interesting combo of lip-smacking crispness and dry finish with a nice dose of malt and sweetness. Nearly undetectable hops taste but it's there... somewhere... I think...

It poured a light amber color and there was very little carbonation. Maybe a half-finger of head that raced to the side of the glass. The body is light, yet it's heavy. The taste is sweet and malty, yet it's crisp and dry. Hints of brown sugar and coffee. So very hard to explain, but so fun to drink. It left my mouth wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 02:21:55 | More by cncbofh
Photo of ZAP


2.13/5  rDev -37.5%
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..

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..

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2004 06:03:23 | More by ZAP
Photo of bditty187


3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, tawny-amber in hue with slight influences of copper and gold. The color is attractive. However there wasn’t any animation. The head was slightly off-white in color, at the apex the foam was one finger in height, it faded quickly to a fizzy cap. Subsequent lacing was spotty and it clung poorly. The nose is malty sweet, clean, grainy, mildly fruity, kind of nutty at the back. It doesn’t really say “O-fest” to me. The potency is very low, I guess it is inviting by default. The palate is good but nothing more than that. It is has more malt than the nose indicated, this is a good thing. The sweetness is mild; the nuttiness is soft but still misplaced for an O-fest. Mild caramel influences mixed with a good dose of “straight” maltiness that is reminiscent of the style. Enjoyable. Fairly clean, after the swallow a somewhat chocolaty, bittersweet taste emerges. Hops offer only a trace of grassiness. Overall the taste is pleasant, aside from a mineraly twang. The flavors are straightforward and it is easy to drink. Medium in body with low carbonation that helps produce a sluggish mouthfeel even though there isn’t much bulk, this aspect of the beer could be improved. I found it too lazy on the tongue. It is drinkable but ordinary, only “a dime a dozen” type O-fest. I could drink one or two of these and then I’d have to upgrade to a more flavorful beer. It has some positive aspects and some negatives, for instance, I don’t like the odd mineral twang at all. This was purchased as part of a sampler-pack in Milwaukee, WI. I won’t need to try this one again. Too boring.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2004 03:22:26 | More by bditty187
Photo of schrist275


4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 21:41:37 | More by schrist275
Photo of jahred


2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 04:18:22 | More by jahred
Photo of lampkins


2.25/5  rDev -34%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 02:38:24 | More by lampkins
Photo of ADR


3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright darker copper color, clear. Yellowish head of small bubbles, settles at at under 1/2 of an inch. Punctuation mark lace on the glass. Nice aroma, distinct malted milk and a little grape jelly. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is lower. Pleasant taste, a lot like the grape jelly from the aroma spread on toasted white bread, certainly malt skewed. Starts sweet, ends a bit on the sticky side. Nice enough beer, a little more hop in the mix and slightly lighter body would do well for me, but a pretty nice toasted quality overall that meets usual aspects of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 15:28:42 | More by ADR
Photo of grynder33


2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 20:41:32 | More by grynder33
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite a good looking brew, being clear dark amber with a decent tan head; minimal lacing from the residual ring. The nose is light but gives hints of herbal hops beneath the nice caramel malt base. Sweetly tart flavor with nice bittering from the herbal hops. Mostly this is a malt brew, but there is decent balance.

The mouthfeel weakens mid-glass and loses the initial crisp feel that is noticed early on. Very nice drinkability - this is easy to take Marzen style beer that could be just a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2004 00:11:34 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 01:59:39 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of tavernjef


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

2004 11/16 - Same basic color. Sweetly smell and tangy; the toasty crispness has all but left. Same with the flavor unfortunately. A sweet tangy mess. All that good stuff is gone from the year before. The toasty bready thing has disappeared completely, a bunch of tangy sweet malts that is sour doughish but not in a good way that I like. What happened? No finish either.
Disappointed to say the least in this year's batch. I've had many just sitting around in the fridge since Oct. and finally decided to change the review due to its overall change. That way I had to drink at least one more and make room for something else.
I did enjoy it alot last year.

10/26/03 - Color is clear and bright glowing amber/orange with a thin cream colored head that fades quickly and leaves minimal thin spotty lace. Smell is both and sweet and toasty; crispy. Toasted grains and buttery mostly with some sweet soft breadish malts. Taste is a nice mix of toasted grains and malty buttery sweetness, much like sour dough bagels, sweet wheat and oats add some other layers to the sweetness. Nice lingering finish with a slight crispness and breadish tones. A nice taster, sweet and mild. Feel is just under a medium body heft with some sweet cloying in areas and ends with a mellowing crispness. A very nice O-fest.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 04:06:17 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Dogbrick


2.2/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2002 12:21:30 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Winter


1.7/5  rDev -50.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2002 21:34:06 | More by Winter
Photo of brakspear


2.33/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2002 18:28:42 | More by brakspear
Photo of Bighuge


2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2002 20:09:37 | More by Bighuge
Photo of cokes


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

Golden-amber bodied without much of a head. Just a slight lace.
Faintly toasted malt aroma. Subtle but nice. Very clean
Delicately toasted malts on the taste buds. Perked up with some grape/sour apple notes. Honey notes too. Quite sweet for the style, and seems to get sweeter as it sits. Initially, I thought this was a top-notch oktoberfest, but the sweetness becames overwhelming. Almost cloying. A deft use of hops would have saved this one, but hops are nowhere to be found.
However, it is very solid in the mouth, perky yet creamy.
This is still a very drinkable and solid amber lager, just not a great o-fest. Plus, I'd take Riverwest Stein anyday over this.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2002 21:52:21 | More by cokes
Oktoberfest Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.