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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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Photo of Zundo
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy Amber orange with a thin white head which dissipates quickly with faint lacing.

Smell: Sweet bread malt with possibly some faint apple.

Taste: Sweet carmel and semi-tart apple and a touch grainy

Mouthful: Smooth with moderate carbonation and a medium body

Drinkability: There is nothing in this beer that could slow me down so its pretty drinkable.

Zundo, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of BlueCat1
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This seasonal from Lakefront is, at least in 2010, a very average presentation of this style. After allowing it to reach a drinking temperature I found the maltiness to be weak and lacking in flavor. The body was also pretty watery. Color was okay but not robust. On a brisk October day this would not add any warmth to the soul!

BlueCat1, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is that time of the season again, this is my first Oktoberfest of the year besides Capital Fest which is a Summer Seasonal.

It pours a nice darker amber for the style, the head is thin and white leaving no lacing.

It has a clean grain aroma, a subtle hoppiness that brings some citrus and fruit notes. Other than that, it's your typical O-fest.

The flavor is grainy, again with a hint of fruit and perhaps some caramel. It is sweet for the style.

It is rather full bodied, one of the more hearty O-fests available. It is smooth and drinkable despite this however.

It is solid, if middle of the road for the Oktoberfest Category.

crossovert, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of steveh
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odd to see this beer in Illinois, since I didn't see it on shelves in Wisconsin last weekend. Last time I tried the LF I was disappointed, the batch seemed a little off and it's kept me from trying it again for a few years -- here goes.

A -- Clear, deep amber-orange with a dense, light tan head that settles, but leaves a nice cap.

S -- Some light candy sweetness and vague DMS.

T -- Biscuit and lightly nutty up front with some light diacetyl at the end and finishing with a light, spicy hopiness and cracker-like grains. There's some vague, grapelike fruit character in the middle, but it doesn't distract and blends with the biscuit maltiness.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth to soft and has a medium body.

D -- Very nice, a mid-cross between a Bavarian and American Okto, but fills the bill for those looking for that Autumn character.

steveh, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of biggred1
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange amber with a creamy tan head of foam that quickly shrinks to a mere film. There is not much going on in the nose other than a faint graininess. The flavors are nice and typical for the style, caramel sweetness and raw grain with some light savory spice notes. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. A little under malted for my personal tastes. An average domestic O-fest.

biggred1, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  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.

jdhilt, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark amber color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of mildly bready malts with good amounts of sweetness and hints of nondescript fruitiness. As it warms the fruit aroma intensifies.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Layered sweet and lightly bready malts up front with very small hints of spicy hops. As with the smell there's a nondescript fruitiness lurking in the background and as with the smell it grows stronger as the beer warms. The ending is equally bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my bottle and could have a few more - as long as they're colder than normal.

Overall this wasn't a bad Marzen but it could certainly be a lot cleaner.

glid02, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

tempest, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.9/5  rDev +13%
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.

CHSLBrew, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of justincolts
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer, very red appearance, a decent smell, but nothing particularly great, good taste, nothing to throw you off, but nothing to particularly bring you in either, some substance for the mouthfeel, and decently drinkable. Certainly I wouldn't advise anyone to not try this beer, and I look forward to trying more Lakefront, as this is my first as far as I know.

justincolts, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of blackearth
4.43/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

blackearth, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's getting to that time of year again. College football, cold crisp air pumpkin pie and Oktoberfest beers. I've never had Lakefronts take on the style, so here it goes. Poured into my Lakefront pint glass the beer is a amber hue slightly tinted towards the orange side of the color scale. The head is about a half inch high and a brownish orange color. After settling the head leaves a kiss of lace around my glass. The aroma is sweet and yeasty. Some hops but mostly malt. The flavor is bready and sweet. Very malty. Just a touch of hop bitterness can be picked up on the back end. Very dry finish. Medium body with light carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer but, I was hoping for a bit more robust flavor from this one.

beerwolf77, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I honestly cannot remember where I got this. Was craving a Marzen and saw it in my fridge. Funny how that works out after a while.

A: Light copper color with an off white head that wasn't much and quickly went away. Crystal clear. No lacing to speak of.

S: Roasted malts, a really grainy, a faint hint of spicy hops, and a touch of caramel. Not a whole lot going on here.

T: Big and malty, flavors of honey and caramel, slight spicy hop flavor, lots of roasted grainy flavors. Munich sort of malt characteristic underneath the other roasted flavor. Really a tasty beer. Honey flavor really lingers in the mouth.

M: Big and full, this is a big beer in the mouth, pretty dry though really. Slight hint of booze heat in there too.

D: Right up there for drinkability, as all beers of this style are, this one goes down very easily and if I were in the proper mood, I would easily be able to drink this all night. I hope I can find this again, because this is a really nice beer.

pokesbeerdude, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of Offa
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is tasty and enjoyable but a rather light, thin example of an Oktoberfest.

Amber, it has a huge off-white head that shrinks slowly to leave a little weak lace.

The aroma is very nice, flowery with lemon, bread, crust, hints of pine and fruit.

The taste is nice, also, fruity and lemony, with light cracker quality, apple peel, and light yeastiness. It's zesty with a light bitterness balancing and perhaps just edging out the light sweetness. However, its's somewhat thin and light but still more flavourful and interesting than the Gordon Biersch Marzen.

Offa, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber/copper color with 2 fingers of eggshell/light tan head. Good retention and ok lacing. Smells of citrus fruits, caramel, floral hops, and grainy bread. Tastes of fruits like lemon and orange up front then some honey and grain and a nice solid caramel malt backbone with a touch of brown sugar. Finishes with some light floral and earthy hops. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, a little thin in places, but for the most part pretty chewy with a touch of bitter. Easy to drink, seems pretty sessionable, not a bad brew by Lakefront.

HopDerek, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

scruffwhor, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of Redrover
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Redrover, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Gavage, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of pphunkdelux
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

pphunkdelux, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Slynger, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

superdedooperboy, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

RblWthACoz, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

roadhouse, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of scaliasux
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

scaliasux, Oct 07, 2008
Oktoberfest Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.