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Oktoberfest Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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132 Reviews

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Reviews: 132
Hads: 279
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 21.22%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: jackndan on 08-30-2002

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Reviews: 132 | Hads: 279
Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of dkoehler42
2.58/5  rDev -25%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is medium amber with copper tones. Three fingers of dense, buttery head left a half-finger of bubbly foam and a thick ring around the edge.

Smell: It has a nice, sweet floral and malt scent. Pale malts, grassy/floral hops, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, powdered sugar, and something candy-like from my youth that I cannot pin down. (What the hell is it?) It also smells a bit like Meier’s Sparkling Pink Catawba. (Perhaps that is it.)

Taste: Basically mirrors the smell, but the flavors feel subdued and distant. It is mostly malty: pale malts and caramel dominate. Floral hops provided a nice, barnyard smoothness. Again, it is very similar to Meier’s Sparkling Pink Catawba.

Drinkability: It lacks the robustness I want, but I suppose it is heading in the right direction. It is smooth and very drinkable, though it lacks a little flavor and smells a little too candy- and child-like.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +24.1%
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!

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/24/11 Tasting Notes

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into Cheers mug

A) Nice amber color with slight haze. A finger of caramel tinted head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving a thin dusting. No lacing to report.

S) Nice malt sweetness, fresh grains, earthy aromas, light hops.

T) Follows the nose, slightly sweet, bit bready, nice earthy hops presence, pleasant finish.

M) medium/light + moderate carbonation. It is smooth, but also crisp and satisfying.

O) Really nice Marzen here. I've tried a quite a few different O-Fests this fall, and this could sneak right into my top five. Would gladly recommend.

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Photo of StArnoldFest2010
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured medium orangish brown with medium carbonation and light medium head that disappeared quickly. Smell had that pleasant Octoberfest spices I like. Tast was just ok. Had some toffee and spices but very average. Not complex and thin mouthfeel. Average offering. Decent session beer.

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Photo of GallowsThief
2.96/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Slightly hazy butterscotch on the pour with a half finger of white head that totally disappears.

S – Not a great deal of smell here with some caramel malts.

T – Malt forward for sure with a touch of roastiness and some caramel sweetness. Almost a honey like quality near the end. Touch of hops.

M – Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Bit of a creamy mouthfeel to it.

O – Strictly average here at best. Not awful but nothing to write home about. There are better choices out there.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look – subtle amber color, clear, with good carbonation and about two and a half fingers of foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – typical lager type of smell. Malty, with a hint of what might be a stronger abv.

Taste – the taste isn’t so typical of a lager. There’s the sweet taste of malts, but with subtle hints of other spices too. I almost tastes like a Bohemian style lager.

Mouthfeel – very well balanced.

Overall – not a bad brew at all. It wasn’t necessarily “perplexing” in its taste, but it was definitely unique enough to peak my interest.

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Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear burnt orange with a small, tight white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of a bit of caramel malts, but is fairly light.

Tastes of the toasted malts with some earthy hops. Notes of caramel, toasted bread, and a bit of toffee lead off. Fairly sweet. A small but noticeable earthy and leafy hop notes come through on the end, with a slight touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a light amount of carbonation. Needs more carbonation.

Overall, this is a fairly mediocre take, and I would not really reccomend it.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice red body with a hinting of orange. The head is a bit quick-lived starting out at about an inch but fading at a relatively moderate rate to a trace at the surface in the time it took me to write this.

S - Certain soapy flavor over a moderately roasted malty aroma.

T - Malty with a nice cereal taste. There's a hint of grassy hops and then again a nice malty finish.

M - Mildly coarse with a dry ending and ultimately a dry finish begging for more consumption.

~ This is a well crafted brew. One I would recommend to friends and better yet I wouldn't mind sessioning a few... maybe tonight.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a hazy brown color with a finger of thick heavy foam. Aroma is grainy, gritty, bready malt.

First sip is oddly fruity, with a thick malty backbone. Lingering fruity aftertaste. This doesn't leave a positive impression on my palate. The fruity flavor is a strange taste that I feel doesn't really belong. Yeast byproduct?

Minimal hop flavor, decent body. It's just not that.... enjoyable. Something just tastes off. I don't remember being a fan of the beers from this brewery, and this one reinforces that impression.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a thin white head. Aroma muted. Smells of tea, earthy, some bread. Tastes of caramel, some biscuits, more tea. Some medium umami notes on the finish. Low carbonation. A nice beer. A good Oktoberfest. My first from this brewery. I will try more.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with minimal head, even with vigorous pour. Nose is also a bit weak, with earthy malt and some yeasty bread dough. Fresh bready flavors on the palate, toasty caramel malt sweetness, and light herbal hops. Good body, easy drinking but heavier than other examples out there.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rust colored amber brown, hazy. Finger or so of white head that leaves behind very little lacing, but an attactive foam cap.

S: Sweet, toasted malts with a bit of yeastiness.

T: Bready, toasted malts with the yeast providing a tart, fruit like flavor. Enjoyable enough.

M: Medium bodied, almost creamy.

O: This likely won't be the highest rate of the Marzens I've had this season, but that's not to say this isn't tasty in in its own right. I'd probably not buy an entire six pack of this, but would gladly add it to a mixed six pack again.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first tasting from the folks at Lakefront.
There oktobeerfest pours a rich amber color. It has a fluffy tan head but no carbonation.

Aroma is sweet toasted malts.

Taste is malty with a toasted or ceral aspect with ever so sutle hop taste at the end.

A medium bodied beer with a touch of grittiness.

A good tasting beer but needs some work in attenuation.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As much as I have tried, I don't generally like this style. Lakefront has a good one here, in my non-style-liker's estimation. It is much more palatable than most. That said, I still don't like the style.

The color and clarity are perfect. It has great aromatic properties - nice finishing hops. The aftertaste is nice. This could be one to change my mind about the style. I actually would try it again. I am planing a trip to the Milwaukee area next month so maybe I can get some on tap.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber, with a decent head but no retention.

Nose is typically malty-sweet. Not bad.

Tastes also quite on the sweet side, with hints of a little spice and some fruit.

Overall, a mild and easy-to-drink session beer, lacking in complexity but making up for it in drinkability. Not outstanding, but solid.

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Oktoberfest Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.