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Oktoberfest Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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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

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Beer added by: jackndan on 08-30-2002

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Photo of Samp01
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper orange, with a minimal white head. Nose is sweet toasted malt, some yeast. Taste is sweet malty caramel, bready and some spices. Palate is medium body, nice carbonation. Finish is malt, yeast and some bitter hops to add some balance. Overall a good drinkable brew. (279 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2nd week of September:

The beer poured a nice reddish color with a slightly off white/light tan head that was dense yet fluffy but not well retained. No lacing, no cap to note.

Nice, solid malty and yeast aroma with a hint of spices.

The taste is really good, nice thick malt flavor and seems like there is some other spices in there.

Medium body, smooth and very easy to drink. I like this one a little better than the Sam Adams Octoberfest and it was on par with the Victory Festbier. (499 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 avalon07
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: The smell was dominated by the malt, with traces of sugar.

T: Tasted of malt and sugar up front, but little else. Extremely watery and thin in the finish. Not much character or complexity.

M: An good amount of carbonation, but the finish was flat and featureless. Light-bodied.

D: A decidedly average take on the Oktoberfest style. (493 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a .5l hand glass.

Pours a very nice copper honey prong color that has a slight cloudiness to it. Nice presentation with a 1 finger off white head that leaves some lacing. The aroma is a little off with a home-brewed lager aroma that smells of unfermented sugars and some mild spices. Taste is average to me. Solid brew, just isn't really authentic. Citrus finish which is interesting but I really don't want it in my (449 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another surprise bottle received from BeerFMAndy recently. Thanks, Andy!

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent dark orange with a small white head capping it off. Little-to-no lace left behind. Basic nose. Some caramel, bread, and faint ethanol. The body was firm. A little slick at times, but decent carbonation overall. Good toffee sweetness right away, but there's a slightly annoying alcohol burn on the finish. Clouds all other aspects of aftertaste. Fairly bready beer, which I like, but that ethanol characteristic is a little turnoff. Glad I had the opportunity, but not one of my faves. (616 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 SamuelJackson45
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice red color look.

S- smell of hops and spices.

T- Hops and spices and hint yeast flavor in the background.

M- wet boozy feel in mouth with spices and hops linger through out sip.

D- Not the best Oktoberfest but not the worst. So give it a shot and decide for yourself.

Cheers.. (288 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 CaptainIPA
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz. brown bottle with notched freshness dating: bottled the 2nd week of September.

Pours a red amber color with a respectable cream-colored head and decent lacing. Aromas of grain, yeast, popcorn, buttered biscuit and vanilla.

Opens malty with a toasted grain presence. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a light effervescence. Suggestions of buttered biscuit and popcorn yield to subtle hints of sweet caramel, butterscotch and toffee. Finishes semi-dry.

True to the Marzen style and imminently drinkable. Brewed to celebrate a successful harvest. Or the end of a hectic work week. Prost! (608 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up this 12oz single for $1.59 at Manchester Wine and Liquors, Manchester CT. Bottled during Sept Wk2, so it autta be pretty fresh. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Hazy reddish copper brew gives a half inch of bubbly tan head that settles fairly quickly to almost nothing. Good malty marzen nose with a bit of vanilla and green apple. Taste has a thin sugary sweetness that detracts from the malt body. Mouthfeel is light and crisp for the style, not as toasty or malty as I'd prefer. (497 characters)

Photo of Zundo
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of BlueCat1
3.18/5  rDev -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! (329 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of steveh
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of biggred1
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (380 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 glid02
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (860 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 CHSLBrew
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of justincolts
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of blackearth
4.42/5  rDev +29.2%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (726 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 pokesbeerdude
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (982 characters)

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