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Oktoberfest - Lake Superior Brewing Company

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 9.04%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake Superior Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: FightingEntropy on 10-11-2006)
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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3/5  rDev -17.8%

AdmiralOzone, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

morimech, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

MN_Beerticker, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Joe for this one!

Pours a dark coppery orange, compact layer of smooth creamy foam. Minimal lacing that forms a delicate arc or two in the glass, with lasting surface coverage. Good clarity, with a flurry of ascending carb trails visible throughout.

Dried fruit and nuts in the yeasty aroma. Cranberry or grape? Huh.

Tastes good, also fruity, a little bit of apple and grape, with a husky malt character, nutty and fairly bitter in the aftertaste. Smooth feel, easily drinkable. A little bit more bitter and fruity than most, it was interesting to try. Thanks again Joe!

emerge077, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle with no date, poured into globe

look is a dark ruby, mostly filtered. small head that fades to a ring. smells like gingerbread. feel is great:malty smooth fullness. the taste is on the lighter side for the style: pulpy pumpkin, light allspice, caramel malts.

jimmah120, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of joe1510
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle
$9.99 6-Pack
Star Liquor - Ashland WI

Lake Superior's Oktoberfest is invitingly transparent, russet, and shows off autumnal orange highlights when backlit. The head is more beige than expected but is incredibly dense and velvety. A sticky network of lacing decorates the glass as I drink.

The aroma is that of pure, unadultered, crisp toasted grains with a backbone of that mouthwateringly sweet Munich malt. The slightly sweet maltiness adds a touch of caramel to the clean graininess and with deep pulls releases some floral undertones. I get floral notes from some of my favorite Oktoberfests out there. If it tastes as good as it smells I'll be in for a treat. Clean and to the point.

Sweet Munich malt gets things moving and follows through to the finish with the crisp, clean, lightly toasted graininess picking up mid-palate and pushing through the swallow. That floral quality lingers in the background. The flavor follows closely to what the aroma suggested. I'm digging this Oktoberfest, very clean and precise.

A body on the lighter side of moderate tops things off and the long finish is fairly dry which I think really helps the overall character of this beer. It would be beyond easy to put back a couple liters of this guy.

I have to admit, I'm pleasantly surprised at the very high quality of this Octoberfest. I haven't heard much about Lake Superior Brewing over the years but they nailed this particular style. It's unfortunate that this beer isn't available in my area because it's one of the better Oktoberfests I've yet to come across.

joe1510, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of drop6301
4/5  rDev +9.6%

drop6301, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of MetricOcean
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Really digging this offering from Lake Superior. Good color, clear and bright. It isn't overly sweet, but like a traditional marzen it has a lot of malt character. A little toasty and the malt has a lot of depth without coming across as too heavy bodied. Haven't always been a fan of Oktoberfests, but this is a clean beer and not too over the top with the malt bill. 77/100

MetricOcean, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of maDUECEgunner
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

maDUECEgunner, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of NilocRellim
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured out from a bottle and into a pint glass. It looked amber in colour. Smelled of malt, spicy pepper, and slightly hoppy; a combination of different elements yet well balanced. Tasted a presence of malt, hop, and bitter hops. Seemed like a nice oktoberfest beer.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably.

NilocRellim, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. Little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel, toffee and some floral notes.

T - Sweet caramel maltiness with a touch of toffee and bread crust. Slight bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager.

O - This is a nice oktoberfest. I drank it a little out of season but it was still good.

zeff80, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of elcrawl
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

elcrawl, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Richeeeee
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Richeeeee, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler Glass

Appearance - Dark Orange with a some red saturation. Pours a slightly orange 1 finger head. Leaves behind some decent lacing as well

Smell - Slight Spicy scent with hints of dry hops and yeasts. I also noticed a slight overlaying ginger and butter nut smell as well.

Taste - Has a very noticeable caramel and buttery flavor, especially in the back of the palette. It's definitely one of the more flavorful Oktoberfest beers I have tried. It finishes off with a slight bitter butter flavor to it, almost reminiscent of a Bitter Ale

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is light as well as the overall body. It's a pretty smooth beer to drink

Overall - Fairly good Oktoberfest beer. The flavor is probably what sets it apart the most from other Oktoberfest beers, which is certainly not a bad thing but it also doesn't feel as much like an Oktoberfest as it probably should. With that being said, it's still a good beer in it's own right

NuclearDolphin, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of budgood1
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a deep and darkish crimson colour with a thin fine head and bits of lace. sturdy malt aroma...chunks of ripe fruit with cocoa and caramel. taste follows suit with a depth of malt character showing off bready, doughy malts...hints of cocoa and toffee and an underlying spice that fits in well. really a lot of layered malt character. medium bodied with a suspect mouthfeel...has an adjunct feel to it although i cannot verify that. nice drinkability...tasty enough although there seems to be some holes here and there.

overall i'm glad i got to try this. although i have only one bottle it seems to me that there could be some tweaks to this to make it a more solid and well rounded, cohesive o-fest type of offering.

budgood1, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. 2011 Bottle.

Appearance: Deep ruby reddish amber with some orange. Lots of bubbles and a solid three finger off white head with good retention. Decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Rich aroma of roasted caramel malts with some grains. Has a quite noticeable cinnamon like spice along with a light presence of earthy hops. Also some hints of nuts. Smells full and inviting.

Taste: Like the nose, a big upfront taste of roasted caramel malts with wheat grains. A good amount of spice and some rye. Finishes with a noticeable kick of hop bitterness. Very tasty and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a low to medium level of carbonation. Very smooth, creamy, and chewy.

Overall: A very solid American take on a Marzen. Malts are bold and everything is well balanced.

MattyG85, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of pmccallum86
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant orange color with a creamy thick off white head. Very good.

Smell is of rich malts with some caramel goodness, very nice.

Taste is rich and malty with that typical Marzen flavor which goes so good in autumn.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, good beer in this category.

Overall quite a tasty beer, I really enjoy it.

pmccallum86, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Caramel colored, one finger head of fine textured white bubbles.
S- Smell is caramel, a bit earthy, with a nice caramelized nut aroma.
T- It's a nice nutty tasting beer. There is a good underpinning of caramel as well. It's tasty enough but it's pretty one-dimensional.
M- Low, smooth carbonation. Medium body, maybe a touch fuller.
O- A easy drinking enough beer but it's a bit too one-dimensional and doesn't have the depth an example like Paulaner does.

jsprain1, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of Chaz
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant copper in color, topped with a tawny (darker than off-white...) two fingered head. Just a touch of lace is left as the head recedes.

Nose is malty, pleasant, and even mildly hoppy. . .

Lightly-sweet on the first sip, with the slightest bitterness coming through and lingering and lingering . . . The hop aroma comes through in the drink, but is very subtle, almost too subtle, as it mingles with the bready quality of the malt.

There's a bigger beer that wants to come out of this particular brew, and it feels as if this one was cut short, so to speak, from getting "too big". I know, that doesn't make much sense, but it's an impression I get.

This is a pleasant, mild, and quite tasty beer, but it's almost too subtle overall. It's not a beer that I'd go out of my way for, but it's not as if I could even *find* this damned beer if I wanted to -- LS is harder to find on tap in Minnesota than any other commercial brewer, and as such I am seeking this fugger out on tap! I know that it sounds silly, but I wanna determine whether or not the wholesaler didn't in fact just dump a bunch of year-old beer (it happens...). I can't for the life of me find a bottling code . . .

EDIT: Upon further quaffing over a couple of days, I've re-considered a little bit, and raised my score (it happens, folks). Although this is a pretty standard Oktoberfest and nothing earth-shattering, it is above average by all means, especially seeing as there are a *lot* of 'Autumn Ale' pretenders out there, so in light of this I'd say this should be closer to a B. Carry on . . .

Chaz, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear bronze color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is malty and bready with a bit of toffee. There is a hint of noble hops. Very pleasant, but a little too faint for the style. The taste is along the same lines. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly undercarbonated. Overall, thisi s a very mediocre beer that is right on par with nearly everything else Lake Superior puts out. I will not drink this again.

KarlHungus, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of jera1350
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper color with just a small ring of foam around the glass.

Caramel malt with some earthy spice.

Moderately sweet caramel malt with some breadiness and fall spices.

A little lacking in carbonation. Medium bodied and lightly chewy.

A nice example of the style. I would have it again and I could drink several.

jera1350, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of herman77
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, deep burnt orange/bronze color with a nice khaki colored head. Good slick spots of lacing here and there.

S: Lightly toasted malt. Carmel malts, a little nutty.

T: More carmel malt and toasted malt. Some nuttiness as well. Some bread and slight sour notes near the end and a little bit of mild hop bitterness comes through at the finish. This tastes really fresh.

M: Medium body, very low carbonation makes for a slicker mouthfeel, but it feels kind of dead.

D: Pretty good drinkability. Its more flavorful than most O-fests. I wonder what the ABV is? Seems like it is in the mid 5% range.

herman77, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of Buebie
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep almost burnt amber color. An inch of white head, leaving a collar of retention.
Slick spotty legs of lace.
Aroma is fairly decent, and plenty of it. Large malt presence, some grains and a touch of roasted grain too, bordering chocolate. Small amount of caramel sweetness in the distance.
Taste is full of flavor as well, large amount of malt, sweet, toasted grain notes and a little rye on the finish. A bit sweet, but still very pleasant and full of flavor. Some hop bitters on the finish as well.

A great contender for the style.

Buebie, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= The pour is a deep amber color with a big off white head to it that is sort of vanilla ice cream colored. Decent retention and lacing.

S= Nice sweetness to it. Toasty and nutty sort of. Good toffee nose to it. The problem is that it has a sort of crayon nose to it.

T= The taste isn't close to where the nose was. Light for an oktoberfest for sure. Has a light caramel flavor and is somewhat grainy tasting. There is a light bitterness to it as well.

M= Nice. A little light but not too bad. I like my Oktoberfests a little more "meaty"

D= A little plain. The nose was awesome except for the crayon but it was good for sure. The taste was too light though.

jjanega08, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of supercolter
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is good with a nice copper/red color and little head and lacing. Smell and taste are good with some nice caramel malt, low on hops, low on spice and a sweet finish. Mouthfeel is a bit weak, light and some carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, very true to the style.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 09-28-2008 02:23:37

supercolter, Sep 14, 2010
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Oktoberfest from Lake Superior Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.