Oktoberfest | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by WVbeergeek on 11-04-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,518
Reviews:
652
Ratings:
2,325
pDev:
12.1%
 
 
Wants:
273
Gots:
499
Trade:
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Photo of ddtbrennan
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maudettehornsby
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MattSchnipke91
3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GrumpyGas
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle enjoy by 10/10/2018
Poured into a becher shows a clear bronzed amber body with energetic bubbles flowing to a whispy cap after depletion of a weak 1/4in off-white head.

Aromas include bready malt, caramel, and stone fruits reminiscent of peach and apricot and the flavors match.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium, maybe a little low on carbonation, and a clean finish.

Overall one of the better examples.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Enjoy by 11/14/18"; drank 9/17/18 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange/red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small off-white head; frothy lace.

Caramel, autumn leaves & lager yeast notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Sweet corn & caramel flavors up front; autumn leaf notes on the finish.

Above average American marzen. Not amazing but worth a quaff.

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Photo of moundbz
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Turbo
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DavetotheB
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tylerjin
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lfeinauer
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Great Lakes Oktoberfest - 6.5% ABV - 20 IBUs
Date: Enjoy by 10/31/18 sampled on 09/08/12.
Appearance: Clear and amber in color with with around one finger of quickly dissipating head.
Aroma: Sweet bread like malts, some yeast aromas, and much to my surprise, not much else.
Taste: Toasted bread crust up front with touches of honey and a bit of very mild spice. Rounding out the taste is a sweet malt note that could almost be described as sugary. Much like the aroma, there isn’t anything really bad here, just a lack of overall complexity.
Biased comments: An acceptable take, but I remember enjoying this one much more several years back. Perhaps my tastes have changed, as the sweeter marzen style Oktoberfest beers all seem somewhat lacking when compared to the more spicy, aromatic, and less sweet festbiers.

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Photo of bigbutter
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rubezahl
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaktcc
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StephenBechler
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fenix2009
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zopiac
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fubudu187
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MoreBeer4me
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good but after reading the many great reviews I was expecting more. Could use a little bit more carbonation. Overall, a decent Oktoberfest with a touch more boozy taste than Sam Adams Oktoberfest. The Sam Adams is better though.

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Photo of ian_graf
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Krusader
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of carlr93
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amongst all Marzens to date, this stands out as my number 1. Brilliantly bready malt flavors as opposed to the caramel like sweetness that so many other US Marzens display

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color, quickly receding off white head, minimal lacing.
Snot locker full of bready malt, some sweet caramel on the tongue. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. A very well made Oktoberfest Bier. Prost!

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Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 2,325 ratings