Oktoberfest | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prost! Our take on this classic German style is a celebration of maltiness— packed with rustic, autumnal flavors to put a little more oomph into your oom-pah-pah.

Über smooth with vibrant malt flavors and a festive flourish of noble hops (lederhosen not included).

World Beer Championships
4-Time Medal Winner (Gold, Silver)

Added by WVbeergeek on 11-04-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,898
Reviews:
657
Ratings:
2,353
pDev:
12.1%
 
 
Wants:
277
Gots:
506
Trade:
3
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Photo of beertodaygonetomorrow1
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of Jlswen2945
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mase8
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of golf4collet
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tammyyogi1
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass. best by 12/2/18, so a month inside the wire here.

Bright amber colored body. light streams of carbonation. Initial good cream colored head leaving nice lacing. After a short ti,e. this dissipates to a small ring and faint covering.

Good strong malty aroma.

..and then, on tasting, this suddenly goes very wrong. There is a vinegary taste that I usually associated with draft beers where the lines haven't been cleaned recently. Try as I might, I can't get past this to find other flavors.

Mouth is medium, finish a little sour and vinegary.

Overall, confused by this beer. It's the first GL beer I haven't cared for. Couldn't finish it. Checked the rest of the six pack in case this was a bad bottle, but they all tasted the same. Age was certainly not an issue, and given that GL is known for producing quality beers across the board, infection seems extremely unlikely too. I can only assume that the beer is supposed to taste this way, and something in my palate triggers an off taste. Marzens are by no means my favorite style, but this just tasted bad. Will re-review if I find it on draft and it tastes significantly different.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TargaFlorio
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Michelleroo
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevolb19
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deonreds
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ssitron
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of aerts2js
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear amber with a one finger creamy white head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is caramel, toffee and biscuit.

T - The taste is caramel, toffee, pear, biscuit, bready malts and light piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp smooth mouthfeel.

O - This is a really nice American marzen. Flavors are nice and inviting. Definetly a beer worth seeking out every fall.

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Photo of Diamante
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was surprisingly fun. It gathered a frothy, lightly orange head that covered the glass with perfect lacing. Its bubbly amber color was clear. The aroma was very subtle, but it sweet and toasty. Its texture was refreshing and very smooth. The taste is incredibly smooth, yet satisfying. The toasty malt flavor lingers on. Considering how much I haven't liked smooth Oktoberfest beers, I actually like this one a lot. While it is crisp and easy to drink, it has layers that other smooth Märzen beers are missing. I highly recommend this forum an American Märzen-style lager.

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Photo of kaitjs7
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LT630
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KurtisCarman
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of izraelc
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Your average basic Oktoberfest. Not great. Not terrible. Perhaps a little boring.

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Photo of Flathead5173
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nmgreen
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 2,353 ratings