Great Lakes Oktoberfest | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,225 Ratings
Great Lakes OktoberfestGreat Lakes Oktoberfest

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by WVbeergeek on 11-04-2003

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Photo of McStagger
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


A: Light, transparent amber/orange color. Finger of white head. Moderate retention. Good lacing. Moderate carbonation with fairly large bubbles.

S: Roasty toasty malts. Light heather honey. Slightly earthy.

T: Sweetened heather honey and husked grain. Big maltiness here.

M: Medium full bodied for the style. Slightly slick on the mouth.

O: Very good take on the style.

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Photo of Riff
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark, brown color with an off-white head about a half finger thick. Smells of caramel, malt, earth, and a little herbal note. Taste is malt, caramel, brown sugar, earthy, a little herbal, hint of bitterness. Full body yet crisp. Clean finish. Good depth of flavor, rich, easily drinkable, very good marzen.

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Photo of SMKilp
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brianz81
4.92/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love a good Oktoberfest! Great Lakes has one of THE BEST I have ever tasted. It's very smooth, has great head, and the flavor is incredible. Stay away from this beer. It will make most all other Oktoberfest beers taste bad to you. This is a true benchmark beer. I spent time in Bavaria, and had plenty there. In many cases, Great Lakes has outdone das Motherland's beer. Search the world over for a better Marzen. I'll wait.......

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Photo of Gravewalker
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of basaywhat
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with a medium white head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is earthy, caramel, toast and some herbal notes. Taste is sweet with slight bitterness.

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Photo of Nolster
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Urk1127
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mribbens
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Noelito76
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Profundobaso
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - amber in color, slight carbonation
S - hints of nuts and caramel. smells a little boozy.
T - initially quite crisp, but a wave of complexity that follows. Perhaps even more complex since the beer aged for a few months
F - medium-bodied, not too much carbonation, but a good mouthfeel
O - an excellent Oktoberfest beer. Not overpowering and nothing over the top, just simple and true to the style

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Photo of DOCRW
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of q33jeff
1.63/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Smells like my old fraternity basement. Stale hops and barley. Copper clear color, little head. Not much going on here. Slight sweetness, vegetable, grains.

No Good.

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Photo of kbarnes9
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Quesophresco
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
2.24/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Caramel orange coloring, dark, with a nice movement of effervesce within. Tan head is creamy smooth, 0.5 inches with a good hold. Thick band lacing, very good to style.

S: Fresh wet noble hops, nice strength, sweet toasty malt. Fresh barley, candy-orange and apple fruitiness.

T: Flavor was earthy noble flowers with a deep lush malting. Nice toasty speciality grains, apple peel, sweet caramelized grains that finishes lightly dry with some earthy leaves.

M: Sticky full body, syrupy feel, a good carbonation backing.

O: Not many octoberfests have the lush malt depth and earth hop appeal this has. Nice toasty backing, flavorful with an ideal drink-ability. Full, a bit heavier then your typical German counterpart, but one that still can throw back. outstanding overall.

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Photo of White_Whiskey
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Miami66
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal-clear, amber body; classic head height, creamy and sticky. Low-key aroma; gentle, toasted grain and a twinge of fruitiness. Crusty bread flavor with a toasted grain and and delicate honey sweetness. Medium body; warm and glassy.

A well-rounded oktoberfest highlighting the malt and grain aspects of its ingredients. Toasted grains tempered with a mild fruitiness and just enough bitterness to add a little extra dimension to things make for a superb, finely crafted beer.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kaiyotee
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A group of local imbibers held the #PumpkinChallenge2016 recently, wrapping up on M, 03 Oktober 2016. I then proposed the #OktoberfestChallenge2016 & while I do not know how many participants there are, I am hitting it full bore. Today will be my New OktoBierFest Sunday (Week TBD) with an opportunity to do a horizontal tasting.

From the bottle: "Prosit! 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."

I will be the first to say that as a lifelong (dating from 9 y/o) Pixburgh sports fan with a healthy hatred of all things Klevelend, but between a great visit in late-Summer 2007 and the passing of Great-Aunt Rita & Great-Uncle Max Vozar, I have a small soft spot for the place. I last saw Uncle Max in the Summer of 1989 when I came east on leave from the west coast with the sole purpose of going to baseball games. I asked Max if he wanted to come along to any of the three games against the KC Royals at Municipal Stadium, but he begged off, explaining, "Here, I got my Barcolounger, my cigars & cigarettes, cold beer in the fridge, sammiches at the ready, a 'Mute' button and if it gets outta hand, the 'Off' button. Dahn air, I'm stuck! Nah, you have a good time & tell 'em I'm rooting for 'em, but I'll do it from right here in Parma!" Ha! I am rooting for Th' Inn-dinnz as a result.

I am also rooting for another good Oktoberfest bier, being on a bit of a roll, all of a sudden. As usual, it begins with the Pop! of the cap, followed by a decent pour. Mine produced three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with great (Lakes) retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. I would really put it closer to 17, though, not to oversell it. I will grant them truth in advertising in that the nose was quite malty, very sweet with caramel and maple syrup notes. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was much too sweet for my taste, especially following those previous two. This was very much of maple syrup, although not as viscous. I was not getting anything in terms of hops, just a sugary malt bomb that had me concerned about diabetes to go along with my weight and asthma. Woof! No kidding, I had to take a short break as it got my heart racing. That would be about as much sugar as I need in one sitting. Finish was sweet. Unrelentingly sweet. I know that there are those people who really dig this sort of thing, but I am not one of them. This represented at least a headache and possibly a hangover for me. Hey, if this is your bag, then have at it, but I gotta ramp back.

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Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Superspak for this one from his NBF BIF #4 box. 12oz bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a bright, clean, clear golden honey amber color with about 3/4 inch of just off-white head that had light-moderate retention and just traces of laces.

The scent was Nicely malty, some sweetness, and had some very gentle hopping. Very much the same on the tongue, it hits all the notes you expect it to. The body was smooth and even, with a semi-sweet finish. Drinkability was very good, the beer goes down quickly and easily, leaving you ready for another. Overall, a very good beer, very solid and enjoyable, and lives up to its reputation.

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Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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