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Great Lakes Oktoberfest | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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 BenHoppy
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of PatrickCT
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of generalraider
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deereless
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of I3eer
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nweg
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful amber pour with a decent head. Malty biscuit / bread smell. Overall my favorite Oktoberfest beer. (Just above Hofbrahaus)

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks FlintB. You earned me a few points with the wife.
Pours golden, clear, and capped by a fluffy white head. Slight lacing.
Smell is caramelly, with hints of nuts, and a biscuity undertone.
Flavor is much of the same. Slightly sweet with a nutty caramel note. Something bright and slightly herbal in the hops that finish this one off mildly grassy.
Slightly on the fuller side for style. I like that. Also, this one finishes a little slick.
Overall, a good Marzen.

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Photo of dmckay729
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Amber body with a small white head. Smells of bread and caramel with a hint of corn. Tastes bready, then a little bit of toffee, and then bready again. Back end spikes with a malty aftertaste. Medium light. Decent and easy to drink, but lacks a little something to make it interesting, even for a Marzen.

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

Had on-tap at Schelde's in traverse City, MI

Appearance - Served up in a classic pint crystal clear and bright orange in color with a mostly barren surface and a broken, razor thin ring encircling the edge. Not much for lacing aside from a few broken lines and tiny spotting.

Smell - Malty aroma - hints of biscuit, caramel and maybe even a hint of toffee offset slightly by a hint of grassy hop character.

Taste - Follows the nose. Toasty, biscuity malt base met by some caramel and just a touch of sweeter toffee flavor. Hops add just enough counter with fair bit of grassiness. Finish is balanced, though leans slightly skewed toward the sweeter malt character.

Mouthfeel - On the fuller side of light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a slightly dry and inviting finish.

Overall - One of the better oktoberfests I've had, but it's no Hacker-Pschorr which still sits atop my list. If you like oktos, or are even mostly neutral to most like I am, I'd say give this one a shot.

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Photo of SFNC
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drstalker
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nmurta88
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Märzen style beers available. Incredibly smooth at 6.5%. Beautiful color, smell, and taste. Absolutely a top 5 Oktoberfest beer for me.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a clear pint glass. Very rich, hazy Halloween orange tint with moderate carbonation and quick dissipating head.

Has a bread malt scent to it, along with grain and wheat. Smells faintly of sweet honey.

Tastes wheaty and has a biscuit malt, with other grainy and roasted nutty flavors. There exist floral hints here and there and an overall caramel coating. A taste of honey and possibly molasses is also in the sweetness, along with a faint apple peel. The overall malty composition is a perfect balance to any who may find hops spicy while also not being too crisp. Feels very rich and smooth going down.

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Photo of jkblr
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bb 11/23/17 poured into a.5L krug at fridge temp 6.5% ABV 20 IBU. The beer pours bright light honey in color with khaki head. The head retention and lacing are above average. The aroma is bready and yeasty with a little caramel coming through as well. The taste is barely sweet bready malt up front shifting to a tangy undry finish. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, prickly with carbonation, and far too undry in the finish. Overall, good, but nowhere near it's BA score. I was disappointed in this in 2015 and still wonder how it's rated so well.

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Photo of bplabernie
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of richj1970
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks light amber, clear, with a medium-sized off white head. Near perfect retention, though, with excellent lacing.
The aroma is sweet--fruity, even--honey with apple and pear, with caramel, toast, and light minty hops.
Tastes sort of like apple pie. There's toasted biscuit, brown sugar, and cooked apple notes. There's also some honey, caramel, vanilla, and pear. It's lightly floral, with minty hops on the back end, though largely sweet with a big brown sugar, cooked apple, and honey presence. Finishes a bit on the sweet side.
The mouthfeel is medium, moves fairly quickly on the palate with the medium-plus carbonation, with a slick oily sensation coating the palate from the residual sugars.
A really solid Octoberfest beer, a bit too sweet, but I love the apple/pear fruity esters.

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Photo of Pdurm33
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BergBeer
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Crystal clear ruby amber with a medium cream colored head. Mild activity.

Smell: Fragrant a whole grains, dark honey, green apple peel, and fruity lager yeast.

Taste: Whole grain crust, amber honey, hints of nutmeg, green apple peel, and a mellow lager yeast finish that has more of dates and fig.

Feel: Medium body. Quenching body with a crisp dry finish. Lightly bitter. No alcohol.

Overall: A great American take on the classic German style. It’s not overly sweet or too hoppy. It’s spot on for the style. Most importantly it can be consumed by the liter like any great Oktoberfest.

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Photo of jmarko579
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WadeBridgman
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Czequershuus
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a pale copper with a large head. The aroma is lithe with rich cracker malts, raw grain, cracker pepper, and mild honey. The flavor is bright and fresh, with richer malts than are apparent in the aroma, almost like a bran muffin, then honey, oats, light caramel, and black pepper. The mouthfeel is fairly rich with soft, foamy carbonation. Overall this is a very well done oktoberfest - rich, but not over sweet, the flavors are marvelously well integrated.

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

Photo of leantom
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Great Oktoberfest. One of the best, actually. Here goes:

A: Beautiful orange-amber. Plenty of body carbonation and a huge, white head. Looks outstanding.

S: Only mediocre thing about the beer. Mostly smells of old, bready yeast, wheat, and cereal grains. Very mediocre.

T: Very good. Robust cereal, wheat and caramel from the malt. Tastes like a high-end lager beer. The yeast is also a lot less bitter/moldy in the taste than in the smell. I was very impressed.

F: Perfect.

O: A very good representation of Oktoberfest beer. Will have again.

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Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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