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

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Added by WVbeergeek on 11-04-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,606
Reviews:
655
Ratings:
2,338
pDev:
12.1%
 
 
Wants:
273
Gots:
506
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,338 |  Reviews: 655
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

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

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

Photo of DrewTheBrew
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 oddly, 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 it's good.

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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

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Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 2,338 ratings