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Great Lakes Oktoberfest | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by WVbeergeek on 11-04-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,736
Reviews:
643
Ratings:
2,279
pDev:
12.1%
Bros Score:
4.75
 
 
Wants:
267
Gots:
476
Trade:
3
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Photo of matjack85
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $5 for a 12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

The beer poured a crystal clear red/copper/amber color with a big 3-finger white head that lasted awhile and left some tremendous lacing.

Pleasant bready malt smell with some aromatic hops and spices in the background.

This is a spicy Oktoberfest. Plenty of bready malt and traditional caramel sweetness, but this one also has a mild hop bite to it along with a pronounced spiciness. It's very good.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I like what they did with this one.

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Photo of cabrina
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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2/5  rDev -50.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Worked the polls yesterday for the special election and went out afterwards to the Cloverleaf. First time in ages I wet there for any food or drink and along with the lam burger that I had, this was recommended as a beer pairing with it. I've had more than my fair share of Fall beers, Octoberfests, and Marzens so I didn't have the highest of expectations for this. Thankfully, I was proven wrong and this was pretty hard to pace myself through before my food came out!

Nice copper hue to this with a pretty radiant clarity, good head, and rings of lacing that held their own after each sip. Not a strong aroma to this but there was enough malt, cream, and caramel to be found here with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg in the taste to reinforce those notes. Not too strong and certainly not spicy - it almost reminded me of a lighter Pumpkin Ale. This wasn't heavy and there was just enough of a cloying aspect in the aftertaste to keep it lingering without feeling sticky.

The alcohol was good too and although I only had one, it would be quite easy to have more than a few in a sitting. It's not easy to find an Octoberfest that isn't watered-down, generic, spicy, or chewy but this straddled all of those while having just enough to it to stand out. Even if there isn't any food around to pair it with, this is worth seeking out and enjoying on its own.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of maxcoinage
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter with a few cm head that dissapated rather quickly. Color is a dark amber with slight orange hue.

Aroma - caramel malts, toffee

Taste - nice sweet malt backbone balanced with a bit of spicy hops, bit of caramel. easy finish

Mouthfeel - Smooth medium body and carbonation

Overall - great interpretation of the style, nothing like enjoying one on a nice fall evening

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of dacrza1
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: September 13, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Ayinger willibecker... OCCASION: first full week of school is done--and the power's back in our house...APPEARANCE: upward cascading bubbles uphold a thick, foam-laden off-white head; orange amber body conveys an Oktoberfest with nice tracings... AROMA: beautiful caramel malts; some flowery hops add balance; grassy undertones add to its earthy aroma...PALATE: mellow, medium-bodied and pleasantly drinkable; balanced between tongue and tooth...TASTE: sweet, buttery caramel and sugary/salty enough to force of a lick of the lips; a winning sweetness that makes this style rewarding... OVERALL: clean, crisp and fulfilling--an Oktoberfest can do little more to impress; outstanding may be a stretch, but the sum of its parts suggests this appellation...

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 2,279 ratings
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