Great Lakes Oktoberfest | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

very good
2,221 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WVbeergeek on 11-04-2003

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,221 |  Reviews: 622
Photo of DC_Brah
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ChiefHopHead
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Lookjoesays
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of bralston345
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of jeffkissel
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Bennyandthemets
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After reading the reviews, I was on the lookout. Nice version of the classic German Marzen. The colder the better I found for this bottle. I was anxious and opened the first one a tad early. Once it cooled down it was super. Was really crisp at the right temperature. Eager to try it on tap.

 291 characters

Photo of Vlaminck
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of schwemjw
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear dark copper. slight brown 1 finger head. lots of carbonation on this brew.

S: Butterscotch and toffee sting the nostrils before a tremendous backing of biscuit, dried bread and stale toast. A little yeast funk rounds the nose out.

T: Big folds of bread. buttered brown toast. A toffee sweetness is there but very light. Just enough of a roast to make itself known. a small amount of spice kicks in before more dried bread. perfectly balanced.

M: Great carbonation with a little spice and bread finish.

O: Perfectly blanced. an easy drinking marzen; a true standout. /92

 582 characters

Photo of Punky_Brewster
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of JJStorm
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Beefytits4
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of oldvines
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Caskaway
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of erha2
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of BA_Berto
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Treyliff
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a bright copper color with a small foamy/sudsy white head that reduces quickly, leaving only a small ring around the glass

S- classic marzen aromas of toasted sweet malt with some woodsy and earthy notes, dried leaves with some nice fruity esters

T- sweet and malty with earthy Forrest floor notes, fruity notes of plum with just a touch of caramel. Nice toasty malt backbone balances out the sweetness quite well, sweet finish with more fruity notes

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- I'd out this one near the top of the style, up there with Ayinger, and probably the best American version I've tried. Lots of fruity notes with the toasted, sweet malty flavors expected of the style

 744 characters

Photo of DarrenStory
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Icedogs
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Oktoberfest of them all. Yes, I am quite biased in favor of Great Lakes Brewing Company because one of my best friends worked there for nine years and I've spent many a fine afternoon/evening at the place. But my preference for GLBC beer is primarily because the beers are almost always outstanding. Cheers!

 319 characters

Photo of JC333
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of BeerShoup
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color. About two fingers of a fluffy, barely off-white head is featured. Retention is surprisingly good for a lager, and there's plenty of lacing left behind, too.

S: I've never had a marzen that seemed this juicy before. The aroma is more reminiscent of fruit punch (or perhaps a good apple cider) than it is the bready caramel sweetness typical of the style. The hops give off nice notes of grass, apricot, and peach. Aromatically, it's probably as good as a marzen gets.

T: A touch of the caramel-y sweetness does appear initially, but the real star of the show is how juicy it seems to be - and how much of that juiciness seems to come from the hop profile. Apricot, apple, peach, and pineapple make up the bulk of the flavors around the middle, with some bitter hoppiness finishing it off.

M: It has a fairly light body, with a rather wet finish. Normally, I'd prefer a drier beer, but since the flavors are so good, I don't care. Carbonation is middling, which I like.

O: This is unusual. Why? Because it's not a marzen I want to chug - it's a marzen I want to savor. How Great Lakes crams so much fruity flavor into their lagers, I'll never know. I'd put this up near the top of all the oktoberfest beers I've ever sampled. If my last review said I wouldn't have minded getting a six pack of the beer in question (ST's 2XRYE), then I'll state in this I kind of wish I got a six pack instead of a single.

 1,472 characters

Photo of yanosh
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,221 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.