Great Lakes Oktoberfest | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

very good
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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3/5  rDev -25%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of dhannes
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint;

A=Golden orange, but too light for the style...should be darker, and more red. Nice inviting foamy two finger head lingered.

S=Like lemonade...sweet, citrus, and some herbal. Not as pungent as others. I admit that the reviews lifted my expectations for this beer, and, so far, I am not overwhelmed.

T=First sip...pleasantly surprised by the body and the creamy malt...reminded me of fresh baked bread...or more like a doughnut...a tad sweeter than others. Slightly bitter. Kind of a cross between a soft pretzel and a caramel covered sweet roll...or like one of those pretzel's at the mall drizzled with caramel...saltiness is present as well. Enjoyable, but not quite "outstanding."

M=Light to moderate body...a lit slickness to it...very subdued carbonation.

O=Enjoyable, but too sweet and light...I still have the other 5 bottles of the 6-pack and will try 1-2 by themselves, and use the rest to make snakebites. A tamer version of the märzen style, and better than many, but not really comparable to German offerings.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Admittedly, not my favorite rendition of the style (and I'm often vocal about it because Märzen is my favorite style of beer), but I had the good opportunity to try this again (and re-review after 4 years) from the good graces of a co-worker who brought me a trade bottle.

Long neck brown bottle. Best by 09/30/13 -- when was *this* bottled?

A -- Deep, clear, amber-orange with a somewhat sudsy, but firm, light tan head. Seems to settle rather quickly to a thin cap, but revives nicely.

S -- Pretty light overall. Some mild DMS and light caramel notes.

T -- Bready and mildly toasty up front, blending into some vinous flavors and mildly peppery alcohol characters. Finishes with some nutty notes fighting the winey character with an aftertaste of hot alcohol.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with some alcohol hotness and a light medium body with lingering unattenuated sugars that come across more candy than bread-like.

O -- It's not my favorite to-style, and it appears that nothing has changed in 4 years. The alcohol hotness and vinous character keep this from being a clean beer as a lager ought to be. It's just off the mark for a good Märzen.

My review from 2009. Enjoy by 10/05/09

A - Clear orange amber with a good, persistent, light tan colored head.

S - Mild toasted malt note, with vague DMS back. Some peppery alcohol with warmth.

T - Hmm, dry astringency up front with nutty malts coming to a little rescue. Something's amiss in Cleveland this year.

M - Medium body with a slick to sticky mouth feel and the drying astringency in the finish. Definite warming from alcohol.

D - Something is just a bit off in this batch, the astringency is signaling an infection of some sort. The malts are trying to overcome, but they're not succeeding well. I'll try another to confirm, but I'm disappointed.

*Edit -- Same astringency in a subsequent bottle from the sixpack. Anyone else getting bad batches?

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 12:39:51

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from six pack at cm. good till 11/6/2013

A - pours a golden amber, little to no head, very active carbonation, clear

S - bread, faint malt and grains

T - fresh baked bread. Touch of a bitterness on the finish to keep you going back.

M - almost perfect.

O - this is the beer and style to drink went you just want a good solid beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours crisp, clear amber with a slightly khaki head of foam.

Caramel, roasted malts, nutty, and biscuits.

Tons of caramel character, nuts, toast, and toffee.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, sweet, dry finish.

Overall, one of my favorites of the Oktoberfest style, very well done.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 2,225 ratings.
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