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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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of gr0g
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color topped with two fingers of foam. Good head retention with streaks of lacing. Aroma is very malt-forward with lots of toffee character some ripe golden raisin. To a lesser extent, there's a floral hop character.

Robustly malty flavor profile while still having enough hop bitterness to be balanced. At 6.5%, this is bigger than the vast majority of Marzens, and it comes through in the flavor. Texture is slick with moderate, soft carbonation. The rich maltiness and sweetness makes this more like a maibock.

Though a bit one-dimensional, Great Lakes makes a great 'fest that's rich and full of flavor. This is going on my short list of top Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of jayhass
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice orange amber hue with a big white head that sticks.
Smell is of bread and sweat caramel from the malt. A floral almost earthiness from the hops.
Taste is almost like the smell sweet malt caramel and light toasted bread. Light spiciness of noble hops also gives so earthiness to this beer. Finishes dry making you want another drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Burnt orange, active beer with a one inch head that had no interest whatsoever in disappearing

S - Oats, rice along with sweet candy-like perhaps toffee smells

T - First item to not is the remarkable creaminess. A bit light for the backbone, but there is a distinctive caramel/toffee flavor. Pleasant hop finish. Bit of a burnt oak aftertaste.

M- Smooth, creamy, light

Not my favorite style, and perhaps the fact this is a different take makes it as good of fall seasonal as I've had. Very drinkable, very enjoyable

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

A: Pours a crystal clear medium orangish amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the edges of the glass and some apricot + copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film evenly covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts with a light hint of caramel sweetness followed by light to moderate aromas of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted malts with light amounts of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of grassy and earthy hops which impart a very light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable, a nice example of the style.

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Photo of philbe311
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - No more than a finger's worth of late to develop sturdy crisp slightly fizzy bone white colored head... Decent retention given the slight head... What's left if a slightly lopsided rich veil of lacing and slight collar... The color is a medium rich amber... There are some pale golden undertones... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation...

S - Bursting at the seems with toasted malts... Toffee... Some rich overly ripened fruit undertones... A very subdued noble hop presence lingers beneath the surface... There is also a slight metallic tinge buried deep within...

T - Toasted malts... Cereal grains... Light sweetness of toffee and caramel... Some subtle earthy characteristics... There is a mix of noble hops and metallic presence that appears on the finish and lingers for quite a bit...

M - Sturdy and crisp... Medium bodied... Light carbonation... A good hoppy bite on the finish...

D - Not a bad Marzen / Oktoberfest by any means, however, I'm not sure this one leaves up to the high expectations I had for it based on my fellow BAs ratings... I'll have no issue getting through the sixer that I have in the fridge, but there are more than a handful of other style brethren (both German and domestic) that I would opt for over this one when given the choice...

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased at Beers of the World, in Henrietta, NY.

I haven't had many of the authentic German Marzens or Oktoberfest beers, so this one's my favorite. I love the spicy, malty flavors I get from it.

Pours a copper, dark orange. 1 inch of head, slight amounts of lacing.

Smells like musky, spicy hops with some caramel malt flavors.

The flavor continues the story of the aroma- amazing hop flavor here. Grassy, spicy German hop flavors abound, with some slight lingering bitterness. The hop flavor is more than backed up by the typical malt flavors for the style- nutty, slightly sweet, bready. Awesome.

Medium bodied, low carbonation.

I love this beer, and want to buy it every year.

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
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 -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 2,290 ratings