Great Lakes Oktoberfest | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
89
very good
2,223 Ratings
Great Lakes OktoberfestGreat Lakes Oktoberfest
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,223
Reviews:
623
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
259
Gots:
441
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,223 |  Reviews: 623
Photo of tmryan21
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sappyjoker
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thornburyslasher
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid rendition of the classic style, it maybe goes a little too weighty on the richer malt tones and ends up a little more amber ale, but nevertheless very drinkable

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Photo of chasmandocharles
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of dogfishbrawler
4.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had a lot of different Oktoberfest's over the past few year's and I can honestly say that Great Lakes Oktoberfest is the best. Some Marzen style beers are too malt forward and some are not balanced. This beer is everything I look for in an Oktoberfest and then some. It has incredible malt character with a clean but not overpowering bitterness. The color reminds me a lot of a fall sunset and that drives me to drink this even more. Prost!

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

Photo of _Adam_
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rlee1390
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of utopify
2.51/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought a six back of bottles because of the high rating and reviews. Very disappointing. It lacks the deep malt and caramel oat flavors you'd normally find in a marzen lager and leaves you with what I felt was a green tea with two tablespoons of yeast. Sorry Great Lakes.....maybe I'll give it another try...now I'm just hoping someone drinks it when I host a halloween party later this month.

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Photo of srw
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajreds11
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rjd722
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So honored to have this straight from the tap at Great Lakes Brewing. Leah and I enjoyed this offering, but it isn't our style. I defer to the many great reviews of this great beer!

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: brownish yellow, with little head and good lacing. Extremely lively, bubbling for a long time.
Smell: Grainy, malty
Taste: Very malty, some biscuit taste. Little noble hop taste at the end. Some metallic taste.
Feel: There a strange kick after every slurp that I can't really put a name on. Maybe it's from the metallic taste.

A great brew, and in the true tradition of a Marzen.

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Photo of n2492004
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dlin0sbb
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nstygles
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmashAdams
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a really tasty Oktoberfest. I was surprised to see it full of sediment but it doesn't bother me much. The smell is toasty caramel malts with some sweetness and spice. The taste has some noticeable sweetness but it works well and is balanced by the other elements. yb

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Photo of Tough_Turnip
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wer34truh
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque amber color with a fairly small head.

Smell is true to style. Light with subtle herbal and floral notes. Quite a bit of sweet malt as well.

Taste is comparable to smell, but with some additional strength. A lot of sweet floral malts. Mouthfeel is very light.

This is not my favorite Marzen, but it's pretty damn true to style and is an overall really good brew.

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Photo of Gambyt20
3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,223 ratings.
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