Great Lakes Oktoberfest | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes OktoberfestGreat Lakes Oktoberfest
BA SCORE
83%
Liked This Beer
4.05 w/ 2,253 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
Ranking:
#2,653
Reviews:
632
Ratings:
2,253
Liked:
1,869
Avg:
4.05/5
pDev:
12.1%
Alströms:
4.75
 
 
Wants:
265
Gots:
461
Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,253 |  Reviews: 632
Photo of former-youth
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfests are among my all time favorite beers. This offering has nothing wrong with it, but also doesn't stand out. It doesn't have the sweetness of Sam Adams version nor the suitableness of Augustiner. If it were the only one available, I would drink it, but I can't imagine telling anyone else - "you have to try this!"

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Photo of travelguy
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bicyclesandbeer
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of McStagger
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10/30/2017.

A: Light, transparent amber/orange color. Finger of white head. Moderate retention. Good lacing. Moderate carbonation with fairly large bubbles.

S: Roasty toasty malts. Light heather honey. Slightly earthy.

T: Sweetened heather honey and husked grain. Big maltiness here.

M: Medium full bodied for the style. Slightly slick on the mouth.

O: Very good take on the style.

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Photo of Riff
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark, brown color with an off-white head about a half finger thick. Smells of caramel, malt, earth, and a little herbal note. Taste is malt, caramel, brown sugar, earthy, a little herbal, hint of bitterness. Full body yet crisp. Clean finish. Good depth of flavor, rich, easily drinkable, very good marzen.

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Photo of SMKilp
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brianz81
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love a good Oktoberfest! Great Lakes has one of THE BEST I have ever tasted. It's very smooth, has great head, and the flavor is incredible. Stay away from this beer. It will make most all other Oktoberfest beers taste bad to you. This is a true benchmark beer. I spent time in Bavaria, and had plenty there. In many cases, Great Lakes has outdone das Motherland's beer. Search the world over for a better Marzen. I'll wait.......

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Photo of Gravewalker
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of basaywhat
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with a medium white head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is earthy, caramel, toast and some herbal notes. Taste is sweet with slight bitterness.

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Photo of Nolster
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Urk1127
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mribbens
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Noelito76
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Profundobaso
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - amber in color, slight carbonation
S - hints of nuts and caramel. smells a little boozy.
T - initially quite crisp, but a wave of complexity that follows. Perhaps even more complex since the beer aged for a few months
F - medium-bodied, not too much carbonation, but a good mouthfeel
O - an excellent Oktoberfest beer. Not overpowering and nothing over the top, just simple and true to the style

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Photo of DOCRW
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of q33jeff
1.63/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

**
09/26/13
Smells like my old fraternity basement. Stale hops and barley. Copper clear color, little head. Not much going on here. Slight sweetness, vegetable, grains.

No Good.
**

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Photo of kbarnes9
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Quesophresco
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
2.24/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Caramel orange coloring, dark, with a nice movement of effervesce within. Tan head is creamy smooth, 0.5 inches with a good hold. Thick band lacing, very good to style.

S: Fresh wet noble hops, nice strength, sweet toasty malt. Fresh barley, candy-orange and apple fruitiness.

T: Flavor was earthy noble flowers with a deep lush malting. Nice toasty speciality grains, apple peel, sweet caramelized grains that finishes lightly dry with some earthy leaves.

M: Sticky full body, syrupy feel, a good carbonation backing.

O: Not many octoberfests have the lush malt depth and earth hop appeal this has. Nice toasty backing, flavorful with an ideal drink-ability. Full, a bit heavier then your typical German counterpart, but one that still can throw back. outstanding overall.

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Photo of White_Whiskey
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Miami66
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal-clear, amber body; classic head height, creamy and sticky. Low-key aroma; gentle, toasted grain and a twinge of fruitiness. Crusty bread flavor with a toasted grain and and delicate honey sweetness. Medium body; warm and glassy.

A well-rounded oktoberfest highlighting the malt and grain aspects of its ingredients. Toasted grains tempered with a mild fruitiness and just enough bitterness to add a little extra dimension to things make for a superb, finely crafted beer.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83% out of 100 with 2,253 ratings
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