Oktoberfest | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by WVbeergeek on 11-04-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,636
Reviews:
655
Ratings:
2,340
pDev:
12.1%
 
 
Wants:
273
Gots:
505
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 2,340 |  Reviews: 655
Photo of lfeinauer
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Great Lakes Oktoberfest - 6.5% ABV - 20 IBUs
Date: Enjoy by 10/31/18 sampled on 09/08/12.
Appearance: Clear and amber in color with with around one finger of quickly dissipating head.
Aroma: Sweet bread like malts, some yeast aromas, and much to my surprise, not much else.
Taste: Toasted bread crust up front with touches of honey and a bit of very mild spice. Rounding out the taste is a sweet malt note that could almost be described as sugary. Much like the aroma, there isn’t anything really bad here, just a lack of overall complexity.
Biased comments: An acceptable take, but I remember enjoying this one much more several years back. Perhaps my tastes have changed, as the sweeter Oktoberfest beers all seem somewhat lacking when compared to the more spicy, aromatic, and less sweet pale Oktoberfests.

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Photo of bigbutter
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rubezahl
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaktcc
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StephenBechler
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fenix2009
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zopiac
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fubudu187
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MoreBeer4me
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good but after reading the many great reviews I was expecting more. Could use a little bit more carbonation. Overall, a decent Oktoberfest with a touch more boozy taste than Sam Adams Oktoberfest. The Sam Adams is better though.

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Photo of ian_graf
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Krusader
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of carlr93
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amongst all Marzens to date, this stands out as my number 1. Brilliantly bready malt flavors as opposed to the caramel like sweetness that so many other US Marzens display

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color, quickly receding off white head, minimal lacing.
Snot locker full of bready malt, some sweet caramel on the tongue. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. A very well made Oktoberfest Bier. Prost!

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Photo of JoeyJellico
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjquinter
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jr5639
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

superb

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Photo of kimlhurst
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Copper color, medium to thin collar with lots of carbonation. Sweet caramel taste.

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Photo of pstam87
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ceddd99
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great American Oktoberfest but my biggest complaint with this beer and with Great Lakes brewing in general is I feel like they tend toward too high ABVs. To me this beer would be much more enjoyable if it was 5.8% like most Oktoberfests instead of 6.5. It just makes it less drinkable, which is a quality I look for in this style.

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Photo of Nackman
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.3/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of trainradio77
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 2,340 ratings