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Great Lakes Oktoberfest | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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:
#2,770
Reviews:
643
Ratings:
2,282
pDev:
12.1%
Bros Score:
4.75
 
 
Wants:
268
Gots:
476
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 2,282 |  Reviews: 643
Photo of Czequershuus
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a pale copper with a large head. The aroma is lithe with rich cracker malts, raw grain, cracker pepper, and mild honey. The flavor is bright and fresh, with richer malts than are apparent in the aroma, almost like a bran muffin, then honey, oats, light caramel, and black pepper. The mouthfeel is fairly rich with soft, foamy carbonation. Overall this is a very well done oktoberfest - rich, but not over sweet, the flavors are marvelously well integrated.

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

Photo of leantom
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Great Oktoberfest. One of the best, actually. Here goes:

A: Beautiful orange-amber. Plenty of body carbonation and a huge, white head. Looks outstanding.

S: Only mediocre thing about the beer. Mostly smells of old, bready yeast, wheat, and cereal grains. Very mediocre.

T: Very good. Robust cereal, wheat and caramel from the malt. Tastes like a high-end lager beer. The yeast is also a lot less bitter/moldy in the taste than in the smell. I was very impressed.

F: Perfect.

O: A very good representation of Oktoberfest beer. Will have again.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nater919
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Amber ,orange color,medium carbonation. Malt,bread, sweet aroma. Taste is similar to aroma but with a very,very small hop bite in the middle. A slight higher higher abv that didn't effect the taste,overall a really good beer that I would get again

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Photo of ledouge
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of KMillard
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Too hopy for Octoberfest, may appeal to some

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

12 bottle into a glass.
Pours with a clear copper body topped by a good head.
Fine aroma suggests something sweet and alcoholic.
Smooth medium - full body.
Toffee notes in the fine flavor.
Overall: Quite satisfying.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

Photo of lagerthanlyfe
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mkh895
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JustCamIt
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A great example of an Oktoberfest beer. I quaffed my first in mere seconds without any guilt. I've got five more to ponder over.

Look: tarnished copper-amber with little bubbles producing a scant head
Smell: caramel!
Taste: sweet without any noticeable hop presence
Feel: long and sticky
Overall: very easy to drink that leaves the mouth wanting more

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Photo of heddar33
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eric_T_07
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Brewing Co. "Grandes Lagos"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "...please enjoy by: 11/03/17..." and sampled on 09/05/17
$2 @ Shop Rite, 2800 Fox St., Philadelphia, PA

Notes: Just in time for Oktoberfest: 11 days, 1 hour, and 51 minutes as I write this. It pours the expected clear deep amber body beneath a creamy head of off-white. The aroma is clean, and sweetish with caramelish and lightly toasty malts. The flavor follows with some spicy and floral hops, and it's nicely balanced in quantity of malt against a firm bitterness. Oktoberfest beers can quite often be overdone with too much malt that leaves them flabby, or with too much malt and enough bitterness to balance it which leaves it too aggressive. This is labeled 6.5% ABV with just 20 IBUs. That's a little bit strong by todays standards, but certainly within historical range, and perhaps a touch light on bitterness but I feel it works. Medium bodied and gently crisp. Nicely done!

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Photo of Cunny123
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 2,282 ratings
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