Oktoberfest | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by WVbeergeek on 11-04-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,035
Reviews:
644
Ratings:
2,290
pDev:
12.1%
Bros Score:
4.75
 
 
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271
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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

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous beer - copper, golden hue with supreme clarity. Lively bubbles rising up to meet the puffy white head. Aroma is straightforward but complex - a mix of bread, dough and toasted grains. Like bread baking in the oven; warm and inviting. Taste is roasted grains, toasted bread, oven-baked pumpkin seeds, dough, honey and spicy hops. Creamy and smooth throughout.

Overall - packs a ton of taste and flavor driven by a hefty malt base. I usually prefer the style a little lighter on the palate but that's probably because I hadn't enjoyed this gem. This is a delicious beer, for sure, and is at its peak a few degrees above chilled. Let it warm up in the glass and it just gets smoother and smoother.

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Photo of Dms844
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of aprabhu
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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