Oktoberfest Lager Beer
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

Oktoberfest Lager BeerOktoberfest Lager Beer
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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #499
Ranked #44,808
3.49 | pDev: 14.04%
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States
Oktoberfest Lager BeerOktoberfest Lager Beer
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Reviews by PDXHops:
Photo of PDXHops
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a mug. Hazy amber with a modestly sized head. Decent retention, though, and a bit of lace. Smells pretty tame- toasty and bready grains, some floral hops- but tastes more interesting than advertised. Grainy and almost gritty at times with a robust feel in spite of the rather modest caramel sweetness. Dryish finish that shows off grassy and floral hops with a touch of tanginess. I wouldn't necessarily seek this one out again, but it grew on me.

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Photo of jackndan
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lakefront Oktoberfest: appears to be the first year that Lake Front is offering this, and I think they have got a real winner on their hands. Classic Marzen color, the head disappeared quickly, but I think that is a product of my lack of cleaning. Very classic Oktoberfest taste, with out any hint of spices, this beer remains very flavorful with very pronounced malt sweetness, and an excellent balance. Very impressive, look for it.

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Photo of JeffSK
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TastyTaste
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not too much head, hazy rust body. Slight vinegar in the nose, also some graininess. Very acidic flavor, also toasted grains making up the bulk of the flaovr. Hops are not very dominant. Decent carbonation and body. Mediocre oktoberfest, I probably wouldn't come back to it.

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Photo of aubzachsyd
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of brakspear
2.34/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This must be a Lakefront work-in-progress, that needs more refining. Pours reddish amber-copper with moderate head and appropriate carbonation. Both the aroma and taste are off for an Oktoberfest, both vinegar sweet apple notes dominate rather than the caramel or biscuity aroma and that should be present. I was disappointed by this beer from a brewery that usually produces excellent beers.

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Photo of warpig372
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yemenmocha
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with minimal head, even with vigorous pour. Nose is also a bit weak, with earthy malt and some yeasty bread dough. Fresh bready flavors on the palate, toasty caramel malt sweetness, and light herbal hops. Good body, easy drinking but heavier than other examples out there.

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Photo of ralerwen
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Dogbrick
2.22/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Found at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield. This beer proves you should never judge a book by its cover. Poured a beautiful orange-red color with a thin beige head. Very slight malt aroma. Flavor was thin and blood-in-your-mouth metallic. Hopefully I can find some other Lakefront brews because I am sure they can do better than this.

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Photo of Warmonster
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer but tastes different that other Oktoberfest's I've had. Oktoberfest brews are some of my favorite beer. That being said, the taste was kind of lacking on this beer, tastes more like regular beer than most Oktoberfest's, not as sweet as most. I wouldn't say this is a bad beer but there is definitely better Oktoberfest brewers out there. I don't think I'd buy this again.. it needs more of the Oktoberfest taste. Instead it tastes like someone poured regular beer into the Oktoberfest...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lakefront's Oktoberfest pours a traditional deep amber body and creamy off-white head. The head retention is very good, and it leaves some nice lacing behind as it goes.

The aroma is sweetish, and a little fruity, which might be from Vienna malts rather than yeast. There's also some nice caramel to it, and it's lightly toasty.

The flavor follows the aroma, and it's very nicely balanced. A lot of American brewers tend to over-do the style, adding too much malt and sometimes hops but this one is kept in check.

The body is medium, and the carbonation is moderate, leaving it creamy and smooth across the palate.

As American-brewed Marzens go, it's pretty damn good. It's flavorful with a decent maltiness and just a hint of hops; and it's really well-balanced and quite drinkable. Prost!

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Photo of dannycohen62
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bditty187
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, tawny-amber in hue with slight influences of copper and gold. The color is attractive. However there wasn’t any animation. The head was slightly off-white in color, at the apex the foam was one finger in height, it faded quickly to a fizzy cap. Subsequent lacing was spotty and it clung poorly. The nose is malty sweet, clean, grainy, mildly fruity, kind of nutty at the back. It doesn’t really say “O-fest” to me. The potency is very low, I guess it is inviting by default. The palate is good but nothing more than that. It is has more malt than the nose indicated, this is a good thing. The sweetness is mild; the nuttiness is soft but still misplaced for an O-fest. Mild caramel influences mixed with a good dose of “straight” maltiness that is reminiscent of the style. Enjoyable. Fairly clean, after the swallow a somewhat chocolaty, bittersweet taste emerges. Hops offer only a trace of grassiness. Overall the taste is pleasant, aside from a mineraly twang. The flavors are straightforward and it is easy to drink. Medium in body with low carbonation that helps produce a sluggish mouthfeel even though there isn’t much bulk, this aspect of the beer could be improved. I found it too lazy on the tongue. It is drinkable but ordinary, only “a dime a dozen” type O-fest. I could drink one or two of these and then I’d have to upgrade to a more flavorful beer. It has some positive aspects and some negatives, for instance, I don’t like the odd mineral twang at all. This was purchased as part of a sampler-pack in Milwaukee, WI. I won’t need to try this one again. Too boring.

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Photo of DaveMiller
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.54/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours so nicely caramel amber bodey with a fluffy slightly off white head, thick chunky lacing. Aroma has butterscotch popcorn and a mild...very mild hint of vinegar tone going on almost cider like approach. Flavor too much buttered popcorn drizzled with caramel this is offsetting with vanilla cream sweetness I have to pour it out, never again for me. Cloying disgusting, mouthfeel carbonation can't save you from the body that won't go away. Drinkability hide your children and women, this is horrible please God save us...I've had beers from Lakefront that were not this bad. This is nearly unexcusable with the diacetyl.

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Photo of Sean66
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Winter
1.68/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured a clear amber with an off-white large creamy head. Aroma had a similar quality to the Riverwest Stein, but reeked of wet cardboard. This is basically and amber lager lacking the rich malt flavors typical in an Oktoberfest/Marzen style beer. Very light bodied. Overall bland taste did not improve as the beer warmed either. Finish is a bad combination of sourness and decaying fruit. It's hard to find anything positive to say about this one, except the appearance is quite alluring.

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Photo of ALC82
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark crimson color, the match of autumn leaves (the ones that pass by my window, of red and gold...), with a short, white head above.
Aroma: rich and sweet, caramelly, and touch vegetal.
Taste: toasty mouthfeel, with no hops anywhere, but malt is all over the place, and is quite yummy, too. A malt monster, with a full body, medium finish, and a nearly sticky flavor that coasts the mouth with every sip. I quite enjoyed this bottle and emptied it with exceptional ease.
Prost, indeed, and thanks to jeffboo for providing!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber with an off-white head that fades fairly fast. Looks like lots of carbonation. Aroma is toffee, spice, cracker and a slight fruit note. Taste is toffee, cracker, a bit of snappy spice and a mildly buttering finish. Quite sweet. Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and nearly creamy. Overall, pretty good if a bit too sweet.

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Photo of schrist275
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last day of October to enjoy the Oktober, pours a loverly reddish brown with a cream colored head that leaves all to fast (shame), very slow carbonation, 2 lines visible, smells very smooth and creamy and malty... hmmm.... taste... the very same, smooth and creamy and mouth filling, (geez this is good), a brief hoppy start that rolls into a sweet malty aftertaste. gonna have to find more.. dont have time to write more.. there is still the remainder of this glass and bottle.

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cncbofh
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say I truly enjoyed this one.

Interesting combo of lip-smacking crispness and dry finish with a nice dose of malt and sweetness. Nearly undetectable hops taste but it's there... somewhere... I think...

It poured a light amber color and there was very little carbonation. Maybe a half-finger of head that raced to the side of the glass. The body is light, yet it's heavy. The taste is sweet and malty, yet it's crisp and dry. Hints of brown sugar and coffee. So very hard to explain, but so fun to drink. It left my mouth wanting more.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Oktoberfest Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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