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Oktoberfest Lager Beer | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Oktoberfest Lager BeerOktoberfest Lager Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States
lakefrontbrewery.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jackndan on 08-30-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
315
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
21.45%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
31
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 141 | Ratings: 315
Reviews by PhillyStyle:
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2nd week of September:

The beer poured a nice reddish color with a slightly off white/light tan head that was dense yet fluffy but not well retained. No lacing, no cap to note.

Nice, solid malty and yeast aroma with a hint of spices.

The taste is really good, nice thick malt flavor and seems like there is some other spices in there.

Medium body, smooth and very easy to drink. I like this one a little better than the Sam Adams Octoberfest and it was on par with the Victory Festbier.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden amber in color. Thin and quickly diminishing off white head. Aroma is fainter than I would like consisting of Munich malt, toast, a touch of herbal hops, and sweet graininess. Flavor is mild and clean. Lots of malt without being overly sweet. Pale and toasty with light bitterness. Medium to light bodied. Very drinkable but not particularly alluring.

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Photo of Turbo
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of blackearth
4.42/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright amber body with a white head of foam that falls after a couple minutes. Aroma is slightly toasted caramel malt and a touch of cake spice. Medium to full bodied mouth feel with a rich, malty flavor that last all the way through the finish without being overly sweet. Overall, one of my favorite fall beers.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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 grynder33
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured an amber color, one and a half inch head, had a faint malt carmel aroma and a malt sweet, slightly sour taste. After the third sip an unpleasant bitter aftertaste made an appearance after each swallow.My least favorite Lakefront brew,will try again in the future.

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Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label.

LOOK: Faintly hazed reddish-amber, good head retention.

SMELL: Toasted grain, bread crust, floral, taffy, yeast.

TASTE: Very malty, mineral, toasted husk, fresh grain, dried grass, bready, caramel, herbal, clean, dry.

Tastes a lot better than it smells or looks, not that this a is a bad looking beer with an odd odor. Pretty dry even though there is some caramel or sugary malt in the middle. I could see going back to this one every year.

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Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of wattoclone
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a few bottles in 2012. Initially it tasted overly sweet and strong notes of citrus peels from the hops. The color is excellent for this style though and the aroma is spot on: woody, burnt sugar, malty and inviting. Last week I found a bottle I had buried in my stash for 2 years in the cool basement at 65-68 degrees and cooled it down for a couple days. I opened today to see what it had become and was pleased to find the citrusy hops had disappeared while the caramel rich malt flavor increased. Drank almost like a dunkelweizen, very smooth, malty and caramel rich with a slightly crisp finish.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper gold under a 1” off-white foam cap that quickly collapses to a thick film.
S: Rich malts and light spice aromas.
T: Has a malty palate, slightly sweet with a gentle hop accent on the finish.
F: Medium body and medium carbonation.
O: a good, easy to drink Oktoberfest.

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Photo of zldjn97
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A bready and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of caramel, grains, and biscuit. Barley malt with bready hints of grains, biscuit, caramel, cracker, and lager yeast. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A solid malty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and sweet malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, caramel, and grains. Upfront presence of toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, cracker, and lager yeast. Light background notes of earthy hops. A pretty decent lager taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A solid take on a Marzen. Nice sweet caramel malt notes.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Man I cannot believe the amount of Lakefront beer we have been receiving in Reno, NV! Anyways, nice appearance, Lakefront's stuff always has the professional look from a clarity and otherwise appearance viewpoint. Auburn in color, mostly white head, nice lace, retention. Sweet and somewhat grainy aromas. Smells like fall in Wisconsin.

Mild notes of caramel and nuts complimented by the bready nature, although you wouldn't know it from looking at it. Hops virtually undiscernable, which is to say, it is made to style. Toffee as well is minimal. This is a somewhat crowd pleaser, not very thick, easy enough to drink. Nothing special.

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Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright darker copper color, clear. Yellowish head of small bubbles, settles at at under 1/2 of an inch. Punctuation mark lace on the glass. Nice aroma, distinct malted milk and a little grape jelly. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is lower. Pleasant taste, a lot like the grape jelly from the aroma spread on toasted white bread, certainly malt skewed. Starts sweet, ends a bit on the sticky side. Nice enough beer, a little more hop in the mix and slightly lighter body would do well for me, but a pretty nice toasted quality overall that meets usual aspects of the style.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.54/5  rDev -55.4%
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 chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear amber color with a medium off-white head. It left little lacing. Some sediment in the bottom of the bottle added mid-tasting.

S - It smelled malty and quite sweet (caramel!), with some floral and fruity notes.

T - Lots of caramel and medium malt flavor. Hints of hops, but overall somewhat sweet. Buttery in a good way.

M: Medium bodied. Light carbonation.

O: A nice and flavorful, if rather sweet Oktoberfest.

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Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark amber color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of mildly bready malts with good amounts of sweetness and hints of nondescript fruitiness. As it warms the fruit aroma intensifies.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Layered sweet and lightly bready malts up front with very small hints of spicy hops. As with the smell there's a nondescript fruitiness lurking in the background and as with the smell it grows stronger as the beer warms. The ending is equally bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my bottle and could have a few more - as long as they're colder than normal.

Overall this wasn't a bad Marzen but it could certainly be a lot cleaner.

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Photo of tugg407
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of richkrull
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Hyvee for only $1. I think they're trying to get rid of them.

Poured a cloudy orangish copper color with quite a bit of head on it. Not a whole lot on the nose, maybe a bit of malt. Taste was not very bitter, tasted some malt and spice. A very mild oktoberfest beer. That being said, it was very smooth and enjoyable to drink. I wouldn't mind having a few more of these. It's a good beer, just not a real pronounced flavor.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront Brewery Oktoberfest

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy amber/brown color, with a full finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam and formed wispy clouds that collected over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty and bready with notes of black pepper, honey and clover.

Taste: Like the aroma, the beer is very malty and bready with notes of black pepper, toffee, orange zest, clover and honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.7%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: A good American version of an Oktoberfest beer, but nothing memorable. While I enjoyed it, and would also happily drink it again, there are a good number of American Oktoberfest beers that I’d order or purchase again over this one.

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Photo of Sara
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Cburnette23
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an 'OK' beer, with both something to like, and some things not to like.

First, for the negatives.
The beer tastes a bite diluted, almost watered down or 'thin'. It's almost comparable to drinking a miller lite in it's 'heaviness', which is unappealing right to start off - but wait! Don't run away quite yet, because there still are joys to be had... On the flavor, there is a slightly bitter, lingering effect upon the tongue that most, I presume, will find less than appealing. So those are the negatives, and they don't so much kill the beer than ruin what 'could have been' a darn good, perhaps even great Oktoberfest lager.

Now for the pluses. The beer has a carbonation to it, that makes it seem to 'jump' into the mouth. There is an ALMOST, but not quite 'bubblegum'-ness to the beer, before it runs into the almost sour combos of carbonated spices, distinct apple flavor (which REALLY comes through at times with the 'fruit' impression that you get from this beer in the course of drinking it), and a slightly hoppy caramel edge (or 'bite').

Overall, certainly an interesting beer that had me in wonder on multiple occasions (trying to figure out 'gee, what is going on with this one???') and moderately to mildly enjoyable, but certainly NOT the BEST oktoberfest I've ever come in contact with. I will say this about it though - I get a REALLY GOOD BUZZ with this beer! It sounds funny, but it ought to be mentioned because it is a beer to drink if you wish to feel 'merry' and in good spirits. That's what I feel the beer does BEST of all, and it DOES do this well. Not the greatest tasting, however.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront- Oktoberfest

A-Cloudy brownish orange with a small 1 ring lacing head.
S- Sweet caramel malt with a touch of spices. Very faint aroma.
T- Sweet thick malt, caramel and orange rind come out. Spicy, pepper and clove appear in the tail end.
M- Sweet and malty with a sweet tangy finish.

Overall- Good, but a little to tangy to drink more than 1 pint.

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