Oktoberfest Lager Beer | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Oktoberfest Lager BeerOktoberfest Lager Beer

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark orange body, near copper, clear, very little head and it fades to nothing.

S - Bread and spice, apple and a hint of alcohol.

T - Caramel open, a bit of fruit, tea and bread, and mild hop bitterness.

M - Crisp, clean. A bit thin, but decent.

O - Not a great example of the style, but drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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 woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A group of local imbibers held the #PumpkinChallenge2016 recently, wrapping up on M, 03 Oktober 2016. I then proposed the #OktoberfestChallenge2016 & while I do not know how many participants there are, I am hitting it full bore. Today will be my New OktoBierFest Sunday (Week TBD) with an opportunity to do a horizontal tasting.

Nothing of note on the bottle, so I proceeded directly to the Pop! of the cap. I then performed an almost vertical pour just because I am waning & I want to wrap up this madness quickly. This resulted in just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was toasty, biscuity, but not outright sweet. I was not getting anything in terms of hops, but as long as it was not coming across as a malt bomb, I was down with it. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very toasty, reminding me of Blue Point's Toasted Lager. This was a great follow-up to being punched with sugary malts and I may be biased since I may not have liked it as much earlier, but now, it was a nice counterpoint. I liked the biscuity-toasty taste which, while being sweet, was reigned in from being over the top. I still did not perceive anything in the way of hops, but that is well within style guidelines. Finish was semi-sweet, but still too sweet for my refined (ha!) taste.

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Photo of dhannes
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Perfect Pint.
L=Dark gold color, less red than a typical märzen. Nice head formation.
S=Honey, with a touch of maltiness and buscuit.
T=First sip was sour but additional sips seemed overly sweet; not much flavor here, and very little malt notes.
F=Too light in body compared to other märzens.
O=My favorite style from one of my favorite breweries was disappointing--this is a sessionable beer, but overly sweet and watered down. Not nearly robust as other märzens. I might try again on tap, but I won't be buying it in a bottle again.

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Photo of drpimento
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very malt fruity. Flavor at first is pretty good with some toffee, toasted malt, but then gives way to sweet malts that linger through the finish. Wish they would've reversed that - a bit sweet up front and a nice slightly toasty finish. Oh well.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber appearance, sweet malt toast smell. Taste was mildly sweet, not at all bitter, hefty or intrusive. Shit to pound in fall. Nutty caramel real mildly done. Toffee. Free flowing, not viscous.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, soapy, off-white head that has surprising persistence that laces a bit. Soft, spicy hops in the nose. Clear, copper color. Starts with a nice, spicy hoppiness. Spiciness rises just as a wall of smooth, smooth malt comes through on top of that. There's a caramelness to the malt (which I usually don't like, but it works well here). Slight lingering hop bitterness of spice lingers into the finish on top of malt.

I really, really like this one. I think it may be my favorite Oktoberfest; great, spicy hoppiness, excellent maltiness, and a crisp mouthfeel.

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Photo of Savan
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful auburn colour. A slow pour at first and a aggressive pour toward the end produced a thick white head that quickly turned to a thin lacing after about a minute....

Smells like dry straw... not pleased :(

Tastes of vanilla, white bread, and slight of butter.

Has a medium body about it... and a good silky mouth feel to it lack of better terminology , Its like buttery caramel goodness! not the best oktoberfest bier ever, but a refreshing switch up that I am not overly displeased with.... side from a prevalent smell.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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 maedhros09
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Typical amber with relatively little head and poor retention. A very malt-centric marzen. Enjoyable and fairly drinkable, with that caramelly almost fruity aroma and taste. Little hops to speak of, and not all that distinctive.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle as part of a build-your-own-six-pack at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Rhinelander. The best-by date suggests this one is good for about four more months. Poured right from the fridge into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours a bright copper with about an inch-and-a-half of off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly down to just a ring and leaves very little lacing on the glass. Quite clear with lazy, intermittent visible carbonation.

S: Really not a whole lot going on in the nose. There's a bit of malty sweetness--a bit like sweetbread. Just a bit of a buttery quality, along with a touch of earthiness and corn. If I strain a bit, I can make out the slightest touch of fruitiness, almost like a weak cider.

T: Bread-like and sweeter malts up front, colored by some earthiness and a bit of stewed corn. The middle brings just a touch of tartness/astringency, while the malts continue to exert their influence. The back end registers a bit on the sweet side--again, it seems to be coming from the malts, but there's still that lingering corn quality. A bit more of the earthiness some hop tartness to close things out. The flavor profile is pleasant but not especially engaging.

F: This one is one the lighter side of medium-bodied. It drinks a bit flat, though there is a touch of creaminess from the carbonation. Tartness is present, but it never reaches the point of bitter, in keeping with the style. No stick to speak of. Quite drinkable, overall.

O: I've have my share of Märzens, and this one wouldn't rank too highly on the list, though it does offer pleasant flavor and nice drinkability. I wouldn't discourage anyone from giving it a go, but I probably won't be returning to this one (especially given the fact that New Glarus's Staghorn is significantly better and less expensive that this offering from Lakefront).

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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 vette2006c5r
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Oktoberfest pours an amber color with a big lacing head. There is a very sweet aroma, hints of caramel. The taste is sweet, some roasted caramel flavors, but very earthy. Body is a bit flat, watery body. Overall its an okay oktoberfest.

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Photo of pjhalifax
3.75/5  rDev +9%

I like this in comparison to the mainstream Oktoberfests that flood stores this time of year. Still, there's an odd sweetness to this beer that keeps me from rating it any higher. A touch too much.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%

Appearance (3.75) : pours kind of a carrot cake color with a fluffy two finger head that pops and recedes quickly. About 80% opacity.

Smell (3.75) : Maple syrup. Totally. A little pumpkin, some brown sugar, a dash of nutmeg. A very sweet, almost saccharine smelling beer.

Taste (3) : Some light stale pumpkin is out front, followed by a superficial maple flavor, a little baked day-old brown sugar, and ends with some spices and dried pumpkin.

Mouthfeel (2.25) : generally pretty watery, a little stale, ends effervescent.

Overall (2.97) : I'm maxed out on beers tonight. I came home from a concert where I had three pints of beer, had an imperial stout, a honey lager, and now this. I'm doing this because I love you guys. No, wait. I'm doing this to see if I want to go back and pay $1.25 again for this single that my liquor joint carries a lot of. That being said as a lager it drinks good. As an Oktoberfest? It's crap. Sorry. Pourrrrrr.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Loved the brewery tour, but the beer was ok. After tasting octoberfest, I want to give another try. Nice head on the pour which is a great trait for classic octofest. Tasting cloves a little hop Carmel biscuit as well. Actually quite balanced with a little alcohol kick at back of throat. Very nice experience during current octofest sampling tour I'm currently on.

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Photo of Ri0
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into stein!

A - Bronze and caramel with a nice 2.5 finger head. Leaves a collar and swaths of lacing around the stein.

S - Grainy malty, and sweet bread. Light earthy hops.

T - Good amount of malts, grain, sweet bread and hints of caramel. Light earthy hops give it a bit more. Nice Marzen style.

M - On the lighter side with good carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking even on a warm day.

O - This is one of WI better Oktoberfest beirs. I'm going to make sure my dad picks up a case of it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed orange-reddish amber with a creamy head that thins. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramelized grain.

The taste is of sweet caramel with a balancing bitter touch. Clean, crisp finish.

It is very smooth, as it should be. Very fitting carbonation. Malty smooth.

This is a solidinterpretation of a smooth, easy-to-drink O-fest with a nice malty texture.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 6/11/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled-glass stein.

Pours a hazy brown-amber in color with a good 2- finger off-white head that settles down to just a thin layering on top and sides of the glass. Some spotty lacing is seen with each sip. Perfect carbonation for this type of brew. The aroma is of bread yeast, malts and spice. The taste is about the same with some toffee, honey and orange peel as well. Very tasty and goes down very easy compared to others I had of this type.

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Photo of Warmonster
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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 metter98
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is quite hazy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has some flavors of toasted malts (these aren't that heavy) and a light amount of carbonation.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely tastes malty and is true to the style, but the maltiness is of a lighter variety and isn't that heavy on the palate, making it very easy to drink.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint.
5.7% ABV

A - Crystal clear and totally lifeless, it pours a vibrant copper color with a tall cream head that plateaus and drops slowly, gently draping lace webbing on the pint for a beautiful looking beer!

S - Tart apple skin pops out from this muted aroma, offering more bready malt aromas once it's swirled. Delicate hop notes are barely noticed behind the toasted characteristic though this Oktoberfest which finishes with a slight unfermented wort scent.

T - Simple and straight forward, Lakefront's Oktoberfest is smooth and malty with toasted bread crust overtones and subtleties of dough for a rich flavor profile that's finished with earthy hops.

M - Medium-bodied with a crisp and clean finish accompanied by a carbonation bite, Lakefront's Oktoberfest is a little slick on the tongue, drying out after the swallow.

O - Here we have Lakefront's Oktoberfest; a pretty clean lager that goes down well while offering bready malt overtones and a dry, earthy hop finish for an easy fall drinker.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint.

Three finger off white head.

Dark amber in color, moderate carbonation

Taste: malty, nutty, and bready. Light, crisp finish at the end

Smells: bread and roast malt


Overall, this wasn't a bad beer, but it could have been better.

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Photo of hogrider
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Malty with a very nice head and lacing. I like this beer and will drink more of it in the future. Like all Oktoberfest beers is low in alcohol but definitely not a lawnmower beer. Nice caramel aftertaste; I can not detect any hops although they are present. And remember folks support your local brewery DRINK BEER. HOG.

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