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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jackndan on 08-30-2002

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Reviews: 138 | Ratings: 311
Photo of tgbljb
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber colored beer with modest white head. Poor retention and sporadic lacing.
Smell is a bit ' off ' with strange glue-like characteristics???
Taste is abundant with fruity notes, combined with a touch of caramel.
Taste begins to show a mild hop presence, just enough to blend well with all the sweet malt.
An OK beer. Not one that would probably revisit.

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Photo of mentor
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of yellowed-tan head over a cloudy murked-golden liquid. Smells bright octoberfest lagerish. Caramel, toasted grains, quite hoppy, and a bit of berry ester. A bit of phenol/clovey edge.

Tastes dry with nice hop and a bit of clove. Nice marzen rounded gariny profile. Wetter in the finish with a lingering light hop floral. Some berry esters are unexpected, but work well with the hop flavor. Mouthfeel is light and memory of the disappears once swallowed. Md-sstrong carbonation is about right.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Bright golden amber one finger head with decent staying power.

S- Spicy hops abound in a sea of sweet malts.

T- The toasted malt taste abounds but it is not over powering. This allows the sweet malt/hop balance to come through in the finish along with a slight astringency.

M- Nice carbonation but a little light.

D- Prolly should of gotten the six pack.

Although a little on the light side, not a bad Oktoberfest at all.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden straw color with a small white head that fades. Minor lacing on the glass.

Aroma is quite brisk with a nice caramel malt smell and light herbal hop presence.

Caramel malty upfront with a very slight sweetness. Mild bitterness and hint of herbal hops midway through. A slight fruity taste appears toward the finish. Finishes rather clean with the same slight sweetness as the start.

Medium body, full carbonation.

Overall, a nice tasting O'fest. A little sweeter than expected for a lager (under attenuation?), but a decent brew overall.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber color. Slight layer of foam, but not much. It smells malty and quite basic. The taste is malty up front, but not quite as basic as the aroma is. A little more flavor in here than i thought there would be. One of the more flavorful marzens, but still very true to the style. The mouthfeel is closing in on becoming medium-bodied and the drinkability is good also. Nice adequate carbonation. Solid, full-drinking, nice output by Lakefront. Not a boring wimpy beer, but nothing extravagant either.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a clear amber with a finger of off-white head that dissapears quickly.

aroma is of sweet malts up front, namely caramel, with a fruity characteristic that stays in the background. notes of apple and sweet toffee are also present. rather sweet in overall character.

taste is sweet and malty up front, with caramel and munich presiding. no hops to speak of. could use a bit of spice.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth texture. smooth on the finish as well, without much bite.

drinkability is good. this is a concentrated marzen, but not overbearing. lacks a bit in the boldness, and could use some spice, since it is a marzen.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter. nice and billowy with good sheeting throughout. the body was a bright orange-amber color.
s - grainy, spicey and some citrusy hops.
t - malty and sweet with a little hop bite in the finish.
m - medium and slick.
d - easily drinkable and enjoyable. i'd go back for this one.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront's Oktoberfest Lager pours out a finger of foam over
a cloudy dark gold brew. There's lots and lots of big fat bubbles
holding up that head, and the nose is malt and lager yeast. The
flavor is sweet malt and barley up front, and just a tiny bit of grassy
hop in the finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly full for a lager, though
there's not much of an aftertaste- mostly more of that malt and a
shadow of that hop. Really tasty and appetizing.

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

I bought this bottle in CT. Poured the brew at cellar temp into an english pint glass. The beer is a clear amber color with minimal beige head that fades rapidly to a thin edge layer. Aroma is sweet caramel and brown sugar with just a hint of herbal hops in the background. First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is sweet malt from start to finish with caramel and toffee and brown sugar mixing nicely. This is a well crafted beer and spot on for an octoberfest brew IMO. Check it out next fall!

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Photo of gmfessen
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a light golden color with a pinkish-red hue and a head composed of a thin layer of very fine bubbles. Primarily smell is sweetness from the amber malts, very little hop presence. The taste is like the nose, but there is more bittering hops which balance out the sweetness quite well. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a light carbonation and has a dry finish. This is a pretty drinkable Marzen, I would say slightly better than your average... I'd drink it again.

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Photo of pmatz2
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours amber in color, with a fluffy white head that quickly disappeared. There was decent lacing.

Smell - Sweet smell of malt . Detected a hint of grain.

Taste- All malt, no hops, lots of fresh grain on the palate. Slightly sour finish and aftertaste

Mouth feel - Very little carbonation, medium bodied brew

Drink ability - This was OK didn't really do anything for me. Glad that I'm working my way through a sampler and not a six pack.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dusky orange with a hint of red and the occasional lazily rising bubble. The head looks like orange-peanut butter mousse (yummy!) and is the best part about the appearance. It's thickly creamy, is persistent and leaves quite a bit of lace in thick, fissured sheets. The upper third of the glass is largely responsible for the score.

The nose is only passingly Oktoberfestish. It's way too weak and is metallic smelling besides. I guess I could identify it as belonging to the stated style, but then again, I'm not so sure. A mild, earthy maltiness is the only thing emanating from the glass and requires one to go searching for it, not the other way around.

Oktoberfest Lager is better on the palate (it couldn't have been worse). At least now there's something to appreciate, something to assess, something to... well, okay, enjoy is probably too strong a word. The beer tastes like a slightly better than average Oktoberfest from a slightly better than average craft brewery.

It's sweeter than it is bitter, no surprise there, and doesn't have quite as much earthiness as the nose suggested it might or as most versions of the style have. I'm guessing that Munich malt is not the dominant member of the malt bill. This really is an okay little autumn seasonal that goes down with a minimum amount of effort and thought.

The mouthfeel does nothing at all to distinguish itself. Much like the flavor profile, it's light and is without excitement. Even the subdued amount of carbonation seems designed to keep from offending.

I have never been thrilled with Lakefront beer and Oktoberfest Lager has done nothing to change my mind. I can see how Oktoberfestophiles might like it, but even they would have to admit that it can't hold a candle to the best versions. Even the best domestic versions.

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

Thanks to UncleRandy for this one.

A: Pours a chill hazed dark copper brew with carrot colored highlights. Head is made up of medium sized bubbles and dropping quick. A creamy ring remains around the side of the glass.

S: Toasted malt, red fruits...very dry and biscuity.

T: Begins sweet and somewhat tangy. Sort of an over ripe strawberry, bing cherry, raspberry fruitiness accompanies. Little bit of sourness moves on next. Never know for sure if that sour twang is supposed to be there or a misguided bacteria got in there. Little bit of tomato vine maltiness adds a small backbone with saltine rounded it out. Finishes with lingering apricot.

M: Medium body, little bit of fuzzy carbo sting.

D: Started out with some funny sour notes but finished up ok. Not a lot of depth but thats not really and oktoberfests trademark.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The Liquid is orange copper and cloudy with ok carbonation. The head is two finger off white and leaves great lace.

The smell is classic O'fest, caramel and light hops

The taste follows mostly, light toasty bread and caramel with a unique citrus and cherry like taste.

The mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation and medium body.

The drinkability is good, a nice example of the style refreshing, crisp and enjoyable but not my first pick.

Lots of thanks to jpm30! Prosit MK

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

I should have refrained from pouring this into a Hofbräu mug seeing as their Okt, which is self-aggrandized to be the world's greatest, was my least favorite besides the one by Summit. The Lakefront one however ranks behind the Harpoon and Samuel Adams only by a small margin. That is only due to the lesser amounts of sweetness and not because of the quality which is on par with the afforementioned. Other than the Fuel Cafe this is their most drinkable in multiple quantities beer. Wear a helmet though and spit no seeds for the mothers of Lakefront will strike thee down if you get out of line!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3/5  rDev -12.8%
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 uwmgdman
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lakefront's version of an Oktoberfest pours into the pint glass a golden-amber color with a thin off-white head that diminishes shortly after pouring. The beer has a moderate malty aroma, with a toasty element present, likely a healthy amount of Munich malt. There is no detectable hop aroma. This Oktoberfest has a high malty flavor, a background of toasty Munich and a rather sweet element as well, likely a fair amount of Crystal Malt. As expected with the style, no detectable hop flavor. The bitterness of the beer is rather low, perhaps a bit too low, making this beer a little on the sweet side, I would guess close to 15 IBUs. The beer has a medium body and moderate carbonation. The drinkability of the beer is medium, although the Crystal sweetness maybe a bit high for my palate and might limit how many of these Oktoberfests I would want to indulge in. Overall this a solid Oktoberfest, then again almost any Oktoberfest is good since this is one of my favorite styles. I enjoy the maltiness and toastiness of the beer, but the beer is a tad on the sweet end, and a little more hop bitterness wouldn't have been bad to find. Still, with that said, a good Oktoberfest.

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Photo of russpowell
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours butterscotch/orange with a 4 fingers+ sand colored head. No head retention or lacing

S: Sweetness from malt & grainyness

T: Malt sweetness, slight grainyness & an ever so slight alcohol burn up front. Finishes sweet with dryness &grainyness

MF: Under carbonated with a medium body, skews malty balance-wise

Drinks okay, this doesn't really cut it as a marzen, but there are worse examples out there. This'd probably rate .5 higher as an Ameican lager IMO

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bought a 6 pack at Woodman's - West, as I prepare to watch NCSU vs App St on the computer

appearance: pours into a Notre Dame pint glass...cloudy glowing amber body, creamy beige head with light lacing

smell: big malty aroma, grain, roasted peanut, caramel, earthy tones

taste: This is pretty tasty...big roasted peanut flavour, toasted grain, sweet caramel malt, light earthy hop presence, pretty well balanced beer and enjoyable enough

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth

drinkability: high, but filling

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.2/5  rDev -7%
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 battlekow
2.89/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A pretty, clear, reddish-gold color, pretty good lacing. Smells has the same funky yeast character as a lot of Lakefront's other beers. Smell and taste are otherwise primarily malty, with a little bit of toastedness, and a slightly bitter, earthy finish. Maybe a little apple. Pretty boring.

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Photo of cncbofh
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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 ZAP
2.15/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Re-review...better but not good...big odd coffee like aroma and taste....the sourness is still there but a little more very subtle...still not enjoyable...this one is drinkable but seems "off" still for the style...I'm raising the scores ever so slightly..

This is the worst Lakefront Beer I've ever had....From the same batch as the one big Hugey rated and I almost have to wonder if it is bad even though it appears pretty fresh....sour nose like it is spoiled....taste is sour and tart...if I really really strain I get some toasted grains in the long finish but this is really bad....I can only hope this is a bad bottle...I would never, ever buy this again if this is what they brewed it to taste like...pretty brutal...and Lakefront is one of my favorite breweries..

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Photo of bditty187
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
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 schrist275
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
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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Oktoberfest Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.44 out of 5 based on 311 ratings.
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