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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 | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 294
Photo of micromaniac129
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first tasting from the folks at Lakefront.
There oktobeerfest pours a rich amber color. It has a fluffy tan head but no carbonation.

Aroma is sweet toasted malts.

Taste is malty with a toasted or ceral aspect with ever so sutle hop taste at the end.

A medium bodied beer with a touch of grittiness.

A good tasting beer but needs some work in attenuation.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As much as I have tried, I don't generally like this style. Lakefront has a good one here, in my non-style-liker's estimation. It is much more palatable than most. That said, I still don't like the style.

The color and clarity are perfect. It has great aromatic properties - nice finishing hops. The aftertaste is nice. This could be one to change my mind about the style. I actually would try it again. I am planing a trip to the Milwaukee area next month so maybe I can get some on tap.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber, with a decent head but no retention.

Nose is typically malty-sweet. Not bad.

Tastes also quite on the sweet side, with hints of a little spice and some fruit.

Overall, a mild and easy-to-drink session beer, lacking in complexity but making up for it in drinkability. Not outstanding, but solid.

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Photo of fsvan
2.89/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into imperial pint glass.

A- Light amber. A bit light for the style. Minimal off white head. Not much to report.

S- Big dark bread malt notes. Very similar to other marzens, but something makes this one a little different. Something like a honey like sweetness going on also.

T- That sweet smell really comes out here, and not in a good way. Big sweetness, with the malts taking a distant 2nd. Some sourness on the back end. Is this unattenuated or is the beer intended to be this way? Which ever it is, I'm not a fan.

M- Medium bodied. Tough to appreciate with the not so great taste of this guy.

O- Marzens aren't my favorite beers, but I do enjoy them and try to keep reviews to style. That said, this just isn't my cup of lager.

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Photo of Natural510
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, dated July 2011 (fresh)

Medium, tawny amber color, slightly opaque, with an initial swath of head which dissipates to a ring of lacing on the glass.

Prototypical Marzen scent of breaded malt and fruity, slightly yeasty notes.

Flavor similar to the scent, with breaded quality and sweet/sour fruit. The flavor washes out a bit toward the end, though still astringent from a powdery yeast and mild hop bite.

Body is in-line with the style for a full-bodied lager.

Not-bad Oktoberfest beer unfortunately does not differentiate itself well enough for a revisit, given the glut of similar offerings this time of year.

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Photo of richkrull
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Samp01
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper orange, with a minimal white head. Nose is sweet toasted malt, some yeast. Taste is sweet malty caramel, bready and some spices. Palate is medium body, nice carbonation. Finish is malt, yeast and some bitter hops to add some balance. Overall a good drinkable brew.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.92/5  rDev +14%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
2.33/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a very, very opaque light copper color with some orange tint. Even when I hold this up to the light I can't see my finger through the brew. Initial half-finger head falls down somewhat quickly to just a ring atop the beer. Some very slight lacing.

The nose brings some very light bready malt plus a very slight amount of caramel candy. Try as I might, I really cannot get all that much more from this. At the same time, appearance gets bumped up to 3.5 as each time I swirl the beer to try to get some aroma a bit more lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

Taste is not good from the start. A bit of diacetyl presence permeates the entire brew. Light caramel and toffee make their way through but this is almost entirely buttered popcorn. Fairly-strong off flavors here. Body is light to medium with pretty low carbonation. All together, I cannot get past the flaws in this one and the fact that there wasn't much there to begin with.

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Photo of avalon07
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: The smell was dominated by the malt, with traces of sugar.

T: Tasted of malt and sugar up front, but little else. Extremely watery and thin in the finish. Not much character or complexity.

M: An good amount of carbonation, but the finish was flat and featureless. Light-bodied.

D: A decidedly average take on the Oktoberfest style.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a .5l hand glass.

Pours a very nice copper honey prong color that has a slight cloudiness to it. Nice presentation with a 1 finger off white head that leaves some lacing. The aroma is a little off with a home-brewed lager aroma that smells of unfermented sugars and some mild spices. Taste is average to me. Solid brew, just isn't really authentic. Citrus finish which is interesting but I really don't want it in my

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Photo of Onenote81
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another surprise bottle received from BeerFMAndy recently. Thanks, Andy!

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent dark orange with a small white head capping it off. Little-to-no lace left behind. Basic nose. Some caramel, bread, and faint ethanol. The body was firm. A little slick at times, but decent carbonation overall. Good toffee sweetness right away, but there's a slightly annoying alcohol burn on the finish. Clouds all other aspects of aftertaste. Fairly bready beer, which I like, but that ethanol characteristic is a little turnoff. Glad I had the opportunity, but not one of my faves.

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, reddish, amber color with a two-finger, thick, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled malty (caramel and mild chocolate) with some floral notes.

T - It tasted of caramel and rich malts. It had a mild bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager.

D - This is an okay Oktoberfest. They certainly are better out there, though.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice red color look.

S- smell of hops and spices.

T- Hops and spices and hint yeast flavor in the background.

M- wet boozy feel in mouth with spices and hops linger through out sip.

D- Not the best Oktoberfest but not the worst. So give it a shot and decide for yourself.


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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.54/5  rDev -55.2%
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 CaptainIPA
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz. brown bottle with notched freshness dating: bottled the 2nd week of September.

Pours a red amber color with a respectable cream-colored head and decent lacing. Aromas of grain, yeast, popcorn, buttered biscuit and vanilla.

Opens malty with a toasted grain presence. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a light effervescence. Suggestions of buttered biscuit and popcorn yield to subtle hints of sweet caramel, butterscotch and toffee. Finishes semi-dry.

True to the Marzen style and imminently drinkable. Brewed to celebrate a successful harvest. Or the end of a hectic work week. Prost!

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up this 12oz single for $1.59 at Manchester Wine and Liquors, Manchester CT. Bottled during Sept Wk2, so it autta be pretty fresh. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Hazy reddish copper brew gives a half inch of bubbly tan head that settles fairly quickly to almost nothing. Good malty marzen nose with a bit of vanilla and green apple. Taste has a thin sugary sweetness that detracts from the malt body. Mouthfeel is light and crisp for the style, not as toasty or malty as I'd prefer.

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Photo of Zundo
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy Amber orange with a thin white head which dissipates quickly with faint lacing.

Smell: Sweet bread malt with possibly some faint apple.

Taste: Sweet carmel and semi-tart apple and a touch grainy

Mouthful: Smooth with moderate carbonation and a medium body

Drinkability: There is nothing in this beer that could slow me down so its pretty drinkable.

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Photo of BlueCat1
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This seasonal from Lakefront is, at least in 2010, a very average presentation of this style. After allowing it to reach a drinking temperature I found the maltiness to be weak and lacking in flavor. The body was also pretty watery. Color was okay but not robust. On a brisk October day this would not add any warmth to the soul!

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Photo of crossovert
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is that time of the season again, this is my first Oktoberfest of the year besides Capital Fest which is a Summer Seasonal.

It pours a nice darker amber for the style, the head is thin and white leaving no lacing.

It has a clean grain aroma, a subtle hoppiness that brings some citrus and fruit notes. Other than that, it's your typical O-fest.

The flavor is grainy, again with a hint of fruit and perhaps some caramel. It is sweet for the style.

It is rather full bodied, one of the more hearty O-fests available. It is smooth and drinkable despite this however.

It is solid, if middle of the road for the Oktoberfest Category.

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Photo of steveh
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odd to see this beer in Illinois, since I didn't see it on shelves in Wisconsin last weekend. Last time I tried the LF I was disappointed, the batch seemed a little off and it's kept me from trying it again for a few years -- here goes.

A -- Clear, deep amber-orange with a dense, light tan head that settles, but leaves a nice cap.

S -- Some light candy sweetness and vague DMS.

T -- Biscuit and lightly nutty up front with some light diacetyl at the end and finishing with a light, spicy hopiness and cracker-like grains. There's some vague, grapelike fruit character in the middle, but it doesn't distract and blends with the biscuit maltiness.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth to soft and has a medium body.

D -- Very nice, a mid-cross between a Bavarian and American Okto, but fills the bill for those looking for that Autumn character.

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Photo of biggred1
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange amber with a creamy tan head of foam that quickly shrinks to a mere film. There is not much going on in the nose other than a faint graininess. The flavors are nice and typical for the style, caramel sweetness and raw grain with some light savory spice notes. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. A little under malted for my personal tastes. An average domestic O-fest.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a ring, leaving some lace. Almost clear amber color. Light malty nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is a malty, bready. Similar to their Pumpkin Lager without the pumpkin. Bottled Sep 2009. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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 tempest
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Princeton Liquors. The label says it was bottled the 2nd week of September, so it's only about six weeks old. The lager appeared a clear orange with a tall white head. Oddly enough, this beer smells and tastes more like a maibock. There's a definite clove and dried fruit quality that presents before the normal caramel and bready malts kick in. A tasty beer, but not on point for the style.

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Oktoberfest Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.
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