Great Lakes Oktoberfest

Great Lakes Oktoberfest

Rated 3.547 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Company

Cleveland, OH, United States

Style:  Marzen / Oktoberfest

6.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Request: AVAILABILITY: August - October TYPE/STYLE: Oktoberfest: Oktoberfest is Vienna's stronger brother. Gabriel Sedlmayr adapted the Vienna style for brewing in Munich. Because refrigeration had not yet been invented, March was traditionally the last month in which lagers were brewed. Sedlmayr's beer was made in March to last until September and was served in autumn amidst traditional celebrations. FOOD COMPLEMENTS: Spicy dishes, pork, pasta and sausage. BRAND NAME: Cleveland's commemoration of Oktoberfest dates back to the mid 1800s when German immigrants celebrated at outdoor beer gardens like Haltnorth's Garden and Kindvater's St. Clair Garden. AWARDS: * Silver Medal, 2007 World Beer Championships * Silver Medal, 2004 World Beer Championships

ID: 4412 Last updated 14 years ago Added to database 21 years ago

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Overall Rank2501
Overall Percentile95
Style Rank13 of 594
Style Percentile97.8
Lowest Score2.2
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.650
Weighted Score3.547
Standard Deviation0.626

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  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 3.4 6 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Clear amber, small lacing foam ring remaining. Kind of smokey aroma and nice small bitter taste, some floral tones. Nice beer, purchased at brewery. (Cleveland 201510)

  • RICHSBEER 1737 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    poured in tea like brownish amber color with a nice foamy head. a wonderful spicy aroma rises from the glass. it has a great malty taste with just a slight sweet caramel that sneeks in. Nicely carbonated. This is a good Octoberfest beer. Looking forward to next years batch.

  • PORTERHOUSE 544 reviews
    rated 2.2 10 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Smells musty. Pours orange and frothy. Mouthfeel is thin. A little grain. Maybe a little marzen. Definitely some corn. Bad after taste. That's it.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    another well above average example of the style. toasted rich maltiness abounds. not quite as rich or smooth as the Bells but very nice. i could drink this all day.

  • AIRFORCE1 680 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Very very good. Not "THE" best one out there but damn near. Aroma is of freshly kneaded dough. Slight metallic flavor that diminishes fairly quickly. Will have again.

  • MISSSIPLESS 165 reviews
    rated 2.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    I was not impressed with this Oktoberfest. Looks good, but the flavor and aroma were both on the weak end and very malty. I was really looking forward to this beer as it had only one sub-par review, but now it has two. I'm just not digging it.

  • SPECTRE 10 reviews
    rated 4.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Best American interpretation of Octoberfest I have had. Light amber-golden in color (like Hofbrauhaus') with a sweet finish and lighter body that Paulaner. Low head retention. Selection of grains tastes very true to style.

  • PFOXYJOHN 676 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Crystal-clear bright amber with a thin off-white head with some persistence. Light but robust malty nose of toasted caramel. Mouthfeel is smooth; light but yet round and satisfying. Flavors are well-blended, combining semi-sweet toasted malt with a touch of nuts, honey and a fruity bitterness that finishes crisp. This is one satisfying Märzen, and the clear winner of tonight's O'fest flight. MUSIC: 'Ein Prosit' by Die G'Scherten Münchner; "Ein Prosit, ein Prosit, Der Gemütlichkeit" ("A toast, A toast, To happiness")

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I would have to say this is one of the nicer marzens i've had in a while. Pours a sort of hazey dark copper colour with a large off white head. Aroma is pleasent, with rich dark fruits, nuts and vanilla. Taste is rich as well, creamy, nutty- soft spice and toast.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Another great beer from Great Lakes. Thanks to my bro-in-law for bringing this 6 down with him from Ohio. Pours a nice clear amber with a medium head leaving some lacing. Good carbonation. Aromas of sweet slightly toasted malt with a very noticeable hops presence. Taste is robust with a strong malt backbone balance with a good bitter of hops. Very good Oktoberfest.

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