Review of Great Lakes Oktoberfest

28 Sep
Hello again guys.  I thought I would go ahead and sample another Oktoberfest since the weather is cooling off nicely around these parts.  Today, I’m going to be reviewing the Great Lakes Oktoberfest produced by the Great Lakes Brewing Company located in Cleveland, Ohio.

Let’s get right to the description from the website,, shall we? 

An amber lager with rich malt flavor balanced by fragrant noble hops. 

I’m guessing they want the beer to speak for itself????

This version of an Oktoberfest comes in at 6.5% ABV and in a 12 oz. bottle.

The appearance was a very nice, clear orange to copper color with an off white head that looked as if it had a slight orange hue to it.  Some burnt orange highlights were shown at the bottom of the glass.  The cap was of decent size, smooth and creamy.  The retention was just ok and the lacing was mostly average I thought. 

The aroma started with a very sweet caramel malt.  Upfront spice, toasted barley and baked wheat bread were found intermingled with “earthy” hops and tones of dried leaves.  It’s well balanced, even and it does smell like Fall I must say.

The flavor began with a noticeable sugary caramel.  More of the toasted breadiness and malts were found.  They were a bit forward (in a good way).  It was similar to the aroma in that the spices were easily noticed, but they never got in the way.  It also started to develop a very minor grain profile.  The hops were once again “earthy” with only a mild touch of bitterness.  Good amount of flavor with this beer.

The mouthfeel was medium, dry, smooth and mostly crisp.  Very nice carbonation with a soft feel.  Quite a bit of flavor was left on the palate.  The spices seemed to want to stick around longer than any of the other flavors.

In my opinion, this is an excellent Oktoberfest.  It totally fits the style and the mood for the season.  It’s easily drinkable and has plenty of aroma and flavor.  To me, this is one of the better American Oktoberfests on the market.  It’s definitely worth a try if you haven’t had it yet.  Great Lakes just knows how to make a solid product regardless of style.  I’m pretty sure that I will be picking this up again before the season is over.

I hope everyone is having a great day.  Please feel free to comment or add suggestions to the posts.  I enjoy the interaction.  Thanks for reading.


Score:  4.0 out of 5
Grade:  B+    

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Posted by on September 28, 2011 in Country: USA, Great Lakes


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