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RATINGS: 533   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Cleveland’s celebration of Oktoberfest dates to the mid 1800’s when German immigrants gathered at outdoor beer gardens like Haltnorth’s and Kindvater’s St. Clair Gardens. Our amber lager with rich malt flavor and noble hops honors Cleveland’s diverse cultural heritage.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
undsioux7 (805) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Pours clear light amber with small head. bready malts and a bit of sweetness in the aroma. Taste is the same but more malt driven leaving the sweetness behind. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Poured from a 12-oz bottle, best by date of 10/12/08. Hand an orangish color with a small white head. Heavy malt smell with some roasted grains. Taste was of biscuity malts with a hint of caramel. Very drinkable.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Odyn (266) - New York, USA - SEP 5, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2008 Very little aroma, though what little there is sort of malty on the caramel side. Orange/amber in color. Very smooth, however it is a little heavy on the aftertaste. Not good for more than one per sitting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (1870) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Bottle courtesy of BeerExchange -- cool extra.

Nice malty lager, extremely drinkable. Maybe a little bit sweet-and-sour, but very enjoyable. Toasty, hints of west-coast-style hops. Nice beer. Reminds me just how good it is to drink good fresh lagers in Germany

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2008
A real good example of the style. but not really a big standout. Sort of derpressing, since usually Great Lakes comes through big. No real dominating flavors, just a smooth orange malty beer. Not too sweet or floral either, which is nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Draft. Pours a bright, clear medium orange color; thin off-white head with solid fine-bubbled lacing. Basic oranges, fruit, and sugar in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel: chewy candy sugar, oranges, and fruitiness; basic toasty malts at the core, with a slight perimeter of citrus and minerals; decent, well-balanced and highly drinkable Oktoberfest. Medium finish: dried oranges and toasty malts; nicely dry.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2008
[08 bottle] Pours a deeper amber with few small bubbles and a small thick white froth on top. Standard GL aroma, rich caramel malt and somewhat grassy. Whoa... that flavor took me off guard. Oddly sweet and hoppy. Too much residual sugar for a lager. I’m not sure how this is an Oktoberfest? Some toasty malt and what seems like American hops... a bit sour. GL missed the mark on this one, which is rare for them. A bit of a mess.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3128) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2008
ok wow, how does this beer not have a pciture yet? anyways.......... amber pour, and a nice off white head. AMAZING malty, biscuity, caramel aroma. Wow, i love it! The flavour is spot on for the style, this is great! love it! i could drink this all day!

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2008
On tap pours amber color with a off white head. Has some subtle aroma mostly made up of malt. Has a medium body. Taste is malt, caramel, and light hops. Overall nothing special. Just a typical brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonkeyBra (3430) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Copper pour, creamy white head. Aroma is biscuity, and toasted cereal grains. Taste is rich, with notes of caramel, toffee, sourdough with an odd, sharp, bittersweet finish. I’ve argued before that Great Lakes beers suffer from the fact that their beers all seem to have a signature malt profile, and this one is no different. However, I feel that the great lakes typical malt flavor lends itself well to this style. Besides Eliot Ness, this might be their most essential and accessible beer.


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