WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
[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.
robinvboyer (4141) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle. bisuity malt aroma. Flavor is thick biscuit malts, faint bitterness. Man, this beer is making feel like its time for halloween already. Pretty good stuff.
Capa (2727) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper. Sweet malty aroma with caramel and light hops. Biscuit malts, toasted, caramel, and light citrus hops. Medium, smooth body. Went well with the meat-loaf and mashed potatoes I had for dinner.
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours translucent deep golden color with off white head. Aroma is very sweet, mostly caramel malts. As expected sweet, toasted malts dominate the flavor, with some chocolate and toffee. A very nice, refreshing beer, and a good one to start the Oktoberfest season off with.
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught in a sampler at GBL in Cleveland. Clear amber. Malty, very "lager-y" flavor: strong corn and yeast on nose.