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RATINGS: 489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Hands down, this is the best Oktoberfest I’ve EVER had. I’ll be buying more of this. The bottle is best by 10/24/2007. Pours to a golden falling leaf colored amber body with a really creamy, rocky white head. The aroma is awesome. Crisp grains, nicely toasted pale malts, seemingly has specialty malts too. I swear it has a pumpkin or squash quality. Perhaps it’s just the unique combination of malts and hops. Nice balanced noble hops. Pure autumn in a bottle. The flavor is full of toasty malts, crisp grains, noble hops. Nice smooth bitterness seems to have a brown sugar and butternut squash thing going on under the malts. Whatever they used, this is the best Oktoberfest I’ve ever had. Nice bitterness on the palate is followed by a great texture, crispness, medium body. Man, I could drink this one all the time.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2007
1st Oktoberfest of 2007, and it’s a good one. First I’d like to personally thank Great Lakes for deciding to bottle this gem. Amber-copper pour, sparkles in the glass. Big diminishing white head with some spotty lace. I’m greeted by a scent of honey roasted goodness, faint yet firm. Real nice malt nose that improves as it warms. Soft on the palate with a full body of creamy malts and a sprinkling of bitterness. Flavor is big and malty, roasted with a nice nutty flavor coupled by sweet honey. A touch of caramel and a complimentary hop aspect create a well rounded and balanced beer. "Roll out the barrel!"

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lowe1983 (1346) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2007
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of toasted malts, carmel, floral hops, and some spices. Flavor is pretty strong of the toasted malts up front that give way to carmel and spices and finishes with just a hint of floral hops and some earthiness. This brew is alright but not even close to my favorite from Great Lakes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Bottle courtesy of crizay. Pours copper brown with a creamy tan head that lasts. Smells of biscuits, tea, earthy, some honey, some citrus. Tastes of biscuits, some sweet honey, dry malt, hints of dough, some underlying sweetness. Mouthfeel is very thick and full bodied. Finish is peppery and slightly earthy.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBellyOSU (47) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Smells malty and sweet, maybe a hint of honey. Reddish brown in color. Tastes very roasty and malty, finishes clean. I could sit around and drink it all day and night, but it’s not really a standout. Just a very drinkable beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Bottle pours a clear orange with a small, quickly dissipating head. Caramel in aroma and flavor. Also a slight nutty flavor before a slow, lightly bitter finish. Not bad at all.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10566) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Bottle from Dutch’s. Poured clear copper color with an average fizzy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted malty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2007
8/09/2007: Great Lakes Oktoberfest pours a transparent pale amber-orange color with a fomay dark beige head. There is a moderate level of visible carbonation. The aroma is a nice blend of European malt and noble hops with a hint of tea and toasted grains. Toasted malt and some very, very weak coffee-like tones can be found in the flavor. The mildy sweet maltiness of the flavor is well matched with some lightly roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is kind of strong with a nice, grassy and slightly spicy hop bite in the finish. This medium-bodied beer is wonderful to drink on a hot day, or any day really! This is definitely one of the better Oktoberfest beers I have had lately.

12 fl. oz. bottle (6.5% Alc/Vol. Please enjoy by 10/16/07 3660CL) shared by Tmoney99 at The Party Source. Thanks Tom! Rating #32 for this beer...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenDover (201) - Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2007
If this is supposed to be a Marzen it’s a bit on the thin/weak side. Pours a very transparent and light amber, good thick tan/yellow head. Pleasant bready aroma. Taste is not exactly in-your face -- good, but thin and weaker than I would like. I prefer Eliot Ness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dankman (253) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2007
This beer is really for those people who like malts, yeast and, just the enough hops. I like this beer, it’s not too intense but has plenty of flavor and, a little bitterness to boot.


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