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RATINGS: 470   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2006
On tap in Kent at the Riverside. Nice deep amber color with a very thin off white head. The aroma is light, sweet and a bit citrusy. The flavor is smooth, and clean with a medium body. The Hops and malts are both present, but not over powering. Clean finish. Very good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Draft at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. Ivory head, fast rising carbonation, transparent, and an orange hue. Sweet, malty, caramel, note of toffee, sweet, and spicy. Flavor was malty, caramel, spicy and toffee. Tingly palate. Medium body. Nicely done and worthy of a try.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2006
It is a fest beer you are either in the mood for one or you are not, hops or no hops, sweet malts or not. Most fest beers are well made and taste the same. This is no exception. Very well made, up their with Capital Oktoberfest in quality. Clear amber nice head. Sweet caramel malt aroma and taste. Smooth finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Briarbush (1) - USA - SEP 28, 2006 does not count
On tap in Akron. Very light aroma. Flavor is almost sweet with hardly no hops. Great balanced flavor. Finish is smooth. Great beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 25, 2006
Pours golden with an off wite head. There is a light aroma of some malt but little else. Flavor is mild with a slight touch of caramel sweetness and barely a hint of hops. Finish is light.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2006
on tap at 91 in Canton area, smooth, went well with pasta, malt, caramel, very good

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2006
On tap at barley’s smokehouse: Amber color, with a small off white head. Aroma, caramel, some grassy hops, some floral notes. Flavor, caramel, some yeast, a light bitterness on the finish, some toasted notes in there as well. Smooth and sweet. Another nice one from great lakes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2006
On tap at Barley’s Smokehouse - Pours dark copper with a fair tan foamy head that stays well and laces some on the shaker it was served in. Aromas of caramel and toasted malt with a hint of toffee and a touch of spice. Flavor is mostly caramel but there is some good toffee there as well and a touch of bitter on the finish. Smooth and creamy on the palate. I don’t think anyone does lagers like Great Lakes.. Pretty nice all around..

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7585) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2006
On draught at the brewpub. Clear dark copper color with a medium thick white head with fair retention. Speckled lacing throughout the glass. Sweet malty aroma along with a touch of caramel and nuts. Medium-bodied and smooth with a strong malt presence, as well as caramel and a bit of hops to liven it up. The finish is mostly sweet malt with a light hop finish. Above average.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2006
I forgot what the 8th beer was on my sampler list from Ohio Brewfest 2006, but It came back to me. Nice abv and very smooth. Burgundy colour with a haed ring but little real head to speak of. Caramelly sticky sweetness... as with all Great Lakes brews, the real star is the malts.


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