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RATINGS: 542   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Poured a clear orange-amber color with an off-white head. Sweet and fruity with notes of apple cider. The flavor was malty with toasty notes and a light fruit. mild crisp bitter finish. Semi-dry.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
Thanks to goldtwins for sharing. Deep orange beer, aroma is lightly malty, a bit of toast. Clean with a light brown sugar aroma. Flavour is clean with soft munich malt and a bit of brown sugar flavour. Not a whole lot going on, but it’s decent enough.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2012 Draft at Jerry’s. Gold-amber with decent, creamy, beige head / Sweet spun sugar and corn nose / Medium body, somewhat creamy, sweet with good balance and light bitter finish / Flavors of spun sugar, toast, and nut, with citrus notes / A solid, classic Marzen.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Light amber/orange color with a big off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts. Flavor of sweet carmel malts and some hops.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Draught at Mad Mex, Monroeville. Mild malt aroma, with neutral fruits and apple blossom. Light hoppy character; smells like apple and cherry. Medium amber-copper clear with thin head. Medium watery body with medium-light carbonation. Very sweet for an Oktoberfest. Apple juice and cherry flavors. Sweet sugary malt and light carbonic tang. Very little bitter with apple juice finish and beany sweet after. Sweet overall but a tad watery.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smaynard6000 (802) - Apopka, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours a rich amber color with very small, evaporating off-white head. Spicy aroma with undertone of sweetness. Not as much flavor as I expected, some caramel and toffee comes through, sweetish finish. Good session brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Bottled, BB 10/24/07. Poured clear, brilliant medium orange with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up sweet, toasted caramel malts, grainy, leafy hoppage, and some grassy notes.. well-executed. The flavor had sweet and toasty caramel at the core, with toasted bread crumbles riding out the short-ish finish.. mild floral and grassy bitterness increased toward the back of the mouth.. toasty, sweet, and almost sticky finish. Smooth and lighter-bodied on the palate with a dry, refreshing, slightly grainy finish. Good stuff!

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Pours a reddish gold with no head to speak of. Plenty of spice and malt in the nose. Pleasant. Taste is no where as good as the nose. The spices that were in the nose are hidden in the taste. Just a simple lager is left in the taste. Nothing to get excited about. Expected more from Great Lakes. I’ve loved everything from them to date.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
demitriustown (1138) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2007
12 oz bottle: Aroma is almost like sweet bread, hop undertone, with a caramel malt texture in the aroma as well. Smells a little bit medicinal too. Pours an amber gold with a small head that diminishes into nothing. Taste is really bready, some malts, and rather off tasting IMO. some caramel and some really strange tastes overall round it out. Palate is lightly sweet, and lightly tingling on the tongue. And some well coating maltiness. Overall, A really strange brew in my opinion. Almost Vegetable like. Nothing like other Oktoberfests that I’ve had

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2007
On tap, 9/28/07. Pours a very light amber with very light foam, very poor retention, somewhat decent lacing. Aroma is very generic, a little bit of hop with a good bit of veggie offness. Flavor is relatively flat, little bit of malt, feels kinda thin. Nowhere near as malty as I expected, a barely above average Oktoberfest.


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