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RATINGS: 488   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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a golden amber color. About two fingers of a fluffy, barely off-white head is featured. Retention is surprisingly good for a lager, and there’s plenty of lacing left behind, too. S: I’ve never had a marzen that seemed this juicy before. The aroma is more reminiscent of fruit punch (or perhaps a good apple cider) than it is the bready caramel sweetness typical of the style. The hops give off nice notes of grass, apricot, and peach. Aromatically, it’s probably as good as a marzen gets. T: A touch of the caramel-y sweetness does appear initially, but the real star of the show is how juicy it seems to be - and how much of that juiciness seems to come from the hop profile. Apricot, apple, peach, and pineapple make up the bulk of the flavors around the middle, with some bitter hoppiness finishing it off. M: It has a fairly light body, with a rather wet finish. Normally, I’d prefer a drier beer, but since the flavors are so good, I don’t care. Carbonation is middling, which I like. O: This is unusual. Why? Because it’s not a marzen I want to chug - it’s a marzen I want to savor. How Great Lakes crams so much fruity flavor into their lagers, I’ll never know. I’d put this up near the top of all the oktoberfest beers I’ve ever sampled. If my last review said I wouldn’t have minded getting a six pack of the beer in question (ST’s 2XRYE), then I’ll state in this I kind of wish I got a six pack instead of a single.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RRistow12 (239) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Tasted from bottle. Pours a orange color with white head. Aroma is mostly malt. Grains and some caramel. Taste is smooth, drinkable and sessionable. Normally I'm not a huge Oktoberfest style fan but this is good. Sweet tasting with almost no detectable bitterness. Flavors of caramel and spices. Excellent for style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CardsFan25 (60) - - AUG 22, 2014
Amber pour with little head. Majority of the aroma is pilsner malt and the same with the taste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reberiii (320) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Deep, clear amber pour. Touch of pine hop, slight malt toffee at the end. A lot of pilsner malt. Crackery. Some malty toffee, and a tangy hop finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
solidfunk (3872) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Drinkable and sessionable, and that’s all that matters really for this style. Pours orange with good head and lacing. Lightly caramelized malt. Finishes a touch sour, with some booze taste. Tap at Smoke and Barrel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Timdogg (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2014 does not count
At crisp clean taste that makes you feel of fall great taste and easy drinkability ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmiller54hr (45) - Manitou, Kentucky, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Pours golden to amber. Caramel malts and dark roasted notes. Tastes of the same. Enjoyed in a turonis pint glass. Very drinkable marzen. Enjoyed it

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmccrea (12) - Stow, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Golden colored marzen with a sweet aftertaste and mild hop bitterness. Excellent lager that reminds me of fall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1376) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Very fine, slightly sweet, plenty malty oktoberfest. Lots of hops and a sessionable aspect.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brutaltruth (1) - - AUG 19, 2014 does not count
This most excellent brew pours a fine amber with a solid white head and great lacing. Nose of toffee, caramel, and roasted goodness. Taste is up front caramel and toffee on the back with a light hop characteristic ever so subtle to keep it interesting. Aftertaste is almost bubblegum sweet with the malt profile and a great Oktoberfest session brew. Cheers.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
umich03jm (1930) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Draft. Copper pour with a small foamy head that fades to a ring. Aroma is caramel malt with hints of dark bread and flowers. Tastes sweet and fruity. Kinda watery. Don’t like the aftertaste. There are many better marzens out there.


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