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RATINGS: 570   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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 (826) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Poured into a perfect pint from a bottle. 3.0 A: Clear medium orange color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is a touch below average and just a few wisps of lacing are left. 3.5 S: Caramel and toastiness, mineral, nuts, apple, rust. Light earthy hops. 3.5 T: Caramel apple, toastiness, nuts. The lager yeast is a bit aggressive lending a dirty earthy component. Also has a dry champagne quality to it. 3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good carbonation level that is fizzy on the tongue. Lightly creamy. 3.25 D: I love GL and I know everyone loves this beer, but for me it’s just slightly above average. ★ 630 characters DavoleBomb, Sep 10, 2015

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LetsGoState (766) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Aroma is sweet malts. Taste has a nice balance. Overall a fairly solid fall beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Larry_Duffman (296) - - NOV 18, 2015
I poured it from the bottle into a mug. It pours a light amber color with a fluffy white head and lacing. The aroma is barnyard, funk, hay, and grass. The taste is grass, hay, earth, vegetable, and some sweet corn. The palate is light on carbonation. It’s a pretty good interpretation of the style.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
conway (2210) - - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle. Copper with 1 finger white head. Dark fruit, nuts, malt, and an unfortunate creamed corn taste. I’m guessing DMS infection? Too bad, would be pretty good otherwise. Will have to try this one again.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hayduke (4437) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the tasting glass clear amber. Off-White head Noe of sweet malts, citrus, and nuts. Medium in body. Flavor is malts and nuts. Light bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (5676) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Bottle: Almost clear amber with a short, off-white head. Orange, leafy aroma. Taste is sweet orange/toffee malts.... Vanilla, sweet grain malt. Almost candied.... Very malty, but a bit too sweet, however.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (4123) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2015
Clear copper-amber body, thin off-white head, spotty lacing. Bready grains, some toffee, some florals, and the slightest bit of citric hops. Medium bodied, softer carbonation, moderate sweetness, a bit sluggish in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorkenstein (322) - - OCT 19, 2015
Aromas if bread, caramel, and honey. Taste is sourdough bread, honey, tart green apple, and caramel.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hman43 (879) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2015
It pours a light amber with tinges of orange that is fairly clear. There is some lacing, but not much. It has aromas of hay and cereal with herbs and hints of dark fruits. It has flavors of hay and bread with a few spices and hints of basement flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDBaker11058 (1741) - Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2015
appearance: clear coppery amber, with a finger of creamy beige head and average lacing. aroma: caramel, light toffee, some nuts and light grass. taste: caramel, toast, light brown sugar, general slightly roasty grain and then a touch of grassy and lightly floral hops. finish: clean and crisp, slightly toasty, just a bit of grassy minerality. notes: Great example of the style. Exactly on point.


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