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RATINGS: 579   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndyW68 (1451) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 27, 2013
slightly hazy golden pour with white head. Sweet bread aroma. Taste is sweet and malty with a fleshy fruit in the background, maybe pear and plum. Maybe needs to tone down the sweetness, but nice overall.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2676) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2016
Best by 11/23/16. Rusty orange. Fragmented, off-white foam. Decent aroma of breadcrust, molasses, almond, orange, chocolate-drizzled toffee (Munich), licorice, cedar and tobacco. Light notes of paper, soured fruit, apple jelly and corn starch. Opens with a full fruitiness tempered by sharp sassafras notes. Fruity acidity sneaks in with a borderline overripe quality, and a stewed peach note taints things by adding weight to the body which greatly interferes with the subtler malt textures. Bouncy pale malt throws bouncy grass and uncured hay suggestions about, although it flirts at husky with its stale popcorn dimensions. Dabs of wet paper and apple jelly also bring in some flabbiness which tarnishes the otherwise clean and well-structured malt. Rich breadcrust signature restores the malty fullness, as notes of fallen leaves and nut skins augment the earthiness and aid the structure with a multilayered yet pleasingly dry quality. Malt is not exactly bursting with texture or detail, however. Licoricey hops prolong the malt with an assertive punch in the toasty, chewy-nutty and slightly raisiny, but well-attenuated, finish. Saccharine notes plague the finish as they linger amid hints of cedar. There’s a lot to like about this serviceable marzenbier, such as the balance and the earthcentric malt character. However, it would be markedly improved with some simple tweaks. I can’t help but wonder if the generic malt bill were simplified and decoction-mashed, exchanging those dreaded wet-paper defects for some melanoidins and finer textures. Decent...just not quite there yet.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ESPh (128) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2016
Pours nice caramel color with a white head that dissipated leaving white lacing. Nice malty aroma. Tastes of toasted caramel malt with a hint of dark cherry. Nice medium carbonation. Right up there with anything done in Germany; this is a classic Oktoberfest. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pumpkin87 (231) - - SEP 21, 2016
Pours a beautiful clear amber with smallish off-white head, which goes fast but leaves some lacing. Aroma of malt, toast, nuts. Palate adds nice caramel, dark fruit and earth. Just a tang of bitterness, but it is under control and blends well into the mild carbonation. A clean American take that may lack some depth of the German classics, but a crisp and refreshing brew. Good for a session or a season.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maddog (521) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2016
Very tasty Octoberfest. Pours a copper Amber color with a beautiful aroma of malt. Flavors of malty sweetness and fruit. Slight hop finish. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HourGlass13 (609) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2016
A beautiful beer in the glass, pouring a rich caramel amber color, perfectly white head with great lacing. Aroma is malty and fruity. Flavor is big and fruity up front, with a good balance of malty sweetness and slightest bitterness at the end. Finishes smooth with the slightest bitterness lingering. Extremely well done.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremyh70 (1061) - Missouri, USA - SEP 4, 2016
Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Aroma of malt, toast, earth, caramel and slight nut. Taste is much the same with malt, toast, nut, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. Moderate carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of malt and earth forward characteristics.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFGrind (2000) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2016
Sweet malt O-Fest with some caramel malt and citrus bitterness. Blended very well, surprised it took me this long to sample Great Lakes Oktoberfest.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigcat03 (263) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - AUG 11, 2016
Drank this one straight from the bottle. Caramel, toasty, nutty taste. Has a little bite on the aftertaste. Fairly full mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nicely done!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Pours a clear golden yellow color. Aromas of grass, cheerios, and a touch of flowers. Flavor is kinda sweet to start, citrusy finish with some hop notes.

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


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