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RATINGS: 538   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
OSU14-0 (1) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2007 does not count
I would have to say this is the best Oktoberfest I have ever had. It is fantastic even out of a bottle. Is this Great Lakes first year with this product? I have not seen it before.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LKT1983 (110) - Benton, Kentucky, USA - AUG 22, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2014 I loved this beer. Came highly recommended by a friend and he was right on the money. A little lighter than Sam Octoberfest, but delivers a ton of flavor, very smooth too.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jefe (1) - - OCT 3, 2012 does not count
Very refreshing and delicious, tasted great not to filling. Had a nice finish

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hartung32 (234) - Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2013
My favorite Oktoberfest beer domestically...and probably my favorite overall. So much more depth and richness than most other domestic breweries offer; with a nice ABV too. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vir4030 (530) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Pours up a nice golden orange with a thick white head. Lots of foam, but I poured the end kind of rough. I’m glad I got it as a gift. I never would have bought it, but it’s quite good. Hard to put my finger on the flavor, but I haven’t had an Oktoberfest since I started rating beers, and this is what i imagine they should taste like.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2011
clear copper with an aggressive head with a cascading stream of tightly carbonated bubbles flowing to the top. The smell is full and malty with some pepper and spice in the background. The beer itself is very full and crisp. A subtle kick from the spicy hops cuts through the caramel malt and a distinct earthiness. One of the most complex Oktoberfests you’ll find. Some lean toward a watery body, but not this one! More aggressive and complex than most others of the style, I think it’s delightful.

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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug. Appearance: The body has a deep orange amber color with very good clarity. Its head builds up thick and creamy. It’s just off white in color and slowly fades to a thinner covering. Smell: The aroma has nice spicy and earthy hops with a wonderful sweet malty character. Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has a deep malty base with light toasty bready notes and nice caramel sweetness. Balance comes from spicy, herbal and earthy hops. The texture is smooth and easy drinking with modest carbonation and a good solid medium to full body. Notes: Absolutely wonderful balance of flavor, body and drinkability.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
trainerjoe (4) - Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2012 does not count
I am a huge great lakes fan and though not the strongest, by far one of the best tasting from them. Not overpowering, and very refreshing. I have a lot of fall beers I enjoy and this is one of the top.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JuniperJesus (6) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2012 does not count
Among the cacophony of Johann Schrammel blaring in the background and the merry yells of the festival crowds, she crosses your sight. She’s a voluptuous beauty who’s had her share of brezen, weisswurts, and obatzda, but she perfectly fills out her dirndl in full. Among all these Marzens, what is it about this one that has you hiding the bulge in your lederhosen? Her dark copper color helps her stand out from the rest as she pours into your glass with the thickness you expected. As soon as you bring her to your lips, she surrounds you with a warm comfort, both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time; her aroma matches evenly with her sweet taste. She is ready for fun and her hearty laugh makes you smile with each sip. After unraveling the strings on her dirndl blouse and voraciously dropping to her knees, you are overwhelmed with her lascivious mouthfeel but also a looming sorrow: this tryst will last but a few days. Alas, Octoberfest wasn’t meant to last all year, so grab her by her thick curves and dive in head first. You might as well: she’s been patiently waiting for you all year with a tankard in one hand and a motel key in the other. As the bacchanalia comes to a close, she quietly slips away into the Munich night; the memories of the copious merriment she leaves behind can only find their match in grandeur in the moist spot she left behind on the bed you shared.


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