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RATINGS: 537   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.


Panzuriel's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzuriel (1349) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Great lakes Oktoberfest pours a clear darker amber with a head of beige bubbles. Nose is of just slightly roasted sweet malt. Taste is caramel and sweet malt goodness. Body is less dense or cloying than typical for this style. Finishes with just a hint of good bitters among a roasty finish.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aumentm (100) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2014
I love this time of year and oktoberfest is the right beer at the right time. Its an amber lager with noble hops and malt to make it so special.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bbucc13 (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2014 does not count
Poured from tap in tulip. Full bodied, bright Amber color, small white head, minimal lacing, mild carbonation, malty and silky mouthfeel. Very enjoyable for an Octoberfest. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjefferies27 (4) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2014 does not count
Not the most seasonal flavored beer I've had, in my opinion. Easy sippin beer, but watch out for the ABV

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrjaxson (306) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2014
A malty smooth O’fest with just a hint of hop bite. Pours to a beautiful white head and the slight alcohol elevation is nicely hidden. Enjoyed from a bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
salvaticas (452) - - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle pour. A cloudy amber, lightly malty on the nose. Light bodied with good balance. Flavor is light, not as intense as I would have expected. Goes down smooth but character is lacking.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
uvajed (173) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Malty aroma. Complex taste, malt does not overpower hops completely. Also not overly spiced like many fall seasonals (an oktoberfest should not be, though some are). Exactly what I think an oktoberfest should be: rich, but not heavy, caramel and roasted nuts.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
zootfinster (208) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Nice and smooth but could stand a little less carbonation and a little more malt

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lukedarock (179) - Howell, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Aroma and overall look is phenomenal, taste is better as it goes on got a lot of alcohol flavor to it, still good beer

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UrbanCaveman (63) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at approximately 45 degrees F. A: Pours a coppery clear golden-orange, which forms a thin head that dissipates quickly into a ring of bubbles around the glass. S: Doughy, yeasty malt, much like an uncooked biscuit, with some faint spice hints and a touch of non-sweet caramel. T: Sweet toast and a bit of caramel hit up front, followed by a doughy yeastiness that rounds out and balances the sweetness nicely. There’s some faint spiciness to this marzen, like a touch of cinnamon. As could be expected in any malt-forward lager, there are some undertones of toffee and caramel, though with decidedly less sweetness than one might expect. The finish is composed almost entirely of the GLBC yeast, with a slightly grassy, leafy tone. M: Flat, but in precisely the way a marzen should be, with minimal carbonation. The feel across the palate is light, without a watery finish (GLBC is good at avoiding that issue with every beer of theirs I’ve had). O: That’s a good, tasty marzen, relying on malt and yeast to provide the bulk of the flavor profile, while spice and hops remain comfortably in the background.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4828) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of clean cereal notes is exactly what I would expect from the style. Taste is also dominated by cereal notes with light residual sugar with a clean finish. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Perfect example of the style.


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