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RATINGS: 574   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzuriel (2324) - 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.


3.5
higgsbison (184) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2017
Malt forward. Notes of bread, coffee and grass. Not my favorite Oktoberfest but I enjoyed it Sorry, I had to upload these old ratings. They were for me, not for uploading. And also I need 75 characters, hence this sentence. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
chinchill (5162) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2017
12 bottle into a glass. Pours with a clear copper body topped by a good head. Fine aroma suggests something sweet and alcoholic. Smooth medium - full body. Toffee notes in the fine flavor. Overall: Quite satisfying.

3.5
ffaoe (838) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2017
moderate malty aroma. amber and clear in color with huge long lasting head. taste is richly malty of caramel and faint toffee notes

3.7
BeerdedDave (1850) - Beckley, USA - SEP 10, 2017
deep amber color; bready maly aroma with some floral notes; fairly bitter up front with a nice bisquity malt background; well balanced

3.8
ebone1988 (2017) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2017
Bottle from Merchants. Aroma is grain, floral, somewhat fruity, earthy hop, caramel, very good. Appearance is amber, clear, light tan head. Taste is caramel, grainy, earthy hop, floral, wheat, grassy, excellent. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light crisp carbonation, grainy earthy hop aftertaste. Overall, tastes like Autumn. A very good example of the style.

3.4
koleminer20 (3798) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2017
On draft at Dan's Downtown Tavern. The pour is a darker coppery orange with a thin off white head and a couple spots of lace it falls. The aroma is decent. There is a very heavy sweet malt and toffee to it. There is a light alcoholic caramel that creeps in, but it's decently balanced here. The flavor is much of the same. The caramel is a little more forward with a sweet maltiness and just a touch of metallic on this one toward the back. The mouth feel is lighter medium bodied with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly sweet metallic maltiness and a touch of caramel on the aftertaste that is pretty good. This is pretty good for the style. 6 4 6 4 14

3.6
basaywhat (297) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2017
12 oz bottle. Pours amber with a medium white head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is earthy, caramel, toast and some herbal notes. Taste is sweet with slight bitterness.

3.9
monkeychugg55 (1096) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Dark reddish amber with a small white head. Nice aroma of toffee, caramel, toast, a bit of roast, with a hint of spicy noble hops and a mild yeast ester. The flavor has a nice balance of toast and caramel, with a hint of noble hops. A bold yet balanced octoberfest, that is somewhat more assertive than most German examples, Pretty good.

3.2
TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, 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
ESPh (135) - 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


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