Review: Great Lakes Brewing Co. Oktoberfest

This beer is a great classic German lager. It has a great amber color to it — looks very pretty in the glass. If you’re into that kind of thing, you could stare at this beer for a while. Upon first smell, it’s a simple beer. Nothing special, no overwhelming bouquet, just a simple malty beery smell. The taste has a good caramel flavor without much hops jumping out at you. It has a good roast flavor. The bitterness comes on the finish and kind of lingers, but it’s slight, not too strong. Theres a decent carbonation. When you’re looking for a refreshing glass of beer, this is it.

Great Lakes boasts of keeping with the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516 with this Oktoberfest, and it’s noticeable. Purity is a great description, this is a great pure German lager. Aside from a slight sweetness and toasted malts, there’s nothing too fancy here.

This beer would go great at a football tailgate. It’s a great way to bring in the fall paired with something meaty and salty. I’ll take a brat with sauerkraut and mustard.

Overall score: 7.5


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