New Beer Blog Great Lakes Brewing Oktoberfest (2014)


In this fall beer blog, we are going to get into this year’s Great Lakes Brewing Oktoberfest.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Midwest Craft Brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Ohio craft brewery.  Let us get into this fall beer.

It has a clear copper color with a white constant head. The aroma has a sweet malty to caramel notes. The taste has a depth of sweet malt, slight caramel, and nut notes.  The aftertaste has a dry crisp malty finish.  It is a pretty drinkable fall beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Our Oktoberfest is the noble brother of the Vienna lager…. As if wearing “lederhosen” and getting your “oompah” on didn’t make you noble enough. Oh, and enjoy this German lager in our energy effcient Beer Garden, complete with a retractable roof, straw bale wall and radiant heat fireplace and floor.

Cleveland’s celebration of Oktoberfest dates to the mid 1800s 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.

In keeping with the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, this beer is traditionally brewed from all natural ingredients: barley, hops, yeast and water.  no chemicals or preservatives are used.

Here is a description from their website (

An amber lager with rich malt flavor balanced by fragrant noble hops.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:


Twitter:  @GLBC_Cleveland

Closing, it has been forever since I had a Great Lakes Oktoberfest.  I was happy to get a bottle in my hand.  I have to say I was not disappointed.  So far, this year’s fall seasonals has not been disappointing asides New Belgian Brewery Tour De Fall.  I am not going to get into it on this review.  Just like Goose Island Oktoberfest, there is some nice depth of malty notes.  I am getting some nice hints of sweet caramel notes.  It is nice drinkable and easy to drink beer.  It is true to the classic beer style and I will have a few more pints before the end of the season.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it! Metal it!  \m/


Bill DJ Weiser


Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

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