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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Oktoberfest

Category: Märzen/Octoberfest

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 6.5%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Oktoberfest

Category: Märzen/Octoberfest

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 6.5%
Deep amber color. Attractive, toasty aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, honeyed sourdough toast, and apple-mint butter with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long finish with shades of pepper, radicchio, and cocoa finish. A toothsome, exquisitely balanced Oktoberfest for all occasions.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Malty & Smooth & Mild
Aroma Aroma: caramelized fruits and nuts, honeyed sourdough toast, and apple-mint butter
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with shades of pepper, radicchio, and cocoa
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pork Kebobs, Lamb Sausages, Swiss
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A toothsome, exquisitely balanced Oktoberfest for all occasions.

The Producer

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

The Producer
2516 Market St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
USA
1 216-771-4404

Marzen-Octoberfest

Märzen beers are gold to dark amber in color and range from 5-6.5% in alcohol. These beers are characterized by a fuller-body, sweet toasted and toffee malt flavors and subtle hop character. These beers are malt-forward with flavors and aromas derived from Munich and Vienna malts. Closely related to the Vienna style, märzen-style lagers were originally brewed by Bavarian brewers in March to last through the fall. First officially introduced by Spaten Brewery at the 1841 Oktoberfest, märzen style beers have been linked to this celebration ever since. With only a few select breweries legally permitted to use the term Oktoberfest in Germany, the term “Octoberfest” has been adopted by US craft brewers for märzen style seasonal releases that coincide with the German festival. Noteworthy examples of this style included: Capital Oktoberfest, Great Lake Octoberfest, Spaten Oktoberfest and Ayinger Oktoberfest-Märzen.

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