Celebrating Oktoberfest early with Great Lakes Brewing Companies Oktoberfest

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WEB-Profile-Oktoberfest-2012.pdf-Google-Chrome_2012-09-11_14-46-41_thumbWith fall in the air, and having already had 1 pumpkin ale sampled, what better time to try an American take on the classic Oktoberfest bier? Of the American lager styles I have tried, Great Lakes has consistently been some of the best. Their Elliot Ness amber lager was simply fantastic, I may need to pick up another bottle of that to do a tasting review on come to think of it.

GLBC’s offering poured out a beautifully carbonated with a clear amber color and about a finger of off white head. Lacing was fine and consistent throughout the entire glass.

The aroma was of Munich and caramel malts and German hops. The taste was very similar: bready and somewhat sweet, but with a warming alcohol presence on the back-end, and a very smooth finish.

I picked up on some darker fruit notes but could not put a finger on what it was exactly.

If you look at this as an “American” lager The alcohol warmth was a bit surprising giving the 6.5% ABV, but it is exactly what you would find from a traditional German brewed one.  Perfect for the onset of cooler days, or to relaxing as the sun sets.

It is a very easy drinking beer. One that you could drink a few of in one sitting, and given the price tag, (in Northern New Jersey Great Lakes generally sells for $8.99 or $9.99 – about a dollar or two less than other craft beer six packs) that would be something you would not feel bad about doing.



2 thoughts on “Celebrating Oktoberfest early with Great Lakes Brewing Companies Oktoberfest

    properpour said:
    September 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Reblogged this on Proper_Pour.

    bolanrox responded:
    September 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    thanks for the reblog!

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