Great Lakes Brewing Co.
From The Brewery
Name Origin: A nod to Cleveland’s commemoration of the traditional German Oktoberfest, which dates back to the mid 1800s when German immigrants celebrated at outdoor beer gardens like Haltnorth’s Garden and Kindvater’s St. Clair Garden.
Style Origin: Oktoberfest is Vienna’s stronger brother. Gabriel Sedlmayr adapted the Vienna style for brewing in Munich. Because refrigeration had not yet been invented, March was traditionally the last month in which lagers were brewed. Sedlmayr’s beer was made in March to last until September and was served in autumn amidst traditional celebrations.
Flavor: Rich malt flavor and fragrant noble hops
Harrington 2-Row Base Malt: Allows color and flavor from other specialty malts to come through; makes for very clean beer
Munich: Traditional German malt for Oktoberfest beers; provides malty aroma and full-bodied flavor
Caramel 45: Contributes to amber color; provides complexity
Hallertau: U.S. version of classic German noble hop; contributes mild bitterness and fine aromas; used sparingly since malt is main ingredient in flavor profile
Family Status: The jovial second cousin from the old country
Appearance: It pours a rich orange with hints of amber and a finely carbonated head. With a swirl of the glass, the dense white cap would come back strong.
Smell: Toasted malt sweetness with a little bready yeast and hops in the background. A harvest smelling beer – like a fall night.
Taste: Very malt forward and full flavored – toasted bread malt and toffee comes through with a nice round of spicy hops and a drying caramel finish. Very crisp and clean.
Mouthfeel: Full and weighty – mouth coating finish.
Drinkability: Higher medium – If its cold, they might go down easier than on the warmer Fall nights.
Notes: A complex, full flavored, full bodied take on one of my top 5 favorite styles. You could say I liked it.