Sunday, August 30, 2009

61. Great Lakes Oktoberfest

Here’s to Oktoberfest—ugly facial hair and tight tight lederhosen!

Great Lakes Brewery Company is in Cleveland, OH. Great Lakes’ Oktoberfest starts with a toasted malt nose, and has a rich amber color with a light white head on it. It begins with a lightly sweet and toasty malt front, moves into a smooth rounded middle, and ends with a crisp lager bite, both from carbonation and hops, finishing clean. We called the middle smooth and rounded because there was not much between opening and ending flavors, just a nice smooth transition from front to back. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean with a light body; Great Lakes’ version of an Oktoberfest is a little on the sweeter side, but very pleasant and enjoyable—the body is suitably complex with the lager taste and crisp bite at the end. So here’s to Oktoberfest in my mouth.

From the Great Lakes website: “Cleveland’s commemoration of Oktoberfest dates back to the mid 1800s when German immigrants celebrated at outdoor beer gardens like Haltnorth’s Garden and Kindvater’s St. Clair Garden. 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.”

ABV: 6.5%
IBU: 20


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