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Great Lakes Oktoberfest

October, 2016
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

This beer has a rich malt aroma of toasted rye bread, light spice, and a very small amount of citrus tanginess. There's also low fruity esters of red berries, with no detectable hops. The color is dark copper with brilliant clarity, a foamy, thick head frames the picture, and the many bubbles rising to the surface at a lower than average speed give this beer an appearance detail like no other. The flavor has a moderately rich malt character, with notes of toasted bread, and a very light spice hop flavor. There's a medium bitterness level from both the hops and malt, it finishes dry with a malty aftertaste. A pleasant balance toward the malt.  It has a medium-full body, and average carbonation.  A rounded note of creaminess makes it smooth with a long lasting drying effect. Overall this beer has the Marzen style down pat. Light drinking with a light spicy character coming from either the hops or yeast adds an interesting dimension. The sweet toasty malt aroma in the glass make this a very inviting beer to enjoy with your favorite German fare.