What are the odds of going into 3 separate bars and finding the only Oktoberfest beer they would have either on tap or bottle would be the same beer from Ohio? 3 bars that have at least 30 different beers to serve and each one would have Great Lakes Oktoberfest on tap? That just blew.
Great Lakes Oktoberfest is a good beer. I am not knocking the brew but the surprising lack of choice I had encountered. The Great Lakes was smooth, not sweet, and the right kind of maltiness. One that I would recommend you try if you come across it.
The other beer I had was the Hinterland Oktoberfest. I found this one to be a little disappointing. It seemed thin. Not really malty, a bit sweet but lacking in body. It smelled good but the head dissipated quickly. I had hoped for a bit more from them.
Let me toss in some comments on another Marzen I had last week, Flying Dog's Dogtoberfest. Very good. It has everything you want in your Oktoberfest. Very refreshing and a solid brew from one of my favorite breweries.
So here is a rough scorecard of how the beers rank so far.
- New Glarus Staghorn
- Flying Dog Dogtoberfest
- Tyranena Gemutlichkeit
- Great Lakes Oktoberfest
- Hinterland Oktoberfest
- Central Waters Octoberfest
Other beers I look forward to drinking in the near future are from Lakefront, Summit, Ayinger, Spaten, Capitol, and Bells.