When it comes to American renditions of the German classic, Great Lakes Oktoberfest is hard to beat. The Cleveland-based brew—a two-time gold medal winner at the World Beer Championships—is a frothy, delicious amber lager that combines toasty malts and spicy hops as well as any of its predecessors did before. The beer’s delicate medium-full body has a dry finish, highlighted by fragrant noble hops. For originality’s sake, Great Lakes incorporated raisins into the malting process—they combine with sweet caramel and toffee for one heck of a flavor profile. Great Lakes is a must-have for anyone who considers himself an Oktoberfest snob.
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