Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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76
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946 Ratings
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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 12
Gots: 164 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: battlekow on 09-21-2005

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Photo of Jason
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Dull orange color, clear though.

SMELL: Malt sweetness, fresh baked bread, faint herbal hop, dusty grain, clean.

TASTE: Semi-chewy, wet, mild sweetness, spicy hop, floral, bread crust, toasted grain, slightly dry, clean.

Extremely clean and very drinkable. Just as smooth as it is crisp. Well balanced from malt sweetness to toasted flavors to bittering hops. A happy brew to knock back.

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stein a clear copper/bronze with a well formed one finger crown atop.Caramel,light toast,and bread dough aromas,the caramel malt is the most assertive of the three,maybe a bit one sided but not bad.Caramel sweetness also dominates the flavors at the onset,slightly doughy with a bit os anise-likeflavors in the finish.Its a decent stab at a fest/marzen beer,maybe a little sweeter than I would like but its not bad.

Photo of tectactoe
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper-amber color with excellent clarity; small, off-white head fades fast. Heavy, malty aroma; caramel and toffee with a slight tartness to it, and some grains in the background. The taste has a slightly metallic flavor that is a little off-putting. It comes hand in hand with an apple skin and grape-like sweetness that hits immediately but fades quickly. Caramel malt undertones play throughout the whole sip. Grains are heavy in the aftertaste, toasted and bready. Very low hop profile in this one, maybe some dry florals in the background but at this point, it's a stretch to even say that they're really there. A mild cheesiness comes out as it warms up, again, a little off-putting but not so much as to make it undrinkable. Some leafiness in the very back end of the brew, but it doesn't feel very "hoppy". An astringent bitterness lingers afterwards, with some fading malts and yeast. Thin body, a touch of creaminess, but overall pretty thin with medium carbonation.

Eh, not awful, but not something I'll be likely to revisit. A couple weird off-flavors keep this one from being a solid Oktoberfest. Definitely many better options out there.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The pint has a truly inviting,warm, subdued orange color. I'm not just being non-descript, its truly orange, like a lollypop. It is crystal clear and has about three fingers of fluffy bright white head that dissapates to thin film with dissapointing efficency.

I caught a slight whiff of sweet malt in the nose, with just a hint of cinnamon.

The taste is a light, mellow, malt sweetness with some nut characteristics that are quickly washed away by very citrusy hop bitterness. The aftertaste is bready and pleasing. Though this is not the most complex beer, I feel it is probably the most balanced example of the Marzen style I've had. The color is right-on and it avoids the sickly-sweetness that can often plague a Marzen.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a marzen/oktoberfest is supposed to look. I like their look, so good points in that catagory. I also like the type of paper they used for the labels on the bottle.

Malty sweetness characteristic of oktoberfests. Spot-on.

Taste is pretty good. Has a bit of that burning sensation that cheap(er) beers give your mouth. Otherwise its a nice marzen, and on the light side.

Better than some oktoberfests I've had lately, and not as good as others. Does Shiner make this one year-round? If so, that would be the advantage to buying this beer: getting an oktoberfest in the spring/summer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In a pint glass, the beer was an amber color with a pretty small white head and a tiny bit of lace.
Sweet caramel aroma. Not very noticeable, but not invisible either.
Same thing with the taste. Caramel, sweet bread. Again, neither overwhelming nor underwhelming.
Very, very sweet. Too sweet for me.

Photo of tigg924
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste is biscuit, light caramel, and a touch of hops. Hits all of the expected marzen notes and is a bit sweeter than I am used to in the style. An above average and affordable representation of the style, that I would consider getting again, even though I prefer other marzens.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber/copper color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, earthy hops and surprisingly, some flowery notes. The flavor is toffee, caramel and light earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not one of the best beers of this style that I have tried, but one of the better offerings from Shiner.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle.

Clear-amber and slightly orange in colour. The nose didn't have much to it with only a slight malt-sweetness. The taste was more complex than the smell with a nice sweet-malt upfront taste. It was pretty typical for an Oktoberfest-style beer.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Photo of Jimjacobs
4.95/5  rDev +49.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very good. Just about my favorite beer

Photo of ianjsullivan
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. The bottle does not have a drink by date or brewed on date, nor does the bottle list the alcohol percentage.

A: Clear light copper (not nearly as dark as I was expecting) with a half-a-finger-nail white fluffy head that has great retention. It has steady carbonation.

S: Mild citrus hop, sweet malt, and slight metallic aroma.

T: Bread malt, slight citrus hop, biscuit mild bitterness on the finish.

M: Light and on the drier side.

O: Overall, I am not very impressed. I look forward to fall offerings all year, and I am a huge fan of many German and micro-brewed Marzen or Oktoberfest beers. This one is less expensive than most, and it tastes like that as well. The color is a bit light, the flavor is a bit bland, and the aroma is no very strong. It does have a nice head, but other than that, I would not recommend buying this beer when there are much better examples out there.

Photo of Stater
3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad Octoberfest at all. 1/4 barrels on sale at its held up fine.

Photo of chicagobill13
4.11/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shiner Oktoberfest, I will be honest I am a huge fan of their beer. I just can't help drinking it.

Color: a ver nice golden to cooper look to this beer.

Smell: very slight smell to this beer.

Taste and mouthfeel: A very nice and balance malt taste to it. A very drinkable and session beer.

Enjoy! Cheers!

Photo of Brenden
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is clear, purely copper in color. It looks pretty good, forming a white head nearly just over two fingers tall. Retention is good, and adequate patchy lacing is left behind on the glass.
The aroma features a malt base with decently balancing hops. It's not particularly strong, but not terribly weak. Malts are fairly complex, roasted and toasty on one hand, caramel on another, and a sort of earthy nuttiness pulling through as well. A mossy, herbal hops presence sits in here as well.
Toasty and caramel up front with a touch of earthy and bread flavors balanced by a light hops bitterness that adds an herbal touch and some dryness. There seems to be a touch of something spicy pulling out in here also.
The malt doesn't seem like quite enough to make for as full and robust a body as this one should have. While it's a bit light, it's not too bad. Carbonation is enough to make for some liveliness without taking it too far. While I'd prefer a bit more smoothness, this one is crisp and refreshing.
This is a fair example of the style and, while you could find better, it's not one to avoid.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy/semi-clear, orange/amber with two fingers of white head that dissolved into a half of a finger of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty and very hoppy with notes of orange zest, clover and caramel.

Taste: Very malty and bready up front, like toasted English muffins, sweetened by caramel and some semi-sweet citrus, like orange marmalade, finished with some beautifully balanced hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very solid, very delicious American version of an Oktoberfest beer! Actually, it’s one of my favorites and one that I always get every October. Great balance between malt and hops and I really like the citrus flavors too!

Photo of watermelonman
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to an amber color with a fairly large head. It shrank but did not disappear. Lace is minimal.

The smell is of toasted malt and a hint of caramel. The taste starts with light amount of malt and is taken over by a substantial hop presence. That would have been nice if this thing had the malt to back it up. The mouthfeel is just too light.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, procured in one of the surprisingly strange Denver food store liquor add-ons.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few instances of sudsy specked lace in places around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of bready, biscuity caramel malt, earthy yeast, somewhat sour red apple, and leafy, weedy, and kind of grassy hops. The taste is steady grainy, crackery caramel malt, a more even and sugary stewed apple note, suggestions of winter corn, ethereal gritty yeast, and softly rendered earthy and leafy noble hops.

The effervescence is pleasantly laid-back in its lilting frothiness, the body a bit on the light side of medium weight, and perhaps a tad clammy in its otherwise quotidian smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the chimera malt riding things out without the use of the handrails.

An agreeable enough version of the style, and a folksy ode to the brewery's historical roots. Not sure how this works in the relative heat of the central Texas 'autumn', but here in nippy Denver, it simply hits the spot.

Photo of MorganMessersmith
4.41/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A decent domestic Fest bier

Photo of cokes
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden squash hued topped with a buttery icing.
Scented lightly of toasted grain and almonds.
Begins with a brisk notion of burnt poppyseed bagels, then is swept up in a nutted toffee impression of burnt sugar and pecans. Strays akwardly for a moment, with no clear definition, just yeasty whispers of flour and cream, then a snap of bitter curacao enters and rides this to the finish with lesser grassy tints.
Light bodied with a buzzing, tiny carbonation.
It's hard to really call this a marzen (and if rated strictly to the style, this should be downgraded further). It's more a cross between golden and brown ales.
Nothing too special here, but generally pleasant enough for a quick quaff.

Photo of alphagnome
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance:
Pours transparent copper hue, with a two inch thick head that quickly dwindled down to a paper thin ring around the glass. Light carbonation and no lacing to speak of.

Aroma:
Sweet and heavy on dark malts. Toasted caramel. Hops are faint. A slight, metallic haze envelops the experience.

Taste:
Caramel malts up front, a bit of yeast and nuttiness, and followed by a burning alcohol presence that runs alongside, if not overpowers, most of bitterness. Aftertaste is rather unpleasant and reminds me of stale peanuts.

Mouthfeel:
Rather thick with a bit of carbonation. Finishes dry. Easy to drink and for the most part, enjoyable. I don't think I could drink more than one bottle in a sitting.

Overall:
I like Shiner Bock quite a bit, but I don't consider it a good beer. The same can be said here, as it reminds me a bit of that. It's mostly easy to drink. Mostly. There are a lot of better examples of the style out there, however, a little bit of work could do wonders here.

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a soft, loose, bubbly, white head that has decent retention

S - bread, caramel

T - bread, sweet caramel, faint lager yeast

M - medium bodied, crisp, a bit overcarbonated

Not shabby, but not great. This is highly drinkable and sessionable, but it mises the mark as a traditional Oktoberfest. It's overly bready and a bit sweet. It was good once, but I won't pick it up again.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Pilsner glass, no freshness date.

Filtered clear, this beer needs a hard, straight pour to achieve a lasting, thick light chestnut head. Oktoberfest's visage is light yellow biased orange, copper.

There is a trademark Shiner matte, slightly metallic toasted malt aroma. There isn't much going on other than whole grain crackers; it's overall a very clean experience.

More range shows in the flavor; golden toast, salty crackers, light caramel, herbal German hops adding some lingering spice in the back of the throat. A dash of fruitiness interrupts the otherwise clean and crisp lager profile.

It's fuller than a Pilsner and not quite as carbonated.

While I wish they would not 'purify' their beers like the big boys, Shiner definitely puts out some stuff better and more adventurous than the big boys, though they aren't one of the small boys.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slight foam with ok lacing and decent carbonation. Dark orange.

Smell: Cherries and caramels. I would would like a bit more of the cherry smell. It is an excellent change of pace and something pleasantly unexpected.

Taste/Mouthfeel: VERY dry. Flavor consists of dark fruit (i.e., cherries) and faint, indistinct hops. Definitely some nice combinations overall.

Overall Drinkability: I can't say that Shiner has ever disappointed me. I will look for some more beers from them.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I guess I should get this beer in before it's too late. I have notebooks filled with notes on beers that I've never entered into the database, and this is one of them.

November 2005. From a bottle:

Appearance is as expected with an orange-amber body beneath a thin cap of ivory froth. Moderate retention, minor lacing.

The nose follows suit, with the expected grainy, lightly toasty and mildly caramelish malt with just a hint of juiciness.

The flavor, again, is as expected, with a grainy maltiness that's bready and just slightly toasty, mildly caramelish, subtly honey-like, and perked-up by a tiny bit of red-fruit juiciness that somehow seems to come out of Vienna malts. Or, perhaps that's coming form the yeast? Regardless, it's smooth and clean with an emphasis on malt and only minor floral and grassy/spicy hops in the background. The bitterness is present, as it should be, but relegated to a supporting role, and it's well rounded.

Medium to medium-light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall, it's a pretty decent take on the style - especially given that many of the imports to the US now seem to be watered down versions of what they once were. No flaws. Pretty damned drinkable as far as acessibility goes, but perhaps somewhat lacking for the style in depth.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass; though traditionally Oktoberfest beers are off the tap into a Maßkrug. Amber in color with light head. There seem to be a lot of bubbles.

S - Light aroma. Nothing really distinctive coming through, though I do not expect too much from this style... I still expected something.

T - Light malt, almost no bitterness or hops favor. Slightly sweet ending.

M - A little too carbonated. Crisp and light.

D - The carbonation drops its drinkability a little. Other than that it is a nice drink, but nothing to search out for.

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Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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