Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery
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5/5 rDev +50.2%
Nice, quaffable ale that has a pronounced malt profile. Labeling it a Märzen style is misleading but these things happen.
The head quickly simmers down to a thin head that stays with the beer as you drink it down. Not a session ale in the traditional sense but I can see having a few throughout the course of an evening at home.
In a nutshell this beer is FANtastic. This has to be the BEST 96th year anniversary beer from a South Texas brewery that I've ever had.
10-20-2005 01:48:59 | More by beerdiablo
4.63/5 rDev +39%
I was very pleased Shiner brought back the Shiner 96 now labeled
Pours a deep orange. Smell is great with nice head and lacing. I love fall beers and this is a fantastic beer. Drinks very easy and doesn't feel too heavy. I happy to hear Shiner will bring this brew out every fall.
08-01-2010 16:54:35 | More by OverToad
4.23/5 rDev +27%
The beer is served in a pint glass from a 12 oz botttle. Its a brilliantly clear deep amber light copper with beautiful golden notes. There is a persistent off white head that leaves a lace on the glass.
The aroma is all rich pilsner, munich and vienna malt - mmmm! its very clean - no esters or diacetyl. It is toasty and bready and bisquity. Uniquely and pleasantly for a an American made Oktoberfest, there is is no hop aroma and pretty much no caramel aroma.
The flavor is sweet and malty at the sip, but not at all caramelly. It quickly gives way to an intensely malty toasty flavor - lots of bisquit, toast, a touch of nuttiness, and big continental malt flavor. The beer is all about malt, all the way through. The swallow is remarkably dry for the maltiness. The finish is malty and toasty but delicious and balanced.
The mouthfeel is medium with a medium creamy body and full but creamy carbonation and no astringency.
Holy cow. I've always had a soft spot for Shiner beers. Ive been to the brewery and to Shiner (pop 2000) and have family there. But I have to be honest - I did not expect much from this beer, considering some of the other seasonals they've produced and considering the general quality of American Oktoberfests.. But wow! This is a tribute to the brewmaster. He or she nailed it. This is, at heart, a restrained beer. But at heart, this is a restrained style. It is meant to be rich and flavorful, but light, fairly dry and supremely drinkable. This beer....Lots of rich malt, no caramel or cloying sweetness, no hops. Just a clean malty lager, the way the good lord, and King Ludwig of Bavaria, intended.
10-06-2012 02:37:09 | More by Biffster
4.2/5 rDev +26.1%
Shiner - Oktoberfest Brewed in Shiner, Texas.
Ever since the National Guard sent me to Texas back in the late 90's, I've been a fan of Shiner beers and this one is no exception. At more of a coppery color than red, it's a lot lighter colored than most märzen I've had so far - but still very attractive looking and perfectly clear. That's still several shades darker than your average American lager for comparison.
Website says 5.8% ABV, but I had to look it up. No indication of a bottling date anywhere, but it tastes great. I think they pulled off just as much flavor as the Spatan, but with a cleaner, fresher taste somehow - not sure how to describe that.
I think this has to be my favorate US made Oktoberfest.
09-20-2012 20:21:33 | More by jak3676
4.18/5 rDev +25.5%
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.
09-22-2011 23:02:23 | More by chicagobill13
4.18/5 rDev +25.5%
Nice light amber in appearance. Smell is good to average. The taste is nice, goes in good and leaves much better. Wow this is nice. Shiner Boys you did this right. Mouth feel is good, every thing you want in a beer. We here at barley road call this fridge worthy must have. Thanks Shiner.
09-22-2011 00:44:09 | More by barleyroad
4.15/5 rDev +24.6%
Poured into an irish pint glass.
The beer is a pure caramel/toffee color. AN off-white head settles to an even film. Light lacing occurs.
Sweet malts, caramel, and toffee hit the nose.
The beer tastes delicious. Malty, maybe bready, but mostly caramel and toffee. Really clean and delicious.
The mouthfeel is clean, dry, and a tad carbonated.
Overall, a good representation of the style. This will be the only six pack i enjoy of this, as there are far too many others to enjoy, but I like this.
08-12-2012 16:16:15 | More by JuicesFlowing
4.15/5 rDev +24.6%
Poured into a 1L Paulaner mug...
A: Pours a brilliant copper color with a large white head and sticky spiderweb-like lacing.
S: has an aroma dead on for style...buttery toast, sweet caramel malt aromas, and noticeable hops.
T: rich sweetness up front. good hop bitterness in the middle, and finishing sweet and toasty.
M: medium full body rolls onto the tongue and is met with a good carbonation. finishes smooth and off-dry.
Overall, I believe Shiner has a done a great job creating another great U.S.-made Oktoberfest bier. I look forward to enjoying this some more this fall.
09-26-2010 03:31:33 | More by OlRasputin989
4.13/5 rDev +24%
Transparent auburn body. Smells of nutty toasted malts. Flavors are really winning me over. Sweet upfront into a nutty character and then just enough bittering hops in the finish. The mouthfeel, I was not so impressed with. Could be a bit too "seltzery." Very drinkable.
11-02-2005 01:26:47 | More by goochpunch
Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.