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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 793
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: OverToad on 08-01-2010)
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5/5  rDev +50.6%

Tastechaser, Aug 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

beerdiablo, Oct 20, 2005
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5/5  rDev +50.6%

BeerIsGood88, Jan 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +50.6%

Kelly-3341, Aug 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +43.1%

Mortarforker, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of OverToad
4.63/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was very pleased Shiner brought back the Shiner 96 now labeled
Shiner Oktoberfest.

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.

OverToad, Aug 01, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

klmcmachen, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

J85jam, May 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

dsreeves, Sep 18, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +28.9%

deffensp, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

ahart3, Nov 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

mobrockman, Dec 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

Derrill, Aug 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

Capitals82, Jan 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

dclange, Jun 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

nkoletti, Oct 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

Aleforme, Sep 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

sharkboy, Aug 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

12oz Brown bottle with twist-off cap and no bottled on date. Poured into a Mason jar glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper amber with 2 fingers of head that receded quickly but I am very impressed with the lacing that is better than any other shiner beer

Smell: Biscuit and lightly toasted bread

Taste: Bready malt up front with a little floral hop character in the middle and a slightly sweet but clean finish

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation but not thin

Overall: A solid Oktoberfest that is still one of my go-to Märzens. There is a great balance between the toasted malt flavor and bitter, floral hop notes. A nice clean finish to top it all off.

Tuck_leepulin, Sep 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

shoeinc, Mar 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

jngrizzaffi, Jun 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

MikeConklin, Aug 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

madcowcutlery, Aug 28, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Biffster, Oct 06, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jak3676, Sep 20, 2012
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Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 793 ratings.