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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 925
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 134 | FT: 1
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: OverToad on 08-01-2010

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4.25/5  rDev +28%

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4.25/5  rDev +28%

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4.25/5  rDev +28%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +28%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +28%

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4.25/5  rDev +28%

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4.25/5  rDev +28%

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4.25/5  rDev +28%

Photo of jak3676
4.17/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.12/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.12/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an irish pint glass.

The beer is a pure caramel/toffee color. A light cream colored 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.

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4.12/5  rDev +24.1%

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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!

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4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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4.04/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/17...clearly I enjoyed more than the consensus. Light to medium amber, thick white foam. Very clingy. Lighter buttery malt nose. Malty taste bright and citrussy. Buttery taste as well. Quite bready. Solid.

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4.04/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.04/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.02/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a reddish amber with a hint of orange highlights. One finger head which totally disappeared toa lace on one half of the rim of the beer.

Smells of fruit and malty hops. Hint of grass.

Initial flat feel which explodes on the tongue and cheeks with a bubbly blast. Malty hops and a fine warming alcohol feel finish nicely.

This beer is very nice for an Octoberfest, which I ususally enjoy anyway. It has a hint of fruit and smell of fruit , but the fruit does not overwhelm your senses.

Photo of cheers2beers
4.02/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug.This beer a dark,transparent orange.It has a fluffy white head that disapates very quickly with small amount of laceing.The aroma is malty,slightly hopish.A pleasant aroma that really makes this beer better than other shiner brews.The taste is just like the nose slightly hopy,nice malts,even a bit nutty in the finish.Although,this beer lacks mouthfeel i feel its almost too watery,not much there to grasp.But it is smooth and easily a good session beer.I could probably drink the whole sixer and even think of buying this again when im in a session mood.
Shiner has produced us another great session beer.I applaud.


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4.01/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single bottle from Wegmans Hylan Dr on 9/27/14. Poured into a dimpled mug at fridge temp.

appearance: medium amber with a thin off white head.

smell: lightly toasted grain, maybe some corn sweetness and modest but respectable hops.

taste: sweet caramel on top of toasted grain. Hops balance it nicely. Clean finish.

mouthfeel: decent

overall: Surprisingly tasty, super easy to drink. the best Shiner beer I have had. Nicely unpretensious, the sum is greater than its' parts.

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.