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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner OktoberfestShiner Oktoberfest

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752 Ratings

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Ratings: 752
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 10
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OverToad on 08-01-2010)
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Photo of Treyliff
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle to pint glass

A- pours a clear golden color with a foamy and creamy two-finger white head that retains nicely after the pour

S- dry grainy malt with a whiff of caramel, floral hop, earthy, metallic

T- toasted crust maltiness with some caramel malt flavors, dry grain, herbal & floral hop notes, slightly metallic finish

M- medium-light body with moderate biting carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish, pretty drinkable

O- easy drinking Oktoberfest, but I'd put it slightly below average for the style. The metallic finish was off-outing as well

Treyliff, Today at 01:34 AM
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

bdk1417, Yesterday at 01:56 AM
Photo of delta490
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured out a medium amber, clear and effervescent. A mildly creamy white head leaves a little lacing. The aroma is grainy and slightly astringent. The aroma is a little less abrasive, with some nice, if nondescript, malt notes. There is a decent amount of carbonation. It is truly OK.

delta490, Yesterday at 10:58 PM
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Dewsby, Yesterday at 10:45 PM
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

Atw0921, Yesterday at 09:47 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

If you are planning to visit me in Lancaster, PA (or if you are just passing through) and want to score some singles, The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop on New Holland Avenue (at N. Franklin St.) is one place that I highly recommend. Ted(dy), the owner, is usually amenable to breaking sixers if there is open space in the cooler and I can always find something new and interesting. This one was a part of today’s score!

From the bottle: “Nothing Finer than a Shiner”; “A Deliciously Festive Seasonal Ale”; “Crafted with Prie at the Spoetzl Brewery”; “Raise a Stein to Oktoberfest”; “Here in Shiner, TX (pop. 2,070), we’re suckers for tradition. Which is why this classic Oktoberfest brew is made with the highest quality two-row barley, Munich and caramel malts, along with German grown Hallertau Tradition and Hersbrucker hops. It’s our way of honoring our ancestors and the beer they loved to celebrate with. So raise your stein to tradition and enjoy this utterly classic brew. – Prosit!”; “So Fine in a Stein!”

It was a screw-cap, so no Pop!, but plenty of Glug as I nearly upturned the bottle just to see what would happen. The pseudo-cascade settled into two-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose was sweet, like caramel malts were the primary. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was sweet, malty, slightly grassy, but easily identifiable as a Marzen/Oktoberfest bier. Great lacing began to form in my glass as I drank. Finish was semi-sweet thanks to a good balancing of the other malts and hops with the caramel malt. I could drink a few of these at a setting. Nicely done, Shiner!

woodychandler, Yesterday at 07:13 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

RichD, Tuesday at 07:30 PM
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

webweb2, Sunday at 02:53 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

MisledTitan, Sunday at 04:13 AM
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Sludgeman, Sunday at 01:24 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

mdphill, Sunday at 01:03 AM
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3.36/5  rDev +1.2%

Basoos1, Sunday at 01:00 AM
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

kdivers, Sunday at 12:01 AM
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

ThatsStout, Saturday at 11:51 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

HoppyBastard2, Saturday at 09:26 PM
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4.04/5  rDev +21.7%

batt6343, Saturday at 07:25 PM
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3.49/5  rDev +5.1%

HomebrewBrad, Saturday at 05:26 PM
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3.64/5  rDev +9.6%

tallcoolone, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of RexBanner
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%

Its appearance was a dark orange/ amber. 2 finger creamy, pillowy head. Clear, carbonated.

Aroma: Bready yeast, malt, maybe pilsner hops or German hops. Nice "beer" smell.

Taste: Crisp & clean. Malts are present. Some hops are present as well, although very subtle.

Mouth feel: light, crisp, bubbly, a little twang from the hops but not enough to disrupt the Marzen style. Aftertaste is of bread.

Overall, this beer is light & crisp. Not as full bodied as Sam Adams or Ayinger Octoberfest beer but it'll suffice. It's a nice "drinking" beer in that you can easily knock back 3 bottles while with friends.
My recommendation; pick it up if you come across it but don't expect to be knocked off your socks with this one. As stated earlier, it's just a nice beer for drinking with the fellas not one to be enjoyed as a session beer.

RexBanner, Sep 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

n00blar, Sep 11, 2014
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3.04/5  rDev -8.4%

kilobees, Sep 11, 2014
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Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 752 ratings.