Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery
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3.24/5 rDev -2.4%
A: The beer is clear yellowish copper in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down and left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with hints of earthy yeast.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste is quite malty and has flavors of toasted malts and earthy yeast along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has some characteristics of German märzens but seems a little lighter in body.
08-25-2013 22:43:27 | More by metter98
3.4/5 rDev +2.4%
Brassy orange with amber edges; one of the lighter and orangier marzens that I've ever seen. A few vigorous streams of fine bubbles hurry up to a whipped frothy head whose color is somewhere between pale orange and ivory. There's some lace, but not a huge amount.
The nose is at least as much balanced APA as it is Oktoberfest. It's low on strength with a mild toasted graininess and a meager spiciness. The malt bill consists of pale, caramel and Munich. The APA comparison comes into play due, in part, to a slight fruitiness that doesn't seem hop-related to me. All in all, the aroma is too tame to be of more than passing interest.
Shiner 96 is much more Oktoberfest-like on the palate. The first half of each mouthful is most consistent with a hop-deficient pale ale. By roughly the midway point, the Munich malt begins to assert itself and deliver its classic, earthy, 'toasted whole grain breadiness'. I haven't come up with an adequate way to describe the flavor of Munich malt, but I know it when I taste it.
Although I used the word 'assert' above, 96 is anything but assertive. The color should have given some indication that the flavor would be on the subdued side... and it is. Hops make a contribution as a modestly firm bitterness shows up on the finish. Once the beer warms, the flavor becomes a little bolder and more enjoyable. This really is an okay APA-marzen hybrid.
The mouthfeel matches the rest of the characteristics and the beer is the better for it. The fact that it's light-medium and moderately carbonated increases sessionability. However, I'm unable to test that theory since I have just the one bottle.
Spoetzl (Shiner) beer, at least the three that I've had prior to this one, runs the gamut from 'terrible' (Blonde), through 'not good' (Bock) to 'decent' (Hefe). 96 falls into the latter category, even if it isn't a classic example of the style or a beer that will turn many heads.
01-13-2006 14:48:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.23/5 rDev -2.7%
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Ah, a return of the old Shiner 96, eh? Strikingly clear, dark gold nearing copper body with a tall, foaming, off-white head. Blots of lace on the way down.
Smell: Whelmingly malty, with tones of pale, toasted, nutty, and caramel malts all playing an equal part. A modest herbaceousness from the Noble hops is present in the background.
Taste: Pale, toasty malts with an accent of sweet caramel and a slight, unyielding nuttiness in the background. Medium-light sweetness. Lightly spicy, vaguely herbal German hop character with a light, easy-breezy bitterness. Very minute carbonic bite to it. A touch more malt on the dry, lightly, lowly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is both smooth and a bit crackling carbonation-wise.
Drinkability: A tad muted, though perfectly drinkable, acceptable Oktoberfest.
09-12-2010 03:53:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.53/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
09-12-2010 19:26:46 | More by oberon
3.15/5 rDev -5.1%
Served in a tall pokal at The Firkin.
Final beer of the night out, one that I had my misgivings about ordering, but it was the only one there I had yet to try. It pours a clear amber-straw topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises red apple skin, light grapefruit, light mandarin orange, greens, and toffee. The taste holds notes of mixed greens, light caramel, very light mandarin orange syrup, grass, and flowers. The body is a rather light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a fairly slick feel. Overall, a kinda sad O-Fest, one that shuns malt in favor of fruitiness and whatnot. Not my cup of Oktober tea.
09-27-2011 04:27:53 | More by TMoney2591
3.38/5 rDev +1.8%
A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.
S - It smelled of caramel and butterscotch. Some mild floral notes.
T - It tasted very sweet with caramel and butterscotch flavors. It had a mild floral hop presence.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied lager with a dry, clean finish.
O - This is an okay oktoberfest. A little sweeter than I like but it's not bad.
09-15-2011 01:45:36 | More by zeff80
3.83/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
01-01-2008 19:52:41 | More by NeroFiddled
3.6/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
09-01-2012 23:50:24 | More by Jason
2.33/5 rDev -29.8%
Let me preface by stating I love marzens, but pale imitators I don't dig. Having said that, this is still an upward spike in good beer for the lone star state. (only place where I almost saw a riot when they ran out of miller lite.)
pours an impressive white head that drops off quickly with some slight lace trails. Beautiful honey to amber clarity.
Smell: Diadactheyl (sp??) and some unnnatural smell that reminds me of glycol??
Taste: Astringent and grainy and a caramell sweetness, that just doesn't work for me. Doesn't taste all malt to me/(Better than lite)
mouthfeel: thin with some hop bitterness that's out of balance. Prickly over carbonation
Drinkability: Showed a litlle promise, but didn't deliver, might be okay Ice cold.
11-05-2005 05:39:45 | More by russpowell
2.42/5 rDev -27.1%
Chaz wouldn't let me buy this one, over at Surdyk's, and instead got me a sample from the back room. And this is a guy who loves the Polish beers, so...who knows what's really in store?
Clear, pale amber appearance; slim, whitish head.
Soft, malty aroma...actually, more vegetal than anything else. And all-in-all flat.
Taste: a mess in the mouth, a convoluted collection of oddments, and none of them too pleasant. A hotness at the front, a glimmer of malt that fades off the palate, a faint flurry of hops that, too, dies in a quick. If they meant to make a marzen, the malt's too lean, and the balance way out of wack. It's nothing you could call complex, just a ...a trainwreck. Cooked veggies dominates the flavor, and that's not good.
Medium-ish body, long, yet unhappy finish. A struggles to get the entire contents down the throat. Eh...why bother, time to trade this in for a better brew.
Thanks to Chaz for saving me six bucks!
10-07-2005 06:14:26 | More by feloniousmonk
3.68/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
09-14-2010 05:46:52 | More by Mora2000
3.45/5 rDev +3.9%
Pours orange amber with a creamy head. Some lacing sticks.
The smell is of light caramel, and a touch of toast.
The taste is of mild cararmel-ish sweetness with light toast in the finish.
Crisp, but on the thin side.
It has a caramelish sweetness, a touch of toast and mild hops, and fits the style well enough. Doesn't rank with the major Bavarians but is easily drinkable and inoffensive. Worth trying.
09-08-2012 20:09:16 | More by jwc215
3.43/5 rDev +3.3%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours amber with a light white head. Poor retention, no lace.
S: Sweet caramel, Munich malt, toffee, squash.
T: Classic sweet caramel malt play. Some minor grassy hops at the finish. Good flavour.
M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, creamy. Crisp and easy drinking at times.
O: An inexpensive good Oktoberfest beer. Nowhere near as good as the better German examples, but if you're on a budget this could work.
10-02-2012 04:25:14 | More by Halcyondays
2.95/5 rDev -11.1%
12 fl oz. brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I usually enjoy beers from this brewery.
A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and pretty bad retention. Colour is a transparent dark yellow.
Sm: Marzen hops and light caramel. A mild strength aroma.
T: Marzen hops over lightly toasted malt with some slight caramel. All around very simple, but pleasant nonetheless. Balanced and built well.
Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour generally. Not too thick or too thin.
Dr: A very drinkable beer. I'd try it on draught, but otherwise it's just not interesting enough to pursue. I'd recommend it to fans of the style, but elsewise it's not worth picking up. This brewery has better offerings.
12-05-2011 08:21:27 | More by kojevergas
3.68/5 rDev +10.8%
Many thanks go to pmsawyer for sharing this brew and an assortment of others during our recent gathering. Twist off cap from a 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. As the brew is being poured it looks much lighter than expected but as it settles in the glass, it displays brilliant clarity and a light copper color. A finger of slightly off-white head forms across the top and slowly fades down to a lacing across the top. Upon closer inspection there is some fine particulate hanging around in suspension.
The smell of this brew includes some malty sweetness caught somewhere between caramel and toffee. Hops are evident with a character that is a mixture of citrus and more floral notes. There is a light mineral aspect present as well as some buttery diacetyl across the back.
The taste has a light caramel malt feel that spreads into more of a buttery biscuit character. Hops come right into play with an earthy herbal bitterness that is modest enough to keep the residual sweetness dwarfed. The finish is quite crisp with a lasting flavor of light buttered popcorn, caramel to toffee sweetness that is a bit toasty and herbal hops bring up the back.
It is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. The finish was pretty much spot on with what I expected in this style, very crisp and enjoyable. The alcohol for the most part was well hidden until the brew got warmer. Once warm it almost had a bit of a cheesy aspect to it which got interested but overall not bad.
10-30-2011 20:10:31 | More by stakem
2.25/5 rDev -32.2%
Pours a clear honey with a splash of orange colored beer. Head is tan and only lasts an instant.
Smell is sweet and fairly malty. Detectable toasted Munich malt scent and a bit bready. All the proper scents are here but it seems a bit watered down.
Taste is off. Flavor is harsh with a biting level of carbonation and a candy like malt that does not pair very well to the high hop bitterness. Hops are herbal in flavor and this brew leaves lingering malt sweetness on the tongue.
Mouthfeel is biting.
Not a drinkable beer here. From the moment you taste this it is like something biting your tongue. This beer is seriously unbalanced it needs to be reformulated completely.
11-13-2005 07:52:58 | More by Zorro
Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery
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