Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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946 Ratings
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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 12
Gots: 164 | FT: 1
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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: battlekow on 09-21-2005

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, and slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, earth, caramel, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but nothing really stands out about this one.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of metter98
3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, procured in one of the surprisingly strange Denver food store liquor add-ons.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few instances of sudsy specked lace in places around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of bready, biscuity caramel malt, earthy yeast, somewhat sour red apple, and leafy, weedy, and kind of grassy hops. The taste is steady grainy, crackery caramel malt, a more even and sugary stewed apple note, suggestions of winter corn, ethereal gritty yeast, and softly rendered earthy and leafy noble hops.

The effervescence is pleasantly laid-back in its lilting frothiness, the body a bit on the light side of medium weight, and perhaps a tad clammy in its otherwise quotidian smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the chimera malt riding things out without the use of the handrails.

An agreeable enough version of the style, and a folksy ode to the brewery's historical roots. Not sure how this works in the relative heat of the central Texas 'autumn', but here in nippy Denver, it simply hits the spot.

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of zeff80
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 10/7/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, some fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with lager yeast and a hearty malt character up front. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and fruit. The hops presence is mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Photo of jlindros
3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Decent fizzy smaller head clear orange almost tab color.

Nose little macro lager like, extract corn sugar, little sweet husky note, light grassy grainy malts, toasted, faint grassy hop, very light overall.

Taste semi sweet sticky malt, little grainy grassy malt, more macro lager flavours, corn sugar and extract like, light crisp lager, faint touch unhappy lager, almost sulfur but not quite some mineral thing. Mild herbal grassy hop, light bitterness. Finish sticky sweet, attempt to be crisp but not quite, lingering macro lager flavor, mineral note, grassy hop.

Mouth med to lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall at least it's not a big sweet caramel bomb, but it's still a macro like tasting lager unfortunately.

Photo of Jason
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of russpowell
2.36/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.41/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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!

Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/23/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden copper color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big pear, apple, caramel, apricot, toast, bread, light pepper, and light herbal. Nice and pleasant aromas with solid strength and balance. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, toast, biscuit, toffee, light nuttiness, and light earthy herbal spiciness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, and earthy herbal on the finish for a bit. Some pretty nice flavor balance and robustness; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good Oktoberfest style. Very solid flavor balance and robustness; and very smooth to drink. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear golden amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some orange + deep golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and grainy malts with a light amount of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted grain malts with a hint of caramel and just a touch of sweetness. There is a light amount of earthy + spicy hops in the finish which lingers for a short while.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Somewhat lighter in body and flavor than I would expect for the Märzen style. Seems a touch watered down and is nothing special though the alcohol is well hidden. I would not grab this one again though it was not horrible.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of woodychandler
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!

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a soft, loose, bubbly, white head that has decent retention

S - bread, caramel

T - bread, sweet caramel, faint lager yeast

M - medium bodied, crisp, a bit overcarbonated

Not shabby, but not great. This is highly drinkable and sessionable, but it mises the mark as a traditional Oktoberfest. It's overly bready and a bit sweet. It was good once, but I won't pick it up again.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Spoetzl Brewery is unashamed of its German heritage, so perhaps it's no surprise to see Shiner Oktoberfest. Coming out of a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

How about a show before the taste? Shiner Oktoberfest does well with its appearance, which is a lovely auburn orange with yellowish hues, a large frothy head which sits two fingers thick, and wave after wave of carbonation bubbles racing from bottom to top. The aroma is mild in intensity, but does bring to mind a few notes of marzen. A gentle kiss of hops, a note of caramel, vague fruitiness, and even orange. I could be in for a good one.

It's no surprise that this beer is malt dominant. Caramel and orange start the journey. Bread crust as well. But at the trail end, there is a rough patch where the malt seems to get too doughy and husky, putting a dampening on an otherwise solid marzen. This is a medium bodied beer with a creamy texture and gentle carbonation hitting the palate. Sweet and slightly bitter in the aftertaste.

Spoetzl's own marzen is a more than solid reference to this style of beer. October is almost gone, but it's not too late to get into the O-fest spirit!

Photo of Zorro
2.32/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
76 out of 100 based on 946 ratings.