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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
okay

905 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 12
Gots: 119 | FT: 1
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 feloniousmonk
2.42/5  rDev -27.1%
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!

feloniousmonk, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -9.6%

beernads, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 20, 2014
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.

Mora2000, Sep 14, 2010
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.

jwc215, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -9.6%

oriolesfan4, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3/5  rDev -9.6%

InspectorBob, Aug 30, 2014
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.

kojevergas, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Halcyondays, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +20.5%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Trashcat, Oct 03, 2014
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!

woodychandler, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

duceswild, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

stakem, Oct 30, 2011
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.

dbrauneis, Oct 05, 2014
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.

superspak, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -9.6%

ejimhof, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

DoubleJ, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of Zorro
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Zorro, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Mebuzzard, Oct 13, 2014
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.

tdm168, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

dmorgan310, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

plaid75, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Latarnik, May 29, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.