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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 282
Hads: 1,051
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 29.38%
Wants: 16
Gots: 243 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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!

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Bottle from Harvest Market.
Clear golden color decent white head. Rich sweet bready pilsner with a light metallic sharpness. Earthy hop bite not rich and malty enough for the style. I could drink these, but there are much better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
2.32/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, yeast, and pale malt. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight hop, slight yeast, and hint of pale malt. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, blend, and feel.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shiner 96 is bright copper in color with a rather large, off-white head. Carbonation is moderate and aides in some pretty good retention. The aroma is of rich caramel malts with an element of dark fruit smell. The taste is bready with distinct caramel taste and a touch of dark fruit. The sweetness factor is a little high for the style, but doesn't cloy. Noble hop flavor is present, but mainly serves as a balance. The finish is a little weak. After my first couple of sips, I didn't really find this to be a very good beer, but by the time my mug warmed up, the flavors had really opened up. This isn't as good as the German greats, but still a nice surprise from Shiner. I doubt it'll happen, but I hope they make this a fall seasonal.

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Photo of puboflyons
3/5  rDev -11%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 29, 2014.

It pours golden amber with a big and fairly long lasting white head. Good lacing.

The aroma is not very prominent but I pick up roasted German malts but also a sort of soapy character.

Light to medium body.

Still toasted bread in the flavor with a bit more bitterness. Nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

It smells of bread, has some some sweet notes and quite a bit of grain.

Bready sweet up front with some bitterish notes on the back end though the bread returns in the finish.

Not a bad stab at the style from Shiner.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, gold color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with excellent retention. Lotes of sticky lace.

S - Sweet, bready malt and wet grains. Faint hay and pepper.

T: Lots of bready malts up front. Some hay and grass in the transition to a slightly bitter and dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and little creamy. Finishes dry

D: Easily drinkable. Pretty good malt character.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my local six pack shop, mix and match price.

A - Damn the bottle cap came off with some force. Carbonation a plenty with a inch and a half of head rest atop a nice brown amber ale.

S - Smells a bit funky from the earthy malts and touch of grass hops. underneath I can smell some caramel so this should be interesting.

T - Has a bit of citrus like hops which quickly turns to a sweetness of caramel (honey maybe?) and finishes grainy with a bit of grassy hops. Taste is good.

M - Light to medium surprised how good the flavors mesh.

Overall a very unexpected treat from shiner. I haven't really had anything from them since the "holiday cheer" apricot beer and this one is equally as awesome. True to authentic!

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Photo of barczar
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden orange color with a fleeting half inch ivory head that dissipated into a ring of foam.

Cardboard, corn, and sweet caramel malt comprise the initial aroma with toasted bread and floral hops rounding out the profile.

Flavor reveals caramelization, with melanoidins taking center stage. Deep malty flavor, accompanied by toasted bread crust, a tinge if citrus, and slightly peppery hops add intrigue.

Body is pretty moderate, with carbonation tending toward the higher side.

Overall, more complex malt character than anticipated from shiner. Not on par with the top examples, but a decent brew.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Very light malt, hint of breadiness, some cereal grain, a tiny amount of "bitterness". It's a lighter style in a category mostly dominated by robust offerings.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

A - This one pours clear and bubbly with a great golden light-amber color and a frothy off-white head. Good retention but little lace left over. A sexy okto!

S - Metallic notes bring down the otherwise good aroma of this Märzen. Caramelized malts and Märzen malts give a nice malty backbone to the nose with a very slightly grassy pinch of floral, earthy hops.

T - Märzen malts and bits of caramel with a little biscuity flavor that leads into a low hop level flavor. Earthy, lightly grassy hops mirror the aroma. Nice flavor. The metallic thing barely pokes out.

M - Medium-light-bodied and smooth with a crisp carbonation finish and sharp bite. The metallic flavor carries more-so into the feel. Dry and tin-like. Otherwise it's ok.

D - Not a bad entry into the Oktoberfests this season, I'm really enjoying this with my window open and the cool breeze coming on. Bring on fall!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a pretty clear amber with a thick, fine-bubbled off-white head. Malty aroma has a nice fruity note. Mouth-filling flavor is fruity, almost entirely apple, and malty with just a hint of caramel. Crisp, smooth texture is quite fizzy and leaves a fruity, tingly finish. Overall, OK if not outstanding.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper-amber color with excellent clarity; small, off-white head fades fast. Heavy, malty aroma; caramel and toffee with a slight tartness to it, and some grains in the background. The taste has a slightly metallic flavor that is a little off-putting. It comes hand in hand with an apple skin and grape-like sweetness that hits immediately but fades quickly. Caramel malt undertones play throughout the whole sip. Grains are heavy in the aftertaste, toasted and bready. Very low hop profile in this one, maybe some dry florals in the background but at this point, it's a stretch to even say that they're really there. A mild cheesiness comes out as it warms up, again, a little off-putting but not so much as to make it undrinkable. Some leafiness in the very back end of the brew, but it doesn't feel very "hoppy". An astringent bitterness lingers afterwards, with some fading malts and yeast. Thin body, a touch of creaminess, but overall pretty thin with medium carbonation.

Eh, not awful, but not something I'll be likely to revisit. A couple weird off-flavors keep this one from being a solid Oktoberfest. Definitely many better options out there.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.74/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a dark gold color, bordering on copper. Has a large, 3-finger tan foam that sticks around awhile and leaves some nice lace.

Nose is burnt caramel, a little bit of toast and some lagery sulfur. Some pecan nuttiness and sugary sweetness creeps in as well, even a little butterscotch - maybe some diacetyl. Not bad, but a far cry from a fresh Paulaner.

Buttery, caramel malts are both a little toasty and a little sweet, but neither actually seems to want to take the reigns and give the beer an identity. Really not much else going on here, pretty dull effort for an Oktoberfest. There is a sip or two in each bottle where I think this beer has some promise, but unfortunately the next drink washes those optimistic thoughts away. I have been digging on most of Shiner's new seasonal brews, but this one pretty much falls flat on it's face. Thin, bubbly and lifeless, reminds me of a Leinienkugel's.

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Photo of champ103
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A minimal white head forms, and recedes in a second. Almost no lace is left behind.
S: A very odd soapy hop aroma. Like dish detergent. I might expect something like soapy hops from a resiny IPA, but not an Oktoberfest. There is some yeast with some sightly sweet malt.
T: There is still an odd soapy character, but it is not as prevalent. Some yeast, and sweet malt.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. Though a bit on the thin side. Not hard to drink. I could drink a few with ease, if I wanted to.

Not bad. I get some soapy hops for some reason, which makes for a strange tasting Oktoberfest. Overall, not the worst that I have had from Shiner, but nothing I would recommend.

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Photo of drpimento
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

With a fairly aggressive pour a small to medium, foamy, off-white to cream colored head that quickly settles down to a few clumpy islands and no lace. Color is a clear, medium amber with some small bubble trails. Aroma is beery with a little malt and a bare hint of skunk (grocery store cooler near fluorescent bulbs). Flavor is similar but much stronger - pick up the malt, a little fruit, and some marshmallow. Body is a tad on the thin side and carbonation is likewise a tad fizzy. Finish is like flavor. Overall, maybe it would've been better warmed a bit out of my cold fridge; but, I'd only drink this again if I didn't have any better options.

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Photo of ZAP
2.43/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

About what I expected from Shiner on this....very basic...mild toasted caramel impression....otherwise pretty basic....too much carbonation...a bit fizzy....thinish feel bodywise...an odd aftertaste that is hard to shake.

I wasn't expecting a masterpiece but this is one of the poorer ofests I have had....makes Leinie's OFest look like an all-time great (which it isn't)

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange amber color with a huge and billowy white head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a caramel smell mixed with lots of breadiness and a good showing of brown sugar. The very malty and sweet smell of the brew is matched by a little bit of an herbal and grassy smell, creating a very nice and invitingly sweet aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins much less sweet then would have been anticipated from the nose. The flavor begins with a slightly grainy and bready taste mixed with some flavors of brown sugar and molasses. As the taste moves forward a little bit of apple comes to the tongue only to fade again more toward the end. All the while the other sugary tastes dwindle, with some light grassy and herbal tastes taking their place. There is a little resurgence of the sweet at the end of the profile, with a caramel and some more molasses coming to the tongue, leaving one with a decently malty and sweet, but more dank hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the thinner side for a 5.8 % abv brew with a carbonation level that is on the lower side as well. The feel was OK overall, as it did a nice job for the sweet, but with that said, a little higher carbonation may have made it a little more easy drinking and refreshing in light of its lighter hop profile.

Overall- Not a bad oktoberfest overall, but nothing out of the world either. For its more slim price tag however this brew is a rather good fall party/gathering style brew, as it packs a lot of nice flavor into a light price tag.

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Photo of tigg924
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste is biscuit, light caramel, and a touch of hops. Hits all of the expected marzen notes and is a bit sweeter than I am used to in the style. An above average and affordable representation of the style, that I would consider getting again, even though I prefer other marzens.

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Photo of Brenden
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is clear, purely copper in color. It looks pretty good, forming a white head nearly just over two fingers tall. Retention is good, and adequate patchy lacing is left behind on the glass.
The aroma features a malt base with decently balancing hops. It's not particularly strong, but not terribly weak. Malts are fairly complex, roasted and toasty on one hand, caramel on another, and a sort of earthy nuttiness pulling through as well. A mossy, herbal hops presence sits in here as well.
Toasty and caramel up front with a touch of earthy and bread flavors balanced by a light hops bitterness that adds an herbal touch and some dryness. There seems to be a touch of something spicy pulling out in here also.
The malt doesn't seem like quite enough to make for as full and robust a body as this one should have. While it's a bit light, it's not too bad. Carbonation is enough to make for some liveliness without taking it too far. While I'd prefer a bit more smoothness, this one is crisp and refreshing.
This is a fair example of the style and, while you could find better, it's not one to avoid.

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Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
77 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.