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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery

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639 Ratings

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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 7
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: OverToad on 08-01-2010)
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Photo of deejaydan


3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty enough amber color with a good head, but that's about where it stops. It's an okay aroma, nothing offensive, a slight note of malt. The taste is oxidized, and just funky. Mouthfeel is thin, and dissapointing. Drinkability? Very so-so at best.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 01:29:56 | More by deejaydan
Photo of alesaram


4/5  rDev +20.5%

10-15-2012 22:48:03 | More by alesaram
Photo of DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into schooner. No obvious best before date (though it is fall, so it's TIME).

A - clear copper with lots of carbonation. Initial one finger head disappears quickly leaving very little lacing behind.

S - moderate amount of caramel malt and a hint of sour mash

T - very slight hint of initial hops resolving to dilute caramel malt. Not a whole lot of character with this one. Lacks the malty sweetness expected in this style; there's a little, but not quite enough.

M - light and sharply carbonated. The malt sits on the tongue but doesn't take over.

D - certainly drinkable, but lacks a bit of character.

This is a decent, but not outstanding Oktoberfest. Its a bit dilute relative to the standard and lacks much trailing sweetness. Worth a try, but not a "go to" Oktoberfest unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 21:55:41 | More by DoktorZee
Photo of ChanceK


3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-01-2012 19:18:53 | More by ChanceK
Photo of tvv375ia


3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-poured a very clear amber color with a little over a finger of head that faded down fairly quickly with not much lacing

S-not much smell but there is some sweet malt that finally comes through

T-much like the smell, not alot but there is a nice carmel sweetness with a slight bitter finish

M-nice carbonation

O-easy to drink with the alcohol virtually undetectable not a lot of flavor to think about just put in the glass and enjoy

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 00:10:12 | More by tvv375ia
Photo of Buster


2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

03-21-2012 04:01:37 | More by Buster
Photo of msanborn


3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

07-09-2013 15:29:10 | More by msanborn
Photo of BlackBeerDown


4/5  rDev +20.5%

10-25-2012 02:00:22 | More by BlackBeerDown
Photo of Foyle


3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a 2"+ off white fluffy head that recedes slowly leaving moderate lacing. Color is amber/light copper. Significant carbonation bubbles streaming.
Aroma: pleasant odors of toffee, toasted bread, slight hop aroma.
Mouthfeel: somewhat watery and sticky. Finish is fairly dry.
Flavor: Typical of the style, malty and dominated by caramel/toffee flavors, bready, and some hop balance.
Overall: I was impressed with this Marzen. Pleasant and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 23:10:18 | More by Foyle
Photo of MikeConklin

New York

4.25/5  rDev +28%

08-28-2012 03:18:34 | More by MikeConklin
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-22-2013 11:50:18 | More by sammyt728
Photo of MaximalC


3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber in color with a respectable khaki head. Aroma smells of clean, floral hops and mild caramel sweetness. A trace amount of skunkiness may be present as well, but not obnoxiously so. Flavor is noticeably milder than the aroma, and the aroma wasn't especially bold to begin with. I would assume I'm tasting some caramel malt and mild hops, but it's so vague that it would be hard to surmise without having seen and smelled it before drinking. A decent amount of lacing clings to the glass as the beer recedes, which is respectable. Carbonation lends a creamy mouthfeel and would be just right if only there were a bit more substance to offset it. As is, it feels slightly too thin and watery. This beer might really have something going for it if only it had more flavor and body. Without, it remains a safe, sessionable beer with naught to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 01:37:55 | More by MaximalC
Photo of ElCommodoro


3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent copper with a small head, but it leaves a lot of delicious-looking lacing. Very good appearance, which is important for an Oktoberfest beer, in my opinion.
The smell is just old moldy bread, really. Not much else going on.
The taste is pretty basic, too. Which is good for this style, I think. Very biscuity. In a way that I like. However, also kind of a stale taste going on. If it weren't September, I'd think that maybe it had sat around a little too long. But since Oktoberfest is still yet to arrive, I assume it's quite fresh unless the store sold me a bottle of last year's batch.
Decent beer, though. Good session beer. Good for a drunken Oktoberfest session anyway. which is what it's for!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 07:22:02 | More by ElCommodoro
Photo of raznug


3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This Oktoberfest pours a clear deep orange color and is topped with 1” of off white head that lingers very tastefully quite a few drinks into the pint.
Smell: This beer smells very German to me it smells like a marzen should with a good base of malt aroma and a bread or yeast aroma that just screams German.
Taste: The taste is the classic marzen style as well it has a malt base with the bready flavor that I associate with a lot of German style beers. This is a very well done marzen style beer.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer that is very easy drinking and flows around the palate nicely. Spoetzl Brewing did a good job on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 18:27:10 | More by raznug
Photo of RandyPuckett


4/5  rDev +20.5%

09-05-2013 02:37:26 | More by RandyPuckett
Photo of Flightoficarus


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

Serving type - Bottle into glass

A - Pours a clear, amber hue with an excellent, off-white head retention and lacing.

S - Smell is of caramel and cereal grains, with minor floral notes

T - Pretty good! Lots of caramel malts up front and throughout the flavor profile. Some grainy/grassy flavors make their way in later in the sip, but hop presence is pretty minimal, and serves only to add balance to the beer. Overall, pretty true to style IMHO.

M - Medium bodied and mildy carbonated. Borderline creamy. Satisfying.

D - I could have a few of these in a row. They go down quite well in mild weather.

Overall - Not being too impressed w/the bock, this beer exceeded my expectations (especially for the price!). If you're looking for a cheap octoberfest/marzen beer from an American brewery that's pretty true to style, this one fits the bill.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 10:06:03 | More by Flightoficarus
Photo of UTCengOwl


2.17/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not the biggest fan of Shiner and I think that's going to show through in this review. A friend brought a 6 pack over for the OU/UT football game and I'm sad to say that the game was more depressing than the beer... and the friend couldn't even finish her bottle. Not a good day for football.

I wanted to hate on the appearance because of the negative experience I had with the beer yesterday, but this actually looks ok-ish. Strikingly clear golden body. 2-finger bone white head that forms after a vigorous-as-possible pour... but it stays around longer than I would have guessed.

The smell takes me a few sniffs to really get (I've got a bit of a cold... and it's just not that powerful). There's a mix of Munich and caramel grains in there. There's also a very slight noble hop presence. Unfortunately, there's also a grainy mustiness that I don't find that inviting.

The taste is... medicore. Maybe worse. Some slight graininess that reminds me of other Octoberfests. However, it ends in a dirty and vegetal manner. Not appetizing. This beer is a boring take on the style that manages to finish in an offputting way. I might drink another bottle of the free 6 pack... but I kind of doubt it.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 21:29:01 | More by UTCengOwl
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

11-08-2013 22:25:39 | More by kirbmeist
Photo of BradShook

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-07-2013 13:24:22 | More by BradShook
Photo of V3XX069


3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

11-16-2013 05:14:05 | More by V3XX069
Photo of Musineer


4/5  rDev +20.5%

09-12-2013 01:49:54 | More by Musineer
Photo of cheers2beers


4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug.This beer a dark,transparent orange.It has a fluffy white head that disapates very quickly with small amount of laceing.The aroma is malty,slightly hopish.A pleasant aroma that really makes this beer better than other shiner brews.The taste is just like the nose slightly hopy,nice malts,even a bit nutty in the finish.Although,this beer lacks mouthfeel i feel its almost too watery,not much there to grasp.But it is smooth and easily a good session beer.I could probably drink the whole sixer and even think of buying this again when im in a session mood.
Shiner has produced us another great session beer.I applaud.


Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 01:04:19 | More by cheers2beers
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

01-15-2012 22:33:36 | More by bpackertx
Photo of netshark


3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

09-01-2012 22:26:45 | More by netshark
Photo of Lewdd


3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

08-30-2013 19:55:43 | More by Lewdd
Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery
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