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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
okay

669 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 10
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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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Radiosox

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-20-2013 01:40:56 | More by Radiosox
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alphagnome

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev -5.7%

Appearance:
Pours transparent copper hue, with a two inch thick head that quickly dwindled down to a paper thin ring around the glass. Light carbonation and no lacing to speak of.

Aroma:
Sweet and heavy on dark malts. Toasted caramel. Hops are faint. A slight, metallic haze envelops the experience.

Taste:
Caramel malts up front, a bit of yeast and nuttiness, and followed by a burning alcohol presence that runs alongside, if not overpowers, most of bitterness. Aftertaste is rather unpleasant and reminds me of stale peanuts.

Mouthfeel:
Rather thick with a bit of carbonation. Finishes dry. Easy to drink and for the most part, enjoyable. I don't think I could drink more than one bottle in a sitting.

Overall:
I like Shiner Bock quite a bit, but I don't consider it a good beer. The same can be said here, as it reminds me a bit of that. It's mostly easy to drink. Mostly. There are a lot of better examples of the style out there, however, a little bit of work could do wonders here.

09-19-2013 23:07:02 | More by alphagnome
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -2.7%

a: Clear golden copper; pours with a thick, fluffy, super sticky head.

s: Muted sweet bread, faint leafy hops, and trace of something metalic.

t: Very subdued flavor-wise, but bad overall. Doesn't have the malt backbone so the leafy hops are just a touch too prominent. Fairly clean finish, just a hint of metal.

m: Crisp with relatively creamy carbonation.

o: Not bad, middle of the pack o-fest.

09-19-2013 22:28:23 | More by DIM
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ChicagoShakeAndBake26

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +13%

09-19-2013 00:55:04 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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Johnroby

Ohio

4/5  rDev +20.5%

09-18-2013 02:38:47 | More by Johnroby
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Jame515

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-17-2013 20:56:20 | More by Jame515
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RoninBirdman

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -9.6%

09-17-2013 15:54:36 | More by RoninBirdman
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

09-17-2013 07:02:34 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -9.6%

09-17-2013 00:19:33 | More by TheMrFarnham
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KerryCummins1977

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +20.5%

09-15-2013 23:11:26 | More by KerryCummins1977
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Tavo2311

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

09-15-2013 02:39:44 | More by Tavo2311
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rangerred

Tennessee

2.58/5  rDev -22.3%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light copper with a one finger fluffy white head. Surprisingly good head retention and lacing.

Smell has a definite metallic note along with some corn and cooked vegetables. A little toast and caramel as well but it is definitely in the background.

The flavor is about as bad as the aroma. More metal followed by nasty old corn. Followed by caramel and toffee and a little toasted malt. A silky sweetness along with a watery mouthfeel. Bitterness is on the very light side.

Overall, a pretty poor example of the style. Not a good beer from Shiner either. Really one to just avoid.

09-15-2013 01:24:44 | More by rangerred
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -9.6%

09-14-2013 01:23:56 | More by ejimhof
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tommy5

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

09-13-2013 13:33:17 | More by tommy5
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Musineer

Texas

4/5  rDev +20.5%

09-12-2013 01:49:54 | More by Musineer
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +8.4%

Shiner Oktoberfest

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mason jar. Out of the fridge cold.

A) Amber with two fingers of foam to the top. This settles to a dusting. Nice retention and a bit of lacing.

S) Malty, a little sweetness, bread crust, hint of grass. Mainly malt sweetness though...

T) A little caramel sweetness, lightly toasted bread , grain, floral/grassy hops.

M) Medium body with moderate carbonation. This was crisp, and went down smooth. Easy drinking...

O) I've consumed my fair share of Oktoberfest beers, and I enjoyed this one. By no means is this a shitty beer. Seems slightly underrated.

09-09-2013 03:36:44 | More by RoamingGnome
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JasonMinck

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-09-2013 03:17:30 | More by JasonMinck
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +13%

09-09-2013 00:07:52 | More by drtth
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CottomanEmpire

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -9.6%

09-08-2013 16:59:48 | More by CottomanEmpire
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ronniebruner

Arizona

2.09/5  rDev -37%

I really hate to give a Shiner product such a low score but this beer is just awful, I was very disappointed since Shiner tend to brew quality brews. The beer pours a nice caramel color with a hint of sugary malts, and it goes downhill from there. The beer tastes very strange, like it is stale or overly sugared. It is sweet and pungent at the same time. It leaves a horrible dirty aftertaste in your mouth and I literally could get only one person to drink one in its entirety. The first time Shiner has let me down, but I am still a fan nonetheless, just steer clear of this bad brew.

09-07-2013 07:16:44 | More by ronniebruner
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MorSlaught

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-07-2013 03:52:37 | More by MorSlaught
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Lukebell15

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

09-07-2013 03:36:28 | More by Lukebell15
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enelson

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

09-06-2013 11:50:09 | More by enelson
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Fergyx825

Massachusetts

1.3/5  rDev -60.8%

Appearance: A dark copper color, exactly what i'd expect from a Oktoberfest. Some head on the edges of the glass, and a little bit over the surface of the beer. I'm not disappointed by the appearance of this beer.

Smell: No so much flavor as i'd expect from an Oktoberfest. Alcohol is evident on the smell. This beer sort of just smells like a bud heavy or most generic light beers.

Taste: Very bitter. Not very much flavor, just alot of alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, and medium thickness. These don't match each other very well. This beer isn't match up well against other Oktoberfest.

Overall: Is this an Oktoberfest or a regular domestic american brew?

09-06-2013 05:58:06 | More by Fergyx825
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RandyPuckett

Texas

4/5  rDev +20.5%

09-05-2013 02:37:26 | More by RandyPuckett
Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.