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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: 244 | 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 TylerBGoode
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Considering Shiner's track record of non-offensive and somewhat boring beers, it's no surprise that their requisite Oktoberfest brew follows the same pattern. I bought a six pack of these when they first hit store shelves over a month ago and still have yet to finish it. It's not that I don't like it, it's just that there are so many more exciting beers in my fridge that take precendent over this one.

I typically pour my Oktoberfest beers into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. This brew has a light copper toned hue and a thin head. The smell is off-putting to me, similar to the curious odor of their famous bock only with a bigger sweeter malt aroma. The taste is less than complex. At first it seems as if it's much too light bodied and watery to be considered an Oktoberest, but then the toasted malts come into play and the beer ends up actually having a pretty nice finish. It may be a bit of a boring brew, but it's so unoffensive and goes down so easy that it's hard to down right loathe it. It's not my favorite Oktoberfest (by any means) and it's not my favorite Shiner brew, but if one happens to find its way into my pint glass I don't hesitate to finish it off.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 1L Paulaner mug...

A: Pours a brilliant copper color with a large white head and sticky spiderweb-like lacing.

S: has an aroma dead on for style...buttery toast, sweet caramel malt aromas, and noticeable hops.

T: rich sweetness up front. good hop bitterness in the middle, and finishing sweet and toasty.

M: medium full body rolls onto the tongue and is met with a good carbonation. finishes smooth and off-dry.

Overall, I believe Shiner has a done a great job creating another great U.S.-made Oktoberfest bier. I look forward to enjoying this some more this fall.

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Photo of JMad
3.91/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a deep copper color with a bubbly white head.
Smell is the weakest point here, mostly smells like metallic yeast.
Tastes of caramel malt, and sweet bread.
Perfect carbonation, medum body, soft and smooth.
Awesome beer, I could drink these all day. When I heard Shiner was coming back with their Marzen I had to pick up a 6 pack.

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Photo of deadliest
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear burnt orange, nice lacing left over from the head that sticks around for a good bit.

S: Smells... kinda like a sweeter shiner bock. Something funky about it. Not off-putting, not what I was expecting.

T: Toasted and lightly sweet malts. The hops are there in mild, but at least recognizable capacity, which is rare for Shiner, and considering the style + the brewer, I didn't expect at all.

M: Light with a little carbonation, manages a slightly slick coating, while still being very light.

D: Good drinkability. Not normally a fan of the style and the light taste and feel are probably helping it out in regards to me.

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Photo of witster18
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

exactly what I expected.

Definately the normal malt heavy oktoberfest only this has the same dirty sock nose of normal shiner... kind of a trademark of theirs... many people describe this characteristic as metallic, but it's really just an interesting bitterness that I would think comes from the yeast strain...

yep, it smells like a dirty old sock.

taste is sweet with some noticable hops which is a good thing because their usually overwhlmed in this style. I actually think this is a decent fester...

i dig the shiner salty lick the barrell aftertaste and it carried over to this offering so probst!

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Photo of briman
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color, with an off-white head that retains well.

Aroma reveals light toasted malt base, and a light-to-moderate German malt presence.

Flavor is lightly sweet malt, with a hint of a toasted character. Clean, with a dry finish.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy. Overall this is a bit subdued. Not terribly rich in terms of flavor and aroma. Little depth. Drinkable, but not a memorable example of the style.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light orange color with a small head of off white bubbes that stuck around rather creamy looking for quite some time.

Aroma: Some toasty malts in there that actually remind me of an Oktoberfest. There are some sweet malts in there also that even come across as German. I don't get a lot of adjuncts in here. The aroma is taking on a metallic nose as the beer sits some.

Taste: The flavor is toasty with a Munich malt edge to it, which is pretty nice. The beer has some syrupy notes that come up in the beginning of the flavor and then stay there the whole way into the finish. There is no alcohol noticeable the entire time. I get some hops in here, but they are reserved to style. The metalic note is coming out in the flavor too.

Opinion: Overall, this is a decent beer. I have tried it after a Spaten and a Paulaner and it didn't really compare at the time. Since this is my first beer, it is finishing pretty decent and will help the review.

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Photo of Fnord
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light amber with a thick and lumpy off-white head that fades fairly fast.

Smell - Alcohol, mild brown sugar and caramel, and a touch of citrusy hops.

Taste - Starts out sweet with a slight bitterness becoming evident underneath it. The finish is bittersweet, with a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and high carbonation.

Notes - It's a pretty well-balanced oktoberfest, the but the metallic taste is unfortunate. I don't think I'd get this again, since there are so many better oktos around this time of year.

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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 jones3aj
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shiner Oktoberfest
Spoetzl Brewery - Shiner, TX
A.B.V.= 5.7%
Price: $1.69/ 12 oz. bottle.
Overall Rating: [3.2 out of 5]

Appearance: A thin pour of light-amber, the beer fills the glass with very little character. Remarkably transparent, the hue reminds me of a glass full of honey. A half finger of head rises briefly, dying off moments after the agitation stops. You're left with a faint ring of bubbles to accompany you throughout the rest of the glass. For what it is, I'll give it [3 out of 5].

Smell: Roasted malts. Cider and floral hints that remind me of champagne drippings. A slight sweetness lingers in there, kind of reminds me of caramel or toffee. Hoppy. [3 out of 5].

Taste: Sweet, but dryer than the sweet smell suggests. Definitely taste a roasted malt mixed in with mild hops flavors. Reminds me of a hoppy champagne. Not very much else going on, here. A hint of caramel and butter... butterscotch? Tastes a bit metallic towards the end. [3 out of 5].

Mouthfeel: It felt better when it was still cold. When served cold, you get a crisp feel with an appropriate amount of carbonation (I know, what's appropriate?). I just mean that it fits in with my expectations. A tingle throughout, but not something like intense burn of a cola. Not as watery as the pour made me expect it to be. A very thin coating for a couple seconds after you swallow gives you a second to think back and reminisce about the fact that autumn is near, and this damn hot weather is on the way out! I'm willing to go [4 out of 5] on this.

Drinkability: If consumed while cold, this would be acceptable in servings of three. Any more than three, and you're probably gonna be bored out of your mind. In fact, keeping it to two might make you consider drinking it again, sometime. The midrange ABV will keep you sensible for the first few. In terms of fitting the Oktoberfest style, I would probably group this in the "Oktoberfest Light" category. It has all the characteristics, but they're just not prevalent enough for me. [3 out of 5].

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark golden copper. 1 finger head.

S - Lots of sweet toffee malt. Toasted bread.

T - Sweet maple malt hits right away. Sweet grains. It has a bit of a buttered cracker flavor. Some bitter pecan towards the end along with some very faint metallic notes on the finish. Medium body.

Not too bad. A little dull but a nice malt profile. I would enjoy this again. Very easy drinking.

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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 oberon
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium amber. Poured a giant, foamy, white head. Settles slowly, leaving plenty of sticky residue behind. Pretty decent amount of spider web lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Roasted malt, oak and a little butterscotch.

T: A bit of a slightly sweet malty flavor. Woody and a little peaty.

M: Medium body. Full flavor. Slight sweet note in the front and just a touch bitter in the finish. A little diluted seemingly.

D: Easy drinkin'.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice appearance, with a really substantial head and great lacing. Nose has a nice woody tone with a slight sweetness. Tastes like it smells. Not heavy, but full malty flavor. Seems a little diluted for this style, but okay. Overall, this is a pretty decent quaff.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The major bone I have to pick with most Shiner beers is that they all smell and, for the most part, taste alike. That said, they have expanded their portfolio in recent years and the beers they're doing now, both the year-round and seasonal brews, are all fairly good. A few a better than the others, but they're all totally potable.

The Shiner Oktoberfest pours a nice golden amber color with a decent two finger head. Some lace. The nose is musty and muted. I find this to be the case with most Shiner beers. The yeast they use renders it impossible for me to distinguish many of their beers by smell alone. But it tastes just fine. Malty, nutty, with a hint of dark fruit. It fits the style just fine, in my opinion, although it's not quite as clean as other festbiers I've had. Mouthfeel is firm and almost creamy.

Not a bad beer here. Again, I've had better examples of the style, but this is a totally acceptable 2nd tier Oktoberfest beer. I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of AmberMan22
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My experience with Shiner bock was less than underwhelming (basically coors light with a heavy suntan), but I do like the Marzen style, so I wanted to give it a go.

It looks like a middle-of-the-road orange, with a generally white head.

The smell is not immediately malty, and the taste reveals the horror within. The first thing that came to mind was that someone had spilled a lemon-scented cleaning product into my beer.
Weak malt presence and generally bad flavor -- why lemon?

Really nothing else to write home about.Given the opportunity, I'd try any other Oktoberfest over this one.

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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 aristeros
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce twist-off type bottle. Pours a coppery amber with light carbonation visible, almost no head. A weak nose with sweet biscuit and light toffee.

Moderate to strong carbonation like with the Shiner Bock and Blonde offerings. Light biscuit, then crisp pale malt. The malt profile is fairly weak, and there's almost no hops in here.

ABV is appropriate to the style and difficult to detect, meaning that it is average in terms of its sessionability when compared to other festmarzens. However, there's not as much depth as I'd like here.

It's got a bit more color than Shiner Bock, and clearly the brewer understands what a marzen -is.-

The brewery survived The Great Purge, and get points for that. Now it's time to tweak the recipes away from the adjunct lager formula and broaden their horizons.

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Photo of crossovert
2.45/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown twist off bottle.

It pours an orange/amber with a fizzy white head that quickly dissipates with no lace. A very unworthy appearance for this beer style.

The smell is weak, there is some caramel and nuttiness but not much.

The flavor is very odd. It is a mix of helles lager and some other flavor. I can't pinpoint it, almost like raw leaf. The hops in this one are terrible. There is a cutting sweetness that also isn't appealing.

The mouthfeel isn't that bad, but it isn't that great, this beer jsut confuses me with its mediocrity.

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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 LacquerHead
2.49/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a crystal clear amber with an orange tint. An off-white bubbly head that clung to the glass producing a nice webbing effect. It looked promising.(poured this at temp 43F into a flared pilsner)

S: if I was blind folded I would have guessed this was a pilsner or some other style of lager.

T: right off the bat this tasted a lot like an adjunct lager. Where is the Oktoberfest taste? There is a somewhat sweet caramel malt flavor, but I had to go hunting for it. No real hop profile to speak of; there was a slight paleness to it. The taste was comparable to a Warsteiner Dunkel only not as pronounced.

M/F: it wasn't much different from the average adjunct lager. Over carbonated. It left a metallic aftertaste when I drank it from a glass.

D: it was fairly easy to drink. For the price I paid for a 6pck I can't complain too much.

Conclusion: what is with Shiner and its metallic twang aftertaste? I want to like their beer, but they make it so difficult. I have concluded that Shiner should be drank straight from the bottle. To me it cuts down on the metallic aftertaste. The beer actually performs better if it stays in the bottle. Overall not the best example of an Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

4th beer in the Oktoberfestbinge... I actually hate Shiner. I think they make really shitty beer in general. This one is the best i have tried.

A: nice orange, brown color, not much head but a little bit of lacing. One of the better looking beers thus far.

S: When I first opened the bottle I thought, "oh shit, here we go again..." But really, (after a minute or so) its a pretty average smell for an Oktoberfestbier

T/M: A bit caramel and toasty, nothing sticks out-- good or bad. Beer has a feel similar to water.

D: This beer is decent, it has some of the expected flavor and I cant really complain too much. I wish they had upped the ante overall though. Pretty average brew.

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Photo of Bizz88
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear amber with a creamy light tan head with a descent amount of lacing. Aromas of sweet caramel malts predominated throughout. On the palatte I found it to be a little lighter bodied than most Marzens. But what it lacked in body it made up in taste, with a nice sweet malt on the tongue in true German fashion. One of the better offerings from the folks at Spoetzl. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of vdread
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shiner Marzen-Style Oktoberfest pours a very clear amber with tons of carbonation. the head lingers for a few seconds, then disappears.

smell is grainy with a hint of caramel and earthy hops.

slightly grainy, slightly buttery and dominated by caramel malt. bitterness low, but hops are present. the flavor is weak, with a few distinct characteristics like caramel, toast, buttery, earthy hops, but nothing really pulls it all together for a cohesive flavor.

mouthfeel thin, watery, with a lingering grainy aftertaste.

what is it with Shiner's grainy profile? nearly every one of their beers has it to one degree or another. it's not a good kind of grainy, it's like an abrasive, sour grain water taste. i swear i only keep trying Shiner because i want to support Tejas breweries.

it's easy to drink, especially for Shiner loyals. if you love Shiner's other beers, you'll probably love this.

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