1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery

Not Rated.
Shiner OktoberfestShiner Oktoberfest

Educational use only; do not reuse.

935 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 935
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 141 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OverToad on 08-01-2010

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (23) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Shiner Oktoberfest Alström Bros
Ratings: 935 | Reviews: 256 | Display Reviews Only:
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!

Photo of BRami127
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of RichD
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of 5OClockShadow
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of SarahHammett
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of webweb2
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of MisledTitan
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Sludgeman
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of mdphill
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Basoos1
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of kdivers
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of ThatsStout
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of HoppyBastard2
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of batt6343
4.04/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of HomebrewBrad
3.49/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of tallcoolone
3.64/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of RexBanner
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%

Its appearance was a dark orange/ amber. 2 finger creamy, pillowy head. Clear, carbonated.

Aroma: Bready yeast, malt, maybe pilsner hops or German hops. Nice "beer" smell.

Taste: Crisp & clean. Malts are present. Some hops are present as well, although very subtle.

Mouth feel: light, crisp, bubbly, a little twang from the hops but not enough to disrupt the Marzen style. Aftertaste is of bread.

Overall, this beer is light & crisp. Not as full bodied as Sam Adams or Ayinger Octoberfest beer but it'll suffice. It's a nice "drinking" beer in that you can easily knock back 3 bottles while with friends.
My recommendation; pick it up if you come across it but don't expect to be knocked off your socks with this one. As stated earlier, it's just a nice beer for drinking with the fellas not one to be enjoyed as a session beer.

Photo of n00blar
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kilobees
3.04/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of gulli
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Jmc986
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of sfswear
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of braican
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 935 ratings.