Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 273
Hads: 1,017
Avg: 3.35
pDev: 29.55%
Wants: 14
Gots: 216 | FT: 1
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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 Carolvs
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

As the Bros say, clean, crisp, and very drinkable; on par with Sam Adams Octoberfest, better than average, but less than a Thomas Hooker or Otter Creek Octoberfest.

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear gold to light copper with a two finger head, dissipates to light cap and sticky lacing. Eventually dissipates to no cap or lacing.

S - Sweet malt and a light hoppiness and citrus aroma.

T - Very sweet toffee turning to a light breadiness, minimal hops.

M - Medium body and light carbonation, semi-dry.

O - Not a bad beer, but overall lacking in depth. Almost no hoppiness is also a letdown.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%

The color is copper with burnt orange reflections. It pours a larger than normal frothy head for a Marzen-style brew, about 2 fingers in a 16 oz pint glass. Shiner's label states it is best enjoyed in a stein, so I think I'll try it in that next time. Nothing notable in the aroma, which is pleasing, fresh, and has a nice essence of malt. The taste is fresh and crisp to start, but does finish a bit steely and mildly bitter.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
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 CTbrew32
3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Copper, brown amber color. Pours a nice two finger foamy head.

Aroma-A lot of malty sweet scents from slighty toasted malts to caramel malt. Slight hop spice detectable.

Taste- As with the nose the sweet malt dominates the flavors with caramel malts up front, and then a transition to a mild toasty malts and spice hops. Pretty simple flavors, but the caramel malts are smooth and not too sweet.

Mouthfeel- The caramel malts really make for a nice mouthfeel to this beer with an almost creamy texture that is balanced nicely by a crisp finish provided by the hops.

Overall- A surprisingly nice oktoberfest marzen that will be in my October lineup from now on, especially at a 7 dollar price tag.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a transparent light brown. A thumbnail size head shows good retention and dissipates into a thin white lace until about the middle of the drinking session.
Aroma is malty sweet with a touch maple syrup and coffee. Little to no hops aroma.
Tastes mostly malty but without the same sweetness as the aroma. The hops presence is only enough to balance out the malt and not much by way of bitterness or flavoring.
Feel- light bodied, mid level carbonation that is refreshing.
Overall- not much complexity in terms of taste. A pleasant refreshing beer. Not a bad session beer but certainly not the best example of an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.25/5  rDev -3%

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 vette2006c5r
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfest pours a bronze color with no head. There is a caramel and yeasty like aroma. The taste is very crisp, full caramel flavors. Decent body and fell. Overall it has some nice caramel flavors' not bad.

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Photo of jlindros
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Decent fizzy smaller head clear orange almost tab color.

Nose little macro lager like, extract corn sugar, little sweet husky note, light grassy grainy malts, toasted, faint grassy hop, very light overall.

Taste semi sweet sticky malt, little grainy grassy malt, more macro lager flavours, corn sugar and extract like, light crisp lager, faint touch unhappy lager, almost sulfur but not quite some mineral thing. Mild herbal grassy hop, light bitterness. Finish sticky sweet, attempt to be crisp but not quite, lingering macro lager flavor, mineral note, grassy hop.

Mouth med to lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall at least it's not a big sweet caramel bomb, but it's still a macro like tasting lager unfortunately.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a golden color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades down to nearly nothing

S: A little bit of maltiness but not really all that much. Almost like an AAL

T: Better and bolder than the nose, but it's mostly still just a malty sweetness with no complexity. Not too redeeming

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A borderline ok o-fest. Not very complex but still a step up from most macros. Definitely take it or leave it

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Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/17...clearly I enjoyed more than the consensus. Light to medium amber, thick white foam. Very clingy. Lighter buttery malt nose. Malty taste bright and citrussy. Buttery taste as well. Quite bready. Solid.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 10/7/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, some fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with lager yeast and a hearty malt character up front. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and fruit. The hops presence is mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, and slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, earth, caramel, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but nothing really stands out about this one.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear golden amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some orange + deep golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and grainy malts with a light amount of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted grain malts with a hint of caramel and just a touch of sweetness. There is a light amount of earthy + spicy hops in the finish which lingers for a short while.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Somewhat lighter in body and flavor than I would expect for the Märzen style. Seems a touch watered down and is nothing special though the alcohol is well hidden. I would not grab this one again though it was not horrible.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%

Appearance (3.75) : This one spilled over the glass on me. So you could say it has a pretty big cap. It was about 3 fingers before I sucked it off the top and then wiped up the rest with a rag. The lacing is webby and leaves cool patterns. The body is a festive autumn leaf color with a goldish bronze and is quite transparent.

Aroma (3.75) : Some nutmeg, clove, cinnamon spice, along with gourd and pumpkin flesh. Hint of brown sugar. Par for the course.

Taste (3.25) : Quite similar to Schell's offering, it is much like an amber ale. It's got a sour/bitter amber thing going on, and then ends pleasant with toasted malt and a hint of brown sugar. Slightly tangy on the tongue. I am not a fan of the taste overall.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Crisp, dry, very slightly creamy. Ends with an oak-y dryness.

Overall (3.41) : A bit disappointed in this offering from Shiner. It's just too much like a stale bitter amber beer and doesn't have enough festivities in its profile to make it a competitive mar-zen. The finish leaves you with a pleasant true-to-style flavor, but the body itself is pretty poor. I'd skip this one and try a different Oktoberfest.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, procured in one of the surprisingly strange Denver food store liquor add-ons.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few instances of sudsy specked lace in places around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of bready, biscuity caramel malt, earthy yeast, somewhat sour red apple, and leafy, weedy, and kind of grassy hops. The taste is steady grainy, crackery caramel malt, a more even and sugary stewed apple note, suggestions of winter corn, ethereal gritty yeast, and softly rendered earthy and leafy noble hops.

The effervescence is pleasantly laid-back in its lilting frothiness, the body a bit on the light side of medium weight, and perhaps a tad clammy in its otherwise quotidian smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the chimera malt riding things out without the use of the handrails.

An agreeable enough version of the style, and a folksy ode to the brewery's historical roots. Not sure how this works in the relative heat of the central Texas 'autumn', but here in nippy Denver, it simply hits the spot.

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Photo of C1000
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Simple, not too carbonated, interesting flavor. A lot more relaxed than many Oktoberfest beers. Pretty chill though. I like it. It's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of EastCoastMinnesotan
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Enjoyable. Good amount of malt but not overly malty/sweet. Whether it not it's a prototypical Octoberfest I can't say but the 6 pack I bought for a gathering disappeared quickly.

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Photo of fx20736
4.01/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single bottle from Wegmans Hylan Dr on 9/27/14. Poured into a dimpled mug at fridge temp.

appearance: medium amber with a thin off white head.

smell: lightly toasted grain, maybe some corn sweetness and modest but respectable hops.

taste: sweet caramel on top of toasted grain. Hops balance it nicely. Clean finish.

mouthfeel: decent

overall: Surprisingly tasty, super easy to drink. the best Shiner beer I have had. Nicely unpretensious, the sum is greater than its' parts.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: clear; copper colored; 2 finger light khaki head that receded slowly to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: sweet malt; toffee, bread;

T: toffee from start to finish; flavor seems a little watered down; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation;

O: enjoyable, but not complex at all;

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -3%

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 wac9
2/5  rDev -40.3%

what a big disappiontment somebody told they like this so i had to try it wow big time bad and ok color with a taste like an old sock nothing more to say but stay away from this one

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Photo of Treyliff
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle to pint glass

A- pours a clear golden color with a foamy and creamy two-finger white head that retains nicely after the pour

S- dry grainy malt with a whiff of caramel, floral hop, earthy, metallic

T- toasted crust maltiness with some caramel malt flavors, dry grain, herbal & floral hop notes, slightly metallic finish

M- medium-light body with moderate biting carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish, pretty drinkable

O- easy drinking Oktoberfest, but I'd put it slightly below average for the style. The metallic finish was off-outing as well

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Photo of delta490
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%

Poured out a medium amber, clear and effervescent. A mildly creamy white head leaves a little lacing. The aroma is grainy and slightly astringent. The aroma is a little less abrasive, with some nice, if nondescript, malt notes. There is a decent amount of carbonation. It is truly OK.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -3%

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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Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
77 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.