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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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282 Reviews

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: battlekow on 09-21-2005

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Photo of utopiajane
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is as much a creative and unique beer as any from a craft brewer. Shiner Oktoberfest.

Pours a copper orange very clear bright. It has a lush head that is slow to fall. Exceptional brightness. The nose has a bit of caramel and some fruity hop spice. The hops are vibrant. The drink is mild and toasty but it does have a sweet backing. Bread and bubbles finish it cheerfully. The hops presence on this beer is playful.As I am drinking I find myself asking what kind of hops are in this beer? I like them and they are that prominent.The toasty malt begins to unfold in the flavor and it's that roundness that lingers and echos as an impertinent hop gives a slight showing of bitterness. it has a sweetness in the finish but the flavors are so pleasant . Is it to style? It meets style because of the roundness because it does not finish too sweet and because that light bit of caramel and hop really taste good.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad "O" fest beer but not the best I've had. Still surprisingly tasty.
Pours nice see thru golden orange. Very little head with no lacing. Smells malty with a little orange and caramel.
Taste is a bit flat for me. But actually has alot of flavor. Hints of light hops, malts, little orange burst and a caramel finish. Makes this brew all right in my book.
I still prefer leinenkugel or sam adams.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I’m doing an Octoberfest beer review extravaganza and this one is beer number three on my list. I was a little disappointed that most brewers release Octoberfest varieties in August, but at least I don’t have to wait all the way until September or October. This one by Shiner, which I am not familiar with, boasts a 5.8% ABV and plenty to offer.

Look-It pours a clear orange amber color with no head. The lacing is moist, drooping, and delicate.

Smell-It smells of sweet malts like caramel or chocolate covered oranges. The latter of which undoubtedly comes from the subtle citrus hop component that was a nice surprise.

Taste-It tastes of orange and grapefruit rind slightly as well as some toasted grains in the form of caramel. The flavor is nice, but subtle and there are a few things going on in there.

Mouthfeel-This medium-bodied brew is malt-forward, but does sport little hops that come out in the form of citrus and maybe a tinge of grass. The sweetness is light and lingers in a fine coating on the tongue.

Overall-This was a bit better than I had anticipated and I think that I will try this one again when the leaves turn this shade of orange copper in the fall. Cheers!

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Photo of Carrier4
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

This brewery is just not very good, I like there bock, but its not even a true bock. This beer was not good either, go easy on the pumpkin Texas rangers.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look is pleasantly...well...Octoberish. Fairly clear. Enjoyed in a stein with octagonal bottom. Head retention wasn't great, but it laced well. On the nose, it's little different than a Miller High Life, for example. As beer-smelling as beer can get. Sweet tasting, but as it lingers, more bread-like. Slightly bitter and bready aftertaste. Gently warms mouth long after swallowed. Moderately carbonated, not too thin, quite refreshing. I'm not generally a huge fan of Märzens or Bocks, but I can make exceptions.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a clear orange appearance. Strong caramel aroma with hints of grain. Like an amplified version of the German originals. More maltiness up front, more hops on the finish. Very smooth finish, crisp and full-bodied.

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Photo of tigg924
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste is biscuit, light caramel, and a touch of hops. Hits all of the expected marzen notes and is a bit sweeter than I am used to in the style. An above average and affordable representation of the style, that I would consider getting again, even though I prefer other marzens.

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was probably the best Oktoberfest that I had this year. The flavor and texture were just something I looked forward to every time I picked up the glass. To me the only real shortcoming was that the foam kind of gave up quickly instead of standing off as I drank it.

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Photo of Carolvs
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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 +1.5%
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 -1.2%

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 +2.7%
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 +9.5%
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 -3.3%
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 -3.6%

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 +5.3%
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 -5.9%
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 -6.2%
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 +19.9%
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 +9.5%
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 -1.8%
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 -3.9%
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 -1.8%

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 +4.7%
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 +3.9%

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