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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 EastCoastMinnesotan
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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%
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 -4.7%
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 -3.6%

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 -40.7%

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 -1.8%
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 -1.2%

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 -3.6%

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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Photo of RexBanner
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%

I picked up a bottle of Spoetzl Brewery's Shiner Oktoberfest last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I thought I would keep the Oktoberfest theme going and give this one from Shiner a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's got a simple and clean look to it, but I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a clear golden amber color that took on more of an amber color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This was a good looking Marzen, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a light sweet malt, caramel malt and grainy malt aroma with the grainy malts seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some clean lager yeast followed by the hops which impart a earthy and slightly soapy aroma with a light toasted aroma showing up in the end. This beer had a decent aroma, but I wish it wasn't the grainy malts that stuck out the most.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with the grainy malts still showing up the most, but this time the malts are lighter. Up next comes a watery flavor followed by a light metallic flavor. On the finish there's a slight apple cider flavor followed by some earthy hops with no bitterness and it had a apple cider, grainy and watery aftertaste. This beer didn't taste that great, it had some off aspects that prevented it from being as good as i could be.

M- Smooth, a little clean, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but I wish it was a little cleaner.

Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer and I thought it was a slightly below average example of the style, it seemed like it was going the right direction, but when I got to the taste it started to go downhill and it had some off flavors that prevented it from being as good and clean as it could be. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was smooth, a little clean, crisp, not filling, but the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention and one is enough for me, any more than that and I think the off aspects would really start to wear on me. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance to me that was the aspect that was the truest to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it just had some off aspects that hurt it and made it not too enjoyable. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's not hard to find better American made Oktoberfest and I can't say I would recommend it for the same reason. All in all this beer just wasn't for me, that metallic flavor was a pretty big deal breaker for me. It's now one of my least favorite American made Marzens and it's also now my least favorite beer from Shiner. Better luck next time guys, this one needs some work.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

12oz Brown bottle with twist-off cap and no bottled on date. Poured into a Mason jar glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper amber with 2 fingers of head that receded quickly but I am very impressed with the lacing that is better than any other shiner beer

Smell: Biscuit and lightly toasted bread

Taste: Bready malt up front with a little floral hop character in the middle and a slightly sweet but clean finish

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation but not thin

Overall: A solid Oktoberfest that is still one of my go-to Märzens. There is a great balance between the toasted malt flavor and bitter, floral hop notes. A nice clean finish to top it all off.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Sampled this evening on 8/31/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 14 ounce 'Texas" glass boot.

Pours a copper-amber in color with a good 2-finger head that stays around for a while. Some decent lacing is seen when sipped. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, and malts but not real strong. Pretty much the same with taste also. No bitter or harsh aftertaste. Not as 'hoppy' as other Oktoberfest brews I have had at all. Lighter to medium-bodied. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%

Pours a clear orange color from the bottle with a 2 " head. Foam lasts throughout the beer at one finger. Carbonation is good. Not a lot on the nose other than wheat. The taste was disappointing. Some spice (cinnamon, all spice not sure) then a not so great

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Photo of puboflyons
3/5  rDev -11%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 29, 2014.

It pours golden amber with a big and fairly long lasting white head. Good lacing.

The aroma is not very prominent but I pick up roasted German malts but also a sort of soapy character.

Light to medium body.

Still toasted bread in the flavor with a bit more bitterness. Nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of jaredtp
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Shiner Oktoberfest beer was a good beer. I really enjoyed tge aroma of the beer, I also enjoyed the taste of this beer. I liked that it had a strong smell to it. I also really enjoyed the taste of the beer, it had some what of a heavy taste. At least to me it did but I liked and enjoyed this beer. I have always liked shiner beers.

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Photo of Foyle
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a 2"+ off white fluffy head that recedes slowly leaving moderate lacing. Color is amber/light copper. Significant carbonation bubbles streaming.
Aroma: pleasant odors of toffee, toasted bread, slight hop aroma.
Mouthfeel: somewhat watery and sticky. Finish is fairly dry.
Flavor: Typical of the style, malty and dominated by caramel/toffee flavors, bready, and some hop balance.
Overall: I was impressed with this Marzen. Pleasant and easy drinking.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy/semi-clear, orange/amber with two fingers of white head that dissolved into a half of a finger of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty and very hoppy with notes of orange zest, clover and caramel.

Taste: Very malty and bready up front, like toasted English muffins, sweetened by caramel and some semi-sweet citrus, like orange marmalade, finished with some beautifully balanced hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very solid, very delicious American version of an Oktoberfest beer! Actually, it’s one of my favorites and one that I always get every October. Great balance between malt and hops and I really like the citrus flavors too!

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Photo of MDDMD
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-orange amber color with a decent off-white head and some lacing

S-malt, toffee, slight fruit

T-malt, toffee, hint of fruit, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, astringent

O-average Oktoberfest beer, lacks depth of flavor

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Photo of Wortman1998
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very typical Marzen style beer. Good typically rich color, decent yellowish colored head. It is what it is - it's another Octoberfest beer - not great, but not bad. (in truth, I may be getting enough of the Octoberfest beers, they are all starting to be so similar).

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Photo of Huffs
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a nice full head with medium retention and not much lacing. Had a nice amber color, clear with a mild aroma. Some hins of malt and caramel in the smell. Had a nice flavor with notes of caramel and toasted nuts. Nice medium to full mouthfeel with a cool lasting aftertaste.

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Photo of Gmann
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear toasted straw color with some amber highlights. The white head is soapy and small but leaves some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is grainy and has loads of metallic notes. Some light sulfur. It basically has the same aroma as a macro lager.

The taste has a caramel/toffee sweetness. A bit too aggressive as it tastes artifical. Light metallic notes and a subtle grain. The malt is slightly bready but not much. A hint of toast.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but the finish is bone dry, almost astringent. A hazy bitterness in the finish as well.

Seems to be a beefed up macro lager. I'd be happy if the macro lagers did taste like this though as the grainy, DMS doesn't come through. It is still a rather weak showing for the style.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I found this to be a very ample and tasty Octoberfest. Malty, aromatic, flavorful, with a very nice marzen type body. Hops are low but crispness is high, and overall drinkability is nice. I could certainly drink plenty of these at a nice fall festival, or on a saturday afternoon. Good job Spoetzl.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12 ounce longneck into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about a half inch of head which sticks around, coating the sides of the glass. The beer is an orange-brown with medium carbonation.

Light malt on the nose with maybe just a whiff of hop aroma. A biscuity taste is present, with some subtle fruitiness, with just a touch of lingering bitterness. Nice burpiness and crispness, and quite smooth. A very easy drinking beer.

This is the best Oktoberfest beer that I've tried recently. You can't get this beer where I live*, but you can get it here, in Sheridan, Wyoming. This town has an excellent local brewery and an awesome selection, particularly at Star Liquor. Quite a welcome change from most Wyoming towns, where you can get all THREE brands of beer- Bud, Coors and Miller.

*As of Fall 2015, this beer is now available in my area. Smart move guys.

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Photo of alphagnome
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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Photo of DIM
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

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