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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
okay

925 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 925
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 134 | 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

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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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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
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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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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2.32/5  rDev -30.1%

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3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.69/5  rDev +11.1%
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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3.26/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.