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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 272
Hads: 1,014
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 StoutHunter
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%

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 +26.9%

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 +19.4%

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 -9.9%

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 -10.4%

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 +9.3%
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 +6.9%
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 +9.9%
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 -1.8%
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 -3.3%
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 +3%
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 -10.4%
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 +11.9%
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 +9%
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 -6.6%
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 -3.3%
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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Photo of rangerred
2.6/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light copper with a one finger fluffy white head. Surprisingly good head retention and lacing.

Smell has a definite metallic note along with some corn and cooked vegetables. A little toast and caramel as well but it is definitely in the background.

The flavor is about as bad as the aroma. More metal followed by nasty old corn. Followed by caramel and toffee and a little toasted malt. A silky sweetness along with a watery mouthfeel. Bitterness is on the very light side.

Overall, a pretty poor example of the style. Not a good beer from Shiner either. Really one to just avoid.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.61/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shiner Oktoberfest

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mason jar. Out of the fridge cold.

A) Amber with two fingers of foam to the top. This settles to a dusting. Nice retention and a bit of lacing.

S) Malty, a little sweetness, bread crust, hint of grass. Mainly malt sweetness though...

T) A little caramel sweetness, lightly toasted bread , grain, floral/grassy hops.

M) Medium body with moderate carbonation. This was crisp, and went down smooth. Easy drinking...

O) I've consumed my fair share of Oktoberfest beers, and I enjoyed this one. By no means is this a shitty beer. Seems slightly underrated.

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Photo of ronniebruner
2.15/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I really hate to give a Shiner product such a low score but this beer is just awful, I was very disappointed since Shiner tend to brew quality brews. The beer pours a nice caramel color with a hint of sugary malts, and it goes downhill from there. The beer tastes very strange, like it is stale or overly sugared. It is sweet and pungent at the same time. It leaves a horrible dirty aftertaste in your mouth and I literally could get only one person to drink one in its entirety. The first time Shiner has let me down, but I am still a fan nonetheless, just steer clear of this bad brew.

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Photo of Fergyx825
1.35/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: A dark copper color, exactly what i'd expect from a Oktoberfest. Some head on the edges of the glass, and a little bit over the surface of the beer. I'm not disappointed by the appearance of this beer.

Smell: No so much flavor as i'd expect from an Oktoberfest. Alcohol is evident on the smell. This beer sort of just smells like a bud heavy or most generic light beers.

Taste: Very bitter. Not very much flavor, just alot of alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, and medium thickness. These don't match each other very well. This beer isn't match up well against other Oktoberfest.

Overall: Is this an Oktoberfest or a regular domestic american brew?

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Dark burnt orange with a finger of quickly dissipating khaki head.

S - Very sweet smelling, caramel, bread, and roasted malts.

T - Again, quite sweet, the caramel is the main flavor here, with bready, roasted malts taking the back seat. Very slight bitterness, rounded off well with the amount of sweetness.

M - Moderate body, moderate-to-high carbonation. A slight sticky sweetness lingers.

O - I think this beer is way underrated here. It's got the right amount of caramel, roasted malt, and sweetness. It could be a little thicker, but it's easy drinking and probably my favorite beer from Shiner.

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Photo of maleman
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Big, two-finger head that receded quickly. Carbonation bubbles hugged the sides like cola. Nice, dark-amber color. As it drained, there was some sticky lacing.

S - Malty biscuit dominates the nose, little else was detectable.

T - Some pepper, but mostly a tinny alcohol was up front. Did not pick up much hoppiness at all.

M - Something less than medium-bodied. Not much aftertaste, but then again, not much taste at all.

O - This thing went downhill from the appearance, to the smell, to the taste. I was disappointed since I like Shiner's bock, and farmer's ale, and since Oktoberfests is a genre I really enjoy each fall!

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Photo of metter98
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear yellowish copper in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down and left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with hints of earthy yeast.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste is quite malty and has flavors of toasted malts and earthy yeast along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has some characteristics of German märzens but seems a little lighter in body.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A nice looking copper colored clear beer with a momentary one finger head.

Sweet malty aroma fades with the head. Some graininess and a little hops.

Grainy, sweet, slightly hoppy flavor

A relatively thin mouthfeel gives way a dry, somewhat bitter finish.

Honestly, this Oktoberfest was better than I thought it would be. If you are like me, and not at all impressed by Shiner, this still may be worth a try.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle.

Clear-amber and slightly orange in colour. The nose didn't have much to it with only a slight malt-sweetness. The taste was more complex than the smell with a nice sweet-malt upfront taste. It was pretty typical for an Oktoberfest-style beer.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

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Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
77 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.