Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 253
Hads: 947
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 13
Gots: 173 | 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 Fergyx825
1.35/5  rDev -59.6%
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? (673 characters)

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of maleman
3/5  rDev -10.2%
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! (681 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.24/5  rDev -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. (624 characters)

Photo of UnderPressure
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of NilocRellim
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of Ford
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a regular pint glass.

This is a really good oktoberfest in my opinion. Just the right amount of caramel and bitterness. SHiner is always dependably good to me.

If you are in Houston I like the Karbach Karbachtoberfest better and Saint Arnold about the same. (278 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper-amber color with excellent clarity; small, off-white head fades fast. Heavy, malty aroma; caramel and toffee with a slight tartness to it, and some grains in the background. The taste has a slightly metallic flavor that is a little off-putting. It comes hand in hand with an apple skin and grape-like sweetness that hits immediately but fades quickly. Caramel malt undertones play throughout the whole sip. Grains are heavy in the aftertaste, toasted and bready. Very low hop profile in this one, maybe some dry florals in the background but at this point, it's a stretch to even say that they're really there. A mild cheesiness comes out as it warms up, again, a little off-putting but not so much as to make it undrinkable. Some leafiness in the very back end of the brew, but it doesn't feel very "hoppy". An astringent bitterness lingers afterwards, with some fading malts and yeast. Thin body, a touch of creaminess, but overall pretty thin with medium carbonation.

Eh, not awful, but not something I'll be likely to revisit. A couple weird off-flavors keep this one from being a solid Oktoberfest. Definitely many better options out there. (1,161 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/23/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden copper color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big pear, apple, caramel, apricot, toast, bread, light pepper, and light herbal. Nice and pleasant aromas with solid strength and balance. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, toast, biscuit, toffee, light nuttiness, and light earthy herbal spiciness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, and earthy herbal on the finish for a bit. Some pretty nice flavor balance and robustness; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good Oktoberfest style. Very solid flavor balance and robustness; and very smooth to drink. I enjoyed this quite a bit. (1,052 characters)

Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner's Oktoberfest pours out orange, with a head that leaves thick lacing. The aroma is richly malty. The taste follows the nose, with a nice, approachable, yet full malty flavor. It's pretty mellow compared to most American interpretations of the style, but it's really nice. The mouthfeel is light and velvety, and the drinkability is good. Overall, a solid Oktoberfest that seems a bit underrated here. (407 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden orange color with a fleeting half inch ivory head that dissipated into a ring of foam.

Cardboard, corn, and sweet caramel malt comprise the initial aroma with toasted bread and floral hops rounding out the profile.

Flavor reveals caramelization, with melanoidins taking center stage. Deep malty flavor, accompanied by toasted bread crust, a tinge if citrus, and slightly peppery hops add intrigue.

Body is pretty moderate, with carbonation tending toward the higher side.

Overall, more complex malt character than anticipated from shiner. Not on par with the top examples, but a decent brew. (620 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear copper body with an inch of ultra-fine white head. Ok retention, very nice lace. Good.

S: Simple, pleasant maltiness. Plenty of caramel, some toastiness, and a bit of walnut. Solid.

T: Follows the nose. Sweet, malty, and simple. Tasty enough, but pretty boring and forgettable.

M: Slick light-to-medium body with some fine carbonation. Ok.

O: Pretty middle-of-the-road. Nothing offensive, nothing impressive.

Cheers! (463 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this seasonal from Spoetzel, says it is a Marzen style Oktoberfest. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top, I get a dry hoppy smell with a hint of metallic clove. Pours to a light bronze color with a pillowy, clingy and robust tan colored head. The taste is consistent with the smell, sweet up front with a slightly bitter metallic bitterness that lingers to a fading bitter finish. Mouthfeel has a moment where it is watery in the middle but overall it is a non-factor. Head has excellent staying power. I usually steer away from Oktoberfests due to being overly sweet, but Spoetzel has put enough bitter hopping in this beer to make it tasty. I would drink again. (686 characters)

Photo of LittleRedJenn
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: new pennies with a dark khaki lather that settles down fairly quickly
S: bakery-esque, like rising rye bread preced by a faintly sweet aroma--also, funnily enough, smells very similar to the way skin smells after a spray tan session--but in a good way??
T: acidic top note (slightly metallic), followed by caramel and fresh baked bread, toasty finish
M: thicker but not overly chewy or rich

One of my favorite seasonal beers, overall. Love love love the unique color. I like that it has a similar flavor profile to darker beer, but I can drink several without feeling like I ate a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings. (627 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber in color with a respectable khaki head. Aroma smells of clean, floral hops and mild caramel sweetness. A trace amount of skunkiness may be present as well, but not obnoxiously so. Flavor is noticeably milder than the aroma, and the aroma wasn't especially bold to begin with. I would assume I'm tasting some caramel malt and mild hops, but it's so vague that it would be hard to surmise without having seen and smelled it before drinking. A decent amount of lacing clings to the glass as the beer recedes, which is respectable. Carbonation lends a creamy mouthfeel and would be just right if only there were a bit more substance to offset it. As is, it feels slightly too thin and watery. This beer might really have something going for it if only it had more flavor and body. Without, it remains a safe, sessionable beer with naught to write home about. (866 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slight foam with ok lacing and decent carbonation. Dark orange.

Smell: Cherries and caramels. I would would like a bit more of the cherry smell. It is an excellent change of pace and something pleasantly unexpected.

Taste/Mouthfeel: VERY dry. Flavor consists of dark fruit (i.e., cherries) and faint, indistinct hops. Definitely some nice combinations overall.

Overall Drinkability: I can't say that Shiner has ever disappointed me. I will look for some more beers from them. (490 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

It smells of bread, has some some sweet notes and quite a bit of grain.

Bready sweet up front with some bitterish notes on the back end though the bread returns in the finish.

Not a bad stab at the style from Shiner. (273 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner Oktoberfest has a medium, cream-colored head, a bubbly, clear, copper appearance, and a some thick lacing left behind. The aroma is of medium-roasted, sweet and sour barley malt and brown bread. Taste is of the same character, with some hop bitterness present at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Shiner Oktoberfest finishes mostly dry, crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, this is a good beer.

RJT (437 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured aggressively and got a ridiculous amount of foam. Wound up getting to a finger. Bunch of lacing. Typical clear Oktoberfest color.

Smell: Average. All I'll say. Malt. Oktoberfest. Mild. Yep.

Taste/feel: The taste... well, I enjoyed it a little bit more as it warmed up a tad, but. Meh. I've had better. I kept getting a metallic taste on and off, and it got pretty irritating. When I didn't get it, I got a respectable Oktoberfest flavor. The feel is one of the better parts of this -- creamy with a middle-of-the-road amount of carbonation.

A pretty good Oktoberfest. Not something worth raving about, but respectable. (640 characters)

Photo of raznug
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This Oktoberfest pours a clear deep orange color and is topped with 1” of off white head that lingers very tastefully quite a few drinks into the pint.
Smell: This beer smells very German to me it smells like a marzen should with a good base of malt aroma and a bread or yeast aroma that just screams German.
Taste: The taste is the classic marzen style as well it has a malt base with the bready flavor that I associate with a lot of German style beers. This is a very well done marzen style beer.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer that is very easy drinking and flows around the palate nicely. Spoetzl Brewing did a good job on this beer. (662 characters)

Photo of tzieser
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: clear copper in colder with a fluffy white head that settles into a thin lacing.

S: sweet malts with a grassy hop aroma.

T: caramel malt notes with a subtle bitter hop flavor. fairly well balanced.

M: alright mouthfeel.

A good take on a classic German style but I've had better. Glad it wasn't the hot mess that shiner bock was. (335 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a semi-transparent light red with a small white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing. Smells of some light aroma of dark roasted malt, but nothing too strong. Tastes of very slight fruity taste with the dark roasted malt, quite inviting. Light bodied beer with perfect carbonation, definitely a nice session beer. Overall, a slightly above average beer. (428 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Clear orange with a one finger of an off white head.

S- Grassy, herbal, very grainy, a slight sugary fruit. Light and crisp smelling.

T- A simple maltyness and a slight grainy flavor at first. Some caramel and crisp germam style grains. Slight fruit flavor, some toffee.

M- Fairly light bodied and high in carbonation. easy drinking.

O- This is a pretty plain and overall average beer. Its good for the money but Id rather spend an extra buck and get SA Oktoberfest. (513 characters)

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Pilsner glass, no freshness date.

Filtered clear, this beer needs a hard, straight pour to achieve a lasting, thick light chestnut head. Oktoberfest's visage is light yellow biased orange, copper.

There is a trademark Shiner matte, slightly metallic toasted malt aroma. There isn't much going on other than whole grain crackers; it's overall a very clean experience.

More range shows in the flavor; golden toast, salty crackers, light caramel, herbal German hops adding some lingering spice in the back of the throat. A dash of fruitiness interrupts the otherwise clean and crisp lager profile.

It's fuller than a Pilsner and not quite as carbonated.

While I wish they would not 'purify' their beers like the big boys, Shiner definitely puts out some stuff better and more adventurous than the big boys, though they aren't one of the small boys. (868 characters)

Photo of donmonkey1
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brownish/amber with a nice thick, foamy, tan head that laces nicely. I would have liked to see more carbonation, but it isn't horrible.

Smell: Too weak to tell. Shiner's letting me down again.

Taste: light metallic malt. What a damn waste.

Shiner needs to quit being so wimpy and start putting out some beer with some flavor. They ought to rename themselves the "let down brewery". This beer tastes cheap and crappy. It's better than malt liquor, but so is mud. With bugs in it. (493 characters)

Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
77 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.