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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner OktoberfestShiner Oktoberfest

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Ratings: 937
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 147 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 937 | Reviews: 259
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of mobrockman
4.25/5  rDev +28%

Photo of barczar
3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of OCdrummer7271
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of bcsbeer
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Sara
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of cwreay90
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of JoeyDante
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of woosterbill
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
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.


Photo of mooseisloose
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of ahart3
4.25/5  rDev +28%

Photo of ddibella84
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of LittleRedJenn
3.66/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of Annette_Esperanza
1/5  rDev -69.9%

Photo of Caskaway
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of MaximalC
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of LJWalker
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of Cambo04
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.62/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of nitter
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of BlackBeerDown
4/5  rDev +20.5%

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Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 937 ratings.