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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery

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767 Ratings

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Ratings: 767
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OverToad on 08-01-2010)
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

VaterRoss, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz. brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I usually enjoy beers from this brewery.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and pretty bad retention. Colour is a transparent dark yellow.

Sm: Marzen hops and light caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: Marzen hops over lightly toasted malt with some slight caramel. All around very simple, but pleasant nonetheless. Balanced and built well.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour generally. Not too thick or too thin.

Dr: A very drinkable beer. I'd try it on draught, but otherwise it's just not interesting enough to pursue. I'd recommend it to fans of the style, but elsewise it's not worth picking up. This brewery has better offerings.

kojevergas, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +20.5%

RoryOMoore, Dec 04, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

barnzy78, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

RustyBoltz, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of joelBfrasier
3/5  rDev -9.6%

joelBfrasier, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of KC9LDB
4/5  rDev +20.5%

KC9LDB, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of dehjosh
4/5  rDev +20.5%

dehjosh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of TicoCali
4/5  rDev +20.5%

TicoCali, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +20.5%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -9.6%

ROGUE16, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a pretty clear amber with a thick, fine-bubbled off-white head. Malty aroma has a nice fruity note. Mouth-filling flavor is fruity, almost entirely apple, and malty with just a hint of caramel. Crisp, smooth texture is quite fizzy and leaves a fruity, tingly finish. Overall, OK if not outstanding.

Cyberkedi, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

videofrog, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tvv375ia
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-poured a very clear amber color with a little over a finger of head that faded down fairly quickly with not much lacing

S-not much smell but there is some sweet malt that finally comes through

T-much like the smell, not alot but there is a nice carmel sweetness with a slight bitter finish

M-nice carbonation

O-easy to drink with the alcohol virtually undetectable not a lot of flavor to think about just put in the glass and enjoy

tvv375ia, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very clear beer that has a light copper tone to it, almost a burnt orange color and it’s topped off with a nice thick tan head. It smells crisp and has hunts a wheat, malts and some mild citrus. Its light on the tongue and feels crisp with some mild carbonation. There is some mild bitterness to it over all, some mild hops and some bread flavors do come through. Its aftertaste is bitter but not overwhelming and the alcohol is well hidden.

vickersspitfire, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks go to pmsawyer for sharing this brew and an assortment of others during our recent gathering. Twist off cap from a 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. As the brew is being poured it looks much lighter than expected but as it settles in the glass, it displays brilliant clarity and a light copper color. A finger of slightly off-white head forms across the top and slowly fades down to a lacing across the top. Upon closer inspection there is some fine particulate hanging around in suspension.

The smell of this brew includes some malty sweetness caught somewhere between caramel and toffee. Hops are evident with a character that is a mixture of citrus and more floral notes. There is a light mineral aspect present as well as some buttery diacetyl across the back.

The taste has a light caramel malt feel that spreads into more of a buttery biscuit character. Hops come right into play with an earthy herbal bitterness that is modest enough to keep the residual sweetness dwarfed. The finish is quite crisp with a lasting flavor of light buttered popcorn, caramel to toffee sweetness that is a bit toasty and herbal hops bring up the back.

It is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. The finish was pretty much spot on with what I expected in this style, very crisp and enjoyable. The alcohol for the most part was well hidden until the brew got warmer. Once warm it almost had a bit of a cheesy aspect to it which got interested but overall not bad.

stakem, Oct 30, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shiner Oktoberfest pours a light amber color that has a bit of a rusty cast to it. The head is beige and possesses a slightly above average head retention and leaves great lacing.

The aroma is bready, grainy and has a slight caramel aroma to it. It is a fairly subdued nose, but seems to fit style fairly well.

The flavor is clean crisp with a little bit of bready and caramely sweetness that blends with some grain as well as a bit of spicy hop character. The beer has a nice balance between sweet and dry and is only lacking in that the flavor is not very robust.

The body of this beer is medium with a mouthfeel that seems to have a carbonation level that is a bit on the high side. It finishes very well though with some sweet caramel and spice notes lingering after each sip.

Overall this is a pretty run of the mill marzen, but not one that I would turn up my nose at. It almost comes off as a bit of a “marzen lite,” but it is quite drinkable.

zoso1967, Oct 29, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Joe Canal's down in Woodbridge. Even though I'm not much of a Marzen fan, this was worth trying out if for no other reason that I felt sorry for what Texas had to go through in the 9th and 10th innings during last night's game. Shiner makes a big deal out of being from the Lone Star State but like most other Marzens, this went down pretty easily and didn't have much of anything going for it.

The pour was nothing memorable, with a good amount of head that quickly faded, accompanied by a somewhat radiant brown hue. Not a lot of lacing to this and the aroma was that of the Saaz hops that were found in this beer. As for the taste and mouthfeel, the carbonation was a bit too high and the consistency was too soapy to fully enjoy. Some grass and sourness were here too but even after quaffing the contents of my glass down, I was hard pressed to find much of anything else here. This almost reminded me of the Shiner Bock without any caramel or sweetness, as this had a more German taste to it.

I suppose that had I bought a 6-pack, I could have downed it all in one sitting. The alcohol can't be felt here and I was surprised how high it was when I looked on here. This wouldn't blow anyone away but for a night out with the guys, this would be a good choice to celebrate the season. Whether this is a worthy beer to watch during an epic collapse by the bullpen is another matter.

JerzDevl2000, Oct 28, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Orange amber color with a quickly diminishing thick head. Good clarity.

Aroma - Good malt aroma with faint hops.

Taste - Prominent malt sweetness offset with light hop bitterness giving a dry finish.

Texture - Good carbonation. Medium body.

Overall Impression - Very drinkable enjoyable interpretation of the style. Somewhat lacking in malt depth.

pmsawyer, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Paincane
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber colored clear pour into my Southern Tier pint glass. Produces an off-white head that leaves a ring of lace.
S: Malt, toffee and caramel aromas emanate from the glass although this beer does not have much nose.
T: Slightly sweet toffee and caramel up front. Malt and slight spice.
M: Medium bodied with active carbonation.
O: Enjoyable brew that is worth repeating.

Paincane, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of KyleVick4
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in 16oz pint glass

A: Beautiful beer. Pours with lots, albeit thin, head that hugs the glass on the way down. Crystal clear and a crisp copper color. Yum.

S: Minimal. Sorta kinda smell some malt.

T: Nice little brew. I'm not a fan of the style personally but this one has a good carmel up front but its not overpowering malt like most Oktoberfests. A well placed touch of spicy hops.

M: Quite carbonated but it feels in balance for the style. Light mouthfeel.

O: Great fall session beer.

KyleVick4, Oct 24, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange with a creamy fat head that fades slowly and leaves nice rings.

The aroma is malty with lots of rich caramel and notes of toffee. Spicy hops peek through. I think saaz.

Pushing the envelope for the style on the hops, but I don't mind. Nice spicy, grassy finish keeps a big malty, caramel backbone from lingering.

Smooth and medium. Slightly thin for the style.

I really enjoyed it. A bit watery for the style, and hoppy but still a solid beer.

JayS2629, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of gtermi
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours an orange color with a thicker head.

S: I pick up a lot of malt, some grain and faint hops.

T: The taste isnt as bad as I was expecting. It has some malty, some some caramel and a bit of sweetness.

M: The beer had a decent amount of carbonation. Something I dont really care for, but it was still pretty smooth.

O: This beer wasnt bad at all. Above average and one of the few I have enjoyed from Spoetzl.

gtermi, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of MrDonQuixote
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an oversized wine glass:

A- light copper color, much lighter then I expected it to be. head is slight, maybe a quarter of an inch to half an inch.

S- Smells overwhelmingly of malt, as expected. Grain and hops are also slightly present

T- Carmel malt is the most apparent taste. Very sweet, with a slight hop bitterness on the finish.

M- Quite smooth because of the malty body. carbonation is definitely a little too present.

O- Decent for the Octoberfest style, but nothing stands out in this one

MrDonQuixote, Oct 16, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter; tried on tap a week later

Appearance: light orange, half finger head that quickly disappears; good lacing

Smell: malt, barley, hops

Taste: a very light, malty taste with yeastiness and a slight hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: light with low carbonation

Overall: I really wasn't impressed with this one from a bottle. Then I tried it on tap and the taste was much more promising. Interesting how much of a difference "fresh" makes. This is a good "stepping stone" beer for those unfamiliar with O-fest brews.

brewskifan55, Oct 16, 2011
Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 767 ratings.