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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery

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669 Ratings

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 10
Gots: 46 | 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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Photo of Bizz88


3.95/5  rDev +19%

Poured a nice clear amber with a creamy light tan head with a descent amount of lacing. Aromas of sweet caramel malts predominated throughout. On the palatte I found it to be a little lighter bodied than most Marzens. But what it lacked in body it made up in taste, with a nice sweet malt on the tongue in true German fashion. One of the better offerings from the folks at Spoetzl. Two thumbs up!

09-01-2010 19:12:21 | More by Bizz88
Photo of vdread


2.88/5  rDev -13.3%

Shiner Marzen-Style Oktoberfest pours a very clear amber with tons of carbonation. the head lingers for a few seconds, then disappears.

smell is grainy with a hint of caramel and earthy hops.

slightly grainy, slightly buttery and dominated by caramel malt. bitterness low, but hops are present. the flavor is weak, with a few distinct characteristics like caramel, toast, buttery, earthy hops, but nothing really pulls it all together for a cohesive flavor.

mouthfeel thin, watery, with a lingering grainy aftertaste.

what is it with Shiner's grainy profile? nearly every one of their beers has it to one degree or another. it's not a good kind of grainy, it's like an abrasive, sour grain water taste. i swear i only keep trying Shiner because i want to support Tejas breweries.

it's easy to drink, especially for Shiner loyals. if you love Shiner's other beers, you'll probably love this.

08-31-2010 03:24:40 | More by vdread
Photo of Flightoficarus


3.68/5  rDev +10.8%

Serving type - Bottle into glass

A - Pours a clear, amber hue with an excellent, off-white head retention and lacing.

S - Smell is of caramel and cereal grains, with minor floral notes

T - Pretty good! Lots of caramel malts up front and throughout the flavor profile. Some grainy/grassy flavors make their way in later in the sip, but hop presence is pretty minimal, and serves only to add balance to the beer. Overall, pretty true to style IMHO.

M - Medium bodied and mildy carbonated. Borderline creamy. Satisfying.

D - I could have a few of these in a row. They go down quite well in mild weather.

Overall - Not being too impressed w/the bock, this beer exceeded my expectations (especially for the price!). If you're looking for a cheap octoberfest/marzen beer from an American brewery that's pretty true to style, this one fits the bill.

08-30-2010 10:06:03 | More by Flightoficarus
Photo of mjurney


3.08/5  rDev -7.2%

Shiner Oktoberfest (aka Shiner 96).

Light golden-amber color, clear. Lots of nice fine bubbles. Soapy head that disappears really quick, leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Malty, slight hint of toasted, dash of grassy hops.

Malty up front, a little toasted-caramel, along with very mild grassy hops at the end. I could detect some dry green apple in the middle. Crisp finish with slight metallic aftertaste. Body is light. Carbonation feels pretty good.

It's pretty decent.

08-29-2010 00:39:06 | More by mjurney
Photo of nerdrocker101


3.33/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours out very clear in a lighter shade of amber with a foamy, modest white head. Smells of sweet malt that's been slightly toasted. The taste is very true to German tradition with a sturdy malt backbone contributing notes of caramel and nuts and just a hint of clean hops. I would say it is fairly medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a clean finish. Certainly not a bad beer, but nothing outstanding.

08-23-2010 21:24:44 | More by nerdrocker101
Photo of albertjr21

New York

3.7/5  rDev +11.4%

From a cold bottle into a frosted pint glass at a saloon in Fort Worth, TX, this poured a clear pale gold color with orange amber highlights under a thick off-white head. The signature "Shiner" aroma of sweet candied malt dominates the nose. The familiar brisk, sweet, and robust malt feel of Oktoberfest takes front and center here and finishes with a crisp palate-sticking dry resonance. Very smooth and refreshing drinkability.

08-23-2010 20:45:28 | More by albertjr21
Photo of miket163


3.7/5  rDev +11.4%

Nice amber with fluffy white head. Classy looking Marzen. Smells of toasty malts, a touch of honey, and a bit of hay. Taste is a semi-sweet malt, the hay notes carry over into it, with some hops at the finish. Nice fall beer, an very good for the style. They could beef up the alcohol content a bit, and this would be on par with Spaten in my opinion.

08-21-2010 04:46:06 | More by miket163
Photo of Kromes


3.53/5  rDev +6.3%

A: Looks very good. A clear darker amber with lots of carbonation and a white head that sits on top of the beer. Good lacing down the glass

S: A strong toasted malt and grain aroma. Sweet smelling with a very slight hop aroma. Reminds me of fall and wet piles of leaves.

T: Sweet nutty, toasted malt flavor with a surprising floral hop flavor. The finish is a little bit bitter, but balances out the sweetness very nicely. The only problem is that I'm getting a metallic tang every now and then. Can't put my finger on it exactly, but it's not good.

M: Good carbonation, maybe a little high. The finish is somewhat bitter and dry.

D: A pretty good Marzen. I would buy it again.

08-20-2010 22:45:08 | More by Kromes
Photo of rtepiak


3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

a decent brew with a hint of stale apple and malt in the initial splash. then a lingering cereal. seems to be a hard thing to get rid of for the brewery but a lot of there lagers have a disappointing malt finish. one dimensional malt that doe not last at all. bitter then plain sugar finish.

08-18-2010 04:35:27 | More by rtepiak
Photo of webbcreative


3.4/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured a light copper color, with a 2 finger white head, that left good lacing.
Smell is just a little bit toasty, bready, and light sweetness from the malt.

Taste is decent, it has an okay sweetness level, I prefer a bit more, has the toasty characteristic - but again, just a little. Maybe a slight nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is medium, but a little more carbonated then I prefer, but its not over the top or anything.

Drinkability, I give this a 2 mug rating, meaning I could drink 2 glasses before I got tired of it. Its a good, easy drinking beer, but it seems to be more of a Marzen Light...

08-16-2010 02:53:52 | More by webbcreative
Photo of Spineypanda


4/5  rDev +20.5%

Pours a nice amber color with a decent and bubbly head.
Smells malty, with a bit of sweetness.
Taste is also malty sweet, with a nice refreshing follow-up. Every now and then I get a bit of a bite in my tasting but its strange, only every now and then.

A really good beer, but not sure I could drink a whole 6pk.

08-14-2010 05:27:40 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of BeanBone


3.43/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance: A crystal-clear amber body capped by a finger and a half of off-white head that burns off quickly and leaves patchy lacing.

Aroma: Earthy hops on top of a grainy malt body with just a hint of burnt sugar.

Flavor: Mildly leafy and earthy hops over a lightly nutty, coppery and cracker-like malt backbone. Maybe a hint of buttery diacetyl. Everything is nicely balanced and each element compliments the others. Sweetness and slightly husky malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and silky with medium carbonation and a neutral finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, this would work well for the festival it's named for.

Verdict: A solid little Oktoberfest, this is one of the best beers I've seen come out of Shiner in quite a while. I just wish I'd tried it back when it came out the first time so I could comment on whether it has changed at all.

08-12-2010 02:50:58 | More by BeanBone
Photo of champ103


3.05/5  rDev -8.1%

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A minimal white head forms, and recedes in a second. Almost no lace is left behind.
S: A very odd soapy hop aroma. Like dish detergent. I might expect something like soapy hops from a resiny IPA, but not an Oktoberfest. There is some yeast with some sightly sweet malt.
T: There is still an odd soapy character, but it is not as prevalent. Some yeast, and sweet malt.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. Though a bit on the thin side. Not hard to drink. I could drink a few with ease, if I wanted to.

Not bad. I get some soapy hops for some reason, which makes for a strange tasting Oktoberfest. Overall, not the worst that I have had from Shiner, but nothing I would recommend.

08-12-2010 02:39:34 | More by champ103
Photo of rfabian


4/5  rDev +20.5%

Poured into a tumbler it produces a nice head with ample lacing. The appearance is orange-amber and clear. The aroma is of toasted malt with a little in the way of spicy hops. The taste is of sweet roasted malt with a hint of black currant and slight bitterness. The feel is medium bodied and the finish is clean.

This is an really good example of the style, one of the best that Spoetzl has produced, far better than their usual session brews.

08-09-2010 02:55:02 | More by rfabian
Photo of bump8628


3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a gold-orange with a quick-forming white head.

Clean and bready with some very mild candy-caramel sweetness. Balanced toward the malt with a low bitterness cautiously aimed at the "Shiner crowd." Just a splash of spicy hop flavor rounds it out.

Milder than most American examples, but actually right in line with some of the newer, less-authentic German examples that are being brewed currently.

For the price it isn't a bad value and I may pick up a six pack of this to throw back during a football game or two. Less dumbed down than most of Shiner's beers.

08-08-2010 15:51:50 | More by bump8628
Photo of twiggamortis420


2.73/5  rDev -17.8%

12 oz bottle pours a dark gold color, bordering on copper. Has a large, 3-finger tan foam that sticks around awhile and leaves some nice lace.

Nose is burnt caramel, a little bit of toast and some lagery sulfur. Some pecan nuttiness and sugary sweetness creeps in as well, even a little butterscotch - maybe some diacetyl. Not bad, but a far cry from a fresh Paulaner.

Buttery, caramel malts are both a little toasty and a little sweet, but neither actually seems to want to take the reigns and give the beer an identity. Really not much else going on here, pretty dull effort for an Oktoberfest. There is a sip or two in each bottle where I think this beer has some promise, but unfortunately the next drink washes those optimistic thoughts away. I have been digging on most of Shiner's new seasonal brews, but this one pretty much falls flat on it's face. Thin, bubbly and lifeless, reminds me of a Leinienkugel's.

08-07-2010 04:06:12 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of OverToad


4.63/5  rDev +39.5%

I was very pleased Shiner brought back the Shiner 96 now labeled
Shiner Oktoberfest.

Pours a deep orange. Smell is great with nice head and lacing. I love fall beers and this is a fantastic beer. Drinks very easy and doesn't feel too heavy. I happy to hear Shiner will bring this brew out every fall.

08-01-2010 16:54:35 | More by OverToad
Photo of DeathbySexyBT


3.88/5  rDev +16.9%

From notes...

Serving notes: Served in odd mug at a bed and breakfast while on evacuation from Hurrican Rita. Shiner is a beautiful little town with a fantasctic polish BBQ joint named Werners. I purchased this beer from the corner store in a wooden crate that only was obtainable with the 96 release and in very limited quantities. No real relevance...just bragging.

A: Like I said, this was in a mug at a bed and breakfast with a mug ordained with cutesy little craft junk on it. Still, the beer has a amber boday and bone head that retains well but lacks the lacing I like to see.

S: A splash of cran-grape juice on a bed of sweet caramel and biscuit scented malts.

T: Toasted malt grains with a minor cameo of hops. A distinct honey flavor on the finish with a tart effect as well. Odd. Good, but still odd.

M: Smooth and medium on the body and carbonation.

D: Good effort for the style, but lacking excitement. This is not your best Marzen, but very far from the worst.

08-26-2009 15:17:50 | More by DeathbySexyBT
Photo of mhewes


4/5  rDev +20.5%

It poured a copper color with a nice white head. It has a very strong malt smell and flavor. It was a lot sweeter than I was expecting. There was a little bit of the alcohol coming through at the end. It had a nice creamy mouthfeel. One I would drink again if they were to make it again.

05-19-2008 20:36:55 | More by mhewes
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.83/5  rDev +15.4%

I guess I should get this beer in before it's too late. I have notebooks filled with notes on beers that I've never entered into the database, and this is one of them.

November 2005. From a bottle:

Appearance is as expected with an orange-amber body beneath a thin cap of ivory froth. Moderate retention, minor lacing.

The nose follows suit, with the expected grainy, lightly toasty and mildly caramelish malt with just a hint of juiciness.

The flavor, again, is as expected, with a grainy maltiness that's bready and just slightly toasty, mildly caramelish, subtly honey-like, and perked-up by a tiny bit of red-fruit juiciness that somehow seems to come out of Vienna malts. Or, perhaps that's coming form the yeast? Regardless, it's smooth and clean with an emphasis on malt and only minor floral and grassy/spicy hops in the background. The bitterness is present, as it should be, but relegated to a supporting role, and it's well rounded.

Medium to medium-light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall, it's a pretty decent take on the style - especially given that many of the imports to the US now seem to be watered down versions of what they once were. No flaws. Pretty damned drinkable as far as acessibility goes, but perhaps somewhat lacking for the style in depth.

01-01-2008 19:52:41 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of pojo41


3.95/5  rDev +19%

Brought back a case of this from a trip to Shiner on a sausage and beer pilgrimage. Dark copper color. Nice head at first but, it dissipates quickly. Malty aroma and flavor with a hint of sweetness. Another fine old world-style beer from the folks in Shiner.

09-04-2007 12:38:52 | More by pojo41
Photo of biggmike


3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Copper color with nice head. A sweet finish. Pretty decent beer. Another solid beer from the folks in Shiner, TX. Head was alright, but dissipated kind of quickly. Flavor was malty and sweet, pretty good mouthfeel. Lacing on glass was minimal. Pretty good effort.

07-29-2007 15:20:35 | More by biggmike
Photo of stouty1


4.03/5  rDev +21.4%

Poured a reddish amber with a hint of orange highlights. One finger head which totally disappeared toa lace on one half of the rim of the beer.

Smells of fruit and malty hops. Hint of grass.

Initial flat feel which explodes on the tongue and cheeks with a bubbly blast. Malty hops and a fine warming alcohol feel finish nicely.

This beer is very nice for an Octoberfest, which I ususally enjoy anyway. It has a hint of fruit and smell of fruit , but the fruit does not overwhelm your senses.

09-16-2006 01:18:06 | More by stouty1
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

2.98/5  rDev -10.2%

Appearance: The same color as the amber on the top of Richard Attenborough's cane in "Jurassic Park." Head is barely off-white with pretty good retention.

Smell: Kettle corn, mild grassy hops, honey.

Taste: A mix of corn and caramel, reminiscent of a popcorn ball. Does anybody remember those? Do they even still make them? Sweet and grainy, with a very understated herbal hop character. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Not bad, kind of thin with airy carbonation.

Drinkability: This isn't so bad. I must admit I'm not the biggest fan of the style, but this is pretty drinkable. It's not nearly as sweet as some Oktoberfests are, and there is some depth to the malt profile, but I wouldn't go so far as to call it well-balanced.

06-07-2006 23:52:24 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of clickpush


3.83/5  rDev +15.4%

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. Color is dark orange-red with tons of visible carbonation and an inviting, healthy looking finger and a half of white fluffy head that just won't go away, no matter how long it sits there. It looks like meringue!

Nose: I can actually feel the carbonation tingly in my nose with a sharp spiciness that probably due to the alcohol. Sour, raspberry like aroma that's also kind of yeasty - a bit like a hefeweizen.

Mouth: Enters mouth with sharp carbonation on the tip of the tongue but fades quickly to an almost flat, watery mouthfeel. Excellent bitterness in the back of the mouth and warmth from the alcohol (but no alcoholic flavor). The taste is light, full bodied, grassy, slightly acidic like unripe peaches. It was well balances, the acidity wasn't overpowering and the bitterness lasted well in the mouth. I found this to be surprisingly drinkable and enjoyable!

05-12-2006 19:19:28 | More by clickpush
Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery
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