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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 124 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: OverToad on 08-01-2010)
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Photo of GMB
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The best of Shiner's offerings, Oktoberfest pours a lovely orange body and a respectable white head. Lacing is minimal, but the nose is appealing: sweet Munich malts are discernible.

This is a sweet Okotoberfest. Though an above-average when considered against American attempts at the style, this beer fails to impress. Shiner is plagued by mediocrity, and this beer, though superior to many of their offerings, falls victim to the same. The mouthfeel is pleasing, but nothing to write home about.

If I were you, dear reader, I'd pick up a bottle of Shiner Oktoberfest. Appreciate Shiner's above-average interpretation of the Märzen style. Appreciate the drinkability of a beer produced by a brewery that produces undrinkable beers (e.g., Shiner Light Blonde). Thank your lucky stars for the cheap price (if you live in Texas), but do not confuse this beer with superior offerings in the style.

Photo of philbe311
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two full finger's worth of fluffy slightly chunky bone colored head with a bit of a rocky top... Very respectable retention... The color is a light to medium bronze with a slight ruby red tinge... Loaded with micro bubbled carbonation that starts moderate paced before swirling and picking a rapid pace... A good bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A slight bit understated, but still malt forward without doubt... Toasted malts... Caramel... Toffee... A bit nutty... A bit buttery...

T - Again a bit understated... Slightly grainy... A bit of toasted malt... Light caramel... Perhaps a hint of cherry... A slight metallic tinge as well... A slight bitter hop presence emerges on the deep finish...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Smooth... A tad bit thin...

D - Excellent appearance but average in all other facets... The end results is a respectable Marzen which I would gladly drink again, but not necessarily seek out...

Photo of match1112
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: burnt orange body with afinger and a half of dirty white head. some lacing

s: sweet, fresh baked bread, some citrus and spice from the hops.

t: again fairly sweet and bready. little caramel with a small bite from hops.

m: light and crisp, good carbonation, very clean feeling.

o: not a huge fan of oktoberfest beers but i would drink this one again.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a light white head. Poor retention, no lace.

S: Sweet caramel, Munich malt, toffee, squash.

T: Classic sweet caramel malt play. Some minor grassy hops at the finish. Good flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, creamy. Crisp and easy drinking at times.

O: An inexpensive good Oktoberfest beer. Nowhere near as good as the better German examples, but if you're on a budget this could work.

Photo of TubbyDullard
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of BryanCarey
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Oktoberfest is a light amber colored beer with a clear body. The beer has a nose that combines caramel malt and bread. A good pour creates a nice head of foam that sticks around for a while and even leaves some legs on your glass.

Taste- wise, Shiner Oktoberfest offers few surprises. Flavors like caramel, toasted malts, bread, and light herbal/earthy hops comprise most of the flavor profile. The body of the beer is medium and the taste is sweet overall. It is a more direct, less complex beer, but it still pretty nice and very drinkable.

What I find most interesting about Shiner Oktoberfest is its ability to offer a crisp, refreshing marzen without going too far in any direction. Yes, the beer is sweeter overall, but there is still enough hop character to remind you of its presence. The hops are herbal in nature with some earthy notes, but they remain in check, more than balanced by the malty component. However, no single flavor is all that dominant and there is nothing extreme. The beer isn’t very complex, but it still manages to refresh and intrigue.

Shiner products are not known for their amazing, memorable flavor and Shiner Oktoberfest is no different. However, it is better tasting and fuller bodied than other Shiner beer and its crisp, highly drinkable personality make it a good choice when you want the taste of marzen but want something a little easier on the palate.

Photo of buzzed
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Prestonlegal
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent copper with a small head, but it leaves a lot of delicious-looking lacing. Very good appearance, which is important for an Oktoberfest beer, in my opinion.
The smell is just old moldy bread, really. Not much else going on.
The taste is pretty basic, too. Which is good for this style, I think. Very biscuity. In a way that I like. However, also kind of a stale taste going on. If it weren't September, I'd think that maybe it had sat around a little too long. But since Oktoberfest is still yet to arrive, I assume it's quite fresh unless the store sold me a bottle of last year's batch.
Decent beer, though. Good session beer. Good for a drunken Oktoberfest session anyway. which is what it's for!

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of thecheapies
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper-colored. Half-inch of dense, creamy bone-white head sits patiently. Tiny sparse bubbles rise from the bottom. 3.5

Toasty and husky in the malt. Leaves out much in the aroma. Hardly a hop or an ester to pick up on. 2.5

Dry crushed grain with hearty levels of bitterness and throaty bite. Background hops offer little other than some citric rind notes. Burly and rough. Tailend metal taste crossed with more roast and halfway pith-like hop semblance. A little mucky in the finish. 3.0

Bitterness and rearing alcohol set the tone. Highly-carbonated. Slender in body. Not one to scarf back easily. 3.0

Shiner's rendition is flat on flavor and bruising with husky astringencies. Too dry, too bitter, and too hunky. Subpar finish kills the desire to take another sip. A blunder of a lager. 2.5

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of jak3676
4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner - Oktoberfest Brewed in Shiner, Texas.

Ever since the National Guard sent me to Texas back in the late 90's, I've been a fan of Shiner beers and this one is no exception. At more of a coppery color than red, it's a lot lighter colored than most märzen I've had so far - but still very attractive looking and perfectly clear. That's still several shades darker than your average American lager for comparison.

Website says 5.8% ABV, but I had to look it up. No indication of a bottling date anywhere, but it tastes great. I think they pulled off just as much flavor as the Spatan, but with a cleaner, fresher taste somehow - not sure how to describe that.

I think this has to be my favorate US made Oktoberfest.

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Hilltop1215
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a soft, loose, bubbly, white head that has decent retention

S - bread, caramel

T - bread, sweet caramel, faint lager yeast

M - medium bodied, crisp, a bit overcarbonated

Not shabby, but not great. This is highly drinkable and sessionable, but it mises the mark as a traditional Oktoberfest. It's overly bready and a bit sweet. It was good once, but I won't pick it up again.

Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.