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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 135 | FT: 1
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: OverToad on 08-01-2010

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Photo of tzieser
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of csurowiec
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of cyclonece09
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of fisherbray
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of brandon911
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Beefytits4
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of donmonkey1
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Biffster
4.25/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is served in a pint glass from a 12 oz botttle. Its a brilliantly clear deep amber light copper with beautiful golden notes. There is a persistent off white head that leaves a lace on the glass.

The aroma is all rich pilsner, munich and vienna malt - mmmm! its very clean - no esters or diacetyl. It is toasty and bready and bisquity. Uniquely and pleasantly for a an American made Oktoberfest, there is is no hop aroma and pretty much no caramel aroma.

The flavor is sweet and malty at the sip, but not at all caramelly. It quickly gives way to an intensely malty toasty flavor - lots of bisquit, toast, a touch of nuttiness, and big continental malt flavor. The beer is all about malt, all the way through. The swallow is remarkably dry for the maltiness. The finish is malty and toasty but delicious and balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium with a medium creamy body and full but creamy carbonation and no astringency.

Holy cow. I've always had a soft spot for Shiner beers. Ive been to the brewery and to Shiner (pop 2000) and have family there. But I have to be honest - I did not expect much from this beer, considering some of the other seasonals they've produced and considering the general quality of American Oktoberfests.. But wow! This is a tribute to the brewmaster. He or she nailed it. This is, at heart, a restrained beer. But at heart, this is a restrained style. It is meant to be rich and flavorful, but light, fairly dry and supremely drinkable. This beer....Lots of rich malt, no caramel or cloying sweetness, no hops. Just a clean malty lager, the way the good lord, and King Ludwig of Bavaria, intended.

Photo of GMB
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
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
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
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
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
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%

Photo of curtisinpa
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

Photo of vcoggins
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of cervezatejas
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of crobinso
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery
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