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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 7
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of DogFood11


3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, shiney, filtered clear, copper. Average to below average head and retention. Lazy varying carbonation.

Toasted grain, some sweetness in the fruit, some caramel. Quite floral for the style but it fits in and is a nice addition. I gotta say the smell is really nice, aromatic, complex. It doesn't translate as well to the taste and mouthfeel, although not bad at all just doesn't live up to the potent aroma. A bit chalky in the back of the throat. Interesting enough to consume a few any given night. I would be really interested to have this on tap fresh in Texas. I think it would translate better.

Notes: I've had minimal success with this brewery but this has revived my interest.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 18:06:48 | More by DogFood11
Photo of Higravity


2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A heady amber topped by a white head and some lacing in the glass. A little nutty at first but it is then dominated by seet vienna and munich malt smells. The taste is the only area of the beer I really have any grip, it is over sweet and not enough balance to all the big malt flavor. It is a nice beer that I am glad I have 2 left of as it wil go well with some pork chops later this week, just not something to blow the German beer lover away.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 13:50:39 | More by Higravity
Photo of deejaydan


3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty enough amber color with a good head, but that's about where it stops. It's an okay aroma, nothing offensive, a slight note of malt. The taste is oxidized, and just funky. Mouthfeel is thin, and dissapointing. Drinkability? Very so-so at best.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 01:29:56 | More by deejaydan
Photo of bditty187


3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m not a fan of Shiner products but I really want to try this beer. No matter the outcome I am happy I finally did…

Clear, tawny-coppery in hue with an amber-peachy highlight; I love the shading! A moderate stream of animation danced towards the off-white head. At the peak the foam was two fingers tall. The bubbles didn’t congeal very long, the head quickly slid to a scrawny cap before fading further to a skinny collar. The subsequent lacing wasn’t very widespread, only a few specks here and there. I found this to be attractive but standard for the style.

The nose is grainy and spicy with toasted undercurrents, fairly clean by the finish. My first sniff said, “Oktoberfest bier,” I am happy about that. I feared I would notice adjuncts, probably an unfair preconceived bias. Subsequent sniffs reaffirmed my positive feelings. Sadly, there wasn’t much depth or development with the bouquet. I wish the potency was louder because, at the core, the smells are agreeable. It is inviting but too quite to excite me.

Not too shabby, the palate is richer and tastier then the nose indicated. Toasted grains, some nuts, caramel, a hint of alcohol heat, and in the finish is a solid blast of spiciness and crisp bitterness. I enjoy the slight rawness and metallic note in the finish. The aftertaste is moderately long but fairly clean and yet agreeable. Hey, it only took Shiner ninety-six years to make a good beer! I joke! I joke! Kind of… Clearly this is the best Shiner product I have had. In fact, this is one of the more agreeable domestic O-fest I have had. Well brewed, I say.

Medium/medium-light in body, the mouthfeel is fitting; I could go either way with it. More body would be nice but, as is, I could really session with it. I don’t think every O-fest needs to be super beefy like Summit or Avery. While 96 is not as small as Warsteiner Oktoberfest I think it leans closer to the traditional mode, which I like too.

Damn easy to drink. Give me a liter and some pretzels… I’d be happy! I sure enjoyed this beer. Too bad Shiner will not release this beer every year! I hope Shiner 97 will be as good. If so, I might have too rethink my opinions on this brewery. I purchased a bottle in Omaha. I might have to grab a six-pack before it is past its prime and/or no more. Not a shabby beer, I say, try one.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 15:31:36 | More by bditty187
Photo of acrawf6


3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Why 96 years? Why is this a celebration for 96 years? just seems like a randomnumber to me, why not wait til 100? i'm not complaining though.

Poured out a little more attractive than i expected with goldish-orange with a foamy white head. head sticks through quite a bit with a thick white ring.

Smells malty and a little bit like macro lager. a light sweetness.

Tastes very familier. A shiner beer no doubt. Average malt, nothing special. Still getting a little characteristics of macro lagers here too, but its not bad. aftertaste is sweet.

Mouthfeel is ok. nothing special. decent balance in my opinion. Medium carbonation.

Overall a good session beer. I wish i had some other shiner beers to try next to this, because it really seems like it tastes like others they make, namely the blonde. i want to know what hops and malts go into this one, and compare it with bock and blonde. Or maybe its just the water.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 04:33:42 | More by acrawf6
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brassy orange with amber edges; one of the lighter and orangier marzens that I've ever seen. A few vigorous streams of fine bubbles hurry up to a whipped frothy head whose color is somewhere between pale orange and ivory. There's some lace, but not a huge amount.

The nose is at least as much balanced APA as it is Oktoberfest. It's low on strength with a mild toasted graininess and a meager spiciness. The malt bill consists of pale, caramel and Munich. The APA comparison comes into play due, in part, to a slight fruitiness that doesn't seem hop-related to me. All in all, the aroma is too tame to be of more than passing interest.

Shiner 96 is much more Oktoberfest-like on the palate. The first half of each mouthful is most consistent with a hop-deficient pale ale. By roughly the midway point, the Munich malt begins to assert itself and deliver its classic, earthy, 'toasted whole grain breadiness'. I haven't come up with an adequate way to describe the flavor of Munich malt, but I know it when I taste it.

Although I used the word 'assert' above, 96 is anything but assertive. The color should have given some indication that the flavor would be on the subdued side... and it is. Hops make a contribution as a modestly firm bitterness shows up on the finish. Once the beer warms, the flavor becomes a little bolder and more enjoyable. This really is an okay APA-marzen hybrid.

The mouthfeel matches the rest of the characteristics and the beer is the better for it. The fact that it's light-medium and moderately carbonated increases sessionability. However, I'm unable to test that theory since I have just the one bottle.

Spoetzl (Shiner) beer, at least the three that I've had prior to this one, runs the gamut from 'terrible' (Blonde), through 'not good' (Bock) to 'decent' (Hefe). 96 falls into the latter category, even if it isn't a classic example of the style or a beer that will turn many heads.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 14:48:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of watermelonman


3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to an amber color with a fairly large head. It shrank but did not disappear. Lace is minimal.

The smell is of toasted malt and a hint of caramel. The taste starts with light amount of malt and is taken over by a substantial hop presence. That would have been nice if this thing had the malt to back it up. The mouthfeel is just too light.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 02:29:14 | More by watermelonman
Photo of lackenhauser


2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somewhat golden amber in color. Ok carbonation level. Sweet malt aroma. Medicinal and metallic flavors dominate. Some malty sweetness in the finish. Ok mouthfeel. Overall very average. The medicinal/metallic flavors really detract from the whole experience. Id skip this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 01:06:58 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of aforbes10


3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in Texas after the sales clerk recommended it.

Poured nicely, with a little, fleeting head. Some carbonation. Good malty flavor, not overwhelming. Nutty. Refreshing. Dry mouth afterwards. Happy to drink the whole sixer.

Really liked the special packaging with historical notations, etc.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 20:13:53 | More by aforbes10
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The pint has a truly inviting,warm, subdued orange color. I'm not just being non-descript, its truly orange, like a lollypop. It is crystal clear and has about three fingers of fluffy bright white head that dissapates to thin film with dissapointing efficency.

I caught a slight whiff of sweet malt in the nose, with just a hint of cinnamon.

The taste is a light, mellow, malt sweetness with some nut characteristics that are quickly washed away by very citrusy hop bitterness. The aftertaste is bready and pleasing. Though this is not the most complex beer, I feel it is probably the most balanced example of the Marzen style I've had. The color is right-on and it avoids the sickly-sweetness that can often plague a Marzen.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 08:13:43 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of isubsmith


3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange, clear. Light white head. Not much head.

Nose: Some nutty, malty character. Some grassy aroma as well, but faint.

Flavor: Nutty. Sort of like a diluted New Castle. Medium body. Not much carbonation bite. Not much to the taste.

This is a pretty decent beer. I think I like Shiner Bock better, but both of them are "easy drinkers"

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 01:49:26 | More by isubsmith
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Released with a bright clear golden orange hue pour with rising sporadic bubbles meeting a settled frothy wafer thin khaki coating.

Aroma is spot on märzen malty grain, caramel and toasted malt.

First swigs: Fuzzy grain and red liquorice. Some caramel and honey easy flavor. One dimensional. I really enjoyed New Glarus' with the rye grain over this one.

Feel is quite middle of the road with a soft restrained carbonation.

Last swigs: One bottle was enough to get the gist of Shiner's märzen.
Gotta admit that I was looking forward to trying this Shiner. The Yuengling of Texas.

Beer is good. Happy märzen beering.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 04:55:08 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the bar crystal clear golden with a white low head wthat was persistent enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty and fruity with a slight DMS and a bit of nutty character.

The flavor was nutty and contained a light Munich and caramel malt flavor. The beer was slightly grainy and contained a bit of DMS.

The finish was slightly sweet with Munich malt and nutty character lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium. A nice beer, but not much complexity and probably better suited as a Vienna.

Draft at B&J Pizza in Corpus Christi.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2005 16:33:43 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of dungaree


3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served out of 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass. Pours dark amber with adequate head.

My first 96 I really thought Shiner had finally taken their brewing to another level. Always been a Shiner fan, but I knew that it could be better. But after having a second and third [on different days], I began to notice some flaws.

Good thing- 96 has some hops and flavor to it! Bad thing- the hops are quite harsh at times and don't blend well. And then there was a chemical-like, alkaline taste that seemed to hover in and out of my taste buds. Don't know what that's from. But overall, great effort from the little brewery in Shiner.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 04:52:41 | More by dungaree
Photo of schoolcb


3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a limited-edition case a week or so ago. I'm impressed by the attention to detail that Shiner put into the packaging, it's a nice touch.

Goofy thing about liquor laws in Texas....by law they have to call this lager an "Ale".

Pours a yellowish-almost amber, pretty dang clear, and with a small head that subsides quickly, but leaves a thin white veil of bubbles around the glass. Aroma is all malt, with a hint of toasted malt. No hop aroma. Complex malt flavors, again with a toasty character. No hop flavor. Medium bodied. Finishes dry. Has more hop bite than I would expect for this style. I'm impressed that this beer came from Shiner. It's not as good as the German beers of the same style, but is definately worthy of drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 23:49:17 | More by schoolcb
Photo of Morris729


3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear bright amber color with a foamy white head that settles into a creamy lace. Nose is lightly toasted fresh grains with a bit of fruity malt in the background. Taste begins with sweet toasty malts and a bit of buttery caramel followed by some dry bready notes and then a bit of a woodiness along with a touch of a metallic twang. It’s nice to see Shiner branching out into some new beers, but this one is far from great.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 06:22:15 | More by Morris729
Photo of Zorro


2.25/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear honey with a splash of orange colored beer. Head is tan and only lasts an instant.

Smell is sweet and fairly malty. Detectable toasted Munich malt scent and a bit bready. All the proper scents are here but it seems a bit watered down.

Taste is off. Flavor is harsh with a biting level of carbonation and a candy like malt that does not pair very well to the high hop bitterness. Hops are herbal in flavor and this brew leaves lingering malt sweetness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is biting.

Not a drinkable beer here. From the moment you taste this it is like something biting your tongue. This beer is seriously unbalanced it needs to be reformulated completely.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2005 07:52:58 | More by Zorro
Photo of shererjt


3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber with a nice off-white head. Just a slight amount of haze. Wonderful aroma; malty, sweet, rich caramel with a bit of hops in the nose. Medium body that's on the thin side for an Oktoberfest. Good, clean malt backbone but could use more. Quite flavorful. Finishes with some hop bitterness--probably too much, in fact. Don't serve this one too cold.

Overall, a pretty good Märzen but could benefit from some additional malt to balance the bitterness. There are certainly better Oktoberfests out there, but this one is serviceable. And if it introduces a few Shiner drinkers to this wonderful beer style, the world will be a slightly better place.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2005 03:15:57 | More by shererjt
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Shiner 96 pours out an amber color with a inch of heads that fades quickly. There appears to be very little carbonation in this beer. The aroma is fruit and caramel. Definitely an ale aroma. The flavor is better than I expected, though my expectations were pretty low: fruit, toasted malt, caramel. The flavor is much too sweet however. I actually prefer this beer cold. There is also a distracting metallic flavor. This beer is not competely bad; it is just bad in most respects.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 20:21:50 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of allengarvin


3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shiner 96 pours out a clear reddish-orange color with lots of fine streaming bubbles and a solid half inch of creamy foam that hasn't gone down a millimeter in the minute and half since I poured it. It's exactly the color of the beer on the front of the Marzen/Oktoberfest brew-styles-series books. I can't give the appearance less than perfect.

Aroma is grainy, lightly toasted, somewhat faint. Good malt underpinning in the flavor, bready and toasty. Hop bitterness is right in the middle, becoming more apparent at the end. Not much hop flavor that I can find. Lightly fruity, oddly enough. Finishes clean. Moderate body, medium carbonation.

Easily the best-crafted beer Shiner has ever produced. Generally right on the money for the style, and a pretty tasty beer to boot.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 17:09:40 | More by allengarvin
Photo of cokes


3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden squash hued topped with a buttery icing.
Scented lightly of toasted grain and almonds.
Begins with a brisk notion of burnt poppyseed bagels, then is swept up in a nutted toffee impression of burnt sugar and pecans. Strays akwardly for a moment, with no clear definition, just yeasty whispers of flour and cream, then a snap of bitter curacao enters and rides this to the finish with lesser grassy tints.
Light bodied with a buzzing, tiny carbonation.
It's hard to really call this a marzen (and if rated strictly to the style, this should be downgraded further). It's more a cross between golden and brown ales.
Nothing too special here, but generally pleasant enough for a quick quaff.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 06:32:26 | More by cokes
Photo of russpowell


2.33/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Let me preface by stating I love marzens, but pale imitators I don't dig. Having said that, this is still an upward spike in good beer for the lone star state. (only place where I almost saw a riot when they ran out of miller lite.)

pours an impressive white head that drops off quickly with some slight lace trails. Beautiful honey to amber clarity.

Smell: Diadactheyl (sp??) and some unnnatural smell that reminds me of glycol??

Taste: Astringent and grainy and a caramell sweetness, that just doesn't work for me. Doesn't taste all malt to me/(Better than lite)

mouthfeel: thin with some hop bitterness that's out of balance. Prickly over carbonation

Drinkability: Showed a litlle promise, but didn't deliver, might be okay Ice cold.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 05:39:45 | More by russpowell
Photo of cheers2beers


4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug.This beer a dark,transparent orange.It has a fluffy white head that disapates very quickly with small amount of laceing.The aroma is malty,slightly hopish.A pleasant aroma that really makes this beer better than other shiner brews.The taste is just like the nose slightly hopy,nice malts,even a bit nutty in the finish.Although,this beer lacks mouthfeel i feel its almost too watery,not much there to grasp.But it is smooth and easily a good session beer.I could probably drink the whole sixer and even think of buying this again when im in a session mood.
Shiner has produced us another great session beer.I applaud.


Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 01:04:19 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of goochpunch


4.13/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Transparent auburn body. Smells of nutty toasted malts. Flavors are really winning me over. Sweet upfront into a nutty character and then just enough bittering hops in the finish. The mouthfeel, I was not so impressed with. Could be a bit too "seltzery." Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 01:26:47 | More by goochpunch
Photo of Pegasus


2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale copper in color, quite clear, with a large, persistent white head, excellent broken lace, and mild carbonation.

Aroma: Toasted grains dominate the aroma, with some husk notes as well. The aroma seems a bit tart.

Taste: Opens with a slightly sweet, toasted malt flavor. Midway through the taste, this turns to a harsh, metallic bitterness. The bitterness dominates the taste to the close, with a slight salvo of sweetness near the end.

Mouth feel: Reasonably full for the style, with a slight sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: I wanted to like this beer, but could not bring myself to. The heavy-handed bitterness vanquishes the pleasant qualities of the toasted malt.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck with a twist-off crown, served in a pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 20:51:59 | More by Pegasus
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