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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 924
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 133 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
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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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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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%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug. Pours clear copper with a finger length eggshell colored head. There are numerous tiny bubbles visible in the beer. The head retreats pretty slowly and leaves some lacing on the side of the glass. I detect the roasted bready and slightly sweet malt aromas that I would expect from a Märzen. There's some nuttiness in the background as well. The breadiness almost takes on a crusty bread character. The hops aren't very present in the aroma, but they are there. There is that sort of spiciness that comes from the Hallertau hops. There's some grassiness as well, which probably comes from the Hersbrucker hops.

The taste follows the nose. The malt profile is typical Märzen, bringing some nice breadiness and mild sweetness to the tongue. The hops are present there in there with some spiciness, floral, and earthy qualities. There's that nice back end bitterness. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The beer finishes dry with a lingering aftertaste that clings to the mouth. The drinkability is high with this one. This is a very good beer that is very easy to knock back. This is one of Shiner's better offerings and could easily fit as one of their year round offerings rather than just a seasonal.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P:  Clear orange copper body with a thin layer of airy off-white orange tinted head that fades fast. Soft wet lacing. 

S:  Rich roasted caramel and toffee, pecan pound cake, spiced rum, burnt brown sugar, buttered toast, and timid spicy hops. 

T/M:  Roasted malt, salted caramel, toffee, bitter waxed apple peels, roasted pecans with cinnamon and sugar.  Rich and roast with a medium-full body that delivers moderate carbonation. Dry finish with lingering roasted caramel sweetness and spicy bitterness. 

O:  A solid Oktoberfest for sure. This brings the mouthfeel and roasted, bready elements know in marzens. Subtle bitterness rounds out the sweet malts. One I will try again. 

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

Shiner Oktoberfest pours a lucent orange/amber, very clear with a white head that falls quickly leaving thick but slippery lacing in it's wake.

The aromas has fresh baked bread and a marked caramel aspect.

The taste is a surprise. A bit more than moderate bitterness from the spicy/earthy European hops cuts the malt sweetness making for a nicely drinkable amber lager. The malts are bready and lightly caramel.

The body is a bit lighter than is usual for the style but is not watery at all and actually increases the drinkability.

Over all a surprisingly drinkable Marzen and actually the first beer I've tried Spoetzl Brewery.

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Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 924 ratings.