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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 935
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 141 | 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 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.

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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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!

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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
2.81/5  rDev -15.4%
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
4.17/5  rDev +25.6%
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%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of acevenom
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of Hopswagger
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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. 

Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 935 ratings.