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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 259
Hads: 972
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 14
Gots: 186 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: battlekow on 09-21-2005

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

Appearance: This Oktoberfest pours a clear deep orange color and is topped with 1” of off white head that lingers very tastefully quite a few drinks into the pint.
Smell: This beer smells very German to me it smells like a marzen should with a good base of malt aroma and a bread or yeast aroma that just screams German.
Taste: The taste is the classic marzen style as well it has a malt base with the bready flavor that I associate with a lot of German style beers. This is a very well done marzen style beer.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer that is very easy drinking and flows around the palate nicely. Spoetzl Brewing did a good job on this beer. (662 characters)

Photo of tzieser
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of donmonkey1
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of Biffster
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%
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. (1,639 characters)

Photo of GMB
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
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... (963 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,408 characters)

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
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! (718 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
2.81/5  rDev -15.9%
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 (798 characters)

Photo of jak3676
4.17/5  rDev +24.9%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (1,239 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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.  (691 characters)

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange amber with a creamy head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of light caramel, and a touch of toast.

The taste is of mild cararmel-ish sweetness with light toast in the finish.

Crisp, but on the thin side.

It has a caramelish sweetness, a touch of toast and mild hops, and fits the style well enough. Doesn't rank with the major Bavarians but is easily drinkable and inoffensive. Worth trying. (408 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber-brown with one-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Kind of tangy. Not much malt in the taste.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Kind of watery.

O: Not really a fan of this beer. Not enough malt flavor and too watery. (372 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Dull orange color, clear though.

SMELL: Malt sweetness, fresh baked bread, faint herbal hop, dusty grain, clean.

TASTE: Semi-chewy, wet, mild sweetness, spicy hop, floral, bread crust, toasted grain, slightly dry, clean.

Extremely clean and very drinkable. Just as smooth as it is crisp. Well balanced from malt sweetness to toasted flavors to bittering hops. A happy brew to knock back. (440 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is deep amber with lighter amber to golden highlights. A gentle pour yields virtually no head.

S - I get some caramel malt and grain.

T - I get some caramel malt. There are some floral hops in the finish.

M - Thin to moderate

O - It's an adequate beer. I used to love this style and this time of year when they were released. Then I found better styles. (409 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #213
Served On: 08/24/2012
Glassware: 1L Dimpled Mug
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 10/23/12

Found this at Ye Olde Spirits Shop on 7th St. in Frederick, MD.

Look: My pour rendered a huge 4-finger beige head. The color was a very clear and bright orange. Carbonation was level was decent.

Smell: Light toasted cracker with some wet basement funk. Some sweeter malts as expected in this style. Also a medicinal plastic note.

Taste: Up front was a sweet note of caramel and then some toasted cracker. The finish had a slight sour note. Aftertaste was more cracker that lingered.

This seemed like a very basic but solid Märzen
from Shiner. I find most Shiner offerings to be drinkable and lighter on the palate, and this one is no exception. (751 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle. Pours light amber with a thick, long lasting, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of caramel malt, cookie dough, and some noble hops. Body is medium and tangy. Caramel malt is trying to balance herbal, leafy hops on the palate. Finish is long and hoppy. The brew is a little bit too hoppy for Marzen. Although I'm not a fan of Sheiner I liked this beer. (376 characters)

Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
77 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.