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Oktoberfest - Sprecher Brewing Company

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very good

146 Reviews
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Reviews: 146
Hads: 273
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 17.72%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 04-18-2002

Gold Medal Winner in the German-style/Oktoberfest category at the 2004 Great American Beer Festival (GABF).
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Reviews by granger10:
Photo of granger10
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt copperish with nary a head. Not too much lacing either. Maybe the tap was not the best. Smells sweet and nutty. Some spicy clove/banana elements seemed to be in the aroma as well. Taste is dominated by a caramel/toffee maltiness. More of a malty sweet than a sugary sweet which is nice. Solid yeasty flavors of biscuit and clove back this up. A touch of fruit from the hops but really almost nothing. Malts dominate. Rich in flavor. A bit of a raisiny finish lasts long. Fairly smooth but not poundable. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of becktone
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes 10-10-08

Eye: This one looks beautiful once it is poured into the glass. Color is a beautifully clear dark red, copper, cedar reddish-brown. This beer has excellent head retention. I'm surprised that all 16 ounces fit into this glass and left room for the head, I'd say that this beer is the picture perfect pour. Head is about the size of a finger and is light tan in color. This one is one of the best Oktoberfests I've seen...so many of them, imported and micros, are too close to yellow in color and have absolutely no depth. Lacing could use some work.

Nose: Just as the label states this beer does have some slightly fruity notes from fermentation. Rich caramel notes as well as some slightly smokey aromas. Genuine smoke aroma, kinda like the way your clothes smell the next day after a bonfire, not peat smokiness though, more of a real rich woody type of smoke. Hard to explain. Overall I like this beer's aroma, I just wish that it were a bit stronger, more potent.

Tongue: Rich and flavorful caramel notes. This one has a real nice dry character to it that accents the somkey character found in the aroma as well as the taste. The label boasts that the beer is "fire brewed", it doesn't matter whether this is true or not...it tastes as if it were brewed over an open flame, a wood fire. I can pick up an earthy, woody, smokey flavor in this beer that I've never found in any other beer. Tettnanger hops, again as the bottle boasts, provide some fine and noble qualities to this beer. Bitterness from them provides balance to the caramel in this beer, flavor is spicy and earthy. A nice oktoberfest, one that I'll be happy to drink again.

edit: There are notes in the flavor of this beer that remind me of the aroma of the mash....nice! Sweet notes from malted barley are in abundance here, great, great beer!

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: My first thought when this beer hit the lips was full bodied and creamy. As aforementioned this beer has a dry finish. This beer is crisp with delicate carbonation. Everything about this beer just works in combination with itself. Each component of this beer compliments and works with others to create a great beer. This is one of the Oktoberfests that I'll put in my top five O-fests, its definitely one that I'll recommend to others, unlike many of the O-fests I've had. Its got an authentic, real feel to it.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a dull coppery amber brown with a nice light brownish head thats whipped buttery smooth and nearly an inch high. Takes some timely length to fade. Very minimal spotty lace. Aroma is strongly malty sweet with a honeyish toffee and some dulled dark citrus of plum and starfruit. Nice nose, just not as toasty as I like, but I like it anyways, screw the toast. Taste follows the aroma with a good portion of sweet toffeeish malts with some caramel aspects. Light dulled fruit also noted in some of the sweetness. Quite close to a being a doppelbock in its flavor. The finish brings out some late, slight toasty notions, but this sucker is all sweet rendered malts. Quite scrumptiously yummy. Close to full feel with a pretty creamy feel the whole way through. A nice O-fest, not as toasty as I like in the style usually, but I'll make an exception cuz this is a damn good beer non-the-less.

Another thanks to jeffboo for the sample!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a beautiful shiny brown in color and just a tad cloudy with a righteous white head that came up easily.

Smell – The malts are simple and sweet with a light toasty character. There’s not anything to get in its way so it comes out of the glass pure and inviting.

Taste – The wonderful malt flavors explode on the tongue. The sugars come up more in the balance like liquid malt. The toasty malt comes back at the finish giving this a hearty flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This is in between light and medium-bodied with a nice sweet middle and a heavy finish.

Drinkability – This bier is hard to drink slow.

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Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of blackearth
2.71/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to a 0.5L mug, this beer sported a dark amber to brown body with a nice off-white head the saddly faded away. Aroma is of toasted malts and a little metallic astringency. Light to medium bodied with malty flavors that follow the aroma. The finish was toasty and not bitter with a bit of alcoholic warmth. This beer seemed to flatten as I drank it, and overall it wasn't that memorable.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Sprecher Oktoberfest pours from the bottle a deep translucent red with notes of orange and a tight creamy bubbly head that lingers atop the brew. Aromas of caramel, nuts, toasted grains, sweet light fruit and spicy herbal hoppiness. Clean cut and reminds me of walking through a forest on a brisk fall day with the myriad of colored leaves at my feet.

First sip brings a nice mix of caramelly malts and toasty grains upfront alongside a mix of mellow fruity flavors and hints of roasted nuts. Fresh and festive throughout with a nice herbal spicy hop that leaves just a twang of bitterness. A nice robust, flavorful Oktoberfest that hits the spot...a very worthy American rendition.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with a blast of bubbly. Goes down smooth and satisfying. This would definetly be a good brew to pick up a four pack of around the fall season. A good seasonal from an underappreciated brewery (that makes some kick ass sodas as well!)

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Photo of grynder33
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amberish color quick disappearing head a faint sweet hop aroma,first taste faintly honey and carmel, thought it would have a bolder taste, nice smooth mouthfeel but not very complex, it goes to the end without getting to bitter.It seems sprecher uses the same kind of honey in most of its beers, they taste somewhat similar.

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Photo of therealJAYZ
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luminous copper body with a small beige head and minimal lacing. Aroma is toasty and malty with a big dose of caramel. A spicy hop note in the background. Mouth is creamy and medium bodied. Good carbonation. Taste is awash in chewy caramel, balanced by a pleasant spicy hops bitterness. A hint of red apple fruitiness adds a nice complexity. Smooth toastiness from the bready caramel maltiness is the keynote here. Very drinkable. One of the better American Oktoberfest biers.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A New Beer Sunday brew for me, thanks to fitzIPAtrick...
Rust in color with a 1/2 finger of white head with a gentle pour...most of which fades away, but leaves a very fine layer of lace.
Very nice in the nose..fruity, mainly plum and grapes with a sweet malty backbone.
The flavor is more balanced, with the floral hops pushing their way thru, and masking all of that fruity goodness that was in the aroma..not a bad thing, after all, this is not a dopplebock. But it almost had me fooled from the initial whiffs. A slight smoked/roasted flavor shows up in the finish...makes you pull back quick for another swig.
Again, a huge malt profile and a very earthy flavor, adding to its drinkability...mouthfeel fairly thick and the carbonation is just a bit too high.
Quite a good representation of the style...would enjoy again for sure.

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Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of pat61
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Brilliant amber pour crowned by a 1” cream to light tan foam collar. S: Not much aroma – some malt and hints of dark sugars. T: A little sweet with malt and kettle sugars. F: Medium body, medium carbonation. O: A decent drinking beer that is not as deep and complex as it could be.

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Photo of mte1972
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brownish amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger lightly tan head with good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Very bready and sweet. Lots of caramel malts and biscuit with a fruity presence that smells like apple cider. Hints of figs and brown sugar. Also some nuts and hints of spicy hops.

Taste: Big flavor of caramel malts and toffee. Lots of biscuit throughout. Hints of apple, fig, and brown sugar. Has some roasty, nutty characteristics. Hops are subtle but do add a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, chewy, and creamy.

Overall: A very solid take on the Marzen style. The fruity qualities make it seem somewhat like an English ale.

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Photo of Nemers
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of tyleeis
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Dinkel
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty cool orange and amber appearance, reminiscient of the season related to the beer. Aroma is woody, malty, bready.

Taste is not boring, a common reaction I have with the style, it comes off a lot like the doughiness of a biere de garde, complex, slight spice edge to it as if brewed with pepper or rye, ever so miniscule.

A fraction of sweetness and hops, the beer reeks of fall.

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Photo of ADR
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange color, clear. Pillowy and cottony head that ends up in nice lacy patterns. Slight bright yeast aroma, in with maltiness. Lightly spicy flavors, sense of bready/pumpkiny tastes and a cinnamon spiciness. Finishes with a fresh but subdued hop. This beer is typical of many O-Fests, starts full and malty and ends thinner and tighter. Makes for an interesting complexity and adds to the drinkability. No wonder they're served in big ass steins. Good example of style in my opinion.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep caramel amber hue with a light beige head floating. Fine speckled lacing coats the glass. Aroma has fruit mild caramel toasted malts going on together, not overly sweet in the nose. Flavor sweet caramel, toasted malts, mild nutty tone, with a light herbal hops background very sweet almost syrupy at times. Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation a bit cloying at times but drinks decently well for the amount of sweetness. Drinkability overall is had to stomach this sweet malt driven brews are making me crave hoppy brews, weird.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.