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Oktoberfest - Sprecher Brewing Company

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very good

264 Ratings
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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | 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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Ratings: 264 | Reviews: 144
Reviews by jcalabre:
Photo of jcalabre
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This pours crystal clear reddish brown with an off white head.
Aroma: There's a slight hint of malt in the nose.
Taste: The feeling in your mouth is very soft, the flavors are malty. This is a very nice example of a session beer. I can see why the Germans drink Oktoberfest beers by the liter.

More User Reviews:
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.

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.

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!)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Golden-brown body with a sizable, creamy, off-white head. Retention and lacing are top notch.
Nose is slight, but pleasant, with toffee/carmel note, and some underlying grainy roastedness. Spicy hop aromas are noticed.
Buttery toffee and toasted carmel are the dominate players in the taste dept. Bready with shadowy hints of ripe fig. Tettnanger hops add some tempered spiciness, but little in the way of dryness. Malt is the showcase here. Roastedness lingers long into the finish.
Not hugely complex, but very fresh tasting.
Solid mouth feel, 2/3rds creamy, 1/3rd crisp. It adds ups.
A very nice autumnal beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than average Octoberfest, with significant smokey aroma, flavour, and even a grey tinge to the colour of yellow, and decent lacing. Easy drinking and well carbonated with good malting, caramel there, and some hop.And a fruity aftertaste.
Had again 5 years later a fresh bottle and malts were well attenuated, mild and wewll integrated smoke.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky brown with an orange tint...sort of like dirty well water. The head is one finger of firm white foam, and it sticks around for a middling amount of time.

S - Caramel with a whiff of earthiness from the yeast and a nice tang in my nostrils from the hops.

T - Solidly caramel in flavor, this malty goodness is backed up by some autumn leaf hops and a splash of what is almost citrus juice in flavor. Pretty dang good.

M - Medium bodied with a tight level of carbonation and a neutral malty finish.

D - A really nice O-fest that won't change the world, but will satisfy any Oktoberfest lover like me. Slightly above average for the style. I'd buy this again.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Woodman's East here in Madison. Can't go wrong with $1.50 for a 16 ounce beer.

Pours a crystal clear amber with a big creamy khaki head. Doesn't smell like much, musty barley malts, a little grassy. Taste is equally, uhh, subtle. Grassy, musty-sweet malts, not much of a hop presence. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. There really isn't much to this fest beer, I could pound back about 50 of them I s'pose but I might be a little bored. This is an all-around solid beer, just didn't really impress me anywhere. Good value though.

Photo of dirtylou
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz single from Steve's on University

appearance: a deep copper pour, a clear reddish/brown color...1/2" creamy white head with a nice linger

smell: bready, malty, yeasty! some apples and spice, maybe some cinnamon...pretty decent aromas

taste: nice and malty, sweet apples, bready, nice caramel flavors, and toffee, earthy and grassy. Overall, a pretty tasy oktoberfest. I think it's the 2nd best I have had this season, behind New Glarus Staghorn

mouthfeel: creamy turned smooth and refreshing

drinkability: easy drinking

Photo of WoodBrew
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a Sprecher left over from a Wurstfest party I through back in September....just cracked it open and it is a decent oktoberfest. The beer pours a slightly hazy rich copper with thin head that is leaving a modest lace. The smell and taste are typical of most oktoberfest beers. There is sweet malt esseance that provides both. This is a lighter medium body beer with decent carbonation. Overall its good...would I have it again....yes.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty on for the style. The only thing I noticed that was different from the imported o'fest beers is that this had long roasted flavor that followed the smooth caramel malts. The lager yeast could have had a little more character and maybe brought out more complexity. Still, this was a great beer and I could drink a big stein of it. Prost!

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

Pours a clear brown, light copper color. Small head that quickly diminishes with some lacing.

Smells of light caramel with some toffee and a fall-esque sort of spice to it. Can't quite place what it is, but it's reminds me of a crisp fall afternoon.

Taste has a good amount of roasted caramel and malt. Definitely has some light hops to it but they're pretty secluded. Has a good lager body. Very rich and toasty and flavorful.

The mouthfeel is balanced and full. Nothing notably striking, which I take as a good sign.

Definitely a drinkable beer and best suited for around a fire on a crisp fall night. This is a great Oktoberfest, definitely one of my favorites.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Looks like there's a lot more variety in Okto beers than any style definition can contain, especially when American brewers are involved. Sprecher's 2003 brew offers a nice dark complexion with a good roasty malt character. This, in turn, counterbalances the usual sweetness of an Okto, leading it to the promised dry finish. Still, the mouthfeel comes in a little thinner than expected, but a good effort.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with a whispy tan head that retains OK, a little darker than a lot of marzens out there. The aroma has tons of caramelized malt notes upfront, along with some toasted bread, brown sugar, toffee, honey, pretzel, musk and earthy hops. Flavor has some pumpernickel bread character initially, along with pretzel, toffee, brown sugar, earthy hops, a little musk and some alcohol. The carbonation on this one is way too high which really detracts from the mouthfeel and drinkability. A decent stab at a marzen but not one of the better examples

Photo of russpowell
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Sebletije, cheers Seb!

Pours an effervescent caramel with 2 fingers of tight tan head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & apricot

T: Leafy hops, apricot & some grainy astringency up front. Fruittyness dominates as this begins to warm, a little caramel sneaks in as well, plus more leafy hops. Finishes with leafy hops, more apricot &a bit of dryness

MF: Super-prickly carbonation, that softens a bit as this warms, the body stays fairly thin with just too much fruittyness

Drank okay, this just was out of style to me, maybe age has already gotten to this?? Other than the schwartz, this brewery hasn't impressed me. Will try this again if I can find it really fresh

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

Sprecher Oktoberfest: Dark copper colored beer, under a very thick off-white head. Very nice sticky lace. Somewhat mild initial tastes of malt, but with an unpleasant taste that is hard to place. I love Sprecher products, but this one is not up to their typical exceptional quality.

Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, tawny-bronze in hue, there seems to be a noticeable coppery highlight, especially when held to a light. At this time I noticed a steady stream of animation racing to the beige head. The foam was two fingers in height at the apex. Head retention was very good and after a few moments it began to fade to a bubbly cap. Subsequent lacing was skimpy but the cap lasted the whole consumption. It is a good-looking beer. Clean malty nose that is slightly toasty with a hint of caramel and grain; grassy hops are at the back. The bouquet says “O-fest” and that is all I need it to say. Above-average potency. Inviting. Sometimes a good thing can be so simple. The palate is very enjoyable; it is ideally clean but plenty flavorful. The malt comes across dry and toasty but with another layer, which is sweet caramel. Random hints of bready-biscuit are noticed as well. The hops do supply a crisp bitterness and offer a healthy dose of grassy, slightly earthy/spicy flavors. Very nice, from start to finish; there is good depth. I like the long taste as it leisurely tickles my tastebuds yet it still holds my attention, as the flavors are bright enough. This is a very solid O-fest. Tasty. Medium in body, if not a tickle bigger with firm carbonation, all of this adds up to create a solid mouthfeel. This is a very enjoyable quaff, I could session with this beer, easily. Bring on the Polka and pretzels! I bouquet a 16-ounce bottle for $1.40 which is a damn good deal, IMO, it was purchased in Milwaukee, WI. More please.

Photo of beveritt
2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Date is printed on neck of bottle and the label says I should drink it within 120 of that date; but I am not sure when 062560959 was.

Appearance: Very bright copper red in color. Pours with a 1 inch head that quickly fades to nothing. Perfectly clear, no sign of any bubbles coming up.

Smell: Semi-sweet smell. A hint of the grassy/skunky flavor so popular in macro lagers.

Taste: Initial flavor is the bite of CO2 with a background of earthy tones usually associated with skunky beer. The finish is bland, none of the sweet, malty flavor I am used to getting from an Oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is medium to high.

Drinkability: Glad I tried it, but not a good example of an Oktoberfest beer. I think I will stick with my Ayinger.

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Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.