Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Oktoberfest - Sprecher Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

150 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 150
Hads: 287
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 18.04%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | 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).
View: Beers (51) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 150 | Hads: 287
Photo of thebeerdoctor
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A deep red amber brown color, with a subtly fragrant, somewhat spicy nose.
Here is an Oktoberfest with plenty of depth. The malt structure is very satisfying, with notes of citrus orange caramel, and hops providing ample support, for a presentation that is mouth filling for the palate, yet finishes focused and very clean.
Speaking only for myself, what is there not to love about this fresh seasonal beer?
This is not a surprise. Oktoberfest is after all, an autumn celebration for the love of good beer. Cheers!

 514 characters

Photo of Emerging1
4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is annually one of the best Oktoberfests you can find in the bottle in the Midwest. It is best when from the the tap.

The beer pours impressively. Medium reddish amber. Nice big off-white head, small, tight, uniform bubbles. Thin permanent top remained throughout the glass. Very nice Belgian remained.

The aroma is raisins and wheat; subtly fruity.

The taste is bright and buttery which intensifies as beer warms toward 45 degrees. Very malty sweetness finish, just the right balance of hops and malt. 15 IBU

Very drinkable, no shame or risk in offering this choice to an oktoberfest newcomer.

 604 characters

Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.79/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

With a bold honey color, it boasts a great balance of subtle bread malts and light fruity hops to round it out. Very comparable to the Oktoberfest from Karl Strauss Brewing Company around San Diego.

 198 characters

Photo of brakspear
4.73/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sprecher is one of the first micros founded in Milwaukee in the 1980s. Its lagers, which the brewery concentrated on until the micro ale boom of the 1990s, are much more distinguished than its ales. I have always believed that the Oktoberfest is one of their best.

The beer pours deep amber with a nice slightly beige head forming, the carbonation is moderate making it appropriate for the style.

The aroma is a great blend of malt and slight hop spiciness. Perhaps not deep enough for the style, however.

Oktoberfest has a dominant smooth caramel malty sweetness with just the right balance of hops preventing it from being cloying.

This is a great beer to search for when available in the fall, particularly if you can sample it at Sprecherfest at Old Heidelburg Park in Glendale!

 795 characters

Photo of tjkurz
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There is a golf outing the second Tuesday every September I have this on tap for the first time. Right about the time SE Wisconsin Summer starts relenting. It is a beautiful beer - darker than most Oktoberfests with a rich creamy head. It smells of roasty caramel malt. It's taste is a bit more malty and caramelly and full flavor than most - not as nutty as most. I expect a tad more nuttiness in an Oktoberfest, but I am not dissapointed because I am nut inot the nutty thing. I am so primed after a long summer to malt it up. Nice balance with the hops not over hopped - this is an Oktoberfest - this is exceptionally drinkable.

 631 characters

Photo of blackie
4.59/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The beer pours a 0.5" tan head that gradually falls back to leave a thin layer and a ring. The beer is medium amber-brown in color.

smell: Oh man. Big, bready caramel malts make a huge appearance on the nose with a toasted hint. Sweet and juicy aromas of sweet apple, raisin, fig, and overripe banana. Light wisps of ethanol round out the aroma along with fresh nobles. For me, very reminiscent of a doppelbock. Smells f'in great.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium, and the body a nice and full medium...quite nice.

taste: Plenty of delicous caramel and toasted malts upfront give a moderate to high sweetness to the flavor...again, almost a little doppelbock-ish. Sweet notes of light and dark fruit, including red apple and subdued date, are found. After the swallow, the flavor becomes that of crisp citrus and a moderate bitterness that cleans up the finish somewhat and lingers quite awhile with some toated malt notes. Eventually, all that is left is some caramel sweetness on the tongue.

drinkability: A very good beer that I would gladly drink a few of...though probably limited to about 4. Well balanced, well done.

Single bottle purchased in Madison and smuggled back via checked baggage

 1,234 characters

Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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!

 941 characters

Photo of Risser09
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip · Fridge · 2009

Appearance: This lager pours a transparent amber orange and red color with a generous, 4" golden tan head. Great retention and lots of coating lace remains.

Smell: Strong, sweet caramel malt is met with a ripe strawberry fruitiness. Sweet jam and little to no hop aroma. Subtle earthy spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. Very nice.

Taste: Sweet malts carry a subtle fruitiness of sweet apricot, plum and strawberry. Caramel and english toffee. Lots going on here with a clean sweetness. Subtle hops.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, sweet and smooth drinking, this lager is ripe for the drinking. Medium body with all malt and little hops. No noticeable alcohol. Small carbonation.

Drinkability: I've never had anything that was not impressive from Sprecher. They do a great job on all of their brews. This is my new benchmark for Octoberfests.

 894 characters

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red hue with a thin bubbly head as a partner. Huge and wonderful malty aroma, very nice. Sweet off the cuff, but well done, some caramel tones are noted and they blend well with the rich and creamy malts. Bordlerline on a full bodied beverage. Great body and incredible taste, this should be the definition of a Oktoberfest beer!

 334 characters

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +18%
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.

 806 characters

Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This clear copper brew is topped by a slight creamy beige head that is well retained. A deep malty aroma accented by some slight noble hop spiciness. This is one of the better tasting Oktoberfests in the midwest. Very nice malt profile here. The caramel tones stand out. Underneath that, there are layers of graininess and toastiness. And to boot, there's a nice little (emphasis on little) hop kick and bitterness. Smooth and creamy full bodied mouthfeel. Nice marzen.

 477 characters

Photo of cokes
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

 631 characters

Photo of becktone
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

 2,380 characters

Photo of scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a good one and a half finger head with about a five minute retention. Color was a mix between rye bread crust and golden amber. The head eventually receded to a ring o' foam around my beer.

Smell- A comforting mix of fresh baked bread mixed with that same bread toasted right before your eyes and nose.

Taste- Tastes just like the smell except. The only difference being that if their wasn't a slight metallic finish, the taste section of this review would receive a "5".

Mouthfeel- Bready, warm and very comforting. Felt good to drink trhis beer right after work.

 593 characters

Photo of cagocubs
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack of 16 oz bottles. Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Dark copper with a fizzy beiege head that dissipates, but sticks before capping.

S: Real sweet and buttery. Caramel, biscuit, some dark fruit, and brown sugar. Hops are spicey and welcoming.

T: Big, sweet, and aromatic. The sweetness is of caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Buttery tastes of biscuit and nut. Roasted malt and some slight hop bitterness. Interesting and exciting.

M: The sweetness and buttery tastes make this a chewy marzen. Crisp and creamy with great coating.

O: This is one of my favorite marzens as I like the thick and chewy styles. A great mixture to form a real sweet and inviting marzen for the season.

 710 characters

Photo of ADR
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

 497 characters

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Sampling right now on 12/8/14. Comes in a 16 ounce bottle. Contains 5.5% alcohol (ABV). Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Pours a slighty hazy dark amber in color with a thin off-white cap that settles down to just the sides of the glass for the most part. Some ring-like lacing is seen when sipped that slides back down the sides of the glass. The aroma is of caramel and roasted malts with a hint of candied fruit. Bit more going on with the taste as there is some very light spice(?) with some sweetness. Pretty smooth for this style of brew. Goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste. Medium-bodied with lower carbonation (a good thing actually). A tasty seasonal brew that I really liked. PROST!

 769 characters

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2003. This is one of those beers that is so unusual as to merit a close look. This was represented to me as being an O-fest with exceptional dryness in the finish. I had my doubts, especially on taking a few first whiffs of the aomas wafting from the glass. I am not normally as impressed with a beer's aroma as I am with other attributes - this was exceptional. The smell is candy apple sweet, tons of caramel, and a touch of some spiciness.

Naturally I expected the taste to be over the top on sweetness, but much to my delight it came as touted. The initial sense of caramel sweetness vanishes as if by magic to finish with a most amazing dryness. It is said that it took them nearly two years to accomplish this finish and from my observation it was worth the effort.

The look is equally solid, having a beautiful amber body and substantive off-white head and solid lace effect. The feel is good with a solid body and finish to match the dryness. I was impressed by this beer.

 994 characters

Photo of CurtisLoew
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the three cellars sprecher tasting.

Pours a dark amber/marzen color. Perfect color for an oktoberfest imo. Good start!

Smells very clean. Not much going on. Bready, malts, grainy, caramel, about how you would expect a good oktoberfest to smell.

Taste is great. Malts, slight hops, Extremely clean tasting, no off flavors coming through in this beauty.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It was a great oktoberfest, and rivals staghorn (my favorite okto) imo. I need to start buying more sprecher, the last two beers i have tried have blown me away. Keep up the good work!

 594 characters

Photo of Soneast
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like fall in a glass. Pours a bright amber color with hints of orange and red. Grows a half inch thick, cream colored head that has decent retention, eventually receding to a thin skim of bubbles. This beer certainly looks the part.

Smells like a bag of malted barley. Aroma is pure sweet malts, with a touch of toast or slightly burnt bread. No yeast esters or hop character...the malt really shines through.

Tastes like liquid toast. The flavor is just really clean and malty. Lots of sweet maltose and toasted flavors. The hops come in right at the end to tame the overall malt character, but not adding any flavor contributions, just a mild bitterness.

Sprecher hit this one out of the park. Just an amazing Oktoberfest that hits all the right notes. Incredibly flavorful and smooth drinking. The malt shines through and brings a delectable bouquet of flavors and aromatics to the beer.

 899 characters

Photo of Winter
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma has a malt sweetness and caramel scent to it. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy (especially in the finish). Flavor consists of toasted malt, caramel, with a slight spiciness that's apparent. Overall great balance. This is one of the better Oktoberfests available and one of Sprecher's better brews. I'd definitely recommend trying one if you can find it.

 420 characters

Photo of RoyalT
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

 640 characters

Photo of Seanibus
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A robust and satisfying fall beer.

Pours a deep copper with a large dense head that falls to medium lacing. The aroma is sharp, large, and spicy, like cinnamon. The flavor is malty and spicy. A clingy mouthfeel highlights the malt burn down the throat.

 253 characters

Photo of maxpower
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange-amber color with a decent creamy off white head with some lacing. Veggie and bready aromas, fruity, nutty, caramel flavors. Medium bodied with a full and creamy mouthfeel, lasting sweet finish. Gets thicker and more flavorful as it warms, this is one of the best american oktoberfest I have had.

 307 characters

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

sprecher oktoberfest

a 4 color of a dark amber marzen. short head but actually fades to a persistent collar and leaves a little lace!

s 4.5 caramalized malts and an undercurrent of noble hops. just the right amount of toast, very well balanced.

t 4-4.5 the caramel and hops are present and a very nice ratio, with some lemon coming in at the end to keep things interesting. this is good stuff. the finish is surprisingly long.

m 3.5-4 medium-light, a bit spritzy, nothing too remarkable but nothing offensive. for this style, it's probably about right and may deserve the 4.

o 4.5 they really nailed this. will have to have a lot to be sure, but possibly my favorite of the style.

 685 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.