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Oktoberfest - Sprecher Brewing Company


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very good

226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Gold Medal Winner in the German-style/Oktoberfest category at the 2004 Great American Beer Festival (GABF).

(Beer added by: maxpower on 04-18-2002)
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Photo of mntlover


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy brownish copper color with a light tan head that falls quickly not much lace at all.

Aroma is sweet light caramel notes mingle with toasted bread and fruit, nice nuts,spice and light floral hints round it out.

Taste is nice lightly toasted malt mingled caramel light fruit makes an appearance along with some nutty hints. Spice and light floral hops linger thru out the finish. Seems a little stouter more full bodied then most Oktoberfests.

Mouthfeel is almost medium good smooth mellow carbonation, make the brew have a nice feel.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable rich oktoberfest brew, might be a touch past its prime but holds up well. Thanks go to merlin48 for this fine sample.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 20:22:17 | More by mntlover
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy off white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a robust cereal grain with hints of caramel and a subtle noble hop.

The taste was upfront sweet cereal grains with hints of toffee, chocolate malt, smoke and dark fruits. There was a slight metallic element however.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style with a dry finish.

Overall a very tasty and robust Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 01:46:17 | More by plaid75
Photo of nickynick


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spercher Oktoberfest a dark amber/copper color. This is the darkest O-fest I have ever seen. Smell has the typical malty smell of O-fests, and slight hint of hops. Taste is sweet up front, a good malty sweetness. It is followed by a medium hop bite. It has decent balance, not overly sweet. Mouthfeel was good, and this beer has very nice drinkability. Good O-fest from a good brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 15:34:29 | More by nickynick
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest orange with a coppery glow and a thick slice of pale caramel mousse up top. The head doesn't develop much interesting topography as it melts, while leaving only a short collar of transient lace.

The nose pretty much nails the style, with less Munich malt melanoidins than most, which is a good thing. This smells like it will be sweet, caramel-like and nutty beer. Hallertau and Mt. Hood hops aren't appreciated, which is fine.

Oktoberfest is solid beer from top to bottom and side to side. It isn't a beast on the flavor intensity front, but it's well-rounded and steers clear of most of those things that I don't like about this style.

Each mouthful delivers well-toasted whole grain bread, steely caramel, roasted nuts, and a balancing amount of tea leaf bitterness. Warming emboldens the whole, while allowing the drinker to separate out the nuances even more easily.

The mouthfeel is borderline too thin for what is supposed to be a malt-dominant style. In the end, the higher score was chosen since the carbonation is spot-on and a modicum of creaminess appears in the second half of the bottle.

Given their German-American heritage, it was almost a foregone conclusion that Sprecher would brew a pretty damn good Oktoberfest. Still, it's nice to see (and smell... and taste) that they actually do. Where's my liter mug?

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 12:32:51 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Up until a year ago I thought Sprecher only made root beer.

This brew seems more like a pumpkin beer than a marzen. It has a medium amber color and low carbonation. The aroma has some sweet malt and caramel. The taste is rather sweet, caramel, toffee, and a touch of nutmeg and pumpkin. This actually seems more like a pumpkin ale because of the taste. The body seems just a hair thin and is nicely smooth. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 00:10:37 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of Rennpferd


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a crisp clear copper hue. It had a short head that quickly retreated to a whispy lacing. No carbination what so ever.

A nice smell of roasted malt and a hint of spicey hops.

A fine malt taste with a well balanced lite hop finish. A bit of alcohol tinge could be detected throughout. It was smooth and light bodied.

I found this to be very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 23:35:29 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle. Pours out reddish brown with an inch of off-white head. The aroma is toasted malt with caramel and a spicy hop aroma. Deep caramel malt flavor. The malt is followed by a tasty fruit flavor. Hops are spicy and a little floral. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than average. Drinkability is good. This is one of the better Oktoberfests I've sampled.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 01:36:54 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of dirtylou


3.93/5  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

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 02:18:42 | More by dirtylou
Photo of allengarvin


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden-reddish brown color, with a light dusting of foam across the top. Aroma of toasted bread with a little floral hops. The flavor is pleasantly malty,straightforward and not complex with a good dose of caramel, some light toastiness, backed with a moderate bitterness. Body is a tad thin.

Not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 01:49:07 | More by allengarvin
Photo of afinepilsner


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz brown bottle
6% abv

Sprecher Oktoberfest was amber in color. It had a beige head that didn't last. The smell was sweet caramel malt and a touch toasty. The taste was toasty caramel malt upfront with a little bitterness and hop flavor coming through towards the finish. The finish was dry and a touch bitter. It was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkabity was good. This was a nice easy drinking Oktoberfest that is not as sweet as most; and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 00:12:52 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of tvv375ia


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 16oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-nice mahogany color with almost no head that faded completely away

S-lots of carmel and sweet fruit smells almost like a carmel apple

T-carmel shows up first with a little dark fruit maybe plums

M-not much carbonation and seems to be on the thin side

O-pretty good beer to start off the fall season

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 22:14:51 | More by tvv375ia
Photo of pmcadamis


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 14:24:20 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of steveh


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a 2009 update -- still has the same label as last year, touting caramel and fruitiness. Thank goodness it still doesn't have these non-Oktoberfest characteristics.

A -- Deep, clear red-copper color with a thick, light tan head.

S -- Mild DMS with some spicy hops and nutty malt character. Vague breadiness back.

T -- Nutty, slight toasted bread flavor with a clean, soft bready finish. A vague *metallic character in the finish, nothing off-putting, but I noticed it last year and wonder why it's present. Mellow bitter hops at the end.

M -- Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel.

D -- You bet'cha. Mighty tasty, typical American Oktoberfest that leans more toward nuttiness than toastiness in malts, but very drinkable, nonetheless.

*Minor update for 2011 -- no metallic character this year. Upgrading Taste to a 4.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 17:32:33 | More by steveh
Photo of MillRat


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a solid orange, verging on light brown, with a thin but persistent light tan head. Bready aroma with a hint of grape-nuts. Nice malty flavor with a bit more body than most German imports, subtle noble hops balancing it out. A very pleasant quaff all around. As the German import Oktos get yellower and thinner, this may be truer to the Oktos of nearly a century and a half ago when this whole Oktoberfest thing started.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 14:49:45 | More by MillRat
Photo of FourBetter


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark, dirty copper color in the glass with a medium head.

Pleasant aroma of sweet malts. Also made me think of burning fall leaves for some reason.

A subltle taste of hops hiding behind caramel and toasted malt flavors.

Very enjoyable. Encourages me to try other Sprecher brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 06:29:18 | More by FourBetter
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Reddish coppery-amber in color, clear, with a two finger off-white head that lasts for about a minute, minimal lacing left behind.

S. Breaded sweet morning buns. Lots of lightly toasted malt and brown sugar going on at once. Perhaps even a light touch of creamy nougat aroma.

T. Very similar to how the nose presents. The only main difference is that the mid-palate contains some nuttiness on the toasted elements.

M. Lands on the heavier side of medium body, lightly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 01:58:30 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle into imperial pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, caramel, apple, molasses, toast, bread, toffee, pear, light nuttiness, and light herbal. Nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, raisin, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, molasses, toffee, and herbal. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, molasses, raisin, toffee, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance and robustness; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest. Well balanced robust flavors, and very smooth to drink. I have a feeling that this was a bottle from last year or older, but it held up nicely. Very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 04:45:19 | More by superspak
Photo of kosmoraios


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel/ruby color into my pint glass with a 1 fingerwhite head that dissipates within 45 seconds and leaves light lacing.

Aroma is of lightly toasted malts, caramel, figs.

Taste is refreshing for an Oktoberfest, a little more hops than usual, which I like. Malts and light brown sugar taste blend well with the hops and slightly fruity/spicy undertone.

Mouthfeel is good, substantial without being chewy or stout. Drinkability - all day!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 04:58:06 | More by kosmoraios
Photo of Boto


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, coppery amber color. Mine had a fairly decent tan head on it, but it drops away quickly and doesn't leave any lacing. The aroma is decent enough. there are notes of caramel malts, and possibly some fruits and floral aromas. The taste is very clean. A little sweet, with a mild spiciness to it. Hints of dark fruit with the caramel malt. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 21:17:55 | More by Boto
Photo of SykDoc


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this from the bottle into a snifter. It achieves a thin, 1/2 inch head which dissipates quickly with no lacing. The appearance is a clear amber.

The aroma is primarily fruits with some hints of smoke. The taste is primarily caramel and a bit of the sweet fruitiness is also noted. Similar to most octoberfest beers. It does have a hop taste that sits on the palate.

The mouthfeel came up a bit short for me. It was lighter than I would have liked. There is a light level of carbonation. One of the better parts was the dry aftertaste, which accents the beer and makes it fairly good. Overall, I would say this was a reasonably good beer that I would drink again, but I wouldn't want to have too many of them in a year.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 02:56:41 | More by SykDoc
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz twist off bottle poured into a nonic.

Clear deep red-brown color with a light tan creamy head that quickly dissipates to a ring and leaves no lacing. Strong caramel, malty nose with some light hoppiness. Very creamy, full body with a slight hoppy bite in the finish. Flavor has nice balance of caramel sweetness and noble hops, slight nut and fruit (berry) near the finish. Very enjoyable, a nice light marzen.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 19:29:37 | More by yourefragile
Photo of sweemzander


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled sometime in the late summer to early fall of 2009. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade!

(A)- Pours a clear copper color that produced a good off-white frothy head that quickly dissipated.

(S)- Rich nutty caramel & honey.

(T)- Lightly sweet honey & butterscotch malts. Finishes slightly dry & nutty. Almost fruity.

(M)- A good crisp carbonation level with a nice balance of dry & sweet components.

(D)- A solid oktoberfest with a good balance & feel to it. Granted, its not a great example of the style, but my tastebuds are not complaining one bit. I could definitely have a few of these. Yet another solid beer by Sprecher!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 23:45:39 | More by sweemzander
Photo of djohnse


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally finishing my four pack of Sprecher pints of Oktoberfest poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Really do love the copper amber appearance of the beer after poured, beautiful color held up to the light.

Smell: Pretty good smell, concur with others in that it has a bread like smell eminating from it but still with something I can't quite place yet.

Taste: Definite caramel taste that goes with the appearance of the beer.

Mouthfeel: To me the mouthfeel was kind of thin for what I was expecting. It was incredibly smooth on my tongue and palate but personally like a little bit more body.

Overall: Although I'm not a huge fan of the style I was able to enjoy the slightly sweeter side of beer as a break from the heavier/hoppier selections I've had lately. I'll keep a look out for it again next year when this time comes around to celebrate the great German tradition of beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 01:11:05 | More by djohnse
Photo of ZAP


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty nice Octoberfest...soft toasty nose...taste is initially slick and sweetish with a small spicy hop accent...toasted grains emerge after that...Mouthfeel gives me a somewhat sticky, sweet, syrupy texture...overall I think this is pretty good, but I have had several better (Summit, Hacker,Paulaner,Goose, Titletown,Capital)...better than average but not elite in my opinion..

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2002 21:26:04 | More by ZAP
Photo of bluemoonswoon


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finishing of the Beers of Old Bavaria mixed twelve pack. 16oz bottle poured, once again, into a freshly cleaned pint glass.

A: Pours a quite clear and bubbly ruddy copper with a tan head with densly packed bubbles. The one inch head fades away a bit quickly into a thin cap.

S: Smells pretty dry, not like I'm used to with previous tasting of this beer. Bits of toasted malt and fruitiness.

T/MF: Maybe I used a bit too much baking soda to clean this beer, but it tastes a bit off, almost as if someone dropped a penny into my beer. The beer opens well enough with a strong caramel malt character with additional mild apple flavor. But I'm leaning on this beer being contaminated at least in some way as I've tried this before and it tasted nothing like this.

D: I'm going on my previous experience with this beer and beers from this brewery. A solid choice with any style this brewery is great.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 01:46:05 | More by bluemoonswoon
Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.