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Oktoberfest - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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:
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 ercxi
1.5/5  rDev -60.3%

ercxi, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of ScrimshawFan
2/5  rDev -47.1%

ScrimshawFan, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of winomark
2.15/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep copper color with a thin white head.

Aroma: Almost no nose, slight malt, but no hops present.

Taste: No distinctive flavors, with carbonation dominant. Unimpressive.

Mouthfeel: Quite carbonated, which dominates any flavor or character.

Drinkability: Tastes like a macro lager, wht little or no O-fest character. Won't try this one again.

winomark, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of jzlyo
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

jzlyo, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of npendres
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

npendres, Oct 27, 2014
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.

beveritt, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of blackearth
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

blackearth, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of jackndan
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

jackndan, Sep 02, 2002
Photo of dkchandler
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

dkchandler, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of blakesell
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 16oz bottle into the strangest goblet I have.

Appearance- Stem fills an amber gold, actual goblet fills a deep amber with absolutely no head whatsoever. Little to no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- Caramel maltiness, the beer is too cold, will warm it up. As it warms more bready grainy notes show themselves. Very little hop character.

Taste- Unpleasant Hard metallic water upfront, malt character picks up next. A big acidic bite at the end. There are hops but they aren't pronounced. A slight bile flavor in the back of the throat. I have never had this bile flavor in a beer and I don't like it.

Mouthfeel- bitter and rusty, not much in the way of carbonation, and light-bodied. Lightly creamy.

Drinkability- I'm not sure why I have heard so many high ratings for this beer. Michael Jackson and lots of my friends agree that this is one of the best. I'm afraid that I must disagree on this one. This is the 2nd one that I have had and they are consistant at being not very drinkable, watery, and has the rusty metallic off flavor that make it downright bad. The smell is the only redeeming quality that I really noticed on this beer. Rich and malty, but there is something wrong with this one.

blakesell, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of TastyTaste
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

By far the reddest Oktoberfest I have seen to date. Head sticks aroung, and lingers a little bit on the top the whole way down. Honey and hops are in the flavor, which is ok, but nothing great. Has a funny aftertaste, though. Not one of the better Oktoberfests I have sampled.

TastyTaste, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of KarlHungus
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark bronze color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and vanishes within seconds. The aroma is of caramel, with some floral notes. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very low carbonation and a sugary texture. Overall, this beer is quite a let down. It is bland and boring, and I can't see myself drinking it again.

KarlHungus, Nov 17, 2010
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

skloeff, Jun 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Elicoleman, Aug 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Beestin, May 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

yankinwis, Nov 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

ejimhof, Mar 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

joefinnigan15, Sep 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

beernads, Jul 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

antoines15, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of cpmau11
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an alright version of an oktoberfest style beer. The color is actually lighter than I thought. The taste is alright, but once again oktoberfest style beers should be drank in mass quantities i.e. drinking out of a liter mug which is essentially three beers. The smell was the only thing I considered interesting. Pratically no head at all which is an odd character on a german style beer.

cpmau11, Mar 08, 2009
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3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
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

russpowell, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of crossovert
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz brown twist-off bottle. Different label that the one pictured.

It pours a bit more of a reddish brown than most oktoberfests but it looks pretty good. The head is frothy and slightly off-white. It recedes slowly leaving some nice lacing behind as well.

This one isn't one of the better smelling Oktoberfests however. It smells alot like the Samuel Adams Octoberfest. It is just sort of airy metallic nuttiness. It smells very sweet.

The taste is better, although there is some metallic flavor that eventually fades but is somewhat annoying. It is a sweet, robust oktoberfest. It says it is brewed with fresh hops, so maybe that is why im not getting any bitterness what so ever. The hop profile is pretty good though, I like the Tettnanger and it is used properly but I would have liked it to have a slight bitterness to cut the sweetness.l. It is a one-dimensional if somewhat tasty oktoberfest. It is too sweet for the style but still decent in my opinion.

It is a middle of the road oktoberfest that is probably not worth the time or money.

crossovert, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of WJVII
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a nice orange/amber color. Had a decent 1 1/2 head with medium lacing. It has a decent smell of some herbs and malts. The taste is slightly bitter which is not what I was expecting, but it is a clean taste and is smooth. This is a change of pace from what I usually drink but was good.

WJVII, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of kingothewoods
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark amber color with a slightly tan colored head. Not much for head retention here at all. This one smelled of some spiciness and fruits. The fruits came through on the taste but also come caramel flavor and a very light hop finish.
Slightly smooth and a pretty good oktoberfest brew. I thought this one was so, so which didn't prompt me to order another.

kingothewoods, Nov 15, 2008
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Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.