Oktoberfest - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 8
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:
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 Adamthome1
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle....late in season got a 4 pack for $2.99, no best by date

Aroma is a of a nice full bodied lager, with caramel notes and toffee

Pours bronze in appearance, pours a 1 finger head that quickly dwindles into nothing and gives some lacing down the glass.

Taste has some caramel in it, it is full bodied, can hardly taste any hops, this is a malty lager all the way. Taste is noticeable in the back of the mouth, front is pretty empty, mild carbonation, leaves an oily feel on the mouth with a pleasant caramel aftertaste...Hmm maybe I am missing something but it's a pretty one dimensional lager where flavor and aftertaste are the same throughout....Drinkable, got a good deal on it, maybe I can give a better review next year with a fresh bottle.

Purchased at Hy Vee Stony Brook, Omaha, NE 12/6/10

Photo of jcalabre
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mte1972
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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 Tiburon
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of bismarksays
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Punkrckr281
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of aubzachsyd
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of garymuchow
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5/25/08 - Upon drinking recently I'm going to increase drinkabilility as it went smooth and soft and easily left room for more.

Aroma is on the light side, with a mild malt aroma with a slight sweet water character. Not at all robust.
Small head that leaves quickly to a thin layer. Amber color that pushes red to brown. Clear.
Flavor is better than aroma. Dry malt characteristics, especially at the long lingering finish. Somewhat caramel, but seems a little over the top in a funny intensity. A noticable hop bite that's interesting, but too much at first, but mellows as warms allowing the malt qualities to take precedent.
Fairly smooth feel for a lager. Some fullness from the carbonation.
Overall a fairly complex beer. I'm just not sure all of it works for me. Much better as it warms, more like a ale than a lager.

Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of nygannon
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Joefisherman
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Crowesaddict
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Sturmthis
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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 moulefrite
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep copper color with a creamy beige head that puffs up nicely then fades quickly-minimal lace or stick. Malty as well as fruity on the nose. A pretty big mouthfull of suds here and pretty much a fine example of the style. Heavy handed on the malt yet still a good dose of piney hops. Some caramel corn chimes in on the finish as does some burnt caramel bitterness. I have to give the drinkability a low score as Sprecher (to me) is nearly always over the top to the point of being flabby. This one though does grow on ya, and perhaps with a next sample I will review a tad higher. But for now, one pint will be just right.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a ruby copper with a 2 finger khaki head.

S - Caramel, toffee and fresh baked bread. The nose is very nice but very subtle and took several attempts to pick up any aromas.

T - Caramel and toffee with a hint of bittering hops. The taste is as faint as the aroma. I get a slight metallic taste in the finish.

M - On the light side of medium and well carbonated.

D - This one goes down easy but is somewhat boring. I will more than likely be looking elsewhere for future Oktoberfests.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shocking that it has taken me this long to try a Sprecher beer. This seasonal pours a dark copper color with a medium light tan head that diminishes pretty quickly. Stringy lacing. Caramel malt aroma with touches of fruit and hops. Medium-bodied and smooth with roasted malt, caramel and plum flavors. Touches of mildly bitter hops are there as well. The finish is short and sweet with a caramel aftertaste. Overall this is an above average Oktoberfest.

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.

Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.