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Oktoberfest - Sprecher Brewing Company

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85
very good

234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | 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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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-02-2014 19:23:51 | More by harpus
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Elicoleman

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -20.8%

08-29-2014 21:26:16 | More by Elicoleman
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JeffSK

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-24-2014 23:31:31 | More by JeffSK
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours orange to copper with a head that falls a bit quickly, but leaves lacing.

The smell is of steely caramel with nuts from the rich, complex malt.

The taste is of caramelized bread, some nuts and a touch of bitter noble hops in the finish.

It is smooth. Easy to drink.

This hits the style well. Very authentic. I am looking forward to drinking plenty of this during Oktoberfest season!

08-07-2014 00:47:56 | More by jwc215
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BarrelAgedG

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-03-2014 23:36:48 | More by BarrelAgedG
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Big_Dave

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-02-2014 07:55:25 | More by Big_Dave
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aubzachsyd

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-10-2014 21:22:34 | More by aubzachsyd
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Beestin

Iowa

3/5  rDev -20.8%

05-03-2014 21:06:58 | More by Beestin
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-14-2014 02:08:53 | More by bismarksays
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-05-2014 04:52:35 | More by SkinniePost
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Nemers

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

03-20-2014 08:55:34 | More by Nemers
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Inglewood

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-26-2014 19:10:37 | More by Inglewood
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

01-24-2014 00:17:53 | More by DerekQXQX
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Crowesaddict

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-06-2014 05:41:38 | More by Crowesaddict
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drbenderdo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-03-2014 16:59:12 | More by drbenderdo
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.29/5  rDev -13.2%

Sprecher Oktoberfest

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a shaker pint. Served cold...

A) Cloudy amber with a nice creamy head. Nice retention... No lacing... Good looking brew right here.

S) Very malty... Bready with a little whiff of caramel sweetness.

T) Malt dominates the flavor, which isn't a surprise for the style, but I found this a bit grainy for my tastes. There is some light hop bitterness on the backend.

M) Medium bodied with light carbonation. Could have been a little more lively. Went down okay...

O) A pretty average O-Fest in my opinion.

12-28-2013 22:58:29 | More by RoamingGnome
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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-15-2013 23:39:34 | More by enelson
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DersOne

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-25-2013 17:14:26 | More by DersOne
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

11-24-2013 03:52:22 | More by tyleeis
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

11-21-2013 22:14:13 | More by ummswimmin
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Morakaton

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-19-2013 05:57:33 | More by Morakaton
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USAF77

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

Nice medium pour to a very nice gold amber and a rich head retaining acceptable lacing.

I like the smell. Im getting honey with a little bit of fruit. The taste is typical Oktoberfest. Sweet malt with a very light after taste, without the dry bite I usually like in my standard premium Lagers. But thats OK ; Its an Octoberfest. I find the taste delicious.

I bought it as a single. I'd buy a 6 pack if I saw it next year this time. Its a pretty beer to look at and a rich honey malty taste that begs a fall indulgance. I enjoyed this beer.

11-15-2013 19:00:09 | More by USAF77
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Sturmthis

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-10-2013 01:20:22 | More by Sturmthis
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atone315

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-05-2013 04:09:18 | More by atone315
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

Sprecher Oktoberfest seemed noticeably thick coming out the bottle and indeed looks just like maple syrup in the glass. It has a deep amber colour and density that prevents any substantive clarity (misleading given its sheeny gloss). There is not a single visible sign of carbonation.

Those who write the rules on style guidelines insist that "any caramel aroma is inappropriate" in Märzens, yet, curiously enough, it's a flavour that people often default to when trying to describe this kind of rich, malty lager - and Sprecher boasts of it right on the label. Whether "appropriate" or not, who cares? This beer's dark caramel profile is delicious.

I will concede, however, that the butterscotch-like features and subtle dried fruitiness in this Oktoberfest - a lager intended to be smooth, medium-bodied, and engineered for high-volume drinking - actually remind me of an English Barleywine (a stronger and more complex ale).

Indeed, while most Märzens are easily enjoyed by the 2L Stein-full, you might want to take this one a pint at a time. It's heavy stuff and plenty rich too. Of course, these aren't undesirable qualities - quite the contrary - but know that what you're getting into includes plenty of roasted nuttiness, a hoppiness that tastes like dead leaves and a drying, steely texture.

Sprecher Oktoberfest may not be a lager suited to seventeen days worth of gluttonous drunken celebration, but it's a quintessential cool weather, fall-time lager: it is hearty, rich, and substantially malted. This brewery's best offerings are its German renditions, not their American-style stuff, and there's few styles more German than Oktoberfest.

11-03-2013 16:55:22 | More by biegaman
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Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.