Oktoberfest - Sprecher Brewing Company
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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
3.29/5 rDev -13.2%
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
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
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
Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.