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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 cpmau11


3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 23:07:36 | More by cpmau11
Photo of u2carew


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(A) Clear, transparent amber colored brew. Mellow carbonation with visible signs trickling from the bottom to the top.
(S) Very aromatic! Scents of malty sweetness with light hops, as well as hints of dried cherries (very inconspicuous).
(T) Flavors of malt, mild hops, and earthy tones.
(M) Crisp and clean. Not too heavy of a body.
(D) A decent Marzen, more aroma than bite but definitely German.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 23:24:38 | More by u2carew
Photo of russpowell


3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 06:12:24 | More by russpowell
Photo of Bootscraper


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served mildly cooled in clean pint glass.
Listening to The Chasm- "Deathcult for Eternity, The Triumph"

Ok, first off the bat, I must state that my hometown heroes, Sprecher, happen to be my favorite brewery. But all bias aside, their Oktoberfest is the best I have had this season, except for one I had at a buddy's bon-fire awhile back for which I cannot remember (I am sort of on the hunt for that mystery brew now).
The color is fascinating here. Held up to my living room lamp it permeated a lively amber color, but in other lights it varied from a deep orange to a golden brown. The pour produced a creamy & inviting looking 1cm off-white head, but it quickly dissipated after a couple minutes, and left a very thin ring around the rim and minimal snow-fall lacing. This undoubtedly is due the very very acute carbonation... I couldn't even see any bubbles until a close examination.
The smell is pleasantly subtle but full of a rich caramel or butterscotch, perhaps even molasses sweetness. Some of this may also be coming from the malty presence that I picked up on with each whiff.
The taste is loaded with dark/semi-sweet fruits, presumably from an upfront presence of hops. Those hops are also a point of curiosity for me, since this beer also has a very toasty smoked flavor, that slightly peaked at the finish. One can also pick out some nods of caramel throughout the sip. This a very well-balanced beer!
The beer also leaves some type of a slight tingly sensation feel in the mouth, but in a good way, not like Listerine. It's slightly sticky, something I have come to expect from most sprecher gourmet styles, though some of their other beers are like the equivalent to drinking honey in comparison if my memory does not fail me. Full-bodied though, and exceptionally smooth.
Overall, I like how sprecher lightly carbonates their beers. But for this one, a think that just a tad more would have helped create somewhat of a more creamy head (?). However, if Randy Sprecher simply worked on a longer and transforming aftertaste, it would be enough for me to go apeshit over this beer.

EDIT: After having another one, I came to notice that one reviewer was correct in saying that it finishes pretty dry. Perhaps that "tingly" feeling doesn't amount to anything worthwhile, because I noticed that it has the same effect of certain candies, where the only way to refresh yourself and knock certain flavors out of your mouth is to just keep consuming more. If you happen to like dry or even near-numbing beers, then just consider this as having a tastefully complex finish. I on the other hand, unfortunately had to go back and knock 1/2 a point down in the mouth feel and thusly demote the grade of this beer. But it is still a fantastic brew that I will continue to recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 02:32:50 | More by Bootscraper
Photo of Wisconsin


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice dark amber with nice solid retaining head, two finger. Fades to a one finger head and holds.

S - Malts and grains hit the nose, nothing past that really stands out to me. Smells like a typical fall Oktoberfest with hint of a caramel apple.

T - Not particularly flavorful, but the caramel flavor is brought out as compared to the standard Oktoberfest. This is a smooth beer, though. Of the four Oktoberfests (Leines, Capital, New Glarus, and this one) consumed tonight between us, this was on par with the Staghorn.

M - Very smooth in the beginning but has some bitterness towards the end.

D - This a very solid Octoberfest. The beer drinks very smooth and easy.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 05:38:47 | More by Wisconsin
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 kingothewoods


3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 17:26:12 | More by kingothewoods
Photo of becktone


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes 10-10-08

Eye: This one looks beautiful once it is poured into the glass. Color is a beautifully clear dark red, copper, cedar reddish-brown. This beer has excellent head retention. I'm surprised that all 16 ounces fit into this glass and left room for the head, I'd say that this beer is the picture perfect pour. Head is about the size of a finger and is light tan in color. This one is one of the best Oktoberfests I've seen...so many of them, imported and micros, are too close to yellow in color and have absolutely no depth. Lacing could use some work.

Nose: Just as the label states this beer does have some slightly fruity notes from fermentation. Rich caramel notes as well as some slightly smokey aromas. Genuine smoke aroma, kinda like the way your clothes smell the next day after a bonfire, not peat smokiness though, more of a real rich woody type of smoke. Hard to explain. Overall I like this beer's aroma, I just wish that it were a bit stronger, more potent.

Tongue: Rich and flavorful caramel notes. This one has a real nice dry character to it that accents the somkey character found in the aroma as well as the taste. The label boasts that the beer is "fire brewed", it doesn't matter whether this is true or not...it tastes as if it were brewed over an open flame, a wood fire. I can pick up an earthy, woody, smokey flavor in this beer that I've never found in any other beer. Tettnanger hops, again as the bottle boasts, provide some fine and noble qualities to this beer. Bitterness from them provides balance to the caramel in this beer, flavor is spicy and earthy. A nice oktoberfest, one that I'll be happy to drink again.

edit: There are notes in the flavor of this beer that remind me of the aroma of the mash....nice! Sweet notes from malted barley are in abundance here, great, great beer!

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: My first thought when this beer hit the lips was full bodied and creamy. As aforementioned this beer has a dry finish. This beer is crisp with delicate carbonation. Everything about this beer just works in combination with itself. Each component of this beer compliments and works with others to create a great beer. This is one of the Oktoberfests that I'll put in my top five O-fests, its definitely one that I'll recommend to others, unlike many of the O-fests I've had. Its got an authentic, real feel to it.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 17:01:32 | More by becktone
Photo of AgingWarrior


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured 16oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark coppery color with about a half a finger of off white head. The head dissipated rather quickly and provided minimal lacing.

Great first whiff! The caramel malts smell sweet along with some fruity undertones.

Taste is malty and sweet with a mild hp presence and a clean finish.

Light body with medium carbonation. Not as full as I expected.

Very drinkable brew. The 16oz went down in a hurry. I probably could have let it warm up a bit. This is a solid brew, but not as good as I had anticipated from Sprecher.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 14:01:24 | More by AgingWarrior
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 paulthebeerguru


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: imperial pint. dark amber color. good clarity. nice light tan head. low retention and mild lacing.

S: nice aromas of fruit, apples and pears, with some spices.

T: great tasting oktoberfest. fruity, caramel, light on the hops, some apples, figs and honey.

M: medium bodied. good carbonation level. very smooth.

D: nice oktoberfest brew. well worth a shot for an americanized version.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 18:25:07 | More by paulthebeerguru
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 BlackBearForge


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a 16 oz. bottle a nice dark coppery amber, with a small off white head which falls quickly leaving some oily lacing. Probably could have poured slightly more vigorously.

First whiff gives a bright floral, somewhat spicy fruit scent with some caramel character.

Taste is of caramel malt and slightly spicy honey tones with a nice bitering on the finish. Not overly sweet, balanced with the hop presence.

Mouthfeel is light-medium, moderate carbonation and quite smooth.

Overall drinkability is good, definitely a decent Oktoberfest makes me want to sample some of their other brews!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 22:33:08 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of Slynger


3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper orange with a lid of light tan.

Nose is mostly sweet. Some caramel and biscuity smells with hints of berries and some floral and lightly musty, earthy hops.

Brings some more sweetness in the flavor. Caramel with hints of berries again, along with an ample amount of bitter, toasted malts and hops which come across floral and herbal musty-earthy. Medium bodied with a touch of sharpness and acidity to it.

Not overly impressed by this Sprecher offering, but it is not bad all the same.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 23:17:19 | More by Slynger
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 Gehrig


4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark ruby-copper body that yields a thin finger of slightly tan head with little duration. Rich malty aroma filled with caramel malt, hints of chocolate, and berry. Good taste--not great, but certainly good--very malty, creamy, smooth, and certainly better than many other Oktoberfests I've tried this season. Floral hops complement the malt nicely. The mouthfeel drives Sprecker's Oktoberfest to me; excellent, smooth on the palate. Very good all around, delicious, no weaknesses. Fine stuff and well worth trying from one of my favorite sleeper breweries.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 13:23:35 | More by Gehrig
Photo of morimech


4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish/brown with a one fingered head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Not much for lacing during consumption.

The caramel malt comes through nicely in the aroma. Moderate hop presence for a Oktoberfest that lends a nice earthy and spice component.

The flavor consists of a solid caramel malt base with a surprising hop flavor on the finish. Nicely blanced and solid overall.

The body is on the lighter side of medium and is a bit overcarbonated. The texture is not quite there but is still good.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Perfect for a fall drinking session. My bottle was labeled 6% ABV so I should slow the drinking down a little bit.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 22:28:05 | More by morimech
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 MrMcGibblets


3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this bottle may have been a tad off, bought it last fall and have had it in the fridge for 2-3 months, so it may have been on the edge freshness wise. it poured a clear amber/old copper in color with a minimal, quickly diminishing off-white head. aromas of toffee, dark bready malts, and a vague fruitiness. taste was mostly the malts, hops underlying, and a touch of sourness in the finish. frothy and finishes relatively drying and a bit puckering. medium-bodied. sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 19:15:19 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of Homerbag


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber with thick head. Head retention is very good.

Smells like a malt bomb. Malt, malt, more malt take the spotlight.

Tastes very malty. Some hops come into play towards the end as does the clean water. Very sessionable.

Feels light and clean, good carbonation.

The only thing maltier would be a bowl of grapenuts. One of the better O'fest made stateside. I wull check this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 20:42:27 | More by Homerbag
Photo of botham


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pint bottle poured into a Samuel Adams new beer glass. pours a rich amber color with a couple fingers of light tan head. crystal clear in appearance.

aroma is of strong caramel malts, with notes of floral yeast and a base of a grainy character.

taste is of the same caramel malts, with a sweet overtone.floral yeast is still in the distant background, with the same grainy character present.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy, with a light bite from carbonation. finishes smooth.

drinkability is good. though somewhat lacking in body and boldness, this is an otherwise solid marzen. not the best from sprecher, but a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 01:09:31 | More by botham
Photo of Dogbrick


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 20:22:30 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Pauly2X


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Two finger head faded slowly. Deep dark reddish amber.

S- Very clean but delicate aroma of spicy hops and roasted malts.

T- Nowhere near as sweet as most oktoberfests. The toasted malts typical of most american oktoberfests are present but don't take center stage. Just the right amount of hops balance everything out nicely.

M- Smooth rich good carbonation.

D- Too bad theres only one in the mix pack I purchased.

This was very enjoyable as it pushes the limits of the style a little bit. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 22:50:14 | More by Pauly2X
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 Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in a Sprecher mixed pack.

Pours a clear orange/brown, thick off white head forms, few lace spots, decent layer. Smell is sweet, caramelized, bread, iron and light citrus, thick malts, bit of floral, not bad. Taste is sweet, light fruits, citric sourness, bread, iron, caramel, light chocolate and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Decent Oktoberfest, maltier than most, but theres something about it that I don't really enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 00:52:57 | More by Viggo
Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
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