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Oktoberfest - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 268
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 04-18-2002

Gold Medal Winner in the German-style/Oktoberfest category at the 2004 Great American Beer Festival (GABF).
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Photo of pat61
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Brilliant amber pour crowned by a 1” cream to light tan foam collar. S: Not much aroma – some malt and hints of dark sugars. T: A little sweet with malt and kettle sugars. F: Medium body, medium carbonation. O: A decent drinking beer that is not as deep and complex as it could be. (288 characters)

Photo of Lukass
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought this for $1 on the sale rack at my local craft beer shop. Definitely tasted a little stale, so I tried to envision how it would be fresh. A good Oktoberfest! toasty malts and a lot of German hops prevail, and surprisingly some alcohol warmth for only being 6 abv. I'm sure it would've been a lot better fresh, but hey, can't turn down one of these for a buck! (366 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy amber body, crowned by a massive, dense off-white head, with fine-beaded, glass-coating lacing.

Aroma: Caramel and nuts dominate the aroma, with a mild backdrop of hops, Mt. Hood, per the label. The hops have a noble-like character.

Taste: Opens with moderately sweet caramel, dark bread, lesser toasted malts and nuts present soon after. Later in the taste, modest, tea-like hops present. Finishes with dark bread flavors and moderate hop bitterness. There is a bit of smoke flavor at the finish, unusual for the style, but welcome.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant, full.

Drinkability/notes: A nice example of the style, which manages to be a bit different.

Presentation: Packaged in a stubby sixteen-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Drinkability/notes (836 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Sampling right now on 12/8/14. Comes in a 16 ounce bottle. Contains 5.5% alcohol (ABV). Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Pours a slighty hazy dark amber in color with a thin off-white cap that settles down to just the sides of the glass for the most part. Some ring-like lacing is seen when sipped that slides back down the sides of the glass. The aroma is of caramel and roasted malts with a hint of candied fruit. Bit more going on with the taste as there is some very light spice(?) with some sweetness. Pretty smooth for this style of brew. Goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste. Medium-bodied with lower carbonation (a good thing actually). A tasty seasonal brew that I really liked. PROST! (769 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, molasses, and candied fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, fruit, earth, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that has a solid smell, but the flavors have a bit of oxidation going on to me.

Serving type: bottle. (626 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (393 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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. (560 characters)

Photo of USAF77
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (541 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,660 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a Sprecher left over from a Wurstfest party I through back in September....just cracked it open and it is a decent oktoberfest. The beer pours a slightly hazy rich copper with thin head that is leaving a modest lace. The smell and taste are typical of most oktoberfest beers. There is sweet malt esseance that provides both. This is a lighter medium body beer with decent carbonation. Overall its good...would I have it again....yes. (439 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle into imperial pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, caramel, apple, molasses, toast, bread, toffee, pear, light nuttiness, and light herbal. Nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, raisin, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, molasses, toffee, and herbal. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, molasses, raisin, toffee, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance and robustness; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest. Well balanced robust flavors, and very smooth to drink. I have a feeling that this was a bottle from last year or older, but it held up nicely. Very enjoyable offering. (1,022 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
6.0% ABV, 122151007FL on shoulder.

A - Sprecher Oktoberfest pours a crystal clear ruby-highlighted copper color that's virtually inactive. The beer's dense tan head slowly dropped to a thin skim of tiny bubbles and left very little lacing to speak of.

S - When the head disappears the aroma becomes unpronounced, filled mostly by lightly toasted Vienna malts and accented by some caramel sweetness. Biscuit follows with very little hop aroma save for a touch of dirty earthiness. Upon a swirl, faint nutty and very lightly fruity aspects surface.

T - Initially sweet with Munich and caramel gooey-ness Sprecher Oktoberfest changes directions fairly quickly getting hoppier and more dry with a bit of an earthy, almost herbal kick. Dry toast and biscuit linger on the palate through the finish of this beer.

M - Sprecher Oktoberfest is a crisp yet medium-bodied lager that begins smooth and finishes a touch dry with a mild bitterness and moderate carbonation. Despite it's bitter maltiness, the balance that comes through in the flavor passing on to feel, really makes this a nice and easy-to-drink Oktoberfest!

O - Mild fruity carbonation is a hindrance to this lager, a style which should impart no yeast influence through and through, but damn if it doesn't continue to go down nicely! Sprecher Oktoberfest is a crisp and easy-drinking version of the German classic. While there are steps to take to really elevate this to something bigger, it does score with a nicely malty base and hop follow-through in the feel. (1,566 characters)

Photo of theargonian
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- copper colored with maybe one finger of head. what head there is, though stays for quite a while

S- vienna malt, grains and a hint of all-spice

T- copious amounts of malt, vienna malt in particular. just a tiny bit of hops which add a little spice towards the middle. toasted malts make a late appearance, but mingle for a while

O- a great marzen. could have been close to perfection had there been a tad more hops to break up the malt a little (451 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Reddish coppery-amber in color, clear, with a two finger off-white head that lasts for about a minute, minimal lacing left behind.

S. Breaded sweet morning buns. Lots of lightly toasted malt and brown sugar going on at once. Perhaps even a light touch of creamy nougat aroma.

T. Very similar to how the nose presents. The only main difference is that the mid-palate contains some nuttiness on the toasted elements.

M. Lands on the heavier side of medium body, lightly carbonated. (515 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $1.79 in Fall 2011.

Pours a medium brown color with slight head. Scent is malty with some spices in the mix. Taste has a lot of spices like cinnamon, clove, and other roasted spices. The texture is fantastic with a clean finish that leaves the tasty spices lingering. A great brew! (352 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 Oz bottle poured into Pint Glass

A: Poured a deep copper color with less than a fingers worth of head that settled to nothing with no lacing.

S: First thing I'm getting is bread, caramel, nuts and sweet malt.

T: Toasted bread and sweet malt dominate the flavors here... There is a slight caramel and nuttiness floating around as well at the back of the palette. Finish is clean with a touch of hops that I did not smell.. very little aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied not much carbonation mixed in.

D: Pretty plain Marzen... ABV is pretty good at 6% but there is really nothing to write home about. (601 characters)

Photo of Tschnab
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a dark copper hue, a tad darker than on the style, active stream of carbonation, off white finger of head with tight bubbles, no lace.

S- very grainy, kiss of carmel, malty backbone, toffee, biscuit.

T- the grains and malt come through with a touch of bready sweetness on the finish. Quite dry, light spice and toasted flavor. Full bodied for a marzen.

O- Honestly one of the best marzens I've had. Really surprised by this, simple execution done right. (459 characters)

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Up until a year ago I thought Sprecher only made root beer.

This brew seems more like a pumpkin beer than a marzen. It has a medium amber color and low carbonation. The aroma has some sweet malt and caramel. The taste is rather sweet, caramel, toffee, and a touch of nutmeg and pumpkin. This actually seems more like a pumpkin ale because of the taste. The body seems just a hair thin and is nicely smooth. I'd have it again. (426 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen.

A: Slightly hazy amber with one-finger, white head that lasted about a minute. Not much lacing.

S: Caramel malt and some hops. Very nice.

T: Moderate sweetness and light hop bitterness. Caramel and fruit flavors. Nice toasted finish. Clean, but not too mild.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Slightly dry and very smooth.

O: This beer didn't look like much when I poured it, but the nose was good, and the taste was very clean and delicious. Very drinkable. I liked this better than the Hacker-Pschorr. (596 characters)

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

sprecher oktoberfest

a 4 color of a dark amber marzen. short head but actually fades to a persistent collar and leaves a little lace!

s 4.5 caramalized malts and an undercurrent of noble hops. just the right amount of toast, very well balanced.

t 4-4.5 the caramel and hops are present and a very nice ratio, with some lemon coming in at the end to keep things interesting. this is good stuff. the finish is surprisingly long.

m 3.5-4 medium-light, a bit spritzy, nothing too remarkable but nothing offensive. for this style, it's probably about right and may deserve the 4.

o 4.5 they really nailed this. will have to have a lot to be sure, but possibly my favorite of the style. (685 characters)

Photo of cagocubs
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack of 16 oz bottles. Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Dark copper with a fizzy beiege head that dissipates, but sticks before capping.

S: Real sweet and buttery. Caramel, biscuit, some dark fruit, and brown sugar. Hops are spicey and welcoming.

T: Big, sweet, and aromatic. The sweetness is of caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Buttery tastes of biscuit and nut. Roasted malt and some slight hop bitterness. Interesting and exciting.

M: The sweetness and buttery tastes make this a chewy marzen. Crisp and creamy with great coating.

O: This is one of my favorite marzens as I like the thick and chewy styles. A great mixture to form a real sweet and inviting marzen for the season. (710 characters)

Photo of djohnse
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally finishing my four pack of Sprecher pints of Oktoberfest poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Really do love the copper amber appearance of the beer after poured, beautiful color held up to the light.

Smell: Pretty good smell, concur with others in that it has a bread like smell eminating from it but still with something I can't quite place yet.

Taste: Definite caramel taste that goes with the appearance of the beer.

Mouthfeel: To me the mouthfeel was kind of thin for what I was expecting. It was incredibly smooth on my tongue and palate but personally like a little bit more body.

Overall: Although I'm not a huge fan of the style I was able to enjoy the slightly sweeter side of beer as a break from the heavier/hoppier selections I've had lately. I'll keep a look out for it again next year when this time comes around to celebrate the great German tradition of beer. (898 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brownish amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger lightly tan head with good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Very bready and sweet. Lots of caramel malts and biscuit with a fruity presence that smells like apple cider. Hints of figs and brown sugar. Also some nuts and hints of spicy hops.

Taste: Big flavor of caramel malts and toffee. Lots of biscuit throughout. Hints of apple, fig, and brown sugar. Has some roasty, nutty characteristics. Hops are subtle but do add a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, chewy, and creamy.

Overall: A very solid take on the Marzen style. The fruity qualities make it seem somewhat like an English ale. (806 characters)

Photo of tvv375ia
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 16oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-nice mahogany color with almost no head that faded completely away

S-lots of carmel and sweet fruit smells almost like a carmel apple

T-carmel shows up first with a little dark fruit maybe plums

M-not much carbonation and seems to be on the thin side

O-pretty good beer to start off the fall season (354 characters)

Photo of Herky21
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, rusted copper. A cloudy, malt colored beer. Seems the same color as malt syrup.

Smell: Tantalizingly sweet, heavy on the caramel. Barely any hops discernable, but it does have a slight bitter smell on the end.

Taste: A pretty complex Oktoberfest. The malt comes through as the most prominent flavor. It's slightly fruity, but barely. The caramel color shows up in flavor too, really a tastey beer.

Mouthfeel: Soft, light feel. Feels a lot like a bitter. Less carbonated, a little thicker.

Overall: It's a good beer. Some Oktoberfests are too light. This one hits the caramelly malt notes well. Wish it wasn't a twist off so I could reuse the 16 oz. bottle. Would probably help seal the beer in better for storage too. Really, one of the best oktoberfests I've had this year. (796 characters)

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Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.