Oktoberfest - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 265
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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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 sweemzander
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled sometime in the late summer to early fall of 2009. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade!

(A)- Pours a clear copper color that produced a good off-white frothy head that quickly dissipated.

(S)- Rich nutty caramel & honey.

(T)- Lightly sweet honey & butterscotch malts. Finishes slightly dry & nutty. Almost fruity.

(M)- A good crisp carbonation level with a nice balance of dry & sweet components.

(D)- A solid oktoberfest with a good balance & feel to it. Granted, its not a great example of the style, but my tastebuds are not complaining one bit. I could definitely have a few of these. Yet another solid beer by Sprecher! (683 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received from BeerFMAndy in a recent trade. Huge thanks!

Poured into my conical pint glass. Pours a clear rusty orange with a very fizzy ivory head on top. Fizzles to nothing quickly; leaves little-to-no lace. Smells of toasted bread, caramel, and light fruity esters.

Big full body on this one. Still retains a nice crisp quality to it though. Carbonation level is moderate-to-high. I really like the flavor profile of this one. There some nice bittering hops in there, but it mostly consists of a full bready mouth, with touches of honey and caramel. Light grainy aftertaste that is pleasant. I really dig this. I wish I could get it around here. Thanks for the hookup, Andy. Another beer I wish I could get more often... (733 characters)

Photo of erz316
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle into spaten becker

A - the body of this one is much more of a brown than the last one, when held up to the light it has some copper to it. I think the objective is to have a pure copper body without any need of lifting up the glass. this is too dark for what I consider good.

S - a malty lager smell, which is weaker than the ayinger I just had. a bit of roasted or smoked flavour, but I never would have been able to guess if it weren't for the notice on the bottle.

T - initial taste is a bit bitter and malty, the finish is significantly more hoppy and bitter.aftertaste has a bit of alcohol

MF&D - a thicker and fuller body than the ayinger. a bit more drinkable too, the flavour was a bit more interesting. (722 characters)

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

a 2009 update -- still has the same label as last year, touting caramel and fruitiness. Thank goodness it still doesn't have these non-Oktoberfest characteristics.

A -- Deep, clear red-copper color with a thick, light tan head.

S -- Mild DMS with some spicy hops and nutty malt character. Vague breadiness back.

T -- Nutty, slight toasted bread flavor with a clean, soft bready finish. A vague *metallic character in the finish, nothing off-putting, but I noticed it last year and wonder why it's present. Mellow bitter hops at the end.

M -- Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel.

D -- You bet'cha. Mighty tasty, typical American Oktoberfest that leans more toward nuttiness than toastiness in malts, but very drinkable, nonetheless.

*Minor update for 2011 -- no metallic character this year. Upgrading Taste to a 4. (820 characters)

Photo of blackearth
2.71/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to a 0.5L mug, this beer sported a dark amber to brown body with a nice off-white head the saddly faded away. Aroma is of toasted malts and a little metallic astringency. Light to medium bodied with malty flavors that follow the aroma. The finish was toasty and not bitter with a bit of alcoholic warmth. This beer seemed to flatten as I drank it, and overall it wasn't that memorable. (395 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours up a deep copper color with a slight haze to it. A one inch off-white head forms on top and retains as a centimeter thick cap. A little bit of lacing left behind.

Aromas of caramel sweetness, toasty malt, some breadiness, and very light noble hops.

Taste begins with a bit of caramel that is joined by toasty and bready malt in the middle. Pretty much just like the aroma suggests. A mild bitterness and earthy, spicy hop flavor towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly creamy, nothing stand out.

A little bit on the old side, so it's probably not at it's best, but I can see this one being pretty damn good when fresh. (676 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz twist off bottle poured into a nonic.

Clear deep red-brown color with a light tan creamy head that quickly dissipates to a ring and leaves no lacing. Strong caramel, malty nose with some light hoppiness. Very creamy, full body with a slight hoppy bite in the finish. Flavor has nice balance of caramel sweetness and noble hops, slight nut and fruit (berry) near the finish. Very enjoyable, a nice light marzen. (417 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 ounce bottle into a shaker glass.

Pours a rusty amber with a two finger head receding to a nice cap leaving lace around the glass.

Aroma is of roasted malt and fruity yeast. Malt aroma is sweet and rich.

Flavor is malt sweetness at a medium level. Bitterness not only from the smallish hop flavor. but from the malt roast as well. Slight hint of alcohol with a nice clean finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a nice carbonation. (457 characters)

Photo of biggred1
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish orange colored with a slight tan cap of foam that settles quickly. Roasted grain and caramel maltiness with some faint pumpkin pie spice. Rich caramel and toffee with a nice hop bite in the finish. Smooth with fine carbonation. One of the few decent american made examples of the style. (294 characters)

Photo of cpmau11
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
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 (699 characters)

Photo of Bootscraper
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (2,790 characters)

Photo of Wisconsin
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A robust and satisfying fall beer.

Pours a deep copper with a large dense head that falls to medium lacing. The aroma is sharp, large, and spicy, like cinnamon. The flavor is malty and spicy. A clingy mouthfeel highlights the malt burn down the throat. (253 characters)

Photo of SykDoc
3.87/5  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. (727 characters)

Photo of kingothewoods
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of becktone
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (2,380 characters)

Photo of AgingWarrior
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of nickynick
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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! (596 characters)

Photo of Slynger
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of Rennpferd
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (362 characters)

Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.