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Oktoberfest - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Better than average Octoberfest, with significant smokey aroma, flavour, and even a grey tinge to the colour of yellow, and decent lacing. Easy drinking and well carbonated with good malting, caramel there, and some hop.And a fruity aftertaste.
Had again 5 years later a fresh bottle and malts were well attenuated, mild and wewll integrated smoke.

11-23-2006 00:41:20 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

Oktoberfest orange with a coppery glow and a thick slice of pale caramel mousse up top. The head doesn't develop much interesting topography as it melts, while leaving only a short collar of transient lace.

The nose pretty much nails the style, with less Munich malt melanoidins than most, which is a good thing. This smells like it will be sweet, caramel-like and nutty beer. Hallertau and Mt. Hood hops aren't appreciated, which is fine.

Oktoberfest is solid beer from top to bottom and side to side. It isn't a beast on the flavor intensity front, but it's well-rounded and steers clear of most of those things that I don't like about this style.

Each mouthful delivers well-toasted whole grain bread, steely caramel, roasted nuts, and a balancing amount of tea leaf bitterness. Warming emboldens the whole, while allowing the drinker to separate out the nuances even more easily.

The mouthfeel is borderline too thin for what is supposed to be a malt-dominant style. In the end, the higher score was chosen since the carbonation is spot-on and a modicum of creaminess appears in the second half of the bottle.

Given their German-American heritage, it was almost a foregone conclusion that Sprecher would brew a pretty damn good Oktoberfest. Still, it's nice to see (and smell... and taste) that they actually do. Where's my liter mug?

02-20-2011 12:32:51 | More by BuckeyeNation
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Appears a deep caramel amber hue with a light beige head floating. Fine speckled lacing coats the glass. Aroma has fruit mild caramel toasted malts going on together, not overly sweet in the nose. Flavor sweet caramel, toasted malts, mild nutty tone, with a light herbal hops background very sweet almost syrupy at times. Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation a bit cloying at times but drinks decently well for the amount of sweetness. Drinkability overall is had to stomach this sweet malt driven brews are making me crave hoppy brews, weird.

10-08-2010 03:23:24 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%

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

12-30-2008 06:12:24 | More by russpowell
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance: deep, reddish brown color, clear, with a fizzy, light-tan head of foam, softly simmering down.
Aroma: soft, simple, fresh, malty, creamy, grassy, some vegetal notes, with a richness that grows as it opens and flowers.
Taste: malts up top and forever out, hardly a hop appearing..oh, wait, I caught a few! Wonderful, warm texture, medium-bodied, friendly flavor. Lip-smackingly sweet, but never treacly, never cloying. Sunny, bright, and yum, yummy, yum!
Nice, long finish, and all in all, one of the better American Oktoberfests I've sampled recently.
Thanks to jeffboo for bringing it across the border!

11-10-2003 01:14:10 | More by feloniousmonk
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev +5%

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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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.1%

07-03-2013 08:22:35 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-15-2012 19:26:31 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -15%

Pours a dark amber orange color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source ans a thin one finger yellowish tan head that quickly fades leaving no lacing.

Light spicy aroma with hints of caramel malt, cinnamon, brown sugar and slight hops.

Medium bodied with some nice caramel malt flavor balanced by a prominent spice characteristic. Lots of cinnamon and brown sugar along with subtle hoppy bitterness. Nicely balanced with a dry finish. Easy to drink but I probably wouldn't drink more than one of these in a night.

04-30-2010 03:04:56 | More by corby112
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

06-07-2009 19:29:37 | More by yourefragile
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

This is pretty on for the style. The only thing I noticed that was different from the imported o'fest beers is that this had long roasted flavor that followed the smooth caramel malts. The lager yeast could have had a little more character and maybe brought out more complexity. Still, this was a great beer and I could drink a big stein of it. Prost!

06-09-2007 01:43:14 | More by tempest
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.1%

03-08-2013 23:21:10 | More by ejimhof
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

11-04-2012 04:45:19 | More by superspak
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

16oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" tan head over the clear dark amber brew. Head fades gradually, with plenty of lacing. Aroma is nutty malts with a light hoppiness. Taste also shows the nutty grains upfront, with a light fruitiness in the middle, and closes with a slightly sour bitterness that lingers in the mouth. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pretty good, but it's got a little ways to go before being my desert island Ofest. Another nice Sprecher product.

12-23-2006 17:45:44 | More by ppoitras
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Sprecher Brewing Company, one of the best U.S. breweries at German styles. Oktoberfest, stubby bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A dark brown in color, inpenetrable by light. Small tan head forms and leaves behind some lacing.

Smell: Light on the nose, just some faint bready malt notes. Sweet caramel as the beer warms.

Taste: Initially greeted with a big sugary maltyness with a toasted edge. Raw cocoa, brown sugar and fig all chime in at times, nice rich malty flavor. Tea like hops keep the beer from becoming too sweet. This is a malt bomb and a pretty kickass oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, chalky finish. Smooth and easy drinking.

Overall: Another impressive brew from Sprecher. I guess I'll have to order a case of this when it once again becomes available.

04-09-2011 18:36:17 | More by Stinkypuss
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-20-2011 03:48:54 | More by brandoman63
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

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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plaid75

New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

11-29-2007 01:46:17 | More by plaid75
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

11-19-2007 00:52:57 | More by Viggo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

This clear copper brew is topped by a slight creamy beige head that is well retained. A deep malty aroma accented by some slight noble hop spiciness. This is one of the better tasting Oktoberfests in the midwest. Very nice malt profile here. The caramel tones stand out. Underneath that, there are layers of graininess and toastiness. And to boot, there's a nice little (emphasis on little) hop kick and bitterness. Smooth and creamy full bodied mouthfeel. Nice marzen.

09-13-2002 15:17:04 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

Pretty cool orange and amber appearance, reminiscient of the season related to the beer. Aroma is woody, malty, bready.

Taste is not boring, a common reaction I have with the style, it comes off a lot like the doughiness of a biere de garde, complex, slight spice edge to it as if brewed with pepper or rye, ever so miniscule.

A fraction of sweetness and hops, the beer reeks of fall.

04-09-2011 18:42:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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dirtylou

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

16oz single from Steve's on University

appearance: a deep copper pour, a clear reddish/brown color...1/2" creamy white head with a nice linger

smell: bready, malty, yeasty! some apples and spice, maybe some cinnamon...pretty decent aromas

taste: nice and malty, sweet apples, bready, nice caramel flavors, and toffee, earthy and grassy. Overall, a pretty tasy oktoberfest. I think it's the 2nd best I have had this season, behind New Glarus Staghorn

mouthfeel: creamy turned smooth and refreshing

drinkability: easy drinking

10-29-2005 02:18:42 | More by dirtylou
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

Appearance- Pours a good one and a half finger head with about a five minute retention. Color was a mix between rye bread crust and golden amber. The head eventually receded to a ring o' foam around my beer.

Smell- A comforting mix of fresh baked bread mixed with that same bread toasted right before your eyes and nose.

Taste- Tastes just like the smell except. The only difference being that if their wasn't a slight metallic finish, the taste section of this review would receive a "5".

Mouthfeel- Bready, warm and very comforting. Felt good to drink trhis beer right after work.

05-18-2006 03:06:24 | More by scruffwhor
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

10-08-2012 23:58:33 | More by BeerFMAndy
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -5%

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.

01-14-2013 01:59:15 | More by WoodBrew
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Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.