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Oktoberfest - Sprecher Brewing Company

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86
very good

228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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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atone315

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-05-2013 04:09:18 | More by atone315
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crossovert

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz brown twist-off bottle. Different label that the one pictured.

It pours a bit more of a reddish brown than most oktoberfests but it looks pretty good. The head is frothy and slightly off-white. It recedes slowly leaving some nice lacing behind as well.

This one isn't one of the better smelling Oktoberfests however. It smells alot like the Samuel Adams Octoberfest. It is just sort of airy metallic nuttiness. It smells very sweet.

The taste is better, although there is some metallic flavor that eventually fades but is somewhat annoying. It is a sweet, robust oktoberfest. It says it is brewed with fresh hops, so maybe that is why im not getting any bitterness what so ever. The hop profile is pretty good though, I like the Tettnanger and it is used properly but I would have liked it to have a slight bitterness to cut the sweetness.l. It is a one-dimensional if somewhat tasty oktoberfest. It is too sweet for the style but still decent in my opinion.

It is a middle of the road oktoberfest that is probably not worth the time or money.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 04:45:23 | More by crossovert
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Sprecher Oktoberfest pours from the bottle a deep translucent red with notes of orange and a tight creamy bubbly head that lingers atop the brew. Aromas of caramel, nuts, toasted grains, sweet light fruit and spicy herbal hoppiness. Clean cut and reminds me of walking through a forest on a brisk fall day with the myriad of colored leaves at my feet.

First sip brings a nice mix of caramelly malts and toasty grains upfront alongside a mix of mellow fruity flavors and hints of roasted nuts. Fresh and festive throughout with a nice herbal spicy hop that leaves just a twang of bitterness. A nice robust, flavorful Oktoberfest that hits the spot...a very worthy American rendition.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with a blast of bubbly. Goes down smooth and satisfying. This would definetly be a good brew to pick up a four pack of around the fall season. A good seasonal from an underappreciated brewery (that makes some kick ass sodas as well!)

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 03:09:26 | More by orbitalr0x
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 17:55:52 | More by Onenote81
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Herky21

Iowa

3.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 02:42:39 | More by Herky21
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 04:12:02 | More by MattyG85
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-01-2011 03:08:38 | More by richkrull
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a ruby copper with a 2 finger khaki head.

S - Caramel, toffee and fresh baked bread. The nose is very nice but very subtle and took several attempts to pick up any aromas.

T - Caramel and toffee with a hint of bittering hops. The taste is as faint as the aroma. I get a slight metallic taste in the finish.

M - On the light side of medium and well carbonated.

D - This one goes down easy but is somewhat boring. I will more than likely be looking elsewhere for future Oktoberfests.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 18:50:21 | More by brewcrew76
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt copperish with nary a head. Not too much lacing either. Maybe the tap was not the best. Smells sweet and nutty. Some spicy clove/banana elements seemed to be in the aroma as well. Taste is dominated by a caramel/toffee maltiness. More of a malty sweet than a sugary sweet which is nice. Solid yeasty flavors of biscuit and clove back this up. A touch of fruit from the hops but really almost nothing. Malts dominate. Rich in flavor. A bit of a raisiny finish lasts long. Fairly smooth but not poundable. I enjoyed this.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2006 22:36:36 | More by granger10
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pmcadamis

Illinois

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
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-21-2013 22:14:13 | More by ummswimmin
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Lantern


4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-28-2011 12:32:49 | More by Lantern
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falloutsnow

Illinois

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

Bottle purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.
No noticeable bottled on date.
Poured into an Ayinger 0.5L glass.

Pours a tall, very light tan head composed of small bubbles lending the head a creamy look. Head descends fairly rapidly, in a minute or two, but leaves modest lacing along sides of glass. Ends up reducing to a ring of foam that breaks and a few islands. Body itself is a dark bronze copper, with orange highlights, and transparent.

Nice caramel malt in the nose, with other scents of of dried figs (slightly), mild fruity esters, a bit of black pepper, and caramelized sugars (most present).

Main presence is malt, giving it caramel and rich bread flavors. Sweet, with noticeable fruity esters, some spice such as cinnamon and very slight pepper. Slight toast flavor and hop bitterness towards the end, for a satisfying close. Aftertaste of lingering caramel malt sweetness.

Medium to medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation that's just right for the beer. The effect is a fairly creamy mouthfeel, very full, not watery. Finish is semi-dry.

Enjoyable, true to style with some complexity, and sessionable. One of the better representations of the style from a US brewery that I know of.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 19:34:02 | More by falloutsnow
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-30-2012 03:33:29 | More by LJWalker
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber beer with a light tan head that quickly fades, leaving some lacing behind.
Smell is light but pleasant, malted, roasted with a hint of alcohol.
Light to medium body, a sweet malt taste with a ligh hop finish. Not very well balanced, perhaps a bit too sweet.
Drinkable, but again to sweet for more than one.
Sprecher has better beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 01:18:19 | More by brdc
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khargro2

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +25%

01-11-2012 19:04:00 | More by khargro2
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

10-25-2012 04:01:56 | More by thebigredone
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy brownish copper color with a light tan head that falls quickly not much lace at all.

Aroma is sweet light caramel notes mingle with toasted bread and fruit, nice nuts,spice and light floral hints round it out.

Taste is nice lightly toasted malt mingled caramel light fruit makes an appearance along with some nutty hints. Spice and light floral hops linger thru out the finish. Seems a little stouter more full bodied then most Oktoberfests.

Mouthfeel is almost medium good smooth mellow carbonation, make the brew have a nice feel.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable rich oktoberfest brew, might be a touch past its prime but holds up well. Thanks go to merlin48 for this fine sample.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 20:22:17 | More by mntlover
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-05-2014 04:52:35 | More by SkinniePost
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-14-2014 02:08:53 | More by bismarksays
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. bottle on 2/16/10.

A - Pours a deep amber brown with just a layer of fine bubbles on the surface

S - hints of caramel and some roasted malts with hints of citrus
To me the aroma is very weak.

T - malty with some odd sweetness, some lemon and caramel with a bit of a toasted quality

M - Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation

D - Ok flavor, not sure i would go for it again though. I've enjoyed all of sprecher's beers, but this is probably my least favorite of the bunch.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 04:31:08 | More by mikereaser
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2003. This is one of those beers that is so unusual as to merit a close look. This was represented to me as being an O-fest with exceptional dryness in the finish. I had my doubts, especially on taking a few first whiffs of the aomas wafting from the glass. I am not normally as impressed with a beer's aroma as I am with other attributes - this was exceptional. The smell is candy apple sweet, tons of caramel, and a touch of some spiciness.

Naturally I expected the taste to be over the top on sweetness, but much to my delight it came as touted. The initial sense of caramel sweetness vanishes as if by magic to finish with a most amazing dryness. It is said that it took them nearly two years to accomplish this finish and from my observation it was worth the effort.

The look is equally solid, having a beautiful amber body and substantive off-white head and solid lace effect. The feel is good with a solid body and finish to match the dryness. I was impressed by this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 16:19:36 | More by AtLagerHeads
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SLeffler27

New York

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A half inch of loose, off-white head settles over a clear, copper amber beer.

The aroma is that of subdued caramel malt with a hint of hops. This is clean and simple.

Clean malt flavors are interrupted by green tea. There is virtually no complexity here, but simplicity is done well. As it warms in my Rohrbach pint glass, the finish develops, however, don't allow it to warm too much.

This Marzen has a medium body and a texture of silk. It is very low in carbonation and has no presence of alcohol.

Sprecher has presented a great beer for the cool, crisp air that can be a staple, go-to. Not too much or too little, this is simply a good beer.

Serving type: growler

01-07-2010 21:37:37 | More by SLeffler27
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like fall in a glass. Pours a bright amber color with hints of orange and red. Grows a half inch thick, cream colored head that has decent retention, eventually receding to a thin skim of bubbles. This beer certainly looks the part.

Smells like a bag of malted barley. Aroma is pure sweet malts, with a touch of toast or slightly burnt bread. No yeast esters or hop character...the malt really shines through.

Tastes like liquid toast. The flavor is just really clean and malty. Lots of sweet maltose and toasted flavors. The hops come in right at the end to tame the overall malt character, but not adding any flavor contributions, just a mild bitterness.

Sprecher hit this one out of the park. Just an amazing Oktoberfest that hits all the right notes. Incredibly flavorful and smooth drinking. The malt shines through and brings a delectable bouquet of flavors and aromatics to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 19:18:48 | More by Soneast
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 01:58:30 | More by WastingFreetime
Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.