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Oktoberfest - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +5.8%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of atone315
4/5  rDev +5.8%

atone315, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, tawny-bronze in hue, there seems to be a noticeable coppery highlight, especially when held to a light. At this time I noticed a steady stream of animation racing to the beige head. The foam was two fingers in height at the apex. Head retention was very good and after a few moments it began to fade to a bubbly cap. Subsequent lacing was skimpy but the cap lasted the whole consumption. It is a good-looking beer. Clean malty nose that is slightly toasty with a hint of caramel and grain; grassy hops are at the back. The bouquet says “O-fest” and that is all I need it to say. Above-average potency. Inviting. Sometimes a good thing can be so simple. The palate is very enjoyable; it is ideally clean but plenty flavorful. The malt comes across dry and toasty but with another layer, which is sweet caramel. Random hints of bready-biscuit are noticed as well. The hops do supply a crisp bitterness and offer a healthy dose of grassy, slightly earthy/spicy flavors. Very nice, from start to finish; there is good depth. I like the long taste as it leisurely tickles my tastebuds yet it still holds my attention, as the flavors are bright enough. This is a very solid O-fest. Tasty. Medium in body, if not a tickle bigger with firm carbonation, all of this adds up to create a solid mouthfeel. This is a very enjoyable quaff, I could session with this beer, easily. Bring on the Polka and pretzels! I bouquet a 16-ounce bottle for $1.40 which is a damn good deal, IMO, it was purchased in Milwaukee, WI. More please.

bditty187, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

twenty5, May 17, 2013
Photo of jzlyo
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

jzlyo, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of lackenhauser
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color. Theres a decent head that remains the whole way down. Faint aroma-some caramel notes,slightly toasted-the beer not me!!!! Malty flavor upfront. slight hop bitterness. Dry in the finish. Body is ok-maybe a tad on the thin side. An average beer-Id like it to have a bit "umph" to it in flavor and body and I think it could be a quite good Oktoberfest. Thanks to bashiba for the trade and chance to sample.

lackenhauser, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

By far the reddest Oktoberfest I have seen to date. Head sticks aroung, and lingers a little bit on the top the whole way down. Honey and hops are in the flavor, which is ok, but nothing great. Has a funny aftertaste, though. Not one of the better Oktoberfests I have sampled.

TastyTaste, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of Herky21
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Herky21, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

MattyG85, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +5.8%

richkrull, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of bashiba
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very carbonated nice coppery amber color with nice thick 2 inch head that laces down the glass very well.

Smell is of toasty malts an fresh wheat with slight floral hops.

Taste is very dry, toasty, and breadlike with maltiness but little sweetness with the malts and a nice strong Grassy hop finish. Very balanced and enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is very full and enjoyable for this style of beer.

bashiba, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of crossovert
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

crossovert, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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...

Onenote81, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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!)

orbitalr0x, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of ummswimmin
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

ummswimmin, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of khargro2
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

khargro2, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

thebigredone, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

brewcrew76, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of granger10
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

granger10, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

pmcadamis, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

LJWalker, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Lantern, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of bismarksays
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

bismarksays, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of mntlover
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

mntlover, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

falloutsnow, Apr 16, 2011
Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.