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 mcallister
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich caramel amber. Whispy yellowish head appears but fades away soon thereafter. Leaving no lace.

Awesome nose on this O-fest. Freshly baked bread aromas, with toffee malt galore. Dried fruit aromas, as well as nuttiness. Strong and inviting.

I've now sampled about 25 O-fest this year and this one is in the top three. Lush mouthfeel full of creamy toffee malt, with a yeasty ending. Caramel encrusted walnuts, as well as dried cherries. A very tastey O-fest which is a hard feat to accomplish it seams.

Easily drinkable. (532 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A New Beer Sunday brew for me, thanks to fitzIPAtrick...
Rust in color with a 1/2 finger of white head with a gentle pour...most of which fades away, but leaves a very fine layer of lace.
Very nice in the nose..fruity, mainly plum and grapes with a sweet malty backbone.
The flavor is more balanced, with the floral hops pushing their way thru, and masking all of that fruity goodness that was in the aroma..not a bad thing, after all, this is not a dopplebock. But it almost had me fooled from the initial whiffs. A slight smoked/roasted flavor shows up in the finish...makes you pull back quick for another swig.
Again, a huge malt profile and a very earthy flavor, adding to its drinkability...mouthfeel fairly thick and the carbonation is just a bit too high.
Quite a good representation of the style...would enjoy again for sure. (839 characters)

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

A - Attractive dark copper color, tan head that started off big and faded to lace.

S - Soft maltiness, distinct hoppiness.

T - Very sweet, caramel flavor, with a discernable hop bite. Very nice.

M - Medium-light body, nicely carbed. Nice and clean.

D - Very drinkable, I could drink a lot of this. (309 characters)

Photo of beveritt
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Date is printed on neck of bottle and the label says I should drink it within 120 of that date; but I am not sure when 062560959 was.

Appearance: Very bright copper red in color. Pours with a 1 inch head that quickly fades to nothing. Perfectly clear, no sign of any bubbles coming up.

Smell: Semi-sweet smell. A hint of the grassy/skunky flavor so popular in macro lagers.

Taste: Initial flavor is the bite of CO2 with a background of earthy tones usually associated with skunky beer. The finish is bland, none of the sweet, malty flavor I am used to getting from an Oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is medium to high.

Drinkability: Glad I tried it, but not a good example of an Oktoberfest beer. I think I will stick with my Ayinger. (820 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luminous copper body with a small beige head and minimal lacing. Aroma is toasty and malty with a big dose of caramel. A spicy hop note in the background. Mouth is creamy and medium bodied. Good carbonation. Taste is awash in chewy caramel, balanced by a pleasant spicy hops bitterness. A hint of red apple fruitiness adds a nice complexity. Smooth toastiness from the bready caramel maltiness is the keynote here. Very drinkable. One of the better American Oktoberfest biers. (476 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.09/5  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. (525 characters)

Photo of karengarys
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 40degree fresh 2006 bottle Pours wonderful mahogany amber, clear, leaving a nice head.

Smells malty, molasis, and floral hop.

Taste is nice and tawney, malty with some dark spices (not cinnamon, but something dark). A bit of hop to clean things up on the way down. I am also picking up a macro-lager flavor that seems to water this brew down a bit. Without that, it would be much better, but this seems slightly watery to me.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, I like it.

Finish is clean, but has a sting I don't like.

This is a good oktoberfest. If you see it, try it. (579 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The beer pours a 0.5" tan head that gradually falls back to leave a thin layer and a ring. The beer is medium amber-brown in color.

smell: Oh man. Big, bready caramel malts make a huge appearance on the nose with a toasted hint. Sweet and juicy aromas of sweet apple, raisin, fig, and overripe banana. Light wisps of ethanol round out the aroma along with fresh nobles. For me, very reminiscent of a doppelbock. Smells f'in great.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium, and the body a nice and full medium...quite nice.

taste: Plenty of delicous caramel and toasted malts upfront give a moderate to high sweetness to the flavor...again, almost a little doppelbock-ish. Sweet notes of light and dark fruit, including red apple and subdued date, are found. After the swallow, the flavor becomes that of crisp citrus and a moderate bitterness that cleans up the finish somewhat and lingers quite awhile with some toated malt notes. Eventually, all that is left is some caramel sweetness on the tongue.

drinkability: A very good beer that I would gladly drink a few of...though probably limited to about 4. Well balanced, well done.

Single bottle purchased in Madison and smuggled back via checked baggage (1,234 characters)

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

Appearance – This is a beautiful shiny brown in color and just a tad cloudy with a righteous white head that came up easily.

Smell – The malts are simple and sweet with a light toasty character. There’s not anything to get in its way so it comes out of the glass pure and inviting.

Taste – The wonderful malt flavors explode on the tongue. The sugars come up more in the balance like liquid malt. The toasty malt comes back at the finish giving this a hearty flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This is in between light and medium-bodied with a nice sweet middle and a heavy finish.

Drinkability – This bier is hard to drink slow. (640 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (593 characters)

Photo of Thrash
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep red with a moderate head that quickly dissipated, but left a small white cap throughout.

Had an enticing smell, faintly herbal, with a somewhat earthy aroma.

Very smooth on the palate, crisp and carbonated nicely, with a flavor that expanded as it warmed on the tongue. Heavy malt character to it, but with an interesting sweetness to it. Hopped just right.

Goes down quite easily, and has become one of my new favorite Oktoberfests. A lot more depth than, say, a Samuel Adams Oktoberfest.

A great offering from a great brewery. (560 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 (539 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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!) (965 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Woodman's East here in Madison. Can't go wrong with $1.50 for a 16 ounce beer.

Pours a crystal clear amber with a big creamy khaki head. Doesn't smell like much, musty barley malts, a little grassy. Taste is equally, uhh, subtle. Grassy, musty-sweet malts, not much of a hop presence. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. There really isn't much to this fest beer, I could pound back about 50 of them I s'pose but I might be a little bored. This is an all-around solid beer, just didn't really impress me anywhere. Good value though. (550 characters)

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

16 ounce bottle. Pours out reddish brown with an inch of off-white head. The aroma is toasted malt with caramel and a spicy hop aroma. Deep caramel malt flavor. The malt is followed by a tasty fruit flavor. Hops are spicy and a little floral. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than average. Drinkability is good. This is one of the better Oktoberfests I've sampled. (358 characters)

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

Amber in color with an orange brown tint and an off white head. Big malt aroma, caramel, nut, toasted, and a floral hop in the background. Flavor is sweet malt and caramel with a finish of toast. Good body and nice lingering finish. Another fine product from Sprecher. (268 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my buddy Dwight, straight from Illinois. This beer pours a nice ruby color with no head. The nose is nice sweet caramel, with some fruity tones, but not really something great. The flavor is lacking a bit. Its sweet and fruity, but not really doing much for me. The feel is moderate to thick. Overall, not a bad beer at all, but just okay as the O-fest beers go. (367 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (1,525 characters)

Photo of maxpower
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange-amber color with a decent creamy off white head with some lacing. Veggie and bready aromas, fruity, nutty, caramel flavors. Medium bodied with a full and creamy mouthfeel, lasting sweet finish. Gets thicker and more flavorful as it warms, this is one of the best american oktoberfest I have had. (307 characters)

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

A very nice beer. A bit of sweetness to the malt with gentle fruit notes. Toward the middle there is a bit of white wine dryness. The finish is very clean, bordering on too clean, but there is sufficient residual bittering to balance out. Nice maltyness, while at the same time the overall character is a bit lighter and fruity than the average O-fest. Rather than being a detraction, this adds to the beer's drikability. (421 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5/25/08 - Upon drinking recently I'm going to increase drinkabilility as it went smooth and soft and easily left room for more.

Aroma is on the light side, with a mild malt aroma with a slight sweet water character. Not at all robust.
Small head that leaves quickly to a thin layer. Amber color that pushes red to brown. Clear.
Flavor is better than aroma. Dry malt characteristics, especially at the long lingering finish. Somewhat caramel, but seems a little over the top in a funny intensity. A noticable hop bite that's interesting, but too much at first, but mellows as warms allowing the malt qualities to take precedent.
Fairly smooth feel for a lager. Some fullness from the carbonation.
Overall a fairly complex beer. I'm just not sure all of it works for me. Much better as it warms, more like a ale than a lager. (824 characters)

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

Coppery brown color with a 2 finger tan head, settles to a solid layer, fed by steadily streaming carbonation.
Roasted malt aroma; sweet, creamy and a bit fruity.
Sweet caramel notes with a mild hoppiness (provided by Tettinger, according to the label) There is a bit of a metallic tinge that was only distracting for a few sips. Pleasant finish.
Smooth and nicely carbonated with a medium body. Very drinkable like an Oktoberfest should be. (444 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3/5  rDev -20.8%
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. (276 characters)

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