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Oktoberfest - Sprecher Brewing Company

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86
very good

238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | 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 FourBetter
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark, dirty copper color in the glass with a medium head.

Pleasant aroma of sweet malts. Also made me think of burning fall leaves for some reason.

A subltle taste of hops hiding behind caramel and toasted malt flavors.

Very enjoyable. Encourages me to try other Sprecher brews.

FourBetter, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark bronze color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and vanishes within seconds. The aroma is of caramel, with some floral notes. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very low carbonation and a sugary texture. Overall, this beer is quite a let down. It is bland and boring, and I can't see myself drinking it again.

KarlHungus, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of CalhounJohn
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nicely balanced beer that has a lot of depth in its taste. This is a WI brewed "German" beer, so I wasn't expecting it to be of great German caliber, but it held up very good. A 6% beer with a nice balance and depth that makes it a very enjoyable drink.

CalhounJohn, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Soneast
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.

Soneast, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Emerging1
4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is annually one of the best Oktoberfests you can find in the bottle in the Midwest. It is best when from the the tap.

The beer pours impressively. Medium reddish amber. Nice big off-white head, small, tight, uniform bubbles. Thin permanent top remained throughout the glass. Very nice Belgian remained.

The aroma is raisins and wheat; subtly fruity.

The taste is bright and buttery which intensifies as beer warms toward 45 degrees. Very malty sweetness finish, just the right balance of hops and malt. 15 IBU

Very drinkable, no shame or risk in offering this choice to an oktoberfest newcomer.

Emerging1, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of jpro
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up in Durham, NC (big beer haul from Sam's)...

A: Poured from the 16oz bottle (nice!) with a twist-off cap (wow, haven't seen one of those in a while) into a plain ol' shaker pint... pours a reddish amber with a light tan, one-finger head that manages some slight retention.

S: Richly malty; sweet breads... maybe even some banana bread in there.

T: Bready; sweet malts; nice hop balance that provides just a touch of bitterness; some yeast fruitiness / earthiness towards the finish; well balanced.

M: Light-bodied; smooth and crisp, with a slightly dry hop bite on the finish; HIGH carbonation.

D: Fairly drinkable, yet a little too sweet for my taste.

jpro, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of dbtoe
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint
Another really good beer from Sprecher. This is one I'll surely get again. If you like O-fest beer try this one.
Look is on the darker side for an O-fest.
Smell yup smells like fall.
Taste it is on the sweeter side but has all the right flavors.
Feel is on the thicker end
Drink it is a very drinkable and tasty beer. One I will get again.

dbtoe, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of CurtisLoew
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the three cellars sprecher tasting.

Pours a dark amber/marzen color. Perfect color for an oktoberfest imo. Good start!

Smells very clean. Not much going on. Bready, malts, grainy, caramel, about how you would expect a good oktoberfest to smell.

Taste is great. Malts, slight hops, Extremely clean tasting, no off flavors coming through in this beauty.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It was a great oktoberfest, and rivals staghorn (my favorite okto) imo. I need to start buying more sprecher, the last two beers i have tried have blown me away. Keep up the good work!

CurtisLoew, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of tjkurz
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There is a golf outing the second Tuesday every September I have this on tap for the first time. Right about the time SE Wisconsin Summer starts relenting. It is a beautiful beer - darker than most Oktoberfests with a rich creamy head. It smells of roasty caramel malt. It's taste is a bit more malty and caramelly and full flavor than most - not as nutty as most. I expect a tad more nuttiness in an Oktoberfest, but I am not dissapointed because I am nut inot the nutty thing. I am so primed after a long summer to malt it up. Nice balance with the hops not over hopped - this is an Oktoberfest - this is exceptionally drinkable.

tjkurz, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of silver0rlead
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with a whispy tan head that retains OK, a little darker than a lot of marzens out there. The aroma has tons of caramelized malt notes upfront, along with some toasted bread, brown sugar, toffee, honey, pretzel, musk and earthy hops. Flavor has some pumpernickel bread character initially, along with pretzel, toffee, brown sugar, earthy hops, a little musk and some alcohol. The carbonation on this one is way too high which really detracts from the mouthfeel and drinkability. A decent stab at a marzen but not one of the better examples

silver0rlead, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of tim9887
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber with about an inch of creme-colored head. Aroma and flavor are dominated by toasted malt and caramel. A very smooth and drinkable lager. When it comes to German-style beers, Sprecher does not disappoint!

tim9887, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of thebeerdoctor
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A deep red amber brown color, with a subtly fragrant, somewhat spicy nose.
Here is an Oktoberfest with plenty of depth. The malt structure is very satisfying, with notes of citrus orange caramel, and hops providing ample support, for a presentation that is mouth filling for the palate, yet finishes focused and very clean.
Speaking only for myself, what is there not to love about this fresh seasonal beer?
This is not a surprise. Oktoberfest is after all, an autumn celebration for the love of good beer. Cheers!

thebeerdoctor, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of crossovert
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.

crossovert, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of MillRat
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a solid orange, verging on light brown, with a thin but persistent light tan head. Bready aroma with a hint of grape-nuts. Nice malty flavor with a bit more body than most German imports, subtle noble hops balancing it out. A very pleasant quaff all around. As the German import Oktos get yellower and thinner, this may be truer to the Oktos of nearly a century and a half ago when this whole Oktoberfest thing started.

MillRat, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

corby112, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
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.

mikereaser, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of Risser09
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip · Fridge · 2009

Appearance: This lager pours a transparent amber orange and red color with a generous, 4" golden tan head. Great retention and lots of coating lace remains.

Smell: Strong, sweet caramel malt is met with a ripe strawberry fruitiness. Sweet jam and little to no hop aroma. Subtle earthy spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. Very nice.

Taste: Sweet malts carry a subtle fruitiness of sweet apricot, plum and strawberry. Caramel and english toffee. Lots going on here with a clean sweetness. Subtle hops.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, sweet and smooth drinking, this lager is ripe for the drinking. Medium body with all malt and little hops. No noticeable alcohol. Small carbonation.

Drinkability: I've never had anything that was not impressive from Sprecher. They do a great job on all of their brews. This is my new benchmark for Octoberfests.

Risser09, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of SLeffler27
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.

SLeffler27, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

sweemzander, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
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...

Onenote81, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of erz316
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

erz316, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of steveh
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

steveh, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of blackearth
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

blackearth, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

roadhouse, Jul 18, 2009
Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.