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Oktoberfest - Sprecher Brewing Company

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very good

264 Ratings
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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | 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:
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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Ratings: 264 | Reviews: 144
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Photo of mralphabet
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 Oz bottle poured into Pint Glass

A: Poured a deep copper color with less than a fingers worth of head that settled to nothing with no lacing.

S: First thing I'm getting is bread, caramel, nuts and sweet malt.

T: Toasted bread and sweet malt dominate the flavors here... There is a slight caramel and nuttiness floating around as well at the back of the palette. Finish is clean with a touch of hops that I did not smell.. very little aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied not much carbonation mixed in.

D: Pretty plain Marzen... ABV is pretty good at 6% but there is really nothing to write home about.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Tschnab
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a dark copper hue, a tad darker than on the style, active stream of carbonation, off white finger of head with tight bubbles, no lace.

S- very grainy, kiss of carmel, malty backbone, toffee, biscuit.

T- the grains and malt come through with a touch of bready sweetness on the finish. Quite dry, light spice and toasted flavor. Full bodied for a marzen.

O- Honestly one of the best marzens I've had. Really surprised by this, simple execution done right.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Up until a year ago I thought Sprecher only made root beer.

This brew seems more like a pumpkin beer than a marzen. It has a medium amber color and low carbonation. The aroma has some sweet malt and caramel. The taste is rather sweet, caramel, toffee, and a touch of nutmeg and pumpkin. This actually seems more like a pumpkin ale because of the taste. The body seems just a hair thin and is nicely smooth. I'd have it again.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen.

A: Slightly hazy amber with one-finger, white head that lasted about a minute. Not much lacing.

S: Caramel malt and some hops. Very nice.

T: Moderate sweetness and light hop bitterness. Caramel and fruit flavors. Nice toasted finish. Clean, but not too mild.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Slightly dry and very smooth.

O: This beer didn't look like much when I poured it, but the nose was good, and the taste was very clean and delicious. Very drinkable. I liked this better than the Hacker-Pschorr.

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

sprecher oktoberfest

a 4 color of a dark amber marzen. short head but actually fades to a persistent collar and leaves a little lace!

s 4.5 caramalized malts and an undercurrent of noble hops. just the right amount of toast, very well balanced.

t 4-4.5 the caramel and hops are present and a very nice ratio, with some lemon coming in at the end to keep things interesting. this is good stuff. the finish is surprisingly long.

m 3.5-4 medium-light, a bit spritzy, nothing too remarkable but nothing offensive. for this style, it's probably about right and may deserve the 4.

o 4.5 they really nailed this. will have to have a lot to be sure, but possibly my favorite of the style.

Photo of cagocubs
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack of 16 oz bottles. Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Dark copper with a fizzy beiege head that dissipates, but sticks before capping.

S: Real sweet and buttery. Caramel, biscuit, some dark fruit, and brown sugar. Hops are spicey and welcoming.

T: Big, sweet, and aromatic. The sweetness is of caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Buttery tastes of biscuit and nut. Roasted malt and some slight hop bitterness. Interesting and exciting.

M: The sweetness and buttery tastes make this a chewy marzen. Crisp and creamy with great coating.

O: This is one of my favorite marzens as I like the thick and chewy styles. A great mixture to form a real sweet and inviting marzen for the season.

Photo of djohnse
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally finishing my four pack of Sprecher pints of Oktoberfest poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Really do love the copper amber appearance of the beer after poured, beautiful color held up to the light.

Smell: Pretty good smell, concur with others in that it has a bread like smell eminating from it but still with something I can't quite place yet.

Taste: Definite caramel taste that goes with the appearance of the beer.

Mouthfeel: To me the mouthfeel was kind of thin for what I was expecting. It was incredibly smooth on my tongue and palate but personally like a little bit more body.

Overall: Although I'm not a huge fan of the style I was able to enjoy the slightly sweeter side of beer as a break from the heavier/hoppier selections I've had lately. I'll keep a look out for it again next year when this time comes around to celebrate the great German tradition of beer.

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.

Photo of tvv375ia
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 16oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-nice mahogany color with almost no head that faded completely away

S-lots of carmel and sweet fruit smells almost like a carmel apple

T-carmel shows up first with a little dark fruit maybe plums

M-not much carbonation and seems to be on the thin side

O-pretty good beer to start off the fall season

Photo of Herky21
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

Photo of cjacobsen
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown, light copper color. Small head that quickly diminishes with some lacing.

Smells of light caramel with some toffee and a fall-esque sort of spice to it. Can't quite place what it is, but it's reminds me of a crisp fall afternoon.

Taste has a good amount of roasted caramel and malt. Definitely has some light hops to it but they're pretty secluded. Has a good lager body. Very rich and toasty and flavorful.

The mouthfeel is balanced and full. Nothing notably striking, which I take as a good sign.

Definitely a drinkable beer and best suited for around a fire on a crisp fall night. This is a great Oktoberfest, definitely one of my favorites.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz brown bottle
6% abv

Sprecher Oktoberfest was amber in color. It had a beige head that didn't last. The smell was sweet caramel malt and a touch toasty. The taste was toasty caramel malt upfront with a little bitterness and hop flavor coming through towards the finish. The finish was dry and a touch bitter. It was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkabity was good. This was a nice easy drinking Oktoberfest that is not as sweet as most; and worth a try.

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Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.