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 Beerandraiderfan
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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? (1,343 characters)

Photo of cjacobsen
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of afinepilsner
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of Adamthome1
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle....late in season got a 4 pack for $2.99, no best by date

Aroma is a of a nice full bodied lager, with caramel notes and toffee

Pours bronze in appearance, pours a 1 finger head that quickly dwindles into nothing and gives some lacing down the glass.

Taste has some caramel in it, it is full bodied, can hardly taste any hops, this is a malty lager all the way. Taste is noticeable in the back of the mouth, front is pretty empty, mild carbonation, leaves an oily feel on the mouth with a pleasant caramel aftertaste...Hmm maybe I am missing something but it's a pretty one dimensional lager where flavor and aftertaste are the same throughout....Drinkable, got a good deal on it, maybe I can give a better review next year with a fresh bottle.

Purchased at Hy Vee Stony Brook, Omaha, NE 12/6/10 (812 characters)

Photo of FourBetter
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of CalhounJohn
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of Soneast
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (899 characters)

Photo of Emerging1
4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of jpro
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of dbtoe
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of CurtisLoew
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
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! (594 characters)

Photo of tjkurz
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
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 (563 characters)

Photo of tim9887
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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! (260 characters)

Photo of thebeerdoctor
5/5  rDev +31.9%
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! (514 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (1,053 characters)

Photo of MillRat
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.26/5  rDev -14%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of Risser09
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (894 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (649 characters)

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