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Oktoberfest - Sprecher Brewing Company


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226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%

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 Sixpack595


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good easy drinking O-fest. I think the Hops were a bit too pronounced for the style, but not at all overpowering. This is a good beer that gets better the more you drink. One is nice, 3 are better. While I enjoy this beer it is neither a great O-fest or a great Sprecher. Buy some Black Bavarian if you want Sprecher, and some Elliot Ness or Wolnzacher if you want an O-fest/Marzen.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 07:37:10 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of BitteBier


3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear reddish-copper in color. Some carbonation but minimal head that quickly disappears. A rich, bold nose dominated by caramely malts. Underlying grains remind me ho-hum lagers, but fruity, crisp hops are detectable too. Quite hoppy at the start. A strangely sour, even metallic, taste is too dominant in the middle and early finish. Malts make their way out as the beer warms, or at least as the mouth gets used to it. Mouthfeel is more watery than I expected given the richness of the nose but is nonetheless clean. This one is OK, but not something I'm going to reach for given the competition.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 01:37:03 | More by BitteBier
Photo of GeoffRizzo


4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red hue with a thin bubbly head as a partner. Huge and wonderful malty aroma, very nice. Sweet off the cuff, but well done, some caramel tones are noted and they blend well with the rich and creamy malts. Bordlerline on a full bodied beverage. Great body and incredible taste, this should be the definition of a Oktoberfest beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2003 03:32:20 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of moulefrite


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep copper color with a creamy beige head that puffs up nicely then fades quickly-minimal lace or stick. Malty as well as fruity on the nose. A pretty big mouthfull of suds here and pretty much a fine example of the style. Heavy handed on the malt yet still a good dose of piney hops. Some caramel corn chimes in on the finish as does some burnt caramel bitterness. I have to give the drinkability a low score as Sprecher (to me) is nearly always over the top to the point of being flabby. This one though does grow on ya, and perhaps with a next sample I will review a tad higher. But for now, one pint will be just right.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2003 00:39:54 | More by moulefrite
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Looks like there's a lot more variety in Okto beers than any style definition can contain, especially when American brewers are involved. Sprecher's 2003 brew offers a nice dark complexion with a good roasty malt character. This, in turn, counterbalances the usual sweetness of an Okto, leading it to the promised dry finish. Still, the mouthfeel comes in a little thinner than expected, but a good effort.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2003 15:10:17 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of AtLagerHeads


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2003. This is one of those beers that is so unusual as to merit a close look. This was represented to me as being an O-fest with exceptional dryness in the finish. I had my doubts, especially on taking a few first whiffs of the aomas wafting from the glass. I am not normally as impressed with a beer's aroma as I am with other attributes - this was exceptional. The smell is candy apple sweet, tons of caramel, and a touch of some spiciness.

Naturally I expected the taste to be over the top on sweetness, but much to my delight it came as touted. The initial sense of caramel sweetness vanishes as if by magic to finish with a most amazing dryness. It is said that it took them nearly two years to accomplish this finish and from my observation it was worth the effort.

The look is equally solid, having a beautiful amber body and substantive off-white head and solid lace effect. The feel is good with a solid body and finish to match the dryness. I was impressed by this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 16:19:36 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of hotstuff


3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Rathskeller Wine & Beer Fest:A medium sized ivory head with small sized bubbles.The body was clear and free of carbonation.The hue was amber and the lacing was good.The nose was moderately malty and it had a malty flavor to it.The mouthfeel was vert smooth, light bodied, and somewhat thin.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 16:27:49 | More by hotstuff
Photo of Winter


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma has a malt sweetness and caramel scent to it. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy (especially in the finish). Flavor consists of toasted malt, caramel, with a slight spiciness that's apparent. Overall great balance. This is one of the better Oktoberfests available and one of Sprecher's better brews. I'd definitely recommend trying one if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2002 16:35:39 | More by Winter
Photo of ZAP


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty nice Octoberfest...soft toasty nose...taste is initially slick and sweetish with a small spicy hop accent...toasted grains emerge after that...Mouthfeel gives me a somewhat sticky, sweet, syrupy texture...overall I think this is pretty good, but I have had several better (Summit, Hacker,Paulaner,Goose, Titletown,Capital)...better than average but not elite in my opinion..

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2002 21:26:04 | More by ZAP
Photo of ADR


4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange color, clear. Pillowy and cottony head that ends up in nice lacy patterns. Slight bright yeast aroma, in with maltiness. Lightly spicy flavors, sense of bready/pumpkiny tastes and a cinnamon spiciness. Finishes with a fresh but subdued hop. This beer is typical of many O-Fests, starts full and malty and ends thinner and tighter. Makes for an interesting complexity and adds to the drinkability. No wonder they're served in big ass steins. Good example of style in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2002 12:42:51 | More by ADR
Photo of Bighuge


4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This clear copper brew is topped by a slight creamy beige head that is well retained. A deep malty aroma accented by some slight noble hop spiciness. This is one of the better tasting Oktoberfests in the midwest. Very nice malt profile here. The caramel tones stand out. Underneath that, there are layers of graininess and toastiness. And to boot, there's a nice little (emphasis on little) hop kick and bitterness. Smooth and creamy full bodied mouthfeel. Nice marzen.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2002 15:17:04 | More by Bighuge
Photo of jackndan


2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sprecher Oktoberfest: Dark copper colored beer, under a very thick off-white head. Very nice sticky lace. Somewhat mild initial tastes of malt, but with an unpleasant taste that is hard to place. I love Sprecher products, but this one is not up to their typical exceptional quality.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2002 15:00:34 | More by jackndan
Photo of cokes


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden-brown body with a sizable, creamy, off-white head. Retention and lacing are top notch.
Nose is slight, but pleasant, with toffee/carmel note, and some underlying grainy roastedness. Spicy hop aromas are noticed.
Buttery toffee and toasted carmel are the dominate players in the taste dept. Bready with shadowy hints of ripe fig. Tettnanger hops add some tempered spiciness, but little in the way of dryness. Malt is the showcase here. Roastedness lingers long into the finish.
Not hugely complex, but very fresh tasting.
Solid mouth feel, 2/3rds creamy, 1/3rd crisp. It adds ups.
A very nice autumnal beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2002 21:23:18 | More by cokes
Photo of brakspear


4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sprecher is one of the first micros founded in Milwaukee in the 1980s. Its lagers, which the brewery concentrated on until the micro ale boom of the 1990s, are much more distinguished than its ales. I have always believed that the Oktoberfest is one of their best.

The beer pours deep amber with a nice slightly beige head forming, the carbonation is moderate making it appropriate for the style.

The aroma is a great blend of malt and slight hop spiciness. Perhaps not deep enough for the style, however.

Oktoberfest has a dominant smooth caramel malty sweetness with just the right balance of hops preventing it from being cloying.

This is a great beer to search for when available in the fall, particularly if you can sample it at Sprecherfest at Old Heidelburg Park in Glendale!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2002 18:32:59 | More by brakspear
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Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
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