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Oktoberfest - Sprecher Brewing Company

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86
very good

231 Ratings
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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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dbtoe

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

09-25-2010 03:14:07 | More by dbtoe
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CurtisLoew

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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!

09-18-2010 06:19:01 | More by CurtisLoew
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tjkurz

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +22.4%

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.

09-17-2010 13:40:11 | More by tjkurz
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -15.8%

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

09-16-2010 01:48:04 | More by silver0rlead
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tim9887

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

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!

09-12-2010 22:50:25 | More by tim9887
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thebeerdoctor

Ohio

5/5  rDev +31.6%

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!

08-30-2010 22:30:46 | More by thebeerdoctor
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crossovert

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

08-30-2010 04:45:23 | More by crossovert
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MillRat

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

08-28-2010 14:49:45 | More by MillRat
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -15%

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.

04-30-2010 03:04:56 | More by corby112
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

02-17-2010 04:31:08 | More by mikereaser
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

02-04-2010 15:56:05 | More by Risser09
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SLeffler27

New York

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

01-07-2010 21:37:37 | More by SLeffler27
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

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!

12-29-2009 23:45:39 | More by sweemzander
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

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...

10-23-2009 17:55:52 | More by Onenote81
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erz316

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

10-23-2009 00:50:16 | More by erz316
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steveh

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

09-03-2009 17:32:33 | More by steveh
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blackearth

Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -29.5%

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.

08-28-2009 15:51:35 | More by blackearth
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roadhouse

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

07-18-2009 11:25:23 | More by roadhouse
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

16 oz twist off bottle poured into a nonic.

Clear deep red-brown color with a light tan creamy head that quickly dissipates to a ring and leaves no lacing. Strong caramel, malty nose with some light hoppiness. Very creamy, full body with a slight hoppy bite in the finish. Flavor has nice balance of caramel sweetness and noble hops, slight nut and fruit (berry) near the finish. Very enjoyable, a nice light marzen.

06-07-2009 19:29:37 | More by yourefragile
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from a 16 ounce bottle into a shaker glass.

Pours a rusty amber with a two finger head receding to a nice cap leaving lace around the glass.

Aroma is of roasted malt and fruity yeast. Malt aroma is sweet and rich.

Flavor is malt sweetness at a medium level. Bitterness not only from the smallish hop flavor. but from the malt roast as well. Slight hint of alcohol with a nice clean finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a nice carbonation.

03-15-2009 00:26:57 | More by wheatyweiss
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biggred1

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Reddish orange colored with a slight tan cap of foam that settles quickly. Roasted grain and caramel maltiness with some faint pumpkin pie spice. Rich caramel and toffee with a nice hop bite in the finish. Smooth with fine carbonation. One of the few decent american made examples of the style.

03-10-2009 20:50:04 | More by biggred1
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cpmau11

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%

This is an alright version of an oktoberfest style beer. The color is actually lighter than I thought. The taste is alright, but once again oktoberfest style beers should be drank in mass quantities i.e. drinking out of a liter mug which is essentially three beers. The smell was the only thing I considered interesting. Pratically no head at all which is an odd character on a german style beer.

03-08-2009 23:07:36 | More by cpmau11
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

(A) Clear, transparent amber colored brew. Mellow carbonation with visible signs trickling from the bottom to the top.
(S) Very aromatic! Scents of malty sweetness with light hops, as well as hints of dried cherries (very inconspicuous).
(T) Flavors of malt, mild hops, and earthy tones.
(M) Crisp and clean. Not too heavy of a body.
(D) A decent Marzen, more aroma than bite but definitely German.

02-05-2009 23:24:38 | More by u2carew
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%

Got this one from Sebletije, cheers Seb!

Pours an effervescent caramel with 2 fingers of tight tan head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & apricot

T: Leafy hops, apricot & some grainy astringency up front. Fruittyness dominates as this begins to warm, a little caramel sneaks in as well, plus more leafy hops. Finishes with leafy hops, more apricot &a bit of dryness

MF: Super-prickly carbonation, that softens a bit as this warms, the body stays fairly thin with just too much fruittyness

Drank okay, this just was out of style to me, maybe age has already gotten to this?? Other than the schwartz, this brewery hasn't impressed me. Will try this again if I can find it really fresh

12-30-2008 06:12:24 | More by russpowell
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Bootscraper

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Served mildly cooled in clean pint glass.
Listening to The Chasm- "Deathcult for Eternity, The Triumph"

Ok, first off the bat, I must state that my hometown heroes, Sprecher, happen to be my favorite brewery. But all bias aside, their Oktoberfest is the best I have had this season, except for one I had at a buddy's bon-fire awhile back for which I cannot remember (I am sort of on the hunt for that mystery brew now).
The color is fascinating here. Held up to my living room lamp it permeated a lively amber color, but in other lights it varied from a deep orange to a golden brown. The pour produced a creamy & inviting looking 1cm off-white head, but it quickly dissipated after a couple minutes, and left a very thin ring around the rim and minimal snow-fall lacing. This undoubtedly is due the very very acute carbonation... I couldn't even see any bubbles until a close examination.
The smell is pleasantly subtle but full of a rich caramel or butterscotch, perhaps even molasses sweetness. Some of this may also be coming from the malty presence that I picked up on with each whiff.
The taste is loaded with dark/semi-sweet fruits, presumably from an upfront presence of hops. Those hops are also a point of curiosity for me, since this beer also has a very toasty smoked flavor, that slightly peaked at the finish. One can also pick out some nods of caramel throughout the sip. This a very well-balanced beer!
The beer also leaves some type of a slight tingly sensation feel in the mouth, but in a good way, not like Listerine. It's slightly sticky, something I have come to expect from most sprecher gourmet styles, though some of their other beers are like the equivalent to drinking honey in comparison if my memory does not fail me. Full-bodied though, and exceptionally smooth.
Overall, I like how sprecher lightly carbonates their beers. But for this one, a think that just a tad more would have helped create somewhat of a more creamy head (?). However, if Randy Sprecher simply worked on a longer and transforming aftertaste, it would be enough for me to go apeshit over this beer.

EDIT: After having another one, I came to notice that one reviewer was correct in saying that it finishes pretty dry. Perhaps that "tingly" feeling doesn't amount to anything worthwhile, because I noticed that it has the same effect of certain candies, where the only way to refresh yourself and knock certain flavors out of your mouth is to just keep consuming more. If you happen to like dry or even near-numbing beers, then just consider this as having a tastefully complex finish. I on the other hand, unfortunately had to go back and knock 1/2 a point down in the mouth feel and thusly demote the grade of this beer. But it is still a fantastic brew that I will continue to recommend.

12-18-2008 02:32:50 | More by Bootscraper
Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.