Shiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest
Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner Märzen-Style OktoberfestShiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest
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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #534
Ranked #46,162
3.39 | pDev: 15.34%
Spoetzl Brewery
Texas, United States
Shiner Märzen-Style OktoberfestShiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest
Notes: Just like the world's largest beer festival, our little brewrey has Bavarian roots and a long tradition of honoring tradition. Which is why we made this märzen-style with German-grown Hallertau tradition. If that doesn't make you polka dance for joy, we don't know what will.
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Photo of Nass
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The pour is dark orange. There is no date on the can just a code that I don't understand. The taste has some pale ale aspects to it. In addition to, I get some malts, faint caramel, grains, white bread, & I agree with the floral note which was previously mentioned by another fellow beer reviewer. Cheers! B-

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.31/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Imbibed from a 16 ounce plastic mug
Look: Clear amber with slightly more than 1 finger of head
Smelling: Wheat aroma
Taste: Clean and refreshing with notes of hops.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with lots of carbonation
Overall: I was pleasantly impressed with this Oktoberfest style beer.

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Photo of DavetotheB
2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Amber-brownish. 2 fingers of puffy white head that disappear quickly. Fair amount of lacing.
Smell: Dominated by breadiness.
Taste: Bitter with a fairly dominant metallic taste. Bothersome.
Feel: Smooth but metallic aftertaste.
Overall: For a style I normally enjoy, this beer kind of ruined it. Not very well made.

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Photo of CLD92
3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am an Oktoberfest FREAK. I wait impatiently for Autumn and It is my mission to try every Oktoberfest I can find every year.

This one.. just isn’t for me. It doesn’t have any characteristics or taste that I’ve come to love from most Oktoberfest brews. This honestly tastes like a Sierra Nevada pale ale to me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a drinkable beer. But it’s just not an Oktoberfest to me.

I probably won’t be buying this again.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2019 Release. 12oz bottle into a perfect pint.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with 3/4" dense white head that recedes slowly. Retention and lacing are quite nice.

S: Extremely malty, with a spicy and almost funky quality. Detectable hoppiness underneath. Interesting.

T: Crackers, brown sugar, rye bread all carry through to the mid palate with an extremely herbal/vegetal hop bitterness increasing throughout. Finishes clean and bitter. It's an odd approach to the style, but I like the clean simplicity of the way it evolves on the palate.

M: Medium carb with a dense body that feels like a bit too much for this brew as it stands.

O: Non-traditional in the sense that it's so herbaceous and grassy. It's genuinely odd, I actually kind of like it on a purely subjective level - it'd likely disappoint anyone looking for a more conventional take on the style.

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Photo of Amendm
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle needed an average pour into a 16-oz. mug to get a finger sized, light tan frothy head with average retention and a spotty ring of lacing.
Clear gold/copper color, appears yellow/gold in front of light. A bit pale for the style.
Bready, slightly over ripe banana smell followed by a dank earthy hop bite.
Semi-sweet malt and a faint sourness begin the taste profile with a yeasty/phenol kick and a peppery alcohol taste in the middle that leads to a quickly drying semi-bitter finish and a lingering spicy aftertaste. It seems that the malt profile is stifled in the middle by the hops/alcohol/spice taste.
Medium-rich body, ample carbonation,.
At first I was put off by the pale color, then I smelled and tasted how German the flavors of this beer are plus the rich maltiness at the beginning of the taste and how well it balances with the spicy hop flavors. Prost.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, no bottle date/code visible... poured into simple 14 oz glass mug)

L: crystal-clear, med-amber liquid; huge damn foam stand, 3 fingers (couldn't get entire bottle's contents in with one pour) - retention and rocky crest look fantastic! - what a sight... rocky cap persists; lacing is very random, passive-aggressive

S: weak, but rather pleasant, relatively German aromas... hint of spicy, peppery hops; underlying leathery grain... just wish it all wasn't so subdued

T: toasty, subtle caramelized sweetness, kind of a (lovely) smoky wood note in the background; very dry finish... the flavors are nice but, like the aromas, come across rather restrained... after a bit, the hops start to present themselves, and they made good choices with the varieties, subtle bitterness dialed in quite well

F: (a little too) quiet, plush; razor-thin plane of malt viscosity at first, fluffy-foamy finish... lovely ultra-soft touch of oily chewiness to its body; rather delicate peppery warmth lingers

O: decent interpretation and, despite how soft the flavors play, it's a relatively great drink... if no better options were available, I'd be just fine grabbing a sixer

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Photo of Premo88
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tight nonic
(104 18 printed on bottom of bottle — April 14, 2018 born-on date?; 5.7% ABV printed on label)

L: clear light copper/bronze, color has a washed-out quality; topped by 1/2-inch head of offwhite/beige foam; keeps a thin collar of offwhite foam; no major sticking or lacing; color is closer to gold than copper or bronze ... it does have some amber in it

S: caramel, orange, beginnings of a creamed corn note; relatively light aromas

T: similar to aroma but with a pronounced earthy bitter bite added in; something fruity sweet ... orange candy or peach candy; the earthy hops bite almost right in the middle of the swallow and hold back a lot of the malt sweetness until the aftertaste

F: fluffy and full, loads of carbonation

O: solid all around, even with a bit of DMS (creamed corn) trying to peek in; the way the hop bite lives in the center of all the malt flavor is a highlight; good enough that I'll likely buy some more

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Photo of MNAle
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very nice sweetish malt aroma, slightly toasty, slight caramel. Clear amber with heavy carbonation. Tall off-white head disappears quickly with little or no lacing. Feel is a bit thin. Taste is faithful to the aroma, slightly sweet initially, caramel malts, with a bitter finish to off-set the malts. Enjoyable and easy drinking. I prefer the Märzen-style to the lighter Fest style, and this is a decent example... not the best example, but decent, perhaps a little overly bitter, a little thin, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy it as one of the selections for an O-fest party.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle. Burnt orange color with a finger of white head. Straw and caramel smell. Medium feel. Tastes of caramel malt at first with a spicy floral hop finish. Pretty good!

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Photo of FBarber
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear dark orange tinged brown color. Incredibly effervescent. Thin two finger white head dissipates slowly leaving a thin half inch layer of foam top of the beer.

Aroma has notes of toasted malts, caramel, toasted nuts, and some sweet bread.

Taste has notes of caramel, nuts, slight toasted bread and a spicy herbal finish. On the sweet side overall. There is a slight metallic flavor to the beer - subtle but its there. The bready malts are there, but it just isn't strong enough.

Feel is light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall a mediocre oktoberfest. Not one Id pick up again.

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Photo of thebeers
3.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Slightly hazed caramel-amber with a finger of light tan head that's pretty quick to dissipate. Heavy lacing.

Sweet aroma -- molasses, just a flash of breadiness and a slight nuttiness.

Subpar taste. There's some light molasses sweetness up front, but it's nowhere close to as sweet as the nose -- just sort of stale with a fairly bitter aftertaste for the style.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. This is just bad.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle stamped E112618 16:09
An aggressive pour into a dimpled Krug shows a clear copper-orange body and floats a tall, but disappearing, 2in cream-colored fluffy head leaving a clean glass behind.

Aromas are a spicy malt with a metallic tinge.

Flavor is a well balanced malt with a subtle hop spice. Not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is clean and just a bit fuller than crisp for all day drinking, dancing, singing, and eating.

Overall a very nice marzen festbier.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Stamped on bottle best by date is 'E1126 18 19:17'.
Clear, pale amber colored body. Slight whitish head settles to islands and ring fed by bubbles. Most lacing slips down into body, but a few spots are left behind.
Malty aroma but not really anything distinctive.
Slightly roasted malts in the taste, with some floral, spicy hops. Kind of harsh overall. Has some sweetness, but end taste is rather mediocre, and not so inviting for repeat sips.
Medium mouth feel, and good carbonation.
I would not pick this fest beer for extended sessions.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- The beer pours a clear amber with a 3 finger off white head. The head recedes to a thin film leaving a decent amount of lacing behind.
S- The nose is malty with little hop presence. The malt gives a lightly toasty impression with subtle sweetness.
T- The beer is less sweet than the nose would imply. There is a light to moderate bitterness in the late to mid palate which finishes the beer a touch dry.
F- Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is also on the lighter side of medium. The bitterness dries out the finish which keeps it drinkable in multiples.
O- This one is kind of the yin to Sam Adams yang in that it finishes slightly bitter. This might be a good option who dislike the sweetness of a typical Marzen.

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Photo of RomeosDelight69
2.51/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I did.not like this Oktoberfest. They put black malt in this recipe and I don’t understand why. Finishes with bitter not the traditional malty smooth finish I’m accustomed too. Beautiful color tho

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

SHiner oktoberfest bottom of bottle stamped 18 05 08, poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance - Clear deep gold body with low carbonation and slight lacing. Little to to no lacing, small white head. 4

Smell- Corn and cereal. 3.75

Taste- Corn heavy noticable alcohol mild mild-moderate hop. 4

Mouthfeel- Effervescent and mostly clean. Slightly astringent finish. 4

Overall - Decent session beer. Not boring, has enough of a kick to keep you interested. 3.75

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Photo of gvickery
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve tried several Oktoberfest style beers and didn’t really care for them. This was pretty cheap ($2.99) for a 24 oz bottle at Randall’s so I gave it a shot. Surprise, surprise it tastes great to me. It has a toasted malt flavor that is slightly sweet. Roasted grain with a hint of caramel. I drank it from the bottle like a hobo so I can’t attest to its color. The carbonation was moderate as was the mouthfeel. I guess if you were like me, and didn’t really like marzen styles give this one a shot. I love it, will definitely buy again.

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Photo of colts9016
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint at 37 degrees. Appearance has a SRM of 11 a Medium amber with copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with some visible carbonation bubbles. The head was a half finger this white foamy and creamy with lots of bubbles.

Nose: A rich caramel note, lightly toasted malt, cook grain note, some floral and yeast.

Taste: A caramel note lightly toasted malt, cooked grains, floral, earthy, and some yeast notes.

The body of the beer is medium with medium plus carbonation, a light astringency and medium finish.

The beer really lacks the depth for being a great marzen beer. The cook grain note with this other rough flavor really makes this beer very palatable. It really need a lot more work to make this better.

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Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some hints, of malts. Taste is toasted malts, spices, a bit on the bland side. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is mediocre at best.

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Photo of basaywhat
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear amber with creamy off-white head. Aroma is biscuit and cereal malts, light toast, light caramel, and some faint raisin. Flavor is pretty boring with some bready malts and a touch of caramel sweetness; dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of 1angrydwarf
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This dark orange yellow beer has faint malt aroma with a hint of hops. The taste is ok, the malts come in on the light side and it has a nice crisp finish more like fest beer than older marzen style. This beer does show good balance overall. Is it as good as a paulander? No. But for the price point it is very well made beer. Just Ok if compared to everything but if you consider price then this is a well made and balanced beer at a good price. YMMV

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Photo of augustgarage
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from two 12oz bottles into my Moonlight shaped-pint-glass.

Clear tawny liquid with a loose off-white cap that quickly recedes to an active raft and ring. Sandy lacing; below-average retention.

Bright, crisp aroma with cereal and caramel but no real hop presence.

Slightly toasty, brisk palate entry - nicely malty, but with an almost metallic twinge suggestive of lemon rind. Finishes slightly dough-y yet dry, with a faint sourness continuing to lurk in the aftertaste. Very mild bitterness with a gentle grassy note from the hops. Clean unobtrusive lager fermentation...bready yet refreshing.

Zippy, active, but sort of thin mouth-feel.

Perhaps an excess of caramel malt in the bill...the slight but persistent tartness works to offset the malt sugars, though at the expense of quaffability.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer pours a clear almost orange color with a white head. Smell is biscuit, malts and wheat. Has a caramel color on the swallow. Smooth for the most part. Not a bad example of an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours like an American marzen, but perhaps a bit more pale and less fizzy than most other versions of the style. It's definitely darker than a typical German example, though.

Smells mostly like Marzen spice, but then there's that Shiner-style adjuncty weirdness that might not even be adjunct but damned if I know what else to call it. It's like a weird, kinda fruity mineral taste. Is it their yeast?

Tastes like it smells: marzen spice and maltiness up front, mineral fruit in the back. But it's mostly the marzen stuff, and the marzen stuff is good, and the mineral stuff ain't that bad, so overall it's pretty good, though not nearly the best example of the style.

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