Shiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner Märzen-Style OktoberfestShiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest
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Shiner Märzen-Style OktoberfestShiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by battlekow on 09-21-2005

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Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Wontonst
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Azdirtmover
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good solid brew without the expense of imported types.Well done

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Photo of JamesGrove
3.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mase8
4.46/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superwho24
4.48/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Amendm
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
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 +13.4%
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 MrCruz23
3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of mchegash
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Premo88
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
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 NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MNAle
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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 SSGCujo
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of detgfrsh
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
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 -5.4%
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 -10.1%
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 +15.2%
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 WDWAoT
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.26/5  rDev -3%
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 EAR
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Bamse31
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Starts very drinkable with a nice texture. Finishs strong but a little bitter with Carmel malts.

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Shiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 1,212 ratings