Shiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest
Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner Märzen-Style OktoberfestShiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest
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Spoetzl Brewery
Texas, United States
Ranked #397
Ranked #28,915
3.37 | pDev: 15.43%
Feb 19, 2023
Sep 21, 2005
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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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This is surprisingly sweet, definitely not traditional. Drinks well and tastes like a seasonal twist on a dark lager, similar to but better than the Sam Adams version.
Feb 19, 2023
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Reviewed by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Look, taste, & smell was ok, but the taste was too hoppy for the style. Additionally, the alcohol taste didn’t blend well upon the first & second swallow.
Oct 06, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Clear amber brown body with a white head for the appearance. This one is a simpler marzen: macro sweet caramel malt in a halfhearted intensity, toast and that's about it, maybe a tiny hint of earthy hops on the very last iota of the finish. Feels watered down, yeast is not a factor, malt dominates but is watery. But hey it looks nice in a mug!
Sep 27, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Sep 08, 2022
Rated: 3.39 by DarrellK from Florida

Sep 04, 2022
Rated: 3.52 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Aug 27, 2022
Rated: 3.81 by O-Meg from New York

Aug 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Vykk_Draygo

2.49/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Crystal clear, color looks alright, but I have difficulty with this sort of color (color blind). Head is anemic, dissipating quickly, and leaving no cap.

Aroma is initially fruity lager esters (i.e., "generic beer" aroma). Toasty, bread crusty, and caramel. The caramel starts to take over on subsequent nosing, trending toward toffee, though the crustiness is still present. Mild herbal hop character is apparent in the background as well. Not particularly deep or complex, but not unpleasant, though caramel and esters are not appropriate for the style.

On the palate, the arrival is sweet malt, with fruity esters running through out. The mid palate comes strongly into a pleasant bread crust flavor, followed by good hop bitterness. The finish is dry and pleasant, with a lingering mild bitterness. The caramel and toffee are in the palate as well, but the crusty flavor is stronger. Again, not really appropriate for the style.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, close, but not quite creamy. Moderately carbonated, and a pleasantly dry finish.

Just as a beer: it's decent. I would drink this again (hence the overall of 3.5). As a Märzen: it's not a good representation of the style.
Aug 19, 2022
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Reviewed by DCH from New York

3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I was not expecting a lot out of this beer, but I was pleasantly surprised. Slight toasted malt smell with burnt caramel, same with taste, so it seems pretty average on the American Octoberfest take. What stood out was the mouthfeel. I don’t think I’ve ever quite had an Octoberfest, or beer in general, that was this velvety smooth going down, it was quite enjoyable.
Aug 13, 2022
Rated: 3.64 by scootercrabb from Illinois

Jul 24, 2022
Rated: 2.87 by Jwa11s

Mar 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Beer_Economicus from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Today is a new beer to me.

Shiner – Oktoberfest

5.8% ABV

The beer is listed as a marzen style beer on the label – and listed as “lager – marzen” on BA.

The beer was removed from a 40ish degree temp fridge after having been refrigerated for approximately 4 weeks. Beer poured into classic dimpled HB stein.

First Impression: Going to sound weird, but kind of what I expect. Perhaps a bit thin, good carb, nice color. Nothing standoutish, but nothing standoffish either. 4.0

Appearance: About the same as first impression. Nice color, decent and small amount of head for a short period. Color is a little light for the style, but not offensive. It’s probably right in line for what a non-affluent American might expect. 3.75

Smell: As is usually my take on beers of this style, I get the non-descript ‘bier’ smell. If I search hard I may get some yeasty bread and some paleness from hops with just a kiss of malt. -But…it’s faint. 3.5

Taste: Much like the smell, I am not much help here. I get a lot of malt, tad bit of carmal, bit of overdone bread (the crust). No hop presence. No discernable cracker that I can tell. 3.5

Mouthfeel: Thin, as to be expected. A bit closer to water than anything traditional. But, as is the motto for this ber…not offensive. 3.5

Overall: I want to be clear that this isn’t a good beer. There’s a difference between enjoyable, quaffable, and good. This isn’t offensive, and it’s pleasant, and certainly something I’d order depending on what is available. Does that mean I think it is a good beer? Nope. This isn’t offensive, and it’s pretty much what I expected from Shiner. It’s probably the most quaffable of any of the American versions I tried. 3.75

BA Review Score: 3.57
Nov 02, 2021
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Picked up a sixer on special from the Harris Tweeter market in Hendersonville on 8-31-21 for $6.99. No bottling date; consumed for review 10-24-21.

Beer lured orange with a nice white head with the original pour.

Nose has hints of toasted malts and noble hops.

Taste follows the style with a nice toasted malt base hopped nicely with noble hops to balance things out.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and fairly smooth and refreshing.

Overall i am surprised at how good this beer is in terms of taste and following the style compared to the historical rating. Glad i gave it a shot!
Oct 24, 2021
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
From the bottle, it pours a clear light amber color with a nice white head that slowly reduces. The nose gets some sweet malt with caramel notes. In the mouth, it is burnt caramel and malt.
Oct 03, 2021
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Reviewed by BroBobby70 from Texas

3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
12 oz. bottle poured into Imperial pint glass
LOOK: Medium amber color, 2-finger head that fell quickly, well-carbonated, no lacing
Smell: Extremely malt-forward, hint of sweetness
Taste: Like a dark bread, medium bitterness, harsh aftertaste
Feel: Like water, no carbonation, while the flavor lingers there is no excitement
Overall: I really wanted to like this and while I don't like to compare one brand against another, based on other Oktobefest beers I have had this one is kinda meh
Pair with dark bread, mustard and sausage. A sharp chedder would be a nice companion.
Oct 02, 2021
Rated: 3.25 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Oct 02, 2021
Rated: 2.27 by npendres from Wisconsin

Sep 27, 2021
Rated: 3.25 by shreead from Michigan

Sep 26, 2021
Rated: 3.52 by Gkruszewski from New York

Sep 25, 2021
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Rated by officerbill from New York

3.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Manages to be mildly sweet and sticky while, at the same time, having a dry bitter edge.
Not an enjoyable beer.
Sep 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Not as copper looking as I would have expected but more light amber in color with a thin white head. More ‘saz’ type hops on the nose with less of the sweet malt I’m used too with these brews. Not sweet and much more hop leaning compared with most Oktoberfest brews I’ve sampled. Thinner, not bad.
Sep 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
I suppose it is time I drank Shiner's O-Fest. But, it is average.

The more amber I get, the more I like the marzen. And the opening Looks of Shiner's O-fest is a pretty amber. But past that, it is average: with mildly sweet Smells, a balanced but uninspiring Tastes, and a Feel that is cleansing but not developing quite cleanly. I enjoyed Shiner's contribution to the annual ritual, but it will be many years before I return.

Despite Spoetzl's marketing/distribution success, I have not paid much attention to them because I only dabble in lagers and I much prefer Belgian ales. But Spoetzl is proof that if you focus on what you do (in their case lagers) and do it better than the average, you can be from not anywhere in this country and still go somewhere good. That is as close to high praise as I can muster, at this point in history, for a Texas company.
Sep 21, 2021
Rated: 3.43 by emwilke from Nevada

Sep 19, 2021
Rated: 1.82 by 9mozingo from Texas

Sep 18, 2021
Rated: 4.47 by JuanPn from Louisiana

Sep 16, 2021
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Reviewed by Dionysus from New Jersey

2.36/5  rDev -30%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
All around not a good brew - I dislike the taste, the smell and the color on this beer. Shiner makes a great bock but this is a poor attempt at an oktoberfest brew. I won't buy this again.
Sep 13, 2021
Rated: 3.7 by cdub70085 from Connecticut

Sep 11, 2021
Rated: 3.38 by Danzifer from Ohio

Sep 09, 2021
Rated: 2.79 by bendukes86 from South Carolina

Sep 08, 2021
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Unknown vintage (presumably summer 2021); drank 8/31/21 @ the Yarchives.

See-through golden appearance.

An even pour yielded a big off-white head; nice lace.

Acorn & mild wheat notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Caramel, acorn & dry wheat flavors.

Slight and a bit too dry; this is OK but not one to track down.
Sep 01, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Aug 31, 2021
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Clear light copper appearance with a medium size off white head that left good lacing. Doughy aroma with a modest touch of caramel. Early signs of floral hops faded as it warmed. The residual sweetness was evident but not cloying while the bready malts remained focused. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel.
Aug 20, 2021
Rated: 3.38 by KT3418 from Colorado

Jul 18, 2021
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours from the bottle a slighty hazy amber; solid coaster ring of head throughout. Nose is sweeter malts, fruit esters, mild stone fruits, prunes, and plum. Taste is slight toffee and malt; grain with a lingering sweetness, finishing off with raisin. Feel is medium, full carbonation. Found things on the sweeter side of balanced, but still exceeded expectations.
Dec 17, 2020
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Looks great and smells promising but...

...that's the of it leaves you wishing it weren't what it was. Mind you, not an awful beer, just something that should have tasted more along the style rather the metallic twang that crossed my mouth. I'm sure there are folks that will swear by this, but I've had enough marzen's to know what I like and in this case, do not.
Dec 06, 2020
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Reviewed by German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This is a 12oz. bottle poured into a 20oz, weizen glass. The color is a medium amber, slightly hazy, medium carbonation, with about a finger of light tan foam that settled to a thick cap with a bit of lacing. The cap of foam does not leave.
The nose is bready malts, slightly sweet.
The taste is sweet, a little spicy hop, with a crisp, and slightly bitter finish, cutting the sweetness perfectly.
The feel is a creamy smooth texture.
I think this is a good marzen, very easy to drink. It looks very nice with the foam cap right to the end, leaving plenty of lacing. Just a classic look.
Dec 06, 2020
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
12 ounce bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

L: Almost clear, amber/orange, rising bubbles, small off-white head with poor retention.
S: Bread, spicy hops, roasted malts.
T: Caramel, roasted malts and spicy hops.
F: Medium-light body, creamy and slightly crisp.
O: Not a bad beer but too much roasty and caramel flavor for the style.
Nov 28, 2020
Rated: 3.06 by thegreatnicoli from Texas

Nov 22, 2020
Shiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 1298 ratings