Shiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner Märzen-Style OktoberfestShiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of beerdiablo
5/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice, quaffable ale that has a pronounced malt profile. Labeling it a Märzen style is misleading but these things happen.

The head quickly simmers down to a thin head that stays with the beer as you drink it down. Not a session ale in the traditional sense but I can see having a few throughout the course of an evening at home.

In a nutshell this beer is FANtastic. This has to be the BEST 96th year anniversary beer from a South Texas brewery that I've ever had.

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Photo of DavidRolle
4.84/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Arguably the best oktoberfest marzën beer I've ever had. Seems to rival Sam Adams octoberfest and seems to rival alot of the oktoberfest style beers out there.

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Photo of OverToad
4.63/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was very pleased Shiner brought back the Shiner 96 now labeled
Shiner Oktoberfest.

Pours a deep orange. Smell is great with nice head and lacing. I love fall beers and this is a fantastic beer. Drinks very easy and doesn't feel too heavy. I happy to hear Shiner will bring this brew out every fall.

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Photo of nbaker290
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Amber-brown color with an off white head that lasts for a minute or 2, then dissipates to a film. Lacing is present as beer is drank, not a ton but a decent among.
Smell: malty and hoppy, hops and malt smell like a German Oktoberfest (such as Spaten Oktoberfest) than others such as Sam Adams or Yuengling offerings.
Taste: damn. Starts a little sweet, then an earthy bitterness followed by a more earthy and more bitter hop finish, with not too much aftertaste. A very good Oktoberfest in my book. Sweet and bitter bite.
Feel: medium carbonation, medium light feel. About right for the style.
Overall: one of my top 2 Oktoberfest beers, pretty much ties Spaten Oktoberfest in my book. A foot sweet start followed by an immediate hop bite that is easy to drink and not too much carbonation to drink quickly, the purpose of this style of beer. 4.5 of 5 all around.

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Photo of wisebier
4.48/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: nice dark Amber with brown tints

S: caramel pumpkin spice slight hops but more malty roasted caramel

T: really smooth and well balance beer. First is spice and pumpkin and then malty smooth caramel.

I really like this one a lot bc the pumpkin and spice is not overwhelming like in some other pumpkin beers. I like a little pumpkin and not a ton of pumpkin. This beer is very drinkable .

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Photo of Biffster
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is served in a pint glass from a 12 oz botttle. Its a brilliantly clear deep amber light copper with beautiful golden notes. There is a persistent off white head that leaves a lace on the glass.

The aroma is all rich pilsner, munich and vienna malt - mmmm! its very clean - no esters or diacetyl. It is toasty and bready and bisquity. Uniquely and pleasantly for a an American made Oktoberfest, there is is no hop aroma and pretty much no caramel aroma.

The flavor is sweet and malty at the sip, but not at all caramelly. It quickly gives way to an intensely malty toasty flavor - lots of bisquit, toast, a touch of nuttiness, and big continental malt flavor. The beer is all about malt, all the way through. The swallow is remarkably dry for the maltiness. The finish is malty and toasty but delicious and balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium with a medium creamy body and full but creamy carbonation and no astringency.

Holy cow. I've always had a soft spot for Shiner beers. Ive been to the brewery and to Shiner (pop 2000) and have family there. But I have to be honest - I did not expect much from this beer, considering some of the other seasonals they've produced and considering the general quality of American Oktoberfests.. But wow! This is a tribute to the brewmaster. He or she nailed it. This is, at heart, a restrained beer. But at heart, this is a restrained style. It is meant to be rich and flavorful, but light, fairly dry and supremely drinkable. This beer....Lots of rich malt, no caramel or cloying sweetness, no hops. Just a clean malty lager, the way the good lord, and King Ludwig of Bavaria, intended.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

12oz Brown bottle with twist-off cap and no bottled on date. Poured into a Mason jar glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper amber with 2 fingers of head that receded quickly but I am very impressed with the lacing that is better than any other shiner beer

Smell: Biscuit and lightly toasted bread

Taste: Bready malt up front with a little floral hop character in the middle and a slightly sweet but clean finish

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation but not thin

Overall: A solid Oktoberfest that is still one of my go-to Märzens. There is a great balance between the toasted malt flavor and bitter, floral hop notes. A nice clean finish to top it all off.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.19/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of Shiner Oktoberfest in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint galss.

Pours a shiny copper color, clear with a resilient frothy off-white head.

Smell is faint but a sweet grain aroma.

Taste is a nice caramel flavor with mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cloying.

Overall a nice seasonal Oktoberfest.

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Photo of jak3676
4.17/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner - Oktoberfest Brewed in Shiner, Texas.

Ever since the National Guard sent me to Texas back in the late 90's, I've been a fan of Shiner beers and this one is no exception. At more of a coppery color than red, it's a lot lighter colored than most märzen I've had so far - but still very attractive looking and perfectly clear. That's still several shades darker than your average American lager for comparison.

Website says 5.8% ABV, but I had to look it up. No indication of a bottling date anywhere, but it tastes great. I think they pulled off just as much flavor as the Spatan, but with a cleaner, fresher taste somehow - not sure how to describe that.

I think this has to be my favorate US made Oktoberfest.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 1L Paulaner mug...

A: Pours a brilliant copper color with a large white head and sticky spiderweb-like lacing.

S: has an aroma dead on for style...buttery toast, sweet caramel malt aromas, and noticeable hops.

T: rich sweetness up front. good hop bitterness in the middle, and finishing sweet and toasty.

M: medium full body rolls onto the tongue and is met with a good carbonation. finishes smooth and off-dry.

Overall, I believe Shiner has a done a great job creating another great U.S.-made Oktoberfest bier. I look forward to enjoying this some more this fall.

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Photo of barleyroad
4.12/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice light amber in appearance. Smell is good to average. The taste is nice, goes in good and leaves much better. Wow this is nice. Shiner Boys you did this right. Mouth feel is good, every thing you want in a beer. We here at barley road call this fridge worthy must have. Thanks Shiner.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.12/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an irish pint glass.

The beer is a pure caramel/toffee color. A light cream colored head settles to an even film. Light lacing occurs.

Sweet malts, caramel, and toffee hit the nose.

The beer tastes delicious. Malty, maybe bready, but mostly caramel and toffee. Really clean and delicious.

The mouthfeel is clean, dry, and a tad carbonated.

Overall, a good representation of the style. This will be the only six pack i enjoy of this, as there are far too many others to enjoy, but I like this.

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Photo of chicagobill13
4.11/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shiner Oktoberfest, I will be honest I am a huge fan of their beer. I just can't help drinking it.

Color: a ver nice golden to cooper look to this beer.

Smell: very slight smell to this beer.

Taste and mouthfeel: A very nice and balance malt taste to it. A very drinkable and session beer.

Enjoy! Cheers!

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Photo of goochpunch
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Transparent auburn body. Smells of nutty toasted malts. Flavors are really winning me over. Sweet upfront into a nutty character and then just enough bittering hops in the finish. The mouthfeel, I was not so impressed with. Could be a bit too "seltzery." Very drinkable.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/17...clearly I enjoyed more than the consensus. Light to medium amber, thick white foam. Very clingy. Lighter buttery malt nose. Malty taste bright and citrussy. Buttery taste as well. Quite bready. Solid.

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Photo of stouty1
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a reddish amber with a hint of orange highlights. One finger head which totally disappeared toa lace on one half of the rim of the beer.

Smells of fruit and malty hops. Hint of grass.

Initial flat feel which explodes on the tongue and cheeks with a bubbly blast. Malty hops and a fine warming alcohol feel finish nicely.

This beer is very nice for an Octoberfest, which I ususally enjoy anyway. It has a hint of fruit and smell of fruit , but the fruit does not overwhelm your senses.

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Photo of cheers2beers
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug.This beer a dark,transparent orange.It has a fluffy white head that disapates very quickly with small amount of laceing.The aroma is malty,slightly hopish.A pleasant aroma that really makes this beer better than other shiner brews.The taste is just like the nose slightly hopy,nice malts,even a bit nutty in the finish.Although,this beer lacks mouthfeel i feel its almost too watery,not much there to grasp.But it is smooth and easily a good session beer.I could probably drink the whole sixer and even think of buying this again when im in a session mood.
Shiner has produced us another great session beer.I applaud.


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Photo of fx20736
4.01/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single bottle from Wegmans Hylan Dr on 9/27/14. Poured into a dimpled mug at fridge temp.

appearance: medium amber with a thin off white head.

smell: lightly toasted grain, maybe some corn sweetness and modest but respectable hops.

taste: sweet caramel on top of toasted grain. Hops balance it nicely. Clean finish.

mouthfeel: decent

overall: Surprisingly tasty, super easy to drink. the best Shiner beer I have had. Nicely unpretensious, the sum is greater than its' parts.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: white bread crumb, light toast, light bread crust, faint German malt spice, and a trace of diacetyl (movie popcorn butter) aromas. Moderate malt dominates the aroma. There are low to no hop, caramel, biscuit and alcohol aromas.

L: pours brilliant copper orange with rapidly rising streams of bubbles under a 1" white rapidly dissipating head that does leave some light lace.

T: ildly sweet, very creamy start with bread crumb and bread crust. Shiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest dries on the finish with a moderate to moderately low bitterness and a slight grainy tartness.

F: creamy, medium body but medium high carbonation gives it a little bite and crispness.

O: Shiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest is very drinkable.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner Oktoberfest has a medium, cream-colored head, a bubbly, clear, copper appearance, and a some thick lacing left behind. The aroma is of medium-roasted, sweet and sour barley malt and brown bread. Taste is of the same character, with some hop bitterness present at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Shiner Oktoberfest finishes mostly dry, crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, this is a good beer.


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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my local six pack shop, mix and match price.

A - Damn the bottle cap came off with some force. Carbonation a plenty with a inch and a half of head rest atop a nice brown amber ale.

S - Smells a bit funky from the earthy malts and touch of grass hops. underneath I can smell some caramel so this should be interesting.

T - Has a bit of citrus like hops which quickly turns to a sweetness of caramel (honey maybe?) and finishes grainy with a bit of grassy hops. Taste is good.

M - Light to medium surprised how good the flavors mesh.

Overall a very unexpected treat from shiner. I haven't really had anything from them since the "holiday cheer" apricot beer and this one is equally as awesome. True to authentic!

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Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner's Oktoberfest pours out orange, with a head that leaves thick lacing. The aroma is richly malty. The taste follows the nose, with a nice, approachable, yet full malty flavor. It's pretty mellow compared to most American interpretations of the style, but it's really nice. The mouthfeel is light and velvety, and the drinkability is good. Overall, a solid Oktoberfest that seems a bit underrated here.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a decent and bubbly head.
Smells malty, with a bit of sweetness.
Taste is also malty sweet, with a nice refreshing follow-up. Every now and then I get a bit of a bite in my tasting but its strange, only every now and then.

A really good beer, but not sure I could drink a whole 6pk.

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Photo of rfabian
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces a nice head with ample lacing. The appearance is orange-amber and clear. The aroma is of toasted malt with a little in the way of spicy hops. The taste is of sweet roasted malt with a hint of black currant and slight bitterness. The feel is medium bodied and the finish is clean.

This is an really good example of the style, one of the best that Spoetzl has produced, far better than their usual session brews.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Sampled this evening on 8/31/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 14 ounce 'Texas" glass boot.

Pours a copper-amber in color with a good 2-finger head that stays around for a while. Some decent lacing is seen when sipped. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, and malts but not real strong. Pretty much the same with taste also. No bitter or harsh aftertaste. Not as 'hoppy' as other Oktoberfest brews I have had at all. Lighter to medium-bodied. Overall a good brew.

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