Shiner Oktoberfest | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner OktoberfestShiner Oktoberfest

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of rfabian
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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 +18.7%

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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Photo of mhewes
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a copper color with a nice white head. It has a very strong malt smell and flavor. It was a lot sweeter than I was expecting. There was a little bit of the alcohol coming through at the end. It had a nice creamy mouthfeel. One I would drink again if they were to make it again.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The pint has a truly inviting,warm, subdued orange color. I'm not just being non-descript, its truly orange, like a lollypop. It is crystal clear and has about three fingers of fluffy bright white head that dissapates to thin film with dissapointing efficency.

I caught a slight whiff of sweet malt in the nose, with just a hint of cinnamon.

The taste is a light, mellow, malt sweetness with some nut characteristics that are quickly washed away by very citrusy hop bitterness. The aftertaste is bready and pleasing. Though this is not the most complex beer, I feel it is probably the most balanced example of the Marzen style I've had. The color is right-on and it avoids the sickly-sweetness that can often plague a Marzen.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

gold-to-amber in color, just a tiny bit hazy, half inch white creamy head

hoppy aroma, nice taste, well-balanced between tartness, sweetness and spiciness, the maltiness reminds me just a bit of an Octoberfest with just a tiny hint of maple

Very drinkable. A good session beer

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Dark burnt orange with a finger of quickly dissipating khaki head.

S - Very sweet smelling, caramel, bread, and roasted malts.

T - Again, quite sweet, the caramel is the main flavor here, with bready, roasted malts taking the back seat. Very slight bitterness, rounded off well with the amount of sweetness.

M - Moderate body, moderate-to-high carbonation. A slight sticky sweetness lingers.

O - I think this beer is way underrated here. It's got the right amount of caramel, roasted malt, and sweetness. It could be a little thicker, but it's easy drinking and probably my favorite beer from Shiner.

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Photo of pojo41
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought back a case of this from a trip to Shiner on a sausage and beer pilgrimage. Dark copper color. Nice head at first but, it dissipates quickly. Malty aroma and flavor with a hint of sweetness. Another fine old world-style beer from the folks in Shiner.

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Photo of Bizz88
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear amber with a creamy light tan head with a descent amount of lacing. Aromas of sweet caramel malts predominated throughout. On the palatte I found it to be a little lighter bodied than most Marzens. But what it lacked in body it made up in taste, with a nice sweet malt on the tongue in true German fashion. One of the better offerings from the folks at Spoetzl. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of ordybill
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This beer has a very clear orange color with a large white head. The aroma is mostly malt with some spice added. The taste is very malty with some hop at the end. A real good Oktoberfest offering from Shiner.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Sweet and bready aroma with a hint of spiciness. Taste is smooth. Bready with some caramel. Some spicy hops at the end. Belgian yeast. The end does have a little bit of an artificial (for lack of a better term) taste to it, but it doesn't last long and is not very off putting. This beer is actually quite good. This is one of my better liked shiner beers. Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

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Photo of Savan
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A good brew indeed! Pours a nice light golden auburn smell is not place able and subtlety malty. Taste is of the caramel malt. A smooth lightly crisp finish. Over all a good rendition of an american marzen!

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Photo of PuckLSHS
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer is copper in color and the head holds for about 2 minutes before it dissipates. The smell is a nice and has hints of copper and malt. For a marzen, Shiner has done a pretty darn good job to hold steady to German tradition.

The taste holds a light malt flavor, a nice hop finish with a little bit of bitterness. I like the mouthfeel of the beer. Nice and crisp. Would be great on a warm summer's day.

The beers drinkability rating is good. It goes down quite well and has a nice mix of flavors in the finish. Since I have not had more of the Spoetzl offerings, it is definitely making me want to go out there and hunt some down. Can't say that about other breweries out of Texas. No offense college, I used to be a Lone Star...but that was quite a long time ago.

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Photo of JMad
3.91/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a deep copper color with a bubbly white head.
Smell is the weakest point here, mostly smells like metallic yeast.
Tastes of caramel malt, and sweet bread.
Perfect carbonation, medum body, soft and smooth.
Awesome beer, I could drink these all day. When I heard Shiner was coming back with their Marzen I had to pick up a 6 pack.

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was probably the best Oktoberfest that I had this year. The flavor and texture were just something I looked forward to every time I picked up the glass. To me the only real shortcoming was that the foam kind of gave up quickly instead of standing off as I drank it.

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Photo of acevenom
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug. Pours clear copper with a finger length eggshell colored head. There are numerous tiny bubbles visible in the beer. The head retreats pretty slowly and leaves some lacing on the side of the glass. I detect the roasted bready and slightly sweet malt aromas that I would expect from a Märzen. There's some nuttiness in the background as well. The breadiness almost takes on a crusty bread character. The hops aren't very present in the aroma, but they are there. There is that sort of spiciness that comes from the Hallertau hops. There's some grassiness as well, which probably comes from the Hersbrucker hops.

The taste follows the nose. The malt profile is typical Märzen, bringing some nice breadiness and mild sweetness to the tongue. The hops are present there in there with some spiciness, floral, and earthy qualities. There's that nice back end bitterness. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The beer finishes dry with a lingering aftertaste that clings to the mouth. The drinkability is high with this one. This is a very good beer that is very easy to knock back. This is one of Shiner's better offerings and could easily fit as one of their year round offerings rather than just a seasonal.

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Photo of Offa
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this to be a very good beer, which surprised me considering that I found their Bock to be very, very sub-par.

Pale amber/bronze, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a rich foamy ring and wisps, a tiny bit of lace.

Aroma is lightly caramelly grain and bread, hints of apple, herbs and grass, like a fuller, more caramelly US pale lager with a hint of German hoppiness.

Taste is simialr, lightly caramelly barley and lightly toasty bread, hint of apple, light sweetness just dominates before light bitterness joins to make it dryish and toasty with some leafy, vaguely herbal character that takes over at the finish and lingers with toasty barley. It is very nice, an enjoyable, solid Vienna-type marzen.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is as much a creative and unique beer as any from a craft brewer. Shiner Oktoberfest.

Pours a copper orange very clear bright. It has a lush head that is slow to fall. Exceptional brightness. The nose has a bit of caramel and some fruity hop spice. The hops are vibrant. The drink is mild and toasty but it does have a sweet backing. Bread and bubbles finish it cheerfully. The hops presence on this beer is playful.As I am drinking I find myself asking what kind of hops are in this beer? I like them and they are that prominent.The toasty malt begins to unfold in the flavor and it's that roundness that lingers and echos as an impertinent hop gives a slight showing of bitterness. it has a sweetness in the finish but the flavors are so pleasant . Is it to style? It meets style because of the roundness because it does not finish too sweet and because that light bit of caramel and hop really taste good.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shiner 96 pours out a clear reddish-orange color with lots of fine streaming bubbles and a solid half inch of creamy foam that hasn't gone down a millimeter in the minute and half since I poured it. It's exactly the color of the beer on the front of the Marzen/Oktoberfest brew-styles-series books. I can't give the appearance less than perfect.

Aroma is grainy, lightly toasted, somewhat faint. Good malt underpinning in the flavor, bready and toasty. Hop bitterness is right in the middle, becoming more apparent at the end. Not much hop flavor that I can find. Lightly fruity, oddly enough. Finishes clean. Moderate body, medium carbonation.

Easily the best-crafted beer Shiner has ever produced. Generally right on the money for the style, and a pretty tasty beer to boot.

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Photo of zymurgist12
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad take on an Oktoberfest. Although less sweet of a taste than a traditional Spaten this one finished 3rd at the Waterstone Beer Club's Oktoberfest event.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a lager glass. Pours a copper color with a 3 finger head. Carbonation bubbles rising to the head constantly. The smell was of adjunct and spice, An odd mixture, But definitely there. The taste was of slight adjunct, With some spices, Perhaps some cinnamon and lightly toasted malt. Very, Very drinkable without being overpowered. The mouthfeel is virtually the same, A stronger adjunct coming through but it's still very manageable and good. Overall, Would I buy it again? well, I got it for free, And I would like to explore new Oktoberfests, But this was very good and spicy. So yes, I would buy it again

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into chalice. Small head and fizzes away to nothing. Minimal lace. Lovely amber color.

Smell: malts, hint of spice. Typical of märzenbier.

Taste of bitter spice, smooth malts. Again, very much in the style. No surprises.

Thick, surprisingly heavy feel. Finish is predictably dry and hearty, not too rough.

Nothing remarkable about Shiner's take on an Oktoberfest/Märzen, but there's little to complain about either. Comparable to similar brews by Dinkelacker, Ayinger, and Hofbrau. Good beer for evening conversation or late solitude.

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Photo of teromous
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I did not see any bottle date. On a side note it is a twist-top.

Appearance: The body is a dark copper color with perfect clarity. The off-white head is very short. It doesn't have very good retention but it does keep a thin film of off-white bubbles on the surface. No lacing.

Aroma: Light spicy hop aroma.

Taste: It has a light toasted malt flavor that is slightly bready. It has a light earthy bitterness and a bit of a spicy and earthy hop profile.

Mouthfeel: It is a very clean tasting beer with a nice crisp finish accentuated by the bitter hops at the end.

Overall: It is a well made Oktoberfestbier and I think anyone looking for one would enjoy it. I wouldn't put it at the top of my list but it is clean and has good flavors. I would recommend it.

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...

Serving notes: Served in odd mug at a bed and breakfast while on evacuation from Hurrican Rita. Shiner is a beautiful little town with a fantasctic polish BBQ joint named Werners. I purchased this beer from the corner store in a wooden crate that only was obtainable with the 96 release and in very limited quantities. No real relevance...just bragging.

A: Like I said, this was in a mug at a bed and breakfast with a mug ordained with cutesy little craft junk on it. Still, the beer has a amber boday and bone head that retains well but lacks the lacing I like to see.

S: A splash of cran-grape juice on a bed of sweet caramel and biscuit scented malts.

T: Toasted malt grains with a minor cameo of hops. A distinct honey flavor on the finish with a tart effect as well. Odd. Good, but still odd.

M: Smooth and medium on the body and carbonation.

D: Good effort for the style, but lacking excitement. This is not your best Marzen, but very far from the worst.

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Photo of Ford
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a regular pint glass.

This is a really good oktoberfest in my opinion. Just the right amount of caramel and bitterness. SHiner is always dependably good to me.

If you are in Houston I like the Karbach Karbachtoberfest better and Saint Arnold about the same.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very pale amber / orange color with a full finger of healthy white foam. Foam lingers and coats the glass. Aroma has a husky, grainy flavor to it - i've detected it many times before, I should figure out a better way to describe it.

Flavor is moderately sweet, with a healthy mouthfeel and lingering stale malt finish. I like this much better than the Spaten Octoberfest that I just had. The flavors are cleaner, and I don't get a harsh aftertaste.

That being said, I'm not tremendously excited about this beer either. It has a nice malty flavor, but there is nothing that really wows me. Overall solidly good, but not great.

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Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
77 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.
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