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Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by battlekow on 09-21-2005

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Photo of AmberMan22
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My experience with Shiner bock was less than underwhelming (basically coors light with a heavy suntan), but I do like the Marzen style, so I wanted to give it a go.

It looks like a middle-of-the-road orange, with a generally white head.

The smell is not immediately malty, and the taste reveals the horror within. The first thing that came to mind was that someone had spilled a lemon-scented cleaning product into my beer.
Weak malt presence and generally bad flavor -- why lemon?

Really nothing else to write home about.Given the opportunity, I'd try any other Oktoberfest over this one.

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Photo of rowew
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle with an old style label - with a picture of the original brewers on the neck. Best by date on the bottle.

Appearance: Bright orange color with a bright white head that fades quickly to leave almost no lacing.

Smell: Malt sweetness and just a hint of floral hops (very minimal). Slight toffee aroma.

Taste: Not much going on here - a bit sweet, a hint of dyacetal .. but overall nothing stands out.

Overall impression: Very mediocre - nothing jumps out as being bad, but there certainly isn't anything exciting going on either. Drinkable enough, but I won't be looking for more.

Overall impression:

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Photo of got2
2.69/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The color is a pale copper, with not much in the way of a head on the pour (and what head there is, quickly evaporates). There's no scent to speak of and the carbonation is mild, though it lingers on the palate.

There's an mild caramel-like after taste, followed by a slight bitter hoppiness that's vaguely similar to an IPA.

Shiner Oktoberfest also lacks body, and with minimal mouthfeel, which makes the brew seem a bit cheaper than it deserves though it's worth mentioning that it would be a refreshing beverage for a hot summer day.

It's not a great beer by any stretch, but it isn't a bad one, either. In fact, if it ever came down to a choice between a Budweiser–or is that 'America' now?–or an Shiner Oktoberfest, I'd go Shiner every time.

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Photo of Eluke1027
2.71/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an copper rusty color with about a fingers worth of head without much retention. Subtle aroma of a little caramel maltyness. A malty taste with very subtle caramel notes. The alcohol is unnoticeable and finishes easily. It is a very drinkable beer. It is nothing spectacular but not too bad either. Decent representation of the style. Will most likely have it again next fall when it's available.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale copper in color, quite clear, with a large, persistent white head, excellent broken lace, and mild carbonation.

Aroma: Toasted grains dominate the aroma, with some husk notes as well. The aroma seems a bit tart.

Taste: Opens with a slightly sweet, toasted malt flavor. Midway through the taste, this turns to a harsh, metallic bitterness. The bitterness dominates the taste to the close, with a slight salvo of sweetness near the end.

Mouth feel: Reasonably full for the style, with a slight sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: I wanted to like this beer, but could not bring myself to. The heavy-handed bitterness vanquishes the pleasant qualities of the toasted malt.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck with a twist-off crown, served in a pint tap glass.

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Photo of drpimento
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

With a fairly aggressive pour a small to medium, foamy, off-white to cream colored head that quickly settles down to a few clumpy islands and no lace. Color is a clear, medium amber with some small bubble trails. Aroma is beery with a little malt and a bare hint of skunk (grocery store cooler near fluorescent bulbs). Flavor is similar but much stronger - pick up the malt, a little fruit, and some marshmallow. Body is a tad on the thin side and carbonation is likewise a tad fizzy. Finish is like flavor. Overall, maybe it would've been better warmed a bit out of my cold fridge; but, I'd only drink this again if I didn't have any better options.

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Photo of hero27
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Cool looking labeling. Retro label showcasing 96 years of brewing at the Spoetzl Brewery.

Pours a very clear golden color with a respectable white frothy head. Aroma is a funky caramel with sweet malt notes. Taste is malty but there are some diacetyl off-flavors as well. Way too thin. The mouthfeel is very weak. Fairly quaffable, if you enjoy the flavor that is...which might be a stretch. I wanted to like this one, but it fell short. Very skippable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.74/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a dark gold color, bordering on copper. Has a large, 3-finger tan foam that sticks around awhile and leaves some nice lace.

Nose is burnt caramel, a little bit of toast and some lagery sulfur. Some pecan nuttiness and sugary sweetness creeps in as well, even a little butterscotch - maybe some diacetyl. Not bad, but a far cry from a fresh Paulaner.

Buttery, caramel malts are both a little toasty and a little sweet, but neither actually seems to want to take the reigns and give the beer an identity. Really not much else going on here, pretty dull effort for an Oktoberfest. There is a sip or two in each bottle where I think this beer has some promise, but unfortunately the next drink washes those optimistic thoughts away. I have been digging on most of Shiner's new seasonal brews, but this one pretty much falls flat on it's face. Thin, bubbly and lifeless, reminds me of a Leinienkugel's.

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Photo of lackenhauser
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somewhat golden amber in color. Ok carbonation level. Sweet malt aroma. Medicinal and metallic flavors dominate. Some malty sweetness in the finish. Ok mouthfeel. Overall very average. The medicinal/metallic flavors really detract from the whole experience. Id skip this one.

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Photo of thecheapies
2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper-colored. Half-inch of dense, creamy bone-white head sits patiently. Tiny sparse bubbles rise from the bottom. 3.5

Toasty and husky in the malt. Leaves out much in the aroma. Hardly a hop or an ester to pick up on. 2.5

Dry crushed grain with hearty levels of bitterness and throaty bite. Background hops offer little other than some citric rind notes. Burly and rough. Tailend metal taste crossed with more roast and halfway pith-like hop semblance. A little mucky in the finish. 3.0

Bitterness and rearing alcohol set the tone. Highly-carbonated. Slender in body. Not one to scarf back easily. 3.0

Shiner's rendition is flat on flavor and bruising with husky astringencies. Too dry, too bitter, and too hunky. Subpar finish kills the desire to take another sip. A blunder of a lager. 2.5

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Photo of aristeros
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce twist-off type bottle. Pours a coppery amber with light carbonation visible, almost no head. A weak nose with sweet biscuit and light toffee.

Moderate to strong carbonation like with the Shiner Bock and Blonde offerings. Light biscuit, then crisp pale malt. The malt profile is fairly weak, and there's almost no hops in here.

ABV is appropriate to the style and difficult to detect, meaning that it is average in terms of its sessionability when compared to other festmarzens. However, there's not as much depth as I'd like here.

It's got a bit more color than Shiner Bock, and clearly the brewer understands what a marzen -is.-

The brewery survived The Great Purge, and get points for that. Now it's time to tweak the recipes away from the adjunct lager formula and broaden their horizons.

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an oversized wine glass:

A- light copper color, much lighter then I expected it to be. head is slight, maybe a quarter of an inch to half an inch.

S- Smells overwhelmingly of malt, as expected. Grain and hops are also slightly present

T- Carmel malt is the most apparent taste. Very sweet, with a slight hop bitterness on the finish.

M- Quite smooth because of the malty body. carbonation is definitely a little too present.

O- Decent for the Octoberfest style, but nothing stands out in this one

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Photo of budgood1
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a clear amber colour with a respectable quarter inch frothy head that has some staying power and leaves some nice lace. a relatively weak caramel and butter malt aroma with some flowery and herbal hop notes. more sweetness in the taste profile...but lacking any depth of flavour that makes the o-fest style enjoyable. this can't be an all malt beer. there is some harsh hopping that grates the tongue in a manner that isn't too pleasant. therefore the mouthfeel is a letdown and the overall body seems cheap and chintzy compared to all the other oktoberfests out there. drinkability suffers a bit due to the fact that this offering just has a lot of flavours that don't meld well in a style that usually is a bit on the simple side.

there are many o-fests much better than this one.

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Photo of vdread
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shiner Marzen-Style Oktoberfest pours a very clear amber with tons of carbonation. the head lingers for a few seconds, then disappears.

smell is grainy with a hint of caramel and earthy hops.

slightly grainy, slightly buttery and dominated by caramel malt. bitterness low, but hops are present. the flavor is weak, with a few distinct characteristics like caramel, toast, buttery, earthy hops, but nothing really pulls it all together for a cohesive flavor.

mouthfeel thin, watery, with a lingering grainy aftertaste.

what is it with Shiner's grainy profile? nearly every one of their beers has it to one degree or another. it's not a good kind of grainy, it's like an abrasive, sour grain water taste. i swear i only keep trying Shiner because i want to support Tejas breweries.

it's easy to drink, especially for Shiner loyals. if you love Shiner's other beers, you'll probably love this.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%

I picked up a bottle of Spoetzl Brewery's Shiner Oktoberfest last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I thought I would keep the Oktoberfest theme going and give this one from Shiner a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's got a simple and clean look to it, but I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a clear golden amber color that took on more of an amber color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This was a good looking Marzen, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a light sweet malt, caramel malt and grainy malt aroma with the grainy malts seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some clean lager yeast followed by the hops which impart a earthy and slightly soapy aroma with a light toasted aroma showing up in the end. This beer had a decent aroma, but I wish it wasn't the grainy malts that stuck out the most.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with the grainy malts still showing up the most, but this time the malts are lighter. Up next comes a watery flavor followed by a light metallic flavor. On the finish there's a slight apple cider flavor followed by some earthy hops with no bitterness and it had a apple cider, grainy and watery aftertaste. This beer didn't taste that great, it had some off aspects that prevented it from being as good as i could be.

M- Smooth, a little clean, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but I wish it was a little cleaner.

Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer and I thought it was a slightly below average example of the style, it seemed like it was going the right direction, but when I got to the taste it started to go downhill and it had some off flavors that prevented it from being as good and clean as it could be. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was smooth, a little clean, crisp, not filling, but the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention and one is enough for me, any more than that and I think the off aspects would really start to wear on me. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance to me that was the aspect that was the truest to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it just had some off aspects that hurt it and made it not too enjoyable. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's not hard to find better American made Oktoberfest and I can't say I would recommend it for the same reason. All in all this beer just wasn't for me, that metallic flavor was a pretty big deal breaker for me. It's now one of my least favorite American made Marzens and it's also now my least favorite beer from Shiner. Better luck next time guys, this one needs some work.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Oh Kosmos Spoetzl, why must you always do this to me? Maybe I just give you too much credit since your beers weened me off the yellow fizzy shit that I used to think was beer.

Served at fridge temperature.

A: Oktoberfest fills my goblet a brilliantly clear, filtered orange. The meek one-finger head falls quickly, leaving an attractive splotch of mixed-size bubbles atop and a hint of lacing on the glass. It's kinda pretty, albeit mediocre.

S: Initially, this beer is stingy with the nose. Probably due, in part to the low temperature, but also owing to the beer's character. After some heavy sniffs, I'm able to identify some grassy, noble hops, a lightly toasted grain, ripe fruit - mostly plum, and a hint of caramel. The German malts (Vienna and Munich?) are well-presented here.

T: Malty at first, and a bit sweet, but with a crisp, dry finish. All of the aromas come through in the taste except the plum is subdued and replaced by a slight nuttiness. Everything here is subtle - from the light spiciness and gentle sweetness, to the slight grassiness, and faint, yeasty nuttiness.

M: Shiner Oktoberfest is medium-thin in body with medium carbonation. Very smooth.

D: This is an easy, sessionable beer, but it's rather boring. In Oktoberfest's defense, the style defines a beer that is more bland than vibrant, but with other beers like Woodcut #4 falling in the same category, it's difficult to dole out high scores here.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a nice deep golden color with a decent head that goes away rather quickly. Very good carbonation through enjoyment.. Smells like a typical octoberfest brew. Very good lacing. Initial taste is kind of strong with a little aftertaste but the more I drink it the more mellowed out it becomes, maybe it's just me. Overall I enjoy this brew and would not hesitate to buy more. My first Shiner too!

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Photo of droomyster
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark gold that this of a much lighter hue than most of the high end oktoberfests, with a white head with decent retention. The aromas a super grainy but not in the least bit toasty, which is highly disappointing. Flavorwise, it more in common with a a loaf of white bread than any sort of toast. It's very bready with a hint of caramel maltiness, but doesn't begin to explore the darker notes that are the reasons I seek out Oktoberfests in the first place. If I were to make a 10 item list of the characteristics I've come to expect from a Marzen, this beer would have only two of them, and they're the proper weight and texture. No need to try another.

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Photo of soulgrowl
2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The same color as the amber on the top of Richard Attenborough's cane in "Jurassic Park." Head is barely off-white with pretty good retention.

Smell: Kettle corn, mild grassy hops, honey.

Taste: A mix of corn and caramel, reminiscent of a popcorn ball. Does anybody remember those? Do they even still make them? Sweet and grainy, with a very understated herbal hop character. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Not bad, kind of thin with airy carbonation.

Drinkability: This isn't so bad. I must admit I'm not the biggest fan of the style, but this is pretty drinkable. It's not nearly as sweet as some Oktoberfests are, and there is some depth to the malt profile, but I wouldn't go so far as to call it well-balanced.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz. brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I usually enjoy beers from this brewery.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and pretty bad retention. Colour is a transparent dark yellow.

Sm: Marzen hops and light caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: Marzen hops over lightly toasted malt with some slight caramel. All around very simple, but pleasant nonetheless. Balanced and built well.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour generally. Not too thick or too thin.

Dr: A very drinkable beer. I'd try it on draught, but otherwise it's just not interesting enough to pursue. I'd recommend it to fans of the style, but elsewise it's not worth picking up. This brewery has better offerings.

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Photo of Higravity
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A heady amber topped by a white head and some lacing in the glass. A little nutty at first but it is then dominated by seet vienna and munich malt smells. The taste is the only area of the beer I really have any grip, it is over sweet and not enough balance to all the big malt flavor. It is a nice beer that I am glad I have 2 left of as it wil go well with some pork chops later this week, just not something to blow the German beer lover away.

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Photo of RexBanner
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%

Its appearance was a dark orange/ amber. 2 finger creamy, pillowy head. Clear, carbonated.

Aroma: Bready yeast, malt, maybe pilsner hops or German hops. Nice "beer" smell.

Taste: Crisp & clean. Malts are present. Some hops are present as well, although very subtle.

Mouth feel: light, crisp, bubbly, a little twang from the hops but not enough to disrupt the Marzen style. Aftertaste is of bread.

Overall, this beer is light & crisp. Not as full bodied as Sam Adams or Ayinger Octoberfest beer but it'll suffice. It's a nice "drinking" beer in that you can easily knock back 3 bottles while with friends.
My recommendation; pick it up if you come across it but don't expect to be knocked off your socks with this one. As stated earlier, it's just a nice beer for drinking with the fellas not one to be enjoyed as a session beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In a pint glass, the beer was an amber color with a pretty small white head and a tiny bit of lace.
Sweet caramel aroma. Not very noticeable, but not invisible either.
Same thing with the taste. Caramel, sweet bread. Again, neither overwhelming nor underwhelming.
Very, very sweet. Too sweet for me.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

DATE TASTED: September 18, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephaner weizen... OCCASION: Another good week comes to an end... APPEARANCE: large, thick, fizzy, off-hat of a head dissipates to a ring of stray bubbles; the body is a copper orange with the minutest bubbles... AROMA: reasonable caramel is first and foremost in the profile; the grapey, slightly hoppy suggestions; honey and alcohol mush up the anticipation... PALATE: thin, bubbly, slightly warming at its end...approaching the heartiness of its genre, and appropriately sessionable... TASTE: caramel and astringency topple the taste buds, with equal share... the hops are mild.... not a fan of the overall effect...OVERALL: Expecting this to approximate an import is a pipe dream; what it does do is provide a bit more flavor with an equally drinkable body...

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. The bottle does not have a drink by date or brewed on date, nor does the bottle list the alcohol percentage.

A: Clear light copper (not nearly as dark as I was expecting) with a half-a-finger-nail white fluffy head that has great retention. It has steady carbonation.

S: Mild citrus hop, sweet malt, and slight metallic aroma.

T: Bread malt, slight citrus hop, biscuit mild bitterness on the finish.

M: Light and on the drier side.

O: Overall, I am not very impressed. I look forward to fall offerings all year, and I am a huge fan of many German and micro-brewed Marzen or Oktoberfest beers. This one is less expensive than most, and it tastes like that as well. The color is a bit light, the flavor is a bit bland, and the aroma is no very strong. It does have a nice head, but other than that, I would not recommend buying this beer when there are much better examples out there.

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