Shiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner Märzen-Style OktoberfestShiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States
shiner.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by battlekow on 09-21-2005

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Reviews:
297
Ratings:
1,141
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
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Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Bottle from Harvest Market.
Clear golden color decent white head. Rich sweet bready pilsner with a light metallic sharpness. Earthy hop bite not rich and malty enough for the style. I could drink these, but there are much better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a soft, loose, bubbly, white head that has decent retention

S - bread, caramel

T - bread, sweet caramel, faint lager yeast

M - medium bodied, crisp, a bit overcarbonated

Not shabby, but not great. This is highly drinkable and sessionable, but it mises the mark as a traditional Oktoberfest. It's overly bready and a bit sweet. It was good once, but I won't pick it up again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange amber with a creamy head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of light caramel, and a touch of toast.

The taste is of mild cararmel-ish sweetness with light toast in the finish.

Crisp, but on the thin side.

It has a caramelish sweetness, a touch of toast and mild hops, and fits the style well enough. Doesn't rank with the major Bavarians but is easily drinkable and inoffensive. Worth trying.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.41/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chaz wouldn't let me buy this one, over at Surdyk's, and instead got me a sample from the back room. And this is a guy who loves the Polish beers, so...who knows what's really in store?

Clear, pale amber appearance; slim, whitish head.

Soft, malty aroma...actually, more vegetal than anything else. And all-in-all flat.

Taste: a mess in the mouth, a convoluted collection of oddments, and none of them too pleasant. A hotness at the front, a glimmer of malt that fades off the palate, a faint flurry of hops that, too, dies in a quick. If they meant to make a marzen, the malt's too lean, and the balance way out of wack. It's nothing you could call complex, just a ...a trainwreck. Cooked veggies dominates the flavor, and that's not good.

Medium-ish body, long, yet unhappy finish. A struggles to get the entire contents down the throat. Eh...why bother, time to trade this in for a better brew.

Thanks to Chaz for saving me six bucks!

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Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, yeast, and pale malt. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight hop, slight yeast, and hint of pale malt. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, blend, and feel.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Spoetzl Brewery is unashamed of its German heritage, so perhaps it's no surprise to see Shiner Oktoberfest. Coming out of a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

How about a show before the taste? Shiner Oktoberfest does well with its appearance, which is a lovely auburn orange with yellowish hues, a large frothy head which sits two fingers thick, and wave after wave of carbonation bubbles racing from bottom to top. The aroma is mild in intensity, but does bring to mind a few notes of marzen. A gentle kiss of hops, a note of caramel, vague fruitiness, and even orange. I could be in for a good one.

It's no surprise that this beer is malt dominant. Caramel and orange start the journey. Bread crust as well. But at the trail end, there is a rough patch where the malt seems to get too doughy and husky, putting a dampening on an otherwise solid marzen. This is a medium bodied beer with a creamy texture and gentle carbonation hitting the palate. Sweet and slightly bitter in the aftertaste.

Spoetzl's own marzen is a more than solid reference to this style of beer. October is almost gone, but it's not too late to get into the O-fest spirit!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber/copper color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, earthy hops and surprisingly, some flowery notes. The flavor is toffee, caramel and light earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not one of the best beers of this style that I have tried, but one of the better offerings from Shiner.

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Photo of puboflyons
3/5  rDev -11.2%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 29, 2014.

It pours golden amber with a big and fairly long lasting white head. Good lacing.

The aroma is not very prominent but I pick up roasted German malts but also a sort of soapy character.

Light to medium body.

Still toasted bread in the flavor with a bit more bitterness. Nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of Zorro
2.32/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear honey with a splash of orange colored beer. Head is tan and only lasts an instant.

Smell is sweet and fairly malty. Detectable toasted Munich malt scent and a bit bready. All the proper scents are here but it seems a bit watered down.

Taste is off. Flavor is harsh with a biting level of carbonation and a candy like malt that does not pair very well to the high hop bitterness. Hops are herbal in flavor and this brew leaves lingering malt sweetness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is biting.

Not a drinkable beer here. From the moment you taste this it is like something biting your tongue. This beer is seriously unbalanced it needs to be reformulated completely.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a light white head. Poor retention, no lace.

S: Sweet caramel, Munich malt, toffee, squash.

T: Classic sweet caramel malt play. Some minor grassy hops at the finish. Good flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, creamy. Crisp and easy drinking at times.

O: An inexpensive good Oktoberfest beer. Nowhere near as good as the better German examples, but if you're on a budget this could work.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Very light malt, hint of breadiness, some cereal grain, a tiny amount of "bitterness". It's a lighter style in a category mostly dominated by robust offerings.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

It smells of bread, has some some sweet notes and quite a bit of grain.

Bready sweet up front with some bitterish notes on the back end though the bread returns in the finish.

Not a bad stab at the style from Shiner.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, gold color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with excellent retention. Lotes of sticky lace.

S - Sweet, bready malt and wet grains. Faint hay and pepper.

T: Lots of bready malts up front. Some hay and grass in the transition to a slightly bitter and dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and little creamy. Finishes dry

D: Easily drinkable. Pretty good malt character.

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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 barczar
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden orange color with a fleeting half inch ivory head that dissipated into a ring of foam.

Cardboard, corn, and sweet caramel malt comprise the initial aroma with toasted bread and floral hops rounding out the profile.

Flavor reveals caramelization, with melanoidins taking center stage. Deep malty flavor, accompanied by toasted bread crust, a tinge if citrus, and slightly peppery hops add intrigue.

Body is pretty moderate, with carbonation tending toward the higher side.

Overall, more complex malt character than anticipated from shiner. Not on par with the top examples, but a decent brew.

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Photo of tigg924
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste is biscuit, light caramel, and a touch of hops. Hits all of the expected marzen notes and is a bit sweeter than I am used to in the style. An above average and affordable representation of the style, that I would consider getting again, even though I prefer other marzens.

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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 Suds
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with a thin white head. The aroma is mildly ready, with a list malt character. The taste is similar.....medium in body, with malt and subdued hops. It isn't an exceptional marzen, but it is pleasant for an outdoor September afternoon.

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Photo of champ103
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A minimal white head forms, and recedes in a second. Almost no lace is left behind.
S: A very odd soapy hop aroma. Like dish detergent. I might expect something like soapy hops from a resiny IPA, but not an Oktoberfest. There is some yeast with some sightly sweet malt.
T: There is still an odd soapy character, but it is not as prevalent. Some yeast, and sweet malt.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. Though a bit on the thin side. Not hard to drink. I could drink a few with ease, if I wanted to.

Not bad. I get some soapy hops for some reason, which makes for a strange tasting Oktoberfest. Overall, not the worst that I have had from Shiner, but nothing I would recommend.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange amber color with a huge and billowy white head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a caramel smell mixed with lots of breadiness and a good showing of brown sugar. The very malty and sweet smell of the brew is matched by a little bit of an herbal and grassy smell, creating a very nice and invitingly sweet aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins much less sweet then would have been anticipated from the nose. The flavor begins with a slightly grainy and bready taste mixed with some flavors of brown sugar and molasses. As the taste moves forward a little bit of apple comes to the tongue only to fade again more toward the end. All the while the other sugary tastes dwindle, with some light grassy and herbal tastes taking their place. There is a little resurgence of the sweet at the end of the profile, with a caramel and some more molasses coming to the tongue, leaving one with a decently malty and sweet, but more dank hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the thinner side for a 5.8 % abv brew with a carbonation level that is on the lower side as well. The feel was OK overall, as it did a nice job for the sweet, but with that said, a little higher carbonation may have made it a little more easy drinking and refreshing in light of its lighter hop profile.

Overall- Not a bad oktoberfest overall, but nothing out of the world either. For its more slim price tag however this brew is a rather good fall party/gathering style brew, as it packs a lot of nice flavor into a light price tag.

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Photo of drpimento
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
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 lordofthewiens
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
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 ZAP
2.43/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

About what I expected from Shiner on this....very basic...mild toasted caramel impression....otherwise pretty basic....too much carbonation...a bit fizzy....thinish feel bodywise...an odd aftertaste that is hard to shake.

I wasn't expecting a masterpiece but this is one of the poorer ofests I have had....makes Leinie's OFest look like an all-time great (which it isn't)

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%

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 BeerFMAndy
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

A - This one pours clear and bubbly with a great golden light-amber color and a frothy off-white head. Good retention but little lace left over. A sexy okto!

S - Metallic notes bring down the otherwise good aroma of this Märzen. Caramelized malts and Märzen malts give a nice malty backbone to the nose with a very slightly grassy pinch of floral, earthy hops.

T - Märzen malts and bits of caramel with a little biscuity flavor that leads into a low hop level flavor. Earthy, lightly grassy hops mirror the aroma. Nice flavor. The metallic thing barely pokes out.

M - Medium-light-bodied and smooth with a crisp carbonation finish and sharp bite. The metallic flavor carries more-so into the feel. Dry and tin-like. Otherwise it's ok.

D - Not a bad entry into the Oktoberfests this season, I'm really enjoying this with my window open and the cool breeze coming on. Bring on fall!

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Shiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.38 out of 5 based on 1,141 ratings.
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