Shiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner Märzen-Style OktoberfestShiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.87/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of aforbes10
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in Texas after the sales clerk recommended it.

Poured nicely, with a little, fleeting head. Some carbonation. Good malty flavor, not overwhelming. Nutty. Refreshing. Dry mouth afterwards. Happy to drink the whole sixer.

Really liked the special packaging with historical notations, etc.

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4.75/5  rDev +40.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of zoso1967
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shiner Oktoberfest pours a light amber color that has a bit of a rusty cast to it. The head is beige and possesses a slightly above average head retention and leaves great lacing.

The aroma is bready, grainy and has a slight caramel aroma to it. It is a fairly subdued nose, but seems to fit style fairly well.

The flavor is clean crisp with a little bit of bready and caramely sweetness that blends with some grain as well as a bit of spicy hop character. The beer has a nice balance between sweet and dry and is only lacking in that the flavor is not very robust.

The body of this beer is medium with a mouthfeel that seems to have a carbonation level that is a bit on the high side. It finishes very well though with some sweet caramel and spice notes lingering after each sip.

Overall this is a pretty run of the mill marzen, but not one that I would turn up my nose at. It almost comes off as a bit of a “marzen lite,” but it is quite drinkable.

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3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear medium amber pour. Above normal head volume, normal retention and lacing.

Light nose of biscuit and caramel with just a hint of herbal hop.

Light medium body with a fairly smooth texture. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish. The finish is clean with a bit of crispness.

The flavor profile is quite good. It is clean, slightly complex and very well balanced. It begins with a grainy biscuit that has caramel underneath. Sweetness is present, but very subtle. The middle brings a light herbal hop flavor and light bitterness. Throughout is a nice biscuit cracker note in the background. The finish is slow fade of toasty malt with a touch of herbal hops.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a clear light amberish color with a decent white head with decent retention (for a shiner product that is). The smell is light and a little malty. Feel is medium to light. The taste is of sweet malts, a touch of hops, with a nice caramel aftertaste. Overall this isn't a bad beer, I'm not sure if I like it more though because I had so low of expectations since it was a shiner product.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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

Tasted On: 10-07-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Seidel
Purchased: 6-pack from Kroger

The label says this is a Märzen-style Oktoberfest, but then refers to it twice as an ale? A bit confusing, but I think that's due to quirky Texas law.

Poured in a half-liter stein, I get a big 4 to 5 fingers of tan head, with good lacing and retention. The color is a bright, clear light copper. A few bubbles can be seen streaming from the bottom of the glass.

Aromas are of gentle, earthy hops and some bready malts. Not a lot of aroma overall.

Taste is composed of caramel malts and a little sweetness, balanced well by a slight bitterness. Crisp and clean lager, with high carbonation on a light body. Finishes lightly dry but still has a lingering toasted malt sweetness.

Overall a good, easy drinking beer from Shiner.

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2.02/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.04/5  rDev +19.5%

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3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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2.5/5  rDev -26%

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