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Shiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner Märzen-Style OktoberfestShiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest
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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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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 Beerwithoutallthehops
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have only seen Shiner's regular beer around in our local stores. Yesterday, I saw this Octoberfest and thought I'd give it a try.

A very nice aroma right out of the bottle. The taste is malty, but not too much and is followed by a mild hops presence. A very nice balance. Smooth and with a good taste and balance of malt and hops. Much better than I was anticipating.

Very nice and will buy again. Thanks!!

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Photo of KonigObHops
2.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer pours a burnt orange color, appropriate for a Texas beer. The head was thin and white with decent lacing.

The aroma is sweet, but malty... Almost a bit fruity, but mor toward the aroma of Noble Hops.

The initial taste is sweet and quickly gives way to a toasted caramel taste that is pretty light. The beer ends with a biscuity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is not great, with more carbonation than I expected.

This beer was pretty thin on flavor. It was sweeter than most Oktoberfests, and didn't have anywhere near the body that I would expect from there are too many good Oktoberfests out there for me to pick up one of these again.

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Photo of PhillyB
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Burnt orange, with a thin white head. Quite attractive.

Smell: Caramel malt, hop/resin, rye bread.

Taste: Starts out sweet, as with many Oktoberfest beers. Caramel, resin/hop, and rye become the primary flavors.

Feel: More 'dry' feeling than many beers, with a decent full body from the malt.

Overall: Not the best Oktoberfest I've had, but definitely nowhere near the worst. I'd say it was a decent to pretty good beer, but probably not one I'd get again.

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Photo of JohnDee
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium reddish amber with a half-inch off-white head that dissipates quickly. Moderately sweet and well balanced except for the finish, which is a little too bitter. Mildly carbonated, light bodied.

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Photo of UnicornBrewing
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hunch neighbor’s pooch escaped, we let it be, figured he still favors survival, and the old guy was hanging out back when I went to pee. Couldn’t get him over fence but figured out how to open back gate easily. Sort of hushed sounding foam, you’d expect more hype from a beer with a marketing department, but keep it cool, bedroom voices. Balanced and light like a matching sheet and comforter set in a fall breeze. Rich as the middle class of Europe, talking in a cafe in gentile yet pithy tones. Wouldn’t feel bad paying twelve euro for a litre mug of this, because I could drink a few of em, but I bet they wouldn’t even cost that much in Munchen. Good match up with Abita Octoberfest, a little more bitter. Each of these southern fests light and refreshing, made to sell many six packs and spare tires. Grain bill one you find easy to pay. Dryness reminds of a wet dog toweled off and sitting in sun for a while.

http://unicornbrewing.com/faq/

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Photo of teromous
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a rather large mug.
Looks like a bubbly grade b dark maple syrup and amber with slight golden hues.
An off white , quick to drop foam cap leaves plenty of sparse foam left over.
Honey biscuit malty aroma, dark wheat bread, molasses and an herbal, Spivey hop, combo as well.
A very lively, thin body, jazzy but darn long and smooth going down. I rather like the lighter body, it still has plenty of malt to linger.
Flavor is of semi sweet dark bread with a nice herbs 'n spice hop effect. Caramel malt and dry, herbal...even grassy hop finish. Not a bad balance.
I feel as if this has a more traditional , easy to approach and session with. Nothing super complex but pretty darn good.

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Photo of got2
2.69/5  rDev -20.4%
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 Squire123
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An appearance of clear gold with brunished hints when held to the sunlight. Moderate cap and lacing.

Aroma is first of malt, sweet malt, followed by a hint of spicy hops. Nice scent.

Taste is straightforward sweet malt, clean and relatively simple, but certainly malt. Hops interplay like a lightly spiced dish which is to say they're there but in the background. There's enough malt flavor to push it ahead of the usual AAL Amber brews without becoming sticky or heavy feeling. Finishes quick with a pleasant malt aftertaste.

Texture is medium.

Overall this is an easy drinking brew with much to recommend it to beer fanciers and general consumers alike. Wish Shiner would keep this in the lineup year round as a Helles, Dortmunder or such like label. I don't know if Shiner Oktoberfest is an all malt brew or it includes adjuncts but it certainly outshines some pricey all malt amber beers I've had from others.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
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 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 Brutaltruth
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This rather nice Oktoberfest pours a nice dark amber with a light head of white foam that settles to a thin ring, wafting layer, and light lacing. Nose of sweet caramel malts, biscuit, and yeast. Flavors follow the nose with caramel malts, biscuit and fresh bread, medium roasted malts, and a touch of herbal hops to the back. Sweet and moderately coating mouth feel with a lightly dry finish. Nice carbonation is not overwhelming and solid for the style. Overall pretty darn good.

Cheers

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Photo of jaredsmith83
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was recommended this by a friend who is a fan of Shiner beers. I've only had their Bock and Hefeweizen beers, so very little to gauge. This wasn't exactly what I was hoping for when I tried it. It was light in color and the smell was more of a sweet, subdued scent. Its an easy beer to drink, but came off as being moderately sweet, which wasn't what I had my tastebuds prepared for. Overall, not a bad beer, but not what I think of when it comes to the Oktoberfest/Marzen beers.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: rusty gold color - not a great deal of head.

Smell: sweetness, lager yeast

Taste: Sweet fruity marzen lager: no real bitterness. clean finish; easy drinking.

Feel: Pretty middle of the road with respect to the style.

Overall: I've seen this brewer's offering for years, but have never actually tasted one. (Most of the reviews I've seen on Shiner beers have not been complimentary.) That being said, I was actually pretty pleasantly surprised by this and thought it did a decent job of representing the style.

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

Love me some Shiner and love me some Marzen, but their Oktoberfest beer wasn't as good as I expected. Split a six with Bro and Bob while watching vintage motorcycle races at Barber Motorsports Park in B'ham Alabama.

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Photo of jkrich
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: bright, clear and brassy with a sustained and foamy off-white head.

The aroma was an inviting sweet and caramel with a faint hint of noble hops.

This one is decidedly sweet but does retain some zest In the flavor. There are no complex hints of malt and hop interacting, just a straightforward candy-like sweetness, yet it does remain enjoyable and thirst quenching. This is no doubt due to the Hallertau hops.

The body is medium with a frothy, light-caramel flavored aftertaste. At times, I believe I detect caramel covered popcorn. There is a nice complement of carbonation.

Like most Shiner beers, this one is enjoyable but far from the top level in style. I would still recommend it for the season.

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Photo of Myotus
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a a beer mug.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of off-white foam that shrinks to a quarter's worth after a minute and a half. Dull amber in color with a subtle cloudiness. Rising bubbles are medium in size and high in quantity. Lacing is barely there.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of caramel and sweet bready malts along with subtle spicy hops and hints of bitter hops. This smells really good.
TASTE: Strong caramel and sweet bready malt flavors enter initially. Mild flavors of chemicals (it's difficult to put a name to it, I suppose the closest thing would be cleaning product?) enter immidieately after. Subtle spicy and bitter hop flavors finish off this letdown of a brew as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Full-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth despite the carbination and ends with a thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: Another beer that had a promising smell, but the taste was just lame.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a lager glass.

Appearance – the body has an orange-amber color and is topped by a moderate size, bone-colored head. The head has good retention and leaves some foamy lace on the side of the glass.

Aroma – dominated by herbal and grassy European hops. Some underlying caramel and baked bread from the malts.

Flavor – much less hoppy than one might anticipate from the nose. Still, the hops are obvious and bring some grassy and herbal flavors. Improved with warming.

Mouthfeel –Alcohol seems a little lower than the actual 5.8 % ABV. Medium-light body (thin for style) with a carbonation level that is about dead medium, soft, and appropriate for style.

Overall: A decent oktoberfest at a light price tag.

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Photo of zymurgist12
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
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 Kubishark
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This seems a bit lighter in color than other Oktoberfests I've had. It smells and tastes very sweet and malty. Feel is a little on the light side, but that just makes it sessionable. Overall this is a solid American marzen and for a decent price too.

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Photo of ordybill
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
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 woemad
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.39.

Poured into Chuckanut pint glass, this was a copper-amber color, with a big, creamy off-white head.

Malty and minerally in the nose.

Caramely malty flavor, with a dry, mineralish aftertaste.

Medium bodied, with a fairly dry mouthfeel.

Not a terribly flavorful example of the style, and the dry, mineral taste just didn’t do it for me. Not awful, but not something I’d recommend, either.

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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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