Shiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner Märzen-Style OktoberfestShiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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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 Squire123
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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 +14.8%
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 wisebier
4.48/5  rDev +32.9%
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 +6.8%
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.


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Photo of jaredsmith83
3.47/5  rDev +3%
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 +9.8%
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 +24.3%
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 +11.3%
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 +4.5%
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%
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 +1.2%
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 +15.4%
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 Kubishark
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
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 +16.9%
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 woemad
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +3%
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 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 puck1225
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden yellow with a nice thick creamy head, light lacing. Malty and slightly sweet taste. Looks and tastes like a classic Octoberfest beer. It is one of the better ones I have had this year. Still like Sierra Nevada 's offering best this year.

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Photo of Buck89
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice clear amber color with a thick off white head. Muted malt aroma. Solid malt taste that seems a bit one dimensional with a clean bitter finish. Better than I expected.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
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 1ale_man
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a tulip glass.
Amber orange in color and clear.
Malty smell with yeast and a whiff of pine.
Tastes good. Malty biscuit with a little bitterness.
Enjoyed this beer

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Photo of tillmac62
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma of malt
Head small (two cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to two mm ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body medium amber, initial chill haze rapidly clears, effervescence
Flavor very light, malty, some caramel, very slight bitterness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75. A very pleasant, very drinkable offering from the folks over in Shiner.

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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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Shiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.37 out of 5 based on 1,137 ratings.
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