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 Offa
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this to be a very good beer, which surprised me considering that I found their Bock to be very, very sub-par.

Pale amber/bronze, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a rich foamy ring and wisps, a tiny bit of lace.

Aroma is lightly caramelly grain and bread, hints of apple, herbs and grass, like a fuller, more caramelly US pale lager with a hint of German hoppiness.

Taste is simialr, lightly caramelly barley and lightly toasty bread, hint of apple, light sweetness just dominates before light bitterness joins to make it dryish and toasty with some leafy, vaguely herbal character that takes over at the finish and lingers with toasty barley. It is very nice, an enjoyable, solid Vienna-type marzen.

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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 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 mralphabet
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark copper in color with about a finger & a half of off white head that settles to a thin layer, very little lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malts, hints of caramel and toffee.

T: Lot of the smell in the taste, sweet notes of caramel and maybe butterscotch. The finish is a little on the dry side. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

M: Light to mid bodied, I was hoping for a little more in this department... Lighter than I was expecting. Carbonation is pretty crisp at first but settles down as the beer warms.

D: Low ABV and pretty good flavors here make this a pretty good drink.... Little lighter than some of the "Oktoberfest" beers I've had this year, but not back. Another pretty good brew from Shiner.

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Photo of dudemuskie
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a 12oz single at The Andersons in Toledo, OH.

Appearance- Burnt orange with hints of amber. Minimal off white head with no lacing. Crystal clear.

Aroma- Faint herbal hop aromatics with some slightly sweet, lightly toasted malt. Hints of oxidation with some papery notes.

Flavor- Prickly CO2 with a moderately bitter herbal kick up front, followed by a malty notes of nuttiness and baked biscuit with a slightly sulfury note. Hops fairly dominant into finish with a breath of grainy malt and touch of papery oxidation.

Mouthfeel- Moderate-high CO2, low residual sugar, light-medium bodied, and leans a bit towards hop bitterness. Crisp finish with a slightly drying effect- maybe grainy astringency!?

Overall- Not bad, middle of the road drinkability. A decent take on the style but seems to be a bit heavy on the hops and slightly oxidized from the trip up to Toledo, Ohio. Might help if they used pry-off caps? Could also use a bit more of that toasty malt richness that gives Oktoberfests a touch more of a fortifying feel and balance, without tipping the drinkability scale.

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Photo of Brenden
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is clear, purely copper in color. It looks pretty good, forming a white head nearly just over two fingers tall. Retention is good, and adequate patchy lacing is left behind on the glass.
The aroma features a malt base with decently balancing hops. It's not particularly strong, but not terribly weak. Malts are fairly complex, roasted and toasty on one hand, caramel on another, and a sort of earthy nuttiness pulling through as well. A mossy, herbal hops presence sits in here as well.
Toasty and caramel up front with a touch of earthy and bread flavors balanced by a light hops bitterness that adds an herbal touch and some dryness. There seems to be a touch of something spicy pulling out in here also.
The malt doesn't seem like quite enough to make for as full and robust a body as this one should have. While it's a bit light, it's not too bad. Carbonation is enough to make for some liveliness without taking it too far. While I'd prefer a bit more smoothness, this one is crisp and refreshing.
This is a fair example of the style and, while you could find better, it's not one to avoid.

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Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - clear, copper-colored with a good 2 fingers or so of head. Good carbonation.

Smell - fairly hoppy in its aroma, with a bit of a caramel and toast hint.

Taste and Mouthfeel - fairly sweet and well-balanced. Not too bitter, and lighter in body. Fairly clean or zesty-tasting in the hops. Finishes with a slight bitterness that dissipates. Just a slight bit toward the creamier side, but fairly well-balanced.

Drinkability - Decently complex, which makes for enough enjoyment, but could be more so...maybe this one is too well-balanced. Good brew, still, and easy to drink.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle into pint glass

A: amber with an off-white head. Light for an Oktoberfest.

S: sweet and slightly toasted malt. Lager yeast.

T/M: sweet, malty, very low hop character and little character from the yeast. Tastes like other Shiner beers, but not completely off-character for an Oktoberfest. Carbonation is tight but not as lively as it could be. More bubbles might cut the sweetness a bit.

D: If nothing else, Shiner beers are drinkable. Malt sweetness is at just the right level to make it appealing, and low bitterness makes it go down easily.

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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 hosehead83
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve-ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper in color, with a nice, creamy-looking head of foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt,caramel notes.
Taste-Sweet toasted malt,caramel. Tasted a bit unbalanced towards the sweet side of things.
An o.k. Oktoberfest.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a golden amber clear color. One and a half finger white head that shows medium retention. Light web lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Light caramel malts and some toasted grains. Plain and simple but the aroma is very faint and I had to almost bury my nose in the glass to find it.

T- Caramel malts in the front of the beer. A lot of metallic flavor in the middle kills off all other flavor. Light bitterness in the backing of the beer. As the beer warms the front has more of a toasted grain presence with the caramel malts.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is very high for the beer. Light caramel malts left on the palate. Some light alcohol and metallic flavor in the aftertaste. The flavors or lack their of make this beer light tasting. Alcohol not very drying on the palate.

D- The beer is light and pretty low on the flavor. The ABV is not very high so this beer is easy drinking. Not the best Oktoberfest style beer but also not the worse I've had. If this had a little more flavor this would be better.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a slight hint of amber, could be more rich in color. Has an ivory colored, small, slightly persistant head that leaves some noticable lacing.

S-Has a very light caramel/bready maltiness, but it's too faint, should be more noticable. Some toasty notes come through after it warms a little.

T-The flavor is much like the aroma, with caramel/bready/toasty notes with a very soft bitterness, but it tastes too much like a cheap version of an oktoberfest to me. I can tell that this is a marzen beer, it's just not very impressive imo.

M-Has a "almost watery" medium body, with a finish that seems to go in no particular direction.

D-It is pretty drinkable. It goes down well. But I won't be buying this beer in the future. Pretty mediocre.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

With the multitude of Marzens out this time of year I have tried many good specimens, so when I tried this one it seemed like a bit of a letdown.

The body seemed kind of watery and the taste wasn't all that impressive. Perhaps it's my overly malted tongue at this time of year, but this one seemed thin and unable to compete with the others. Sorry.

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Photo of TylerBGoode
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Considering Shiner's track record of non-offensive and somewhat boring beers, it's no surprise that their requisite Oktoberfest brew follows the same pattern. I bought a six pack of these when they first hit store shelves over a month ago and still have yet to finish it. It's not that I don't like it, it's just that there are so many more exciting beers in my fridge that take precendent over this one.

I typically pour my Oktoberfest beers into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. This brew has a light copper toned hue and a thin head. The smell is off-putting to me, similar to the curious odor of their famous bock only with a bigger sweeter malt aroma. The taste is less than complex. At first it seems as if it's much too light bodied and watery to be considered an Oktoberest, but then the toasted malts come into play and the beer ends up actually having a pretty nice finish. It may be a bit of a boring brew, but it's so unoffensive and goes down so easy that it's hard to down right loathe it. It's not my favorite Oktoberfest (by any means) and it's not my favorite Shiner brew, but if one happens to find its way into my pint glass I don't hesitate to finish it off.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 1L Paulaner mug...

A: Pours a brilliant copper color with a large white head and sticky spiderweb-like lacing.

S: has an aroma dead on for style...buttery toast, sweet caramel malt aromas, and noticeable hops.

T: rich sweetness up front. good hop bitterness in the middle, and finishing sweet and toasty.

M: medium full body rolls onto the tongue and is met with a good carbonation. finishes smooth and off-dry.

Overall, I believe Shiner has a done a great job creating another great U.S.-made Oktoberfest bier. I look forward to enjoying this some more this fall.

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Photo of JMad
3.91/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a deep copper color with a bubbly white head.
Smell is the weakest point here, mostly smells like metallic yeast.
Tastes of caramel malt, and sweet bread.
Perfect carbonation, medum body, soft and smooth.
Awesome beer, I could drink these all day. When I heard Shiner was coming back with their Marzen I had to pick up a 6 pack.

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Photo of deadliest
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear burnt orange, nice lacing left over from the head that sticks around for a good bit.

S: Smells... kinda like a sweeter shiner bock. Something funky about it. Not off-putting, not what I was expecting.

T: Toasted and lightly sweet malts. The hops are there in mild, but at least recognizable capacity, which is rare for Shiner, and considering the style + the brewer, I didn't expect at all.

M: Light with a little carbonation, manages a slightly slick coating, while still being very light.

D: Good drinkability. Not normally a fan of the style and the light taste and feel are probably helping it out in regards to me.

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Photo of witster18
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

exactly what I expected.

Definately the normal malt heavy oktoberfest only this has the same dirty sock nose of normal shiner... kind of a trademark of theirs... many people describe this characteristic as metallic, but it's really just an interesting bitterness that I would think comes from the yeast strain...

yep, it smells like a dirty old sock.

taste is sweet with some noticable hops which is a good thing because their usually overwhlmed in this style. I actually think this is a decent fester...

i dig the shiner salty lick the barrell aftertaste and it carried over to this offering so probst!

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Photo of briman
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color, with an off-white head that retains well.

Aroma reveals light toasted malt base, and a light-to-moderate German malt presence.

Flavor is lightly sweet malt, with a hint of a toasted character. Clean, with a dry finish.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy. Overall this is a bit subdued. Not terribly rich in terms of flavor and aroma. Little depth. Drinkable, but not a memorable example of the style.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light orange color with a small head of off white bubbes that stuck around rather creamy looking for quite some time.

Aroma: Some toasty malts in there that actually remind me of an Oktoberfest. There are some sweet malts in there also that even come across as German. I don't get a lot of adjuncts in here. The aroma is taking on a metallic nose as the beer sits some.

Taste: The flavor is toasty with a Munich malt edge to it, which is pretty nice. The beer has some syrupy notes that come up in the beginning of the flavor and then stay there the whole way into the finish. There is no alcohol noticeable the entire time. I get some hops in here, but they are reserved to style. The metalic note is coming out in the flavor too.

Opinion: Overall, this is a decent beer. I have tried it after a Spaten and a Paulaner and it didn't really compare at the time. Since this is my first beer, it is finishing pretty decent and will help the review.

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Photo of Fnord
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light amber with a thick and lumpy off-white head that fades fairly fast.

Smell - Alcohol, mild brown sugar and caramel, and a touch of citrusy hops.

Taste - Starts out sweet with a slight bitterness becoming evident underneath it. The finish is bittersweet, with a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and high carbonation.

Notes - It's a pretty well-balanced oktoberfest, the but the metallic taste is unfortunate. I don't think I'd get this again, since there are so many better oktos around this time of year.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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 jones3aj
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shiner Oktoberfest
Spoetzl Brewery - Shiner, TX
A.B.V.= 5.7%
Price: $1.69/ 12 oz. bottle.
Overall Rating: [3.2 out of 5]

Appearance: A thin pour of light-amber, the beer fills the glass with very little character. Remarkably transparent, the hue reminds me of a glass full of honey. A half finger of head rises briefly, dying off moments after the agitation stops. You're left with a faint ring of bubbles to accompany you throughout the rest of the glass. For what it is, I'll give it [3 out of 5].

Smell: Roasted malts. Cider and floral hints that remind me of champagne drippings. A slight sweetness lingers in there, kind of reminds me of caramel or toffee. Hoppy. [3 out of 5].

Taste: Sweet, but dryer than the sweet smell suggests. Definitely taste a roasted malt mixed in with mild hops flavors. Reminds me of a hoppy champagne. Not very much else going on, here. A hint of caramel and butter... butterscotch? Tastes a bit metallic towards the end. [3 out of 5].

Mouthfeel: It felt better when it was still cold. When served cold, you get a crisp feel with an appropriate amount of carbonation (I know, what's appropriate?). I just mean that it fits in with my expectations. A tingle throughout, but not something like intense burn of a cola. Not as watery as the pour made me expect it to be. A very thin coating for a couple seconds after you swallow gives you a second to think back and reminisce about the fact that autumn is near, and this damn hot weather is on the way out! I'm willing to go [4 out of 5] on this.

Drinkability: If consumed while cold, this would be acceptable in servings of three. Any more than three, and you're probably gonna be bored out of your mind. In fact, keeping it to two might make you consider drinking it again, sometime. The midrange ABV will keep you sensible for the first few. In terms of fitting the Oktoberfest style, I would probably group this in the "Oktoberfest Light" category. It has all the characteristics, but they're just not prevalent enough for me. [3 out of 5].

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark golden copper. 1 finger head.

S - Lots of sweet toffee malt. Toasted bread.

T - Sweet maple malt hits right away. Sweet grains. It has a bit of a buttered cracker flavor. Some bitter pecan towards the end along with some very faint metallic notes on the finish. Medium body.

Not too bad. A little dull but a nice malt profile. I would enjoy this again. Very easy drinking.

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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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