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 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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Photo of dacrza1
2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
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 +8.6%
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 +9.2%
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 +8.3%
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 1ale_man
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +10.1%
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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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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 +16.3%
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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Photo of Brian_L-2056
2.91/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a nice deep golden color with a decent head that goes away rather quickly. Very good carbonation through enjoyment.. Smells like a typical octoberfest brew. Very good lacing. Initial taste is kind of strong with a little aftertaste but the more I drink it the more mellowed out it becomes, maybe it's just me. Overall I enjoy this brew and would not hesitate to buy more. My first Shiner too!

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Photo of jp32
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden/copper in color. Not much head retention, but a very small amount is visible.

Aroma is malty and slightly tart.

Caramel malt sweetness plays strongly through most of the flavor. It finishes bready and relatively clean.

Mouthfeel pulls in somewhere around the vicinity of being medium bodied. This really is not a bad octoberfest.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is not a super awesome tasting sexy Oktoberfest. But it is crystal clear (which I love in my lagers) with a good taste and nothing too intense. Certainly not the best of style on the market but a very serviceable and drinkable beer. I'll have another!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is as much a creative and unique beer as any from a craft brewer. Shiner Oktoberfest.

Pours a copper orange very clear bright. It has a lush head that is slow to fall. Exceptional brightness. The nose has a bit of caramel and some fruity hop spice. The hops are vibrant. The drink is mild and toasty but it does have a sweet backing. Bread and bubbles finish it cheerfully. The hops presence on this beer is playful.As I am drinking I find myself asking what kind of hops are in this beer? I like them and they are that prominent.The toasty malt begins to unfold in the flavor and it's that roundness that lingers and echos as an impertinent hop gives a slight showing of bitterness. it has a sweetness in the finish but the flavors are so pleasant . Is it to style? It meets style because of the roundness because it does not finish too sweet and because that light bit of caramel and hop really taste good.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.04/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad "O" fest beer but not the best I've had. Still surprisingly tasty.
Pours nice see thru golden orange. Very little head with no lacing. Smells malty with a little orange and caramel.
Taste is a bit flat for me. But actually has alot of flavor. Hints of light hops, malts, little orange burst and a caramel finish. Makes this brew all right in my book.
I still prefer leinenkugel or sam adams.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I’m doing an Octoberfest beer review extravaganza and this one is beer number three on my list. I was a little disappointed that most brewers release Octoberfest varieties in August, but at least I don’t have to wait all the way until September or October. This one by Shiner, which I am not familiar with, boasts a 5.8% ABV and plenty to offer.

Look-It pours a clear orange amber color with no head. The lacing is moist, drooping, and delicate.

Smell-It smells of sweet malts like caramel or chocolate covered oranges. The latter of which undoubtedly comes from the subtle citrus hop component that was a nice surprise.

Taste-It tastes of orange and grapefruit rind slightly as well as some toasted grains in the form of caramel. The flavor is nice, but subtle and there are a few things going on in there.

Mouthfeel-This medium-bodied brew is malt-forward, but does sport little hops that come out in the form of citrus and maybe a tinge of grass. The sweetness is light and lingers in a fine coating on the tongue.

Overall-This was a bit better than I had anticipated and I think that I will try this one again when the leaves turn this shade of orange copper in the fall. Cheers!

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Photo of Carrier4
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

This brewery is just not very good, I like there bock, but its not even a true bock. This beer was not good either, go easy on the pumpkin Texas rangers.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look is pleasantly...well...Octoberish. Fairly clear. Enjoyed in a stein with octagonal bottom. Head retention wasn't great, but it laced well. On the nose, it's little different than a Miller High Life, for example. As beer-smelling as beer can get. Sweet tasting, but as it lingers, more bread-like. Slightly bitter and bready aftertaste. Gently warms mouth long after swallowed. Moderately carbonated, not too thin, quite refreshing. I'm not generally a huge fan of Märzens or Bocks, but I can make exceptions.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a clear orange appearance. Strong caramel aroma with hints of grain. Like an amplified version of the German originals. More maltiness up front, more hops on the finish. Very smooth finish, crisp and full-bodied.

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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 Bierwolf
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was probably the best Oktoberfest that I had this year. The flavor and texture were just something I looked forward to every time I picked up the glass. To me the only real shortcoming was that the foam kind of gave up quickly instead of standing off as I drank it.

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Photo of Carolvs
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

As the Bros say, clean, crisp, and very drinkable; on par with Sam Adams Octoberfest, better than average, but less than a Thomas Hooker or Otter Creek Octoberfest.

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear gold to light copper with a two finger head, dissipates to light cap and sticky lacing. Eventually dissipates to no cap or lacing.

S - Sweet malt and a light hoppiness and citrus aroma.

T - Very sweet toffee turning to a light breadiness, minimal hops.

M - Medium body and light carbonation, semi-dry.

O - Not a bad beer, but overall lacking in depth. Almost no hoppiness is also a letdown.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%

The color is copper with burnt orange reflections. It pours a larger than normal frothy head for a Marzen-style brew, about 2 fingers in a 16 oz pint glass. Shiner's label states it is best enjoyed in a stein, so I think I'll try it in that next time. Nothing notable in the aroma, which is pleasing, fresh, and has a nice essence of malt. The taste is fresh and crisp to start, but does finish a bit steely and mildly bitter.

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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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