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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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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Very light malt, hint of breadiness, some cereal grain, a tiny amount of "bitterness". It's a lighter style in a category mostly dominated by robust offerings.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfest pours a bronze color with no head. There is a caramel and yeasty like aroma. The taste is very crisp, full caramel flavors. Decent body and fell. Overall it has some nice caramel flavors' not bad.

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Photo of jlindros
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Decent fizzy smaller head clear orange almost tab color.

Nose little macro lager like, extract corn sugar, little sweet husky note, light grassy grainy malts, toasted, faint grassy hop, very light overall.

Taste semi sweet sticky malt, little grainy grassy malt, more macro lager flavours, corn sugar and extract like, light crisp lager, faint touch unhappy lager, almost sulfur but not quite some mineral thing. Mild herbal grassy hop, light bitterness. Finish sticky sweet, attempt to be crisp but not quite, lingering macro lager flavor, mineral note, grassy hop.

Mouth med to lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall at least it's not a big sweet caramel bomb, but it's still a macro like tasting lager unfortunately.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a golden color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades down to nearly nothing

S: A little bit of maltiness but not really all that much. Almost like an AAL

T: Better and bolder than the nose, but it's mostly still just a malty sweetness with no complexity. Not too redeeming

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A borderline ok o-fest. Not very complex but still a step up from most macros. Definitely take it or leave it

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Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/17...clearly I enjoyed more than the consensus. Light to medium amber, thick white foam. Very clingy. Lighter buttery malt nose. Malty taste bright and citrussy. Buttery taste as well. Quite bready. Solid.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 10/7/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, some fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with lager yeast and a hearty malt character up front. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and fruit. The hops presence is mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, and slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, earth, caramel, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but nothing really stands out about this one.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear golden amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some orange + deep golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and grainy malts with a light amount of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted grain malts with a hint of caramel and just a touch of sweetness. There is a light amount of earthy + spicy hops in the finish which lingers for a short while.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Somewhat lighter in body and flavor than I would expect for the Märzen style. Seems a touch watered down and is nothing special though the alcohol is well hidden. I would not grab this one again though it was not horrible.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance (3.75) : This one spilled over the glass on me. So you could say it has a pretty big cap. It was about 3 fingers before I sucked it off the top and then wiped up the rest with a rag. The lacing is webby and leaves cool patterns. The body is a festive autumn leaf color with a goldish bronze and is quite transparent.

Aroma (3.75) : Some nutmeg, clove, cinnamon spice, along with gourd and pumpkin flesh. Hint of brown sugar. Par for the course.

Taste (3.25) : Quite similar to Schell's offering, it is much like an amber ale. It's got a sour/bitter amber thing going on, and then ends pleasant with toasted malt and a hint of brown sugar. Slightly tangy on the tongue. I am not a fan of the taste overall.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Crisp, dry, very slightly creamy. Ends with an oak-y dryness.

Overall (3.41) : A bit disappointed in this offering from Shiner. It's just too much like a stale bitter amber beer and doesn't have enough festivities in its profile to make it a competitive mar-zen. The finish leaves you with a pleasant true-to-style flavor, but the body itself is pretty poor. I'd skip this one and try a different Oktoberfest.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, procured in one of the surprisingly strange Denver food store liquor add-ons.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few instances of sudsy specked lace in places around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of bready, biscuity caramel malt, earthy yeast, somewhat sour red apple, and leafy, weedy, and kind of grassy hops. The taste is steady grainy, crackery caramel malt, a more even and sugary stewed apple note, suggestions of winter corn, ethereal gritty yeast, and softly rendered earthy and leafy noble hops.

The effervescence is pleasantly laid-back in its lilting frothiness, the body a bit on the light side of medium weight, and perhaps a tad clammy in its otherwise quotidian smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the chimera malt riding things out without the use of the handrails.

An agreeable enough version of the style, and a folksy ode to the brewery's historical roots. Not sure how this works in the relative heat of the central Texas 'autumn', but here in nippy Denver, it simply hits the spot.

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Photo of C1000
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Simple, not too carbonated, interesting flavor. A lot more relaxed than many Oktoberfest beers. Pretty chill though. I like it. It's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of EastCoastMinnesotan
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Enjoyable. Good amount of malt but not overly malty/sweet. Whether it not it's a prototypical Octoberfest I can't say but the 6 pack I bought for a gathering disappeared quickly.

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Photo of fx20736
4.01/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single bottle from Wegmans Hylan Dr on 9/27/14. Poured into a dimpled mug at fridge temp.

appearance: medium amber with a thin off white head.

smell: lightly toasted grain, maybe some corn sweetness and modest but respectable hops.

taste: sweet caramel on top of toasted grain. Hops balance it nicely. Clean finish.

mouthfeel: decent

overall: Surprisingly tasty, super easy to drink. the best Shiner beer I have had. Nicely unpretensious, the sum is greater than its' parts.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: clear; copper colored; 2 finger light khaki head that receded slowly to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: sweet malt; toffee, bread;

T: toffee from start to finish; flavor seems a little watered down; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation;

O: enjoyable, but not complex at all;

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Bottle from Harvest Market.
Clear golden color decent white head. Rich sweet bready pilsner with a light metallic sharpness. Earthy hop bite not rich and malty enough for the style. I could drink these, but there are much better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of wac9
2/5  rDev -40.8%

what a big disappiontment somebody told they like this so i had to try it wow big time bad and ok color with a taste like an old sock nothing more to say but stay away from this one

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Photo of Treyliff
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle to pint glass

A- pours a clear golden color with a foamy and creamy two-finger white head that retains nicely after the pour

S- dry grainy malt with a whiff of caramel, floral hop, earthy, metallic

T- toasted crust maltiness with some caramel malt flavors, dry grain, herbal & floral hop notes, slightly metallic finish

M- medium-light body with moderate biting carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish, pretty drinkable

O- easy drinking Oktoberfest, but I'd put it slightly below average for the style. The metallic finish was off-outing as well

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Photo of delta490
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured out a medium amber, clear and effervescent. A mildly creamy white head leaves a little lacing. The aroma is grainy and slightly astringent. The aroma is a little less abrasive, with some nice, if nondescript, malt notes. There is a decent amount of carbonation. It is truly OK.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

If you are planning to visit me in Lancaster, PA (or if you are just passing through) and want to score some singles, The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop on New Holland Avenue (at N. Franklin St.) is one place that I highly recommend. Ted(dy), the owner, is usually amenable to breaking sixers if there is open space in the cooler and I can always find something new and interesting. This one was a part of today’s score!

From the bottle: “Nothing Finer than a Shiner”; “A Deliciously Festive Seasonal Ale”; “Crafted with Prie at the Spoetzl Brewery”; “Raise a Stein to Oktoberfest”; “Here in Shiner, TX (pop. 2,070), we’re suckers for tradition. Which is why this classic Oktoberfest brew is made with the highest quality two-row barley, Munich and caramel malts, along with German grown Hallertau Tradition and Hersbrucker hops. It’s our way of honoring our ancestors and the beer they loved to celebrate with. So raise your stein to tradition and enjoy this utterly classic brew. – Prosit!”; “So Fine in a Stein!”

It was a screw-cap, so no Pop!, but plenty of Glug as I nearly upturned the bottle just to see what would happen. The pseudo-cascade settled into two-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose was sweet, like caramel malts were the primary. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was sweet, malty, slightly grassy, but easily identifiable as a Marzen/Oktoberfest bier. Great lacing began to form in my glass as I drank. Finish was semi-sweet thanks to a good balancing of the other malts and hops with the caramel malt. I could drink a few of these at a setting. Nicely done, Shiner!

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Photo of RexBanner
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%

Its appearance was a dark orange/ amber. 2 finger creamy, pillowy head. Clear, carbonated.

Aroma: Bready yeast, malt, maybe pilsner hops or German hops. Nice "beer" smell.

Taste: Crisp & clean. Malts are present. Some hops are present as well, although very subtle.

Mouth feel: light, crisp, bubbly, a little twang from the hops but not enough to disrupt the Marzen style. Aftertaste is of bread.

Overall, this beer is light & crisp. Not as full bodied as Sam Adams or Ayinger Octoberfest beer but it'll suffice. It's a nice "drinking" beer in that you can easily knock back 3 bottles while with friends.
My recommendation; pick it up if you come across it but don't expect to be knocked off your socks with this one. As stated earlier, it's just a nice beer for drinking with the fellas not one to be enjoyed as a session beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%

I picked up a bottle of Spoetzl Brewery's Shiner Oktoberfest last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I thought I would keep the Oktoberfest theme going and give this one from Shiner a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's got a simple and clean look to it, but I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a clear golden amber color that took on more of an amber color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This was a good looking Marzen, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a light sweet malt, caramel malt and grainy malt aroma with the grainy malts seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some clean lager yeast followed by the hops which impart a earthy and slightly soapy aroma with a light toasted aroma showing up in the end. This beer had a decent aroma, but I wish it wasn't the grainy malts that stuck out the most.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with the grainy malts still showing up the most, but this time the malts are lighter. Up next comes a watery flavor followed by a light metallic flavor. On the finish there's a slight apple cider flavor followed by some earthy hops with no bitterness and it had a apple cider, grainy and watery aftertaste. This beer didn't taste that great, it had some off aspects that prevented it from being as good as i could be.

M- Smooth, a little clean, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but I wish it was a little cleaner.

Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer and I thought it was a slightly below average example of the style, it seemed like it was going the right direction, but when I got to the taste it started to go downhill and it had some off flavors that prevented it from being as good and clean as it could be. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was smooth, a little clean, crisp, not filling, but the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention and one is enough for me, any more than that and I think the off aspects would really start to wear on me. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance to me that was the aspect that was the truest to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it just had some off aspects that hurt it and made it not too enjoyable. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's not hard to find better American made Oktoberfest and I can't say I would recommend it for the same reason. All in all this beer just wasn't for me, that metallic flavor was a pretty big deal breaker for me. It's now one of my least favorite American made Marzens and it's also now my least favorite beer from Shiner. Better luck next time guys, this one needs some work.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

12oz Brown bottle with twist-off cap and no bottled on date. Poured into a Mason jar glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper amber with 2 fingers of head that receded quickly but I am very impressed with the lacing that is better than any other shiner beer

Smell: Biscuit and lightly toasted bread

Taste: Bready malt up front with a little floral hop character in the middle and a slightly sweet but clean finish

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation but not thin

Overall: A solid Oktoberfest that is still one of my go-to Märzens. There is a great balance between the toasted malt flavor and bitter, floral hop notes. A nice clean finish to top it all off.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Sampled this evening on 8/31/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 14 ounce 'Texas" glass boot.

Pours a copper-amber in color with a good 2-finger head that stays around for a while. Some decent lacing is seen when sipped. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, and malts but not real strong. Pretty much the same with taste also. No bitter or harsh aftertaste. Not as 'hoppy' as other Oktoberfest brews I have had at all. Lighter to medium-bodied. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.02/5  rDev -10.7%

Pours a clear orange color from the bottle with a 2 " head. Foam lasts throughout the beer at one finger. Carbonation is good. Not a lot on the nose other than wheat. The taste was disappointing. Some spice (cinnamon, all spice not sure) then a not so great

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Photo of puboflyons
3/5  rDev -11.2%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 29, 2014.

It pours golden amber with a big and fairly long lasting white head. Good lacing.

The aroma is not very prominent but I pick up roasted German malts but also a sort of soapy character.

Light to medium body.

Still toasted bread in the flavor with a bit more bitterness. Nothing extraordinary.

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Shiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.38 out of 5 based on 1,114 ratings.
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