Shiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner Märzen-Style OktoberfestShiner Märzen-Style Oktoberfest
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,141
Reviews:
297
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
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17
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297
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look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear toasted straw color with some amber highlights. The white head is soapy and small but leaves some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is grainy and has loads of metallic notes. Some light sulfur. It basically has the same aroma as a macro lager.

The taste has a caramel/toffee sweetness. A bit too aggressive as it tastes artifical. Light metallic notes and a subtle grain. The malt is slightly bready but not much. A hint of toast.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but the finish is bone dry, almost astringent. A hazy bitterness in the finish as well.

Seems to be a beefed up macro lager. I'd be happy if the macro lagers did taste like this though as the grainy, DMS doesn't come through. It is still a rather weak showing for the style.

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

I found this to be a very ample and tasty Octoberfest. Malty, aromatic, flavorful, with a very nice marzen type body. Hops are low but crispness is high, and overall drinkability is nice. I could certainly drink plenty of these at a nice fall festival, or on a saturday afternoon. Good job Spoetzl.

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3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12 ounce longneck into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about a half inch of head which sticks around, coating the sides of the glass. The beer is an orange-brown with medium carbonation.

Light malt on the nose with maybe just a whiff of hop aroma. A biscuity taste is present, with some subtle fruitiness, with just a touch of lingering bitterness. Nice burpiness and crispness, and quite smooth. A very easy drinking beer.

This is the best Oktoberfest beer that I've tried recently. You can't get this beer where I live*, but you can get it here, in Sheridan, Wyoming. This town has an excellent local brewery and an awesome selection, particularly at Star Liquor. Quite a welcome change from most Wyoming towns, where you can get all THREE brands of beer- Bud, Coors and Miller.

*As of Fall 2015, this beer is now available in my area. Smart move guys.

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Appearance:
Pours transparent copper hue, with a two inch thick head that quickly dwindled down to a paper thin ring around the glass. Light carbonation and no lacing to speak of.

Aroma:
Sweet and heavy on dark malts. Toasted caramel. Hops are faint. A slight, metallic haze envelops the experience.

Taste:
Caramel malts up front, a bit of yeast and nuttiness, and followed by a burning alcohol presence that runs alongside, if not overpowers, most of bitterness. Aftertaste is rather unpleasant and reminds me of stale peanuts.

Mouthfeel:
Rather thick with a bit of carbonation. Finishes dry. Easy to drink and for the most part, enjoyable. I don't think I could drink more than one bottle in a sitting.

Overall:
I like Shiner Bock quite a bit, but I don't consider it a good beer. The same can be said here, as it reminds me a bit of that. It's mostly easy to drink. Mostly. There are a lot of better examples of the style out there, however, a little bit of work could do wonders here.

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a: Clear golden copper; pours with a thick, fluffy, super sticky head.

s: Muted sweet bread, faint leafy hops, and trace of something metalic.

t: Very subdued flavor-wise, but bad overall. Doesn't have the malt backbone so the leafy hops are just a touch too prominent. Fairly clean finish, just a hint of metal.

m: Crisp with relatively creamy carbonation.

o: Not bad, middle of the pack o-fest.

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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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