Oktoberfest
Sprecher Brewing Company

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Style:
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #88
ABV:
6%
Score:
85
Ranked #29,687
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 13%
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
314
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Sprecher Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
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Fall
Wants
  8
Gots
  25
SCORE
85
Very Good
OktoberfestOktoberfest
Notes: Gold Medal Winner in the German-style/Oktoberfest category at the 2004 Great American Beer Festival (GABF).
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Reviews by dkchandler:
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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Photo of crossovert
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz brown twist-off bottle. Different label that the one pictured.

It pours a bit more of a reddish brown than most oktoberfests but it looks pretty good. The head is frothy and slightly off-white. It recedes slowly leaving some nice lacing behind as well.

This one isn't one of the better smelling Oktoberfests however. It smells alot like the Samuel Adams Octoberfest. It is just sort of airy metallic nuttiness. It smells very sweet.

The taste is better, although there is some metallic flavor that eventually fades but is somewhat annoying. It is a sweet, robust oktoberfest. It says it is brewed with fresh hops, so maybe that is why im not getting any bitterness what so ever. The hop profile is pretty good though, I like the Tettnanger and it is used properly but I would have liked it to have a slight bitterness to cut the sweetness.l. It is a one-dimensional if somewhat tasty oktoberfest. It is too sweet for the style but still decent in my opinion.

It is a middle of the road oktoberfest that is probably not worth the time or money.

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Photo of jackndan
2.71/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sprecher Oktoberfest: Dark copper colored beer, under a very thick off-white head. Very nice sticky lace. Somewhat mild initial tastes of malt, but with an unpleasant taste that is hard to place. I love Sprecher products, but this one is not up to their typical exceptional quality.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a dull coppery amber brown with a nice light brownish head thats whipped buttery smooth and nearly an inch high. Takes some timely length to fade. Very minimal spotty lace. Aroma is strongly malty sweet with a honeyish toffee and some dulled dark citrus of plum and starfruit. Nice nose, just not as toasty as I like, but I like it anyways, screw the toast. Taste follows the aroma with a good portion of sweet toffeeish malts with some caramel aspects. Light dulled fruit also noted in some of the sweetness. Quite close to a being a doppelbock in its flavor. The finish brings out some late, slight toasty notions, but this sucker is all sweet rendered malts. Quite scrumptiously yummy. Close to full feel with a pretty creamy feel the whole way through. A nice O-fest, not as toasty as I like in the style usually, but I'll make an exception cuz this is a damn good beer non-the-less.

Another thanks to jeffboo for the sample!

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Photo of becktone
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes 10-10-08

Eye: This one looks beautiful once it is poured into the glass. Color is a beautifully clear dark red, copper, cedar reddish-brown. This beer has excellent head retention. I'm surprised that all 16 ounces fit into this glass and left room for the head, I'd say that this beer is the picture perfect pour. Head is about the size of a finger and is light tan in color. This one is one of the best Oktoberfests I've seen...so many of them, imported and micros, are too close to yellow in color and have absolutely no depth. Lacing could use some work.

Nose: Just as the label states this beer does have some slightly fruity notes from fermentation. Rich caramel notes as well as some slightly smokey aromas. Genuine smoke aroma, kinda like the way your clothes smell the next day after a bonfire, not peat smokiness though, more of a real rich woody type of smoke. Hard to explain. Overall I like this beer's aroma, I just wish that it were a bit stronger, more potent.

Tongue: Rich and flavorful caramel notes. This one has a real nice dry character to it that accents the somkey character found in the aroma as well as the taste. The label boasts that the beer is "fire brewed", it doesn't matter whether this is true or not...it tastes as if it were brewed over an open flame, a wood fire. I can pick up an earthy, woody, smokey flavor in this beer that I've never found in any other beer. Tettnanger hops, again as the bottle boasts, provide some fine and noble qualities to this beer. Bitterness from them provides balance to the caramel in this beer, flavor is spicy and earthy. A nice oktoberfest, one that I'll be happy to drink again.

edit: There are notes in the flavor of this beer that remind me of the aroma of the mash....nice! Sweet notes from malted barley are in abundance here, great, great beer!

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: My first thought when this beer hit the lips was full bodied and creamy. As aforementioned this beer has a dry finish. This beer is crisp with delicate carbonation. Everything about this beer just works in combination with itself. Each component of this beer compliments and works with others to create a great beer. This is one of the Oktoberfests that I'll put in my top five O-fests, its definitely one that I'll recommend to others, unlike many of the O-fests I've had. Its got an authentic, real feel to it.

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Photo of tjkurz
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There is a golf outing the second Tuesday every September I have this on tap for the first time. Right about the time SE Wisconsin Summer starts relenting. It is a beautiful beer - darker than most Oktoberfests with a rich creamy head. It smells of roasty caramel malt. It's taste is a bit more malty and caramelly and full flavor than most - not as nutty as most. I expect a tad more nuttiness in an Oktoberfest, but I am not dissapointed because I am nut inot the nutty thing. I am so primed after a long summer to malt it up. Nice balance with the hops not over hopped - this is an Oktoberfest - this is exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of Homerbag
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber with thick head. Head retention is very good.

Smells like a malt bomb. Malt, malt, more malt take the spotlight.

Tastes very malty. Some hops come into play towards the end as does the clean water. Very sessionable.

Feels light and clean, good carbonation.

The only thing maltier would be a bowl of grapenuts. One of the better O'fest made stateside. I wull check this one out again.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Two finger head faded slowly. Deep dark reddish amber.

S- Very clean but delicate aroma of spicy hops and roasted malts.

T- Nowhere near as sweet as most oktoberfests. The toasted malts typical of most american oktoberfests are present but don't take center stage. Just the right amount of hops balance everything out nicely.

M- Smooth rich good carbonation.

D- Too bad theres only one in the mix pack I purchased.

This was very enjoyable as it pushes the limits of the style a little bit. A must try.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured 16oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark coppery color with about a half a finger of off white head. The head dissipated rather quickly and provided minimal lacing.

Great first whiff! The caramel malts smell sweet along with some fruity undertones.

Taste is malty and sweet with a mild hp presence and a clean finish.

Light body with medium carbonation. Not as full as I expected.

Very drinkable brew. The 16oz went down in a hurry. I probably could have let it warm up a bit. This is a solid brew, but not as good as I had anticipated from Sprecher.

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Photo of nickynick
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spercher Oktoberfest a dark amber/copper color. This is the darkest O-fest I have ever seen. Smell has the typical malty smell of O-fests, and slight hint of hops. Taste is sweet up front, a good malty sweetness. It is followed by a medium hop bite. It has decent balance, not overly sweet. Mouthfeel was good, and this beer has very nice drinkability. Good O-fest from a good brewery.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of roadhouse
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours up a deep copper color with a slight haze to it. A one inch off-white head forms on top and retains as a centimeter thick cap. A little bit of lacing left behind.

Aromas of caramel sweetness, toasty malt, some breadiness, and very light noble hops.

Taste begins with a bit of caramel that is joined by toasty and bready malt in the middle. Pretty much just like the aroma suggests. A mild bitterness and earthy, spicy hop flavor towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly creamy, nothing stand out.

A little bit on the old side, so it's probably not at it's best, but I can see this one being pretty damn good when fresh.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a 16 oz. bottle a nice dark coppery amber, with a small off white head which falls quickly leaving some oily lacing. Probably could have poured slightly more vigorously.

First whiff gives a bright floral, somewhat spicy fruit scent with some caramel character.

Taste is of caramel malt and slightly spicy honey tones with a nice bitering on the finish. Not overly sweet, balanced with the hop presence.

Mouthfeel is light-medium, moderate carbonation and quite smooth.

Overall drinkability is good, definitely a decent Oktoberfest makes me want to sample some of their other brews!

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Photo of Gehrig
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark ruby-copper body that yields a thin finger of slightly tan head with little duration. Rich malty aroma filled with caramel malt, hints of chocolate, and berry. Good taste--not great, but certainly good--very malty, creamy, smooth, and certainly better than many other Oktoberfests I've tried this season. Floral hops complement the malt nicely. The mouthfeel drives Sprecker's Oktoberfest to me; excellent, smooth on the palate. Very good all around, delicious, no weaknesses. Fine stuff and well worth trying from one of my favorite sleeper breweries.

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Photo of thebeerdoctor
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A deep red amber brown color, with a subtly fragrant, somewhat spicy nose.
Here is an Oktoberfest with plenty of depth. The malt structure is very satisfying, with notes of citrus orange caramel, and hops providing ample support, for a presentation that is mouth filling for the palate, yet finishes focused and very clean.
Speaking only for myself, what is there not to love about this fresh seasonal beer?
This is not a surprise. Oktoberfest is after all, an autumn celebration for the love of good beer. Cheers!

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Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Slynger
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper orange with a lid of light tan.

Nose is mostly sweet. Some caramel and biscuity smells with hints of berries and some floral and lightly musty, earthy hops.

Brings some more sweetness in the flavor. Caramel with hints of berries again, along with an ample amount of bitter, toasted malts and hops which come across floral and herbal musty-earthy. Medium bodied with a touch of sharpness and acidity to it.

Not overly impressed by this Sprecher offering, but it is not bad all the same.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. bottle on 2/16/10.

A - Pours a deep amber brown with just a layer of fine bubbles on the surface

S - hints of caramel and some roasted malts with hints of citrus
To me the aroma is very weak.

T - malty with some odd sweetness, some lemon and caramel with a bit of a toasted quality

M - Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation

D - Ok flavor, not sure i would go for it again though. I've enjoyed all of sprecher's beers, but this is probably my least favorite of the bunch.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A half inch of loose, off-white head settles over a clear, copper amber beer.

The aroma is that of subdued caramel malt with a hint of hops. This is clean and simple.

Clean malt flavors are interrupted by green tea. There is virtually no complexity here, but simplicity is done well. As it warms in my Rohrbach pint glass, the finish develops, however, don't allow it to warm too much.

This Marzen has a medium body and a texture of silk. It is very low in carbonation and has no presence of alcohol.

Sprecher has presented a great beer for the cool, crisp air that can be a staple, go-to. Not too much or too little, this is simply a good beer.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass, the heck with the mug today… Twist off bottle.

Deep copper red and chestnut to mahogany brown body color. Great hints of orange on the sides as well. Creamy classic two finger head, tan light in color with a good even pinhead bubble in the makeup. Settles to a simple one finger puck and good collar nicely. Great view of real creeping slow carbonation as well.

Excellent aroma, deep caramel with lots of toasty character. Delicicious and spicy clove and nutmeg like spices giving off on the nose as well. Slightly dry and with excellent crispy toasty crust like qualities. Excellent so far.

Toast quality comes with a few more surprises on the palate but with a lighter angle. Deep and cracker caramel sensing malt, some noticeable banana like sweetness on first sip also. Chewy body a bit, with excellent toffee aromas and soft sweetness of caramel for the finish. Minimal hop herbality and an excellent thick but also drying aftertaste, nearly bone dry.

A real solid basic marzen, very well done.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Up until a year ago I thought Sprecher only made root beer.

This brew seems more like a pumpkin beer than a marzen. It has a medium amber color and low carbonation. The aroma has some sweet malt and caramel. The taste is rather sweet, caramel, toffee, and a touch of nutmeg and pumpkin. This actually seems more like a pumpkin ale because of the taste. The body seems just a hair thin and is nicely smooth. I'd have it again.

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Photo of biggred1
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish orange colored with a slight tan cap of foam that settles quickly. Roasted grain and caramel maltiness with some faint pumpkin pie spice. Rich caramel and toffee with a nice hop bite in the finish. Smooth with fine carbonation. One of the few decent american made examples of the style.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sprecher Brewing Company, one of the best U.S. breweries at German styles. Oktoberfest, stubby bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A dark brown in color, inpenetrable by light. Small tan head forms and leaves behind some lacing.

Smell: Light on the nose, just some faint bready malt notes. Sweet caramel as the beer warms.

Taste: Initially greeted with a big sugary maltyness with a toasted edge. Raw cocoa, brown sugar and fig all chime in at times, nice rich malty flavor. Tea like hops keep the beer from becoming too sweet. This is a malt bomb and a pretty kickass oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, chalky finish. Smooth and easy drinking.

Overall: Another impressive brew from Sprecher. I guess I'll have to order a case of this when it once again becomes available.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 314 ratings