Oktoberfest | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gold Medal Winner in the German-style/Oktoberfest category at the 2004 Great American Beer Festival (GABF).

Added by maxpower on 04-18-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
295
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
18.35%
 
 
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Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.
No noticeable bottled on date.
Poured into an Ayinger 0.5L glass.

Pours a tall, very light tan head composed of small bubbles lending the head a creamy look. Head descends fairly rapidly, in a minute or two, but leaves modest lacing along sides of glass. Ends up reducing to a ring of foam that breaks and a few islands. Body itself is a dark bronze copper, with orange highlights, and transparent.

Nice caramel malt in the nose, with other scents of of dried figs (slightly), mild fruity esters, a bit of black pepper, and caramelized sugars (most present).

Main presence is malt, giving it caramel and rich bread flavors. Sweet, with noticeable fruity esters, some spice such as cinnamon and very slight pepper. Slight toast flavor and hop bitterness towards the end, for a satisfying close. Aftertaste of lingering caramel malt sweetness.

Medium to medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation that's just right for the beer. The effect is a fairly creamy mouthfeel, very full, not watery. Finish is semi-dry.

Enjoyable, true to style with some complexity, and sessionable. One of the better representations of the style from a US brewery that I know of.

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Photo of jwc215
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange to copper with a head that falls a bit quickly, but leaves lacing.

The smell is of steely caramel with nuts from the rich, complex malt.

The taste is of caramelized bread, some nuts and a touch of bitter noble hops in the finish.

It is smooth. Easy to drink.

This hits the style well. Very authentic. I am looking forward to drinking plenty of this during Oktoberfest season!

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Photo of Tschnab
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a dark copper hue, a tad darker than on the style, active stream of carbonation, off white finger of head with tight bubbles, no lace.

S- very grainy, kiss of carmel, malty backbone, toffee, biscuit.

T- the grains and malt come through with a touch of bready sweetness on the finish. Quite dry, light spice and toasted flavor. Full bodied for a marzen.

O- Honestly one of the best marzens I've had. Really surprised by this, simple execution done right.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep, reddish brown color, clear, with a fizzy, light-tan head of foam, softly simmering down.
Aroma: soft, simple, fresh, malty, creamy, grassy, some vegetal notes, with a richness that grows as it opens and flowers.
Taste: malts up top and forever out, hardly a hop appearing..oh, wait, I caught a few! Wonderful, warm texture, medium-bodied, friendly flavor. Lip-smackingly sweet, but never treacly, never cloying. Sunny, bright, and yum, yummy, yum!
Nice, long finish, and all in all, one of the better American Oktoberfests I've sampled recently.
Thanks to jeffboo for bringing it across the border!

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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy off white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a robust cereal grain with hints of caramel and a subtle noble hop.

The taste was upfront sweet cereal grains with hints of toffee, chocolate malt, smoke and dark fruits. There was a slight metallic element however.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style with a dry finish.

Overall a very tasty and robust Oktoberfest.

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Photo of mntlover
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy brownish copper color with a light tan head that falls quickly not much lace at all.

Aroma is sweet light caramel notes mingle with toasted bread and fruit, nice nuts,spice and light floral hints round it out.

Taste is nice lightly toasted malt mingled caramel light fruit makes an appearance along with some nutty hints. Spice and light floral hops linger thru out the finish. Seems a little stouter more full bodied then most Oktoberfests.

Mouthfeel is almost medium good smooth mellow carbonation, make the brew have a nice feel.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable rich oktoberfest brew, might be a touch past its prime but holds up well. Thanks go to merlin48 for this fine sample.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest orange with a coppery glow and a thick slice of pale caramel mousse up top. The head doesn't develop much interesting topography as it melts, while leaving only a short collar of transient lace.

The nose pretty much nails the style, with less Munich malt melanoidins than most, which is a good thing. This smells like it will be sweet, caramel-like and nutty beer. Hallertau and Mt. Hood hops aren't appreciated, which is fine.

Oktoberfest is solid beer from top to bottom and side to side. It isn't a beast on the flavor intensity front, but it's well-rounded and steers clear of most of those things that I don't like about this style.

Each mouthful delivers well-toasted whole grain bread, steely caramel, roasted nuts, and a balancing amount of tea leaf bitterness. Warming emboldens the whole, while allowing the drinker to separate out the nuances even more easily.

The mouthfeel is borderline too thin for what is supposed to be a malt-dominant style. In the end, the higher score was chosen since the carbonation is spot-on and a modicum of creaminess appears in the second half of the bottle.

Given their German-American heritage, it was almost a foregone conclusion that Sprecher would brew a pretty damn good Oktoberfest. Still, it's nice to see (and smell... and taste) that they actually do. Where's my liter mug?

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Photo of pat61
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Brilliant amber pour crowned by a 1” cream to light tan foam collar. S: Not much aroma – some malt and hints of dark sugars. T: A little sweet with malt and kettle sugars. F: Medium body, medium carbonation. O: A decent drinking beer that is not as deep and complex as it could be.

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Photo of nickynick
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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 tvv375ia
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 16oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-nice mahogany color with almost no head that faded completely away

S-lots of carmel and sweet fruit smells almost like a carmel apple

T-carmel shows up first with a little dark fruit maybe plums

M-not much carbonation and seems to be on the thin side

O-pretty good beer to start off the fall season

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle. Pours out reddish brown with an inch of off-white head. The aroma is toasted malt with caramel and a spicy hop aroma. Deep caramel malt flavor. The malt is followed by a tasty fruit flavor. Hops are spicy and a little floral. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than average. Drinkability is good. This is one of the better Oktoberfests I've sampled.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz brown bottle
6% abv

Sprecher Oktoberfest was amber in color. It had a beige head that didn't last. The smell was sweet caramel malt and a touch toasty. The taste was toasty caramel malt upfront with a little bitterness and hop flavor coming through towards the finish. The finish was dry and a touch bitter. It was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkabity was good. This was a nice easy drinking Oktoberfest that is not as sweet as most; and worth a try.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden-reddish brown color, with a light dusting of foam across the top. Aroma of toasted bread with a little floral hops. The flavor is pleasantly malty,straightforward and not complex with a good dose of caramel, some light toastiness, backed with a moderate bitterness. Body is a tad thin.

Not too bad.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a crisp clear copper hue. It had a short head that quickly retreated to a whispy lacing. No carbination what so ever.

A nice smell of roasted malt and a hint of spicey hops.

A fine malt taste with a well balanced lite hop finish. A bit of alcohol tinge could be detected throughout. It was smooth and light bodied.

I found this to be very drinkable.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz single from Steve's on University

appearance: a deep copper pour, a clear reddish/brown color...1/2" creamy white head with a nice linger

smell: bready, malty, yeasty! some apples and spice, maybe some cinnamon...pretty decent aromas

taste: nice and malty, sweet apples, bready, nice caramel flavors, and toffee, earthy and grassy. Overall, a pretty tasy oktoberfest. I think it's the 2nd best I have had this season, behind New Glarus Staghorn

mouthfeel: creamy turned smooth and refreshing

drinkability: easy drinking

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Reddish coppery-amber in color, clear, with a two finger off-white head that lasts for about a minute, minimal lacing left behind.

S. Breaded sweet morning buns. Lots of lightly toasted malt and brown sugar going on at once. Perhaps even a light touch of creamy nougat aroma.

T. Very similar to how the nose presents. The only main difference is that the mid-palate contains some nuttiness on the toasted elements.

M. Lands on the heavier side of medium body, lightly carbonated.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz twist off bottle poured into a nonic.

Clear deep red-brown color with a light tan creamy head that quickly dissipates to a ring and leaves no lacing. Strong caramel, malty nose with some light hoppiness. Very creamy, full body with a slight hoppy bite in the finish. Flavor has nice balance of caramel sweetness and noble hops, slight nut and fruit (berry) near the finish. Very enjoyable, a nice light marzen.

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Photo of FourBetter
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark, dirty copper color in the glass with a medium head.

Pleasant aroma of sweet malts. Also made me think of burning fall leaves for some reason.

A subltle taste of hops hiding behind caramel and toasted malt flavors.

Very enjoyable. Encourages me to try other Sprecher brews.

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Photo of MillRat
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a solid orange, verging on light brown, with a thin but persistent light tan head. Bready aroma with a hint of grape-nuts. Nice malty flavor with a bit more body than most German imports, subtle noble hops balancing it out. A very pleasant quaff all around. As the German import Oktos get yellower and thinner, this may be truer to the Oktos of nearly a century and a half ago when this whole Oktoberfest thing started.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle into imperial pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, caramel, apple, molasses, toast, bread, toffee, pear, light nuttiness, and light herbal. Nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, raisin, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, molasses, toffee, and herbal. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, molasses, raisin, toffee, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance and robustness; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest. Well balanced robust flavors, and very smooth to drink. I have a feeling that this was a bottle from last year or older, but it held up nicely. Very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of steveh
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a 2009 update -- still has the same label as last year, touting caramel and fruitiness. Thank goodness it still doesn't have these non-Oktoberfest characteristics.

A -- Deep, clear red-copper color with a thick, light tan head.

S -- Mild DMS with some spicy hops and nutty malt character. Vague breadiness back.

T -- Nutty, slight toasted bread flavor with a clean, soft bready finish. A vague *metallic character in the finish, nothing off-putting, but I noticed it last year and wonder why it's present. Mellow bitter hops at the end.

M -- Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel.

D -- You bet'cha. Mighty tasty, typical American Oktoberfest that leans more toward nuttiness than toastiness in malts, but very drinkable, nonetheless.

*Minor update for 2011 -- no metallic character this year. Upgrading Taste to a 4.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky brown with an orange tint...sort of like dirty well water. The head is one finger of firm white foam, and it sticks around for a middling amount of time.

S - Caramel with a whiff of earthiness from the yeast and a nice tang in my nostrils from the hops.

T - Solidly caramel in flavor, this malty goodness is backed up by some autumn leaf hops and a splash of what is almost citrus juice in flavor. Pretty dang good.

M - Medium bodied with a tight level of carbonation and a neutral malty finish.

D - A really nice O-fest that won't change the world, but will satisfy any Oktoberfest lover like me. Slightly above average for the style. I'd buy this again.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this from the bottle into a snifter. It achieves a thin, 1/2 inch head which dissipates quickly with no lacing. The appearance is a clear amber.

The aroma is primarily fruits with some hints of smoke. The taste is primarily caramel and a bit of the sweet fruitiness is also noted. Similar to most octoberfest beers. It does have a hop taste that sits on the palate.

The mouthfeel came up a bit short for me. It was lighter than I would have liked. There is a light level of carbonation. One of the better parts was the dry aftertaste, which accents the beer and makes it fairly good. Overall, I would say this was a reasonably good beer that I would drink again, but I wouldn't want to have too many of them in a year.

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Photo of redmosquito
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with an orange brown tint and an off white head. Big malt aroma, caramel, nut, toasted, and a floral hop in the background. Flavor is sweet malt and caramel with a finish of toast. Good body and nice lingering finish. Another fine product from Sprecher.

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Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.
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