Oktoberfest | Sprecher Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
306 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
OktoberfestOktoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
sprecherbrewery.com

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
Ratings:
306
Reviews:
157
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
13.03%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 306 |  Reviews: 157
Photo of morimech
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish/brown with a one fingered head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Not much for lacing during consumption.

The caramel malt comes through nicely in the aroma. Moderate hop presence for a Oktoberfest that lends a nice earthy and spice component.

The flavor consists of a solid caramel malt base with a surprising hop flavor on the finish. Nicely blanced and solid overall.

The body is on the lighter side of medium and is a bit overcarbonated. The texture is not quite there but is still good.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Perfect for a fall drinking session. My bottle was labeled 6% ABV so I should slow the drinking down a little bit.

 665 characters

Photo of Homerbag
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

 412 characters

Photo of Thrash
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep red with a moderate head that quickly dissipated, but left a small white cap throughout.

Had an enticing smell, faintly herbal, with a somewhat earthy aroma.

Very smooth on the palate, crisp and carbonated nicely, with a flavor that expanded as it warmed on the tongue. Heavy malt character to it, but with an interesting sweetness to it. Hopped just right.

Goes down quite easily, and has become one of my new favorite Oktoberfests. A lot more depth than, say, a Samuel Adams Oktoberfest.

A great offering from a great brewery.

 560 characters

Photo of warriorsoul
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A New Beer Sunday brew for me, thanks to fitzIPAtrick...
Rust in color with a 1/2 finger of white head with a gentle pour...most of which fades away, but leaves a very fine layer of lace.
Very nice in the nose..fruity, mainly plum and grapes with a sweet malty backbone.
The flavor is more balanced, with the floral hops pushing their way thru, and masking all of that fruity goodness that was in the aroma..not a bad thing, after all, this is not a dopplebock. But it almost had me fooled from the initial whiffs. A slight smoked/roasted flavor shows up in the finish...makes you pull back quick for another swig.
Again, a huge malt profile and a very earthy flavor, adding to its drinkability...mouthfeel fairly thick and the carbonation is just a bit too high.
Quite a good representation of the style...would enjoy again for sure.

 839 characters

Photo of granger10
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt copperish with nary a head. Not too much lacing either. Maybe the tap was not the best. Smells sweet and nutty. Some spicy clove/banana elements seemed to be in the aroma as well. Taste is dominated by a caramel/toffee maltiness. More of a malty sweet than a sugary sweet which is nice. Solid yeasty flavors of biscuit and clove back this up. A touch of fruit from the hops but really almost nothing. Malts dominate. Rich in flavor. A bit of a raisiny finish lasts long. Fairly smooth but not poundable. I enjoyed this.

 525 characters

Photo of mcallister
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich caramel amber. Whispy yellowish head appears but fades away soon thereafter. Leaving no lace.

Awesome nose on this O-fest. Freshly baked bread aromas, with toffee malt galore. Dried fruit aromas, as well as nuttiness. Strong and inviting.

I've now sampled about 25 O-fest this year and this one is in the top three. Lush mouthfeel full of creamy toffee malt, with a yeasty ending. Caramel encrusted walnuts, as well as dried cherries. A very tastey O-fest which is a hard feat to accomplish it seams.

Easily drinkable.

 532 characters

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

 1,074 characters

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

 783 characters

Photo of Bootscraper
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served mildly cooled in clean pint glass.
Listening to The Chasm- "Deathcult for Eternity, The Triumph"

Ok, first off the bat, I must state that my hometown heroes, Sprecher, happen to be my favorite brewery. But all bias aside, their Oktoberfest is the best I have had this season, except for one I had at a buddy's bon-fire awhile back for which I cannot remember (I am sort of on the hunt for that mystery brew now).
The color is fascinating here. Held up to my living room lamp it permeated a lively amber color, but in other lights it varied from a deep orange to a golden brown. The pour produced a creamy & inviting looking 1cm off-white head, but it quickly dissipated after a couple minutes, and left a very thin ring around the rim and minimal snow-fall lacing. This undoubtedly is due the very very acute carbonation... I couldn't even see any bubbles until a close examination.
The smell is pleasantly subtle but full of a rich caramel or butterscotch, perhaps even molasses sweetness. Some of this may also be coming from the malty presence that I picked up on with each whiff.
The taste is loaded with dark/semi-sweet fruits, presumably from an upfront presence of hops. Those hops are also a point of curiosity for me, since this beer also has a very toasty smoked flavor, that slightly peaked at the finish. One can also pick out some nods of caramel throughout the sip. This a very well-balanced beer!
The beer also leaves some type of a slight tingly sensation feel in the mouth, but in a good way, not like Listerine. It's slightly sticky, something I have come to expect from most sprecher gourmet styles, though some of their other beers are like the equivalent to drinking honey in comparison if my memory does not fail me. Full-bodied though, and exceptionally smooth.
Overall, I like how sprecher lightly carbonates their beers. But for this one, a think that just a tad more would have helped create somewhat of a more creamy head (?). However, if Randy Sprecher simply worked on a longer and transforming aftertaste, it would be enough for me to go apeshit over this beer.

EDIT: After having another one, I came to notice that one reviewer was correct in saying that it finishes pretty dry. Perhaps that "tingly" feeling doesn't amount to anything worthwhile, because I noticed that it has the same effect of certain candies, where the only way to refresh yourself and knock certain flavors out of your mouth is to just keep consuming more. If you happen to like dry or even near-numbing beers, then just consider this as having a tastefully complex finish. I on the other hand, unfortunately had to go back and knock 1/2 a point down in the mouth feel and thusly demote the grade of this beer. But it is still a fantastic brew that I will continue to recommend.

 2,790 characters

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Sprecher Oktoberfest pours from the bottle a deep translucent red with notes of orange and a tight creamy bubbly head that lingers atop the brew. Aromas of caramel, nuts, toasted grains, sweet light fruit and spicy herbal hoppiness. Clean cut and reminds me of walking through a forest on a brisk fall day with the myriad of colored leaves at my feet.

First sip brings a nice mix of caramelly malts and toasty grains upfront alongside a mix of mellow fruity flavors and hints of roasted nuts. Fresh and festive throughout with a nice herbal spicy hop that leaves just a twang of bitterness. A nice robust, flavorful Oktoberfest that hits the spot...a very worthy American rendition.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with a blast of bubbly. Goes down smooth and satisfying. This would definetly be a good brew to pick up a four pack of around the fall season. A good seasonal from an underappreciated brewery (that makes some kick ass sodas as well!)

 965 characters

Photo of Tballz420
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, deep red colored body, tiny white head doesn't stick around for long. Scent is that familiar oktoberfest malt smell, caramel and grainy notes. Same goes for the taste; pretty solid caramel malt flavor, some bready/biscuit notes. Not a bad oktober. Check it out

 269 characters

Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

thanks very much to tenderbranson69, my brother for sharing this bottle, enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is a ruddy amber with translucent clarity and thin beige cream with very good retention and fine bead, lace clings to the glass and carbonation is visible. The smell is very malt forward with mild sweet scents of caramel and slight dried fruit presence. The feel is very good with a good balance of toasted malt textures and moderate carbonation with an ever so slight bitterness in the mostly dry finish.

The taste is great -lots of German munich malt flavors of toast with a light almond-like nutty quality and slight caramel element with a herbal/spiced hop flavor in the back with mild yeast flavor. This is a quality Oktoberfest/Marzen I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style, kudos Sprecher!

 819 characters

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 ounce bottle into a shaker glass.

Pours a rusty amber with a two finger head receding to a nice cap leaving lace around the glass.

Aroma is of roasted malt and fruity yeast. Malt aroma is sweet and rich.

Flavor is malt sweetness at a medium level. Bitterness not only from the smallish hop flavor. but from the malt roast as well. Slight hint of alcohol with a nice clean finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a nice carbonation.

 457 characters

Photo of shreead
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of happygnome
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: dark ruby color about three quarters inch head that does not dissapear fast, leaves a some lacing nice and inviting
s:caramel and bread, the aromas are not overpowering at all
t: like the aroma there is a caramel flavor, bitter hop flavor is also present
m: light to medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation

overall i really enjoyed this beer, especially as it warmed up very nice

 400 characters

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luminous copper body with a small beige head and minimal lacing. Aroma is toasty and malty with a big dose of caramel. A spicy hop note in the background. Mouth is creamy and medium bodied. Good carbonation. Taste is awash in chewy caramel, balanced by a pleasant spicy hops bitterness. A hint of red apple fruitiness adds a nice complexity. Smooth toastiness from the bready caramel maltiness is the keynote here. Very drinkable. One of the better American Oktoberfest biers.

 476 characters

Photo of Dinkel
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Mtooman
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of b_add
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty on for the style. The only thing I noticed that was different from the imported o'fest beers is that this had long roasted flavor that followed the smooth caramel malts. The lager yeast could have had a little more character and maybe brought out more complexity. Still, this was a great beer and I could drink a big stein of it. Prost!

 351 characters

Photo of cjacobsen
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown, light copper color. Small head that quickly diminishes with some lacing.

Smells of light caramel with some toffee and a fall-esque sort of spice to it. Can't quite place what it is, but it's reminds me of a crisp fall afternoon.

Taste has a good amount of roasted caramel and malt. Definitely has some light hops to it but they're pretty secluded. Has a good lager body. Very rich and toasty and flavorful.

The mouthfeel is balanced and full. Nothing notably striking, which I take as a good sign.

Definitely a drinkable beer and best suited for around a fire on a crisp fall night. This is a great Oktoberfest, definitely one of my favorites.

 668 characters

Photo of eliz108
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 306 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe