Oktoberfest | Sprecher Brewing Company

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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
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152
Ratings:
295
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
18.35%
 
 
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Photo of winomark
2.16/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep copper color with a thin white head.

Aroma: Almost no nose, slight malt, but no hops present.

Taste: No distinctive flavors, with carbonation dominant. Unimpressive.

Mouthfeel: Quite carbonated, which dominates any flavor or character.

Drinkability: Tastes like a macro lager, wht little or no O-fest character. Won't try this one again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.29/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

There's something...not right with the nose. I do pick up some caramel and toffee, yet there's something stinky too. In addition, the nose doesn't seem "clean" - on the plus side, it stops being stinky once it opens up, and just becomes slightly subpar stylistically. The flavor, though, seems to confirm my initial fears. A huge wave of caramel and toasted malt hits my palate first. There seems to be an odd sawdust characteristic lingering around the finish, along with some paper and plastic. The hell? This couldn't have been intended, nor should an oktoberfest degrade this badly after only a few months. And just as disappointingly, this beer doesn't feel remotely clean or very crisp. And as BP's Dead Ringer proved, a dirty marzen just doesn't work. This has officially filled out the bottom end of marzens for me - I will not be having this one again, that's for sure (which meaning I'll still buy it two years from now as a curiosity...)

2.29/5: I'm sticking with Black Bavarian

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Photo of emerge077
2.41/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Looks utterly fantastic. Billowing head that rises above the rim of the glass, sticky meringue, sudsy bubbles everywhere. Unfortunately it's all downhill from there.

Smells like cooked vegetables, DMS aka dimethylsulfide which is a major flaw. Vague toasty malty sweetness behind that. Stewed fruit. Blech.

Taste isn't much better, very malty but usurped by a weird undercurrent of stewed vegetables and prunes. Not clean at all. Papery, bland aftertaste. Medium bodied, seems to be a lot of residual sugars. Nothing about this is good, except the appearance.

Bought this at the end of October, it shouldn't already be utter shit,but it is.

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Photo of beveritt
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Date is printed on neck of bottle and the label says I should drink it within 120 of that date; but I am not sure when 062560959 was.

Appearance: Very bright copper red in color. Pours with a 1 inch head that quickly fades to nothing. Perfectly clear, no sign of any bubbles coming up.

Smell: Semi-sweet smell. A hint of the grassy/skunky flavor so popular in macro lagers.

Taste: Initial flavor is the bite of CO2 with a background of earthy tones usually associated with skunky beer. The finish is bland, none of the sweet, malty flavor I am used to getting from an Oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is medium to high.

Drinkability: Glad I tried it, but not a good example of an Oktoberfest beer. I think I will stick with my Ayinger.

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Photo of blackearth
2.71/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to a 0.5L mug, this beer sported a dark amber to brown body with a nice off-white head the saddly faded away. Aroma is of toasted malts and a little metallic astringency. Light to medium bodied with malty flavors that follow the aroma. The finish was toasty and not bitter with a bit of alcoholic warmth. This beer seemed to flatten as I drank it, and overall it wasn't that memorable.

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Photo of jackndan
2.71/5  rDev -27.9%
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 blakesell
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 16oz bottle into the strangest goblet I have.

Appearance- Stem fills an amber gold, actual goblet fills a deep amber with absolutely no head whatsoever. Little to no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- Caramel maltiness, the beer is too cold, will warm it up. As it warms more bready grainy notes show themselves. Very little hop character.

Taste- Unpleasant Hard metallic water upfront, malt character picks up next. A big acidic bite at the end. There are hops but they aren't pronounced. A slight bile flavor in the back of the throat. I have never had this bile flavor in a beer and I don't like it.

Mouthfeel- bitter and rusty, not much in the way of carbonation, and light-bodied. Lightly creamy.

Drinkability- I'm not sure why I have heard so many high ratings for this beer. Michael Jackson and lots of my friends agree that this is one of the best. I'm afraid that I must disagree on this one. This is the 2nd one that I have had and they are consistant at being not very drinkable, watery, and has the rusty metallic off flavor that make it downright bad. The smell is the only redeeming quality that I really noticed on this beer. Rich and malty, but there is something wrong with this one.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark bronze color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and vanishes within seconds. The aroma is of caramel, with some floral notes. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very low carbonation and a sugary texture. Overall, this beer is quite a let down. It is bland and boring, and I can't see myself drinking it again.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

By far the reddest Oktoberfest I have seen to date. Head sticks aroung, and lingers a little bit on the top the whole way down. Honey and hops are in the flavor, which is ok, but nothing great. Has a funny aftertaste, though. Not one of the better Oktoberfests I have sampled.

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Photo of crossovert
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
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 cpmau11
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an alright version of an oktoberfest style beer. The color is actually lighter than I thought. The taste is alright, but once again oktoberfest style beers should be drank in mass quantities i.e. drinking out of a liter mug which is essentially three beers. The smell was the only thing I considered interesting. Pratically no head at all which is an odd character on a german style beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Sebletije, cheers Seb!

Pours an effervescent caramel with 2 fingers of tight tan head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & apricot

T: Leafy hops, apricot & some grainy astringency up front. Fruittyness dominates as this begins to warm, a little caramel sneaks in as well, plus more leafy hops. Finishes with leafy hops, more apricot &a bit of dryness

MF: Super-prickly carbonation, that softens a bit as this warms, the body stays fairly thin with just too much fruittyness

Drank okay, this just was out of style to me, maybe age has already gotten to this?? Other than the schwartz, this brewery hasn't impressed me. Will try this again if I can find it really fresh

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Photo of WJVII
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a nice orange/amber color. Had a decent 1 1/2 head with medium lacing. It has a decent smell of some herbs and malts. The taste is slightly bitter which is not what I was expecting, but it is a clean taste and is smooth. This is a change of pace from what I usually drink but was good.

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Photo of kingothewoods
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark amber color with a slightly tan colored head. Not much for head retention here at all. This one smelled of some spiciness and fruits. The fruits came through on the taste but also come caramel flavor and a very light hop finish.
Slightly smooth and a pretty good oktoberfest brew. I thought this one was so, so which didn't prompt me to order another.

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Photo of corby112
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber orange color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source ans a thin one finger yellowish tan head that quickly fades leaving no lacing.

Light spicy aroma with hints of caramel malt, cinnamon, brown sugar and slight hops.

Medium bodied with some nice caramel malt flavor balanced by a prominent spice characteristic. Lots of cinnamon and brown sugar along with subtle hoppy bitterness. Nicely balanced with a dry finish. Easy to drink but I probably wouldn't drink more than one of these in a night.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with a whispy tan head that retains OK, a little darker than a lot of marzens out there. The aroma has tons of caramelized malt notes upfront, along with some toasted bread, brown sugar, toffee, honey, pretzel, musk and earthy hops. Flavor has some pumpernickel bread character initially, along with pretzel, toffee, brown sugar, earthy hops, a little musk and some alcohol. The carbonation on this one is way too high which really detracts from the mouthfeel and drinkability. A decent stab at a marzen but not one of the better examples

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Photo of hotstuff
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Rathskeller Wine & Beer Fest:A medium sized ivory head with small sized bubbles.The body was clear and free of carbonation.The hue was amber and the lacing was good.The nose was moderately malty and it had a malty flavor to it.The mouthfeel was vert smooth, light bodied, and somewhat thin.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this bottle may have been a tad off, bought it last fall and have had it in the fridge for 2-3 months, so it may have been on the edge freshness wise. it poured a clear amber/old copper in color with a minimal, quickly diminishing off-white head. aromas of toffee, dark bready malts, and a vague fruitiness. taste was mostly the malts, hops underlying, and a touch of sourness in the finish. frothy and finishes relatively drying and a bit puckering. medium-bodied. sessionable.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color. Theres a decent head that remains the whole way down. Faint aroma-some caramel notes,slightly toasted-the beer not me!!!! Malty flavor upfront. slight hop bitterness. Dry in the finish. Body is ok-maybe a tad on the thin side. An average beer-Id like it to have a bit "umph" to it in flavor and body and I think it could be a quite good Oktoberfest. Thanks to bashiba for the trade and chance to sample.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Six pack from Winter Haven ABC. Mine has a different label - lederhosen dude playing a guitar - but I assume it's the same stuff. Very heavy and malty for a Marzen, almost feels like a Scottish Ale. But it was good....

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Photo of mikereaser
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
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 karengarys
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 40degree fresh 2006 bottle Pours wonderful mahogany amber, clear, leaving a nice head.

Smells malty, molasis, and floral hop.

Taste is nice and tawney, malty with some dark spices (not cinnamon, but something dark). A bit of hop to clean things up on the way down. I am also picking up a macro-lager flavor that seems to water this brew down a bit. Without that, it would be much better, but this seems slightly watery to me.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, I like it.

Finish is clean, but has a sting I don't like.

This is a good oktoberfest. If you see it, try it.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sprecher Oktoberfest

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a shaker pint. Served cold...

A) Cloudy amber with a nice creamy head. Nice retention... No lacing... Good looking brew right here.

S) Very malty... Bready with a little whiff of caramel sweetness.

T) Malt dominates the flavor, which isn't a surprise for the style, but I found this a bit grainy for my tastes. There is some light hop bitterness on the backend.

M) Medium bodied with light carbonation. Could have been a little more lively. Went down okay...

O) A pretty average O-Fest in my opinion.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, molasses, and candied fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, fruit, earth, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth 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 has a solid smell, but the flavors have a bit of oxidation going on to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of jpro
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up in Durham, NC (big beer haul from Sam's)...

A: Poured from the 16oz bottle (nice!) with a twist-off cap (wow, haven't seen one of those in a while) into a plain ol' shaker pint... pours a reddish amber with a light tan, one-finger head that manages some slight retention.

S: Richly malty; sweet breads... maybe even some banana bread in there.

T: Bready; sweet malts; nice hop balance that provides just a touch of bitterness; some yeast fruitiness / earthiness towards the finish; well balanced.

M: Light-bodied; smooth and crisp, with a slightly dry hop bite on the finish; HIGH carbonation.

D: Fairly drinkable, yet a little too sweet for my taste.

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