Oktoberfest | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

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

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1.5/5  rDev -60%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of winomark
2.16/5  rDev -42.4%
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 jzlyo
2.25/5  rDev -40%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.29/5  rDev -38.9%
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 -35.7%
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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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of beveritt
2.58/5  rDev -31.2%
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 -27.7%
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 -27.7%
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 dkchandler
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of blakesell
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
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 -21.3%
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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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of TastyTaste
3/5  rDev -20%
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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3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of crossovert
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
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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