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).

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

A - Nice dark amber with nice solid retaining head, two finger. Fades to a one finger head and holds.

S - Malts and grains hit the nose, nothing past that really stands out to me. Smells like a typical fall Oktoberfest with hint of a caramel apple.

T - Not particularly flavorful, but the caramel flavor is brought out as compared to the standard Oktoberfest. This is a smooth beer, though. Of the four Oktoberfests (Leines, Capital, New Glarus, and this one) consumed tonight between us, this was on par with the Staghorn.

M - Very smooth in the beginning but has some bitterness towards the end.

D - This a very solid Octoberfest. The beer drinks very smooth and easy.

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

A nicely balanced beer that has a lot of depth in its taste. This is a WI brewed "German" beer, so I wasn't expecting it to be of great German caliber, but it held up very good. A 6% beer with a nice balance and depth that makes it a very enjoyable drink.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than average Octoberfest, with significant smokey aroma, flavour, and even a grey tinge to the colour of yellow, and decent lacing. Easy drinking and well carbonated with good malting, caramel there, and some hop.And a fruity aftertaste.
Had again 5 years later a fresh bottle and malts were well attenuated, mild and wewll integrated smoke.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" tan head over the clear dark amber brew. Head fades gradually, with plenty of lacing. Aroma is nutty malts with a light hoppiness. Taste also shows the nutty grains upfront, with a light fruitiness in the middle, and closes with a slightly sour bitterness that lingers in the mouth. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pretty good, but it's got a little ways to go before being my desert island Ofest. Another nice Sprecher product.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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 u2carew
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(A) Clear, transparent amber colored brew. Mellow carbonation with visible signs trickling from the bottom to the top.
(S) Very aromatic! Scents of malty sweetness with light hops, as well as hints of dried cherries (very inconspicuous).
(T) Flavors of malt, mild hops, and earthy tones.
(M) Crisp and clean. Not too heavy of a body.
(D) A decent Marzen, more aroma than bite but definitely German.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Ri0
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into stein!

A - Bronze and caramel with a nice 2.5 finger head. Leaves a collar and swaths of lacing around the stein.

S - Grainy malty, and sweet bread. Light earthy hops.

T - Good amount of malts, grain, sweet bread and hints of caramel. Light earthy hops give it a bit more. Nice Marzen style.

M - On the lighter side with good carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking even on a warm day.

O - Pretty decent take on this style of beer.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good easy drinking O-fest. I think the Hops were a bit too pronounced for the style, but not at all overpowering. This is a good beer that gets better the more you drink. One is nice, 3 are better. While I enjoy this beer it is neither a great O-fest or a great Sprecher. Buy some Black Bavarian if you want Sprecher, and some Elliot Ness or Wolnzacher if you want an O-fest/Marzen.

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Photo of Herky21
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, rusted copper. A cloudy, malt colored beer. Seems the same color as malt syrup.

Smell: Tantalizingly sweet, heavy on the caramel. Barely any hops discernable, but it does have a slight bitter smell on the end.

Taste: A pretty complex Oktoberfest. The malt comes through as the most prominent flavor. It's slightly fruity, but barely. The caramel color shows up in flavor too, really a tastey beer.

Mouthfeel: Soft, light feel. Feels a lot like a bitter. Less carbonated, a little thicker.

Overall: It's a good beer. Some Oktoberfests are too light. This one hits the caramelly malt notes well. Wish it wasn't a twist off so I could reuse the 16 oz. bottle. Would probably help seal the beer in better for storage too. Really, one of the best oktoberfests I've had this year.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy amber body, crowned by a massive, dense off-white head, with fine-beaded, glass-coating lacing.

Aroma: Caramel and nuts dominate the aroma, with a mild backdrop of hops, Mt. Hood, per the label. The hops have a noble-like character.

Taste: Opens with moderately sweet caramel, dark bread, lesser toasted malts and nuts present soon after. Later in the taste, modest, tea-like hops present. Finishes with dark bread flavors and moderate hop bitterness. There is a bit of smoke flavor at the finish, unusual for the style, but welcome.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant, full.

Drinkability/notes: A nice example of the style, which manages to be a bit different.

Presentation: Packaged in a stubby sixteen-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.


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Photo of roadhouse
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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 botham
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pint bottle poured into a Samuel Adams new beer glass. pours a rich amber color with a couple fingers of light tan head. crystal clear in appearance.

aroma is of strong caramel malts, with notes of floral yeast and a base of a grainy character.

taste is of the same caramel malts, with a sweet overtone.floral yeast is still in the distant background, with the same grainy character present.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy, with a light bite from carbonation. finishes smooth.

drinkability is good. though somewhat lacking in body and boldness, this is an otherwise solid marzen. not the best from sprecher, but a decent brew.

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Photo of erz316
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle into spaten becker

A - the body of this one is much more of a brown than the last one, when held up to the light it has some copper to it. I think the objective is to have a pure copper body without any need of lifting up the glass. this is too dark for what I consider good.

S - a malty lager smell, which is weaker than the ayinger I just had. a bit of roasted or smoked flavour, but I never would have been able to guess if it weren't for the notice on the bottle.

T - initial taste is a bit bitter and malty, the finish is significantly more hoppy and bitter.aftertaste has a bit of alcohol

MF&D - a thicker and fuller body than the ayinger. a bit more drinkable too, the flavour was a bit more interesting.

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Photo of biggred1
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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 tim9887
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber with about an inch of creme-colored head. Aroma and flavor are dominated by toasted malt and caramel. A very smooth and drinkable lager. When it comes to German-style beers, Sprecher does not disappoint!

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finishing of the Beers of Old Bavaria mixed twelve pack. 16oz bottle poured, once again, into a freshly cleaned pint glass.

A: Pours a quite clear and bubbly ruddy copper with a tan head with densly packed bubbles. The one inch head fades away a bit quickly into a thin cap.

S: Smells pretty dry, not like I'm used to with previous tasting of this beer. Bits of toasted malt and fruitiness.

T/MF: Maybe I used a bit too much baking soda to clean this beer, but it tastes a bit off, almost as if someone dropped a penny into my beer. The beer opens well enough with a strong caramel malt character with additional mild apple flavor. But I'm leaning on this beer being contaminated at least in some way as I've tried this before and it tasted nothing like this.

D: I'm going on my previous experience with this beer and beers from this brewery. A solid choice with any style this brewery is great.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery brown color with a 2 finger tan head, settles to a solid layer, fed by steadily streaming carbonation.
Roasted malt aroma; sweet, creamy and a bit fruity.
Sweet caramel notes with a mild hoppiness (provided by Tettinger, according to the label) There is a bit of a metallic tinge that was only distracting for a few sips. Pleasant finish.
Smooth and nicely carbonated with a medium body. Very drinkable like an Oktoberfest should be.

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Photo of theargonian
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- copper colored with maybe one finger of head. what head there is, though stays for quite a while

S- vienna malt, grains and a hint of all-spice

T- copious amounts of malt, vienna malt in particular. just a tiny bit of hops which add a little spice towards the middle. toasted malts make a late appearance, but mingle for a while

O- a great marzen. could have been close to perfection had there been a tad more hops to break up the malt a little

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Photo of Atron67
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a copper/brown clear lager with low level head tannish head.

S- lots of malty scents, little notes of spice, but im not quite sure what it was, there was something i was missing

T- has a really smooth malty flavor that had a little amber taste at the finish, but was pretty solid and left with a nice clean finish

M- light body, light smooth carbonation

D- solid oktoberfest

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
6.0% ABV, 122151007FL on shoulder.

A - Sprecher Oktoberfest pours a crystal clear ruby-highlighted copper color that's virtually inactive. The beer's dense tan head slowly dropped to a thin skim of tiny bubbles and left very little lacing to speak of.

S - When the head disappears the aroma becomes unpronounced, filled mostly by lightly toasted Vienna malts and accented by some caramel sweetness. Biscuit follows with very little hop aroma save for a touch of dirty earthiness. Upon a swirl, faint nutty and very lightly fruity aspects surface.

T - Initially sweet with Munich and caramel gooey-ness Sprecher Oktoberfest changes directions fairly quickly getting hoppier and more dry with a bit of an earthy, almost herbal kick. Dry toast and biscuit linger on the palate through the finish of this beer.

M - Sprecher Oktoberfest is a crisp yet medium-bodied lager that begins smooth and finishes a touch dry with a mild bitterness and moderate carbonation. Despite it's bitter maltiness, the balance that comes through in the flavor passing on to feel, really makes this a nice and easy-to-drink Oktoberfest!

O - Mild fruity carbonation is a hindrance to this lager, a style which should impart no yeast influence through and through, but damn if it doesn't continue to go down nicely! Sprecher Oktoberfest is a crisp and easy-drinking version of the German classic. While there are steps to take to really elevate this to something bigger, it does score with a nicely malty base and hop follow-through in the feel.

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Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sprecher Oktoberfest seemed noticeably thick coming out the bottle and indeed looks just like maple syrup in the glass. It has a deep amber colour and density that prevents any substantive clarity (misleading given its sheeny gloss). There is not a single visible sign of carbonation.

Those who write the rules on style guidelines insist that "any caramel aroma is inappropriate" in Märzens, yet, curiously enough, it's a flavour that people often default to when trying to describe this kind of rich, malty lager - and Sprecher boasts of it right on the label. Whether "appropriate" or not, who cares? This beer's dark caramel profile is delicious.

I will concede, however, that the butterscotch-like features and subtle dried fruitiness in this Oktoberfest - a lager intended to be smooth, medium-bodied, and engineered for high-volume drinking - actually remind me of an English Barleywine (a stronger and more complex ale).

Indeed, while most Märzens are easily enjoyed by the 2L Stein-full, you might want to take this one a pint at a time. It's heavy stuff and plenty rich too. Of course, these aren't undesirable qualities - quite the contrary - but know that what you're getting into includes plenty of roasted nuttiness, a hoppiness that tastes like dead leaves and a drying, steely texture.

Sprecher Oktoberfest may not be a lager suited to seventeen days worth of gluttonous drunken celebration, but it's a quintessential cool weather, fall-time lager: it is hearty, rich, and substantially malted. This brewery's best offerings are its German renditions, not their American-style stuff, and there's few styles more German than Oktoberfest.

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Photo of ZAP
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty nice Octoberfest...soft toasty nose...taste is initially slick and sweetish with a small spicy hop accent...toasted grains emerge after that...Mouthfeel gives me a somewhat sticky, sweet, syrupy texture...overall I think this is pretty good, but I have had several better (Summit, Hacker,Paulaner,Goose, Titletown,Capital)...better than average but not elite in my opinion..

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Photo of delta490
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a dark amber, slightly cloudy, verging into brown. It has about a finger of foamy tan had that has great retention and leaves small amount of small sticky lacing. The aroma is sweeter, caramelly, with just a little earthy hops. The is similar but it's a little less robust than the aroma. The body is a little thinner, but smooth.

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Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
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