Oktoberfest | Sprecher Brewing Company

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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:
307
Reviews:
157
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
13.03%
 
 
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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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Photo of Viggo
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in a Sprecher mixed pack.

Pours a clear orange/brown, thick off white head forms, few lace spots, decent layer. Smell is sweet, caramelized, bread, iron and light citrus, thick malts, bit of floral, not bad. Taste is sweet, light fruits, citric sourness, bread, iron, caramel, light chocolate and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Decent Oktoberfest, maltier than most, but theres something about it that I don't really enjoy.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Looks like there's a lot more variety in Okto beers than any style definition can contain, especially when American brewers are involved. Sprecher's 2003 brew offers a nice dark complexion with a good roasty malt character. This, in turn, counterbalances the usual sweetness of an Okto, leading it to the promised dry finish. Still, the mouthfeel comes in a little thinner than expected, but a good effort.

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Photo of adamranders
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Slynger
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper orange with a lid of light tan.

Nose is mostly sweet. Some caramel and biscuity smells with hints of berries and some floral and lightly musty, earthy hops.

Brings some more sweetness in the flavor. Caramel with hints of berries again, along with an ample amount of bitter, toasted malts and hops which come across floral and herbal musty-earthy. Medium bodied with a touch of sharpness and acidity to it.

Not overly impressed by this Sprecher offering, but it is not bad all the same.

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Photo of chilidog
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the first O-fest I bought this year, a four pack, and yet about seven weeks later im reviewing and taking in the last bottle.

It pours a nice dark ruby brown. An off white head forms, not very large and it does fade somewhat.

The aroma is malted spice.

The taste is good, grainny malts, herb and spice overtake any hop. Caramel and brown sugar add to the smoothness of this medium bodied brew.

The mouthfeel seemed abit thin or watery.

Drinkability, yes, goes down easy, not chewy though alittle sweet.
The spice for me hinders the typical o-fest flavor. Then again, each brewer tries not to be typical.
Good beer, but I just wasn't in a rush to finish these off.

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Photo of Giesch
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of mralphabet
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 Oz bottle poured into Pint Glass

A: Poured a deep copper color with less than a fingers worth of head that settled to nothing with no lacing.

S: First thing I'm getting is bread, caramel, nuts and sweet malt.

T: Toasted bread and sweet malt dominate the flavors here... There is a slight caramel and nuttiness floating around as well at the back of the palette. Finish is clean with a touch of hops that I did not smell.. very little aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied not much carbonation mixed in.

D: Pretty plain Marzen... ABV is pretty good at 6% but there is really nothing to write home about.

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Photo of brdc
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber beer with a light tan head that quickly fades, leaving some lacing behind.
Smell is light but pleasant, malted, roasted with a hint of alcohol.
Light to medium body, a sweet malt taste with a ligh hop finish. Not very well balanced, perhaps a bit too sweet.
Drinkable, but again to sweet for more than one.
Sprecher has better beers out there.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear reddish-copper in color. Some carbonation but minimal head that quickly disappears. A rich, bold nose dominated by caramely malts. Underlying grains remind me ho-hum lagers, but fruity, crisp hops are detectable too. Quite hoppy at the start. A strangely sour, even metallic, taste is too dominant in the middle and early finish. Malts make their way out as the beer warms, or at least as the mouth gets used to it. Mouthfeel is more watery than I expected given the richness of the nose but is nonetheless clean. This one is OK, but not something I'm going to reach for given the competition.

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Photo of Adamthome1
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle....late in season got a 4 pack for $2.99, no best by date

Aroma is a of a nice full bodied lager, with caramel notes and toffee

Pours bronze in appearance, pours a 1 finger head that quickly dwindles into nothing and gives some lacing down the glass.

Taste has some caramel in it, it is full bodied, can hardly taste any hops, this is a malty lager all the way. Taste is noticeable in the back of the mouth, front is pretty empty, mild carbonation, leaves an oily feel on the mouth with a pleasant caramel aftertaste...Hmm maybe I am missing something but it's a pretty one dimensional lager where flavor and aftertaste are the same throughout....Drinkable, got a good deal on it, maybe I can give a better review next year with a fresh bottle.

Purchased at Hy Vee Stony Brook, Omaha, NE 12/6/10

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Photo of jcalabre
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This pours crystal clear reddish brown with an off white head.
Aroma: There's a slight hint of malt in the nose.
Taste: The feeling in your mouth is very soft, the flavors are malty. This is a very nice example of a session beer. I can see why the Germans drink Oktoberfest beers by the liter.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5/25/08 - Upon drinking recently I'm going to increase drinkabilility as it went smooth and soft and easily left room for more.

Aroma is on the light side, with a mild malt aroma with a slight sweet water character. Not at all robust.
Small head that leaves quickly to a thin layer. Amber color that pushes red to brown. Clear.
Flavor is better than aroma. Dry malt characteristics, especially at the long lingering finish. Somewhat caramel, but seems a little over the top in a funny intensity. A noticable hop bite that's interesting, but too much at first, but mellows as warms allowing the malt qualities to take precedent.
Fairly smooth feel for a lager. Some fullness from the carbonation.
Overall a fairly complex beer. I'm just not sure all of it works for me. Much better as it warms, more like a ale than a lager.

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Photo of scootercrabb
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mte1972
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep caramel amber hue with a light beige head floating. Fine speckled lacing coats the glass. Aroma has fruit mild caramel toasted malts going on together, not overly sweet in the nose. Flavor sweet caramel, toasted malts, mild nutty tone, with a light herbal hops background very sweet almost syrupy at times. Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation a bit cloying at times but drinks decently well for the amount of sweetness. Drinkability overall is had to stomach this sweet malt driven brews are making me crave hoppy brews, weird.

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Photo of Tiburon
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of bismarksays
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Punkrckr281
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of aubzachsyd
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 307 ratings.
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