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 DrMullet
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear amber/orange color.
Very light smell of sweet malts and caramel.
Taste is slightly sweet with some dried fruit.
A bit dry. Full bodied.

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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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Photo of scotorum
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Another from the latest beer club shipment, We don't get this Wisconsin brewery's products in my state.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Nearly clear copper with an enormous four inch thick offwhite head which receded to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s; Considerable and persistent sweet caramel malt

t; Follows the nose but mild by comparison and not cloyingly sweet as some can be.

m: Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A fine Marzen, with just enough malt dominance to be enjoyably flavorful.

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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!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very pretty, so much orange and amber to it. Hits those season feelz strides. Aroma gives off a lot of malty, sweet, woody, Vienna like notes with just a dallop of syrup sweetness to it.

Taste was again, mildly sweet, a spicy malt component to it that pairs well with the carbonation levels. If this is your style, this is a worthy check out, its to style, its a little bit flavorful, comes in neat fat boy bottles.

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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 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 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 Mitzvahman72
4.79/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

With a bold honey color, it boasts a great balance of subtle bread malts and light fruity hops to round it out. Very comparable to the Oktoberfest from Karl Strauss Brewing Company around San Diego.

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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.

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Photo of pat61
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Brilliant amber pour crowned by a 1” cream to light tan foam collar. S: Not much aroma – some malt and hints of dark sugars. T: A little sweet with malt and kettle sugars. F: Medium body, medium carbonation. O: A decent drinking beer that is not as deep and complex as it could be.

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Photo of Lukass
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought this for $1 on the sale rack at my local craft beer shop. Definitely tasted a little stale, so I tried to envision how it would be fresh. A good Oktoberfest! toasty malts and a lot of German hops prevail, and surprisingly some alcohol warmth for only being 6 abv. I'm sure it would've been a lot better fresh, but hey, can't turn down one of these for a buck!

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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 BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Sampling right now on 12/8/14. Comes in a 16 ounce bottle. Contains 5.5% alcohol (ABV). Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Pours a slighty hazy dark amber in color with a thin off-white cap that settles down to just the sides of the glass for the most part. Some ring-like lacing is seen when sipped that slides back down the sides of the glass. The aroma is of caramel and roasted malts with a hint of candied fruit. Bit more going on with the taste as there is some very light spice(?) with some sweetness. Pretty smooth for this style of brew. Goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste. Medium-bodied with lower carbonation (a good thing actually). A tasty seasonal brew that I really liked. PROST!

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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 jwc215
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange to copper with a head that falls a bit quickly, but leaves lacing.

The smell is of steely caramel with nuts from the rich, complex malt.

The taste is of caramelized bread, some nuts and a touch of bitter noble hops in the finish.

It is smooth. Easy to drink.

This hits the style well. Very authentic. I am looking forward to drinking plenty of this during Oktoberfest season!

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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 USAF77
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice medium pour to a very nice gold amber and a rich head retaining acceptable lacing.

I like the smell. Im getting honey with a little bit of fruit. The taste is typical Oktoberfest. Sweet malt with a very light after taste, without the dry bite I usually like in my standard premium Lagers. But thats OK ; Its an Octoberfest. I find the taste delicious.

I bought it as a single. I'd buy a 6 pack if I saw it next year this time. Its a pretty beer to look at and a rich honey malty taste that begs a fall indulgance. I enjoyed this beer.

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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 WoodBrew
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a Sprecher left over from a Wurstfest party I through back in September....just cracked it open and it is a decent oktoberfest. The beer pours a slightly hazy rich copper with thin head that is leaving a modest lace. The smell and taste are typical of most oktoberfest beers. There is sweet malt esseance that provides both. This is a lighter medium body beer with decent carbonation. Overall its good...would I have it again....yes.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle into imperial pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, caramel, apple, molasses, toast, bread, toffee, pear, light nuttiness, and light herbal. Nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, raisin, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, molasses, toffee, and herbal. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, molasses, raisin, toffee, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance and robustness; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest. Well balanced robust flavors, and very smooth to drink. I have a feeling that this was a bottle from last year or older, but it held up nicely. Very enjoyable offering.

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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 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 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 WastingFreetime
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Reddish coppery-amber in color, clear, with a two finger off-white head that lasts for about a minute, minimal lacing left behind.

S. Breaded sweet morning buns. Lots of lightly toasted malt and brown sugar going on at once. Perhaps even a light touch of creamy nougat aroma.

T. Very similar to how the nose presents. The only main difference is that the mid-palate contains some nuttiness on the toasted elements.

M. Lands on the heavier side of medium body, lightly carbonated.

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