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:
306
Reviews:
157
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
13.03%
 
 
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Ratings: 306 |  Reviews: 157
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 Texasfan549
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 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 zeff80
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest orange with a coppery glow and a thick slice of pale caramel mousse up top. The head doesn't develop much interesting topography as it melts, while leaving only a short collar of transient lace.

The nose pretty much nails the style, with less Munich malt melanoidins than most, which is a good thing. This smells like it will be sweet, caramel-like and nutty beer. Hallertau and Mt. Hood hops aren't appreciated, which is fine.

Oktoberfest is solid beer from top to bottom and side to side. It isn't a beast on the flavor intensity front, but it's well-rounded and steers clear of most of those things that I don't like about this style.

Each mouthful delivers well-toasted whole grain bread, steely caramel, roasted nuts, and a balancing amount of tea leaf bitterness. Warming emboldens the whole, while allowing the drinker to separate out the nuances even more easily.

The mouthfeel is borderline too thin for what is supposed to be a malt-dominant style. In the end, the higher score was chosen since the carbonation is spot-on and a modicum of creaminess appears in the second half of the bottle.

Given their German-American heritage, it was almost a foregone conclusion that Sprecher would brew a pretty damn good Oktoberfest. Still, it's nice to see (and smell... and taste) that they actually do. Where's my liter mug?

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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 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 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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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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 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 feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep, reddish brown color, clear, with a fizzy, light-tan head of foam, softly simmering down.
Aroma: soft, simple, fresh, malty, creamy, grassy, some vegetal notes, with a richness that grows as it opens and flowers.
Taste: malts up top and forever out, hardly a hop appearing..oh, wait, I caught a few! Wonderful, warm texture, medium-bodied, friendly flavor. Lip-smackingly sweet, but never treacly, never cloying. Sunny, bright, and yum, yummy, yum!
Nice, long finish, and all in all, one of the better American Oktoberfests I've sampled recently.
Thanks to jeffboo for bringing it across the border!

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Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty on for the style. The only thing I noticed that was different from the imported o'fest beers is that this had long roasted flavor that followed the smooth caramel malts. The lager yeast could have had a little more character and maybe brought out more complexity. Still, this was a great beer and I could drink a big stein of it. Prost!

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Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 306 ratings.
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