Oktoberfest | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

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
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
295
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
18.35%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sprecher Brewing Company, one of the best U.S. breweries at German styles. Oktoberfest, stubby bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A dark brown in color, inpenetrable by light. Small tan head forms and leaves behind some lacing.

Smell: Light on the nose, just some faint bready malt notes. Sweet caramel as the beer warms.

Taste: Initially greeted with a big sugary maltyness with a toasted edge. Raw cocoa, brown sugar and fig all chime in at times, nice rich malty flavor. Tea like hops keep the beer from becoming too sweet. This is a malt bomb and a pretty kickass oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, chalky finish. Smooth and easy drinking.

Overall: Another impressive brew from Sprecher. I guess I'll have to order a case of this when it once again becomes available.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz twist off bottle poured into a nonic.

Clear deep red-brown color with a light tan creamy head that quickly dissipates to a ring and leaves no lacing. Strong caramel, malty nose with some light hoppiness. Very creamy, full body with a slight hoppy bite in the finish. Flavor has nice balance of caramel sweetness and noble hops, slight nut and fruit (berry) near the finish. Very enjoyable, a nice light marzen.

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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 plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy off white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a robust cereal grain with hints of caramel and a subtle noble hop.

The taste was upfront sweet cereal grains with hints of toffee, chocolate malt, smoke and dark fruits. There was a slight metallic element however.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style with a dry finish.

Overall a very tasty and robust Oktoberfest.

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Photo of corby112
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber orange color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source ans a thin one finger yellowish tan head that quickly fades leaving no lacing.

Light spicy aroma with hints of caramel malt, cinnamon, brown sugar and slight hops.

Medium bodied with some nice caramel malt flavor balanced by a prominent spice characteristic. Lots of cinnamon and brown sugar along with subtle hoppy bitterness. Nicely balanced with a dry finish. Easy to drink but I probably wouldn't drink more than one of these in a night.

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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 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 scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a good one and a half finger head with about a five minute retention. Color was a mix between rye bread crust and golden amber. The head eventually receded to a ring o' foam around my beer.

Smell- A comforting mix of fresh baked bread mixed with that same bread toasted right before your eyes and nose.

Taste- Tastes just like the smell except. The only difference being that if their wasn't a slight metallic finish, the taste section of this review would receive a "5".

Mouthfeel- Bready, warm and very comforting. Felt good to drink trhis beer right after work.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled sometime in the late summer to early fall of 2009. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade!

(A)- Pours a clear copper color that produced a good off-white frothy head that quickly dissipated.

(S)- Rich nutty caramel & honey.

(T)- Lightly sweet honey & butterscotch malts. Finishes slightly dry & nutty. Almost fruity.

(M)- A good crisp carbonation level with a nice balance of dry & sweet components.

(D)- A solid oktoberfest with a good balance & feel to it. Granted, its not a great example of the style, but my tastebuds are not complaining one bit. I could definitely have a few of these. Yet another solid beer by Sprecher!

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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 Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This clear copper brew is topped by a slight creamy beige head that is well retained. A deep malty aroma accented by some slight noble hop spiciness. This is one of the better tasting Oktoberfests in the midwest. Very nice malt profile here. The caramel tones stand out. Underneath that, there are layers of graininess and toastiness. And to boot, there's a nice little (emphasis on little) hop kick and bitterness. Smooth and creamy full bodied mouthfeel. Nice marzen.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty cool orange and amber appearance, reminiscient of the season related to the beer. Aroma is woody, malty, bready.

Taste is not boring, a common reaction I have with the style, it comes off a lot like the doughiness of a biere de garde, complex, slight spice edge to it as if brewed with pepper or rye, ever so miniscule.

A fraction of sweetness and hops, the beer reeks of fall.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz single from Steve's on University

appearance: a deep copper pour, a clear reddish/brown color...1/2" creamy white head with a nice linger

smell: bready, malty, yeasty! some apples and spice, maybe some cinnamon...pretty decent aromas

taste: nice and malty, sweet apples, bready, nice caramel flavors, and toffee, earthy and grassy. Overall, a pretty tasy oktoberfest. I think it's the 2nd best I have had this season, behind New Glarus Staghorn

mouthfeel: creamy turned smooth and refreshing

drinkability: easy drinking

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