Oktoberfest | Sprecher Brewing Company

OktoberfestOktoberfest
BA SCORE
61%
Liked This Beer
3.75 w/ 308 ratings
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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
Ranking:
#21,097
Reviews:
157
Ratings:
308
Liked:
188
Avg:
3.75/5
pDev:
13.07%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
25
Trade:
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Ratings: 308 |  Reviews: 157
Photo of dertyd
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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 KarlHungus
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark bronze color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and vanishes within seconds. The aroma is of caramel, with some floral notes. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very low carbonation and a sugary texture. Overall, this beer is quite a let down. It is bland and boring, and I can't see myself drinking it again.

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Photo of morimech
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish/brown with a one fingered head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Not much for lacing during consumption.

The caramel malt comes through nicely in the aroma. Moderate hop presence for a Oktoberfest that lends a nice earthy and spice component.

The flavor consists of a solid caramel malt base with a surprising hop flavor on the finish. Nicely blanced and solid overall.

The body is on the lighter side of medium and is a bit overcarbonated. The texture is not quite there but is still good.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Perfect for a fall drinking session. My bottle was labeled 6% ABV so I should slow the drinking down a little bit.

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Photo of Lukass
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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 khargro2
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dogbrick
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shocking that it has taken me this long to try a Sprecher beer. This seasonal pours a dark copper color with a medium light tan head that diminishes pretty quickly. Stringy lacing. Caramel malt aroma with touches of fruit and hops. Medium-bodied and smooth with roasted malt, caramel and plum flavors. Touches of mildly bitter hops are there as well. The finish is short and sweet with a caramel aftertaste. Overall this is an above average Oktoberfest.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a dull coppery amber brown with a nice light brownish head thats whipped buttery smooth and nearly an inch high. Takes some timely length to fade. Very minimal spotty lace. Aroma is strongly malty sweet with a honeyish toffee and some dulled dark citrus of plum and starfruit. Nice nose, just not as toasty as I like, but I like it anyways, screw the toast. Taste follows the aroma with a good portion of sweet toffeeish malts with some caramel aspects. Light dulled fruit also noted in some of the sweetness. Quite close to a being a doppelbock in its flavor. The finish brings out some late, slight toasty notions, but this sucker is all sweet rendered malts. Quite scrumptiously yummy. Close to full feel with a pretty creamy feel the whole way through. A nice O-fest, not as toasty as I like in the style usually, but I'll make an exception cuz this is a damn good beer non-the-less.

Another thanks to jeffboo for the sample!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a beautiful shiny brown in color and just a tad cloudy with a righteous white head that came up easily.

Smell – The malts are simple and sweet with a light toasty character. There’s not anything to get in its way so it comes out of the glass pure and inviting.

Taste – The wonderful malt flavors explode on the tongue. The sugars come up more in the balance like liquid malt. The toasty malt comes back at the finish giving this a hearty flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This is in between light and medium-bodied with a nice sweet middle and a heavy finish.

Drinkability – This bier is hard to drink slow.

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, coppery amber color. Mine had a fairly decent tan head on it, but it drops away quickly and doesn't leave any lacing. The aroma is decent enough. there are notes of caramel malts, and possibly some fruits and floral aromas. The taste is very clean. A little sweet, with a mild spiciness to it. Hints of dark fruit with the caramel malt. Very drinkable.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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 cokes
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden-brown body with a sizable, creamy, off-white head. Retention and lacing are top notch.
Nose is slight, but pleasant, with toffee/carmel note, and some underlying grainy roastedness. Spicy hop aromas are noticed.
Buttery toffee and toasted carmel are the dominate players in the taste dept. Bready with shadowy hints of ripe fig. Tettnanger hops add some tempered spiciness, but little in the way of dryness. Malt is the showcase here. Roastedness lingers long into the finish.
Not hugely complex, but very fresh tasting.
Solid mouth feel, 2/3rds creamy, 1/3rd crisp. It adds ups.
A very nice autumnal beer.

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Photo of blackie
4.59/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The beer pours a 0.5" tan head that gradually falls back to leave a thin layer and a ring. The beer is medium amber-brown in color.

smell: Oh man. Big, bready caramel malts make a huge appearance on the nose with a toasted hint. Sweet and juicy aromas of sweet apple, raisin, fig, and overripe banana. Light wisps of ethanol round out the aroma along with fresh nobles. For me, very reminiscent of a doppelbock. Smells f'in great.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium, and the body a nice and full medium...quite nice.

taste: Plenty of delicous caramel and toasted malts upfront give a moderate to high sweetness to the flavor...again, almost a little doppelbock-ish. Sweet notes of light and dark fruit, including red apple and subdued date, are found. After the swallow, the flavor becomes that of crisp citrus and a moderate bitterness that cleans up the finish somewhat and lingers quite awhile with some toated malt notes. Eventually, all that is left is some caramel sweetness on the tongue.

drinkability: A very good beer that I would gladly drink a few of...though probably limited to about 4. Well balanced, well done.

Single bottle purchased in Madison and smuggled back via checked baggage

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer. A bit of sweetness to the malt with gentle fruit notes. Toward the middle there is a bit of white wine dryness. The finish is very clean, bordering on too clean, but there is sufficient residual bittering to balance out. Nice maltyness, while at the same time the overall character is a bit lighter and fruity than the average O-fest. Rather than being a detraction, this adds to the beer's drikability.

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Photo of user785335
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psmith161
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luminous copper body with a small beige head and minimal lacing. Aroma is toasty and malty with a big dose of caramel. A spicy hop note in the background. Mouth is creamy and medium bodied. Good carbonation. Taste is awash in chewy caramel, balanced by a pleasant spicy hops bitterness. A hint of red apple fruitiness adds a nice complexity. Smooth toastiness from the bready caramel maltiness is the keynote here. Very drinkable. One of the better American Oktoberfest biers.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden-reddish brown color, with a light dusting of foam across the top. Aroma of toasted bread with a little floral hops. The flavor is pleasantly malty,straightforward and not complex with a good dose of caramel, some light toastiness, backed with a moderate bitterness. Body is a tad thin.

Not too bad.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

Drinkability/notes

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Photo of Herky21
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Hendrick24
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of KensWorld
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
Beer rating: 61% out of 100 with 308 ratings
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