Oktoberfest | Sprecher Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
296
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
18.35%
 
 
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9
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23
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Photo of Onenote81
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received from BeerFMAndy in a recent trade. Huge thanks!

Poured into my conical pint glass. Pours a clear rusty orange with a very fizzy ivory head on top. Fizzles to nothing quickly; leaves little-to-no lace. Smells of toasted bread, caramel, and light fruity esters.

Big full body on this one. Still retains a nice crisp quality to it though. Carbonation level is moderate-to-high. I really like the flavor profile of this one. There some nice bittering hops in there, but it mostly consists of a full bready mouth, with touches of honey and caramel. Light grainy aftertaste that is pleasant. I really dig this. I wish I could get it around here. Thanks for the hookup, Andy. Another beer I wish I could get more often...

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color. Theres a decent head that remains the whole way down. Faint aroma-some caramel notes,slightly toasted-the beer not me!!!! Malty flavor upfront. slight hop bitterness. Dry in the finish. Body is ok-maybe a tad on the thin side. An average beer-Id like it to have a bit "umph" to it in flavor and body and I think it could be a quite good Oktoberfest. Thanks to bashiba for the trade and chance to sample.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

By far the reddest Oktoberfest I have seen to date. Head sticks aroung, and lingers a little bit on the top the whole way down. Honey and hops are in the flavor, which is ok, but nothing great. Has a funny aftertaste, though. Not one of the better Oktoberfests I have sampled.

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Photo of bashiba
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very carbonated nice coppery amber color with nice thick 2 inch head that laces down the glass very well.

Smell is of toasty malts an fresh wheat with slight floral hops.

Taste is very dry, toasty, and breadlike with maltiness but little sweetness with the malts and a nice strong Grassy hop finish. Very balanced and enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is very full and enjoyable for this style of beer.

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Photo of crossovert
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz brown twist-off bottle. Different label that the one pictured.

It pours a bit more of a reddish brown than most oktoberfests but it looks pretty good. The head is frothy and slightly off-white. It recedes slowly leaving some nice lacing behind as well.

This one isn't one of the better smelling Oktoberfests however. It smells alot like the Samuel Adams Octoberfest. It is just sort of airy metallic nuttiness. It smells very sweet.

The taste is better, although there is some metallic flavor that eventually fades but is somewhat annoying. It is a sweet, robust oktoberfest. It says it is brewed with fresh hops, so maybe that is why im not getting any bitterness what so ever. The hop profile is pretty good though, I like the Tettnanger and it is used properly but I would have liked it to have a slight bitterness to cut the sweetness.l. It is a one-dimensional if somewhat tasty oktoberfest. It is too sweet for the style but still decent in my opinion.

It is a middle of the road oktoberfest that is probably not worth the time or money.

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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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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Sprecher Oktoberfest pours from the bottle a deep translucent red with notes of orange and a tight creamy bubbly head that lingers atop the brew. Aromas of caramel, nuts, toasted grains, sweet light fruit and spicy herbal hoppiness. Clean cut and reminds me of walking through a forest on a brisk fall day with the myriad of colored leaves at my feet.

First sip brings a nice mix of caramelly malts and toasty grains upfront alongside a mix of mellow fruity flavors and hints of roasted nuts. Fresh and festive throughout with a nice herbal spicy hop that leaves just a twang of bitterness. A nice robust, flavorful Oktoberfest that hits the spot...a very worthy American rendition.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with a blast of bubbly. Goes down smooth and satisfying. This would definetly be a good brew to pick up a four pack of around the fall season. A good seasonal from an underappreciated brewery (that makes some kick ass sodas as well!)

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

Pours a lightly hazy brownish copper color with a light tan head that falls quickly not much lace at all.

Aroma is sweet light caramel notes mingle with toasted bread and fruit, nice nuts,spice and light floral hints round it out.

Taste is nice lightly toasted malt mingled caramel light fruit makes an appearance along with some nutty hints. Spice and light floral hops linger thru out the finish. Seems a little stouter more full bodied then most Oktoberfests.

Mouthfeel is almost medium good smooth mellow carbonation, make the brew have a nice feel.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable rich oktoberfest brew, might be a touch past its prime but holds up well. Thanks go to merlin48 for this fine sample.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a ruby copper with a 2 finger khaki head.

S - Caramel, toffee and fresh baked bread. The nose is very nice but very subtle and took several attempts to pick up any aromas.

T - Caramel and toffee with a hint of bittering hops. The taste is as faint as the aroma. I get a slight metallic taste in the finish.

M - On the light side of medium and well carbonated.

D - This one goes down easy but is somewhat boring. I will more than likely be looking elsewhere for future Oktoberfests.

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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 granger10
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt copperish with nary a head. Not too much lacing either. Maybe the tap was not the best. Smells sweet and nutty. Some spicy clove/banana elements seemed to be in the aroma as well. Taste is dominated by a caramel/toffee maltiness. More of a malty sweet than a sugary sweet which is nice. Solid yeasty flavors of biscuit and clove back this up. A touch of fruit from the hops but really almost nothing. Malts dominate. Rich in flavor. A bit of a raisiny finish lasts long. Fairly smooth but not poundable. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky brown with an orange tint...sort of like dirty well water. The head is one finger of firm white foam, and it sticks around for a middling amount of time.

S - Caramel with a whiff of earthiness from the yeast and a nice tang in my nostrils from the hops.

T - Solidly caramel in flavor, this malty goodness is backed up by some autumn leaf hops and a splash of what is almost citrus juice in flavor. Pretty dang good.

M - Medium bodied with a tight level of carbonation and a neutral malty finish.

D - A really nice O-fest that won't change the world, but will satisfy any Oktoberfest lover like me. Slightly above average for the style. I'd buy this again.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A half inch of loose, off-white head settles over a clear, copper amber beer.

The aroma is that of subdued caramel malt with a hint of hops. This is clean and simple.

Clean malt flavors are interrupted by green tea. There is virtually no complexity here, but simplicity is done well. As it warms in my Rohrbach pint glass, the finish develops, however, don't allow it to warm too much.

This Marzen has a medium body and a texture of silk. It is very low in carbonation and has no presence of alcohol.

Sprecher has presented a great beer for the cool, crisp air that can be a staple, go-to. Not too much or too little, this is simply a good beer.

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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 falloutsnow
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.
No noticeable bottled on date.
Poured into an Ayinger 0.5L glass.

Pours a tall, very light tan head composed of small bubbles lending the head a creamy look. Head descends fairly rapidly, in a minute or two, but leaves modest lacing along sides of glass. Ends up reducing to a ring of foam that breaks and a few islands. Body itself is a dark bronze copper, with orange highlights, and transparent.

Nice caramel malt in the nose, with other scents of of dried figs (slightly), mild fruity esters, a bit of black pepper, and caramelized sugars (most present).

Main presence is malt, giving it caramel and rich bread flavors. Sweet, with noticeable fruity esters, some spice such as cinnamon and very slight pepper. Slight toast flavor and hop bitterness towards the end, for a satisfying close. Aftertaste of lingering caramel malt sweetness.

Medium to medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation that's just right for the beer. The effect is a fairly creamy mouthfeel, very full, not watery. Finish is semi-dry.

Enjoyable, true to style with some complexity, and sessionable. One of the better representations of the style from a US brewery that I know of.

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

A- a dark copper hue, a tad darker than on the style, active stream of carbonation, off white finger of head with tight bubbles, no lace.

S- very grainy, kiss of carmel, malty backbone, toffee, biscuit.

T- the grains and malt come through with a touch of bready sweetness on the finish. Quite dry, light spice and toasted flavor. Full bodied for a marzen.

O- Honestly one of the best marzens I've had. Really surprised by this, simple execution done right.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. bottle on 2/16/10.

A - Pours a deep amber brown with just a layer of fine bubbles on the surface

S - hints of caramel and some roasted malts with hints of citrus
To me the aroma is very weak.

T - malty with some odd sweetness, some lemon and caramel with a bit of a toasted quality

M - Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation

D - Ok flavor, not sure i would go for it again though. I've enjoyed all of sprecher's beers, but this is probably my least favorite of the bunch.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2003. This is one of those beers that is so unusual as to merit a close look. This was represented to me as being an O-fest with exceptional dryness in the finish. I had my doubts, especially on taking a few first whiffs of the aomas wafting from the glass. I am not normally as impressed with a beer's aroma as I am with other attributes - this was exceptional. The smell is candy apple sweet, tons of caramel, and a touch of some spiciness.

Naturally I expected the taste to be over the top on sweetness, but much to my delight it came as touted. The initial sense of caramel sweetness vanishes as if by magic to finish with a most amazing dryness. It is said that it took them nearly two years to accomplish this finish and from my observation it was worth the effort.

The look is equally solid, having a beautiful amber body and substantive off-white head and solid lace effect. The feel is good with a solid body and finish to match the dryness. I was impressed by this beer.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours up a deep copper color with a slight haze to it. A one inch off-white head forms on top and retains as a centimeter thick cap. A little bit of lacing left behind.

Aromas of caramel sweetness, toasty malt, some breadiness, and very light noble hops.

Taste begins with a bit of caramel that is joined by toasty and bready malt in the middle. Pretty much just like the aroma suggests. A mild bitterness and earthy, spicy hop flavor towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly creamy, nothing stand out.

A little bit on the old side, so it's probably not at it's best, but I can see this one being pretty damn good when fresh.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark ruby-copper body that yields a thin finger of slightly tan head with little duration. Rich malty aroma filled with caramel malt, hints of chocolate, and berry. Good taste--not great, but certainly good--very malty, creamy, smooth, and certainly better than many other Oktoberfests I've tried this season. Floral hops complement the malt nicely. The mouthfeel drives Sprecker's Oktoberfest to me; excellent, smooth on the palate. Very good all around, delicious, no weaknesses. Fine stuff and well worth trying from one of my favorite sleeper breweries.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $1.79 in Fall 2011.

Pours a medium brown color with slight head. Scent is malty with some spices in the mix. Taste has a lot of spices like cinnamon, clove, and other roasted spices. The texture is fantastic with a clean finish that leaves the tasty spices lingering. A great brew!

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Photo of Seanibus
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A robust and satisfying fall beer.

Pours a deep copper with a large dense head that falls to medium lacing. The aroma is sharp, large, and spicy, like cinnamon. The flavor is malty and spicy. A clingy mouthfeel highlights the malt burn down the throat.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this bottle may have been a tad off, bought it last fall and have had it in the fridge for 2-3 months, so it may have been on the edge freshness wise. it poured a clear amber/old copper in color with a minimal, quickly diminishing off-white head. aromas of toffee, dark bready malts, and a vague fruitiness. taste was mostly the malts, hops underlying, and a touch of sourness in the finish. frothy and finishes relatively drying and a bit puckering. medium-bodied. sessionable.

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Photo of maxpower
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange-amber color with a decent creamy off white head with some lacing. Veggie and bready aromas, fruity, nutty, caramel flavors. Medium bodied with a full and creamy mouthfeel, lasting sweet finish. Gets thicker and more flavorful as it warms, this is one of the best american oktoberfest I have had.

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Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 296 ratings.
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