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 Tballz420
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, deep red colored body, tiny white head doesn't stick around for long. Scent is that familiar oktoberfest malt smell, caramel and grainy notes. Same goes for the taste; pretty solid caramel malt flavor, some bready/biscuit notes. Not a bad oktober. Check it out

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Photo of Atron67
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a copper/brown clear lager with low level head tannish head.

S- lots of malty scents, little notes of spice, but im not quite sure what it was, there was something i was missing

T- has a really smooth malty flavor that had a little amber taste at the finish, but was pretty solid and left with a nice clean finish

M- light body, light smooth carbonation

D- solid oktoberfest

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finishing of the Beers of Old Bavaria mixed twelve pack. 16oz bottle poured, once again, into a freshly cleaned pint glass.

A: Pours a quite clear and bubbly ruddy copper with a tan head with densly packed bubbles. The one inch head fades away a bit quickly into a thin cap.

S: Smells pretty dry, not like I'm used to with previous tasting of this beer. Bits of toasted malt and fruitiness.

T/MF: Maybe I used a bit too much baking soda to clean this beer, but it tastes a bit off, almost as if someone dropped a penny into my beer. The beer opens well enough with a strong caramel malt character with additional mild apple flavor. But I'm leaning on this beer being contaminated at least in some way as I've tried this before and it tasted nothing like this.

D: I'm going on my previous experience with this beer and beers from this brewery. A solid choice with any style this brewery is great.

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Photo of happygnome
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: dark ruby color about three quarters inch head that does not dissapear fast, leaves a some lacing nice and inviting
s:caramel and bread, the aromas are not overpowering at all
t: like the aroma there is a caramel flavor, bitter hop flavor is also present
m: light to medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation

overall i really enjoyed this beer, especially as it warmed up very nice

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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 allengarvin
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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 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 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 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 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 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 mcallister
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich caramel amber. Whispy yellowish head appears but fades away soon thereafter. Leaving no lace.

Awesome nose on this O-fest. Freshly baked bread aromas, with toffee malt galore. Dried fruit aromas, as well as nuttiness. Strong and inviting.

I've now sampled about 25 O-fest this year and this one is in the top three. Lush mouthfeel full of creamy toffee malt, with a yeasty ending. Caramel encrusted walnuts, as well as dried cherries. A very tastey O-fest which is a hard feat to accomplish it seams.

Easily drinkable.

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

A New Beer Sunday brew for me, thanks to fitzIPAtrick...
Rust in color with a 1/2 finger of white head with a gentle pour...most of which fades away, but leaves a very fine layer of lace.
Very nice in the nose..fruity, mainly plum and grapes with a sweet malty backbone.
The flavor is more balanced, with the floral hops pushing their way thru, and masking all of that fruity goodness that was in the aroma..not a bad thing, after all, this is not a dopplebock. But it almost had me fooled from the initial whiffs. A slight smoked/roasted flavor shows up in the finish...makes you pull back quick for another swig.
Again, a huge malt profile and a very earthy flavor, adding to its drinkability...mouthfeel fairly thick and the carbonation is just a bit too high.
Quite a good representation of the style...would enjoy again for sure.

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

A - Attractive dark copper color, tan head that started off big and faded to lace.

S - Soft maltiness, distinct hoppiness.

T - Very sweet, caramel flavor, with a discernable hop bite. Very nice.

M - Medium-light body, nicely carbed. Nice and clean.

D - Very drinkable, I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of beveritt
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Date is printed on neck of bottle and the label says I should drink it within 120 of that date; but I am not sure when 062560959 was.

Appearance: Very bright copper red in color. Pours with a 1 inch head that quickly fades to nothing. Perfectly clear, no sign of any bubbles coming up.

Smell: Semi-sweet smell. A hint of the grassy/skunky flavor so popular in macro lagers.

Taste: Initial flavor is the bite of CO2 with a background of earthy tones usually associated with skunky beer. The finish is bland, none of the sweet, malty flavor I am used to getting from an Oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is medium to high.

Drinkability: Glad I tried it, but not a good example of an Oktoberfest beer. I think I will stick with my Ayinger.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 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 karengarys
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 40degree fresh 2006 bottle Pours wonderful mahogany amber, clear, leaving a nice head.

Smells malty, molasis, and floral hop.

Taste is nice and tawney, malty with some dark spices (not cinnamon, but something dark). A bit of hop to clean things up on the way down. I am also picking up a macro-lager flavor that seems to water this brew down a bit. Without that, it would be much better, but this seems slightly watery to me.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, I like it.

Finish is clean, but has a sting I don't like.

This is a good oktoberfest. If you see it, try it.

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Photo of blackie
4.59/5  rDev +22.1%
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 RoyalT
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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 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 Thrash
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep red with a moderate head that quickly dissipated, but left a small white cap throughout.

Had an enticing smell, faintly herbal, with a somewhat earthy aroma.

Very smooth on the palate, crisp and carbonated nicely, with a flavor that expanded as it warmed on the tongue. Heavy malt character to it, but with an interesting sweetness to it. Hopped just right.

Goes down quite easily, and has become one of my new favorite Oktoberfests. A lot more depth than, say, a Samuel Adams Oktoberfest.

A great offering from a great brewery.

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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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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 Golden2wenty1
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Woodman's East here in Madison. Can't go wrong with $1.50 for a 16 ounce beer.

Pours a crystal clear amber with a big creamy khaki head. Doesn't smell like much, musty barley malts, a little grassy. Taste is equally, uhh, subtle. Grassy, musty-sweet malts, not much of a hop presence. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. There really isn't much to this fest beer, I could pound back about 50 of them I s'pose but I might be a little bored. This is an all-around solid beer, just didn't really impress me anywhere. Good value though.

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Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
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