Oktoberfest | Sprecher Brewing Company

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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).

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Photo of becktone
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes 10-10-08

Eye: This one looks beautiful once it is poured into the glass. Color is a beautifully clear dark red, copper, cedar reddish-brown. This beer has excellent head retention. I'm surprised that all 16 ounces fit into this glass and left room for the head, I'd say that this beer is the picture perfect pour. Head is about the size of a finger and is light tan in color. This one is one of the best Oktoberfests I've seen...so many of them, imported and micros, are too close to yellow in color and have absolutely no depth. Lacing could use some work.

Nose: Just as the label states this beer does have some slightly fruity notes from fermentation. Rich caramel notes as well as some slightly smokey aromas. Genuine smoke aroma, kinda like the way your clothes smell the next day after a bonfire, not peat smokiness though, more of a real rich woody type of smoke. Hard to explain. Overall I like this beer's aroma, I just wish that it were a bit stronger, more potent.

Tongue: Rich and flavorful caramel notes. This one has a real nice dry character to it that accents the somkey character found in the aroma as well as the taste. The label boasts that the beer is "fire brewed", it doesn't matter whether this is true or not...it tastes as if it were brewed over an open flame, a wood fire. I can pick up an earthy, woody, smokey flavor in this beer that I've never found in any other beer. Tettnanger hops, again as the bottle boasts, provide some fine and noble qualities to this beer. Bitterness from them provides balance to the caramel in this beer, flavor is spicy and earthy. A nice oktoberfest, one that I'll be happy to drink again.

edit: There are notes in the flavor of this beer that remind me of the aroma of the mash....nice! Sweet notes from malted barley are in abundance here, great, great beer!

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: My first thought when this beer hit the lips was full bodied and creamy. As aforementioned this beer has a dry finish. This beer is crisp with delicate carbonation. Everything about this beer just works in combination with itself. Each component of this beer compliments and works with others to create a great beer. This is one of the Oktoberfests that I'll put in my top five O-fests, its definitely one that I'll recommend to others, unlike many of the O-fests I've had. Its got an authentic, real feel to it.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured 16oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark coppery color with about a half a finger of off white head. The head dissipated rather quickly and provided minimal lacing.

Great first whiff! The caramel malts smell sweet along with some fruity undertones.

Taste is malty and sweet with a mild hp presence and a clean finish.

Light body with medium carbonation. Not as full as I expected.

Very drinkable brew. The 16oz went down in a hurry. I probably could have let it warm up a bit. This is a solid brew, but not as good as I had anticipated from Sprecher.

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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 paulthebeerguru
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: imperial pint. dark amber color. good clarity. nice light tan head. low retention and mild lacing.

S: nice aromas of fruit, apples and pears, with some spices.

T: great tasting oktoberfest. fruity, caramel, light on the hops, some apples, figs and honey.

M: medium bodied. good carbonation level. very smooth.

D: nice oktoberfest brew. well worth a shot for an americanized version.

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Photo of nickynick
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spercher Oktoberfest a dark amber/copper color. This is the darkest O-fest I have ever seen. Smell has the typical malty smell of O-fests, and slight hint of hops. Taste is sweet up front, a good malty sweetness. It is followed by a medium hop bite. It has decent balance, not overly sweet. Mouthfeel was good, and this beer has very nice drinkability. Good O-fest from a good brewery.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a 16 oz. bottle a nice dark coppery amber, with a small off white head which falls quickly leaving some oily lacing. Probably could have poured slightly more vigorously.

First whiff gives a bright floral, somewhat spicy fruit scent with some caramel character.

Taste is of caramel malt and slightly spicy honey tones with a nice bitering on the finish. Not overly sweet, balanced with the hop presence.

Mouthfeel is light-medium, moderate carbonation and quite smooth.

Overall drinkability is good, definitely a decent Oktoberfest makes me want to sample some of their other brews!

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Photo of Slynger
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper orange with a lid of light tan.

Nose is mostly sweet. Some caramel and biscuity smells with hints of berries and some floral and lightly musty, earthy hops.

Brings some more sweetness in the flavor. Caramel with hints of berries again, along with an ample amount of bitter, toasted malts and hops which come across floral and herbal musty-earthy. Medium bodied with a touch of sharpness and acidity to it.

Not overly impressed by this Sprecher offering, but it is not bad all the same.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a crisp clear copper hue. It had a short head that quickly retreated to a whispy lacing. No carbination what so ever.

A nice smell of roasted malt and a hint of spicey hops.

A fine malt taste with a well balanced lite hop finish. A bit of alcohol tinge could be detected throughout. It was smooth and light bodied.

I found this to be very drinkable.

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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 morimech
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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 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 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 Homerbag
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber with thick head. Head retention is very good.

Smells like a malt bomb. Malt, malt, more malt take the spotlight.

Tastes very malty. Some hops come into play towards the end as does the clean water. Very sessionable.

Feels light and clean, good carbonation.

The only thing maltier would be a bowl of grapenuts. One of the better O'fest made stateside. I wull check this one out again.

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

pint bottle poured into a Samuel Adams new beer glass. pours a rich amber color with a couple fingers of light tan head. crystal clear in appearance.

aroma is of strong caramel malts, with notes of floral yeast and a base of a grainy character.

taste is of the same caramel malts, with a sweet overtone.floral yeast is still in the distant background, with the same grainy character present.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy, with a light bite from carbonation. finishes smooth.

drinkability is good. though somewhat lacking in body and boldness, this is an otherwise solid marzen. not the best from sprecher, but a decent brew.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Pauly2X
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Two finger head faded slowly. Deep dark reddish amber.

S- Very clean but delicate aroma of spicy hops and roasted malts.

T- Nowhere near as sweet as most oktoberfests. The toasted malts typical of most american oktoberfests are present but don't take center stage. Just the right amount of hops balance everything out nicely.

M- Smooth rich good carbonation.

D- Too bad theres only one in the mix pack I purchased.

This was very enjoyable as it pushes the limits of the style a little bit. A must try.

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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 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 blakesell
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 16oz bottle into the strangest goblet I have.

Appearance- Stem fills an amber gold, actual goblet fills a deep amber with absolutely no head whatsoever. Little to no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- Caramel maltiness, the beer is too cold, will warm it up. As it warms more bready grainy notes show themselves. Very little hop character.

Taste- Unpleasant Hard metallic water upfront, malt character picks up next. A big acidic bite at the end. There are hops but they aren't pronounced. A slight bile flavor in the back of the throat. I have never had this bile flavor in a beer and I don't like it.

Mouthfeel- bitter and rusty, not much in the way of carbonation, and light-bodied. Lightly creamy.

Drinkability- I'm not sure why I have heard so many high ratings for this beer. Michael Jackson and lots of my friends agree that this is one of the best. I'm afraid that I must disagree on this one. This is the 2nd one that I have had and they are consistant at being not very drinkable, watery, and has the rusty metallic off flavor that make it downright bad. The smell is the only redeeming quality that I really noticed on this beer. Rich and malty, but there is something wrong with this one.

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

Pours a caramel/ruby color into my pint glass with a 1 fingerwhite head that dissipates within 45 seconds and leaves light lacing.

Aroma is of lightly toasted malts, caramel, figs.

Taste is refreshing for an Oktoberfest, a little more hops than usual, which I like. Malts and light brown sugar taste blend well with the hops and slightly fruity/spicy undertone.

Mouthfeel is good, substantial without being chewy or stout. Drinkability - all day!

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Photo of chilidog
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the first O-fest I bought this year, a four pack, and yet about seven weeks later im reviewing and taking in the last bottle.

It pours a nice dark ruby brown. An off white head forms, not very large and it does fade somewhat.

The aroma is malted spice.

The taste is good, grainny malts, herb and spice overtake any hop. Caramel and brown sugar add to the smoothness of this medium bodied brew.

The mouthfeel seemed abit thin or watery.

Drinkability, yes, goes down easy, not chewy though alittle sweet.
The spice for me hinders the typical o-fest flavor. Then again, each brewer tries not to be typical.
Good beer, but I just wasn't in a rush to finish these off.

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Photo of WJVII
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a nice orange/amber color. Had a decent 1 1/2 head with medium lacing. It has a decent smell of some herbs and malts. The taste is slightly bitter which is not what I was expecting, but it is a clean taste and is smooth. This is a change of pace from what I usually drink but was good.

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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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Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.
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