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).

Added by maxpower on 04-18-2002

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Reviews: 156 | Ratings: 305
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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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle. Pours out reddish brown with an inch of off-white head. The aroma is toasted malt with caramel and a spicy hop aroma. Deep caramel malt flavor. The malt is followed by a tasty fruit flavor. Hops are spicy and a little floral. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than average. Drinkability is good. This is one of the better Oktoberfests I've sampled.

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Photo of redmosquito
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with an orange brown tint and an off white head. Big malt aroma, caramel, nut, toasted, and a floral hop in the background. Flavor is sweet malt and caramel with a finish of toast. Good body and nice lingering finish. Another fine product from Sprecher.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my buddy Dwight, straight from Illinois. This beer pours a nice ruby color with no head. The nose is nice sweet caramel, with some fruity tones, but not really something great. The flavor is lacking a bit. Its sweet and fruity, but not really doing much for me. The feel is moderate to thick. Overall, not a bad beer at all, but just okay as the O-fest beers go.

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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 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 bditty187
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, tawny-bronze in hue, there seems to be a noticeable coppery highlight, especially when held to a light. At this time I noticed a steady stream of animation racing to the beige head. The foam was two fingers in height at the apex. Head retention was very good and after a few moments it began to fade to a bubbly cap. Subsequent lacing was skimpy but the cap lasted the whole consumption. It is a good-looking beer. Clean malty nose that is slightly toasty with a hint of caramel and grain; grassy hops are at the back. The bouquet says “O-fest” and that is all I need it to say. Above-average potency. Inviting. Sometimes a good thing can be so simple. The palate is very enjoyable; it is ideally clean but plenty flavorful. The malt comes across dry and toasty but with another layer, which is sweet caramel. Random hints of bready-biscuit are noticed as well. The hops do supply a crisp bitterness and offer a healthy dose of grassy, slightly earthy/spicy flavors. Very nice, from start to finish; there is good depth. I like the long taste as it leisurely tickles my tastebuds yet it still holds my attention, as the flavors are bright enough. This is a very solid O-fest. Tasty. Medium in body, if not a tickle bigger with firm carbonation, all of this adds up to create a solid mouthfeel. This is a very enjoyable quaff, I could session with this beer, easily. Bring on the Polka and pretzels! I bouquet a 16-ounce bottle for $1.40 which is a damn good deal, IMO, it was purchased in Milwaukee, WI. More please.

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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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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 garymuchow
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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 cretemixer
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery brown color with a 2 finger tan head, settles to a solid layer, fed by steadily streaming carbonation.
Roasted malt aroma; sweet, creamy and a bit fruity.
Sweet caramel notes with a mild hoppiness (provided by Tettinger, according to the label) There is a bit of a metallic tinge that was only distracting for a few sips. Pleasant finish.
Smooth and nicely carbonated with a medium body. Very drinkable like an Oktoberfest should be.

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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 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 tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
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 winomark
2.16/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep copper color with a thin white head.

Aroma: Almost no nose, slight malt, but no hops present.

Taste: No distinctive flavors, with carbonation dominant. Unimpressive.

Mouthfeel: Quite carbonated, which dominates any flavor or character.

Drinkability: Tastes like a macro lager, wht little or no O-fest character. Won't try this one again.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This pours crystal clear reddish brown with an off white head.
Aroma: There's a slight hint of malt in the nose.
Taste: The feeling in your mouth is very soft, the flavors are malty. This is a very nice example of a session beer. I can see why the Germans drink Oktoberfest beers by the liter.

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Photo of grynder33
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amberish color quick disappearing head a faint sweet hop aroma,first taste faintly honey and carmel, thought it would have a bolder taste, nice smooth mouthfeel but not very complex, it goes to the end without getting to bitter.It seems sprecher uses the same kind of honey in most of its beers, they taste somewhat similar.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good easy drinking O-fest. I think the Hops were a bit too pronounced for the style, but not at all overpowering. This is a good beer that gets better the more you drink. One is nice, 3 are better. While I enjoy this beer it is neither a great O-fest or a great Sprecher. Buy some Black Bavarian if you want Sprecher, and some Elliot Ness or Wolnzacher if you want an O-fest/Marzen.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear reddish-copper in color. Some carbonation but minimal head that quickly disappears. A rich, bold nose dominated by caramely malts. Underlying grains remind me ho-hum lagers, but fruity, crisp hops are detectable too. Quite hoppy at the start. A strangely sour, even metallic, taste is too dominant in the middle and early finish. Malts make their way out as the beer warms, or at least as the mouth gets used to it. Mouthfeel is more watery than I expected given the richness of the nose but is nonetheless clean. This one is OK, but not something I'm going to reach for given the competition.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red hue with a thin bubbly head as a partner. Huge and wonderful malty aroma, very nice. Sweet off the cuff, but well done, some caramel tones are noted and they blend well with the rich and creamy malts. Bordlerline on a full bodied beverage. Great body and incredible taste, this should be the definition of a Oktoberfest beer!

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Photo of moulefrite
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep copper color with a creamy beige head that puffs up nicely then fades quickly-minimal lace or stick. Malty as well as fruity on the nose. A pretty big mouthfull of suds here and pretty much a fine example of the style. Heavy handed on the malt yet still a good dose of piney hops. Some caramel corn chimes in on the finish as does some burnt caramel bitterness. I have to give the drinkability a low score as Sprecher (to me) is nearly always over the top to the point of being flabby. This one though does grow on ya, and perhaps with a next sample I will review a tad higher. But for now, one pint will be just right.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Looks like there's a lot more variety in Okto beers than any style definition can contain, especially when American brewers are involved. Sprecher's 2003 brew offers a nice dark complexion with a good roasty malt character. This, in turn, counterbalances the usual sweetness of an Okto, leading it to the promised dry finish. Still, the mouthfeel comes in a little thinner than expected, but a good effort.

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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 hotstuff
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Rathskeller Wine & Beer Fest:A medium sized ivory head with small sized bubbles.The body was clear and free of carbonation.The hue was amber and the lacing was good.The nose was moderately malty and it had a malty flavor to it.The mouthfeel was vert smooth, light bodied, and somewhat thin.

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Photo of Winter
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma has a malt sweetness and caramel scent to it. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy (especially in the finish). Flavor consists of toasted malt, caramel, with a slight spiciness that's apparent. Overall great balance. This is one of the better Oktoberfests available and one of Sprecher's better brews. I'd definitely recommend trying one if you can find it.

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Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 305 ratings.
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