SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 28, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle. clear bronze with small white head. aroma is quite pale. flavor has some peanut brittle notes but not very robust. light with tingly carbonation.
CanIHave4Beers (3942) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer actually looks great, all perfectly clear with a deep golden almost orange color with that huge white frothy meringue like head. The aroma i slightly odd with a little bit of vegetal character along with some toasty and fruity malt with a fair bit of garbage in there as well. The flavor is much better than the aroma. There is a nice fruity hoppiness right up front and a mild corny flavor as well. The beer is nicely malty but not as rich in depth as some of the better examples of the style, The beer is nicely herbally bitter with some light candy sweetness.
wxman (1713) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear bright amber with a full fluffy white head. Aroma is malt and hop spice. Taste is clearly a Marzen, but with American macro beer characteristics (corn and too clean w/o a lot of taste). Not a bad summer refresher, but not an exceptional Oktoberfest.
Pershing (512) - Garland, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper with a frothy off white head. Lots of carbonation in my bottle. Malty aroma and taste. Finishes slightly sweet. Not bad at all.
blutt59 (6442) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle, clear orange amber with big rocky foam, aroma of faint spice and vegetal , flavors of butternut squash, holiday spices and some metallic aftertaste
rougeau13 (2493) - Richmond, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2013 It’s not bad for Shiner or for beer that tastes like they didn’t put a whole lot of effort into it. Thin and weak, harsh tasting, aroma of grain, light colored and fizzy. It’s ok, but I’d rather basically any other oktoberfest that I’ve tried
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Cavie. Orange pour with a white head. Aroma is honey, cinnamon spice, a little nutty, and then old grain. Taste is a little roasted, some nice maltiness, cinnamon, and pie spices. Pretty good flavor is ruined by an almost compost-esque finish. Shares the same almost metallic feel that has been creeping into Shiners lately. Looking at the older ratings, I have a feeling it was better when it was the one-off. A step up from their last couple disasters at least.
Cavie (4221) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Soooo glad I am finally getting to try the 96 since I missed it the first time around. Poured into a dimpled mug, enjoyed while watching the Cowboys play. Rusty orange appearance with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Light aroma of caramel malts, and autumn spice. Flavor also has a bit of the same spice with a slightly old/bitter after-taste. Finish is the big drawback here. Kinda buttery.
djd07 (8764) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper orange with a large frothy off white head that lasts awhile leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is a sweet fruit malt with grain and wheat. Thin mouthfeel with a bready malt and metallic finish. Not much going on with this marzen from Shiner.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[Bottle] Pours a light amber color with a quickly fading head. Aroma of caramel malts and light hops. Taste is of caramel, bread, metal and some hazelnut. Prickly carbonation and low-medium bodied. Pretty basic, but not too bad overall.