RATINGS: 423   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Here in Shiner, TX (pop. 2,070), we’re suckers for tradition. Which is why this classic Oktoberfest brew is made with the highest quality two-row barley, Munich and caramel malts, along with German grown Hallertau Tradition and Hersbrucker hops. It’s our way of honoring our ancestors and the beer they loved to celebrate with. So raise your stein to tradition and enjoy this utterly classic brew.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2010
This one didn’t do a whole lot for me, so I didn’t bother taking notes. But I can remember it being a little smokey. Will have to try again with proper notes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
nick76 (4396) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2010
The aroma is a bit dirty with dish water, adjunct malts, toffee, grassy hops, and a touch of yeast. The appearance is light amber with a nice head that fades fast. The taste is like the aroma and not the best. The palate is smooth. Overall not one of the best of it’s style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 28, 2010
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (4181) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2010
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wxman (1793) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2010
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pershing (551) - Garland, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2010
bottle, clear orange amber with big rocky foam, aroma of faint spice and vegetal , flavors of butternut squash, holiday spices and some metallic aftertaste

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rougeau13 (2879) - Richmond, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2010
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cavie (4638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2010
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.

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