TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Anyone who has ever visited Milwaukee, WI knows that this is a very German influenced city. From the vaulted dining rooms of Mader’s Restaurant, to Usinger’s Sausage Factory, to the Sprecher Brewery, to the largest German Festival in North America. Milwaukee is teeming with German heritage. Having German roots, I really love that, every time I make a trip to Milwaukee, its feels like a trip home. Sprecher Brewing of Milwaukee, WI plays a big part in that. I absolutely LOVE this brewery, I try to visit the brewery whenever I make it to Milwaukee. Sprecher has been in business since 1985, and they brew a variety of beer styles, the majority of them being German beer styles. Octoberfest is upon us, and Sprecher Oktoberfest, a fall seasonal is here! This is another great domestic example of a great German beer style, one of my personal favorites.
Sprecher Oktoberfest pours to a deep amber/chestnut color, with a good white head, and a good carbonation. The nose on this beer is quite malty. Sweet caramel, toasty, and nutty malt aromas are present with balancing hop aromatics. The palate is quite malty as well. More caramel malt flavor , more toasty notes, and nut flavors. The mouth feel is smooth and round. This beer true to style, finishs malty, but then is balanced out nicely with the proper amount of hop bitterness. A truely delicious beer, very malt accented, but with great balance. Another fantastic beer from Sprecher, a fantastic brewery. Great domestic example of Oktoberfest/marzen. Match this beer with German fare, such as roasted pork, sauerbraten, or bratwurst. It would go well with roasted chicken as well. Prost!
ralexander (1) - Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2007 does not count
Great Beer. Always smooth and full body with out being to thick.
• Duration - Long
• Sweet - Moderate
Carbonation - Soft
• Hue - Brown
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2003
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.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Sweet caramel aroma. Nice amber colored lager with fluffy head. Rich malty flavor that is oh so smooth. Not quite as sweet as other marzens, which is a good thing. Crisp finish and well balanced. This is a very nice beer, MetalNHopHead (2191) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 30, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2014 For a beer that doesn’t come from the land of bratwurst, Sprecher’s Oktoberfest tastes a lot like the genuine artifact. The malt’s caramel quality is supple but balanced by a light, crisp hopping. Big on flavor but low on bitterness, this lager is an autumnal treat, one that begs to be paired with sausage or other spiced meats.
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2001
One of the best Oktoberfest I have had. Nice and dark, the way I like my beer. Well balanced. igneous1 (1538) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 20, 2003
beautiful brownish/orangeish color that positively glows! no beer transmits light in quite the same way an Ofest does. has a thin but adequate head. aroma is obviusly malty with cereal notes. detect more hops in the flavor of this than most Ofests..very subtle however. touch of alcohol as well...not as sweet as some of the others of the style, but still, very tasty. prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2007
I don’t know why this one doesn’t rate higher here. Nice dark reddish-brown color, strong aroma and flavor, with a nice balance between the malt and hops. On tap at Oktoberfest in Glendale. spatenfan (86) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2014
On tap. Very good Oktoberfest, malty, thick, and sweet. One of the better American examples of a Marzen. MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2004
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.