Shiner Oktoberfest

Reviewed by on October 3, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Spoetzl Brewery

  • Origin: Shiner, TX, US

  • Rated On: October 3, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Spoetzl Brewery operates in tiny Shiner, Texas (population, just north of 2000 souls), the town from which their offerings take their name, as does this here Shiner Oktoberfest.

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few instances of sudsy specked lace in places around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of bready, biscuity caramel malt, earthy yeast, somewhat sour red apple, and leafy, weedy, and kind of grassy hops. The taste is steady grainy, crackery caramel malt, a more even and sugary stewed apple note, suggestions of winter corn, ethereal gritty yeast, and softly rendered earthy and leafy noble hops. The effervescence is pleasantly laid-back in its lilting frothiness, the body a bit on the light side of medium weight, and perhaps a tad clammy in its otherwise quotidian smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the chimera malt riding things out without the use of the handrails.

An agreeable enough version of the style, and a folksy ode to the brewery’s historical Teutonic roots. Not sure how this works in the relative heat of central Texas’ ‘fall’, but here in nippy Denver, it simply hits the spot.

Brady White

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