A review of The Spoetzl Brewery’s Shiner Marzen-Style Oktoberfest. Delve into fall time with a spark of German tradition and malty, caramel, and pumpkin spices swirling within one great brew. A compliment to most fall time meals and desserts as well as keeping you warm on those chilly autumn evenings. The Spoetzl Brewery is located in Shiner, Texas and is open Monday thru Friday from 11am to 1:30pm.
The Spoetzl Brewery: Shiner Marzen-Style Oktoberfest
Appearance: Deep Gold-Amber
Aroma: Swarms of aromas ranging from fresh baked bread, pumpkin and orange peel tickle the nose with the first whiff. Notes of cereal, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and caramel are intermingled as well providing a pleasant fall time delight.
Flavor: First swig layers the palates with baked bread, caramel and a slight pumpkin pie flavor that is accompanied with an orange zest, herbal hops and brown sugar leaving a sweet, tangy, but overall balanced malt taste. Hints of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg giving a bit of a spicy, but smooth finish. Even notes of pears show up bring a slight fruity touch.
Mouthfeel/Body: Medium body. Simmers on palates with a dry finish while leaving a tad slick feeling on the tongue. Decent head retention and overall smooth and refreshing brew.
Food Pairing: Since this brew is normally consumed during mid-September through October with temperatures settling into cool, crisp days and chilly evenings, a good warm, hearty meal will do. A traditional meal is the first pairing option with a grill brats being an excellent way to celebrate Oktoberfest as well as bring out some unique flavor pairings between the Marzen-Style brew and meaty brats. Stepping out of tradition and into the home kitchen, a great pairing meal would be pork chops with pear chutney. A side of sweet potato with marshmallows is always a delightful compliment to fall meals or a bolder scallop potatoes. A dessert pairing option would be some pumpkin bread which would really compliment the hints of pumpkin spices in the Oktoberfest and bring a tranquil and delicious end to your day. This seasonal won’t be out long, so grab a pack and experience a German tradition and delve into fall time head first. Cheers!