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Sprecher Brewing Co.
Glendale, WI

Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV: 6.0%

Franz’s Rating:
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It’s great to back in the good ol’ USA. I say this because the wife and I just got back from our honeymoon in Italy and Greece. Before you all get ahead of yourself, the reason it’s great to be back is because these two countries had virtually no selection of beer. The only consolation was the beers were cheap and they quenched our thirst on the hot days. Other than the hot days, it was a great experience. I begged and pleaded to stay, but Mrs. Mueller wouldn’t have it. I even told her that I would get a job being an apprentice glassblower in Venice and gondolier on the side. That sparked a little interest with her imagining my stunning good looks blowing glass and my muscular frame pushing the gondola through the canals while serenading her with a sweet love song. I guess we can all dream.

The first thing I did the weekend we got back was grab some Oktoberfest beer. Big surprise getting an Oktoberfest beer, but the store had so many different ones to try. I decided to try Sprecher’s version since I’ve never reviewed a beer from this brewery and the IPA² I had from them was excellent. One of the things that I love about Sprecher is they put their beers in 16-ounce bottles, which not a lot of breweries do. I have had the chance to try a few of Specher’s beers and have noticed malt being more pronounced than usual in them all. In this brew I can certainly taste that malt characteristic that is infused with a delightful sweetness. The scent of this beer joyfully tickled my nostrils with that same malty sweetness. In my clear glass I could see a beer that is crystal clear and deep red in color. All in all, every aspect of this beer was enjoyable down to the extra four ounces left over in the bottle.

I would have to say that I wasn’t let down with this beer. Sprecher’s Black Bavarian and Special Amber along with their IPA² were all great beers that I had the opportunity to try. This one ranks the same among this list. Here’s to another great brew by a great brewery.


Reviewed by Franz Mueller on October 16, 2007.
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