Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Not Rated.
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-MärzenSpaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

2,222 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,222
Reviews: 1,093
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 49
Gots: 205 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (18) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 2,222 | Reviews: 1,093
Reviews by ZenAgnostic:
Photo of ZenAgnostic
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown amber color, off white head that dissipates quickly. Oaky, tobacco scent. Woody, somewhat bitter, spicy flavor. Some more carbonation would really round out this beer's mouthfeel, but it's great as is. Great drinkability, especially in a pilsner glass with some bratwurst and saurkraut. Has just enough spice and kick to remind you that you are in fact drinking beer, while enjoying a traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest food.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a shade of orange color with nice big rocky head,smell was really toasty a nice malty taste with some caramel tones along with some sweet toffee.It is nice to have decent examples of the style pretty much year around,bring on September to get the fresh beer!

Photo of Marty
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Meh. I bought this because I remembered drinking some great Oktoberfest brews in Munich this time about two years ago. Then I remembered that my sis and I mostly drank Paulaner's Oktoberfest.

Hard to compare, because this is coming out of a case that had to be shipped across the ocean... but I wasn't impressed with this beer. It LOOKS good... great big, beige, frothy, lingering head. Smells sweet.

Just not very complex, to me. It has a slightly acidic aftertaste. I wish it had some more hops, to balance out it's over-maltiness.

If you're looking for an Oktoberfestbier, might as well buy the Paulaner.

Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is light orange in color and comes with a full, gorgeous, pillowy head.

Smell – The light molasses and malt notes were subdued but present. I could also pick up some sweet, sugary caramel.

Taste – I’ll call this the “Optimator Light”. It has all the same flavors except not as intense and full. The deep, rich toffee came out nicely along with some good sugar cane.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied Oktoberfest bier has great balance. It has a lot going on in the mouth, especially for a style not known for its complexity.

Drinkability – This is the real deal. The order of flavors – rich malt, molasses, caramel, toffee – was just right. I really enjoyed this offering from Spaten.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Liter consumed at Kavanaugh’s Esquire Club in Madison, WI.

Pours a solid copper with a thick white head that immediately dissipates to nothing. Visibly well carbonated.

Aroma is feint of caramel, must, and just a touch of German hops. I don’t find any toast.

Taste is also a bit of a let down. It’s not that there are bad things happening here. It’s just that there isn’t much at all going on here. Grainy with a floral finish but almost entirely lacking in toast and not sweet enough.

Mouthfeel: Light and aggressively carbonated. Clean and crisp.

Driunkability: Very high. Goes down like a light beer.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tarnished copper color with a thin but fluffy eggshell colored head. The beer is virtually odorless to my nose. The flavor is pretty standard. Sweet, slightly biscuity malt, fruity hops, and a slightly metallic finish. This is exactly what I expect in an Oktoberfest. It is not bad but, I would much rather have a fresher, cheaper, one from an American brewer.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear dark caramel color. Initial pour had a decent soapy foam head of about 1-1/2 to 2 fingers deep, white, and didn't last long. Reduces quickly to a ring of white bubbles at the glass.

Very faint aromas of caramel malts and herbal grassy hops. Did I mention 'faint'? The aromas really aren't an impressive part of this brew.

Tastes are a touch malty, moderate malts, with a pretty good balance of hops. The slight sweetness is part of a solid flavor that stays together nicely though the whole tasting experience. Mouthfeel is a touch thinner or lighter than I expected with some pretty spritely carbonation. The finish goes a bit dry but there is still some of that moderate maltyness in the linger.

The overall experience is enjoyable and the drinkability is decent. Not the best Oktoberfest that I've ever had but it was enjoyable just the same.

Photo of Dmann
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance was nice with a light amber color and a small white head that lasted and left decent lace down the glass. The smell had a certian grain and grass scent to it with not much else all, and the taste was simmilar. A mostly malty brew, this one did not have much in the way of hops or anyhting else. The mouthfeel was quite good though, with a good balance of carbonation and smoothness. Although this is not that exciting of a beer, it is easy to put back a few so I score it a little higher than others on the drinkability scale. But in the end, there are better Oktoberfest brews out there

Photo of blackearth
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper body with a thin white head that fell to a cap. Faint aroma of sweet caramel malts and flowery hops. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a crip carbonation. Flavors were sweet and refreshing with a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Very good drinkability.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the green bottle a nice golden reddish orange color with a small white head. The smell is of caramel malts with some earthy tones and a bit of skunkiness as well.

The first sip is a creamy caramely nutty infusion. This was not what I was expecting from the weak smell. Quite complex and flavorful...this is a nice example of the Oktoberfest style.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be...a very nice consistency and not overly carbonated. Drinkability is good here as well. An all around tasty brew that I could drink many of. This is a great time of year for beer and Spaten adds to my enjoyment!

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting too much from Spaten Oktoberfestbier, after trying the snoozefest that is Spaten premium lager, but at $1.75/bottle at my local tavern, I figured what-the-hell.

This beer has that pleasant orangish-tint-of-fall hue going on. Oktoberfests are normally very attractive beers, and this one was no exception.

Being in smoky bar, I could not pick up any nose at all.

The taste was very solid and well-rounded. Not as bold or flavorful as Hacker-Pschoor's, but still a tasty treat.

I had another bottle before the night was over, so all in all I would rate this as a very drinkable beer.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Enjoyed on tap. Pours a medium-brown with a light tan head.
Lots of malt aroma; bread and caramel and a hit of spicy hops as well.
Very tasty brew. Lots of malt goodness and some nice bittering and spicy hops to keep it interesting. beautiful balance.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and smooth.
Overall, a wonderful and refreshing Marzen. Would happily drink again.

Photo of warnerry
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper with a finger or so of creamy off-white head. Head fades pretty quickly, leaving only scant lacing.

S - Toasted bready malts, faint floral hops and, thankfully, only a slight presence of green glass light struck funk. Clean simple and pleasant.

T - Similar to smell with very pronounced toasted malt and minimal hop presence. Pretty good but not among my favorite Oktoberfest beers.

M - Medium, clean mouthfeel wit a slighlty dry finish.

O - A decent Oktoberfest. Not sure if moving away from green glass would improve this or not. With the vast selection available in this style I probably won't get this again, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered.

Photo of BJDuty
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very drinkable beer, but it doesn't have the depth of flavor one would expect from an authentic German Oktoberfest bier. The appearance is great with a deep golden color. The aromas are exactly what you'd expect, but the flavors fall a bit short. It's better than most American impersonators, but it doesn't live up to it's appearance or the expectations of this "real deal" German Oktoberfest.

Photo of generallee
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a green 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: It had a dark brunt orange amber color which is very different from the light golden Spaten Oktoberfest that I remember enjoying a few years ago. The body had good clarity and the head was thin and faded fast leaving very little head or lace.

Smell: The aroma was light and had floral hops with a slight skunk popping out though sweet caramel and candy like malt notes. (My wife noted that is was like smartees candy.)

Taste/Mouth feel: It had a sweet candy like malt flavor with some mild floral hops. Hop bitterness was very light and coved up buy the sweetness of the malt. It finishes on the sweet side with hint of grassy hops. It was about medium bodied with a smooth texture and light carbonation.

Notes: Overall it was not bad but nothing like the lighter Spaten Oktoberfest that I remember which was very good.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear amber color with a decent beige head that fizzles away after a minute or so.

Smell - some grains but mostly a very skunky smell. I have a feeling this bottle has some light-damage.

Taste - Very nice sweet caramel maltiness up front, breadiness, very subtle hop spiciness, finishes pretty clean with some yeastiness. No skunkiness in the taste..weird how the smell is mostly off but the flavor is great.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, rolls around in the mouth, carbonation is spot on.

Drinkability - As long as I dont smell the beer, it tastes great and very drinkable. Good offering from Spaten. Prost!

Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz green bottle with a cryptic looking freshness code.

LOOK: Brandishes a clear copper color, enough head and lacing action to get by

SMELL: Loaf of bread, grape skin, nutty, very grassy, faint caramel, floral hop, mineral, clean

TASTE: Semi-crisp, slick, slightly sweet, bready, cake, moderate hop bitterness, flat herbal flavor, slightly spicy, hint of alcohol, very dry toasted grainy finish

For its travels and most likely its preparation for the trip the US it ends up being a pretty good lager. In the world of beer and Oktoberfest it is a pretty easy assumption that this beer tastes a lot better from the source but with that said ... the beer that is sent over is certain worth getting.

Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the first of three German Oktoberfestbiers I sampled on the night of September 30, 2004, and the one that, ultimately, was the most drinkable. The Spaten poured a clear, golden body with a one finger, ivory colored, head that retained well, before yielding some attractive, sheet lacing.
Aroma reveals caramel malt to the nose, and soft, floral hops.
Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, with an ideal level of moderate carbonation.
Taste was bettter appreciated after sampling the Oktoberfest biers of Becks and Hacker-Pschorr. The Spaten has a bettter balance, with buttery, toffee malt weaving in and out of the picture with a pleasant, floral hops bittering note, that works quite well here. Nothing to overwhelm, just a fine balance of malt and hop that results in a clean finish, and a desire to have another.
Good drinkability, and the best of the German festbiers I've sampled, as we enter October of 2004.

Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, amber, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, spices, wheat

Taste: toasted malt, spices, mineral water, touch of hops

Mouthfeel: noticeable high carbonation throughout, medium bodied, dry, sweet start with a moderately sweet body.

Drinkability: dry and sharp, this is kind of like the sparkling wine of Octoberfests. The carbonation is non-stop. The flavor is very good. I could have up to three of these. Currently in my top four of this style.

Photo of Mora2000
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grain and toffee with a little bit of skunked notes mixed in. I assume this is because they decided to put the beer in a green bottle. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of grain and toffee with a little bit of nuttyness, but luckily there is not any of the skunk in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of LyonsHead
2.57/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a really dark orange/copper with a brown hue. There is a 1 finger white head that dissipates to about a millimeter very quickly

S: To me this smells more like a German pils than an Oktoberfest. There is a vegetal and grassy hop aroma laced over top the classic bready and biscuit notes. The hops are distracting and take away from the maltiness which should be the focus

T: You can catch a non-complex bread flavor but it is mixed with the same grassy hop that was in the aroma. this flavor is muting out the maltiness

M: Rather slick and thin for what I normally find in an oktoberfest. The beer finishes with a cloying sweetness

D: For me (and I think for most) an Oktoberfest-Marzen is about a complex maltiness. This beer has an aroma and flavor that profiles german hops. Not a good example of the style in my opinion.

Photo of Byeast
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes on this review:
I believe octoberfest started today in Munich , so im raising my glass of Spaten ocktoberfestbier to that. I have read that in addition to beginning the modern lagering technique around 1830 , the custom of making reddish-bronze , malt accented lagers for oktoberfest began with Spaten. ( Micheal Jackson, Ultimate Beer)And traditionally it is the first beer to be tapped.

The beer poured a bronze color , with an in of off-white head. The aroma was malty , slightly roasty , with a hint of earthy hop. Taste is also malty , some toffee , smooth , bit of hop crispness in the finish, mildly tea-like. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and slick. This oktoberfest is quite drinkable , would love to try it on tap at the actual celebration in Munich.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One would think that a German brewer could turn out a good O-fest beer.

Such is not the case with Spaten's Oktoberfestbier.

Pours an attractive clear copper in color. Thin layer of white head manages to lace the glass nicely. Aromas have a definite skunk to them. Some malt sweetness and a grassy/floral hop note. Maybe some undefined spices as well. Same for the flavor. A skunk-funk invades the palate, not letting the hops and malts through. Finishes dry, with a lasting clean bitterness. A bit thin. Lots of carbonation. Drinkability factor takes a hit due to the skunk. A shame. For $0.50 more, I also purchased a 6-pack of Hop Devil that was much better.

Photo of bsp77
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into mug-like glass.

Appearance: Clear biscuit color (as proper) with light white head and marginal lacing.

Smell: Biscuit, caramel, cherry and metallic/spicy hops.

Taste: While there is the expected biscuit and caramel malt backbone, a strong cherry presence rears its head and creates a very medicinal aftertaste. Light spicy hops on the finish as well.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, semi-dry finish that is a little off.

Drinkability: While it at least does not have the too sweet caramel backbone that many US examples do, the strong medicinal presence is just as bad. Not a particularly good Marzen. Still, it gets the job done and is better if paired with hearty food.

Photo of magictrokini
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber-gold pour with a big white head. Perfume-like aroma with light Bavarian malts. Nice crisp taste with a good balance of spicy/peppery hops. Bready and sweet flavors as well. Subtle mouthfeel. A clean, smooth, not overwhelming beer. Not only that, a marzen that I actually like.

to view more.
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
82 out of 100 based on 2,222 ratings.