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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
82
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2,173 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 2,173
Reviews: 1,084
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 45
Gots: 154 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001)
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Photo of BeerDocT
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Really interesting color to this beer, I don't know if I have ever seen this color before. It's a reddish-golden color but not quite amber in color. Almost has a greenish hue. Really unusual and attractive, clear and almost no head whatsoever.

-Smell 4.0: Very appealing smell. Lots and lots of barley. I also smell caramel and an appealing general sweetness. Nice.

-Taste 3.5: Very interesting. After the sweet, caramel smell, I wasn't prepared for this: the beer is actually quite dry in taste. There really is no upfront taste. After swallowing, I taste an unusual, diluted hoppiness and some barley. This hoppiness actually increases after swallowing and slowly disappears.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: This is a beer that gets the carbonation right. It is balanced and enhances the drinking experience. In a specialty beer like this, it could be a little off, but the master brewers at Spaten have it exactly right.

-Overall 3.5: Overall, a very good beer. This would be excellent with any and all German food and also "wunderbar" as a session beer. However, you should be aware that this is a very subdued beer. It is not a specialty beer and not one of the recent American micro/macro brews that blows up taste and alcohol. If you are looking for something like that, you will want to choose another beer.

$12.99 for a twelve pack in Atlanta, GA.

BeerDocT, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served up a rich reddish amber that is completely clear. The head is dense and slightly off-white, leaving moderate lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is very bready and clean, but seems to be lacking a lot of the toasted character that really makes a marzen. It smells nice with hints of caramel and malty breadyness, but it seems pretty tame for the style.

The flavor is a little bit better with some nice caramel malt character mixing with a sweet breadyness. There are hints of toasted malt and a bit of herbal hop character, but much like the aroma it seems to be pretty low key.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and seems a bit thin. The beer finishes well and leaves only traces of malty sweetness.

This beer is really tasty, but it is a bit of a disappointment when you are looking forward to a nice rich, toasty, caramely and chewy Oktoberfest. If you know what you are getting into though, it is a very drinkable and pretty good tasting German lager.

zoso1967, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of BWH3
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the big six breweries permitted at Octoberfest.

A: Orange copper brew with fluffy white head. Moderate retention. Clear. Large bubbled carbonation but not exceptionally brisk.

S: Does not get much better. The hops noble, leafy, skunky/musty and some mineral notes. The malt has the sweat and oddly toasted flavor of Munich malt.

T: If only the smell came true in the flavor. The hops come up front but are milder in flavor then aroma. The malt base is bland and not pleasantly sweet at all. A touch of spice in the aftertaste is intriguing.

M: Slightly more weight than Spaten Lager which is good. As described above, the carbonation and head retention are very good.

D: A change of pace from a Helles lager and of course a tradition for the 'fest.

BWH3, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of BlackAngus
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber color, clear, rocky white head.

S - Nicely balanced malt and German hops.

T - Mild, smooth, round malt flavor, subtle hop flavor.

M - Light, clean, drying. .

D - Drinkable. Not a bad beer, and definitely a good choice for a session Oktoberfest.

BlackAngus, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of Whiteweasel
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a seidel and reveiwed courtesy of my roommate heissebier.

Appearance: A moderately dark brown colour with a disappointing head. I know it's a lager and I did pour as if it was an ale, but I was hoping for something more substantial.

Smell: Mmmmm...delicious! It's a fragrant aroma that is unique to only Oktoberfests. A sweet maltyness balanced by what I think might be hops. (this wasn't the first beer i've had tonight)

Taste: Slightly lighter than I expected. Bittered by the hops to a point where it works nicely with the sweetness. It's a pleasant taste and goes down very easily. Its only weakness is that it has a very slight metallic taste, but not enough to damage the taste much.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant. The right amount of carbonation and no sign of alcohol (which might be offputting in this style). Leaves a nice taste in the mouth. A little stale after a while though.

Drinkability: Very refreshing. I can't stress how easy this was to quaff. It's an great combination of light/refreshing and substantial at the same time. And at only 5.9% its something you can definitely have a few of. Good seasonal from a consistantly good brewery.

Whiteweasel, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of GRPunk
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug

A- It poured a copper/bronze with a 1" off-white head. It had medium carbonation and light-medium lacing.

S- The aroma was slightly sweet and bready with some hop tones present.

T- It was surprisingly mild. It was mostly malty with a flavor of sweet bread and a light hop finish. I was hoping for a more powerful flavor.

M- Very smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

D- It's an easy drinker and pairs well with a variety of food.

Overall- It's not bad, but I wasn't terribly impressed either. The flavors were a little more subtle than I was expecting.

GRPunk, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of Pinknuggets
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Rock Art Pint Glass

A: Amber brown to a lighter more lager like color basically no tan head seems standard nothing special though

S:Smells like burnt malt maybe? I don't know I can't quite tell the hint of spices tells you its definitely a german beer (which saves it a bit) but the first smell is rather powerful and skunky

T: Very crisp for how dark it looks no heavy duty flavors here but my palate is satisfied i can taste the malt which fortunately is better then the smell. It tastes almost watered down but I know octoberfests are supposed to be drinkable so it is that but lighter side of what I've tried. I still like it though

M: Thin light and crisp very similar to water when cold which makes it almost a little too easy to drink because it goes down so smooth. Good stuff

O: The start wasn't great, but it finished strong and I liked this better then I thought I would. I had tried this beer in the past but not recently and it will definitely be one I will consider the next time october/fall comes around. Im not usually a huge fan of the german styles but this one stays true to style and i enjoyed it but not the best beer ever.

Pinknuggets, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of ThreePistols
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First I just want to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this beer in spite of so many skunked reviews posted.

This beer pours a clear bright medium golden color with a huge frothy head. The nose was sweet, full of toasted malt and bread like. Smooth medium body with a nice mouth feel. The taste was much like the nose, sweet, malty and bready. The hops were perhaps too light. Nice smooth semi-dry finish. Very easy to quaff.

On the negative side this beer was on light side of taste and excitement. And for the cost, there are better Oktoberfest biers.

ThreePistols, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of TechTriumph
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch of off-white creamy head with good retention; Clear appearance with a slightly rustic amber color; Pretty good showing of thin lacing around the glass

S - Light aroma overall; Some sweet, sugary and bready malts with light herbal hop notes; A bit skunky as well

T - Lots of bready malts here with some moderate sweetness that increases as the beer warms; A bit nutty as well underneath the bready character with just a bit of toasted grains that come through more in the end of the taste; Hops are mostly herbal with a bit of grass and are more noticeable on the back end of the taste; Subtle alcohol does poke through now and again mid-taste

M - Moderate carbonation; Light to medium bodied with a fairly smooth mouthfeel; Finish is a bit on the dry side

O - While this is a solid German example of the style, this doesn't quite make it as one of my favorites since it struggles to distinguish itself from many others. That said, I still found this beer to be pretty enjoyable and drinkable, and a solid option to have during these cooler months of the year.

TechTriumph, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a fluffy white head. Decent retention,and lacing. Smell is of sweet bread,and butter. Body is medium,with some carbonation. Taste is of Bread, butter,honey and sweet fruit. A bit differant but,not bad. Worth a try this Autumn.

riversider76, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of birchstick
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber/copper with a nice head
S - Smells very sweet and malty; also some grains were noticeable
T - The taste is malty and grainy with a very dry subtle hop finish. This was almost like a pilsner.
M - Nice and full and goes down smoothly
D - This was very easy to take down and the dry finish kept me wanting more. This is definitely a lot different than the styles I have had here in the US.

birchstick, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of tavernjef
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a nice light copper amber with a one finger high off-white head thats evenly foamed and smooth, fades down to a thick haze and lace in muddy globs. Aroma has a nice touch of lightly toasty malts, grainy and fresh and breadish sweet. Taste has a nice mellow toasted maltyness thats lightly sweet and bready, pretty easy and calm flavors, nothing overwhelming, notes of light nuttyness comes through in the finish with a favorable light drying. Sure its a bit plain, but nice enough to keep it interesting. Feel is medium bodied, pretty smooth the whole way through, easy little bitterness and a light drying finish. I can see drinking alot of these, as it warmed it was very nice indeed, a bit on the plain side, but something about the subtleness kept me going til the glass was empty. A good drinkin' O-fest.

tavernjef, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of Jmc986
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

Jmc986, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Chaney
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear, medium brown color, with generous carbonation, and about a fingers worth of head with incredible retention.

S: German malts aplenty, caramel, and with a mild nuttiness.

T: Crisp, somewhat hoppy for this style, yeasty (grainy), and with more than a hint of German malts.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, and the ABV is hidden quite well (as in more Octoberfest beers).

D: It's not the best Octoberfest I've ever tried, but it's far from the worst. Nothing complex, but it sure gets me in the mood for the Harvest season!

Chaney, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of beerbutcher
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep burnished gold, amberish with one finger, fine, white head which quickly fades.

aromas are of carmelized munich malt, toast, faintly hoppy..

taste is crisp and lager like. there's some extra richness in the malt, but not much. it's elegant though, with fine hopsk coming in and cleaning things up. the finish dries up and leaves a fresh greenish sting behind.

the mouthfeel is dry, but sudsy due to ample carbonation. the palate is taut with hops and the finish is refreshing and dry.

overall, not an overwhelming beer, but nuanced and elegant. I wish for more richness and intensity in the malt.

beerbutcher, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty straightforward Oktoberfest. This one is always at the organized Oktoberfests I go to.

More on the clean lager end of the spectrum. Different taste components seem pretty balanced to me. Some hops, butter notes and caramel.

Unfortunately, this bottle seems slightly skunked. Not bad, but not ideal. The perils of the green bottle.

GeoffFromSJ, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of Skidz
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a glassy gold and sits a deep reddish-amber, coming close to brown, with a massive off-white head, passing slowly to a light skim leaving an abundant amount of lace.

Aroma is dominated by sweet, toasty malts, entirely focused on caramel and toasted brown sugar. Woodsy fields of wild grasses and shrubs accumulate underneath to balance out the near candy-like sweetness that coats the whole thing. Pecans and toasted almonds sit somewhere in the middle.

Tastes bright and toasty initially, then smooths out into sweet hints of caramel and buttery toffee. Malts are well balanced with a rather sharp presence of hops, hinting on green and grassy flavors. Touches some mettalic ends, rather unfitting. Finish is well bittered and moderately refreshing holding on to many of the sugar-based malt flavors.

Level and balanced in the mouth, good carbonation level. Medium body, a standard O-fest feel.

Enjoyable, yes. Only at certain times. There are plenty of other Oktoberfests I'd rather be enjoying.

Skidz, Feb 07, 2005
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.

Byeast, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of brewQ
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle code date L11851 I'd take that as bottled April 2005 ...

A Classic appearance,shiny copper to bronze hue, nice collar of sandy color foam that coats the glass well.

The nose is earthy with hints of grain and bready sweetness.

A rich but not overwhelming taste of caramel malts.

A silky smooth mouthfeel that holds to the bottom of the glass. Makes this a quite drinkable beer.

The Ur Marzen claim, noting that this is the Original Marzen Oktoberfest, was new to me but since Spaten has been around since 1397 I would not doubt it.

brewQ, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of ordybill
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

ordybill, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of BeerTaster
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me start by saying the appearance is the best part of this beer, copper in color nice large white head that held up nice. Smell tosted grains and caramel malts. Tast this is where this beer let me down the caremel malty sweetness just wasn't their. This beer was a little dry. All in all I am glad to see Spaten bring back the amber color octoberfest but I still feel this leves somthing to be desired.

BeerTaster, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of jsh420
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear golden copper with a 2 finger head that faded and left no lacing

smells of lightly toasted malt and earthy hops

taste is ok - both the earthy hops and sweet/toasted grains hit your buds first and stay with you until the aftertaste which is all carmel malt

mouthfeel is good light/medium body with plenty of carbonation that gives you both a crisp and smooth feel

drinkability is solid - this is by far the best marzen from germany i have had but still the americans give you a rich robust malt flavor the germans lack

jsh420, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6 pack of 12 oz bottles purchased from LaBodega in Riverside, CA for $7.99 in September 2006.

I am a big fan of Oktoberfest style of beers, and so I'm always looking for good ones. This one makes the grade, although it's not my favorite.

Pours a nice copper color with minimal head. The bottle I chose for reviewing had no carbonation or head, although others in the six pack made for a nice head in my Spaten Oktoberfest 500 ml glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet fruitiness with a nice bready malt base; and gentle hops at the end. It actually gets sweeter as the glass drains. This one has a solidly full pleasant mouthfeel, and is very quaffable. Almost dangerously so.

Dukeofearl, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of heissebier
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this in honor of Oktoberfest ironically enough. I couldn't help but be impressed by the 1397 founding. It even claims to be the original Oktoberfestbier!

Appearance- Nice brown lager color. Weak head dissapears quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell- Malt blended with a sweet hoppy aromma. A pleasing sensation overall but I also detected traces of skunkiness.

Taste- Sweet and hoppy with a bitter finish. A light flavor without much depth.

Mouthfeel- Refreshing with good carbonation. Not too harsh.

Drinkability- A solid beer overall. I would buy this again but I'm not in love with it. Certinally a delicious Oktoberfestbier though!

heissebier, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of arguemaniac
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It’s doesn’t seem to have that same extra bit of roast and richness that many other Octoberfests have (especially the American versions), but it’s still a very good brew. The tasty, slightly buttery malt features some bready character and is nicely balanced by a mild but firm hop bite. Slightly full mouthfeel.

Very drinkable and inoffensive, there are better Octoberfests out there, both German and American, but I don’t really have any complaints about this one.

Recommended…

arguemaniac, Sep 23, 2007
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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