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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
82
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2,142 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 2,142
Reviews: 1,080
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 43
Gots: 136 | 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 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, Sunday at 02:37 PM
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
Photo of Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the brown pint bottle with the dray horses and cart on the label and BLUE foil round the neck!!
Poured a fantastic looking massive billowy white head..that sticks a round more than the Paulaner ..a crystal clear amber beer..
Dissapointed about the aroma..compared to Paulaner Marzen its very feeble. not offensive though average indeed.
The taste though I liiked again i got some nice malt profiles this time smooth coffee and creme sort of flavour , milk chocolate comes to mind..very pleasant.
I like a beer to be smooth on the tongue and this does the job.
Quite drinkable..but not overlly so..the lack of carbonation makes sure you wont drink 12 of these babies..but this is an Ok beer.

Reidrover, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of jsprain1
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- An amber colored beer with great clarity. A thin head with good retention.
S- Smells of malt and some fruit. Possibly cherry.
T- Tastes of light malt and yeast. Not that bad but not outstanding. Pretty average.
M- Good carbonation and body. Has the weight and texture requisite for the style.
O- Fairly drinkable but its pretty average tasting for a marzen so not the best session beer when considering the abv.

jsprain1, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of ramseye4
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color wth a two finger head that leaves lacing down the glass. Very malty in the aroma and taste, with very little hop presence, as expected. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side and decently carbonated. Not a bad marzen overall, very drinkable and relaxing on a cool fall day

ramseye4, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of scottum
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an amber with a full white head. Tastes full and malty sweet with a hint of butter and a nice light hop balance. Mouthfeel is quite smooth making for a very easy drinking brew. I'm happy to be able to even be able to buy german beer in my small town once a year so I'll take what I can get. Not the best Oktoberfest lager I've tried, but certainly a very solid offering worth checking out.

scottum, Sep 29, 2004
Photo of jonb5
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden colour, medium thin head which went fast but some lacing was retained, clear. Aroma was straw and hay with notes of caramel and red cabbage. Tasted caramel and red cabagge, finish was wheaty and bitter. Quite peppery, seemed to switch between bitter and sweet but had more bitterness than other Oktoberfest beers from Munich. Well carbonated, crisp, smooth enough. Easy to identify as a Munich Oktoberfest beer, decent but not the best.

jonb5, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of cypressbob
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a deep yellow body, puffy white head with pretty good retention

Smell, some slight malt, some hint of grain

Taste, slick crisp mouthfeel. A little hops on the initial tasting, a slightly dry finish.

A fair oktoberfest, but paulaner and lowenbrau beat it hands down inmo

cypressbob, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my Harpoon Krug. Looks great in the mug - pours a beautiful translucent amber with a rocky, 2.5 inch cream-colored head that eventually dissipates into a solid quarter inch cap. Nose expresses classic German sour-mash lager aromas - nothing too out of the ordinary. Taste follows nose; however, there is also a bit of caramel and a trace of dark fruit intermingled. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a bright carbonation and a slight, residual burn at the back of the throat. All and all, a pretty drinkable Marzen - not my favorite, but it goes down easy and is not at all cloying like some examples of the style I've had the opportunity to try.

Jwale73, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of Brno
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color, almost a brown. Sweet smell with a thin head. Rich flavor with a bit of chocolate/cocoa powder on the palate. Thin body that dissipates quickly. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste that is also rich. Not one to drink one after another while camping, but one to savor in Autumn, perhaps 'round the fire.

Brno, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25 oz brown bottle, capped, light blue foil around neck of bottle and covering cap. No date.

This beer poured clear, bubbly, amber brown color with creamy white foam that left lace on the glass. The smell was biscuit malt with some notes of grain and a hint of butterscotch. The taste was slightly sweet biscuity malt but with a touch of tanginess. The hop presence was low except for a touch of bitterness in the finish. There was also a faint hint of diacetyl in the flavor. The mouthfeel was relatively smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation. This was a decent marzen.

UncleJimbo, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of Paul_Zills121
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%

Paul_Zills121, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

oberon, Jun 12, 2003
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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