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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,108 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,108
Hads: 2,389
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 21.07%
Wants: 55
Gots: 297 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Reviews: 1,108 | Hads: 2,389
Photo of lester619
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky, cloudy, amber-brown. Head and lacing are thin. The smell is rather sweet with some brown sugar molases notes. Grainy and toasted malt smells are mixed in with faint skunky smell underneath everything. You can taste a complex toasty malty roasted grain flavor at first. This turns into a bitter somewhat astringent alcohol taste with an oxidized skunky aftertaste. I'm sure this is a completely different beer fresh from the vat. I'm pretty sure this bottle has been around a while. I wanted to try a Marzen actually made in Germany. I think I will stick to domestic stuff unless I'm actually standing in Munich.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a darkish gold color, sort of SAC Amber meets Goldenrod. White head, not much of it in either head size or lace. Pretty clear body. You can see the streams of carbonation rise up to the top where they don't amount to anything.

Smells like grainy, unappetizing malt. Not a good blend; too much like germinating grain. Stale hops: too-bitter lawn clippings. Not much fruit ester.

This beer tastes poorly. The malt base is not interesting; it reminds me of a macro lager. There are similar flavors. This basically tastes like a Michelob Lager that has had a splash of Marzen added to it. Unappealing flavors. Weak, undeveloped.

Watery mouthfeel. Not terrible but you notice it in a bad way. The drinkability is suspect. On one hand the proximity to macro lager makes this technically very drinkable. But if you're interested in drinking a good beer when you measure drinkability then this falls short. Not good enough for its ABV% or price.

Drink other Marzens instead. I don't care if this purports to be the first of the style. It is not good, and other Marzens/Oktoberfestbiers are good and your should drink them and not this.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/3/2008 (draft):

Pours a brownish colored body, with a small white colored head, very creamy looking. Has a very malty aroma. Some acidity in the palate. Sourish taste almost. Dusty malty taste. Don't know if the acidity and sour are a bad sign or not.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12 pack to share with some friends recently. Poured into a pint glass. Brownish color with a hint of orange. Somewhat flat looking, not much head, and not much lacing. Smell was a bit earthy. Taste was a bit sub par. Way too much malt, to the point of sticking to the palate. Plus, there was an skunked flavor hidden after the swallow. It's an easy drinking beer, smooth going down, but I just didn't care for the taste. Kind of a let down from a from a brewer that's had a bit of time to work on the O'Fest recipe.

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Photo of Cruzin023
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured a dark brown color with little head
S: Smelled kind of skunky
T: Had a skunky taste overall and bitterness afterward; could taste a little of the roasted malts
M: Lots of carbonation
D: Drinkable, but definitely not as easy to drink as other Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of deebo
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a very clear reddish brown. Tan head has little staying power, not much for CO2 bubbles.
S-Hint of skunky beer with weak caramel malt aroma. I hate green bottles-all brewers should stop using them. Light degradation of beers from Europe packaged in green bottles never holds up by the time it gets here.
T-Nice upfront sweet toasted malt with a hint of floral hops at end with a little astringent aftertaste.
M-Medium body with moderate effervescence, hops linger.
D-Easy to drink but not a ton of flavor.
O-Not my favorite Marzen but respectable-would love to get some before the skunk sneaks in the bottle. I'm sure this on tap would be a much better experience. Maybe some people actually like skunky beer...Heineken anyone?

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Photo of vandemonian
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has an amber colour and a 1-finger head that sticks around due to the good carbonation. It smells like cheap grainy beer with perhaps a hint of hops. The taste is pretty similar: not great. It feels pretty watery but the carbonation gives it some interest at least.

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Photo of tylerprince
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a fresh bottle into a snifter.

A: Nothing special. Clear brownish copper with a one finger white head. Resolves into a thin lacing.

S: Pilsener malts through and through with an astringent fruitiness. Tastes ever so slightly skunked.Green bottles should be outlawed.

T: Better than I expected after giving this one a whiff. Starts and ends fruity, almost like a cider. Too sweet for me, though, and ends with an Earl Grey-like bittersweet profile.

M: Nothing to comment on here. Crisp and clean, but perhaps a bit lacking on the carbonation front.

O: Won't be buying this one again. I remember going to Germany a few years ago before I was really into beer and thinking nothing could beat a proper German brew. Since being back in the states, I can't find anything that comes close. Can't wait to get back to Europe to try some local German beers, or even just to find some good imports in the states.

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Photo of Goliath
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich, clear, amber color with a thin white had. Decent retention.

Aroma is not too great. Some pale bready malt, and a dominant skunky aroma.

Taste is ok. Some pale bready malts again, but a dominant skunky flavor. Had I not known it was an Oktoberfest, I never would have guessed.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavor is subpar for an Oktoberfest, but it's not horrible and it is certainly sessionable.

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Photo of 2814
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep amber color with very little head. Skunky aroma up front with a touch of raisin. Surprisingly clean taste, notes of caramel malt with subtle earthy finish. It is actually pretty refreshing despite first appearance and aroma. Nice, easy drinking with just the right amount of carbonation to clean your palate after each sip. Flavor stays consistent until the bottom of the glass.

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Photo of DurtyNellie
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very pretty beer. Copper body with an off-white head that quickly dissipated. Nice lacing on the glass, though.
Bit of a toasted and floral aroma.
I can barely taste the toasted malts or the hop characteristics.
A bit thin and watery.
I'm not impressed, I used to like this beer. Might do well with the Millcooweiser folks. Green bottle - possibly stale?

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Photo of witster18
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tastes pretty good, but would wear on me after 2 or 3. Maltiness is tempered with a unpleasant and lingering astringency/off-putting citrus note? Starts like an amber... finishes like a weak bock... a weird almost pumpkinish sweetness that pulls a 180 and turns into a dry buttermilk....blah... not very good... I wanna real beer... not one that just comes from beer central and looks good on the label. Overpriced. About equal with a shiner bock, but cost about 4 dollars more.

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Photo of bkilpatr
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 10/28/08.

Pours a clear copper-orange color with nearly three fingers of beige head. The head dropped quickly, no lacing. Aroma is lightly toasted malt and faint floral hops.

Taste is sweet caramel-ish malt and faint floral hops. Both tastes are very muted, leaving the beer fairly bland. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Carbonation is decent and the body is light. Drinkability is decent, though the poor taste drops it some.

Doesn't taste as good as other beers of the style.

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Photo of ReDave
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm kinda wondering what year this was.... no clue of date.

Not impressive sourish malt aroma

Nice head cream colored lasted a short while.. Nice lacing.

Sorta lemony sour malt taste, with bad sour-bitter aftertaste.

I think this is worth once a year, but not much more.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow/golden color with a small white head that settled quickly. Little lacing to speak of.

S: Some grass, as well as some malt and a little bit of fruit, little bit of skunk.

T: Pretty malty with a little bit of caramel. There is a grainy characteristic as well.

M/D: Medium bodied, but smooth. Overall its ok, not great. I am guessing that the trip overseas has a lot to do with this. On tap, I bet its a whole different beer.

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Photo of srrn
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours ok and is a deep amber color. I had this in Germany a long time ago and remember liking it, but spent most time at the Hacker Pschorr tent. The beer is malty, buiscity, with a bit of grassy hops, and while not skunked, or maybe it was, there's a nastiness there that has me wondering about the rest of the sixer. Good enough to drink, bad enough to never bother with again. I like their Optimator, I'll stick with that.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I must not have been drinking the same beer that everyone else is rating so highly. The smell, taste and finish of this all reminded me of a pale lager, similar to a Stella or a Chinese Tsingtao. Almost a skunky aroma, and the taste was more of the same. If I see it, I may try again, just to make sure I didn’t just get a bad bottle, but based on this one, I could not find too much good to say about this beer.

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Photo of billybob
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured a clear copper color with a two finger head that quickly just faded to the beer and no lace to speak of. slight apple earthy aroma with a grainy malt taste and a tangy finish. light mouthfeel and on the dry side. drinkability, a long way down on my list.

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Photo of rebel1771
2.74/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark amber color with very little head or lacing.

S: Smell is very lager like. Smells of sweet corn with a bit of toasted malts thrown in.

T: Flavor of very lightly toasted malt but fades to a macro lager flavor quickly.

O: Disappointed with this one. I love the Spaten brewery but this beer just isn't very good.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.74/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear and slightly transparent caramelized brown. Two fingers of soapy head that is quick to diminish. A light, almost root-beer like look.

Smelll - Light malt and crisp autumn scents. Smells fresh.

Taste - Tastes a bit fizzy and soapy. A bit if a funky malt all-throughout. Light grain and wheat notes.

Mouthfeel and Overall - Light-bodied. A bit flat with a grainy funk to it. A decent Oktoberfest.

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Photo of kegger22
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen is a light/medium, transparent brown with a modest off-white head that has little retention.

The aroma is what you would expect to find in a typical lager/pilsener, a little maltier.

The taste does little to recommend itself. Light malt sweetness, but no real flavor. There is some bitterness, but mostly masked by over carbonating.

Mouth feel is light bodied and, as mentioned, too much carbonation.

Drinkability is fair as it strikes a balance between not being tasty and not being offensive.

Spaten Oktoberfest is a colored seltzer and about as flavorful. The beer is not recommended.

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Photo of oldhippie247
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium-gold with thin head that disappears all too quickly. Bottle tasted a tad warmer than ideal.

The nose is all about the malt, but not in an all too great way. A little funky on the nose--similar to some other German lagers--not my style.

Flavor is a little stale, though that could be partially attributed to the age of the bottle. All malt palate with no really discernable hop profile.

A cheap beer with historical significance and import intrigue, but falls a little flat on aroma and flavor--pretty big areas.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Dundee Oktoberfest.

A: Clear amber with two-finger, white, foamy head that diminished in a couple of minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Sweet grainy malt. Some fruit.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Strong alcohol flavor.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and dry. Kind of watery.

O: The taste and mouthfeel was pretty disappointing on this one. I liked the Dundee better.

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Photo of udubdawg
2.72/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

while the date indicates this is not what I'd call fresh, if the style was historically brewed in the spring to be consumed in the fall, this was brewed in the fall and is being consumed in the spring - should be about the same, right?
Pours a coppery orange color, off-white head quickly receding to a ring and a stubborn patch in the center of the glass before hanging on.
Where's the aroma? It is light, far from the richness I expect. There is a vague and thankfully light suggestion of tartness. it isn't toasty.
Earthy and floral hops make more of an appearance than expected in the flavor. Again, no toast. Quite sweet, slightly doughy, not overly complex - hard not to be disappointed here. I'm not getting any significant tartness I feared from the aroma.
Carbonation is decent, slightly low. Beer is mostly clean, only slightly sticky, body medium light for the style.
Underwhelming in so many areas, but at least it is on the lighter end of the style. This brings the drinkability back up to average.

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Photo of samie85
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes; earlier tonight.

A-Pours a clear, dark copper color with one and a half fingers of white.

S-Skunky from the start with dark fruit and toasty malts with herbal hops on the finish.

T-Bitter hops with almost hot alcohol notes and toasty malt hints.

M-Light bodied with a crisp, heavy carbonation that lends a slightly watery feel.

D-Not very desirable characteristics in this one; not enough malt notes and the watery feel make this one I probably won't revisit.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
81 out of 100 based on 1,108 ratings.