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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
82
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2,188 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,188
Reviews: 1,087
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 47
Gots: 157 | 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 RockyTopHeel
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Translucent, amber-colored beer with a soft, malty scent and flavor. Spaten Oktoberfest has a slightly thicker than expected mouthfeel with a touch of sweetness. It finishes smooth, but there's too much going on to be highly drinkable. Oktoberfest is a pleasant beer and enjoyable out of the bottle, but I think it becomes rather outstanding when enjoyed on draught.

Photo of augustgarage
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from multiple 12oz bottles into my Moonlight shaped pint glass.

Clear mahogany/sinopia liquid with a lasting pasty crust of beige foam. Creamy dense yet delicate lacing and superior retention.

Rich toasty aroma, crisp and simple with distinctive malt notes.

Light melanoidins intermingle with a grainy taste on the palate. Very low bitterness with little to no appreciable hop flavor. Finishes medium-dry.

Creamy, medium-light bodied with ample carbonation.

A pleasant if slightly bland version of the style...while my example is maybe not the freshest (and the green glass bottle probably doesn't help things either), this is still very drinkable.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a finger of head on a clear, dark straw colored body. Low head retention.
The aroma is a mild grain and barnyard, though what's there is nice.
Nice flavor: mild malt sweetness, a little woody and mild bitter finish.
The texture is crisp with fizzy carbonation.
A fine enough drink.

Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I revisted this beer again this year.

This time the beer seemed to be in a much better condition. Still not my favorite Oktoberfest but it is very solid. Nice malt aroma and flavor. Hops are very mild. Definately more on the sweeter side of the spectrum.

Review on 09-23-2007

A dark copper color with a white fluffy head that dissipates quickly and settles to a thin ring around the glass. Leaves good lacing. It has a funky hop smell that isn't at all what I expected after drinking a lot of American beers in this style. The taste is of hops, citrus, and a little malt. Kind of funky that I did not find appealing. It is light bodied with little carbonation that finishes clean. I did not like this beer and wasn't able to finish the glass. Perhaps my bottle was not that fresh.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle picked up at the Coop last Thursday for about $1.45.. poured into my New Belgium goblet tonight.

2 finger head drops leaving spotty lacing.. crystal clear amber red brew.

Very clean toasted malts dominate the aroma.. not much else to talk about here.

Toasted malts again are in the front.. sorta a husky note.. toasted bread with just a touch of earthy hoppiness... sorta creamy with a lite/medium body.

I've had the Spaten Octoberfest too many times to count over the years... I will continue to pick it up, but (and this may be my PNW palate talking) there could be more to this brew.. it just seems like it is bordering on great but settles on adequate... the best thing about this brew is it tastes alot more fresh than alot of the other German Octoberfest brews that make it to this neck of the woods.

Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean copper-amber color with a solid head and decent lace. Sweet toasted caramel aroma, hints of brown bread. Rich, soft malt flavor. Caramel/toffee and light fruit. Smooth and lightly drying, finely carbonated. Solid Marzen...I could easily drink a few.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Jmc986
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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!

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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