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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,958 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,958
Reviews: 1,065
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 31
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
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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 garuda


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

A - Clear ruby, thin white head that retains a little, with some lacing down the glass.

S/T - Whole wheat bread crust and caramel sweetness, with a touch of grainy hops. Malt flavors are dominated by caramel sweetness rather than a bready sweetness.

M - Medium body, nice level of carbonation, smooth across the palate.

O - A little dark for an Oktoberfest, and I'd rather have bready malt flavors in it than all the caramel. Easy drinking, like it should be, but there are certainly better ones around.

09-17-2011 11:37:32 | More by garuda
Photo of katan


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown color - darker than most marzens. Carbonation is very obvious. Strong bubbling, which goes to support an off-white head. Very clear overall after it settles down.

S - Big time vienna/pilsner malt base here - that spicy edgy bready notes come through quite strongly. Almost too much a pilsner.

T - The vienna/pilsner malts continue to dominate - starts off with a malt malt sweetness that is immediately overwhelmed by those almost funky pils malt notes. Could have some vienna in there - but its hard to detect. No hopping. Finishes with another hit from those pilsner malts. Aftertaste is fairly sweet.

M - Moderate body - carbonation supports the strength of the unfermentables. Certainly leaves behind a combination of malty sweetness and carbonation bite.

D - Moderate drinakbility. ABV is manageable. Flavors are not overwhelming, but those vienna/pilsner malts are just a bit montone for me.. Carbonation is higher than I would desire in a marzen.

I must be picky in wanting my Marzens with less Vienna/Pils malts- just so dominant. I want to back those down and let more caramel and toffee come through.

10-20-2009 05:28:56 | More by katan
Photo of GeoffRizzo


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Somewhat of a copper, light orange hue. Odd aroma which is a bit grainy, grassy, some malt detection, but a bit off the beaten path for the style. Up front, sweet and tangy, a lingering malty palate, very little hops detection. Bordering on medium bodied, on the edge creamy. A bit thin for the style, not as tasty as some, but more drinkable than others. Not too shabby.

09-27-2003 02:49:09 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of EagleTalon


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Good oktoberfest beer. Pours to a thin head and clear amber color. Flavor is predominantly sweet malt balanced with noble hops. Finishes sweet. Goes well with German meats and good times. I have had American versions of this style that are just as good or better, though. Must have been a rough trip.

08-10-2003 02:09:11 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of bucklemyshoe


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

12 oz bottle. Pint glass.

A: Light, brick-colored pour with a thin film of head that dies quickly.

S: Cereal, caramel, toffee, and light fruitiness.

T: Light cereal grains, light caramel, and butterscotch.

M: Medium-light thickness and high carbonation.

O: It's not very bold. It's mediocre for its style.

02-27-2012 14:51:49 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of blackie


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

appearance: The 1/4" off white head readily recedes into the beer. The beer is an orangey, light amber color.

smell: Distinctive German "skunky" smell. I wish I knew a better descriptor for it, but that is all I've got. I suppose it comes from the German hops, which are clean, light, and spicy. The malt smell is also light, lending the beer a slight dark tree fruit essence. A little boring, but unoffensive.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the lower end of the high range, and the body has a heavier light feel to it.

taste: Clean tasting, with some off, vegetable type flavors. There is also a slight off taste that lingers into the aftertaste along with a mild hop bitterness. The same characteristically German taste I mentioned in the smell is also present here. I am a little disappointed in this one.

drinkability: pretty drinkable

10-27-2005 04:52:02 | More by blackie
Photo of erosier


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

L: Pours an orange-yellow color with a short and white colored head that has some lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet malts and some light hops at the end.
T: Follows the aroma with a big malty base followed by a slight hoppy flavor but still finished very sweet.
M: Light, refreshing, nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable as the malts blended well together and the hops weren't overpowering.

09-22-2008 10:47:21 | More by erosier
Photo of kcr357


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

a pours a dark copper color with light finely bubbled foam that dissipates into nothing quickly.
s I suspect I have an old bottle, as it smells a bit skunky and very close to an American macro brew. Malty smell, faint hops.
t much better than it smells, I was concerned it would suck but Spaten comes through again. Nicely malted, not much hops but it is still very rounded and smooth on the palate. Hints of molasses.
M finely carbonated, tingly, tiny bit syrupy.
Very decent beer

04-07-2010 16:56:38 | More by kcr357
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Had on tap at the Winking Lizard in Independence, OH, served in a special 1L Spaten/Winking Lizard dimpled-mug. That's over 32 oz of pure Oktoberfest goodness in a glass - Aye, Yaye-yaye-yaye!

Pours a beautiful copper-amber, with a good 1" of white head. Head remains for a good 3/4 of the beer.

Smell is malty, with a decent amount of grains smell; barley, mild hops. Slightly bready as well.

Taste is full and creamy, with sweet malt, mild hops, and a slight yeast taste.

A decent bodied, easy drinking beer.

Is this a full liter? I hardly noticed, and could easily put down another. Send me to Munich!

10-02-2010 01:40:59 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Dark golden tone with fizzy carbonation leading to a fluffy, full white head

S: Bready, yeasty with touch of citrus and floral hop notes... small hints of dark fruit and spice

T: Bready, yeasty German flavor with ample hoppyness... small hints of sour dark fruit and spice

M: Suprisingly crisp and clean in the mouth

D: Good German brew but does not stand apart from standard beers not labled for Oktoberfest

07-13-2009 14:20:15 | More by rfgetz
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

12-ounce bottle poured into a seidel yields a clear bronze body capped with a thick finger of fine ivory foam that recedes to a ring that leaves very little lacing

Smell is a bit malty. That's all I got, sorry.

Taste is mild and thin, with watered-down caramel and a note of lightly-roasted nuts. A note of toasted bread lingers in a moderately bitter finish.

Medium-bodied and disappointing, but inoffensive and pretty drinkable.

07-12-2008 20:55:30 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of DavidST


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass, no freshness date but I'm pretty sure its this years oktoberfest.

This pours a nice amber color with a foamy slightly off white head. The smell is pretty light but of toffee, toasted grain and bread. The feel is light to medium. The taste is okay, I get a little toffee, some caramel with some other malts in the back ground, overall a little light though. Not a bad oktoberfest but I've had better.

09-28-2011 02:07:45 | More by DavidST
Photo of atis


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

500 ml bottle from Germany

Pours sparkling pale yellow with white long lasting head that leaves several patches of lacing on glass. Aroma is grainy malt and herbal hops.

Taste is sweetish malty with notes of bittery herbal hops, as well as noticeable alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation.

Overall, drinkable, but not very good.

11-14-2011 18:44:16 | More by atis
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured a nice, medium amber color into a pint glass. Thick, half-inch head that left nice lacing on the glass.

Aromas of malts, toffee.

Tasted like a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Malty, moderately sweet, slightly metallic. Slightly alcoholicy. Alright tasting, but not overwhelming.

Slightly warming, smooth mouthfeel. Clean finish.

Overall, fairly middle of the road Marzen/Oktoberfest. Right on for style, IMO.

09-02-2006 22:27:06 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of draheim


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

12oz bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a weizen glass. Clear amber color w/ a 1-finger head and typical German vigorous carbonation.

Aroma is very faint, just some light caramel malt. Taste is bready, light caramel malt. Crisp, dry, slightly fruity.

This is an easy-drinking beer, which is kind of the point of an Oktoberfest bier. Still, I can't see going out of my way for more of these.

09-11-2011 07:26:14 | More by draheim
Photo of Alkey


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured clear amber brown color with a big foam head. Smell has some caramel and toasted malt with a hint of green bottle skunk. Taste and feel is thin, watery, some toasted and sweet malt flavors. Overall its an easy to drink Oktoberfest beer, not much depth for a sipper but made to drink by the 64oz mug.

08-18-2012 01:33:40 | More by Alkey
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a clear copper orange with a 1 inch beige head that fades to a thin film. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of caramel malt, biscuit, and light fruits like grapes. Taste is of caramel malt, toast, and grape-like fruitiness. A slightly bitter aftertaste lingers on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel and a slightly medium body. Overall, this is a pretty good Oktoberfest beer from Spaten. I wouldn't mind drinking this in mass quantities from a glass boot.

08-24-2011 02:43:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of mnrider


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

12 oz. Green bottle.

A: Pours a clear light orange with a thin bubbly head. Tons of carbonation is seen.

S: Smells like a Euro lager with some more maltyness and dry hops. Below average I'd say.

T/M: Again tastes like a Euro lager but with a little more malt and hop kick going on. Very easy to drink. Still, a more subdued Ocktoberfest brew compared to others that I've had.

D: Nice and easy to drink. I'd get this one again for sure. If the price is right.


09-19-2010 21:14:50 | More by mnrider
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Appears a crisp, copper/orange color with a small, about .5 a finger, head. No lacing and no retention.

The aroma was of very subtle floral hops and sweet caramel malt. A steady sour note resonated with me and I had a hard time getting past it.

The sweetness from the malt really shines through the subtle floral hops. A light hop bitterness coupled with the sour/skunk flavor for a crisp finish.

On the lighter side of medium, good carbonation level. Smooth.

Fairly easy to drink, but I wasn't a huge fan of the flavor profile. I'd probably skip this next time around.

10-30-2008 14:20:43 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of alpinebryant


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Pours an orange copper color with a light white head of tiny bubbles.

S: Fresh bread mixed with roasted malts and a bit of a spicy yeast.

T: Flavors are nice, subtle and balanced. There are no weird off flavors or spices to take this out of order. A lot of American Oktoberfest beers are over spiced and a different breed compared to the real Oktoberfests and I can definitely appreciate the clean taste profiles and the nice malt undertones. This is an extremely smooth beer and a nice way to ramp up the end of the summer for my trip to Germany where I will drink it extremely fresh out of wooden kegs.

M: Medium body with a light carbonation.

O: Definitely enjoyable, and smooth going. Definitely a standby beer, not one you only want to have one of and then call it a night.

08-15-2011 23:55:32 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of Slatetank


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Served in a tulip cold at at the Alpine Bar in Hofbrauhaus in Abbottstown, PA.
A - The appearance is a deep amber w/ golden highlights and a white head. There is a slight amount of lace that accumulates.

S - A mostly malty scent w/ apple and pear accents. The nose is fragrant w/ the sweetness of gentle malt.

M - A medium light body w/ fruity maltiness. The feel is semi-sweet w/ a very clean finish and ample carbonation.

T - Very smooth taste of malt w/ more apple/pear flavor as hinted at in the nose. The delicious flavor of German malts dominate the taste w/ finesse. There is the taste of lager yeast w/ a slightly tangy crispness that makes an impression. A light twiggy, woody flavor eases in as the beer gets warmer. The taste is a step up from a helles lager w/ the nuance of medium toasted malts.

D - A very tasty fest for sure, but restrained and more finesse than some American versions. A seriously easy to drink lager w/ session capability and strength. There could be a tad more depth, but a good representation of the style. I could certainly taste more than 2 of these paired w/ a bratwurst or weissewurst.

09-17-2007 14:58:04 | More by Slatetank
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3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

A- Pours a clear copper color with a nice off white head. Decent retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Bready, sweet malts and grainy. Maybe just a touch of hops buried in there also.

T- Very well balanced taste, bit of sweetness coming through in the malts and just enough hops to even out the flavor.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation. Feels about right on.

D- Pretty solid for the style and very easy to drink.

10-05-2008 18:16:28 | More by nrbw23
Photo of mickeymac


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

It looks all right and has a decent white head. However, this was a fairly disappointing experience. The taste is a bit grassy and, though not terrible, certainly nothing exceptional. It is labeled as a malt liquor and reminded me a bit of some of the lower end malt liquors from the U.S.

09-05-2002 21:11:01 | More by mickeymac
Photo of CharlesRiver


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

12 oz green bottle, capped. Pours out a clear amber with a solid head that seems to last. Smell is light with some bitter hops coming through. Also come metallic notes with a bit of "skunk" as well.

Taste is solid malt with some slight bitterness coming through. This is the 3rd bottle I have had in four nights and this one seems the best. The malty finish seems to dance around a bit of grass and hop. Longish ending nearing 15 seconds or so.

Not the best O-fest I have had but a solid offering. Much better out there so search around.

09-21-2007 21:41:24 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of Florida9


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Copper color. Clear. Forms a small off-white head that manages to leave some light lacing.

S: Peanuts and toasted almonds. Getting a lot of nuts out of this. Some whole wheat bread, a little caramel malts and just a touch of herbal hops.

T: Starts off with a light sweetness. Light caramel and more peanuts before turning a bit crisp with a light compliment of herbal hops. Finish is quick and watery.

M: On the lighter side of medium, this one has less body than it would appear to have. Lower carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: I used to love Oktoberfests as they were one of the first beer styles I branched into, but I lost my love for them. However, while this beer is not the best example of the style, it does grow on you as you drink it. Overall, not bad. Not great, either, but still a very drinkable beer that does manage to pair quite well with your stereotypical German fare.

09-29-2012 02:18:03 | More by Florida9
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