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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Quaffer on 09-04-2001

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Reviews: 1,114 | Ratings: 2,418
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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Photo of KrisPaulk77
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a clear, coppery brown with a foamy, off-white head. No head retention, no lacing.
The aroma was malty sweet and grainy, with a touch of skunkiness. I've encountered worse skuniness in other beers, but this one was definately on it's way out.
The taste was lightly sweet malts, some breadiness, and a touch of the skunk.
Nice carbonation and moderate mouthfeel.
Not a bad beer, but it could have been much better. I'll probably revisit a fresh one this coming fall and see if my perception of this beer may change.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured from the bottle it's a faint brown and very thin. No head retention.

A- Faint notes of sweetbread baking and alcohol.

T- no where as chewy or malty as I'd expect a Marzen to be. This tastes more like a Vienna Lager... and not a great one (although I'm unaware of the beer's freshness). It's a little sweet and chewy. Some crackery crispness.

M- It's more full-bodied than most Lagers, but it lacks the meatiness this beer should have. At least it can't be mistaken for water.

O- The lack of Pilsner malt saves this one from being compared to a Pilsner. For the price, I'd rather a Yuengling. It's a drinkable beer, but far from being a special seasonal offering.

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Photo of jeffaz02t
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Was a very orange colored brew with a moderate amount of head that disapeared fairly quickly.

S: I could detect a mild amount of skunk within the malty, carmel smell.

T: Slightly malty with hops dominating the aftertaste. Almost too bitter. There is also a carmel hint throughout the entire taste spectrum. Not my favorite Oktoberfest brew from the fest in Munich.

M: moderate to low carbination. Smooth to a point.

D: I could do one mass, after that I went to another tent to dabble in some better beer. Not the worst beer ever by any means, but I could hardly do the one liter.

*(Review taken from notes taken at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany)*

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Shows an clear amber in the glass with a quickly dissipating white froth and no real lacing to speak of. The nose is simple with aromas of grains, mild hop spiciness, caramel, light skunkiness, & a hint of lemon. The beer is dry with a lean mouthfeel and flavors of grains, noble hops, subtle caramel, & a lemon-like acidity on the finish. Overall, the beer is very simple and easy to drink with a mouthfeel that is expected from this style. I'll be honest, I'm not a real fan of this style, but I've had a few beers that I really enjoy.... unfortunately, that isn't the case here.

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Photo of JDV
2.67/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Draughthouse. Medium gold pour, very little head. Smell is some malt, but more yeasty than anything, although somewhat mildly so. Taste is sweet with hint of hops and a yeasty lager like flavor. Decent, very drinkable, but nothing remarkable.

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Photo of TWM
2.67/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A- nice golden color, 2-finger head that faded quickly but left a bit of fine lacing. Love the bottle; the checked pattern seems fun, classy, a bit art deco while still very German. Not sure why I like it- normally the bottle makes no impression on me, but I love the look of this one.

S- virtually none. I actually went and checked my sniffer, and I can smell other stuff just fine so it must be the beer.

T- not bad, but not much of it. Definitely not as watery as the smell, but very muted flavors. The hops add a bit of spiciness that helps compensate for the muted flavors.

M- feels great, carbonation is dead on for a very lightly flavored beer, not overwhelming but enough so that as the bubbles rise in my mouth, it brings the muted flavors out more. Lingers pleasantly

O- not bad, but not likely to buy more

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Photo of gilman
2.67/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper colored body with a thin white head that did not last. Faint aroma of sweet caramel malts and flowery hops. Mouthfeel was light waterery bodied with a low carbonation. Flavors were sweet and but not very refreshing. It has a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Drinkability was watered down not very impressive. Gonna have to choke down 3 more bottles.

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Photo of jmz62565
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This starts out as one great beer,but fails to deliver.It looks great,full dark amber color and a big head.The taste is not what it should be.For a specialtly Octoberfest,this beer is alittle weaker in taste than other octoberfests.With an octoberfest, i would expect more flavor,i.e.more spices.This is a beer you could enjoy grilling sausages or brats.This is more of a crisp beer than other octoberfests and results in a better drinkability.

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Photo of beeragent
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass, from a 12oz. bottle. The beer poured a light orange, forming a very thin head that quickly faded. The aroma is very skunky, and thats all thats detectable. The taste is a good balance between the malts and hops, but with a little of a skunky taste coming through at the end. Nothing really complex. No one characteristic jumps out from the rest. Just a strait forward brew. Medium mouthfeel. An easy enough beer to drink, and good alcohol content, but the lack of flavor keeps this from being a session ale. Just ok.

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Photo of CBFanWish
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spaten has long held a reputation of being a beer of the highest quality. Something that even the most discriminating of beer drinkers would enjoy. Of all the Spaten products, one has stood out among the rest for its stellar reputation. That beer is the Oktoberfestbier.
As much as I hate to give a bad review to a beer that I wanted to love so much, I have to do it.
The pour was nothing much more that a disappiontment. Clear golden colour with nothing more than a few bubbles sitting at the top for effect. There was also a slight fizzy carbonation thing working here. Nothing to be over impressed by.
The aroma was almost nonexistant. a slight caramel malty scent, but I could just barely detect anything at all. The taste was very similar. Watered down and a total lack of integrity.
I don't think I'm ever going to buy this particular beer again. At leasst not until the overall quality jumps in huge leaps and bounds.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.64/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A housewarming present!

Orangey brown with a decent white head. Poopy retention. Aroma is on the nutty side of toasted malt with some hop leaf and wet firewood.

Has a styrofoam and diet cream soda element that permeates the taste. I spent most of this beer trying to figure out what that off flavor was and how to describe it. That's what I came up with.

Seems more watery and blase to warrant a %5.9 abv.

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Photo of Riccymon
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a copper red with about a finger of white head. At first the nose is plain like any old lager, but it picks up a little dry, wheaty note and the aroma of pale malts. The beer is bready and sweeter on the tongue, which is more reminiscent of the style, happily. A slightly bitter finish keeps the mouthfeel clean, but also limts the enjoyment of any sweet flavor I had picked up.

A little thinner in body than I would have liked, and I'm not sold on the bitterness of the finish. Just average, for me.

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Photo of dfillius
2.61/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: 3/4 finger off white head with poor retention. Clear copper colored liquid. More head please.
S: Skunky macro-lager smell floating over caramel malt. Grain comes through more when warmer.
T: Sweet, fair hops. Good quality macro lager flavor, but still tastes like a macro lager
M: Decent
D: No thanks on another, and I won't buy again. Does go down easy.

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Photo of danielharper
2.61/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a nice brown-tinged amber color with a nice large bubbly head. Looks very clear, no visible sediment anywhere -- a nice, if unexeceptional, pour.

This has an odd scent and taste to it, almost like a pilsener in quality. At first I thought that my bottles were old or skunked, but I think that the aroma and flavor that I detect is in some combination of the malt and the hops -- the Spaten Premium has some of the same flavors, and I assume that both sixers couldn't have been skunked. A roasted flavor is available to the tongue (although not to the nose), which makes it okay, but the aftertaste has a negative "mouthwash" flavor, which makes me give it a fairly low score there.

This has a thin, somewhat watery mouthfeel that actually works in the beer's favor, as it means that the flavor doesn't stick around quite as long. Perhaps a backhanded compliment, but here I'd rather have a thin mouthfeel, as it means that the beer is easily quaffed.

Overall drinkability is low, as I find this beer to be fairly unpleasant to drink, and I don't find myself looking for another one once I finish the first one. I worry that perhaps this batch is just old -- I may try to find this one again this fall and try it in a single or on-tap, because I think that this may not taste quite the way the brewer intended. Still, if this is what it's meant to taste like, I'd recommend that you get the Paulaner Oktoberfest instead -- a much more satisfying brew that doesn't have the negatives of the Spaten.

A shame, since the Spaten-made Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss is one of my favorite brews.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.59/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. No bottled date recognized.

(A)- Pours a clear brown amber. Produces a white foamy head, but quickly dissipated.

(S)- Lightly sweetened honey and corn husk.

(T)- Lightly dry with a sweet, yet almost sour malty taste of honey/maple with corn.

(M)- Good carbonation level, however, every other part of the beer is rather bland.

(D)- An alright beer, it just really has nothing going for it. Yes, it has flavor, but not much. Fine for a session, but just a tad too sweet to be enjoyed one after another. There are much better examples of the style than this one.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.59/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer is a copper color. Throws out a medium sized white head that is well retained. The appearance of this beer is about the last positive aspect about it. Some light toasted malt on the nose. Taste is a bit toasty and caramelly. But there's a slight off flavor. Almost like a skunkiness. Overly sweet. Medium bodied and a bit syrupy due to lack of carbonation. The worst Ofest I've had this year.

I had a hard time writing this review since I just had Spaten Octoberfest on tap at a Bavarian Gast Haus last weekend and thought it was pretty good. I didn't write a review for the tap version, but would guess it to be in the 3.5-4.0 range.

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Photo of keithmurray
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

beer pours a cloudy brownish amber color

aroma - skunk, grass, caramel

taste - typical import 'skunk' flavor with hints of caramel and malt

mouthfeel - bitter, sour, decent carbonation, none of the traditional sweetness toward the back of the palate on this

drinkability - very disappointed by this as i've had it on tap, which was so much better, avoid this as there are several representations of the style which are superior

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Photo of stjaernstoft
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Spaten Oktoberfestbier, ABV: 5.9%.
500 ml bottle, 19.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: The liquid is clear straw yellow in colour. The head is white and soapy, but rather big and stubborn. The retention is decent.

S: Malty aromas with notes of sour dough, grass, lemons and banana candy.

T: Flavours of bread, butter, grass, alcohol, banana candy and some citric notes. An odd sweetness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-sized body and bitterness. The liquid is kind of sticky and honey-ish, with some edginess from carbonation and alcohol.

O: This is the third German so called 'Märzen' that doesn't impress me. They seem to me like nothing but average Euro Lagers with a slightly higher alcohol content - and to me they don't have enough body and character to sustain that. The flavours just get weird.

(Notes from yesterday.)

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Photo of LyonsHead
2.57/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a really dark orange/copper with a brown hue. There is a 1 finger white head that dissipates to about a millimeter very quickly

S: To me this smells more like a German pils than an Oktoberfest. There is a vegetal and grassy hop aroma laced over top the classic bready and biscuit notes. The hops are distracting and take away from the maltiness which should be the focus

T: You can catch a non-complex bread flavor but it is mixed with the same grassy hop that was in the aroma. this flavor is muting out the maltiness

M: Rather slick and thin for what I normally find in an oktoberfest. The beer finishes with a cloying sweetness

D: For me (and I think for most) an Oktoberfest-Marzen is about a complex maltiness. This beer has an aroma and flavor that profiles german hops. Not a good example of the style in my opinion.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
81 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.