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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
82
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2,023 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 2,023
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 33
Gots: 98 | 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 Gusler
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Its been a while, like 602 days since I had one of these fine beers, Spaten-Franziskaner has been a favorite brewery since my first sampling their beers way back in the late 1970’s.

The beer pours a transparent amber color with the head planetary in size and the structure frothy, the color a light tan. Nose is sweet malt; citrus crisp, clean and wholesome, start is loaded with malt, sweet, and the top thin. Finish is mildly acidic, the hops delicate in their spiciness, dry as a bone aftertaste, a clean drinking beer that is a good thirst quencher.

Gusler, May 18, 2003
Photo of JMad
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a mug...

Pours a reddish brown color with a rocky looking white head that stayed pretty consistent. Smells strangely of peaches and okra, it's a bit metallic with hints of sweet malt and apricot. It tastes sweet with nutty malt and earthy hops. The beer is light but not too light with moderate carbonation and a pleasant dry finish. This beer is ok at best, I would drink it again but there's other marzens that I would choose first.

JMad, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of froghop
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear copper with a medium size off-white head, some lacing.

smell of grain, malts, toasted nuts, some caramel, spice.

taste is sticky, heavy on the malts, few hops, spice, grain, end is thick and just a touch bitter, with a somewhat dry mouthfeel.

froghop, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of aquatonex
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was recommended as a good Oktoberfestbier by someone and they had a nice sale on a case at the liquor store. So, I decided to give it a shot. It's the sixth Oktoberfest style beer I've had so far, and I was surprised at how it was quite different from the rest.

Pours deep amber with a fairly copious head which lasts. Probably some of the head was due to only partial refrigeration. Smells of malts. I was hoping for more spice in the nose, it was faint if present at all. Tastes like a German beer (has that extra punch to it). Smooth and consistent, but doesn't taste like a wintery, inviting brew. Reminds me of a high quality Heineken. So, wasn't bad but wasn't what I expect from Oktoberfest.

aquatonex, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

Considering this is the Ur-Märzen, expectations were high. And I must say, I was let down a little. The head pours full and high, bumpy and craggy, and the carbonation throughout maintains a refreshing zip. Laced like a champ: creamy. Color, an average shade of copper. The aroma is pungently spicy and malt-liquor-like, perhaps bordering on the good side of cheap and offensive. Flavor is much of the same, with the malt backbone and feel being obscured/over-matched by the funky spiciness. Funk is felt strong in the extra-dry finish - sucks the moisture out. Having painted some grim pictures on the "flaws" with this beer, it's certainly not the worst of the lot. With the spice toned down, you got yourself a respectable example of the style.

Bouleboubier, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle, $1.21 in a mixed sixer from Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO.

Pours a clear amber under a two-finger eggshell head that fades rather quickly.

Smell is a nice balance of caramelly malt and grassy, citrusy hops.

Taste is very much like the smell. Pretty nice. Smooth edges.

Mouthfeel is nice and round.

Very easy to drink: not too much carbonation. Just a bit high in the ABV for me to consider having two or three liters in an evening, however.

Overall, the bottled version is pretty similar to the draught version I reviewed about 10 weeks ago.

ColoradoBobs, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of Slynger
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep, clear amber colored with a minimal head of fine off-white foam.

The aroma is sweet and bready with a musty-earthy hop overtone.

Flavor is a bit better. A touch of caramel sweetness with a hint of fruit. A solid base of lightly toasted biscuits and a good amount of hops that come in Heinekinesque skunky-musty, earthy, and slightly spicy and metallic (not unpleasant though)

It's not a bad beer, has some decent flavor to it, just not really a great Oktoberfest.

Slynger, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of alohaspicoli
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold/copper color with a 1 finger head that hangs around for a bit. Slight lacing.

S: Mostly grains with a slight caramel sweetness.

T: A bit more sweetness in the flavor, but not overly. Works well w/the grainy/bready flavors. Not much alcohol. Great balance.

M: Light carbonation, medium body.

O: I thought this was pretty darn good. Very drinkable and almost gulp-able. I drank a liter mug full at a nearby biergarten and wasn't over it by the time I was done. Maybe not my top choice for an Oktoberfest but I'd def. buy/drink again.

alohaspicoli, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of jeranbrews
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An old favorite from years and years ago. Been sitting in the fridge for a while just waiting for this day. Purchased 09/'10 Consumed 12/'10 from a chalice.

A - Fizzy like soda. Clear yellow just like ginger ale. Low clumpy head with large-ish bubbles. Lots of sticky soap-sud like lacing.

S - Noticeable lagery hops and plain malts from the bottle. A little but airy. A crispity chrunchity kind of smell like plain dog biscuits.

T - Aftertaste is of mild hops and fresh hay.Initial taste is malty, coating, and mildly savory sweet. Clean, cool, refreshing, but just dry enough that you want more. I need a plate of sausage and cabbage.

M - Smooth and malty, but very crisp and refreshing. Coats and tickles the throat.

D - This is the kind of lager that should be served during the peak of summer not in the middle of fall. I can see how the German immigrants that came to the states when they started making beer they were probably thinking of something like this, and along the way they just got lost and AAL came along, but this is smooth. If more lagers tasted like this I wouldn't spend so much time in the Belgian ale section.

jeranbrews, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of jnezda
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on tap last night at Addison Oktoberfest and it was good. A good dark amber color with a pale head that faded right away. Great session for Oktoberfest with limited mouthfeel and low carbonation. Flavor was great and good compliment to brats and kraut. Enjoyed this beer at the VIP tent Thursday and they provided a good stien with good beer discounts fpr the weekend.

Prost!

jnezda, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of raclark
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The 12 oz. green bottle pours a dark reddish brown rust color. A couple of fingers of head slowly shrinks to nothing.

It has a sweet roasted smell that is almost smoky.

The taste is sugary sweet with a hoppy bitterness. Mild alcohol is noticeable. I let it warm up a bit and this really brought out the flavor.

It has a light body for an Oktoberfest and is decent in the drinkability department. It's not the greatest example of the style but not a bad beer.

raclark, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of beergeek279
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber with some clumpy head. The smell is slightly malty. The taste is has a bit of malt, with more of a hoppiness than most Oktoberfests, and a slight off-taste. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, I want to have another

Why, oh why put something like this into a green bottle? This beer seems to have a lot of promise, with some good hoppiness over the malt base, but it seems to be a bit off, and with a green bottle, have to put 2+2 together. Hopefully, I'll try this one on tap sometime, or make it to Munich sometime!

beergeek279, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of bigone4
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark amber brown hue. Nice creamy white frothy head and good lacing of the mug. Had this beer on tap at the Fort (Student Prince) Springfield, MA on my birthday yesterday. A true to style German restaurant in Western MA. Great German imported beers and great food. This beer smells of strong malt flavor and sweet with a mild roasted nuttiness. It looks very inviting and worth drinking. Tastes smooth and full of bolt malt flavors. Nice sweet malt flavors with mild hop tingle. The balance between the sweet maltiness and the light floral hop finish makes this one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers. It is well balanced and drinkable beer. Great Oktoberfest offering very enjoyable and I would certainly drink this beer again.

bigone4, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of dcook11
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- One finger head that fades into very nice lacing. The carbonation is moderate and the beers color is a light amber. The lacing is the most impressive part of the look.

S- My first impresion is this beer is skunked...of course green bottles! Past that a malt sweetness that is almost cloying and a slight bit of hop bitterness. Not all that much happening in the nose.

T- Nice balnce between hop and malt initially. However, The bitternees is cheap and leaves an unpleasent medicine aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied and fairly unpleasent. Drinks similiar to a heinkein....not the best mouth feel.

D- Not a bad beer by any means, but definitly not something i would want to drink a sixer of.

dcook11, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber orange with little head...not a lot of lacing.

Smells nice with toasted biscuits, sweet malts, light floral hops

Similar to smell with more sweetness, slight bitterness, more floral hop presence, clean finish.

Flavor washes over, little aftertaste, easy to drink.

Pretty solid.

TheMultiYeast, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An Oktoberfest I hadn't had in awhile.

A: Orange amber color with tiny carbonation bubbles. Small off-white head has OK retention. Leaves small bits of lace.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee with grass and pepper.

T: Pretty mild flavored for the style. Sweet malt up front has a caramel and toasted grain flavor. Bitterness is spicy with a pepper quality. Finishes fairy dry with lingering toffee and pepper flavors.

M: Medium body feels a little slick. Right amount of carbonation.

D: Good session beer that pairs well with food. Not the best Oktoberfest around, but quite good.

Rayek, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of Act25
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks great, smells very good, all down hill from there to mass kind of beer.

A -- Lovely pour yields a 2 finger cap and retains and laces well. Beautiful bronze marzen color.

S -- Nose is solid, grassy, sweet, fall leaves. I like it.

T -- Follows nose with more biscuits up front and then a sweet malt follow through, ending in a nice dry finish. But I find it a touch metallic, "kind of mass product feeling" and perhaps dulled from the travel? Gets better as it warms

M -- Feel is a bit dull, with a tingly feel and lots of carbonation, but still a bit metallic rather than earthy, which is what I want it to be.

O --OK Marzen. A great style from a great brewer than probably arrives on these shores mid pack.

Act25, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of popery
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Marzen but tends to get a bit sweet and lacks the depth of better version. I'm trying this beer against Ayinger's version. This beer pours a darkish brown-amber, completely clear with a small, white head. Bubbles stick around nicely, though. The aroma is malty and clean but quite light. There's no off note that can creep into lighter German imports. There's a touch of apples and grapes detectable, as well. The flavor comes through more strongly vinous with a light but fruity malt. It gets just a bit too sweet in the finish, but I'm sure that I'd lose sight of that quickly if I were drinking it any quantity. While both this beer and the Ayinger would be easy to drink all night, I have to give the nod to Ayinger. Still, Spaten puts out a nice marzen with a relatively low price tag.

popery, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of garuda
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

garuda, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of katan
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

katan, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

GeoffRizzo, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of EagleTalon
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

EagleTalon, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

bucklemyshoe, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

blackie, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of erosier
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

erosier, Sep 22, 2008
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