1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Not Rated.
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-MärzenSpaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

1,957 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,957
Reviews: 1,065
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 31
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,957 | Reviews: 1,065 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Scotchboy
Scotchboy

Idaho

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

On tap @ Brick 29, Nampa ID. Served in a pint glass.

A: Deep dark golden honey bordering on copper, body is clear. Head is off-white and sticks all over the glass in consistent horizontal rings.

S: Malty, some toffee sweetness, toasted grain and husk, honey...maybe some faint Red Delicious apples? Wood and spice on the nose as well, with a non-sweet floral/herbal/leaf presence.

T: Crisp. Just a touch of floral hop character and bitterness. Crisp toasted caramel malt, grain/toast, that faint red apple taste...wood and nuttiness as well.

MF: Medium-light body, smooth, low carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer; my first Marzen, and while I won't be running to the beer store for 6-packs of this style I can see why people dig this.

09-23-2011 19:14:40 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of Byeast
Byeast

Florida

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

09-23-2006 05:03:10 | More by Byeast
Photo of brewQ
brewQ

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

09-25-2005 21:06:23 | More by brewQ
Photo of BeerTaster
BeerTaster

New York

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Let me start by saying the appearance is the best part of this beer, copper in color nice large white head that held up nice. Smell tosted grains and caramel malts. Tast this is where this beer let me down the caremel malty sweetness just wasn't their. This beer was a little dry. All in all I am glad to see Spaten bring back the amber color octoberfest but I still feel this leves somthing to be desired.

02-22-2008 03:41:49 | More by BeerTaster
Photo of jsh420
jsh420

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

pours clear golden copper with a 2 finger head that faded and left no lacing

smells of lightly toasted malt and earthy hops

taste is ok - both the earthy hops and sweet/toasted grains hit your buds first and stay with you until the aftertaste which is all carmel malt

mouthfeel is good light/medium body with plenty of carbonation that gives you both a crisp and smooth feel

drinkability is solid - this is by far the best marzen from germany i have had but still the americans give you a rich robust malt flavor the germans lack

09-12-2010 01:30:01 | More by jsh420
Photo of Dukeofearl
Dukeofearl

California

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

6 pack of 12 oz bottles purchased from LaBodega in Riverside, CA for $7.99 in September 2006.

I am a big fan of Oktoberfest style of beers, and so I'm always looking for good ones. This one makes the grade, although it's not my favorite.

Pours a nice copper color with minimal head. The bottle I chose for reviewing had no carbonation or head, although others in the six pack made for a nice head in my Spaten Oktoberfest 500 ml glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet fruitiness with a nice bready malt base; and gentle hops at the end. It actually gets sweeter as the glass drains. This one has a solidly full pleasant mouthfeel, and is very quaffable. Almost dangerously so.

09-18-2006 00:44:27 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of heissebier
heissebier

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

I bought this in honor of Oktoberfest ironically enough. I couldn't help but be impressed by the 1397 founding. It even claims to be the original Oktoberfestbier!

Appearance- Nice brown lager color. Weak head dissapears quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell- Malt blended with a sweet hoppy aromma. A pleasing sensation overall but I also detected traces of skunkiness.

Taste- Sweet and hoppy with a bitter finish. A light flavor without much depth.

Mouthfeel- Refreshing with good carbonation. Not too harsh.

Drinkability- A solid beer overall. I would buy this again but I'm not in love with it. Certinally a delicious Oktoberfestbier though!

10-13-2009 06:22:01 | More by heissebier
Photo of arguemaniac
arguemaniac

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

It’s doesn’t seem to have that same extra bit of roast and richness that many other Octoberfests have (especially the American versions), but it’s still a very good brew. The tasty, slightly buttery malt features some bready character and is nicely balanced by a mild but firm hop bite. Slightly full mouthfeel.

Very drinkable and inoffensive, there are better Octoberfests out there, both German and American, but I don’t really have any complaints about this one.

Recommended…

09-23-2007 04:23:31 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of Reidrover
Reidrover

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Bought in the brown pint bottle with the dray horses and cart on the label and BLUE foil round the neck!!
Poured a fantastic looking massive billowy white head..that sticks a round more than the Paulaner ..a crystal clear amber beer..
Dissapointed about the aroma..compared to Paulaner Marzen its very feeble. not offensive though average indeed.
The taste though I liiked again i got some nice malt profiles this time smooth coffee and creme sort of flavour , milk chocolate comes to mind..very pleasant.
I like a beer to be smooth on the tongue and this does the job.
Quite drinkable..but not overlly so..the lack of carbonation makes sure you wont drink 12 of these babies..but this is an Ok beer.

03-28-2003 20:57:15 | More by Reidrover
Photo of jsprain1
jsprain1

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

A- An amber colored beer with great clarity. A thin head with good retention.
S- Smells of malt and some fruit. Possibly cherry.
T- Tastes of light malt and yeast. Not that bad but not outstanding. Pretty average.
M- Good carbonation and body. Has the weight and texture requisite for the style.
O- Fairly drinkable but its pretty average tasting for a marzen so not the best session beer when considering the abv.

09-28-2008 22:02:33 | More by jsprain1
Photo of ramseye4
ramseye4

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a copper color wth a two finger head that leaves lacing down the glass. Very malty in the aroma and taste, with very little hop presence, as expected. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side and decently carbonated. Not a bad marzen overall, very drinkable and relaxing on a cool fall day

09-08-2011 17:59:28 | More by ramseye4
Photo of scottum
scottum

Vermont

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours out an amber with a full white head. Tastes full and malty sweet with a hint of butter and a nice light hop balance. Mouthfeel is quite smooth making for a very easy drinking brew. I'm happy to be able to even be able to buy german beer in my small town once a year so I'll take what I can get. Not the best Oktoberfest lager I've tried, but certainly a very solid offering worth checking out.

09-29-2004 00:42:09 | More by scottum
Photo of jonb5
jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Golden colour, medium thin head which went fast but some lacing was retained, clear. Aroma was straw and hay with notes of caramel and red cabbage. Tasted caramel and red cabagge, finish was wheaty and bitter. Quite peppery, seemed to switch between bitter and sweet but had more bitterness than other Oktoberfest beers from Munich. Well carbonated, crisp, smooth enough. Easy to identify as a Munich Oktoberfest beer, decent but not the best.

09-26-2012 14:48:30 | More by jonb5
Photo of cypressbob
cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

500ml bottle

Pours with a deep yellow body, puffy white head with pretty good retention

Smell, some slight malt, some hint of grain

Taste, slick crisp mouthfeel. A little hops on the initial tasting, a slightly dry finish.

A fair oktoberfest, but paulaner and lowenbrau beat it hands down inmo

10-09-2005 13:43:09 | More by cypressbob
Photo of Jwale73
Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

12oz. bottle served in my Harpoon Krug. Looks great in the mug - pours a beautiful translucent amber with a rocky, 2.5 inch cream-colored head that eventually dissipates into a solid quarter inch cap. Nose expresses classic German sour-mash lager aromas - nothing too out of the ordinary. Taste follows nose; however, there is also a bit of caramel and a trace of dark fruit intermingled. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a bright carbonation and a slight, residual burn at the back of the throat. All and all, a pretty drinkable Marzen - not my favorite, but it goes down easy and is not at all cloying like some examples of the style I've had the opportunity to try.

09-21-2011 23:48:58 | More by Jwale73
Photo of Brno
Brno

New York

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Dark amber color, almost a brown. Sweet smell with a thin head. Rich flavor with a bit of chocolate/cocoa powder on the palate. Thin body that dissipates quickly. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste that is also rich. Not one to drink one after another while camping, but one to savor in Autumn, perhaps 'round the fire.

08-28-2010 02:08:02 | More by Brno
Photo of UncleJimbo
UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

25 oz brown bottle, capped, light blue foil around neck of bottle and covering cap. No date.

This beer poured clear, bubbly, amber brown color with creamy white foam that left lace on the glass. The smell was biscuit malt with some notes of grain and a hint of butterscotch. The taste was slightly sweet biscuity malt but with a touch of tanginess. The hop presence was low except for a touch of bitterness in the finish. There was also a faint hint of diacetyl in the flavor. The mouthfeel was relatively smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation. This was a decent marzen.

08-24-2003 09:52:02 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of RockyTopHeel
RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

09-01-2003 22:52:31 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of augustgarage
augustgarage

California

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

11-01-2011 04:56:57 | More by augustgarage
Photo of Fatehunter
Fatehunter

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

05-15-2013 03:44:06 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of morimech
morimech

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

09-23-2007 23:00:13 | More by morimech
Photo of JohnGalt1
JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

02-11-2008 09:24:24 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of wedge
wedge

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

08-15-2008 20:11:57 | More by wedge
Photo of BeerDocT
BeerDocT

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

10-08-2011 04:28:32 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of zoso1967
zoso1967

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

09-26-2010 13:30:39 | More by zoso1967
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
81 out of 100 based on 1,957 ratings.