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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 2,208
Reviews: 1,092
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 49
Gots: 181 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001

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Photo of draheim
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bigone4
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of mickeymac
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Reviewing American import.

A: The color is an average orange/brown color. The head disappeared rather quickly, but the lacing is alright.

S: smells rather like a normal lager, not much roast detected. A touch of hops is there, I smell a bit of an import flavor. Actually, I thought to myself, "this stuff smells like it came from a green bottle..." then I double checked, lo and behold it did!

T: like I said, the roasted character is a bit more laid back than some other Oktoberfests (esp. American). But overall, it is very well balanced smooth flavor. There is a nice slight hop bitterness. One sad thing, is the alcohol is obviously present.

M/D: Mouthfeel sucks, like weak carbonated water. However, I think it is a rather drinkable beer for the Autumn season.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Euro-green bottle,

A: Pours a beautiful dark amber colour, nice to see, small 2-finger dissipates quickly though, but the colour is really nice.

S: Typical malt smell, very sweet, some bready character, not a lot of hops in this one though.

T: Very sweet malty, almost maple flavour, kind of over the top, but sort of in a good way, there were some times I liked it, but some times it was a little much. Hop flavour is slight, but some earthy notes are there in the background.

M: Typical German lager feel, light and smooth, medium-bodied overall, but has a nice briskness on the palate.

D: A pretty good German Oktoberfest beer, Spaten makes very good representations of typical German styles and they did another one with this beer. There are some faults, but overall, it is very good for its style.

Photo of alexgash
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber/dark golden with a medium sized off-white head. Smells of gingerbread cookie malt with a minor spicy hop presence. Starts off with rich, toasty malts with a touch of spice. Finish is a tad bitter. Not great, but then again, I'm not a huge marzen fan. I'm more of a maibock guy.

Photo of popery
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of yeagerbm
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber color with an eggshell head. Smell is grainy with some sweet maltiness. Taste is crisp and malty with a little hope bite to it and a caramelized flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall a fine drinking beer with nice flavor. A fairly typical Oktoberfest

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So I guess this is supposed to be one of the original Oktoberfest style beers and I've wanted to give it a try for awhile, but was a little pricey for a six pack. I finally saw it at the Union Brewhouse In Weymouth and decided to give it a shot and take some notes while I was there.

Poured into a standard pint glass, has a dark amber color to it, certainly on the darker side of amber, but light enough to be away from the brown color. It has excellent clarity to it. At first it has a fizzy white looking head to it, but it ended up with close to average lacing. Not too much stick to the glass, but the lace kind of slide down to the liquid after each time you took a drink. There really wasn't much to the smell, I was a bit disappointed. It had a little bit of a malty/metallic smell, but it was pretty weak. The taste saves it a bit. I found it pretty malty and sweet. Certainly picked up on some caramelized malts. Nothing about the taste was overly strong though, I actually found it quite on the lighter side. The mouthfeel was good, extremely light though. This was one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, I couldn't believe how fast I drank it. I just remember looking at the glass and it was already just about gone. Certainly not a very hearty beer, not something I would like or normally like to drink in the fall, more of a summer beer in my opinion.

Photo of rmolledo
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(drinking it in august)

A: Crystal Clear Sunset Amber. Little to no white head.

S: lager yeast. some malt.

T: Malty caramel and toffee flavors with a noticeable alcohol taste. Toffee Flavor Lingers. mild Noble hop flavor

MF: Moderate carbonation with a alcohol burn.

D: A fine beer. Perhaps needs a little age to mellow out the alcohol.

Photo of Samp01
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a nice offwhite head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, a slightly fruity nose. Taste is sweet caramel malt, bread with some nice hops. Palate is nice med body, good carbonation. Finish is caramel malt, breadiness, ending with some nice hops bitterness to add some balance. Overall a good brew.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Photo of Mitchster
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.80 for a 12oz bottle (green glass). Pours out to a clear light amber, forming a small off white head with not much retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate. This is a very fresh batch, but the aroma is slightly skunked, smelling more like a traditional pils with freshly cut hay, not far from a heineken. The mouthfeel is light and crip with a light body. The taste is not far removed from something like a heiny or st.pauli dark. There is a subtle, delicate hint of amber malts with a light residual sweetness and mild grainy astringency and toast.

I was expecting more, not to say that this is a bad beer. It's a fine beer. Light and drinkable, which I suppose all Oktoberfest's should be, but I thought that there might be a little more substance to this brew than is apparent here.

Photo of mwill7287
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 3/4 pint bottle.

A: Unfortunately, no glass to pour the brew into, so unable to get a good look at the color. Bird's eye view from a friend's cup seemed to reveal standard amber-copper color, with thin amount of head.

S: Average.

T: Good taste, as rich as American Octoberfests such as Harpoon, but not as forceful.

M: Quite crisp and refreshing. Easy on the tongue, rolls down smooth.

D: Smooth, crisp, light; doesn't fill one up excessively. Excellent, excellent, excellent. Could enjoy this for an entire long Saturday afternoon tailgate.

Photo of kflorence
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a translucent amber, copper color with very small, receding head that leaves lacing around the glass. The aroma smells of roasted malts, caramel, honey, nuts and alcohol (at 5.9% it is slightly more prominent in the nose). The beers flavor follows that of it’s aroma: the toasted malts and caramel really shine up front, followed by the sweet, honey flavor, some hops and just a tinge of alcohol. The mouthfeel of the beer is rather watery, but it helps to make the beer refreshing and drinkable. The alcohol and hops are actually masked quite well in this brew which leaves a sweet, roasted aftertaste in the mouth. A good example of a german oktoberfest.

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.

Photo of Ryanm1
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed this one in a mixed 6'er at whole foods. Tried this in a small taster glass on a night while trying other beers as well. Amber in color. I really like it dispite the fact it was a bit light on carbonation concerning the mouthfeel. Malty taste with a hint of orange I was getting. Descent Oktoberfest beer.

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