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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,896 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,896
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 29
Gots: 65 | 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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wedge

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 13:30:39 | More by zoso1967
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the big six breweries permitted at Octoberfest.

A: Orange copper brew with fluffy white head. Moderate retention. Clear. Large bubbled carbonation but not exceptionally brisk.

S: Does not get much better. The hops noble, leafy, skunky/musty and some mineral notes. The malt has the sweat and oddly toasted flavor of Munich malt.

T: If only the smell came true in the flavor. The hops come up front but are milder in flavor then aroma. The malt base is bland and not pleasantly sweet at all. A touch of spice in the aftertaste is intriguing.

M: Slightly more weight than Spaten Lager which is good. As described above, the carbonation and head retention are very good.

D: A change of pace from a Helles lager and of course a tradition for the 'fest.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 21:29:11 | More by BWH3
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BlackAngus

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber color, clear, rocky white head.

S - Nicely balanced malt and German hops.

T - Mild, smooth, round malt flavor, subtle hop flavor.

M - Light, clean, drying. .

D - Drinkable. Not a bad beer, and definitely a good choice for a session Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 00:17:15 | More by BlackAngus
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Whiteweasel

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a seidel and reveiwed courtesy of my roommate heissebier.

Appearance: A moderately dark brown colour with a disappointing head. I know it's a lager and I did pour as if it was an ale, but I was hoping for something more substantial.

Smell: Mmmmm...delicious! It's a fragrant aroma that is unique to only Oktoberfests. A sweet maltyness balanced by what I think might be hops. (this wasn't the first beer i've had tonight)

Taste: Slightly lighter than I expected. Bittered by the hops to a point where it works nicely with the sweetness. It's a pleasant taste and goes down very easily. Its only weakness is that it has a very slight metallic taste, but not enough to damage the taste much.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant. The right amount of carbonation and no sign of alcohol (which might be offputting in this style). Leaves a nice taste in the mouth. A little stale after a while though.

Drinkability: Very refreshing. I can't stress how easy this was to quaff. It's an great combination of light/refreshing and substantial at the same time. And at only 5.9% its something you can definitely have a few of. Good seasonal from a consistantly good brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 06:24:27 | More by Whiteweasel
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GRPunk

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug

A- It poured a copper/bronze with a 1" off-white head. It had medium carbonation and light-medium lacing.

S- The aroma was slightly sweet and bready with some hop tones present.

T- It was surprisingly mild. It was mostly malty with a flavor of sweet bread and a light hop finish. I was hoping for a more powerful flavor.

M- Very smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

D- It's an easy drinker and pairs well with a variety of food.

Overall- It's not bad, but I wasn't terribly impressed either. The flavors were a little more subtle than I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 21:54:00 | More by GRPunk
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Rock Art Pint Glass

A: Amber brown to a lighter more lager like color basically no tan head seems standard nothing special though

S:Smells like burnt malt maybe? I don't know I can't quite tell the hint of spices tells you its definitely a german beer (which saves it a bit) but the first smell is rather powerful and skunky

T: Very crisp for how dark it looks no heavy duty flavors here but my palate is satisfied i can taste the malt which fortunately is better then the smell. It tastes almost watered down but I know octoberfests are supposed to be drinkable so it is that but lighter side of what I've tried. I still like it though

M: Thin light and crisp very similar to water when cold which makes it almost a little too easy to drink because it goes down so smooth. Good stuff

O: The start wasn't great, but it finished strong and I liked this better then I thought I would. I had tried this beer in the past but not recently and it will definitely be one I will consider the next time october/fall comes around. Im not usually a huge fan of the german styles but this one stays true to style and i enjoyed it but not the best beer ever.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 00:42:00 | More by Pinknuggets
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ThreePistols

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First I just want to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this beer in spite of so many skunked reviews posted.

This beer pours a clear bright medium golden color with a huge frothy head. The nose was sweet, full of toasted malt and bread like. Smooth medium body with a nice mouth feel. The taste was much like the nose, sweet, malty and bready. The hops were perhaps too light. Nice smooth semi-dry finish. Very easy to quaff.

On the negative side this beer was on light side of taste and excitement. And for the cost, there are better Oktoberfest biers.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 12:32:11 | More by ThreePistols
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TechTriumph

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch of off-white creamy head with good retention; Clear appearance with a slightly rustic amber color; Pretty good showing of thin lacing around the glass

S - Light aroma overall; Some sweet, sugary and bready malts with light herbal hop notes; A bit skunky as well

T - Lots of bready malts here with some moderate sweetness that increases as the beer warms; A bit nutty as well underneath the bready character with just a bit of toasted grains that come through more in the end of the taste; Hops are mostly herbal with a bit of grass and are more noticeable on the back end of the taste; Subtle alcohol does poke through now and again mid-taste

M - Moderate carbonation; Light to medium bodied with a fairly smooth mouthfeel; Finish is a bit on the dry side

O - While this is a solid German example of the style, this doesn't quite make it as one of my favorites since it struggles to distinguish itself from many others. That said, I still found this beer to be pretty enjoyable and drinkable, and a solid option to have during these cooler months of the year.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 11:03:01 | More by TechTriumph
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riversider76

New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a fluffy white head. Decent retention,and lacing. Smell is of sweet bread,and butter. Body is medium,with some carbonation. Taste is of Bread, butter,honey and sweet fruit. A bit differant but,not bad. Worth a try this Autumn.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 20:01:39 | More by riversider76
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birchstick

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber/copper with a nice head
S - Smells very sweet and malty; also some grains were noticeable
T - The taste is malty and grainy with a very dry subtle hop finish. This was almost like a pilsner.
M - Nice and full and goes down smoothly
D - This was very easy to take down and the dry finish kept me wanting more. This is definitely a lot different than the styles I have had here in the US.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 04:19:24 | More by birchstick
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a nice light copper amber with a one finger high off-white head thats evenly foamed and smooth, fades down to a thick haze and lace in muddy globs. Aroma has a nice touch of lightly toasty malts, grainy and fresh and breadish sweet. Taste has a nice mellow toasted maltyness thats lightly sweet and bready, pretty easy and calm flavors, nothing overwhelming, notes of light nuttyness comes through in the finish with a favorable light drying. Sure its a bit plain, but nice enough to keep it interesting. Feel is medium bodied, pretty smooth the whole way through, easy little bitterness and a light drying finish. I can see drinking alot of these, as it warmed it was very nice indeed, a bit on the plain side, but something about the subtleness kept me going til the glass was empty. A good drinkin' O-fest.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2003 18:53:19 | More by tavernjef
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear, medium brown color, with generous carbonation, and about a fingers worth of head with incredible retention.

S: German malts aplenty, caramel, and with a mild nuttiness.

T: Crisp, somewhat hoppy for this style, yeasty (grainy), and with more than a hint of German malts.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, and the ABV is hidden quite well (as in more Octoberfest beers).

D: It's not the best Octoberfest I've ever tried, but it's far from the worst. Nothing complex, but it sure gets me in the mood for the Harvest season!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 21:23:38 | More by Chaney
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beerbutcher

Maine

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep burnished gold, amberish with one finger, fine, white head which quickly fades.

aromas are of carmelized munich malt, toast, faintly hoppy..

taste is crisp and lager like. there's some extra richness in the malt, but not much. it's elegant though, with fine hopsk coming in and cleaning things up. the finish dries up and leaves a fresh greenish sting behind.

the mouthfeel is dry, but sudsy due to ample carbonation. the palate is taut with hops and the finish is refreshing and dry.

overall, not an overwhelming beer, but nuanced and elegant. I wish for more richness and intensity in the malt.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 01:22:15 | More by beerbutcher
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty straightforward Oktoberfest. This one is always at the organized Oktoberfests I go to.

More on the clean lager end of the spectrum. Different taste components seem pretty balanced to me. Some hops, butter notes and caramel.

Unfortunately, this bottle seems slightly skunked. Not bad, but not ideal. The perils of the green bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 03:03:55 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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Skidz

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a glassy gold and sits a deep reddish-amber, coming close to brown, with a massive off-white head, passing slowly to a light skim leaving an abundant amount of lace.

Aroma is dominated by sweet, toasty malts, entirely focused on caramel and toasted brown sugar. Woodsy fields of wild grasses and shrubs accumulate underneath to balance out the near candy-like sweetness that coats the whole thing. Pecans and toasted almonds sit somewhere in the middle.

Tastes bright and toasty initially, then smooths out into sweet hints of caramel and buttery toffee. Malts are well balanced with a rather sharp presence of hops, hinting on green and grassy flavors. Touches some mettalic ends, rather unfitting. Finish is well bittered and moderately refreshing holding on to many of the sugar-based malt flavors.

Level and balanced in the mouth, good carbonation level. Medium body, a standard O-fest feel.

Enjoyable, yes. Only at certain times. There are plenty of other Oktoberfests I'd rather be enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 23:12:07 | More by Skidz
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The aroma is malty with pils and munich malts.
The appearance is amber with some ruby hightlights in color. Extremely carbonated which props the head up during the whole session.
A very malty tasting beer but lacks character and depth in the flavor.
Slightly toasted.
The finish is dry and semi bitter.
An okay brew nothing special, a one and done.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 12:47:40 | More by micromaniac129
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a deep copper color. Thin off white head. Slight lacing.

Aroma isn't much. Just kinda malty. Needs a boost in aroma.

Taste is decent. Kinda caramely. Not as flavorful as other octoberfests I've had.

Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing. Nice carb.

Overall there are other october fests out there that have more flavor. This isn't bad but I think I'll buy the Sam Adams version over this.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 02:11:01 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Tolnik

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - When poured out into a pint glass it foams to a minimum head and reduces to a minimum lacing as well.

S - Spiced aroma greets the nose showing signs of malty low hop flavoring.

T - Malt greats the mouth and a small spice flavor finishes out the taste for an overall great mouthfeel

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 21:03:30 | More by Tolnik
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Ruaidhri

Ireland

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up during Oktoberfest 08. Pours a lovely dark amber-caramel colour. Very little head after the initial pour, very thin lacing thereafter. Quite a powerful hoppy almost bread-like smell that is fairly pleasant. Taste ranks highly alongside the look of this beer. A nice full beer flavour with some notes of yeast. Mouthfeel is thin but crisp on the tongue due to a strong carbonation. Excellent drinkability but should be consumed at an easy-going pace as it seemed to blow the head off me very quickly. Definitely a beer for fans of a good, strong tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 20:49:44 | More by Ruaidhri
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828beagle

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off I think this brew is underrated. It has a great looking pour with a big beige head. Color is of deep caramel. Kind of a pungent smell of sour apples. Has a piney taste to it, sweet malts and a slight bitterness. Medium body and big carbonation. Moderately high alcohol content and you can taste it going down. Crisp finish. Spaten is a great brewery and they damn sure know their beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 01:15:43 | More by 828beagle
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

spaten o'fest

a 3.5 clear golden. (is this really the same beer that some have described as coppery or dark amber??) one finger head, partial cap after a little while, transient spotty lace.

s 4 lightly toasted bread, lots of those oh whatchamacallit protein smells, like haufbrau. maybe a bit danker. grassy hops noticeably in the background.

t 3.5-4 pretty good liquid toasted bread, a lot of sweetness and fullness to this one, and a great deal of warming in the back end. the bread is possibly a little stale the finish is respectably accompanied by hops, but could stand to be cleaner. this seems like an awfully big beer to be drinking by the liter. i know i've said that before about these roughly 6% fest beers. but dang, how do people do it?

m 3.5-3.75 medium-full, withe the fullness sometimes making it seem a little on the flat side, though the carbonation is probably at least average

d 4 after only one liter, i would likely be reeling. but after a 12 oz glass, i'd not object to more. could stand to be slightly less sweet and more vibrant. strange to me that these light colored o'fests are so sweet but i'm having a hard time finding an amber version that's sweet enough.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2010 23:54:13 | More by brewmudgeon
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kkosmoski

New York

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz longneck into a Kaltenberg Kolsch style glass. Beer pours a very brilliant dark golden color with a nice pillowy white head from an aggressive pour. Head diminishes over a few minutes, but remains at a little more than a covering with some lacing. The main aroma I am getting from this is of toasty malt, and a hint of very light caramel. Flavors of lightly toasted grain, very subtle caramel, and just enough bitterness to balance, but the bitterness is hardly even noticible. All of these flavors blend together mid palate to make for a very clean tasting beer into the finish. A touch of bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Good, solid medium mouthfeel complimented by some bright carbonation.

Overall, I have to say that I'm slightly let down by the traditional Marzen of Oktoberfest. It could be that most of the Marzens I have tried to date have beer American craft-brewed, and this threw off my expectation of the beer. I guess I was looking for more of a pronounced malt character to this beer, as I have come accustomed to with the American versions. What I experienced was a very easy-drinking, extremely clean lager, and that was nice, I was just expecting stronger flavors. Still am glad I picked this up, and the remaining bottles will make for some nice cool weather drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 02:19:06 | More by kkosmoski
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown body with a creamy white head.

Aroma is faint and was mostly just malty with hints of bread, grains and a little earthyness as well.

Taste is pretty much the same. Nice and malty with hints of roasted grains and breads. A small bit of hop presence but leaves a tiny bitter bite.

Mouthfeel was a bit over carbonated and it leaves a stale like aftertaste. Medium in body and easily drinkable.

Overall its an alright beer. Not my first choice when I'm lookin for a good octoberfest beer but its not at all bad.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 21:57:16 | More by Stockfan42
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