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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,014 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,014
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 33
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
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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)
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Photo of heissebier
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

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!

heissebier, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of arguemaniac
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

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…

arguemaniac, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

Reidrover, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of jsprain1
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

jsprain1, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of ramseye4
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

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

ramseye4, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of scottum
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

scottum, Sep 29, 2004
Photo of jonb5
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

jonb5, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of cypressbob
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

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

cypressbob, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

Jwale73, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Brno
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

Brno, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

UncleJimbo, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

RockyTopHeel, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of augustgarage
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

augustgarage, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

Fatehunter, May 15, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

morimech, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

JohnGalt1, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

wedge, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of BeerDocT
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

BeerDocT, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

zoso1967, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of BWH3
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

BWH3, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of BlackAngus
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

BlackAngus, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of Whiteweasel
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

Whiteweasel, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of GRPunk
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

GRPunk, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of Pinknuggets
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

Pinknuggets, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of ThreePistols
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

ThreePistols, Sep 28, 2005
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