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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,212 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,212
Reviews: 1,093
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 50
Gots: 190 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 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.

Photo of larsee01
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 liter on tap poured into spaten glass

A--Clear, deep amber w/ foamy head...nice retention.

S--Yeasty and phenolic. Earty and sour but in a good way.

T--Toasted malt character slips into mild bitterness. Simple maltiness rules. Sweet grassiness with a touch of toasted character. Simple but good.

M--Light to medium bodied. Slight bitterness leaves it crisp and refreshing.

D--Perfect Indian Summer refresher.

Photo of cubedbee
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber with a big off-white foamy head, decent retention, but no lacing. Smell is a slightly sweet grainy malt with just a hint of skunkiness. Taste is a light slightly toasted doughy malt, just a tiny hint of floral hops, a faint bit of nuttiness. Not bad, but not as malty as some other oktoberfests I've had recently. Medium bodied with a medium/low carbonation and nice dry finish. This isn't a bad beer, certainly could make a session out of it, but for the price I'd rather by an American craft oktoberfest.

Photo of Proteus93
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich and deep amber, with a brownish hint of bronzing. Head poured beautifully on this pour, adding a puffy 2 finger topping.

S: A toasted malt followed by the balance of modest hops. A touch of grassiness and perhaps the very slightest note of sulfur skunkiness.

T: Similar to the aroma - toasted malts, and a very slight hop bitterness. A bit of a grainy husk flavour that takes a touch from it, but otherwise, pretty decent.

M + D: Smooth and slick, with a little bit of body weight to it. A crisp carbonation that could potentially be a little nicer if it was drier. A fairly solid brew, a reasonable selection to start the season, though perhaps not a first choice on subsequent trips out. Great to look at, though!

Photo of dsshuck
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Mark
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical amber color for the style, decent head and some good lacing. This is probably not what you get at the real Oktoberfest, but it's not bad. Malty, bready, and a bit on the sweet side. Smooth, decent mouthfeel, and drinkability can't be trashed if one is in the mood for quaffing.

Photo of womencantsail
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a light copper/dark amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: There is a touch of skunk on the nose, but I only get it at first. Otherwise, good sweet bread, caramel, and toffee aromas. Nice toasted malts along with some floral hops and a touch of spice.

T: A smooth sweetness to the beer which is not overwhelming. Spiced bread, toffee, and caramel are all present along with some floral and spicy noble hops to balance the beer out. Very minimal bitterness, perhaps just a touch on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: It’s not my favorite Oktoberfest, but it’s not bad, and it’s readily available, so not a terrible choice.

Photo of Amorrn
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle with no freshness date into my Carlsberg pilsner glass.

Appearence: Pours a clear coppery orange with two fingers of off-white head.

Smell: Very light roasted malt and piney hop aroma. Distinct skunkiness.

Taste: Average, if fairly light. Not a bad brew by any means but pretty forgettable. Biscuity malt up front with a slight, crisp hop finish. Mild skunkiness in the finish, as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation. I could see this being a decent beer to get drunk off of because it is not particularly filling.

Overall: Drinkable, but forgettable. Spaten's other offerings are more impressive.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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

Bottle from Peckhams, Glasgow (500ml for £2.99):
Light golden colour topped with a bubbly, thumb-sized white head that starts to fade after a few seconds. Clear and there is a tiny amount of lacing on the sides too.

Light with some floral notes, a few malts and a bit of spice for good measure. The aroma is almost like a glass of lemonade in parts and it smells pretty refreshing. There is a bit of skunky and some toasted malts too that follow this along with touches of citrus.

Malty with some grain and a good helping of citrus and some floral hops. There is a malt biscuit taste and some sweetness with a few grains. Again this one tastes quite refreshing.

Light medium bodied, lively carbonation and a good, crisp finish to round things off. Quite refreshing most of the way through before turning quite dry right at the end.

Not a classic, or one I'm likely to have again for that matter but it was still a nice, easy drinking beer that I enjoyed despite it fading very slightly at the tail end.

Photo of dcook11
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of GregSVT
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Addison Oktoberfest, served in a big mug.

A: Pours a clear brown with an eggshell head that fades to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is a bit nutty with notes of caramel malt and slight toffee.

T: The taste is a bit better than the nose as the flavors really come out better. Nice flavors of almonds and caramel malt with a hint of toffee in the finish.

M: The feel is nothing special with decent carbonation.

O: Not the best in the style but it's great for drinking in quantity at a beer fest like Oktoberfest. I won't go out of my way to buy this but I will gladly swill it as long as they're the sponsor of this event every year.

Photo of everetends
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a glass stein.

A: Amber/Red color that is clear. Poured a huge head that left some spotty lacing, nothing too sticky.

S: Got a lot of malt in the nose, maybe a touch of caramel. Not a whole lot of anything else.

T: Roasted malt, floral/earthy hops, touch of caramel and it has a bitterness up front that cools as the beer goes across the tongue.

M: Medium bodied with an almost creamy sensation, which is wierd because of all the carbonation.

D: Very good. Love me some Spaten and the Oktoberfest rarely disappoints. Love this beer and love this brewer, but I have a special place in my heart for German beer.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/21/08. On tap at the Biergarten Restaurant in Epcot, Disney World. A dark amber with a decent sized white head in the huge 1L mug it was served in. At first, tasted very similar to Optimator, with the dark roasted, bready malt flavor coming through. As it warmed, it got a little fruitier and the sweet malt came out. A good beer, but maybe not one I'd return to anytime soon.
6/4/7/4/14 (3.5/5)

Photo of katan
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of bmwats
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A: A "thin" amber color. Looks alot like a glass of iced tea. Light carbonation pours into a scant head which quickly fades into a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Nothing really in terms of lacing.

S: Hearty malt, hops, cloves.

T: Malt is hearty, but not heavy. Mild hoppiness, hint of sweet, and a peaty flavor.

M: Light but hearty malt feel. Lightly hoppy finish.

D: Good drinkability. Nice flavor, and feel.

A little complexity in flavor. Decent nose, good feel, and pretty solid drinkability. It has a heartiness, but still light. Aftertaste that lingers, but does not overwhelm. Overall, a really solid quaff.

Photo of raclark
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Act25
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's October - time for an Oktoberfestbier! (yes, I know, the fest is in September....)

A 500ml bottle with a BB of August 2013. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York - they import a selection of Oktoberfest brews every September.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale-gold colour with good carbonation. Forms a large head of frothy white foam that hangs around for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of light, grainy malt with a subtle hint of grassy noble hops. Smells dry and balanced.

Tastes of grainy malt with a dry bitter finish. Notes of carbonic acid, faint caramel and grassy noble hops. Dry and well-attenuated, with a restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and surprisingly spritzy - the carbonation is certainly noticeable. Good body. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of grainy malt and mild hop bitterness.

Rather nice and very drinkable. Not a complex brew, but crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. Perfect for quaffing in large quantities while enjoying the atmosphere at the festival. Perhaps the next time I try it I'll actually be there....

Photo of DagFishHead
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear light-amber pour. About a 1/2" frothy off-white head, good retention, creamy/spiderweb lace.
Smell: Light, clean, sweet-yet-crisp maltiness. Whiff of yeast/bread and hops way in the background.
Taste: Starts out with sweet toasted caramel malt... very light, folowed by a nice semi-dry hop citrus-like finish. Very reserved...lighter than I expected for a fest beer.
Mouthfeel: Light body, becomes a bit creamier as it warms. Reminds me more of summer than fall.
Drinkability: Very refreshing and enjoyable.

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear copper, with several fingers of rich and billowy slightly off-white head. This eventually settles down into sudsy 1-2 fingers, which rings the sides of the mug with thick sticky lacing. The aroma smells fresh and earthy in the nose, with notes of spice and must. This is undercut by some bready sweetness but it’s mostly the crisp citrus presence present that holds things together here in the nostrils.

The taste mirrors the aroma, being crisp and green feeling throughout, with a tight sweetness that rides along on the edges. This is earthy and spicy on the finish with some lingering must. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm and crisp feel in the mouth that then gets a little creamier feeling underneath, giving this quite the overall drinkable feel.

While maybe not quite as flavorful as some imports out there, I’d still take this over the majority of the American takes on the style that many breweries are putting out, as it’s got the two things that count for me, balance and crispness. I’d drink one of these any time.

Photo of charlzm
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 06/23/09 from a bottle. Yes, I drank it from a bottle. Horrors!

Very clear amber beer with a nice white head. Noted more than adequate carbonation bubbles active throughout.

Aroma is subtle and "beery". My friend tells me that's the melonoidins. I only know it's what German lagers smell and taste like to me. Also, the faintest hint of floral hoppiness and some grainy caramel malt.

Overall palate is dominated by "lager beer" character noted in aroma. Flavor is fairly sharp, though I'm not going to go all the way to "crisp". Very subtle caramel malt flavor with notable but unobtrusive bitterness on the finish. Finsihes quite clean, almost evaporative, though not dry or parching.

Mouthfeel is good, aided and abetted by the carbonation and non-residual flavors.

This beer is certainly drinkable, as it is fairly light in flavor and not terribly high in alcohol. I prefer more flavor from my marzens, however; bigger malt and hop profiles would do wonders for this one.

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