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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
82
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2,189 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 2,189
Reviews: 1,087
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 47
Gots: 158 | 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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Photo of cubedbee
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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 BarryMFBurton
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Oktoberfest of the year; ‘tis the season. Here’s hoping it made the trip across the sea without too much travel time.

A: Pale, translucent brownish-amber with a tiny tuft of cream-colored foam. In a moment, it’s gone, leaving nothing but a ring of retention around the glass and a speck of lacing here and there. Pretty average appearance.

S: Now that’s a nice German beer aroma: lots of toasted caramel grain and an earthy aroma of buttery bread and hazelnut, over a mild, underlying skunk of lager yeast. The gang’s all here, though not in perfect form; they’re simple malt tones, nothing that will knock you off your feet. Additionally, some fruit notes are evident – pear and apple pie showing up with jam-like character – though sparse, overall.

T: Crisply grainy, but very astringent; it’s like the crisp has gone overboard. It probably feels out of place because the toasted flavors shouldn’t be that bitter, but that’s the first impression I’m getting. Cracker and cereal grains come through among the bitters, with a nutty, caramel undertone. Once the initial shock has worn off, the beer starts to open up; unfortunately, there’s not much else to be had. Light, herbal Noble hops and leafy wheat tones are among these that find their way through the dryness of the malts, stopping just before the aftertaste. Medium-dry finish; all grain.

M: Very crisp, as expected, which doesn’t go too poorly with this palate. If anything, it makes this more drinkable, as opposed to filling the mouth with thick, chewy malts that won’t let up.

O: An average Oktoberfest interpretation from the bottle. If only I could have this on-tap, unpasteurized, undisturbed in Munich…

Photo of Mark
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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 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.

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

A: Bronze amber with light head. Little retention. Nice carbonation.

S: Malt, apple cider, light caramel.

T: Crisp rich malted grain, caramel, apple, light hops bitterness in the finish.

M: Crisp & clean, good carbonation, smooth.

O: Pretty basic, but very good (IMO) Oktoberfest. This one's better the fresher you get it. It starts losing some of the richer flavors the longer it sits on the shelf.

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

On tap. Pours a mild brown with a good amount of khaki colored head and lace. Munich malts, fair amount of sweetness and little hop presence. Malts are roasted and have a caramel and unsweetened cocoa flavor. Medium to full bodied and a fairly smooth drinker. A very standard O-fest but lacks the character to make it truly great.

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

First Marzen this year.

A: Pours a Clear deep copper, big frothy white head. Leaves nice webbing.

S: Some roasted malts, molasses

T: Toasty biscuity malts, clean refreshing, crisp. Not overly complex or flavorful, but tasty. Some lemongrassyness from noble hops give it clean finish.

M: Nice chewyness, high carbonation, very sessionable.

O: nothing mind blowing, but high quality, like many german brews Ive had.

Photo of MisterE
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - last of a 12-pack bought at Ward's for $11.99

A: pours a clear medium reddish brown with small, thin head that continues to be fed by rising bubbles

S: clean fresh fruity (grassy?) and slightly yeasty, very inviting

T: solid and balanced märzen flavor, but nothing remarkable

M: low to moderate carbonation - just right for me - smooth and not too crisp

D: this beer goes down easy and is even more pleasant as it gets to the bottom of the glass

There seem to be lots of these 12-pack available four months past October, but the beer is still very good.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew on tap at Charlie's Ale House in Wheaton. Had with blackened tuna.

Appearance- A crsipy clear toasted rye bread amber with small bubbles making their way to the top. A good pour by the bartender, given to me with a two finger head, but does recede after a minute or so. No lacing.

Smell- A very sweet bread, almost a cloying aroma for a German lager. But I do realize this is a Oktoberfest.

Taste- Taste like dipping Wonderbread crust into once boiled sugar water. Sweet toastiness in the middle of the palate.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, bready start and finish. A little syrupy in the finish, but great.

Offered an awesome contrast to the blackened tune. Burnt to sweet toastiness.

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

I had this on tap at the Ginger Man in Greenwich CT. It was dark orange colored and clear, same as others of the style. The smell was mostly malty, but not as rich as the Paulaner I had right before this one. The other real drawback of this beer was the thin body, nowhere near as present in the mouth as the Paulaner version. Seems that Spaten is giving a blue collar version of the style in my opinion, not the best marzen.

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

Pours a clear bubbly copper/ruby color with a small rimming of off-white head.
Smell has notes of a bitter malt maybe a little skunky, but good.
Taste has great malt profile.
Finish is a bit dirty with a decent after-taste.
Drinks very well, as my friend said, I would love a stein of this to quaff.

Photo of Rennpferd
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a crisp copper hue with a two finger head and a lively amount of carbination.

A balanced fragrant scent of lite malt and hops. It had a slight hint of alcohol strength.

Barely any malt taste, mostly hops bitterness. The body seemed lite on the front end. It then foamed up a bit and provided a more medium body in the finish. It left behind a bitter hops aftertaste.

It seemed a bit different than the other Marzens that I had this year. The lite front end makes this a beer that you really want to get a mouthful of. I wish there was more malt in the taste however. All in all I could drink a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of everetends
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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 mwill7287
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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 tekstr1der
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep, clear amber with thin head. Aroma of bread and taste of caramel. Finish is clean and cleansing. This is highly drinkable in quantity and my go-to for the style.

Photo of warnerry
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper with a finger or so of creamy off-white head. Head fades pretty quickly, leaving only scant lacing.

S - Toasted bready malts, faint floral hops and, thankfully, only a slight presence of green glass light struck funk. Clean simple and pleasant.

T - Similar to smell with very pronounced toasted malt and minimal hop presence. Pretty good but not among my favorite Oktoberfest beers.

M - Medium, clean mouthfeel wit a slighlty dry finish.

O - A decent Oktoberfest. Not sure if moving away from green glass would improve this or not. With the vast selection available in this style I probably won't get this again, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered.

Photo of rmolledo
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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 DavidSeanNJ
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After drinking this beer, I decided that I don't like Oktoberfest'sm with full knowledge that this is one of the best out there. With that said....

On tap-

A- A glowing orange/amber color- a very small amount of head and lacing- typical oktoberfest beer to the naked eye.

S- Smell was of bread, yeast, and spices.

T- Taste was very well balanced, but to me, the bread tastes on my palate were very overwhelming. Some yeast and very crisp finish on the end. Some spice as well, but not over powering as in some other oktobers.

M- Mouthfeel was carbonation bubbles- smooth and enjoyable.

D- A sesionable oktoberfest. This being approximately my 3rd of the season, I realized that this is a style that I am not a fan of- nothing against this beer, it just does not do it for me.

Photo of philbe311
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Big white frothy head off of a slightly vigorous pour... Light brown caramel color... Light slow carbonation... Nice lacing... Coats glass exceptionally well for the style...

S - Malt... Seltzer water... Pear... Mild all the way around... Pleasant...

T - Quite tasty... Caramel... Malt... Biscuit... Pear... Burnt sugar... Slight alcohol... Nutty... Some spice notes are present as well, namely clove... Ever so slight bitter finish...

M - Medium bodied, but still surprisingly light... Smooth and silky... Goes down very very easy...

D - Outstanding Oktoberfest... Quite underrated in my modest opinion... Highly enjoyable and sessionable... One of my favorite Marzens for this Octoberfest season...

Photo of buckiflyer
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 ounce bottle, enjoyed with my father celebrating our German heritage. Smell: Foreign hop smell with hints of malt, Appearance: cloudly light brown. Taste: malt and barley, some nut after taste. I enjoyed this octoberfest and one day hope to have it in Germany during Octoberfest.

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
82 out of 100 based on 2,189 ratings.