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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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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 Gueuzedude


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

Pours with a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear reddish amber hue and shows a bright-metallic, deeply red tinged, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a mix of sweet malty notes and dry, bread-like aromatics. Light hop notes contribute aromatics of lemon zest and faint herbal / grassy notes to the nose, but this is mostly a malt focused beer. Lightly browned soda crackers, fresh bread-crust aromas, aromas of fresh crushed malt and a touch of sweet, lightly caramelized grain character seem to be the main focus here. Not a bad aroma, but somehow leaves me wishing for a bit more depth.

Dry and herbal as it first hits my mouth, it quickly picks up a lightly sweet malt sweetness and a round, rustic bread like character. Each sip finishes with a herbal hop note that gets a bit metallic and a thin malt character. The malt sweetness while light is actually fairly rich and satiating, this balanced sweet malt character is exactly what I want to see in this style of beer, though it can be a touch too muted at times. I like that the hop character plays a significant role here in the flavor; it provides a nice balance to the malt character all the while contributing flavors of soft lemon zest, some light herbal notes, more hay / grass than anything and also a nice, biting bitterness that is found from beginning to end. Light enough to be quite drinkable, but the malt provides some body and texture to it that allows for the beer to stick just a bit to the palate.

A solid beer, nothing that makes me get really exited, but a nice beer that I could easily quaff a liter of. I definitely like that malt character here, even if it could use a little boost; it provides a nice biscuit-like, browned soda cracker flavored, rustic bread crust flavor to this brew that sort of defines things for me. Tasty and quaffable, though perhaps a wee bit forgettable.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 03:51:37 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of argock


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

Poured from 12oz green bottle into clear pint glass

A: Pours a nice amber with sticky thick off-white head and lots of lace

S: Grainy and Saaz hops aromas. A bit skunky on the first bottle from the pack which I'm attributing to travel and green bottles.

T: Smooth, earthy malty with some soft fruit flavors like apple and pear with dry Saaz hops finish. Kind of like an earthy pilsner. The first one I had from the pack was a little skunky as noted in other reviews. The second one was excellent and flavorful.

M: Creamy and smooth with medium body, medium carbonation, and faintly swwet aftertaste.

D: Pretty drinkable when it's a good one out of the 6-pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 03:14:30 | More by argock
Photo of MediocreatBest


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

looked nice smelled nice....tasted a bit off....i get the feeling that it might have been a bit off and not the natural taste of the beer...aftertaste was a but like back wash...and initial taste was good but a bit alcoholic/tainted...i like is ay might have been a bad bottle, something seems off, but still good...can taste the deep flavors through tainted-ness, if such a word exists

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 03:35:18 | More by MediocreatBest
Photo of KroMagnon


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Coppery golden in color with a rocky, white-tan head. The beer is crystal clear. The aroma features a clean, almost nutty maltiness along with a slightly sickly-sweet worty aroma in the back - almost fruity, but not an estery fruitiness, more a grapish type aroma. The flavor starts with sweet malt followed by a more robust toastiness and a tea-like flavor, then follows with a clean bitterness at the end - frankly more bitterness than I expected and maybe a little too much. The beer was somewhat dry and a touch astringent in the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 23:53:22 | More by KroMagnon
Photo of smurphy77


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

This beer was easy drinking to say the least. No stickiness, no pronounced flavors, soft carbonation. Mildly malty taste. The positive here is that this is a very drinkable beer. But the lack of pronounced flavors or aromas really left me wanting something a little more.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2007 13:35:33 | More by smurphy77
Photo of cyclonece09


3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent light red with a small white head. Smells of dark grain with a hint of sweet caramel or candy smell. Tastes of dark grain with nice balance. This light bodied beer goes down great and has a nice level of carbonation. Overall a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 03:14:50 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of tigg924


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, amber, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, spices, wheat

Taste: toasted malt, spices, mineral water, touch of hops

Mouthfeel: noticeable high carbonation throughout, medium bodied, dry, sweet start with a moderately sweet body.

Drinkability: dry and sharp, this is kind of like the sparkling wine of Octoberfests. The carbonation is non-stop. The flavor is very good. I could have up to three of these. Currently in my top four of this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 13:19:05 | More by tigg924
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shifty amber body with a strong, thick white head that remains the duration of the tasting...aroma possesses that soft, nondescript presence that allows for pleasant drinking of multiple bottles in a night...light to medium body that is short, crisp and acidic once it hits the back of the tongue...relazed carbonation allows for multiple bottles in a night...overall, after having sample nearly a dozen marzens and 'fests this fall, an original still finds its place among the many imitators...not as sweet or intense as others, but comfortable in its balance and usefulness for multiple...bottles...in...a...night...

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 02:17:02 | More by dacrza1
Photo of jackndan


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spaten O-Fest Ur Marzen: Pours a tannish brown with a decent coffee and cream head. The head is quite rocky, and fairly long lasting. Typical marzen aroma, light almost butterscotch aroma. The taste is nice, not overwhelming but lightly flavored. Very nice malt sweetness, with a minimal taste of toffee. The aftertaste is pleasantly unrefined, with a little bit of a bite, perhaps a tiny bit of hops. Overall, nice and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 02:04:25 | More by jackndan
Photo of chaunur


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Old Chicago. Has this during an evening of exploring different O-beers.

Came to the table in a pint glass with a 3/4 in head that was nice and frothy and stayed with the beer reducing to a nice cover. Med amber in color with a slight orange tint. Good aroma with overtones of cinammon and clove. This carried on to the taste which was very pleasant yet not overpowering. I could have a couple of these.

Also had Sam Adams, Blue moon's Harvest Moon, and Bluegrass Brewing Co. Oktoberfest that evening. All were good- this was 3 of 3

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 14:11:24 | More by chaunur
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice light brown color, tan head is thick and rocky, but does fade rather quickly. Just a few bubbles in this märzen.

A nice caramel malty aroma, sweet and hearty. This is just a great reminder of the season that's coming. Taste is sweet malty goodness, caramel and some light roasty character. Bit of a bitter turn in the finish, and this lingers for a short while.

Nice medium bodied, easy drinking beer that satisfies on a cool late-summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 21:50:53 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of Hoptometrist


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a 1 liter glass stein for the Winking Lizard's Glass of the Month

A- Pours a dark copper color with a one finger soapy head that leaves some lace. This beer looks great in a glass stein.

S- Big herbal and earthy aromas, biscuit, some nuttiness, and caramel

T- Big herbal and earthy flavors with biscuit and caramel flavors. Also some light citrus and some unique fruity esters came through as I got further through my glass.

M- Very lively carbonation, very crisp, clean, and refreshing

O- A highly drinkable Oktoberfest beer with a great mouthfeel and pretty good flavor and aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 03:04:11 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of crookedhalo


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to copper color with a light beige head. Some biscuity and Vienna-like bready aromas and a subtle fruitiness from the yeast. Slight dosage of hops in there to round it all out, too. Malty smooth with a bit of caramel-like toasty sweetness and a crisp finish with some low alpha hops that is slightly drying to the palate. Not a bad brew; easy to drink, but lacks a bit of depth and complexity. I guess this beer is just meant to be drank in excess by the half liter, in lederhosen, of course :^)

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2004 06:34:41 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of tronester


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a tiny off-white head. Smell is of fresh grain. Taste is biscuity, sweet, full bodied with a hint of hops to round things out. Mouthfeel is full, medium carbonation. Quite drinkable, this is a good, solid Marzen. I wish they would switch from the green bottle though, I thought I detected a hint of skunkyness.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 03:47:18 | More by tronester
Photo of tgbljb


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saved this one from last fall as a reminder of the fall soon to come. Poured a medium amber color with white long-lasting head. Smell is dominated by toasty malt. Taste is predominately malt with a crisp texture. Finish is refreshing, but with a bit too much sweetness. All around good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 23:59:19 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Scrapss


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into goblet from growler.

A: beautiful copper with one finger head that dissipated into nothing rather quickly. Not much carbonation.

S: muted biscuit and caramel malty. Faint european, lemon grass hop. Slightly yeasty bready notes.

T: surprisingly muted. Sharp malt subsides quickly into a slightly spicy yeast and malt trail. Little to no hop bitterness. lightly metallic aftertaste at finish.

M: thin. dead due to lack of carbonation. still finish with slight drying. Disappointing.

O: Ayinger is better. I'd seek that or even Sam Adams over this one. Sorry :(

Serving type: growler

09-25-2013 23:49:14 | More by Scrapss
Photo of ttrrooyy19

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper like, reddish orange with a decent head that quickly dissipated, then simply disappeared to a ring around the glass. Nose is sweet caramel malt with just a little resiny hoppiness
lingering about.

Flavor comes sweet right away, caramel, malty hits at the front, with a fair amount of hoppy astringency, that hangs around on the back of the tongue.

This isn't the best Marzen I've ever had, but it is the first one I buy every year, then measure the rest against it. Would love to try it before it made the trip over.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 00:10:52 | More by ttrrooyy19
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought I would start the season a bit early this year when I saw it on tap at the Sunset Grill. Poured a rich and vibrant brown in color. Very clear and with no head on it at all. Nose was very simple and only mild malts were noticeable, and they were slightly browned at that. Flavor is slight sweet but mellowed but a significant biscuit flavor. Hops are extremely mild and provided just a hint of bitterness around the edges of this beer. Mouthfeel was crisp but heavier than other O'fests I have had in the past. The alcohol is brilliantly hidden and it is a very simple and quite enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2005 21:05:15 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of cagocubs


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Bavarian flag themed bottle into octoberfest glass.

A: Pours a darker amber/near brown with a nice foamy 1 finger white head that lingers and attempts to lace, to no avail.

S: Smell explodes out of the pour. You can smell the malt, spices, and caramel sweetness.

T: The sweet caramel toasted malt leaves the first impression. Some nice warm ending with the alcohol. Nice mix between sweet and toasty for a session.

M: More body than expected. I would say medium body with good carbonation and warming.

O: Good Marzen overall, but not as sweet and "chewy" as other marzies.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 01:08:21 | More by cagocubs
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lifts up to a two finger head of eggshell white cream, soft and foamy with some dimples, little lacing and with a steady dissolve down to the surface. Reddish copper color, complete clarity, only slight drop to rust orange around the rims. Malty with cocoa powder and maple syrup alongside corn, wheat and flour accents, mild raisin, grape and apricot scents, comes with a vague metallic edge as well. Medium-bodied, for its weight the carbonation gets things a little too fluffy. While it keeps the maple, milk chocolate and general malty sweetness through the attack, it dries up considerably thereafter with cornhusks, grass, unprocessed grains and rye bread albeit without any excess bitterness. Here you might get a zip of lemon or orange citrus. Seems more tightly knit and purposeful colder than approaching room temperature.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 01:42:44 | More by farrago
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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at a local pizza place that actually doesn't have a bad selection of craft beers.

A- Nearly transparent medium caramel brown colored body that is served with absolutely no head. Not even any sign that there ever was foam on this beer. Appearance above average because of the richness of the color.

S- Very hard to distinguish (perhaps because of the lack of foam) but I can pick up some German malts and caramel malt. Very faintly.

T- Nice flavor that falls on the sweeter side of o-fests. Caramel malt is definitely most present but hints of Vienna and Munich can also be gathered. Finish is clean.

M- Low carbonation and very light mouthfeel. Smooth but almost (not quite) watery.

D- I really like this O-fest. It's one I will definitely have again. The smell falls a bit short but everything else about it is above average-good and its very light and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2008 23:09:33 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of spaceranger


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great amber color with a decent, creamy colored head with some lacing. Carbonation is just about right - not too punchy but not bland either. Good hop and malt mixture. Alcohol registers a 5.9% which makes this a great beer for partaking in multiples. AND the price is decent - local L. store had it featured for $9.95 per 12. It's so good it tastes like another. Think I'll have one...

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 23:55:27 | More by spaceranger
Photo of francisweizen


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured out of its green 12oz glass bottle into a nice pint glass. It was an amber colour with a frothy, white head. The aromas were of skunk...but when that cleared up the aromas were of grassy, herbal hops, and dominating malts. The taste was malty, but a little thin, as was the mouthfeel. The drinkability, however, was quite excellent. A decent O-Fest beer!


Serving type: bottle

08-26-2003 00:03:16 | More by francisweizen
Photo of xuptygm


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Darker than expected, almost like an English Brown Ale. 1/2 inch soapy white head. Good lacing that refused to leave the sides of the glass. Good head retention down to the last sip.

Smell: Strong honey and grain odors. Sweet malt. The smell really got me excited for this beer.

Taste: The honey comes through nicely. Sweet malt. Amazing cool crisp finish. The finish is very complex and long lasting.

Mouth-feel: Perfect carbonation which is a rare thing to find in this style of beer (at least for me).

Overall: A very nice well rounded brew. Not the best of the style I've ever tried, but far better than many others I have had. If you have a chance to try this beer it is definitely worth ordering. I do not think I would go out of my way to find this beer again though.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 23:06:18 | More by xuptygm
Photo of jasonpeckins32


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden amber color with not much head retention.

The smell is somewhat faint, but not bad at all. Malty.

Taste is malty, yet crisp and clean. Not overly sweet like some marzens. I can definitly taste the caramel malts in this one, and it finishes with a nice spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a touch light, but very nicely carbonated. Job well done. Drinkability is good. I could suck down a lot of these, and probably will look forward to it by next fall. Solid seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 06:47:08 | More by jasonpeckins32
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