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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,926 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,926
Reviews: 1,062
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 31
Gots: 73 | 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 micromaniac129


3.69/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

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

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


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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

New York

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

10-21-2011 21:57:16 | More by Stockfan42
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

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

04-05-2008 03:51:37 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

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

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


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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


3.71/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

09-23-2009 13:19:05 | More by tigg924
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

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...

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


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

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

10-16-2008 14:11:24 | More by chaunur
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West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

09-05-2009 21:50:53 | More by ZimZamZoom
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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

10-05-2011 03:04:11 | More by Hoptometrist
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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

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 :^)

08-25-2004 06:34:41 | More by crookedhalo
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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

10-16-2008 03:47:18 | More by tronester
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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

08-15-2005 23:59:19 | More by tgbljb
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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

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 :(

09-25-2013 23:49:14 | More by Scrapss
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South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

10-01-2009 00:10:52 | More by ttrrooyy19
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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