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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 1,084
Hads: 2,256
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 52
Gots: 222 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001

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Photo of justinp444
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass this beer has a clear brown orange look with just a tad bit of amber and a inch and a half thick white foam head. Smell is skunk, some sweet malt, bit of citrus, some cider/white wine like aroma. Taste is rotting vegetable, lightly metallic (good), it has some citrus, sweet malt, and a bit of spice. It'd be a lot better if it wasn't skunked. It has a nice crisp moderate mouth feel and body. (421 characters)

Photo of NCMatt
4.52/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is what Oktoberfest beer / Marzen should taste like. All other breweries take note! This is just about as authentic as it gets.

Poured from bottle to glass. Color is a dark copper. Minimal off white head. Smell and taste both of caramel and bready malts. It's like fall in a glass! This is a wonderful beer. Enough said. (327 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A brilliant amber pour crowned by a 1” off-white foam collar. S: Bready, malty nose with some kettle sugars. T: A malt forward beer featuring kettle sugars and a mild hop accent. F: Medium to medium full body, medium to medium low carbonation. O: A true classic. (267 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful caramel color with some light carbonation and a beautiful fall smell. Although I don't see a lot of bubbles in the carbonation, it tastes very fizzy to me, and I don't like it. Other than that, the taste is good and a pretty good Oktoberfest. (254 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Takes me back to college day when I would seek out alternates to the standard dreck. This is a very well made beer. Just the thing to ween one from the familiar. Robust yet polite. Welcoming. Good. What else can be asked? (255 characters)

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a small white head, which did not last long. Overall, the flavor was excellent, with only the lack of a nice head holding it back. Enjoyable. (150 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (172 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Medium amber. Clear. Tall off-white head. Good persistence.
S - Bready malt.
T - Sweet and malty. Mainly bread and toast, a littlle vague spiciness. (156 characters)

Photo of theh3rbalist
1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

Drank 2 poured into pint glasses.

Smells like a macro lager but with the addition of an unpleasant wine-like astringency. This carries into the taste which seemed like nothing more than a basic macro on (weak) malt steroids, and tainted by an unavoidable sour/spoiled note. Barely any hop bitterness, and medium carbonation. Honestly would prefer a macro over this, and certainly would prefer almost any other Marzen over Spaten's offering.

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On a side note: I bought a 6 pack of this beer because I had a couple drafts of what I thought was Spaten Oktoberfest in NYC that tasted great. Unfortunately I can't remember for sure if it was Spaten or someone else's Oktoberfest on tap... Reading the reviews here many people say this is a decent Marzen, but there is at least one that notes the macro/sour quality I found. So it's entirely plausible that I had a bad batch along with the other reviewer, but it's also entirely plausible that what I remember as Spaten on tap was actually another beer... Oh well

Edit: Just had it on tap and it's just as bad as in the bottle. Slightly less sour but still nasty. (1,115 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

This pours with a thin, carbonated hue of barley brown. Strangely, it has a Euro-skunk aroma with an Apple cider like scent. The flavor is an Euro barleylike taste. It tastes like Spaten lager but with more graininess. It's very light, easy and quenching. This is not my go to Marzen but if I'm looking for a beer to cap off the night it's certainly worthwhile. (361 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of a growler.

Pours a clear light copper with a thin half-finger white head. Pretty average head retention and lacing. Nothing outstanding but fairly respectable.

Aroms has some toasted caramel mixed with hay and grass. The hope do come through but are kept in check by the malt. Maybe a touch of honey as well.

The flavor really brings together the malt and hops with each being very balanced. It starts out with some toffee and honey perfectly mixed with grassy hops. Mild sweetness throughout but it is appropriate for the style. Light bitterness is enough to keep with sweetness in check and makes this quite drinkable.

Overall, a respectable oktoberfest and probably one of the better ones available in the States. Pretty readily available and worth picking up. (802 characters)

Photo of JTuomi
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

50 cl bottle into a mug. Clear golden body, minimal head, very little lacing. Subtle grainy pale malt and floral hops on the nose. Crisp and sweet clean taste of grainy pale malt, a hint of apple in the background, dry finish with a very subtle hop bitterness, slightly bitter floral aftertaste. Medium-light body, high carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer, wouldn't take an effort to down these in liters in an octoberfest tent. Not special enough to buy to be had at home again though. (494 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; light amber; 1 finger off white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: more fruity hops than caramel malt;

T: fruity and earthy hops up front, then caramel malt; a little metallic on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation;

O: less caramel malt in the flavor than most American Oktoberfests; the metallic finish was a little off putting; (407 characters)

Photo of everythingiszen
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Crisper and lighter bodied than other (American) Oktoberfests I've had, with a good deal of head. Pleasantly carbonated, very refreshing. Hater's gonna hate, but I think it's better than most American Marzens for my money. The only American one that rivals this that I have tried is Harpoon's. (293 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Enjoyed on tap. Pours a medium-brown with a light tan head.
Lots of malt aroma; bread and caramel and a hit of spicy hops as well.
Very tasty brew. Lots of malt goodness and some nice bittering and spicy hops to keep it interesting. beautiful balance.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and smooth.
Overall, a wonderful and refreshing Marzen. Would happily drink again. (365 characters)

Photo of Boto
3/5  rDev -15%

Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a clear, lighter amber color. There was a small off white head that left little lacing. Decent aroma. A bit of toasted malts. Possible some earthy hops also. No noticeable sweetness. The taste is decent. Toasted malts and slight biscuit notes. It has just a hint of bitterness and is very smooth. Nice! (339 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent copper color with a moderate head of sudsy, off-white foam. Aroma smells of green, grassy hops, apple peel, and a hint of caramel sweetness.

The flavor follows suit, with grassy hop bitterness on the back of the tongue, along with the golden delicious apple tones commonly found in Munich lagers. The caramel sweetness is held in check well for an Oktoberfest, maintaining some semblance of balance. A hint of skunkiness is also detectable, be it from the hops, the green bottle, or a combination of the two. The light body complements a crisp mouthfeel, making for a very drinkable brew.

Overall, this is a very pleasant and easy to drink Oktoberfest that is neither cloying nor watered down; a pretty safe pick if you’re in the mood for the style. (777 characters)

Photo of UPMD_Bill
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Solid seasonal offering. Crisp and clean, a little bit of spice from the hops and yeast but not too floral or bitter. Not too heavy, so I could still enjoy drinking this on a warm-ish September day. (200 characters)

Photo of bwood06
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice red amber in color. Clear. Head is a thin froth that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation. Head reduces to a thin layer on top that is maintained. 3.75/5

S - Bready but a fruity happiness as well. Tangerines. Cereal. 4.25/5

T - White bread. Grassy hop finish. A hint of light caramel sweetness. Cereal. 4/5

M - Very smooth and creamy. Very low carbonation. Finishes wet. 4.5/5

O - Love this Oktoberfest offering. Very smooth and goes down easy. Lack of bitterness. Very straightforward beer. 4.25/5 (528 characters)

Photo of louisianajones
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured this one into a Sam Adams glass.

I like a good Octoberfest beer. No nonsense, just heavy enough on the hops but still balanced, makes you want to drink more than one. This one fits the bill nicely. Not much of a head, decent lacing. Light amber in color. Hops with just a bit of citrus on the nose. Not real complicated. Hops on the palate with an ever so slightly astringent finish. Almost too easy to drink. I could easily knock back too many of these in one sitting. Makes me quite affectionate for this time of year. (538 characters)

Photo of Jimtrem
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

I love Oktoberfest beers and this one is the best of them. Though it's better some years than others, I always drink plenty of it. Might have been a little lacking this year, as a matter of fact, but I still love it. (221 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%

From notes on 10/31/13

Poured a light brown color. Not a very pleasant smell. Skunky smell. Tastes good though. One of the better tasting Oktoberfest beers I've had. (166 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straight-ahead amber with a thick head of foam. Tons of impressive effervescence, too, which is a neat touch. Impressive tree-line and loopy lace.

Aroma is crisp and lager-grainy, simply put.

Taste is equally as crisp and malty, even a little sweet but still well-balanced. I get some toastiness, some toffee, and plenty of flavor packed into here. Overall, as easy-to-drink Oktoberfest that I can see being perfect for bierstubes or Oktoberfest celebrations. (470 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a thick two finger head with decent retention and leaving some laces.
Floral aroma with notes of Munich malt sweetness and lager yeast.
Flavor is more present with notes of biscuit malt with controlled sweetness balanced by herbal and floral hops. Just a hint of caramel, spices and citrusy acidity. Mildly dry aftertaste with a light to medium bitterness.
Light bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation.
A pleasant Märzen, although quite malty it is not cloying, showing that hops are doing their work behind the curtains. Faithful to style. (577 characters)

Photo of knowledge
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer, once you pop the cap, reminds me of Peroni beer - it has the same bready, yeasty smell on the nose. However, it is heavier, and a bit sweeter - not my liking. I made a session out of this brew, trying to study it from all angles, and since it is a marzen, meaning it is brewed between the months of September through April, I was reminded of how its German heritage really gave it a good quality taste but a head that faints quickly after pour. I was astonished to see the words malt liquor on the label of this beer, and was thoroughly disappointed by this description. It is definitely worthier than the Malt Liquors out there, but hey we can't all be skeptics all the time. Would I try this beer again, maybe, if it was free - There are plenty of German brews to be imbibed, and therefore, I will be seeking a better session than Spaten. Overall ok, but nothing to really implore you to try again. (911 characters)

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