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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-MärzenSpaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Germany | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Quaffer on 09-04-2001

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Reviews: 1,115 | Ratings: 2,425
Photo of Wer34truh
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with some opacity. Small head with decent retention and good lacing.

Smells of bready malts, nuts, and various spices.

Taste is boring and subtle, yet not bad. The nuts comes out and the malts are still very present. Otherwise I mostly get caramel and very subtle hops. Mouthfeel is characteristically light.

This is boring, but not bad.

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Photo of James954
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L: nut brown ale color with a weak appearance of carbonation
S: dark fruit and malt
T: plum, raisin, sweet malt
F: thinner side of things, but barely acceptable carbonation

Overall: Basically a Spaten Optimator Light, if such a thing were to exist. Lovers of beers on the dark fruit side of things will really like this one.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into snifter. Decent head eventually fades to thin ring. Prominent but faint-colored lace. Beer is somewhere between sienna and umber.

Smells of malt, bread, and a little spice.

Taste is malt up front, not too sweet, though caramel comes into play as well. Faint hops and spice mixing together with green bottle dank, none of which affects the malt.

Mouth is a little dry, but fine.

Märzenbier is harder to mess up, but also hard to make unique. Spaten's Oktoberfest is another good example of the style. The maltiness is inviting, making it just a shade better than many of its competitors.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look unlike any beer I've had so far. It's a darker brown hue but its not completely opaque, nor transparent. You can somewhat see through the glass. Big white thick frothy head but it disappeared in a minute.

Aroma: malt, caramel, brown sugar
Flavor: sweet malty, caramel again, little bit of bitter in there - very faint. It's like a more flavorful Yuengling.

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Photo of nbaker290
4.74/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks good, good brown color. Good head. Smells great. Lots of lacing. Does not taste like a 5.9% alcohol beer, which can lead to drinking a few too many. Overall a 4.75 simply because I can't drink this beer all the time, only in certain situations and moods.

Pairs well with pipes.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong Euro yeast, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and slight caramel malt. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of caramel malt, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and slight Euro yeast. Overall, weaker appearance, aroma is dominated by yeast, good feel, great blend, and good body.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBD 5/16. Pours a clear amber that is rather brown. Outstanding head volume and retention, normal lacing.

Light, but typical, Oktoberfest nose. Light biscuit, a touch of caramel and light grassy hops.

Heavy light body that has a smooth texture with a few creamy aspects. Superb carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a reasonable prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. It begins with light biscuit that flows into caramel that hints at sweetness. As the middle approaches, a light nuttiness is noted. The middle brings a subtle hop flavor and bitterness, mostly herbal. The finish is somewhat crisp and has a very slight mineral quality as the hop, caramel and nutty grains slowly fade.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look-copper, modest head, thin lace
Smell- bready malts, caramel and molasses. A subdued sweetness, but overall, pretty clean.
Taste- sweet and malt forward, caramel, modest hops presence, just enough for balance. Hint of alcohol towards the end. Pretty tasty.
Feel- nice and crisp. Medium body. Drinkable.
I liked this one. A solid Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Golden amber orange woth a half finger head that moves to a thin lace at a moderate pace.

S- Standard Marzen with some Beck's green bottle smell.

T - Follows the nose. Caramel malt, toasted grains.

M - Smooth. Moderaate level of carbonation.

O - Another good Marzen.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a gorgeous, clear caramel color with a 1 finger, slightly off-white head.

Smells malty and biscuity.

Actually taste pretty good. Nice malty taste.

A good, not great, beer to drink for Oktoberfest.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Big Spaten stein. Pours a clear copper color. Pretty authentic Marzen nose. Aroma is of baked bread and crust. Slight fruitiness. Bready, yeasty and a nice mixture of sweet and dry. It has that toasty flavor that has really made this style grow on me in recent years. Lighter bodied. Easy drinking. This should have a higher rating on here.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 355 mL bottle (stamped "05.2016") poured into a 7 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass.

Appearance: Deep, clear amber-brown. A small head of frothy off white foam recess to a lingering haze.

Smell: Bread, toasted grains, grass and minerals.

Taste: Malty, though more grain than sweet; slight caramel. Slightly herbal, bitter, earthy, dank (green bottle) hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very slight oiliness, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Some green bottle notes, but still a nice balance of restrained malt body and herbal hops.

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Photo of Nickolai
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I got this beer on tap at a very traditional style, German restaurant, in the heart of the octoberfest season. There was a bit of a wait so I got my first on at the bar while waiting to be seated.

The beer looks very good. The color is a nice deep amber brown, like an octoberfest should. Tan head that dissipated but left some nice lacing.

Didnt notice much of a smell but then again I didnt particularly look for one. Cant imagine it smelt bad at all.

The taste was really fantastic. Ive had my sahre of octoberfest style beers, and this one I i think may be a great example for what an octoberfest should be. Not too strong, somewhat mild but still a very present and delicious flavor. Not too hoppy. Really very good.
I ordered Sauerbraten with Red cabbage and potato dumplings, and this beer just complimented the traditional German fare fantastically. Recommended with food, especially hearty, meat centered dishes.

Felt great in the mouth, not too carbonated, smooth and delicious, goes down quick and easy, like I said, a real great beer to have with food.

Overall fantastic beer for enjoying with a meal shared with friends. I had to drive so only had two, but I could have easily down 5 or 6 of these.

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Photo of delta490
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a fizzy white head. There is almost no retention and almost no lacing. The aroma is dark bread malts and earthy hops. The taste is a little bland, with just a little nondescript malty-ness. The body has a nice smooth feel and the a little thicker weight to it.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 05-2016 into pint glass. Pours a clear deep amber with a modest off-white head that dissipates rapidly. Very slight malty sweetness initially, then roasted malt flavors take over. Very smooth - little if any bitterness. Clean and refreshing. Dry finish. Excellent example of the style.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown amber with a voluminous cream head. Not picking up the grassy floral aroma others have described, all I get is caramel and grain. Tastes like an oktoberfest should, smooth and sessionable without any detractions on the palate. Many U.S. versions of this style are over hopped or too much malt. They try to be different but they are missing the point.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a single into a willi becher (tasted side-by-side with a New Glarus Staghorn)
a: chestnut with 2 finger puffy off white head on top that subsides after a minutes and leaves little lacing
s: lots of grainy dark bread here (a little heavier and sweeter than the NG), as well as some almost roasty/burnt notes, faint floral hoppiness
t & m: this is a malty bad boy, with a some dark non-cloying sweetness that is both bready and caramel...also some kind of dark fruit (raisin or prunes, maybe) and apple as well. Tastes like fall! Hops aren't very bright, but there is some mild earthy spicy notes there that give it a little edge. A little heavier and less carbonated than the NG, but very much within the range that is right for the style.
Good solid Ofest, probably not at the top for me, but I'm always happy to have one. It is an interesting contrast with the NG...if I had to choose, I'd probably take the Staghorn, but they have fairly different profiles.

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Photo of WestmontStorm
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

You want a German brewski with a lot of malty flavor? Here it is amigo. It is smooth, sweet and not very carbonated. I like it for what it is. Every Oktober, I will drink some of these. But that's about it.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From Bottle, Pours Pale crystal clear gold, thin white head. Aroma grassy, Grain and malt. Taste Sweet apple and caramel. Light bitter finish. Really great.

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Photo of Der_Kaiser
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oktoberfest is a Munich celebration whose origins date back to Ludwig and Therese's wedding in the 19th century. The celebration included horse races which became a festival that added food and beer in later years. The German beer purity law and the requirement of the beer served at the fest to have been brewed in Munich make this a prime example of the gold standard of Oktoberfest beers. Spaten, and its Oktoberfest March lager, has been there since the beginning. All the other swill you are slurping is a knock off.

I think we learned something today.

"Only beer conforming to the Reinheitsgebot, and brewed within the city limits of Munich, can be served at the Munich Oktoberfest. Beers meeting these criteria are designated Oktoberfest Beer.

The breweries that can produce Oktoberfest Beer under the aforementioned criteria are:

Augustiner-Bräu
Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu
Löwenbräu
Paulaner
Spatenbräu
Staatliches Hofbräu-München

Oktoberfest Beer is a registered trademark by the Club of Munich Brewers, which consists of the above six breweries."

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Photo of zymurgist12
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the quintessential Oktoberfest. Its beautiful red appearance is followed with its sweet aroma and mild finish. My one knock on the beer is it is hard to drink more than a couple since it is quite filing.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is more like what I perceive (and taste) a 'fest / Marzen style bier to be. Pours a medium to dark brown color, has that richer and more malty body, more meaty presence that I expect to have at this time of year. Fall is coming and I will drink these all day while the leaves fly around me!

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had on draft.

L: Brown with a slight magenta hue. Little to no head (not sure if that's because of the glass).

S: Spent grain, slight fruit punch essence.

T: High-gluten wheat bread, a hint of prune juice.

F: Proper carbonation, but a little too light-bodied for the style.

O: Was hoping for more depth and complexity.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours a light copper color with great clarity. Creamy, off-white head. Massive bready malt aroma. Light toasted, rich malt flavor balanced out by a touch of floral noble hops. Medium bodied and dry for the most part, despite a bit of initial malty sweetness. Clean and drinkable. An enjoyable Märzen for sure. I can see myself buying multiple 6-packs of this throughout the fall.

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Photo of Buck89
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber, clear, with a thick off-white head that lingered. Muted aromas of dark bread, biscuit and spicy hop character. Taste is rich malt up front with a mild sweetness and some floral/spicy hop notes. Medium carbed and full bodied with a clean finish. I liked it but prefer others in the style.

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