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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-MärzenSpaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,837 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1837
Reviews: 1058
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%


Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001)
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 4/13/14. Had this one many years ago on draught and it was great. Comes in a nice colorful 12 ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a pretty darker amber in color with about a 1-finger of a off-white head. Lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of caramel malts with a hint of light citrus. The taste is of sweet malts, biscuit (yeast) with some spice. Very tasty and goes down easy. A very light dry finish is noted. Overall, really like this one and not a big fan of Oktoberfest brews for the most part but this one is the exception for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 02:33:36 | More by BeerWithMike
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Furlinator

California

3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours translucent amber with 1/2 inch of off-white head that fades to a thin cap on top and leaves nice spotty lace.

Smell is somewhat muted and consists of grainy malt, Autumn spices and faint citrus.

Taste is of grains and malt with accents of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg with faint tart citrus on the finish.

Texture is medium bodied with high carbonation.

A decent, if not remarkable, effort. Easy drinking and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 05:51:44 | More by Furlinator
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tviz33

New York

3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz green bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- An aggressive pour brings out 3 fingers of off-white almost grayish head with a clear light brown body.

S- The nose is simple. Sweet and malty with just a little citrus in the background.

T- Sweet and caramel-like. There's also a little orangey citrus at the end. This reminds me of BMC a little unfortunately.

M- Medium feel, medium carbonation. Really easy drinking.

O- Overall its nothing special, but I was expecting that. Just a decent beer, no surprises.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 22:45:43 | More by tviz33
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Act25

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks great, smells very good, all down hill from there to mass kind of beer.

A -- Lovely pour yields a 2 finger cap and retains and laces well. Beautiful bronze marzen color.

S -- Nose is solid, grassy, sweet, fall leaves. I like it.

T -- Follows nose with more biscuits up front and then a sweet malt follow through, ending in a nice dry finish. But I find it a touch metallic, "kind of mass product feeling" and perhaps dulled from the travel? Gets better as it warms

M -- Feel is a bit dull, with a tingly feel and lots of carbonation, but still a bit metallic rather than earthy, which is what I want it to be.

O --OK Marzen. A great style from a great brewer than probably arrives on these shores mid pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 22:49:41 | More by Act25
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed this one in a mixed 6'er at whole foods. Tried this in a small taster glass on a night while trying other beers as well. Amber in color. I really like it dispite the fact it was a bit light on carbonation concerning the mouthfeel. Malty taste with a hint of orange I was getting. Descent Oktoberfest beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:48:11 | More by Ryanm1
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brurevu

Texas

3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It poured a dark amber with a subtle off white head. The aroma was all caramel malt with slight roasted malt, but definitely little to no hop presence. The faste was an obvious malt forward profile with caramel malt and some nutty roastiness as well. There was a slight spicy bitterness on the finish that keeps your attention. While I’ll admit there is nothing over the top spectacular about this lager, it hits my taste buds in all the right spots. It’s easy to drink with enough flavor to distinguish itself from a league of lagers and keeps me looking forward to Oktoberfest every year.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 18:53:25 | More by brurevu
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TommyLiam

Arizona

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A -- Semi-Aggressively poured into a pilsner glass. Formed two fingers of dense light cream head. The beer is a dark hued bronze without any clouding. Carbonation is active and ubiquitous. The head retains a cap for an extended period of time. Quite lovely.

S -- The nose is metallic and grainy. A little bit of time reveals sweetness. Not much going on here but not less than expected for the style.

T -- The Spaten signature crisp character is the first impression after the swallow. Light biscuit upfront with a sweet malt flavor which transitions into the almost austere dryness of the finish. There are traces of spice in the finish and the malts are slightly roasted but overall the flavor is restrained. Zero heat.

M -- The mouthfeel is lively and light as to be expected. The carbonation level is perfect but repeated consumption of this lager dulls the palate.

O -- A solid Marzen lager but nothing to write home about. Considering the price point there are better American expressions widely available for a better value. I'm never afraid to pick this up at a bar if it's the only Oktoberfest option or is I can find a great price at a wholesaler.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 04:36:03 | More by TommyLiam
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MrBoz21

Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear, effervescent, burnt sugar brown/copper. Pours with thick white/tan head which dissapates quickly with nice lacing that also dissapates.

Smell: Lemongrass and hints of biscuit. Subtle and delicate.

Mouthfeel: Semi dry and tickly from carbonation.

Taste: Malty (caramel sweet and light biscuit). Finishes with subtle noble spicy notes.

Overall: Excellent and substantial lager with complex and balanced maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 21:44:40 | More by MrBoz21
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mmmbirra

Italy

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is NOT the amber Oktoberfestbier Ur-Marzen that you get stateside.
This is a pale colored oktoberfestbier.

A big fluffy eventually falls down and leaves a nice bit of lace.
I get a nice big dose of sweet pils malt with some notes of honey. Alcohol pokes through here and there as well.
Smooth tasting with more honey on the tongue. You can certainly tell it's one shade stronger than the standard helles as the alcohol tingles the tongue a bit, but compared to some other pale o'fests it's not too apparant.
After a while, the alcohol does have a numbing effect on the palate but it continues to go down nice and easy.

Pretty good oktoberfestbier, but not among the best.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 17:10:34 | More by mmmbirra
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utopiajane

New York

4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper almost brown but stays toward orange. Glows like red fire with an impeccable clarity. Head is thick and rich. Tan foam that falls slowly and leaves a thick cap and ring with handsome lace. The bubbles streaming up from the bottom look they they know where they are going .

Nose is lager yeast with a touch of mineral. A nice light hop citrus scent and an earthy malt. The malt is lightly sweet, caramel with good bread backing , rich malt undertones and nutty qualities. Hops are floral and bring a light citrus.

Taste is stupendous. Complex malt character unfolds. First it's smooth clean and rich. It's soft yet firm and yields up toasted grains with a natural sweetness. Nutty qualities and rich layered sugars with a light caramel. It has a bit of soft spice character and a nice dry finish. The aftertaste is light and crisp and has the nice touch of lemon zest. Herbal hops and toasted grains come together so sweetly and the medium carbonation tickles them both on the palate. As it warms the grains really flourish with their toasted qualities but the sweetness remains light and the hops are perfectly balanced and grassy and full rather than bitter. The malt in this beer is so clean. It shines. it glows in the color and it exceeds in it's taste character. It has a an elegance that is understood rather than understated. The hops and spice remain soft while the lager yeast dances light and a touch earthy on the tongue to contrast all that malty flavor without any hop oil or pine resin.

This is a great oktoberfest that has all the right proportions. A beer that makes you want to drink more. It's flavorful and kind. It is resilient and the aftertaste lingers dry with a light sweetness that is earthy like all the good and savory food to come on the fall table. It has the color of autumn fire, it has the presence of a crisp fall wind and the wet scent of yeast and bread. This is home and hearth, a fire and the warm glow of toasts.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 18:59:09 | More by utopiajane
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz green bottle
A - deep golden almost brown color with a thin ivory head that dissipates quickly to a foam atop the beer
S - very malty with sweet toasted grain, bready, grassy, yeast, slightly fruity
T - malt forward with toasty grain, bread, yeast, grassy noble hops
M - creamy and smooth, semi-dry and very clean finish
O - one of the best - a true Munich brewed Oktoberfestbier.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 16:23:23 | More by barnzy78
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 12:47:40 | More by micromaniac129
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark orange/amber with a thick off white head. Laces nicely.

Lots of bread and a little bit of sweetness. Grassy and herbal.

Bready with some complimentary caramel sweetness tagging along. Lots of herbal hop.

Crisp and refreshing. Lively carbonation and a medium body.

Was surprised by this one. Green bottle scared me a bit, but this is a good'un.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 02:16:27 | More by MattSweatshirt
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tkelley

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a dimpled mug.

A - dark amber color. Really pretty. Clear. White head with ok retention and lacing.

N - smells like a beer hall. Malty. Very little hops. Smells sweet and beery. Very traditional beer smell.

T - again malty. Toast and biscuits. Nice finish.

M - solid. Good carbonation. Easy drinking.

O - very nice. Much more traditional example of the style than Weinheinstephaner, which I had the other day.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 23:37:43 | More by tkelley
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beer272

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: came in a green bottle :( not good for protecting against light. Though some companies are playing with the hops to eliminate the effect. Perfect lacing, great carbonation. Light golden pale color.

Smell: Nothing strong. Very neutral.

Taste: a nice drinking beer. good mouth feel, hops and malt nicely balanced and smooth.

Mouth feel: See above.

Overall: A nice drinking beer, fantastic lacing. Nice golden and clear tasting.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 12:27:18 | More by beer272
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a beer stein

Rich copper brown. Foamy two finger cap settles into a gentle layer. Slight lacings on the glass

Aroma of sweet caramel malty goodness.

Smooth malty , semi sweet delicious Marzen style beer. Light mouthfeel , no bitter aftertaste . Delicious.

I love September when Oktoberfest beers appear. I try as I many as I can but Spaten as a true Munich style is one that is always stocked in my fridge. Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 00:51:25 | More by WunderLlama
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Chrisbaggz

Maryland

3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a true representation of the classic Marzen style. Once you pop open the bottle you're immediately hit with a delicious malty nose. When it comes to taste, I'm reminded of a really good pilsener with a delicious multi-sweetness to accompany it. Mouth feel is pretty good, with notes of sweetcorn as it passes through the pallet. All and all, a great Oktoberfest brew. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 03:18:41 | More by Chrisbaggz
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bbluemzbeer

California

5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance : A amber color shines brilliantly as a steady stream of carbonation rises to the slightly off-white head.

Smell - Delicious malts are abundant in the rich aroma; toasted bread with biscuit undertones. It has a moderate sulfur character.

Taste - Is a pure malt pleasure that's toasty, but lightly and very well balanced.

Mouthful - Medium-bodied, it starts sweet and fuller but finishes light and refreshing with a good crispness to it.

Overall- Brewed perfectly for what it's meant for; sheer drinkability. Excellent. Can drink these all night. A solid brew, in a great season.

This is a world-class beer that's incredibly well done and as close to the epitome of an oktoberfest as possible. A malt-lover's dream, this is devoid of hop flavor and bitterness, letting the deep maltiness really shine.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 16:16:09 | More by bbluemzbeer
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bronze-red; clear; small head; good lacing

Aroma: Malty; floral; grassy; light hops

Taste: Malty; vinous fruit; hops in middle; finishes juicy and balanced

Remarks: Very tasty beer

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:41:06 | More by IchLiebeBier
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper. Very thin lace of head.
Smell: Vanilla, butter biscuits, light citrus.
Taste: Butter biscuits, light citrus.
Mouthfeel: Smooth carbonation.

I think this is excellent. The butter biscuit rules the day here in both smell and taste. It's a smooth drink, very refreshing; perhaps it's too easy of a drinker. I would definitely get this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 01:57:31 | More by TeamMathis
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a finger of head on a clear, dark straw colored body. Low head retention.
The aroma is a mild grain and barnyard, though what's there is nice.
Nice flavor: mild malt sweetness, a little woody and mild bitter finish.
The texture is crisp with fizzy carbonation.
A fine enough drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 03:44:06 | More by Fatehunter
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
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
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WissBrauSean

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer into a standard pint at about 55 degrees F and it was light copper in colour with a light tan one finger head that keeps as a fairly full head throughout the drink and leaves excellent archway looking lacing on the glass.

It smells mostly of caramel malts with a hint of apple and some biscuity yeast maybe. I'm not getting any skunky aromas as this was in a green bottle.

The tastes and the aromas are pretty straightforward. The beer starts off with a little carbonation bite then mellows to caramel malt sweetness with hints of apple and mild dark fruits, some bready characteristics and finally a well balanced finish that is only slightly hoppy, dry and peppery. It's a bit warming going down and the alcohol is mildly apparent, barely noticeable.

The beer is fairly full bodied or just under and has a mostly sweet, but not syrupy profile. The carbonation is moderate or slightly above which seems to accentuate the mild hoppy finish.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. In my book it is probably approaching world class and I could see how one can call it that. I think it may be a little thin and therefore I am only going to give it like a 4.3 out of 5 or so. Not shabby at all! Very good. I would seek this out again as it is sessionable even though the alcohol is noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 01:44:49 | More by WissBrauSean
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/4/2012. Pours lightly cloudy orange copper color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, biscuit, toast, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and fruity notes. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, biscuit, toast, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, biscuit, toast, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance of malt and fruity ester flavors; with good complexity and robustness of all flavors; and zero cloying sweetness present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest style. Very well balanced between malt and fruity flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 03:49:33 | More by superspak
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MichaelB_in_CO


4.89/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To me, this is *the* beer of my youth. I lived in Bamberg Germany, from 87 to 90, and this beer brings me back to sitting at a bistro on a Saturday afternoon, or swinging and swaying with the locals down in Munchen during OktoberFest.

I'm glad this beer is sold year 'round!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 01:46:03 | More by MichaelB_in_CO
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