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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,014 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,014
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 33
Gots: 97 | 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 Jwren5
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Jwren5, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Sargully, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

projhex, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of harrylee773
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

harrylee773, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Elfastball7, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of rrock44
4/5  rDev +11.1%

rrock44, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of atis
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

500 ml bottle from Germany

Pours sparkling pale yellow with white long lasting head that leaves several patches of lacing on glass. Aroma is grainy malt and herbal hops.

Taste is sweetish malty with notes of bittery herbal hops, as well as noticeable alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation.

Overall, drinkable, but not very good.

atis, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of allstar255
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

allstar255, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of beerme411
3/5  rDev -16.7%

beerme411, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of iLovehops23
3.78/5  rDev +5%

This one pours a frothy rich almond brown with good clarity and a two finger head. Retention and lace are modest, but the film held on.

It's nice having that German lager skunkiness hiding behind a malt bomb like this, it just brings that dash of bitterness in that I like in an otherwise malt heavy beer. Toasted crackers, sweet spice, and caramel balance sweet and roasty nicely.

The flavor has a nice balance, blending the toasty grains and caramel with the green beer character. It's got an earthy clean finish that's right where it's gotta be to go down all night drama free.

Creamy and robust, the feel is excellent. The carbonation is spot on; it adds just enough crispness while retaining it's extraordinary smoothness. It's amazing how easy to drink these are in large quantities, especially at an Oktoberfest when my belly is full of brats and kraut. They just have the ability to methodically go down like bottles of beer on the wall.

iLovehops23, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of demuzik
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%

First off, I can certainly say this brew will barely survive if bottled; like all offshore brews, this one will be pasteurized and zapped of its goodness before it ever touches your American lips.

However, if you can try this one on tap, unpasteurized, we're looking at a wonderful example of the Oktoberfest/Märzen style.

The appearance is impressive; rich, caramelly red that is crystal clear from a good lagering.

The smell is faint with noble hops, but dominantly caramel and malt - enough to get you wanting to dive in.

The taste and mouthfeel are where this one's at; very, very balanced, crisp, and drinkable. Not overly sweet like too many US takes on the style, not overly hopped which can ruin this style also, just good healthy amounts of malt, noble hop, at super crisp, lager levels. Very sessionable and appropriate alongside any German fare.

demuzik, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of vincicle
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%

I really enjoyed this beer for it's purpose. Drinking in the back yard for the last days of our Colorado, Indian Summer days. This is a beer that well go down easy with just enough body and character to make it a drinking buddy both during the hot day and in the cool evenings. I find it hard to dislike any oktoberfest beer (except haufbrau) since the accompanying season is so spectacular. I don't think I would buy this beer at any other time though.

vincicle, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured from multiple 12oz bottles into my Moonlight shaped pint glass.

Clear mahogany/sinopia liquid with a lasting pasty crust of beige foam. Creamy dense yet delicate lacing and superior retention.

Rich toasty aroma, crisp and simple with distinctive malt notes.

Light melanoidins intermingle with a grainy taste on the palate. Very low bitterness with little to no appreciable hop flavor. Finishes medium-dry.

Creamy, medium-light bodied with ample carbonation.

A pleasant if slightly bland version of the style...while my example is maybe not the freshest (and the green glass bottle probably doesn't help things either), this is still very drinkable.

augustgarage, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of RankRefugee88
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%

A - Pours the color of a shiny new penny, with an attractive white frothy head. Good lacing.

S - Some nice cinnamon, floral hops, malty sweet character.

T - Nice sweet flavor, some notes or orange and lemon citrus. Mostly just a malty taste, but enough hoppy bitterness to balance the beer. A bit of the graininess that you get from your typical American lager (yuengling, rolling rock, etc.) is

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated, extremely smooth. The right mouthfeel for this beer.

O - While it may not be quite as good as some of the more recent versions of Octoberfests I've had, this is still the orginal, and is a very satisfying beer.

RankRefugee88, Oct 31, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Appearance - Pours a clear and slightly transparent caramelized brown. Two fingers of soapy head that is quick to diminish. A light, almost root-beer like look.

Smelll - Light malt and crisp autumn scents. Smells fresh.

Taste - Tastes a bit fizzy and soapy. A bit if a funky malt all-throughout. Light grain and wheat notes.

Mouthfeel and Overall - Light-bodied. A bit flat with a grainy funk to it. A decent Oktoberfest.

Jesse13713, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of Valmor88
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%

A: Excellent copper color, with a pale tan head that reduces to a creamy top.

S: Very floral and grainy aroma. Caramel and chocolate linger afterwards. There is also some citrus near the back end.

T: Creamy, sweet taste hits up front. Not bitter, but some hop flavors come through in this beer. Orange citrus flavor adds a good compliment to the sweetness.

M: Very creamy. Medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish.

O: I love marzens, and I'm usually critical of them if they don't pass. This is a great marzen.

Valmor88, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%

App- The beer’s body is an attractive amber red with no carbonation. Not any head to speak of either.

Smell- There is very slight crystal malt and spicy herbalness here; I could be imagining this though. How incredibly slight.

Taste- The crystal malt is first out of the gate with that distinctive herbalness. Mid drink brings out a sweet raisins and slightly citrus orange flavor. There are many hop notes for an Oktoberfest.

Mouth feel- Right on the money for how this beer tastes, it is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall- This is a very interesting Oktoberfest with sweet and citrus notes. I wish the nose had something to give me, but the flavors are really fun and almost make up for the lack of a smell.

Pintofbrown, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Genuine
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured from the bottle into my Dogfish signature glass.

Poured dark amber in color, which was beautiful, clear, with a 2 finger head that lasted for maybe a minute.

Smell - Just like what an octoberfest should smell like. The malts hit first, with yeast coming in 2nd, reminding me it's a lager. As well as a certain crispness comes across the nose as well.

Taste - Definitely one of the better octoberfest's I've had this year. Nice, light/medium bodied, crisp, flavorful. first sweet malts hit first and dance about the tongue till the dry but welcoming finish.

Mouthfeel - medium, carbonation is great for the style.

Overall - Not a bad octoberfest one bit. I think I would get it again this year, much better than Sam's, that's for sure. I like it!

Genuine, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of doktorhops
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%

Another heady Oktoberfestbier, which gives me an idea for a new beer festival: "Doktoberfest - the Hop lovers beer festival"... my Doktoberfestbier is a 6 Hop affair with a toasted biscuit base and a hint of sour yeastiness... but anyway I'm here to review this beer, not some awesome brew which I just thought of that doesn't even exist [dammit!].

Poured from a real man's 500ml bottle into a real man's Stein, word man.

A: First off - this beer looks really flat, no head to be seen. The body is golden with a hue of Papaya whip (yes I got a colour wheel now!).

S: First whiff is a mixture between base malt grains and rubber... yeah I'm not looking forward to where the rubber odor leads. There are cut grass hops in there with a distinct (if you could call it that) water overtone, this brings it back from the verge of odd and places the aroma profile in the realm of "refreshing lager"... we'll see.

T: And we're back in Marzen territory; lager grains with a slight cloying sweetness and a crisp dry hopped finish. There is a sour yeast note that is much more pronounced than in the Lowenbrau Marzen and the finish is drier, however there is less sweetness here. Overall not bad but I'm not writing home to mum about this (or any beer for that matter - my mum doesn't drink and has zero interest in beer reviews).

M: Not sure if this borders on watery or not - it's a strange allusion with this brew because of the wateriness of the aroma and flavour, however the body is slightly cloying... let's just say that it's lighter than the Lowenbrau.

D: Deciding factor is the flavour with this brew and I think the Lowenbrau Oktoberfest/Marzen shows a bit more finesse. Whereas this beer is taking several wild swings ("Yeast!", "Sugar!", "Dry!", "Crisp!"), Lowenbrau is by comparison "floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee", and to me finesse and style will always defeat brute force.

Food match: German food, yeah that's been established before, what else? German beer is pretty versatile in my opinion; how about a classic porterhouse steak (medium rare) with a side of celeriac mash and carrots braised au jus? Is this beer good enough for a decent meal (aka is it up to the challenge?), well only YOU can answer that question.

doktorhops, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of djaeon
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

A: Bronze amber with light head. Little retention. Nice carbonation.

S: Malt, apple cider, light caramel.

T: Crisp rich malted grain, caramel, apple, light hops bitterness in the finish.

M: Crisp & clean, good carbonation, smooth.

O: Pretty basic, but very good (IMO) Oktoberfest. This one's better the fresher you get it. It starts losing some of the richer flavors the longer it sits on the shelf.

djaeon, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

A mix of perfume and earthy darkness. Malty with a sharp taste. Some caramel, but quite edgy with the bitter aftertaste. Pale amber orange in the pint glass. Not much lacing, decent mouthful however. Very floral.

The sweet and dirty taste gets old fast. Sweat and incense. I think this is the least pleasant Oktoberfest I've had.

mactrail, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of Stockfan42
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

Stockfan42, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of deebo
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%

A-Pours a very clear reddish brown. Tan head has little staying power, not much for CO2 bubbles.
S-Hint of skunky beer with weak caramel malt aroma. I hate green bottles-all brewers should stop using them. Light degradation of beers from Europe packaged in green bottles never holds up by the time it gets here.
T-Nice upfront sweet toasted malt with a hint of floral hops at end with a little astringent aftertaste.
M-Medium body with moderate effervescence, hops linger.
D-Easy to drink but not a ton of flavor.
O-Not my favorite Marzen but respectable-would love to get some before the skunk sneaks in the bottle. I'm sure this on tap would be a much better experience. Maybe some people actually like skunky beer...Heineken anyone?

deebo, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of abrand
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%

On tap at local pub. Served in pint glass.

Pours a bright amber color from the tap with a big 3 finger head from the over carbonated keg. Smells of pure malts and grains. Really nothing else going on. Taste is somewhat sweet with plums but also a huge malted presence. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall a decent oktoberfest.

abrand, Oct 18, 2011
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