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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-MärzenSpaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen

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1,837 Ratings
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Ratings: 1837
Reviews: 1058
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%

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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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North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A- nice golden color, 2-finger head that faded quickly but left a bit of fine lacing. Love the bottle; the checked pattern seems fun, classy, a bit art deco while still very German. Not sure why I like it- normally the bottle makes no impression on me, but I love the look of this one.

S- virtually none. I actually went and checked my sniffer, and I can smell other stuff just fine so it must be the beer.

T- not bad, but not much of it. Definitely not as watery as the smell, but very muted flavors. The hops add a bit of spiciness that helps compensate for the muted flavors.

M- feels great, carbonation is dead on for a very lightly flavored beer, not overwhelming but enough so that as the bubbles rise in my mouth, it brings the muted flavors out more. Lingers pleasantly

O- not bad, but not likely to buy more

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 01:29:36 | More by TWM
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3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear deep orange with a white film on top and no lacing.

S: Bready malts and yeast, but not as strong as I'd expect from a German Oktoberfest. Smells a bit watered down, if possible.

T: While malts are present, hops seem to be more forward in this. It has the undeniable Oktoberfest taste but it's covered by floral hops. It does not taste at all watered down as the smell suggests.

M: Smooth but still bright and bubbly from the adequate carbonation. Really nice, I could knock these back all day.

O: It IS a good beer. There are just too many amazing Oktoberfest beers from Germany where this one just isn't worth picking up. I wouldn't seek this out but if given a pour or on a nice sale, it's pretty darn good.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 04:35:33 | More by alexipa
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Peckhams, Glasgow (500ml for £2.99):
Light golden colour topped with a bubbly, thumb-sized white head that starts to fade after a few seconds. Clear and there is a tiny amount of lacing on the sides too.

Light with some floral notes, a few malts and a bit of spice for good measure. The aroma is almost like a glass of lemonade in parts and it smells pretty refreshing. There is a bit of skunky and some toasted malts too that follow this along with touches of citrus.

Malty with some grain and a good helping of citrus and some floral hops. There is a malt biscuit taste and some sweetness with a few grains. Again this one tastes quite refreshing.

Light medium bodied, lively carbonation and a good, crisp finish to round things off. Quite refreshing most of the way through before turning quite dry right at the end.

Not a classic, or one I'm likely to have again for that matter but it was still a nice, easy drinking beer that I enjoyed despite it fading very slightly at the tail end.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 15:52:08 | More by flyingpig
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this from a bottle and on-tap, while the bottle is great, you cannot beat this oktoberfest from the tap. This beer is the perfect oktoberfest color; a nice amber/brown color. the taste is extremely smooth with great flavor.

Spaten is the original oktoberfest beer and I always load up on this beer come late September as it is only around for about 2 months.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 03:34:06 | More by lefty
Photo of admccabe


3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried this due to the fact I love most oktoberfests. While this isn't bad to me, its not one I would buy a 24-case of.

A- I'm a fan of the Spaten bottling. The blue/white checkered flag is swanky I suppose. Pours with a relatively small head, nothing crazy.
S- Smelled fairly sweet.
T- I kept tasting grapes. Along with that, maltiness.
M- Aside from a grape taste, the carbonation really impacted the flavor. It wasn't overdone, but when compared to Spaten's other beers (like Optimator), its overpowering to me.
O- Overall, I think its ok. I'm a bigger fan of some of the American takes on Oktoberfest Marzen's. That's just me though, so understand that.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 05:32:54 | More by admccabe
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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to agree with alexrichman in the previous review except I give it slighty higher marks. Marzen Octoberfest brews are among my two favorite styles. This one is a must try. This really is a superior Octoberfest Marzen style beer. If this were avalible year round it would be in my fridge year round.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 03:07:19 | More by hissy
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3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


A> This beer is a gentle amber, poured a 1 - 1.5 finger head that didn't stick around for too long, minimal lacing.

S> Nice boquet, mostly a nice sweetness from the malt, but also a little bit of spiciness

T> Delicious. Full disclosure, I love Oktoberfests so I am a little biased. Nice carmel malt backbone with flavors of spiciness and earthiness from the hops. Just a bit of green apple from the yeast.

M> Weakest part of this brew is the mouthfeel which is a bit too watery. Granted it's supposed to be a drinkable style, but it's just too thin. Leaves the mouth wet.

O> Let's be honest, this isn't the best Oktoberfest but it blows away almost any domestic "oktoberfest" beer you could compare it to. In the end, it's a delicious beer. It's complex enough for enthusiasts, yet gentle enough for people who aren't avid beer drinkers. How could anyone dislike this? It's like fall in a glass!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 01:45:31 | More by alexrichman
Photo of 2814


2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep amber color with very little head. Skunky aroma up front with a touch of raisin. Surprisingly clean taste, notes of caramel malt with subtle earthy finish. It is actually pretty refreshing despite first appearance and aroma. Nice, easy drinking with just the right amount of carbonation to clean your palate after each sip. Flavor stays consistent until the bottom of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 03:52:07 | More by 2814
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South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange-amber color. Tall foamy head. Nice retention and lacing.

Grainy, toasted malt and some skunk in the aroma.

Sweet, grainy malt flavor. A little spicy bitterness from the hops.

Medium-thin bodied. Plenty of carbonation. Crisp finish.

This is a pretty solid beer. I thought the skunk from being imported in a green bottle was gonna ruin it. But it holds up.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 21:17:28 | More by UnderPressure
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2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz green bottle from the Utah system, so this was likely brewed for last Octoberfest, but I poured it into my perfect pint anyway.

Appearance: A very nice clear golden amber with a one finger white head that settled to a film relatively quickly.

Smell: Smells of green onion and cereal malts. (An aside, I have never had a beer that I identified as "skunked", but this may be one.) The herbal notes almost overwhelm. Not too good.

Taste: Herbal hop notes, grass, and green onion. I also get some honey-like sweetness on the end of the finish. This is a lager with nothing to hide and what it shows is not good, but not terrible either.

Mouthfeel: Actually a pretty smooth mouthfeel with even carbonation.

Overall: I will choose other Oktoberfestbiers over this easily. Not sure if I just got an old bottle or if this is the taste they were going for.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 01:06:07 | More by kagent777
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3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Rock Art Pint Glass

A: Amber brown to a lighter more lager like color basically no tan head seems standard nothing special though

S:Smells like burnt malt maybe? I don't know I can't quite tell the hint of spices tells you its definitely a german beer (which saves it a bit) but the first smell is rather powerful and skunky

T: Very crisp for how dark it looks no heavy duty flavors here but my palate is satisfied i can taste the malt which fortunately is better then the smell. It tastes almost watered down but I know octoberfests are supposed to be drinkable so it is that but lighter side of what I've tried. I still like it though

M: Thin light and crisp very similar to water when cold which makes it almost a little too easy to drink because it goes down so smooth. Good stuff

O: The start wasn't great, but it finished strong and I liked this better then I thought I would. I had tried this beer in the past but not recently and it will definitely be one I will consider the next time october/fall comes around. Im not usually a huge fan of the german styles but this one stays true to style and i enjoyed it but not the best beer ever.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 00:42:00 | More by Pinknuggets
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3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled with JLindros for pairings at our beer dinner. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear light amber with a half finger head that faded immediately to leave very, very thin wisps. Nothing special.

S - Aromas of biscuity malts and caramel along with some very faint floral grassy hops.

T - Like the nose, there are light bready malts and caramel sweetness with more of those faint floral/grassy hops. Slight bitterness on the finish. Its not bad, just a bit above average.

M - Mouthfeel again, solid with fair carbonation. That much carbonation though almost makes it feel thin.

O - Overall, I felt this was an average oktoberfest offering. Not bad, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 16:48:31 | More by rudzud
Photo of smalenberg


3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - reddish brown, very clear, small bubbles remain, slight head during pour.

S - Sweet malt with a faint candy-like quality with bready toasted character.

T - Melanoidin caramel sweetness and biscuit character is complemented by a light hop bitterness that comes through late. The finish is sweet with a slight bitter aftertaste that doesn't leave the mouth dry.

M - Medium body, mild carbonation, and smooth flow over the tongue.

O - Very drinkable. An approachable beer start to finish and a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 02:59:58 | More by smalenberg
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4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest beers are one of my favorite styles. I was happy to find the Spaten Oktoberfest in central Ohio this year.

The beer pours with a one inch off white head that quickly disapated. It was a nice dark amber color.

The smell is a bit sour like many German styles with a hint of citrus.

The taste is crisp in its initial phase, and the beer feels like it has high carbination. In the middle, the taste of the beer turns quite malty and earthy in the middle. Spaten Oktoberfest has a nice bitter finish.

This is one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 01:03:38 | More by KonigObHops
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Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Amber-brown with a nice thick fluffy 2" head. Little to no lacing. Medium retention

S- Skunky, earthy upfront. german malt, citrus

T- Malt backbone with some hops and citrus in the background. Well balanced, crisp, refreshing with little aftertaste.

M- Medium-high carbonation, medium-low body

Overall, a highly drinkable octoberfest. A very nice example of the style. Smooth and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 19:49:05 | More by gcamparone
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3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch of off-white creamy head with good retention; Clear appearance with a slightly rustic amber color; Pretty good showing of thin lacing around the glass

S - Light aroma overall; Some sweet, sugary and bready malts with light herbal hop notes; A bit skunky as well

T - Lots of bready malts here with some moderate sweetness that increases as the beer warms; A bit nutty as well underneath the bready character with just a bit of toasted grains that come through more in the end of the taste; Hops are mostly herbal with a bit of grass and are more noticeable on the back end of the taste; Subtle alcohol does poke through now and again mid-taste

M - Moderate carbonation; Light to medium bodied with a fairly smooth mouthfeel; Finish is a bit on the dry side

O - While this is a solid German example of the style, this doesn't quite make it as one of my favorites since it struggles to distinguish itself from many others. That said, I still found this beer to be pretty enjoyable and drinkable, and a solid option to have during these cooler months of the year.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 11:03:01 | More by TechTriumph
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United Kingdom (England)

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's October - time for an Oktoberfestbier! (yes, I know, the fest is in September....)

A 500ml bottle with a BB of August 2013. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York - they import a selection of Oktoberfest brews every September.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale-gold colour with good carbonation. Forms a large head of frothy white foam that hangs around for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of light, grainy malt with a subtle hint of grassy noble hops. Smells dry and balanced.

Tastes of grainy malt with a dry bitter finish. Notes of carbonic acid, faint caramel and grassy noble hops. Dry and well-attenuated, with a restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and surprisingly spritzy - the carbonation is certainly noticeable. Good body. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of grainy malt and mild hop bitterness.

Rather nice and very drinkable. Not a complex brew, but crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. Perfect for quaffing in large quantities while enjoying the atmosphere at the festival. Perhaps the next time I try it I'll actually be there....

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 20:26:53 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB (08/2013) Pours about two fingers of fluffy white head, with decent retention. Colour is a bright straw gold. With quite active carbonation.

Smell has light straw malty aromas, freshness, a light nutty and toasty characteristic.

Taste is initially of a rough, slightly toasty maltiness, green apples, touch of citrus. Bitterness is medium and hops not over the top. Not a huge deal of complexity, but flavourful and refreshing enough. Overall quite light on the palate with the degree of soft floral and grass notes, a slight sweetness toward the end.

Mouthfeel is characterised by crisp carbonation, medium-light body. Quite sessionable without any noticeable off-putting harshness.

This is a perfectly sessionable afternoon beer. Balance of crispness and malt. Not overly complex and a bit rough around the edges but easy-drinking

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 16:57:47 | More by mick303
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2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very little head. Clear and caramel-brown.

S - Slight skunk, malt.

T - The hops become apparent, and blend well with the malt. Slight nuttiness. Still a bit skunky, but there's an intriguing tobacco in the finish.

M - Medium mouth feel, oily.

O - This beer does the basics well, but isn't interesting enough for me to buy it again, and the skunk is a turn-off.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 00:22:16 | More by aleric
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2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

what can i say if you want a german oktoberfest try another one i had a spaten before and it was great thinking german oktoberfest i tryed this one the only good thing it goes down smooth but i had one stinky bottle so so color so so taste so just move on to another oktoberfest beer

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 01:38:46 | More by wac9
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3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial Pint.
5.9% ABV, L164216A on back label.

A - Pouring from the disappointing green bottle, Spaten Oktoberfest's appearance suffers a bit from the poopy-brown amber color but it's clear and has a very formidable head. Standing in a tall pile, it has great retention and even adds some nice lacing as it goes down.

S - It should come as no surprise to anyone the beer unleashes a skunk fart into the room when poured out. Glossing over the whole other issue with that, the aroma is of a light toast; Vienna malt, and Munich malt with the accompanying sweetness. Hops balance the aroma well as they give the nose a crisp, dry finish; a bit earthy with a touch of grass clippings. Similar to a typical European lager, this beer also possesses a moderate sulfur hint to it.

T - Toasty, slightly sweet malts push forward past the beer's infused skunk flavor and drag some faint German hops along with them. Flavor compounds of these hops are avoided in favor of straight balance but the beer does finish out with a bold mineral water and sodium bite.

M - Quite salty indeed, the sheer feel that grips the tongue continues to bring you back for quite a bit more, sip after sip. A brilliant move for those who wish to sell mass quantities of beer. Spaten's Oktoberfest is rich with carbonation for a feel that seems lighter than it's malts actually produce as this lager finishes dry.

O - Spaten has done a great job at creating an Oktoberfest that commands sip after sip almost subconsciously; my pint disappeared quickly and it's salty feel is the culprit. It's rather plain malty base provides what an Oktoberfest drinker is looking for without any frills for an easy drinker. And once again, I'll gloss over the whole issue with green bottles saying only that if this were in brown glass, it would be a much better beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 22:36:31 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear copper, with several fingers of rich and billowy slightly off-white head. This eventually settles down into sudsy 1-2 fingers, which rings the sides of the mug with thick sticky lacing. The aroma smells fresh and earthy in the nose, with notes of spice and must. This is undercut by some bready sweetness but it’s mostly the crisp citrus presence present that holds things together here in the nostrils.

The taste mirrors the aroma, being crisp and green feeling throughout, with a tight sweetness that rides along on the edges. This is earthy and spicy on the finish with some lingering must. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm and crisp feel in the mouth that then gets a little creamier feeling underneath, giving this quite the overall drinkable feel.

While maybe not quite as flavorful as some imports out there, I’d still take this over the majority of the American takes on the style that many breweries are putting out, as it’s got the two things that count for me, balance and crispness. I’d drink one of these any time.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 16:58:45 | More by Kegatron
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3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a German Oktoberfest, I wasn't too optimistic about this beer due to the green skunk beer-type bottle. But I just saw that this is a Malt Liquor, so I guess that explained it

A: This beer pours a golden/amber color with a 1 1/4 in soapy, white head that slowly dissipates, but leaves some lacing when it does. Lots of bubbles!

S: The smell is skunky, lots of alcohol on top but I do get a hint of malts and not much else.

T: The flavor starts with a malt sweetness and alcohol. Throughout I can get a bit of yeast and maybe some caramel. The aftertaste does consist a bit of peanuts, the original kind though.

M: Sweet, lots of carbonation. The flavor is definitely better than the smell. Drinkable for someone who like malt liquor or who wants to experiment with Oktoberfest.

O: This beer is better than I expected and tasted pretty good for what it is. This beer is one of those things that you will either like it or not. I happen to enjoy drinking malt liquor from time to time, so this is a pretty nice treat for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 19:27:13 | More by SouljaSaia17
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3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper color. Clear. Forms a small off-white head that manages to leave some light lacing.

S: Peanuts and toasted almonds. Getting a lot of nuts out of this. Some whole wheat bread, a little caramel malts and just a touch of herbal hops.

T: Starts off with a light sweetness. Light caramel and more peanuts before turning a bit crisp with a light compliment of herbal hops. Finish is quick and watery.

M: On the lighter side of medium, this one has less body than it would appear to have. Lower carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: I used to love Oktoberfests as they were one of the first beer styles I branched into, but I lost my love for them. However, while this beer is not the best example of the style, it does grow on you as you drink it. Overall, not bad. Not great, either, but still a very drinkable beer that does manage to pair quite well with your stereotypical German fare.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 02:18:03 | More by Florida9
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United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden colour, medium thin head which went fast but some lacing was retained, clear. Aroma was straw and hay with notes of caramel and red cabbage. Tasted caramel and red cabagge, finish was wheaty and bitter. Quite peppery, seemed to switch between bitter and sweet but had more bitterness than other Oktoberfest beers from Munich. Well carbonated, crisp, smooth enough. Easy to identify as a Munich Oktoberfest beer, decent but not the best.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 14:48:30 | More by jonb5
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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