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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,880 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,880
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 28
Gots: 56 | 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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New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a nice offwhite head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, a slightly fruity nose. Taste is sweet caramel malt, bread with some nice hops. Palate is nice med body, good carbonation. Finish is caramel malt, breadiness, ending with some nice hops bitterness to add some balance. Overall a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 17:45:15 | More by Samp01
Photo of DoctorDog


3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into an pint glass.

A- Clear and reddish/copper. Pours with ~1 1/2 fingers of tan head, which fades gradually into a thin cap.

S- Subdued malty sweetness, and some grainy, earthy odors.

T- Moderate caramel malt sweetness, and some grainy flavor. Bitterness is fairly low.

M- Moderately carbonation. Medium feel. Fairly dry.

D- Pretty decent. Nothing tremendously exciting about any aspect, but its a easy drinker.

Future outlook: OK, but a bit disappointing. No need to repeat with superior options readily available.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 05:19:00 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of jwhancher


3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bronze colored with adequate head and decent carbonation. Little to smell but mostly malty notes. Somewhat grainy aroma. Tastes bready & biscuit like. Even bodied with good carbonation and slight tinge on the tongue towards the end of each sip. Wish it was a little darker with bigger malt profile. Nice drinkable beer. It's satisfying but doesn't seem to really express itself as a nominal fest beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 00:35:00 | More by jwhancher
Photo of AleBlager


2.3/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

We were excited about the legitimacy of a real Marzen from a real Germany. The look was promising, typical Oktoberfest, light amber and clear. Not much head or carbonation. The residual did not cling to the glass like an ex-girlfriend (BA-ZING!). The basic smell-malty. A woodshop memory also sprang into our minds. However, the inability of the smell to resonate brought the first disappointment of this beer. Upon first taste, I was convinced that there might have been a Munich, Ohio. This Oktoberfest is a very malty beer, and only if you let the flavors linger will you taste a hoppiness. The beer itself was not very carbonated, and did not sit on the palate at all (much like how the smell didn't resonate). Justin was very disappointed due to his travels and beerperiences in Germany. Despite the shortcomings, this beer would not disappoint an experienced Oktoberfest-er. Though it is not a special beer, it is a solid, basic beer, that is not at all bad tasting. It has a light body, and a pleasant smell, albeit fleeting. Taking that into consideration, we rate this beer drinkable. We expected more from a Munich Oktooberfest, as this beer was more of a late August/early September-fest. Much too basic, but a good general idea. A little more editing and this beer could be something amazing. Better luck next time.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2010 22:42:03 | More by AleBlager
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Light amber, copper color. Clear. Fluffy 2 finger slightly off white head. A few bubbles coming up from the bottom. The head didn't have a tremendous amount of lacing or retention, but did have some.

Smell - The nose had an "earthy" grain mixed with some breadiness. Clean fragrance. Dry malt was subtle and hid more in the background.

Taste - The taste mimicked the smell with the grain and breadiness. A smidge of bitterness. Only a touch of the malt. Only a soft touch of butter. I do like that the grain didn't overpower the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium to thin in the mouthfeel. Dry at first, but after the brew warms it becomes just a bit watery. Goes down easy and smooth.

Drinkability - This beer is ok. Nothing I will seek out, but if someone offered this to me at a bar I would drink it no problem. German brews are a nice change for me from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 21:29:03 | More by Shrews629
Photo of GallowsThief


3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Dark amber out of the bottle. Small one inch head. Good lacing.

S - Malty. A bit of sweetness. Possible some fruit in there.

T - Nice malty taste with some bitterness following. Not overwhelming but actually fits well.

M - Light to medium bodied. Decent carbonation.

D - Solid but not spectacular. It's drinkable but there are better.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 23:29:08 | More by GallowsThief
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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 3/4 pint bottle.

A: Unfortunately, no glass to pour the brew into, so unable to get a good look at the color. Bird's eye view from a friend's cup seemed to reveal standard amber-copper color, with thin amount of head.

S: Average.

T: Good taste, as rich as American Octoberfests such as Harpoon, but not as forceful.

M: Quite crisp and refreshing. Easy on the tongue, rolls down smooth.

D: Smooth, crisp, light; doesn't fill one up excessively. Excellent, excellent, excellent. Could enjoy this for an entire long Saturday afternoon tailgate.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 19:19:45 | More by mwill7287
Photo of xylophonica


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

A - Pale amber, minimal head (which is slightly disappointing for this style of beer).

S - Honey, various malts & wheat.

T - Sweet crisp lager with a few malty overtones.

M - Spicy at first due to the solid carbonation. Otherwise nothing much to write about!

D - Easy drinking, decent lager. Problem is though it's just not that interesting and in fact is probably slightly bland.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 10:19:14 | More by xylophonica
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District of Columbia

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

A: Pours a crystal clear, medium brown color, with generous carbonation, and about a fingers worth of head with incredible retention.

S: German malts aplenty, caramel, and with a mild nuttiness.

T: Crisp, somewhat hoppy for this style, yeasty (grainy), and with more than a hint of German malts.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, and the ABV is hidden quite well (as in more Octoberfest beers).

D: It's not the best Octoberfest I've ever tried, but it's far from the worst. Nothing complex, but it sure gets me in the mood for the Harvest season!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 21:23:38 | More by Chaney
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3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Kind of a syrupy brown liquid. Good carbonation and foam, but not great. This is just ok.

Smell: Caramel. I like the smell of caramel, so that's good. This has tons of hops as well. Pretty basic.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very, very, very hoppy. I love hops, but wow...this might have too many. Extremely bitter and only countered by a bit of caramel. The hops and carbonation also gives this a good, but not great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Would rate this lower, but I enjoyed this with a burger at a tailgate.

Overall: Disappointed overall. Maybe I just don't like this style of beer much.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 21:34:56 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of callmeclemens

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on Tap the other night down at my local Tavern. I picked this beer over two other Oktoberfests in a blind taste test, with much approval from the bar tender.

Smells malty and slightly like apple.
Tastes nice and flavourful, sweet to start with a malt finish. Goes down super smooth.

Looks pretty, nice bright brown/orange with a 2 finger width head, nice lacing.

All in all at the end of the night I had three, So that warrants drinability to me. I would highly reccomned this.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2010 00:38:17 | More by callmeclemens
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the six official breweries of Oktoberfest in Germany.

When I first tried the 2005 version of this beer I thought it was "skunky"...

I fell in love with the 2006 brewing and have enjoyed a Mas Krug full on the 1st day of the Munich Oktoberfest every year since.

L - deep amber color with a nice white head.

S - it smells good, sweet and malty.

T - this is a true German Oktoberfestbier, slightly sweet caramel malt taste, then a bit of Euro-hop biterness on the back end.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - I think you can drink more than a few of these in a sitting. Hell, it's an Oktoberfest beer, put another brat on the bbq and pour me another beer!

October 2010 - new packaging and IMO still an outstanding Oktoberfestbier.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 21:32:52 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- One finger head that fades into very nice lacing. The carbonation is moderate and the beers color is a light amber. The lacing is the most impressive part of the look.

S- My first impresion is this beer is skunked...of course green bottles! Past that a malt sweetness that is almost cloying and a slight bit of hop bitterness. Not all that much happening in the nose.

T- Nice balnce between hop and malt initially. However, The bitternees is cheap and leaves an unpleasent medicine aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied and fairly unpleasent. Drinks similiar to a heinkein....not the best mouth feel.

D- Not a bad beer by any means, but definitly not something i would want to drink a sixer of.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 05:35:08 | More by dcook11
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West Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a clear golden brown with little carbonation, no foam, slight ring of lacing.

smell: very light earthy malt harvest scent.

taste: harvest malts are mellow and adequate (not over-the-top), has grain undertones of a typical german pilsner that imposes an overly bitter lingering that somewhat clashes with the harvest notes at the finish.

drinkability: for the Märzen style, it has the right elements, but the taste clashes and comes off as inconsistent, but still has much to be offered.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 01:43:56 | More by weller1js
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2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow/golden color with a small white head that settled quickly. Little lacing to speak of.

S: Some grass, as well as some malt and a little bit of fruit, little bit of skunk.

T: Pretty malty with a little bit of caramel. There is a grainy characteristic as well.

M/D: Medium bodied, but smooth. Overall its ok, not great. I am guessing that the trip overseas has a lot to do with this. On tap, I bet its a whole different beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 20:57:24 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of goalie33

New York

3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: Clear orange/bronze color with a little bit of white head that did not last very long, but it left some nice lacing in the glass.
S: Malty with a hint of skunk.
T: Caramel malt hits at first. Skunk is more pronounced in the taste then in the smell.

I found that this beer had more flavor then the Sam Adams Octoberfest, but the skunk brings it down.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 19:58:31 | More by goalie33
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3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Octoberfest in Cape Coral (German-American Club). Poured into a 64 oz pitcher and then into 14 oz plastic cups. The aroma was sweet carmel and vegetables in the garden. The favor was heavy malt and sweet carmelizied sugars. The body was thick and after a pitcher it was not the easiest brew to be putting back.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 17:39:04 | More by phishgator
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz green bottle

Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen was amber in color with good clarity. It had a beige head with decent retention. The smell was lightly toasted malt with a little spice. The taste was lightly toasted malt and a little sweet upfront with some spices and more balance coming through towards the finish. The finish was dry and a touch bitter. The mouthfeel was average with a just less than medium body and fairly high carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a decent Oktoberfest, but there are better ones out there..

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:10:41 | More by afinepilsner
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3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a .4l mug.

Pours a very clear deep red amber, it's got a small light brown head. Nose is malty and sweet and fairly crisp.

Taste is quite bitter and a bit grainy. It's got a nice sharp bite to it's thats very crisp and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is quite full and really creamy. It's decent but not quite malty enough.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 00:00:08 | More by kingcrowing
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3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear straw colored beer with a white head that settles quickly and leave a little lacing.

The smell is a bit sweet, raw sugar, has some orange acidity and a grass-like hoppiness.

Upfront it's rather sweet, sugar and white bread, then we have a fruity sourness, green apples, rounding of with a small bitterness.

Medium carbonation, a slightly oily feeling, a nice dry finish.

Not bad, but really not extraordinary. These oktoberfestbeers are rather predictable...

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 16:25:46 | More by rarbring
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2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky, cloudy, amber-brown. Head and lacing are thin. The smell is rather sweet with some brown sugar molases notes. Grainy and toasted malt smells are mixed in with faint skunky smell underneath everything. You can taste a complex toasty malty roasted grain flavor at first. This turns into a bitter somewhat astringent alcohol taste with an oxidized skunky aftertaste. I'm sure this is a completely different beer fresh from the vat. I'm pretty sure this bottle has been around a while. I wanted to try a Marzen actually made in Germany. I think I will stick to domestic stuff unless I'm actually standing in Munich.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 22:06:21 | More by lester619
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4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't understand why there's so many lukewarm reviews for this beer.... This is one of the classics...it helped define the style! I've noticed reviewers on this site favor newer extreme beers to the more subtle classics (Pilsner Urquell has a B rating, B- from the Brothers - there wouldn't be Pilsner beer without Pilsner Urquell!) and that's their prerogative but I'm going to give some of the greats the respect they deserve starting with Spaten Oktoberfest. The nose is dry and malty the color a perfect copper. The taste is malty with but with enough bitterness to make it slightly drier and more quaffable then many oktoberfests. Perfect for a pleasant fall day.

Recommended Music Pairing - Wilco - AM

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 03:05:40 | More by Buttermaker
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New York

2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

beer pours a cloudy brownish amber color

aroma - skunk, grass, caramel

taste - typical import 'skunk' flavor with hints of caramel and malt

mouthfeel - bitter, sour, decent carbonation, none of the traditional sweetness toward the back of the palate on this

drinkability - very disappointed by this as i've had it on tap, which was so much better, avoid this as there are several representations of the style which are superior

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 04:13:43 | More by keithmurray
Photo of confer


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep orange/brown with a small amount of froth. Crystal clear.
S- I smell sweet bread with a hint of orange.
T- Starts good lightly malty but has a metalic finish.
M-D This is a good maerzen for someone wanting one with a bit less flavor. That's not entirely a bad thing, as the taste is good, just on the lighter side.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 03:07:36 | More by confer
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North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Amber with a quickly disappearing head

S- Malty....not too much going on for smell, but I'm coming down with a cold....

T- Malty, crisp, smooth

M- Light carbonation. Coats the tongue and slips down the throat easily.

D- Quite drinkable! I only bought a single, and am wishing I had bought more!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 02:05:26 | More by nboris827
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