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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,930 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,930
Reviews: 1,062
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 31
Gots: 74 | 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 Hopfenpeter


3.08/5  rDev -14.2%

The beer pours a clear medium amber brown with a white head about one finger thick. It dissipates fast, leaving some lacing.
The smell was very grainy and bread like .
Tasting this beer those bread flavors are right up front, followed by some light caramel notes, to sweeten up the feel. Than some light hops kick in and at the end a slight bitterness finishes the taste.
A bit disappointing, coming from one of the beer capitals of the world. The green bottle should have warned me.

09-05-2011 02:29:31 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of Sensaray


3.2/5  rDev -10.9%

Dark copper body with 2 finger off white head.

Smells yeasty and grainy. Some sense of hops.

Some sweetness with an underlying lager taste. Nice caramel notes with some breadiness.

Nice dry finish. Light body, good carbonation.

Overall, decent oktoberfest, but still searching for one that I think is good!

09-02-2011 01:12:26 | More by Sensaray
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New York

1.83/5  rDev -49%

Not even going to bother with the ASTMO rating this time around.

From the initial skunky aroma to the subsequent thin-bodied skunky-sweet husky taste, this is a drain pour if I ever saw one.

I've already spent the money for the beer, but I won't go further and punish my taste buds or my stomach with this stuff. It's better to cut my losses and feed the drain.

Wow, what a disappointment.

09-01-2011 21:49:30 | More by DrewV
Photo of prdstmnky


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

12oz bottle poured into a dimpled mug

A fairly clear, brownish copper body and 2 fingers of creamy white head. Settles to a thin cap that maintained till empty. Almost looks like rootbeer in my mug!

Aroma is lacking a bit, some sweet and bready malts is about the extent of it. Taste is an improvement on the smell. Sweet caramel and toasted malt blend well on the tongue, perhaps even some dark fruits in the finish. Tasty, and not a hint of skunkiness (yah). Medium bodied and adequate carbonation, smooth. A tasty offering!

08-30-2011 01:50:50 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of codfeast


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

bottle to pint.

A: Amber in color, with a thin off white head.

S: Malt, yeast, hints of earth.

T: Malty sweet, with hints of caramel, slight hop presense.

M: Smooth and creamy, Medium body, and carbination. Semi-dry finish.

O: It's solid, easy to drink and refreshing, at $5.99 for six I'm sure I'll have a few this fall.

08-29-2011 19:35:09 | More by codfeast
Photo of DrDemento456


3.18/5  rDev -11.4%

A - A nice amber brown with a inch of fizzy head that quickly turns to a lace ring. Redeeming factor is the lacing in the ring is quite nice.

S - Smells of typical bread and grains with touches of caramel but the grains smell a bit aggressive if almost skunked. Looking past this I taste.

T - Not bad definitely not as sweet as the American offerings. First you get hit with the skunk which seems to be a bitter touch of pale malts or noble hops then it gets kind of sweet and bready but quickly back to a bitter kind of finish.

M - Drier than most offerings but it might help session ability

Overall I have to agree with the whole skunked and green bottle situation, since I am a man who likes sweet flavors in beer I find this one lacking. Glad I only got one for the tick.

08-29-2011 00:30:32 | More by DrDemento456
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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance: Darker than expected, almost like an English Brown Ale. 1/2 inch soapy white head. Good lacing that refused to leave the sides of the glass. Good head retention down to the last sip.

Smell: Strong honey and grain odors. Sweet malt. The smell really got me excited for this beer.

Taste: The honey comes through nicely. Sweet malt. Amazing cool crisp finish. The finish is very complex and long lasting.

Mouth-feel: Perfect carbonation which is a rare thing to find in this style of beer (at least for me).

Overall: A very nice well rounded brew. Not the best of the style I've ever tried, but far better than many others I have had. If you have a chance to try this beer it is definitely worth ordering. I do not think I would go out of my way to find this beer again though.

08-28-2011 23:06:18 | More by xuptygm
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1.73/5  rDev -51.8%

Oktoberfestbier Ur-Marzen is a deep amber colored brew, very clear, fair amount of carbonation and a small, short-lived off-white head. I cringed the moment I realized this was in a green bottle, and of course the scent has a heavy dose of Euro green bottle skunk to it. You would think that a brewery that's purportedly been around since 1397 would learn to go with brown bottles, but oh well, maybe people in Europe like the skunked taste. I do myself, but only smokey skunk, not the liquid kind.

Anyways, other than that, the scent just has a light lagered malt scent to it, not much going on. Christ, the taste is skunked too, I really don't know if I can get past this, it seems kind of outrageous. The untainted part of the taste has some Vienna or Munich malts, tough to tell. Just a bit of Nobel hops in there as well.

I see on the display picture that the bottle they had was a brown one, so I haave no idea why this is in a green bottle. It's absolutely ruined by the skunked flavor. I get that the skunkiness can be somewhat appealing to some people, but thats for a pilsner or a Euro Pale Lager. I go by what I have in front of me however, and I have a green bottle Oktoberfest, which is going to receive a big fat fail for a bullshit bier.

08-27-2011 00:29:42 | More by Tballz420
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3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a clear copper orange with a 1 inch beige head that fades to a thin film. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of caramel malt, biscuit, and light fruits like grapes. Taste is of caramel malt, toast, and grape-like fruitiness. A slightly bitter aftertaste lingers on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel and a slightly medium body. Overall, this is a pretty good Oktoberfest beer from Spaten. I wouldn't mind drinking this in mass quantities from a glass boot.

08-24-2011 02:43:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of cagocubs


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from Bavarian flag themed bottle into octoberfest glass.

A: Pours a darker amber/near brown with a nice foamy 1 finger white head that lingers and attempts to lace, to no avail.

S: Smell explodes out of the pour. You can smell the malt, spices, and caramel sweetness.

T: The sweet caramel toasted malt leaves the first impression. Some nice warm ending with the alcohol. Nice mix between sweet and toasty for a session.

M: More body than expected. I would say medium body with good carbonation and warming.

O: Good Marzen overall, but not as sweet and "chewy" as other marzies.

08-21-2011 01:08:21 | More by cagocubs
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3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

Picked up on a short trip to Germany. It seems they're getting the event beers out there now, as in the shop there were quite a few different kinds of the oktoberfest brews in large amounts available.

Pale golden, almost yellow colour, clear with good carbonation, a large white head on it.
Smell is malty, bready yeasty, some grassy hops. Herbs.
Grassy hops dominate the flavour.
Quite watery. The alcohol is not too upfront, but it's quite strong 5.9% for a sessionbeer.
And the Oktoberfest being the biggest feast in the World, I guess one has to go slow with this.

08-19-2011 13:39:35 | More by RuudJH
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3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured from standard bottle into nonic.

A - Pours a light copper hue with a single finger of lightly foamy head that disappates quickly.

S - Initially with a roasty malt profile, but quickly yeilds a slightly skunky afterscent that is probably the result of the green glass and the fact that it was an individual bottle purchase so had plenty of light exposure instead of being more buried inside a 6/12 pack. The skunkiness is fairly light and not all the offputting, almost seems to compliment the malt a bit.

T - Roasted malts upfront with a bakery yeastiness that follows through to give it a solid overall taste. Very minimal residual hops flavor, certainly not enough to counteract the yeasty sweetness that seems to characterize the backend of the flavor. A little skunkiness in the taste, but as with the scent, seems to compliment the brew decently well (although I'd like to compare it to an on tap version).

M - Light/medium overall body with minimal carbonation and a silky texture.

O - Tasty with an appropriate mouthfeel, but not the greatest offering of the style. Although it has some roasted maltiness, the skunkiness of the green glass can cover it a bit. I'll be looking for a draught version soon to revisit.

08-17-2011 03:33:29 | More by Wreckoncile
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug.

Coppery, dark amber. Some carbonation. 1 finger offwhite head. Tiny wisps of lacing. For all the world this looks a little like root beer.

Aroma: toasted malt and a spicy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: medium, not very carbonated.

Taste: a rich, malitiness like a well made whole grain bread, followed by a faint, spicy hopiness that is not bitter or floral or citrusy. I don't know what variety of hops are used but I think Augustiner Brau uses them in their Edelhell lager. Is it a cardamom aroma? Beer finishes long with a slight caramel aftertaste that lingers on the palate.

Notes: This is my first Import Maerzen. A very drinkable lager with a rich, slightly seductive taste. The whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. I really love Spaten's Helles Lager so I suppose I am predisposed to like this but this is nice, malty brew, perfect for the fall. I'll probably buy a case.

08-16-2011 17:46:01 | More by fx20736
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3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Pours an orange copper color with a light white head of tiny bubbles.

S: Fresh bread mixed with roasted malts and a bit of a spicy yeast.

T: Flavors are nice, subtle and balanced. There are no weird off flavors or spices to take this out of order. A lot of American Oktoberfest beers are over spiced and a different breed compared to the real Oktoberfests and I can definitely appreciate the clean taste profiles and the nice malt undertones. This is an extremely smooth beer and a nice way to ramp up the end of the summer for my trip to Germany where I will drink it extremely fresh out of wooden kegs.

M: Medium body with a light carbonation.

O: Definitely enjoyable, and smooth going. Definitely a standby beer, not one you only want to have one of and then call it a night.

08-15-2011 23:55:32 | More by alpinebryant
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3.1/5  rDev -13.6%

A clear brown, slightly red. Big fluff of head at first but it vanishes quickly to nothing. Aroma is bready caramel malts and earthy hop overtones. Flavor is similar. Crisp and light lager. Mild toasty bread and a earthy smooth bitterness. Finish is more malty than bitter. Goes down smooth and quick. Drank a six of this while brewing some Oktoberfest the other night. Satisfying but there are other fests out there to be drinking for the same price.

08-14-2011 01:46:39 | More by DrinkingDrake
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

A- poured from the bottle it's a faint brown and very thin. No head retention.

A- Faint notes of sweetbread baking and alcohol.

T- no where as chewy or malty as I'd expect a Marzen to be. This tastes more like a Vienna Lager... and not a great one (although I'm unaware of the beer's freshness). It's a little sweet and chewy. Some crackery crispness.

M- It's more full-bodied than most Lagers, but it lacks the meatiness this beer should have. At least it can't be mistaken for water.

O- The lack of Pilsner malt saves this one from being compared to a Pilsner. For the price, I'd rather a Yuengling. It's a drinkable beer, but far from being a special seasonal offering.

08-05-2011 16:30:50 | More by MONKandTUCK
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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

Bottle. Pours a translucent amber, copper color with very small, receding head that leaves lacing around the glass. The aroma smells of roasted malts, caramel, honey, nuts and alcohol (at 5.9% it is slightly more prominent in the nose). The beers flavor follows that of it’s aroma: the toasted malts and caramel really shine up front, followed by the sweet, honey flavor, some hops and just a tinge of alcohol. The mouthfeel of the beer is rather watery, but it helps to make the beer refreshing and drinkable. The alcohol and hops are actually masked quite well in this brew which leaves a sweet, roasted aftertaste in the mouth. A good example of a german oktoberfest.

07-22-2011 01:35:55 | More by kflorence
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3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a deep copper color. Thin off white head. Slight lacing.

Aroma isn't much. Just kinda malty. Needs a boost in aroma.

Taste is decent. Kinda caramely. Not as flavorful as other octoberfests I've had.

Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing. Nice carb.

Overall there are other october fests out there that have more flavor. This isn't bad but I think I'll buy the Sam Adams version over this.

07-12-2011 02:11:01 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours gold but settles into a very nice copper color. It has a decent amount of white head that almost shimmers, it must be made of vampire skin.

S: The smell is bitter and has an peanut-like malty character, not a normal quality but very nice. There is a slight hint of some dark fruit that is hard to discern.

T/M: Has a low to medium amount of carbonation and a light but noticeable bitter hoppiness. The lingering flavor is almost like nutty licorice or plums. I don’t really like licorice or plums, but I like this a lot.

I’ll cheers this beer to the fest of beers that involves drinking beer during the beerfest that is Oktoberfest, the fest of beers.

07-02-2011 00:10:24 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

Spaten Oktoberfest has a thick, creamy, beige head and a clear, copper appearance with some bubbles streaming up and just a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is faint, but one can detect some water and mild bread. Taste is of roasted barley malt, light hops across the sip, and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Spaten Oktoberfest finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and on the dry side. Overall, this is a simple, yet enjoyable beer.


06-30-2011 15:41:43 | More by RonaldTheriot
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Bought this beer in a six-pack, Seemed fresh with an updated bottle label. First beer of the day and poured it into 1/2 Liter glass.

Great copper golden color with a head standing on it. I left it for 2 minutes
then came back and tasted. Bam...Germans now how to make beer. Great malt flavor with perfect hop balance. Achieving clean malt flavor like THIS is something few brewers try. Beer does not get much better than this example. Freshness is very important and this one impressed me. I want to drink it in a Full Liter mug.

06-27-2011 23:37:59 | More by beershrine
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Brown beer in my dimpled stein; nice solid brown hue, clear and lively in the glass. Not much head. Thin and wispy and doesn't last. Really nice color, especially in the right glass. Smell is surprisingly clean and dominated by grassy hops. Slightly toasty malt aroma in the background, a very mild breadiness. Boring aroma, and not what I expected from an German brewed Oktoberfestbier. Taste is a little better, more distinct malt taste, but still overly hopped with grassy/hay tastes. Malts taste slightly adjunct are are thin and static. Fairly boring tastes. Still, is pretty balanced and not terrible to drink.

06-25-2011 20:26:58 | More by SamN
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3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

First had: ?
Have had in bottles and on tap at various times.

All InBev-ness aside...
Pours a clear orange-brown with a variable-sized white head, depending on the pour. A pretty basic brew all around, with scents of lightly toasted malts and floral hops. Not as pronounced as you would acquire in more prime examples of the style, but still decent. Light, toasted malts in the taste, white and brown sugar, and notes of apple and maybe a tad of grape skin. Light mouthfeel, thin, and easily drinkable, even if it's overall a bit lacking in the flavor department.

06-22-2011 20:45:49 | More by Rifugium
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3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

This beer pours out similar to most other beers of this style. It's got a nice light brown color with decent looking head that fizzles away rather quickly. There isn't too much in way of lacing besides the suds that run down the glass after each sip. The smell of beer has a good aroma of autumn, there are some spices and dry leaves on the nose mixed with malts. The taste is a little spiced but noting too much, there are some flavors of caramel malts as well. The mouthfeel is a little on the light side I think. Overall it's a pretty good brew.

06-12-2011 19:37:23 | More by Knapp85
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2.85/5  rDev -20.6%

A: Traditional dark amber appearance with a decent head that quickly dissapears. Almost no lacing.

S: Sweet malty smell. Not much going on here, not bad but not great.

T: Bready malts, with hints of caramel. Maybye even slight cherry hints. Decent.

M: Light carbonation, quaffable. Tastes sort of flat, but is refreshing.

O: Just okay. Much better examples of a Marzen out there. I have had on tap before and remember it being better. Maybye an old bottle? Wouldn't seek out again, but also wouldn't turn away a free one.

06-07-2011 02:25:50 | More by txbrew81
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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