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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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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:
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Somewhat ordinary, no smoke or appearance or anythng, but malts without being sweetand drinkable. Some bitterness in finish for aftertaste. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Light colour. Grassy herbal. Palate cleaner. Complements of Raymond at Abbey Brewing in Miami Beach, where they very suitably carbonate.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2005 03:05:37 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 02:43:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ripe orange topped by a largish head of bone white foam that doesn't look overly sticky. In time, a fine sheet of lace is laid down on the upper reaches of the glass, but more than half of it melts away within minutes.

The nose isn't Marzen-like. Neither is it very appealing. In fact, it reminds me of a macro lager; a lot of sour grain and musty hops, but little Oktoberfest character at all. Where's the toasted malt? The beer makes a minor comeback on the palate (operative word: minor).

It doesn't really taste like the stated style either. It's undermalted with almost none of the sweet, toasted, caramel malt flavor that is the hallmark of the Oktoberfest style. Plain grain and floral hops dominate the flavor profile. There's very little sweetness initially, more as the beer warms.

If the brewery is to be believed, Spaten Oktoberfestbier is the original Marzen/Oktoberfest. If that's true, then this is a classic example of the original having been surpassed by legions of its followers. I'd suggest leaving this one on the shelves. There are many, many versions of this style are more deserving of your time and thirst.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 18:54:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear light copper with no head ad really no lacing, but very clean lookin. Smell is very malty, with a classic lager like smell. Taste is a bit more intresting with some subtle roasted hints, and very crisp, clean short, dry finish. Goes down very easy and could put down these all night if I wasn't careful. Agood example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 00:56:54 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a light copper/dark amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: There is a touch of skunk on the nose, but I only get it at first. Otherwise, good sweet bread, caramel, and toffee aromas. Nice toasted malts along with some floral hops and a touch of spice.

T: A smooth sweetness to the beer which is not overwhelming. Spiced bread, toffee, and caramel are all present along with some floral and spicy noble hops to balance the beer out. Very minimal bitterness, perhaps just a touch on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: It’s not my favorite Oktoberfest, but it’s not bad, and it’s readily available, so not a terrible choice.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 17:52:34 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Dark orange with minimal foam; no lacing

Smell: Light aroma of toffee (if you are lucky to get a bottle that isn't skunked)

Taste: Starts with malty toffee sweetness followed by a modest balancing hop profile, again if you don't get a skunked bottle - most times I've had this it falls apart into a skunky finish

Mouthfeel: Quite fizzy; needs to settle in the glass for a few minutes to calm down

Drinkability: Very enjoyable but I would prefer the maltiness to be a bit more pronounced

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2004 21:40:02 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As good as Oktoberfests get, if found fresh. A solid beer for the style. Pours a highly carbonated, light copper hue. Forms a 1/2" head that lasts throughout and laced well quite. Smells cleanly of malt, yeast and mild noble hops. Tastes quite malty, bready, and a little like lightly fruity. A bit earthy and grainy from the flavors and into the body and then the finish. Otherwise clean finish with light drying. Sweet alcohol flavors play on the toung and palate. An easy drinking beer. A classic, paired with brats and sauerkraut.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2005 20:37:51 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly dark brown, more resonant of a brown ale than an oktoberfest. The smell is quite strange--it reminds me more of a strong czech pilsner than a marzen. The taste returns to the world of German marzens, with a deep roasty malt character balanced somewhat by dry European hops. The mouthfeel is rather light with moderate carbonation, and the drinkability is pretty good, especially on this relatively-cool Virginia evening.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 23:28:10 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear light amber in color with a thin head that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of biscuity malts and noble hops in the nose.
T: There is a mix of pale roasted malts and bitterness from the hops in the flavors; the taste also has some notes of caramel and sweetness, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down easily but nothing really stands in the taste to make me want another one of these, except maybe during the Oktoberfest season.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 00:02:31 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

Appearance: Pours out a clear, basic brown body with a thin cap of white foam. Gee. A bit of an inauspicious start, I must say.

Smell: Meager, dull maltiness with light notes of spicy, floral hops and fruit. This is both tragic and heartwrenching, like receiving news a dear friend has died recently.

Taste: I fought to keep a troubled, even wearied look off my face upon the realization that blandness would be the order of the day here. Sweetish, vague malts with, perhaps, even some pilsner malt hints to it. Very light fruity undertones of apple and grapes. Mildly bitter, faintly spicy European hops. Sadly, it's just more of the same until the abrupt end. The finish is semi-dry and lightly crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I'll admit, I was taken aback by how surprisingly bland and ho-hum this one was, being Spaten is one of the propagators of this noble style. I'm simply left wanting more (any) malt depth and complexity and even just a tiny bump in overall body to keep that nagging though of drinking brown water away. Perhaps I'll give this one a re-visit sometime down the road so I can hopefully put this disheartening experience behind me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2009 17:35:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a shade of orange color with nice big rocky head,smell was really toasty a nice malty taste with some caramel tones along with some sweet toffee.It is nice to have decent examples of the style pretty much year around,bring on September to get the fresh beer!

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2003 07:22:53 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Yet another O-Fest finally getting sampled this year. Took me long enough... It pours a clear light auburn topped by a finger of dusty off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, rye bread, light orange peel, light cashew, and a touch of toasted wheat. The taste is a cleaner version of the smell, complete with sweeter caramel, slightly spicier rye, and richer orange. It's not a leap, really, but definitely a step up. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a very solid O-Fest, one of the better ones out of Germany herself.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 06:09:53 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep amber in color with a white head that is short lived but leaves a good collar and a light surface covering. The aroma is of rich, toasty Munich malt (possibly Vienna?) with a very light hop note. The body is medium with a moderate carbonation level and a lightly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is of a very nice, round maltiness that is somewhat bready and lightly toasty with a soft, light fruitiness and a well balanced bitterness. Finishes softly dry with just a slight lingering malt & hop character. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2002 18:39:50 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear pale bronze color, with booming, boisterous cream-toned foam atop (I may have optimized the head potential by utilizing a Wehenstephaner weizen glass).
Aroma: soft, spare, tiniest hints of caramel & nuts, glimmers of malt.
Taste: bright, sweet, slightly coppery feel, mild. No hops felt, malt is all over the flavor, but never too strong. Body, very light, texture is small, finish is too quickly dissipated. A very subdued, but supremely approachable marzen. Geared towards those with less exploratory ambitions in their beer imbibement.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2003 00:00:37 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, apples, dark fruit, spice and decent amount of hops.

T: The tasty is very fruity (apple, apricot, raisins & berries) and that’s what comes out first. The malt character quickly follows up, but I didn’t find it to be as bready as most O-fests. It has a good hops presence for the style, but not a lot of bitterness. The after-taste is kind of sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is a little slick.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, good representation of style, this may not be the most popular beer in the style but I liked it and wouldn’t be disappointed to see it on-tap somewhere. That being said however, there are others in the style that I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 04:07:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Resi's Bierstube...

A prototype Oktoberfest, domestics should be taking notes.

Served in a Paulaner glass, 0.5L. Rings of webby lace all the way down, a dark amber tone. Racing streams of carbonation intertwined within.

Bready nose, fairly standard. Some earthy mustiness as well.

Caramel, apple esters, very clean overall. Vague bitterness, but the malt is front and center. Their Maibock is better, but this isn't bad if you can find it fresh on tap, or a new bottle. Smooth and clean mouthfeel, very easy to put back a pint or two. Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2007 00:39:59 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flows lite caramel, but retains head white not thick, but okay...)alright...

Beautiful malty biscuits morish smell with some whiffs of hops..

great malty. give me some more taste...
super balance & swlllability.,.. tastes of biscuits & yum..

me like it much....

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2005 00:03:16 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours an amber color with a nice white lace head. The aroma is exceptional. It has the smell of a good lager, but with the slightest amount of crystal malts to add color and a bit of sweetness. The taste is great. It isn't too plain or too bold. There is a fine balance here. The mouthfeel is awesome. It is a low/medium bodied beer with the right amount of carbonation. This is a great drinking beer; one of the best Octoberfests I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 02:04:06 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served on draft at a beer bar in FL, served in a 0.5L Spaten glass (correct glassware makes beer taste better).

Beer is clear and red. Forms a thick white head that falls away leaving no lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and made up of medium bubbles that rise quickly through the beer.

Has a sweetish lager aroma. Not much to it but it smells as expected and really good.

Beer has a medium body and the drinkability is really high. Beer is slightly sweet and has a slight sour tinge to it after the sweetness. There is a mild bitterness in the back of the mouth, overall mild to moderate bitterness. The bitterness was a nice surprise, overall this was a pretty good beer. Not my favorite Oktoberfest but a good one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2009 17:00:25 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

The beer pours a clear amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grain and toffee with a little bit of skunked notes mixed in. I assume this is because they decided to put the beer in a green bottle. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of grain and toffee with a little bit of nuttyness, but luckily there is not any of the skunk in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 04:53:00 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a copper/brown color with a foamy, white two-finger head. Left a little lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and grains.

T - It tasted very malty and sweet. It had a subtle hop bite towards the end.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Pretty good for the style. Nice looks and taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 20:28:29 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear reddish amber hue and shows a bright-metallic, deeply red tinged, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a mix of sweet malty notes and dry, bread-like aromatics. Light hop notes contribute aromatics of lemon zest and faint herbal / grassy notes to the nose, but this is mostly a malt focused beer. Lightly browned soda crackers, fresh bread-crust aromas, aromas of fresh crushed malt and a touch of sweet, lightly caramelized grain character seem to be the main focus here. Not a bad aroma, but somehow leaves me wishing for a bit more depth.

Dry and herbal as it first hits my mouth, it quickly picks up a lightly sweet malt sweetness and a round, rustic bread like character. Each sip finishes with a herbal hop note that gets a bit metallic and a thin malt character. The malt sweetness while light is actually fairly rich and satiating, this balanced sweet malt character is exactly what I want to see in this style of beer, though it can be a touch too muted at times. I like that the hop character plays a significant role here in the flavor; it provides a nice balance to the malt character all the while contributing flavors of soft lemon zest, some light herbal notes, more hay / grass than anything and also a nice, biting bitterness that is found from beginning to end. Light enough to be quite drinkable, but the malt provides some body and texture to it that allows for the beer to stick just a bit to the palate.

A solid beer, nothing that makes me get really exited, but a nice beer that I could easily quaff a liter of. I definitely like that malt character here, even if it could use a little boost; it provides a nice biscuit-like, browned soda cracker flavored, rustic bread crust flavor to this brew that sort of defines things for me. Tasty and quaffable, though perhaps a wee bit forgettable.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 03:51:37 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 19:37:23 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light orange with a white head that soon becomes a lasting cover. Some lacing is left.

The smell is of grass and sweet grain. Some mustiness is present.

The taste is of mildly sweet roasted grain. Some washed-out hops give it a slight bitter touch. To me, it tastes like a typical Euro-lager with an Oktoberfest twist of sweet malt. Some dry tea-leaf is noticeable as it approaches the middle.

The feel is on the thin side for the style. Some of the flavor holds up, but not as much as it could. Also, not as smooth as it could be. There is some astringency to it.

While it has something of a drinkability to it, it's not one of the better Oktoberfests to come out of Bavaria. I haven't been getting this one in the past few years, and now I remember why. I don't know if it loses something in the travel, but it's not as tasty or smooth as some other Bavarian O-fests I can, and do, get here (or even some American interpretations - certainly not as fresh.)

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 02:01:48 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brown half litre bottle, best before Oct 2010, so a 2009 brew!

Very pale for a Marzen, very pale indeed, looks like a normal lager/helles/pilsner, golden with a pure white head. This is my second O'Fest beer of the little O'Fest I'm having tonight.

Almost odourless, gets my standard score of 3 for a non-smelling lager/pilsner.

Tastes like a pilsner which has had sugar added to make it stronger in its ABV. No great flavours or points to pontificate about, un-impressed.

I've been to Munich many times, including 8 O'Fests, this bottled beer bears no resemblance to the draught Marzens I've had from Spaten over the years. Reminded me of sugared water.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 20:07:28 | More by BlackHaddock
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