Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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3.38/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
02-17-2005 03:05:37 | More by Sammy
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
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
09-20-2009 23:28:10 | More by Thorpe429
3.45/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
08-15-2010 00:02:31 | More by metter98
2.98/5 rDev -17%
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.
12-01-2004 18:54:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
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
07-08-2004 21:40:02 | More by brentk56
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
11-18-2006 00:56:54 | More by mikesgroove
3.95/5 rDev +10%
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.
07-31-2005 20:37:51 | More by BEERchitect
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
04-20-2011 17:52:34 | More by womencantsail
3.03/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
05-03-2009 17:35:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
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!
06-12-2003 07:22:53 | More by oberon
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
09-19-2011 06:09:53 | More by TMoney2591
4.13/5 rDev +15%
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!
09-27-2007 00:39:59 | More by emerge077
3.35/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
03-31-2007 20:28:29 | More by zeff80
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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