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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,124 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,124
Reviews: 1,079
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 41
Gots: 127 | 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 Vengeance526
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium dark copper color with a 1 finger off-white head that fades to a thin ring after a short time and leaves a nice amount of lacing.

Smells of grain with a slight underlying citric tone deep in the back.

Taste is very bready upfront, biscuity with some caramel. At about the middle of the sip, a small hop presence comes in to balance out the malty tone somewhat. As it warms, the taste again hits the malty side with hints of toffee into the finish.

Medium bodied with a little more carbonation than needed. An easy drinker overall, okay on its own but much better as a food pairing. This won't be at the top of my list in any category, but is nonetheless enjoyable.

Vengeance526, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of reitzbrewing
4/5  rDev +11.1%

reitzbrewing, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of abrand
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at local pub. Served in pint glass.

Pours a bright amber color from the tap with a big 3 finger head from the over carbonated keg. Smells of pure malts and grains. Really nothing else going on. Taste is somewhat sweet with plums but also a huge malted presence. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall a decent oktoberfest.

abrand, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear, slightly dark golden amber with small covering white head and some bubbling

S: Kind of malty sweetness, but with definite hop presence, it doesn't smell carmelly really, could be due to skunking as this was from a six pack, somewhat heineken-esque aromas, but definitely retains its characteristics

T: Similar to smell, starts vaguely sweet, then hops hit, the skunkiness comes through more here though, big green bottle flavor, lingering bitterness fades to sweetness

M: Drier than expected, definitely not watery thin, but on the thinner side, retains good level of body though

D: I like this beer but it tastes like sweet heineken sometimes, definite minus for that

Notes: Again a good beer, but a definite export oktoberfest. I would love to try this fresh in Germany, but the imported version tastes like standard green bottle European beer.

dpodratsky3, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of nasty15108
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a 1/2 liter glass.

A - Poured an orange/amber color with mahogany hues. The pour produced a thick head of slightly off-white foam (with good retention) and spotty circular lacing.

S - Malty, with hints of citrus, caramel, ripe fruit and dark bread (yeasty). Slight aroma of Euro-skunkiness. Aroma were stronger as the beer warmed.

T - Slightly sweet (caramel and ripe fruit)up front. Finishes off with a slight hop bitterness. A little on the sweet side, but not in a bad way at all.

MF&D - Medium to light in body. Went down well. A great fall choice.

nasty15108, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of Augustiner719
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Zeppelin Hall Biergarten in Jersey City

Appearance: darker that most oktoberfest beers, especially german ones. Reddish brown hue and a thick creamy head.

Smell: Smells of roasted malts and a faint bit of sweetness.

Taste; Tastes very sweet, malty with a slight hop finish. Dry, but finish lasts moderately long.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, rich and medium bodied. Perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: Very sessionable. Drank a liter of this stuff and it went down very easily. Great session beer.

Augustiner719, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of hyuga
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad looking beer if you give it a hard pour to get a nice head out of it. Amber with a white sticky head, which goes away after a bit. Some hop spiciness in the aroma and a little sourdough bread malt, but not much. As for the flavors... where's the malt? (Read that using the old lady's voice from that 70's Wendy's commercial). Lots of carbonation and some spicy hops, but not much of that nice O-fest malt. There is some there, but it seems to struggle to keep up with the rest. The mouthfeel isn't bad, but would be much better without the massive carbonation. I'd recommend passing on this one and picking up one of the better German märzens like Paulaner's or Hacker-Pschorr's.

hyuga, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of VaTechPhilly
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

VaTechPhilly, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of brett606
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

brett606, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of mnrider
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Green bottle.

A: Pours a clear light orange with a thin bubbly head. Tons of carbonation is seen.

S: Smells like a Euro lager with some more maltyness and dry hops. Below average I'd say.

T/M: Again tastes like a Euro lager but with a little more malt and hop kick going on. Very easy to drink. Still, a more subdued Ocktoberfest brew compared to others that I've had.

D: Nice and easy to drink. I'd get this one again for sure. If the price is right.


mnrider, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Phocion
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear amber with a fizzy white head that shortly falls to a thin lacing at the top of the beer and around the glass.

Breaded and caramel malt aroma with a light honey undertone. Soft citrus hops in the background.

Sweet caramel malts and nutty with a mild spicy hops presence. Turns somewhat grassy/earthy a few drinks down into the glass with slightly increasing citrus flavors emerging as well.

Creamy and refreshing at the same time, though a bit oily. Highly drinkable though. Classic Oktoberfest example, though probably not the best tasting one. Excellent fall session beer though.

Phocion, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of BeerBob
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen pours a dark copper from a 1pt .9fl. oz. brown bottle. Head climbs to over two fingers with small dense and firmly packed bubbles, leaving a nice pattern of lace down the side of the glass as the liquid is evacuated from the vessel.

Nose is a pleasantly sweet malt. Palate is major sweet toasted malt, almost to the point of being syrupy... almost. Hops have a presents, but the sweet malt overtakes any influence the hops might have had over the larger gastronomical picture.

Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen by Spaten of Munich is a sweet treat, not cloy in the least and a great way to start off Oktoberfest here in the good old US of A.

BeerBob, Sep 22, 2002
Photo of Sycodrummer
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap from the Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, Mass. Presented to me in a pint glass, the beer was a dark yellow color with a sliver of pure white head.

The smell was hoppy upfront with a malt tinge in the background. Some very faint fruit as well.

An innitial hoppy taste upfront with a slight bitterness, but not over powering in any respect. A more malty finish. Tastes are well balanced but nothing really pushes me to remember this beer.

Medium body with ample carbonation.

A very easy drinking beer. Nothing special standing out here, but still solid and balanced.

Sycodrummer, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of velosuds
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle. My second of this style. A good lager.

A- Nice dark pour, as in a ruby chestnut hue, with a one and one half finger head. Nice appearing; as in, made me ponder anew the lager style beers.

S- Smells sweet of caramel and malts, with slight fruitiness from the hops and grains, than less so from the yeast.

T- Very much lager in the taste, which never compares to ale, in my opinion, but the flavor was good, and much more developed than the all too popular, according to the commercials, adjunct lager style.

M- Good carbonation, but not quite crisp enough for a lager, but I liked the mouthfeel of this, more as a beer, than a lager.

O- I would rate this 3.75, but expect my overall rating to be higher than I would assign. A good, but not great beer, and I liked this better than Samuel Adams' Octoberfest.

velosuds, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Didier
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Didier, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guest tap at the Old Toad(who had a Octoberfest flair this week). Presented in a .5 litre Spaten glass(I really like when beer is served in its proper glasswear and the Toad is very good about that). It was a ruddy orange color with an off-white head. Smell had some grassy notes coupled with a tart apple aroma and some floral hops. Taste was clean refreshing but sufficiently malty with more of the green apple taste and a bready, dry finish. Mouthfeel was up to par with a good dose of carbonation, but nothing overly spritzy. Proust.

GreatPondBrewer, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of RWACKO
3/5  rDev -16.7%

RWACKO, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Givemebeer
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Givemebeer, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

petewheeler, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of beerbtl
4/5  rDev +11.1%

beerbtl, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of CBFanWish
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spaten has long held a reputation of being a beer of the highest quality. Something that even the most discriminating of beer drinkers would enjoy. Of all the Spaten products, one has stood out among the rest for its stellar reputation. That beer is the Oktoberfestbier.
As much as I hate to give a bad review to a beer that I wanted to love so much, I have to do it.
The pour was nothing much more that a disappiontment. Clear golden colour with nothing more than a few bubbles sitting at the top for effect. There was also a slight fizzy carbonation thing working here. Nothing to be over impressed by.
The aroma was almost nonexistant. a slight caramel malty scent, but I could just barely detect anything at all. The taste was very similar. Watered down and a total lack of integrity.
I don't think I'm ever going to buy this particular beer again. At leasst not until the overall quality jumps in huge leaps and bounds.

CBFanWish, Mar 03, 2005
Photo of ralree
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Very clear reddish-honey color with a nice white foamy 2-finger head. Head has very good retention.

S: A little skunky with hints of bread. Reminds me of American beers, but with better quality hops.

T: Not bad. Solid hops and a little malt. Nothing too special though. Hops taste pretty good. Weird lemony aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied with great carbonation. Fairly dry and non-astringent.

D: It's drinkable, but not great.

ralree, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of dsnyder61
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

dsnyder61, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of DocJitsu
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dull, slightly hazy copper with a foamy, antique white head. The head retains well. Light caramel malt aroma. Excellently balanced mouthfeel. Butterscotch and caramel balanced with the faintest grassy hop. Just a lovely Oktoberfest. I was lucky enough to find a place who shelves it 365 days a year.

DocJitsu, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Satsuma
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Satsuma, Jun 16, 2013
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