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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,010 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,010
Reviews: 1,068
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 33
Gots: 97 | 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 RockyTopHeel
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

Translucent, amber-colored beer with a soft, malty scent and flavor. Spaten Oktoberfest has a slightly thicker than expected mouthfeel with a touch of sweetness. It finishes smooth, but there's too much going on to be highly drinkable. Oktoberfest is a pleasant beer and enjoyable out of the bottle, but I think it becomes rather outstanding when enjoyed on draught.

RockyTopHeel, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of MooseBoose
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

MooseBoose, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

spaten o'fest

a 3.5 clear golden. (is this really the same beer that some have described as coppery or dark amber??) one finger head, partial cap after a little while, transient spotty lace.

s 4 lightly toasted bread, lots of those oh whatchamacallit protein smells, like haufbrau. maybe a bit danker. grassy hops noticeably in the background.

t 3.5-4 pretty good liquid toasted bread, a lot of sweetness and fullness to this one, and a great deal of warming in the back end. the bread is possibly a little stale the finish is respectably accompanied by hops, but could stand to be cleaner. this seems like an awfully big beer to be drinking by the liter. i know i've said that before about these roughly 6% fest beers. but dang, how do people do it?

m 3.5-3.75 medium-full, withe the fullness sometimes making it seem a little on the flat side, though the carbonation is probably at least average

d 4 after only one liter, i would likely be reeling. but after a 12 oz glass, i'd not object to more. could stand to be slightly less sweet and more vibrant. strange to me that these light colored o'fests are so sweet but i'm having a hard time finding an amber version that's sweet enough.

brewmudgeon, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of Rojada1988
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Rojada1988, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of VaTechPhilly
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

VaTechPhilly, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of MikalMick
4.5/5  rDev +25%

MikalMick, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of ScottieD
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

ScottieD, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Satsuma
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Satsuma, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of goz
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%

Very light amber pour, small white head that leaves quick and laces little. Aroma is light, some light toast and a bit of flowery hops in there as well. Flavor is mostly some sweet breadiness, a bit of toastiness, and a very little bit of hoppiness. Medium-thin body, light carbonation.

goz, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of Buggies
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%

A: Very clear amber color.

S: A light malty smell with a little caramel poking through.

T: Taste is pretty much that. A minimally sweet malty brew with a little caramel in there. Taste pretty much ends there. The carbonation is a little high too I thought. So much that it takes something away from this one.

D: I'm really not diggin' this one too much. I probably would buy this again.

There are just far better representatives of the style out there.

Buggies, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of mtnwesdew
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

mtnwesdew, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of JuliusCaesar
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

JuliusCaesar, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.85/5  rDev +34.7%

Poured from bottle into glass mug a beautiful deep gold. Minimal head went away quick. A: one of the best appearing beers I've ever had. Deep gold like vanilla cream soda. S: aroma was of biscuits & caramel. T: flavor was perfect mix of caramel, malt, and hops. Very well balanced. M: smooth medium mouthfeel spread flavor to entire mouth. D: what a shame I only had one. Was the perfect pairing w/ pork & sauerkraut we had for dinner. Overall an outstanding beer, only knock was lack of head but the overall experience more than made up for it!

B967ierhunter177, Jan 05, 2010
4/5  rDev +11.1%

IDABEERGUY, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of mjc410
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured into a stein...

A: Lofty, pillowy white head, forming a cap. The brew is a coppery-gold color - beautiful!

S: Twang of astringent grain. Not much caramel comes through.

T: Caramel malt, no hop presence noticed. Bitterness? None, just a slightly cloying malt taste. I find it really tasty.

M: Thicker than most lagers of this abv - it really coats the mouth.

D: I have mixed feelings about this one. It's enjoyable, but so one sided - just sweet. It doesn't compare to my favs like Hacker-Pschorr and Paulaner, but I don't dislike it.

mjc410, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of hiikeeba
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

A - Pours up brownish amber, crystal clear with a thin, quickly dissipating head.

S - Hops up front, backed up with sweet malt aroma

T - A hint of the import taste, but mostly mapley malt flavor. Hops finish faintly.

M - Feels slightly thin.

D - Still a drinkable beer.

hiikeeba, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of PartyBear
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

Appearance: A light clear golden, with masses of carbonation, and a giant fluffy white head, with brilliant retention.

Aroma: Quite malty on the nose, with hints of dry grains, and a touch of honey.

Taste: Lots of clean grain and slightly biscuity malts up front, followed some light hops with a hint of grapefruit, finishing with a crisp dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp on the palete, very lively, and a mild dryness on the texture.

Drinkability Wonderfully drinkable, one of the best known oktoberfest beer, and rightfully so. Crisp and clean, with nicely balanced flavours and a great looking beer.

PartyBear, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of BierStein711
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%

Had on draught in a mini pilsner!

Dark amber brown, three finger taupe head, fast reducing

Smells of bread, malt, wet grain, and a light bit of biscuits at the end

Tastes: bready and malty, perfect for a winter's night rather than fall.

Mouthfeel: thick

Overall, I'd have this again without delay.

BierStein711, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

petewheeler, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of moulefrite
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%

I was immediately attracted by the appearance- Crystal clear, Autumn leaf brown/orange colors that got me right in the mood of the fall season-very minimal head though the carbonation was ample. Then I tried, and tried some more to find anything at all on the nose, and really struck out-a little malt maybe? The mouthfeel was rather ordinary-light to medium in body, and the flavors were inocuous as well. I found some sweet malt, a bare bones dose of hops and a clingy malty finish. All and all a basic offering that I'll wait till next year to try again. Though if I find ONLY it at German Fest tomorrow, I may drink more than one-provided pretzels and sausages are nearby.

moulefrite, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of crownrl28
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

crownrl28, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of beerprovedwright
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%

Brought in a chilled but not frosted mug. Head of one finger was very tight foam, leaving a broken but very clingy lace. Color was a 9 on my pocket SRM beer color chart. Smell is like cottage cheese, but there are odors of roasted wheat and barley malt, with a hint of raisins, and corn. Taste is a little heavy, with flavors of wheat, raisins, orange peel, pine nuts, and malt. Mouthfeel is full, and lots of tingle, but there is a off aftertaste of grapefruit peel that is just not pleasing. This was my first and last, unless someone gives me one.

beerprovedwright, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%

appearance; amber with a white head, retains moderatly, leaving a bit of lacing.

smell; nutty malts, sweetness blends well with the hop florals.

taste; a little bit of roasted malts, rather bland for the style. Some sweetness in the finish with herbal hop bitters. Bready malts hang around in the aftertaste. Not really well balanced but still cleary a Märzen, not a bad drink but there are better choices.

mouthfeel/drinkability; a pretty light bodied beer, goes down smooth. Some chunkyness on the palate but otherwise not much to speak of.

Sachsenfreude, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of SickNukes
4/5  rDev +11.1%

SickNukes, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Loki
3.6/5  rDev 0%

Sampled from a 12oz bottle for the 2003 season.

Appearance: Deep amber, almost tawny, but not quite bonzish color with a medium sized wispy white head. A little lighter in color than others this season.

Smell: Very clean and fresh scents of malt and hops. Not a very powerful aroma, a little on the light side. (Also got a hold of a skunked bottle. One bottle out of a case isn't bad, but not good either.)

Taste: Good malt profile that moves into hops and some spice. All in all a little weak on all sides. Not as flavorful as I had expected or hoped. Very drinkable and not a bad beer, but there are better choices, especially give the limited availabilty of the style.

Loki, Oct 29, 2003
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