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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,212 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,212
Reviews: 1,093
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 50
Gots: 190 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of JohnnyK
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of goalie33
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: Clear orange/bronze color with a little bit of white head that did not last very long, but it left some nice lacing in the glass.
S: Malty with a hint of skunk.
T: Caramel malt hits at first. Skunk is more pronounced in the taste then in the smell.

I found that this beer had more flavor then the Sam Adams Octoberfest, but the skunk brings it down.

Photo of Number3red
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of HoustonTX
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, with a nice decent sized off-white head. Retention is excellent, along with the carbonation. Smell is mild, caramel/roasty malts along with a fusel alcohol undertone. Taste is crisp and clean, borderline snapiness to it. Light roasted malts take main stage. Followed by a subtle hop balance. Extremely easy drinker here folks. Mouthfeel is creamy and semi-dry. Drinkability is superb.

This is a solid Oktoberfest, and one you can easily drink a few of. I recommend these.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear copper with a fluffy single-finger head. The scent is pretty tight, I'm only picking up a little malt and maybe some hops. The taste starts off with some sweet caramel malts that gives away to a tiny bit of malts and a pretty clean finish. The mouthfeel is a little watery, but the carbonation makes for a nice crispness. This is a very tasty Marzen, nice and sweet. Not a bad way to celebrate Oktoberfest.

Photo of DrIPA
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of msanborn
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of spoonhawk
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of Jesse13713
2.74/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear and slightly transparent caramelized brown. Two fingers of soapy head that is quick to diminish. A light, almost root-beer like look.

Smelll - Light malt and crisp autumn scents. Smells fresh.

Taste - Tastes a bit fizzy and soapy. A bit if a funky malt all-throughout. Light grain and wheat notes.

Mouthfeel and Overall - Light-bodied. A bit flat with a grainy funk to it. A decent Oktoberfest.

Photo of Satsuma
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of Spaten beers. Even the Optimator has a bit of the grainy sweetness you find in domestic lagers. The Octoberfest follows suit. Typical in color, but nowhere near as smooth and flavorful as the best brews of the style. Reminded me of some US (macro) attempts at darker beers, with the thin body and sweetness. Pass on this one, there are much better versions out there.

Photo of ScottieD
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of gr0g
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of g_jenkins
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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

Continuing with the Oktoberfest tasting. This is probably the first marzen I ever had, as Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is perennially sponsored by Spaten. The review is on a bottle-pour into a pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a toasty brown with highlights of gold and amber. It is mostly clear with a good amount of bubbles running throughout. The initial 1 1/2 finger white fizzy head fades immediately to a well-retained skim. Spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Aromas of bready grains and toasty malts come through - comes across as slightly stale.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is dominated by a sweet, caramel, toasty malt and chewy, hearty graininess. Slight hoppy grassiness and green apple is present in the aftertaste. The flavors are a little weak compared to others in the style, but that matches well with the very crisp and bright mouthfeel. The beer is brightly carbonated and quite refreshing.

Drinkability: Seriously high. This is an Oktoberfest that's as refreshing to drink alone as it is with food. I typically expect a little fuller, richer feel and taste from the style, but this one is still very tasty and drinkable all day.

Photo of ejh06752
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of goschool
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Red Lion Tavern in Silverlake, CA.

Appearance: A two finger off-white head stays on top of the clear copper body until the last few ounces of the glass.

Smell: The nose has a rich toasted malts.

Taste: The flavor profile starts out with sweet toasted malts and finishes with dry hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and creamy with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: This is so much better on draft.

Photo of rob99er
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jmw4437
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jjwisenheimer
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Beastdog75
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Spaten's Oktoberfest brew is supposedly one of the most widely consumed beverages during the Munich autumn extravaganza. That snippet seemed to impress me, so I was a bit eager to try this offering. After trying it, the brew seemed a bit average to me. I guess this is a decent brew to drink while you are crammed into a beer tent in Munich, but on its own it seemed a bit thin.

Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen pours a nice orange copper/amber color with a decent foam head that lasts for a little over a minute. Sweet, nutty malts were detectable in the aroma. A very slight mustiness was present, (perhaps an attribute from being lightstruck?), as well as a light citric hop twang. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated, but did indeed seem a bit thinner to me than I had anticipated. The taste did focus on the malts, with some sweet caramel and nutty notes abound. A distinct fruitiness was present throughout the whole brew. Decent dryness in the finish, and a good spicy/citric hop presence was well. The flavor notes were good, but seemed to be a bit hindered by some wateriness. Certainly not Coors Light watery by any means, but I guess I just thought this beer would have more. Continuing dryness and citric flavors linger for a bit in the aftertaste, and it concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

This is a decent brew to try during the autumn months, but it really wasn't exciting in any way. Out of Spaten's products, I would stick with their Optimator.

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.

Photo of kinger
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical average German Lager with a decent touch of sweet malts and some balancing hops. Skunky-sweet aroma, rather tame. Typical bronze color, didn't get a very large head but what came about did stick around. Filling on the palate and crisp. Flavor is tame and different from most other Oktoberfests. Decent example but not grand by any means.

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