Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 2,191
Reviews: 1,087
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 47
Gots: 161 | 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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Photo of fx20736
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug.

Coppery, dark amber. Some carbonation. 1 finger offwhite head. Tiny wisps of lacing. For all the world this looks a little like root beer.

Aroma: toasted malt and a spicy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: medium, not very carbonated.

Taste: a rich, malitiness like a well made whole grain bread, followed by a faint, spicy hopiness that is not bitter or floral or citrusy. I don't know what variety of hops are used but I think Augustiner Brau uses them in their Edelhell lager. Is it a cardamom aroma? Beer finishes long with a slight caramel aftertaste that lingers on the palate.

Notes: This is my first Import Maerzen. A very drinkable lager with a rich, slightly seductive taste. The whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. I really love Spaten's Helles Lager so I suppose I am predisposed to like this but this is nice, malty brew, perfect for the fall. I'll probably buy a case.

Photo of BRami127
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of stevehagy
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep amber with a bit of fuzz for a head.
the aroma is malty, hint of herbs, clean, hint of alcohol.
the flavor is rich with malt, clean, noble hops, carmelized malt, spice, minerially.
this is a great oktoberfest, never had it before, i am impressed.

Photo of deanhead
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Bright amber and brilliantly clear beer, a nice voluminous head that dissipated to a lace clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell-Bready, biscuity, and Malty. Virtually no hop nose to be found here.

Taste- This beer tastes like it's smell. Very malty and bready, with notes of biscuit. Liquid bread comes to mind here. Well balanced malt backbone, the Hops are very neutral in this beer. It's simply bursting with malt flavor. Very true to ithe style

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, smooth drinking beer

Drinkability-Spaten makes a great product. This beer is very polished. At 2.50 a bottle I'd be happy drinking all day long.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer on tap at the Hessen Haus and can't wait to go back.

It has a nice mid-range amber color. The body was a happy medium, matching the flavor that was very pleasant. It went down smooth, smooth, smooth. Will have it when I do a "boot" there next time.

Photo of jmw4437
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Pours a crystal clear dark caramel color. Initial pour had a decent soapy foam head of about 1-1/2 to 2 fingers deep, white, and didn't last long. Reduces quickly to a ring of white bubbles at the glass.

Very faint aromas of caramel malts and herbal grassy hops. Did I mention 'faint'? The aromas really aren't an impressive part of this brew.

Tastes are a touch malty, moderate malts, with a pretty good balance of hops. The slight sweetness is part of a solid flavor that stays together nicely though the whole tasting experience. Mouthfeel is a touch thinner or lighter than I expected with some pretty spritely carbonation. The finish goes a bit dry but there is still some of that moderate maltyness in the linger.

The overall experience is enjoyable and the drinkability is decent. Not the best Oktoberfest that I've ever had but it was enjoyable just the same.

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SamN
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown beer in my dimpled stein; nice solid brown hue, clear and lively in the glass. Not much head. Thin and wispy and doesn't last. Really nice color, especially in the right glass. Smell is surprisingly clean and dominated by grassy hops. Slightly toasty malt aroma in the background, a very mild breadiness. Boring aroma, and not what I expected from an German brewed Oktoberfestbier. Taste is a little better, more distinct malt taste, but still overly hopped with grassy/hay tastes. Malts taste slightly adjunct are are thin and static. Fairly boring tastes. Still, is pretty balanced and not terrible to drink.

Photo of gr0g
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dannymo24
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Prost76
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of reitzbrewing
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of sachie23
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Bromine
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of LMH88
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of yen157
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber body topped by a pillowy-offwhite, pockmarked head. Nice looking steady rising carbonation. Good malt body highlighted by predictable Vienna malt. It wasn’t as malty as some (hell, most) other marzens, but It’s just what I was looking for. In addition to the malt, it had crisp hop bitterness on the finish to dry things out and keep it tidy. Easy drinking, more of a session beer then most Oktoberfest beers.

Photo of MooseBoose
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of Satsuma
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SickGnar
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A decent cap of off-white foam sits on dark, dark copper brew (almost brown hued). Very clear with some rising bubbles. Okay head retention and lacing.

S: Sort of fruity dark euro-lager nose. Some faint caramel notes amongst a more general grainyness without much sweetness. Not really finding any hops to speak of.

T: Surprisingly light flavored malts given the darkish color. Bready and biscuity mostly with some toasty notes, but not much of the caramel, malty sweetness that usually comes to mind when thinking of, or better yet, drinking a good example of the style. What sweetness there is takes on undertones of light fruits (apples, pears, etc....). Hops just balance the malts and are mostly floral. As it warms it get a bit grainy and a slight astringency creeps in.

M: Carbonation toward the light side, but adequate. Medium body and a drying finish.

D: Not bad, but it hardly seems to be an O-fest. At least not stylistically stereotypical. It is not very malty - especially light on the caramel notes, and the hops seem almost restrained. Not exactly the robust life of the party. With the darker color, dryness, body toward the thin side, fruitiness, and lightish, biscuity malt - is it maybe an Alt-oberfest?

Photo of bckayaalp
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SykDoc
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a a nice dark copper color. A 1/4 inch off-white head forms and reduces leaving a nice lacing. Carbonation is visible and no sediment.

The aroma has a unique funk to it that I believe is an earthy hop aroma. If I get through this, there is a roasted malt sweetness that is fairly pleasant.

The taste is similar to the smell with that earthy hops component with a more pleasant component to the malty sweetness, which seems a bit more balanced than the aroma.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. The carbonation is reasonable and balances out with the flavor leaving a clean, crisp feel and a mild dryness at the end.

Overall, this beer is nothing special but it has the components present enough to make it fairly drinkable, despite having no outstanding spots.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce green bottle

Pours an orange coppertone with a nicely decent head. Did not have the skunky smell I have come to expect from green bottle import beer.Nice carbonation.

The taste was a bit hoppy/herbal with an aftertaste similar to Darjeeling tea.

Overall not bad, but there are some Oktoberfests' that are much nicer!

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It being almost the season, I picked up a six pack of this last night. Downed five. Orangey color, with a nice white head. No real hops presense, but a weird malt taste that subsides with each drink. Goes down well, but overall, pretty non-eventfull.

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