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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 2,208
Reviews: 1,092
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 49
Gots: 181 | 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 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 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 Number3red
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of msanborn
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of fx20736
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
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 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 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 spoonhawk
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of rob99er
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

Photo of gr0g
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ejh06752
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ScottieD
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Cvescalante
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Lupe
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour orange-bronze color with a nice beige head,and decent lace. Clean aroma with hints of grain and hops. Medium body and carbonation, creamy and very smooth. Big malt start, somewhat sweet middle, fair to decent hop finish. Not as robust as I thought it would be. Quite drinkable.

Photo of beerman207
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's almost Oktoberfest season so I decided to give my "go to" from last year a try after 6 months of service as a Beer Advocate. Would it hold up to the goodness I remembered? Well, yes and no.

A - Dark brown color, head didn't last long and left a little lacing.

S - The nose is kind of dissapointing with sweet fruit coming through with perhaps some skunk in the backend (uh oh).

T - The taste is how I remember it. Sweet and refreshing. I imagine there are better examples of the OkToberfest/Marzen style out there but Spaten does a god job and is also available all year long in my area.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty mild

D - I rate the drinkability of this beer as high. It's still a great standard beer to have around in September/October.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a satisfying dark amber color with a fluffy head that leaves a nice ring around the glass. Good lacing.

Smells like Oktobery malty goodness. Nice round, full smell.

Tastes like the smell. It has some wonderful sweet and robust malt flavors with a touch of bitter.

In the mouth it feels creamy. The carbonation is balanced and fits nicely with the beer.

I could sit and drink this beer all day. This is one of my favorite styles to drink with some nice German food and Spaten does a great job with it.

Photo of cdizinno
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Doing this from memory...

A: Slightly tarnished copper, penny color. Clear with moderate carbonation and a thin white head with minimal lacing.

S: Malty sweetness with mild hop background.

T&M: Medium bodied. Malty, caramel throughout. Mild hops bitterness.

Probably better than previous years that I have tried this style.

Photo of ac22rush
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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