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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,893 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,893
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 29
Gots: 63 | 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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3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An old favorite from years and years ago. Been sitting in the fridge for a while just waiting for this day. Purchased 09/'10 Consumed 12/'10 from a chalice.

A - Fizzy like soda. Clear yellow just like ginger ale. Low clumpy head with large-ish bubbles. Lots of sticky soap-sud like lacing.

S - Noticeable lagery hops and plain malts from the bottle. A little but airy. A crispity chrunchity kind of smell like plain dog biscuits.

T - Aftertaste is of mild hops and fresh hay.Initial taste is malty, coating, and mildly savory sweet. Clean, cool, refreshing, but just dry enough that you want more. I need a plate of sausage and cabbage.

M - Smooth and malty, but very crisp and refreshing. Coats and tickles the throat.

D - This is the kind of lager that should be served during the peak of summer not in the middle of fall. I can see how the German immigrants that came to the states when they started making beer they were probably thinking of something like this, and along the way they just got lost and AAL came along, but this is smooth. If more lagers tasted like this I wouldn't spend so much time in the Belgian ale section.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 08:18:17 | More by jeranbrews
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

09-14-2012 01:33:30 | More by GMB
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

08-11-2013 13:12:45 | More by Shatter
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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque dark amber color that lets a little light in. Initially poured almost an inch of head, but quickly dissipated to a thin ring. Medium lacing.

S: Spices and sweet hops. Also some subtle malt, grain, and a touch of apples.

T: A strong malty flavor up front that transitions into some bitter hops. Reminds me a bit of a regular lager. Not bad, but I could use a little more complexity.

M: Light body with a good amount of carbonation. Once again, not bad, but I would like a little more body from a Marzen.

D: Light and crisp and finishes pretty well - goes down easy. I wouldn't mind sessioning a few of these, but there are definitely better options out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 05:06:22 | More by MrDanno96
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New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%

06-07-2012 19:47:15 | More by mcss
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3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12fl oz bottle poured into my ayinger bavarian glass

Appearance is a medium copper color with a two inch slightly off-white head. Great head retention that slowly subsides and leaves about a quarter inch of foam on top of the beer

Aroma is pretty sided with hops being prominent, which confuses me since malts should be the prominent aroma in this style of beer. A big whiff does bring in some munich malt and caramel along with grains. Some toffee and oats along with hay and herbal smells could also be detected.

Taste upfront is of slightly is slightly caramel that leads way into traces of toffee flavor making it slightly sweet. Midway and finishing is a bit of bitter hops that are barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel is in between light and medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall it was an average beer and there are better beers out there that represent the style better. I still recommend to try this though.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 19:26:03 | More by tr4nc3d
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

02-23-2013 05:41:57 | More by GRFounder
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 10/28/08.

Pours a clear copper-orange color with nearly three fingers of beige head. The head dropped quickly, no lacing. Aroma is lightly toasted malt and faint floral hops.

Taste is sweet caramel-ish malt and faint floral hops. Both tastes are very muted, leaving the beer fairly bland. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Carbonation is decent and the body is light. Drinkability is decent, though the poor taste drops it some.

Doesn't taste as good as other beers of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 00:50:23 | More by bkilpatr
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3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love the style, but for me this one is just a little out of balance. It's really sweet, but in an odd way. I wouldn't call it bittersweet, but there is a bitterness to it that catches you off guard a little (again, out of balance). Maybe on another day I'd have been game for it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 17:55:00 | More by TheRealBigC
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South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange-amber color. Tall foamy head. Nice retention and lacing.

Grainy, toasted malt and some skunk in the aroma.

Sweet, grainy malt flavor. A little spicy bitterness from the hops.

Medium-thin bodied. Plenty of carbonation. Crisp finish.

This is a pretty solid beer. I thought the skunk from being imported in a green bottle was gonna ruin it. But it holds up.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 21:17:28 | More by UnderPressure
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

11-06-2013 14:07:59 | More by kerry4porters
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2.23/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Interesting spread of opinions on this beer.

Clear copper body, very appealing smooth off-white head, almost bone in color (seemed an unusual shade to me). Excellent lacing.

Solid aroma, sweet but not overpowering. Thought I detected some vanilla in there.

Chewy in the mouth. Thick with a touch of brass at the edge. Slight hops burn after you swallow. Sweetness everywhere, but not too much.

This is an enjoyable Oktoberfest that I will purchase again. I am fond of Spaten's beers, and this one is no exception.

EDITED 24 Sept. 2005
Have I changed or has this beer changed? There is a skunkiness to this beer's aroma that I don't remember, and a grainy sourness to its taste. Bought a single this morning, it's not even October yet, so I'm sure that this is fresh. Not a good sign for Spaten.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2003 12:48:00 | More by Darkale
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New York

3/5  rDev -16.4%

10-22-2013 20:03:43 | More by sachie23
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

06-01-2013 12:59:58 | More by Beric
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

10-26-2012 18:35:28 | More by Polasiuss
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

09-26-2012 00:18:28 | More by Fahz
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

12-02-2012 17:25:39 | More by ThomasAWilson2
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

09-07-2013 20:01:57 | More by rph97
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-23-2011 04:32:23 | More by 1p5v
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West Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a amber/orange/copper color with small head. Light malty aroma, with an almost metallic smell. Dissipated with warming, could've been initial temperature (too cold). Had a grain/bread taste to it, that improved as you drank more. Decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 22:42:10 | More by mtstatebeer
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

10-14-2012 17:12:38 | More by GeoCait
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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a translucent amber, copper color with very small, receding head that leaves lacing around the glass. The aroma smells of roasted malts, caramel, honey, nuts and alcohol (at 5.9% it is slightly more prominent in the nose). The beers flavor follows that of it’s aroma: the toasted malts and caramel really shine up front, followed by the sweet, honey flavor, some hops and just a tinge of alcohol. The mouthfeel of the beer is rather watery, but it helps to make the beer refreshing and drinkable. The alcohol and hops are actually masked quite well in this brew which leaves a sweet, roasted aftertaste in the mouth. A good example of a german oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 01:35:55 | More by kflorence
Photo of Liverpool08


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very light golden orange. Aroma is a little malty and metalic. Taste is malty with a metalic eruo flavor. I am surprised an Octoberfest from Germany is so thin in taste. Not much stands out.
However this one is a very easy drinker. Its very smooth and thirst quenching. Just not a great example.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 23:57:17 | More by Liverpool08
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3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber hues, with a thin, cream-colored head.

Aroma: German malt aromas, with a healthy dose of hops.

Taste: Tart, bitter tones up front, with loads of carbonation, and some malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat watery and light; reminds me of a Pilsener, not an O-fest.

Drinkability: IMO, a dumbed-down version of an Oktoberfest, with milder malts and excessive carbonation. Not very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2003 22:15:49 | More by winomark
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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper color with small white head that fades slowly. Leaves some small lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malty aroma. Carmel and fresh apples. Some light earthy hops as well.

T: Same as the aroma, sweet and malty. Carmel, brown sugar and some bready notes. A nice fruitiness to the beer as well with hints of apples and white grapes. Finishes with a light hop bite.

M: Light to medium bodied, appropriate for the style.

D: Well-crafted and highly drinkable. Spaten is one of my favorite Marzens and I'm glad its available all year long.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 20:34:26 | More by JMD
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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