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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001)
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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden amber color with not much head retention.

The smell is somewhat faint, but not bad at all. Malty.

Taste is malty, yet crisp and clean. Not overly sweet like some marzens. I can definitly taste the caramel malts in this one, and it finishes with a nice spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a touch light, but very nicely carbonated. Job well done. Drinkability is good. I could suck down a lot of these, and probably will look forward to it by next fall. Solid seasonal.

Photo of Rojada1988
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of ScottieD
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Jon
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten's Oktoberfest is a fine example of the style. It pours a clear copperish color. Its bubbly head, however, struggles to stick around. The smell is somewhat hidden -- there are hints of caramel malt, fruit and hops, but each is subdued. The taste features an appealing sweet, almost fruity maltiness. This light-medium bodied lager is moderately carbonated. Overall, an easy drinker and a solid festbier.

Photo of Sinewave
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Givemebeer
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of iceball585
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Reddish orange w/ yellow hints, clear, head settled to a thin lacy ring almost instantly

S- Faint toasted malt smell

T- Sweet, malty, nuts, faint hoppy bite at the end

M- Smooth feel, fairly medium bodied, medium carbonation

D- Very drinkable in my opinion

Very nice seasonal beer. Good malt tastes w/ slight hops finish. I would definatly recommend this beer as a session beer or just one to try next time your at the pub.

Photo of ElijahRivera
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of robotiks
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Rootdog316
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium yellow color with a foamy head and decent lacing. Some carbonation. Aroma of hops, very slightly skunky, and malts with a strong hops finish. Malty and hop balance in the taste with a slight bitterness in finish. Not a bad beer but I don't think I will buy it again.

Photo of Kingcurio
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of sacfly
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz., no date
Pours a clear orange with a thin head of off white bubbles. Crisp vegetal hop aroma, some spiciness. A touch of sweetness in the background comes out later. Taste is on the hoppy side, but a mildly astringent grassy hop. Overwhelms the malt available. Dry, mildly bitter aftertaste. OK, but not interesting enough or refreshing enough to drink regularly. Plenty of better Martzen out there.

Photo of ac22rush
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of brett606
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of beb86
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, deep amber color with brilliant clarity. The head is tan-white and has great lacing and retention. This beer looks very tasty in a big mug.

The first thing that stands out is the very sulfuric aroma. Suprisingly, there is no skunkiness from a green bottle, but this smells like a pretty generic Euro lager. A little bit of heftiness is added from the malt, but it doesn't have a ton of character.

The flavor is a little tame for my liking as well. It's got weak bread and caramel notes, with a touch of metallic flavor. This is clearly a safe attempt at the style, but I don't think it's very successful.

Mouthfeel is light bodied for the style, with carbonation on the low side. This beer is drinkable, but just not very impressive.

Photo of redliner8
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Jack_Frost79
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BuckSpin
2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz bottle (production code of L 18471 C) in a thumbprint Seidel

BAside: it seems odd to have a German Oktoberfest with the words "MALT LIQUOR" on the label...

Poured crisp, clean, true. Ugh....not a very pleasing nose. To be honest this smells like a typical canned macro. Dry, astringent, slightly metallic, a little sour, maybe some mildly burnt caramel. Head was a nice pencil's worth of loose & mixed, pale ivory foam that steadily settled to a see-through sheen with a bubbled edge ring. The slightly hazed body is classic Marzen - penny copper orange, warm like good honey. Damn shame it doesn't have an appealing aroma.

It tastes better than it smells, but it still has some mild, canned macro quality. Slightly burnt caramelized malts slide under a semi-dry, crisp astringency that is a ween bit spoiled/sour, with some noticeable metallic & phenolic aspects. Hops are timid & mildly bitter. I'm not really sure what is exactly going on here. I've enjoyed some nice Marzens, but this has an odd aspect to it, a can lining quality that I just can't shake.

Growing drier & lighter on the palate, it finishes crisp but a little phenolic with a nice, sharpening spiciness, leaving a clean yet cloying aftertaste.

I had Mrs. BuckSpin confirm the nose. Her words - "Natural Ice in a can", so I know its not me. It is very possible I got a bad bottle, but in that I have nothing to compare it to I am going with what I experienced. Let me put it this way - if this was a Macro Lager it would be a pretty decent one, but as a Marzen this was not enjoyable. I will definitely try this again next year to see if I did catch a bad one, but until then I cannot recommend this. This was one of the most disappointing & generic tasting imports I've ever had. Very bummed. Omm-pah-pah at your own risk.

Photo of msanborn
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of xgrigorix
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce green bottle, no dates.

Pale orange & clear. Dense off white cap of foam. Very little lace.

Malty biscuit aromas backed up by a herbal sort of hop aroma.

Bready, caramel, & biscuit malt type flavours. Some Herbal hop flavours finish it off. Straight forward, clean & firm. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Not good, not bad.

Photo of mpyle
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - very pale amber color, brilliant clarity, pours a nice white head, tightly bubbled and with some retention.

Smell - A subtle roasty note, but generally a very clean aroma. No hops in keeping with style.

Taste - A roasty malt flavor early, but quickly turns bitter. Malt character somewhat lacking, but finish is appropriately dry and bitter.

MF - medium body and carbonation, no astringency or warming, no issues.

D'ability - Think I'd take a pilsner over this one as a bitter finishing lager. Not enough malt character up front to make the aroma or flavor all that interesting. Clean, and easy to down a few, but not exciting.

Photo of ordybill
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Pours a clear bubbly copper/ruby color with a small rimming of off-white head.
Smell has notes of a bitter malt maybe a little skunky, but good.
Taste has great malt profile.
Finish is a bit dirty with a decent after-taste.
Drinks very well, as my friend said, I would love a stein of this to quaff.

Photo of RWACKO
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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