Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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3.28/5 rDev -8.6%
Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass
A- Clear copper in color. White frothy head with average lacing and retention.
S- Green bottle Skunk, Doughy, nutty, slight floral hops but very much masked
T/M- Slightly sweet at first, then bready with flat herbal flavors and a touch of alcohol. Very slick. Somewhat dry finish with some spice notes.
Not the best offering of Oktoberfest I have every had. Not the greatest offering I had from Spaten either, but in the end not a bad choice. Could not tell the expiration date on the bottle, but it tastes as if its past its prime which is odd because its Oktoberfest season. If I were longing for a Spaten I think I will stick to an Optimator.
09-20-2012 23:01:33 | More by wiscokid920
3.8/5 rDev +5.8%
This is a tarnished copper color with a thin but fluffy eggshell colored head. The beer is virtually odorless to my nose. The flavor is pretty standard. Sweet, slightly biscuity malt, fruity hops, and a slightly metallic finish. This is exactly what I expect in an Oktoberfest. It is not bad but, I would much rather have a fresher, cheaper, one from an American brewer.
03-10-2006 22:02:52 | More by JudgeRoughneck
3.45/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
10-18-2009 05:06:22 | More by MrDanno96
3.13/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
09-22-2010 19:26:03 | More by tr4nc3d
2.75/5 rDev -23.4%
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.
10-29-2008 00:50:23 | More by bkilpatr
3.2/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
09-27-2012 17:55:00 | More by TheRealBigC
3.4/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
11-13-2012 21:17:28 | More by UnderPressure
2.23/5 rDev -37.9%
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.
09-17-2003 12:48:00 | More by Darkale
2.95/5 rDev -17.8%
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.
08-24-2008 22:42:10 | More by mtstatebeer
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-22-2011 01:35:55 | More by kflorence
3.75/5 rDev +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.
09-20-2010 23:57:17 | More by Liverpool08
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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