Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,231 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,231
Reviews: 1,097
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 50
Gots: 209 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm sure having this one on tap makes all the difference in the world, but I will start by saying that this one tasted so fresh off the draught. Appearance: Pours a copper with an off white cream head not much lacing going on seems a bit thin. Aroma: Sweet caramel with nice touches of German hops, slightly roasted malts in the nose very nice. Tste: Clean with a substantial amount of hop bitterness for an Oktoberfest smooth slightly harsh caramel malt tones one of the better fresher examples of a German O-fest yet. Mouthfeel: Lighter body but still decent texture and perfect carbonation. Drinkability: Very drinkable not too heavy or syrupy but very refreshing could picture myself siding with this one at the tents in Munich.

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

This review will be much shorter than most because someone spilled on my notes while I was reviewing. Served from a bottle. Reviewed from notes.

A: Appearance is favorable, light and vibrant with no yeast noticeable.

Sm: Smell is generic festbier with a bit more of a malty forward quality.

T: Clean and favorable. Clean malts form the foundation, with very little hopping. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Clean barley. Crisp. The malts are well selected, if simple and generic.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and clean. Supports the flavour.

Dr: Drinkable but far from impressive. Another solid offering from Spaten, but nothing to write home about. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

C+

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

Appearance: clear pale bronze color, with booming, boisterous cream-toned foam atop (I may have optimized the head potential by utilizing a Wehenstephaner weizen glass).
Aroma: soft, spare, tiniest hints of caramel & nuts, glimmers of malt.
Taste: bright, sweet, slightly coppery feel, mild. No hops felt, malt is all over the flavor, but never too strong. Body, very light, texture is small, finish is too quickly dissipated. A very subdued, but supremely approachable marzen. Geared towards those with less exploratory ambitions in their beer imbibement.

Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served on draft at a beer bar in FL, served in a 0.5L Spaten glass (correct glassware makes beer taste better).

Beer is clear and red. Forms a thick white head that falls away leaving no lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and made up of medium bubbles that rise quickly through the beer.

Has a sweetish lager aroma. Not much to it but it smells as expected and really good.

Beer has a medium body and the drinkability is really high. Beer is slightly sweet and has a slight sour tinge to it after the sweetness. There is a mild bitterness in the back of the mouth, overall mild to moderate bitterness. The bitterness was a nice surprise, overall this was a pretty good beer. Not my favorite Oktoberfest but a good one.

Photo of jwc215
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light orange with a white head that soon becomes a lasting cover. Some lacing is left.

The smell is of grass and sweet grain. Some mustiness is present.

The taste is of mildly sweet roasted grain. Some washed-out hops give it a slight bitter touch. To me, it tastes like a typical Euro-lager with an Oktoberfest twist of sweet malt. Some dry tea-leaf is noticeable as it approaches the middle.

The feel is on the thin side for the style. Some of the flavor holds up, but not as much as it could. Also, not as smooth as it could be. There is some astringency to it.

While it has something of a drinkability to it, it's not one of the better Oktoberfests to come out of Bavaria. I haven't been getting this one in the past few years, and now I remember why. I don't know if it loses something in the travel, but it's not as tasty or smooth as some other Bavarian O-fests I can, and do, get here (or even some American interpretations - certainly not as fresh.)

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/4/2012. Pours lightly cloudy orange copper color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, biscuit, toast, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and fruity notes. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, biscuit, toast, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, biscuit, toast, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance of malt and fruity ester flavors; with good complexity and robustness of all flavors; and zero cloying sweetness present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest style. Very well balanced between malt and fruity flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of chinchill
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear amber-brown with a smallish off-white head. Head reduces quickly to a thin top coat.

S - a bit skunky (no date on bottle but consumed week of purchase), malty and floral.

T - not too bad for a skunky beer

M - OK carbonation; rather light body; semi-dry finish

Re-REVIEWED on 11/26/2011 with a 2011 sample & on tap in August 2013:

A skunky aroma is evident immediately after removing the cap. Some light hops and faint malt also present. The skunkiness carries over to the taste, rendering this barely drinkable and ruining the finish and aftertaste.

O - This beer had proper storage after purchase and prior to consumption. Moreover, it is unwisely packaged in a green bottle. With no improvement given a 2nd chance, it is appropriate to give it the poor rating it deserves, and to expect a different sample to be likely to suffer the same fate. The on=tap version was clearly better, with none of the skunky off-notes.

Photo of WesWes
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a nice white lace head. The aroma is exceptional. It has the smell of a good lager, but with the slightest amount of crystal malts to add color and a bit of sweetness. The taste is great. It isn't too plain or too bold. There is a fine balance here. The mouthfeel is awesome. It is a low/medium bodied beer with the right amount of carbonation. This is a great drinking beer; one of the best Octoberfests I've ever had.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mulligan's in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear light amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some deep copper highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with some grassy hops notes. Very light hints of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are flavors of toasted and caramel malts with light amounts of sweetness followed by some light amounts of grassy hops that lend a touch of bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is enjoyable and easy to drink but nothing about this beer really stands out and makes me want to have another - it is an average offering for this time of year.

Photo of Mora2000
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grain and toffee with a little bit of skunked notes mixed in. I assume this is because they decided to put the beer in a green bottle. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of grain and toffee with a little bit of nuttyness, but luckily there is not any of the skunk in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow/golden color with a small white head that settled quickly. Little lacing to speak of.

S: Some grass, as well as some malt and a little bit of fruit, little bit of skunk.

T: Pretty malty with a little bit of caramel. There is a grainy characteristic as well.

M/D: Medium bodied, but smooth. Overall its ok, not great. I am guessing that the trip overseas has a lot to do with this. On tap, I bet its a whole different beer.

Photo of mothman
2.16/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into pils glass.

Pours a bit of white head. Color is a clear copper brown. Some active carbonation in the class.

Aroma: Skunk and then some. Some caramel and roasted malts. Grassy noble hops.

Taste: More skunk. It is pretty much identical to the aroma. Dry and roasted malts with a caramel sweetness. Earthy noble hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and crisp. A higher amount of carbonation with a medium bodied. Ends dry with skunk flavors.

Overall, it is just a shame that this beer has a lot of skunk flavors to it. I am not digging it too much because of that, but if that flavor wasn't there I could probably drink more of it. Not to drinkable for me.

Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing a couple of these with me. Poured from a 12oz green bottle into a standard pint glass. This brew appears a perfectly clear light copper color with a finger and a half of lightly tanned head. The cap quickly fades down to a thin lacing across the top despite rising bubbles of carbonation. A light swirl agitates more bubbles back to the top and forms some spotty lacework on the glass.

The smell of this brew has a pleasant caramel malt sweetness balanced quite well with a touch of faint herbal to citrus hops. Sulfur is noted slightly throughout. As the brew warms up, a bit of buttery bread comes forward.

The taste is initially mostly caramel malt sweetness, a bit like toffee and toasty bready grain. Some buttery diactyl is noted throughout the experience. Faint herbal hops and a light touch of warming alcohol across the back contrast the initial malty sweet character.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is present throughout this brew with an expected level from the nearly 6% abv. It is a fairly decent take on the style that is easy drinking. Worth giving a try for sure when it is in season but nothing to go out of your way for.

Photo of GClarkage
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in October 2004 at the Toronado on tap. Poured with a small head and decent lace. Had remotely no smell at all. Maybe a small amount of malt and hops, but barley any. Tasted the same as it smelled but a little better. Roasted malt and very little hops. Went down fairly easy and would have again if it were the only Octoberfest available.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear reddish amber hue and shows a bright-metallic, deeply red tinged, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a mix of sweet malty notes and dry, bread-like aromatics. Light hop notes contribute aromatics of lemon zest and faint herbal / grassy notes to the nose, but this is mostly a malt focused beer. Lightly browned soda crackers, fresh bread-crust aromas, aromas of fresh crushed malt and a touch of sweet, lightly caramelized grain character seem to be the main focus here. Not a bad aroma, but somehow leaves me wishing for a bit more depth.

Dry and herbal as it first hits my mouth, it quickly picks up a lightly sweet malt sweetness and a round, rustic bread like character. Each sip finishes with a herbal hop note that gets a bit metallic and a thin malt character. The malt sweetness while light is actually fairly rich and satiating, this balanced sweet malt character is exactly what I want to see in this style of beer, though it can be a touch too muted at times. I like that the hop character plays a significant role here in the flavor; it provides a nice balance to the malt character all the while contributing flavors of soft lemon zest, some light herbal notes, more hay / grass than anything and also a nice, biting bitterness that is found from beginning to end. Light enough to be quite drinkable, but the malt provides some body and texture to it that allows for the beer to stick just a bit to the palate.

A solid beer, nothing that makes me get really exited, but a nice beer that I could easily quaff a liter of. I definitely like that malt character here, even if it could use a little boost; it provides a nice biscuit-like, browned soda cracker flavored, rustic bread crust flavor to this brew that sort of defines things for me. Tasty and quaffable, though perhaps a wee bit forgettable.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brownish amber with 1/2" of bubbly, foamy head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. This beer smells of faint malts and yeast, but mostly smells like the Spaten Munich Helles. The taste is caramel malts with a faint sweetness, very very faint fruitiness, and a smooth creaminess. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

From a German brewer, this is disappointing. Smells like a euro pale lager and the taste is one dimensional. It's drinkable though and you could put down several of these without knowing it.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Euro-green bottle,

A: Pours a beautiful dark amber colour, nice to see, small 2-finger dissipates quickly though, but the colour is really nice.

S: Typical malt smell, very sweet, some bready character, not a lot of hops in this one though.

T: Very sweet malty, almost maple flavour, kind of over the top, but sort of in a good way, there were some times I liked it, but some times it was a little much. Hop flavour is slight, but some earthy notes are there in the background.

M: Typical German lager feel, light and smooth, medium-bodied overall, but has a nice briskness on the palate.

D: A pretty good German Oktoberfest beer, Spaten makes very good representations of typical German styles and they did another one with this beer. There are some faults, but overall, it is very good for its style.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.52/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brown half litre bottle, best before Oct 2010, so a 2009 brew!

Very pale for a Marzen, very pale indeed, looks like a normal lager/helles/pilsner, golden with a pure white head. This is my second O'Fest beer of the little O'Fest I'm having tonight.

Almost odourless, gets my standard score of 3 for a non-smelling lager/pilsner.

Tastes like a pilsner which has had sugar added to make it stronger in its ABV. No great flavours or points to pontificate about, un-impressed.

I've been to Munich many times, including 8 O'Fests, this bottled beer bears no resemblance to the draught Marzens I've had from Spaten over the years. Reminded me of sugared water.

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

On tap. Pours a mild brown with a good amount of khaki colored head and lace. Munich malts, fair amount of sweetness and little hop presence. Malts are roasted and have a caramel and unsweetened cocoa flavor. Medium to full bodied and a fairly smooth drinker. A very standard O-fest but lacks the character to make it truly great.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I usually keep clear of imports if they're in bottles. But this was on tap, so I tried it..finally.
Semi-deep and rich ruby/copper colored pour. Quite nice looking actually. Thin head...I think it was poured way too cold. Oh well.
Slight sweetness and breadiness in the nose. Malt is foremost with a sllight spice in the end.
Taste has a good blend of malt, spice and hops. too be sure, the hops are the least as the sweetness and malt blend well to produce a easy drinking beer. Some caramel is detected in the back, the hops serves as a cleansing agent and brings the beer out in the open. I enjoyed this beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Doesn't it annoy you when breweries bottle dark colored beers in green glass? You think you're getting a dark bottle, but as you pour out the beer, the bottle color changes to green. Might be a fun magic trick to show off, but I'm here for the beer, so on to it:

It pours a bronzish amber color. In the glass, it's topped off by a big creamy looking head. The aroma is musty; grains, spicy hop, and a whiff of malts. The beer is creamy feeling, easy drinking, and decent tasting. The maltiness doesn't explode off the bat, and is held in check by a subtle spicy hop flavor. Actually, the latter starts to become distracting, not what I want in an O-fest. It's still a decent beer though.

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm always leary of light-struck green bottles, but this one came out all right. It has a sweet, faint aroma and an apple character complimenting its caramel malt flavor, a combination worthy of the infamous 1-liter Oktoberfest stein. Not the best O-fest I've had, but it's still authentic and delicious.

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

Appearance - Pours a light amber color with a decent head. Slight lacing.

Smell - Smells of sweet malt.

Taste - Lots of caramel malt taste slightly sweet which is how I prefer my Octoberfest's.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied.

Overall - One of my favorites the fresher the better as always.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with very good clarity and a moderate head that fades to a thin ring. Smells very malty, but dry and with an earthy, fairly bitter finish. Tastes similar- very balanced between somewhat dry caramel malt and a fairly firm bitter, earthy finish with just a touch of sweetness at the end. Smooth and a bit nutty. A classic Marzen, and quite pleasant.

Photo of weeare138
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a light golden color with a small amount of white head that slowly fades. Tiny traces of lacing are left around.
Smell is of light caramel and malt with a light hoppy aroma.
Taste is slightly sweet and caramelish with a mild doughyness and hoppiness that is borderline buttery/skunky.
Mouthfeel is ok. Ok roastiness and fruitiness with hops but slightly thin.

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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