Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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3.23/5 rDev -10%
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.
09-23-2012 04:35:30 | More by kojevergas
3.13/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
10-07-2004 23:40:25 | More by GClarkage
3.35/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
09-19-2005 17:43:37 | More by weeare138
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
01-01-2007 18:13:01 | More by tempest
3.05/5 rDev -15%
Poured a orange and amber color with a modest white head. Nose is mainly grainy and skunky. Taste is sweet roasted malts, caramel malts with a mildly bitter amount of hops. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability is average. Not the best Oktoberfest brew.
06-28-2009 00:44:23 | More by barleywinefiend
United Kingdom (England)
3.18/5 rDev -11.4%
Coming in a slim 500ml brown bottle, BB 07/2009, served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.
A: pours a dark golden hue with lively carbonation mixed of large and tiny fizz, topped with a 1.5cm thick white frothy head with pretty good retention.
S: a typical Munich malty brew with the pure lager malts leading the way, on a sound balance with doughy sourness, floral hops, a touch of egg white(!), and a touch of lemony aroma; the maltiness comes with a decent body, but not cloying or syrupy, just showing plentiful grainy aroma.
T: a rather lubricating flow of grainy lager malts comes lighter in taste than the aroma suggests, but decent enough to form a moderate backbone to carry through a mildly sour-fruity edge of hops and yeastiness; meanwhile, a powdery-textured bitterness as from hop extract develops slowly at the back of the palate, along with a faint trace of floral taste of German hops. Pretty decent and clean in the finish.
M&D: very easy-drinking, lightly carbonated, and surprisingly light-bodied for a 5.9%abv. brew, but somehow the maltiness on the flavour is slightly in the lacking that reduces the overall performance, for, the hops are too mild and the yeasty sour touch is subdued. An OK beer designed to quaff in the famous festival, but I suspect the draught version has to be much more delicious to be able to keep people on their benches under those huge marquees (but I hear one can't simply move to any other marquee without a prior booking nowadays... oh well, a pub crawl is so much more fun, innit?).
03-12-2009 19:56:19 | More by wl0307
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
09-26-2009 01:24:29 | More by Georgiabeer
3.35/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
09-05-2011 16:51:14 | More by stakem
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
11-07-2012 00:55:37 | More by dbrauneis
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours a two-finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Sweet malty nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet but balanced, smooth, good oktoberfest. Not skunky as some reviewers have noted. 12oz bottle $1.50 from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.
09-26-2007 22:46:48 | More by jdhilt
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
Pours a well-carbonated clear copper color.
Smells of malt and grain with a bit of caramel and tea thrown in.
Has a strong malty flavor. There are banana, raisin and caramel flavors to this too. Tastes like a very mild bock beer.
Mouthfeel is good.
Very drinkable, this beer keeps you guessing about what you taste with each sip.
02-04-2004 04:30:43 | More by Zorro
3.25/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
11-16-2007 03:33:41 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
2.15/5 rDev -40.1%
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.
10-12-2010 00:58:18 | More by mothman
4.38/5 rDev +22%
Poured into a Ayinger pint glass. Pours a golden/copper color with a huge head which stays around awhile. Lots of lacing on the glass. A very sweet/malty scent, tastes of grapes to me. A light to medium body. This is a great session brew, goes down very well IMHO.
07-30-2005 23:50:05 | More by Wasatch
4/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
09-13-2011 00:58:33 | More by ejimhof
4.15/5 rDev +15.6%
Enjoyed on tap from the Hofbrauhaus, in the Food Court at The Big E, West Springfield, MA.
Clear plastic pint cup presentation. Adequate 1/2" beige head over the dark amber brew. Aroma is dominated by grains. Taste is sweet maltiness, like liquid roasted grain hulls, with a crisp close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. Very enjoyable brew, went well with my bratwurst.
09-26-2005 12:02:59 | More by ppoitras
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
10-06-2010 05:22:33 | More by Stinkypuss
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
03-04-2013 03:49:33 | More by superspak
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
09-23-2009 19:46:19 | More by Mebuzzard
4.13/5 rDev +15%
Had this on tap at Max's the other night.
Pours a lovely copper color wtih good head retention and lacing. There is a rich, malty grain aroma, with an overlay of sweetness. These flavors are replicated on the palate, and the beer is medium bodied with subdued malty sweetness. This beer is very, very drinkable, and along with Oktoberfest from Paulener, is one of my favorite marzens. Very smooth in the finish. Quite well done.
09-26-2007 14:26:06 | More by John_M
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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