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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 1,098
Hads: 2,351
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 21.07%
Wants: 56
Gots: 281 | FT: 0
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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 wattoclone
4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown amber with a voluminous cream head. Not picking up the grassy floral aroma others have described, all I get is caramel and grain. Tastes like an oktoberfest should, smooth and sessionable without any detractions on the palate. Many U.S. versions of this style are over hopped or too much malt. They try to be different but they are missing the point.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a single into a willi becher (tasted side-by-side with a New Glarus Staghorn)
a: chestnut with 2 finger puffy off white head on top that subsides after a minutes and leaves little lacing
s: lots of grainy dark bread here (a little heavier and sweeter than the NG), as well as some almost roasty/burnt notes, faint floral hoppiness
t & m: this is a malty bad boy, with a some dark non-cloying sweetness that is both bready and caramel...also some kind of dark fruit (raisin or prunes, maybe) and apple as well. Tastes like fall! Hops aren't very bright, but there is some mild earthy spicy notes there that give it a little edge. A little heavier and less carbonated than the NG, but very much within the range that is right for the style.
Good solid Ofest, probably not at the top for me, but I'm always happy to have one. It is an interesting contrast with the NG...if I had to choose, I'd probably take the Staghorn, but they have fairly different profiles.

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Photo of WestmontStorm
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

You want a German brewski with a lot of malty flavor? Here it is amigo. It is smooth, sweet and not very carbonated. I like it for what it is. Every Oktober, I will drink some of these. But that's about it.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From Bottle, Pours Pale crystal clear gold, thin white head. Aroma grassy, Grain and malt. Taste Sweet apple and caramel. Light bitter finish. Really great.

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Photo of Der_Kaiser
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oktoberfest is a Munich celebration whose origins date back to Ludwig and Therese's wedding in the 19th century. The celebration included horse races which became a festival that added food and beer in later years. The German beer purity law and the requirement of the beer served at the fest to have been brewed in Munich make this a prime example of the gold standard of Oktoberfest beers. Spaten, and its Oktoberfest March lager, has been there since the beginning. All the other swill you are slurping is a knock off.

I think we learned something today.

"Only beer conforming to the Reinheitsgebot, and brewed within the city limits of Munich, can be served at the Munich Oktoberfest. Beers meeting these criteria are designated Oktoberfest Beer.

The breweries that can produce Oktoberfest Beer under the aforementioned criteria are:

Staatliches Hofbräu-München

Oktoberfest Beer is a registered trademark by the Club of Munich Brewers, which consists of the above six breweries."

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Photo of zymurgist12
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the quintessential Oktoberfest. Its beautiful red appearance is followed with its sweet aroma and mild finish. My one knock on the beer is it is hard to drink more than a couple since it is quite filing.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is more like what I perceive (and taste) a 'fest / Marzen style bier to be. Pours a medium to dark brown color, has that richer and more malty body, more meaty presence that I expect to have at this time of year. Fall is coming and I will drink these all day while the leaves fly around me!

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had on draft.

L: Brown with a slight magenta hue. Little to no head (not sure if that's because of the glass).

S: Spent grain, slight fruit punch essence.

T: High-gluten wheat bread, a hint of prune juice.

F: Proper carbonation, but a little too light-bodied for the style.

O: Was hoping for more depth and complexity.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours a light copper color with great clarity. Creamy, off-white head. Massive bready malt aroma. Light toasted, rich malt flavor balanced out by a touch of floral noble hops. Medium bodied and dry for the most part, despite a bit of initial malty sweetness. Clean and drinkable. An enjoyable Märzen for sure. I can send myself buying multiple 6-packs of this throughout the fall.

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Photo of Buck89
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber, clear, with a thick off-white head that lingered. Muted aromas of dark bread, biscuit and spicy hop character. Taste is rich malt up front with a mild sweetness and some floral/spicy hop notes. Medium carbed and full bodied with a clean finish. I liked it but prefer others in the style.

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Photo of laketang
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear dark amber with foam head settling to a thin ring

hop presence detected, slight burnt carmel smell

malt forward and hop infused and a touch carmel

medium on tongue with slight sweet linger, waters mouth

a good example of marzen, I will drink again

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Photo of justinp444
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass this beer has a clear brown orange look with just a tad bit of amber and a inch and a half thick white foam head. Smell is skunk, some sweet malt, bit of citrus, some cider/white wine like aroma. Taste is rotting vegetable, lightly metallic (good), it has some citrus, sweet malt, and a bit of spice. It'd be a lot better if it wasn't skunked. It has a nice crisp moderate mouth feel and body.

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Photo of NCMatt
4.52/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is what Oktoberfest beer / Marzen should taste like. All other breweries take note! This is just about as authentic as it gets.

Poured from bottle to glass. Color is a dark copper. Minimal off white head. Smell and taste both of caramel and bready malts. It's like fall in a glass! This is a wonderful beer. Enough said.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A brilliant amber pour crowned by a 1” off-white foam collar. S: Bready, malty nose with some kettle sugars. T: A malt forward beer featuring kettle sugars and a mild hop accent. F: Medium to medium full body, medium to medium low carbonation. O: A true classic.

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful caramel color with some light carbonation and a beautiful fall smell. Although I don't see a lot of bubbles in the carbonation, it tastes very fizzy to me, and I don't like it. Other than that, the taste is good and a pretty good Oktoberfest.

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Photo of seedyone
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Takes me back to college day when I would seek out alternates to the standard dreck. This is a very well made beer. Just the thing to ween one from the familiar. Robust yet polite. Welcoming. Good. What else can be asked?

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a small white head, which did not last long. Overall, the flavor was excellent, with only the lack of a nice head holding it back. Enjoyable.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep, clear amber with thin head. Aroma of bread and taste of caramel. Finish is clean and cleansing. This is highly drinkable in quantity and my go-to for the style.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Medium amber. Clear. Tall off-white head. Good persistence.
S - Bready malt.
T - Sweet and malty. Mainly bread and toast, a littlle vague spiciness.

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Photo of theh3rbalist
1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

Drank 2 poured into pint glasses.

Smells like a macro lager but with the addition of an unpleasant wine-like astringency. This carries into the taste which seemed like nothing more than a basic macro on (weak) malt steroids, and tainted by an unavoidable sour/spoiled note. Barely any hop bitterness, and medium carbonation. Honestly would prefer a macro over this, and certainly would prefer almost any other Marzen over Spaten's offering.


On a side note: I bought a 6 pack of this beer because I had a couple drafts of what I thought was Spaten Oktoberfest in NYC that tasted great. Unfortunately I can't remember for sure if it was Spaten or someone else's Oktoberfest on tap... Reading the reviews here many people say this is a decent Marzen, but there is at least one that notes the macro/sour quality I found. So it's entirely plausible that I had a bad batch along with the other reviewer, but it's also entirely plausible that what I remember as Spaten on tap was actually another beer... Oh well

Edit: Just had it on tap and it's just as bad as in the bottle. Slightly less sour but still nasty.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

This pours with a thin, carbonated hue of barley brown. Strangely, it has a Euro-skunk aroma with an Apple cider like scent. The flavor is an Euro barleylike taste. It tastes like Spaten lager but with more graininess. It's very light, easy and quenching. This is not my go to Marzen but if I'm looking for a beer to cap off the night it's certainly worthwhile.

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Photo of rangerred
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of a growler.

Pours a clear light copper with a thin half-finger white head. Pretty average head retention and lacing. Nothing outstanding but fairly respectable.

Aroms has some toasted caramel mixed with hay and grass. The hope do come through but are kept in check by the malt. Maybe a touch of honey as well.

The flavor really brings together the malt and hops with each being very balanced. It starts out with some toffee and honey perfectly mixed with grassy hops. Mild sweetness throughout but it is appropriate for the style. Light bitterness is enough to keep with sweetness in check and makes this quite drinkable.

Overall, a respectable oktoberfest and probably one of the better ones available in the States. Pretty readily available and worth picking up.

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Photo of JTuomi
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

50 cl bottle into a mug. Clear golden body, minimal head, very little lacing. Subtle grainy pale malt and floral hops on the nose. Crisp and sweet clean taste of grainy pale malt, a hint of apple in the background, dry finish with a very subtle hop bitterness, slightly bitter floral aftertaste. Medium-light body, high carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer, wouldn't take an effort to down these in liters in an octoberfest tent. Not special enough to buy to be had at home again though.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; light amber; 1 finger off white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: more fruity hops than caramel malt;

T: fruity and earthy hops up front, then caramel malt; a little metallic on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation;

O: less caramel malt in the flavor than most American Oktoberfests; the metallic finish was a little off putting;

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Crisper and lighter bodied than other (American) Oktoberfests I've had, with a good deal of head. Pleasantly carbonated, very refreshing. Hater's gonna hate, but I think it's better than most American Marzens for my money. The only American one that rivals this that I have tried is Harpoon's.

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