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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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80
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1,084 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,084
Hads: 2,255
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 52
Gots: 222 | 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 Schneidermeister
5/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am well aware I have given this brew the highest ratings I can. If it were possible, I would rate it better than perfect. This authentically styled German Marzenbier is perfect in every way to me. It is one of the select few brews served at the authentic Oktoberfest in Munich, Bavaria, in which the beer served is regulated by location. Only a select few breweries in the city limits of Munich are allowed to serve beer there, and the brews must conform to the age old standard of Reinheitsgebot, or Bavarian Purity Law; very regimented brewing standards set in Bavaria back in the 16th century to conserve wheat and rye for food. This is also a festive seasonal beer, unique in type and in everything else. Marzen is traditionally served only in the fall. Marzen is German for "March," which is when this beer is brewed, and you can tell that this brew is done slow, and done right. The brew is left to ferment and age over the entire summer, and is to be served only during Oktoberfest, when the farmer's toil in the fields is finally paying off, and food is in abundance.

Let's get to the brew. To begin, it is best served ice cold, in a big glass. You want this glass clear as so that your eyes may feast upon the beautiful ruby-bronze hue of this crystal clear brew. The head is a pleasing off-white creamy color, and the lacing is rather sparse, but sticky. Already there's evidence of lots of caramel hops, and just a hint of sugar. The head is thick and creamy and when poured properly, leaves a nice little dome on the rim of your glass. The aroma is absolutely divine. Fresh baked, yeasty bread, and loads of malt, with just the slightest hint of campfire, and a subtle floral note to boot. The hops scent is almost nonexistent, but it will become prevalent with the taste. Oh, the taste. This beer tastes like a properly made, refreshing and satisfying lager. You can almost taste the crisp, early spring air rushing through the Bavarian countryside. The snow is melting, the trees are budding, and life has come back to the home of the world's best beers. It's going to be a good year. The brew ages and ferments very slowly in cool, dark cellars and gains all sorts of flavors. Autumn leaves are a subtle one I taste, along with a slight hint of molasses and toasted marshmallow. The finish is nice and crisp, slightly bitter and tart, but not too hoppy. The hops takes a back seat to all the other flavors found only in Marzen, and is well balanced. Spaten makes a damn good year-round Pilsner Lager, and they love their hops like nothing else. But here, they allow the humble drinker across the Atlantic here in Central Illinois to taste the Bavarian Autumn and its festivities at their fullest, not just Bavaria's prized hops. The craftsmanship blows me away every time. Overall mouthfeel is delectable as well, as this beer is just a tad more filling than most lagers, but hey, it's Oktoberfest! Indulge!

I recommend Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Marzen to anyone who loves a satisfying, decadent beer, but isn't looking for something that's just good on its own. This is beer to be had with a feast, and with friends. Loud, boisterous laughter and hijinks will make this beer all the better. It tastes like a special occasion, so have a festival in your mouth with Oktoberfestbier, and you can bet it'll be a time with good friends you'll talk about for the rest of your life. (3,397 characters)

Photo of NStLincoln
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice looking orange-brown with a short-lived white head.

Malty nose with a slight metallic twinge. Just a hint of spiciness, cloves, cinnamon.

Cracker taste with a little bit of a weird funk in the middle. Metallic aftertaste, easy drinking and refreshing.

I'm guessing a draft of Spaten in Munich might taste a little better than a beer shipped in a green bottle over the Atlantic ocean. (402 characters)

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber orange with little head...not a lot of lacing.

Smells nice with toasted biscuits, sweet malts, light floral hops

Similar to smell with more sweetness, slight bitterness, more floral hop presence, clean finish.

Flavor washes over, little aftertaste, easy to drink.

Pretty solid. (293 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First Marzen this year.

A: Pours a Clear deep copper, big frothy white head. Leaves nice webbing.

S: Some roasted malts, molasses

T: Toasty biscuity malts, clean refreshing, crisp. Not overly complex or flavorful, but tasty. Some lemongrassyness from noble hops give it clean finish.

M: Nice chewyness, high carbonation, very sessionable.

O: nothing mind blowing, but high quality, like many german brews Ive had. (422 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfests in August? Tis the season, I suppose. 12 oz bottle poured into a stein.

A: Pours a crystal clear copper color. The head is a two finger barely offwhite head with decent retention (settling down to a finger).

S: Light toasted and caramel malts, along with a touch of toffee and noble hops. Not the strongest aroma, but thank Jebus it's not skunked! My hopes are now moderately high for this one.

T: Truth be told, there's not a whole lot to this as expected - a light sweetness, some toasted and caramel malt, and that's just about it. The ever-so-subtle finishing hops give this an extremely crisp bite to it. Nothing complex, but it does what it sets out to do well, and that's to be drunk by the pitcher. Only a hint of metallic-ness on the finish detracts from the experience.

M: Light, crisp, and refreshing. The drinkability factor is excellent, and it's not overcarbonated.

O: Honestly, while it's damn solid at its job, I'd say look elsewhere for a marzen, simply because there's too much of a chance you'll get skunked bottles. If you can get it in a manner that doesn't allow this to happen (read: on tap), then by all means, go for it. (1,164 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Oktoberfest of the year; ‘tis the season. Here’s hoping it made the trip across the sea without too much travel time.

A: Pale, translucent brownish-amber with a tiny tuft of cream-colored foam. In a moment, it’s gone, leaving nothing but a ring of retention around the glass and a speck of lacing here and there. Pretty average appearance.

S: Now that’s a nice German beer aroma: lots of toasted caramel grain and an earthy aroma of buttery bread and hazelnut, over a mild, underlying skunk of lager yeast. The gang’s all here, though not in perfect form; they’re simple malt tones, nothing that will knock you off your feet. Additionally, some fruit notes are evident – pear and apple pie showing up with jam-like character – though sparse, overall.

T: Crisply grainy, but very astringent; it’s like the crisp has gone overboard. It probably feels out of place because the toasted flavors shouldn’t be that bitter, but that’s the first impression I’m getting. Cracker and cereal grains come through among the bitters, with a nutty, caramel undertone. Once the initial shock has worn off, the beer starts to open up; unfortunately, there’s not much else to be had. Light, herbal Noble hops and leafy wheat tones are among these that find their way through the dryness of the malts, stopping just before the aftertaste. Medium-dry finish; all grain.

M: Very crisp, as expected, which doesn’t go too poorly with this palate. If anything, it makes this more drinkable, as opposed to filling the mouth with thick, chewy malts that won’t let up.

O: An average Oktoberfest interpretation from the bottle. If only I could have this on-tap, unpasteurized, undisturbed in Munich… (1,713 characters)

Photo of rdacey
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: slightly oxidized, musty, cardboard aromas, after it warms more complex vienna/munich malts come forth, little to no hops or esters, no diacetyl

Appearance: bronze / amber color, thin white head that dissipates quickly

Flavor: rich complex malt flavor balances the vienna and munich mallt nicely, finish is slightly sweet, little to no hop in the flavor which is appropriate to style, don't really pick up the clean, crisp lager characteristics, which could be due to the oxidization.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium/light bodied, medium carbonation

Overall: Oxidized, with cardboard aromas when first opened, but complex malt aromas in flavor and aroma as the beer warms. The finish is sweet but would have appreciated more munich mallt. (744 characters)

Photo of Alkey
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured clear amber brown color with a big foam head. Smell has some caramel and toasted malt with a hint of green bottle skunk. Taste and feel is thin, watery, some toasted and sweet malt flavors. Overall its an easy to drink Oktoberfest beer, not much depth for a sipper but made to drink by the 64oz mug. (306 characters)

Photo of Luigi
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear rich amber color with a two finger head. The retention is reduced to a thin sticky lacy around the glass.

The aroma is rich in sweet and toasted malts with a grassy hop to back it up.

Medium bodied with a soft bread like malt backed up with some sweetness. The hop is mild and spicy but the toasted malts re the dominate flavor.

Medium/light bodied and very easy to drink.

Because, this lager is an import I cannot evaluate a fresh batch. But, overall this lager is true to the style. (504 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with coarse bubbles rising and atop the beer. Excellent clarity.

Musty hops, sweet toasted grains, mild apple aroma, and cream. Lightly raisiny. Not too showy.

Snappy hops upfront. Earthy and spicy with generous toastiness. Malts are rigidly bitter and grainy. Quenching feel. Sudsy with a bristly finish that carries through some backend heat. Body is smooth enough. 11.2 ounces is a small sample for what I'd like to have in front of me. Toss me two more bottles and a stein! (500 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a copper color. Mild maltiness and breadiness in the nose and the flavor profile. However, the body is not nearly what I would expect from the style. (156 characters)

Photo of tjsmith910
2.07/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Lightredish tan in color with a thin film of head that dies quickly and nearly no lacing

S: i rate all beers a 3 on smell due to my lack of smell

T: like a butter scotch candy .

M: thick and heavy in general.

O: average for its style, just seems to be missing something

Serving type: bottle (298 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, clear amber...almost black-amber...with a 1/2 inch of a fluffy, off-white head that laces. The nose is quite estery and sweet and the taste follows suit with a big malt backbone and almost no bite from the alcohol. It's very smooth drinking and finishes dry. This beer is undoubtably German and hits the spot...even though I'm drinking it in the middle of summer. I would have preferred a rich beer like this last fall. (442 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear dark amber with a soapy, biege head that dissipate sslowly. Very little lacing is left on the glass. There are smells of roasted malts. It's a pretty clean smell. The taste is bready with some sweetness. It has a cracker like flavor. There isn't much flavor from the hops, but they are there on the back end. There's a mild astringent aftertaste. The body is light and there isn't a lot of carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is good. Overall, this is an average beer. I wasn't a big fan of this one, but like many German beers, I'm sure I would have a better opinion of it if I drank it in Germany. (660 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dull, slightly hazy copper with a foamy, antique white head. The head retains well. Light caramel malt aroma. Excellently balanced mouthfeel. Butterscotch and caramel balanced with the faintest grassy hop. Just a lovely Oktoberfest. I was lucky enough to find a place who shelves it 365 days a year. (307 characters)

Photo of tylerprince
2.79/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a fresh bottle into a snifter.

A: Nothing special. Clear brownish copper with a one finger white head. Resolves into a thin lacing.

S: Pilsener malts through and through with an astringent fruitiness. Tastes ever so slightly skunked.Green bottles should be outlawed.

T: Better than I expected after giving this one a whiff. Starts and ends fruity, almost like a cider. Too sweet for me, though, and ends with an Earl Grey-like bittersweet profile.

M: Nothing to comment on here. Crisp and clean, but perhaps a bit lacking on the carbonation front.

O: Won't be buying this one again. I remember going to Germany a few years ago before I was really into beer and thinking nothing could beat a proper German brew. Since being back in the states, I can't find anything that comes close. Can't wait to get back to Europe to try some local German beers, or even just to find some good imports in the states. (918 characters)

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a beer mug

A : copper colored with a quickly dissipating head

S : roasted malt, grains and yeast

T : malts, some sweetness, and a faint bitterness

M : bold and vibrant start but a little bit of a lingering aftertaste

D : very drinkable, full flavored but light enough to have a few

I am somewhat partial to German products, but against others I do like this Oktoberfest (387 characters)

Photo of Bockrules
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from the green bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a light copper with near perfect transparency. A few bubbles rise to the two-finger, white head. Head manages to stay intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind a few small blotches of lacing at the bottom of the glass.

S - A musty smell of grassy hops and sweet malt. Not much better than many macros.

T - Musty sweet malt upfront. The body is lightly toasted grain with a hint of earthy hops with a tinge of eurolager skunkiness. Flash of earthy hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to slightly bitter toasted grain finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I picked up a single bottle of Spaten Oktoberfest at Trader Joe's and must say this beer let me down. Overall an average and forgettable brew. There's nothing really offensive about this beer except the sticker shock of paying twice as much for what is essentially Deutcsh Yuengling. (946 characters)

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pint glass.

A: Light, brick-colored pour with a thin film of head that dies quickly.

S: Cereal, caramel, toffee, and light fruitiness.

T: Light cereal grains, light caramel, and butterscotch.

M: Medium-light thickness and high carbonation.

O: It's not very bold. It's mediocre for its style. (310 characters)

Photo of Sharkophile
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Over a year and a half ago, this beer got me and my friends into craft beer. We've tried a ton of great beers since then, and we were expecting Spaten Oktoberfest to not be as good to us now as it was sometime ago. Boy were we wrong:

A: Poured from a bottle into a Hofbrau stein glass. Appears a deep amber with an off white head with good retention and lacing. This beer looks beautiful... well shit.

S: AND the nose is great to boot. Loads and loads of malty goodness with some light herbal hops.

T: As the nose suggests: malty. Caramel predominates along with some nutty and fruity flavors leading to a semi-dry finish with a light, crisp herbal hoppiness. Malt flavors coat the entire mouth and leave a delicious glaze on the tongue.

M: Despite the sticky malt flavors, the body isn't heavy and the carbonation is relatively low, which suits the beer very well.

O: We owe Spaten Oktoberfest an apology for expecting any form of disappointment. This nostalgic beer is the best oktoberfest I've ever drank! Will definitely get this more in the future. (1,058 characters)

Photo of adam42381
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 11/17/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light gold with a 1/2 finger foamy snow white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Light German malt with a touch of earthy hops.

Taste: Sweet German malt up front followed by a touch of bitter grassy hops in the middle before ending with a light finish. Aftertaste is sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could easily have a few of these over the course of an evening.

Overall: Pretty good Oktoberfest beer overall. Nothing great, but you could do much worse. (660 characters)

Photo of bluHatter
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Great deep red amber color. Nice and clear color. A small quickly receding bumpy head.

S: Crispy malt. Slight sweetness to it - possibly honey.

T: Malty, with a small amount of classic green bottle skunk.

M: Really nice light beer with ample carbonation. Really well balanced. No alcohol burn.

O: A really delicious medium bodied Oktoberfest. Not overly comlex and easy to drink without feeling cheap. Perfect for the Fall season. (437 characters)

Photo of SuperSpy
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark bronze colored and crystal clear. An eggshell head that starts out about an inch thick but quickly dies down. Definitely a tasty looking beer.

The aroma is toasted malt, pale grain and a hint of hops.

Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. You can taste a sweet graininess in the beginning but it is quickly taken over by an astringent raw grain flavor that is followed up by a generic bitter hop flavor that continues on through to the finish.

This beer goes down quickly but that's mostly because it's just not tasty enough to leave it lingering around in you mouth for a more in depth taste. (596 characters)

Photo of WrathsU
4.47/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - brilliant clear amber body with thick egg shell white head. Minimal lacing, medium head retention.

S - malty sweetness throughout. No hop aroma at all. Slight honey smell to the aroma.

T - malty sweetness throughout again. Very slight noble hop flavor towards the end. Maybe a bit of a mineral taste.

M - medium bodied with no alcohol burn and a very sight carbonation bite.

O - a very good example of an Oktoberfest. Very malty with minimal amounts of hops. No complaints here. (486 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours an amber-copper color with an inch and a half frothy white head that shrinks to a small layer that skims the top.

S- crisp malt, spicy hops, toasted bread, and a bit of skunkiness.

T- Lots of malt, more dry than sweet, with a sharp hop bitterness on the back end, pretty well balanced.

M- crisp and silky, good carbonation

O- A good Oktoberfest. However I can't help but think that it's much better fresh, rather than after shipped overseas. But it is what it is. (478 characters)

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