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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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 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 wiscokid920
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jak3676
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Spaten - Octoberfest

Bottled in Germany - which is cool, but making the trip across the Atlantic in a little green bottle can't be all that great for it. But it does get an A for being authentic.

To me it tasted like the Sam Adams, but with more flavor. I couldn't taste the extra alchohol, which is always a good indication that its a quality beer, but it was a 5.9% ABV for the record. It's a nice deep redish and amber color and poured crystal clear.

There was a number stamped on the side of the bottle, but not a clear date (probably have to cross reference the number to get a true bottling or batch date). I will say that my 6-pack tasted a bit past its prime - not bad, but I've had better from Spaten before.

Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz green bottle with a cryptic looking freshness code.

LOOK: Brandishes a clear copper color, enough head and lacing action to get by

SMELL: Loaf of bread, grape skin, nutty, very grassy, faint caramel, floral hop, mineral, clean

TASTE: Semi-crisp, slick, slightly sweet, bready, cake, moderate hop bitterness, flat herbal flavor, slightly spicy, hint of alcohol, very dry toasted grainy finish

For its travels and most likely its preparation for the trip the US it ends up being a pretty good lager. In the world of beer and Oktoberfest it is a pretty easy assumption that this beer tastes a lot better from the source but with that said ... the beer that is sent over is certain worth getting.

Photo of Hopswagger
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

P:  Slightly hazed dark copper amber color with a thin layer of bubbly khaki head that fades fast. 

S:  Green bottle skunk, roasted caramel, hints of banana, clove, and subtle spices. Sweet malt undertones.  Baked cinnamon apples and musty soured grains. 

T/M:  Roasted caramel, grains, semi sweet malt with lingering skunk notes. The malt is decent but the mouthfeel is weak and under established. Watered down and not overly flavorful. Taste is similar to a iced tea beer. Finish is semi dry with lingering roasted caramel with a timid spiced apple bitterness. 

O:  Not too impressed with this one, however I think it would be much better on tap. Seems to be tainted and weak. One Oktoberfest that will not be revisited unless its on tap and a tavern special. 

Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear caramel copper color with a fleeting one inch ivory head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam with lots of bubbles.

Aroma is heavy caramel malt, very sweet, with hints of nuts and toasted bread. Herbal, tea-like hops provide contrast.

Flavor is far less sweet than the aroma indicates, with more toasted bread and nutty notes. The caramel malt backbone is slightly sweet, but not cloying. Herbal hops are again present, and the finish is slightly dry. Kettle caramelization really comes through in subsequent sips.

Body is moderate, with higher carbonation than anticipated. There's a hint of astringency. Slight alcohol warmth becomes evident late.

Overall, a very solid brew. The hops balance the sweetness well, but, as a marzen should be, it's definitely malt dominant.

Photo of SometimesIfart
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a copper color with a finger's worth of head. Lacing is only left within the bottom of the glass.

S - Smells like a pale ale. Sweet malt and that's about it on the nose. Doesn't smell a damn thing like an Oktoberfest.

T - Tastes oddly of sweet malt and agave. Almost like a Smithwick's or something. Does not taste like an Oktoberfest at all. No other flavors come through.

M - Mouthfeel drops off the sweetness, With a heavily carbonated body and a heavy mouthfeel.

O - Overall, This is another disappointing beer from Spaten. How this got labled an Oktoberfest completely blows my mind. BUT! it isn't a terrible beer my any means. Want a real Oktoberfest? Try the one from Great Lake's Brewing Company

Photo of dhannes
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint from a green bottle (protected by carton).

A=Rich reddish amber color with three finger foamy ecru head that lasted about a minute...very inviting.

S=Faint whiff of darker malt with a sweetness similar to maple syrup.

T=Rich malt flavor with a hint of hops; slightly sweet and almost salty. One of the better märzens I've had...rich, flavorful, robust.

M=Lighter body than most...almost no carbonation. Not as drinkable as one might think for a lighter body beer, due to the malt and sweetness.

O=Probably the second best märzen I've had and may be my go to down the road. I purchased this only because I had a credit at a local liquor store that had sold me some outdated beer, and I am glad I chose this one.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
2.29/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Although meant to be enjoyed from a mug, I poured this into a New Belgium snifter for nosing and tasting. The pour is very nice-looking. It is a clear, orange-amber color with two fingers of sudsy head. Unfortunately, selling this beer in green glass bottles hasn't done much for the nose. I definitely pick up some skunky tones amidst the malt and spices.

The beer has no body at all and the mouthfeel is paper-thin for this style. I don't get much malt at all. I get a watery, lemony drink that tastes like beer and iced tea. There is none of the chewyness or breadiness that one finds in a good Oktoberfest. It doesn't taste bad, but it's as bland as bland can be. It's as if Budweiser tried to make an Oktoberfest and this is the result.

I don't know what this brewer is trying to pull by calling this an Oktoberfest, but I sure as hell won't be fooled again. I never thought I'd say this, but I've tasted American Oktoberfests (like Great Lakes' offering) that demolish this German Oktoberfest. This is a travesty of a beer and is not worthy of a German label. The brewers who made this should be ashamed of themselves. Avoid.

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 8/29/12 Tasting Notes

Enjoyed this on tap while out for dinner with my wife at the Gasthaus. Arrived at our table in a 24 oz stein. Served fairly chilled.

A) Darker amber with just a little over a finger of slightly off white head. Okay retention on the head. No lacing noted.

S) Malty with very light roast, and caramel sweetness. A grassy/earthy hops aroma.

T) Nice malty flavor, bready/toasty, caramel. There is a nice balance with the noble hops, especially at the finish, which is pleasantly grassy and refreshing.

M) Light yet quite supple, I'd say a medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing for the Fall season, and highly drinkable.

O) Glad to have enjoyed this on tap, as it seems to make a pretty substantial difference in the ratings. I found this to be a good example of the style and quite enjoyable.

Paired this with the Gasthaus Platter, which is some of the finest German cuisine you'll find in Wisconsin.

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz poured into a pint glass

A- Clear orange with a two finger white head. Good visible carbonation.

S- Lager yeast. Wheat. Lemongrass, light grain. Fairly plain smelling beer.

T- Very lager tasting beer. There's some grassy notes as well as some herbal hop characters. Malt flavor is rather lacking, there is some caramel and toffee but not much at all. Flavor is rather weak.

M- Drinks like an adjunct lager. Its light, crisp and refreshing relatively speaking.

O- This is a pass in my book. One of the most boring and simple Oktoberfest I have had. Definitely get Sam Adams over this one.

Photo of rdilauro
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a a little-darker-then-amber color with a frothy white head. Very frothy....
The bouquet was strange to me. I didnt get a lot of any one particular aroma. If anything, I could just smell Malt.

This is a BIG full beer! Fills your entire mouth with a soft, round beer leaning towards a malty side.
The finish was just about the same.. BIG

I used to drink so many different beers from Germany and loved so many of them. Spaten was always on the top of my list. But I guess over the years as I started tasted so many of the crafted beers throughout USA, my tastes are heading that way, so, an Oktoberfest, not just this one by Spaten, but others, including domestic just arent suited for me....

Photo of Schneidermeister
5/5  rDev +38.9%
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.

Photo of NStLincoln
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of BigCheese
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
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…

Photo of rdacey
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Alkey
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Luigi
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

Photo of 57md
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%

Copper. Sort of malty and bready but not with the body I'd expect from the style.

Photo of tjsmith910
2.07/5  rDev -42.5%
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

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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