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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,836 Ratings
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Ratings: 1836
Reviews: 1058
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%

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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001)
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Photo of Jon


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten's Oktoberfest is a fine example of the style. It pours a clear copperish color. Its bubbly head, however, struggles to stick around. The smell is somewhat hidden -- there are hints of caramel malt, fruit and hops, but each is subdued. The taste features an appealing sweet, almost fruity maltiness. This light-medium bodied lager is moderately carbonated. Overall, an easy drinker and a solid festbier.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2002 23:13:00 | More by Jon
Photo of kunzbrew


3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very sexy looking light amber with a nice looking head that sticks around for a short time and leaves a silky lace to boot. The taste of munich malt with caramel malts are nice and string for real oktoberfest LAGER. The hops are not overbearing and they compliment the malts very well.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2002 19:10:35 | More by kunzbrew
Photo of BillyBrew


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A better Oktoberfest. Crystal-clear orangey copper colour with fizzy white lace. Clean toasted grains and slight flowery hops. Toasted and husky grains with a slight hop bittering. Solid medium body with crisp carbonation.

A better Oktoberfest. Toasted and grainy tastes. Enjoy. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2002 07:33:50 | More by BillyBrew
Photo of BeerAngel


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/caramel color with a small head. More crisp than usual of this style. Not quite as drinkable as Paulaner's version. Herbal flavor with a maltness that is lasting. Not my favorite Oktoberfest, but still pretty good. Prosit!

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2002 20:12:41 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of Lupe

New York

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour orange-bronze color with a nice beige head,and decent lace. Clean aroma with hints of grain and hops. Medium body and carbonation, creamy and very smooth. Big malt start, somewhat sweet middle, fair to decent hop finish. Not as robust as I thought it would be. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2002 16:41:35 | More by Lupe
Photo of BeerBob


4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen pours a dark copper from a 1pt .9fl. oz. brown bottle. Head climbs to over two fingers with small dense and firmly packed bubbles, leaving a nice pattern of lace down the side of the glass as the liquid is evacuated from the vessel.

Nose is a pleasantly sweet malt. Palate is major sweet toasted malt, almost to the point of being syrupy... almost. Hops have a presents, but the sweet malt overtakes any influence the hops might have had over the larger gastronomical picture.

Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen by Spaten of Munich is a sweet treat, not cloy in the least and a great way to start off Oktoberfest here in the good old US of A.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2002 19:33:13 | More by BeerBob
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep amber in color with a white head that is short lived but leaves a good collar and a light surface covering. The aroma is of rich, toasty Munich malt (possibly Vienna?) with a very light hop note. The body is medium with a moderate carbonation level and a lightly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is of a very nice, round maltiness that is somewhat bready and lightly toasty with a soft, light fruitiness and a well balanced bitterness. Finishes softly dry with just a slight lingering malt & hop character. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2002 18:39:50 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Suds


4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep amber color with a thick, foamy head. Sweet, malty aroma. Doughy and sweet, but very well balanced. This is a wonderfully tasty beer...the picture of Oktoberfest. Year after year, solidy well-made.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2002 19:12:10 | More by Suds
Photo of Thrasher


3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper lager with full foamy head that leaves thin lace, malty aroma and flavor, refreshing with just a twinge of hop spiciness but not enough dryness in the finish to keep you interested. Just a hint of soapiness in the malts. A good warmness thanks to alcohol kick, and some dead-on Marzen characteristics. A decent offering but not particularly exciting.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2002 17:16:41 | More by Thrasher
Photo of usualpulp


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep amber color with a light brown foamy head. The first thing i smelled on this brew was malt. This is one malty beer, but not in a bad way, the hops blend well with the malty sweetness. There is however a strong aftertaste, but nothing too unbearable. Overall I think this is a good beer, not spectacular, but above average.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2002 20:20:38 | More by usualpulp
Photo of HopheadEd


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Easily my favorite fest last year, I couldn't wait to try it this year. I was a little disappointed. Last year, on tap. This year, bottle. Good color, good head to start, but did not hold. No lace. Aroma was ok, again I think my expectations were too high. Good finish though, thirst quenching. I'll have it again, but I won't go out of my way.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2002 18:26:28 | More by HopheadEd
Photo of inebrius


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper under a thick, sticky head. Feels a mite syrupy which has the effect of drawing out the sweet malt and overpowering the bittering hops, but still balanced enough to avoid being cloying. Nose is malt and a whisper of sulfur.

I would give it all 5's if I was drinking it at the Spaten tent in Munchen, however since I'm sitting on my ass in front of a computer screen I'll just leave it at a pretty good beer. Right.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2002 08:16:00 | More by inebrius
Photo of beernut7


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Continuing my quest through the true Oktoberfest Marzen biers, I pour a Spaten. Darker in color than some of the other German fest biers this brew still possesses a nice deep orange color and a foamy aromatic head. The deep aromas are sweet with a nice mellow grain character and a hint of alcohol. The fairly smooth mouthfeel supports a malty bread malt flavor with a deep alcohol warmth to finish. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2002 18:46:36 | More by beernut7
Photo of Aesop


3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have the feeling that I could give this higher ratings if it weren't for the damned green bottle - the skunky aroma just doesn't do it for me.
Rich amber color with a fluffy white head.
Fairly substantial mouthfeel, with a trace of caramel-sweetness around the edge of the tongue. Finish is slightly sweet, with a hint of herbal/floral from the hops, ruined slightly by the skunkiness (which does seem to fade a bit over time).
I'll have to find this on tap somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2002 12:55:06 | More by Aesop
Photo of Bighuge


2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer is a copper color. Throws out a medium sized white head that is well retained. The appearance of this beer is about the last positive aspect about it. Some light toasted malt on the nose. Taste is a bit toasty and caramelly. But there's a slight off flavor. Almost like a skunkiness. Overly sweet. Medium bodied and a bit syrupy due to lack of carbonation. The worst Ofest I've had this year.

I had a hard time writing this review since I just had Spaten Octoberfest on tap at a Bavarian Gast Haus last weekend and thought it was pretty good. I didn't write a review for the tap version, but would guess it to be in the 3.5-4.0 range.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2002 20:33:33 | More by Bighuge
Photo of whit


3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear amber with a long lasting off white head. Smells like a skunks butt (green bottle). Oily mouth feel. Nice hop flavor and well balanced. Once the skunky aroma fades this is a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2002 09:21:02 | More by whit
Photo of Pegasus


3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber brown in color with a spectacular off-white cloudtop head that is scarcely contained by a pint glass, carbonation is mild. Excellent head retention, even five minutes after pouring a one-half inch thick head remains, this due to the sheets of fine, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Toasted malt predominates, with lesser grassy notes.

Taste: Tasting yields faint malts followed by somewhat medicinal, although not overpowering, hops that linger well beyond the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Quite soft on the palate, smooth and pleasant with a mild sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Certainly not a bad Oktoberfest, although it is not as malty as I would expect and prefer that an Oktoberfest be. Still, I am grateful that this beer is available year round, as most examples of the style are not.

Presentation: Packaged with a twelve ounce green glass Euro-style bottle with a pop-top crown. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2002 10:13:32 | More by Pegasus
Photo of shirfan

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, quickly-vanishing head, with an earthy, malty aroma.

Roasted malt flavor dominates early, but is quickly taken over by a dry, hoppy bite that continues into an aftertaste.

The color and earthy "snap" to this beer are a fine representation of Autumn; very well done in recreating the feeling of a season in a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2002 23:29:44 | More by shirfan
Photo of mickeymac


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks all right and has a decent white head. However, this was a fairly disappointing experience. The taste is a bit grassy and, though not terrible, certainly nothing exceptional. It is labeled as a malt liquor and reminded me a bit of some of the lower end malt liquors from the U.S.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2002 21:11:01 | More by mickeymac
Photo of LarryV


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head dissipates fairly quick, but leaves lacy trails down the glass. Hops are fairly laid back playing second fiddle to the maltiness. Kind of sweet, but not overbearingly so with a nice creamy mouthfeel to it. Nice copper color. An easy drinking beer that leaves me feeling satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2002 14:20:59 | More by LarryV
Photo of Murph


4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very rich looking dark amber with a decent off white head that fades a little too quickly but leaves a nice lace down the glass. Light toasty aromas with some very slight hoppy bitterness to it. Smooth toastiness of the malt is excellent and it has a slightly crisp and finish to it. The hops exhibit just enough presence that they are slightly perceivable and nicely balancing. Smooth and slightly crisp and nicely drinkable. A very nice brew that reminds me why I like this traditional fall seasonal so much.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2002 21:12:48 | More by Murph
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours with a head that is just slightly off-white, settling over amber/tea-colored liquid. Nose is sweet and malty, with some grassy notes as well. Taste is medium bodied maltiness with smooth mouthfeel.Minimal hop presence here. Finishes smooth and clean, with some residual hoppiness. This is always a pleasure to drink...get it while it's fresh! Kudos to my local beer store stockperson, who tipped me off on it's arrival, Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2002 06:03:24 | More by beerluvr
Photo of Longstaff


4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a very wierd looking brownish color that was almost gray. Tasted like a typical Spaten, sweet, clean and delicious with a little nutty O'fest flavor in the malt. Not as malty as others but closer to what is actually served at the Weisen in Munich.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2002 11:40:12 | More by Longstaff
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think Spaten's O’fest is great. Pours a nice dark copper color, with a nice creamy tan head that settles to a nice lace. On then nose heavy malt aroma, toasty, grainy, and slight herbal hop bitterness. On the palate the same nice malt backbone, toasty, grainy, biscuity, touch of toffee, and the slight herbal hop presents. Emm, so good... this stuff is great from tap, and almost as good from bottles...IMO

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2002 08:41:20 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of DarthMalt


3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had some of last year's Oktoberfest this past May, and I think that tasted more like the Oktoberfest formerly known as Marzen, than the Oktoberfest I am drinking now, which tastes more like Marzen. Does that make any sense?

Anyway, pours nice and fluffy, then settles down to a crater-bubble layer which holds on nicely. Slight sulphur in the aroma.

The amber color advertises a bit darker than the body follows through with, and there's definitely an estery plum. It's also twangy like a Bass Ale, spreading sideways on the mid-tongue and continually ringing about like a brass bell.

Quaffability is pretty good, but I think I'm going to stash some of this until next May to get the Oktoberfest beer out of it.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2002 18:25:31 | More by DarthMalt
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