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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
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1,956 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,956
Reviews: 1,065
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 31
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001)
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pvsob

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

A- Clear copper color with a one-finger head that fades slowly and leaves some lacing.

S- Toasted grain, caramel, and bread crust. If you really try, you pick up hints of noble hops.

T- Sweet and grainy malts, cooked vegetables, and some hops in the finish. Some drying alcohol comes in at the end as well.

M- Medium feel with low carb.

D/O- This is a well balanced and drinkable Märzen, but I'd rather have a Paulaner or Hacker instead. Worth a try. Cheers.

10-08-2011 18:14:17 | More by pvsob
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured into a wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Really interesting color to this beer, I don't know if I have ever seen this color before. It's a reddish-golden color but not quite amber in color. Almost has a greenish hue. Really unusual and attractive, clear and almost no head whatsoever.

-Smell 4.0: Very appealing smell. Lots and lots of barley. I also smell caramel and an appealing general sweetness. Nice.

-Taste 3.5: Very interesting. After the sweet, caramel smell, I wasn't prepared for this: the beer is actually quite dry in taste. There really is no upfront taste. After swallowing, I taste an unusual, diluted hoppiness and some barley. This hoppiness actually increases after swallowing and slowly disappears.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: This is a beer that gets the carbonation right. It is balanced and enhances the drinking experience. In a specialty beer like this, it could be a little off, but the master brewers at Spaten have it exactly right.

-Overall 3.5: Overall, a very good beer. This would be excellent with any and all German food and also "wunderbar" as a session beer. However, you should be aware that this is a very subdued beer. It is not a specialty beer and not one of the recent American micro/macro brews that blows up taste and alcohol. If you are looking for something like that, you will want to choose another beer.

$12.99 for a twelve pack in Atlanta, GA.

10-08-2011 04:28:32 | More by BeerDocT
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

Picked this up in Totowa to get into the Octoberfest spirit. I was leery of a beer in a green bottle since I haven't had the best experiences with them before but thankfully, this was better than I expected!

Good almond hue to the pour with decent head and not a lot of lacing. This was quite malty with caramel and bread undertones with a carbonation that was just right. Not a lot of the "green bottle skunk" here but it's obvious that this is a European-style Lager after several sips. The aftertaste retains the doughy aspects of the bread and only a slight grassy-style European Hop can be felt in the midst of all of this.

I don't know why there's not a lot of love for Lagers on here and for beers like this. This was quietly enjoyable and begged to be paired with bratwurst and lederhosen. The darker hue and fuller body of this beer separate it from other Marzens that I've had and for someone like me who can't get to Munich, this easily sufficed!

10-07-2011 20:43:47 | More by JerzDevl2000
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climax

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

This one pours a frothy rich almond brown with good clarity and a two finger head. Retention and lace are modest, but the film held on.

It's nice having that German lager skunkiness hiding behind a malt bomb like this, it just brings that dash of bitterness in that I like in an otherwise malt heavy beer. Toasted crackers, sweet spice, and caramel balance sweet and roasty nicely.

The flavor has a nice balance, blending the toasty grains and caramel with the green beer character. It's got an earthy clean finish that's right where it's gotta be to go down all night drama free.

Creamy and robust, the feel is excellent. The carbonation is spot on; it adds just enough crispness while retaining it's extraordinary smoothness. It's amazing how easy to drink these are in large quantities, especially at an Oktoberfest when my belly is full of brats and kraut. They just have the ability to methodically go down like bottles of beer on the wall.

10-06-2011 22:22:48 | More by climax
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dsprainman

California

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

A- Poured into a pint glass. 1.5 finger head, dark amberish body. Some lacing
S- Pretty boring. Bready. With minimal hops.
T- Slightly more interesting. A minimal mouth feel with more bready flavor. Ever-so-slightly hoppy on the finish.

Overall- A very commercial and rather uninteresting Oktoberfest.

10-06-2011 22:21:31 | More by dsprainman
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TheAlamoWrocker

Texas

1.23/5  rDev -65.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Blue Star Brewery Pint Glass.

Appearance

Poured a dark Amber, a leaf brown, with a one fingered head. The color just doesn't seem right.The carbonation is mild and the head definitely is interesting.

Smell

The smell is something that someone does not want to remember. It smells like something by an America Macro-brew. I want to believe that this beer has gone bad because it was in a green bottled, maybe it was skunked.

Taste

Even this taste is Macro. It taste horrible, but then it leaves a bitter aftertaste. This aftertaste is not anything to desire. I enjoy a nice aftertaste, but not when it's bad. This is just one of those aftertaste that sneaks up on you and you regret ever swallowing.

Mouthfeel

Thin like a light beer, but then it's extremely carbonated in the mouth. I don't want this carbonation exploring my mouth.

Overall

This is one of the worst beers that I have had in quite some time. I complained to my roommate the entire time I drank it. He told me to stop drinking it, but I wanted to give this its full chance. It obviously failed when it had its chance though. Maybe this beer was skunked, but I will never drink this beer again.

10-06-2011 22:03:17 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +13.6%

From what I understand, this is the beer served in the Hippodrom Tent at Oktoberfest in Munich...which is where I had it. This review may be completely unreliable because of the setting, but here it goes. It looked and smelled like any other lager (but its an oktoberfest). Im not sure how true it is, but from what I understand, an oktoberfest in Munich is just a special brew for the festival and doesnt reflect the American version of it.
Either way, I had way too many and they were all amazing! You dont need a review of this beer if you will be drinking it at the Oktoberfest because you will be at Oktoberfest! Not sure if they bottle this stuff for sale over here (prob not), but I would buy it just for the nostalgia. Its not an amazing beer, but it is an amazing experience! Prost!

10-06-2011 14:20:06 | More by DrinkSlurm
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afdempse

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Decided to re-review since it's been 5 years.

Head dwindles down to almost nothing. Crystal clarity, and a nice dark amber color.

Green bottle skunk. Seriously, Spaten? Putting beer into green bottles should be outlawed. Mild soapy scent that might be hops, also some caramel malt aromas.

Taste is decent. Fairly clean caramel malt flavors and noble hop bitterness.

Body seems a bit thin for the style, but does not detract from the flavor, and actually enhances drinkability.

A drinkable German Oktoberfest, and about a dollar or two cheaper than other competing sixers. Certainly not my first choice, but not my last, either.

10-06-2011 02:37:35 | More by afdempse
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dgilks

Australia

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

Clear dark straw colour with a small, creamy, white head. Poor head retention.

Lightly malty aroma but lacking overall. Some light hops.

A nice, lightly earthy hop character with some pilsner malt flavours. Decent enough but not really an Oktoberfest.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Decent.

A nice enough lager but it fails to tick all the notes expected of an Oktoberfest rather than simply being a strong Helles.

10-05-2011 09:05:03 | More by dgilks
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

Served on tap into a 1 liter glass stein for the Winking Lizard's Glass of the Month

A- Pours a dark copper color with a one finger soapy head that leaves some lace. This beer looks great in a glass stein.

S- Big herbal and earthy aromas, biscuit, some nuttiness, and caramel

T- Big herbal and earthy flavors with biscuit and caramel flavors. Also some light citrus and some unique fruity esters came through as I got further through my glass.

M- Very lively carbonation, very crisp, clean, and refreshing

O- A highly drinkable Oktoberfest beer with a great mouthfeel and pretty good flavor and aroma.

10-05-2011 03:04:11 | More by Hoptometrist
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Dark clear amber with a small off white head which fades quickly and leaves no lacing. Smells like caramel and bread malt with light floral hops.

The taste is just like the smell. Bread malt is stronger than the caramel malt or the floral hops. There is a very light amount of sweetness.

Light to medium bodied with below average carbonation. This isn't a bad beer, and I wouldn't mind drinking it again, but I won't go out of my way to find it.

10-05-2011 02:37:38 | More by hardy008
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Radome

California

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

Tasted in Germany from 12 oz bottle (theoretically fresher than bottles tasted in the US).

A - Color is a medium amber with red highlights. Very clear. Head is thin and wispy after the pour, and fades to a ring around the glass.

S - Aroma is very clean but muted. It has a bit of soft bready malt and some sharp noble hops.

T - Taste follows the aroma. It begins with a bready, rounded malt and a grainy note. I taste a hops note in the midpalate, then the bready malt returns in the final swallow. The alcohol is not noticeable.

M - Light to medium body. The carbonation gives a slight fizziness and an acidic bite. Hops bitterness is moderate. No alcohol burn.

O - This is a very cleanly-made, enjoyable example of the style. This is not all that interesting or complex; it is not made for sipping and contemplating. However, I can understand why somebody would drink large quantities at a beer festival.

10-04-2011 20:39:33 | More by Radome
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slassy

Ohio

2/5  rDev -44.3%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Had this on tap in Illinois after a 6 hour car ride and thought it was incredible, so I picked up a sixer to give it a proper review. In retrospect, it might have tasted so good simply because I was in a car for 6 hours going through corn country.

A: Pours a dark copper color. Half a finger head that disappears rapidly. Bottle and packaging very 'German'; fit the brew style perfectly.

S: Malts all the way. If there's other notes to be detected, the malts cover them up to this reviewer's nose.

T: Malts. Taste doesn't really evolve in your mouth at all. What you smell and taste initially is what you get.

M: Minimal carbonation at the beginning of the sip. Beyond that, pretty smooth and water-like. 'Cardboard' aftertaste that makes the chin pucker.

O: Easy drinking Autumn beer for when the football is on and the weather gets colder. Not something I'd shun, but not something that would be my first (or second or third) choice if I am buying. Jokes aside, this is one of those beers that gets significantly better as you go along (no, I don't think that's true for every beer).

10-03-2011 03:11:43 | More by slassy
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured into a pint glass. Nice foamy head that quickly dissipates to a wisp of bubbles over the top. Lacing is sticky but minimal, it dissipates as well. Color is a deep mahogany/amber. Taste ... well, it seems like last year's batch was awesome. Not this year. It is from a green bottle, and I picked up a bit of that skunky taste with this year's offering. There are slightly sweet caramel overtones mixed with some rich malts. The mouthfeel is a bit carbonated. I'm disappointed with this year's offering, but it's still a good sessionable Oktoberfest. I'd seek out a better one for a crisp Autumn weekend though.

10-01-2011 18:05:21 | More by JuicesFlowing
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a deep brownish amber with 1/2" of bubbly, foamy head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. This beer smells of faint malts and yeast, but mostly smells like the Spaten Munich Helles. The taste is caramel malts with a faint sweetness, very very faint fruitiness, and a smooth creaminess. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

From a German brewer, this is disappointing. Smells like a euro pale lager and the taste is one dimensional. It's drinkable though and you could put down several of these without knowing it.

09-30-2011 01:20:29 | More by tdm168
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elNopalero

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +10%

Poured into a glass wide-mouthed Mason-style jar. Tight, creamy head tops a deep amber/caramel-colored beverage. Mild malty-caramel aroma. Well-balanced with a hint of sweetness at the finish. Caramel malt flavors to this, without it being a malt-bomb. Light, flavorful and very enjoyable. Can’t go wrong with this one.

09-29-2011 21:07:05 | More by elNopalero
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

Half liter draft pour into a branded Spaten mug. Reviewed from notes.

The body is a fairly translucent caramel brown, with some maroon in the mix. A very creamy, half-finger white head recedes quickly but leaves soapy lacing.

The smell is quite malty and very sweet. Little to no hop presence, but that rich malt backbone imparts a caramel aroma that's very pleasing. Some spice is present as well, and there's a slight peppery note.

Like the smell, the taste is smooth but spicy. There's an earthy, grassy taste to this beer, but the malt is what really takes over. A light lingering bitterness, too.

The mouthfeel is very nice, with an appropriately low to medium level of carbonation. Again, this is very smooth.

A very drinkable and refreshing oktoberfest. Nothing outstanding, but a tasty example of the style.

09-29-2011 20:34:18 | More by amphion1065
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socon67

New York

3.08/5  rDev -14.2%

A - Pours copper color with an inch of white foam. Some lacing is noted.

S - Has a bit of an acidic smell, with a malty scent. I found it kind of bland.

T - The generic smell translated ot the taste unfortunately. That touch of astringent bite makes this just an odd beer. There is a noted malt flavor and some sweetness.

M - Drinkability is decent. Medium bodied, with minimal carbonation.

O - Surprised this was such an underwhelming Marzen. Price is reasonable but there are much better options for this type.

09-29-2011 03:04:45 | More by socon67
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DavidST

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass, no freshness date but I'm pretty sure its this years oktoberfest.

This pours a nice amber color with a foamy slightly off white head. The smell is pretty light but of toffee, toasted grain and bread. The feel is light to medium. The taste is okay, I get a little toffee, some caramel with some other malts in the back ground, overall a little light though. Not a bad oktoberfest but I've had better.

09-28-2011 02:07:45 | More by DavidST
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dorianmarley

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -19.8%

Pours a dark, rich amber that gets darker as it reaches the top. Head is thick and foamy; fades quickly.

Sweet malt smell with a roasted corn element and molasses.

The taste has starchy grain, sweet molasses and light hops. There is a thorough sourness which is quite off-putting. Instead of complimenting a complex flavor, the sour taste falls flat and alone.

Pillowy soft mouthfeel with a contrasting sharp carbonation.

Overall it seems like a beer that is very true to style. It looks great, feels great, but the flavor is difficult to get into because of the dull sourness. And if you have a beer that does everything except taste great, do you really have a beer at all?

09-27-2011 03:55:26 | More by dorianmarley
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rebel1771

Florida

2.73/5  rDev -24%

A: Pours a dark amber color with very little head or lacing.

S: Smell is very lager like. Smells of sweet corn with a bit of toasted malts thrown in.

T: Flavor of very lightly toasted malt but fades to a macro lager flavor quickly.

O: Disappointed with this one. I love the Spaten brewery but this beer just isn't very good.

09-26-2011 23:02:13 | More by rebel1771
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid four fingers of off white head with good retention. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma of caramel malts with some toffee. Lots of wheat grains. Some lager yeast adds some spice. Light hints of nuts and earthy hops. No skunk smell which is impressive for a green bottle.

Taste: Lots of lightly toasted caramel malts with some toffee and apple flavors. Biscuit and some lager yeast. Nice hints of nuts and spice. Mild earthy hop bitterness in the finish. Caramel malts stand out as expected. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and very smooth.

Overall: A very solid Marzen. Very bready and fairly sweet.

09-25-2011 06:34:45 | More by MattyG85
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -12.8%

on tap at brauhaus schmitz in philly during the oktoberfest party

Pours a caramel brown color with a thinner beige head. Some filmy retention with spotty lacing left behind.

Toffee and burnt caramel in the nose with bread crust. Light husk and toasted grain.

Decent layering of malts up front with toffee, caramel, and bready tones. Nothing explosive, but some decent sweetness driven by the more caramel tones. Light hops and spice towards the finish.

Medium body, alright carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. Pretty decent Marzen, although most of the flavor is pretty nondescript and unexciting at the best.

09-25-2011 00:19:16 | More by xnicknj
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YourMomDrinksBud

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +10%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a bronze chestnut with less than a finger of white head. Head doesn't stick around, lacing is mediocre. Looks over carbonated.

S- Dough, toffee, caramel. Slight yeast funk.

T- Caramel takes the lead with a nice breadiness backing it up. Just the slightest hint of hops, which come through pretty floral and grassy.

M- Medium to light bodied. Lots of carbonation, pretty crisp in the mouth. Alcohol is practically unnoticable.

O- Not my favorite o-fest but definitely a tasty brew worth trying.

09-24-2011 04:20:16 | More by YourMomDrinksBud
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

On tap @ Brick 29, Nampa ID. Served in a pint glass.

A: Deep dark golden honey bordering on copper, body is clear. Head is off-white and sticks all over the glass in consistent horizontal rings.

S: Malty, some toffee sweetness, toasted grain and husk, honey...maybe some faint Red Delicious apples? Wood and spice on the nose as well, with a non-sweet floral/herbal/leaf presence.

T: Crisp. Just a touch of floral hop character and bitterness. Crisp toasted caramel malt, grain/toast, that faint red apple taste...wood and nuttiness as well.

MF: Medium-light body, smooth, low carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer; my first Marzen, and while I won't be running to the beer store for 6-packs of this style I can see why people dig this.

09-23-2011 19:14:40 | More by Scotchboy
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