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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,899 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,899
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 29
Gots: 66 | 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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xuptygm

Nebraska

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Darker than expected, almost like an English Brown Ale. 1/2 inch soapy white head. Good lacing that refused to leave the sides of the glass. Good head retention down to the last sip.

Smell: Strong honey and grain odors. Sweet malt. The smell really got me excited for this beer.

Taste: The honey comes through nicely. Sweet malt. Amazing cool crisp finish. The finish is very complex and long lasting.

Mouth-feel: Perfect carbonation which is a rare thing to find in this style of beer (at least for me).

Overall: A very nice well rounded brew. Not the best of the style I've ever tried, but far better than many others I have had. If you have a chance to try this beer it is definitely worth ordering. I do not think I would go out of my way to find this beer again though.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 23:06:18 | More by xuptygm
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Tballz420

Minnesota

1.73/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Oktoberfestbier Ur-Marzen is a deep amber colored brew, very clear, fair amount of carbonation and a small, short-lived off-white head. I cringed the moment I realized this was in a green bottle, and of course the scent has a heavy dose of Euro green bottle skunk to it. You would think that a brewery that's purportedly been around since 1397 would learn to go with brown bottles, but oh well, maybe people in Europe like the skunked taste. I do myself, but only smokey skunk, not the liquid kind.

Anyways, other than that, the scent just has a light lagered malt scent to it, not much going on. Christ, the taste is skunked too, I really don't know if I can get past this, it seems kind of outrageous. The untainted part of the taste has some Vienna or Munich malts, tough to tell. Just a bit of Nobel hops in there as well.

I see on the display picture that the bottle they had was a brown one, so I haave no idea why this is in a green bottle. It's absolutely ruined by the skunked flavor. I get that the skunkiness can be somewhat appealing to some people, but thats for a pilsner or a Euro Pale Lager. I go by what I have in front of me however, and I have a green bottle Oktoberfest, which is going to receive a big fat fail for a bullshit bier.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 00:29:42 | More by Tballz420
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper orange with a 1 inch beige head that fades to a thin film. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of caramel malt, biscuit, and light fruits like grapes. Taste is of caramel malt, toast, and grape-like fruitiness. A slightly bitter aftertaste lingers on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel and a slightly medium body. Overall, this is a pretty good Oktoberfest beer from Spaten. I wouldn't mind drinking this in mass quantities from a glass boot.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 02:43:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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cagocubs

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Bavarian flag themed bottle into octoberfest glass.

A: Pours a darker amber/near brown with a nice foamy 1 finger white head that lingers and attempts to lace, to no avail.

S: Smell explodes out of the pour. You can smell the malt, spices, and caramel sweetness.

T: The sweet caramel toasted malt leaves the first impression. Some nice warm ending with the alcohol. Nice mix between sweet and toasty for a session.

M: More body than expected. I would say medium body with good carbonation and warming.

O: Good Marzen overall, but not as sweet and "chewy" as other marzies.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 01:08:21 | More by cagocubs
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on a short trip to Germany. It seems they're getting the event beers out there now, as in the shop there were quite a few different kinds of the oktoberfest brews in large amounts available.

Pale golden, almost yellow colour, clear with good carbonation, a large white head on it.
Smell is malty, bready yeasty, some grassy hops. Herbs.
Grassy hops dominate the flavour.
Quite watery. The alcohol is not too upfront, but it's quite strong 5.9% for a sessionbeer.
And the Oktoberfest being the biggest feast in the World, I guess one has to go slow with this.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 13:39:35 | More by RuudJH
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Wreckoncile

California

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from standard bottle into nonic.

A - Pours a light copper hue with a single finger of lightly foamy head that disappates quickly.

S - Initially with a roasty malt profile, but quickly yeilds a slightly skunky afterscent that is probably the result of the green glass and the fact that it was an individual bottle purchase so had plenty of light exposure instead of being more buried inside a 6/12 pack. The skunkiness is fairly light and not all the offputting, almost seems to compliment the malt a bit.

T - Roasted malts upfront with a bakery yeastiness that follows through to give it a solid overall taste. Very minimal residual hops flavor, certainly not enough to counteract the yeasty sweetness that seems to characterize the backend of the flavor. A little skunkiness in the taste, but as with the scent, seems to compliment the brew decently well (although I'd like to compare it to an on tap version).

M - Light/medium overall body with minimal carbonation and a silky texture.

O - Tasty with an appropriate mouthfeel, but not the greatest offering of the style. Although it has some roasted maltiness, the skunkiness of the green glass can cover it a bit. I'll be looking for a draught version soon to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 03:33:29 | More by Wreckoncile
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fx20736

New York

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug.

Coppery, dark amber. Some carbonation. 1 finger offwhite head. Tiny wisps of lacing. For all the world this looks a little like root beer.

Aroma: toasted malt and a spicy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: medium, not very carbonated.

Taste: a rich, malitiness like a well made whole grain bread, followed by a faint, spicy hopiness that is not bitter or floral or citrusy. I don't know what variety of hops are used but I think Augustiner Brau uses them in their Edelhell lager. Is it a cardamom aroma? Beer finishes long with a slight caramel aftertaste that lingers on the palate.

Notes: This is my first Import Maerzen. A very drinkable lager with a rich, slightly seductive taste. The whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. I really love Spaten's Helles Lager so I suppose I am predisposed to like this but this is nice, malty brew, perfect for the fall. I'll probably buy a case.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 17:46:01 | More by fx20736
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an orange copper color with a light white head of tiny bubbles.

S: Fresh bread mixed with roasted malts and a bit of a spicy yeast.

T: Flavors are nice, subtle and balanced. There are no weird off flavors or spices to take this out of order. A lot of American Oktoberfest beers are over spiced and a different breed compared to the real Oktoberfests and I can definitely appreciate the clean taste profiles and the nice malt undertones. This is an extremely smooth beer and a nice way to ramp up the end of the summer for my trip to Germany where I will drink it extremely fresh out of wooden kegs.

M: Medium body with a light carbonation.

O: Definitely enjoyable, and smooth going. Definitely a standby beer, not one you only want to have one of and then call it a night.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 23:55:32 | More by alpinebryant
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear brown, slightly red. Big fluff of head at first but it vanishes quickly to nothing. Aroma is bready caramel malts and earthy hop overtones. Flavor is similar. Crisp and light lager. Mild toasty bread and a earthy smooth bitterness. Finish is more malty than bitter. Goes down smooth and quick. Drank a six of this while brewing some Oktoberfest the other night. Satisfying but there are other fests out there to be drinking for the same price.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 01:46:39 | More by DrinkingDrake
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MONKandTUCK

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured from the bottle it's a faint brown and very thin. No head retention.

A- Faint notes of sweetbread baking and alcohol.

T- no where as chewy or malty as I'd expect a Marzen to be. This tastes more like a Vienna Lager... and not a great one (although I'm unaware of the beer's freshness). It's a little sweet and chewy. Some crackery crispness.

M- It's more full-bodied than most Lagers, but it lacks the meatiness this beer should have. At least it can't be mistaken for water.

O- The lack of Pilsner malt saves this one from being compared to a Pilsner. For the price, I'd rather a Yuengling. It's a drinkable beer, but far from being a special seasonal offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 16:30:50 | More by MONKandTUCK
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kflorence

California

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a translucent amber, copper color with very small, receding head that leaves lacing around the glass. The aroma smells of roasted malts, caramel, honey, nuts and alcohol (at 5.9% it is slightly more prominent in the nose). The beers flavor follows that of it’s aroma: the toasted malts and caramel really shine up front, followed by the sweet, honey flavor, some hops and just a tinge of alcohol. The mouthfeel of the beer is rather watery, but it helps to make the beer refreshing and drinkable. The alcohol and hops are actually masked quite well in this brew which leaves a sweet, roasted aftertaste in the mouth. A good example of a german oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 01:35:55 | More by kflorence
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a deep copper color. Thin off white head. Slight lacing.

Aroma isn't much. Just kinda malty. Needs a boost in aroma.

Taste is decent. Kinda caramely. Not as flavorful as other octoberfests I've had.

Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing. Nice carb.

Overall there are other october fests out there that have more flavor. This isn't bad but I think I'll buy the Sam Adams version over this.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 02:11:01 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours gold but settles into a very nice copper color. It has a decent amount of white head that almost shimmers, it must be made of vampire skin.

S: The smell is bitter and has an peanut-like malty character, not a normal quality but very nice. There is a slight hint of some dark fruit that is hard to discern.

T/M: Has a low to medium amount of carbonation and a light but noticeable bitter hoppiness. The lingering flavor is almost like nutty licorice or plums. I don’t really like licorice or plums, but I like this a lot.

I’ll cheers this beer to the fest of beers that involves drinking beer during the beerfest that is Oktoberfest, the fest of beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 00:10:24 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten Oktoberfest has a thick, creamy, beige head and a clear, copper appearance with some bubbles streaming up and just a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is faint, but one can detect some water and mild bread. Taste is of roasted barley malt, light hops across the sip, and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Spaten Oktoberfest finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and on the dry side. Overall, this is a simple, yet enjoyable beer.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 15:41:43 | More by RonaldTheriot
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beershrine

California

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer in a six-pack, Seemed fresh with an updated bottle label. First beer of the day and poured it into 1/2 Liter glass.

Great copper golden color with a head standing on it. I left it for 2 minutes
then came back and tasted. Bam...Germans now how to make beer. Great malt flavor with perfect hop balance. Achieving clean malt flavor like THIS is something few brewers try. Beer does not get much better than this example. Freshness is very important and this one impressed me. I want to drink it in a Full Liter mug.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 23:37:59 | More by beershrine
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SamN

Colorado

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown beer in my dimpled stein; nice solid brown hue, clear and lively in the glass. Not much head. Thin and wispy and doesn't last. Really nice color, especially in the right glass. Smell is surprisingly clean and dominated by grassy hops. Slightly toasty malt aroma in the background, a very mild breadiness. Boring aroma, and not what I expected from an German brewed Oktoberfestbier. Taste is a little better, more distinct malt taste, but still overly hopped with grassy/hay tastes. Malts taste slightly adjunct are are thin and static. Fairly boring tastes. Still, is pretty balanced and not terrible to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 20:26:58 | More by SamN
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: ?
Have had in bottles and on tap at various times.

All InBev-ness aside...
Pours a clear orange-brown with a variable-sized white head, depending on the pour. A pretty basic brew all around, with scents of lightly toasted malts and floral hops. Not as pronounced as you would acquire in more prime examples of the style, but still decent. Light, toasted malts in the taste, white and brown sugar, and notes of apple and maybe a tad of grape skin. Light mouthfeel, thin, and easily drinkable, even if it's overall a bit lacking in the flavor department.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 20:45:49 | More by Rifugium
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out similar to most other beers of this style. It's got a nice light brown color with decent looking head that fizzles away rather quickly. There isn't too much in way of lacing besides the suds that run down the glass after each sip. The smell of beer has a good aroma of autumn, there are some spices and dry leaves on the nose mixed with malts. The taste is a little spiced but noting too much, there are some flavors of caramel malts as well. The mouthfeel is a little on the light side I think. Overall it's a pretty good brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 19:37:23 | More by Knapp85
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txbrew81

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Traditional dark amber appearance with a decent head that quickly dissapears. Almost no lacing.

S: Sweet malty smell. Not much going on here, not bad but not great.

T: Bready malts, with hints of caramel. Maybye even slight cherry hints. Decent.

M: Light carbonation, quaffable. Tastes sort of flat, but is refreshing.

O: Just okay. Much better examples of a Marzen out there. I have had on tap before and remember it being better. Maybye an old bottle? Wouldn't seek out again, but also wouldn't turn away a free one.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 02:25:50 | More by txbrew81
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Kendo

New York

2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Body is dark amber with a small whitish head. Leaves behind some lace.

S: Faint nose - a touch of bready malt is about it.

T: Dark bread and toasty malt, but something just doesn't seem right. Maybe some wet cardboard. Finishes dry, but again, there's a lingering "off" flavor of some sort.

M: Light-to-medium in heft; carbonation levels are appropriate.

O: Not so good - those "off"-type flavors detracted from this one, made me wonder if perhaps it wasn't fresh.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 23:48:57 | More by Kendo
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beerprovedwright

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brought in a chilled but not frosted mug. Head of one finger was very tight foam, leaving a broken but very clingy lace. Color was a 9 on my pocket SRM beer color chart. Smell is like cottage cheese, but there are odors of roasted wheat and barley malt, with a hint of raisins, and corn. Taste is a little heavy, with flavors of wheat, raisins, orange peel, pine nuts, and malt. Mouthfeel is full, and lots of tingle, but there is a off aftertaste of grapefruit peel that is just not pleasing. This was my first and last, unless someone gives me one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2011 17:23:59 | More by beerprovedwright
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a light copper/dark amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: There is a touch of skunk on the nose, but I only get it at first. Otherwise, good sweet bread, caramel, and toffee aromas. Nice toasted malts along with some floral hops and a touch of spice.

T: A smooth sweetness to the beer which is not overwhelming. Spiced bread, toffee, and caramel are all present along with some floral and spicy noble hops to balance the beer out. Very minimal bitterness, perhaps just a touch on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: It’s not my favorite Oktoberfest, but it’s not bad, and it’s readily available, so not a terrible choice.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 17:52:34 | More by womencantsail
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Duxx

Missouri

2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a green bottle with no packaging date.

A: A very pretty beer. It is a light copper color and crystal clear. The head is very minimal to non-existent and leaves on lacing on the glass.
S: Sulfur with no hop aroma. Typical lager nose.
T: One word: Skunked! When will I ever learn not to buy green bottle beers. I keep hoping to find a decent one but no luck again. I don't think I will finish this one!! Just have enough to finish this review. Why do imports even come in green bottles?
M: Actually very good if I can get by the skunk taste. Medium body with just enough carbonation to give a creamy feeling in the back of the throat.
D: Were it not for the skunking I could probably have several of these but if they are all like this one, no thanks.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 02:21:21 | More by Duxx
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant yellow-tinted light caramel while the smell is a malty mix of honeycomb and toffee. The palate is light-bodied with malty caramel flavors leading to a clean, crisp balancing hop cleanse with hints of coffee. Finish is short but crisp. Drinkabilty is nice, but there's nothing special jumping out of the glass at me. I can find a lot of other better beers to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 04:39:06 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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DovaliHops

California

3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm thinkin this bottle is quite a bit old, but I'm gonna review it anyway. Pours an almost-clear amber color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent doesn't have too much going on...somewhat reminds me of a dark mexican lager. I do detect some caramel malt, but that's about it. Taste is a lot better than the nose would lead. Some grainy notes with caramel malt and other malt profiles. I also get some bread characteristics with a bit of skunk (which can be expected from such an old bottle). Mouthfeel is light and crisp...not the most flavorful beer either. Drinkability is high, as this could be very sessionable on a hot day. All in all, I'm not a fan of Oktoberfest beers, and this one hasn't necessarily changed my mind.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 04:38:31 | More by DovaliHops
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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