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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-MärzenSpaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen

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1,837 Ratings
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Ratings: 1837
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 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
Photo of StevieW


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

Nice medium burnt orange color, off white head, didn't last very long. Smell was much more appealing on tap than the bottled version I recently had. Sweet carmel malt nose, very inviting pleasant smell. Taste was very balanced, even amounts of toasted malt and sweet carmel flavors. Slightly crisp hop finish, didn't linger like the bottled version. Light to medium bodied. Went down without a fight, I was pleasantly surprised to see it on tap a nearby bar/restaurant.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2002 05:28:36 | More by StevieW
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

once again, spaten did not reach the level of hacker-pschorr, but they did quite well. it was a close call, but this one was just not the same. it was lighter and not as rich and smooth, but did well in all categories. a fine beer, but not the best

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2002 20:09:28 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of weissbierhead

New York

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The reviews for this beer seem to be mixed. In my opinion the 12oz. green bottles are less than exceptional. If you can find in on tap, or buy it in the 0.5 liter bottles it will rival anything you can get in Munchen in Septmber/October.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2002 17:14:01 | More by weissbierhead
Photo of marc77


4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super clear bronze hue. As with most German brews, it has a thick head. Toasty, bready, raisiny & complex maltniess make for a wonderful but not overpowering malt aroma. Medium in body. Slightly sweet in flavor w/ toasty malt flavors. The decoction mashing produced complex and almost fruity (prune - like?) melanoidins that are highly enjoyable. Hops are minimal in presence, but do balance the sweetness sufficiently and prevent it from becoming cloying. finishes a bit sweet w/ a biscuity malt flavor on the tongue. Spaten's Oktoberfest is all around around balanced excellently. Its cleaner in malt profile than its "rival" Paulaner, and is thus more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2002 21:13:10 | More by marc77
Photo of ADR


3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its color is medium rich but I like the hop/malt balance here, not malt-o-mania, but also a bit underpowered in overall impact and mouthfeel...it didn't seem overly carbonated to me. My definition of a bright beer in some aspects, especially in a slightly "green" sense that I think puts it mid pack to sub mid pack among the German O-Fests that get bottled and sent to North America.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2002 11:23:48 | More by ADR
Photo of garymuchow


3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lighter amber color with a medium foamy head that last for a little time, but eventually is gone. Aroma is primarily malt, yet a noticeable hop presence. Mild malty start with presence of a fuller roasted malt in middle and finish. Flavor includes the alcohol. Closes with some dryness. A little thin, yet fully carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2001 23:07:28 | More by garymuchow
Photo of mattmaples


3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok, you guys are starting to make me feel a little self conscious here. I liked this Oktoberfest. It is not the best one I have had but it had more malt going for it that Paulaner, and less of the hop twang then the Ayinger. I think that the bottle age and condition may be the culprit here. I tried all three side by side although the Paulaner was just past date but the other two were fresh. Well I would take a Franz Joseph Sailer Juble (Oktoberfest) over any of them :-)

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2001 14:17:34 | More by mattmaples
Photo of Brent


2/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Venom is dead-on. This beer is pretty underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2001 23:06:17 | More by Brent
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