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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Germany

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 avylover
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Nice golden brew with a large frothy head. Right away that dank, skunky heineken aroma hits you. The taste is disappointing, just a german macro really. There's really nothing too special about this beer, just a decent german beer, but the "oktoberfest" label makes me expect more. Too thin, not much taste.Barely average, but sub-par for the price.

Photo of kbub6f
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), three days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

A big cream-colored head has big clear bubbles in the middle. There is thick lacing. The color is pretty straight amber.

The aroma is malty, sweetish, caramelized sugar, etc. There may be slight light exposure problems (damn green bottles).

The beer starts with sweet caramel giving way to a watery middle. The finish is sweetish with a hint of hop bitterness. Overall: ok.

Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep orange-copper color, nice white foamy head that leaves a thick lace in the glass. Has a light flowery and malty caremel aromas, sweet, balanced malts and clean tasting, medium body, a little thin semi-watery mouthfeel, this is a good oktoberfest.

Photo of Mark
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical amber color for the style, decent head and some good lacing. This is probably not what you get at the real Oktoberfest, but it's not bad. Malty, bready, and a bit on the sweet side. Smooth, decent mouthfeel, and drinkability can't be trashed if one is in the mood for quaffing.

Photo of Morris729
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange-amber color with a thin white head. Nose is herbal with notes of grains, fresh cut grass, and hops. It has a bit of a malty and bready flavor with notes of caramel and oily hop resins. A decent Oktoberfest brew, but there are plenty of better ones out there.

Photo of bmills1608
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold with hints of amber, poured a nice head but that disappeared quick.

Nose is clean and malty, sweet, with toffee, caramel and pear or perhaps apple. Very candy like nose, maybe even a touch of cinnamon.

Taste is medium full, very clean, malt dominated and highly carbonated. The high carbonation helps offset the sweetness of the malt which is allowed to shine through beautifully. Spicy light hops rounds off the beer. Finish has lingering sweetness. A really easy drinking well crafted O-fest.

Photo of bditty187
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This O-Fest looks impeccable, coppery-brown, clear & shiny. The thick, white head had adequate retention and fair lace (so far so good). The nose is unremarkable. It took a great effort to notice the malt and spice. The aromas of O-Fests are critical to the overall enjoyment of them and, frankly, this one lacks. The flavors on the palate are standard and enjoyable (malty, spice, and some hops). The more I quaffed it, the more a nutty flavor emerged. The mouthfeel was thin and not all that satisfying. While this beer does nothing to distinguish itself from a fine crop of O-Fests it does have enough good qualities to drink it again. Would I recommend it? Depends, there are far better versions. Give it a shot if you’d like.

Photo of ryanocerus
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed by this Ofest. I had a couple while watching football this weekend and they stole the show from the rest of the beers I quaffed. Nice amber color with little head. The aroma was sweet malt, with very faint hops. The flavor was a sweet, fruity malt that kept me going back for more. Mouthfeel was smooth, with long lasting flavor. My favorite Ofest, with Hacker-Pschorr coming in second.

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

This is a pretty good O-Fest. Pours a nice deep golden brown/orange. Typical O-Fest color. Smell was a bit metallic probably due to the water used. Taste was sweet but not overpowering. Would drink again.

Photo of AaronRed
1.87/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I do believe that this beer was skunked, so this is probably not a fair review. I will attempt to try it again soon, hopefully on tap. Anyway, the beer poured OK, dark golden with a white lace head, but that was about all that was decent. Smelled of old cabbage. Tasted like old cabbage. I could sense some nice malty flavor underneath- but it was really hard to keep the bad qualities at bay. I couldn't finish it, which left me reaching for a Brooklyn Octoberfest, which was far superior

Photo of jmatthew
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear copper in the glass with a minimal head and bouquet. Typical clean flavor for the style though more crisp and well refined with subdued hops playing their part. Good maltiness with a slightly roasted flavor somewhere in the middle, finishing smoothly with a touch of sweetness and then a faint lingering hop bitterness. Very easy-drinking with a medium body and pleasant mouthfeel.

Photo of doho95fu
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has a brown tannish color and a smell that was equal parts caramel and bread dough. It had a nice head and full lacing. The flavor is what I think an Octoberfest should taste like. This was the third I tried this year, and it was by far the best. It had a fun taste that showed hops but it wasn't overpowering. There was an aftertaste of nuts. Drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of John
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the finer examples of the style for sure. Clear copper, rocky tan head with intricate lace. Nose is bakery fresh bread, whole wheat and roasted nuts. The taste is so smooth. I find it's disappearing quickly from my glass. Roasted malt, multi-grain bread, nutty notes are all elements of the fine flavor. The hops are oily and spicy but never step beyond their bounds. Very drinkable brew, in fact I've just had two and thinking about number three! Prosit!

Photo of Bierman9
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quaffed on tap at THE Fest in Munchen, last Sept, 2001. Lovely golden/medium-golden color, with a frothy head, sitting in a 1-liter mug (Mass). Says "take me!". Nose is malty and bready, but on the mild side. Has medium-body and is fairly smooth tongue-wise. Has a malty, bready flavor, a smooth sweetness, and a real nice finish without any bite. Easy to quaff many, especially amongst thousands of other revelers! At the Munchen Fest, I like Spaten best amongst the "Big-6"; find it to be the maltiest, IMO. Zum Wohl!

overall: 4.25
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of Jon
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of kunzbrew
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of BillyBrew
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

Photo of BeerAngel
3.65/5  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!

Photo of Lupe
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of BeerBob
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of Suds
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of Thrasher
3.8/5  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.

Photo of usualpulp
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of HopheadEd
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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