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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,895 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,895
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 29
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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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 tykees88


2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- nice white fluffy head and good golden amber beer. Very nice and pleasant looking

S- Skunky malts. Sorry the green bottles have killed your beer.

T- Just ok, I taste the skunk and taste the roasty malts and has a gentle hop character. Too bad they use green bottles.

M- Light bodied carbonated well.

D- look if this was bottled in a brown instead of green lookout America, but it's not so I'll pass on another until it's on draft.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 19:01:28 | More by tykees88
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear amber-brown with a smallish off-white head. Head reduces quickly to a thin top coat.

S - a bit skunky (no date on bottle but consumed week of purchase), malty and floral.

T - not too bad for a skunky beer

M - OK carbonation; rather light body; semi-dry finish

Re-REVIEWED on 11/26/2011 with a 2011 sample & on tap in August 2013:

A skunky aroma is evident immediately after removing the cap. Some light hops and faint malt also present. The skunkiness carries over to the taste, rendering this barely drinkable and ruining the finish and aftertaste.

O - This beer had proper storage after purchase and prior to consumption. Moreover, it is unwisely packaged in a green bottle. With no improvement given a 2nd chance, it is appropriate to give it the poor rating it deserves, and to expect a different sample to be likely to suffer the same fate. The on=tap version was clearly better, with none of the skunky off-notes.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 04:32:37 | More by chinchill
Photo of Jadjunk


3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

#34. A pick from a lineup for a mix your six deal. I was intrigued by this company's 600+ year history of brewing and wanted to see how a beer as old as the hills might taste.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a beer mug at room temperature.

(Appearance) Pours about 2 finger depth frothy head that retains pretty well. Lacing is medium but nice. Beer is a clear autumn bronze-gold color and carbonation is very lively, clinging in large amounts to the side of the glass. This beer looks good. 4

(Smell) Pretty sweet malts and bitter hops mesh well here. The beer has a slight cider smell. Light nuts round out the aroma. The entire concoction is faint and less pungent than I would hope for, but there's a lingering skunk odor that doesn't smell pleasing. It's not superb smelling, but it does the job. 2.5

(Taste) Lots of grain up front, a slight hoppy bitterness rounds out the finish. Beer is not too sweet nor too bitter. Bitterness is bolder than the average beer, but very bearable. Not much else to taste beyond malts, some hops and a nut here and there, but there are no gaps where flavor could be and what's here does pretty well. The skunk taste lingers most in the finish, a conflicting taste to this otherwise nice beer. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Medium body. Carbonation isn't really getting in the way, making this a somewhat smooth, silky drink. Slightly dry, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is pretty good. 3.5

(Drinkability) Flavors are bold, yet not too heavy. Beer is moderately filling. I could easily go for another but may not be able to fit much more than that. 3

Verdict: A pretty enjoyable import. Despite not having a lot of flavor diversity and having some unpleasing skunky, perhaps metallic tastes, the flavor that is here is bold on a few positive and negative levels. Not terrible, but not great. B- (3.35)

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 18:45:45 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of godlessape


4.78/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is truly my favorite German beer. Spaten has been brewing beer since 1397. Think about that for a minute as you pour one into your favourite mug or pint glass. That's over a hundred years before Columbus discovered the Bahamas. So I think they know what they're doing and their Oktoberfest brew proves it very well.

Appearance: Dark amber with a thin head.

Smell: Roasted nutty malt, nothing exceptional.

Taste: An explosion of malty German goodness with just enough hops to balance it out. Sweet but not over the top, with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel. Silky smooth, with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Das bier ist gut. And will never be a stranger to my refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 04:00:04 | More by godlessape
Photo of megahurts4


3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spaten Oktoberfest

Appearance: dark amber, medium-large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: skunky nut and grain.

Taste: skunk, smooth toasty malts, some nut flavors, and a slight grain.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and silky smooth.

This is a fairly mild oktoberfest brew. The nut flavors are pleasant, but the skunk isn't as much. I'm sure the skunkiness is from light exposure combined with age.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 02:44:38 | More by megahurts4
Photo of jeranbrews


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An old favorite from years and years ago. Been sitting in the fridge for a while just waiting for this day. Purchased 09/'10 Consumed 12/'10 from a chalice.

A - Fizzy like soda. Clear yellow just like ginger ale. Low clumpy head with large-ish bubbles. Lots of sticky soap-sud like lacing.

S - Noticeable lagery hops and plain malts from the bottle. A little but airy. A crispity chrunchity kind of smell like plain dog biscuits.

T - Aftertaste is of mild hops and fresh hay.Initial taste is malty, coating, and mildly savory sweet. Clean, cool, refreshing, but just dry enough that you want more. I need a plate of sausage and cabbage.

M - Smooth and malty, but very crisp and refreshing. Coats and tickles the throat.

D - This is the kind of lager that should be served during the peak of summer not in the middle of fall. I can see how the German immigrants that came to the states when they started making beer they were probably thinking of something like this, and along the way they just got lost and AAL came along, but this is smooth. If more lagers tasted like this I wouldn't spend so much time in the Belgian ale section.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 08:18:17 | More by jeranbrews
Photo of JayS2629


2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Medium brown with amber hues, thin head, good retention, thin rings of lace.

S- There is a skunk on this one, musty, caramel underneath, floral tones.

T- Sweet malts, hints of chocolate and roasted malt, skunk comes up and slaps you, floral bittering.

M- Medium/thin with fizzy bite

D- Average, nothing offensive, but nothing interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 05:34:20 | More by JayS2629
Photo of DPFRD


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

A- Copper, decent head.

S- Caramel malts, hint of hops.

T- Good malt backbone with a hop finish. I little fleeting aftertaste wise, but good all the same. I want more of everything when I taste this beer.

M- Medium to light bodied, mild carbonation.

D- I've seshed on this beer all night long. Good flavor, but it is nice and tame, so you can pound them. Not the most remarkable marzen I've had though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 09:19:24 | More by DPFRD
Photo of gskitt

New York

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

I've seen other reviews that really did not like this beer. I actually kind of enjoyed drinking this. It was October, my engagement party. Maybe the setting was right. I did not see the pour, drank out of the bottle, under-achieving smell, malty grain smell. Taste had some malty sweetness and a slight bite from the hops. It finished crisp and left me wanting more. I'll have to give it another shot next October.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 00:21:04 | More by gskitt
Photo of LuthersMug


2.13/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Golden brown hue, clear. Head was a bit fizzy and dissipated quickly. Not much lacing.

S - Malty, metallic, quite pungent.

T - Tasted a bit skunky to me. Very hoppy, a bit strong for me.

M - Carbonation good. The malts were overpowered by the hops.

D - I barely finished the one.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 04:06:46 | More by LuthersMug
Photo of jmich24


2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A: One finger head, dissapates fast. Light brown and very clear. Lacing is nice.
S: Grainy, some roasted malt.
T: Again grainy, some roasted malt . Sweet middle. Faint bitterness at the end.
M: One the thin side. Appropriate carbination.
D: Drinability is just okay for me, mostly because I dont love the beer and would not buy another.

Would not purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 22:40:16 | More by jmich24
Photo of Sachsenfreude


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance; amber with a white head, retains moderatly, leaving a bit of lacing.

smell; nutty malts, sweetness blends well with the hop florals.

taste; a little bit of roasted malts, rather bland for the style. Some sweetness in the finish with herbal hop bitters. Bready malts hang around in the aftertaste. Not really well balanced but still cleary a Märzen, not a bad drink but there are better choices.

mouthfeel/drinkability; a pretty light bodied beer, goes down smooth. Some chunkyness on the palate but otherwise not much to speak of.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 04:42:57 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of rjochman


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours with a clear, reddish/copper color. Had about an inch or so of head and left some lacing on the glass.

S: Subtle grainy/earthy tones with a bit of sweet smell to it

T: Malty and sweet taste

M: Smooth, fresh feel with a good amount of carbonation

D: A good drink and went down really easily. Would definitely enjoy a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 22:35:25 | More by rjochman
Photo of FredTheSeal


4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Tanish fizzy head. Crystal clear medium amber/dark copper in color. Head dissipates slowly leaving moderate lacing.

S - Spicy malt, hint of banana with some other fruity esters.

T - German malt, hint of banana, rounds out with a slightly toasted nutty flavor and a light bitterness.

M - Highly carbonated, medium body. Starts to leave a thicker feel behind afer half a glass.

D - I like this beer. The lack of bitterness and presence of roasted flavors is nice. I could probably go through a few though.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 02:51:32 | More by FredTheSeal
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

Considering this is the Ur-Märzen, expectations were high. And I must say, I was let down a little. The head pours full and high, bumpy and craggy, and the carbonation throughout maintains a refreshing zip. Laced like a champ: creamy. Color, an average shade of copper. The aroma is pungently spicy and malt-liquor-like, perhaps bordering on the good side of cheap and offensive. Flavor is much of the same, with the malt backbone and feel being obscured/over-matched by the funky spiciness. Funk is felt strong in the extra-dry finish - sucks the moisture out. Having painted some grim pictures on the "flaws" with this beer, it's certainly not the worst of the lot. With the spice toned down, you got yourself a respectable example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 23:15:41 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a nice offwhite head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, a slightly fruity nose. Taste is sweet caramel malt, bread with some nice hops. Palate is nice med body, good carbonation. Finish is caramel malt, breadiness, ending with some nice hops bitterness to add some balance. Overall a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 17:45:15 | More by Samp01
Photo of DoctorDog


3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into an pint glass.

A- Clear and reddish/copper. Pours with ~1 1/2 fingers of tan head, which fades gradually into a thin cap.

S- Subdued malty sweetness, and some grainy, earthy odors.

T- Moderate caramel malt sweetness, and some grainy flavor. Bitterness is fairly low.

M- Moderately carbonation. Medium feel. Fairly dry.

D- Pretty decent. Nothing tremendously exciting about any aspect, but its a easy drinker.

Future outlook: OK, but a bit disappointing. No need to repeat with superior options readily available.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 05:19:00 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of jwhancher


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bronze colored with adequate head and decent carbonation. Little to smell but mostly malty notes. Somewhat grainy aroma. Tastes bready & biscuit like. Even bodied with good carbonation and slight tinge on the tongue towards the end of each sip. Wish it was a little darker with bigger malt profile. Nice drinkable beer. It's satisfying but doesn't seem to really express itself as a nominal fest beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 00:35:00 | More by jwhancher
Photo of AleBlager


2.3/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

We were excited about the legitimacy of a real Marzen from a real Germany. The look was promising, typical Oktoberfest, light amber and clear. Not much head or carbonation. The residual did not cling to the glass like an ex-girlfriend (BA-ZING!). The basic smell-malty. A woodshop memory also sprang into our minds. However, the inability of the smell to resonate brought the first disappointment of this beer. Upon first taste, I was convinced that there might have been a Munich, Ohio. This Oktoberfest is a very malty beer, and only if you let the flavors linger will you taste a hoppiness. The beer itself was not very carbonated, and did not sit on the palate at all (much like how the smell didn't resonate). Justin was very disappointed due to his travels and beerperiences in Germany. Despite the shortcomings, this beer would not disappoint an experienced Oktoberfest-er. Though it is not a special beer, it is a solid, basic beer, that is not at all bad tasting. It has a light body, and a pleasant smell, albeit fleeting. Taking that into consideration, we rate this beer drinkable. We expected more from a Munich Oktooberfest, as this beer was more of a late August/early September-fest. Much too basic, but a good general idea. A little more editing and this beer could be something amazing. Better luck next time.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2010 22:42:03 | More by AleBlager
Photo of Shrews629


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Light amber, copper color. Clear. Fluffy 2 finger slightly off white head. A few bubbles coming up from the bottom. The head didn't have a tremendous amount of lacing or retention, but did have some.

Smell - The nose had an "earthy" grain mixed with some breadiness. Clean fragrance. Dry malt was subtle and hid more in the background.

Taste - The taste mimicked the smell with the grain and breadiness. A smidge of bitterness. Only a touch of the malt. Only a soft touch of butter. I do like that the grain didn't overpower the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium to thin in the mouthfeel. Dry at first, but after the brew warms it becomes just a bit watery. Goes down easy and smooth.

Drinkability - This beer is ok. Nothing I will seek out, but if someone offered this to me at a bar I would drink it no problem. German brews are a nice change for me from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 21:29:03 | More by Shrews629
Photo of GallowsThief


3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Dark amber out of the bottle. Small one inch head. Good lacing.

S - Malty. A bit of sweetness. Possible some fruit in there.

T - Nice malty taste with some bitterness following. Not overwhelming but actually fits well.

M - Light to medium bodied. Decent carbonation.

D - Solid but not spectacular. It's drinkable but there are better.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 23:29:08 | More by GallowsThief
Photo of mwill7287


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 3/4 pint bottle.

A: Unfortunately, no glass to pour the brew into, so unable to get a good look at the color. Bird's eye view from a friend's cup seemed to reveal standard amber-copper color, with thin amount of head.

S: Average.

T: Good taste, as rich as American Octoberfests such as Harpoon, but not as forceful.

M: Quite crisp and refreshing. Easy on the tongue, rolls down smooth.

D: Smooth, crisp, light; doesn't fill one up excessively. Excellent, excellent, excellent. Could enjoy this for an entire long Saturday afternoon tailgate.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 19:19:45 | More by mwill7287
Photo of xylophonica


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

A - Pale amber, minimal head (which is slightly disappointing for this style of beer).

S - Honey, various malts & wheat.

T - Sweet crisp lager with a few malty overtones.

M - Spicy at first due to the solid carbonation. Otherwise nothing much to write about!

D - Easy drinking, decent lager. Problem is though it's just not that interesting and in fact is probably slightly bland.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 10:19:14 | More by xylophonica
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear, medium brown color, with generous carbonation, and about a fingers worth of head with incredible retention.

S: German malts aplenty, caramel, and with a mild nuttiness.

T: Crisp, somewhat hoppy for this style, yeasty (grainy), and with more than a hint of German malts.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, and the ABV is hidden quite well (as in more Octoberfest beers).

D: It's not the best Octoberfest I've ever tried, but it's far from the worst. Nothing complex, but it sure gets me in the mood for the Harvest season!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 21:23:38 | More by Chaney
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Kind of a syrupy brown liquid. Good carbonation and foam, but not great. This is just ok.

Smell: Caramel. I like the smell of caramel, so that's good. This has tons of hops as well. Pretty basic.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very, very, very hoppy. I love hops, but wow...this might have too many. Extremely bitter and only countered by a bit of caramel. The hops and carbonation also gives this a good, but not great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Would rate this lower, but I enjoyed this with a burger at a tailgate.

Overall: Disappointed overall. Maybe I just don't like this style of beer much.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 21:34:56 | More by tjsdomer2
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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