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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,941 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,941
Reviews: 1,063
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 30
Gots: 77 | 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 johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

On tap in half liter mugs at a German Restaurant that I tried for the first time today. Deep golden amber with a huge fluffy white head that survived for most of the night. Smells of malt in spades. Bready caramel and burnt sugar mixed with just enough earthy floral hops to keep it from being sweet. Tastes is rich and malty. Melanoids mixed with bread and grain with a spicy floral hop bite that keeps everything in check. Medium body and carbonation level, rich sweet malt y mouthfeel. Light and easy to drink these went down quite quickly and paired well with my meal.

09-11-2011 21:38:05 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of Falstaff1642

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

I have to admit, though I'm a hugh Brau fan, Spatan Isn't my favorite brand. It has very good availabilty in my area so I find myself drinking it fairly often. Also, I've had their Oktoberfest at least the last 12 years in a row. All thigs considered I feel it's a better beer than most of the reviews indicate, especially for people new to BA's focus on beer. I can't say I get psyced up to fnd it but I due look forward to seeing it on the shelf every Sept. Think this one is worth trying, again especially if one enjoys the style or is new to it. At least you can find it.

09-11-2011 20:03:56 | More by Falstaff1642
Photo of stjaernstoft


2.58/5  rDev -28.1%

Spaten Oktoberfestbier, ABV: 5.9%.
500 ml bottle, 19.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: The liquid is clear straw yellow in colour. The head is white and soapy, but rather big and stubborn. The retention is decent.

S: Malty aromas with notes of sour dough, grass, lemons and banana candy.

T: Flavours of bread, butter, grass, alcohol, banana candy and some citric notes. An odd sweetness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-sized body and bitterness. The liquid is kind of sticky and honey-ish, with some edginess from carbonation and alcohol.

O: This is the third German so called 'Märzen' that doesn't impress me. They seem to me like nothing but average Euro Lagers with a slightly higher alcohol content - and to me they don't have enough body and character to sustain that. The flavours just get weird.

(Notes from yesterday.)

09-11-2011 18:40:32 | More by stjaernstoft
Photo of draheim


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

12oz bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a weizen glass. Clear amber color w/ a 1-finger head and typical German vigorous carbonation.

Aroma is very faint, just some light caramel malt. Taste is bready, light caramel malt. Crisp, dry, slightly fruity.

This is an easy-drinking beer, which is kind of the point of an Oktoberfest bier. Still, I can't see going out of my way for more of these.

09-11-2011 07:26:14 | More by draheim
Photo of warnerry


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Pours a clear copper with a finger or so of creamy off-white head. Head fades pretty quickly, leaving only scant lacing.

S - Toasted bready malts, faint floral hops and, thankfully, only a slight presence of green glass light struck funk. Clean simple and pleasant.

T - Similar to smell with very pronounced toasted malt and minimal hop presence. Pretty good but not among my favorite Oktoberfest beers.

M - Medium, clean mouthfeel wit a slighlty dry finish.

O - A decent Oktoberfest. Not sure if moving away from green glass would improve this or not. With the vast selection available in this style I probably won't get this again, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered.

09-10-2011 22:52:11 | More by warnerry
Photo of tlazaroff


3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Pours a really nice, perfectly clear dark amber. Head is off-white but doesn't leave any lacing worthy of note.

S: I get some clean scents here, mostly bread and hard caramel, maybe like a Reisen candy - but it's not sweet. Light roast too.

T: The flavors are delicate as none of them are too pronounced. Caramel and toffee blended and a slight nuttiness. The finish is sweet.

M: Medium bodied and lightly-moderatly carbonated, not oily, really nothing else to note.

D: Drinkability is nice on this one. Not bad at all. Overall, this beer is okay. Better than some Oktoberfest bier, but not as good as some. Very middle-of-the-road for me.

09-09-2011 23:28:46 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of samie85


2.68/5  rDev -25.3%

Reviewed from notes; earlier tonight.

A-Pours a clear, dark copper color with one and a half fingers of white.

S-Skunky from the start with dark fruit and toasty malts with herbal hops on the finish.

T-Bitter hops with almost hot alcohol notes and toasty malt hints.

M-Light bodied with a crisp, heavy carbonation that lends a slightly watery feel.

D-Not very desirable characteristics in this one; not enough malt notes and the watery feel make this one I probably won't revisit.

09-09-2011 02:58:20 | More by samie85
Photo of ramseye4


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a copper color wth a two finger head that leaves lacing down the glass. Very malty in the aroma and taste, with very little hop presence, as expected. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side and decently carbonated. Not a bad marzen overall, very drinkable and relaxing on a cool fall day

09-08-2011 17:59:28 | More by ramseye4
Photo of Aiptasia


4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

Sampled after a 16 oz. Smuttynose pumpkin ale and an ahi tuna sandwich at a local St. Augustine watering hole.

A: Poured a rich amber brown in the glass with a toasted marshmellow head. No chill haze and ready to drink.

S: Smells of rich malts and slight hints of hops and spices. Very subtle.

T: Love how this one tastes. It's a subtle beer with just the right balance of hops and octoberfest spices (anise, ginger, etc.) in the background to make you pause and wonder if they're really present.

M: Definitely a "wet" beer, has no dry finish and leaves you refreshed and wanting another pint. Very low on the hops scale, alcoholics are there but not overpowering.

O: Again, an overall well balanced octoberfestbier. This is one you could drink out of giant German beer steins and not be overwhelmed by hops flavors. A great "mass quanities" party beer.

09-05-2011 18:22:52 | More by Aiptasia
Photo of stakem


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing a couple of these with me. Poured from a 12oz green bottle into a standard pint glass. This brew appears a perfectly clear light copper color with a finger and a half of lightly tanned head. The cap quickly fades down to a thin lacing across the top despite rising bubbles of carbonation. A light swirl agitates more bubbles back to the top and forms some spotty lacework on the glass.

The smell of this brew has a pleasant caramel malt sweetness balanced quite well with a touch of faint herbal to citrus hops. Sulfur is noted slightly throughout. As the brew warms up, a bit of buttery bread comes forward.

The taste is initially mostly caramel malt sweetness, a bit like toffee and toasty bready grain. Some buttery diactyl is noted throughout the experience. Faint herbal hops and a light touch of warming alcohol across the back contrast the initial malty sweet character.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is present throughout this brew with an expected level from the nearly 6% abv. It is a fairly decent take on the style that is easy drinking. Worth giving a try for sure when it is in season but nothing to go out of your way for.

09-05-2011 16:51:14 | More by stakem
Photo of JMad


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

I drank this from a mug...

Pours a reddish brown color with a rocky looking white head that stayed pretty consistent. Smells strangely of peaches and okra, it's a bit metallic with hints of sweet malt and apricot. It tastes sweet with nutty malt and earthy hops. The beer is light but not too light with moderate carbonation and a pleasant dry finish. This beer is ok at best, I would drink it again but there's other marzens that I would choose first.

09-05-2011 04:34:09 | More by JMad
Photo of Hopfenpeter


3.08/5  rDev -14.2%

The beer pours a clear medium amber brown with a white head about one finger thick. It dissipates fast, leaving some lacing.
The smell was very grainy and bread like .
Tasting this beer those bread flavors are right up front, followed by some light caramel notes, to sweeten up the feel. Than some light hops kick in and at the end a slight bitterness finishes the taste.
A bit disappointing, coming from one of the beer capitals of the world. The green bottle should have warned me.

09-05-2011 02:29:31 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of Sensaray


3.2/5  rDev -10.9%

Dark copper body with 2 finger off white head.

Smells yeasty and grainy. Some sense of hops.

Some sweetness with an underlying lager taste. Nice caramel notes with some breadiness.

Nice dry finish. Light body, good carbonation.

Overall, decent oktoberfest, but still searching for one that I think is good!

09-02-2011 01:12:26 | More by Sensaray
Photo of DrewV

New York

1.83/5  rDev -49%

Not even going to bother with the ASTMO rating this time around.

From the initial skunky aroma to the subsequent thin-bodied skunky-sweet husky taste, this is a drain pour if I ever saw one.

I've already spent the money for the beer, but I won't go further and punish my taste buds or my stomach with this stuff. It's better to cut my losses and feed the drain.

Wow, what a disappointment.

09-01-2011 21:49:30 | More by DrewV
Photo of prdstmnky


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

12oz bottle poured into a dimpled mug

A fairly clear, brownish copper body and 2 fingers of creamy white head. Settles to a thin cap that maintained till empty. Almost looks like rootbeer in my mug!

Aroma is lacking a bit, some sweet and bready malts is about the extent of it. Taste is an improvement on the smell. Sweet caramel and toasted malt blend well on the tongue, perhaps even some dark fruits in the finish. Tasty, and not a hint of skunkiness (yah). Medium bodied and adequate carbonation, smooth. A tasty offering!

08-30-2011 01:50:50 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of codfeast


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

bottle to pint.

A: Amber in color, with a thin off white head.

S: Malt, yeast, hints of earth.

T: Malty sweet, with hints of caramel, slight hop presense.

M: Smooth and creamy, Medium body, and carbination. Semi-dry finish.

O: It's solid, easy to drink and refreshing, at $5.99 for six I'm sure I'll have a few this fall.

08-29-2011 19:35:09 | More by codfeast
Photo of DrDemento456


3.18/5  rDev -11.4%

A - A nice amber brown with a inch of fizzy head that quickly turns to a lace ring. Redeeming factor is the lacing in the ring is quite nice.

S - Smells of typical bread and grains with touches of caramel but the grains smell a bit aggressive if almost skunked. Looking past this I taste.

T - Not bad definitely not as sweet as the American offerings. First you get hit with the skunk which seems to be a bitter touch of pale malts or noble hops then it gets kind of sweet and bready but quickly back to a bitter kind of finish.

M - Drier than most offerings but it might help session ability

Overall I have to agree with the whole skunked and green bottle situation, since I am a man who likes sweet flavors in beer I find this one lacking. Glad I only got one for the tick.

08-29-2011 00:30:32 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of xuptygm


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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


1.73/5  rDev -51.8%

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.

08-27-2011 00:29:42 | More by Tballz420
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3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

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


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

08-21-2011 01:08:21 | More by cagocubs
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3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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

New York

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

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