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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,108 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,108
Hads: 2,389
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 21.07%
Wants: 55
Gots: 298 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001

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Photo of francisweizen
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured out of its green 12oz glass bottle into a nice pint glass. It was an amber colour with a frothy, white head. The aromas were of skunk...but when that cleared up the aromas were of grassy, herbal hops, and dominating malts. The taste was malty, but a little thin, as was the mouthfeel. The drinkability, however, was quite excellent. A decent O-Fest beer!


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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25 oz brown bottle, capped, light blue foil around neck of bottle and covering cap. No date.

This beer poured clear, bubbly, amber brown color with creamy white foam that left lace on the glass. The smell was biscuit malt with some notes of grain and a hint of butterscotch. The taste was slightly sweet biscuity malt but with a touch of tanginess. The hop presence was low except for a touch of bitterness in the finish. There was also a faint hint of diacetyl in the flavor. The mouthfeel was relatively smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation. This was a decent marzen.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.54/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a beautiful, frothy head which slightly dissipated into a thicker formation. Extreme carbonation exploding through an amber orange beer that is totally clear. Aroma is of a slight toastiness with carmelly sweetness. Taste is ok with a nice toasted malt flavor, carmel tones, and a hop balance. Yet there is a definite problem with this beer as it has a weird bitterness that i thought wasn't supposed to be in this style. Fininshes clean and with a little flavor due to the body. A good beer to try along with others of this style in order to have some contrast as this beer is not spectacular but it is not horrible either.

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Photo of Zraly
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of trying this Oktoberfest from a Pint +, brown bottle. No skunk in sight! No weirdness.

Pours a bronzey-amber color with an off-white fluffball of a head. Wonderful sweet smells of fresh fruit. Laces nicely down the glass.

A very sweet and plentifully forward malt flavor. Notes of brown sugar, apples, citrus, caramel and a tiny-tiny note of alcohol finishes out the predominant flavor. The hops come across floral and somewhat subtle and delicate...which helps to round out this brew into a very enjoyable beverage.

I'm enjoying a toasted black forest ham sandwich on an "everything" bagel with this one. Seems to be fitting the bill.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good oktoberfest beer. Pours to a thin head and clear amber color. Flavor is predominantly sweet malt balanced with noble hops. Finishes sweet. Goes well with German meats and good times. I have had American versions of this style that are just as good or better, though. Must have been a rough trip.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The green bottle gave forth a copper beer with a coarse white head. It dissipated slowly into a thin layer of bubbles capping the top of the liquid. A thick, sticky ring of foam remained throughout the entire drink. Lacing was decent.

Smell: As I poured, I was sure that this beer was skunked. That aroma that we have all come to dread assaulted my nose, reinforcing my hatred of non-brown bottles. But, lo and behold, as the beer sat, most of the skunkiness went away, leaving just a hint of LaPue. The remaining aroma was grassy and crisp, with some hops and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth and velvety.

Taste: The flavor was pretty straightforward and not very complex. Just a combination of sweetness and bitter hops. The sweetness lingered for a long, long time. I wish I could add more, but that was all there was.

This was a pretty boring brew. One-dimensional and too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of Andreji
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very attractive oktoberfest beer. Pours a light or medium copper colour, not excessive carbonation or head itslelf. and the smell, clearly perceivable, gives off much of its maltyness and slightly some hops. The taste follows up after, a sweet malty combination at a 'just right' point with the bitterness of the hops which provides for a bittersweet flavour that is very attractive. Rather more exotic than other Oktoberfest beers. nice buy.

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Photo of fattychubs
2.18/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was on fire sale at the local tap room so I figured I would give it a try.

Copper color beer served with no head and slight white lacing. Aroma was very mild hops. Thin body, boring flavor, just a meek toasted malt taste. Somewhat acidic aftertaste, a pint was more then enough.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a rich, clear golden with a nice white head. The aroma of malt filled my nose with every sip and enhanced the drinking pleasure. The flavor was wonderful. The malt and hop balance was just right. I have a carboy full of Oktoberfest in my lagering freezer and I would be thrilled if it tasted close to this. The mouthfeel was light to moderate light and is the major flaw in this beer. All in all, this is one beer that I would not mind having to drink all the time.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a shade of orange color with nice big rocky head,smell was really toasty a nice malty taste with some caramel tones along with some sweet toffee.It is nice to have decent examples of the style pretty much year around,bring on September to get the fresh beer!

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Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Its been a while, like 602 days since I had one of these fine beers, Spaten-Franziskaner has been a favorite brewery since my first sampling their beers way back in the late 1970’s.

The beer pours a transparent amber color with the head planetary in size and the structure frothy, the color a light tan. Nose is sweet malt; citrus crisp, clean and wholesome, start is loaded with malt, sweet, and the top thin. Finish is mildly acidic, the hops delicate in their spiciness, dry as a bone aftertaste, a clean drinking beer that is a good thirst quencher.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the brown pint bottle with the dray horses and cart on the label and BLUE foil round the neck!!
Poured a fantastic looking massive billowy white head..that sticks a round more than the Paulaner ..a crystal clear amber beer..
Dissapointed about the aroma..compared to Paulaner Marzen its very feeble. not offensive though average indeed.
The taste though I liiked again i got some nice malt profiles this time smooth coffee and creme sort of flavour , milk chocolate comes to mind..very pleasant.
I like a beer to be smooth on the tongue and this does the job.
Quite drinkable..but not overlly so..the lack of carbonation makes sure you wont drink 12 of these babies..but this is an Ok beer.

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Photo of avylover
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of kbub6f
2.99/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Mark
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Morris729
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of bmills1608
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of bditty187
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of ryanocerus
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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Photo of Jdiddy
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of AaronRed
1.87/5  rDev -47.5%
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

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Photo of jmatthew
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of doho95fu
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of John
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
81 out of 100 based on 1,108 ratings.