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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,016 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,016
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 33
Gots: 97 | 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 twiggamortis420
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

Deep amber color and very nice clarity. Light beige head is large bubbled and fades to a slick sheen quickly.

Nutty, toasty aroma. Pretty basic marzen smell. Clean and fresh sweet malts are the main attraction.

Quite a wide variety of malty flavors. Sweet, toasty, nutty and to a lesser extent caramel flavors are all on display in this beer. Moderate to highly carbonated and fairly light bodied compared to many American versions. Has a mildly bitter finish, i think attributed to both the hop and toasty malt flavors. Hops almost have a saaz feel to them. Nice.

Overall, this is a fine tasting brew. Smooth, crisp and refreshing. I could put a few litres of this away on a fine fall afternoon. One of my favorite oktoberfests I have had this year.

twiggamortis420, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of chaunur
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%

On tap at Old Chicago. Has this during an evening of exploring different O-beers.

Came to the table in a pint glass with a 3/4 in head that was nice and frothy and stayed with the beer reducing to a nice cover. Med amber in color with a slight orange tint. Good aroma with overtones of cinammon and clove. This carried on to the taste which was very pleasant yet not overpowering. I could have a couple of these.

Also had Sam Adams, Blue moon's Harvest Moon, and Bluegrass Brewing Co. Oktoberfest that evening. All were good- this was 3 of 3

chaunur, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of tronester
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a golden amber with a tiny off-white head. Smell is of fresh grain. Taste is biscuity, sweet, full bodied with a hint of hops to round things out. Mouthfeel is full, medium carbonation. Quite drinkable, this is a good, solid Marzen. I wish they would switch from the green bottle though, I thought I detected a hint of skunkyness.

tronester, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of gabeerfan
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%

This comes in a green bottle. Not a promising sign.
Pours a somewhat dark orange-amber. Nice off-white head that completely disappears. No ring or lacing.
Spicy aroma. Still pretty maltly, but it seems like hops come in first followed by caramel and taosted bread. Slight skunk.
Pretty malty flavors. Still spicy like the aroma, the hops are pretty prominent compared to most O-fests I've had lately. More toasted bread than caramel, but the flavors are a little muddled.
Medium-light mouthfeel. A little oily. Coats the mouth a little.
OK drinkablity.
Not what I was expecting in an O-fest. Tasty, but probably won't seek this out again. I may try it on tap and see if my impression changes.

gabeerfan, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%

This comes out of the tap an appetizing dark amber brown with a fine-bubbled head. Aroma is rich, crisp and malty, somewhat like a typical lager but a little fuller. Flavor is mouth-filling, crisp and malty. Texture is smooth. Finish is pleasant and mild, and has a hint of hops.

Cyberkedi, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of pittvkyle7
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%

A- Very clear plae gold, copperish color. Solid off white head
S- Clean lager smell, grainy and caramel
T- Spicy, and grainy. Very sweet and much different than other octoberfests I've had.
M- A little hot. The body is thin but you still get that syrup like flavor. Crisp carbonation
D- ok drinkability, but the flavor is not completly disirable
There are other better ones out this october

pittvkyle7, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

Poured a copper, even close to light brown body with good head retention and decent lacings. Decent malt smell, although I couldn't really pick up anything that discernible. Malts are in the taste but unfortunately this beer has a really drying sensation to it. So while it has sweetness and some spiciness to it it also seems offbalance and not a sessionable. Not a terrible beer at all, but for an Oktoberfest you can easily do better.

clayrock81, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of Rootdog316
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%

Pours a medium yellow color with a foamy head and decent lacing. Some carbonation. Aroma of hops, very slightly skunky, and malts with a strong hops finish. Malty and hop balance in the taste with a slight bitterness in finish. Not a bad beer but I don't think I will buy it again.

Rootdog316, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of JRed
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%

Dark amber hue with inch high head that looks quite enticing but dont let looks fool you. Aroma of grains, spice, and vegetable oil. Taste is quite bland, just grains and vegetable flavors with slight spice to end the drink. No real personality to speak of and no richness that stands out. Pass over this one if possible.

JRed, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of grayjg
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%

Appearence- Nice copper color, very clear, very little head retention that faded quickly,to just a little lacing.

Smell- Maltiness at first letting way to a mild hoppiness.

Taste- Sweet at first but the finish is kinda hot, but not over powering hot.

Mouthfeel- Slickens the tongue, light to medium body.

Drinkability- Good beer for the season, a very nice warmer on a cool evening. This beer covered all the bases of a ofest with out anything spectacular.

grayjg, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%

Bottle from Mac's, Atlanta, GA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A clear copper colored beer with an initially nice-looking but fast fading tan head. Lacing is spotty, splotchy, runny. Average.

Aroma: Faint, biscuity roasted grains are the dominant note here,

Taste: Pretty simplistic. It's sweet, with plenty of simple sugars, some slightly more complex, caramelly notes, faint a light leafy hop note and a soupcon of bitterness. There's a moderate amount of spicy, medicinal phenols present midsip which lend a strange though interesting character. Some really funky, tannin-like notes in the finish, too.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp (the phenols contribute to this) effervescence, a little cloying with the sugars.

Drinkability: A little too sweet and a little too strange in the finish for me. Good to try one of the six big Oktoberfestbiers, I suppose, and the alcohol is reasonable, but still definitely not my favorite.

CrellMoset, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of adamette
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%

Served from tap into a beautiful, bodacious one LITER "glass" which resembled a small fishtank complete with one inch "bubbles" embedded into the side of the glass at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio. This glass even had the awesome SPATEN name and symbol printed on the glass opposite the handle. Very cool!

A Really could not be better for an Oktoberfestbier. Medium brown translucent body with one inch head. The glass was the "bubble circle" glass sytle and huuuuge.

S No strong or obvious smell, some malt, some hops.

T Wonderful. Malty, the right amount of hops. This is really a great oktoberfest. I wish that other breweries had tasted this and took as many cues as they are able.

M Great, Medium to thin mouthfeel which is perfect for the style.

D Great as well. I had a liter of this stuff over a period of 90 minutes. While I could not order a second one I believe that these first 3-4 beers (if divided by 12 oz) is plenty. Really, very drinkable.

Notes: The best oktoberfest (and why not, from Munich and one of the sponsors of the real Oktoberfest!) I have had. It will be difficult (if not impossible) to surpass its wonderful balance, simplicity, drinkability. Bravo!

adamette, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of TKempe
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%

Apparently this beer is not the same as the Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen by Spaten. Its colour isn't dark or amber, but golden and very clear; it has a moderate white head and just a few big bubbles of carbonation.

Smells great, of herbal hops and malt, both in a grainy and a caramel-like sense. Some gentle fruity notes come through on the side, as well as a little yeast. A lot hoppier and less caramelesque than other Maerzen's that I've encountered.

Tastes nice and sweet in the beginning and moves into a dry and hoppy/herbal flavor afterwards. Finishes pretty clean with the hops still effective. Quite delicious and juicy.

Medium-bodied and a smooth mouthfeel, crisp to the palate and very easy to enjoy.

TKempe, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

Deep, clear amber colored with a minimal head of fine off-white foam.

The aroma is sweet and bready with a musty-earthy hop overtone.

Flavor is a bit better. A touch of caramel sweetness with a hint of fruit. A solid base of lightly toasted biscuits and a good amount of hops that come in Heinekinesque skunky-musty, earthy, and slightly spicy and metallic (not unpleasant though)

It's not a bad beer, has some decent flavor to it, just not really a great Oktoberfest.

Slynger, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Goregazm
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%


Appearance: Pours with a reddish-yellow color. Full of carbonation bubbles which rapidly rise to the surface. Has a one finger white head which dissiaptes rapidy and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Has the smell of malt and herbs at the top, with some hops and subtle spices underneath. Can also detect a slight hint of pumpkin and honey.

Taste: Has a smooth taste with some herbal feels to it. Can taste some caramel sweetness in there as well. Kind of reminds me of a lighter Heineken, as someone previously alluded to. Couldn't find much spice in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but not overly watery. Gets a slight fizz after a few seconds, kind of like a mouthfull of soda. Has a bitter, tangy aftertaste which isn't spectacular, but there's much worse out there.

Drinkability: Not to repeat myself, but I think that I put it best a moment ago: "Isn't spectacular, but there's much worse out there. This is an ok Oktoberfest beer with a light, clean taste that is not impossible to enjoy. Personally I like Oktoberfest beers with a little more flavor, but if you like a more suttle one then you may want to check this one out.

Goregazm, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of nickynick
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Spaten Oktoberfest poured a dark amber with a small head. Decent lacing in the glass as well. Smell was light of malt and hops. Taste was malty sweet, with hints of caramel. hops were only slightly present in the finish of the beer. Mouthfeel was ok, a bit sticky. Dirnkability was nice. Overall this is a good Oktoberfest beer. I found this to be the sweetest of the German brewed O-fests. Sweeter then Paulener and Hacker-Pschorr. Still a nice beer, one I will buy again as I am a fan of all the Munich brewed O-fests.

nickynick, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Translucent light brown body with about two fingers of white head that dissapated quickly. Leaves some thin rings of lacing.

Grainy sweetness with a little bit of hop in the aroma.

Some noble hops are noticeable in the front, followed by a grainy character. Next some toffee like sweetness from the malt. Finishes with an herbal character.

Medium bodied and a little dry.

This beer would be pretty easy to pound, good drinkability.

Hojaminbag, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear copper with 2 fingers of white head. Retention is fairly short with no lacing.

S - A little skunky, damned green bottles. The expected noble hop aroma is very prevalent with a toasty, bready, malt backbone. There's also a metallic hint in there throwing things off.

T - Somewhat bland when it comes to the malt with a lot of emphasis on the hops. Almost like a toasty pilsner. The spicy character dominates early to mid palate with the toasty malt growing increasingly more burnt tasting, bitter, and metallic. Very dry overall with no trace of caramel or nutty flavors.

M - High carbonation and sturdy medium body. A little too much carbonation in this one.

D - Something about this beer strikes me as odd...perhaps what I got from the taste in general isn't what I thought. The relatively abundant hop presence with the burnt malt flavors really makes for a strange flavor. Glad I waited until I saw a single of this rather than springing for a six or twelve pack.

PatrickJR, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of Onenote81
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%

Had this on tap at First Street Draught House here in Winston. Came out an orange/brown color with a thin white head on top. This dissipated to an even thinner sheet. No good lacing/webbing.

Smell was a bit average. Some of the caramel malt and a little floral scent.

Taste was a little bland and mellow for an Oktoberfest. There was a weird finish that left a tangy aftertaste. Otherwise, the malt and hops were fairly balanced. This was drinkable if there wasn't any other option, but I would pass for better seasonals in the future.

Onenote81, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of kshankar
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance: Copperish/brown color with decent foam. Clear appearance, light reflects to make a nice looking beer.

Aroma: Sweet malts, mainly. The aroma is pretty mild overall, but what I can get is the malts. Very subtle.

Taste: Malts and sweetness come through here, not too strong, but the presence is felt. Finishes pretty clean. Very little bitterness, and that comes in near the end. Alcohol taste is also not too strong either. Pretty decent, I'd say.

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonation lends itself to crispness.

Drinkability: Probably one of the lighter and sweeter Oktoberfests, and it isn't too bad (this is the only marzen I know of that is on sale year round). I remember liking this much more when I first tried it, but this time, I'm not as impressed.

kshankar, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

A- Pours a clear copper color with a nice off white head. Decent retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Bready, sweet malts and grainy. Maybe just a touch of hops buried in there also.

T- Very well balanced taste, bit of sweetness coming through in the malts and just enough hops to even out the flavor.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation. Feels about right on.

D- Pretty solid for the style and very easy to drink.

nrbw23, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Vancer
4/5  rDev +11.1%

A solid Octy, this is one you can hang your hat on with gusto. Deep amber pour, almost mahogany with a frothy ivory head. Good spiced malt aroma which moves nicely into the quaff. Well balanced, but the finish has the near perfect spiced tasty taste. Good stuff, this is one to drink many of in the crisp fall weather.

Vancer, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%

This beer poured a clear copper with a fluffy single-finger head. The scent is pretty tight, I'm only picking up a little malt and maybe some hops. The taste starts off with some sweet caramel malts that gives away to a tiny bit of malts and a pretty clean finish. The mouthfeel is a little watery, but the carbonation makes for a nice crispness. This is a very tasty Marzen, nice and sweet. Not a bad way to celebrate Oktoberfest.

TheTrevor, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of albern
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

This is quite a good Octoberfest, and better than I remembered it when I was in Munich. The beer pours a clear slightly waterish brownish bronze color with very little head, lacing, retention. Within minutes there is no head at all, nothing even hugging the rim of the glass. The aroma is sweet grains, caramels, a husky grassiness, maybe some spices. Right after the pour, there was a strong lagery sulfer smell but this disappeared quickly.

The taste is quite good and mostly typical for the style. First, there is very little carbonation to this beer and there is a definite crispness and lack of smooth creaminess, both characteristic for the style. There are lots of husky grains, there is a herbal hop presence, lots of caramel malts. Towards the finish things get a bit more interesting in that there is a spicy bite, a toasted and somewhat charred character and there is a spice in the end. The beer is fairly watery, although not entirely light bodied. The aftertaste is the lingering herbal hops and the spice in the finish.

albern, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of Clydesdale
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

A: Pours a bronze/copper color with a rather large off-white head with decent retention. Lacing is solid.

S: Clean, toasted grain, and leafy, tealike hops.

T: Grain husk and malts are prevalent. Dry herbal hops dominate the finish and lend an astringent and, again, tealike nature.

M: Slick mouthfeel, with subdued carbonation. Medium body.

D: This one tastes fine, but it's nothing spectacular. The surprisingly tealike flavor certainly doesn't make it too sessionable.

Clydesdale, Oct 03, 2008
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