Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Not Rated.
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-MärzenSpaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,190 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,190
Reviews: 1,087
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 47
Gots: 159 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001)
View: Beers (17) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,190 | Reviews: 1,087 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear, copper...nice 1-finger, white head...tight bubbles...leaves a thin cap that stays, but no lacing to be found

S - very light notes of sweet, grainy malts...get a little bit of mustiness as well

T - a little bitter up front, which is surprising...cracker and bread crust...slight bit of caramel sweetness as it warms a bit

M - a little thin and watery...moderate carbonation...not much lingering

D - easy drinking...not overly complex...good beer for a cool, fall evening

Photo of GoalieRon33
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- suffers a little with a boring, brown coloration. Nice head retention, coming in at 2 fingers

S- Fruity, bready, malty. Overall nice.

T- wonderful strong taste. Not overpowering. Fruity with some breadiness. Hops dont hit till the end, but at nicely controlled.

M- Not thick like a stout, but thick enough to notice it's there. Refreshing with a hop bitterness at the end

D- Easy to drink a ton of this stuff. Even for the bud light drinker of the bunch. I love this beer, and would reccomend it to everyone.

Photo of Josievan
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber in color. Modest head and slight lacing.

Smell: Malts are mainly what I smell from this beer, maybe a little hops, but not much.

Taste: Quite malty, with a little bit of sweetness coming from the malts. This is balanced by a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Middle of the road, not too heavy and not too light. Carbonation is apparent but nothing overbearing.

Drinkability: I might have a few of these if I was in the mood for an Octoberfest and this was readily available.

Overall, this is a solid Octoberfest, if nothing that outstanding. Certainly not the first Octoberfest/Marzen that comes to mind when I want this malty autumn style, but you really can't go wrong here either.

Photo of callmemickey
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich, coppery amber body. Large eggshell white cap. Spotty lacing is left after the huge head crashed and burned quickly.

S: Spicy and grassy hops ride atop a backdrop of soft and sweet caramel malts.

T: A mellow caramel base comes through from start to finish as the grassy hop bitterness pokes in here and there. Slightly bready.

M: Medium bodied. Noticeable carbonation. Somewhat rounded finish.

D: Fairly good. The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than the flavor matches up with. A decent classic festbier.

Photo of kpoole25
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another lager that I like, add it to 'the list'!. Reminds me of Negro Modelo in some ways. Just now getting around to the Octoberfest/seasonal beers, also got the Sam Adams and DFH pumpkin. 12 oz bottle (from make your own six pack) to glass. Looks like dark ice tea. Mostly get malt on the nose, very inviting. Good sweet flavors and just a bit of hoppy bitterness. Carbonation was noticeable but just about right. Very easy to drink, but noticed the alcohol effects quickly too.

Photo of PartyBear
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light clear golden, with masses of carbonation, and a giant fluffy white head, with brilliant retention.

Aroma: Quite malty on the nose, with hints of dry grains, and a touch of honey.

Taste: Lots of clean grain and slightly biscuity malts up front, followed some light hops with a hint of grapefruit, finishing with a crisp dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp on the palete, very lively, and a mild dryness on the texture.

Drinkability Wonderfully drinkable, one of the best known oktoberfest beer, and rightfully so. Crisp and clean, with nicely balanced flavours and a great looking beer.

Photo of katan
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown color - darker than most marzens. Carbonation is very obvious. Strong bubbling, which goes to support an off-white head. Very clear overall after it settles down.

S - Big time vienna/pilsner malt base here - that spicy edgy bready notes come through quite strongly. Almost too much a pilsner.

T - The vienna/pilsner malts continue to dominate - starts off with a malt malt sweetness that is immediately overwhelmed by those almost funky pils malt notes. Could have some vienna in there - but its hard to detect. No hopping. Finishes with another hit from those pilsner malts. Aftertaste is fairly sweet.

M - Moderate body - carbonation supports the strength of the unfermentables. Certainly leaves behind a combination of malty sweetness and carbonation bite.

D - Moderate drinakbility. ABV is manageable. Flavors are not overwhelming, but those vienna/pilsner malts are just a bit montone for me.. Carbonation is higher than I would desire in a marzen.

I must be picky in wanting my Marzens with less Vienna/Pils malts- just so dominant. I want to back those down and let more caramel and toffee come through.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So I guess this is supposed to be one of the original Oktoberfest style beers and I've wanted to give it a try for awhile, but was a little pricey for a six pack. I finally saw it at the Union Brewhouse In Weymouth and decided to give it a shot and take some notes while I was there.

Poured into a standard pint glass, has a dark amber color to it, certainly on the darker side of amber, but light enough to be away from the brown color. It has excellent clarity to it. At first it has a fizzy white looking head to it, but it ended up with close to average lacing. Not too much stick to the glass, but the lace kind of slide down to the liquid after each time you took a drink. There really wasn't much to the smell, I was a bit disappointed. It had a little bit of a malty/metallic smell, but it was pretty weak. The taste saves it a bit. I found it pretty malty and sweet. Certainly picked up on some caramelized malts. Nothing about the taste was overly strong though, I actually found it quite on the lighter side. The mouthfeel was good, extremely light though. This was one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, I couldn't believe how fast I drank it. I just remember looking at the glass and it was already just about gone. Certainly not a very hearty beer, not something I would like or normally like to drink in the fall, more of a summer beer in my opinion.

Photo of dfillius
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: 3/4 finger off white head with poor retention. Clear copper colored liquid. More head please.
S: Skunky macro-lager smell floating over caramel malt. Grain comes through more when warmer.
T: Sweet, fair hops. Good quality macro lager flavor, but still tastes like a macro lager
M: Decent
D: No thanks on another, and I won't buy again. Does go down easy.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/17/2009- from notes.

Green 120z bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a deep, brassy-copper color with a two finger tightly bubbled white head that had pretty good retention. Left good lacing as well. Active carbination.

S- A little grassy, a little floral and a little light fruit. Pretty well blended I'd say.

T- Same as the smell with some spices mixed in. Maybe some light bread as well.

M- Light to medium, pretty smooth and crisp. A little dry on the finish.

D- Very easily sessioned, I'll definitely pick this one up again.

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

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, thin ring of retention, hints of lacing.

S: Big sulfury-mineral aroma, grassy spicing, toffee, roasted nut & caramel.

T: Sulfury mineral, roasted nut, grassy, peppery, toffee, balanced bitterness.

M: Moderate body, well-carbonated, crisp/dry finish.

D: A decent drinker.

Photo of MrDanno96
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque dark amber color that lets a little light in. Initially poured almost an inch of head, but quickly dissipated to a thin ring. Medium lacing.

S: Spices and sweet hops. Also some subtle malt, grain, and a touch of apples.

T: A strong malty flavor up front that transitions into some bitter hops. Reminds me a bit of a regular lager. Not bad, but I could use a little more complexity.

M: Light body with a good amount of carbonation. Once again, not bad, but I would like a little more body from a Marzen.

D: Light and crisp and finishes pretty well - goes down easy. I wouldn't mind sessioning a few of these, but there are definitely better options out there.

Photo of EddieTheTrooper
4.7/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite oktoberfest beer, Spaten is the reason I look forward to the fall. Its deep ruddy brown color is pleasing to the eyes, more so when looking at it down the barrel of a huge 32 oz mug. The smell speaks of the experience behind Spaten's brewing, these guys know how to make a friggin' beer. The first sip betrays hints of sassafras and mint that stay with you to the bottom of the glass. It is a little creamier than other oktoberfestbiers, but I like that, it serves to make a rich and foamy head. If you find it on tap, call a friend to drive you home because you're going to want to drink as much of it as your can. Remember in the movie Beerfest when the guys find that secret beer recipe hidden in the doll and they're all talking about how they want to ice skate on it or are simply moved to tears by how delicious it is? I like to imagine that beer tastes like Spaten Oktoberfest.

Photo of DerBayer
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich amber but not quite coppery dark enough and the head is minimal/soapy

Smell is strongly of sweet Munich malts thats how it should be

Taste is the same with some hoppy bitterness to balance but not quite deep enough - others do it better

Mouthfeel is rich an very refreshing like most munich beers - noch eins bitte!

Photo of taxguyjase
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer really hit the spot with some Jagersnitzel. The light orange color was appropriate for the season. There is some definite malt flavor and smell in here. The brew has a little bit of an apple cider crispness to it, which was nice. A pretty smooth beer, can't say that I noticed any aftertaste at all. If you were having a Oktoberfest (or any fiesta for that matter), this beer would likely go over very well with a mixed crowd.

Appearance - 3.0/5.0 - light pumpkin color (orange, with hint of red) transparent
Smell - 3.5/5.0 - malty with sweet afterscent, almost apple cider-esqe, little head
Taste - 4.0/5.0 - malt with bit of sweetness, really smooth with little aftertaste, bready
Feel - 4.0/5.0 - extremely smooth, little to no aftertaste
Drinkability - 3.5/5.0 - would be good for mixed crowd, balanced and enjoyable

Photo of beer2day
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange-gold with 1-finger head. Decent retention, with a nice rind left behind.

Strong lager nose. Slightly sweet, with bread dominating. Lots of straw as well.

Very crisp and clean, more like a fall lager than what I would term an octoberfest. Not enough malt body for my taste. A nice crisp lagerish finish, but none of the sweetness I would expect.

It is easy to drink. Just not sure I would have more than one if other fests were available.

Photo of Whiteweasel
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a seidel and reveiwed courtesy of my roommate heissebier.

Appearance: A moderately dark brown colour with a disappointing head. I know it's a lager and I did pour as if it was an ale, but I was hoping for something more substantial.

Smell: Mmmmm...delicious! It's a fragrant aroma that is unique to only Oktoberfests. A sweet maltyness balanced by what I think might be hops. (this wasn't the first beer i've had tonight)

Taste: Slightly lighter than I expected. Bittered by the hops to a point where it works nicely with the sweetness. It's a pleasant taste and goes down very easily. Its only weakness is that it has a very slight metallic taste, but not enough to damage the taste much.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant. The right amount of carbonation and no sign of alcohol (which might be offputting in this style). Leaves a nice taste in the mouth. A little stale after a while though.

Drinkability: Very refreshing. I can't stress how easy this was to quaff. It's an great combination of light/refreshing and substantial at the same time. And at only 5.9% its something you can definitely have a few of. Good seasonal from a consistantly good brewery.

Photo of heissebier
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this in honor of Oktoberfest ironically enough. I couldn't help but be impressed by the 1397 founding. It even claims to be the original Oktoberfestbier!

Appearance- Nice brown lager color. Weak head dissapears quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell- Malt blended with a sweet hoppy aromma. A pleasing sensation overall but I also detected traces of skunkiness.

Taste- Sweet and hoppy with a bitter finish. A light flavor without much depth.

Mouthfeel- Refreshing with good carbonation. Not too harsh.

Drinkability- A solid beer overall. I would buy this again but I'm not in love with it. Certinally a delicious Oktoberfestbier though!

Photo of Thur123
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A heavy pour of this brew yields a three finger head with lots of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. The color is a light brown with some orange in it, like the leaves of autumn a little bit. (barf) The smell is toasty malts and buttery bread. A bit of grassy hop aroma permeates the smell nicely.

Glug glug glug

The first taste is slightly bitter with the sweet toasty malts crating the rest of the character. After the initial hit, this well balanced Marzen leaves behind a bit more of the hops then the malts, giving it a clean finish. Overall this beer is pretty good, simple and humble and very drinkable, and for the price, an economical choice too. The mouth feel is a little watery but I'm not sure if this style is supposed to be really heavy or sticky.

Photo of drunkboxer1
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Fox and the Hound. Came out a little flat but I'm guessing it wasn't the beers fault. Smells sweet and Munich-malty. A little grasssy maybe from some hops. Tastes sweet, maybe a little cloying. Definately some European hop characteristics in there; flowery etc. No real bitterness. Drinks easy, though. Been having a bunch of these marzens lately and honestly I prefer Paulener's, Sam Adams', and Real Ale's to this, but not bad if its the only thing around.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: the color of a new penny with short lived head of fine bubbles

S: sweet aroma of vanilla, caramel fudge, and roasted nut.

T: fruity up front with orange flavors, brown sugar, and spice. finishes with spices, citrus, wheat bread, and crisp hops.

M: smooth entry to a medium body with decent carbonation. finishes off-dry, crisp and clean.

Overall, A decent oktoberfest. This one has a very clean and well balanced character, with a traditional oktoberfest flavor. However, I would like to see the green bottles replaced with brown to prevent light spoil. All in all, the contents are pretty classic.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty straightforward Oktoberfest. This one is always at the organized Oktoberfests I go to.

More on the clean lager end of the spectrum. Different taste components seem pretty balanced to me. Some hops, butter notes and caramel.

Unfortunately, this bottle seems slightly skunked. Not bad, but not ideal. The perils of the green bottle.

Photo of joshuadlight
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Spaten mug from a 12 oz bottle.
Very average brew, but fitting to bring in the new season. Heavy on the spice notes, nutmeg in particular. Malts are mildly present and the hops take a third backseat.
Nothing overly impressive or mindblowing here, but it is a decent tasting beer and could definitely be quaffed in large quantities. Useful as a gateway to the big beers of winter.

Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger of head falls into a nice layer of lace, walnut brown coloring, looks like i want a sip.

s- sweet, caramel malt with a tang of hops on the backend.

t- nice smooth even malt, brown sugary sweetess, interesting citrs hop tang in the back of the mouth.

m- medium to light body.

d- very drinkable, the hop presence was a nice addition to this solid oktoberfest, very sessionable, i could have several of these.

Photo of popery
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Marzen but tends to get a bit sweet and lacks the depth of better version. I'm trying this beer against Ayinger's version. This beer pours a darkish brown-amber, completely clear with a small, white head. Bubbles stick around nicely, though. The aroma is malty and clean but quite light. There's no off note that can creep into lighter German imports. There's a touch of apples and grapes detectable, as well. The flavor comes through more strongly vinous with a light but fruity malt. It gets just a bit too sweet in the finish, but I'm sure that I'd lose sight of that quickly if I were drinking it any quantity. While both this beer and the Ayinger would be easy to drink all night, I have to give the nod to Ayinger. Still, Spaten puts out a nice marzen with a relatively low price tag.

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
82 out of 100 based on 2,190 ratings.