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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,130 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,130
Reviews: 1,079
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 41
Gots: 129 | 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 teejay76
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It poured a transparent brown w/ orange/red highlights. White head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Citrus sweet aroma with malt hints.

Taste: I know it was pretty basic but I actually liked this. It was sweet but refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Again, I liked this. It is what it is but as a refreshing alternative, this worked for me.

teejay76, May 28, 2009
Photo of lonestar1836
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear brown with a creamy white head that disipates fairly quickly

S: a little skinky at first but that goes away, leaving sweet toaste malts and an aroma of alcohol

T: toast malts with sweetness in the middle but not much in the hopps department

M: a little watery, but smooth with a slight fizziness on the tounge

D: not bad, but it's not the best i've ever had

lonestar1836, May 09, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a slightly clouded muted amber color with about a finger of dense off white foam. No lacing to mention with this one. Aromas and flavors of bread, mild sweet malt, a hint of caramel, green apples, and grass are detected. Seems a tad thin bodied with almost ample carbonation. I'll stick with the domestic marzens for the most part.

ClockworkOrange, May 07, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clear, basic brown body with a thin cap of white foam. Gee. A bit of an inauspicious start, I must say.

Smell: Meager, dull maltiness with light notes of spicy, floral hops and fruit. This is both tragic and heartwrenching, like receiving news a dear friend has died recently.

Taste: I fought to keep a troubled, even wearied look off my face upon the realization that blandness would be the order of the day here. Sweetish, vague malts with, perhaps, even some pilsner malt hints to it. Very light fruity undertones of apple and grapes. Mildly bitter, faintly spicy European hops. Sadly, it's just more of the same until the abrupt end. The finish is semi-dry and lightly crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I'll admit, I was taken aback by how surprisingly bland and ho-hum this one was, being Spaten is one of the propagators of this noble style. I'm simply left wanting more (any) malt depth and complexity and even just a tiny bump in overall body to keep that nagging though of drinking brown water away. Perhaps I'll give this one a re-visit sometime down the road so I can hopefully put this disheartening experience behind me.

ChainGangGuy, May 03, 2009
Photo of emsroth
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12oz bottle

App: Dark, crystal clear amber bordering on brown. Small head that leaves too quickly.

Smell: sweet toasted grain with a bit of soda sourness. Alcohol slightly shines through.

Taste: First sip is strong and biting; seems like a mix of the carbonation and alcohol. Next is the husky malt that I love about the marzens, but it only comes out now and again. It ends in a slight caramel sweetness, not at all cloying like it can be.

Medium level/amount but strong carbonation Medium body with a light film aftertaste.

Despite its failings, I could definitely have more.

emsroth, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is a deep gold with a foamy white head. Some nice lacing.

The smell is a bit caramel, some wheat and malt flavors and a bit sugary.

The taste is of caramel and cinammon. There is also so bitter fruit flavors as well.

One of the better Oktoberfest beers, is very flavorful and has a nice feel to it. Drinkability is pretty smooth and goes down easy.

Duhast500, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of liquidsunshine
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was very impressed with the Spaten Optimator and saw this in the store and had to try it. Me and my friends all opened one together, pouring into nice tall glasses. Sitting out on the porch in beautiful weather we took in the experience. The pour was excellent, beautiful head and an awesome deep color. I was a tad disappointed in the smell, while it was good, it really did not fill the nostrils. The taste is extraordinary, and the main purpose to sip one of these. The rich flavors fill your mouth from corner to corner and do not fail to please. I would never have more than a couple of these in one night.

All in all, a great beer, and definitely one I will have again! Another great beer from Spaten.

liquidsunshine, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/3/2008 (draft):

Pours a brownish colored body, with a small white colored head, very creamy looking. Has a very malty aroma. Some acidity in the palate. Sourish taste almost. Dusty malty taste. Don't know if the acidity and sour are a bad sign or not.

jujubeast6000, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of maskednegator
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber. Head leaves frothy lace as it subsides.
Smell: Bread, alfalfa, sweet malts
Taste: Strong malt sweetness. Crisp, mildly citrus hop finish.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, high carbonation
Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, from ice cold all the way to room temp.

Verdict: Certainly not the most complex beer ever, but it's got enough going on to merit drinking on its own, rather than just using it to wash down some brats.

maskednegator, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of harpo111
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is not a bad beer...they had it on firesale at the Saucer when i was there.
A: dard redish brown
s: fruity; malty
t: not too carbonated or hoppy...smooth
m: not overly filling..moderately light..mainly due to not being too carbonated
d: not bad...descent
a good brew..not super great, but still a descent food beer...had some wings with it...went well.

harpo111, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of wl0307
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coming in a slim 500ml brown bottle, BB 07/2009, served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: pours a dark golden hue with lively carbonation mixed of large and tiny fizz, topped with a 1.5cm thick white frothy head with pretty good retention.
S: a typical Munich malty brew with the pure lager malts leading the way, on a sound balance with doughy sourness, floral hops, a touch of egg white(!), and a touch of lemony aroma; the maltiness comes with a decent body, but not cloying or syrupy, just showing plentiful grainy aroma.
T: a rather lubricating flow of grainy lager malts comes lighter in taste than the aroma suggests, but decent enough to form a moderate backbone to carry through a mildly sour-fruity edge of hops and yeastiness; meanwhile, a powdery-textured bitterness as from hop extract develops slowly at the back of the palate, along with a faint trace of floral taste of German hops. Pretty decent and clean in the finish.
M&D: very easy-drinking, lightly carbonated, and surprisingly light-bodied for a 5.9%abv. brew, but somehow the maltiness on the flavour is slightly in the lacking that reduces the overall performance, for, the hops are too mild and the yeasty sour touch is subdued. An OK beer designed to quaff in the famous festival, but I suspect the draught version has to be much more delicious to be able to keep people on their benches under those huge marquees (but I hear one can't simply move to any other marquee without a prior booking nowadays... oh well, a pub crawl is so much more fun, innit?).

wl0307, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of oldhippie247
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium-gold with thin head that disappears all too quickly. Bottle tasted a tad warmer than ideal.

The nose is all about the malt, but not in an all too great way. A little funky on the nose--similar to some other German lagers--not my style.

Flavor is a little stale, though that could be partially attributed to the age of the bottle. All malt palate with no really discernable hop profile.

A cheap beer with historical significance and import intrigue, but falls a little flat on aroma and flavor--pretty big areas.

oldhippie247, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of jonworth
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant to the nose with a coppery color, leaning towards brownish green rather than red. Minimal head with moderate carbonation. Does not leave any lacing to speak of.

Not very lively on the tongue, although it yields a pleasantly slick mouthfeel. Despite the somewhat higher ABV I could really pound these.

By way of disclaimer I don't have any experience with this style of beer, so I cannot compare this particular one to the best of the breed. I would say that this beer is worthwhile but nothing to jump up and down about. Not a first choice off the shelf for me.

jonworth, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of MisterE
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - last of a 12-pack bought at Ward's for $11.99

A: pours a clear medium reddish brown with small, thin head that continues to be fed by rising bubbles

S: clean fresh fruity (grassy?) and slightly yeasty, very inviting

T: solid and balanced märzen flavor, but nothing remarkable

M: low to moderate carbonation - just right for me - smooth and not too crisp

D: this beer goes down easy and is even more pleasant as it gets to the bottom of the glass

There seem to be lots of these 12-pack available four months past October, but the beer is still very good.

MisterE, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of CMW
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had one left over in the back of the fridge...

A - Pours a crystal-clear copper color with almost no head to speak of. Carbonation appears to be quite heavy.

S - Fairly straightforward, roasted malt and corn.

T - Malt is dominant here with some definite corn notes. There is a small amount of skunkiness from the green bottle.

M - Carbonation seems a little heavy but other than that, very thin.

D - Not the best beer, but very drinkable especially during Oktoberfest.

CMW, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of ruckus232
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce green bottle

Appearance: Clear brown/bronze color with little head and a little lacing

Smell: Very grainy smell, almost smells a little bit like hay or grassy smell

Taste: A sweet malty flavor in the beginning that fades into a hoppy bitterness that lingers for a while

ruckus232, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of MillySox
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at responsible beer bar that likey takes care of their lines and taps. Golden copper color with a big white head. Clean and crisp flavor and with a delicate balance of caramel malts and noble hops. Light enough to enjoy multiple glasses without filling up. A real fest beer with aromatic hops.

MillySox, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of TheBear11D
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber orange and is very clear. Had a small short-lives white head.

Has a solid leafy aroma, very earthy with an orange scent that covers it all.

Very refreshing mellow grain intro that turns into a leafy hop containing a slight bitterness that hangs on for a good while.

Medium body which is clean and smooth with some crisp carbonation.

Good flavor and easy to enjoy. A solid beer, something to have again.

TheBear11D, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of vancurly
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a) Pours a handsome golden yellow, with no haze, and a well-set 1cm frothy head
s) Fresh hay, cereal grains, tinned-corn, slight barnyard... Very bucolic.
f) Complex of malt, grain, husk, corn. Slightly sweet up front. Subtle tobacco leaf aftertaste. Very enjoyable.
m) Lightly creamy, yet crisp enough to want more.
d) Good beer, and one for the masses, with nice fresh flavours, subtle sweetness, and a good look.

vancurly, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass
A - Pours a clear amber with a frothy white head.
S - Sweet malt not much else
D - Malt sweetness right away. Earthy grains with a dry hop aftertaste.
M/F - lt/Med body. Slightly creamy - it's smooth with a nice carbonation prickle.
D - This one is very easily drinkable. Not complex or overly subtle though refreshing and tasty.

ThirstyBird, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A: A "thin" amber color. Looks alot like a glass of iced tea. Light carbonation pours into a scant head which quickly fades into a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Nothing really in terms of lacing.

S: Hearty malt, hops, cloves.

T: Malt is hearty, but not heavy. Mild hoppiness, hint of sweet, and a peaty flavor.

M: Light but hearty malt feel. Lightly hoppy finish.

D: Good drinkability. Nice flavor, and feel.

A little complexity in flavor. Decent nose, good feel, and pretty solid drinkability. It has a heartiness, but still light. Aftertaste that lingers, but does not overwhelm. Overall, a really solid quaff.

bmwats, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear ruby-orange color with a nice rocky white head. Head retention was average, and lasted for a brief minute or two while a light splotchy lacing decorated the glass.

S: overall light in nature with some fresh grains and light sweet vienna caramel.

T: The flavor was sweet with some sweet citrusy hopping along with some light honey and toasted malt notes.

M: smooth from the light carbonation and the beer finishes with light caramel hints and a touch of malt sourness.

D: Overall moderate per style, moderate flavor and moderate drinkability.

beerthulhu, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of SerieDNo3
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark orange-amber with a thin, but fluffy head that quickly becomes a ring around the glass. Minimal lacing.

S: Euro-lagery aroma with some sweeter malt notes

T: Rather sweet, with some notes of bread and butterscotch, and a slight hop crispness.

M: Somewhat thin; the flavors register, but don't feel very substantial.

D: Could use a little more carbonation, as it feels somewhat thin, and yet too sweet. Not a bad beer by any means, just not one I'd go out of my way to find.

SerieDNo3, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with notes a amber, with a huge, ivory colored, creamy head that has great retention and excellent lacing.

S-I get a strong skunky character in the aroma and flavor that kinda overpowers the oktoberfest experiance. I get some bready/caramel malts in the nose, but the skunkiness does overpower and overshadow the malts I like...

The flavor is just like the aroma, SKUNKY! It's not "bad", it's just not what I want in my marzen. If I want skunky, I would get a Heineken.

The mouthfeel is a clean, medium body with a sweet finish.

Very drinkable. But I wouldn't go for this one again. Glad I got to review it though.

hoplover82, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/21/08. On tap at the Biergarten Restaurant in Epcot, Disney World. A dark amber with a decent sized white head in the huge 1L mug it was served in. At first, tasted very similar to Optimator, with the dark roasted, bready malt flavor coming through. As it warmed, it got a little fruitier and the sweet malt came out. A good beer, but maybe not one I'd return to anytime soon.
6/4/7/4/14 (3.5/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 19, 2008
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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