Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 2,191
Reviews: 1,087
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 47
Gots: 161 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001)
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Photo of Buggies
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very clear amber color.

S: A light malty smell with a little caramel poking through.

T: Taste is pretty much that. A minimally sweet malty brew with a little caramel in there. Taste pretty much ends there. The carbonation is a little high too I thought. So much that it takes something away from this one.

D: I'm really not diggin' this one too much. I probably would buy this again.

There are just far better representatives of the style out there.

Photo of davexisxrabid
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the Yard House in Phoenix, AZ.

Poured a reddish-amber colored with lighter tints at the edges. Decent head and retention with adequate lacing throughout.

The aroma was a bit off putting. At first whiff there was a citrus scent, but I couldn't detect the hops; instead I detected a vinegar smell. I don't know if maybe this brew was skunked or old or if this is just how it comes naturally.

Taste was mellow, not much carbonation, felt a little flat but not too bad. The flavor was well balanced but nothing I would expect from an Oktoberfest brew; it was more reminiscent of an American macro brew lager.

Mouthfeel was alright, medium bodied with a slight hop taste lingering on your palate for a second. Couldn't really detect the high alcohol content (5.9%).

This Oktoberfest was an okay beer, but nothing great. If it's there, I'll have one but I wouldn't go out of my way to have another.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6 of this at my local grocery store.

Poured a golden brown with a finger of white foamy head. Retention is poor, lacing nonexistant.

Smells of light malt and grain. Nothing special.

Taste is fairly crisp, sharp and dry earthy hop with a mild sour malt.

Mouthfeel is fresh and crisp, light bodied, good carbonation.

Drinkability here is decent, not the best Oktoberfestbier I've had this year but for the price it'll do. Great with wings.

Photo of dstc
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber with a big foamy off-white head. Head falls very slow leaving plenty of lace.

Mild malts and grains in the nose. Also picking up a slight skunkiness.

Taste is of the malts and a bit of hops. Musty and earthy.

Medium bodied in the mouth and well carbonated.

Average beer. Fairly drinkable.

Photo of jpkoch1962
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temps in 14 oz pint glass. Poured a bright amber with tight longlasting head and lacing. The aroma was dominated by a full malt aroma. This lager began sweet and smooth. The body was a bit lighter than I expected -perhaps a bit over carbonated. The finish dried out a bit, but the sweet malts had the last say. Perhaps a bit unbalanced for the style -more akin to a "lighter" Bock Bier. This is still a decent quaffing beer, but I think this Oktoberfest has been dumbed down for the mass beer market.

Photo of gciccarelli
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Amber/copper color with very small head, very low retention. Head went away after a few seconds. Leaves some very small lacing.

Smell - Very malty, with a hint of hops. Has a bit of a strange note at the end - somewhat sour? Not overpoweringly bad, but different.

Taste - Very very sweet from the malt, and just a hint of hop bitterness at the end. You get a slight sourness as your aftertaste, but again nothing terrible.

Mouthfeel - Very, very smooth. Very good carbonation level, and light enough that you could easily drink a few of these.

Drinkability - Goes down very easy. Could definitely session.

Not a bad beer, but not the best example of the style either. Would definitely drink again.

Photo of dmamiano
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one first at a Halloween bonfire and was able to snag on for an at home reviewing.
Poured very light and clear, with a nice white head and lacing noticed on the sies of the glass.
Highly carbonated.
Smell was kingd of musty at first impression. Seemed like a mix of grassy like odor, not really coming from the hops.
Taste was ok in the feel, but seemed a little bit harsh. Slightly skunked maybe. Just a bit off.
Hops sre biting on the palate mixing with a mild malt backing.
Ok o-fest I guess, just not what I prefer.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Appears a crisp, copper/orange color with a small, about .5 a finger, head. No lacing and no retention.

The aroma was of very subtle floral hops and sweet caramel malt. A steady sour note resonated with me and I had a hard time getting past it.

The sweetness from the malt really shines through the subtle floral hops. A light hop bitterness coupled with the sour/skunk flavor for a crisp finish.

On the lighter side of medium, good carbonation level. Smooth.

Fairly easy to drink, but I wasn't a huge fan of the flavor profile. I'd probably skip this next time around.

Photo of HalfFull
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light and clear amber with a half inch of foamy head. Head clears quickly yet offers a thin film on the surface and some light lacing for the duration of the brew.

Smells of lager yeasts with a thin and clean toasted malt sweetness. Taste is slightly sweet with classic German flavors for the style. This beer must have worked for IBM back in the day; traditional, not aggressive, goes with the flow.

Decent carbonation matches the brew well and yields a moderate body with a pleasant toasted malt close that doesn't linger on the palate. An easy drinking brew that isn't overly sweet for the style, yet offers enough malt structure to give it some body.

Photo of bkilpatr
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 10/28/08.

Pours a clear copper-orange color with nearly three fingers of beige head. The head dropped quickly, no lacing. Aroma is lightly toasted malt and faint floral hops.

Taste is sweet caramel-ish malt and faint floral hops. Both tastes are very muted, leaving the beer fairly bland. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Carbonation is decent and the body is light. Drinkability is decent, though the poor taste drops it some.

Doesn't taste as good as other beers of the style.

Photo of morebeergood
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12 pack to share with some friends recently. Poured into a pint glass. Brownish color with a hint of orange. Somewhat flat looking, not much head, and not much lacing. Smell was a bit earthy. Taste was a bit sub par. Way too much malt, to the point of sticking to the palate. Plus, there was an skunked flavor hidden after the swallow. It's an easy drinking beer, smooth going down, but I just didn't care for the taste. Kind of a let down from a from a brewer that's had a bit of time to work on the O'Fest recipe.

Photo of DeepSix
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass with minimal head. Has a medium amber color, with no lacing.

Strong malt smell present, with some sour tones. The sourness didn't smell like hops.

Lots of malts dominant, some minor citrus with barely any hops. The alcohol was there but fairly weak taste wise. A medium bodied taste, some more minor carbonation. That seemly typical märzen bland aftertaste. No sure I like this style anymore...

Not bad comparing to the style, not a bad choice when fall rolls around. Given the brewer's history pretty solid choice.

Photo of dnichols
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I split a pitcher of this beer with friends celebrating a beer buddies 40th birthday.

A: It poured a clear orange body with an one finger white head that fell fast.

S: It smelled of thin toasted malts, barely there caramel and floral hops.

T: It had a malty caramel front with hints of white spices. None of the flavors were dominant leaving it somewhat bland.

M: It was light bodied with a lot of carbonation and a funky sour aftertaste that lingered way too long.

D: Average at best. Not a session beer but adequate for serving with a hot spicy pizza.

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

12 longneck from a 6 pack.

A: Very nice medium amber with marked clarity, ample head which settles quickly with nice lacing.

S: Malts, yeast, and typical marzen with a note of sour. Slightly floral

T: A hint of sour start, with a huge shot of malt, earthy with a touch of citrus and a bit of caramel.

M: Extremely well balanced with medium carbonation and texture.

D: This is one of my favorite Marzens, and is an extremely drinkable beer. Fill your huge glass stein, and go for it.

Photo of chaz410
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark amber color was nice for appearance, but where's the head on this kid?? Virtually no head at all and that left the nose a little lacking. It was mild wheaty malts on the nose, mostly caramel. Had a little bit of bittering hops on the nose as well.
The taste was very pleasant, it had a little orange zest added to the rounded wheat character. Caramel malts were present but definately blended in with the other flavors. The wheat notes were present but didn't overpower like a lot of beers of this type.

Photo of Tolnik
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - When poured out into a pint glass it foams to a minimum head and reduces to a minimum lacing as well.

S - Spiced aroma greets the nose showing signs of malty low hop flavoring.

T - Malt greats the mouth and a small spice flavor finishes out the taste for an overall great mouthfeel

Photo of philbe311
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Big white frothy head off of a slightly vigorous pour... Light brown caramel color... Light slow carbonation... Nice lacing... Coats glass exceptionally well for the style...

S - Malt... Seltzer water... Pear... Mild all the way around... Pleasant...

T - Quite tasty... Caramel... Malt... Biscuit... Pear... Burnt sugar... Slight alcohol... Nutty... Some spice notes are present as well, namely clove... Ever so slight bitter finish...

M - Medium bodied, but still surprisingly light... Smooth and silky... Goes down very very easy...

D - Outstanding Oktoberfest... Quite underrated in my modest opinion... Highly enjoyable and sessionable... One of my favorite Marzens for this Octoberfest season...

Photo of TCog
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a great copper color.

Not the biggest aroma going, but what was there had some light malt going on.

Flavor wise, the malt is more pronounced up front than I would have expected from the aroma, but it finishes with more of a hoppy bitter flavor. Not the kick-you-in-the-teeth Octoberfest I've found more and more common from some of the American breweries, and more smooth drinking and easily approachable than some of its comparable imported brethren.

For a little context, even though its available year round, I wait till the first weekend of fall every year and go to town on this beer. Definately one of my favorites, on tap or in the bottle, in terms of easy-drinking crowd-pleasing Octoberfest.

Photo of abriggs1
4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This stuff goes down my throat like silk. It's flavorful but very drinkable. Tastes like a festival in a bottle. What a beautiful, creamy, malty finish this beer has. It's got a good kick and lingers on the tongue more with each passing sip. I consider this one of the best Oktoberfests.

Photo of Rennpferd
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a crisp copper hue with a two finger head and a lively amount of carbination.

A balanced fragrant scent of lite malt and hops. It had a slight hint of alcohol strength.

Barely any malt taste, mostly hops bitterness. The body seemed lite on the front end. It then foamed up a bit and provided a more medium body in the finish. It left behind a bitter hops aftertaste.

It seemed a bit different than the other Marzens that I had this year. The lite front end makes this a beer that you really want to get a mouthful of. I wish there was more malt in the taste however. All in all I could drink a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of TexIndy
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz (no dating info) bottle into a pint glass. It was a clear copper color with good carbonation. No lacing. It had a small head that quickly faded to a thin collar.

The aroma was sweet malt and had a bit of a musty, grassy smell that I usually don't find in O'fests. More typical of a Kolsch or pilsner really. Not bad just unexpected. The taste was OK but didn't really have a bunch of flavor. After trying so many flavorful O'fests this year this one was a bit of a disappointment. It wasn't bad but it wasn't really that special.

Overall, a good drinkable beer but lacking any real flavor to make it stand out. This would be a good starter O'fest beer for friends that you are trying to introduce to something beyond BMC. One and done for me. I'll stick to their excellent hefe's.

Photo of Beernoisseur
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just got into Octoberfest this year for the first time. Some of these season beers are pretty damn good! Spaten's variation is definately in that category. Nice orangey dark amber. it poured three inches of slightly off white head, which dropped to a ring, but hung around the whole time. decent lacing. Tasted good! It had a good amount of standard sweet toasted malt to it, but there were some interesting grassy notes in there as well. I could drink these all night.

Photo of generallee
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a green 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: It had a dark brunt orange amber color which is very different from the light golden Spaten Oktoberfest that I remember enjoying a few years ago. The body had good clarity and the head was thin and faded fast leaving very little head or lace.

Smell: The aroma was light and had floral hops with a slight skunk popping out though sweet caramel and candy like malt notes. (My wife noted that is was like smartees candy.)

Taste/Mouth feel: It had a sweet candy like malt flavor with some mild floral hops. Hop bitterness was very light and coved up buy the sweetness of the malt. It finishes on the sweet side with hint of grassy hops. It was about medium bodied with a smooth texture and light carbonation.

Notes: Overall it was not bad but nothing like the lighter Spaten Oktoberfest that I remember which was very good.

Photo of Spikester
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a modest white head. Some lacings. Aroma is mainly skunky. Taste is sweet roasted malts with a mildly bitter amount of hops. Mouthfeel is average.
Overall I much prefer the Beck's version.
Drinkability is pretty good. Would probably be fine on tap in Germany.

Photo of aquaderek
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a burnt orange with brown tint. A light head clings to the rim of the glass. The nose is sweet malt and spice. It lost some points due to slight skunk. This is an ok Oktoberfest offering and I will be enjoying many this evening. Not the worst or the best.

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