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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,893 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,893
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 29
Gots: 64 | 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 watermelonman


3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This arrived as a dark amber and orange with only a ring of head. There was no lace.

It tastes like there's some nice malt in there, but nothing else. The smell has a bit of toasted grain and big malt content, while the taste is massively malt. There's a pinch of hops, but not enough to balance things out. The mouthfeel is decent.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2005 16:40:11 | More by watermelonman
Photo of Litterbean

New York

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant looking beer, amber colored with a nice head that retains its form for a very very long time.

Clean malty smell, some sweetness to it, and a bit grainy as well.

Light on the palate. Smooth carbonation. Sweet tasting with some bitterness. Nothing complicated though. A pretty bares bones beer. Still, it's refreshing and a nice beer to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 19:46:50 | More by Litterbean
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce glass on tap at Old Chicago, Madison WI. This beer has a very dark color for an Oktoberfest. It's dark brown with a 1 inch head. Nose is malty and nutty, but nothing impressive. Sweet malty flavor with notes of nuts and caramel. Very clean malt profile. Finishes with some tasty German hops. This beer is incredibly drinkable. I've never done it, but I'm sure I could make a fantastic session of this beer. This is a beer that doesn't get the respect it deserves. Certainly a beer to sample each Oktoberfest season.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2005 03:14:13 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of JanM


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since it's a seasonal brew I suppose I should say that this review is for 2005. Out of the oktoberfest beers that are available in Sweden (where I live) only Weltenburger Kloster beats Spaten's oktoberfest bier. Foam is good and it smells great from herbs, bread and citrus. It looks good too, with it's golden yellow color. The taste is bitter, bready, flowery with some herbs and acid. It's a great drink at any time of the year. Don't miss it!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 16:19:24 | More by JanM
Photo of ThreePistols


3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First I just want to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this beer in spite of so many skunked reviews posted.

This beer pours a clear bright medium golden color with a huge frothy head. The nose was sweet, full of toasted malt and bread like. Smooth medium body with a nice mouth feel. The taste was much like the nose, sweet, malty and bready. The hops were perhaps too light. Nice smooth semi-dry finish. Very easy to quaff.

On the negative side this beer was on light side of taste and excitement. And for the cost, there are better Oktoberfest biers.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 12:32:11 | More by ThreePistols
Photo of xgrigorix


3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce green bottle, no dates.

Pale orange & clear. Dense off white cap of foam. Very little lace.

Malty biscuit aromas backed up by a herbal sort of hop aroma.

Bready, caramel, & biscuit malt type flavours. Some Herbal hop flavours finish it off. Straight forward, clean & firm. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Not good, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 02:02:17 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of ppoitras


4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap from the Hofbrauhaus, in the Food Court at The Big E, West Springfield, MA.

Clear plastic pint cup presentation. Adequate 1/2" beige head over the dark amber brew. Aroma is dominated by grains. Taste is sweet maltiness, like liquid roasted grain hulls, with a crisp close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. Very enjoyable brew, went well with my bratwurst.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2005 12:02:59 | More by ppoitras
Photo of nickss


2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light amber hue with a big frothy white head.... looks appealing.

Smells skunked.... a definite downside to having green bottles.... smells like Becks... ugh.... if the beer tastes like it smells it might find its way down my drain.

OK.... it doesnt taste AS bad as it smells, but its certainly not good. I'm going to force myself to drink this.... hoping that some additional flavour is going to come through as it warms. Still skunky... the malt is weird tasting... not well balanced.... pretty crappy all around.

Well... the mouthfeel is at least moderately decent.... tongue coating, but not too active sadly.

I have no desire to drink another of these for as long as I may live.
The Dos Equis and Becks drinkers will love this one. For those of you out there who prefer a decent Oktoberfest, try the Paulaner or H-S.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 22:56:11 | More by nickss
Photo of DogFood11


3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

fizzy, white, lifeless head that is never to be seen again shortly after the pour. The color one would expect from this style, perfectly clear copper tones to amber in color.

For some reason my frist drink of spaten oktoberfest always tastes so damn good and it fades from there. refreshing, light carbonation. smells like your in a bakery, doughy with some light hop balance. My latest sample was the best yet, tasted fresh and had that lingering aftertaste of some toast, and hops...beautiful blend.

Notes: I've had bad oktoberfests from spaten but lately I've had nice fresh tasting beer. Decent price as well. Until they dissapoint me again ....I'm IN!...

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 22:50:59 | More by DogFood11
Photo of ryantupy


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Old Chicago on tap during its oktoberfest. It poured a bronze color a little darker than the oktoberfests I have had. It smelled toasted and a little spice. It was a lighter beer that tasted of toasted grain and herbalish hops. Definatly not my favorite octoberfest beer this year.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2005 22:40:49 | More by ryantupy
Photo of brewQ


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle code date L11851 I'd take that as bottled April 2005 ...

A Classic appearance,shiny copper to bronze hue, nice collar of sandy color foam that coats the glass well.

The nose is earthy with hints of grain and bready sweetness.

A rich but not overwhelming taste of caramel malts.

A silky smooth mouthfeel that holds to the bottom of the glass. Makes this a quite drinkable beer.

The Ur Marzen claim, noting that this is the Original Marzen Oktoberfest, was new to me but since Spaten has been around since 1397 I would not doubt it.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 21:06:23 | More by brewQ
Photo of ReebShorts


2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a gree 12 oz bottle, a clear orangish color with single finger head, fading a bit but leaving lacing all around.

Doesn't smell like other Oktoborfest's I've tried, this one smells a bit like a czech import or something. slightly skunky with an astringent tone, some malt breaking through.

Taste is not great, but not horrific. I'll get through the sixer, but look forward to moving on to something else.

Not recommending this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 05:01:21 | More by ReebShorts
Photo of BigRedN


3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours from the 1 pint 0.9 fl oz bottle (which indicates this as malt liquor?) into my pint glass a nice dark coppery red. Clear, with plenty of tiny bubbles floating from the bottom of the glass to the top. Good head, at least 1/2 inch, fell to a good covering by half way through. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Scent is somwhat subdued. All malt, sweet smelling, with an aroma of caramel and toffee.

Taste: Quite tastey, although one dimensional. Malty (slightly toasted with a touch of grains). A little sweet, hop presence is minimal, which leaves this a malt dominated brew, which I don't find all that bad, particularly for this style.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and light, and plenty carbonated. A hint of alcohol burn in the throat, which was unexpected.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, before I knew it this was gone. It's fairly affordable as well. I'd have this again, if there are no other Oktoberfests around that I have yet to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 04:08:49 | More by BigRedN
Photo of mentor


3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from Liquor Mart (Boulder) and consumed later that same evening. Pours a two finger tan/caramel head over a crystal clear light brown rust liquid. Smells sweet munich malty, some honey, and a hint of funk. Toasted grains beneath these. Tastes soured malt tannic/phenolic from toasted grains. Vienna malt sweet, but not wet. A hint of caramel, almost toffee/chocolate-ish. SOme iron. Mild hop bitter with a grassy hop flavor remniscent of dried hay. Overall, pretty tasty. Aftertaste has a hint of sour that, with reaching, makes me think of cherries. Not cherry flavor...it's just cherry sour. Md, yet thick on the tongue, body and moderately carbonated. Bottle was stamped L18843K.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 21:44:44 | More by mentor
Photo of RBorsato


4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen"

Light golden amber with a nice full creamy off-white head and slow constant carbonation. Bready and nutty aroma and flavors with a spicy character. Medium-light bodied and smooth.

Decent well-rounded Oktoberfestbier.

Per Label: "The World's First Oktoberfestbier"

Per Spaten website: OG 13.7

($19.99 / case)

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 19:11:59 | More by RBorsato
Photo of weeare138


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a light golden color with a small amount of white head that slowly fades. Tiny traces of lacing are left around.
Smell is of light caramel and malt with a light hoppy aroma.
Taste is slightly sweet and caramelish with a mild doughyness and hoppiness that is borderline buttery/skunky.
Mouthfeel is ok. Ok roastiness and fruitiness with hops but slightly thin.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2005 17:43:37 | More by weeare138
Photo of mynie


4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Germans better know how to make one of these, as I'm pretty sure this whole "oktoberfest" thingee has something to do with Germany. Whenever you see Ks were Cs should be it's a good bet that ol' Jerry's about.

Pours ice tea gold with no head. Unimpressive but not bad.

My oh my does it smell nice, though. Very potent, I can smell it while the glass is three feet from my nose. Incredibly rich and smooth fruit malts. Sour apples, plums, cherry juice. Nice.

Tastes like a kickass helles bock. A fruit juice bonanza that ends on nice grain with a sweet kick of caramel. There's the lightest hop at the end, to finish it off.

Nice marzen, is all I can say. I can certainly picture drinking a barrel full of this stuff while a bunch of people play polka music.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 02:27:28 | More by mynie
Photo of russpowell


4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flows lite caramel, but retains head white not thick, but okay...)alright...

Beautiful malty biscuits morish smell with some whiffs of hops..

great malty. give me some more taste...
super balance & swlllability.,.. tastes of biscuits & yum..

me like it much....

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2005 00:03:16 | More by russpowell
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2.6/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This starts out as one great beer,but fails to deliver.It looks great,full dark amber color and a big head.The taste is not what it should be.For a specialtly Octoberfest,this beer is alittle weaker in taste than other octoberfests.With an octoberfest, i would expect more flavor,i.e.more spices.This is a beer you could enjoy grilling sausages or brats.This is more of a crisp beer than other octoberfests and results in a better drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 22:46:36 | More by jmz62565
Photo of alankwak


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber colored with strong head, good retention and lacing.

S: Low hop aroma.

T: Very malty, but for this style, I guess it's supposed to be that way. I like a tad more hoppiness. Good clean finish though.

M: Nice, full mouthfeel.

D: Well, pretty easy drinking here. Not too filling but I could not down many of these. Guess I'm used to pils.

Overall pretty good. I didn't know this was considered a malt liquor when I bought it. I usually don't like malt liquor but figured since Spaten has a good reputation I'd try it and it was good, just not high on this style...low hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 14:18:25 | More by alankwak
Photo of Sycodrummer


3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap from the Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, Mass. Presented to me in a pint glass, the beer was a dark yellow color with a sliver of pure white head.

The smell was hoppy upfront with a malt tinge in the background. Some very faint fruit as well.

An innitial hoppy taste upfront with a slight bitterness, but not over powering in any respect. A more malty finish. Tastes are well balanced but nothing really pushes me to remember this beer.

Medium body with ample carbonation.

A very easy drinking beer. Nothing special standing out here, but still solid and balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2005 22:58:54 | More by Sycodrummer
Photo of kgotcher


2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a case at Costco. First Octoberfest of the season for me. No freshness date but I assume since it is still Sept it must be fairly fresh.

Pours amber with a fairly thin head, a little lacing. Head dissapears quickly, smells malty, bit of hops, Malty, buiscut flavor but a bit thin on the mouthfeel, and a little sour on the aftertaste. Not the smoothest octoberfest out there.

Drinkable for sure, nothing insulting just not the best of the marzens I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 02:16:00 | More by kgotcher
Photo of neonbrown82


3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fall is already creeping up upon us, so I am making it my goal to try all the Oktoberfest I can.

Pours to a coppery amber color, nice and clear with a great carbonation and a pillowy marshmallow tan head. Looks crisp and refreshing enough.

The smell is a tad bit weak. A bit biscuity and malty sweet. A bit of diacetyl maybe.

The taste is only slightly better than the smell, but more buttery. No noticable hops. This is not one of my favorite Oktoberfests.

Nothing impressive. I'll probably not try it again. Many more O'fests to be had...

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 06:20:41 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden with 3/4ths of a finger of head. Head disapates quickly with little lacing. Smells of roasted malts. Tastes of roasted malts along with some bitterness.

Nicely bodied brew with creamy effervesance. Alcohol content makes this very drinkable, but simple flavor doesn't keep my tail wagging.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 21:04:04 | More by NiceGuyMike
Photo of steinlifter


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a clear copper, decent head that left a thin collar all the way through.
smell was of sweet malts, hop whiff
taste was similar as smell ,sweet malt, slight hops in back, bit of pine.
mouthfeel was bubbly and a bit creamy, fairly full, and satisfying.
drinkability is very nice, no problem here, I could definitely have a few more.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 00:02:53 | More by steinlifter
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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