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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,208 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,208
Reviews: 1,092
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 49
Gots: 181 | 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 nephlim
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

We had a housewarming/keg party a few weekends ago.

Poured from a keg into a red solo cup.

The head was nice and fluffly, lasting longer than the pint I poured from a bottle a week prior. The smell was light, but very sweet and malty.

Mouthfeel was good; I've had better.

The taste was amazing. FAR better than 07's Oktoberfest, and not just Spaten's, ALL 07 Oktoberfest (was it a bad year?). Sweet, malty, and very yummy! Very easy to drink!

I don't remember how many I had. We had maybe 50 people and killed the keg in seven hours.

I highly suggest this one.

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

A - Dark amber/copper with a nice head
S - Smells very sweet and malty; also some grains were noticeable
T - The taste is malty and grainy with a very dry subtle hop finish. This was almost like a pilsner.
M - Nice and full and goes down smoothly
D - This was very easy to take down and the dry finish kept me wanting more. This is definitely a lot different than the styles I have had here in the US.

Photo of youngblood
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured quite nicely into a pint glass. About a finger's worth of head and slowly disapated from there. Light gold color.

S- Honestly not a fan. Reminded me a bit of Heineken. Has a bit of a tart skunky smell to it.

T- The taste was much better than the smell, thank god. Very light with some interesting malt notes. Very very sparse hint of hops.

M- I like the mouthfeel of this. It's very smooth, not too lgiht, not too heavy. Very refreshing feel.

D- This was a very refreshing beer. Drank several of these in a couple of hours and was not overpowered by them.

Photo of gpogo
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Wonderfully clear orange-copper with small foamy off-white head. Head disappears leaving a few small patches of cidery looking bubbles.

A- Sweet Vienna malt. Slight fruity cherry smell oddly enough.

T- Slightly toasted malt flavors. Finished dry. An oddly long lasting hop bitterness is the main thing I notice with the taste.

M- Medium-light body with light to medium carbonation.

D- Not bad, the bitterness throws me off a bit.

Photo of jsprain1
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- An amber colored beer with great clarity. A thin head with good retention.
S- Smells of malt and some fruit. Possibly cherry.
T- Tastes of light malt and yeast. Not that bad but not outstanding. Pretty average.
M- Good carbonation and body. Has the weight and texture requisite for the style.
O- Fairly drinkable but its pretty average tasting for a marzen so not the best session beer when considering the abv.

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

12oz bottle into my excuse for a stein

A: A deep copper colored pour with a small dirty white head that rises briefly before settling to a disk.

S: Malty with a bready character with a moderately pronounced caramel malt character. Mildly fruity with a hint of almost-ripe plums. Solid

T: Light on the palate with some bready malt, caramel sweetness and a rather dry and hoppy finish with a mild spicy character. There's a rather strange aftertaste that I can't quite identify but is less than ideal, half like a stale malt flavor.

M: Lighter in body than I'd like with the strange finish. Carbonation is OK, though

D: This is fairly easy to drink but not my favorite of the style

Photo of bark
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is yellow with some gold; the liquid is clear. The two finger head sinks slowly to a thin lid and a thick ring. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is malty with lots of bread with hints of sweet honey and a fine bitterness with sour hints. Fresh and inviting.

The taste is sweet with a medium strong flavour of malt, white bread and a hint of fresh vegetables. The aftertaste is also rather sweet with a slowly growing bitterness and a mild yeasty flavour that adds some character.

The carbonation is medium strong with small light bubbles; the liquid is somewhat smooth with some stickiness.

This is a beer that represents the modern pale oktoberfestbiers in a good way, although I like their Premium Lager more.

Photo of Offa
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a tasty, lightly bitter oktoberfest.

Amber copper, it has a huge off-white head that shrinks very slowly and leaves good lacing, although I have also had a bottle with a small head no no lace.

The aroma is very nice, caramelly toasted bread and grain, bread crust, dry grass, pine, herb, apple, nuts, hay.

The taste is similar, caramelly toasted grain and bread, leaves, hints of herbs, pine, and stewed apples, and a nutty-leafy bitterness just dominating the finish and balancing the sweetness. The body is a little thin compared to some but the flavour is nice with some complexity, and it's tingly, lively, and very easy to drink.

Photo of danielcc
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a green bottle, aggressive pour into a pint glass.

Appearance: unlike the last reviewer, I thought this one was a bit light-colored for the style: it's much lighter in color than the Sam Adams and Paulaner Oktoberfest lagers I had last week. I figured the aggressive pour would yield much more head than it did; the same pour yielded a great amount of head on the Sam Adams version and almost an overflow on the Paulaner. Just a bit light in color...maybe I'm being picky, but I'm not impressed.

Smell: Ew. That's all I can say.

Taste: I assumed the smell would have an impact on the taste (after all, taste is based in large part on smell), so I was a bit surprised to find that it tastes OK. It's a bit too sour for my taste, though: I picture a good Oktoberfest as more malty than this one. I'd give it a little better than OK...but not much more.

Mouthfeel: pretty fizzy, but very thin. Nothing special on mouthfeel; it's not one that I'm liking the mouthfeel of it so much as I drink it that I'll get another one on feel alone. Average here.

Drinkability: low alcohol (somewhere around 6%, I think) makes this one an easy one to throw back if you want to do so, but the taste makes me think I'd not want to do more than 2 in a night. Great drinkability if not for that.

Overall, I'd say it's not bad, but it's certainly not great. It's a good bit cheaper than some other imports I've recently tried, but you definitely get what you pay for! Also, I'm really on the fence as to whether this review is both fair and applicable, as the beer might be skunked, as it's certainly not what I expected in terms of taste when I bought it. (green bottle) + (in-store fluorescent lighting) = (bad combo).

Photo of Atron67
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- highly effervescent with a white head on top, clear copper body, a little dark for the style but perfectly delicious looking

S- very malty, very delicious smelling, loaded with some melanoiden type flavors. slightly sweet, no hops noticable.

T- very malty, full of the above compounds, very flavorful for the strength. a great example. slightly grainy character.

M- thick bodied, high carbonation

D- now this is a fest beer. wish it came in a brown bottle

Photo of larsee01
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 liter on tap poured into spaten glass

A--Clear, deep amber w/ foamy head...nice retention.

S--Yeasty and phenolic. Earty and sour but in a good way.

T--Toasted malt character slips into mild bitterness. Simple maltiness rules. Sweet grassiness with a touch of toasted character. Simple but good.

M--Light to medium bodied. Slight bitterness leaves it crisp and refreshing.

D--Perfect Indian Summer refresher.

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

L: Pours an orange-yellow color with a short and white colored head that has some lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet malts and some light hops at the end.
T: Follows the aroma with a big malty base followed by a slight hoppy flavor but still finished very sweet.
M: Light, refreshing, nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable as the malts blended well together and the hops weren't overpowering.

Photo of wobblynoggin
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am not quite sure if they change the brew each year, but if so, the score for this beer is going to be skewed. Perhaps seasonal beers should have an entry for each year. That said:

A - Not too impressive a show in a pint glass. A light amber color, small bubbles, and a weak head that dissipates into a very thin rim of white around the circumference of the glass.

S - Certainly has a smell similar to other Oktoberfests with perhaps a more hop like quality than most.

T - True to its smell, there is a bitter hop character there which balances well with the obvious malt that you would come to expect from Spaten. Slight grassy and herbal, with an aftertaste of hops that is unlike the usual heavy malt aftertaste of other fest beers. Definitely loses the hoppiness and picks up more maltiness as it warms. Not a bad idea, but certainly less traditional than I am used to.

M - Definitely a crisp carbonation that is also less characteristic than other more silky, and malty fest beers. Though less traditional I actually rated this slightly above average on mouthfeel more for the surprise than anything else. I may have been generous here, but I kind of see it as a more refreshing version of a traditional Oktoberfest.

D - Quite drinkable. Other than the "different" aftertaste for a fest beer, its worth quaffing 2 or 3.

Overall, this is not the traditional Oktoberfest I expected from Spaten, but I didn't mind the slight variation on the theme.

Photo of largadeer
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear golden-yellow in color with a reasonably solid white head. Looks good, but a bit pale for an octoberfest.

The aroma is malty and grainy, but generally faint. There's a bit of caramel as it warms. The flavor follows suit; grainy dryness gradually becomes more sweet at warmer temperatures, faintly caramelly but not overly rich. The mouthfeel is crisp and husky, light-bodied, amply carbonated. Decent stuff here, but it's lacking something; namely personality. I can imagine this will appeal to people looking for an octoberfest with optimal blandess though.

Photo of joekfsu
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours clear and golden with 2 cm white bubbly head that is quickly diminishing. Aroma of a balance between hops and malts, although no particular aromas. Initial flavor has a bitter bite, similar to heine. Flavor balances out at the end with some malts and eventually over taken with sweet malt. Medium body, light carbonation, limited alcohol, limited lacing. Overall one of the best oktoberfest beers.

Photo of BWH3
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the big six breweries permitted at Octoberfest.

A: Orange copper brew with fluffy white head. Moderate retention. Clear. Large bubbled carbonation but not exceptionally brisk.

S: Does not get much better. The hops noble, leafy, skunky/musty and some mineral notes. The malt has the sweat and oddly toasted flavor of Munich malt.

T: If only the smell came true in the flavor. The hops come up front but are milder in flavor then aroma. The malt base is bland and not pleasantly sweet at all. A touch of spice in the aftertaste is intriguing.

M: Slightly more weight than Spaten Lager which is good. As described above, the carbonation and head retention are very good.

D: A change of pace from a Helles lager and of course a tradition for the 'fest.

Photo of akronzipfan
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Clark's Ale House in Syracuse, NY.

a - pours a reddish amber with a minimal, yet frothy head

s - aromas of grain and autumn spices (ginger? coriander?) dominate, mild essence of hops

t - pleasant blend of malted hops and complimentary spices; finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste

m - medium bodied and mild; lightly carbonated

d - a good, but not GREAT Oktoberfest

Photo of hustlesworth
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear copper/amber with a fizzy beige head. plenty of spit bubble lace around my mug.

S- toasted caramel malt, somewhat floral hops and a touch of diacetyl. metallic water, sweet bread, red apple skin, strawberry, dried wood, and a little bit of alcohol esters.

T- toasty and mildly sweet with a fruity berry yeast character in the background. some caramel bops around in there but the transition from sweet to toasty, grainy, and dry is pretty clear cut. nice bitterness at the end as earthy, almost british tasting hops wipe up any sugary mess the malt might have deposited. bitterness becomes cleaner and more noble as barley fades out in the finish.

MF & D- crisp with tight carbonation, medium body and a cereal feeling. another great oktoberfest.

Photo of mpyle
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - very pale amber color, brilliant clarity, pours a nice white head, tightly bubbled and with some retention.

Smell - A subtle roasty note, but generally a very clean aroma. No hops in keeping with style.

Taste - A roasty malt flavor early, but quickly turns bitter. Malt character somewhat lacking, but finish is appropriately dry and bitter.

MF - medium body and carbonation, no astringency or warming, no issues.

D'ability - Think I'd take a pilsner over this one as a bitter finishing lager. Not enough malt character up front to make the aroma or flavor all that interesting. Clean, and easy to down a few, but not exciting.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served at Ditto's in Litchfield, Conn.

A: This brew is a clear, copper amber color with a minimal head which left little to no lacing.

S: Smells faintly of caramel malts and corn husk with a bit of a sweet, fruit aroma.

T: Uh oh, it's got that "imported taste." For anyone who has had a Heineken before, you know what I mean. A faint, grainy malt flavor comes through a semisweet mid palate of toasted caramel and some hop bitterness, but not much in the way of taste.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and slightly astringent.

D: Not a terrible beer, but not really a great Oktoberfest. Look to Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr or Hofbrau for better examples of the style.

Something must have gone haywire when this thing went year-round. I can't tell if this was an old bottle, or if Spaten's Oktoberfest just didn't hold up like it used to in my mind. I'd have to skip this one in the future.

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

A-Light brownish amber w/thick head that slowly fades into frothy cap with fair retention.
S-Make no sense, but I'm getting tea and ginger/ale root beer. And some sweet malt and fresh tobacco.
T-Sweet malt, strange over-steeped sweet-tea-like flavor, ginger, and a finish that brings out faint hops and spice.
M-Mouthfeel is fine, light-to-moderately bodied w/good carbonation, and slightly astringent on the finish that coats the back of the mouth.
D-I actually enjoyed this one quite a bit, but it's a unique take on an Oktoberfest.

Photo of babaracas
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange with fairly fast fading head and spotty lacing. Smell: the Munich malts are here but are dominated by an imported grain scent. Taste: sweet upfront with bready malts and again an 'imported pils'-like grain component and spicy hops. Medium bodied, finish is dry and somewhat bitter. Towards the bottom of the octoberfest list for me.

Photo of Goliath
2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich, clear, amber color with a thin white had. Decent retention.

Aroma is not too great. Some pale bready malt, and a dominant skunky aroma.

Taste is ok. Some pale bready malts again, but a dominant skunky flavor. Had I not known it was an Oktoberfest, I never would have guessed.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavor is subpar for an Oktoberfest, but it's not horrible and it is certainly sessionable.

Photo of BierFan
2.52/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Clear brown. Looks like a marzen should.

Smell: Smells a little skunky. Can't smell much else.

Taste: Strong skunky flavor. Took a while to get beyond the skunky flavor. Eventually got some bitter hops and caramel flavor. Very delicious once I got past the skunk flavor. I think Spaten might want to consider using brown bottles. Apparently Spaten turns a little bad in the time it takes to get it to America.

Photo of dsa7783
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12 oz bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
Another Autumn Oktoberfest sample... Here it goes...
Appearance: Pours a darker-than-usual color for a Marzen... Deep, dark amber, almost a light-brown hue with a minimal head that left a very minor amount of lacing...
Smell: Biscuits, bread, and butter...
Taste: Rich, creamy amber flavor... Taste strongly complements the aroma...
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thicker than anticipated...
Good level of drinkability...
Nice stuff...

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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