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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,010 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,010
Reviews: 1,068
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 33
Gots: 97 | 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 SudNut
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

Poured to a light orangey amber color nice head on it had a 1/2 liter stein at one of my favorite pubs. It has a malty wheat smell with a good mouth feel and nice carbonation. There was a taste of wheat, with a medium hop flavor and a slight hint of fruitiness. I would have had another but the Mrs. wanted me to drink her hard cider, it tasted too much like beer, eeew! I am sure we will have to make a trip to her favorite puff bar soon, ugh!

SudNut, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of gunnerman
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured into a pint glass, pours a nice orange gold color with fluffy two finger head that stayed the entire drink. Smell is a copper smell, like when you smell a old penny, pretty refreshing. Taste is very malty with hints of yeast and fresh bread, this drink made me very hungry and went well with some good hearty meat. This is a fine offering and I am enjoying the fall season, so many good beers to celebrate with.

gunnerman, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a pale orange amber with excellent clarity. A dense, creamy two-finger head holds extremly well, and leaves abunadant spotty lacing. Toasted munich malt and faint hallertau nose, with a subtle, kolsch-like fruitiness. The taste is rich with munich and toasted pale malt. A pinch of wheat flavor and distinct clean lager yeast profile. Semi-dry aftertaste, with some mild saaz and hallertau flavor and a very balanced bitterness. The fruitness can be detected in the aftertaste, but fades quickly and is not a factor in the finish. Medium carbonation and med-full body, a respectable malt character with an appropriately crisp mouthfeel. Finishes with residual biscuity malt and noble hop flavors, but an overall lager-esque cleanliness and high drinkability.

PBRstreetgang, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of terrabyte
2.45/5  rDev -31.9%

Pours a light amber/copper with average head that disappears completely.

Smell is sweet malt, european macro? Nothing as strong as Heineken, but a little sour.

Taste has too much of a sweet malt flavor, bordering on those 40 ounce malts. It also has a creamy flavor with hints of decent caramel.

It's a little flat.

I feel like I could score the same with a cheaper, american failure, than going for an import of this stature. I will probably never try this again. Maybe I had this a served too warm. It was the last of a quick 6-pack outside the fridge. However, that is usually a sign of poor beer that needs to be served iced cold.

terrabyte, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

Got this brew on tap at Charlie's Ale House in Wheaton. Had with blackened tuna.

Appearance- A crsipy clear toasted rye bread amber with small bubbles making their way to the top. A good pour by the bartender, given to me with a two finger head, but does recede after a minute or so. No lacing.

Smell- A very sweet bread, almost a cloying aroma for a German lager. But I do realize this is a Oktoberfest.

Taste- Taste like dipping Wonderbread crust into once boiled sugar water. Sweet toastiness in the middle of the palate.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, bready start and finish. A little syrupy in the finish, but great.

Offered an awesome contrast to the blackened tune. Burnt to sweet toastiness.

scruffwhor, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of beakerboy
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%

Part of Liquor Barn's ultimate Brew Crew -Sept 06 Oktoberfest

A: Dark orange with a liight head dropping to a collar of foam and light covering. Very little carbonation

S: Roasted malt and some pleasent ale-like fruityness.

T: Malt flavors with just a hint of hop bitterness.

M: Medium body with more carbonation than the appearance suggested.

D: It's a good oktoberfest.

beakerboy, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of BlackJeremiah
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark amber in color, with a mild, bubbly head. Some good lacing as the tasting progresses.

S: Nice malt smells. Fresh bread, sweet muffins, with light citric notes accentuating the bakery qualities.

T: Great Marzen character. Complex malts, real sweetness and a slight bitter quality that gives it crispness. Judging from others' reviews of previous years' editions, I'd wager that this one weathered the import better than in previous iterations.

M: Light-medium body that slips down across the tongue and palate easily.

D: It's an O-fest. It drinks easily, and well.

Thanks to Steve for the bottle.

BlackJeremiah, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +11.1%

pours a deep amber with a bit of fuzz for a head.
the aroma is malty, hint of herbs, clean, hint of alcohol.
the flavor is rich with malt, clean, noble hops, carmelized malt, spice, minerially.
this is a great oktoberfest, never had it before, i am impressed.

plaztikjezuz, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of MiScusi
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%

From a 16.9oz bottle dated 12.06 poured into a tall oktoberfest glass. This is a dark orange almost clear dark brown/orange with a nice egg-shell white head that sticks around for a bit. The nose has of course malt and alcohol. The taste has a fairly light toast character to it, but the overall impression I get is that it lacks a little bigger maltiness, and tastes more on the watery side.

MiScusi, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of BlackAngus
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

A - Amber color, clear, rocky white head.

S - Nicely balanced malt and German hops.

T - Mild, smooth, round malt flavor, subtle hop flavor.

M - Light, clean, drying. .

D - Drinkable. Not a bad beer, and definitely a good choice for a session Oktoberfest.

BlackAngus, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of MillRat
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Green glass bottle, served into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear golden color, just shy of having red/brown overtones. Head is consistent off-white, quite volumous at first but fades fast

S: Good noble hop aromas, mild malt in the background.

T: Consistent with aromas, nicely balanced, in keeping with Marzen style.

M: Light but not wimpy body for a lager

D: Certainly very acceptable for an afternoon's session, just not so compelling in flavor to make me want to do so.

MillRat, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of ReDave
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%

I'm kinda wondering what year this was.... no clue of date.

Not impressive sourish malt aroma

Nice head cream colored lasted a short while.. Nice lacing.

Sorta lemony sour malt taste, with bad sour-bitter aftertaste.

I think this is worth once a year, but not much more.

ReDave, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

12-oz. bottle, $1.21 in a mixed sixer from Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO.

Pours a clear amber under a two-finger eggshell head that fades rather quickly.

Smell is a nice balance of caramelly malt and grassy, citrusy hops.

Taste is very much like the smell. Pretty nice. Smooth edges.

Mouthfeel is nice and round.

Very easy to drink: not too much carbonation. Just a bit high in the ABV for me to consider having two or three liters in an evening, however.

Overall, the bottled version is pretty similar to the draught version I reviewed about 10 weeks ago.

ColoradoBobs, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

12 oz. green bottle with some code on the label - served in a flute. It pours a clear, medium amber color with medium carbonation and a half-inch, off-white head of fine bubbles that leave nice lacing. The aroma is light but consists of clean, toasted malts with perhaps a hint of skunk. It's toasty on the palate with light caramel and grains and a small dose of green hops that leave a low bitterness. The medium body has good carbonation, is lightly drying, and leaves a short finish and, although the malts become tastier as it warms, it's still not as flavorful as I'd like. Overall an average märzen that is worth the try, but one I'm probably not going to revisit.

mmmbeer, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of veech
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%

This was a bit of a disappointment for me. I would have expected more taste in an octoberfest. A: Med golden, yellow with thin head and low carbonation S: Not much to speak of besides some hints of malt T: Not unlike the nose, very mild with a little malted body M: Thin and watery D: fine if you are wanting something lighter than a Marzen, if not choose something with some body. All in all not much character or flavor. There are much better Octoberfests out there: Paulaner, Harpoon, and Sam Adams are 3 widely available options that dwarf this one.

veech, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%

Pours a clear amber with a thick rocky off white head that leaves patterns of lace. Toasty malt with some euro hops is what I pick up in the aroma. Nothing too exciting. Nice malty body with toasted nut flavors and hints at noble hops. There is an unpleasant dirty hop bitterness towards the end. Finishes too sweet. This is almost flat in the mouth. Very little carbonation and what is there can not support the sticky body. Tastes alright, but I don't care to have more than one bottle.

goochpunch, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

12oz single, Rileys

appearance: green bottle...pours into an imperial pint glass...light amber body, very clear, light beige froth with minimal lacing

smell: euro skunk...sweet malt, caramel, rather nutty, german hops...meh

taste: I cant get past the whole green bottle import skunk factor unfortunately. Sweet malt, strongly nutty, red apple, euro hops. Not my favorite oktoberfest for sure

mouthfeel: high carbonation, actually enjoyed the mouthfeel here

drinkability: pretty good

dirtylou, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.17/5  rDev -39.7%

Spaten- Oktoberfest

Appearance- light reddish brown with a quickly dissolving head, no lacing.
Smell- Strong sugary candy, caramel, and grain (wheat/ barley)
Taste- Sweet sugar with a light earthy hop flavor.
Mouthfeel- sweet, cloying even. Finishes off very bland.

Overall- big disappointment. Was expecting more. This is 1 of the weakest Oktoberfests I've ever had.

NJpadreFan, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of techdiver
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%

Beautiful clear amber with a nice frothy head. Malty, sweet taste with just enough hops to balance this quite nicely. Highly drinkable and very enjoyable. Ranks very high in comparison with the other brews of this style I've been going through. Five more to go and this and Dogtoberfest are my favorites so far.

techdiver, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of danielocean03
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a green 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a clear caramelly toned amber with a full foamy finger of off white head that slowy gave way to a thin whitish cap. Aroma is big roasty malts true to the style, sweet earthy ripe fruit and some molasses/toffee brown sugar sweentess finish out the nose. Taste is again huge maltiness up front, slowly leading on to a sweet roasty grain flavor with some bittersweet caramel aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, heavier than the other O'fests I've trired this season. Carbonation levels are low, nice tingle on the tongue, slightly rough feeling on the palate. Drinkability is good, less than 6% and nice malt complexity make this a good Oktoberfest in my book. Would purchase again, strongly recommend.

danielocean03, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Marzen pours a light amber color with a thin white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. Aroma is malty. The taste is also malty, but not particularly good for the style. You probably can find better Oktoberfest beers out there.

Drew966, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of Byeast
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

Notes on this review:
I believe octoberfest started today in Munich , so im raising my glass of Spaten ocktoberfestbier to that. I have read that in addition to beginning the modern lagering technique around 1830 , the custom of making reddish-bronze , malt accented lagers for oktoberfest began with Spaten. ( Micheal Jackson, Ultimate Beer)And traditionally it is the first beer to be tapped.

The beer poured a bronze color , with an in of off-white head. The aroma was malty , slightly roasty , with a hint of earthy hop. Taste is also malty , some toffee , smooth , bit of hop crispness in the finish, mildly tea-like. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and slick. This oktoberfest is quite drinkable , would love to try it on tap at the actual celebration in Munich.

Byeast, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of coasterfreak75
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%

The pour was light amber with a two finger white head that quickly dissapated and left no lacing on the glass.

The smell was very light and hard to pick up. A very light caramel scent with a hint of spice.

The drink started with a quick sweet caramel like flavor followed by medium/light hop spice and a clean finish.

All and all I've had better Oktoberfest offerings. I was unimpressed with the weight of the beer, it just seemed too light. Still it was quite refreshing and not hard to drink, I guess I was hoping for a beer with more body.

coasterfreak75, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of dherling
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%

Poured out a deep bronze color into my glass, with a foamy/bubbly white head. I get this strange fak fruity flavor inthe nose, dark berry, like blackhaud or fruity pebbles. It tastes of some light malt, again with the berry fruit. Finishes clean with light efferescence, but again with the fruity pebbles. This became a discussion at the bar. One person picked out the fruity pebbles, three other people thought we were on crack and couldn't find it anywhere.

dherling, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of nortmand
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%

Amber pour with a solid white head that leaves moderate lace.

Caramel and a touch of sulfury grassiness in the smell.

Sweet caramel flavors are accompanied by a slight acidity. Ends with a slight bitterness.

Medium bodied and satisfying, yet drinkable. An above average offering.

nortmand, Sep 20, 2006
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