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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 2,207
Reviews: 1,092
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 50
Gots: 180 | 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 froghop
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear copper with a medium size off-white head, some lacing.

smell of grain, malts, toasted nuts, some caramel, spice.

taste is sticky, heavy on the malts, few hops, spice, grain, end is thick and just a touch bitter, with a somewhat dry mouthfeel.

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

Pours a nice light amber, very clear with a nice white head. Nose is malty, but clearly lagery with slight skunk. Taste follows with a good malty richness, but a little more subtle than many. Lagery grain feel is there, but not overprominent. This one is slightly skunked, just slightly. a nice flavor here. Mouthfeel is good, but not amazing, a little slick. Drinkability is quite good, as this one is very festival slammable. A great fall session brew, and a good representation of the style, especially for those who like the caramely maltiness toned down just a touch. Good beer.

Photo of bltzburgh
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The third and final beer of our Aug. beer club meeting, and my favorite of the night.

Poured to a dark yellow slight amber color.

Head was small and diminished quickly.

Smell was not real potent

Tasted great at first considering the other two beers I tried that evening, left a little burnt aftertaste.

Usually after we taste and rate three beers we hang out discuss world events and drink our favorite of the night, this was mine

Not bad beer had a couple that night. Probaly wouldn't keep it on hand but would buy it in a multi pack to see what others this brewery had to offer.

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

Served in a plastic cup from a bottle.

A: pours light, coppery brown, very clear, with 2 finger head that retains ok.

S: malt aroma combines with a slight corn smell

T: the typical decoction taste of toffee-like malt, although with a disturbing cooked corn undertone. rated this average because many American versions are missing the malt backbone, but compared with other German versions, this is clearly a step below. Finishes with a light alcohol and hop note.

M: a little heavy up front, sweet/syrupy and slightly viscous, which dissipates in the end as the alcohol flavor takes over.

D: Not a bad drinker but also not my first choice for a good German Oktoberfest.

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

pours a deep burnished gold, amberish with one finger, fine, white head which quickly fades.

aromas are of carmelized munich malt, toast, faintly hoppy..

taste is crisp and lager like. there's some extra richness in the malt, but not much. it's elegant though, with fine hopsk coming in and cleaning things up. the finish dries up and leaves a fresh greenish sting behind.

the mouthfeel is dry, but sudsy due to ample carbonation. the palate is taut with hops and the finish is refreshing and dry.

overall, not an overwhelming beer, but nuanced and elegant. I wish for more richness and intensity in the malt.

Photo of beerkittycat
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is clear amber-orange poured with two fingers of off-white foam. Aroma full of German malts of toffee, bread dough, and maybe a little bit of ginger snap. Restrained flowery noble hop aroma. Flavors of those wonderful German malts dominate from the first pull and the medium-light mouthfeel allows me to enjoy this beer in big gulps like an Oktoberfest should be enjoyed. Again, restrained flowery noble hops in flavor and bitterness. Very smooth beer with medium-dry finish is very refreshing. Pour me another!

Photo of Deus1138
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was hoping for more from Spaten.

The Oktoberfest pours a reddish copper color. There is decent head retention.

The smell is mostly malty, but a little sulfury too. This is my second bottle of this, and the second time I've noticed it. It does seem to go away with time. Maybe I just got a bad six pack.

The taste leave something to be desired. It's not bad, it's just that there's not a lot there. There is some decent bready malt flavor, but it's just not enough. This would be a really good American Macro Lager, but it's not a good representation of a Marzen.

I'm a big fan of their Dopplebock. I had higher expectations from a German brewery.

If you're dying for a Marzen and this is the ONLY thing available, go ahead. Otherwise, opt for Brooklyn, Sam Adams, or Saranac.

Photo of Gehrig
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark caramel brown with burnt orange highlights has a finger of off-white head with light caramel drizzle atop it. Short duration and no lacing detract from an otherwise nice appearance. That damned green bottle yet again ruins a beer's nose, with a pervasive skunky aroma tamping down chocolate and caramel malts. Dollars to doughnuts, if Spaten put this in a brown bottle it would significantly improve everything.

Skunk notwithstanding, the flavor isn't bad--fairly malty, the caramel and chocolate emerge much better in the taste than the smell, with a pleasant toasted tinge that eases my angst about the aforementioned skunkiness. A sour finish and somewhat thin mouthfeel don't help matters, not unexpectedly considering the stinking green bottle.

Not a great representative of Oktoberfest, and the green bottle accounts for some but not all of this beer's various flaws. It should be bolder, maltier and spicier, and the sour flavor is bothersome--not nearly what Oktoberfest should be. In my forays into sampling Oktoberfests, this most recent miss evens the score for two beers getting positive reviews and two, including this, getting harsher reviews. Mediocre.

Photo of mtstatebeer
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a amber/orange/copper color with small head. Light malty aroma, with an almost metallic smell. Dissipated with warming, could've been initial temperature (too cold). Had a grain/bread taste to it, that improved as you drank more. Decent beer.

Photo of chrishickman
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw 12-packs of this for a good price at Binny's yesterday, so bought one on the hopes that it's the earliest (and therefore, freshest possible) import shipment and not the remnants of last year..I've have bad luck with import fest beer in years past in that regard. No dates on the package that I can find. Open the bottle, ok it's not skunky, that's half the battle. Mouthfeel is very thin, but that's not the end of the world with lagers or this style. Fairly malty as the style should be, head is kind of fizzy. Overall, in this state of freshness, it is tolerable but I've had better examples that originate from the USA.

Photo of Mitchster
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.80 for a 12oz bottle (green glass). Pours out to a clear light amber, forming a small off white head with not much retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate. This is a very fresh batch, but the aroma is slightly skunked, smelling more like a traditional pils with freshly cut hay, not far from a heineken. The mouthfeel is light and crip with a light body. The taste is not far removed from something like a heiny or st.pauli dark. There is a subtle, delicate hint of amber malts with a light residual sweetness and mild grainy astringency and toast.

I was expecting more, not to say that this is a bad beer. It's a fine beer. Light and drinkable, which I suppose all Oktoberfest's should be, but I thought that there might be a little more substance to this brew than is apparent here.

Photo of glid02
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Six Feet Under in Atlanta.

Pours a good looking dark amber color with a one-finger white head. The head sticks around for quite a while, and the lacing is pretty good. A good looking brew.

Smells like caramel malt more than anything. There's also a little bit of hops. The caramel malt is very pleasing, and nothing is overdone.

Tastes much the way it smells. It tastes sweeter as it warms, with a little bitterness at the end as it warms as well. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is alright. Tastes very smooth up front, but as it warms it tastes a bit flat. Thickness is good, but the carbonation diminishes. Goes down pretty smoothly throughout.

Drinkability is good. The flavor profile changes as the beer warms, and it only gets better.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. It looks absolutely great, and there's nothing about the taste that is unpleasant. I would definitely order this again.

Photo of Proteus93
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich and deep amber, with a brownish hint of bronzing. Head poured beautifully on this pour, adding a puffy 2 finger topping.

S: A toasted malt followed by the balance of modest hops. A touch of grassiness and perhaps the very slightest note of sulfur skunkiness.

T: Similar to the aroma - toasted malts, and a very slight hop bitterness. A bit of a grainy husk flavour that takes a touch from it, but otherwise, pretty decent.

M + D: Smooth and slick, with a little bit of body weight to it. A crisp carbonation that could potentially be a little nicer if it was drier. A fairly solid brew, a reasonable selection to start the season, though perhaps not a first choice on subsequent trips out. Great to look at, though!

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

Clean copper-amber color with a solid head and decent lace. Sweet toasted caramel aroma, hints of brown bread. Rich, soft malt flavor. Caramel/toffee and light fruit. Smooth and lightly drying, finely carbonated. Solid Marzen...I could easily drink a few.

Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the few authentic Oktoberfests out there...

This pours out a beautiful amber color with a huge cloud of foamy head that rises ever so slowly over the rim before settling to a consistent 1/2 inch ring...

Sweet malty aromas with enough earthiness to remind me of this time of year when the things of summer start winding down..faint hops there but this is all about the malts.

Very smooth sweet maltiness to this that finishes clean and crisp with a sweet finish that brings to mind fresh baked bread.

A ver good representation of the style. My 2nd favorite behind Paulaner.

Photo of kinger
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical average German Lager with a decent touch of sweet malts and some balancing hops. Skunky-sweet aroma, rather tame. Typical bronze color, didn't get a very large head but what came about did stick around. Filling on the palate and crisp. Flavor is tame and different from most other Oktoberfests. Decent example but not grand by any means.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crytal clear clean copper, really am enjoying the color on this beer. It's topped off with a nice mildly rocky one inch head that bubbles down into a quarter inch cap, which bubbles down further into a thin ring.

S: Mild skunkiness mixed with a faintly sweet maltiness. Not much else to say.

T/MF: Sweet sugary malt. I was hoping for something a bit drier, I don't know why but I just was. Not too bad a sweetness, mild cooked vegetables and faint juicy apple. Maybe a victim of age but still shows some of its strenghts. Mouthfeel is rather filling, smooth with mild carbonation tickling the center of the tongue and the finish leaves the center of the tongue a bit sticky as well.

D: A meh of a beer if I've ever tried one, not as malty nor as fresh as I would have liked and probably drinking this beer at the wrong time of year. I imagine its much better than this, but the bottle I have here leaves more to be desired.

Photo of OtherShoe2
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

THey cleaned the cooler out and found some 12 oz bottles -- got a discount. Let's see how this stuff lasted being a near full season out of date.

Nice orange color with a decent head that left a fair bit of sticky lacing down the glass.

Smell is faint hop and malt, with a little caramel. Nothing that encourages you to take a sip.

Thin and a bit understated in flavor for a german Ockt. style. Sweet grainy malt and some hops, and fair carbonation, but little else.

Mouthfeel is mid-range chewiness. Still lacking any real character.

Drinkability is easy, mainly because there's not alot there. A disappointment. Not horrific by any means, but you can do so much better, German or domestic.

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

12-ounce bottle poured into a seidel yields a clear bronze body capped with a thick finger of fine ivory foam that recedes to a ring that leaves very little lacing

Smell is a bit malty. That's all I got, sorry.

Taste is mild and thin, with watered-down caramel and a note of lightly-roasted nuts. A note of toasted bread lingers in a moderately bitter finish.

Medium-bodied and disappointing, but inoffensive and pretty drinkable.

Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An Oktoberfest I hadn't had in awhile.

A: Orange amber color with tiny carbonation bubbles. Small off-white head has OK retention. Leaves small bits of lace.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee with grass and pepper.

T: Pretty mild flavored for the style. Sweet malt up front has a caramel and toasted grain flavor. Bitterness is spicy with a pepper quality. Finishes fairy dry with lingering toffee and pepper flavors.

M: Medium body feels a little slick. Right amount of carbonation.

D: Good session beer that pairs well with food. Not the best Oktoberfest around, but quite good.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a glass stein.

A: Amber/Red color that is clear. Poured a huge head that left some spotty lacing, nothing too sticky.

S: Got a lot of malt in the nose, maybe a touch of caramel. Not a whole lot of anything else.

T: Roasted malt, floral/earthy hops, touch of caramel and it has a bitterness up front that cools as the beer goes across the tongue.

M: Medium bodied with an almost creamy sensation, which is wierd because of all the carbonation.

D: Very good. Love me some Spaten and the Oktoberfest rarely disappoints. Love this beer and love this brewer, but I have a special place in my heart for German beer.

Photo of Haybeerman
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer was fairly clear and a nice amber color.

Hint of fruity esters unlike others I've tried of this style

Tasted a little "bready" or stale that got more pronoiunced as it warmed and decanted a bit.

Moderate carbonation and distinct malt flavor.

Photo of peck95
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a hazy orange appearance with a small head and a little bit of lacing not much
the smell initially was fairly musty almost skunky, but after a few seconds noticed a slight malt
taste was decent a little malt and some spices in the end
the mouthfeel and drinkability of this was considerable better once the original skunk smell went away, the feel was nice not watery like some lagers but still goes down really easy. I would probably recommend something else though.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear reddish amber hue and shows a bright-metallic, deeply red tinged, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a mix of sweet malty notes and dry, bread-like aromatics. Light hop notes contribute aromatics of lemon zest and faint herbal / grassy notes to the nose, but this is mostly a malt focused beer. Lightly browned soda crackers, fresh bread-crust aromas, aromas of fresh crushed malt and a touch of sweet, lightly caramelized grain character seem to be the main focus here. Not a bad aroma, but somehow leaves me wishing for a bit more depth.

Dry and herbal as it first hits my mouth, it quickly picks up a lightly sweet malt sweetness and a round, rustic bread like character. Each sip finishes with a herbal hop note that gets a bit metallic and a thin malt character. The malt sweetness while light is actually fairly rich and satiating, this balanced sweet malt character is exactly what I want to see in this style of beer, though it can be a touch too muted at times. I like that the hop character plays a significant role here in the flavor; it provides a nice balance to the malt character all the while contributing flavors of soft lemon zest, some light herbal notes, more hay / grass than anything and also a nice, biting bitterness that is found from beginning to end. Light enough to be quite drinkable, but the malt provides some body and texture to it that allows for the beer to stick just a bit to the palate.

A solid beer, nothing that makes me get really exited, but a nice beer that I could easily quaff a liter of. I definitely like that malt character here, even if it could use a little boost; it provides a nice biscuit-like, browned soda cracker flavored, rustic bread crust flavor to this brew that sort of defines things for me. Tasty and quaffable, though perhaps a wee bit forgettable.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer on tap at the Hessen Haus and can't wait to go back.

It has a nice mid-range amber color. The body was a happy medium, matching the flavor that was very pleasant. It went down smooth, smooth, smooth. Will have it when I do a "boot" there next time.

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