Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 2,190
Reviews: 1,087
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 47
Gots: 159 | 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 OtherShoe2
2.88/5  rDev -20%
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 Let's see how this stuff lasted being a near full season out of date.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
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
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
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of rkinsella
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a dimple mug.

Appearance: Beautiful maple syrup color. Clear with carbonation very present. Almost no head, minimal lacing.

Smell: Malt and hops. A touch of carmel sweetness.

Taste: A "bite" at first, but smooth at the finish. A touch of carmel as well. Refreshing!

Mouthfeel: Right amount of carbonation, feels hearty.

Drinkability: Higher ABV limits my intake, but I have taste for more!

Photo of JDV
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Draughthouse. Medium gold pour, very little head. Smell is some malt, but more yeasty than anything, although somewhat mildly so. Taste is sweet with hint of hops and a yeasty lager like flavor. Decent, very drinkable, but nothing remarkable.

Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous copper color with little to no head, simply a white film over the top of the brew.

Furious dancing bubbles show this is well carbonated.

Smells a bit like heineken. Maybe I smell some floral notes? Not much stands out here.

The taste is grainy and a bitter. Decent mouthfeel considering the raging carbonation and decent balance make not too many notes stand out. Drinkability is good! I could sit down with a six pack and finish it off no problem.

Overall a decent after-work beer, but nothing for a special occasion.

Photo of BeerTaster
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me start by saying the appearance is the best part of this beer, copper in color nice large white head that held up nice. Smell tosted grains and caramel malts. Tast this is where this beer let me down the caremel malty sweetness just wasn't their. This beer was a little dry. All in all I am glad to see Spaten bring back the amber color octoberfest but I still feel this leves somthing to be desired.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle picked up at the Coop last Thursday for about $1.45.. poured into my New Belgium goblet tonight.

2 finger head drops leaving spotty lacing.. crystal clear amber red brew.

Very clean toasted malts dominate the aroma.. not much else to talk about here.

Toasted malts again are in the front.. sorta a husky note.. toasted bread with just a touch of earthy hoppiness... sorta creamy with a lite/medium body.

I've had the Spaten Octoberfest too many times to count over the years... I will continue to pick it up, but (and this may be my PNW palate talking) there could be more to this brew.. it just seems like it is bordering on great but settles on adequate... the best thing about this brew is it tastes alot more fresh than alot of the other German Octoberfest brews that make it to this neck of the woods.

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

Pours amber with an inch head. Nice smell of malts and spices. It was nice to have an Octoberfest in February but would prefer to have one from Great Lakes, Old Dominion or Sam Adams. Overall a nice Marzen. Nice break from my usual IPA or APA. I will look forward to a Marzen in September.

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

A - Pours up brownish amber, crystal clear with a thin, quickly dissipating head.

S - Hops up front, backed up with sweet malt aroma

T - A hint of the import taste, but mostly mapley malt flavor. Hops finish faintly.

M - Feels slightly thin.

D - Still a drinkable beer.

Photo of drperm
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall, too "corporate" tasting. I have learned that for me, with German brews, the small the brewery the better the result.
That being said, I find this Maerzen not completely unlikeable. It's not my favorite style, so perhaps I'm biased.

A color I can only describe as "fishy" leads into a nose of sawdust. The flavors are "woody" and there is a surprisingly nice finish on the palate. Fairly tasty overally, I do have to admit, but it's so doggone one-dimensional. I'm not sure if that's a style thing or a Spaten thing.

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

A - Darker honey, clear, thin sudsy lacing after head dissipates quickly.

S - sweet malt, not much else.

T - Nice malt, but does not clean up well. Nothing much here to add.

M - Thin, , lightly carbonated, slightly cloying on finish. Just not too complicated.

D- Ok with some brats, for sure.

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

Pours a hazy translucent amber with a rich, off-white head, that only rises just below an inch in my glass. I poured carefully. The nose is sweet upfront: baked green apples, a few raisins, followed by a sturdy fresh bread backbone. First sip and I'm pleased by the subtle sweetness played out over a saltine-like bite. Aftertaste brings out some fruit notes: back to the apples in the nose, a little caramel. Mouthfeel is spot on: not to thin, not too thick, just hearty enough. Very enjoyable all around.

Photo of Floydster
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased from a local store for two dollars

Poured into my Firestone pint glass with a bright amber color and a 1/2 inch creamy white head that disappeared very quickly, small bubbles, limited retention but some pretty good lacing for the first couple minutes until it settled down

Smell was dominated by malt, mostly bready and full of grain, some minor citrus aromas, not much bitter smells meaning that there was probably not much of a hop profile

Taste was biscuit-like from the beginning all the way to the end, malt the whole way around, once the beer warmed I tasted a faint cherry flavor to go along with some oranges and caramel, very chewy throughout though with faint fruity flavors only coming once in a while, not balanced and lacking a necessary dry feel, tiny bit of sourness towards the end but probably just because of the excess of malt, would have liked this to be either more hoppy or sweeter to distinguish itself from the other octoberfestbiers out there

Medium body with not much thickness, good level of carbonation, but taste did not really stick around for more than fifteen seconds or so after each sip

Could drink a few bottles of this before I got bored and moved on, light on the stomach, the taste would just get old, the ABV is slightly below six percent, making its drinkability even better than it would have been

Not a bad Marzen, this could have used more hoppiness to balance out some of the malt, Spaten makes some pretty fine German beers thoug, even though not their best, it is worth checking out next October

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

Pours a dark copper with a thick head...maybe about 2 fingers thick that dissipates a bit. There is also a lot of carbonation happening here. As I drank this beer down there was evidence of lacing.

The smell was very yeasty, spicy yeast. I also picked up the scent of pumpkin. Cinnamon was there too. The malt smelled sweet.

My first impression was the tiny kick that I got quite quickly. I didn't really notice the malt too much and the hops are there but didn't seem like they affected the drink. Very good balance.

Light but with a little caramel texture.

Very good beer for what it is. I will for sure be drinking these next year for Oktoberfest!

Photo of leweascoba
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to buy this beer in a 1/2 keg for something different. I have enjoyed the regular Spaten numerous times and thought I would try the Octoberfest brew for the holidays.

Taps an amber color with a nice head that dissapates in a few minutes. The taste is smooth and enjoyable and not too heavy.

It is really an enjoyable beer and would recommend it to anyone. My friends and family will enjoy it when they come to visit.

Photo of deanhead
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Bright amber and brilliantly clear beer, a nice voluminous head that dissipated to a lace clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell-Bready, biscuity, and Malty. Virtually no hop nose to be found here.

Taste- This beer tastes like it's smell. Very malty and bready, with notes of biscuit. Liquid bread comes to mind here. Well balanced malt backbone, the Hops are very neutral in this beer. It's simply bursting with malt flavor. Very true to ithe style

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, smooth drinking beer

Drinkability-Spaten makes a great product. This beer is very polished. At 2.50 a bottle I'd be happy drinking all day long.

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

Appearance- Pours a bronze color with a nice white head that is steady for awhile.
Smell-Scents I picked up were a little caramel some grassy smells and fruits.
Taste-The taste was pretty good above average would be the best way to put it. It went down pretty smooth with not too much carbonation.
I had about 5 of these and felt pretty warm so I encourage somebody to try more than 1 to get the full effect of this beer.

Photo of Boneheadmx
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this again recently on tap and from the bottle even thought it was mediocre the first time I had it.

Pours out to a light amberish orange, very clear, has a small creamy off-white head that subsides quickly.

This batch of Spaten is very good, and smells lightly of caramel.

The taste is also very good. It's beautifully sweet, with a decent malt character that is balanced by the wash of hops, with the taste finishing crisply. I'm reminded of a bakery by the taste.

The mouthfeel is excellent. It isn't too carbonated, which is very different from the batch I had a while ago. It goes down so smooth.

This is a very drinkable beer and I'm glad I decided to try it again after not having had it for a while.

Photo of czfreeman
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle. Nice color, golden brown, aromas of breads, yeast. Tastes good, light. I enjoy the light mouthfeel of this beer.Drinkability is good. I know its not the greatest, and I have seen the other comments degrading this brew, but this is brewed TO be somewhat weak and drink all day long at Oktoberfest. Overall a nice session beer

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