Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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3.7/5 rDev +3.1%
Coppery golden in color with a rocky, white-tan head. The beer is crystal clear. The aroma features a clean, almost nutty maltiness along with a slightly sickly-sweet worty aroma in the back - almost fruity, but not an estery fruitiness, more a grapish type aroma. The flavor starts with sweet malt followed by a more robust toastiness and a tea-like flavor, then follows with a clean bitterness at the end - frankly more bitterness than I expected and maybe a little too much. The beer was somewhat dry and a touch astringent in the mouthfeel.
10-11-2004 23:53:22 | More by KroMagnon
3.13/5 rDev -12.8%
Consumed in October 2004 at the Toronado on tap. Poured with a small head and decent lace. Had remotely no smell at all. Maybe a small amount of malt and hops, but barley any. Tasted the same as it smelled but a little better. Roasted malt and very little hops. Went down fairly easy and would have again if it were the only Octoberfest available.
10-07-2004 23:40:25 | More by GClarkage
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
12 oz green bottle.
Creamy white head with poor retention. Very little lacing; what's there doesn't last long. Clear copper in color; a bit thin looking.
A slight toasted malt aroma with a biscuit hint. Very mild aromatics.
Very lightly toasted malt flavors. Very crisp hop bitterness. A slightly bready quality in the aftertaste. Nothing monumental in terms of flavor, but nothing off either.
Medium bodied; crisp, clean, and unobtrusive on the palate.
Very drinkable; a pleasant Marzen, nothing flashy but a very stable version of the style.
10-07-2004 18:57:57 | More by NEhophead
2.98/5 rDev -17%
This beer comes out with a medium to dark copper color with a nice head and decent lacing. Does look very good.
A nice malt smell but nothing special.
The taste is slightly sweet and fairly bold. Nice and malty throughout. A little knocked off for a bit of 'Euro lager' type skunkiness, for lack of a better term. Could be attributed to the green bottle and the fairly well-lit store, but as a seasonal I would think it hasn't been in there terribly long. It isn't as obnoxious as, say, Heineken but is enough to notice.
The mouthfeel is fine with balanced carbonation in front and a dry, smooth finish....maybe a bit dry for my own taste.
This beer in itself is drinkable, it isn't harsh going down or with the ABV. If it tasted a bit better I'd probably rank the drinkability higher but after about two of these tonight I'm ready to move on.
10-06-2004 03:51:03 | More by DPMomutant
4.33/5 rDev +20.6%
This beer pours a nice transparent deep golden amber color with 2 fingers of head that fall to about a finger of head before I start drinking it. The nose is a nice light, sweet caramel. The flavor is very much the same, being rather sweet on the finish. Of the Oktoberfest beers I've had recently, this is a nice one. I really like it. The mouthfeel is just bordering on the lower limit of thick. I could sit down to a six of this beer easily.
10-06-2004 01:25:56 | More by kmpitz2
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
I wrote a review of this beer at the Goose Island "Beer Academy" - when I started drinking "good" beer and learning about such things, I thought this beer was fantastic. Do I still think it's that good?
Pours with a large white head and a medium-brown clear body. The scent is pretty weak - there must be some malt there, but I don't notice it. The taste is largely malt focused, with not too much hop flavor going on (perhaps why I used to like this beer so much, before I learned to appreciate hops?) The mouthfeel is fairly creamy, and the beer is easy to drink.
Still quite good, but no longer a favorite, I suppose.
10-04-2004 04:33:12 | More by jahred
2.25/5 rDev -37.3%
Color is right on - a nice orange yellow. Smell is very strong - has that wheaty, skunky smell.
Very thin taste. Mostly tastes like water with hints of wheat and grains.
This beer was not impressive. In general, I prefer to have a beer with a body that is not so thin. In this case, it went from refreshing to annoying - like rotten water.
10-04-2004 03:53:51 | More by GuinnessSmurf
4.1/5 rDev +14.2%
Slightly hazy and golden amber body had medium and steady carbonation and a smallish foamy head that left delicate lacing. The aroma was richly roasted caramel malt with a touch of noble hops. Despite the green bottle, there was no skunkiness here, so the store must have treated this six pack nicely while in there care. The primary taste was very smoothly sweet and bready malt with a refreshing lemony acidity, mild clove spiciness, and a low level of hop bitterness. I could also detect some notes of bananas and orange peel in the taste. The mouthfeel was creamy and full but displayed a dry aftertaste. Drinkable, yet complex, I can easily see how this beer can be downed in vast quantities at this time of the year.
10-03-2004 03:27:55 | More by rajendra82
4/5 rDev +11.4%
Had this on tap at Redbones, Smooth, solid, and easy to drink. Not mind-blowing, but when you can do those three adjectives well, it sounds like a German session bier to me. Medium amber, low head. Light brown bread aroma. Medium in body, my flavor notes tell me that there was low malt (lets say not overwhelming), with some faint sweetness hovering around the edges. Low bitterness as well. Again, smooth and easy to drink.
10-02-2004 14:01:25 | More by PatandDavid
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
A solid interpretation of the Oktoberfest style, which is slowly growing on me, to be sure. This malty Bier offered a deep copper color out of the tap and something resembling a one-finger head. Notes of banana and other residual sweetness filled my nose. The flavor was a good bit of chewy malt, and some secondary sweetness to balance it off. A fine, fine brew.
10-02-2004 13:22:07 | More by goindownsouth
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
This was the first of three German Oktoberfestbiers I sampled on the night of September 30, 2004, and the one that, ultimately, was the most drinkable. The Spaten poured a clear, golden body with a one finger, ivory colored, head that retained well, before yielding some attractive, sheet lacing.
Aroma reveals caramel malt to the nose, and soft, floral hops.
Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, with an ideal level of moderate carbonation.
Taste was bettter appreciated after sampling the Oktoberfest biers of Becks and Hacker-Pschorr. The Spaten has a bettter balance, with buttery, toffee malt weaving in and out of the picture with a pleasant, floral hops bittering note, that works quite well here. Nothing to overwhelm, just a fine balance of malt and hop that results in a clean finish, and a desire to have another.
Good drinkability, and the best of the German festbiers I've sampled, as we enter October of 2004.
10-01-2004 05:17:06 | More by merlin48
3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours out an amber with a full white head. Tastes full and malty sweet with a hint of butter and a nice light hop balance. Mouthfeel is quite smooth making for a very easy drinking brew. I'm happy to be able to even be able to buy german beer in my small town once a year so I'll take what I can get. Not the best Oktoberfest lager I've tried, but certainly a very solid offering worth checking out.
09-29-2004 00:42:09 | More by scottum
3.23/5 rDev -10%
Pours out a dark honey color with a 1" head and some lace.
Smell is hops and malt only.
Taste is hoppy, malty and some honey.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, effervescent on the tip of the tongue.
Drinkability is decent, a middle of the road oktoberfest beer. Really expected more considering the others I've had from this brewer.
09-26-2004 20:21:07 | More by PorterLambic
4.22/5 rDev +17.5%
As far as Oktoberfests go this is definitely one of the better ones out there, but in general Im not the biggest fan of them although I do like to modify preferences with the seasons (even though here in LA it is difficult to differentiate one season from the other). Anyhoot, It has a beautiful coppery color, and is rather full-bodied in comparison to other Oktoberfests. It ain't the Optimator, but its definitely a good brew.
09-25-2004 04:28:56 | More by pgroove
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
This was a crystal clear and glowing copper color. Looks like a shiny new penny. Orange highlights and topped with a small creamy head. The aroma is rich with caramelized fruit, milky sweet creamy malts and has some sour notes.. The taste is creamy and smooth caramel candy and sweet malt. Toffee like. Very smooth and finishes buttery and bittersweet. Nice beer.
09-24-2004 14:46:25 | More by pezoids
3.13/5 rDev -12.8%
Spaten's Oktoberfest brew is supposedly one of the most widely consumed beverages during the Munich autumn extravaganza. That snippet seemed to impress me, so I was a bit eager to try this offering. After trying it, the brew seemed a bit average to me. I guess this is a decent brew to drink while you are crammed into a beer tent in Munich, but on its own it seemed a bit thin.
Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen pours a nice orange copper/amber color with a decent foam head that lasts for a little over a minute. Sweet, nutty malts were detectable in the aroma. A very slight mustiness was present, (perhaps an attribute from being lightstruck?), as well as a light citric hop twang. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated, but did indeed seem a bit thinner to me than I had anticipated. The taste did focus on the malts, with some sweet caramel and nutty notes abound. A distinct fruitiness was present throughout the whole brew. Decent dryness in the finish, and a good spicy/citric hop presence was well. The flavor notes were good, but seemed to be a bit hindered by some wateriness. Certainly not Coors Light watery by any means, but I guess I just thought this beer would have more. Continuing dryness and citric flavors linger for a bit in the aftertaste, and it concludes with no alcoholic warmth.
This is a decent brew to try during the autumn months, but it really wasn't exciting in any way. Out of Spaten's products, I would stick with their Optimator.
09-24-2004 07:27:55 | More by Beastdog75
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
Appearance This one is light orange in color and comes with a full, gorgeous, pillowy head.
Smell The light molasses and malt notes were subdued but present. I could also pick up some sweet, sugary caramel.
Taste Ill call this the Optimator Light. It has all the same flavors except not as intense and full. The deep, rich toffee came out nicely along with some good sugar cane.
Mouthfeel This medium-bodied Oktoberfest bier has great balance. It has a lot going on in the mouth, especially for a style not known for its complexity.
Drinkability This is the real deal. The order of flavors rich malt, molasses, caramel, toffee was just right. I really enjoyed this offering from Spaten.
09-20-2004 17:52:52 | More by RoyalT
4.25/5 rDev +18.4%
Great deep, clear amber color with a light white head to top the pour. Just a hint of lace on this beer, but there are not many hops to support it. Full malty sweetness on the nose with hints of caramel, and maybe just a little taffy. The taste hast the malt up front. This beer is crisper than I expected. This is good. It adds to the depth of flavor, and lets just a hint of the hops to come through. The crispness lends to a lighter mouth feel than I originally expected. Outstanding drinkability. This is the main beer at the upcoming Newport Oktoberfest, and I cant wait to get it on tap. Great style, great beer.
09-18-2004 00:08:54 | More by carln26
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
Pours a clear copper liquid with a nice white, airy head. Good head retention, and some lacing on the glass. Lots of bubble coming from the bottom of the glass. Smells like carmel, however also slightly earthy and skunky. Despite the smell, it seemed rather clean tasing with good sweet carmel malt flavor, with just a touch of hop bitterness to keep it from being one-sided. Medium body, but too much carbonation. Overall, I thought it was very drinkable and clean.
09-17-2004 03:05:59 | More by Bierguy5
3.08/5 rDev -14.2%
Served extremely cold. Unlike my previous (bottled) experiences, this isn't too bad. Light, crystal clear honey color. No real aromas to speak of. Middling cracker-ish malt flavors and only a moderate hop flavor make this little more than -- as was the case with the bottled version -- glorified lager beer. It's not skunked, which is an improvement, I guess.
09-15-2004 13:30:44 | More by marburg
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
Strange aftertaste, but not a bad tasting beer. Aroma of Heineken (yes thats bad!), or other skunky things. Otherwise not a bad beer. A bit malty, a bit of hops...nothing worth writing home about. I have had it a few times, but it seems to get worse each time I try it.
Edit: This years seems much improved or possibly just fresher. No skunkiness and much cleaner flavor. While last year it was one of the worts O-fests I had it's one of the best so far this year...of course I've just started in on them.
09-13-2004 05:00:47 | More by Sixpack595
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
This nice beer pours a copper/orange colour into the glass. With a pretty high head, that disappears quickly. The smell is malty and bready with some hints of hops in the background. The taste is also malty and also a bit fruity. Some taste from the hops to that give the beer a nice bitterness. I like this beer and would like to try it at the Oktoberfest in Munich this year.
08-29-2004 17:56:07 | More by anders36
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
Pours a deep amber to copper color with a light beige head. Some biscuity and Vienna-like bready aromas and a subtle fruitiness from the yeast. Slight dosage of hops in there to round it all out, too. Malty smooth with a bit of caramel-like toasty sweetness and a crisp finish with some low alpha hops that is slightly drying to the palate. Not a bad brew; easy to drink, but lacks a bit of depth and complexity. I guess this beer is just meant to be drank in excess by the half liter, in lederhosen, of course :^)
08-25-2004 06:34:41 | More by crookedhalo
4.47/5 rDev +24.5%
Burnt brown color, pours with minimal head. Cross between burnt toast and caramel in the aroma. Avery full and awesome scent. Thee same characteristics in the aroma come through in the taste. There is also just enough hop present to balance out the flavor, Beer rest slightly tart like on the palate, but finishes very smoothly. Overall, and excellent oktoberfest.
08-21-2004 14:38:03 | More by BobLuvBeer
4.08/5 rDev +13.6%
(500 ml bottle, bought in Denmark). This rating is for the pale version sold in Europe. Pale golden colour, like a pils. Good to moderate head. Pleasant fruity aroma. Flavour is smooth, mellow and clean, hops are subdued. Easy drinking. Nice beer, but hardly worth a fest in itself.
08-12-2004 23:11:36 | More by Sigmund
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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