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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 2,200
Reviews: 1,089
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 49
Gots: 172 | 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 LeftyBWS
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. green bottle into a mug.
A: Light copper in color, with a medium amount of foamy off-white head atop the beer that fizzled slowly and left a creamy layering. Tiny amount of lacing, and a good amount of carbonation visible.
S: Crisp, pale malts in the nose, with some grainy/bready scents, as well. Noticeable hop character, too.
T: Much like the smell. Pleasant, mild hop taste that's dominated by a smooth, typical Oktoberfest malt flavor. Nicely balanced.
M: Clean, crisp and smooth. A perfect lager mouthfeel that left me wanting more.
D: Really good. Goes down easy and tastes great all the while.

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Resi's Bierstube...

A prototype Oktoberfest, domestics should be taking notes.

Served in a Paulaner glass, 0.5L. Rings of webby lace all the way down, a dark amber tone. Racing streams of carbonation intertwined within.

Bready nose, fairly standard. Some earthy mustiness as well.

Caramel, apple esters, very clean overall. Vague bitterness, but the malt is front and center. Their Maibock is better, but this isn't bad if you can find it fresh on tap, or a new bottle. Smooth and clean mouthfeel, very easy to put back a pint or two. Prost!

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

Pours a two-finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Sweet malty nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet but balanced, smooth, good oktoberfest. Not skunky as some reviewers have noted. 12oz bottle $1.50 from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

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

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

Pours a lovely copper color wtih good head retention and lacing. There is a rich, malty grain aroma, with an overlay of sweetness. These flavors are replicated on the palate, and the beer is medium bodied with subdued malty sweetness. This beer is very, very drinkable, and along with Oktoberfest from Paulener, is one of my favorite marzens. Very smooth in the finish. Quite well done.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very light amber color with very little head, smells of rich malt, very little hop presence but lots of sweet malt like most oktoberfests, a very easy to drink beer. mouthfeel is pretty good, slightly watery but nothing out of the ordinary for the style. drinkability is good, solid beer all around

Photo of woemad
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz green bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.39. No freshness date.

Poured a slightly dark amber color, with a small white head that didn't stick around for long and left no lace.

This smells sweet and slightly diacetyl-ish, in a caramel apple sort of way. Not terribly complex.

This is rather sweet tasting, a little overly so in my opinion, but I'm not sure what that's worth - having never had a fresh example besides what comes from US micros. Like the nose, this reminds me of a caramel apple. It finishes clean and dry, as an o-fest/marzen should, but I don't think this is all it could be in flavor. There's alsoo a very slight skunkiness, which makes me really wish Spaten put freshness dates on their bottle.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, thin and slightly fizzy.

This goes down fairly easy - the skunkiness is far enough in the back that it doesn't stick out too much. There's not a lot of character to it, however. It'll be interesting to compare this with the SA version that's on deck for consumption once I get off work.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange-ish yellow color with a white head. Aromas that are fruity and somewhat lager-ish. In the taste, sweet, light malt and hints of fruit. A smooth mouthfeel and a fruity aftertaste. Smooth and fruity, not overly sweet or dry, a nice Oktoberfest.

Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I revisted this beer again this year.

This time the beer seemed to be in a much better condition. Still not my favorite Oktoberfest but it is very solid. Nice malt aroma and flavor. Hops are very mild. Definately more on the sweeter side of the spectrum.

Review on 09-23-2007

A dark copper color with a white fluffy head that dissipates quickly and settles to a thin ring around the glass. Leaves good lacing. It has a funky hop smell that isn't at all what I expected after drinking a lot of American beers in this style. The taste is of hops, citrus, and a little malt. Kind of funky that I did not find appealing. It is light bodied with little carbonation that finishes clean. I did not like this beer and wasn't able to finish the glass. Perhaps my bottle was not that fresh.

Photo of Reanimator
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first Oktoberfest brew!

Hoppy aroma. Pours a perfectly clear copper with about half an inch of head. Some good lacing.

As far as I can tell it has a primarily hoppy/malt taste, but there is definitely something more to it that I am unable to name. There is a little kick of something at the beginning of each sip, possibly banana?

I agree with what another reviewer said about the mouthfeel, it just feels a bit flat on your tongue.

Very enjoyable, decent ABV too. Put me to sleep! =P

Photo of arguemaniac
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It’s doesn’t seem to have that same extra bit of roast and richness that many other Octoberfests have (especially the American versions), but it’s still a very good brew. The tasty, slightly buttery malt features some bready character and is nicely balanced by a mild but firm hop bite. Slightly full mouthfeel.

Very drinkable and inoffensive, there are better Octoberfests out there, both German and American, but I don’t really have any complaints about this one.


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

A - Poured a deep amber to copper color with a nice white head that fell to a skim on top of the brew

S - Could smell the malts and a hint of a grassy hops

T - The taste was a very good balance with a heavy malt appearance up front and then a bit of bite on the hops

M - Creamy and full, very enjoyable

D - This was a highly drinkable brew...I had if finished before I knew it

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle, capped. Pours out a clear amber with a solid head that seems to last. Smell is light with some bitter hops coming through. Also come metallic notes with a bit of "skunk" as well.

Taste is solid malt with some slight bitterness coming through. This is the 3rd bottle I have had in four nights and this one seems the best. The malty finish seems to dance around a bit of grass and hop. Longish ending nearing 15 seconds or so.

Not the best O-fest I have had but a solid offering. Much better out there so search around.

Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.59/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a solid copper with a thick white head that immediately dissipates to nothing. Visibly well carbonated.

Aroma is feint of caramel, must, and just a touch of German hops. I don’t find any toast.

Taste is not a let down for me.there arent bad things happening here. It’s just that there isn’t much at all going on here. Grainy with a floral finish but almost entirely lacking in toast and not sweet enough.

Mouthfeel: Light and aggressively carbonated. Clean and crisp.

Drinkability: Very high. Goes down like a light beer.

Photo of jbsteiny
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a nice head. Some sticky retention on the glass, and the head remained until the glass was nearly drained. Smells mostly of malts -- some toastiness that gave it a nutty character with a whole lot of sweet dark breadiness. Maybe some light earthy hops in there. Some diacetyl on the tastebuds sweetened this up a bit into a toffee flavor. A little vinous quality came out too. Interesting. Slick mouthfeel with a sticky finish, not exactly what I'm looking for in a lager, but these sure do go down easy. Ah, to be in Munich right now...

Photo of nosbocaj
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark amber/brown color with an off white head that quickly dissipates .
S: A very mild smell of sweet malt and breaded hops.
T: Nice sweet and malty taste with a small hoppy bite at the end.
M: Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth.
D: Very drinkable and delicious. I will definitely buy this again!

PS: I found a 24-pack of this at Costco for $20.72!

Photo of saintwarrick
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This amber brew has a white fizzy head that just laces the glass. Aroma is a bit off, reminds me of a pilsner with the floral hops, malts show through a little more as the beer warms, sort of biscuity. The taste is also sort of like a pilsner, but the malts do finally show through with a little bit of a fruit character. Taste is very smooth with a little sweetness at the end.

This beer grew on me as I drank it. A solid Octoberfest brew, very drinkable. But for the style, there are a lot better OFs out there.

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

Served in a tulip cold at at the Alpine Bar in Hofbrauhaus in Abbottstown, PA.
A - The appearance is a deep amber w/ golden highlights and a white head. There is a slight amount of lace that accumulates.

S - A mostly malty scent w/ apple and pear accents. The nose is fragrant w/ the sweetness of gentle malt.

M - A medium light body w/ fruity maltiness. The feel is semi-sweet w/ a very clean finish and ample carbonation.

T - Very smooth taste of malt w/ more apple/pear flavor as hinted at in the nose. The delicious flavor of German malts dominate the taste w/ finesse. There is the taste of lager yeast w/ a slightly tangy crispness that makes an impression. A light twiggy, woody flavor eases in as the beer gets warmer. The taste is a step up from a helles lager w/ the nuance of medium toasted malts.

D - A very tasty fest for sure, but restrained and more finesse than some American versions. A seriously easy to drink lager w/ session capability and strength. There could be a tad more depth, but a good representation of the style. I could certainly taste more than 2 of these paired w/ a bratwurst or weissewurst.

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

I poured this beer from its bottle to a 50 degree tumbler. The beer was a nice amber gold color with a nice low fluffy head that went away pretty fast. The beer had a bit od a nutty flavor and a fresh bready smell. I liked the beer and would buy again.

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

It's a nice beer, but there are usually others that are better. The commercial description says they use just the right touch of roasted barley. I guess it's there, but others have a larger proportion and I like that better. This is also an amber and I think the red color is better. This had a little head and almost no lace. Good carbonation and mouth. A hint of sweetness. Good beer, but surely not great. Ok finish.

Photo of younger35
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer number three in my Oktoberfest beer drinking night. The Optimator is one of my favorite beers so hopefully this will be delicious as well. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Weizen glass. Consumed on September 12th.

Appearance- Poured a clear copper with hints of yellow. Mediocre half finger head that left a decent collar but zero lacing.
Smell- Not really all that exciting. A bit of lightly toasted malt and maybe a touch of caramel but that is about it. Hell, that may be stretching it.
Taste- Starts with a faint toasty sweetness that isn’t bad, just not as dominate and in my face as I’d like. Little if any real bitterness from the hops and it’s a tad watery. Overall it’s not bad, it’s just a little more refined than I was hoping.
Mouthfeel- Light body that is a tad watery but nice carbonation.
Drinkability- Uhh… If you were having a party and needed some help on which Oktoberfests brews to get, I wouldn’t recommend this one. That being said, it’s not a bad beer, there’s just better out there.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Liter consumed at Kavanaugh’s Esquire Club in Madison, WI.

Pours a solid copper with a thick white head that immediately dissipates to nothing. Visibly well carbonated.

Aroma is feint of caramel, must, and just a touch of German hops. I don’t find any toast.

Taste is also a bit of a let down. It’s not that there are bad things happening here. It’s just that there isn’t much at all going on here. Grainy with a floral finish but almost entirely lacking in toast and not sweet enough.

Mouthfeel: Light and aggressively carbonated. Clean and crisp.

Driunkability: Very high. Goes down like a light beer.

Photo of jmalex
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Woohoo! My first Oktoberfest purchase of the year. 'Tis the season!

APPEARANCE: Pours an absolutely crystal clear reddish amber into a mug. The head is slightly off-white and massive. Bubbles cascade up from the bottom constantly refreshing it, but eventually it falls to a significant surface coating. Lacing exists in sporadic sheets.

SMELL: It's a lager! Perhaps my experience with lagers isn't as broad as with ales, but not too much stands out. Mildly bitter aroma that's perhaps a touch more sweet.

TASTE: Now that's what I'm talking about! A nice sweetness dominates, but doesn't come close to being cloying. The malt is mildly toasty, and hop presence is at a bare minimum. Clean and crisp as it should be.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to light bodied, but so smooth. Carbonation is a tad lower than I'd expect.

DRINKABILITY: There's a reason people drink these by the liter. Mine's half finished and I've barely just poured it. A 12 oz. bottle is no problem, so look out for 1 liter of 5.9% beer.

The wife and I are having our own little Oktoberfest at home tonight, but hopefully the future holds a trip to Munich for the real thing.

EDIT 8-24-08: My experience with Oktoberfests is much greater this year, and now I see that this one just doesn't measure up. It's not as clean as some others. I'll be buying other examples from now on.

Photo of StonyB
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's almost Fall! Let's go festing...

12 oz green bottle, bright blue label. Neither A.B.V. nor freshness date listed.

Appearance - Pours a clear, dark copper-bronze. Bubbly head fades quickly, but leaves a thin cap and sticky lacing. Reasonably attractive.

Smell - Mildly toasted malt aroma. Slightly off-putting graininess as well. Not overly inviting.

Taste - Surprisingly faint malt flavor, not very sweet, certainly not assertive. Touch of butterscotch, caramel, diacetyl. Not a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel - Thin body, slightly acidic. Very light carbonation.

Drinkability - For an Oktoberfest, not very filling and quite sessionable. But there are other beers in this style I'd rather curl up with.

Spaten makes a widely available, easy to drink Oktoberfest for the masses. Call it Macrofest.

Photo of becktone
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye: This beer pours a very clear copper in color with light gold in color. It also looks lively with tiny carbonation bubbles endlessly ascending to the top of the glass. Head is creamy egg white with pretty good lacing.

Nose: Rich toasty and malty aroma here, very potent and easy to pick up. This beer smells all together great.

Tongue: The brew has a rich, toasty, and malty taste. Also has a somewhat spicy hop profile. Overall clean taste, hard for me to describe though....was drinking this a few nights ago and thought that it had a somewhat watery taste.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This brew is full bodied with lower carbonation that seems appropriate for the style. This brew is easy to drink, would make a great session beer except for the abv is a little too high for that. However I could sit and drink this all night long, especially on a nice cool fall day or evening. I am sure that there are better examples of the style out there though.

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

Bottle poured into a mug

A- It poured a copper/bronze with a 1" off-white head. It had medium carbonation and light-medium lacing.

S- The aroma was slightly sweet and bready with some hop tones present.

T- It was surprisingly mild. It was mostly malty with a flavor of sweet bread and a light hop finish. I was hoping for a more powerful flavor.

M- Very smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

D- It's an easy drinker and pairs well with a variety of food.

Overall- It's not bad, but I wasn't terribly impressed either. The flavors were a little more subtle than I was expecting.

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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