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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 mnj21655
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green 12oz. bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a relatively dark brownish-copper in color with about a finger of slightly off-white head that fades rather quickly and leaves behind sporadic lacing. Smells of toasted malts with hints of yeast. Tastes almost exclusively of malts bit only a bit of bitterness in the finish. Malts are sweet at first but give way to toasted malts midway through. Mouthfeel is good, medium body with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good as well, this brew is certainly an easy drinker but otherwise rather pedestrian.

Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with a small head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is nice and malty, smooth, with only a slight bit of skunk (no big deal though). Taste is kind of smoky a bit with the malt in the background. I actually like it. It leaves a nice malty aftertaste. I would place it at the same level as the Brooklyn Octoberfest, due to the drinkability and overall taste.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear amber color with a decent beige head that fizzles away after a minute or so.

Smell - some grains but mostly a very skunky smell. I have a feeling this bottle has some light-damage.

Taste - Very nice sweet caramel maltiness up front, breadiness, very subtle hop spiciness, finishes pretty clean with some yeastiness. No skunkiness in the taste..weird how the smell is mostly off but the flavor is great.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, rolls around in the mouth, carbonation is spot on.

Drinkability - As long as I dont smell the beer, it tastes great and very drinkable. Good offering from Spaten. Prost!

Photo of JBogan
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a green 12 oz, the Spaten Oktoberfest was a nice golden brown color.

I'd never had this before so wasn't quite sure what to expect. The carbonation was rather low and the head left almost immediately and left no lacing at all.

While not the most impressive beer to look at, it was very easy to drink, and after all that's why we buy beer in the first place isn't it?

Overall this was a pleasing brew. I enjoyed it on a hot Vegas September day, so it's not only a cold weather fall type beer. Would I buy it again? Certainly!

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single one of these in celebration of Labor Day. Poured a nice light mahogany to deep amber with a little bit of a head on it. Smell was effervescent, with malty notes. Taste was pretty good; heavy on the malt sweetness and just a slight bitterness from the hops. Overall, a good beer to get in the autumnal mood, as the color and smells reminded me of raking leaves or that crispness that's in the air on gameday saturdays. Good beer.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz green bottle

Spaten Oktoberfest poured a medium golden color with a good off-white head. Body is medium for the style. Smell and flavor is of very mild malt and bread with slight hops at the finish. Carbonation is crisp with a lighter mouth feel. I would prefer a little more flavor.

Spaten is easy to drink and average to slightly above average for the style.

Photo of CWiggins
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the first Oktoberfest beer of the season for me. It arrived in stores here just two weeks ago, and I couldn't resist picking up a six-pack. I've had a few already; this review takes place with the fourth bottle.

It pours a dark amber, and the eggshell-white head--very potent at first--withered away to a thin surface covering within a few minutes. The aroma is heavy on grains, with sweet malts and a bit of hops lurking in the background. "Refreshing but complex" is the phrase I'd use to describe the flavor; it's crisp and clean, but with a malty, grainy taste and a nice, focused hoppy finish. The carbonation is a bit much for me, but that's just my pet peeve. This is a good Marzen.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderate caramel malt with a good graininess as the beer warmed. Some noble hop aroma noted as well.

The taste consisted of a sweet grainy malt with a light balancing hop. A robust multi-grain breadiness appeared as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a slight chewiness.

Overall a very tasty and easy drinking Oktoberfest.

Photo of KodyBrannon
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer suprised me, After drinking the spaten optimator, I wasn't really expecting somthing like this from Spaten. It is a lighter colored beer, with a very refreshing, hoppy scent to it. A nice clean taste then kinda bites you as you finish off the last drink. Definatly wouldn't mind getting a 6 pack of this and enjoying at home.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

luckily i had this on-tap, and overall it was quite drinkable. this is a clear deep copper with a quickly diminishing and minimal head/lacing. nose was of clean, sweet caramel malts and grassy hops. taste was a nice balance between the sweet malts and a moderate hop bitterness. more hop presence in this than i am used to for a german beer which was nice. almost medium in body and not overly carbonated with a lingering clean, mild bitter finish.

Photo of iceball585
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Reddish orange w/ yellow hints, clear, head settled to a thin lacy ring almost instantly

S- Faint toasted malt smell

T- Sweet, malty, nuts, faint hoppy bite at the end

M- Smooth feel, fairly medium bodied, medium carbonation

D- Very drinkable in my opinion

Very nice seasonal beer. Good malt tastes w/ slight hops finish. I would definatly recommend this beer as a session beer or just one to try next time your at the pub.

Photo of biggmike
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber pour, decent head that stayed for a while. I’m not usually a big fan of Marzen beers, but this one kind of surprised me. It was better than expected. Kind of sweet so I couldnt drink a bunch of them, but not bad for a change of pace. I thought the texture was a little watery.

Photo of TheSarge
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have the opportunity to have the non-imported version, which is always better than it could be in the States. Anyhow, let's examine this brew.

First of this brew pours picture perfect. The head produced is about an inch and a half thick, and is a beautiful light khaki color. It dissipates a bit quickly, but leaves fine thin lacing. The body is ultra clear and is a golden amber color.

This brew is very aromatic. Very malty, but a good amount of hops seem to be put into this brew.

This actually tastes a little fuity compared to most lagers. Perhaps the choice of their hops provide this trait, vice the yeast used.

This is definetly a great session beer, as well as it should be since it's been served over a century at Oktoberfest.

Photo of AChamberlain
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green 12oz bottle bought from Key Food in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

A: 1/4” off-white head. Rusted brown color. Looks good, looks right. Nothing extraordinary.

S: Little sweet malt, but pretty weak. Not really impressed.

T: Sweet and malty, but a bit bland. Kind of boring, but not off putting.

MF: Smooth. Medum body. Typical.

D: Very enjoyable as far as the drinkability. Smooth and bland, easy to knock back. Ok, I imagine it would be much better in Munich and/or on tap somewhere.

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

Apearance - Nice amber body with a soft honey look. decent off-white head that disappates relatively quicking, does leave some lacing.

Aroma- Lots of sour-mash aroma with some sweet Munich alsts and bittering hops. Some roasted pine-nut.

Taste - A nice mix of a semi-sweet malt and some bittering hops.
A nice lemony hop after-taste.

Mouthfeel - About what you would expect from an Octoberfes. Medum body, slightly syrupy with a nice CO2 bite.

Drinakbility - Very drinkable. Light enough for back yard drinking or nice enough for evenings. Very sessionable.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden copper color / clear / mild carbonation / moderate head

Fruity fresh / biscuit malt / roasted sugar

Metallic first flavor subsides to a light sugary sweetness / and floral tart hops / quite dry overall

Thin to medium bodied with a little carbonation

It's okay.

Photo of sacfly
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz., no date
Pours a clear orange with a thin head of off white bubbles. Crisp vegetal hop aroma, some spiciness. A touch of sweetness in the background comes out later. Taste is on the hoppy side, but a mildly astringent grassy hop. Overwhelms the malt available. Dry, mildly bitter aftertaste. OK, but not interesting enough or refreshing enough to drink regularly. Plenty of better Martzen out there.

Photo of Maerzen
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say? I love this beer. Had to stop at Schnitzelhaus yesterday for dinner on the way home from The City Beer Store (where I didn't have time to taste - just bought). The menu listed "Oktoberfest beer." I asked the waiter which Oktoberfest beer. The matter-of-fact reply was, "Spaten - it's the best one." My .5 liter mug was the perfect match with my "light" meal of fried ham steak, potatoes and kraut.

Appearance - Dark Amber - almost red - with nice off white head
Smell - wonderful smell of malt and sugar.
Taste - malt and hint of sweetness. Slight hint of hops at the end.
Mouthfeel - balance.
Drinkability - perfect.

This is why I had a keg of this at my wedding.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have to admit this is one of my first Oktoberfests, typically not a fan of this style however this was plain and simply a good beer. Pour from 12oz bottle into pint glass, amber-ish in color with plenty of aroma, I swear I detected a hint of apple but that seems almost out of place. Two finger head dissipated quickly, medium mouthfeel, caramal/malty taste but not overwhelming. After this one I'm going back for another. Great overall beer, this really warmed me up to this style and I am looking forward to trying others.

Photo of seanyfo
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into my Spaten seidel

A - Lagerish blonde, not very copppery like a marzen. 2 finger head that disappates relatively quicking, does leave some lacing.

S- Lots of nice sweet munich malts here, a lot more oktoberfesty here! Some roasted nut qualities, no hoppiness.

T - A nice syrupy sugary malty backbone here, balanced well in the finish with a slight alcoholic kick. No real hop profile to speak of though. Almonds linger in the aftertaste.

M - Medium carbonation, full bodied, slightly syrupy.

D - Very drinkable although not the best marzen i have had. Colour is a bit odd though - this bottle is straight from the Spaten - franziskaner brewery in munich. I dunno if this is different in Spaten USA.Wouldnt pass on it if offered though. A standard example of the style.

Photo of beeragent
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass, from a 12oz. bottle. The beer poured a light orange, forming a very thin head that quickly faded. The aroma is very skunky, and thats all thats detectable. The taste is a good balance between the malts and hops, but with a little of a skunky taste coming through at the end. Nothing really complex. No one characteristic jumps out from the rest. Just a strait forward brew. Medium mouthfeel. An easy enough beer to drink, and good alcohol content, but the lack of flavor keeps this from being a session ale. Just ok.

Photo of guinnessfan
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle given to me by one of our doctors, to get my opinion.

A: Nice copper color, with a small, off-white head. Little lacing with virtually no retention.

S: Sweet caramelized malt is about all I could get.

T: Sweet, almost too sweet malt. Slightly metallic.

M: Crisp, well carbonated.

D: A little sweet to have a lot. Not bad, though

Photo of goschool
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Red Lion Tavern in Silverlake, CA.

Appearance: A two finger off-white head stays on top of the clear copper body until the last few ounces of the glass.

Smell: The nose has a rich toasted malts.

Taste: The flavor profile starts out with sweet toasted malts and finishes with dry hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and creamy with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: This is so much better on draft.

Photo of billybob
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured a clear copper color with a two finger head that quickly just faded to the beer and no lace to speak of. slight apple earthy aroma with a grainy malt taste and a tangy finish. light mouthfeel and on the dry side. drinkability, a long way down on my list.

Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a copper/brown color with a foamy, white two-finger head. Left a little lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and grains.

T - It tasted very malty and sweet. It had a subtle hop bite towards the end.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Pretty good for the style. Nice looks and taste.

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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