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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,019 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,019
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 33
Gots: 98 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001)
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Photo of steinlifter
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a clear copper, decent head that left a thin collar all the way through.
smell was of sweet malts, hop whiff
taste was similar as smell ,sweet malt, slight hops in back, bit of pine.
mouthfeel was bubbly and a bit creamy, fairly full, and satisfying.
drinkability is very nice, no problem here, I could definitely have a few more.

steinlifter, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light/medium bodied, orange/amber color with a respectable off-white head that retreats quickly leaving only a trace of lace.

The aroma is restrained but malty with caramel undertones.

Taste is fresh biscuits, caramel, and a bit of tart apple or citrus with a slightly dry hops bitterness at the end.

Well balanced, creamy , very drinkable.

whynot44, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of rowew
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz dark green bottle. No freshness info.

Appearance: Clear orange color with a nice head that fades pretty quickly, and leaves just a bit of lacing.

Smell: A bit skunky at first, then as it warms the malts come through.

Taste: Sweet malt flavor with just a bit of noble hops in the end. Very simple, yet it just screams fall to me.

Overall impression: I'm probably rating this a bit high because its one of the first Oktoberfest's of the year for me. Once of my favorite styles of beer, I'm always excited when they hit the shelves. This is a solid, but not outstanding example of the style. Well balanced and drinkable by the liter, so it fits the bill.

rowew, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of Kreuger
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


A - After a moderate pour there was a solid head that lasted about as long as an ADD child's attention span. All that remained was a thin frosting on the top of the beer. The beer is a satisfying amber, with little visible carbonation.

S - The nose is sweet and malty with a helping of skunk; which I can't help but suspect is the result of long travel from Germany. Otherwise, its pretty restained - pleasantly so.

T - A reasonable hoppiness balances out the malts pretty well. And a moderate carbonation keeps things happening through the finish. There is a definite sour vinous aftertaste to the finish here, not the best.

M - The carbonation is perhaps a bit much, otherwise the mouthfeel is pretty smooth.

D - Not the best Marzen available in the USA, but still definitely drinkable; though I wouldn't want to atack this in quantities - I suspect it would lead to heartburn.

A decent beer, but with so many better options out there I won't be revisiting this one unless I'm in Germany or my alternatives are American Macros or Heineken.

Kreuger, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought I would start the season a bit early this year when I saw it on tap at the Sunset Grill. Poured a rich and vibrant brown in color. Very clear and with no head on it at all. Nose was very simple and only mild malts were noticeable, and they were slightly browned at that. Flavor is slight sweet but mellowed but a significant biscuit flavor. Hops are extremely mild and provided just a hint of bitterness around the edges of this beer. Mouthfeel was crisp but heavier than other O'fests I have had in the past. The alcohol is brilliantly hidden and it is a very simple and quite enjoyable beer.

MuddyFeet, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is not as light in color as the other German Oktos we tried, and it comes a lot closer to what we accept as the style. Good dark maltiness is well balanced here by its hops. Still, I'm glad when Oktoberfest season passes and we can get down to some winter beers.

DrunkMcDermott, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saved this one from last fall as a reminder of the fall soon to come. Poured a medium amber color with white long-lasting head. Smell is dominated by toasty malt. Taste is predominately malt with a crisp texture. Finish is refreshing, but with a bit too much sweetness. All around good beer.

tgbljb, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As good as Oktoberfests get, if found fresh. A solid beer for the style. Pours a highly carbonated, light copper hue. Forms a 1/2" head that lasts throughout and laced well quite. Smells cleanly of malt, yeast and mild noble hops. Tastes quite malty, bready, and a little like lightly fruity. A bit earthy and grainy from the flavors and into the body and then the finish. Otherwise clean finish with light drying. Sweet alcohol flavors play on the toung and palate. An easy drinking beer. A classic, paired with brats and sauerkraut.

BEERchitect, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Ayinger pint glass. Pours a golden/copper color with a huge head which stays around awhile. Lots of lacing on the glass. A very sweet/malty scent, tastes of grapes to me. A light to medium body. This is a great session brew, goes down very well IMHO.

Wasatch, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of beersarang
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light ruby but a little clear looking. White tan head dissapates quickly leaving behind a thick collar. Fairly thick looking beer.

Sweet grain aroma, marzen like.

Malt profile is a bit one dimensional. Average grainy bready flavor from munich malts. Medium hopped for an adequate bitterness, but the spicy grassy hop character leaves behind some oil on the palate, which detracts from this beer a lot. Finishes mildly sweet and alcoholic. Seems a tad rough on the edges.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation but nothing special.

I wouldn't get this again, there are many better Marzens in my opinion.

beersarang, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of Pepeton
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find so much similarities between this beer and one of my local favorites: Indio from Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma.

Really, Indio here in Monterrey is considered as a laborer brew. But I always noticed that my Dad, and later that my Father-In-Law, had this as their regular brew, so it isn't al that bad, right?

Actually you can't find it in most places, And in México there are whole States where it isn't even heard about.

Spaten Oktoberfest pours amber with a tan head and some lacing.

Smell is of a lager, not impressive but malty. No hops to the nose.

Taste is nice (please, bear with me, it's 111°F out here), refreshing, lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp, somehow hoppy, even creamy.

Drinkability? Well, no doubt I'll have this beer again but for the price I'll rather buy Indio that here in México has a price on a fraction of this German import.

No Dad and my in-law weren't wrong at all, Indio is indeed a fine beer.

Pepeton, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of jimbotrost
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper/golden hue, still not red or amber. medium size white head. Brilliant malty nose, very soft in the mouth, very nice flavor is malty sweet but very well balanced. finishes up with a nice long soft and sweet finish. What a nice beer

jimbotrost, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of danielharper
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a nice brown-tinged amber color with a nice large bubbly head. Looks very clear, no visible sediment anywhere -- a nice, if unexeceptional, pour.

This has an odd scent and taste to it, almost like a pilsener in quality. At first I thought that my bottles were old or skunked, but I think that the aroma and flavor that I detect is in some combination of the malt and the hops -- the Spaten Premium has some of the same flavors, and I assume that both sixers couldn't have been skunked. A roasted flavor is available to the tongue (although not to the nose), which makes it okay, but the aftertaste has a negative "mouthwash" flavor, which makes me give it a fairly low score there.

This has a thin, somewhat watery mouthfeel that actually works in the beer's favor, as it means that the flavor doesn't stick around quite as long. Perhaps a backhanded compliment, but here I'd rather have a thin mouthfeel, as it means that the beer is easily quaffed.

Overall drinkability is low, as I find this beer to be fairly unpleasant to drink, and I don't find myself looking for another one once I finish the first one. I worry that perhaps this batch is just old -- I may try to find this one again this fall and try it in a single or on-tap, because I think that this may not taste quite the way the brewer intended. Still, if this is what it's meant to taste like, I'd recommend that you get the Paulaner Oktoberfest instead -- a much more satisfying brew that doesn't have the negatives of the Spaten.

A shame, since the Spaten-made Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss is one of my favorite brews.

danielharper, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear ruby color with a thick white head. Smells of malt and floral hops. Balanced taste with the malt being a little more prevalent than the hops. The aftertaste is pleasant and balanced. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Overall, this is a good, tasty beer, and is very drinkable.

Edit: After a while the sweetness in the aftertaste gets kind of annoying.

KarlHungus, May 18, 2005
Photo of JackTheRipper
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice clear amber color. Head was initially about 1 1/2" of off-white foam. Now just a memory. Thin lacing.

S: Thin smells. Barely there malt aroma. Nothing special here.

T: Way better than the smells. There is a nice toasty malt taste. Fairly sweet, with a neat little fruitiness in the background. Late in the finish is a flash of bitterness.

M: Medium body. Nice levels of carbonation carry the tastes around. Alcohol is very well masked for the level.

D&N: Nothing exceptional, but a well crafted beer. Goes down really easily and would make a great session beer. If the smells were better, this would get better marks. Not something I would drive for miles and miles to seek, but if it's there, it's a safe buy.

JackTheRipper, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of surfmeister
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just a little too sweet...
Amber color with sturdy and plentiful head, good looking, smell of sweet malt with burnt sugar, taste is malty, malty, malty, I almost loved this beer but the back of the throat sweetness was too much for me, slick on the tongue, I think Sam Adams makes a better, more well balanced O'fest, probably wont buy it again.:(

surfmeister, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of CBFanWish
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spaten has long held a reputation of being a beer of the highest quality. Something that even the most discriminating of beer drinkers would enjoy. Of all the Spaten products, one has stood out among the rest for its stellar reputation. That beer is the Oktoberfestbier.
As much as I hate to give a bad review to a beer that I wanted to love so much, I have to do it.
The pour was nothing much more that a disappiontment. Clear golden colour with nothing more than a few bubbles sitting at the top for effect. There was also a slight fizzy carbonation thing working here. Nothing to be over impressed by.
The aroma was almost nonexistant. a slight caramel malty scent, but I could just barely detect anything at all. The taste was very similar. Watered down and a total lack of integrity.
I don't think I'm ever going to buy this particular beer again. At leasst not until the overall quality jumps in huge leaps and bounds.

CBFanWish, Mar 03, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat ordinary, no smoke or appearance or anythng, but malts without being sweetand drinkable. Some bitterness in finish for aftertaste. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Light colour. Grassy herbal. Palate cleaner. Complements of Raymond at Abbey Brewing in Miami Beach, where they very suitably carbonate.

Sammy, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of Skidz
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a glassy gold and sits a deep reddish-amber, coming close to brown, with a massive off-white head, passing slowly to a light skim leaving an abundant amount of lace.

Aroma is dominated by sweet, toasty malts, entirely focused on caramel and toasted brown sugar. Woodsy fields of wild grasses and shrubs accumulate underneath to balance out the near candy-like sweetness that coats the whole thing. Pecans and toasted almonds sit somewhere in the middle.

Tastes bright and toasty initially, then smooths out into sweet hints of caramel and buttery toffee. Malts are well balanced with a rather sharp presence of hops, hinting on green and grassy flavors. Touches some mettalic ends, rather unfitting. Finish is well bittered and moderately refreshing holding on to many of the sugar-based malt flavors.

Level and balanced in the mouth, good carbonation level. Medium body, a standard O-fest feel.

Enjoyable, yes. Only at certain times. There are plenty of other Oktoberfests I'd rather be enjoying.

Skidz, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of yeagerbm
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber color with an eggshell head. Smell is grainy with some sweet maltiness. Taste is crisp and malty with a little hope bite to it and a caramelized flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall a fine drinking beer with nice flavor. A fairly typical Oktoberfest

yeagerbm, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean pale bronze color with a light white head that dissapates quickly leaving no lace. Aromas are a mix of caramels and nuts, with just a hint of german hops. Flavors give off a very german malty flavor that is sorta nutty but more toasted and caramel like. There is a decent sweetness to this brew throughout with a slighty snappy hop finish. The mouthfeel this brew is clean and light and the flavors balance out nicely. Overall an average oktoberfest but still an easy going beer.

bigbeerdrinka, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of ahking
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Strange brownish orange appearance with a nice sudsy white head. Smells like a wheat beer would. Caramel malts used here for flavor and color. I have had Spaten fest beer IN GERMANY AT THE OKTOBERFEST (Hippodrome tent) and this does not compare. Not sure what this beer is really. The fest beer in Munich was a helles. Overall, not what I expected and not a great tasting beer.

ahking, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ripe orange topped by a largish head of bone white foam that doesn't look overly sticky. In time, a fine sheet of lace is laid down on the upper reaches of the glass, but more than half of it melts away within minutes.

The nose isn't Marzen-like. Neither is it very appealing. In fact, it reminds me of a macro lager; a lot of sour grain and musty hops, but little Oktoberfest character at all. Where's the toasted malt? The beer makes a minor comeback on the palate (operative word: minor).

It doesn't really taste like the stated style either. It's undermalted with almost none of the sweet, toasted, caramel malt flavor that is the hallmark of the Oktoberfest style. Plain grain and floral hops dominate the flavor profile. There's very little sweetness initially, more as the beer warms.

If the brewery is to be believed, Spaten Oktoberfestbier is the original Marzen/Oktoberfest. If that's true, then this is a classic example of the original having been surpassed by legions of its followers. I'd suggest leaving this one on the shelves. There are many, many versions of this style are more deserving of your time and thirst.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of granger10
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I can't believe that this is a German oktoberfest, my only guess is that it's a little old and weathered. Pours a nice light tan color with a well proportioned fizzy white head. Smell is not too good though. There's a skunkiness in it, an off yeast byproduct scent. Taste is on the dry side to me. There's a toasted caramel flavor but it has more of a bready, yeasty base that is the main flavor. Finish is slightly weak. Maybe the yeast was old or something along that line because there was something not completely right in this beer. I had two and noticed the same in both, if it's different to me in the future I might change it. Still, not a terrible beer, just could be much better.

granger10, Nov 28, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Oktoberfestbier poured a light amber, very clear, with a medium head. The aroma is of the roasted malt and some grassiness that may have included some hops aroma in the end. The beer was somewhat sweetish with a bit of hops bitterness at the end. It had some fruity undertones, but was overall a rather thin taste. It was slightly oily in the mouth and thin as well. This was not my favorite Oktoberfest but it wasn't the worst either.

rdrummer, Nov 27, 2004
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