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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 2,211
Reviews: 1,093
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 50
Gots: 190 | 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 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.

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.

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