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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,189 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,189
Reviews: 1,087
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 47
Gots: 157 | 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 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
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
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
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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
2.7/5  rDev -25%
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
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
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
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, apples, dark fruit, spice and decent amount of hops.

T: The tasty is very fruity (apple, apricot, raisins & berries) and that’s what comes out first. The malt character quickly follows up, but I didn’t find it to be as bready as most O-fests. It has a good hops presence for the style, but not a lot of bitterness. The after-taste is kind of sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is a little slick.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, good representation of style, this may not be the most popular beer in the style but I liked it and wouldn’t be disappointed to see it on-tap somewhere. That being said however, there are others in the style that I would choose first.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes, 10/06, super fresh Costco case.

It's up; it's down. It must know I'm thirsty.

Nice amber color, but so clear & crisp looking. The beer is still plenty cold, but I won't wait.

Good mix of apricots, raisins, & sugar cookies. Alcohol is evident, but the richness more so. Experiences may vary; adjust accordingly. :D

Lightly roasted, but quite malty. A little smoke surrounds it all. Maybe a little copper in there, maybe. There's less then half of a bitter buzz on the end, which rounds it off really nicely. The alcohol leaves a trail, but runs real thin.

These bottles go down really, really, easy. Wow, I don't remember having refills. Has just a tad more body then your average ale, but not much at all. Really nice & really easy. Do I use the word "really" alot?

Yummy. :)

Photo of akajimmyd
1.43/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Pale copper color. A little light for a Marzen. Not much head.

Smell – Upfront: Strong acidic smell. Almost skunky, smells like a Heineken. After it settles the malty aroma is more subdue. Upfront it is very unpleasant.

Taste – Metallic and unpleasant. Some bready malts.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability – Thankfully it’s pretty light, which allows me to get this down. I am really not a fan. Maybe this one got skunked but it would take a lot for me to try this again.

Photo of thbeer
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the real Oktoberfest in Munich. I'm not sure if this would not affect my review. When reviewing beers we need to add if this would be a good session beer. This beer at that location was perfect. Some feel that the style has changed due to the influence of the larger brewers and others coming out with ersatz "Oktoberfest" beers. I like a well balanced Marzen and this is a good representation of the style.

Photo of Lagaffe74
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a clear copper-like with a small off-white head which disappeared quite fast.
It had quite a floral nose with notes of caramel and honey on the palate. A little semi-sweet finish with a good drinkability. Quite nice.
I had this one with deer sausage in gravy over rice - I am in Louisiana! - and this went quite well!!

Photo of oelergud
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear semitransparent copper body with low carbonation. Off-white head, low retention and lace.
Lager scent is very apparent, lots of hay and some grass.
Bread, hay and grass flavors and some faint caramel. Aftertaste is bitter grass and flowery.
Medium body and a prickly sensation. Medium coating and abit slick.
Pretty good drinkability and a good version of the style.


Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm always leary of light-struck green bottles, but this one came out all right. It has a sweet, faint aroma and an apple character complimenting its caramel malt flavor, a combination worthy of the infamous 1-liter Oktoberfest stein. Not the best O-fest I've had, but it's still authentic and delicious.

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

I've had this on-tap when we had a keg-party a few years ago, before I was reviewing on this site. I recall it as being better than this bottled variety, although this from the bottle is still impressive. Besides, it's a historic classic beer that you just can't knock.

A= darker amber-brown but still not a dark beer. Mild head which faded quickly. Streams of small bubbles rising.

S= very nice and inviting; slightly smoky with lots of complexity, hops-florals, lightly toasted malts, and other scents that rise nicely with each sip.

T= robust and slightly smoky, with reasonable carbonation, mild bitterness, complex sweet malt taste. A little watery in the finish, at times.

M= mice malts lingering, mild bitters.

D= candidate for session.

Photo of daliandragon
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed tonight at The Smithtown Haus on Main Street in Smithtown with an excellent Hungarian Goulash. Very nice dark orange color, particularly when compared to my girlfriend's lager. Nose was malty and sweet and the head was decent but didn't last.

Rich flavor for a marzen with a malty body, nut and caramel tones, and a fairly clean finish. Mouthfeel was crisp but not overly carbonated. A bit late for the style but it still tasted fresh and spry from the keg. Nothing earth shattering but a decent, solid festbier. A quality effort from the past masters.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Beautiful darm orange copper amber color. Poured with a good amount of head and leaves a significant amount of lacing as it's being consumed.

S: A nice sweet roasted blend of various scents. The only reason I didn't rate the smell higher was there just isn't enough there to make it stand out. That said, there is certainly nothing off and it still is a fairly pleasant scent.

T & M: The beer starts off with a somewhat sweet carbonated mouthfeel and a somewhat sweet flavor. Then, I got a nice roasted flavor that sticks all the way through until the end. The aftertaste is a blend between the sweetness and roasted flavor and hangs around just enough to keep things interesting. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect for the style, as there is absolutely no watered down feeling of this beer but it's not too heavy to interfere with its drinkability.

D: What can I say? Spaten claims they are the first to brew this beer. Not only do I think that's a cool thing, but judging on the taste and quality of this brew, it's defenitely one of my favorite (a tie between it and Samuel Adam's O-Fest) Oktoberfest beer.

Note: I had this on tap just this past Friday at a local pub and it wasn't nearly as good, as it tasted like it wasn't fresh anymore. The only thing missing from this beer is a freshness date on the bottle.

Photo of medicineman25
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good drinkability and flavor.Good color although not as dark as I remember on tap. First tried at Epcot Center German pavilion. Found here locally. One of my 10 favorites. Slightly malty, more fruity and lively in taste and aroma. One of the better octoberfest beers that I have had although thats not to many.

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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