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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
82
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2,123 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,123
Reviews: 1,079
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 41
Gots: 127 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 ColoradoBobs
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle, $1.21 in a mixed sixer from Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO.

Pours a clear amber under a two-finger eggshell head that fades rather quickly.

Smell is a nice balance of caramelly malt and grassy, citrusy hops.

Taste is very much like the smell. Pretty nice. Smooth edges.

Mouthfeel is nice and round.

Very easy to drink: not too much carbonation. Just a bit high in the ABV for me to consider having two or three liters in an evening, however.

Overall, the bottled version is pretty similar to the draught version I reviewed about 10 weeks ago.

ColoradoBobs, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle with some code on the label - served in a flute. It pours a clear, medium amber color with medium carbonation and a half-inch, off-white head of fine bubbles that leave nice lacing. The aroma is light but consists of clean, toasted malts with perhaps a hint of skunk. It's toasty on the palate with light caramel and grains and a small dose of green hops that leave a low bitterness. The medium body has good carbonation, is lightly drying, and leaves a short finish and, although the malts become tastier as it warms, it's still not as flavorful as I'd like. Overall an average märzen that is worth the try, but one I'm probably not going to revisit.

mmmbeer, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of veech
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was a bit of a disappointment for me. I would have expected more taste in an octoberfest. A: Med golden, yellow with thin head and low carbonation S: Not much to speak of besides some hints of malt T: Not unlike the nose, very mild with a little malted body M: Thin and watery D: fine if you are wanting something lighter than a Marzen, if not choose something with some body. All in all not much character or flavor. There are much better Octoberfests out there: Paulaner, Harpoon, and Sam Adams are 3 widely available options that dwarf this one.

veech, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber with a thick rocky off white head that leaves patterns of lace. Toasty malt with some euro hops is what I pick up in the aroma. Nothing too exciting. Nice malty body with toasted nut flavors and hints at noble hops. There is an unpleasant dirty hop bitterness towards the end. Finishes too sweet. This is almost flat in the mouth. Very little carbonation and what is there can not support the sticky body. Tastes alright, but I don't care to have more than one bottle.

goochpunch, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Rileys

appearance: green bottle...pours into an imperial pint glass...light amber body, very clear, light beige froth with minimal lacing

smell: euro skunk...sweet malt, caramel, rather nutty, german hops...meh

taste: I cant get past the whole green bottle import skunk factor unfortunately. Sweet malt, strongly nutty, red apple, euro hops. Not my favorite oktoberfest for sure

mouthfeel: high carbonation, actually enjoyed the mouthfeel here

drinkability: pretty good

dirtylou, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.17/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Spaten- Oktoberfest

Appearance- light reddish brown with a quickly dissolving head, no lacing.
Smell- Strong sugary candy, caramel, and grain (wheat/ barley)
Taste- Sweet sugar with a light earthy hop flavor.
Mouthfeel- sweet, cloying even. Finishes off very bland.

Overall- big disappointment. Was expecting more. This is 1 of the weakest Oktoberfests I've ever had.

NJpadreFan, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of techdiver
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear amber with a nice frothy head. Malty, sweet taste with just enough hops to balance this quite nicely. Highly drinkable and very enjoyable. Ranks very high in comparison with the other brews of this style I've been going through. Five more to go and this and Dogtoberfest are my favorites so far.

techdiver, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of danielocean03
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a clear caramelly toned amber with a full foamy finger of off white head that slowy gave way to a thin whitish cap. Aroma is big roasty malts true to the style, sweet earthy ripe fruit and some molasses/toffee brown sugar sweentess finish out the nose. Taste is again huge maltiness up front, slowly leading on to a sweet roasty grain flavor with some bittersweet caramel aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, heavier than the other O'fests I've trired this season. Carbonation levels are low, nice tingle on the tongue, slightly rough feeling on the palate. Drinkability is good, less than 6% and nice malt complexity make this a good Oktoberfest in my book. Would purchase again, strongly recommend.

danielocean03, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Marzen pours a light amber color with a thin white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. Aroma is malty. The taste is also malty, but not particularly good for the style. You probably can find better Oktoberfest beers out there.

Drew966, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of Byeast
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes on this review:
I believe octoberfest started today in Munich , so im raising my glass of Spaten ocktoberfestbier to that. I have read that in addition to beginning the modern lagering technique around 1830 , the custom of making reddish-bronze , malt accented lagers for oktoberfest began with Spaten. ( Micheal Jackson, Ultimate Beer)And traditionally it is the first beer to be tapped.

The beer poured a bronze color , with an in of off-white head. The aroma was malty , slightly roasty , with a hint of earthy hop. Taste is also malty , some toffee , smooth , bit of hop crispness in the finish, mildly tea-like. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and slick. This oktoberfest is quite drinkable , would love to try it on tap at the actual celebration in Munich.

Byeast, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of coasterfreak75
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour was light amber with a two finger white head that quickly dissapated and left no lacing on the glass.

The smell was very light and hard to pick up. A very light caramel scent with a hint of spice.

The drink started with a quick sweet caramel like flavor followed by medium/light hop spice and a clean finish.

All and all I've had better Oktoberfest offerings. I was unimpressed with the weight of the beer, it just seemed too light. Still it was quite refreshing and not hard to drink, I guess I was hoping for a beer with more body.

coasterfreak75, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of dherling
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out a deep bronze color into my glass, with a foamy/bubbly white head. I get this strange fak fruity flavor inthe nose, dark berry, like blackhaud or fruity pebbles. It tastes of some light malt, again with the berry fruit. Finishes clean with light efferescence, but again with the fruity pebbles. This became a discussion at the bar. One person picked out the fruity pebbles, three other people thought we were on crack and couldn't find it anywhere.

dherling, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of nortmand
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber pour with a solid white head that leaves moderate lace.

Caramel and a touch of sulfury grassiness in the smell.

Sweet caramel flavors are accompanied by a slight acidity. Ends with a slight bitterness.

Medium bodied and satisfying, yet drinkable. An above average offering.

nortmand, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of Neehan
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, bright, and clear orange copper with minimal lacing. The smell is of mild sweetness with hops up front adding in grassy grains. These also are the primary components of the taste although the hops come through stronger when sipping. The mouthfeel is well balanced and smooth with a mild, malty aftertaste. Very drinkable, could definitely be a session brew.

A solid brew, although there are better Oktoberfests to be had.

Neehan, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6 pack of 12 oz bottles purchased from LaBodega in Riverside, CA for $7.99 in September 2006.

I am a big fan of Oktoberfest style of beers, and so I'm always looking for good ones. This one makes the grade, although it's not my favorite.

Pours a nice copper color with minimal head. The bottle I chose for reviewing had no carbonation or head, although others in the six pack made for a nice head in my Spaten Oktoberfest 500 ml glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet fruitiness with a nice bready malt base; and gentle hops at the end. It actually gets sweeter as the glass drains. This one has a solidly full pleasant mouthfeel, and is very quaffable. Almost dangerously so.

Dukeofearl, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of dmowen
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a dark amber color with a nice off-white head that slowly dissapates to some nice lacing. Has a nice hoppy smell to it with a hint of roasted smell. Has for me a just right mouth-feel that goes down pretty good. Does leave a after-taste that is'nt too bad though.

For me this is a very tasty October-fest style beer and I'll be definitely getting more; if only it was'nt so expensive. But hey, good beer is worth it!!!

dmowen, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of bigone4
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark amber brown hue. Nice creamy white frothy head and good lacing of the mug. Had this beer on tap at the Fort (Student Prince) Springfield, MA on my birthday yesterday. A true to style German restaurant in Western MA. Great German imported beers and great food. This beer smells of strong malt flavor and sweet with a mild roasted nuttiness. It looks very inviting and worth drinking. Tastes smooth and full of bolt malt flavors. Nice sweet malt flavors with mild hop tingle. The balance between the sweet maltiness and the light floral hop finish makes this one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers. It is well balanced and drinkable beer. Great Oktoberfest offering very enjoyable and I would certainly drink this beer again.

bigone4, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer following a disappointing Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier. So this seemed spectacular. This is the color and aroma I was looking for and the rich malty flavor I want to see in the style. Well done Spaten.

Appearance: Pours an attractive copper color with a huge off-white head a significant lacing.

Smell: Toasted malts and grains. Caramel, cane sugar and toffee.

Taste: Dark toasted Bavarian malts sweet and simple with a straightforward caramel sweetness followed by a toffee, nut flavor and a bold malty center. It is lightly hopped and simply paints the palate with a sweet slick coating that clings to the cheeks before sliding down the throat leave a mild minty astringency behind.

Mouthfeel: This medium body beer is very creamy and yet leave a slick residue of sweetness on the cheeks.

Drinkability: This is simple exceptionally drinkable. The beer begs to be swallowed and then leaves reminders in the aftertaste that beckons for more.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of atozymurgy
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a small head that fades fast to a thin but long lasting cap of foam. Brilliantly clear, copper color. Aroma is crisp, clean with malt dominating. No hop aroma. Maybe just a hint of sulfur? But very pleasant overall. Malt dominates the taste as well. It's lightly toasted, mostly Munich malt I think, almost chewy. No bitterness up front, but there's some in the finish. No hop flavor though. Definitely malt-balanced, but dry with no cloying sweetness. Again, crisp and clean are the main traits. Mouthfeel is very drying, with high carbonation. Quite refreshing. Overall quite pleasant and drinkable, a good session beer.

atozymurgy, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color of toast-with-marmalade, with a sticky bright white head. Surprisingly thin malt notes in the nose. Those are overcome by some herbal hop notes and a subdued clove character. On the palate there's just a bit of a bitter malt bite and the flavors skew toward the back of the tongue. Metals come through at the mid palate, then some malt sweetness. Medium strength carbonation. This is all rather smooth, with no flavors really out of wack, but there's little depth to the flavors that are here. Unoffensive, even drinkable, but not the most flavorful Oktoberfest out there.

geexploitation, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden orange/amber with a smallish white head that melts to top covering thin bubbles.
Aroma is light sweet malt and fresh fruit.
Flavor of the sweet malt that gets quickly followed by a sweet fruit hop then a tiny citrus fruit bite
Mouthfeel is adequate for the style and there is a slight drying after you swallow that makes this pleasant and drinkable.
Still...nothing remarkable here.

IntriqKen, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Code reads R 17451... I hope that "5" doesn't mean last year's batch.

Purchased at Total Wine, River Edge. Served in a pint glass at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- On a rough pour, we have a clear pale gold beer that supports a very nice bold head... great body, extremely steadfast for this style. Huge webs of lacing and fantastic cling too... I haven't seen a great fall seasonal yet this year as nice as this.

Smell- Clean, toasted malts are up front here... really fresh and appetizing. A trace of hops give some balance to the nose, this is real solid.

Taste- Firm toasty, dry, hoppy brew... a pleasant all-day quaffer on a cool, Fall afternoon. I want to rake some leaves and stoke the fire pit. Easy, effortless beer. Not too sweet, which is a huge plus for this category.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- As with most of this year's Octoberfest offerings, I find the weight of this beer in the mouth to be relatively light, while imparting just enough life in the carbonation to add some texture. An easy, satisfying, well done beer without a doubt.

yelterdow, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice, medium amber color into a pint glass. Thick, half-inch head that left nice lacing on the glass.

Aromas of malts, toffee.

Tasted like a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Malty, moderately sweet, slightly metallic. Slightly alcoholicy. Alright tasting, but not overwhelming.

Slightly warming, smooth mouthfeel. Clean finish.

Overall, fairly middle of the road Marzen/Oktoberfest. Right on for style, IMO.

doppelmeup, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a rich orange amber with a nice foamy tan head.

Smell. Nice smells of malts and caramel. Malts are heavy and sharp. Small smells of alcohol drenched cherries.

Taste. Good creamy malts, sweet of a natural sugar- sugar in the raw. Alcholic taste, but not too strong. Beer finishes dry just for a moment, then gets sweet again.

Mouthfeel. Nice creaminess, balance is nice. Nice medium-full mouthfeel.

Overall, i think a solid oktoberfest. Has everything you want from the style, but doesn't wow me.

acrawf6, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of arnulfooxblood
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice surprise that this was available on tap.

Appearance--Served in a pint glass, very little head. Nice dark amber color. If beer could look like autumn, this would be it.

Taste--Rich and malty, subtle sweetness with a bit of bite. Quite nice.

Drinkability--A bit too sweet to go crazy with, but I had no problem having a few of them.

arnulfooxblood, Aug 27, 2006
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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