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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 2,212
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 jimbomill
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Here it is mid-November and I'm just getting to my first Oktoberfest. The pour turns up a finger-width's worth of foam on top of a bronze beer. The nose detects a moderately strong barley malt and hops presence, with hops being the more dominant. First taste causes an involuntary cough; but it's not the beer's fault. The taste has some bitter notes, but is nice. It has a slightly bittery hoppy finish. This one looks better than it tastes, but it does taste nice.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An Oktoberfest from Germany, who would of thunk it. The pour is a sparkling clarity that has a light amber color with a orange hue throughout. A puffy head that lasts for some time but does dissipate over time. Some lacing but also decreases over time as well.

The nose is rather light overall, but some grainy notes and definite Munich touches as well. A light soapy scent from the background as well.

The taste is limited but noticeably a European lager taste. The graininess is a continuing theme with Munich flavors in the background. There is a carmel flavor that also reminds me of more of a decoction flavor. Some yeasty aftertones that enhances the European flavor. Not much on hops but some earthy after tones for the flavoring appeal.

The body is light but very smooth and easy to drink. An Oktoberfest from Germany with a strong European accesents. Not not bad considering the long travel.

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

Picked up some Oktoberfest for this year's final barbeque. It was a good choice. This beer is very drinkable; it's not too heavy, and it certainly is not too light. Can't say much for appearance as I drank it straight out of the bottle, but it appears to have a nice amber hue. Initial mouthfeel was very good, but as I was finishing my first bottle, I wished there was a bit more carbonation.

Malty aroma dominates, with a hint of...I couldn't quite put my finger on it. It really doesn't taste as malty as it smells; taste has a good balance of malt and hops.

Photo of andythejerk
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

5 for appearance--just because it's served in a giant 1-Liter glass stein here at Oktoberfest, Munich. Smell? I dunno. I smell pretzels, cigars, and pork knuckle. Taste--sooo delicious. The German word is suffig. I can't express it in English. Malty smoothness that is unparalleled by any other beer experience I have ever had. Mouthfeel is foamy and substantial, without being heavy in the least. Drinkability? I drank nine liters of it in ONE DAY. It's good enough to warrant sipping and better than most anything available to me at home, but I'm at Oktoberfest and it lets itself be gulped down so easily, so why the hell not. Repeated with similar results on several other days here at the O-fest. I peed my pants and got lost in downtown Munich. "Bedienung! Noch ein Maß, bitte!"

Photo of sabrills70
2.97/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz geen bottle with no freshness date. Pours a medium amber with a 1 finger head with just OK longevity and lace. Good malty aromas, perhaps a bit smokey. Apple and pear are also detected. Not as malty in the taste as the aroma suggests. Malts are present but are quickly swept away by the hop bitterness, which predominates the aftertaste. Also detected is some macroness. I knoe there is no rice or corn present, but it sure does tase like it. It just has that euro macro flavor. Pass this one up as there are far better Okoberfest beers out this time of year.

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

Unlike the Hofbräu maltburger which had no nectar injection nor the similar caramel sweetness of the Paulaner, SA Oct and Harpoon Oct, this one is very well-balanced and quite similar to the Hacker-Pschorr in that you get all the expectant flavors of malty bready and sweetness in equal amounts. Not my favorite mind you, as I'm a candy masticater, but well-crafted and pleasant to drink. Seeing as every German born brewer claims to be the original Oktoberfester I might as well make my claims as well: mid-range taste, upper eschelon craftsmanship.

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

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen pours a clear reddish-amber color, Nice head and nice lacing; Smell is malty and fruity, some caramel; Taste is clean and crisp; Mouthfeel is Smooth, Low carbonation; Easy drinking beer for those hot summer days.


Photo of kernalklink
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Oktoberfest poured a light yellow into my mug- along with the light color, I was surprised by the euro-lager skunkiness aroma which followed. The flavor is not really there for an Oktoberfest- slightly sweet malts with an almost absent hop profile. There seemed to be an almost too sweet end on the tongue, maybe from the additives to up the alcohol content which is definately there. Couldn't really find any food that blended well- a big strike. Otherwise it was easy to drink, but no real Oktoberfest feeling here

Photo of BeerSox
2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Amber hue with an off white thick head with somewhat decent retention.

Light hoppy smells with a somewhat metallic twist.

Thin mouthfeel with slightly sweet malts along with little carbonation. A bit of a bitter taste, but not from the hops. The hops add to a slightly dry finish.

A little bit below average. It just barely has that Oktoberfest feel to it. Pass this one up, and try another.

Photo of bonbright7
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tapped a keg of this last night before my party started last night in Lloyd Harbor, which is the annual Halloween party for the community. At first the beer was dribbling out and one push of the pump brought it to life as the reddish amber beer was ready to serve. I inhaled the sweet smell of the beer while I was pouring it with a healthy head to serve myself first.

My first taste was a splash of maple syrup with medium weighted malts and a dry finish. As the evening rocked into the later hours, I noticed the beer seemingly tasting lighter on the more refreshing side. The 50 liter/13.2 gallon barrel emptied slowly until midnight as more people gravitated to the regular Spaten Lager we had too.

Photo of skizziks
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a weizen glass. 1/2" off-white head of fine bubbles and some lace over a light amber/copper beer.

Aroma is grainy with the munich malt coming through very clearly. A little toffee/nutty flavor in there too is very nice.

Flavor starts with grain and honey, some herbal hop and flows straight through to a pretty clean finish with a little lingering bitter.

Medium light body with medium carbonation creates a nice smooth feel which is very drinkable and refreshing. Maybe not the best O'fest out there but totally solid, it never lets me down.

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

Pours a dark clear amber with a fizzy white head that shortly falls to a thin lacing at the top of the beer and around the glass.

Breaded and caramel malt aroma with a light honey undertone. Soft citrus hops in the background.

Sweet caramel malts and nutty with a mild spicy hops presence. Turns somewhat grassy/earthy a few drinks down into the glass with slightly increasing citrus flavors emerging as well.

Creamy and refreshing at the same time, though a bit oily. Highly drinkable though. Classic Oktoberfest example, though probably not the best tasting one. Excellent fall session beer though.

Photo of tobyandgina
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First time I'd seen Spaten Oktoberfest, so had to give it a try. Not bad.

The pour was nice, good amber color, decent head(did not linger long).

Smell was nice maltiness with some honey.

Goes down OK, a little thick on the back of the tongue. Good sweetness, but not too much. A tiny bite to it, so the mouthfeel is OK. Not much of an aftertaste.

I would definitely pair this up with some brats and saurkraut! It surely lives up to the Oktoberfest tradition!

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at the Bowery Bar & Grill in Franklin, WI.

I hadn't had this beer in years, and it seemed time to try it again. The beer certainly looks like an Oktoberfest, with white foam and a tan body. However, foam was not very abundant and head retention was not very good. Odor was practically non-existent. Flavor was not very full-bodied. Marzen/Oktoberfests seem to emphasize a maltiness that this beer just did not demonstrate. I thought it was decidedly mediocre. All things said, I'd prefer another Oktoberfest, such as the offering from Leinenkugel's.

Photo of rabsten
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky, brown-amber pour into a pint glass; medium-sized white head with little retention and no lacing.

Aroma is very Eurolageresque. Smells just like a Heinie or St. Pauli Girl.

Malty sweetness with mild, light bitterness. It's okay.

Smooth yet heavy on the palate. Reflected in the drinkability as well, as this is a filling beer. I didn't want another after I finished this; I wanted to take a nap.

Bottom line: not bad; not great. Mediocre.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 2006
Poured into a chalice, not much head that quickly dissapated. Nice. light orange-bronze color. Corny smell with a hint of autumn air. On the sip has good carbonation, very sweet malty, nice balanced hop finish. A larger slug sends flavors cascading to all corners of the mouth. Lighter than I would expect but good flavor. Definitely a good beer for food. Brats loaded with sauerkraut and onions comes to mind. The AC is up there and I like the spin...an oktoberfest malt-liquor!

Feb 2008
I'm guessing this may be slightly different than Oktoberfest 2006 as it is 2007 so I am reviewing it again. Smells sweet and honey-like. Pours to a reddish-brown with a slighthead. Upon sipping, good mouthfeel with good carbonation. Taste is mostly consistent throughout but sweeter at the start with a semi-bitter hoppiness accompanied by sweetness. The semi-bitterness lingers as the sweetness fades. Seemingly more sweet and yet bitter than most Oktoberfests. A good flavor range. Nothing spectacular but good drinkability.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden color with a nice head and some noticeable lacing. The smell is very malty and sweet with a hint of a molasses odor. The taste is sweetly malty and well balanced with light hops. The mouthfeel is full and works perfect for this particular beer. This is a delightful beer that is worthy of a righteous Oktoberfest!

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

Into the pint glass, a reddish brown transparent color with many small bubbles formed on bottom, slowly rising up. Thick, frothy bone white head with two fingers of solid foam that slowly fades, good lacing. Strong malty and hops nose, already smells well-balanced, though malt is slightly dominant. Taste is malty with just a bit of citrus, nutty, bittering hops then a sweet malt and mildly hoppy finish. This is a fairly complex palate, running through several flavors quickly. Mouth is milky with a few bubbles, quite pleasing. Drinkability is very good: this beer has a good flavor and feels good on the tongue. Definitely recommended.

Photo of TastyTaste
2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Big fluffy off-white head. Medium orange-copper head.

Smell: Grassy malts, this is a very euro styled offering. A little more toasty than most euro lagers, but still the grass is diminant.

Taste: The taste is a little more common of standard euro lager, and I am not a big fan of this example. The malt is more evident and caramely than a standard euro lager, but I am thinking that travelling hurts this beer.

Drinkability: Most likely drinking local is a better idea than buying this. Still, not a bad beer.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I must not have been drinking the same beer that everyone else is rating so highly. The smell, taste and finish of this all reminded me of a pale lager, similar to a Stella or a Chinese Tsingtao. Almost a skunky aroma, and the taste was more of the same. If I see it, I may try again, just to make sure I didn’t just get a bad bottle, but based on this one, I could not find too much good to say about this beer.

Photo of MrVisegrips
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale pours with a very clear deep amber color with a thick slightly tan head with great retention. The carbonation is well balanced and stay with the beer to the finish. There is a nice mellow malt flavor with a very nice aroma. The finish is smooth and slightly sweet. A very nice example of an Oktoberfest; but, not the best.

Photo of AltBock
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this on-tap at my local Winking Lizard. It came to me in a 22 oz. Spaten Oktoberfest glass. It was served a bit too cold, but not really frost on the mug cold. Just a little bit below frost cold. Anyway, the beer itself was a really nice clear golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head of foam had good retention leaving behind white rings and some spotty white lace around the glass. It had a nice above average aroma of toasted malt, juicy fruits, and a wet hops background. I thought the taste was dry with subtle flavors of bitter hops, a touch of juicy fruits, and a small taste of toasted malt in the background. The mouthfeel was kind of light and dry with an aftertaste of very subtle bitter hops. I could see why they drink big liters of this style of beer at Oktoberfest because it's somewhat light, there isn't too much flavor to it and it can be refreshing. Basically this beer is pretty much a nice slightly above average German Oktoberfest.

Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a glass.

A - Mildly cloudy. Rich orange/amber color w/constant appearance throughout. Mild carbonation up the side of the glass. Minimal tan head.

S - Malt and grain. I don't detect any hops. A darker type of scent than the color suggested. Mild.

T - Mild and smooth. Really clean, with some bitterness on the back of the tongue. Really nice and biter beer that remains very drinkable. Not bad, but not overwhelming.

M - Very full bodied, but not a "chewy" beer. Thin in the mouth but heavy on the tongue. Perfect for the style and the season.

D - A very pleasant beer, one of the better German imports I have had. I could drink this with friends all day, though it is missing the complexity of some of my favorite beers.

D -

Photo of jwc215
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light orange with a white head that soon becomes a lasting cover. Some lacing is left.

The smell is of grass and sweet grain. Some mustiness is present.

The taste is of mildly sweet roasted grain. Some washed-out hops give it a slight bitter touch. To me, it tastes like a typical Euro-lager with an Oktoberfest twist of sweet malt. Some dry tea-leaf is noticeable as it approaches the middle.

The feel is on the thin side for the style. Some of the flavor holds up, but not as much as it could. Also, not as smooth as it could be. There is some astringency to it.

While it has something of a drinkability to it, it's not one of the better Oktoberfests to come out of Bavaria. I haven't been getting this one in the past few years, and now I remember why. I don't know if it loses something in the travel, but it's not as tasty or smooth as some other Bavarian O-fests I can, and do, get here (or even some American interpretations - certainly not as fresh.)

Photo of Cresant
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. undated green bottle into a .5 L Spaten mug. Huge five fingers + of rootbeer foam colored head sat atop a clear honey brown body.

Smelled slightly metallic. Hay, organic matter. Pleasant malty aroma.

Tasted mildly sweet and tart. Fairly crisp. Mild malt sweetness that was not cloying. Understated creamy malts were somewhat balanced by light crispy hops.

Smooth and very drinkable. Not especially complex but not bad.

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