Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
Appearance: The green bottle gave forth a copper beer with a coarse white head. It dissipated slowly into a thin layer of bubbles capping the top of the liquid. A thick, sticky ring of foam remained throughout the entire drink. Lacing was decent.
Smell: As I poured, I was sure that this beer was skunked. That aroma that we have all come to dread assaulted my nose, reinforcing my hatred of non-brown bottles. But, lo and behold, as the beer sat, most of the skunkiness went away, leaving just a hint of LaPue. The remaining aroma was grassy and crisp, with some hops and roasted malt.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth and velvety.
Taste: The flavor was pretty straightforward and not very complex. Just a combination of sweetness and bitter hops. The sweetness lingered for a long, long time. I wish I could add more, but that was all there was.
This was a pretty boring brew. One-dimensional and too sweet for my tastes.
08-04-2003 01:54:59 | More by Quaffer
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
A very attractive oktoberfest beer. Pours a light or medium copper colour, not excessive carbonation or head itslelf. and the smell, clearly perceivable, gives off much of its maltyness and slightly some hops. The taste follows up after, a sweet malty combination at a 'just right' point with the bitterness of the hops which provides for a bittersweet flavour that is very attractive. Rather more exotic than other Oktoberfest beers. nice buy.
07-20-2003 15:02:15 | More by Andreji
2.15/5 rDev -40.1%
This was on fire sale at the local tap room so I figured I would give it a try.
Copper color beer served with no head and slight white lacing. Aroma was very mild hops. Thin body, boring flavor, just a meek toasted malt taste. Somewhat acidic aftertaste, a pint was more then enough.
07-03-2003 15:17:19 | More by fattychubs
4.18/5 rDev +16.4%
This beer poured a rich, clear golden with a nice white head. The aroma of malt filled my nose with every sip and enhanced the drinking pleasure. The flavor was wonderful. The malt and hop balance was just right. I have a carboy full of Oktoberfest in my lagering freezer and I would be thrilled if it tasted close to this. The mouthfeel was light to moderate light and is the major flaw in this beer. All in all, this is one beer that I would not mind having to drink all the time.
06-15-2003 06:06:18 | More by LarryKemp
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
Poured a shade of orange color with nice big rocky head,smell was really toasty a nice malty taste with some caramel tones along with some sweet toffee.It is nice to have decent examples of the style pretty much year around,bring on September to get the fresh beer!
06-12-2003 07:22:53 | More by oberon
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
Its been a while, like 602 days since I had one of these fine beers, Spaten-Franziskaner has been a favorite brewery since my first sampling their beers way back in the late 1970s.
The beer pours a transparent amber color with the head planetary in size and the structure frothy, the color a light tan. Nose is sweet malt; citrus crisp, clean and wholesome, start is loaded with malt, sweet, and the top thin. Finish is mildly acidic, the hops delicate in their spiciness, dry as a bone aftertaste, a clean drinking beer that is a good thirst quencher.
05-18-2003 13:25:49 | More by Gusler
3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
Bought in the brown pint bottle with the dray horses and cart on the label and BLUE foil round the neck!!
Poured a fantastic looking massive billowy white head..that sticks a round more than the Paulaner ..a crystal clear amber beer..
Dissapointed about the aroma..compared to Paulaner Marzen its very feeble. not offensive though average indeed.
The taste though I liiked again i got some nice malt profiles this time smooth coffee and creme sort of flavour , milk chocolate comes to mind..very pleasant.
I like a beer to be smooth on the tongue and this does the job.
Quite drinkable..but not overlly so..the lack of carbonation makes sure you wont drink 12 of these babies..but this is an Ok beer.
03-28-2003 20:57:15 | More by Reidrover
2.93/5 rDev -18.4%
Nice golden brew with a large frothy head. Right away that dank, skunky heineken aroma hits you. The taste is disappointing, just a german macro really. There's really nothing too special about this beer, just a decent german beer, but the "oktoberfest" label makes me expect more. Too thin, not much taste.Barely average, but sub-par for the price.
02-25-2003 18:58:31 | More by avylover
3/5 rDev -16.4%
Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), three days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.
A big cream-colored head has big clear bubbles in the middle. There is thick lacing. The color is pretty straight amber.
The aroma is malty, sweetish, caramelized sugar, etc. There may be slight light exposure problems (damn green bottles).
The beer starts with sweet caramel giving way to a watery middle. The finish is sweetish with a hint of hop bitterness. Overall: ok.
02-17-2003 19:23:28 | More by kbub6f
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
Clear, deep orange-copper color, nice white foamy head that leaves a thick lace in the glass. Has a light flowery and malty caremel aromas, sweet, balanced malts and clean tasting, medium body, a little thin semi-watery mouthfeel, this is a good oktoberfest.
01-17-2003 18:46:47 | More by maxpower
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
Typical amber color for the style, decent head and some good lacing. This is probably not what you get at the real Oktoberfest, but it's not bad. Malty, bready, and a bit on the sweet side. Smooth, decent mouthfeel, and drinkability can't be trashed if one is in the mood for quaffing.
12-08-2002 15:50:43 | More by Mark
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
Pours a pale orange-amber color with a thin white head. Nose is herbal with notes of grains, fresh cut grass, and hops. It has a bit of a malty and bready flavor with notes of caramel and oily hop resins. A decent Oktoberfest brew, but there are plenty of better ones out there.
12-06-2002 22:22:12 | More by Morris729
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
Dark gold with hints of amber, poured a nice head but that disappeared quick.
Nose is clean and malty, sweet, with toffee, caramel and pear or perhaps apple. Very candy like nose, maybe even a touch of cinnamon.
Taste is medium full, very clean, malt dominated and highly carbonated. The high carbonation helps offset the sweetness of the malt which is allowed to shine through beautifully. Spicy light hops rounds off the beer. Finish has lingering sweetness. A really easy drinking well crafted O-fest.
11-20-2002 06:04:03 | More by bmills1608
3.13/5 rDev -12.8%
This O-Fest looks impeccable, coppery-brown, clear & shiny. The thick, white head had adequate retention and fair lace (so far so good). The nose is unremarkable. It took a great effort to notice the malt and spice. The aromas of O-Fests are critical to the overall enjoyment of them and, frankly, this one lacks. The flavors on the palate are standard and enjoyable (malty, spice, and some hops). The more I quaffed it, the more a nutty flavor emerged. The mouthfeel was thin and not all that satisfying. While this beer does nothing to distinguish itself from a fine crop of O-Fests it does have enough good qualities to drink it again. Would I recommend it? Depends, there are far better versions. Give it a shot if youd like.
11-01-2002 16:33:05 | More by bditty187
4.43/5 rDev +23.4%
I was very impressed by this Ofest. I had a couple while watching football this weekend and they stole the show from the rest of the beers I quaffed. Nice amber color with little head. The aroma was sweet malt, with very faint hops. The flavor was a sweet, fruity malt that kept me going back for more. Mouthfeel was smooth, with long lasting flavor. My favorite Ofest, with Hacker-Pschorr coming in second.
10-29-2002 11:15:05 | More by ryanocerus
1.88/5 rDev -47.6%
I do believe that this beer was skunked, so this is probably not a fair review. I will attempt to try it again soon, hopefully on tap. Anyway, the beer poured OK, dark golden with a white lace head, but that was about all that was decent. Smelled of old cabbage. Tasted like old cabbage. I could sense some nice malty flavor underneath- but it was really hard to keep the bad qualities at bay. I couldn't finish it, which left me reaching for a Brooklyn Octoberfest, which was far superior
10-20-2002 11:35:18 | More by AaronRed
4.22/5 rDev +17.5%
Brilliantly clear copper in the glass with a minimal head and bouquet. Typical clean flavor for the style though more crisp and well refined with subdued hops playing their part. Good maltiness with a slightly roasted flavor somewhere in the middle, finishing smoothly with a touch of sweetness and then a faint lingering hop bitterness. Very easy-drinking with a medium body and pleasant mouthfeel.
10-15-2002 07:02:08 | More by jmatthew
4.1/5 rDev +14.2%
It has a brown tannish color and a smell that was equal parts caramel and bread dough. It had a nice head and full lacing. The flavor is what I think an Octoberfest should taste like. This was the third I tried this year, and it was by far the best. It had a fun taste that showed hops but it wasn't overpowering. There was an aftertaste of nuts. Drinkable and enjoyable.
10-14-2002 08:10:27 | More by doho95fu
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
One of the finer examples of the style for sure. Clear copper, rocky tan head with intricate lace. Nose is bakery fresh bread, whole wheat and roasted nuts. The taste is so smooth. I find it's disappearing quickly from my glass. Roasted malt, multi-grain bread, nutty notes are all elements of the fine flavor. The hops are oily and spicy but never step beyond their bounds. Very drinkable brew, in fact I've just had two and thinking about number three! Prosit!
10-13-2002 17:06:29 | More by John
4.25/5 rDev +18.4%
Quaffed on tap at THE Fest in Munchen, last Sept, 2001. Lovely golden/medium-golden color, with a frothy head, sitting in a 1-liter mug (Mass). Says "take me!". Nose is malty and bready, but on the mild side. Has medium-body and is fairly smooth tongue-wise. Has a malty, bready flavor, a smooth sweetness, and a real nice finish without any bite. Easy to quaff many, especially amongst thousands of other revelers! At the Munchen Fest, I like Spaten best amongst the "Big-6"; find it to be the maltiest, IMO. Zum Wohl!
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5
10-11-2002 08:36:24 | More by Bierman9
3.88/5 rDev +8.1%
Spaten's Oktoberfest is a fine example of the style. It pours a clear copperish color. Its bubbly head, however, struggles to stick around. The smell is somewhat hidden -- there are hints of caramel malt, fruit and hops, but each is subdued. The taste features an appealing sweet, almost fruity maltiness. This light-medium bodied lager is moderately carbonated. Overall, an easy drinker and a solid festbier.
10-03-2002 23:13:00 | More by Jon
3.95/5 rDev +10%
This is a very sexy looking light amber with a nice looking head that sticks around for a short time and leaves a silky lace to boot. The taste of munich malt with caramel malts are nice and string for real oktoberfest LAGER. The hops are not overbearing and they compliment the malts very well.
10-03-2002 19:10:35 | More by kunzbrew
4/5 rDev +11.4%
A better Oktoberfest. Crystal-clear orangey copper colour with fizzy white lace. Clean toasted grains and slight flowery hops. Toasted and husky grains with a slight hop bittering. Solid medium body with crisp carbonation.
A better Oktoberfest. Toasted and grainy tastes. Enjoy. Cheers!
09-29-2002 07:33:50 | More by BillyBrew
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours a clear amber/caramel color with a small head. More crisp than usual of this style. Not quite as drinkable as Paulaner's version. Herbal flavor with a maltness that is lasting. Not my favorite Oktoberfest, but still pretty good. Prosit!
09-28-2002 20:12:41 | More by BeerAngel
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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