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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,200 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,200
Reviews: 1,089
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 49
Gots: 172 | 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 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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish bronze color with small white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Clean aroma with toasted malt, a faint amount of caramel and a a bit of hops. Taste is faint toasted malt and the hops seem to overpower the malt profile which is uncharacteristic of a good Oktoberfest in my opinion. Overall, this seems to a pretty subdued Oktoberfest that is not bad, but definately nowhere near the top of my list for the style.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Very nice head and good retention . Golden brown in color.
Smell: caramel malts come trhough nicely.
Taste: balanced. Malts come through but are not thick. No flavor is dominant.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, clings to the mouth well.
Drinkability: easily, a sessionable, relaxing brew.

Photo of SudNut
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a light orangey amber color nice head on it had a 1/2 liter stein at one of my favorite pubs. It has a malty wheat smell with a good mouth feel and nice carbonation. There was a taste of wheat, with a medium hop flavor and a slight hint of fruitiness. I would have had another but the Mrs. wanted me to drink her hard cider, it tasted too much like beer, eeew! I am sure we will have to make a trip to her favorite puff bar soon, ugh!

Photo of gunnerman
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, pours a nice orange gold color with fluffy two finger head that stayed the entire drink. Smell is a copper smell, like when you smell a old penny, pretty refreshing. Taste is very malty with hints of yeast and fresh bread, this drink made me very hungry and went well with some good hearty meat. This is a fine offering and I am enjoying the fall season, so many good beers to celebrate with.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orange amber with excellent clarity. A dense, creamy two-finger head holds extremly well, and leaves abunadant spotty lacing. Toasted munich malt and faint hallertau nose, with a subtle, kolsch-like fruitiness. The taste is rich with munich and toasted pale malt. A pinch of wheat flavor and distinct clean lager yeast profile. Semi-dry aftertaste, with some mild saaz and hallertau flavor and a very balanced bitterness. The fruitness can be detected in the aftertaste, but fades quickly and is not a factor in the finish. Medium carbonation and med-full body, a respectable malt character with an appropriately crisp mouthfeel. Finishes with residual biscuity malt and noble hop flavors, but an overall lager-esque cleanliness and high drinkability.

Photo of terrabyte
2.46/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light amber/copper with average head that disappears completely.

Smell is sweet malt, european macro? Nothing as strong as Heineken, but a little sour.

Taste has too much of a sweet malt flavor, bordering on those 40 ounce malts. It also has a creamy flavor with hints of decent caramel.

It's a little flat.

I feel like I could score the same with a cheaper, american failure, than going for an import of this stature. I will probably never try this again. Maybe I had this a served too warm. It was the last of a quick 6-pack outside the fridge. However, that is usually a sign of poor beer that needs to be served iced cold.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew on tap at Charlie's Ale House in Wheaton. Had with blackened tuna.

Appearance- A crsipy clear toasted rye bread amber with small bubbles making their way to the top. A good pour by the bartender, given to me with a two finger head, but does recede after a minute or so. No lacing.

Smell- A very sweet bread, almost a cloying aroma for a German lager. But I do realize this is a Oktoberfest.

Taste- Taste like dipping Wonderbread crust into once boiled sugar water. Sweet toastiness in the middle of the palate.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, bready start and finish. A little syrupy in the finish, but great.

Offered an awesome contrast to the blackened tune. Burnt to sweet toastiness.

Photo of beakerboy
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of Liquor Barn's ultimate Brew Crew -Sept 06 Oktoberfest

A: Dark orange with a liight head dropping to a collar of foam and light covering. Very little carbonation

S: Roasted malt and some pleasent ale-like fruityness.

T: Malt flavors with just a hint of hop bitterness.

M: Medium body with more carbonation than the appearance suggested.

D: It's a good oktoberfest.

Photo of BlackJeremiah
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark amber in color, with a mild, bubbly head. Some good lacing as the tasting progresses.

S: Nice malt smells. Fresh bread, sweet muffins, with light citric notes accentuating the bakery qualities.

T: Great Marzen character. Complex malts, real sweetness and a slight bitter quality that gives it crispness. Judging from others' reviews of previous years' editions, I'd wager that this one weathered the import better than in previous iterations.

M: Light-medium body that slips down across the tongue and palate easily.

D: It's an O-fest. It drinks easily, and well.

Thanks to Steve for the bottle.

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

pours a deep amber with a bit of fuzz for a head.
the aroma is malty, hint of herbs, clean, hint of alcohol.
the flavor is rich with malt, clean, noble hops, carmelized malt, spice, minerially.
this is a great oktoberfest, never had it before, i am impressed.

Photo of MiScusi
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16.9oz bottle dated 12.06 poured into a tall oktoberfest glass. This is a dark orange almost clear dark brown/orange with a nice egg-shell white head that sticks around for a bit. The nose has of course malt and alcohol. The taste has a fairly light toast character to it, but the overall impression I get is that it lacks a little bigger maltiness, and tastes more on the watery side.

Photo of BlackAngus
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber color, clear, rocky white head.

S - Nicely balanced malt and German hops.

T - Mild, smooth, round malt flavor, subtle hop flavor.

M - Light, clean, drying. .

D - Drinkable. Not a bad beer, and definitely a good choice for a session Oktoberfest.

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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