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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,954 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,954
Reviews: 1,064
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 30
Gots: 81 | 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 beergeek279


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber with some clumpy head. The smell is slightly malty. The taste is has a bit of malt, with more of a hoppiness than most Oktoberfests, and a slight off-taste. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, I want to have another

Why, oh why put something like this into a green bottle? This beer seems to have a lot of promise, with some good hoppiness over the malt base, but it seems to be a bit off, and with a green bottle, have to put 2+2 together. Hopefully, I'll try this one on tap sometime, or make it to Munich sometime!

09-23-2003 01:59:52 | More by beergeek279
Photo of TinusTime


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

pours the typical coppery orange of a fest beer. Smell is of caramel malts and a bit of allspice? Taste is Ok but seems a bit bland compared to other oktoberfest beers ive had.. Its got the nice sweetish malty backbone and a nice finish but there is something missing. Drinkability and mouthfeel are Fine, but nothing to write home about.. overall a decent Oktoberfest, but not outstanding.

09-22-2003 17:20:55 | More by TinusTime
Photo of TripelJ


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

Now Quaffing: Spaten Oktoberfest

Pours a pale, clear copper with a nice dense head. Nice toasty malt aroma on this one, and thats about all I can detect. Taste is mostly sweet with the same toasted malts appearing on the palate. Somewhat of a dry finish and this is where the only evidence of hops comes into play. Not a lot of character going on here, but its still a very drinkable brew. One of the better 'O-fests' I've had thus far this season.

09-22-2003 03:09:10 | More by TripelJ
Photo of goz


3.1/5  rDev -13.6%

Very light amber pour, small white head that leaves quick and laces little. Aroma is light, some light toast and a bit of flowery hops in there as well. Flavor is mostly some sweet breadiness, a bit of toastiness, and a very little bit of hoppiness. Medium-thin body, light carbonation.

09-22-2003 02:44:12 | More by goz
Photo of jackndan


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

Spaten O-Fest Ur Marzen: Pours a tannish brown with a decent coffee and cream head. The head is quite rocky, and fairly long lasting. Typical marzen aroma, light almost butterscotch aroma. The taste is nice, not overwhelming but lightly flavored. Very nice malt sweetness, with a minimal taste of toffee. The aftertaste is pleasantly unrefined, with a little bit of a bite, perhaps a tiny bit of hops. Overall, nice and easy to drink.

09-19-2003 02:04:25 | More by jackndan
Photo of cokes


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

Golden-copper hued with substancial amount of sizzling cream, retreating moderately and relocating to the edges of the glass.
Mildly toasty Munich aroma with bits of grassy hops.
Taste begins with honeyed walnuts covered in a greasy caramel film. Impression of grapes, apples, and vaguely plums. Turns toastier and grainier, and rides a while this way. A seemless segue into the grassy hop closure. Dry at the finish.
Light bodied, refreshing and quite quaffable.
I've had this in the past and haven't been impressed. I'm glad I snagged a re-try. Absolutely worthwhile, if perhaps not worldclass.

09-18-2003 22:16:47 | More by cokes
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.2/5  rDev -10.9%

Quite an average beer of this style. The pale yellow body is topped by a lazy white head and does little lacing. There is only aroma and those are undistinguished. The flavor also is quite average being neither sweet nor full. The body is light and the feel smooth leading to a slightly above average drinkability.

09-18-2003 22:01:42 | More by AtLagerHeads
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District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -15%

Presentation: 12oz. green bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" warning; purchased as a stray single from the West LA Whole Foods on National and Barrington for $1.25.

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale amber; voluminous, milk-white head; nice, ring style lacing; very good head retention.

Aroma: Mildly of toasted malt with hints of herbal type hops.

Taste: Weak malt profile for the style; faintly grainy and herbal with light notes of fruit; mild hop bitterness; medium-bodied with a creamy-to-syrupy mouthfeel.

Notes: Drank this on the heels of Köstrizer's and Beck's Oktoberfests and, have to say, this is my least favorite of the three; I almost feel betrayed in the malt department; I am now officially ready for that beefy blonde on the label of the Köstrizer.

09-18-2003 07:54:50 | More by Mustard
Photo of Darkale


2.23/5  rDev -37.9%

Interesting spread of opinions on this beer.

Clear copper body, very appealing smooth off-white head, almost bone in color (seemed an unusual shade to me). Excellent lacing.

Solid aroma, sweet but not overpowering. Thought I detected some vanilla in there.

Chewy in the mouth. Thick with a touch of brass at the edge. Slight hops burn after you swallow. Sweetness everywhere, but not too much.

This is an enjoyable Oktoberfest that I will purchase again. I am fond of Spaten's beers, and this one is no exception.

EDITED 24 Sept. 2005
Have I changed or has this beer changed? There is a skunkiness to this beer's aroma that I don't remember, and a grainy sourness to its taste. Bought a single this morning, it's not even October yet, so I'm sure that this is fresh. Not a good sign for Spaten.

09-17-2003 12:48:00 | More by Darkale
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

It being almost the season, I picked up a six pack of this last night. Downed five. Orangey color, with a nice white head. No real hops presense, but a weird malt taste that subsides with each drink. Goes down well, but overall, pretty non-eventfull.

09-16-2003 21:38:21 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +12.8%

I'm sure having this one on tap makes all the difference in the world, but I will start by saying that this one tasted so fresh off the draught. Appearance: Pours a copper with an off white cream head not much lacing going on seems a bit thin. Aroma: Sweet caramel with nice touches of German hops, slightly roasted malts in the nose very nice. Tste: Clean with a substantial amount of hop bitterness for an Oktoberfest smooth slightly harsh caramel malt tones one of the better fresher examples of a German O-fest yet. Mouthfeel: Lighter body but still decent texture and perfect carbonation. Drinkability: Very drinkable not too heavy or syrupy but very refreshing could picture myself siding with this one at the tents in Munich.

09-16-2003 05:48:16 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of rabidawg


4.08/5  rDev +13.6%

Appearance: Translucent copper-gold with consistent carbonation throughout. Decent head that settled to a clinging rim.

Smell: Malt dominates, with a very fresh sweetness in the forefront. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming or even distracting. Toasted grain with a hint of hops.

Taste: Nice and clean, with a very soft mouthfeel, almost creamy. Toasty-sweet malts at first, more of the same in the middle, and just a hint of fresh hops in the end.

Notes: One of the most drinkable festbiers of those I've tried this year. And that's pretty much the point of the style, right?

09-12-2003 05:41:05 | More by rabidawg
Photo of Redrover


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

12 oz green (??) bottle no freshness dating.

Beer pours a light bronze/dark gold. Massive head and nice lacing.

Nice toasted/roasted malt smell. Bit of alcohol and caramel smell as well.

Taste is crisp and malty sweet. Just enough hops to keep the beer from being a unbalanced. Great representation of style. Decent but not to hefty mouthfeel and good drinkability round out this tasty brew.

I had this one while in Munich. Obviously the fresh draft version is better than the export bottled, but this beer holds up pretty well. If you ever get to Munich be sure and go to the Brewery’s Spaten Haus restaurant. It has great food and a nice sidewalk garten to people watch from. A must stop while in town.

09-12-2003 00:02:19 | More by Redrover
Photo of Boilermaker88


3.2/5  rDev -10.9%

Presented as shown in the picture - 16.9oz. brown bottle. Poured a clear coppery color with a large thick-looking light beige head that settled down to a thin ring after a couple minutes. Decent lace.
Smell had a sweet, almost toffee-like aroma initially before a more pronounced grainy malt note came out. Then a whiff of boiled veggies.
Taste was of light caramel malt at the start. A more earthy flavor not unlike boiled potatoes and veggies was faintly noted before it finished with a mild bitterness.
Feel was medium-bodied and smooth.
Overall, an okay brew. Only the second o-fest I've had (Paulaner's the other) but the second to have that veggie smell/taste. Not too sure I care for that.

09-11-2003 15:59:17 | More by Boilermaker88
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2.95/5  rDev -17.8%

I was immediately attracted by the appearance- Crystal clear, Autumn leaf brown/orange colors that got me right in the mood of the fall season-very minimal head though the carbonation was ample. Then I tried, and tried some more to find anything at all on the nose, and really struck out-a little malt maybe? The mouthfeel was rather ordinary-light to medium in body, and the flavors were inocuous as well. I found some sweet malt, a bare bones dose of hops and a clingy malty finish. All and all a basic offering that I'll wait till next year to try again. Though if I find ONLY it at German Fest tomorrow, I may drink more than one-provided pretzels and sausages are nearby.

09-06-2003 22:56:04 | More by moulefrite
Photo of ZAP


3.18/5  rDev -11.4%

Impressive bronze color with a tannish white head..sweet caramel like malt...some toastiness...nice soft caramel backbone of taste...finishes a little dry and tart...

I'll have to give this another try...I wonder if my buds were a little off as it is surprisingly tart and dry on the finish...It's decent but I've had many better..

09-02-2003 04:30:24 | More by ZAP
Photo of RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

Translucent, amber-colored beer with a soft, malty scent and flavor. Spaten Oktoberfest has a slightly thicker than expected mouthfeel with a touch of sweetness. It finishes smooth, but there's too much going on to be highly drinkable. Oktoberfest is a pleasant beer and enjoyable out of the bottle, but I think it becomes rather outstanding when enjoyed on draught.

09-01-2003 22:52:31 | More by RockyTopHeel
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3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

looked nice smelled nice....tasted a bit off....i get the feeling that it might have been a bit off and not the natural taste of the beer...aftertaste was a but like back wash...and initial taste was good but a bit alcoholic/tainted...i like is ay might have been a bad bottle, something seems off, but still good...can taste the deep flavors through tainted-ness, if such a word exists

08-31-2003 03:35:18 | More by MediocreatBest
Photo of putnam


3.95/5  rDev +10%

Just shipped to my store.
I'm more than satisfied with the color (deep honey and coppery brown), clarity, head, and aromas. It is scented with buttery caramel fragrances and little else. Certainly nary an aromatic hop that I can detect. Some faint, bubblegum/banana creaminess tells me this was freshly fermented. On the palate it is outright voluptuous, with broad, creamy, egg bread crust topped with baked apples texture punctuated with abundant fine gas. There is a moment of hesitation on the finish when an iron grip of tannic, dusty, brushed steel-flavored bitterness completely overwhelms this beer's considerable flesh. It literally dries up and fuses parts of my mouth together. Eventually the flavors evacuate, leaving a ringing, high-pitched hop bitterness that is not flawed, yet might be better if/when it integrates with the fruit. High marks for intensity, body, mousse and appearance. Question mark for balance.

08-30-2003 00:17:41 | More by putnam
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3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

Another good beer from the Spaten company. Had it on tap at the local pub. Pours an orange/amber color with a foamy white head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was grainy/wheaty with some malts and maybe a little hops as well. The flavor was pretty smooth, but average for the Spaten. This closely resembled many other Spaten brews I have had, but they are all respectable.

08-26-2003 14:45:06 | More by clvand0
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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

This beer was poured out of its green 12oz glass bottle into a nice pint glass. It was an amber colour with a frothy, white head. The aromas were of skunk...but when that cleared up the aromas were of grassy, herbal hops, and dominating malts. The taste was malty, but a little thin, as was the mouthfeel. The drinkability, however, was quite excellent. A decent O-Fest beer!


08-26-2003 00:03:16 | More by francisweizen
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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

25 oz brown bottle, capped, light blue foil around neck of bottle and covering cap. No date.

This beer poured clear, bubbly, amber brown color with creamy white foam that left lace on the glass. The smell was biscuit malt with some notes of grain and a hint of butterscotch. The taste was slightly sweet biscuity malt but with a touch of tanginess. The hop presence was low except for a touch of bitterness in the finish. There was also a faint hint of diacetyl in the flavor. The mouthfeel was relatively smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation. This was a decent marzen.

08-24-2003 09:52:02 | More by UncleJimbo
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2.53/5  rDev -29.5%

Poured a beautiful, frothy head which slightly dissipated into a thicker formation. Extreme carbonation exploding through an amber orange beer that is totally clear. Aroma is of a slight toastiness with carmelly sweetness. Taste is ok with a nice toasted malt flavor, carmel tones, and a hop balance. Yet there is a definite problem with this beer as it has a weird bitterness that i thought wasn't supposed to be in this style. Fininshes clean and with a little flavor due to the body. A good beer to try along with others of this style in order to have some contrast as this beer is not spectacular but it is not horrible either.

08-16-2003 20:45:24 | More by RenoZymurgist
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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

I had the pleasure of trying this Oktoberfest from a Pint +, brown bottle. No skunk in sight! No weirdness.

Pours a bronzey-amber color with an off-white fluffball of a head. Wonderful sweet smells of fresh fruit. Laces nicely down the glass.

A very sweet and plentifully forward malt flavor. Notes of brown sugar, apples, citrus, caramel and a tiny-tiny note of alcohol finishes out the predominant flavor. The hops come across floral and somewhat subtle and delicate...which helps to round out this brew into a very enjoyable beverage.

I'm enjoying a toasted black forest ham sandwich on an "everything" bagel with this one. Seems to be fitting the bill.

08-15-2003 00:48:23 | More by Zraly
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3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Good oktoberfest beer. Pours to a thin head and clear amber color. Flavor is predominantly sweet malt balanced with noble hops. Finishes sweet. Goes well with German meats and good times. I have had American versions of this style that are just as good or better, though. Must have been a rough trip.

08-10-2003 02:09:11 | More by EagleTalon
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