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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 acrawf6
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of arnulfooxblood
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of BlindPig
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Oktoberfest beer and it is very good.
Poured with a 2" off white head that fades pretty quick. Leaves a thin lacing that just covers the top of the beer. It's a darker orangy clear color.
Smells of sweeter malts and hops. Not to strong of a smell.
Tastes a bit maltier but the hops are still present. It is a sweeter tasting beer. There is a certain flavor that I can't put my finger on. The after taste is a sweeter maltier one with hops still present. It isn't to strong of an after taste. Has a medium stickier body with light to medium carbonation.
This is a very good beer and if this is a good taster to see what Oktoberfest beers taste like I will defiantly have to try a lot more. Is a very clean crisp beer and easy to drink.

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

Pours a dark amber, with a nice decent sized off-white head. Retention is excellent, along with the carbonation. Smell is mild, caramel/roasty malts along with a fusel alcohol undertone. Taste is crisp and clean, borderline snapiness to it. Light roasted malts take main stage. Followed by a subtle hop balance. Extremely easy drinker here folks. Mouthfeel is creamy and semi-dry. Drinkability is superb.

This is a solid Oktoberfest, and one you can easily drink a few of. I recommend these.

Photo of Dizzy
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber/orange colored with white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is faint roasted malts and vague hop aroma. Taste is sweet and toasted malts and some bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

While I prefer the Paulaner, this isn't bad. This is worth picking up and makes a nice session beer.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a creamy white head that thins. Rather thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very mild. Some caramel maltiness and a hint of hops. Not much to get excited about.

Sweet caramel maltiness upfront followed by a slight taste of hops and a mild bitterness.

Meduim body, good carbonation.

While certainly drinkable, this isn't the same as I remembered it. It's been a while since I last had it, but I used to think of this beer as the standard Marzen. Now, I'm finding it to be quite average.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. Nice dark copper liquid medium carbonation. The head is 2 fingers of tan fluffy goodness. Fade and leaves just a little lace.

The smell is faint but pleasant, lightly toasted malts and a bit of hopy.

The taste is more substantial, Nice carmely malty and a very mild hops to round it out.

The Mouthfeel is a bit thick and sticky but also smooth and refreshing, Could use a bit more bite.

The drinkability is not bad quite good as this style should be. It is not a knock your socks of beer but a fine example of the style. Prosit, MK

Photo of DurtyNellie
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very pretty beer. Copper body with an off-white head that quickly dissipated. Nice lacing on the glass, though.
Bit of a toasted and floral aroma.
I can barely taste the toasted malts or the hop characteristics.
A bit thin and watery.
I'm not impressed, I used to like this beer. Might do well with the Millcooweiser folks. Green bottle - possibly stale?

Photo of boblog
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a brown dark amber color with frothy slight off white head. Strong malt smell that has hints of coffee, chocolate and hops. Slightly bitter taste that dissolves into a warm alcohol after taste that is malty. The mouthfeel is wonderful. Truly a very good beer.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sort of disappointed with this beer. The color was a medium amber with very white little foam. You could smell the lightly roasted malts and hops. You could taste the lightly roasted malts, along with the medium bitter hops. Not much flavor with this beer. I was really disappointed with the flavor, since I expected a lot more out of this German beer. Overall, not much flavor with a bitter finish!

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

Cherry-wood amber color, with a small frothy head atop it. Aroma is fairly light, just some malt with a hint of toasted breadcrust. Good maltiness, though not complex: sweet, somewhat bready, uncomplicated malt. Hop bitterness is low. Finish is clean. Moderate body, with a soft, creamy texture.

The classic Oktoberfest, though actually it's in the middle of the pack of the Munich oktoberfests available in the US, taste-wise. Not bad, but not a beer I go seeking usually except for a couple weeks in september.

Photo of mjc410
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stein...

A: Lofty, pillowy white head, forming a cap. The brew is a coppery-gold color - beautiful!

S: Twang of astringent grain. Not much caramel comes through.

T: Caramel malt, no hop presence noticed. Bitterness? None, just a slightly cloying malt taste. I find it really tasty.

M: Thicker than most lagers of this abv - it really coats the mouth.

D: I have mixed feelings about this one. It's enjoyable, but so one sided - just sweet. It doesn't compare to my favs like Hacker-Pschorr and Paulaner, but I don't dislike it.

Photo of fisherman34
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber in colour with medium carbonation. Grainy malt aromas, along with some herbal German hops. A bit of caramel in the mouth which is balanced out by both a herbal and spicy hop presence. Medium bodied with a short clean finish. I never really got the typical strong malt, bready, roasted malt Oktoberfest punch, but this is a very mellow and drinkable beer. More like a generic (yet well made) amber lager than an Oktoberfest.

Photo of jokelahoma
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one filled my glass with a deep brass colored liquid, nice and clear. The head was rocky and tall, but clings well to the side of the glass.

There's a slight hop bitterness to the nose at first, but it quickly gives way to the heart of a marzen, the nice, earthy maltiness. There's also a trace of buttery discetyl in here. In fact, the overall impression is the smell of buttered toast. Not bad at all.

The taste is initially the same buttery malt toastiness as described in the nose, with just a touch o' the hops (sorry Schlitz) that keeps it from becoming too sweet. This isn't exactly a balanced beer, nor should it be, really. This is a malt based brew, and shows it off with pride. The diacetyl leaves an oily feeling on the tongue, but the hop bitterness is enough to scrub that clean. Overall, there's a good combination of bitterness, buttery flavors, toasty malts, and a good clean, crisp ending to make for a relatively complex lager, if that doesn't sound too contradictory.

The mouthfeel is a tad thick and oily, likely from the diacetyl again, but that hardly seems out of place for the style.

This is a tasty brew. Not the greatest marzen on the planet, but nice to have on tap year 'round. I'll come back to it once in awhile.

Photo of spaceranger
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great amber color with a decent, creamy colored head with some lacing. Carbonation is just about right - not too punchy but not bland either. Good hop and malt mixture. Alcohol registers a 5.9% which makes this a great beer for partaking in multiples. AND the price is decent - local L. store had it featured for $9.95 per 12. It's so good it tastes like another. Think I'll have one...

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

Billed as Germany's original Oktoberfest beer and is still the number one served beer at Munichs traditional Oktoberfest. Poured on tap into a liter Spaten Stein. White head that lasted for most of the Stein. No lacing evident. Nicely carbonated. Amber in color, Medium body. Impeccable taste and well balanced malt flavor and aroma finished with just the right amount of hops. Rich texture on the palate with an underlying sweetness true to German tradition.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear deep gold/orange color with a reddish tint. Creamy off-white head at about 1 in., which laces the glass and eventually becomes a foamy film atop the beer after a few sips.

Smell: A nice blend of hops, grains, and some spices. A light but enticing aroma.

Taste: The taste isn't very distinct, but has a lot of grains and malts. It is fairly refreshing, just hard to describe.

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between light- and mid-bodied. Smooth and with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinability: Certainly a drinkable beer -- goes down nicely and the alcohol is at a good level.

An enjoyable beer, but it took a while for me to get used to the flavor. Would work well with food. I'll get this again.

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

Poured a deep, clear reddish copper. Carbonation was moderate with a thick, rocky head. Aroma was firmly toward the malt with some hops in the background. Definitely from Munich; had what I call a "sulfate-y" nose that is common to most beers from that region, especially Paulaner. Maybe some skunkiness but it didn't dominate. Body was medium-to-full. Definite skunk in the flavor. Otherwise, malty Oktoberfest flavor with a rather firm hop bitterness in the background. Decent taste, but ruined by the skunkiness. A bit more crisp than your typical O-fest, though I like them on the sweet side. Pretty drinkable, but possibly not as substantial as it could be.

A decent version of the style, but I wouldn't buy it in the green bottles again.

Photo of KyleVick4
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz

A: Not much of a lager drinker, but the beer was invaded by bubbles. I mean hundreds of them! The color was crystal clear and a light golden honey color. Pouer with a decent head that did seem to dissapate rather quickly leaving little lacing. Not that impressed...

S: Stange smell, as I said before I am not a big lager drinker so I do not know the main categories to choose from. But I thought it smelled a bit sweet with carmel malts prominent. Also had a 'lagery' smell. Sorry I just dont know the words for what it really is! Either way, very faint smell. Nothing to brag about.

T: Man I was getting pretty skeptical about this beer, but then I remebered Germans can make some tasty brew. An excellent taste of munich and lots of carmel. Very sweet maybe a little too much. Im very happy.

M: Smooth and carbonated. I dont think it was overly carbonated though. Light bodied and swet. Pretty good.

D: I keep on drinking this. Very light and tasty enough ot be a session beer for sure. By now the sweet taste might be getting a little old, but I could still see myself drinking a few more of these happily.

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass

A- copper brown color thick off white head good carbination

S- not to much going on here lacks the character of a Spaten Premium Lager

T- very good taste, but it did not seem as close to the Oktoberfest style as I expected but maybe this is the first real oct fest I have had

M- thicker than I would want for this style yet not at all unappealing

D- a good drinking beir good taste some interesting complexity but I do perfer the Spaten Premium bier, which is one of my real favorites.

Photo of shbobdb
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh, nothin' kickin' back on a sunny Friday afternoon and enjoying a mass of quality beer. Here's how it breaks down:

Looks: It's a touch dark for a maerzen, with an off-white head. The appearance strongly disagrees with the taste and mouthfeel. Most strange.

Smell: Nice and grainy! I love it.

Taste: It's a very light and sweet Oktoberfest with a hint of grain. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Very light, even a touch thin for an Oktoberfest . . . but it worked
wonderfully on a sunny day!

Drinkability: The mass went down without complaint, but there was no need for another.

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

Bought on sale [$5.50/six pack] at a local grocery store. Made me a little nervous, since this could have meant it was sitting around a while.

Poured a nice amber color with a small white head. Good lacing. Decent carbonation can be seen rising.

Smell was light with some hops and malts coming through. A faint "strange" smell that I couldn't place.

Teh taste had a mild hop bitterness running throughout. Some sweetness with a light roasted malt backbone.

Mouthfeel was cleansing with a medium body. Overall, the beer was a little too bland for me. Lacked distinctive character. But, a decent beer that you can sit around and drink quite a bit of if you had the right food accompanying it.

Photo of geetlord
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured with a small shortlived head that quickly subsided into lingering white lacing across the surface. It is a dark golden amber. It didnt have much of an aroma as far as I could tell, but it did ahve some hints of hops and breads. It tasted hoppy and mildly bitter, but I couldnt detect much else in teh way of flavors in it, It had a very dry finish. The mouthfeel was easily my favorite part of this beer. Well carbonated but not too much so, it left my toung tingling and and made the bitterness of the beer very palatable to me. This isnt my favorite style of beer by far, but I found it pleasantly drinkable and would'nt mind having another at some point.

Photo of soulgrowl
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich, Bengali orange-red. Moderate white head doesn't sitck around for the festivities, leaving just an island of wispy film in the center of the glass.

Smell: Diacetyl, crystal malts, honey, maple syrup. Hops are barely there. Husky malt base dominates, this one's gonna be sweet.

Taste: Sweet, somewhat corny malts. This is my final beer in a session of five and my senses are somewhat blunted at this point, so I might not be picking up on certain subtleties. But still, this seems very one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and thick, almost stout-thick, with well-sized fizz to lighten things up.

Drinkability: I don't know why this is so drinkable, but it is. Pair with hearty German food and jovial company.

Photo of Domingo
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up when I was craving an Oktoberfest, but wanting something new. I didn't enouncter much from Spaten (except the Franziskaner weiss brews) while in Munich so I figured I'd give it a try.
I noticed after getting home that it came in a green bottle...but a darker one. I was prepared to open it and get a whiff of some astringent funk, but luckily it's not really there.
Color is the orange color you'd expect, but it's lighter than most.
There's a little bit of an "off" smell, but it's not really skunky. Definitely kind of grainy. I can't pinpoint much malt in the smell. Reminds me a lot a fresh Becks...which is unusual.
The hops give the finish a bitter twang. There's malt there, but it's not the major player I'd hope for. It's got Oktoberfest flavor, but it's almost like it was mixed with something else to tone down the malt.It reminds me of someone taking a potent Oktoberfest and mixing it 50/50 with an export Pils.
Mouthfeel is good. It's pretty drinkable but I didn't feel that it was all that great of an Oktoberfest. With this brew, it's really tough to tell if it's supposed to taste like this or if it's just not really fresh.

(EDIT) Note that I've had fresh samples of this on tap and it is MUCH BETTER. This was WORLDS apart from this brew and was on par with Oktoberfests like Paulaner or Hacker-Pschorr. For that matter, it might even be better. It goes to show that freshness matters!
If you're craving Oktoberfest in bottles, I recommend Paulaner or Hacker-Pschorr just because you know what you're getting. If you can find this one fresh on tap, go for it. If you do buy this, it's all about the sealed paper 12-packs and cases.

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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