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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,010 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,010
Reviews: 1,068
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 33
Gots: 97 | 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 BeerResearcher
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%

This is one fine example of an Oktoberfest. It pours an orange-hued deep amber with a fast fading beige head. A pleasant malty aroma and fresh bread dough are backed by a mild whiff of hops. The malt is fairly sweet and has a light doughy flavor and hint of toffee. Lime-like citrusy and a light taste of tea offer a mild ballast for the dominant malt quality. A faint flavor of candy apples is detected. The body is a bit buttery and velvety liquid. It’s hard not to take large gulps and then reach for another…in fact that’s just what I’m going to do now!

BeerResearcher, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Appeance: This pours a clear a clear amber color with a small white head.
Aroma: The nose is lightly malty & carmelly.
Flavor: This is a slightly malty, light on the hops, light to medium bodied, Oktoberfest. This is a nice beer, but nothing spectacular. I was expecting more maltiness

jcalabre, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Guest tap at the Old Toad(who had a Octoberfest flair this week). Presented in a .5 litre Spaten glass(I really like when beer is served in its proper glasswear and the Toad is very good about that). It was a ruddy orange color with an off-white head. Smell had some grassy notes coupled with a tart apple aroma and some floral hops. Taste was clean refreshing but sufficiently malty with more of the green apple taste and a bready, dry finish. Mouthfeel was up to par with a good dose of carbonation, but nothing overly spritzy. Proust.

GreatPondBrewer, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of silks636
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. green bottle.

Light amber in color with a fluffy, slightly off-white head. Moderate retention, leaves a very thin sheet of lacing. A gentle swirl reveals an aroma of grass and grain over a roasted malt. Taste starts off sweet and smooth with a gradual ease into a grassy, earthy hop while still retaining a solid malt base. Nicely balanced, but not a whole lot going on. Finish is dry and crisp with barely any aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation.

A very easy drinking beer, as an Oktoberfest should be, but nothing exceptional.

silks636, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

Somewhat of a copper, light orange hue. Odd aroma which is a bit grainy, grassy, some malt detection, but a bit off the beaten path for the style. Up front, sweet and tangy, a lingering malty palate, very little hops detection. Bordering on medium bodied, on the edge creamy. A bit thin for the style, not as tasty as some, but more drinkable than others. Not too shabby.

GeoffRizzo, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%

Copper color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is bready fruity and sweet. A light bodied marzen-style beer. Nice malts and slightly sweet. Mild hops. Good full flavor. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

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!

beergeek279, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of TinusTime
3.6/5  rDev 0%

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.

TinusTime, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of TripelJ
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

TripelJ, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of goz
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

goz, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of jackndan
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

jackndan, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of cokes
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

cokes, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

AtLagerHeads, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of Mustard
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

Mustard, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of Darkale
2.23/5  rDev -38.1%

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.

Darkale, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

bewareOFpenguin, Sep 16, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 16, 2003
Photo of rabidawg
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%

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?

rabidawg, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of Redrover
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

Redrover, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

Boilermaker88, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

moulefrite, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of ZAP
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%

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..

ZAP, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

RockyTopHeel, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of MediocreatBest
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

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

MediocreatBest, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of putnam
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

putnam, Aug 30, 2003
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