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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 2,212
Reviews: 1,093
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 50
Gots: 190 | 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 dherling
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out a deep bronze color into my glass, with a foamy/bubbly white head. I get this strange fak fruity flavor inthe nose, dark berry, like blackhaud or fruity pebbles. It tastes of some light malt, again with the berry fruit. Finishes clean with light efferescence, but again with the fruity pebbles. This became a discussion at the bar. One person picked out the fruity pebbles, three other people thought we were on crack and couldn't find it anywhere.

Photo of nortmand
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber pour with a solid white head that leaves moderate lace.

Caramel and a touch of sulfury grassiness in the smell.

Sweet caramel flavors are accompanied by a slight acidity. Ends with a slight bitterness.

Medium bodied and satisfying, yet drinkable. An above average offering.

Photo of Neehan
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, bright, and clear orange copper with minimal lacing. The smell is of mild sweetness with hops up front adding in grassy grains. These also are the primary components of the taste although the hops come through stronger when sipping. The mouthfeel is well balanced and smooth with a mild, malty aftertaste. Very drinkable, could definitely be a session brew.

A solid brew, although there are better Oktoberfests to be had.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6 pack of 12 oz bottles purchased from LaBodega in Riverside, CA for $7.99 in September 2006.

I am a big fan of Oktoberfest style of beers, and so I'm always looking for good ones. This one makes the grade, although it's not my favorite.

Pours a nice copper color with minimal head. The bottle I chose for reviewing had no carbonation or head, although others in the six pack made for a nice head in my Spaten Oktoberfest 500 ml glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet fruitiness with a nice bready malt base; and gentle hops at the end. It actually gets sweeter as the glass drains. This one has a solidly full pleasant mouthfeel, and is very quaffable. Almost dangerously so.

Photo of dmowen
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a dark amber color with a nice off-white head that slowly dissapates to some nice lacing. Has a nice hoppy smell to it with a hint of roasted smell. Has for me a just right mouth-feel that goes down pretty good. Does leave a after-taste that is'nt too bad though.

For me this is a very tasty October-fest style beer and I'll be definitely getting more; if only it was'nt so expensive. But hey, good beer is worth it!!!

Photo of bigone4
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark amber brown hue. Nice creamy white frothy head and good lacing of the mug. Had this beer on tap at the Fort (Student Prince) Springfield, MA on my birthday yesterday. A true to style German restaurant in Western MA. Great German imported beers and great food. This beer smells of strong malt flavor and sweet with a mild roasted nuttiness. It looks very inviting and worth drinking. Tastes smooth and full of bolt malt flavors. Nice sweet malt flavors with mild hop tingle. The balance between the sweet maltiness and the light floral hop finish makes this one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers. It is well balanced and drinkable beer. Great Oktoberfest offering very enjoyable and I would certainly drink this beer again.

Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer following a disappointing Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier. So this seemed spectacular. This is the color and aroma I was looking for and the rich malty flavor I want to see in the style. Well done Spaten.

Appearance: Pours an attractive copper color with a huge off-white head a significant lacing.

Smell: Toasted malts and grains. Caramel, cane sugar and toffee.

Taste: Dark toasted Bavarian malts sweet and simple with a straightforward caramel sweetness followed by a toffee, nut flavor and a bold malty center. It is lightly hopped and simply paints the palate with a sweet slick coating that clings to the cheeks before sliding down the throat leave a mild minty astringency behind.

Mouthfeel: This medium body beer is very creamy and yet leave a slick residue of sweetness on the cheeks.

Drinkability: This is simple exceptionally drinkable. The beer begs to be swallowed and then leaves reminders in the aftertaste that beckons for more.

Hope this is helpful.

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

Pours a small head that fades fast to a thin but long lasting cap of foam. Brilliantly clear, copper color. Aroma is crisp, clean with malt dominating. No hop aroma. Maybe just a hint of sulfur? But very pleasant overall. Malt dominates the taste as well. It's lightly toasted, mostly Munich malt I think, almost chewy. No bitterness up front, but there's some in the finish. No hop flavor though. Definitely malt-balanced, but dry with no cloying sweetness. Again, crisp and clean are the main traits. Mouthfeel is very drying, with high carbonation. Quite refreshing. Overall quite pleasant and drinkable, a good session beer.

Photo of geexploitation
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color of toast-with-marmalade, with a sticky bright white head. Surprisingly thin malt notes in the nose. Those are overcome by some herbal hop notes and a subdued clove character. On the palate there's just a bit of a bitter malt bite and the flavors skew toward the back of the tongue. Metals come through at the mid palate, then some malt sweetness. Medium strength carbonation. This is all rather smooth, with no flavors really out of wack, but there's little depth to the flavors that are here. Unoffensive, even drinkable, but not the most flavorful Oktoberfest out there.

Photo of IntriqKen
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden orange/amber with a smallish white head that melts to top covering thin bubbles.
Aroma is light sweet malt and fresh fruit.
Flavor of the sweet malt that gets quickly followed by a sweet fruit hop then a tiny citrus fruit bite
Mouthfeel is adequate for the style and there is a slight drying after you swallow that makes this pleasant and drinkable.
Still...nothing remarkable here.

Photo of yelterdow
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Code reads R 17451... I hope that "5" doesn't mean last year's batch.

Purchased at Total Wine, River Edge. Served in a pint glass at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- On a rough pour, we have a clear pale gold beer that supports a very nice bold head... great body, extremely steadfast for this style. Huge webs of lacing and fantastic cling too... I haven't seen a great fall seasonal yet this year as nice as this.

Smell- Clean, toasted malts are up front here... really fresh and appetizing. A trace of hops give some balance to the nose, this is real solid.

Taste- Firm toasty, dry, hoppy brew... a pleasant all-day quaffer on a cool, Fall afternoon. I want to rake some leaves and stoke the fire pit. Easy, effortless beer. Not too sweet, which is a huge plus for this category.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- As with most of this year's Octoberfest offerings, I find the weight of this beer in the mouth to be relatively light, while imparting just enough life in the carbonation to add some texture. An easy, satisfying, well done beer without a doubt.

Photo of doppelmeup
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice, medium amber color into a pint glass. Thick, half-inch head that left nice lacing on the glass.

Aromas of malts, toffee.

Tasted like a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Malty, moderately sweet, slightly metallic. Slightly alcoholicy. Alright tasting, but not overwhelming.

Slightly warming, smooth mouthfeel. Clean finish.

Overall, fairly middle of the road Marzen/Oktoberfest. Right on for style, IMO.

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.

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