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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,173 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,173
Reviews: 1,084
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 45
Gots: 153 | 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 JudgeRoughneck
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tarnished copper color with a thin but fluffy eggshell colored head. The beer is virtually odorless to my nose. The flavor is pretty standard. Sweet, slightly biscuity malt, fruity hops, and a slightly metallic finish. This is exactly what I expect in an Oktoberfest. It is not bad but, I would much rather have a fresher, cheaper, one from an American brewer.

JudgeRoughneck, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of jrb1001
4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I first started drinking different types of beers, this was my first and I liked it so much that I bought a case of it.. It was definately worth it. The beer has the normal german taste to it which can be found in any german beer. I like the beer and I think anyone else who tries it will like it.

jrb1001, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of Optimat0r
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this was my first non-cheap-american-brand beer. obviously it blew me away the first time trying it. i have since had many better beers, but i have good memories of this one and i still think its great.

relatively dark in color, decent balanced taste, i dont really pay attention to smell or 'mouthfeel', very drinkable but the alcohol will sneak up on you if youve had a six pack.
bottom line is, there are much better beers out there, but this one is still better than most and as far as its type/price range its hard to beat. in fact all the spatens ive tried so far have been great.

Optimat0r, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of joecast
2.1/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

clear copper/amber with light carbonation and a thin but stable head.

hoppy floral aroma thats put off by a plasticy band aid funk. whew, thats funky.

i can tell theres some nice full malt in there some where, but its hidden pretty well by a plasticy taste and a thin body. even the hoppiness seems off a bit.

i hope this is just a bad example of what spaten puts out, cause im sure they do some good work. however it will probably be a while before i try this again.

joecast, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden amber color with not much head retention.

The smell is somewhat faint, but not bad at all. Malty.

Taste is malty, yet crisp and clean. Not overly sweet like some marzens. I can definitly taste the caramel malts in this one, and it finishes with a nice spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a touch light, but very nicely carbonated. Job well done. Drinkability is good. I could suck down a lot of these, and probably will look forward to it by next fall. Solid seasonal.

jasonpeckins32, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of taez555
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a amber/yellow body with a white head.

Nose is a mix of malt, biscuit and a doughy bread like quality.

Taste is medium bodied and very smooth. Very rich malt with a strong sour german munich malt and yeast flavor. A nice natural earthy and grassy german hop flavor. Mildly bitter but balances the sweet, grainy malt, well.

Although it leans a bit towards the classic "euro" lager, the distinctly classic german malts and hops make this, IMO, the octoberfest by which all others are judged. I could drink this all through the season.

taez555, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of JISurfer
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my fav Oktoberfest so far. I had the pleasure of having this one off tap at Charleston Beer Works a few weeks ago. It's a very crisp refreshing beer, but also has a good solid malty taste to it. It had a woody, caramel malty, lightly smokey thing going on in the smell. The taste was just as good, but a little more in the roasted malt area. Even though it was full of flavor, it didn't have a strong/bad aftertaste. I recommend this one to most anyone.

JISurfer, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of mdagnew
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a light golden colour... Head was white and had a slight foamy appearance. This dissappeared quite quickly and left a thin layer which lasted until the end...

Aroma - Slight sweet smell, vanilla, lemony, zesty, grassy, slight fruitiness...

Taste – Lemony, slight earthiness, creamy, slight sourness, very slight hopiness..

Feel - Quite creamy and smooth, not that much carbonation...

Overall - A pretty good beer... very drinkable... recommended...

mdagnew, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spaten Oktoberfestbier from a brown glass bottle and poured into a standard pint glass.

A light, clear, amber colored beer. The Spaten poured with 3/4" of tan head that retained pretty well (about a quarter way through the brew) and left a ring of lacing around the top of the glass. The smell was of a sweet maltiness, predominately. The flavor is of a nice, malty sweetness. Medium bodied with that medium sweetness, almost syrupy.

Notes: Pretty darn drinkable, and an Oktoberfestbier for the season. A pleasure.

edmundfitzoil, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting too much from Spaten Oktoberfestbier, after trying the snoozefest that is Spaten premium lager, but at $1.75/bottle at my local tavern, I figured what-the-hell.

This beer has that pleasant orangish-tint-of-fall hue going on. Oktoberfests are normally very attractive beers, and this one was no exception.

Being in smoky bar, I could not pick up any nose at all.

The taste was very solid and well-rounded. Not as bold or flavorful as Hacker-Pschoor's, but still a tasty treat.

I had another bottle before the night was over, so all in all I would rate this as a very drinkable beer.

chOAKbarrell, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of buckiflyer
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 ounce bottle, enjoyed with my father celebrating our German heritage. Smell: Foreign hop smell with hints of malt, Appearance: cloudly light brown. Taste: malt and barley, some nut after taste. I enjoyed this octoberfest and one day hope to have it in Germany during Octoberfest.

buckiflyer, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of redwolf1
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-12 oz. bottle, part of a gift package from a friend. Poured a clear, pale orange color with a rather foamy head which died out fairly fast
S-Leafy aromatics and a hint of toasted grains, though rather musky and dank
T&M-A very smooth tasting beer with a rather watery feel (must be that Alpine water), maybe because of the carbonation present. Leaves a dry, yet sweet, aftertaste in the mouth and on the tongue
D-In comparison to other Octoberfest beers on the market, this one is not that exceptional. In fact, it's quite average, but is it drinkable? Sure. Will I have another? Sure. Would I buy a six-pack? Depends on the occasion...

redwolf1, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of Naerhu
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

medium yellow body, with white head and decent lacing.
Nice toffee malty aroma with a very light spicy hoppyness.
This is a nice malty beer with good bitter bite at the end. Slightly sweet, with a dry finish. I really like this one.
Medium body with nice carbonation.

Naerhu, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of budgood1
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out an auburn highlighted amber colour....large frothy off-white head with a lot of festive lacing. a fabulous looking o-fest when poured into a liter mug. the aroma is just of lightly roasted euro malts...lots of bready and crackery notes. pretty nice. upon tasting, the vienna and munich malts are subdued with some roasty/toasty notes mingling with a balanced sweetness. there is an annoying metallic ring on the tongue that is unsettling at best. i don't care for that. a slightly spicy alcohol finish makes it complete. the mouthfeel is on the lean side; the overall body follows suit. grill some brats, get your onions and sauerkraut and have a ball!

of course i'd like to have this fresh from the source, as i'm sure it's much better fresh as opposed to the obviously well traveled twelve pack i have to drink.

budgood1, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of Marty
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Meh. I bought this because I remembered drinking some great Oktoberfest brews in Munich this time about two years ago. Then I remembered that my sis and I mostly drank Paulaner's Oktoberfest.

Hard to compare, because this is coming out of a case that had to be shipped across the ocean... but I wasn't impressed with this beer. It LOOKS good... great big, beige, frothy, lingering head. Smells sweet.

Just not very complex, to me. It has a slightly acidic aftertaste. I wish it had some more hops, to balance out it's over-maltiness.

If you're looking for an Oktoberfestbier, might as well buy the Paulaner.

Marty, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of radshoesbro
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at the mews.

pours an auburn gold with a good head and minimal lacing. smells of light barley and nuts. no hops on the nose. the taste is actually quite better than most oktoberfests that i've tried. it reminds me a lot of ayinger's. a good amount of spiciness with mild hops that make my tounge feel alive! definately a solid choice.

radshoesbro, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The 1/4" off white head readily recedes into the beer. The beer is an orangey, light amber color.

smell: Distinctive German "skunky" smell. I wish I knew a better descriptor for it, but that is all I've got. I suppose it comes from the German hops, which are clean, light, and spicy. The malt smell is also light, lending the beer a slight dark tree fruit essence. A little boring, but unoffensive.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the lower end of the high range, and the body has a heavier light feel to it.

taste: Clean tasting, with some off, vegetable type flavors. There is also a slight off taste that lingers into the aftertaste along with a mild hop bitterness. The same characteristically German taste I mentioned in the smell is also present here. I am a little disappointed in this one.

drinkability: pretty drinkable

blackie, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely copper with a foamy head. The smell is lightly toasted barley and not much else. Taste is watery mix of malts and harsh, but not strong, hops. Not very appealing because of the thinness. This is an ok beer, and apparently readily available, but there are much better Octoberfests.

pentathlete, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted this bottle on 22nd October 2005, lot no. L26953 j, Best by 09.06. Purchased in Dublin, Ireland on the day.

Poured a light amber colour with a good white head. Quite lager-like in appearance, expected it to be darker.
Smell very faint, grassy hops, little malt.
Tasted fairly good, quite similar to Hofbrau original, nothing too distinctive about it. Quite a nice refreshing brew with a softish mouthfeel, but it didn't do a whole lot for me.

JohnfromDublin, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of tesguino
2.2/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Special beer for special ocassion; i try this in this october and i`m not impresssed, dark brown color, hops, malt, high plato; good quality for its brewery, a tipic example of german beer, try in a pilsner glass, good palate taste, and mouthfeel; strong, average ABV; 58% recommended.

tesguino, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of bcm119
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronze colored with a very sticky, durable white head that leaves alot of lace. Aromas are of rising bread and sweetish Munich malts. It has a smooth, biscuity malt nose, that turns slightly honey-sweet mid palate with a molasses cookie flavor, but remains completely clean throughout. Carbonation is soft. Mouthfeel overall is soft and clean. Very drinkable and tasty, although hops are underdone making it a little simpler than Oktoberfests like Paulaner.

bcm119, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of skittlebrau
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yes kids, it's oktober again. Everybody grab a mug of your favorite marzen. Overall, I was happy with this beer. It's pretty middle-of-the-road but very tasty and drinkable.

Maybe the bottles were sitting in my car for too long, or maybe I used a dirty glass, but I thought this one smelled terrible. Not much to look at either. Taste however was a different story. This one went down very smooth and delicious. Lots of bready flavor and not much else. Just a bare _hint_ of bitterness as it warms up. I would recommend this as an everyday drinking beer. It's too bad they don't serve it year round.


skittlebrau, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of Hagbard
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Auburn gold in color with a thick 3 finger white head. When held up to the light, it seems lighter than most of the oktoberfests I've tried. The white head eventually fades leaving nice lacing down the mug. The aroma is very malty with a nice nutty, bready aspect to it. Seems sweet but not overbearingly so. The taste begins witha touch of malty sweetness. The breadiness comes in along with a mild spiciness, which is probably the hops (what little hops there are). It finishes with a mild sweetness that never becomes overbearing. The carbonation level is right on, giving the beer some body. Drinkability is high if you like the style; the flavors are all subdued and inoffensive enough that you could kill a lot of this in a night. This is definitely one of the best oktoberfests I've had this year. The sweetness never becomes cloying, my number one complaint for the style.

Hagbard, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of malty
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Updated review from an ultra-fresh release:

Brilliantly clear glowing russet color with a fine dense off-white 1" head. Fine moderate visible uprising carbonation. Fantastic thick and sturdy rings of lace all the way down.

Clean and fresh bready/crackery malts abound with a touch of vanilla-esque sweetness. The freshness of the European hops are very earthy and clean, providing a very balanced and teasing ushering of what's to come next...

Earthy (as stated above) and chalky dry hops cling to the insides of my mouth and edges of my tongue as the even-keeled and unintrusive lightly toasted malts glide smoothly right where they belong. A bit of a stoney/minerally element is tasted when the dryness of the hops subside. The flavors are lighter than I expected (or remembered) but are very balanced and elegantly entwined.

Mouthfeel is very nice. A little bit heavier than light bodied with an expertly crafted amount playfully fine carbonation. The finish is kinda quick but the dry and chalky finish lingers for a while.

Drinkability is crazy, especially when you've got a litre stein or Das Boot! This sucker is going down a little too easy right now (only have an ounce remaining from a longneck bottle).

Overall a great representation of a lighter bodied/flavored Oktoberfest, (compared to it's American counterparts). Very masterfully balanced and a great mouthfeel/body to boot. Not my top choice for a celebratory marzen, but definitely one I would NEVER pass up.

Beautiful clear golden light copper color with a fluffy loose off-white 1/2" when it settles. Visible medium paced carbonation.

Clean mineraly/stoney malty nose with a clean noble hop presence. No sweet carmelesque notes detected, but very fresh and clean nonetheless.

Dry bitter edged hops right up front with a lighter than normal maltiness. Slightly metallic notes, which reinforce the cleanliness of the hop flavors but highlight the lack of traditional Oktoberfest maltiness.

Moutfeel is lighter than medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation. Dry, clean, short-lived finish.

Drinkability is good. Clean (again) and easy going.

Overall an Oktoberfest that delivered little enjoyment. The flavor profile was pretty one-sided; excellent hop component with an almost nonexistent malt backbone. A bit too carbonated and limp for my preference of this style. Has the recipe changed/weakened?

malty, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled last evening while waiting wayyy to0oo long for my chili bake to get ready at Duda's. Poured a pretty clear brown with red highlights, a thin creamy ring, and limited lacing. Aromas of malts and slight sourness. Taste was malts with a light hint of skunky European hops on the back end. Mouthfeel was lighter than expected. Not bad, just seemingly average.

Dithyramb, Oct 13, 2005
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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