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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,098 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,098
Hads: 2,341
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 21.07%
Wants: 56
Gots: 278 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Enjoyed on tap. Pours a medium-brown with a light tan head.
Lots of malt aroma; bread and caramel and a hit of spicy hops as well.
Very tasty brew. Lots of malt goodness and some nice bittering and spicy hops to keep it interesting. beautiful balance.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and smooth.
Overall, a wonderful and refreshing Marzen. Would happily drink again.

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Photo of Boto
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a clear, lighter amber color. There was a small off white head that left little lacing. Decent aroma. A bit of toasted malts. Possible some earthy hops also. No noticeable sweetness. The taste is decent. Toasted malts and slight biscuit notes. It has just a hint of bitterness and is very smooth. Nice!

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Photo of MaximalC
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent copper color with a moderate head of sudsy, off-white foam. Aroma smells of green, grassy hops, apple peel, and a hint of caramel sweetness.

The flavor follows suit, with grassy hop bitterness on the back of the tongue, along with the golden delicious apple tones commonly found in Munich lagers. The caramel sweetness is held in check well for an Oktoberfest, maintaining some semblance of balance. A hint of skunkiness is also detectable, be it from the hops, the green bottle, or a combination of the two. The light body complements a crisp mouthfeel, making for a very drinkable brew.

Overall, this is a very pleasant and easy to drink Oktoberfest that is neither cloying nor watered down; a pretty safe pick if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Solid seasonal offering. Crisp and clean, a little bit of spice from the hops and yeast but not too floral or bitter. Not too heavy, so I could still enjoy drinking this on a warm-ish September day.

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Photo of bwood06
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice red amber in color. Clear. Head is a thin froth that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation. Head reduces to a thin layer on top that is maintained. 3.75/5

S - Bready but a fruity happiness as well. Tangerines. Cereal. 4.25/5

T - White bread. Grassy hop finish. A hint of light caramel sweetness. Cereal. 4/5

M - Very smooth and creamy. Very low carbonation. Finishes wet. 4.5/5

O - Love this Oktoberfest offering. Very smooth and goes down easy. Lack of bitterness. Very straightforward beer. 4.25/5

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Photo of louisianajones
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured this one into a Sam Adams glass.

I like a good Octoberfest beer. No nonsense, just heavy enough on the hops but still balanced, makes you want to drink more than one. This one fits the bill nicely. Not much of a head, decent lacing. Light amber in color. Hops with just a bit of citrus on the nose. Not real complicated. Hops on the palate with an ever so slightly astringent finish. Almost too easy to drink. I could easily knock back too many of these in one sitting. Makes me quite affectionate for this time of year.

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Photo of Jimtrem
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

I love Oktoberfest beers and this one is the best of them. Though it's better some years than others, I always drink plenty of it. Might have been a little lacking this year, as a matter of fact, but I still love it.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%

From notes on 10/31/13

Poured a light brown color. Not a very pleasant smell. Skunky smell. Tastes good though. One of the better tasting Oktoberfest beers I've had.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straight-ahead amber with a thick head of foam. Tons of impressive effervescence, too, which is a neat touch. Impressive tree-line and loopy lace.

Aroma is crisp and lager-grainy, simply put.

Taste is equally as crisp and malty, even a little sweet but still well-balanced. I get some toastiness, some toffee, and plenty of flavor packed into here. Overall, as easy-to-drink Oktoberfest that I can see being perfect for bierstubes or Oktoberfest celebrations.

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Photo of FLima
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a thick two finger head with decent retention and leaving some laces.
Floral aroma with notes of Munich malt sweetness and lager yeast.
Flavor is more present with notes of biscuit malt with controlled sweetness balanced by herbal and floral hops. Just a hint of caramel, spices and citrusy acidity. Mildly dry aftertaste with a light to medium bitterness.
Light bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation.
A pleasant Märzen, although quite malty it is not cloying, showing that hops are doing their work behind the curtains. Faithful to style.

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Photo of knowledge
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer, once you pop the cap, reminds me of Peroni beer - it has the same bready, yeasty smell on the nose. However, it is heavier, and a bit sweeter - not my liking. I made a session out of this brew, trying to study it from all angles, and since it is a marzen, meaning it is brewed between the months of September through April, I was reminded of how its German heritage really gave it a good quality taste but a head that faints quickly after pour. I was astonished to see the words malt liquor on the label of this beer, and was thoroughly disappointed by this description. It is definitely worthier than the Malt Liquors out there, but hey we can't all be skeptics all the time. Would I try this beer again, maybe, if it was free - There are plenty of German brews to be imbibed, and therefore, I will be seeking a better session than Spaten. Overall ok, but nothing to really implore you to try again.

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Photo of Foyle
2.51/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 2" off white head recedes quickly leaving moderate lacing. Amber/light brown color with mild carbonation bubbles streaming
Aroma: hop spice in the aroma and some bread but overall a mild aroma with a slight skunk Mouthfeel: between light and medium bodied, watery, slightly chewy, with a mostly dry finish Flavor: some caramel flavor but the hops dominate through the taste
Overall: good but not great. I am a little disappointed as I normally love the Marzen style and I hoped that this authentic brew from Munich would be the best I ever had. Perhaps my expectations were too high. Caveats: this was a green bottle with no bottling date. I would love to be able to try this beer fresh in Germany and then render another review. I just felt the beer lacked what I normally enjoy in this style (a malty, caramel dominance), instead the hops seemed to dominate.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 4/13/14. Had this one many years ago on draught and it was great. Comes in a nice colorful 12 ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a pretty darker amber in color with about a 1-finger of a off-white head. Lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of caramel malts with a hint of light citrus. The taste is of sweet malts, biscuit (yeast) with some spice. Very tasty and goes down easy. A very light dry finish is noted. Overall, really like this one and not a big fan of Oktoberfest brews for the most part but this one is the exception for sure.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours translucent amber with 1/2 inch of off-white head that fades to a thin cap on top and leaves nice spotty lace.

Smell is somewhat muted and consists of grainy malt, Autumn spices and faint citrus.

Taste is of grains and malt with accents of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg with faint tart citrus on the finish.

Texture is medium bodied with high carbonation.

A decent, if not remarkable, effort. Easy drinking and sessionable.

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Photo of tviz33
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz green bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- An aggressive pour brings out 3 fingers of off-white almost grayish head with a clear light brown body.

S- The nose is simple. Sweet and malty with just a little citrus in the background.

T- Sweet and caramel-like. There's also a little orangey citrus at the end. This reminds me of BMC a little unfortunately.

M- Medium feel, medium carbonation. Really easy drinking.

O- Overall its nothing special, but I was expecting that. Just a decent beer, no surprises.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Orange-brown, clear, ample loose bubbles. Cream-colored foamy head that lasts, with good lacing.

S: Malt sweetness with some light purfumey-ness.

T: A good variety of light malts, which bring some sweetness and breadiness. Finish is decently long, which is more than I'd care for with this tiring palate of flavors.

M: Surprisingly smooth for the style, and the carbonation is enjoyable.

O: A decent Oktoberfest, but that's not saying much for a style that already means uncomplicated.

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Photo of Act25
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks great, smells very good, all down hill from there to mass kind of beer.

A -- Lovely pour yields a 2 finger cap and retains and laces well. Beautiful bronze marzen color.

S -- Nose is solid, grassy, sweet, fall leaves. I like it.

T -- Follows nose with more biscuits up front and then a sweet malt follow through, ending in a nice dry finish. But I find it a touch metallic, "kind of mass product feeling" and perhaps dulled from the travel? Gets better as it warms

M -- Feel is a bit dull, with a tingly feel and lots of carbonation, but still a bit metallic rather than earthy, which is what I want it to be.

O --OK Marzen. A great style from a great brewer than probably arrives on these shores mid pack.

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Photo of Ryanm1
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed this one in a mixed 6'er at whole foods. Tried this in a small taster glass on a night while trying other beers as well. Amber in color. I really like it dispite the fact it was a bit light on carbonation concerning the mouthfeel. Malty taste with a hint of orange I was getting. Descent Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of brurevu
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It poured a dark amber with a subtle off white head. The aroma was all caramel malt with slight roasted malt, but definitely little to no hop presence. The faste was an obvious malt forward profile with caramel malt and some nutty roastiness as well. There was a slight spicy bitterness on the finish that keeps your attention. While I’ll admit there is nothing over the top spectacular about this lager, it hits my taste buds in all the right spots. It’s easy to drink with enough flavor to distinguish itself from a league of lagers and keeps me looking forward to Oktoberfest every year.

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Photo of TommyLiam
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A -- Semi-Aggressively poured into a pilsner glass. Formed two fingers of dense light cream head. The beer is a dark hued bronze without any clouding. Carbonation is active and ubiquitous. The head retains a cap for an extended period of time. Quite lovely.

S -- The nose is metallic and grainy. A little bit of time reveals sweetness. Not much going on here but not less than expected for the style.

T -- The Spaten signature crisp character is the first impression after the swallow. Light biscuit upfront with a sweet malt flavor which transitions into the almost austere dryness of the finish. There are traces of spice in the finish and the malts are slightly roasted but overall the flavor is restrained. Zero heat.

M -- The mouthfeel is lively and light as to be expected. The carbonation level is perfect but repeated consumption of this lager dulls the palate.

O -- A solid Marzen lager but nothing to write home about. Considering the price point there are better American expressions widely available for a better value. I'm never afraid to pick this up at a bar if it's the only Oktoberfest option or is I can find a great price at a wholesaler.

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Photo of BigBry
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap.
Poured clear copper-orange with a short tan head. Foam fades to a thin film, leaving thin lace rings.
Smell is typical marzen caramel and biscuit malt. Taste is very similar, dry biscuit, toasted caramel. Light bitterness at the end keep it from being too sweet.
A decent amount of carbonation, crisp and clean, thin mouthfeel and medium body.
Drinkable, refreshing but not overly thin.

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had in a Spaten Oktoberfest pint glass. Poured a clear copper with a rich, creamy head that dissipates slowly into a cap and leaves a mild amount of lacing. Caramel malts, earthy hops, and big nutty notes are all detected on the nose. Taste is very rich and malty, and leaves behind a berry like aftertaste. There is also an earthy bitterness on the end. Medium bodied beer that leaves a syrupy texture in the mouth, but drinks very easy.

Overall: Very well balanced and delicious marzen, even though it's an Americanized one.

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Photo of MrBoz21
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear, effervescent, burnt sugar brown/copper. Pours with thick white/tan head which dissapates quickly with nice lacing that also dissapates.

Smell: Lemongrass and hints of biscuit. Subtle and delicate.

Mouthfeel: Semi dry and tickly from carbonation.

Taste: Malty (caramel sweet and light biscuit). Finishes with subtle noble spicy notes.

Overall: Excellent and substantial lager with complex and balanced maltiness.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper almost brown but stays toward orange. Glows like red fire with an impeccable clarity. Head is thick and rich. Tan foam that falls slowly and leaves a thick cap and ring with handsome lace. The bubbles streaming up from the bottom look they they know where they are going .

Nose is lager yeast with a touch of mineral. A nice light hop citrus scent and an earthy malt. The malt is lightly sweet, caramel with good bread backing , rich malt undertones and nutty qualities. Hops are floral and bring a light citrus.

Taste is stupendous. Complex malt character unfolds. First it's smooth clean and rich. It's soft yet firm and yields up toasted grains with a natural sweetness. Nutty qualities and rich layered sugars with a light caramel. It has a bit of soft spice character and a nice dry finish. The aftertaste is light and crisp and has the nice touch of lemon zest. Herbal hops and toasted grains come together so sweetly and the medium carbonation tickles them both on the palate. As it warms the grains really flourish with their toasted qualities but the sweetness remains light and the hops are perfectly balanced and grassy and full rather than bitter. The malt in this beer is so clean. It shines. it glows in the color and it exceeds in it's taste character. It has a an elegance that is understood rather than understated. The hops and spice remain soft while the lager yeast dances light and a touch earthy on the tongue to contrast all that malty flavor without any hop oil or pine resin.

This is a great oktoberfest that has all the right proportions. A beer that makes you want to drink more. It's flavorful and kind. It is resilient and the aftertaste lingers dry with a light sweetness that is earthy like all the good and savory food to come on the fall table. It has the color of autumn fire, it has the presence of a crisp fall wind and the wet scent of yeast and bread. This is home and hearth, a fire and the warm glow of toasts.

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Photo of BobGlickman
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big malt & low hops

Perfect beer - for me. I love a malty taste and don't like hops much at all. Being aware that hops are all the rage right now, there aren't too many domestic beers I care for. Prior to late 2008, I thought Sam Adams Octoberfest was one of the best beers I ever tasted but in December of that year, my wife and I visited EPCOT's Germany. On tap, we were treated to Spaten Oktoberfest beer and our lives changed. A rich malty flavor with no hops bitter nastiness - pure bliss. Six months later, we made to the Yard House in Waikiki and had our first revisit with this beer. Our initial impressions were confirmed.

In late August in 2009, I had my first Sam Adams Octoberfest since trying the original. I no longer liked it as the hops aftertaste took over my palate. This was a defining moment as it perfectly demonstrated for me what I like and dislike about beer. I always stock up with 6 case in my beer cellar for the off-season and ration carefully.

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