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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 1,096
Hads: 2,330
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 21.13%
Wants: 54
Gots: 273 | 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 barnzy78
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz green bottle
A - deep golden almost brown color with a thin ivory head that dissipates quickly to a foam atop the beer
S - very malty with sweet toasted grain, bready, grassy, yeast, slightly fruity
T - malt forward with toasty grain, bread, yeast, grassy noble hops
M - creamy and smooth, semi-dry and very clean finish
O - one of the best - a true Munich brewed Oktoberfestbier.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The aroma is malty with pils and munich malts.
The appearance is amber with some ruby hightlights in color. Extremely carbonated which props the head up during the whole session.
A very malty tasting beer but lacks character and depth in the flavor.
Slightly toasted.
The finish is dry and semi bitter.
An okay brew nothing special, a one and done.

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Photo of Brenden
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This Oktoberfest comes out of the tap a clear coppery color with a small, creamy off-white head that leaves decent spotting as it falls.
This is an appropriately bready example of the style, and it's an aspect I appreciate. There's not quite as much caramel as some have, but it's malty, and the malt balances with Noble hops that add a little leafy and gently spicy element. There's also something that's not quite vinous but almost, a sort of grape-like tart dryness that comes in before an herbal, leafy tea-like quality in the finish. The flavor is just the slightest hint sweeter than the nose, but they work equally well.
The body is medium, and the feel is taken by a bright crispness before it smooths out, though it never loses the nip.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark orange/amber with a thick off white head. Laces nicely.

Lots of bread and a little bit of sweetness. Grassy and herbal.

Bready with some complimentary caramel sweetness tagging along. Lots of herbal hop.

Crisp and refreshing. Lively carbonation and a medium body.

Was surprised by this one. Green bottle scared me a bit, but this is a good'un.

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Photo of tkelley
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a dimpled mug.

A - dark amber color. Really pretty. Clear. White head with ok retention and lacing.

N - smells like a beer hall. Malty. Very little hops. Smells sweet and beery. Very traditional beer smell.

T - again malty. Toast and biscuits. Nice finish.

M - solid. Good carbonation. Easy drinking.

O - very nice. Much more traditional example of the style than Weinheinstephaner, which I had the other day.


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Photo of beer272
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: came in a green bottle :( not good for protecting against light. Though some companies are playing with the hops to eliminate the effect. Perfect lacing, great carbonation. Light golden pale color.

Smell: Nothing strong. Very neutral.

Taste: a nice drinking beer. good mouth feel, hops and malt nicely balanced and smooth.

Mouth feel: See above.

Overall: A nice drinking beer, fantastic lacing. Nice golden and clear tasting.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a beer stein

Rich copper brown. Foamy two finger cap settles into a gentle layer. Slight lacings on the glass

Aroma of sweet caramel malty goodness.

Smooth malty , semi sweet delicious Marzen style beer. Light mouthfeel , no bitter aftertaste . Delicious.

I love September when Oktoberfest beers appear. I try as I many as I can but Spaten as a true Munich style is one that is always stocked in my fridge. Prosit!

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Photo of Chrisbaggz
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a true representation of the classic Marzen style. Once you pop open the bottle you're immediately hit with a delicious malty nose. When it comes to taste, I'm reminded of a really good pilsener with a delicious multi-sweetness to accompany it. Mouth feel is pretty good, with notes of sweetcorn as it passes through the pallet. All and all, a great Oktoberfest brew. Cheers!

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Photo of BierStein711
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draught in a mini pilsner!

Dark amber brown, three finger taupe head, fast reducing

Smells of bread, malt, wet grain, and a light bit of biscuits at the end

Tastes: bready and malty, perfect for a winter's night rather than fall.

Mouthfeel: thick

Overall, I'd have this again without delay.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance : A amber color shines brilliantly as a steady stream of carbonation rises to the slightly off-white head.

Smell - Delicious malts are abundant in the rich aroma; toasted bread with biscuit undertones. It has a moderate sulfur character.

Taste - Is a pure malt pleasure that's toasty, but lightly and very well balanced.

Mouthful - Medium-bodied, it starts sweet and fuller but finishes light and refreshing with a good crispness to it.

Overall- Brewed perfectly for what it's meant for; sheer drinkability. Excellent. Can drink these all night. A solid brew, in a great season.

This is a world-class beer that's incredibly well done and as close to the epitome of an oktoberfest as possible. A malt-lover's dream, this is devoid of hop flavor and bitterness, letting the deep maltiness really shine.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bronze-red; clear; small head; good lacing

Aroma: Malty; floral; grassy; light hops

Taste: Malty; vinous fruit; hops in middle; finishes juicy and balanced

Remarks: Very tasty beer

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper. Very thin lace of head.
Smell: Vanilla, butter biscuits, light citrus.
Taste: Butter biscuits, light citrus.
Mouthfeel: Smooth carbonation.

I think this is excellent. The butter biscuit rules the day here in both smell and taste. It's a smooth drink, very refreshing; perhaps it's too easy of a drinker. I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of Beric
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: On tap at The Asgard in Cambridge, MA
Served: 28 Sept 2015

REREVIEW: First review was a simple 'had', 3.75 overall

Appearance: Arrives in a tumbler pint with a solid copper color, similar to what a Sam Adams Oktoberfest might look like. Soft, half finger head quickly dissipates to nothing. Slight carbonation visible in the glass.

Smell: Soft caramel notes, a pinch of herbal astringency, and whole-wheat toast.

Taste: Very similar to the nose except sadly this one had a metallic aftertaste as well, which means there were probably keg or line issues at the bar. Aside from the metallic flavors, the beer finished quite dry, which is roughly how I expect a German Oktoberfestbier to finish. Nothing too assertive though and nothing truly to write home about.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-light body, medium-high carbonation. Quaffable in the extreme.

Overall: A standard-normal Oktoberfestbier. Though this will get the job done, there are much better made imports for a similar price and comparable widely-available domestics as well.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a finger of head on a clear, dark straw colored body. Low head retention.
The aroma is a mild grain and barnyard, though what's there is nice.
Nice flavor: mild malt sweetness, a little woody and mild bitter finish.
The texture is crisp with fizzy carbonation.
A fine enough drink.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent light red with a small white head. Smells of dark grain with a hint of sweet caramel or candy smell. Tastes of dark grain with nice balance. This light bodied beer goes down great and has a nice level of carbonation. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer into a standard pint at about 55 degrees F and it was light copper in colour with a light tan one finger head that keeps as a fairly full head throughout the drink and leaves excellent archway looking lacing on the glass.

It smells mostly of caramel malts with a hint of apple and some biscuity yeast maybe. I'm not getting any skunky aromas as this was in a green bottle.

The tastes and the aromas are pretty straightforward. The beer starts off with a little carbonation bite then mellows to caramel malt sweetness with hints of apple and mild dark fruits, some bready characteristics and finally a well balanced finish that is only slightly hoppy, dry and peppery. It's a bit warming going down and the alcohol is mildly apparent, barely noticeable.

The beer is fairly full bodied or just under and has a mostly sweet, but not syrupy profile. The carbonation is moderate or slightly above which seems to accentuate the mild hoppy finish.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. In my book it is probably approaching world class and I could see how one can call it that. I think it may be a little thin and therefore I am only going to give it like a 4.3 out of 5 or so. Not shabby at all! Very good. I would seek this out again as it is sessionable even though the alcohol is noticeable.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/4/2012. Pours lightly cloudy orange copper color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, biscuit, toast, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and fruity notes. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, biscuit, toast, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, biscuit, toast, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance of malt and fruity ester flavors; with good complexity and robustness of all flavors; and zero cloying sweetness present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest style. Very well balanced between malt and fruity flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MichaelB_in_CO
4.87/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To me, this is *the* beer of my youth. I lived in Bamberg Germany, from 87 to 90, and this beer brings me back to sitting at a bistro on a Saturday afternoon, or swinging and swaying with the locals down in Munchen during OktoberFest.

I'm glad this beer is sold year 'round!!!

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Photo of TWM
2.67/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A- nice golden color, 2-finger head that faded quickly but left a bit of fine lacing. Love the bottle; the checked pattern seems fun, classy, a bit art deco while still very German. Not sure why I like it- normally the bottle makes no impression on me, but I love the look of this one.

S- virtually none. I actually went and checked my sniffer, and I can smell other stuff just fine so it must be the beer.

T- not bad, but not much of it. Definitely not as watery as the smell, but very muted flavors. The hops add a bit of spiciness that helps compensate for the muted flavors.

M- feels great, carbonation is dead on for a very lightly flavored beer, not overwhelming but enough so that as the bubbles rise in my mouth, it brings the muted flavors out more. Lingers pleasantly

O- not bad, but not likely to buy more

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Photo of alexipa
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear deep orange with a white film on top and no lacing.

S: Bready malts and yeast, but not as strong as I'd expect from a German Oktoberfest. Smells a bit watered down, if possible.

T: While malts are present, hops seem to be more forward in this. It has the undeniable Oktoberfest taste but it's covered by floral hops. It does not taste at all watered down as the smell suggests.

M: Smooth but still bright and bubbly from the adequate carbonation. Really nice, I could knock these back all day.

O: It IS a good beer. There are just too many amazing Oktoberfest beers from Germany where this one just isn't worth picking up. I wouldn't seek this out but if given a pour or on a nice sale, it's pretty darn good.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Peckhams, Glasgow (500ml for £2.99):
Light golden colour topped with a bubbly, thumb-sized white head that starts to fade after a few seconds. Clear and there is a tiny amount of lacing on the sides too.

Light with some floral notes, a few malts and a bit of spice for good measure. The aroma is almost like a glass of lemonade in parts and it smells pretty refreshing. There is a bit of skunky and some toasted malts too that follow this along with touches of citrus.

Malty with some grain and a good helping of citrus and some floral hops. There is a malt biscuit taste and some sweetness with a few grains. Again this one tastes quite refreshing.

Light medium bodied, lively carbonation and a good, crisp finish to round things off. Quite refreshing most of the way through before turning quite dry right at the end.

Not a classic, or one I'm likely to have again for that matter but it was still a nice, easy drinking beer that I enjoyed despite it fading very slightly at the tail end.

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Photo of lefty
4.21/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this from a bottle and on-tap, while the bottle is great, you cannot beat this oktoberfest from the tap. This beer is the perfect oktoberfest color; a nice amber/brown color. the taste is extremely smooth with great flavor.

Spaten is the original oktoberfest beer and I always load up on this beer come late September as it is only around for about 2 months.

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Photo of admccabe
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried this due to the fact I love most oktoberfests. While this isn't bad to me, its not one I would buy a 24-case of.

A- I'm a fan of the Spaten bottling. The blue/white checkered flag is swanky I suppose. Pours with a relatively small head, nothing crazy.
S- Smelled fairly sweet.
T- I kept tasting grapes. Along with that, maltiness.
M- Aside from a grape taste, the carbonation really impacted the flavor. It wasn't overdone, but when compared to Spaten's other beers (like Optimator), its overpowering to me.
O- Overall, I think its ok. I'm a bigger fan of some of the American takes on Oktoberfest Marzen's. That's just me though, so understand that.

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Photo of hissy
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to agree with alexrichman in the previous review except I give it slighty higher marks. Marzen Octoberfest brews are among my two favorite styles. This one is a must try. This really is a superior Octoberfest Marzen style beer. If this were avalible year round it would be in my fridge year round.

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Photo of alexrichman
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


A> This beer is a gentle amber, poured a 1 - 1.5 finger head that didn't stick around for too long, minimal lacing.

S> Nice boquet, mostly a nice sweetness from the malt, but also a little bit of spiciness

T> Delicious. Full disclosure, I love Oktoberfests so I am a little biased. Nice carmel malt backbone with flavors of spiciness and earthiness from the hops. Just a bit of green apple from the yeast.

M> Weakest part of this brew is the mouthfeel which is a bit too watery. Granted it's supposed to be a drinkable style, but it's just too thin. Leaves the mouth wet.

O> Let's be honest, this isn't the best Oktoberfest but it blows away almost any domestic "oktoberfest" beer you could compare it to. In the end, it's a delicious beer. It's complex enough for enthusiasts, yet gentle enough for people who aren't avid beer drinkers. How could anyone dislike this? It's like fall in a glass!

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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