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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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81
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1,114 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,114
Ratings:
2,418
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
21.35%
 
 
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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-MärzenSpaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Germany | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Quaffer on 09-04-2001

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Reviews: 1,114 | Ratings: 2,418
Photo of PorterLambic
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark honey color with a 1" head and some lace.
Smell is hops and malt only.
Taste is hoppy, malty and some honey.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, effervescent on the tip of the tongue.
Drinkability is decent, a middle of the road oktoberfest beer. Really expected more considering the others I've had from this brewer.

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Photo of pgroove
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As far as Oktoberfests go this is definitely one of the better ones out there, but in general Im not the biggest fan of them although I do like to modify preferences with the seasons (even though here in LA it is difficult to differentiate one season from the other). Anyhoot, It has a beautiful coppery color, and is rather full-bodied in comparison to other Oktoberfests. It ain't the Optimator, but its definitely a good brew.

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Photo of pezoids
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a crystal clear and glowing copper color. Looks like a shiny new penny. Orange highlights and topped with a small creamy head. The aroma is rich with caramelized fruit, milky sweet creamy malts and has some sour notes.. The taste is creamy and smooth caramel candy and sweet malt. Toffee like. Very smooth and finishes buttery and bittersweet. Nice beer.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Spaten's Oktoberfest brew is supposedly one of the most widely consumed beverages during the Munich autumn extravaganza. That snippet seemed to impress me, so I was a bit eager to try this offering. After trying it, the brew seemed a bit average to me. I guess this is a decent brew to drink while you are crammed into a beer tent in Munich, but on its own it seemed a bit thin.

Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen pours a nice orange copper/amber color with a decent foam head that lasts for a little over a minute. Sweet, nutty malts were detectable in the aroma. A very slight mustiness was present, (perhaps an attribute from being lightstruck?), as well as a light citric hop twang. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated, but did indeed seem a bit thinner to me than I had anticipated. The taste did focus on the malts, with some sweet caramel and nutty notes abound. A distinct fruitiness was present throughout the whole brew. Decent dryness in the finish, and a good spicy/citric hop presence was well. The flavor notes were good, but seemed to be a bit hindered by some wateriness. Certainly not Coors Light watery by any means, but I guess I just thought this beer would have more. Continuing dryness and citric flavors linger for a bit in the aftertaste, and it concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

This is a decent brew to try during the autumn months, but it really wasn't exciting in any way. Out of Spaten's products, I would stick with their Optimator.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is light orange in color and comes with a full, gorgeous, pillowy head.

Smell – The light molasses and malt notes were subdued but present. I could also pick up some sweet, sugary caramel.

Taste – I’ll call this the “Optimator Light”. It has all the same flavors except not as intense and full. The deep, rich toffee came out nicely along with some good sugar cane.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied Oktoberfest bier has great balance. It has a lot going on in the mouth, especially for a style not known for its complexity.

Drinkability – This is the real deal. The order of flavors – rich malt, molasses, caramel, toffee – was just right. I really enjoyed this offering from Spaten.

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Photo of carln26
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great deep, clear amber color with a light white head to top the pour. Just a hint of lace on this beer, but there are not many hops to support it. Full malty sweetness on the nose with hints of caramel, and maybe just a little taffy. The taste hast the malt up front. This beer is crisper than I expected. This is good. It adds to the depth of flavor, and lets just a hint of the hops to come through. The crispness lends to a lighter mouth feel than I originally expected. Outstanding drinkability. This is the main beer at the upcoming Newport Oktoberfest, and I can’t wait to get it on tap. Great style, great beer.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper liquid with a nice white, airy head. Good head retention, and some lacing on the glass. Lots of bubble coming from the bottom of the glass. Smells like carmel, however also slightly earthy and skunky. Despite the smell, it seemed rather clean tasing with good sweet carmel malt flavor, with just a touch of hop bitterness to keep it from being one-sided. Medium body, but too much carbonation. Overall, I thought it was very drinkable and clean.

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Photo of marburg
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served extremely cold. Unlike my previous (bottled) experiences, this isn't too bad. Light, crystal clear honey color. No real aromas to speak of. Middling cracker-ish malt flavors and only a moderate hop flavor make this little more than -- as was the case with the bottled version -- glorified lager beer. It's not skunked, which is an improvement, I guess.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strange aftertaste, but not a bad tasting beer. Aroma of Heineken (yes thats bad!), or other skunky things. Otherwise not a bad beer. A bit malty, a bit of hops...nothing worth writing home about. I have had it a few times, but it seems to get worse each time I try it.


Edit: This years seems much improved or possibly just fresher. No skunkiness and much cleaner flavor. While last year it was one of the worts O-fests I had it's one of the best so far this year...of course I've just started in on them.

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Photo of anders36
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This nice beer pours a copper/orange colour into the glass. With a pretty high head, that disappears quickly. The smell is malty and bready with some hints of hops in the background. The taste is also malty and also a bit fruity. Some taste from the hops to that give the beer a nice bitterness. I like this beer and would like to try it at the Oktoberfest in Munich this year.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to copper color with a light beige head. Some biscuity and Vienna-like bready aromas and a subtle fruitiness from the yeast. Slight dosage of hops in there to round it all out, too. Malty smooth with a bit of caramel-like toasty sweetness and a crisp finish with some low alpha hops that is slightly drying to the palate. Not a bad brew; easy to drink, but lacks a bit of depth and complexity. I guess this beer is just meant to be drank in excess by the half liter, in lederhosen, of course :^)

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt brown color, pours with minimal head. Cross between burnt toast and caramel in the aroma. Avery full and awesome scent. Thee same characteristics in the aroma come through in the taste. There is also just enough hop present to balance out the flavor, Beer rest slightly tart like on the palate, but finishes very smoothly. Overall, and excellent oktoberfest.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(500 ml bottle, bought in Denmark). This rating is for the pale version sold in Europe. Pale golden colour, like a pils. Good to moderate head. Pleasant fruity aroma. Flavour is smooth, mellow and clean, hops are subdued. Easy drinking. Nice beer, but hardly worth a fest in itself.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark orange with minimal foam; no lacing

Smell: Light aroma of toffee (if you are lucky to get a bottle that isn't skunked)

Taste: Starts with malty toffee sweetness followed by a modest balancing hop profile, again if you don't get a skunked bottle - most times I've had this it falls apart into a skunky finish

Mouthfeel: Quite fizzy; needs to settle in the glass for a few minutes to calm down

Drinkability: Very enjoyable but I would prefer the maltiness to be a bit more pronounced

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this to compare to the Paulaner Oktoberfest I had earlier this week.

Appearance- Nice dark amber, almost a maple color. Medium head, rather thick.

Smell- Toasted hops, a little caramel. Good, but not amazing.

Taste- Smooth toasted malt flavor, I'm thinking some caramel. Smooth, goes down really easy. Minimal hops presence. Very good!

Drinkability- Really good, I like it a lot. Maybe a little too heavy for a big session.

Notes- I couldn't find to much of a difference between this and the Paulaner Oktoberfest I had earlier this week. Both were enjoyable, and easy-to-drink. Paulaner might have been slightly more complex.

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Photo of SBPCGuru
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this from the bottle into my air-dried beer mug. Head was fluffy but dissipated rather quickly. Copper color to it. Citrus aromas. Goes down very smooth. Texture is thin and light. Tastings of wheat and barley. Well worth the money for the sampling.

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Photo of filabrazilia
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber with a full white head. Exceptional lace.

Nice malty aroma that is sweet and carmely.

Taste is nice with a sweet fruity presence that is joined by subdued malts.

Mouthfeel is thin but is countered by strong carbonation. The finish is a touch bitter and sweet.

This is a nice beer that is very tasty.

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Photo of wsouloa
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I honestly cannot understand why this beer didn't get better reviews. I had this beer on-tap which may be a reason why and having it with a hearty German meal consisting of wild boar may also have had an impact. Honestly though, I found this beer to be extremely good. It was not really the style that I expected it to be, however. It pours an amber-brownish color. The taste and smell give you an idea of what the beer is like. Caramel and malt are very evident in this beer. It is not as thick as one would expect and goes down very smooth. This beer was extremely drinkable and I could see myself indulging in many of them the next time I see it available.

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Photo of ark57
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The light brown beer gave rise to a slightly malty aroma. There is some toasty aromas. The body was smooth and creamy and there was a lingering after taste reminiscent of wintergreen or root beer. This has the perfect maltiness that is not too sweet and just the right amount of bitterness with no hop flavors.

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Photo of beertaster13
2.09/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Picked up a six pack of these after a recomendation from a fellow BA and I have to say I was quite dissapointed. I love seasonal beers but Spaten Oktoberfest wasn't my cup of tea. Comes in a 12 oz green bottle and pours an amber color with little head which looks almost soapy. Smell has hints of caramel and malts but with skunky smells mixed in. The taste is about the same, very flat with no pizazz to speak of. Tasted to me like sucking pennies with malt flavor. Couldn't let this beer sit in my mouth for long. I couldn't drink many either, quite filling. There are good Oktoberfest and other seasonal type beers out there, this is not one of them.

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.87/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Acquired via trade. Pours a clear amber color with minimal carbonation and a medium thin off-white head. Thin and quick lacing. The aroma is malty and skunked (green bottle issue?). Medium-bodied with a yin and yang of sweetness and skunkiness throughout, this ended up being a drain pour. The malt and caramel flavors simply could not compete with the unpleasant skunkiness. The finish kept with the theme. I will have to try to seek a fresher bottle out for a re-taste.

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Photo of Zorro
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a well-carbonated clear copper color.

Smells of malt and grain with a bit of caramel and tea thrown in.

Has a strong malty flavor. There are banana, raisin and caramel flavors to this too. Tastes like a very mild bock beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable, this beer keeps you guessing about what you taste with each sip.

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

A coppery brown brew that pours a nice head that leaves a nice lacing down my pint. A sweet smelling malt with a similar taste that finishes with a slight bitter hop. Has a decent body resulting with a fairly full mouthfeel. A fairly smooth marzen that I wouldn't be shy to try again.

Re-Review 12-3-04:
Poured a very nice head again. Noticing more of an old or musty smell to it this time around. Still a very smooth but mellow taste and has a decent mouthfeel. Nothing special but still an enjoyable beer to try.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark copper colored beer. Big bubbled off-white head leaves behind nicely defined head. The aroma is sweet and malty, even a little corn though I know they don't use any. Not much in the flavor department, nothing bad, maybe what a German macro would taste like. Pretty strong carbonation makes the beer feel light on the tongue. What little flavor there is lies in the aftertaste. Best I can do is a smidgen of malt and a hint of bitterness. Not a bad beer, just not a hell of a lot to it.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An amber O-Fest that's a little too malty for my tastes. Big caramel (Munich) malt flavors with not enough dryness. Seems to taste a bit stronger than most Marzen/Fest beers that I've had, perhaps this is because I haven't had dinner. Very smooth mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied. I think I like the Spaten Optimator (double bock) a bit better. That beer is maltier, of course, but also somehow drier.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
81 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.