Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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3.38/5 rDev -5.8%
One of the darker versions of the style with a light brown hue and a white head. Bits of lace. Smell is quite malty with lots of buttery toasted grains and yeasty bread. A bit of skunk as well. Taste is malty with a dry graininess. Some caramel malt sweetness. A light fruitiness that flows into a herbal hop bitterness. Clean dry finish with not much lingering but some toast. Feel is medium light weight but a touch thin with mild carbonation and a light crisp overall sensation. A decent take on the style and certainly enjoyable but unremarkable.
11-17-2011 03:55:18 | More by scootny
3.8/5 rDev +5.8%
I usually don't review different serving types of the same beer. But Spatens Oktoberfest bottles and draft versions are 2 different beers completely.
A: Darker then the bottled version. Caramel red color with some light brown chestnut. Very clear. The he is khaki colored and about 1 finger.
S: The bottle versions nose suffered from an almost skunked quality. Not quite skunky but something seemed off. This version is loaded with a sweet maltiness. Lot's of light roasted notes and caramel. Also a noble hops presence.
T: Like the nose, theres a ton more substance as far as flavor then the bottle. Caramel sweetness, roasted nuttiness.
M: More light bodied then medium. Well carbonated. Crisp and easy to drink. Sweet but not cloying at all.
Overall: I've heard the reason for the difference in the 2 beers is that the bottle versions are pasturized thus zapping alot of flavor. I seem to believe that because these 2 beers do not taste the same.
11-16-2011 20:48:17 | More by BigMike
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
500 ml bottle from Germany
Pours sparkling pale yellow with white long lasting head that leaves several patches of lacing on glass. Aroma is grainy malt and herbal hops.
Taste is sweetish malty with notes of bittery herbal hops, as well as noticeable alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation.
Overall, drinkable, but not very good.
11-14-2011 18:44:16 | More by atis
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
This one pours a frothy rich almond brown with good clarity and a two finger head. Retention and lace are modest, but the film held on.
It's nice having that German lager skunkiness hiding behind a malt bomb like this, it just brings that dash of bitterness in that I like in an otherwise malt heavy beer. Toasted crackers, sweet spice, and caramel balance sweet and roasty nicely.
The flavor has a nice balance, blending the toasty grains and caramel with the green beer character. It's got an earthy clean finish that's right where it's gotta be to go down all night drama free.
Creamy and robust, the feel is excellent. The carbonation is spot on; it adds just enough crispness while retaining it's extraordinary smoothness. It's amazing how easy to drink these are in large quantities, especially at an Oktoberfest when my belly is full of brats and kraut. They just have the ability to methodically go down like bottles of beer on the wall.
11-14-2011 01:27:59 | More by iLovehops23
4.35/5 rDev +21.2%
First off, I can certainly say this brew will barely survive if bottled; like all offshore brews, this one will be pasteurized and zapped of its goodness before it ever touches your American lips.
However, if you can try this one on tap, unpasteurized, we're looking at a wonderful example of the Oktoberfest/Märzen style.
The appearance is impressive; rich, caramelly red that is crystal clear from a good lagering.
The smell is faint with noble hops, but dominantly caramel and malt - enough to get you wanting to dive in.
The taste and mouthfeel are where this one's at; very, very balanced, crisp, and drinkable. Not overly sweet like too many US takes on the style, not overly hopped which can ruin this style also, just good healthy amounts of malt, noble hop, at super crisp, lager levels. Very sessionable and appropriate alongside any German fare.
11-12-2011 15:21:16 | More by demuzik
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
I really enjoyed this beer for it's purpose. Drinking in the back yard for the last days of our Colorado, Indian Summer days. This is a beer that well go down easy with just enough body and character to make it a drinking buddy both during the hot day and in the cool evenings. I find it hard to dislike any oktoberfest beer (except haufbrau) since the accompanying season is so spectacular. I don't think I would buy this beer at any other time though.
11-02-2011 15:19:00 | More by vincicle
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured from multiple 12oz bottles into my Moonlight shaped pint glass.
Clear mahogany/sinopia liquid with a lasting pasty crust of beige foam. Creamy dense yet delicate lacing and superior retention.
Rich toasty aroma, crisp and simple with distinctive malt notes.
Light melanoidins intermingle with a grainy taste on the palate. Very low bitterness with little to no appreciable hop flavor. Finishes medium-dry.
Creamy, medium-light bodied with ample carbonation.
A pleasant if slightly bland version of the style...while my example is maybe not the freshest (and the green glass bottle probably doesn't help things either), this is still very drinkable.
11-01-2011 04:56:57 | More by augustgarage
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
A - Pours the color of a shiny new penny, with an attractive white frothy head. Good lacing.
S - Some nice cinnamon, floral hops, malty sweet character.
T - Nice sweet flavor, some notes or orange and lemon citrus. Mostly just a malty taste, but enough hoppy bitterness to balance the beer. A bit of the graininess that you get from your typical American lager (yuengling, rolling rock, etc.) is
M - Medium bodied, well carbonated, extremely smooth. The right mouthfeel for this beer.
O - While it may not be quite as good as some of the more recent versions of Octoberfests I've had, this is still the orginal, and is a very satisfying beer.
10-31-2011 23:40:52 | More by RankRefugee88
2.75/5 rDev -23.4%
Appearance - Pours a clear and slightly transparent caramelized brown. Two fingers of soapy head that is quick to diminish. A light, almost root-beer like look.
Smelll - Light malt and crisp autumn scents. Smells fresh.
Taste - Tastes a bit fizzy and soapy. A bit if a funky malt all-throughout. Light grain and wheat notes.
Mouthfeel and Overall - Light-bodied. A bit flat with a grainy funk to it. A decent Oktoberfest.
10-31-2011 20:37:44 | More by Jesse13713
4.33/5 rDev +20.6%
A: Excellent copper color, with a pale tan head that reduces to a creamy top.
S: Very floral and grainy aroma. Caramel and chocolate linger afterwards. There is also some citrus near the back end.
T: Creamy, sweet taste hits up front. Not bitter, but some hop flavors come through in this beer. Orange citrus flavor adds a good compliment to the sweetness.
M: Very creamy. Medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish.
O: I love marzens, and I'm usually critical of them if they don't pass. This is a great marzen.
10-27-2011 16:36:27 | More by Valmor88
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
App- The beer’s body is an attractive amber red with no carbonation. Not any head to speak of either.
Smell- There is very slight crystal malt and spicy herbalness here; I could be imagining this though. How incredibly slight.
Taste- The crystal malt is first out of the gate with that distinctive herbalness. Mid drink brings out a sweet raisins and slightly citrus orange flavor. There are many hop notes for an Oktoberfest.
Mouth feel- Right on the money for how this beer tastes, it is medium bodied and pretty smooth.
Overall- This is a very interesting Oktoberfest with sweet and citrus notes. I wish the nose had something to give me, but the flavors are really fun and almost make up for the lack of a smell.
10-26-2011 01:34:09 | More by Pintofbrown
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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