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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,010 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,010
Reviews: 1,068
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 33
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001)
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Photo of MisterE
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

12 oz bottle - last of a 12-pack bought at Ward's for $11.99

A: pours a clear medium reddish brown with small, thin head that continues to be fed by rising bubbles

S: clean fresh fruity (grassy?) and slightly yeasty, very inviting

T: solid and balanced märzen flavor, but nothing remarkable

M: low to moderate carbonation - just right for me - smooth and not too crisp

D: this beer goes down easy and is even more pleasant as it gets to the bottom of the glass

There seem to be lots of these 12-pack available four months past October, but the beer is still very good.

MisterE, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

Got this brew on tap at Charlie's Ale House in Wheaton. Had with blackened tuna.

Appearance- A crsipy clear toasted rye bread amber with small bubbles making their way to the top. A good pour by the bartender, given to me with a two finger head, but does recede after a minute or so. No lacing.

Smell- A very sweet bread, almost a cloying aroma for a German lager. But I do realize this is a Oktoberfest.

Taste- Taste like dipping Wonderbread crust into once boiled sugar water. Sweet toastiness in the middle of the palate.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, bready start and finish. A little syrupy in the finish, but great.

Offered an awesome contrast to the blackened tune. Burnt to sweet toastiness.

scruffwhor, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

I had this on tap at the Ginger Man in Greenwich CT. It was dark orange colored and clear, same as others of the style. The smell was mostly malty, but not as rich as the Paulaner I had right before this one. The other real drawback of this beer was the thin body, nowhere near as present in the mouth as the Paulaner version. Seems that Spaten is giving a blue collar version of the style in my opinion, not the best marzen.

TurdFurgison, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

Reviewing American import.

A: The color is an average orange/brown color. The head disappeared rather quickly, but the lacing is alright.

S: smells rather like a normal lager, not much roast detected. A touch of hops is there, I smell a bit of an import flavor. Actually, I thought to myself, "this stuff smells like it came from a green bottle..." then I double checked, lo and behold it did!

T: like I said, the roasted character is a bit more laid back than some other Oktoberfests (esp. American). But overall, it is very well balanced smooth flavor. There is a nice slight hop bitterness. One sad thing, is the alcohol is obviously present.

M/D: Mouthfeel sucks, like weak carbonated water. However, I think it is a rather drinkable beer for the Autumn season.

EwaldEichstaett, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours a clear bubbly copper/ruby color with a small rimming of off-white head.
Smell has notes of a bitter malt maybe a little skunky, but good.
Taste has great malt profile.
Finish is a bit dirty with a decent after-taste.
Drinks very well, as my friend said, I would love a stein of this to quaff.

ThaBobfather, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Rennpferd
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

It poured a crisp copper hue with a two finger head and a lively amount of carbination.

A balanced fragrant scent of lite malt and hops. It had a slight hint of alcohol strength.

Barely any malt taste, mostly hops bitterness. The body seemed lite on the front end. It then foamed up a bit and provided a more medium body in the finish. It left behind a bitter hops aftertaste.

It seemed a bit different than the other Marzens that I had this year. The lite front end makes this a beer that you really want to get a mouthful of. I wish there was more malt in the taste however. All in all I could drink a few of these in a sitting.

Rennpferd, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a glass stein.

A: Amber/Red color that is clear. Poured a huge head that left some spotty lacing, nothing too sticky.

S: Got a lot of malt in the nose, maybe a touch of caramel. Not a whole lot of anything else.

T: Roasted malt, floral/earthy hops, touch of caramel and it has a bitterness up front that cools as the beer goes across the tongue.

M: Medium bodied with an almost creamy sensation, which is wierd because of all the carbonation.

D: Very good. Love me some Spaten and the Oktoberfest rarely disappoints. Love this beer and love this brewer, but I have a special place in my heart for German beer.

everetends, May 28, 2008
Photo of mwill7287
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

From a 3/4 pint bottle.

A: Unfortunately, no glass to pour the brew into, so unable to get a good look at the color. Bird's eye view from a friend's cup seemed to reveal standard amber-copper color, with thin amount of head.

S: Average.

T: Good taste, as rich as American Octoberfests such as Harpoon, but not as forceful.

M: Quite crisp and refreshing. Easy on the tongue, rolls down smooth.

D: Smooth, crisp, light; doesn't fill one up excessively. Excellent, excellent, excellent. Could enjoy this for an entire long Saturday afternoon tailgate.

mwill7287, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

Reviewed on 5/21/08. On tap at the Biergarten Restaurant in Epcot, Disney World. A dark amber with a decent sized white head in the huge 1L mug it was served in. At first, tasted very similar to Optimator, with the dark roasted, bready malt flavor coming through. As it warmed, it got a little fruitier and the sweet malt came out. A good beer, but maybe not one I'd return to anytime soon.
6/4/7/4/14 (3.5/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of flyingpig
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

flyingpig, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Ryanm1
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

Ryanm1, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

12oz single, Rileys

appearance: green bottle...pours into an imperial pint glass...light amber body, very clear, light beige froth with minimal lacing

smell: euro skunk...sweet malt, caramel, rather nutty, german hops...meh

taste: I cant get past the whole green bottle import skunk factor unfortunately. Sweet malt, strongly nutty, red apple, euro hops. Not my favorite oktoberfest for sure

mouthfeel: high carbonation, actually enjoyed the mouthfeel here

drinkability: pretty good

dirtylou, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of Samp01
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a clear amber with a nice offwhite head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, a slightly fruity nose. Taste is sweet caramel malt, bread with some nice hops. Palate is nice med body, good carbonation. Finish is caramel malt, breadiness, ending with some nice hops bitterness to add some balance. Overall a good brew.

Samp01, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Proteus93
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

A: Rich and deep amber, with a brownish hint of bronzing. Head poured beautifully on this pour, adding a puffy 2 finger topping.

S: A toasted malt followed by the balance of modest hops. A touch of grassiness and perhaps the very slightest note of sulfur skunkiness.

T: Similar to the aroma - toasted malts, and a very slight hop bitterness. A bit of a grainy husk flavour that takes a touch from it, but otherwise, pretty decent.

M + D: Smooth and slick, with a little bit of body weight to it. A crisp carbonation that could potentially be a little nicer if it was drier. A fairly solid brew, a reasonable selection to start the season, though perhaps not a first choice on subsequent trips out. Great to look at, though!

Proteus93, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

Its been a while, like 602 days since I had one of these fine beers, Spaten-Franziskaner has been a favorite brewery since my first sampling their beers way back in the late 1970’s.

The beer pours a transparent amber color with the head planetary in size and the structure frothy, the color a light tan. Nose is sweet malt; citrus crisp, clean and wholesome, start is loaded with malt, sweet, and the top thin. Finish is mildly acidic, the hops delicate in their spiciness, dry as a bone aftertaste, a clean drinking beer that is a good thirst quencher.

Gusler, May 18, 2003
Photo of JMad
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

I drank this from a mug...

Pours a reddish brown color with a rocky looking white head that stayed pretty consistent. Smells strangely of peaches and okra, it's a bit metallic with hints of sweet malt and apricot. It tastes sweet with nutty malt and earthy hops. The beer is light but not too light with moderate carbonation and a pleasant dry finish. This beer is ok at best, I would drink it again but there's other marzens that I would choose first.

JMad, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of froghop
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

pours a clear copper with a medium size off-white head, some lacing.

smell of grain, malts, toasted nuts, some caramel, spice.

taste is sticky, heavy on the malts, few hops, spice, grain, end is thick and just a touch bitter, with a somewhat dry mouthfeel.

froghop, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of aquatonex
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

This beer was recommended as a good Oktoberfestbier by someone and they had a nice sale on a case at the liquor store. So, I decided to give it a shot. It's the sixth Oktoberfest style beer I've had so far, and I was surprised at how it was quite different from the rest.

Pours deep amber with a fairly copious head which lasts. Probably some of the head was due to only partial refrigeration. Smells of malts. I was hoping for more spice in the nose, it was faint if present at all. Tastes like a German beer (has that extra punch to it). Smooth and consistent, but doesn't taste like a wintery, inviting brew. Reminds me of a high quality Heineken. So, wasn't bad but wasn't what I expect from Oktoberfest.

aquatonex, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

Considering this is the Ur-Märzen, expectations were high. And I must say, I was let down a little. The head pours full and high, bumpy and craggy, and the carbonation throughout maintains a refreshing zip. Laced like a champ: creamy. Color, an average shade of copper. The aroma is pungently spicy and malt-liquor-like, perhaps bordering on the good side of cheap and offensive. Flavor is much of the same, with the malt backbone and feel being obscured/over-matched by the funky spiciness. Funk is felt strong in the extra-dry finish - sucks the moisture out. Having painted some grim pictures on the "flaws" with this beer, it's certainly not the worst of the lot. With the spice toned down, you got yourself a respectable example of the style.

Bouleboubier, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

12-oz. bottle, $1.21 in a mixed sixer from Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO.

Pours a clear amber under a two-finger eggshell head that fades rather quickly.

Smell is a nice balance of caramelly malt and grassy, citrusy hops.

Taste is very much like the smell. Pretty nice. Smooth edges.

Mouthfeel is nice and round.

Very easy to drink: not too much carbonation. Just a bit high in the ABV for me to consider having two or three liters in an evening, however.

Overall, the bottled version is pretty similar to the draught version I reviewed about 10 weeks ago.

ColoradoBobs, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of Slynger
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

Deep, clear amber colored with a minimal head of fine off-white foam.

The aroma is sweet and bready with a musty-earthy hop overtone.

Flavor is a bit better. A touch of caramel sweetness with a hint of fruit. A solid base of lightly toasted biscuits and a good amount of hops that come in Heinekinesque skunky-musty, earthy, and slightly spicy and metallic (not unpleasant though)

It's not a bad beer, has some decent flavor to it, just not really a great Oktoberfest.

Slynger, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of alohaspicoli
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

A: Gold/copper color with a 1 finger head that hangs around for a bit. Slight lacing.

S: Mostly grains with a slight caramel sweetness.

T: A bit more sweetness in the flavor, but not overly. Works well w/the grainy/bready flavors. Not much alcohol. Great balance.

M: Light carbonation, medium body.

O: I thought this was pretty darn good. Very drinkable and almost gulp-able. I drank a liter mug full at a nearby biergarten and wasn't over it by the time I was done. Maybe not my top choice for an Oktoberfest but I'd def. buy/drink again.

alohaspicoli, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of jeranbrews
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

An old favorite from years and years ago. Been sitting in the fridge for a while just waiting for this day. Purchased 09/'10 Consumed 12/'10 from a chalice.

A - Fizzy like soda. Clear yellow just like ginger ale. Low clumpy head with large-ish bubbles. Lots of sticky soap-sud like lacing.

S - Noticeable lagery hops and plain malts from the bottle. A little but airy. A crispity chrunchity kind of smell like plain dog biscuits.

T - Aftertaste is of mild hops and fresh hay.Initial taste is malty, coating, and mildly savory sweet. Clean, cool, refreshing, but just dry enough that you want more. I need a plate of sausage and cabbage.

M - Smooth and malty, but very crisp and refreshing. Coats and tickles the throat.

D - This is the kind of lager that should be served during the peak of summer not in the middle of fall. I can see how the German immigrants that came to the states when they started making beer they were probably thinking of something like this, and along the way they just got lost and AAL came along, but this is smooth. If more lagers tasted like this I wouldn't spend so much time in the Belgian ale section.

jeranbrews, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of jnezda
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

Tried this on tap last night at Addison Oktoberfest and it was good. A good dark amber color with a pale head that faded right away. Great session for Oktoberfest with limited mouthfeel and low carbonation. Flavor was great and good compliment to brats and kraut. Enjoyed this beer at the VIP tent Thursday and they provided a good stien with good beer discounts fpr the weekend.

Prost!

jnezda, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of raclark
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

The 12 oz. green bottle pours a dark reddish brown rust color. A couple of fingers of head slowly shrinks to nothing.

It has a sweet roasted smell that is almost smoky.

The taste is sugary sweet with a hoppy bitterness. Mild alcohol is noticeable. I let it warm up a bit and this really brought out the flavor.

It has a light body for an Oktoberfest and is decent in the drinkability department. It's not the greatest example of the style but not a bad beer.

raclark, Dec 31, 2009
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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