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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,172 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,172
Reviews: 1,084
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 45
Gots: 151 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001)
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Photo of Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the brown pint bottle with the dray horses and cart on the label and BLUE foil round the neck!!
Poured a fantastic looking massive billowy white head..that sticks a round more than the Paulaner ..a crystal clear amber beer..
Dissapointed about the aroma..compared to Paulaner Marzen its very feeble. not offensive though average indeed.
The taste though I liiked again i got some nice malt profiles this time smooth coffee and creme sort of flavour , milk chocolate comes to mind..very pleasant.
I like a beer to be smooth on the tongue and this does the job.
Quite drinkable..but not overlly so..the lack of carbonation makes sure you wont drink 12 of these babies..but this is an Ok beer.

Reidrover, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of jsprain1
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- An amber colored beer with great clarity. A thin head with good retention.
S- Smells of malt and some fruit. Possibly cherry.
T- Tastes of light malt and yeast. Not that bad but not outstanding. Pretty average.
M- Good carbonation and body. Has the weight and texture requisite for the style.
O- Fairly drinkable but its pretty average tasting for a marzen so not the best session beer when considering the abv.

jsprain1, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of ramseye4
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color wth a two finger head that leaves lacing down the glass. Very malty in the aroma and taste, with very little hop presence, as expected. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side and decently carbonated. Not a bad marzen overall, very drinkable and relaxing on a cool fall day

ramseye4, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of scottum
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an amber with a full white head. Tastes full and malty sweet with a hint of butter and a nice light hop balance. Mouthfeel is quite smooth making for a very easy drinking brew. I'm happy to be able to even be able to buy german beer in my small town once a year so I'll take what I can get. Not the best Oktoberfest lager I've tried, but certainly a very solid offering worth checking out.

scottum, Sep 29, 2004
Photo of jonb5
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden colour, medium thin head which went fast but some lacing was retained, clear. Aroma was straw and hay with notes of caramel and red cabbage. Tasted caramel and red cabagge, finish was wheaty and bitter. Quite peppery, seemed to switch between bitter and sweet but had more bitterness than other Oktoberfest beers from Munich. Well carbonated, crisp, smooth enough. Easy to identify as a Munich Oktoberfest beer, decent but not the best.

jonb5, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of cypressbob
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a deep yellow body, puffy white head with pretty good retention

Smell, some slight malt, some hint of grain

Taste, slick crisp mouthfeel. A little hops on the initial tasting, a slightly dry finish.

A fair oktoberfest, but paulaner and lowenbrau beat it hands down inmo

cypressbob, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my Harpoon Krug. Looks great in the mug - pours a beautiful translucent amber with a rocky, 2.5 inch cream-colored head that eventually dissipates into a solid quarter inch cap. Nose expresses classic German sour-mash lager aromas - nothing too out of the ordinary. Taste follows nose; however, there is also a bit of caramel and a trace of dark fruit intermingled. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a bright carbonation and a slight, residual burn at the back of the throat. All and all, a pretty drinkable Marzen - not my favorite, but it goes down easy and is not at all cloying like some examples of the style I've had the opportunity to try.

Jwale73, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of Brno
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color, almost a brown. Sweet smell with a thin head. Rich flavor with a bit of chocolate/cocoa powder on the palate. Thin body that dissipates quickly. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste that is also rich. Not one to drink one after another while camping, but one to savor in Autumn, perhaps 'round the fire.

Brno, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25 oz brown bottle, capped, light blue foil around neck of bottle and covering cap. No date.

This beer poured clear, bubbly, amber brown color with creamy white foam that left lace on the glass. The smell was biscuit malt with some notes of grain and a hint of butterscotch. The taste was slightly sweet biscuity malt but with a touch of tanginess. The hop presence was low except for a touch of bitterness in the finish. There was also a faint hint of diacetyl in the flavor. The mouthfeel was relatively smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation. This was a decent marzen.

UncleJimbo, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of Paul_Zills121
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%

Paul_Zills121, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a shade of orange color with nice big rocky head,smell was really toasty a nice malty taste with some caramel tones along with some sweet toffee.It is nice to have decent examples of the style pretty much year around,bring on September to get the fresh beer!

oberon, Jun 12, 2003
Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent head 1 and 1/2" head with creamy small off-white bubbles and great lacing. Head stays a whiel but goes eventually to a creamy collar. The color is good copper/amber.

Smell: sour,sweet, wispy hoppiness.

Taste: tea-likes. Very balanced. Bready. It has a aftertaste of almost ...mint?

Mouthfeel: Medium light. refreshing

Drinkability: Easy as hell to drink this beer. It's perfect for Oktoberfest like it's perfect for any higher class party where you imbibe on much beer.

CaskofFlyingDog, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Light brownish amber w/thick head that slowly fades into frothy cap with fair retention.
S-Make no sense, but I'm getting tea and ginger/ale root beer. And some sweet malt and fresh tobacco.
T-Sweet malt, strange over-steeped sweet-tea-like flavor, ginger, and a finish that brings out faint hops and spice.
M-Mouthfeel is fine, light-to-moderately bodied w/good carbonation, and slightly astringent on the finish that coats the back of the mouth.
D-I actually enjoyed this one quite a bit, but it's a unique take on an Oktoberfest.

BoitSansSoif, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of RuudJH
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on a short trip to Germany. It seems they're getting the event beers out there now, as in the shop there were quite a few different kinds of the oktoberfest brews in large amounts available.

Pale golden, almost yellow colour, clear with good carbonation, a large white head on it.
Smell is malty, bready yeasty, some grassy hops. Herbs.
Grassy hops dominate the flavour.
Quite watery. The alcohol is not too upfront, but it's quite strong 5.9% for a sessionbeer.
And the Oktoberfest being the biggest feast in the World, I guess one has to go slow with this.

RuudJH, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a slightly brownish-gold color with a medium white head. Lots of visible carbonation.

The smell is faintly earthy with yeast notes and a gently toasted bread characteristic.

The bready smell carries over beautifully into the tastes of this brew--it's very pleasant. Sweet maltiness and roasty flavors carry this light/medium-bodied beer smoothly over the palate. Drinkability is good.

MrHassellYaHurd, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of gciccarelli
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Amber/copper color with very small head, very low retention. Head went away after a few seconds. Leaves some very small lacing.

Smell - Very malty, with a hint of hops. Has a bit of a strange note at the end - somewhat sour? Not overpoweringly bad, but different.

Taste - Very very sweet from the malt, and just a hint of hop bitterness at the end. You get a slight sourness as your aftertaste, but again nothing terrible.

Mouthfeel - Very, very smooth. Very good carbonation level, and light enough that you could easily drink a few of these.

Drinkability - Goes down very easy. Could definitely session.

Not a bad beer, but not the best example of the style either. Would definitely drink again.

gciccarelli, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Sweet malty nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet but balanced, smooth, good oktoberfest. Not skunky as some reviewers have noted. 12oz bottle $1.50 from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of DefenCorps
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my excuse for a stein

A: A deep copper colored pour with a small dirty white head that rises briefly before settling to a disk.

S: Malty with a bready character with a moderately pronounced caramel malt character. Mildly fruity with a hint of almost-ripe plums. Solid

T: Light on the palate with some bready malt, caramel sweetness and a rather dry and hoppy finish with a mild spicy character. There's a rather strange aftertaste that I can't quite identify but is less than ideal, half like a stale malt flavor.

M: Lighter in body than I'd like with the strange finish. Carbonation is OK, though

D: This is fairly easy to drink but not my favorite of the style

DefenCorps, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I usually keep clear of imports if they're in bottles. But this was on tap, so I tried it..finally.
Semi-deep and rich ruby/copper colored pour. Quite nice looking actually. Thin head...I think it was poured way too cold. Oh well.
Slight sweetness and breadiness in the nose. Malt is foremost with a sllight spice in the end.
Taste has a good blend of malt, spice and hops. too be sure, the hops are the least as the sweetness and malt blend well to produce a easy drinking beer. Some caramel is detected in the back, the hops serves as a cleansing agent and brings the beer out in the open. I enjoyed this beer.

Mebuzzard, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of CoSMoSYS
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with a thick head...maybe about 2 fingers thick that dissipates a bit. There is also a lot of carbonation happening here. As I drank this beer down there was evidence of lacing.

The smell was very yeasty, spicy yeast. I also picked up the scent of pumpkin. Cinnamon was there too. The malt smelled sweet.

My first impression was the tiny kick that I got quite quickly. I didn't really notice the malt too much and the hops are there but didn't seem like they affected the drink. Very good balance.

Light but with a little caramel texture.

Very good beer for what it is. I will for sure be drinking these next year for Oktoberfest!

CoSMoSYS, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into half-liter Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a light brown color, like iced tea. Has a two-finger white head that dissipates so slowly, there is still a small bit of the head left after drinking some of it. Heavy lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt with a touch of grassiness.

Taste: Sweet, somewhat toasty malt. Has a taste almost like a weaker doppelbock. Pleasant malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp carbonation bite, refreshing finish- everything I want from this style.

Drinkability: A pretty good Oktoberfestbier. This is definitely a fall beer I would love to have in my fridge on a regular basis. You won't be blown away by this, but it is satisfying.

Mosstrooper, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of jonworth
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant to the nose with a coppery color, leaning towards brownish green rather than red. Minimal head with moderate carbonation. Does not leave any lacing to speak of.

Not very lively on the tongue, although it yields a pleasantly slick mouthfeel. Despite the somewhat higher ABV I could really pound these.

By way of disclaimer I don't have any experience with this style of beer, so I cannot compare this particular one to the best of the breed. I would say that this beer is worthwhile but nothing to jump up and down about. Not a first choice off the shelf for me.

jonworth, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of TripelJ
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Spaten Oktoberfest

Pours a pale, clear copper with a nice dense head. Nice toasty malt aroma on this one, and thats about all I can detect. Taste is mostly sweet with the same toasted malts appearing on the palate. Somewhat of a dry finish and this is where the only evidence of hops comes into play. Not a lot of character going on here, but its still a very drinkable brew. One of the better 'O-fests' I've had thus far this season.

TripelJ, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of MillySox
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at responsible beer bar that likey takes care of their lines and taps. Golden copper color with a big white head. Clean and crisp flavor and with a delicate balance of caramel malts and noble hops. Light enough to enjoy multiple glasses without filling up. A real fest beer with aromatic hops.

MillySox, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of rkhaze
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. brown bottle. This poured a light amber with a fairly dense head but no lace to speak of. The aroma was malty sweet.
The taste was of toasty sweet malts and caramel. This was right up to the edge of being a little too sweet for me but ended with a nice dry finish. Seemed light for the style in both flavor and body although this certainly enhanced the drinkibility.

rkhaze, Oct 11, 2003
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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