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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,010 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,010
Reviews: 1,068
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 33
Gots: 97 | 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 beergeek279
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber with some clumpy head. The smell is slightly malty. The taste is has a bit of malt, with more of a hoppiness than most Oktoberfests, and a slight off-taste. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, I want to have another

Why, oh why put something like this into a green bottle? This beer seems to have a lot of promise, with some good hoppiness over the malt base, but it seems to be a bit off, and with a green bottle, have to put 2+2 together. Hopefully, I'll try this one on tap sometime, or make it to Munich sometime!

beergeek279, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of bigone4
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

This beer poured a dark amber brown hue. Nice creamy white frothy head and good lacing of the mug. Had this beer on tap at the Fort (Student Prince) Springfield, MA on my birthday yesterday. A true to style German restaurant in Western MA. Great German imported beers and great food. This beer smells of strong malt flavor and sweet with a mild roasted nuttiness. It looks very inviting and worth drinking. Tastes smooth and full of bolt malt flavors. Nice sweet malt flavors with mild hop tingle. The balance between the sweet maltiness and the light floral hop finish makes this one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers. It is well balanced and drinkable beer. Great Oktoberfest offering very enjoyable and I would certainly drink this beer again.

bigone4, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of dcook11
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

A- One finger head that fades into very nice lacing. The carbonation is moderate and the beers color is a light amber. The lacing is the most impressive part of the look.

S- My first impresion is this beer is skunked...of course green bottles! Past that a malt sweetness that is almost cloying and a slight bit of hop bitterness. Not all that much happening in the nose.

T- Nice balnce between hop and malt initially. However, The bitternees is cheap and leaves an unpleasent medicine aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied and fairly unpleasent. Drinks similiar to a heinkein....not the best mouth feel.

D- Not a bad beer by any means, but definitly not something i would want to drink a sixer of.

dcook11, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

Clear amber orange with little head...not a lot of lacing.

Smells nice with toasted biscuits, sweet malts, light floral hops

Similar to smell with more sweetness, slight bitterness, more floral hop presence, clean finish.

Flavor washes over, little aftertaste, easy to drink.

Pretty solid.

TheMultiYeast, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

An Oktoberfest I hadn't had in awhile.

A: Orange amber color with tiny carbonation bubbles. Small off-white head has OK retention. Leaves small bits of lace.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee with grass and pepper.

T: Pretty mild flavored for the style. Sweet malt up front has a caramel and toasted grain flavor. Bitterness is spicy with a pepper quality. Finishes fairy dry with lingering toffee and pepper flavors.

M: Medium body feels a little slick. Right amount of carbonation.

D: Good session beer that pairs well with food. Not the best Oktoberfest around, but quite good.

Rayek, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of Act25
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

Looks great, smells very good, all down hill from there to mass kind of beer.

A -- Lovely pour yields a 2 finger cap and retains and laces well. Beautiful bronze marzen color.

S -- Nose is solid, grassy, sweet, fall leaves. I like it.

T -- Follows nose with more biscuits up front and then a sweet malt follow through, ending in a nice dry finish. But I find it a touch metallic, "kind of mass product feeling" and perhaps dulled from the travel? Gets better as it warms

M -- Feel is a bit dull, with a tingly feel and lots of carbonation, but still a bit metallic rather than earthy, which is what I want it to be.

O --OK Marzen. A great style from a great brewer than probably arrives on these shores mid pack.

Act25, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of popery
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

Good Marzen but tends to get a bit sweet and lacks the depth of better version. I'm trying this beer against Ayinger's version. This beer pours a darkish brown-amber, completely clear with a small, white head. Bubbles stick around nicely, though. The aroma is malty and clean but quite light. There's no off note that can creep into lighter German imports. There's a touch of apples and grapes detectable, as well. The flavor comes through more strongly vinous with a light but fruity malt. It gets just a bit too sweet in the finish, but I'm sure that I'd lose sight of that quickly if I were drinking it any quantity. While both this beer and the Ayinger would be easy to drink all night, I have to give the nod to Ayinger. Still, Spaten puts out a nice marzen with a relatively low price tag.

popery, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of garuda
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

A - Clear ruby, thin white head that retains a little, with some lacing down the glass.

S/T - Whole wheat bread crust and caramel sweetness, with a touch of grainy hops. Malt flavors are dominated by caramel sweetness rather than a bready sweetness.

M - Medium body, nice level of carbonation, smooth across the palate.

O - A little dark for an Oktoberfest, and I'd rather have bready malt flavors in it than all the caramel. Easy drinking, like it should be, but there are certainly better ones around.

garuda, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of katan
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown color - darker than most marzens. Carbonation is very obvious. Strong bubbling, which goes to support an off-white head. Very clear overall after it settles down.

S - Big time vienna/pilsner malt base here - that spicy edgy bready notes come through quite strongly. Almost too much a pilsner.

T - The vienna/pilsner malts continue to dominate - starts off with a malt malt sweetness that is immediately overwhelmed by those almost funky pils malt notes. Could have some vienna in there - but its hard to detect. No hopping. Finishes with another hit from those pilsner malts. Aftertaste is fairly sweet.

M - Moderate body - carbonation supports the strength of the unfermentables. Certainly leaves behind a combination of malty sweetness and carbonation bite.

D - Moderate drinakbility. ABV is manageable. Flavors are not overwhelming, but those vienna/pilsner malts are just a bit montone for me.. Carbonation is higher than I would desire in a marzen.

I must be picky in wanting my Marzens with less Vienna/Pils malts- just so dominant. I want to back those down and let more caramel and toffee come through.

katan, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

Somewhat of a copper, light orange hue. Odd aroma which is a bit grainy, grassy, some malt detection, but a bit off the beaten path for the style. Up front, sweet and tangy, a lingering malty palate, very little hops detection. Bordering on medium bodied, on the edge creamy. A bit thin for the style, not as tasty as some, but more drinkable than others. Not too shabby.

GeoffRizzo, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of EagleTalon
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

Good oktoberfest beer. Pours to a thin head and clear amber color. Flavor is predominantly sweet malt balanced with noble hops. Finishes sweet. Goes well with German meats and good times. I have had American versions of this style that are just as good or better, though. Must have been a rough trip.

EagleTalon, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

12 oz bottle. Pint glass.

A: Light, brick-colored pour with a thin film of head that dies quickly.

S: Cereal, caramel, toffee, and light fruitiness.

T: Light cereal grains, light caramel, and butterscotch.

M: Medium-light thickness and high carbonation.

O: It's not very bold. It's mediocre for its style.

bucklemyshoe, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

appearance: The 1/4" off white head readily recedes into the beer. The beer is an orangey, light amber color.

smell: Distinctive German "skunky" smell. I wish I knew a better descriptor for it, but that is all I've got. I suppose it comes from the German hops, which are clean, light, and spicy. The malt smell is also light, lending the beer a slight dark tree fruit essence. A little boring, but unoffensive.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the lower end of the high range, and the body has a heavier light feel to it.

taste: Clean tasting, with some off, vegetable type flavors. There is also a slight off taste that lingers into the aftertaste along with a mild hop bitterness. The same characteristically German taste I mentioned in the smell is also present here. I am a little disappointed in this one.

drinkability: pretty drinkable

blackie, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of erosier
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

L: Pours an orange-yellow color with a short and white colored head that has some lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet malts and some light hops at the end.
T: Follows the aroma with a big malty base followed by a slight hoppy flavor but still finished very sweet.
M: Light, refreshing, nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable as the malts blended well together and the hops weren't overpowering.

erosier, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of kcr357
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

a pours a dark copper color with light finely bubbled foam that dissipates into nothing quickly.
s I suspect I have an old bottle, as it smells a bit skunky and very close to an American macro brew. Malty smell, faint hops.
t much better than it smells, I was concerned it would suck but Spaten comes through again. Nicely malted, not much hops but it is still very rounded and smooth on the palate. Hints of molasses.
M finely carbonated, tingly, tiny bit syrupy.
Very decent beer

kcr357, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

Had on tap at the Winking Lizard in Independence, OH, served in a special 1L Spaten/Winking Lizard dimpled-mug. That's over 32 oz of pure Oktoberfest goodness in a glass - Aye, Yaye-yaye-yaye!

Pours a beautiful copper-amber, with a good 1" of white head. Head remains for a good 3/4 of the beer.

Smell is malty, with a decent amount of grains smell; barley, mild hops. Slightly bready as well.

Taste is full and creamy, with sweet malt, mild hops, and a slight yeast taste.

A decent bodied, easy drinking beer.

Is this a full liter? I hardly noticed, and could easily put down another. Send me to Munich!

TheHoppiest, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Dark golden tone with fizzy carbonation leading to a fluffy, full white head

S: Bready, yeasty with touch of citrus and floral hop notes... small hints of dark fruit and spice

T: Bready, yeasty German flavor with ample hoppyness... small hints of sour dark fruit and spice

M: Suprisingly crisp and clean in the mouth

D: Good German brew but does not stand apart from standard beers not labled for Oktoberfest

rfgetz, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

12-ounce bottle poured into a seidel yields a clear bronze body capped with a thick finger of fine ivory foam that recedes to a ring that leaves very little lacing

Smell is a bit malty. That's all I got, sorry.

Taste is mild and thin, with watered-down caramel and a note of lightly-roasted nuts. A note of toasted bread lingers in a moderately bitter finish.

Medium-bodied and disappointing, but inoffensive and pretty drinkable.

cvstrickland, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass, no freshness date but I'm pretty sure its this years oktoberfest.

This pours a nice amber color with a foamy slightly off white head. The smell is pretty light but of toffee, toasted grain and bread. The feel is light to medium. The taste is okay, I get a little toffee, some caramel with some other malts in the back ground, overall a little light though. Not a bad oktoberfest but I've had better.

DavidST, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of atis
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

atis, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of doppelmeup
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured a nice, medium amber color into a pint glass. Thick, half-inch head that left nice lacing on the glass.

Aromas of malts, toffee.

Tasted like a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Malty, moderately sweet, slightly metallic. Slightly alcoholicy. Alright tasting, but not overwhelming.

Slightly warming, smooth mouthfeel. Clean finish.

Overall, fairly middle of the road Marzen/Oktoberfest. Right on for style, IMO.

doppelmeup, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of draheim
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

12oz bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a weizen glass. Clear amber color w/ a 1-finger head and typical German vigorous carbonation.

Aroma is very faint, just some light caramel malt. Taste is bready, light caramel malt. Crisp, dry, slightly fruity.

This is an easy-drinking beer, which is kind of the point of an Oktoberfest bier. Still, I can't see going out of my way for more of these.

draheim, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Alkey
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured clear amber brown color with a big foam head. Smell has some caramel and toasted malt with a hint of green bottle skunk. Taste and feel is thin, watery, some toasted and sweet malt flavors. Overall its an easy to drink Oktoberfest beer, not much depth for a sipper but made to drink by the 64oz mug.

Alkey, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a clear copper orange with a 1 inch beige head that fades to a thin film. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of caramel malt, biscuit, and light fruits like grapes. Taste is of caramel malt, toast, and grape-like fruitiness. A slightly bitter aftertaste lingers on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel and a slightly medium body. Overall, this is a pretty good Oktoberfest beer from Spaten. I wouldn't mind drinking this in mass quantities from a glass boot.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of mnrider
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

12 oz. Green bottle.

A: Pours a clear light orange with a thin bubbly head. Tons of carbonation is seen.

S: Smells like a Euro lager with some more maltyness and dry hops. Below average I'd say.

T/M: Again tastes like a Euro lager but with a little more malt and hop kick going on. Very easy to drink. Still, a more subdued Ocktoberfest brew compared to others that I've had.

D: Nice and easy to drink. I'd get this one again for sure. If the price is right.


mnrider, Sep 19, 2010
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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