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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,123 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,123
Reviews: 1,079
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 41
Gots: 127 | 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 TheTrevor
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear copper with a fluffy single-finger head. The scent is pretty tight, I'm only picking up a little malt and maybe some hops. The taste starts off with some sweet caramel malts that gives away to a tiny bit of malts and a pretty clean finish. The mouthfeel is a little watery, but the carbonation makes for a nice crispness. This is a very tasty Marzen, nice and sweet. Not a bad way to celebrate Oktoberfest.

TheTrevor, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This amber brew has a white fizzy head that just laces the glass. Aroma is a bit off, reminds me of a pilsner with the floral hops, malts show through a little more as the beer warms, sort of biscuity. The taste is also sort of like a pilsner, but the malts do finally show through with a little bit of a fruit character. Taste is very smooth with a little sweetness at the end.

This beer grew on me as I drank it. A solid Octoberfest brew, very drinkable. But for the style, there are a lot better OFs out there.

saintwarrick, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark orange/amber with a thick off white head. Laces nicely.

Lots of bread and a little bit of sweetness. Grassy and herbal.

Bready with some complimentary caramel sweetness tagging along. Lots of herbal hop.

Crisp and refreshing. Lively carbonation and a medium body.

Was surprised by this one. Green bottle scared me a bit, but this is a good'un.

MattSweatshirt, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of beer2day
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange-gold with 1-finger head. Decent retention, with a nice rind left behind.

Strong lager nose. Slightly sweet, with bread dominating. Lots of straw as well.

Very crisp and clean, more like a fall lager than what I would term an octoberfest. Not enough malt body for my taste. A nice crisp lagerish finish, but none of the sweetness I would expect.

It is easy to drink. Just not sure I would have more than one if other fests were available.

beer2day, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of BeerAngel
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/caramel color with a small head. More crisp than usual of this style. Not quite as drinkable as Paulaner's version. Herbal flavor with a maltness that is lasting. Not my favorite Oktoberfest, but still pretty good. Prosit!

BeerAngel, Sep 28, 2002
Photo of kshankar
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copperish/brown color with decent foam. Clear appearance, light reflects to make a nice looking beer.

Aroma: Sweet malts, mainly. The aroma is pretty mild overall, but what I can get is the malts. Very subtle.

Taste: Malts and sweetness come through here, not too strong, but the presence is felt. Finishes pretty clean. Very little bitterness, and that comes in near the end. Alcohol taste is also not too strong either. Pretty decent, I'd say.

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonation lends itself to crispness.

Drinkability: Probably one of the lighter and sweeter Oktoberfests, and it isn't too bad (this is the only marzen I know of that is on sale year round). I remember liking this much more when I first tried it, but this time, I'm not as impressed.

kshankar, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of HopheadEd
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Easily my favorite fest last year, I couldn't wait to try it this year. I was a little disappointed. Last year, on tap. This year, bottle. Good color, good head to start, but did not hold. No lace. Aroma was ok, again I think my expectations were too high. Good finish though, thirst quenching. I'll have it again, but I won't go out of my way.

HopheadEd, Sep 20, 2002
Photo of inebrius
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper under a thick, sticky head. Feels a mite syrupy which has the effect of drawing out the sweet malt and overpowering the bittering hops, but still balanced enough to avoid being cloying. Nose is malt and a whisper of sulfur.

I would give it all 5's if I was drinking it at the Spaten tent in Munchen, however since I'm sitting on my ass in front of a computer screen I'll just leave it at a pretty good beer. Right.

inebrius, Sep 20, 2002
Photo of Gish
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice dark bronze, head dissipates quickly

S - A bit of maltiness comes out in the smell with some herbs coming through also.

T - Well balanced taste, with a bit of sweetness showing in the malt and just enough hops to even out the flavor. However, it does have a bit too much of a bitter aftertaste.

M - Moderately carbonated, maybe a touch too much.

D - Would be a great session beer with or without food. You could definitely drink quite a lot of this beer.

Overall not bad, just a bit underwhelming.

Gish, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of Vengeance526
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium dark copper color with a 1 finger off-white head that fades to a thin ring after a short time and leaves a nice amount of lacing.

Smells of grain with a slight underlying citric tone deep in the back.

Taste is very bready upfront, biscuity with some caramel. At about the middle of the sip, a small hop presence comes in to balance out the malty tone somewhat. As it warms, the taste again hits the malty side with hints of toffee into the finish.

Medium bodied with a little more carbonation than needed. An easy drinker overall, okay on its own but much better as a food pairing. This won't be at the top of my list in any category, but is nonetheless enjoyable.

Vengeance526, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Scotchboy
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Brick 29, Nampa ID. Served in a pint glass.

A: Deep dark golden honey bordering on copper, body is clear. Head is off-white and sticks all over the glass in consistent horizontal rings.

S: Malty, some toffee sweetness, toasted grain and husk, honey...maybe some faint Red Delicious apples? Wood and spice on the nose as well, with a non-sweet floral/herbal/leaf presence.

T: Crisp. Just a touch of floral hop character and bitterness. Crisp toasted caramel malt, grain/toast, that faint red apple taste...wood and nuttiness as well.

MF: Medium-light body, smooth, low carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer; my first Marzen, and while I won't be running to the beer store for 6-packs of this style I can see why people dig this.

Scotchboy, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper with a finger or so of creamy off-white head. Head fades pretty quickly, leaving only scant lacing.

S - Toasted bready malts, faint floral hops and, thankfully, only a slight presence of green glass light struck funk. Clean simple and pleasant.

T - Similar to smell with very pronounced toasted malt and minimal hop presence. Pretty good but not among my favorite Oktoberfest beers.

M - Medium, clean mouthfeel wit a slighlty dry finish.

O - A decent Oktoberfest. Not sure if moving away from green glass would improve this or not. With the vast selection available in this style I probably won't get this again, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered.

warnerry, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of rmolledo
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(drinking it in august)

A: Crystal Clear Sunset Amber. Little to no white head.

S: lager yeast. some malt.

T: Malty caramel and toffee flavors with a noticeable alcohol taste. Toffee Flavor Lingers. mild Noble hop flavor

MF: Moderate carbonation with a alcohol burn.

D: A fine beer. Perhaps needs a little age to mellow out the alcohol.

rmolledo, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After drinking this beer, I decided that I don't like Oktoberfest'sm with full knowledge that this is one of the best out there. With that said....

On tap-

A- A glowing orange/amber color- a very small amount of head and lacing- typical oktoberfest beer to the naked eye.

S- Smell was of bread, yeast, and spices.

T- Taste was very well balanced, but to me, the bread tastes on my palate were very overwhelming. Some yeast and very crisp finish on the end. Some spice as well, but not over powering as in some other oktobers.

M- Mouthfeel was carbonation bubbles- smooth and enjoyable.

D- A sesionable oktoberfest. This being approximately my 3rd of the season, I realized that this is a style that I am not a fan of- nothing against this beer, it just does not do it for me.

DavidSeanNJ, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of philbe311
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Big white frothy head off of a slightly vigorous pour... Light brown caramel color... Light slow carbonation... Nice lacing... Coats glass exceptionally well for the style...

S - Malt... Seltzer water... Pear... Mild all the way around... Pleasant...

T - Quite tasty... Caramel... Malt... Biscuit... Pear... Burnt sugar... Slight alcohol... Nutty... Some spice notes are present as well, namely clove... Ever so slight bitter finish...

M - Medium bodied, but still surprisingly light... Smooth and silky... Goes down very very easy...

D - Outstanding Oktoberfest... Quite underrated in my modest opinion... Highly enjoyable and sessionable... One of my favorite Marzens for this Octoberfest season...

philbe311, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of buckiflyer
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 ounce bottle, enjoyed with my father celebrating our German heritage. Smell: Foreign hop smell with hints of malt, Appearance: cloudly light brown. Taste: malt and barley, some nut after taste. I enjoyed this octoberfest and one day hope to have it in Germany during Octoberfest.

buckiflyer, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of atigerlife
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought on sale [$5.50/six pack] at a local grocery store. Made me a little nervous, since this could have meant it was sitting around a while.

Poured a nice amber color with a small white head. Good lacing. Decent carbonation can be seen rising.

Smell was light with some hops and malts coming through. A faint "strange" smell that I couldn't place.

Teh taste had a mild hop bitterness running throughout. Some sweetness with a light roasted malt backbone.

Mouthfeel was cleansing with a medium body. Overall, the beer was a little too bland for me. Lacked distinctive character. But, a decent beer that you can sit around and drink quite a bit of if you had the right food accompanying it.

atigerlife, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of Loki
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle for the 2003 season.

Appearance: Deep amber, almost tawny, but not quite bonzish color with a medium sized wispy white head. A little lighter in color than others this season.

Smell: Very clean and fresh scents of malt and hops. Not a very powerful aroma, a little on the light side. (Also got a hold of a skunked bottle. One bottle out of a case isn't bad, but not good either.)

Taste: Good malt profile that moves into hops and some spice. All in all a little weak on all sides. Not as flavorful as I had expected or hoped. Very drinkable and not a bad beer, but there are better choices, especially give the limited availabilty of the style.

Loki, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So I guess this is supposed to be one of the original Oktoberfest style beers and I've wanted to give it a try for awhile, but was a little pricey for a six pack. I finally saw it at the Union Brewhouse In Weymouth and decided to give it a shot and take some notes while I was there.

Poured into a standard pint glass, has a dark amber color to it, certainly on the darker side of amber, but light enough to be away from the brown color. It has excellent clarity to it. At first it has a fizzy white looking head to it, but it ended up with close to average lacing. Not too much stick to the glass, but the lace kind of slide down to the liquid after each time you took a drink. There really wasn't much to the smell, I was a bit disappointed. It had a little bit of a malty/metallic smell, but it was pretty weak. The taste saves it a bit. I found it pretty malty and sweet. Certainly picked up on some caramelized malts. Nothing about the taste was overly strong though, I actually found it quite on the lighter side. The mouthfeel was good, extremely light though. This was one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, I couldn't believe how fast I drank it. I just remember looking at the glass and it was already just about gone. Certainly not a very hearty beer, not something I would like or normally like to drink in the fall, more of a summer beer in my opinion.

AndyAvalanche, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of beer272
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: came in a green bottle :( not good for protecting against light. Though some companies are playing with the hops to eliminate the effect. Perfect lacing, great carbonation. Light golden pale color.

Smell: Nothing strong. Very neutral.

Taste: a nice drinking beer. good mouth feel, hops and malt nicely balanced and smooth.

Mouth feel: See above.

Overall: A nice drinking beer, fantastic lacing. Nice golden and clear tasting.

beer272, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of JTuomi
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

50 cl bottle into a mug. Clear golden body, minimal head, very little lacing. Subtle grainy pale malt and floral hops on the nose. Crisp and sweet clean taste of grainy pale malt, a hint of apple in the background, dry finish with a very subtle hop bitterness, slightly bitter floral aftertaste. Medium-light body, high carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer, wouldn't take an effort to down these in liters in an octoberfest tent. Not special enough to buy to be had at home again though.

JTuomi, Sunday at 08:29 PM
Photo of JamisonM
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: its a nice brown color with off white head

S: nice brown sugar malts a touch of hops nice malty smell

T: sweet malts that finish clean

M: med mouth med carbonation

D: highly drinkable

Overall: this years is real good I think I had last years and the year before that they were orange this one is brown or dark amber with more complex flavors

JamisonM, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of mpyle
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - very pale amber color, brilliant clarity, pours a nice white head, tightly bubbled and with some retention.

Smell - A subtle roasty note, but generally a very clean aroma. No hops in keeping with style.

Taste - A roasty malt flavor early, but quickly turns bitter. Malt character somewhat lacking, but finish is appropriately dry and bitter.

MF - medium body and carbonation, no astringency or warming, no issues.

D'ability - Think I'd take a pilsner over this one as a bitter finishing lager. Not enough malt character up front to make the aroma or flavor all that interesting. Clean, and easy to down a few, but not exciting.

mpyle, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, deep amber color with brilliant clarity. The head is tan-white and has great lacing and retention. This beer looks very tasty in a big mug.

The first thing that stands out is the very sulfuric aroma. Suprisingly, there is no skunkiness from a green bottle, but this smells like a pretty generic Euro lager. A little bit of heftiness is added from the malt, but it doesn't have a ton of character.

The flavor is a little tame for my liking as well. It's got weak bread and caramel notes, with a touch of metallic flavor. This is clearly a safe attempt at the style, but I don't think it's very successful.

Mouthfeel is light bodied for the style, with carbonation on the low side. This beer is drinkable, but just not very impressive.

jeffthecheff, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of skizziks
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a weizen glass. 1/2" off-white head of fine bubbles and some lace over a light amber/copper beer.

Aroma is grainy with the munich malt coming through very clearly. A little toffee/nutty flavor in there too is very nice.

Flavor starts with grain and honey, some herbal hop and flows straight through to a pretty clean finish with a little lingering bitter.

Medium light body with medium carbonation creates a nice smooth feel which is very drinkable and refreshing. Maybe not the best O'fest out there but totally solid, it never lets me down.

skizziks, Oct 29, 2006
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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