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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
82
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2,065 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 2,065
Reviews: 1,073
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 35
Gots: 109 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 DagFishHead
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear light-amber pour. About a 1/2" frothy off-white head, good retention, creamy/spiderweb lace.
Smell: Light, clean, sweet-yet-crisp maltiness. Whiff of yeast/bread and hops way in the background.
Taste: Starts out with sweet toasted caramel malt... very light, folowed by a nice semi-dry hop citrus-like finish. Very reserved...lighter than I expected for a fest beer.
Mouthfeel: Light body, becomes a bit creamier as it warms. Reminds me more of summer than fall.
Drinkability: Very refreshing and enjoyable.

DagFishHead, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear copper, with several fingers of rich and billowy slightly off-white head. This eventually settles down into sudsy 1-2 fingers, which rings the sides of the mug with thick sticky lacing. The aroma smells fresh and earthy in the nose, with notes of spice and must. This is undercut by some bready sweetness but it’s mostly the crisp citrus presence present that holds things together here in the nostrils.

The taste mirrors the aroma, being crisp and green feeling throughout, with a tight sweetness that rides along on the edges. This is earthy and spicy on the finish with some lingering must. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm and crisp feel in the mouth that then gets a little creamier feeling underneath, giving this quite the overall drinkable feel.

While maybe not quite as flavorful as some imports out there, I’d still take this over the majority of the American takes on the style that many breweries are putting out, as it’s got the two things that count for me, balance and crispness. I’d drink one of these any time.

Kegatron, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of larsee01
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 liter on tap poured into spaten glass

A--Clear, deep amber w/ foamy head...nice retention.

S--Yeasty and phenolic. Earty and sour but in a good way.

T--Toasted malt character slips into mild bitterness. Simple maltiness rules. Sweet grassiness with a touch of toasted character. Simple but good.

M--Light to medium bodied. Slight bitterness leaves it crisp and refreshing.

D--Perfect Indian Summer refresher.

larsee01, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of cubedbee
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber with a big off-white foamy head, decent retention, but no lacing. Smell is a slightly sweet grainy malt with just a hint of skunkiness. Taste is a light slightly toasted doughy malt, just a tiny hint of floral hops, a faint bit of nuttiness. Not bad, but not as malty as some other oktoberfests I've had recently. Medium bodied with a medium/low carbonation and nice dry finish. This isn't a bad beer, certainly could make a session out of it, but for the price I'd rather by an American craft oktoberfest.

cubedbee, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Oktoberfest of the year; ‘tis the season. Here’s hoping it made the trip across the sea without too much travel time.

A: Pale, translucent brownish-amber with a tiny tuft of cream-colored foam. In a moment, it’s gone, leaving nothing but a ring of retention around the glass and a speck of lacing here and there. Pretty average appearance.

S: Now that’s a nice German beer aroma: lots of toasted caramel grain and an earthy aroma of buttery bread and hazelnut, over a mild, underlying skunk of lager yeast. The gang’s all here, though not in perfect form; they’re simple malt tones, nothing that will knock you off your feet. Additionally, some fruit notes are evident – pear and apple pie showing up with jam-like character – though sparse, overall.

T: Crisply grainy, but very astringent; it’s like the crisp has gone overboard. It probably feels out of place because the toasted flavors shouldn’t be that bitter, but that’s the first impression I’m getting. Cracker and cereal grains come through among the bitters, with a nutty, caramel undertone. Once the initial shock has worn off, the beer starts to open up; unfortunately, there’s not much else to be had. Light, herbal Noble hops and leafy wheat tones are among these that find their way through the dryness of the malts, stopping just before the aftertaste. Medium-dry finish; all grain.

M: Very crisp, as expected, which doesn’t go too poorly with this palate. If anything, it makes this more drinkable, as opposed to filling the mouth with thick, chewy malts that won’t let up.

O: An average Oktoberfest interpretation from the bottle. If only I could have this on-tap, unpasteurized, undisturbed in Munich…

BarryMFBurton, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Mark
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical amber color for the style, decent head and some good lacing. This is probably not what you get at the real Oktoberfest, but it's not bad. Malty, bready, and a bit on the sweet side. Smooth, decent mouthfeel, and drinkability can't be trashed if one is in the mood for quaffing.

Mark, Dec 08, 2002
Photo of charlzm
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 06/23/09 from a bottle. Yes, I drank it from a bottle. Horrors!

Very clear amber beer with a nice white head. Noted more than adequate carbonation bubbles active throughout.

Aroma is subtle and "beery". My friend tells me that's the melonoidins. I only know it's what German lagers smell and taste like to me. Also, the faintest hint of floral hoppiness and some grainy caramel malt.

Overall palate is dominated by "lager beer" character noted in aroma. Flavor is fairly sharp, though I'm not going to go all the way to "crisp". Very subtle caramel malt flavor with notable but unobtrusive bitterness on the finish. Finsihes quite clean, almost evaporative, though not dry or parching.

Mouthfeel is good, aided and abetted by the carbonation and non-residual flavors.

This beer is certainly drinkable, as it is fairly light in flavor and not terribly high in alcohol. I prefer more flavor from my marzens, however; bigger malt and hop profiles would do wonders for this one.

charlzm, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A: A "thin" amber color. Looks alot like a glass of iced tea. Light carbonation pours into a scant head which quickly fades into a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Nothing really in terms of lacing.

S: Hearty malt, hops, cloves.

T: Malt is hearty, but not heavy. Mild hoppiness, hint of sweet, and a peaty flavor.

M: Light but hearty malt feel. Lightly hoppy finish.

D: Good drinkability. Nice flavor, and feel.

A little complexity in flavor. Decent nose, good feel, and pretty solid drinkability. It has a heartiness, but still light. Aftertaste that lingers, but does not overwhelm. Overall, a really solid quaff.

bmwats, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a light copper/dark amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: There is a touch of skunk on the nose, but I only get it at first. Otherwise, good sweet bread, caramel, and toffee aromas. Nice toasted malts along with some floral hops and a touch of spice.

T: A smooth sweetness to the beer which is not overwhelming. Spiced bread, toffee, and caramel are all present along with some floral and spicy noble hops to balance the beer out. Very minimal bitterness, perhaps just a touch on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: It’s not my favorite Oktoberfest, but it’s not bad, and it’s readily available, so not a terrible choice.

womencantsail, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Amorrn
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle with no freshness date into my Carlsberg pilsner glass.

Appearence: Pours a clear coppery orange with two fingers of off-white head.

Smell: Very light roasted malt and piney hop aroma. Distinct skunkiness.

Taste: Average, if fairly light. Not a bad brew by any means but pretty forgettable. Biscuity malt up front with a slight, crisp hop finish. Mild skunkiness in the finish, as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation. I could see this being a decent beer to get drunk off of because it is not particularly filling.

Overall: Drinkable, but forgettable. Spaten's other offerings are more impressive.

Amorrn, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of djaeon
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bronze amber with light head. Little retention. Nice carbonation.

S: Malt, apple cider, light caramel.

T: Crisp rich malted grain, caramel, apple, light hops bitterness in the finish.

M: Crisp & clean, good carbonation, smooth.

O: Pretty basic, but very good (IMO) Oktoberfest. This one's better the fresher you get it. It starts losing some of the richer flavors the longer it sits on the shelf.

djaeon, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a mild brown with a good amount of khaki colored head and lace. Munich malts, fair amount of sweetness and little hop presence. Malts are roasted and have a caramel and unsweetened cocoa flavor. Medium to full bodied and a fairly smooth drinker. A very standard O-fest but lacks the character to make it truly great.

Stinkypuss, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of BigCheese
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First Marzen this year.

A: Pours a Clear deep copper, big frothy white head. Leaves nice webbing.

S: Some roasted malts, molasses

T: Toasty biscuity malts, clean refreshing, crisp. Not overly complex or flavorful, but tasty. Some lemongrassyness from noble hops give it clean finish.

M: Nice chewyness, high carbonation, very sessionable.

O: nothing mind blowing, but high quality, like many german brews Ive had.

BigCheese, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of MisterE
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 29, 2008
Photo of mwill7287
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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