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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,031 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,031
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 34
Gots: 102 | FT: 0
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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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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Richeeeee, Sep 20, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

chefduff2, Jan 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Hellpop65, Jun 08, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Mikecap, May 18, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

pooogy, Aug 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

JoshuaShort13, May 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

ShakaShakaShaka, Oct 16, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of MONKandTUCK
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured from the bottle it's a faint brown and very thin. No head retention.

A- Faint notes of sweetbread baking and alcohol.

T- no where as chewy or malty as I'd expect a Marzen to be. This tastes more like a Vienna Lager... and not a great one (although I'm unaware of the beer's freshness). It's a little sweet and chewy. Some crackery crispness.

M- It's more full-bodied than most Lagers, but it lacks the meatiness this beer should have. At least it can't be mistaken for water.

O- The lack of Pilsner malt saves this one from being compared to a Pilsner. For the price, I'd rather a Yuengling. It's a drinkable beer, but far from being a special seasonal offering.

MONKandTUCK, Aug 05, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

hansavijaticar, Oct 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Satchboogie, Oct 01, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

PeteRiz, Apr 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

sneezye, Sep 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

EdTheEdge, Apr 14, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 10/28/08.

Pours a clear copper-orange color with nearly three fingers of beige head. The head dropped quickly, no lacing. Aroma is lightly toasted malt and faint floral hops.

Taste is sweet caramel-ish malt and faint floral hops. Both tastes are very muted, leaving the beer fairly bland. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Carbonation is decent and the body is light. Drinkability is decent, though the poor taste drops it some.

Doesn't taste as good as other beers of the style.

bkilpatr, Oct 29, 2008
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

joerebman, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of rebel1771
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark amber color with very little head or lacing.

S: Smell is very lager like. Smells of sweet corn with a bit of toasted malts thrown in.

T: Flavor of very lightly toasted malt but fades to a macro lager flavor quickly.

O: Disappointed with this one. I love the Spaten brewery but this beer just isn't very good.

rebel1771, Sep 27, 2011
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2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours ok and is a deep amber color. I had this in Germany a long time ago and remember liking it, but spent most time at the Hacker Pschorr tent. The beer is malty, buiscity, with a bit of grassy hops, and while not skunked, or maybe it was, there's a nastiness there that has me wondering about the rest of the sixer. Good enough to drink, bad enough to never bother with again. I like their Optimator, I'll stick with that.

srrn, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of billybob
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured a clear copper color with a two finger head that quickly just faded to the beer and no lace to speak of. slight apple earthy aroma with a grainy malt taste and a tangy finish. light mouthfeel and on the dry side. drinkability, a long way down on my list.

billybob, Apr 09, 2007
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2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium-gold with thin head that disappears all too quickly. Bottle tasted a tad warmer than ideal.

The nose is all about the malt, but not in an all too great way. A little funky on the nose--similar to some other German lagers--not my style.

Flavor is a little stale, though that could be partially attributed to the age of the bottle. All malt palate with no really discernable hop profile.

A cheap beer with historical significance and import intrigue, but falls a little flat on aroma and flavor--pretty big areas.

oldhippie247, Mar 08, 2009
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2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass, from a 12oz. bottle. The beer poured a light orange, forming a very thin head that quickly faded. The aroma is very skunky, and thats all thats detectable. The taste is a good balance between the malts and hops, but with a little of a skunky taste coming through at the end. Nothing really complex. No one characteristic jumps out from the rest. Just a strait forward brew. Medium mouthfeel. An easy enough beer to drink, and good alcohol content, but the lack of flavor keeps this from being a session ale. Just ok.

beeragent, May 08, 2007
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2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen is a light/medium, transparent brown with a modest off-white head that has little retention.

The aroma is what you would expect to find in a typical lager/pilsener, a little maltier.

The taste does little to recommend itself. Light malt sweetness, but no real flavor. There is some bitterness, but mostly masked by over carbonating.

Mouth feel is light bodied and, as mentioned, too much carbonation.

Drinkability is fair as it strikes a balance between not being tasty and not being offensive.

Spaten Oktoberfest is a colored seltzer and about as flavorful. The beer is not recommended.

kegger22, Dec 26, 2009
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2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a clear, coppery brown with a foamy, off-white head. No head retention, no lacing.
The aroma was malty sweet and grainy, with a touch of skunkiness. I've encountered worse skuniness in other beers, but this one was definately on it's way out.
The taste was lightly sweet malts, some breadiness, and a touch of the skunk.
Nice carbonation and moderate mouthfeel.
Not a bad beer, but it could have been much better. I'll probably revisit a fresh one this coming fall and see if my perception of this beer may change.

KrisPaulk77, Mar 02, 2010
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2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes; earlier tonight.

A-Pours a clear, dark copper color with one and a half fingers of white.

S-Skunky from the start with dark fruit and toasty malts with herbal hops on the finish.

T-Bitter hops with almost hot alcohol notes and toasty malt hints.

M-Light bodied with a crisp, heavy carbonation that lends a slightly watery feel.

D-Not very desirable characteristics in this one; not enough malt notes and the watery feel make this one I probably won't revisit.

samie85, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of BevMoAndrew
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Shows an clear amber in the glass with a quickly dissipating white froth and no real lacing to speak of. The nose is simple with aromas of grains, mild hop spiciness, caramel, light skunkiness, & a hint of lemon. The beer is dry with a lean mouthfeel and flavors of grains, noble hops, subtle caramel, & a lemon-like acidity on the finish. Overall, the beer is very simple and easy to drink with a mouthfeel that is expected from this style. I'll be honest, I'm not a real fan of this style, but I've had a few beers that I really enjoy.... unfortunately, that isn't the case here.

BevMoAndrew, Dec 02, 2009
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