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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 1,084
Hads: 2,256
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 53
Gots: 224 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001

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Photo of Upgrayedd
4.45/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of those classic German lagers that are designed to be drunk all day long. It combines a light malty flavor and light noble hop flavor to create a highly drinkable product.

It pours a light brown color. The smell and initial taste are of burnt Munich malt, but in a good way. I love beers made with decoction mashing! The malt flavor is wonderful and is properly balanced with the hops. It goes down lager-smooth and there is no hint of alcohol. I'm so happy this brew is sold by the case and appears at my local Costco every fall. I feel that if beers like this were more widely available to the average BMC drinker, we would see a massive shift away from brewers chruning out yellow fizzy water and see more exploration of this style. (750 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.44/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz green bottle from Tiger Town in Gardiner. Pours translucent amber-red with a slight chill haze and almost no head. Smells like toffee and leafy European hops. Tastes malty, with a toasty toffee character and continental hops playing a supporting role. Not overpowering. Very well balanced, delicate full flavor. Medium somewhat creamy body with a fair bit of carbonation. I am impressed. My expectations were not high but this is one of the better octoberfestbiers I've had. Not as rich as Ayinger or Paulaner, this one is still a really solid and easy to find choice. Very drinkable. I could easily polish off a sixer of this without thinking twice. A new favorite! (671 characters)

Photo of TCog
4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a great copper color.

Not the biggest aroma going, but what was there had some light malt going on.

Flavor wise, the malt is more pronounced up front than I would have expected from the aroma, but it finishes with more of a hoppy bitter flavor. Not the kick-you-in-the-teeth Octoberfest I've found more and more common from some of the American breweries, and more smooth drinking and easily approachable than some of its comparable imported brethren.

For a little context, even though its available year round, I wait till the first weekend of fall every year and go to town on this beer. Definately one of my favorites, on tap or in the bottle, in terms of easy-drinking crowd-pleasing Octoberfest. (709 characters)

Photo of ryanocerus
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed by this Ofest. I had a couple while watching football this weekend and they stole the show from the rest of the beers I quaffed. Nice amber color with little head. The aroma was sweet malt, with very faint hops. The flavor was a sweet, fruity malt that kept me going back for more. Mouthfeel was smooth, with long lasting flavor. My favorite Ofest, with Hacker-Pschorr coming in second. (413 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super clear bronze hue. As with most German brews, it has a thick head. Toasty, bready, raisiny & complex maltniess make for a wonderful but not overpowering malt aroma. Medium in body. Slightly sweet in flavor w/ toasty malt flavors. The decoction mashing produced complex and almost fruity (prune - like?) melanoidins that are highly enjoyable. Hops are minimal in presence, but do balance the sweetness sufficiently and prevent it from becoming cloying. finishes a bit sweet w/ a biscuity malt flavor on the tongue. Spaten's Oktoberfest is all around around balanced excellently. Its cleaner in malt profile than its "rival" Paulaner, and is thus more drinkable. (674 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes, 10/06, super fresh Costco case.

It's up; it's down. It must know I'm thirsty.

Nice amber color, but so clear & crisp looking. The beer is still plenty cold, but I won't wait.

Good mix of apricots, raisins, & sugar cookies. Alcohol is evident, but the richness more so. Experiences may vary; adjust accordingly. :D

Lightly roasted, but quite malty. A little smoke surrounds it all. Maybe a little copper in there, maybe. There's less then half of a bitter buzz on the end, which rounds it off really nicely. The alcohol leaves a trail, but runs real thin.

These bottles go down really, really, easy. Wow, I don't remember having refills. Has just a tad more body then your average ale, but not much at all. Really nice & really easy. Do I use the word "really" alot?

Yummy. :) (816 characters)

Photo of FloppyDog
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a crystal clear amber orange with a minimal off-white head.

The aroma is of a clean maltiness upfront with hop aroma (possibly Saaz?) making an appearance in the background.

The taste is very clean and balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness.

Mouth feel is very light-bodied with light carbonation that combines to make this an extremely easy-drinking beer. Being a fan of "malt-forward" beers, I really like this one. (439 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Gilde Rastkeller Edel Pils glass, which is of the wider mouthed, fluted variety. The original Oktoberfestbier is a dark, clear copper with a moderate effervescence providing a small off-white head that leaves light lace.

The aroma is bready cereal grain, slightly toasted with a bit of sulfur and floral hop background. Classic Märzen is unmistakable.

Taste is of course very malty and fairly sweet and lightly toasted, with fairly aggressive, fruity esters for a lager, yet still crisp and finishes somewhat dry. I've always been a big fan of this style, and Spaten's offereing in particular. Maybe not the most complex, but balanced and very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is on the sharper side, with a medium body.

Drinkablity is very high for me. I've enjoyed many a crisp fall afternoon throwing these back by the 6 pack, they go great with BBQ. Enough booze to make it worthwhile but still let me getaway with having a few more then I probably should! (993 characters)

Photo of TKempe
4.39/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apparently this beer is not the same as the Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen by Spaten. Its colour isn't dark or amber, but golden and very clear; it has a moderate white head and just a few big bubbles of carbonation.

Smells great, of herbal hops and malt, both in a grainy and a caramel-like sense. Some gentle fruity notes come through on the side, as well as a little yeast. A lot hoppier and less caramelesque than other Maerzen's that I've encountered.

Tastes nice and sweet in the beginning and moves into a dry and hoppy/herbal flavor afterwards. Finishes pretty clean with the hops still effective. Quite delicious and juicy.

Medium-bodied and a smooth mouthfeel, crisp to the palate and very easy to enjoy. (711 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flows lite caramel, but retains head white not thick, but okay...)alright...

Beautiful malty biscuits morish smell with some whiffs of hops..

great malty. give me some more taste...
super balance & swlllability.,.. tastes of biscuits & yum..

me like it much.... (264 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Ayinger pint glass. Pours a golden/copper color with a huge head which stays around awhile. Lots of lacing on the glass. A very sweet/malty scent, tastes of grapes to me. A light to medium body. This is a great session brew, goes down very well IMHO. (264 characters)

Photo of leweascoba
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to buy this beer in a 1/2 keg for something different. I have enjoyed the regular Spaten numerous times and thought I would try the Octoberfest brew for the holidays.

Taps an amber color with a nice head that dissapates in a few minutes. The taste is smooth and enjoyable and not too heavy.

It is really an enjoyable beer and would recommend it to anyone. My friends and family will enjoy it when they come to visit. (426 characters)

Photo of dhannes
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint from a green bottle (protected by carton).

A=Rich reddish amber color with three finger foamy ecru head that lasted about a minute...very inviting.

S=Faint whiff of darker malt with a sweetness similar to maple syrup.

T=Rich malt flavor with a hint of hops; slightly sweet and almost salty. One of the better märzens I've had...rich, flavorful, robust.

M=Lighter body than most...almost no carbonation. Not as drinkable as one might think for a lighter body beer, due to the malt and sweetness.

O=Probably the second best märzen I've had and may be my go to down the road. I purchased this only because I had a credit at a local liquor store that had sold me some outdated beer, and I am glad I chose this one. (744 characters)

Photo of nosbocaj
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark amber/brown color with an off white head that quickly dissipates .
S: A very mild smell of sweet malt and breaded hops.
T: Nice sweet and malty taste with a small hoppy bite at the end.
M: Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth.
D: Very drinkable and delicious. I will definitely buy this again!

PS: I found a 24-pack of this at Costco for $20.72! (367 characters)

Photo of techdiver
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear amber with a nice frothy head. Malty, sweet taste with just enough hops to balance this quite nicely. Highly drinkable and very enjoyable. Ranks very high in comparison with the other brews of this style I've been going through. Five more to go and this and Dogtoberfest are my favorites so far. (311 characters)

Photo of demuzik
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, I can certainly say this brew will barely survive if bottled; like all offshore brews, this one will be pasteurized and zapped of its goodness before it ever touches your American lips.

However, if you can try this one on tap, unpasteurized, we're looking at a wonderful example of the Oktoberfest/Märzen style.

The appearance is impressive; rich, caramelly red that is crystal clear from a good lagering.

The smell is faint with noble hops, but dominantly caramel and malt - enough to get you wanting to dive in.

The taste and mouthfeel are where this one's at; very, very balanced, crisp, and drinkable. Not overly sweet like too many US takes on the style, not overly hopped which can ruin this style also, just good healthy amounts of malt, noble hop, at super crisp, lager levels. Very sessionable and appropriate alongside any German fare. (861 characters)

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer on tap at the Hessen Haus and can't wait to go back.

It has a nice mid-range amber color. The body was a happy medium, matching the flavor that was very pleasant. It went down smooth, smooth, smooth. Will have it when I do a "boot" there next time. (267 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think Spaten's O’fest is great. Pours a nice dark copper color, with a nice creamy tan head that settles to a nice lace. On then nose heavy malt aroma, toasty, grainy, and slight herbal hop bitterness. On the palate the same nice malt backbone, toasty, grainy, biscuity, touch of toffee, and the slight herbal hop presents. Emm, so good... this stuff is great from tap, and almost as good from bottles...IMO (410 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is a deep gold with a foamy white head. Some nice lacing.

The smell is a bit caramel, some wheat and malt flavors and a bit sugary.

The taste is of caramel and cinammon. There is also so bitter fruit flavors as well.

One of the better Oktoberfest beers, is very flavorful and has a nice feel to it. Drinkability is pretty smooth and goes down easy. (401 characters)

Photo of KenOnBass
4.32/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a beer glass.

A: Great dark amber look. Okay head and decent lacing.

S: Sweet smelling beer. Good Oktoberfest smell.

T: Great tasting beer. Very smooth and tasty.

M: Smooth and great.

D: This beer has still been one of my favorite all time Oktoberfests. Just a great smooth malty taste. (318 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.32/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a tasty, lightly bitter oktoberfest.

Amber copper, it has a huge off-white head that shrinks very slowly and leaves good lacing, although I have also had a bottle with a small head no no lace.

The aroma is very nice, caramelly toasted bread and grain, bread crust, dry grass, pine, herb, apple, nuts, hay.

The taste is similar, caramelly toasted grain and bread, leaves, hints of herbs, pine, and stewed apples, and a nutty-leafy bitterness just dominating the finish and balancing the sweetness. The body is a little thin compared to some but the flavour is nice with some complexity, and it's tingly, lively, and very easy to drink. (647 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid four fingers of off white head with good retention. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma of caramel malts with some toffee. Lots of wheat grains. Some lager yeast adds some spice. Light hints of nuts and earthy hops. No skunk smell which is impressive for a green bottle.

Taste: Lots of lightly toasted caramel malts with some toffee and apple flavors. Biscuit and some lager yeast. Nice hints of nuts and spice. Mild earthy hop bitterness in the finish. Caramel malts stand out as expected. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and very smooth.

Overall: A very solid Marzen. Very bready and fairly sweet. (807 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a coppery amber color. One and a half finger off white head showed some medium retention. Some light lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Caramel malts dominate this beer for me. Toasted malts come into play as well toward the middle of aroma with a light floral hop in the ending.

T- Caramel malts dominate most of the flavor with a touch of biscuit in the middle. Light floral hops show up a bitterness that makes the beer more balanced. Simple and to the point.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Caramel malts left on the palate and continue long into the aftertaste. Flavors are crisp and clean. Alcohol has no real drying on the palate which is nice. Everything is well balanced flavor wise to say the least.

D- This beer is highly drinkable. The ABV on this is a little higher but it goes down smooth. I really enjoyed this beer a lot and well it was easy to drink the whole sixer of. I think of this being the defining Oktoberfest beer to me. (1,019 characters)

Photo of Sharkophile
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Over a year and a half ago, this beer got me and my friends into craft beer. We've tried a ton of great beers since then, and we were expecting Spaten Oktoberfest to not be as good to us now as it was sometime ago. Boy were we wrong:

A: Poured from a bottle into a Hofbrau stein glass. Appears a deep amber with an off white head with good retention and lacing. This beer looks beautiful... well shit.

S: AND the nose is great to boot. Loads and loads of malty goodness with some light herbal hops.

T: As the nose suggests: malty. Caramel predominates along with some nutty and fruity flavors leading to a semi-dry finish with a light, crisp herbal hoppiness. Malt flavors coat the entire mouth and leave a delicious glaze on the tongue.

M: Despite the sticky malt flavors, the body isn't heavy and the carbonation is relatively low, which suits the beer very well.

O: We owe Spaten Oktoberfest an apology for expecting any form of disappointment. This nostalgic beer is the best oktoberfest I've ever drank! Will definitely get this more in the future. (1,058 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was the second beer I ever reviewed for this site. I felt it would be good to review it again now that I have much more experience reviewing beers than I did the first time around reviewing this. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer pours a clear deep amber copper color. The head is a good inch thick when poured before quickly settling to a thin surface layer with a nice white ring lining the inside of the glass and some nice lace. There are lots of little bubbles rising up to the top of the glass. Has a malty, bready aroma with bits of caramel and floral hops also present. The taste is also malty and sweet upfront with the aforementioned hints of caramel and is nicely followed by some floral and slightly citrusy hops. Has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation. Very easy to drink the way a great beer should be!

Eric (885 characters)

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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