Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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4.5/5 rDev +25.3%
I last reviewed this brew in 2006, figure maybe it's time for an update now that Spaten is getting this to Northern Illinois year-round* -- and the latest batch seems to be a darn good one.
A -- Deep, clear copper color with a dense, long-lasting, off-white head. I recall last year's seasonal Okto being much lighter than this, almost orange -- this appears to be the Spaten I remember of old.
S -- A good balance of toasty malts and spicy hops. Though subdued, still pretty rich for a lager.
T -- Big, rich, sweet bready malts up front with just a vague hint of spicy hops. Finishes with that spiciness and leaves a lingering breadiness that fades to a dry malty note.
M -- Medium body with a soft, smooth mouthfeel.
D -- Highly drinkable -- the style was made for just that, and Spaten is the original of the style. To me, this beer has come back around after falling a little flat in the past few years. It's the Okto Märzen of old that I remember drinking in Munich 20 years ago.
*Mistakenly mislead by a retailer who was talking out of his a**
08-02-2010 21:23:34 | More by steveh
4.5/5 rDev +25.3%
Bought this beer in a six-pack, Seemed fresh with an updated bottle label. First beer of the day and poured it into 1/2 Liter glass.
Great copper golden color with a head standing on it. I left it for 2 minutes
then came back and tasted. Bam...Germans now how to make beer. Great malt flavor with perfect hop balance. Achieving clean malt flavor like THIS is something few brewers try. Beer does not get much better than this example. Freshness is very important and this one impressed me. I want to drink it in a Full Liter mug.
06-27-2011 23:37:59 | More by beershrine
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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