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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 1,098
Hads: 2,351
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 21.07%
Wants: 56
Gots: 281 | 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 alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of Sharkophile
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
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!


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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the six official breweries of Oktoberfest in Germany.

When I first tried the 2005 version of this beer I thought it was "skunky"...

I fell in love with the 2006 brewing and have enjoyed a Mas Krug full on the 1st day of the Munich Oktoberfest every year since.

L - deep amber color with a nice white head.

S - it smells good, sweet and malty.

T - this is a true German Oktoberfestbier, slightly sweet caramel malt taste, then a bit of Euro-hop biterness on the back end.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - I think you can drink more than a few of these in a sitting. Hell, it's an Oktoberfest beer, put another brat on the bbq and pour me another beer!

October 2010 - new packaging and IMO still an outstanding Oktoberfestbier.

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Photo of KodyBrannon
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer suprised me, After drinking the spaten optimator, I wasn't really expecting somthing like this from Spaten. It is a lighter colored beer, with a very refreshing, hoppy scent to it. A nice clean taste then kinda bites you as you finish off the last drink. Definatly wouldn't mind getting a 6 pack of this and enjoying at home.

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Photo of goschool
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Red Lion Tavern in Silverlake, CA.

Appearance: A two finger off-white head stays on top of the clear copper body until the last few ounces of the glass.

Smell: The nose has a rich toasted malts.

Taste: The flavor profile starts out with sweet toasted malts and finishes with dry hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and creamy with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: This is so much better on draft.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice transparent deep golden amber color with 2 fingers of head that fall to about a finger of head before I start drinking it. The nose is a nice light, sweet caramel. The flavor is very much the same, being rather sweet on the finish. Of the Oktoberfest beers I've had recently, this is a nice one. I really like it. The mouthfeel is just bordering on the lower limit of thick. I could sit down to a six of this beer easily.

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Photo of Atron67
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- highly effervescent with a white head on top, clear copper body, a little dark for the style but perfectly delicious looking

S- very malty, very delicious smelling, loaded with some melanoiden type flavors. slightly sweet, no hops noticable.

T- very malty, full of the above compounds, very flavorful for the strength. a great example. slightly grainy character.

M- thick bodied, high carbonation

D- now this is a fest beer. wish it came in a brown bottle

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Photo of Valmor88
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Excellent copper color, with a pale tan head that reduces to a creamy top.

S: Very floral and grainy aroma. Caramel and chocolate linger afterwards. There is also some citrus near the back end.

T: Creamy, sweet taste hits up front. Not bitter, but some hop flavors come through in this beer. Orange citrus flavor adds a good compliment to the sweetness.

M: Very creamy. Medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish.

O: I love marzens, and I'm usually critical of them if they don't pass. This is a great marzen.

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Photo of G2Brew
4.29/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen

No date, but I bought this bottle in February, if that tells you anything. I poured it in a chilled beer mug, but I might have done better with a stein to better capture the aromas.

A - I got less head than other reviewers here, which makes me further suspect that this might be an older bottle. Head was off-white, but there wasn't much of it, and retention was poor. Color is dark amber, with good clarity. Not a bad looking beer.

S - My beer smells awesome - none of the skunk others have noted. If this is an old bottle, I can't imagine how this would smell off tap. Lots of malt and noble hops.

T - Boom! Tons of malt and hops flavor. By George, it tastes like beer!!! The flavors are solid and straight-forward: strong Munich malt backbone, and some caramel for color and flavor. Hallertau hops is a safe guess, no mystery there. I'm pretty sure I could brew this beer from the flavors alone.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Crisp and dry enough to be refreshing, but with enough body to let you kmnow you've got something worthwhile. Smooth, with enough carbonation to feel it all over your mouth, but not dominating the nouthfeel.

D - Drinkable? Oh, yeah! Smooth, satisfying, refreshing, and delicious. I will be buying more of this brew. I'll also be doing my best to imitate it with my next batch. Good stuff!

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

had this from my very own 1/2 barrel in my kegerator...

A: A great looking bier with a darker amber color than most. A decent foam head that stayed for over 4 minutes and had immeidate and constant lacing.
S: Sweet maltiness,nutmeg, minimal spices.
T: A real full taste that follows the aroma well. A little watered down but much better than the american versions I have tasted recently.
M: Very enjoyable; full taste and mouthfeel. Sounds funny.
D: All day long...

I have had the pleasure of drinking a version of this bier at Oktoberfest and it is even better there. In keg and bottle form, it still is one of the best fest biers around. I strongly recommend it. Prosit.

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Photo of BBM
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an orange-copper color with a tight, white head on top. Aroma was bread-like and sweet; almost fruity.

Wow! I was surprised at how smooth and flavorful this one is. There is a sweet, toasted flavor, along with hints of caramel and marshmallow. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and carbonated perfectly. Slight alcohol flavor as the beer warmed. It's not the most complex beer in the world, but it's an easy drinker with enough flavor to keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of WesWes
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a nice white lace head. The aroma is exceptional. It has the smell of a good lager, but with the slightest amount of crystal malts to add color and a bit of sweetness. The taste is great. It isn't too plain or too bold. There is a fine balance here. The mouthfeel is awesome. It is a low/medium bodied beer with the right amount of carbonation. This is a great drinking beer; one of the best Octoberfests I've ever had.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.26/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Beautiful darm orange copper amber color. Poured with a good amount of head and leaves a significant amount of lacing as it's being consumed.

S: A nice sweet roasted blend of various scents. The only reason I didn't rate the smell higher was there just isn't enough there to make it stand out. That said, there is certainly nothing off and it still is a fairly pleasant scent.

T & M: The beer starts off with a somewhat sweet carbonated mouthfeel and a somewhat sweet flavor. Then, I got a nice roasted flavor that sticks all the way through until the end. The aftertaste is a blend between the sweetness and roasted flavor and hangs around just enough to keep things interesting. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect for the style, as there is absolutely no watered down feeling of this beer but it's not too heavy to interfere with its drinkability.

D: What can I say? Spaten claims they are the first to brew this beer. Not only do I think that's a cool thing, but judging on the taste and quality of this brew, it's defenitely one of my favorite (a tie between it and Samuel Adam's O-Fest) Oktoberfest beer.

Note: I had this on tap just this past Friday at a local pub and it wasn't nearly as good, as it tasted like it wasn't fresh anymore. The only thing missing from this beer is a freshness date on the bottle.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A brilliant amber pour crowned by a 1” off-white foam collar. S: Bready, malty nose with some kettle sugars. T: A malt forward beer featuring kettle sugars and a mild hop accent. F: Medium to medium full body, medium to medium low carbonation. O: A true classic.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Crisper and lighter bodied than other (American) Oktoberfests I've had, with a good deal of head. Pleasantly carbonated, very refreshing. Hater's gonna hate, but I think it's better than most American Marzens for my money. The only American one that rivals this that I have tried is Harpoon's.

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Photo of unkk33
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dam i must say, this is one good oktoberfest. Although i do prefer Sam Adams version over this one, i would highly recommend you try it if you are a fan of oktoberfest.

Its not too heavy yet so flavorful. The germans did good. Oh and 5.9% alc is great too haha.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From Bottle, Pours Pale crystal clear gold, thin white head. Aroma grassy, Grain and malt. Taste Sweet apple and caramel. Light bitter finish. Really great.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
4.24/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- suffers a little with a boring, brown coloration. Nice head retention, coming in at 2 fingers

S- Fruity, bready, malty. Overall nice.

T- wonderful strong taste. Not overpowering. Fruity with some breadiness. Hops dont hit till the end, but at nicely controlled.

M- Not thick like a stout, but thick enough to notice it's there. Refreshing with a hop bitterness at the end

D- Easy to drink a ton of this stuff. Even for the bud light drinker of the bunch. I love this beer, and would reccomend it to everyone.

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Photo of pgroove
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As far as Oktoberfests go this is definitely one of the better ones out there, but in general Im not the biggest fan of them although I do like to modify preferences with the seasons (even though here in LA it is difficult to differentiate one season from the other). Anyhoot, It has a beautiful coppery color, and is rather full-bodied in comparison to other Oktoberfests. It ain't the Optimator, but its definitely a good brew.

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Photo of brewmandan
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

local german beer hall gets this beer in on tap every year. amber color with white head that disappear somewhat quickly without lacing. smell is little above the average for the style. the best tasting oktoberfest i've had yet. i have had it from the bottle before but it's much better on tap. as long as it's available on tap, i'd be able to drink it during an afternoon at the beer hall. so far, my favorite oktoberfest yet.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 4/13/14. Had this one many years ago on draught and it was great. Comes in a nice colorful 12 ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a pretty darker amber in color with about a 1-finger of a off-white head. Lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of caramel malts with a hint of light citrus. The taste is of sweet malts, biscuit (yeast) with some spice. Very tasty and goes down easy. A very light dry finish is noted. Overall, really like this one and not a big fan of Oktoberfest brews for the most part but this one is the exception for sure.

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Photo of carln26
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great deep, clear amber color with a light white head to top the pour. Just a hint of lace on this beer, but there are not many hops to support it. Full malty sweetness on the nose with hints of caramel, and maybe just a little taffy. The taste hast the malt up front. This beer is crisper than I expected. This is good. It adds to the depth of flavor, and lets just a hint of the hops to come through. The crispness lends to a lighter mouth feel than I originally expected. Outstanding drinkability. This is the main beer at the upcoming Newport Oktoberfest, and I can’t wait to get it on tap. Great style, great beer.

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Photo of callmeclemens
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on Tap the other night down at my local Tavern. I picked this beer over two other Oktoberfests in a blind taste test, with much approval from the bar tender.

Smells malty and slightly like apple.
Tastes nice and flavourful, sweet to start with a malt finish. Goes down super smooth.

Looks pretty, nice bright brown/orange with a 2 finger width head, nice lacing.

All in all at the end of the night I had three, So that warrants drinability to me. I would highly reccomned this.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one fine example of an Oktoberfest. It pours an orange-hued deep amber with a fast fading beige head. A pleasant malty aroma and fresh bread dough are backed by a mild whiff of hops. The malt is fairly sweet and has a light doughy flavor and hint of toffee. Lime-like citrusy and a light taste of tea offer a mild ballast for the dominant malt quality. A faint flavor of candy apples is detected. The body is a bit buttery and velvety liquid. It’s hard not to take large gulps and then reach for another…in fact that’s just what I’m going to do now!

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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