Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 1,080
Hads: 2,235
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 51
Gots: 210 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 KodyBrannon
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of goschool
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of Atron67
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
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 (464 characters)

Photo of Valmor88
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of G2Brew
4.29/5  rDev +21.9%
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! (1,344 characters)

Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of BBM
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.26/5  rDev +21%
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. (1,372 characters)

Photo of everythingiszen
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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. (293 characters)

Photo of unkk33
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of GoalieRon33
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of pgroove
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of brewmandan
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of callmeclemens
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
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! (561 characters)

Photo of lefty
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this from a bottle and on-tap, while the bottle is great, you cannot beat this oktoberfest from the tap. This beer is the perfect oktoberfest color; a nice amber/brown color. the taste is extremely smooth with great flavor.

Spaten is the original oktoberfest beer and I always load up on this beer come late September as it is only around for about 2 months. (370 characters)

Photo of jpittman80
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice golden brown. Offwhite head doesn't last.

S - Beautiful mix of roasted malt, Munich malt and hops.

T - Ah, if only this tasted as it smelled. It is, however, a nicely balanced Munich Oktoberfest. Sweet caramel up front which dries slightly and has a nice hop character.

M - Nice medium body lager.

D - Very drinkable, I'm enjoying this right now on 95 degree day in Florida. (387 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quaffed on tap at THE Fest in Munchen, last Sept, 2001. Lovely golden/medium-golden color, with a frothy head, sitting in a 1-liter mug (Mass). Says "take me!". Nose is malty and bready, but on the mild side. Has medium-body and is fairly smooth tongue-wise. Has a malty, bready flavor, a smooth sweetness, and a real nice finish without any bite. Easy to quaff many, especially amongst thousands of other revelers! At the Munchen Fest, I like Spaten best amongst the "Big-6"; find it to be the maltiest, IMO. Zum Wohl!

overall: 4.25
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of mynie
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Germans better know how to make one of these, as I'm pretty sure this whole "oktoberfest" thingee has something to do with Germany. Whenever you see Ks were Cs should be it's a good bet that ol' Jerry's about.

Pours ice tea gold with no head. Unimpressive but not bad.

My oh my does it smell nice, though. Very potent, I can smell it while the glass is three feet from my nose. Incredibly rich and smooth fruit malts. Sour apples, plums, cherry juice. Nice.

Tastes like a kickass helles bock. A fruit juice bonanza that ends on nice grain with a sweet kick of caramel. There's the lightest hop at the end, to finish it off.

Nice marzen, is all I can say. I can certainly picture drinking a barrel full of this stuff while a bunch of people play polka music. (774 characters)

Photo of Murph
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very rich looking dark amber with a decent off white head that fades a little too quickly but leaves a nice lace down the glass. Light toasty aromas with some very slight hoppy bitterness to it. Smooth toastiness of the malt is excellent and it has a slightly crisp and finish to it. The hops exhibit just enough presence that they are slightly perceivable and nicely balancing. Smooth and slightly crisp and nicely drinkable. A very nice brew that reminds me why I like this traditional fall seasonal so much. (523 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice medium burnt orange color, off white head, didn't last very long. Smell was much more appealing on tap than the bottled version I recently had. Sweet carmel malt nose, very inviting pleasant smell. Taste was very balanced, even amounts of toasted malt and sweet carmel flavors. Slightly crisp hop finish, didn't linger like the bottled version. Light to medium bodied. Went down without a fight, I was pleasantly surprised to see it on tap a nearby bar/restaurant. (471 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a Spaten Oktoberfest glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a rich dark, burnished copper color with a very thin head that is soon gone leaving minimal lacing and a very small ring around the glass. At first there is minimal lacing which soon disappears so that for most of the beer there is no lacing at all.

Smell: The aroma is mild and mostly based off the malts. There is an almost honeylike, rich sweet caramel aroma somewhere between mild and dark caramel. There are touches of floral, herbal notes from the hops.

Taste: The flavor is at least partly predicted by the nose and contains rich caramel malt about half way between light and dark flavors. The earthy/herbal hoppiness has a light bitter bite but only enough to break up any monotony from the malts.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with minimal soft prickly carbonation mostly detectable as a slight feeling on the tongue and in the mouth. The finish is moderately long, beginning with the malt and then tapering off into dry herbal/earthy dryness with only very slight bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable Oktoberfest beer and one of the better ones I've sampled. The flavors balance well but without the cloying sweetness of some examples. I could easily have more than one and will certainly be looking for a chance to have another one during this fall season. (1,441 characters)

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