Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,231 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,231
Reviews: 1,097
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 50
Gots: 209 | 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 jmz62565
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This starts out as one great beer,but fails to deliver.It looks great,full dark amber color and a big head.The taste is not what it should be.For a specialtly Octoberfest,this beer is alittle weaker in taste than other octoberfests.With an octoberfest, i would expect more flavor,i.e.more spices.This is a beer you could enjoy grilling sausages or brats.This is more of a crisp beer than other octoberfests and results in a better drinkability.

Photo of beeragent
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Photo of JDV
2.67/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Draughthouse. Medium gold pour, very little head. Smell is some malt, but more yeasty than anything, although somewhat mildly so. Taste is sweet with hint of hops and a yeasty lager like flavor. Decent, very drinkable, but nothing remarkable.

Photo of TWM
2.67/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A- nice golden color, 2-finger head that faded quickly but left a bit of fine lacing. Love the bottle; the checked pattern seems fun, classy, a bit art deco while still very German. Not sure why I like it- normally the bottle makes no impression on me, but I love the look of this one.

S- virtually none. I actually went and checked my sniffer, and I can smell other stuff just fine so it must be the beer.

T- not bad, but not much of it. Definitely not as watery as the smell, but very muted flavors. The hops add a bit of spiciness that helps compensate for the muted flavors.

M- feels great, carbonation is dead on for a very lightly flavored beer, not overwhelming but enough so that as the bubbles rise in my mouth, it brings the muted flavors out more. Lingers pleasantly

O- not bad, but not likely to buy more

Photo of gilman
2.67/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper colored body with a thin white head that did not last. Faint aroma of sweet caramel malts and flowery hops. Mouthfeel was light waterery bodied with a low carbonation. Flavors were sweet and but not very refreshing. It has a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Drinkability was watered down not very impressive. Gonna have to choke down 3 more bottles.

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.

Photo of MONKandTUCK
2.7/5  rDev -25%
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.

Photo of jeffaz02t
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Was a very orange colored brew with a moderate amount of head that disapeared fairly quickly.

S: I could detect a mild amount of skunk within the malty, carmel smell.

T: Slightly malty with hops dominating the aftertaste. Almost too bitter. There is also a carmel hint throughout the entire taste spectrum. Not my favorite Oktoberfest brew from the fest in Munich.

M: moderate to low carbination. Smooth to a point.

D: I could do one mass, after that I went to another tent to dabble in some better beer. Not the worst beer ever by any means, but I could hardly do the one liter.

*(Review taken from notes taken at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany)*

Photo of samie85
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Photo of udubdawg
2.72/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

while the date indicates this is not what I'd call fresh, if the style was historically brewed in the spring to be consumed in the fall, this was brewed in the fall and is being consumed in the spring - should be about the same, right?
Pours a coppery orange color, off-white head quickly receding to a ring and a stubborn patch in the center of the glass before hanging on.
Where's the aroma? It is light, far from the richness I expect. There is a vague and thankfully light suggestion of tartness. it isn't toasty.
Earthy and floral hops make more of an appearance than expected in the flavor. Again, no toast. Quite sweet, slightly doughy, not overly complex - hard not to be disappointed here. I'm not getting any significant tartness I feared from the aroma.
Carbonation is decent, slightly low. Beer is mostly clean, only slightly sticky, body medium light for the style.
Underwhelming in so many areas, but at least it is on the lighter end of the style. This brings the drinkability back up to average.

Photo of kegger22
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Photo of oldhippie247
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.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Dundee Oktoberfest.

A: Clear amber with two-finger, white, foamy head that diminished in a couple of minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Sweet grainy malt. Some fruit.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Strong alcohol flavor.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and dry. Kind of watery.

O: The taste and mouthfeel was pretty disappointing on this one. I liked the Dundee better.

Photo of rebel1771
2.74/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Photo of Jesse13713
2.74/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear and slightly transparent caramelized brown. Two fingers of soapy head that is quick to diminish. A light, almost root-beer like look.

Smelll - Light malt and crisp autumn scents. Smells fresh.

Taste - Tastes a bit fizzy and soapy. A bit if a funky malt all-throughout. Light grain and wheat notes.

Mouthfeel and Overall - Light-bodied. A bit flat with a grainy funk to it. A decent Oktoberfest.

Photo of billybob
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow/golden color with a small white head that settled quickly. Little lacing to speak of.

S: Some grass, as well as some malt and a little bit of fruit, little bit of skunk.

T: Pretty malty with a little bit of caramel. There is a grainy characteristic as well.

M/D: Medium bodied, but smooth. Overall its ok, not great. I am guessing that the trip overseas has a lot to do with this. On tap, I bet its a whole different beer.

Photo of srrn
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I must not have been drinking the same beer that everyone else is rating so highly. The smell, taste and finish of this all reminded me of a pale lager, similar to a Stella or a Chinese Tsingtao. Almost a skunky aroma, and the taste was more of the same. If I see it, I may try again, just to make sure I didn’t just get a bad bottle, but based on this one, I could not find too much good to say about this beer.

Photo of ReDave
2.77/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm kinda wondering what year this was.... no clue of date.

Not impressive sourish malt aroma

Nice head cream colored lasted a short while.. Nice lacing.

Sorta lemony sour malt taste, with bad sour-bitter aftertaste.

I think this is worth once a year, but not much more.

Photo of DurtyNellie
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very pretty beer. Copper body with an off-white head that quickly dissipated. Nice lacing on the glass, though.
Bit of a toasted and floral aroma.
I can barely taste the toasted malts or the hop characteristics.
A bit thin and watery.
I'm not impressed, I used to like this beer. Might do well with the Millcooweiser folks. Green bottle - possibly stale?

Photo of witster18
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tastes pretty good, but would wear on me after 2 or 3. Maltiness is tempered with a unpleasant and lingering astringency/off-putting citrus note? Starts like an amber... finishes like a weak bock... a weird almost pumpkinish sweetness that pulls a 180 and turns into a dry buttermilk....blah... not very good... I wanna real beer... not one that just comes from beer central and looks good on the label. Overpriced. About equal with a shiner bock, but cost about 4 dollars more.

Photo of bkilpatr
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Photo of deebo
2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a very clear reddish brown. Tan head has little staying power, not much for CO2 bubbles.
S-Hint of skunky beer with weak caramel malt aroma. I hate green bottles-all brewers should stop using them. Light degradation of beers from Europe packaged in green bottles never holds up by the time it gets here.
T-Nice upfront sweet toasted malt with a hint of floral hops at end with a little astringent aftertaste.
M-Medium body with moderate effervescence, hops linger.
D-Easy to drink but not a ton of flavor.
O-Not my favorite Marzen but respectable-would love to get some before the skunk sneaks in the bottle. I'm sure this on tap would be a much better experience. Maybe some people actually like skunky beer...Heineken anyone?

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