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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-MärzenSpaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen

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1,837 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1837
Reviews: 1058
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%

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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001)
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Photo of DarthMalt


3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had some of last year's Oktoberfest this past May, and I think that tasted more like the Oktoberfest formerly known as Marzen, than the Oktoberfest I am drinking now, which tastes more like Marzen. Does that make any sense?

Anyway, pours nice and fluffy, then settles down to a crater-bubble layer which holds on nicely. Slight sulphur in the aroma.

The amber color advertises a bit darker than the body follows through with, and there's definitely an estery plum. It's also twangy like a Bass Ale, spreading sideways on the mid-tongue and continually ringing about like a brass bell.

Quaffability is pretty good, but I think I'm going to stash some of this until next May to get the Oktoberfest beer out of it.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2002 18:25:31 | More by DarthMalt
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

once again, spaten did not reach the level of hacker-pschorr, but they did quite well. it was a close call, but this one was just not the same. it was lighter and not as rich and smooth, but did well in all categories. a fine beer, but not the best

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2002 20:09:28 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of weissbierhead

New York

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The reviews for this beer seem to be mixed. In my opinion the 12oz. green bottles are less than exceptional. If you can find in on tap, or buy it in the 0.5 liter bottles it will rival anything you can get in Munchen in Septmber/October.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2002 17:14:01 | More by weissbierhead
Photo of marc77


4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2002 21:13:10 | More by marc77
Photo of ADR


3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its color is medium rich but I like the hop/malt balance here, not malt-o-mania, but also a bit underpowered in overall impact and mouthfeel...it didn't seem overly carbonated to me. My definition of a bright beer in some aspects, especially in a slightly "green" sense that I think puts it mid pack to sub mid pack among the German O-Fests that get bottled and sent to North America.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2002 11:23:48 | More by ADR
Photo of garymuchow


3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lighter amber color with a medium foamy head that last for a little time, but eventually is gone. Aroma is primarily malt, yet a noticeable hop presence. Mild malty start with presence of a fuller roasted malt in middle and finish. Flavor includes the alcohol. Closes with some dryness. A little thin, yet fully carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2001 23:07:28 | More by garymuchow
Photo of mattmaples


3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok, you guys are starting to make me feel a little self conscious here. I liked this Oktoberfest. It is not the best one I have had but it had more malt going for it that Paulaner, and less of the hop twang then the Ayinger. I think that the bottle age and condition may be the culprit here. I tried all three side by side although the Paulaner was just past date but the other two were fresh. Well I would take a Franz Joseph Sailer Juble (Oktoberfest) over any of them :-)

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2001 14:17:34 | More by mattmaples
Photo of Brent


2/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Venom is dead-on. This beer is pretty underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2001 23:06:17 | More by Brent
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