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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-MärzenSpaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,837 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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


Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001)
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half liter draft pour into a branded Spaten mug. Reviewed from notes.

The body is a fairly translucent caramel brown, with some maroon in the mix. A very creamy, half-finger white head recedes quickly but leaves soapy lacing.

The smell is quite malty and very sweet. Little to no hop presence, but that rich malt backbone imparts a caramel aroma that's very pleasing. Some spice is present as well, and there's a slight peppery note.

Like the smell, the taste is smooth but spicy. There's an earthy, grassy taste to this beer, but the malt is what really takes over. A light lingering bitterness, too.

The mouthfeel is very nice, with an appropriately low to medium level of carbonation. Again, this is very smooth.

A very drinkable and refreshing oktoberfest. Nothing outstanding, but a tasty example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 20:34:18 | More by amphion1065
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socon67

New York

3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours copper color with an inch of white foam. Some lacing is noted.

S - Has a bit of an acidic smell, with a malty scent. I found it kind of bland.

T - The generic smell translated ot the taste unfortunately. That touch of astringent bite makes this just an odd beer. There is a noted malt flavor and some sweetness.

M - Drinkability is decent. Medium bodied, with minimal carbonation.

O - Surprised this was such an underwhelming Marzen. Price is reasonable but there are much better options for this type.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 03:04:45 | More by socon67
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at brauhaus schmitz in philly during the oktoberfest party

Pours a caramel brown color with a thinner beige head. Some filmy retention with spotty lacing left behind.

Toffee and burnt caramel in the nose with bread crust. Light husk and toasted grain.

Decent layering of malts up front with toffee, caramel, and bready tones. Nothing explosive, but some decent sweetness driven by the more caramel tones. Light hops and spice towards the finish.

Medium body, alright carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. Pretty decent Marzen, although most of the flavor is pretty nondescript and unexciting at the best.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 00:19:16 | More by xnicknj
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Brick 29, Nampa ID. Served in a pint glass.

A: Deep dark golden honey bordering on copper, body is clear. Head is off-white and sticks all over the glass in consistent horizontal rings.

S: Malty, some toffee sweetness, toasted grain and husk, honey...maybe some faint Red Delicious apples? Wood and spice on the nose as well, with a non-sweet floral/herbal/leaf presence.

T: Crisp. Just a touch of floral hop character and bitterness. Crisp toasted caramel malt, grain/toast, that faint red apple taste...wood and nuttiness as well.

MF: Medium-light body, smooth, low carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer; my first Marzen, and while I won't be running to the beer store for 6-packs of this style I can see why people dig this.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 19:14:40 | More by Scotchboy
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garuda

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear ruby, thin white head that retains a little, with some lacing down the glass.

S/T - Whole wheat bread crust and caramel sweetness, with a touch of grainy hops. Malt flavors are dominated by caramel sweetness rather than a bready sweetness.

M - Medium body, nice level of carbonation, smooth across the palate.

O - A little dark for an Oktoberfest, and I'd rather have bready malt flavors in it than all the caramel. Easy drinking, like it should be, but there are certainly better ones around.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 11:37:32 | More by garuda
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falloutsnow

Illinois

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

Half-liter had at Krug Park, Omaha, NE

Arrived with a fairly fluffy off-white head, which decreased to a thin film over the top after a few minutes. Moderately dark brown-amber body, transparent, some carbonation. Modest, spotty lacing occurs with each sip.

Smell is primarily of deep, layered malts and floral hops.

Taste similar to smell, with fairly velvety malt sweetness accompanied by floral and grassy hops flavors in the background. Aftertaste is malty, not cloying, and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is, as suggested above, very smooth. Body is moderate, not heavy or light. Drinks very easily, consistently, and reliably.

From what I know of Marzen styles, this is fairly true to the standards and doesn't show many obvious flaws. If some find it too plain, they are simply stating the obvious and decrying the beer's intended focus on a specific style and method of brewing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 21:22:01 | More by falloutsnow
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in half liter mugs at a German Restaurant that I tried for the first time today. Deep golden amber with a huge fluffy white head that survived for most of the night. Smells of malt in spades. Bready caramel and burnt sugar mixed with just enough earthy floral hops to keep it from being sweet. Tastes is rich and malty. Melanoids mixed with bread and grain with a spicy floral hop bite that keeps everything in check. Medium body and carbonation level, rich sweet malt y mouthfeel. Light and easy to drink these went down quite quickly and paired well with my meal.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 21:38:05 | More by johnnnniee
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Aiptasia

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled after a 16 oz. Smuttynose pumpkin ale and an ahi tuna sandwich at a local St. Augustine watering hole.

A: Poured a rich amber brown in the glass with a toasted marshmellow head. No chill haze and ready to drink.

S: Smells of rich malts and slight hints of hops and spices. Very subtle.

T: Love how this one tastes. It's a subtle beer with just the right balance of hops and octoberfest spices (anise, ginger, etc.) in the background to make you pause and wonder if they're really present.

M: Definitely a "wet" beer, has no dry finish and leaves you refreshed and wanting another pint. Very low on the hops scale, alcoholics are there but not overpowering.

O: Again, an overall well balanced octoberfestbier. This is one you could drink out of giant German beer steins and not be overwhelmed by hops flavors. A great "mass quanities" party beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 18:22:52 | More by Aiptasia
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: ?
Have had in bottles and on tap at various times.

All InBev-ness aside...
Pours a clear orange-brown with a variable-sized white head, depending on the pour. A pretty basic brew all around, with scents of lightly toasted malts and floral hops. Not as pronounced as you would acquire in more prime examples of the style, but still decent. Light, toasted malts in the taste, white and brown sugar, and notes of apple and maybe a tad of grape skin. Light mouthfeel, thin, and easily drinkable, even if it's overall a bit lacking in the flavor department.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 20:45:49 | More by Rifugium
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beerprovedwright

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brought in a chilled but not frosted mug. Head of one finger was very tight foam, leaving a broken but very clingy lace. Color was a 9 on my pocket SRM beer color chart. Smell is like cottage cheese, but there are odors of roasted wheat and barley malt, with a hint of raisins, and corn. Taste is a little heavy, with flavors of wheat, raisins, orange peel, pine nuts, and malt. Mouthfeel is full, and lots of tingle, but there is a off aftertaste of grapefruit peel that is just not pleasing. This was my first and last, unless someone gives me one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2011 17:23:59 | More by beerprovedwright
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DPFRD

Arizona

3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper, decent head.

S- Caramel malts, hint of hops.

T- Good malt backbone with a hop finish. I little fleeting aftertaste wise, but good all the same. I want more of everything when I taste this beer.

M- Medium to light bodied, mild carbonation.

D- I've seshed on this beer all night long. Good flavor, but it is nice and tame, so you can pound them. Not the most remarkable marzen I've had though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 09:19:24 | More by DPFRD
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AleBlager

Wisconsin

2.3/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

We were excited about the legitimacy of a real Marzen from a real Germany. The look was promising, typical Oktoberfest, light amber and clear. Not much head or carbonation. The residual did not cling to the glass like an ex-girlfriend (BA-ZING!). The basic smell-malty. A woodshop memory also sprang into our minds. However, the inability of the smell to resonate brought the first disappointment of this beer. Upon first taste, I was convinced that there might have been a Munich, Ohio. This Oktoberfest is a very malty beer, and only if you let the flavors linger will you taste a hoppiness. The beer itself was not very carbonated, and did not sit on the palate at all (much like how the smell didn't resonate). Justin was very disappointed due to his travels and beerperiences in Germany. Despite the shortcomings, this beer would not disappoint an experienced Oktoberfest-er. Though it is not a special beer, it is a solid, basic beer, that is not at all bad tasting. It has a light body, and a pleasant smell, albeit fleeting. Taking that into consideration, we rate this beer drinkable. We expected more from a Munich Oktooberfest, as this beer was more of a late August/early September-fest. Much too basic, but a good general idea. A little more editing and this beer could be something amazing. Better luck next time.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2010 22:42:03 | More by AleBlager
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callmeclemens

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2010 00:38:17 | More by callmeclemens
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phishgator

Florida

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Octoberfest in Cape Coral (German-American Club). Poured into a 64 oz pitcher and then into 14 oz plastic cups. The aroma was sweet carmel and vegetables in the garden. The favor was heavy malt and sweet carmelizied sugars. The body was thick and after a pitcher it was not the easiest brew to be putting back.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 17:39:04 | More by phishgator
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a .4l mug.

Pours a very clear deep red amber, it's got a small light brown head. Nose is malty and sweet and fairly crisp.

Taste is quite bitter and a bit grainy. It's got a nice sharp bite to it's thats very crisp and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is quite full and really creamy. It's decent but not quite malty enough.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 00:00:08 | More by kingcrowing
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jampics2

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Beer Engine.  Served in a pint glass.      

Spaten Oktoberfest is a deep amber, copper and gold highlights around the edges. It has a small ring of head and film of foam.  Nice looking beer, one of the best Oktoberfest beers I've had this season!     

The smell is much more fruity than others; I had this next to the Paulaner and it was remarkable how much more sweet grape fruit smell this had.  Some mild hops and toasted malt round out the smell.  Nice, but I'd like more toasty presence from the Munich malt.  This is just plane Jane in the malt department, almost coming off as a pilsner at times.

Likewise, the taste is very fruity and, well, relatively boring. Some mild toast is there, it's just hidden under the other flavors, one of which is a Pilsen malt character.   Slight sweetness id also noted in the form of a kiss of caramel from the malt. This  beer is not too hoppy, but some mild bitterness lingers after the sip.  I'd like to see more toasty Munich malt, but it's hard to fault the original Oktoberfest beer as not being true to the style. Instead, I'll have to say the style guidelines have evolved to include more modern beers that fit my personal tastes better.   

The mouthfeel of this is nice, medium to light body with nice carb and a clean finish. Some mild bitterness lingers.  So, I enjoyed this but I like toasty Oktoberfest beers like the Paulaner more.  Something I'm happy to have tried but I don't think I'll be making an annual tradition of this.    

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 12:35:04 | More by jampics2
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r3o

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

here goes my first attempt at a review:
On tap,
A= amber, with a very thin head that disapeared rather quickly
S= toasty, did not capture much
T= malt, hint of hop, well balance
M= light, low carbonation
D= standard, easy palate, would have another one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 02:27:11 | More by r3o
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a mild brown with a good amount of khaki colored head and lace. Munich malts, fair amount of sweetness and little hop presence. Malts are roasted and have a caramel and unsweetened cocoa flavor. Medium to full bodied and a fairly smooth drinker. A very standard O-fest but lacks the character to make it truly great.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 05:22:33 | More by Stinkypuss
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Winking Lizard in Independence, OH, served in a special 1L Spaten/Winking Lizard dimpled-mug. That's over 32 oz of pure Oktoberfest goodness in a glass - Aye, Yaye-yaye-yaye!

Pours a beautiful copper-amber, with a good 1" of white head. Head remains for a good 3/4 of the beer.

Smell is malty, with a decent amount of grains smell; barley, mild hops. Slightly bready as well.

Taste is full and creamy, with sweet malt, mild hops, and a slight yeast taste.

A decent bodied, easy drinking beer.

Is this a full liter? I hardly noticed, and could easily put down another. Send me to Munich!

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2010 01:40:59 | More by TheHoppiest
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david18

New York

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The have this on draft at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side. What a great beer for this time of year and it came with special 20 ounce stein-style glasses. Great, easy drinker that's light enough to easily enjoy 20 or 40 ounces of and still feel good. At the same time great malt flavor and aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2010 22:46:34 | More by david18
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served up a rich reddish amber that is completely clear. The head is dense and slightly off-white, leaving moderate lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is very bready and clean, but seems to be lacking a lot of the toasted character that really makes a marzen. It smells nice with hints of caramel and malty breadyness, but it seems pretty tame for the style.

The flavor is a little bit better with some nice caramel malt character mixing with a sweet breadyness. There are hints of toasted malt and a bit of herbal hop character, but much like the aroma it seems to be pretty low key.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and seems a bit thin. The beer finishes well and leaves only traces of malty sweetness.

This beer is really tasty, but it is a bit of a disappointment when you are looking forward to a nice rich, toasty, caramely and chewy Oktoberfest. If you know what you are getting into though, it is a very drinkable and pretty good tasting German lager.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 13:30:39 | More by zoso1967
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brewmandan

Iowa

4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2010 13:49:23 | More by brewmandan
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Vinola's in Leola.
Served to me in a pint glass with a finger of head. Good clarity with little to no lacing. Color is a amber-brown. Smell is bready with a mild grassy hop aroma. Taste is very mild. Bread and caramel malts and just a touch of spicy hops. Mouthfeel is pretty full-bodied with a clean finish. Decent marzen but nothing to seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2010 19:30:59 | More by JunkYardJake
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cdizinno

South Carolina

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

Doing this from memory...

A: Slightly tarnished copper, penny color. Clear with moderate carbonation and a thin white head with minimal lacing.

S: Malty sweetness with mild hop background.

T&M: Medium bodied. Malty, caramel throughout. Mild hops bitterness.

Probably better than previous years that I have tried this style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2010 01:23:45 | More by cdizinno
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Stunner97

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

9/3/10 on tap

Appearance - nice copper brown in color with little to no head or carbonation to be seen

Smell- nice malty bready and sweet nose,

Taste- has good malt sweetness with just enough bitter hop on finish to keep it from being too much, very tasty and well balanced and much better then the last time that i tried the beer last season from bottle, not super complex but good and enjoyable flavor

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation

Drinkability- very easy to session and drink down quick while at the bar, has nice balance and thankfullly walks the line perfectly of giving you the malts you want in an octoberfest while still not being to sweet, definitely nice example of the style and worth trying, one to session and not overally have to focus on but enjoy each sip

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2010 23:19:47 | More by Stunner97
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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