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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,108 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,108
Hads: 2,388
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 21.07%
Wants: 55
Gots: 297 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Orange-brown, clear, ample loose bubbles. Cream-colored foamy head that lasts, with good lacing.

S: Malt sweetness with some light purfumey-ness.

T: A good variety of light malts, which bring some sweetness and breadiness. Finish is decently long, which is more than I'd care for with this tiring palate of flavors.

M: Surprisingly smooth for the style, and the carbonation is enjoyable.

O: A decent Oktoberfest, but that's not saying much for a style that already means uncomplicated.

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Photo of Act25
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks great, smells very good, all down hill from there to mass kind of beer.

A -- Lovely pour yields a 2 finger cap and retains and laces well. Beautiful bronze marzen color.

S -- Nose is solid, grassy, sweet, fall leaves. I like it.

T -- Follows nose with more biscuits up front and then a sweet malt follow through, ending in a nice dry finish. But I find it a touch metallic, "kind of mass product feeling" and perhaps dulled from the travel? Gets better as it warms

M -- Feel is a bit dull, with a tingly feel and lots of carbonation, but still a bit metallic rather than earthy, which is what I want it to be.

O --OK Marzen. A great style from a great brewer than probably arrives on these shores mid pack.

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Photo of Ryanm1
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed this one in a mixed 6'er at whole foods. Tried this in a small taster glass on a night while trying other beers as well. Amber in color. I really like it dispite the fact it was a bit light on carbonation concerning the mouthfeel. Malty taste with a hint of orange I was getting. Descent Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of brurevu
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It poured a dark amber with a subtle off white head. The aroma was all caramel malt with slight roasted malt, but definitely little to no hop presence. The faste was an obvious malt forward profile with caramel malt and some nutty roastiness as well. There was a slight spicy bitterness on the finish that keeps your attention. While I’ll admit there is nothing over the top spectacular about this lager, it hits my taste buds in all the right spots. It’s easy to drink with enough flavor to distinguish itself from a league of lagers and keeps me looking forward to Oktoberfest every year.

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Photo of TommyLiam
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A -- Semi-Aggressively poured into a pilsner glass. Formed two fingers of dense light cream head. The beer is a dark hued bronze without any clouding. Carbonation is active and ubiquitous. The head retains a cap for an extended period of time. Quite lovely.

S -- The nose is metallic and grainy. A little bit of time reveals sweetness. Not much going on here but not less than expected for the style.

T -- The Spaten signature crisp character is the first impression after the swallow. Light biscuit upfront with a sweet malt flavor which transitions into the almost austere dryness of the finish. There are traces of spice in the finish and the malts are slightly roasted but overall the flavor is restrained. Zero heat.

M -- The mouthfeel is lively and light as to be expected. The carbonation level is perfect but repeated consumption of this lager dulls the palate.

O -- A solid Marzen lager but nothing to write home about. Considering the price point there are better American expressions widely available for a better value. I'm never afraid to pick this up at a bar if it's the only Oktoberfest option or is I can find a great price at a wholesaler.

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Photo of BigBry
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap.
Poured clear copper-orange with a short tan head. Foam fades to a thin film, leaving thin lace rings.
Smell is typical marzen caramel and biscuit malt. Taste is very similar, dry biscuit, toasted caramel. Light bitterness at the end keep it from being too sweet.
A decent amount of carbonation, crisp and clean, thin mouthfeel and medium body.
Drinkable, refreshing but not overly thin.

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had in a Spaten Oktoberfest pint glass. Poured a clear copper with a rich, creamy head that dissipates slowly into a cap and leaves a mild amount of lacing. Caramel malts, earthy hops, and big nutty notes are all detected on the nose. Taste is very rich and malty, and leaves behind a berry like aftertaste. There is also an earthy bitterness on the end. Medium bodied beer that leaves a syrupy texture in the mouth, but drinks very easy.

Overall: Very well balanced and delicious marzen, even though it's an Americanized one.

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Photo of MrBoz21
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear, effervescent, burnt sugar brown/copper. Pours with thick white/tan head which dissapates quickly with nice lacing that also dissapates.

Smell: Lemongrass and hints of biscuit. Subtle and delicate.

Mouthfeel: Semi dry and tickly from carbonation.

Taste: Malty (caramel sweet and light biscuit). Finishes with subtle noble spicy notes.

Overall: Excellent and substantial lager with complex and balanced maltiness.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper almost brown but stays toward orange. Glows like red fire with an impeccable clarity. Head is thick and rich. Tan foam that falls slowly and leaves a thick cap and ring with handsome lace. The bubbles streaming up from the bottom look they they know where they are going .

Nose is lager yeast with a touch of mineral. A nice light hop citrus scent and an earthy malt. The malt is lightly sweet, caramel with good bread backing , rich malt undertones and nutty qualities. Hops are floral and bring a light citrus.

Taste is stupendous. Complex malt character unfolds. First it's smooth clean and rich. It's soft yet firm and yields up toasted grains with a natural sweetness. Nutty qualities and rich layered sugars with a light caramel. It has a bit of soft spice character and a nice dry finish. The aftertaste is light and crisp and has the nice touch of lemon zest. Herbal hops and toasted grains come together so sweetly and the medium carbonation tickles them both on the palate. As it warms the grains really flourish with their toasted qualities but the sweetness remains light and the hops are perfectly balanced and grassy and full rather than bitter. The malt in this beer is so clean. It shines. it glows in the color and it exceeds in it's taste character. It has a an elegance that is understood rather than understated. The hops and spice remain soft while the lager yeast dances light and a touch earthy on the tongue to contrast all that malty flavor without any hop oil or pine resin.

This is a great oktoberfest that has all the right proportions. A beer that makes you want to drink more. It's flavorful and kind. It is resilient and the aftertaste lingers dry with a light sweetness that is earthy like all the good and savory food to come on the fall table. It has the color of autumn fire, it has the presence of a crisp fall wind and the wet scent of yeast and bread. This is home and hearth, a fire and the warm glow of toasts.

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Photo of BobGlickman
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big malt & low hops

Perfect beer - for me. I love a malty taste and don't like hops much at all. Being aware that hops are all the rage right now, there aren't too many domestic beers I care for. Prior to late 2008, I thought Sam Adams Octoberfest was one of the best beers I ever tasted but in December of that year, my wife and I visited EPCOT's Germany. On tap, we were treated to Spaten Oktoberfest beer and our lives changed. A rich malty flavor with no hops bitter nastiness - pure bliss. Six months later, we made to the Yard House in Waikiki and had our first revisit with this beer. Our initial impressions were confirmed.

In late August in 2009, I had my first Sam Adams Octoberfest since trying the original. I no longer liked it as the hops aftertaste took over my palate. This was a defining moment as it perfectly demonstrated for me what I like and dislike about beer. I always stock up with 6 case in my beer cellar for the off-season and ration carefully.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on tap at one of those cigar bars in old market Omaha. it pours real flat looking, although it doesn't feel that way when you drink it. dark orange, burnt sugar color, with zero head. a nose of german amber malts, almost like an altbier, but a little richer and sweeter. good depth of flavor here, malt driven obviously, but with some pine in the finish and a very very light lager yeast that lets all the other elements do the talking. dense though, not well enough carbonated, but brighter than it appears. too filling for more than a few, this one seems off from the rest, the paulaner and the hacker and the like, a step behind, which is odd for spaten, but true for this one. I honestly didn't care for it a whole lot, disjointed and sloppy, even for an original, in my humble opinion. better in a bottle, but not by a lot.

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Photo of Scrapss
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into goblet from growler.

A: beautiful copper with one finger head that dissipated into nothing rather quickly. Not much carbonation.

S: muted biscuit and caramel malty. Faint european, lemon grass hop. Slightly yeasty bready notes.

T: surprisingly muted. Sharp malt subsides quickly into a slightly spicy yeast and malt trail. Little to no hop bitterness. lightly metallic aftertaste at finish.

M: thin. dead due to lack of carbonation. still finish with slight drying. Disappointing.

O: Ayinger is better. I'd seek that or even Sam Adams over this one. Sorry :(

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Photo of barnzy78
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz green bottle
A - deep golden almost brown color with a thin ivory head that dissipates quickly to a foam atop the beer
S - very malty with sweet toasted grain, bready, grassy, yeast, slightly fruity
T - malt forward with toasty grain, bread, yeast, grassy noble hops
M - creamy and smooth, semi-dry and very clean finish
O - one of the best - a true Munich brewed Oktoberfestbier.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The aroma is malty with pils and munich malts.
The appearance is amber with some ruby hightlights in color. Extremely carbonated which props the head up during the whole session.
A very malty tasting beer but lacks character and depth in the flavor.
Slightly toasted.
The finish is dry and semi bitter.
An okay brew nothing special, a one and done.

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Photo of Brenden
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This Oktoberfest comes out of the tap a clear coppery color with a small, creamy off-white head that leaves decent spotting as it falls.
This is an appropriately bready example of the style, and it's an aspect I appreciate. There's not quite as much caramel as some have, but it's malty, and the malt balances with Noble hops that add a little leafy and gently spicy element. There's also something that's not quite vinous but almost, a sort of grape-like tart dryness that comes in before an herbal, leafy tea-like quality in the finish. The flavor is just the slightest hint sweeter than the nose, but they work equally well.
The body is medium, and the feel is taken by a bright crispness before it smooths out, though it never loses the nip.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark orange/amber with a thick off white head. Laces nicely.

Lots of bread and a little bit of sweetness. Grassy and herbal.

Bready with some complimentary caramel sweetness tagging along. Lots of herbal hop.

Crisp and refreshing. Lively carbonation and a medium body.

Was surprised by this one. Green bottle scared me a bit, but this is a good'un.

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Photo of tkelley
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a dimpled mug.

A - dark amber color. Really pretty. Clear. White head with ok retention and lacing.

N - smells like a beer hall. Malty. Very little hops. Smells sweet and beery. Very traditional beer smell.

T - again malty. Toast and biscuits. Nice finish.

M - solid. Good carbonation. Easy drinking.

O - very nice. Much more traditional example of the style than Weinheinstephaner, which I had the other day.


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Photo of beer272
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: came in a green bottle :( not good for protecting against light. Though some companies are playing with the hops to eliminate the effect. Perfect lacing, great carbonation. Light golden pale color.

Smell: Nothing strong. Very neutral.

Taste: a nice drinking beer. good mouth feel, hops and malt nicely balanced and smooth.

Mouth feel: See above.

Overall: A nice drinking beer, fantastic lacing. Nice golden and clear tasting.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a beer stein

Rich copper brown. Foamy two finger cap settles into a gentle layer. Slight lacings on the glass

Aroma of sweet caramel malty goodness.

Smooth malty , semi sweet delicious Marzen style beer. Light mouthfeel , no bitter aftertaste . Delicious.

I love September when Oktoberfest beers appear. I try as I many as I can but Spaten as a true Munich style is one that is always stocked in my fridge. Prosit!

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Photo of Chrisbaggz
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a true representation of the classic Marzen style. Once you pop open the bottle you're immediately hit with a delicious malty nose. When it comes to taste, I'm reminded of a really good pilsener with a delicious multi-sweetness to accompany it. Mouth feel is pretty good, with notes of sweetcorn as it passes through the pallet. All and all, a great Oktoberfest brew. Cheers!

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Photo of BierStein711
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draught in a mini pilsner!

Dark amber brown, three finger taupe head, fast reducing

Smells of bread, malt, wet grain, and a light bit of biscuits at the end

Tastes: bready and malty, perfect for a winter's night rather than fall.

Mouthfeel: thick

Overall, I'd have this again without delay.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance : A amber color shines brilliantly as a steady stream of carbonation rises to the slightly off-white head.

Smell - Delicious malts are abundant in the rich aroma; toasted bread with biscuit undertones. It has a moderate sulfur character.

Taste - Is a pure malt pleasure that's toasty, but lightly and very well balanced.

Mouthful - Medium-bodied, it starts sweet and fuller but finishes light and refreshing with a good crispness to it.

Overall- Brewed perfectly for what it's meant for; sheer drinkability. Excellent. Can drink these all night. A solid brew, in a great season.

This is a world-class beer that's incredibly well done and as close to the epitome of an oktoberfest as possible. A malt-lover's dream, this is devoid of hop flavor and bitterness, letting the deep maltiness really shine.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bronze-red; clear; small head; good lacing

Aroma: Malty; floral; grassy; light hops

Taste: Malty; vinous fruit; hops in middle; finishes juicy and balanced

Remarks: Very tasty beer

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper. Very thin lace of head.
Smell: Vanilla, butter biscuits, light citrus.
Taste: Butter biscuits, light citrus.
Mouthfeel: Smooth carbonation.

I think this is excellent. The butter biscuit rules the day here in both smell and taste. It's a smooth drink, very refreshing; perhaps it's too easy of a drinker. I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of Beric
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: On tap at The Asgard in Cambridge, MA
Served: 28 Sept 2015

REREVIEW: First review was a simple 'had', 3.75 overall

Appearance: Arrives in a tumbler pint with a solid copper color, similar to what a Sam Adams Oktoberfest might look like. Soft, half finger head quickly dissipates to nothing. Slight carbonation visible in the glass.

Smell: Soft caramel notes, a pinch of herbal astringency, and whole-wheat toast.

Taste: Very similar to the nose except sadly this one had a metallic aftertaste as well, which means there were probably keg or line issues at the bar. Aside from the metallic flavors, the beer finished quite dry, which is roughly how I expect a German Oktoberfestbier to finish. Nothing too assertive though and nothing truly to write home about.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-light body, medium-high carbonation. Quaffable in the extreme.

Overall: A standard-normal Oktoberfestbier. Though this will get the job done, there are much better made imports for a similar price and comparable widely-available domestics as well.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
81 out of 100 based on 1,108 ratings.