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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-MärzenSpaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen

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good

1,837 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

spaten o'fest

a 3.5 clear golden. (is this really the same beer that some have described as coppery or dark amber??) one finger head, partial cap after a little while, transient spotty lace.

s 4 lightly toasted bread, lots of those oh whatchamacallit protein smells, like haufbrau. maybe a bit danker. grassy hops noticeably in the background.

t 3.5-4 pretty good liquid toasted bread, a lot of sweetness and fullness to this one, and a great deal of warming in the back end. the bread is possibly a little stale the finish is respectably accompanied by hops, but could stand to be cleaner. this seems like an awfully big beer to be drinking by the liter. i know i've said that before about these roughly 6% fest beers. but dang, how do people do it?

m 3.5-3.75 medium-full, withe the fullness sometimes making it seem a little on the flat side, though the carbonation is probably at least average

d 4 after only one liter, i would likely be reeling. but after a 12 oz glass, i'd not object to more. could stand to be slightly less sweet and more vibrant. strange to me that these light colored o'fests are so sweet but i'm having a hard time finding an amber version that's sweet enough.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2010 23:54:13 | More by brewmudgeon
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TheDeuce

New York

3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Spaten Octoberfest....on tap at Bohemia Beer Garden...Astoria, NY

Appearance-orange to light red color, off white head that rises to medium size and sticks around, looks good in this large mug.

Smell-normal spicy malt as is fitting an Octoberfest, this smell dominates, hints of bread and cinnamon as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium body, malted bread initially with spice (cinnamon, pepper) throughout, nice smoothness, finishes a little blander, much cleaner than I expected.

Drinkability-not the most powerful fest beer, ok flavor.

Overall-decent fest bier, solid drinking, no real complaints, that said, it didn't wow me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 23:34:38 | More by TheDeuce
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jdense

Oregon

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

PIB 7.17.2010, tap version.

One finger off white head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Very light copper amber clear body, minimal carbonation visible. The nose features a bit of toasted (very subtle roast) malt, floral hops for balance. Taste mirrors the nose, very floral, a bit sweet. Mouthfeel is pretty light, minimal effervescence, a bit thin. Drinkability is very good, I could certainly see myself quaffing several big steins of this in Munich next fall. Not as sweet as some of the Marzens I've had, but given the historical importance of this beer, I'm certainly glad I was able to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 17:27:05 | More by jdense
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wcintula

New York

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on-tap, poured into an English pint.

A- Brownish-orange colored clear body, with a fluffy off white head.

S- The smell is sweet and of toasted malt, light hoppy scent.

T- The taste is sweet as well with the roasted-toasted malts coming through. Has a sweet aftertaste that's honey-like.

M- A refreshing bit of carbonation, crisp, yet not too prickly on the tongue, very thin coating feeling down the throat.

D- It's good for it's style, fun and festive.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2010 18:28:13 | More by wcintula
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Jesstyr

Virginia

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

Found this one on tap year round and Match in Norwalk. Served in a standard pint glass.

Pours a deep amber and copper with two fingers of light foamy head. Head lingers and lacing is strong throughout the drink. This is a good looking beer, but the nose leaves something to be desired - just nothing special is there. A bit malty, but primarily metallic alcohol in the nose.

Not usually my style of brew, but the medium body of this copper brew won me over a bit. A little malty, with a slight sweetness and a little twist of citrus in there. Overall well balanced, if not overly enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2010 13:55:32 | More by Jesstyr
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Cubsfan1087

Iowa

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

Spaten's Octoberfest brew is exceptional on-tap. Once I had it on-tap, I was very happy to find it in bottles. I was very disappointed with the bottle though, it's just not the same as on draft. It's a little more flavorful than the traditional American Octoberfest brew. If you ever have the opportunity to try this beer, it is a must.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2010 22:08:47 | More by Cubsfan1087
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served on draft at a beer bar in FL, served in a 0.5L Spaten glass (correct glassware makes beer taste better).

Beer is clear and red. Forms a thick white head that falls away leaving no lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and made up of medium bubbles that rise quickly through the beer.

Has a sweetish lager aroma. Not much to it but it smells as expected and really good.

Beer has a medium body and the drinkability is really high. Beer is slightly sweet and has a slight sour tinge to it after the sweetness. There is a mild bitterness in the back of the mouth, overall mild to moderate bitterness. The bitterness was a nice surprise, overall this was a pretty good beer. Not my favorite Oktoberfest but a good one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2009 17:00:25 | More by drabmuh
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Augustiner719

New York

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Zeppelin Hall Biergarten in Jersey City

Appearance: darker that most oktoberfest beers, especially german ones. Reddish brown hue and a thick creamy head.

Smell: Smells of roasted malts and a faint bit of sweetness.

Taste; Tastes very sweet, malty with a slight hop finish. Dry, but finish lasts moderately long.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, rich and medium bodied. Perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: Very sessionable. Drank a liter of this stuff and it went down very easily. Great session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 03:32:13 | More by Augustiner719
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brystmar

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a coppery/brownish color with minimal head from the festival tap. Mild lacing remained in the cup.

Not much in the smell here: hints of hops are the only discernable smell aside from its standard "lager-y" scent.

The taste presents its malty qualities up front and finishes with medium hoppy bitterness. But that's about it -- this is a simple beer.

This medium-bodied beer feels a wee bit sharper than expected in the mouth, but not beyond expectations based on this beer's other qualities. Reasonably crisp overall and pretty drinkable, hence its inclusion in an Oktoberfest-style festival lineup.

Not a bad beer (and I certainly prefer it to Spaten's regular offering), but nothing special either.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2009 21:19:42 | More by brystmar
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GoalieRon33

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2009 16:26:59 | More by GoalieRon33
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EddieTheTrooper

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite oktoberfest beer, Spaten is the reason I look forward to the fall. Its deep ruddy brown color is pleasing to the eyes, more so when looking at it down the barrel of a huge 32 oz mug. The smell speaks of the experience behind Spaten's brewing, these guys know how to make a friggin' beer. The first sip betrays hints of sassafras and mint that stay with you to the bottom of the glass. It is a little creamier than other oktoberfestbiers, but I like that, it serves to make a rich and foamy head. If you find it on tap, call a friend to drive you home because you're going to want to drink as much of it as your can. Remember in the movie Beerfest when the guys find that secret beer recipe hidden in the doll and they're all talking about how they want to ice skate on it or are simply moved to tears by how delicious it is? I like to imagine that beer tastes like Spaten Oktoberfest.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 17:29:04 | More by EddieTheTrooper
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taxguyjase

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer really hit the spot with some Jagersnitzel. The light orange color was appropriate for the season. There is some definite malt flavor and smell in here. The brew has a little bit of an apple cider crispness to it, which was nice. A pretty smooth beer, can't say that I noticed any aftertaste at all. If you were having a Oktoberfest (or any fiesta for that matter), this beer would likely go over very well with a mixed crowd.

Appearance - 3.0/5.0 - light pumpkin color (orange, with hint of red) transparent
Smell - 3.5/5.0 - malty with sweet afterscent, almost apple cider-esqe, little head
Taste - 4.0/5.0 - malt with bit of sweetness, really smooth with little aftertaste, bready
Feel - 4.0/5.0 - extremely smooth, little to no aftertaste
Drinkability - 3.5/5.0 - would be good for mixed crowd, balanced and enjoyable

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2009 21:42:58 | More by taxguyjase
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drunkboxer1

Texas

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

Had this on tap at Fox and the Hound. Came out a little flat but I'm guessing it wasn't the beers fault. Smells sweet and Munich-malty. A little grasssy maybe from some hops. Tastes sweet, maybe a little cloying. Definately some European hop characteristics in there; flowery etc. No real bitterness. Drinks easy, though. Been having a bunch of these marzens lately and honestly I prefer Paulener's, Sam Adams', and Real Ale's to this, but not bad if its the only thing around.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2009 17:48:55 | More by drunkboxer1
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2009 18:28:02 | More by drtth
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

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

I had this at the local Old Chicago.

A deep amber colour with almost no head of foam. What was there disappeared completely after a couple of minutes.

A weak smell of some caramel malt and slight graininess greeted my nosebuds.

The taste is very light with just some light caramel malt, grain, a little bread and that was it. Not impressive, even compared to the bottles I'vs had of it. MF was the same as bottles, light, with medium carbonation.

The drinkability wasn't bad but I didn't feel the need to ask for another pint. A very blah member of the style, at least the tap I had..

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2009 02:46:27 | More by Bitterbill
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

I usually keep clear of imports if they're in bottles. But this was on tap, so I tried it..finally.
Semi-deep and rich ruby/copper colored pour. Quite nice looking actually. Thin head...I think it was poured way too cold. Oh well.
Slight sweetness and breadiness in the nose. Malt is foremost with a sllight spice in the end.
Taste has a good blend of malt, spice and hops. too be sure, the hops are the least as the sweetness and malt blend well to produce a easy drinking beer. Some caramel is detected in the back, the hops serves as a cleansing agent and brings the beer out in the open. I enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2009 19:46:19 | More by Mebuzzard
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jnezda

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on tap last night at Addison Oktoberfest and it was good. A good dark amber color with a pale head that faded right away. Great session for Oktoberfest with limited mouthfeel and low carbonation. Flavor was great and good compliment to brats and kraut. Enjoyed this beer at the VIP tent Thursday and they provided a good stien with good beer discounts fpr the weekend.

Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2009 16:26:06 | More by jnezda
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WoogityBoogity

Florida

3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Body is a medium to dark copper hue. Thick white head with lots of bubbles. Good lacing, but nothing like belgian lace. Brilliantly clear.

S - Strong smell of dark malts. Little hint of hops, but masked by various spices.

T - Good sweetness from the malt, finishing taste of some bitter. Definitely a spicey note. Not much hop flavor.

M - Average mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

D - Something about this Marzen has always been undrinkable to me. The mix of extreme malt and random spice kind of leaves a soapy residue in my mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2009 02:21:56 | More by WoogityBoogity
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nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2009 00:06:11 | More by nocheinsbitte
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MTNboy

Germany

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is great beer all around the beer that turned me on to imports when I was too young to know better. This was the beer that made me want go to Munich. I have yet to be disappointed by Spaten. It has a red slightly orange body. The head is full and off white with awesome lace. Neither the hops nor the malt are overwhelming. This beer leans more to the malt but it is balanced for the most part. It has a thin refreshing body that is easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2009 03:51:53 | More by MTNboy
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clear, basic brown body with a thin cap of white foam. Gee. A bit of an inauspicious start, I must say.

Smell: Meager, dull maltiness with light notes of spicy, floral hops and fruit. This is both tragic and heartwrenching, like receiving news a dear friend has died recently.

Taste: I fought to keep a troubled, even wearied look off my face upon the realization that blandness would be the order of the day here. Sweetish, vague malts with, perhaps, even some pilsner malt hints to it. Very light fruity undertones of apple and grapes. Mildly bitter, faintly spicy European hops. Sadly, it's just more of the same until the abrupt end. The finish is semi-dry and lightly crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I'll admit, I was taken aback by how surprisingly bland and ho-hum this one was, being Spaten is one of the propagators of this noble style. I'm simply left wanting more (any) malt depth and complexity and even just a tiny bump in overall body to keep that nagging though of drinking brown water away. Perhaps I'll give this one a re-visit sometime down the road so I can hopefully put this disheartening experience behind me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2009 17:35:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is a deep gold with a foamy white head. Some nice lacing.

The smell is a bit caramel, some wheat and malt flavors and a bit sugary.

The taste is of caramel and cinammon. There is also so bitter fruit flavors as well.

One of the better Oktoberfest beers, is very flavorful and has a nice feel to it. Drinkability is pretty smooth and goes down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2009 16:26:31 | More by Duhast500
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/3/2008 (draft):

Pours a brownish colored body, with a small white colored head, very creamy looking. Has a very malty aroma. Some acidity in the palate. Sourish taste almost. Dusty malty taste. Don't know if the acidity and sour are a bad sign or not.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2009 15:03:11 | More by jujubeast6000
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harpo111

Georgia

2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is not a bad beer...they had it on firesale at the Saucer when i was there.
A: dard redish brown
s: fruity; malty
t: not too carbonated or hoppy...smooth
m: not overly filling..moderately light..mainly due to not being too carbonated
d: not bad...descent
a good brew..not super great, but still a descent food beer...had some wings with it...went well.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2009 22:43:35 | More by harpo111
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MillySox

Illinois

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

Poured from the tap at responsible beer bar that likey takes care of their lines and taps. Golden copper color with a big white head. Clean and crisp flavor and with a delicate balance of caramel malts and noble hops. Light enough to enjoy multiple glasses without filling up. A real fest beer with aromatic hops.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2009 17:16:22 | More by MillySox
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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