Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
12oz. bottle served in my Harpoon Krug. Looks great in the mug - pours a beautiful translucent amber with a rocky, 2.5 inch cream-colored head that eventually dissipates into a solid quarter inch cap. Nose expresses classic German sour-mash lager aromas - nothing too out of the ordinary. Taste follows nose; however, there is also a bit of caramel and a trace of dark fruit intermingled. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a bright carbonation and a slight, residual burn at the back of the throat. All and all, a pretty drinkable Marzen - not my favorite, but it goes down easy and is not at all cloying like some examples of the style I've had the opportunity to try.
09-21-2011 23:48:58 | More by Jwale73
3.13/5 rDev -12.8%
Presentation: 12oz green (UGH!) bottle with cool label; wish there was a date. Into a dimple stein.
Appearance: Average looking copper beer with nice ivory cap which soon fades to a thick ring and film.
Smell: Light whiff of skunk at first pour...damn you green bottles! A bit of warming and a swirl or two and this mostly disappears. A decent kick of sweetness, but mostly of the candy variety, with little caramel and not much of the toastiness that I like my Oktoberfests to have. Not unpleasant, but ordinary in the extreme.
Taste: The flavors are nice, but far too light. Light maltiness, ghostly bready/toasty notes, hints of minerality. Medium bitterness and just a hint of fruity hops. Quaffable, but forgettable.
Overall: Nothing offensive (save the green bottle and slight skunkiness) but I've had American pseudo-craft offerings for 3-4 dollars less a sixer with more flavor. You could drink a lot of this in big mugs (or boots) but there's nothing here that would inspire me to buy a sixer of this brew.
09-20-2011 03:03:34 | More by BedetheVenerable
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.
Yet another O-Fest finally getting sampled this year. Took me long enough... It pours a clear light auburn topped by a finger of dusty off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, rye bread, light orange peel, light cashew, and a touch of toasted wheat. The taste is a cleaner version of the smell, complete with sweeter caramel, slightly spicier rye, and richer orange. It's not a leap, really, but definitely a step up. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a very solid O-Fest, one of the better ones out of Germany herself.
09-19-2011 06:09:53 | More by TMoney2591
3.35/5 rDev -6.7%
Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass
A-light brown/ochre color with about a 2 finger cream colored head that left a lot of lacing
S-mostly malt with some bread
T-at first I thought I detected a little skunk but after the second taste it didn't seem to be there so most of the taste was some toast and malt
M- nicely carbonated and not to thin
O-not too bad, I think I could enjoy a couple of these
09-19-2011 01:14:59 | More by tvv375ia
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
On tap at the Addison Oktoberfest, served in a big mug.
A: Pours a clear brown with an eggshell head that fades to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.
S: The nose is a bit nutty with notes of caramel malt and slight toffee.
T: The taste is a bit better than the nose as the flavors really come out better. Nice flavors of almonds and caramel malt with a hint of toffee in the finish.
M: The feel is nothing special with decent carbonation.
O: Not the best in the style but it's great for drinking in quantity at a beer fest like Oktoberfest. I won't go out of my way to buy this but I will gladly swill it as long as they're the sponsor of this event every year.
09-18-2011 07:50:53 | More by GregSVT
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
09-17-2011 11:37:32 | More by garuda
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a clear off-amber color with a finger of foam that recedes and leaves a thin ring on top. Aroma is that skunky flavor that I associate with Heineken. Kinda grainy, cabbage, DMS.
First sip is pretty dry, a kiss of malty sweetness that quickly fades with a lingering metallic aftertaste. Not a huge fan. The metallic flavor is undesireable, and hides any hoppiness that may be in there.
I should just stick to domestic beers, as I tend to prefer the flavor profiles. This one just doesn't strike a happy note with me.
09-17-2011 03:58:35 | More by FickleBeast
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +11.4%
Bought from Trader Joe's as a single , this is pure Fall in a glass with its dark gold/brown colour combined with a nice fresh hop profile tempered with a strong malt backbone. Classic example of the style and so great with the richer flavours of fall foods. I should have bought more.
09-17-2011 00:52:10 | More by canucklehead
3/5 rDev -16.4%
Copper orange with a thin head of large bubbles. Mild breadiness, light caramel, and an odd grape juice character seem to be the primary flavors. Grassy hops are a bit rough before a husky astringency at the end. This is in the bottom quarter of both the German and American brewed Oktoberfests that flood the shelves this time of year. The green bottle doesn't help things either.
09-16-2011 03:26:51 | More by bump8628
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
09-15-2011 21:22:01 | More by falloutsnow
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
Bright pale straw with bone white froth that fades to webs of lace. Straight grassy hops nose. Cookie dough sweetness with hay, lemon zest and light ginger spice.
Yellow pear finish and slightly sour linger. Light, thin, soft, no burn.
All the right notes, but a bit underwhelming. Toned down all around, especially malt sweetness. Lacks a good pils snap, but still dangerously easy.
09-14-2011 19:51:26 | More by StJamesGate
3.88/5 rDev +8.1%
A: Amber colored pour with a one finger cream colored head when poured into my Southern Tier pint glass. Mild lacing with short lived head.
S: Malt, caramel, toffee
T: Sweet malt with caramel.
M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Clean finish.
O: Very drinkable fresh beer. Enjoyed it. Prost!
09-14-2011 00:07:26 | More by Paincane
4/5 rDev +11.4%
Appearance - Pours a light amber color with a decent head. Slight lacing.
Smell - Smells of sweet malt.
Taste - Lots of caramel malt taste slightly sweet which is how I prefer my Octoberfest's.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied.
Overall - One of my favorites the fresher the better as always.
09-13-2011 00:58:33 | More by ejimhof
3.88/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
09-11-2011 21:38:05 | More by johnnnniee
3.4/5 rDev -5.3%
I have to admit, though I'm a hugh Brau fan, Spatan Isn't my favorite brand. It has very good availabilty in my area so I find myself drinking it fairly often. Also, I've had their Oktoberfest at least the last 12 years in a row. All thigs considered I feel it's a better beer than most of the reviews indicate, especially for people new to BA's focus on beer. I can't say I get psyced up to fnd it but I due look forward to seeing it on the shelf every Sept. Think this one is worth trying, again especially if one enjoys the style or is new to it. At least you can find it.
09-11-2011 20:03:56 | More by Falstaff1642
2.58/5 rDev -28.1%
Spaten Oktoberfestbier, ABV: 5.9%.
500 ml bottle, 19.90 SEK at Systembolaget.
A: The liquid is clear straw yellow in colour. The head is white and soapy, but rather big and stubborn. The retention is decent.
S: Malty aromas with notes of sour dough, grass, lemons and banana candy.
T: Flavours of bread, butter, grass, alcohol, banana candy and some citric notes. An odd sweetness in the aftertaste.
M: Medium-sized body and bitterness. The liquid is kind of sticky and honey-ish, with some edginess from carbonation and alcohol.
O: This is the third German so called 'Märzen' that doesn't impress me. They seem to me like nothing but average Euro Lagers with a slightly higher alcohol content - and to me they don't have enough body and character to sustain that. The flavours just get weird.
(Notes from yesterday.)
09-11-2011 18:40:32 | More by stjaernstoft
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
12oz bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a weizen glass. Clear amber color w/ a 1-finger head and typical German vigorous carbonation.
Aroma is very faint, just some light caramel malt. Taste is bready, light caramel malt. Crisp, dry, slightly fruity.
This is an easy-drinking beer, which is kind of the point of an Oktoberfest bier. Still, I can't see going out of my way for more of these.
09-11-2011 07:26:14 | More by draheim
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
A - Pours a clear copper with a finger or so of creamy off-white head. Head fades pretty quickly, leaving only scant lacing.
S - Toasted bready malts, faint floral hops and, thankfully, only a slight presence of green glass light struck funk. Clean simple and pleasant.
T - Similar to smell with very pronounced toasted malt and minimal hop presence. Pretty good but not among my favorite Oktoberfest beers.
M - Medium, clean mouthfeel wit a slighlty dry finish.
O - A decent Oktoberfest. Not sure if moving away from green glass would improve this or not. With the vast selection available in this style I probably won't get this again, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered.
09-10-2011 22:52:11 | More by warnerry
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
A: Pours a really nice, perfectly clear dark amber. Head is off-white but doesn't leave any lacing worthy of note.
S: I get some clean scents here, mostly bread and hard caramel, maybe like a Reisen candy - but it's not sweet. Light roast too.
T: The flavors are delicate as none of them are too pronounced. Caramel and toffee blended and a slight nuttiness. The finish is sweet.
M: Medium bodied and lightly-moderatly carbonated, not oily, really nothing else to note.
D: Drinkability is nice on this one. Not bad at all. Overall, this beer is okay. Better than some Oktoberfest bier, but not as good as some. Very middle-of-the-road for me.
09-09-2011 23:28:46 | More by tlazaroff
2.68/5 rDev -25.3%
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.
09-09-2011 02:58:20 | More by samie85
3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours a copper color wth a two finger head that leaves lacing down the glass. Very malty in the aroma and taste, with very little hop presence, as expected. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side and decently carbonated. Not a bad marzen overall, very drinkable and relaxing on a cool fall day
09-08-2011 17:59:28 | More by ramseye4
4.22/5 rDev +17.5%
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.
09-05-2011 18:22:52 | More by Aiptasia
3.35/5 rDev -6.7%
Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing a couple of these with me. Poured from a 12oz green bottle into a standard pint glass. This brew appears a perfectly clear light copper color with a finger and a half of lightly tanned head. The cap quickly fades down to a thin lacing across the top despite rising bubbles of carbonation. A light swirl agitates more bubbles back to the top and forms some spotty lacework on the glass.
The smell of this brew has a pleasant caramel malt sweetness balanced quite well with a touch of faint herbal to citrus hops. Sulfur is noted slightly throughout. As the brew warms up, a bit of buttery bread comes forward.
The taste is initially mostly caramel malt sweetness, a bit like toffee and toasty bready grain. Some buttery diactyl is noted throughout the experience. Faint herbal hops and a light touch of warming alcohol across the back contrast the initial malty sweet character.
This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is present throughout this brew with an expected level from the nearly 6% abv. It is a fairly decent take on the style that is easy drinking. Worth giving a try for sure when it is in season but nothing to go out of your way for.
09-05-2011 16:51:14 | More by stakem
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
I drank this from a mug...
Pours a reddish brown color with a rocky looking white head that stayed pretty consistent. Smells strangely of peaches and okra, it's a bit metallic with hints of sweet malt and apricot. It tastes sweet with nutty malt and earthy hops. The beer is light but not too light with moderate carbonation and a pleasant dry finish. This beer is ok at best, I would drink it again but there's other marzens that I would choose first.
09-05-2011 04:34:09 | More by JMad
3.08/5 rDev -14.2%
The beer pours a clear medium amber brown with a white head about one finger thick. It dissipates fast, leaving some lacing.
The smell was very grainy and bread like .
Tasting this beer those bread flavors are right up front, followed by some light caramel notes, to sweeten up the feel. Than some light hops kick in and at the end a slight bitterness finishes the taste.
A bit disappointing, coming from one of the beer capitals of the world. The green bottle should have warned me.
09-05-2011 02:29:31 | More by Hopfenpeter
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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