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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,884 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,884
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 28
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of SamN


3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown beer in my dimpled stein; nice solid brown hue, clear and lively in the glass. Not much head. Thin and wispy and doesn't last. Really nice color, especially in the right glass. Smell is surprisingly clean and dominated by grassy hops. Slightly toasty malt aroma in the background, a very mild breadiness. Boring aroma, and not what I expected from an German brewed Oktoberfestbier. Taste is a little better, more distinct malt taste, but still overly hopped with grassy/hay tastes. Malts taste slightly adjunct are are thin and static. Fairly boring tastes. Still, is pretty balanced and not terrible to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 20:26:58 | More by SamN
Photo of Rifugium


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
Photo of Knapp85


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

This beer pours out similar to most other beers of this style. It's got a nice light brown color with decent looking head that fizzles away rather quickly. There isn't too much in way of lacing besides the suds that run down the glass after each sip. The smell of beer has a good aroma of autumn, there are some spices and dry leaves on the nose mixed with malts. The taste is a little spiced but noting too much, there are some flavors of caramel malts as well. The mouthfeel is a little on the light side I think. Overall it's a pretty good brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 19:37:23 | More by Knapp85
Photo of txbrew81


2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Traditional dark amber appearance with a decent head that quickly dissapears. Almost no lacing.

S: Sweet malty smell. Not much going on here, not bad but not great.

T: Bready malts, with hints of caramel. Maybye even slight cherry hints. Decent.

M: Light carbonation, quaffable. Tastes sort of flat, but is refreshing.

O: Just okay. Much better examples of a Marzen out there. I have had on tap before and remember it being better. Maybye an old bottle? Wouldn't seek out again, but also wouldn't turn away a free one.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 02:25:50 | More by txbrew81
Photo of Kendo

New York

2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Body is dark amber with a small whitish head. Leaves behind some lace.

S: Faint nose - a touch of bready malt is about it.

T: Dark bread and toasty malt, but something just doesn't seem right. Maybe some wet cardboard. Finishes dry, but again, there's a lingering "off" flavor of some sort.

M: Light-to-medium in heft; carbonation levels are appropriate.

O: Not so good - those "off"-type flavors detracted from this one, made me wonder if perhaps it wasn't fresh.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 23:48:57 | More by Kendo
Photo of beerprovedwright


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
Photo of womencantsail


3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a light copper/dark amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: There is a touch of skunk on the nose, but I only get it at first. Otherwise, good sweet bread, caramel, and toffee aromas. Nice toasted malts along with some floral hops and a touch of spice.

T: A smooth sweetness to the beer which is not overwhelming. Spiced bread, toffee, and caramel are all present along with some floral and spicy noble hops to balance the beer out. Very minimal bitterness, perhaps just a touch on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: It’s not my favorite Oktoberfest, but it’s not bad, and it’s readily available, so not a terrible choice.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 17:52:34 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Duxx


2.28/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a green bottle with no packaging date.

A: A very pretty beer. It is a light copper color and crystal clear. The head is very minimal to non-existent and leaves on lacing on the glass.
S: Sulfur with no hop aroma. Typical lager nose.
T: One word: Skunked! When will I ever learn not to buy green bottle beers. I keep hoping to find a decent one but no luck again. I don't think I will finish this one!! Just have enough to finish this review. Why do imports even come in green bottles?
M: Actually very good if I can get by the skunk taste. Medium body with just enough carbonation to give a creamy feeling in the back of the throat.
D: Were it not for the skunking I could probably have several of these but if they are all like this one, no thanks.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 02:21:21 | More by Duxx
Photo of TheWhiskerReview


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

Pours a brilliant yellow-tinted light caramel while the smell is a malty mix of honeycomb and toffee. The palate is light-bodied with malty caramel flavors leading to a clean, crisp balancing hop cleanse with hints of coffee. Finish is short but crisp. Drinkabilty is nice, but there's nothing special jumping out of the glass at me. I can find a lot of other better beers to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 04:39:06 | More by TheWhiskerReview
Photo of DovaliHops


3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm thinkin this bottle is quite a bit old, but I'm gonna review it anyway. Pours an almost-clear amber color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent doesn't have too much going on...somewhat reminds me of a dark mexican lager. I do detect some caramel malt, but that's about it. Taste is a lot better than the nose would lead. Some grainy notes with caramel malt and other malt profiles. I also get some bread characteristics with a bit of skunk (which can be expected from such an old bottle). Mouthfeel is light and crisp...not the most flavorful beer either. Drinkability is high, as this could be very sessionable on a hot day. All in all, I'm not a fan of Oktoberfest beers, and this one hasn't necessarily changed my mind.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 04:38:31 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of G2Brew


4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen

No date, but I bought this bottle in February, if that tells you anything. I poured it in a chilled beer mug, but I might have done better with a stein to better capture the aromas.

A - I got less head than other reviewers here, which makes me further suspect that this might be an older bottle. Head was off-white, but there wasn't much of it, and retention was poor. Color is dark amber, with good clarity. Not a bad looking beer.

S - My beer smells awesome - none of the skunk others have noted. If this is an old bottle, I can't imagine how this would smell off tap. Lots of malt and noble hops.

T - Boom! Tons of malt and hops flavor. By George, it tastes like beer!!! The flavors are solid and straight-forward: strong Munich malt backbone, and some caramel for color and flavor. Hallertau hops is a safe guess, no mystery there. I'm pretty sure I could brew this beer from the flavors alone.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Crisp and dry enough to be refreshing, but with enough body to let you kmnow you've got something worthwhile. Smooth, with enough carbonation to feel it all over your mouth, but not dominating the nouthfeel.

D - Drinkable? Oh, yeah! Smooth, satisfying, refreshing, and delicious. I will be buying more of this brew. I'll also be doing my best to imitate it with my next batch. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 22:56:22 | More by G2Brew
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown amber color, off white head that dissipates quickly. Oaky, tobacco scent. Woody, somewhat bitter, spicy flavor. Some more carbonation would really round out this beer's mouthfeel, but it's great as is. Great drinkability, especially in a pilsner glass with some bratwurst and saurkraut. Has just enough spice and kick to remind you that you are in fact drinking beer, while enjoying a traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest food.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 22:41:23 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of CuriousMonk


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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into dimple glass. This beer is one of my top 5 oktoberfest beers. Pours a copper-amber with a huge off-white head that lasts a long time and leaves good lace. The aroma is caramelly malty grain, cooked rice, dry grass, hints of pine and herb. The taste is caramlyl malty grain, strong and full but still light and tingly in feel, with an active palate, clear herbal and nutty bitterness, more bitter than usual for the style and just enough to make it more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 15:30:03 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Taken from some old notes.

Pours an amber/copper color, thinnish head that doesn't leave a cap on or anything, small bits of lacing on the glass.

Smell is as expected with a strong caramel malt backbone, no hop presence to speak of, fairly standard stuff here.

Taste is primarily caramel malt, lightly roasted presence, good carbonation level with a medium crispness, nothing overly complex here.

Spaten is a good baseline Märzen, I just wouldn't expect it too much higher than that though.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 04:37:10 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of tykees88


2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- nice white fluffy head and good golden amber beer. Very nice and pleasant looking

S- Skunky malts. Sorry the green bottles have killed your beer.

T- Just ok, I taste the skunk and taste the roasty malts and has a gentle hop character. Too bad they use green bottles.

M- Light bodied carbonated well.

D- look if this was bottled in a brown instead of green lookout America, but it's not so I'll pass on another until it's on draft.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 19:01:28 | More by tykees88
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

2.84/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear amber-brown with a smallish off-white head. Head reduces quickly to a thin top coat.

S - a bit skunky (no date on bottle but consumed week of purchase), malty and floral.

T - not too bad for a skunky beer

M - OK carbonation; rather light body; semi-dry finish

Re-REVIEWED on 11/26/2011 with a 2011 sample & on tap in August 2013:

A skunky aroma is evident immediately after removing the cap. Some light hops and faint malt also present. The skunkiness carries over to the taste, rendering this barely drinkable and ruining the finish and aftertaste.

O - This beer had proper storage after purchase and prior to consumption. Moreover, it is unwisely packaged in a green bottle. With no improvement given a 2nd chance, it is appropriate to give it the poor rating it deserves, and to expect a different sample to be likely to suffer the same fate. The on=tap version was clearly better, with none of the skunky off-notes.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 04:32:37 | More by chinchill
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3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

#34. A pick from a lineup for a mix your six deal. I was intrigued by this company's 600+ year history of brewing and wanted to see how a beer as old as the hills might taste.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a beer mug at room temperature.

(Appearance) Pours about 2 finger depth frothy head that retains pretty well. Lacing is medium but nice. Beer is a clear autumn bronze-gold color and carbonation is very lively, clinging in large amounts to the side of the glass. This beer looks good. 4

(Smell) Pretty sweet malts and bitter hops mesh well here. The beer has a slight cider smell. Light nuts round out the aroma. The entire concoction is faint and less pungent than I would hope for, but there's a lingering skunk odor that doesn't smell pleasing. It's not superb smelling, but it does the job. 2.5

(Taste) Lots of grain up front, a slight hoppy bitterness rounds out the finish. Beer is not too sweet nor too bitter. Bitterness is bolder than the average beer, but very bearable. Not much else to taste beyond malts, some hops and a nut here and there, but there are no gaps where flavor could be and what's here does pretty well. The skunk taste lingers most in the finish, a conflicting taste to this otherwise nice beer. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Medium body. Carbonation isn't really getting in the way, making this a somewhat smooth, silky drink. Slightly dry, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is pretty good. 3.5

(Drinkability) Flavors are bold, yet not too heavy. Beer is moderately filling. I could easily go for another but may not be able to fit much more than that. 3

Verdict: A pretty enjoyable import. Despite not having a lot of flavor diversity and having some unpleasing skunky, perhaps metallic tastes, the flavor that is here is bold on a few positive and negative levels. Not terrible, but not great. B- (3.35)

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 18:45:45 | More by Jadjunk
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4.78/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is truly my favorite German beer. Spaten has been brewing beer since 1397. Think about that for a minute as you pour one into your favourite mug or pint glass. That's over a hundred years before Columbus discovered the Bahamas. So I think they know what they're doing and their Oktoberfest brew proves it very well.

Appearance: Dark amber with a thin head.

Smell: Roasted nutty malt, nothing exceptional.

Taste: An explosion of malty German goodness with just enough hops to balance it out. Sweet but not over the top, with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel. Silky smooth, with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Das bier ist gut. And will never be a stranger to my refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 04:00:04 | More by godlessape
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3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spaten Oktoberfest

Appearance: dark amber, medium-large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: skunky nut and grain.

Taste: skunk, smooth toasty malts, some nut flavors, and a slight grain.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and silky smooth.

This is a fairly mild oktoberfest brew. The nut flavors are pleasant, but the skunk isn't as much. I'm sure the skunkiness is from light exposure combined with age.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 02:44:38 | More by megahurts4
Photo of jeranbrews


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

An old favorite from years and years ago. Been sitting in the fridge for a while just waiting for this day. Purchased 09/'10 Consumed 12/'10 from a chalice.

A - Fizzy like soda. Clear yellow just like ginger ale. Low clumpy head with large-ish bubbles. Lots of sticky soap-sud like lacing.

S - Noticeable lagery hops and plain malts from the bottle. A little but airy. A crispity chrunchity kind of smell like plain dog biscuits.

T - Aftertaste is of mild hops and fresh hay.Initial taste is malty, coating, and mildly savory sweet. Clean, cool, refreshing, but just dry enough that you want more. I need a plate of sausage and cabbage.

M - Smooth and malty, but very crisp and refreshing. Coats and tickles the throat.

D - This is the kind of lager that should be served during the peak of summer not in the middle of fall. I can see how the German immigrants that came to the states when they started making beer they were probably thinking of something like this, and along the way they just got lost and AAL came along, but this is smooth. If more lagers tasted like this I wouldn't spend so much time in the Belgian ale section.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 08:18:17 | More by jeranbrews
Photo of JayS2629


2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Medium brown with amber hues, thin head, good retention, thin rings of lace.

S- There is a skunk on this one, musty, caramel underneath, floral tones.

T- Sweet malts, hints of chocolate and roasted malt, skunk comes up and slaps you, floral bittering.

M- Medium/thin with fizzy bite

D- Average, nothing offensive, but nothing interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 05:34:20 | More by JayS2629
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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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New York

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

I've seen other reviews that really did not like this beer. I actually kind of enjoyed drinking this. It was October, my engagement party. Maybe the setting was right. I did not see the pour, drank out of the bottle, under-achieving smell, malty grain smell. Taste had some malty sweetness and a slight bite from the hops. It finished crisp and left me wanting more. I'll have to give it another shot next October.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 00:21:04 | More by gskitt
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2.13/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Golden brown hue, clear. Head was a bit fizzy and dissipated quickly. Not much lacing.

S - Malty, metallic, quite pungent.

T - Tasted a bit skunky to me. Very hoppy, a bit strong for me.

M - Carbonation good. The malts were overpowered by the hops.

D - I barely finished the one.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 04:06:46 | More by LuthersMug
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2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A: One finger head, dissapates fast. Light brown and very clear. Lacing is nice.
S: Grainy, some roasted malt.
T: Again grainy, some roasted malt . Sweet middle. Faint bitterness at the end.
M: One the thin side. Appropriate carbination.
D: Drinability is just okay for me, mostly because I dont love the beer and would not buy another.

Would not purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 22:40:16 | More by jmich24
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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