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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 1,084
Hads: 2,256
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 53
Gots: 224 | 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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Reviews: 1,084 | Hads: 2,256
Photo of John
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the finer examples of the style for sure. Clear copper, rocky tan head with intricate lace. Nose is bakery fresh bread, whole wheat and roasted nuts. The taste is so smooth. I find it's disappearing quickly from my glass. Roasted malt, multi-grain bread, nutty notes are all elements of the fine flavor. The hops are oily and spicy but never step beyond their bounds. Very drinkable brew, in fact I've just had two and thinking about number three! Prosit! (462 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.21/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quaffed on tap at THE Fest in Munchen, last Sept, 2001. Lovely golden/medium-golden color, with a frothy head, sitting in a 1-liter mug (Mass). Says "take me!". Nose is malty and bready, but on the mild side. Has medium-body and is fairly smooth tongue-wise. Has a malty, bready flavor, a smooth sweetness, and a real nice finish without any bite. Easy to quaff many, especially amongst thousands of other revelers! At the Munchen Fest, I like Spaten best amongst the "Big-6"; find it to be the maltiest, IMO. Zum Wohl!

overall: 4.25
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of Jon
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten's Oktoberfest is a fine example of the style. It pours a clear copperish color. Its bubbly head, however, struggles to stick around. The smell is somewhat hidden -- there are hints of caramel malt, fruit and hops, but each is subdued. The taste features an appealing sweet, almost fruity maltiness. This light-medium bodied lager is moderately carbonated. Overall, an easy drinker and a solid festbier. (409 characters)

Photo of kunzbrew
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very sexy looking light amber with a nice looking head that sticks around for a short time and leaves a silky lace to boot. The taste of munich malt with caramel malts are nice and string for real oktoberfest LAGER. The hops are not overbearing and they compliment the malts very well. (297 characters)

Photo of BillyBrew
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A better Oktoberfest. Crystal-clear orangey copper colour with fizzy white lace. Clean toasted grains and slight flowery hops. Toasted and husky grains with a slight hop bittering. Solid medium body with crisp carbonation.

A better Oktoberfest. Toasted and grainy tastes. Enjoy. Cheers! (298 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/caramel color with a small head. More crisp than usual of this style. Not quite as drinkable as Paulaner's version. Herbal flavor with a maltness that is lasting. Not my favorite Oktoberfest, but still pretty good. Prosit! (247 characters)

Photo of Lupe
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour orange-bronze color with a nice beige head,and decent lace. Clean aroma with hints of grain and hops. Medium body and carbonation, creamy and very smooth. Big malt start, somewhat sweet middle, fair to decent hop finish. Not as robust as I thought it would be. Quite drinkable. (282 characters)

Photo of BeerBob
4.16/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen pours a dark copper from a 1pt .9fl. oz. brown bottle. Head climbs to over two fingers with small dense and firmly packed bubbles, leaving a nice pattern of lace down the side of the glass as the liquid is evacuated from the vessel.

Nose is a pleasantly sweet malt. Palate is major sweet toasted malt, almost to the point of being syrupy... almost. Hops have a presents, but the sweet malt overtakes any influence the hops might have had over the larger gastronomical picture.

Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen by Spaten of Munich is a sweet treat, not cloy in the least and a great way to start off Oktoberfest here in the good old US of A. (659 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep amber in color with a white head that is short lived but leaves a good collar and a light surface covering. The aroma is of rich, toasty Munich malt (possibly Vienna?) with a very light hop note. The body is medium with a moderate carbonation level and a lightly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is of a very nice, round maltiness that is somewhat bready and lightly toasty with a soft, light fruitiness and a well balanced bitterness. Finishes softly dry with just a slight lingering malt & hop character. Very well done. (530 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep amber color with a thick, foamy head. Sweet, malty aroma. Doughy and sweet, but very well balanced. This is a wonderfully tasty beer...the picture of Oktoberfest. Year after year, solidy well-made. (220 characters)

Photo of Thrasher
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper lager with full foamy head that leaves thin lace, malty aroma and flavor, refreshing with just a twinge of hop spiciness but not enough dryness in the finish to keep you interested. Just a hint of soapiness in the malts. A good warmness thanks to alcohol kick, and some dead-on Marzen characteristics. A decent offering but not particularly exciting. (363 characters)

Photo of usualpulp
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep amber color with a light brown foamy head. The first thing i smelled on this brew was malt. This is one malty beer, but not in a bad way, the hops blend well with the malty sweetness. There is however a strong aftertaste, but nothing too unbearable. Overall I think this is a good beer, not spectacular, but above average. (345 characters)

Photo of HopheadEd
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Easily my favorite fest last year, I couldn't wait to try it this year. I was a little disappointed. Last year, on tap. This year, bottle. Good color, good head to start, but did not hold. No lace. Aroma was ok, again I think my expectations were too high. Good finish though, thirst quenching. I'll have it again, but I won't go out of my way. (344 characters)

Photo of inebrius
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper under a thick, sticky head. Feels a mite syrupy which has the effect of drawing out the sweet malt and overpowering the bittering hops, but still balanced enough to avoid being cloying. Nose is malt and a whisper of sulfur.

I would give it all 5's if I was drinking it at the Spaten tent in Munchen, however since I'm sitting on my ass in front of a computer screen I'll just leave it at a pretty good beer. Right. (438 characters)

Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Continuing my quest through the true Oktoberfest Marzen biers, I pour a Spaten. Darker in color than some of the other German fest biers this brew still possesses a nice deep orange color and a foamy aromatic head. The deep aromas are sweet with a nice mellow grain character and a hint of alcohol. The fairly smooth mouthfeel supports a malty bread malt flavor with a deep alcohol warmth to finish. Tasty. (410 characters)

Photo of Aesop
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have the feeling that I could give this higher ratings if it weren't for the damned green bottle - the skunky aroma just doesn't do it for me.
Rich amber color with a fluffy white head.
Fairly substantial mouthfeel, with a trace of caramel-sweetness around the edge of the tongue. Finish is slightly sweet, with a hint of herbal/floral from the hops, ruined slightly by the skunkiness (which does seem to fade a bit over time).
I'll have to find this on tap somewhere. (474 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.59/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer is a copper color. Throws out a medium sized white head that is well retained. The appearance of this beer is about the last positive aspect about it. Some light toasted malt on the nose. Taste is a bit toasty and caramelly. But there's a slight off flavor. Almost like a skunkiness. Overly sweet. Medium bodied and a bit syrupy due to lack of carbonation. The worst Ofest I've had this year.

I had a hard time writing this review since I just had Spaten Octoberfest on tap at a Bavarian Gast Haus last weekend and thought it was pretty good. I didn't write a review for the tap version, but would guess it to be in the 3.5-4.0 range. (652 characters)

Photo of whit
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear amber with a long lasting off white head. Smells like a skunks butt (green bottle). Oily mouth feel. Nice hop flavor and well balanced. Once the skunky aroma fades this is a decent beer. (209 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber brown in color with a spectacular off-white cloudtop head that is scarcely contained by a pint glass, carbonation is mild. Excellent head retention, even five minutes after pouring a one-half inch thick head remains, this due to the sheets of fine, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Toasted malt predominates, with lesser grassy notes.

Taste: Tasting yields faint malts followed by somewhat medicinal, although not overpowering, hops that linger well beyond the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Quite soft on the palate, smooth and pleasant with a mild sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Certainly not a bad Oktoberfest, although it is not as malty as I would expect and prefer that an Oktoberfest be. Still, I am grateful that this beer is available year round, as most examples of the style are not.

Presentation: Packaged with a twelve ounce green glass Euro-style bottle with a pop-top crown. Served in a standard pint tap glass. (967 characters)

Photo of shirfan
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, quickly-vanishing head, with an earthy, malty aroma.

Roasted malt flavor dominates early, but is quickly taken over by a dry, hoppy bite that continues into an aftertaste.

The color and earthy "snap" to this beer are a fine representation of Autumn; very well done in recreating the feeling of a season in a bottle. (335 characters)

Photo of mickeymac
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks all right and has a decent white head. However, this was a fairly disappointing experience. The taste is a bit grassy and, though not terrible, certainly nothing exceptional. It is labeled as a malt liquor and reminded me a bit of some of the lower end malt liquors from the U.S. (291 characters)

Photo of LarryV
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head dissipates fairly quick, but leaves lacy trails down the glass. Hops are fairly laid back playing second fiddle to the maltiness. Kind of sweet, but not overbearingly so with a nice creamy mouthfeel to it. Nice copper color. An easy drinking beer that leaves me feeling satisfied. (287 characters)

Photo of Murph
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very rich looking dark amber with a decent off white head that fades a little too quickly but leaves a nice lace down the glass. Light toasty aromas with some very slight hoppy bitterness to it. Smooth toastiness of the malt is excellent and it has a slightly crisp and finish to it. The hops exhibit just enough presence that they are slightly perceivable and nicely balancing. Smooth and slightly crisp and nicely drinkable. A very nice brew that reminds me why I like this traditional fall seasonal so much. (523 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours with a head that is just slightly off-white, settling over amber/tea-colored liquid. Nose is sweet and malty, with some grassy notes as well. Taste is medium bodied maltiness with smooth mouthfeel.Minimal hop presence here. Finishes smooth and clean, with some residual hoppiness. This is always a pleasure to drink...get it while it's fresh! Kudos to my local beer store stockperson, who tipped me off on it's arrival, Prosit! (438 characters)

Photo of Longstaff
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a very wierd looking brownish color that was almost gray. Tasted like a typical Spaten, sweet, clean and delicious with a little nutty O'fest flavor in the malt. Not as malty as others but closer to what is actually served at the Weisen in Munich. (251 characters)

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