Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured into a wide-mouthed glass.
-Appearance 4.0: Really interesting color to this beer, I don't know if I have ever seen this color before. It's a reddish-golden color but not quite amber in color. Almost has a greenish hue. Really unusual and attractive, clear and almost no head whatsoever.
-Smell 4.0: Very appealing smell. Lots and lots of barley. I also smell caramel and an appealing general sweetness. Nice.
-Taste 3.5: Very interesting. After the sweet, caramel smell, I wasn't prepared for this: the beer is actually quite dry in taste. There really is no upfront taste. After swallowing, I taste an unusual, diluted hoppiness and some barley. This hoppiness actually increases after swallowing and slowly disappears.
-Mouthfeel 4.0: This is a beer that gets the carbonation right. It is balanced and enhances the drinking experience. In a specialty beer like this, it could be a little off, but the master brewers at Spaten have it exactly right.
-Overall 3.5: Overall, a very good beer. This would be excellent with any and all German food and also "wunderbar" as a session beer. However, you should be aware that this is a very subdued beer. It is not a specialty beer and not one of the recent American micro/macro brews that blows up taste and alcohol. If you are looking for something like that, you will want to choose another beer.
$12.99 for a twelve pack in Atlanta, GA.
10-08-2011 04:28:32 | More by BeerDocT
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured a a little-darker-then-amber color with a frothy white head. Very frothy....
The bouquet was strange to me. I didnt get a lot of any one particular aroma. If anything, I could just smell Malt.
This is a BIG full beer! Fills your entire mouth with a soft, round beer leaning towards a malty side.
The finish was just about the same.. BIG
I used to drink so many different beers from Germany and loved so many of them. Spaten was always on the top of my list. But I guess over the years as I started tasted so many of the crafted beers throughout USA, my tastes are heading that way, so, an Oktoberfest, not just this one by Spaten, but others, including domestic just arent suited for me....
08-31-2012 21:30:10 | More by rdilauro
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
Pours small 1/4 inch head. Dark copper brown in color with minimal lacing.
Cant really pick of much of a scent expect for some grassy malts, slightly skunky
Tastes are mostly of malts with a very slight hop aftertaste. Beer is a little on the watery side
Mouthfeel is light , smooth going down. Not too high carbonation.
Overall , nothing special , doesn't really excite the palate. High drink ability but would not be my first choice for a Oktoberfest beer.
12-09-2008 06:33:11 | More by angelmonster
2.95/5 rDev -17.8%
Dark bronze colored and crystal clear. An eggshell head that starts out about an inch thick but quickly dies down. Definitely a tasty looking beer.
The aroma is toasted malt, pale grain and a hint of hops.
Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. You can taste a sweet graininess in the beginning but it is quickly taken over by an astringent raw grain flavor that is followed up by a generic bitter hop flavor that continues on through to the finish.
This beer goes down quickly but that's mostly because it's just not tasty enough to leave it lingering around in you mouth for a more in depth taste.
01-27-2012 23:30:35 | More by SuperSpy
4/5 rDev +11.4%
12 longneck from a 6 pack.
A: Very nice medium amber with marked clarity, ample head which settles quickly with nice lacing.
S: Malts, yeast, and typical marzen with a note of sour. Slightly floral
T: A hint of sour start, with a huge shot of malt, earthy with a touch of citrus and a bit of caramel.
M: Extremely well balanced with medium carbonation and texture.
D: This is one of my favorite Marzens, and is an extremely drinkable beer. Fill your huge glass stein, and go for it.
10-25-2008 02:02:38 | More by caddybuyer
4.6/5 rDev +28.1%
12 oz. with a " L15521M " bottling code. Pours a clear amber color with an off white head. Spicy gingerbread, yeasty smell. Medium bodied with a rich, creamy mouthfeel. Has a malty, bready sweet taste with a subtle Euro-hop essence to finish. Classic German.
A well crafted brew, world class
10-31-2004 18:17:09 | More by beerceller99
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
Pours a rich amber but not quite coppery dark enough and the head is minimal/soapy
Smell is strongly of sweet Munich malts thats how it should be
Taste is the same with some hoppy bitterness to balance but not quite deep enough - others do it better
Mouthfeel is rich an very refreshing like most munich beers - noch eins bitte!
10-17-2009 14:08:50 | More by DerBayer
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured from Bavarian flag themed bottle into octoberfest glass.
A: Pours a darker amber/near brown with a nice foamy 1 finger white head that lingers and attempts to lace, to no avail.
S: Smell explodes out of the pour. You can smell the malt, spices, and caramel sweetness.
T: The sweet caramel toasted malt leaves the first impression. Some nice warm ending with the alcohol. Nice mix between sweet and toasty for a session.
M: More body than expected. I would say medium body with good carbonation and warming.
O: Good Marzen overall, but not as sweet and "chewy" as other marzies.
08-21-2011 01:08:21 | More by cagocubs
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
2.98/5 rDev -17%
Appearance- Pours a light amber color with moderate head that hangs around for a little while and leaves decent tracing.
Smell- Very little in the way of hop smell, rather malty in character actually with light hints of wheat.
Taste- Hops are almost completely indistinguishable in this brew, very even flavor, begins with malty, slightly bready flavor that last throughout but aftertaste is definitly of malt and alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Not a thick beer at all, I was suprised as its an octoberfest.
Drinkability- Suprisingly light, not much in the way of complexity but an ok beer.
11-06-2007 19:41:05 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
Poured a nice, medium amber color into a pint glass. Thick, half-inch head that left nice lacing on the glass.
Aromas of malts, toffee.
Tasted like a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Malty, moderately sweet, slightly metallic. Slightly alcoholicy. Alright tasting, but not overwhelming.
Slightly warming, smooth mouthfeel. Clean finish.
Overall, fairly middle of the road Marzen/Oktoberfest. Right on for style, IMO.
09-02-2006 22:27:06 | More by doppelmeup
3.95/5 rDev +10%
Dark bronze. I smell hops and a little roasted malt. Nice Oktoberfest aroma. Unfortunately, I also detect a hint of green-bottle skunkyness. Not too bad, though. It's got a good slight bitterness from the hops and a pleasant malty flavor. This is a good specimen of an Oktoberfest beer. I bet it would be even better from a tap. It's not too thick or thin. Just right. I could drink quite a few of these. Moderately easy to drink.
10-08-2007 17:37:11 | More by berserker256
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
12-26-2010 08:18:17 | More by jeranbrews
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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