Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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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
3.8/5 rDev +5.8%
This is a tarnished copper color with a thin but fluffy eggshell colored head. The beer is virtually odorless to my nose. The flavor is pretty standard. Sweet, slightly biscuity malt, fruity hops, and a slightly metallic finish. This is exactly what I expect in an Oktoberfest. It is not bad but, I would much rather have a fresher, cheaper, one from an American brewer.
03-10-2006 22:02:52 | More by JudgeRoughneck
3.45/5 rDev -3.9%
A: Pours an opaque dark amber color that lets a little light in. Initially poured almost an inch of head, but quickly dissipated to a thin ring. Medium lacing.
S: Spices and sweet hops. Also some subtle malt, grain, and a touch of apples.
T: A strong malty flavor up front that transitions into some bitter hops. Reminds me a bit of a regular lager. Not bad, but I could use a little more complexity.
M: Light body with a good amount of carbonation. Once again, not bad, but I would like a little more body from a Marzen.
D: Light and crisp and finishes pretty well - goes down easy. I wouldn't mind sessioning a few of these, but there are definitely better options out there.
10-18-2009 05:06:22 | More by MrDanno96
3.13/5 rDev -12.8%
12fl oz bottle poured into my ayinger bavarian glass
Appearance is a medium copper color with a two inch slightly off-white head. Great head retention that slowly subsides and leaves about a quarter inch of foam on top of the beer
Aroma is pretty sided with hops being prominent, which confuses me since malts should be the prominent aroma in this style of beer. A big whiff does bring in some munich malt and caramel along with grains. Some toffee and oats along with hay and herbal smells could also be detected.
Taste upfront is of slightly is slightly caramel that leads way into traces of toffee flavor making it slightly sweet. Midway and finishing is a bit of bitter hops that are barely noticeable.
Mouthfeel is in between light and medium bodied with average carbonation.
Overall it was an average beer and there are better beers out there that represent the style better. I still recommend to try this though.
09-22-2010 19:26:03 | More by tr4nc3d
2.75/5 rDev -23.4%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 10/28/08.
Pours a clear copper-orange color with nearly three fingers of beige head. The head dropped quickly, no lacing. Aroma is lightly toasted malt and faint floral hops.
Taste is sweet caramel-ish malt and faint floral hops. Both tastes are very muted, leaving the beer fairly bland. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Carbonation is decent and the body is light. Drinkability is decent, though the poor taste drops it some.
Doesn't taste as good as other beers of the style.
10-29-2008 00:50:23 | More by bkilpatr
3.2/5 rDev -10.9%
I love the style, but for me this one is just a little out of balance. It's really sweet, but in an odd way. I wouldn't call it bittersweet, but there is a bitterness to it that catches you off guard a little (again, out of balance). Maybe on another day I'd have been game for it.
09-27-2012 17:55:00 | More by TheRealBigC
3.4/5 rDev -5.3%
Orange-amber color. Tall foamy head. Nice retention and lacing.
Grainy, toasted malt and some skunk in the aroma.
Sweet, grainy malt flavor. A little spicy bitterness from the hops.
Medium-thin bodied. Plenty of carbonation. Crisp finish.
This is a pretty solid beer. I thought the skunk from being imported in a green bottle was gonna ruin it. But it holds up.
11-13-2012 21:17:28 | More by UnderPressure
2.23/5 rDev -37.9%
Interesting spread of opinions on this beer.
Clear copper body, very appealing smooth off-white head, almost bone in color (seemed an unusual shade to me). Excellent lacing.
Solid aroma, sweet but not overpowering. Thought I detected some vanilla in there.
Chewy in the mouth. Thick with a touch of brass at the edge. Slight hops burn after you swallow. Sweetness everywhere, but not too much.
This is an enjoyable Oktoberfest that I will purchase again. I am fond of Spaten's beers, and this one is no exception.
EDITED 24 Sept. 2005
Have I changed or has this beer changed? There is a skunkiness to this beer's aroma that I don't remember, and a grainy sourness to its taste. Bought a single this morning, it's not even October yet, so I'm sure that this is fresh. Not a good sign for Spaten.
09-17-2003 12:48:00 | More by Darkale
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