Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 1,080
Hads: 2,235
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 51
Gots: 210 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001

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Photo of Ruaidhri
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up during Oktoberfest 08. Pours a lovely dark amber-caramel colour. Very little head after the initial pour, very thin lacing thereafter. Quite a powerful hoppy almost bread-like smell that is fairly pleasant. Taste ranks highly alongside the look of this beer. A nice full beer flavour with some notes of yeast. Mouthfeel is thin but crisp on the tongue due to a strong carbonation. Excellent drinkability but should be consumed at an easy-going pace as it seemed to blow the head off me very quickly. Definitely a beer for fans of a good, strong tasting beer. (578 characters)

Photo of AleBlager
2.32/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

We were excited about the legitimacy of a real Marzen from a real Germany. The look was promising, typical Oktoberfest, light amber and clear. Not much head or carbonation. The residual did not cling to the glass like an ex-girlfriend (BA-ZING!). The basic smell-malty. A woodshop memory also sprang into our minds. However, the inability of the smell to resonate brought the first disappointment of this beer. Upon first taste, I was convinced that there might have been a Munich, Ohio. This Oktoberfest is a very malty beer, and only if you let the flavors linger will you taste a hoppiness. The beer itself was not very carbonated, and did not sit on the palate at all (much like how the smell didn't resonate). Justin was very disappointed due to his travels and beerperiences in Germany. Despite the shortcomings, this beer would not disappoint an experienced Oktoberfest-er. Though it is not a special beer, it is a solid, basic beer, that is not at all bad tasting. It has a light body, and a pleasant smell, albeit fleeting. Taking that into consideration, we rate this beer drinkable. We expected more from a Munich Oktooberfest, as this beer was more of a late August/early September-fest. Much too basic, but a good general idea. A little more editing and this beer could be something amazing. Better luck next time. (1,327 characters)

Photo of rdacey
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: slightly oxidized, musty, cardboard aromas, after it warms more complex vienna/munich malts come forth, little to no hops or esters, no diacetyl

Appearance: bronze / amber color, thin white head that dissipates quickly

Flavor: rich complex malt flavor balances the vienna and munich mallt nicely, finish is slightly sweet, little to no hop in the flavor which is appropriate to style, don't really pick up the clean, crisp lager characteristics, which could be due to the oxidization.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium/light bodied, medium carbonation

Overall: Oxidized, with cardboard aromas when first opened, but complex malt aromas in flavor and aroma as the beer warms. The finish is sweet but would have appreciated more munich mallt. (744 characters)

Photo of whit
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
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 DurtyNellie
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very pretty beer. Copper body with an off-white head that quickly dissipated. Nice lacing on the glass, though.
Bit of a toasted and floral aroma.
I can barely taste the toasted malts or the hop characteristics.
A bit thin and watery.
I'm not impressed, I used to like this beer. Might do well with the Millcooweiser folks. Green bottle - possibly stale? (364 characters)

Photo of nboris827
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Amber with a quickly disappearing head

S- Malty....not too much going on for smell, but I'm coming down with a cold....

T- Malty, crisp, smooth

M- Light carbonation. Coats the tongue and slips down the throat easily.

D- Quite drinkable! I only bought a single, and am wishing I had bought more! (300 characters)

Photo of Jimtrem
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

I love Oktoberfest beers and this one is the best of them. Though it's better some years than others, I always drink plenty of it. Might have been a little lacking this year, as a matter of fact, but I still love it. (221 characters)

Photo of Amorrn
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle with no freshness date into my Carlsberg pilsner glass.

Appearence: Pours a clear coppery orange with two fingers of off-white head.

Smell: Very light roasted malt and piney hop aroma. Distinct skunkiness.

Taste: Average, if fairly light. Not a bad brew by any means but pretty forgettable. Biscuity malt up front with a slight, crisp hop finish. Mild skunkiness in the finish, as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation. I could see this being a decent beer to get drunk off of because it is not particularly filling.

Overall: Drinkable, but forgettable. Spaten's other offerings are more impressive. (660 characters)

Photo of dutchbrew2
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great on tap. Ive heard its great from a case to .... main reason for this is not light struck. why they use green bottles!! the 6 packs are open to get light through the green bottle and you get that corn / skunk aroma. what a unbelievable difference on tap! (259 characters)

Photo of danielcc
3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a green bottle, aggressive pour into a pint glass.

Appearance: unlike the last reviewer, I thought this one was a bit light-colored for the style: it's much lighter in color than the Sam Adams and Paulaner Oktoberfest lagers I had last week. I figured the aggressive pour would yield much more head than it did; the same pour yielded a great amount of head on the Sam Adams version and almost an overflow on the Paulaner. Just a bit light in color...maybe I'm being picky, but I'm not impressed.

Smell: Ew. That's all I can say.

Taste: I assumed the smell would have an impact on the taste (after all, taste is based in large part on smell), so I was a bit surprised to find that it tastes OK. It's a bit too sour for my taste, though: I picture a good Oktoberfest as more malty than this one. I'd give it a little better than OK...but not much more.

Mouthfeel: pretty fizzy, but very thin. Nothing special on mouthfeel; it's not one that I'm liking the mouthfeel of it so much as I drink it that I'll get another one on feel alone. Average here.

Drinkability: low alcohol (somewhere around 6%, I think) makes this one an easy one to throw back if you want to do so, but the taste makes me think I'd not want to do more than 2 in a night. Great drinkability if not for that.

Overall, I'd say it's not bad, but it's certainly not great. It's a good bit cheaper than some other imports I've recently tried, but you definitely get what you pay for! Also, I'm really on the fence as to whether this review is both fair and applicable, as the beer might be skunked, as it's certainly not what I expected in terms of taste when I bought it. (green bottle) + (in-store fluorescent lighting) = (bad combo). (1,716 characters)

Photo of greggerino
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Color was a brownish-honey color. Fairly small head even with a hard pour which vanished quickly.
S: Very sweet with a slight citrus smell
T: Begins with a sweet citrus taste followed by a roasted malt flavor, and a little bitterness.
M: Medium, mostly carbonation.
D: Very good for the style. (296 characters)

Photo of brewanddrink
4.47/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

as it says on my page marzen Oktoberfest is my favorite style of beer. This one pours a nice golden yellow and has a medium head that is full hop and malt aroma. When you taste it your thirst is gone it is a great balance of malt to bitter and is light enough where you can have multiple and have room for more great beer. (322 characters)

Photo of WhittlingWombat
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a nice transparent and dark amber color, and tops with a medium sized, off-white head. Not much lacing is left around the glass and it does not look too carbonated.

It has a rather crisp bready aroma to it, with malt characteristics and little hops. The aroma is rather refreshing and clean.

The beer itself tastes rather crisp and clean as well, with notable caramel and malt flavor. It drinks rather easily with slight sweetness and finishes with a touch of hops, but not much.

I am not too familiar with many Oktoberfest beers yet, but I did expect more from one. Also, being brewed by Spaten, I expected more as well in general. While this is a nice beer that is pleasant and refreshing to drink, it seems lacking for its style. I do enjoy the beer; I just wish I had more to say about it. There is not much to praise it for. (849 characters)

Photo of Bedlamist
2.82/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can't say I'm disappointed in this beer as something to drink, but (as Brother Jason) said it's just not a great example of an Oktoberfest. I'm certainly no expert, but to me it seems a little too sharp, thin and hoppy for the style. The main problem though is this is a bit too skunky, almost as bad as "regular" Beck's usually is. I'm afraid the solution might be for European brewers to stop shipping beer to the Americas in GREEN bottles. (Spaten's Optimator doppelbock comes in green glass too but doppelbock seems harder to damage with light and heat.)

I recommend that residents of the U.S.A. who like malty, sweetish and FRESH Oktoberfest beer should stick to a domestic example. (I'm fond of Samuel Adams', which is also easy to find here in Lexington, KY.) Spaten's Oktoberfest. on the other hand, might be delicious from a fresh keg in Munich (in case somebody wants to fly me there). (899 characters)

Photo of DanJ
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass, came out a nice see through carmel color. A nice looking tan head formed. I could see the carbonation.

My first smell was a little skunky. Thought maybe I had an old bottle.

The taste was slightly malt forward, the funny thing was the skunky smell was not present in the taste. A nice balance of light malt and bitterness.

The beer was very carbonated and crisp. Not a real big mouthfeel, but very pleasant. The finish was crisp and quick. Nothing lingered at all. The skunky smell went away as the head went down.

I think that this is a real drinkable refreshing beer. I look forward to finding it on tap. (650 characters)

Photo of wowbragger
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Straight amber/copper color to it. Slow head dissipation.

S -Slight wheat, but mostly a clean smell off it.

T - Toasted malt initial taste with a smooth finish.

M - Carbonated feel, but works with this drink to give it some bite.

D - Good standard for the style. Drinks smoothly and leave too strong a taste behind.

Not an everyday beer, but for celebratory times when I tend to have it it works well. Definitely a drink to keep in mind. (446 characters)

Photo of thbeer
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the real Oktoberfest in Munich. I'm not sure if this would not affect my review. When reviewing beers we need to add if this would be a good session beer. This beer at that location was perfect. Some feel that the style has changed due to the influence of the larger brewers and others coming out with ersatz "Oktoberfest" beers. I like a well balanced Marzen and this is a good representation of the style. (419 characters)

Photo of BJDuty
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very drinkable beer, but it doesn't have the depth of flavor one would expect from an authentic German Oktoberfest bier. The appearance is great with a deep golden color. The aromas are exactly what you'd expect, but the flavors fall a bit short. It's better than most American impersonators, but it doesn't live up to it's appearance or the expectations of this "real deal" German Oktoberfest. (396 characters)

Photo of jhaitsma
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There isn't really much to this simple but classic Octoberfest. As my buddy put it, the original. Nice body, taste, and feeling when you drink this. Nice balance of light hops with some great roasted malty tones to the finish. With the low ADV, this makes a great session beer to enjoy for an evening. I will admit, although the beer was nice and fresh, enjoying a nice fall season beer when its 85 outside in August didn't really seem right. Look forward to enjoying more of this as the leaves change. (502 characters)

Photo of 2814
2.79/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep amber color with very little head. Skunky aroma up front with a touch of raisin. Surprisingly clean taste, notes of caramel malt with subtle earthy finish. It is actually pretty refreshing despite first appearance and aroma. Nice, easy drinking with just the right amount of carbonation to clean your palate after each sip. Flavor stays consistent until the bottom of the glass. (389 characters)

Photo of hissy
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to agree with alexrichman in the previous review except I give it slighty higher marks. Marzen Octoberfest brews are among my two favorite styles. This one is a must try. This really is a superior Octoberfest Marzen style beer. If this were avalible year round it would be in my fridge year round. (304 characters)

Photo of grayjg
3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearence- Nice copper color, very clear, very little head retention that faded quickly,to just a little lacing.

Smell- Maltiness at first letting way to a mild hoppiness.

Taste- Sweet at first but the finish is kinda hot, but not over powering hot.

Mouthfeel- Slickens the tongue, light to medium body.

Drinkability- Good beer for the season, a very nice warmer on a cool evening. This beer covered all the bases of a ofest with out anything spectacular. (461 characters)

Photo of unkk33
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dam i must say, this is one good oktoberfest. Although i do prefer Sam Adams version over this one, i would highly recommend you try it if you are a fan of oktoberfest.

Its not too heavy yet so flavorful. The germans did good. Oh and 5.9% alc is great too haha. (262 characters)

Photo of Falstaff1642
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (575 characters)

Photo of Schneidermeister
5/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am well aware I have given this brew the highest ratings I can. If it were possible, I would rate it better than perfect. This authentically styled German Marzenbier is perfect in every way to me. It is one of the select few brews served at the authentic Oktoberfest in Munich, Bavaria, in which the beer served is regulated by location. Only a select few breweries in the city limits of Munich are allowed to serve beer there, and the brews must conform to the age old standard of Reinheitsgebot, or Bavarian Purity Law; very regimented brewing standards set in Bavaria back in the 16th century to conserve wheat and rye for food. This is also a festive seasonal beer, unique in type and in everything else. Marzen is traditionally served only in the fall. Marzen is German for "March," which is when this beer is brewed, and you can tell that this brew is done slow, and done right. The brew is left to ferment and age over the entire summer, and is to be served only during Oktoberfest, when the farmer's toil in the fields is finally paying off, and food is in abundance.

Let's get to the brew. To begin, it is best served ice cold, in a big glass. You want this glass clear as so that your eyes may feast upon the beautiful ruby-bronze hue of this crystal clear brew. The head is a pleasing off-white creamy color, and the lacing is rather sparse, but sticky. Already there's evidence of lots of caramel hops, and just a hint of sugar. The head is thick and creamy and when poured properly, leaves a nice little dome on the rim of your glass. The aroma is absolutely divine. Fresh baked, yeasty bread, and loads of malt, with just the slightest hint of campfire, and a subtle floral note to boot. The hops scent is almost nonexistent, but it will become prevalent with the taste. Oh, the taste. This beer tastes like a properly made, refreshing and satisfying lager. You can almost taste the crisp, early spring air rushing through the Bavarian countryside. The snow is melting, the trees are budding, and life has come back to the home of the world's best beers. It's going to be a good year. The brew ages and ferments very slowly in cool, dark cellars and gains all sorts of flavors. Autumn leaves are a subtle one I taste, along with a slight hint of molasses and toasted marshmallow. The finish is nice and crisp, slightly bitter and tart, but not too hoppy. The hops takes a back seat to all the other flavors found only in Marzen, and is well balanced. Spaten makes a damn good year-round Pilsner Lager, and they love their hops like nothing else. But here, they allow the humble drinker across the Atlantic here in Central Illinois to taste the Bavarian Autumn and its festivities at their fullest, not just Bavaria's prized hops. The craftsmanship blows me away every time. Overall mouthfeel is delectable as well, as this beer is just a tad more filling than most lagers, but hey, it's Oktoberfest! Indulge!

I recommend Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Marzen to anyone who loves a satisfying, decadent beer, but isn't looking for something that's just good on its own. This is beer to be had with a feast, and with friends. Loud, boisterous laughter and hijinks will make this beer all the better. It tastes like a special occasion, so have a festival in your mouth with Oktoberfestbier, and you can bet it'll be a time with good friends you'll talk about for the rest of your life. (3,397 characters)

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