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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,026 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,026
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 33
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001)
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

crownrl28, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of moulefrite
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was immediately attracted by the appearance- Crystal clear, Autumn leaf brown/orange colors that got me right in the mood of the fall season-very minimal head though the carbonation was ample. Then I tried, and tried some more to find anything at all on the nose, and really struck out-a little malt maybe? The mouthfeel was rather ordinary-light to medium in body, and the flavors were inocuous as well. I found some sweet malt, a bare bones dose of hops and a clingy malty finish. All and all a basic offering that I'll wait till next year to try again. Though if I find ONLY it at German Fest tomorrow, I may drink more than one-provided pretzels and sausages are nearby.

moulefrite, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of pep
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

pep, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of beerprovedwright
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

beerprovedwright, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance; amber with a white head, retains moderatly, leaving a bit of lacing.

smell; nutty malts, sweetness blends well with the hop florals.

taste; a little bit of roasted malts, rather bland for the style. Some sweetness in the finish with herbal hop bitters. Bready malts hang around in the aftertaste. Not really well balanced but still cleary a Märzen, not a bad drink but there are better choices.

mouthfeel/drinkability; a pretty light bodied beer, goes down smooth. Some chunkyness on the palate but otherwise not much to speak of.

Sachsenfreude, Dec 14, 2010
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

SickNukes, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Loki
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle for the 2003 season.

Appearance: Deep amber, almost tawny, but not quite bonzish color with a medium sized wispy white head. A little lighter in color than others this season.

Smell: Very clean and fresh scents of malt and hops. Not a very powerful aroma, a little on the light side. (Also got a hold of a skunked bottle. One bottle out of a case isn't bad, but not good either.)

Taste: Good malt profile that moves into hops and some spice. All in all a little weak on all sides. Not as flavorful as I had expected or hoped. Very drinkable and not a bad beer, but there are better choices, especially give the limited availabilty of the style.

Loki, Oct 29, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Vlaminck, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of LarryV
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

LarryV, Sep 04, 2002
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

ElijahRivera, Jul 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

harrisjohnson, Nov 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Beric, Jun 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

WiserBud, May 08, 2014
Photo of AaronRed
1.88/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I do believe that this beer was skunked, so this is probably not a fair review. I will attempt to try it again soon, hopefully on tap. Anyway, the beer poured OK, dark golden with a white lace head, but that was about all that was decent. Smelled of old cabbage. Tasted like old cabbage. I could sense some nice malty flavor underneath- but it was really hard to keep the bad qualities at bay. I couldn't finish it, which left me reaching for a Brooklyn Octoberfest, which was far superior

AaronRed, Oct 20, 2002
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3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours the typical coppery orange of a fest beer. Smell is of caramel malts and a bit of allspice? Taste is Ok but seems a bit bland compared to other oktoberfest beers ive had.. Its got the nice sweetish malty backbone and a nice finish but there is something missing. Drinkability and mouthfeel are Fine, but nothing to write home about.. overall a decent Oktoberfest, but not outstanding.

TinusTime, Sep 22, 2003
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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. brown bottle. This poured a light amber with a fairly dense head but no lace to speak of. The aroma was malty sweet.
The taste was of toasty sweet malts and caramel. This was right up to the edge of being a little too sweet for me but ended with a nice dry finish. Seemed light for the style in both flavor and body although this certainly enhanced the drinkibility.

rkhaze, Oct 11, 2003
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3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on-tap, poured into an English pint.

A- Brownish-orange colored clear body, with a fluffy off white head.

S- The smell is sweet and of toasted malt, light hoppy scent.

T- The taste is sweet as well with the roasted-toasted malts coming through. Has a sweet aftertaste that's honey-like.

M- A refreshing bit of carbonation, crisp, yet not too prickly on the tongue, very thin coating feeling down the throat.

D- It's good for it's style, fun and festive.

wcintula, Jun 22, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

tln13, Apr 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

VaterRoss, Dec 11, 2011
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2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a copper color with a finger's worth of head. Lacing is only left within the bottom of the glass.

S - Smells like a pale ale. Sweet malt and that's about it on the nose. Doesn't smell a damn thing like an Oktoberfest.

T - Tastes oddly of sweet malt and agave. Almost like a Smithwick's or something. Does not taste like an Oktoberfest at all. No other flavors come through.

M - Mouthfeel drops off the sweetness, With a heavily carbonated body and a heavy mouthfeel.

O - Overall, This is another disappointing beer from Spaten. How this got labled an Oktoberfest completely blows my mind. BUT! it isn't a terrible beer my any means. Want a real Oktoberfest? Try the one from Great Lake's Brewing Company

SometimesIfart, Sep 15, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

angelmonster, Dec 09, 2008
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3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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....

rdilauro, Aug 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

drh1382, Jul 15, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

BeerDocT, Oct 08, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Paincane, Sep 14, 2011
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
82 out of 100 based on 2,026 ratings.