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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,188 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,188
Reviews: 1,087
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 47
Gots: 157 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001)
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Photo of robotiks
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Rootdog316
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium yellow color with a foamy head and decent lacing. Some carbonation. Aroma of hops, very slightly skunky, and malts with a strong hops finish. Malty and hop balance in the taste with a slight bitterness in finish. Not a bad beer but I don't think I will buy it again.

Photo of Kingcurio
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sacfly
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz., no date
Pours a clear orange with a thin head of off white bubbles. Crisp vegetal hop aroma, some spiciness. A touch of sweetness in the background comes out later. Taste is on the hoppy side, but a mildly astringent grassy hop. Overwhelms the malt available. Dry, mildly bitter aftertaste. OK, but not interesting enough or refreshing enough to drink regularly. Plenty of better Martzen out there.

Photo of ac22rush
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of beb86
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, deep amber color with brilliant clarity. The head is tan-white and has great lacing and retention. This beer looks very tasty in a big mug.

The first thing that stands out is the very sulfuric aroma. Suprisingly, there is no skunkiness from a green bottle, but this smells like a pretty generic Euro lager. A little bit of heftiness is added from the malt, but it doesn't have a ton of character.

The flavor is a little tame for my liking as well. It's got weak bread and caramel notes, with a touch of metallic flavor. This is clearly a safe attempt at the style, but I don't think it's very successful.

Mouthfeel is light bodied for the style, with carbonation on the low side. This beer is drinkable, but just not very impressive.

Photo of redliner8
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BuckSpin
2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz bottle (production code of L 18471 C) in a thumbprint Seidel

BAside: it seems odd to have a German Oktoberfest with the words "MALT LIQUOR" on the label...

Poured crisp, clean, true. Ugh....not a very pleasing nose. To be honest this smells like a typical canned macro. Dry, astringent, slightly metallic, a little sour, maybe some mildly burnt caramel. Head was a nice pencil's worth of loose & mixed, pale ivory foam that steadily settled to a see-through sheen with a bubbled edge ring. The slightly hazed body is classic Marzen - penny copper orange, warm like good honey. Damn shame it doesn't have an appealing aroma.

It tastes better than it smells, but it still has some mild, canned macro quality. Slightly burnt caramelized malts slide under a semi-dry, crisp astringency that is a ween bit spoiled/sour, with some noticeable metallic & phenolic aspects. Hops are timid & mildly bitter. I'm not really sure what is exactly going on here. I've enjoyed some nice Marzens, but this has an odd aspect to it, a can lining quality that I just can't shake.

Growing drier & lighter on the palate, it finishes crisp but a little phenolic with a nice, sharpening spiciness, leaving a clean yet cloying aftertaste.

I had Mrs. BuckSpin confirm the nose. Her words - "Natural Ice in a can", so I know its not me. It is very possible I got a bad bottle, but in that I have nothing to compare it to I am going with what I experienced. Let me put it this way - if this was a Macro Lager it would be a pretty decent one, but as a Marzen this was not enjoyable. I will definitely try this again next year to see if I did catch a bad one, but until then I cannot recommend this. This was one of the most disappointing & generic tasting imports I've ever had. Very bummed. Omm-pah-pah at your own risk.

Photo of ElijahRivera
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Givemebeer
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of xgrigorix
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce green bottle, no dates.

Pale orange & clear. Dense off white cap of foam. Very little lace.

Malty biscuit aromas backed up by a herbal sort of hop aroma.

Bready, caramel, & biscuit malt type flavours. Some Herbal hop flavours finish it off. Straight forward, clean & firm. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Not good, not bad.

Photo of mpyle
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - very pale amber color, brilliant clarity, pours a nice white head, tightly bubbled and with some retention.

Smell - A subtle roasty note, but generally a very clean aroma. No hops in keeping with style.

Taste - A roasty malt flavor early, but quickly turns bitter. Malt character somewhat lacking, but finish is appropriately dry and bitter.

MF - medium body and carbonation, no astringency or warming, no issues.

D'ability - Think I'd take a pilsner over this one as a bitter finishing lager. Not enough malt character up front to make the aroma or flavor all that interesting. Clean, and easy to down a few, but not exciting.

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bubbly copper/ruby color with a small rimming of off-white head.
Smell has notes of a bitter malt maybe a little skunky, but good.
Taste has great malt profile.
Finish is a bit dirty with a decent after-taste.
Drinks very well, as my friend said, I would love a stein of this to quaff.

Photo of RWACKO
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Vengeance526
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium dark copper color with a 1 finger off-white head that fades to a thin ring after a short time and leaves a nice amount of lacing.

Smells of grain with a slight underlying citric tone deep in the back.

Taste is very bready upfront, biscuity with some caramel. At about the middle of the sip, a small hop presence comes in to balance out the malty tone somewhat. As it warms, the taste again hits the malty side with hints of toffee into the finish.

Medium bodied with a little more carbonation than needed. An easy drinker overall, okay on its own but much better as a food pairing. This won't be at the top of my list in any category, but is nonetheless enjoyable.

Photo of msanborn
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of brett606
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of nasty15108
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a 1/2 liter glass.

A - Poured an orange/amber color with mahogany hues. The pour produced a thick head of slightly off-white foam (with good retention) and spotty circular lacing.

S - Malty, with hints of citrus, caramel, ripe fruit and dark bread (yeasty). Slight aroma of Euro-skunkiness. Aroma were stronger as the beer warmed.

T - Slightly sweet (caramel and ripe fruit)up front. Finishes off with a slight hop bitterness. A little on the sweet side, but not in a bad way at all.

MF&D - Medium to light in body. Went down well. A great fall choice.

Photo of abrand
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at local pub. Served in pint glass.

Pours a bright amber color from the tap with a big 3 finger head from the over carbonated keg. Smells of pure malts and grains. Really nothing else going on. Taste is somewhat sweet with plums but also a huge malted presence. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall a decent oktoberfest.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear, slightly dark golden amber with small covering white head and some bubbling

S: Kind of malty sweetness, but with definite hop presence, it doesn't smell carmelly really, could be due to skunking as this was from a six pack, somewhat heineken-esque aromas, but definitely retains its characteristics

T: Similar to smell, starts vaguely sweet, then hops hit, the skunkiness comes through more here though, big green bottle flavor, lingering bitterness fades to sweetness

M: Drier than expected, definitely not watery thin, but on the thinner side, retains good level of body though

D: I like this beer but it tastes like sweet heineken sometimes, definite minus for that

Notes: Again a good beer, but a definite export oktoberfest. I would love to try this fresh in Germany, but the imported version tastes like standard green bottle European beer.

Photo of mnrider
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Green bottle.

A: Pours a clear light orange with a thin bubbly head. Tons of carbonation is seen.

S: Smells like a Euro lager with some more maltyness and dry hops. Below average I'd say.

T/M: Again tastes like a Euro lager but with a little more malt and hop kick going on. Very easy to drink. Still, a more subdued Ocktoberfest brew compared to others that I've had.

D: Nice and easy to drink. I'd get this one again for sure. If the price is right.


Photo of ScottieD
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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