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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 1,098
Hads: 2,340
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 21.07%
Wants: 55
Gots: 275 | 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 atozymurgy
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a small head that fades fast to a thin but long lasting cap of foam. Brilliantly clear, copper color. Aroma is crisp, clean with malt dominating. No hop aroma. Maybe just a hint of sulfur? But very pleasant overall. Malt dominates the taste as well. It's lightly toasted, mostly Munich malt I think, almost chewy. No bitterness up front, but there's some in the finish. No hop flavor though. Definitely malt-balanced, but dry with no cloying sweetness. Again, crisp and clean are the main traits. Mouthfeel is very drying, with high carbonation. Quite refreshing. Overall quite pleasant and drinkable, a good session beer.

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Photo of gilman
2.67/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper colored body with a thin white head that did not last. Faint aroma of sweet caramel malts and flowery hops. Mouthfeel was light waterery bodied with a low carbonation. Flavors were sweet and but not very refreshing. It has a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Drinkability was watered down not very impressive. Gonna have to choke down 3 more bottles.

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Photo of chrishickman
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw 12-packs of this for a good price at Binny's yesterday, so bought one on the hopes that it's the earliest (and therefore, freshest possible) import shipment and not the remnants of last year..I've have bad luck with import fest beer in years past in that regard. No dates on the package that I can find. Open the bottle, ok it's not skunky, that's half the battle. Mouthfeel is very thin, but that's not the end of the world with lagers or this style. Fairly malty as the style should be, head is kind of fizzy. Overall, in this state of freshness, it is tolerable but I've had better examples that originate from the USA.

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Photo of wobblynoggin
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am not quite sure if they change the brew each year, but if so, the score for this beer is going to be skewed. Perhaps seasonal beers should have an entry for each year. That said:

A - Not too impressive a show in a pint glass. A light amber color, small bubbles, and a weak head that dissipates into a very thin rim of white around the circumference of the glass.

S - Certainly has a smell similar to other Oktoberfests with perhaps a more hop like quality than most.

T - True to its smell, there is a bitter hop character there which balances well with the obvious malt that you would come to expect from Spaten. Slight grassy and herbal, with an aftertaste of hops that is unlike the usual heavy malt aftertaste of other fest beers. Definitely loses the hoppiness and picks up more maltiness as it warms. Not a bad idea, but certainly less traditional than I am used to.

M - Definitely a crisp carbonation that is also less characteristic than other more silky, and malty fest beers. Though less traditional I actually rated this slightly above average on mouthfeel more for the surprise than anything else. I may have been generous here, but I kind of see it as a more refreshing version of a traditional Oktoberfest.

D - Quite drinkable. Other than the "different" aftertaste for a fest beer, its worth quaffing 2 or 3.

Overall, this is not the traditional Oktoberfest I expected from Spaten, but I didn't mind the slight variation on the theme.

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Photo of slassy
2.01/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Had this on tap in Illinois after a 6 hour car ride and thought it was incredible, so I picked up a sixer to give it a proper review. In retrospect, it might have tasted so good simply because I was in a car for 6 hours going through corn country.

A: Pours a dark copper color. Half a finger head that disappears rapidly. Bottle and packaging very 'German'; fit the brew style perfectly.

S: Malts all the way. If there's other notes to be detected, the malts cover them up to this reviewer's nose.

T: Malts. Taste doesn't really evolve in your mouth at all. What you smell and taste initially is what you get.

M: Minimal carbonation at the beginning of the sip. Beyond that, pretty smooth and water-like. 'Cardboard' aftertaste that makes the chin pucker.

O: Easy drinking Autumn beer for when the football is on and the weather gets colder. Not something I'd shun, but not something that would be my first (or second or third) choice if I am buying. Jokes aside, this is one of those beers that gets significantly better as you go along (no, I don't think that's true for every beer).

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Photo of brewmandan
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

local german beer hall gets this beer in on tap every year. amber color with white head that disappear somewhat quickly without lacing. smell is little above the average for the style. the best tasting oktoberfest i've had yet. i have had it from the bottle before but it's much better on tap. as long as it's available on tap, i'd be able to drink it during an afternoon at the beer hall. so far, my favorite oktoberfest yet.

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Photo of twelvinlucifer
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was my first Octoberfest of the season.

Very nice burnt golden color. The smell is not the best. It had a bit of that sulfer skunk that alot of import german lagers seem to get along with a bit of fruitiness in the background. The taste was crisp, and refreshing with a bit of carmel in front and a nice roasty back-end! Finishes very nice and clean. not my favorite Marzen but not bad!

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Photo of Aesop
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have the feeling that I could give this higher ratings if it weren't for the damned green bottle - the skunky aroma just doesn't do it for me.
Rich amber color with a fluffy white head.
Fairly substantial mouthfeel, with a trace of caramel-sweetness around the edge of the tongue. Finish is slightly sweet, with a hint of herbal/floral from the hops, ruined slightly by the skunkiness (which does seem to fade a bit over time).
I'll have to find this on tap somewhere.

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Photo of Jdecarol
1.98/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark brown in color (like a dunkel) with a small head that dissapates rapidly into a ring.

Smells a little malty and grassy with an astringent twang and lots of carbonation up the nose.

Taste is much the same. Starts off a little sweet then ends with a harsh astringent finish. Very dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin, almost as thin as a light beer with way too much carbonation.

I couldn't drink much of this, its just way over carbonated and the taste is in all the wrong places.

The best I can compare this too is Blackened Voodoo meets seltzer water and burned grass.

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Photo of Brno
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color, almost a brown. Sweet smell with a thin head. Rich flavor with a bit of chocolate/cocoa powder on the palate. Thin body that dissipates quickly. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste that is also rich. Not one to drink one after another while camping, but one to savor in Autumn, perhaps 'round the fire.

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Photo of aleric
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very little head. Clear and caramel-brown.

S - Slight skunk, malt.

T - The hops become apparent, and blend well with the malt. Slight nuttiness. Still a bit skunky, but there's an intriguing tobacco in the finish.

M - Medium mouth feel, oily.

O - This beer does the basics well, but isn't interesting enough for me to buy it again, and the skunk is a turn-off.

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Photo of weissbierhead
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The reviews for this beer seem to be mixed. In my opinion the 12oz. green bottles are less than exceptional. If you can find in on tap, or buy it in the 0.5 liter bottles it will rival anything you can get in Munchen in Septmber/October.

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Photo of nephlim
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

We had a housewarming/keg party a few weekends ago.

Poured from a keg into a red solo cup.

The head was nice and fluffly, lasting longer than the pint I poured from a bottle a week prior. The smell was light, but very sweet and malty.

Mouthfeel was good; I've had better.

The taste was amazing. FAR better than 07's Oktoberfest, and not just Spaten's, ALL 07 Oktoberfest (was it a bad year?). Sweet, malty, and very yummy! Very easy to drink!

I don't remember how many I had. We had maybe 50 people and killed the keg in seven hours.

I highly suggest this one.

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Photo of louisianajones
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured this one into a Sam Adams glass.

I like a good Octoberfest beer. No nonsense, just heavy enough on the hops but still balanced, makes you want to drink more than one. This one fits the bill nicely. Not much of a head, decent lacing. Light amber in color. Hops with just a bit of citrus on the nose. Not real complicated. Hops on the palate with an ever so slightly astringent finish. Almost too easy to drink. I could easily knock back too many of these in one sitting. Makes me quite affectionate for this time of year.

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Photo of Cruzin023
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured a dark brown color with little head
S: Smelled kind of skunky
T: Had a skunky taste overall and bitterness afterward; could taste a little of the roasted malts
M: Lots of carbonation
D: Drinkable, but definitely not as easy to drink as other Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of TCog
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a great copper color.

Not the biggest aroma going, but what was there had some light malt going on.

Flavor wise, the malt is more pronounced up front than I would have expected from the aroma, but it finishes with more of a hoppy bitter flavor. Not the kick-you-in-the-teeth Octoberfest I've found more and more common from some of the American breweries, and more smooth drinking and easily approachable than some of its comparable imported brethren.

For a little context, even though its available year round, I wait till the first weekend of fall every year and go to town on this beer. Definately one of my favorites, on tap or in the bottle, in terms of easy-drinking crowd-pleasing Octoberfest.

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Photo of zymurgist12
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the quintessential Oktoberfest. Its beautiful red appearance is followed with its sweet aroma and mild finish. My one knock on the beer is it is hard to drink more than a couple since it is quite filing.

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Photo of Ruaidhri
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of AleBlager
2.32/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

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Photo of rdacey
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of whit
3.17/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of DurtyNellie
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
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?

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Photo of nboris827
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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!

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Photo of Jimtrem
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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.

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Photo of Amorrn
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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