Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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3.13/5 rDev -12.8%
Perfectly clear golden-yellow in color with a reasonably solid white head. Looks good, but a bit pale for an octoberfest.
The aroma is malty and grainy, but generally faint. There's a bit of caramel as it warms. The flavor follows suit; grainy dryness gradually becomes more sweet at warmer temperatures, faintly caramelly but not overly rich. The mouthfeel is crisp and husky, light-bodied, amply carbonated. Decent stuff here, but it's lacking something; namely personality. I can imagine this will appeal to people looking for an octoberfest with optimal blandess though.
09-17-2008 03:21:33 | More by largadeer
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
Clear, deep amber in color with a white head that is short lived but leaves a good collar and a light surface covering. The aroma is of rich, toasty Munich malt (possibly Vienna?) with a very light hop note. The body is medium with a moderate carbonation level and a lightly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is of a very nice, round maltiness that is somewhat bready and lightly toasty with a soft, light fruitiness and a well balanced bitterness. Finishes softly dry with just a slight lingering malt & hop character. Very well done.
09-22-2002 18:39:50 | More by NeroFiddled
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light copper color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, apples, dark fruit, spice and decent amount of hops.
T: The tasty is very fruity (apple, apricot, raisins & berries) and that’s what comes out first. The malt character quickly follows up, but I didn’t find it to be as bready as most O-fests. It has a good hops presence for the style, but not a lot of bitterness. The after-taste is kind of sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is a little slick.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, good representation of style, this may not be the most popular beer in the style but I liked it and wouldn’t be disappointed to see it on-tap somewhere. That being said however, there are others in the style that I would choose first.
02-27-2007 04:07:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
11.2oz green bottle with a cryptic looking freshness code.
LOOK: Brandishes a clear copper color, enough head and lacing action to get by
SMELL: Loaf of bread, grape skin, nutty, very grassy, faint caramel, floral hop, mineral, clean
TASTE: Semi-crisp, slick, slightly sweet, bready, cake, moderate hop bitterness, flat herbal flavor, slightly spicy, hint of alcohol, very dry toasted grainy finish
For its travels and most likely its preparation for the trip the US it ends up being a pretty good lager. In the world of beer and Oktoberfest it is a pretty easy assumption that this beer tastes a lot better from the source but with that said ... the beer that is sent over is certain worth getting.
09-19-2012 02:26:37 | More by Jason
4.05/5 rDev +12.8%
I'm sure having this one on tap makes all the difference in the world, but I will start by saying that this one tasted so fresh off the draught. Appearance: Pours a copper with an off white cream head not much lacing going on seems a bit thin. Aroma: Sweet caramel with nice touches of German hops, slightly roasted malts in the nose very nice. Tste: Clean with a substantial amount of hop bitterness for an Oktoberfest smooth slightly harsh caramel malt tones one of the better fresher examples of a German O-fest yet. Mouthfeel: Lighter body but still decent texture and perfect carbonation. Drinkability: Very drinkable not too heavy or syrupy but very refreshing could picture myself siding with this one at the tents in Munich.
09-16-2003 05:48:16 | More by WVbeergeek
4.38/5 rDev +22%
Flows lite caramel, but retains head white not thick, but okay...)alright...
Beautiful malty biscuits morish smell with some whiffs of hops..
great malty. give me some more taste...
super balance & swlllability.,.. tastes of biscuits & yum..
me like it much....
09-18-2005 00:03:16 | More by russpowell
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
12 oz bottle into a mug.
Pours a clear copper, with several fingers of rich and billowy slightly off-white head. This eventually settles down into sudsy 1-2 fingers, which rings the sides of the mug with thick sticky lacing. The aroma smells fresh and earthy in the nose, with notes of spice and must. This is undercut by some bready sweetness but it’s mostly the crisp citrus presence present that holds things together here in the nostrils.
The taste mirrors the aroma, being crisp and green feeling throughout, with a tight sweetness that rides along on the edges. This is earthy and spicy on the finish with some lingering must. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm and crisp feel in the mouth that then gets a little creamier feeling underneath, giving this quite the overall drinkable feel.
While maybe not quite as flavorful as some imports out there, I’d still take this over the majority of the American takes on the style that many breweries are putting out, as it’s got the two things that count for me, balance and crispness. I’d drink one of these any time.
10-03-2012 16:58:45 | More by Kegatron
3.35/5 rDev -6.7%
Appearance: clear pale bronze color, with booming, boisterous cream-toned foam atop (I may have optimized the head potential by utilizing a Wehenstephaner weizen glass).
Aroma: soft, spare, tiniest hints of caramel & nuts, glimmers of malt.
Taste: bright, sweet, slightly coppery feel, mild. No hops felt, malt is all over the flavor, but never too strong. Body, very light, texture is small, finish is too quickly dissipated. A very subdued, but supremely approachable marzen. Geared towards those with less exploratory ambitions in their beer imbibement.
11-10-2003 00:00:37 | More by feloniousmonk
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
Beer served on draft at a beer bar in FL, served in a 0.5L Spaten glass (correct glassware makes beer taste better).
Beer is clear and red. Forms a thick white head that falls away leaving no lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and made up of medium bubbles that rise quickly through the beer.
Has a sweetish lager aroma. Not much to it but it smells as expected and really good.
Beer has a medium body and the drinkability is really high. Beer is slightly sweet and has a slight sour tinge to it after the sweetness. There is a mild bitterness in the back of the mouth, overall mild to moderate bitterness. The bitterness was a nice surprise, overall this was a pretty good beer. Not my favorite Oktoberfest but a good one.
12-28-2009 17:00:25 | More by drabmuh
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
Served in a tulip cold at at the Alpine Bar in Hofbrauhaus in Abbottstown, PA.
A - The appearance is a deep amber w/ golden highlights and a white head. There is a slight amount of lace that accumulates.
S - A mostly malty scent w/ apple and pear accents. The nose is fragrant w/ the sweetness of gentle malt.
M - A medium light body w/ fruity maltiness. The feel is semi-sweet w/ a very clean finish and ample carbonation.
T - Very smooth taste of malt w/ more apple/pear flavor as hinted at in the nose. The delicious flavor of German malts dominate the taste w/ finesse. There is the taste of lager yeast w/ a slightly tangy crispness that makes an impression. A light twiggy, woody flavor eases in as the beer gets warmer. The taste is a step up from a helles lager w/ the nuance of medium toasted malts.
D - A very tasty fest for sure, but restrained and more finesse than some American versions. A seriously easy to drink lager w/ session capability and strength. There could be a tad more depth, but a good representation of the style. I could certainly taste more than 2 of these paired w/ a bratwurst or weissewurst.
09-17-2007 14:58:04 | More by Slatetank
3.39/5 rDev -5.6%
on tap at one of those cigar bars in old market Omaha. it pours real flat looking, although it doesn't feel that way when you drink it. dark orange, burnt sugar color, with zero head. a nose of german amber malts, almost like an altbier, but a little richer and sweeter. good depth of flavor here, malt driven obviously, but with some pine in the finish and a very very light lager yeast that lets all the other elements do the talking. dense though, not well enough carbonated, but brighter than it appears. too filling for more than a few, this one seems off from the rest, the paulaner and the hacker and the like, a step behind, which is odd for spaten, but true for this one. I honestly didn't care for it a whole lot, disjointed and sloppy, even for an original, in my humble opinion. better in a bottle, but not by a lot.
09-26-2013 04:27:19 | More by StonedTrippin
4.25/5 rDev +18.4%
The beer pours an amber color with a nice white lace head. The aroma is exceptional. It has the smell of a good lager, but with the slightest amount of crystal malts to add color and a bit of sweetness. The taste is great. It isn't too plain or too bold. There is a fine balance here. The mouthfeel is awesome. It is a low/medium bodied beer with the right amount of carbonation. This is a great drinking beer; one of the best Octoberfests I've ever had.
12-03-2003 02:04:06 | More by WesWes
3.4/5 rDev -5.3%
First had: ?
Have had in bottles and on tap at various times.
All InBev-ness aside...
Pours a clear orange-brown with a variable-sized white head, depending on the pour. A pretty basic brew all around, with scents of lightly toasted malts and floral hops. Not as pronounced as you would acquire in more prime examples of the style, but still decent. Light, toasted malts in the taste, white and brown sugar, and notes of apple and maybe a tad of grape skin. Light mouthfeel, thin, and easily drinkable, even if it's overall a bit lacking in the flavor department.
06-22-2011 20:45:49 | More by Rifugium
3.23/5 rDev -10%
The beer pours a clear amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grain and toffee with a little bit of skunked notes mixed in. I assume this is because they decided to put the beer in a green bottle. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of grain and toffee with a little bit of nuttyness, but luckily there is not any of the skunk in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
10-14-2011 04:53:00 | More by Mora2000
3.2/5 rDev -10.9%
A mix of perfume and earthy darkness. Malty with a sharp taste. Some caramel, but quite edgy with the bitter aftertaste. Pale amber orange in the pint glass. Not much lacing, decent mouthful however. Very floral.
The sweet and dirty taste gets old fast. Sweat and incense. I think this is the least pleasant Oktoberfest I've had.
10-23-2011 04:35:05 | More by mactrail
3.15/5 rDev -12.3%
Pours light orange with a white head that soon becomes a lasting cover. Some lacing is left.
The smell is of grass and sweet grain. Some mustiness is present.
The taste is of mildly sweet roasted grain. Some washed-out hops give it a slight bitter touch. To me, it tastes like a typical Euro-lager with an Oktoberfest twist of sweet malt. Some dry tea-leaf is noticeable as it approaches the middle.
The feel is on the thin side for the style. Some of the flavor holds up, but not as much as it could. Also, not as smooth as it could be. There is some astringency to it.
While it has something of a drinkability to it, it's not one of the better Oktoberfests to come out of Bavaria. I haven't been getting this one in the past few years, and now I remember why. I don't know if it loses something in the travel, but it's not as tasty or smooth as some other Bavarian O-fests I can, and do, get here (or even some American interpretations - certainly not as fresh.)
10-11-2006 02:01:48 | More by jwc215
3.7/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours with a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear reddish amber hue and shows a bright-metallic, deeply red tinged, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a mix of sweet malty notes and dry, bread-like aromatics. Light hop notes contribute aromatics of lemon zest and faint herbal / grassy notes to the nose, but this is mostly a malt focused beer. Lightly browned soda crackers, fresh bread-crust aromas, aromas of fresh crushed malt and a touch of sweet, lightly caramelized grain character seem to be the main focus here. Not a bad aroma, but somehow leaves me wishing for a bit more depth.
Dry and herbal as it first hits my mouth, it quickly picks up a lightly sweet malt sweetness and a round, rustic bread like character. Each sip finishes with a herbal hop note that gets a bit metallic and a thin malt character. The malt sweetness while light is actually fairly rich and satiating, this balanced sweet malt character is exactly what I want to see in this style of beer, though it can be a touch too muted at times. I like that the hop character plays a significant role here in the flavor; it provides a nice balance to the malt character all the while contributing flavors of soft lemon zest, some light herbal notes, more hay / grass than anything and also a nice, biting bitterness that is found from beginning to end. Light enough to be quite drinkable, but the malt provides some body and texture to it that allows for the beer to stick just a bit to the palate.
A solid beer, nothing that makes me get really exited, but a nice beer that I could easily quaff a liter of. I definitely like that malt character here, even if it could use a little boost; it provides a nice biscuit-like, browned soda cracker flavored, rustic bread crust flavor to this brew that sort of defines things for me. Tasty and quaffable, though perhaps a wee bit forgettable.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
04-05-2008 03:51:37 | More by Gueuzedude
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
12 oz. Euro-green bottle,
A: Pours a beautiful dark amber colour, nice to see, small 2-finger dissipates quickly though, but the colour is really nice.
S: Typical malt smell, very sweet, some bready character, not a lot of hops in this one though.
T: Very sweet malty, almost maple flavour, kind of over the top, but sort of in a good way, there were some times I liked it, but some times it was a little much. Hop flavour is slight, but some earthy notes are there in the background.
M: Typical German lager feel, light and smooth, medium-bodied overall, but has a nice briskness on the palate.
D: A pretty good German Oktoberfest beer, Spaten makes very good representations of typical German styles and they did another one with this beer. There are some faults, but overall, it is very good for its style.
10-11-2007 01:53:27 | More by Halcyondays
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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