Spaten Oktoberfestbier

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Lager - Märzen
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3.65 | pDev: 13.7%
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hankp59 from New York

3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It’s ok. It pours clear almost copper in color with off white head that goes away. It starts out malty but has no development, no sweetness and a funky hops flavor that is slightly bitter but has none of the bright floral notes you expect in a Munich Marzen. I’ll look elsewhere and though it’s not bad, for the price there are far better.

Oct 08, 2021
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UrbanCaveman from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a nucleated teku at ~40 degrees F.

L: Pours a crystal clear deep hickory red-brown, and forms a few fingers of dense white foam with great retention.

S: Fresh baked bread crust, light toffee, and a tinge of flowers.

T: Opens with the fresh bread, heavy like a pumpernickel. Backing that is a melange of white pepper, light toffee, and a touch of supple leather. By the finish, there are some topsoil notes, with a bit of grassiness in the background.

F: Smooth, medium, and lively.

O: That is a tasty marzen.

Oct 03, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by 10/2021

This looks to be one of the lowest rated imported Märzens, but why? I was under the impression that this is one of the classics that they serve at the festivals in Germany. Regardless, we have it here, once again thanks to Half Time. I don’t have the highest expectations, but hopefully it can surprise me

Pours a mostly clear dark amber with 2 fingers of soapy off white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves minimal lacing

It appears that there’s a touch of oxidation upon first smell. Damn green bottles. I’m picking up on aromas of honey, crackery malt, earthy hops, chewy toffee, pear, and a slight metallic note

It’s not really oxidized flavor-wise, but is just bland. At least the aroma had distinct notes despite the mild oxidation. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting bready malt, light earthy hops, and sweet honey. The swallow brings notes of sweet honey, overripe pear, earthy hops, and a touch of diacetyl

A medium body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a slick beer. Finishes a tad sticky and overly sweet

I’m not really a fan of this one. Still, I can’t really say that it’s awful. Oh well

Oct 01, 2021
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Biscuit malt, caramel, grain, and a touch of herbal hops

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the biscuity malt and caramel. Picks up the grainy notes and some very light earthy hop notes. Finishes with lingering biscuit and caramel

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good, classic Oktoberfest that is hefty yet great for quaffing. Worth checking out

Sep 29, 2021
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber with a white head.

Smells of caramel, toasted grain and hearty bread with a fruity spice.

Taste is rich whole grain bread with notes of caramel, raspberry, and nuts.

Sep 27, 2021
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mbostenbeer from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- deep amber with 1/4 inch beige lacing.

S- breast biscuity

T- sweet herbal hops with a tangy finish.

F - medium body, higher carbonation but doesn’t take away from taste

This is a keeper, looking forward to searching out next fall!

Sep 25, 2021
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cold 12 oz bottle poured into my .5L dimple mug. The beer pours a clear copper to amber color a fizzy and fluffy eggshell white head foams up 1.5 cm with a pretty aggressive pour. this foam is gone to only the thinnest of edge layers after a few minutes.
the aroma on this brew is toasted grains and a bit of bready dough. Very mild caramel buried in the background. Not much of a hop character on the nose.
First sip reveals a light to medium body and very fine gentle carbonation. The flavor is a little bit of toasted grain and then a good amount of sweeter caramel and a little clover honey. This sweet flavor lingers long after each swallow. I dont really get any hop balance on the flavor profile. There is a little drying on the swallow.
A very drinkable beer with good flavor. Id drink again.

Sep 25, 2021
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dkoehler42 from New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Spaten Oktoberfest. I definitely drink a fair amount of this back in Munich. It's a standard clear copper märzen with white head, and a pretty strong grain aroma. The taste is crisp and mildly sweet, with a clean mouthfeel that leaves you ready for another.

Sep 24, 2021
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dcscientist from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a fine Oktoberfest, made by folks who have been doing it for over 600 years. So yeah, they know what they're doing. It's malty, toasty, and pretty dense, which is just the way I like this style. None of that watered-down flavor or diluted color. Well done, long-standing German brewery.

Sep 22, 2021
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: beautiful dark golden amber that begins to convey to the eyes how great this beer is going to be

Smell: smooth mild honey smell with a perfect touch of malt

Taste: exquisitely smooth and silky taste that follows perfectly the smell

Feel: perfectly balanced feel that lingers ever so gently inviting another sip

Overall: wow, what a great beer. They certainly have perfected this art over the centuries and it shows. Well done!

Sep 22, 2021
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Profundobaso from New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured from a 12 oz bottle. Copper in color, clear, and a foamy two inch head with moderately lacing retention.

Smell - strong malts, biscuity, with a healthy whiff of spicy hops as well. malty heavy but appears to be more balanced.

Taste - mostly malts on the mouth, with a honey like sweetness. some hops cleanse the palate, and the finish is quite clean.

Feel - medium bodied, high carbonation, and on par in ABV for the style at 5.9%

Overall - a great representation of the style, and one that lean towards a more balanced (hoppier) interpretation.

Sep 19, 2021
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Martin194 from Iowa

3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Amber, clear, with a big white head that dissipates slowly.

Smell: Heavy malts and bread, some sweet and grassy notes.

Taste: Follows smell, sweeter notes give way to a sort of bitter, robust aftertaste.

Feel: Lower carbonation, leaves a slightly dry mouthfeel.

Overall: Not my favorite style, but nice, easy drinking.

Sep 19, 2021
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Dionysus from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Super malty amber brew. A solid session beer at 5.9% Nice color and smooth on the tongue. Carmel and bread with some honey. Great fall brew. I will definitely buy this again.

Sep 13, 2021
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Iamaskier from Idaho

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting amber-brown body, good and foamy white head. Surprisingly hoppy on the nose, big caramel malt presence too, overall pretty sweet. Taste is very sweet as well. Caramel, big brown sugar, hints of dark fruit, honey, and a bready finish. Feel is wet and foamy.
A good fall beer, easy drinking and sweet.

Sep 10, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper appearance with an average size off white head and good lacing. Earthy, bready, caramel malt aroma. Initial sweetness fades a bit as the full flavor of the malts settles in. Hop presence is modest, maybe a touch herbal. Smooth, moderately carbonated, medium bodied mouthfeel.

Aug 09, 2021
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md3kcn from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a six-pack of bottles from The Cellar (Troy) for $9.99. Poured into a proper mug.

L - Rust orange with a fluffy light khaki head, measuring roughly three fingers. The head retains extraordinarily well.
S - Very heavy on the malt side. Carmel, spice, and a sort of earthy bread crust.
T - Caramel and honey-topped toast hit you like a bus. A burst of a hoppy floral note comes into play to help balance out the sweetness. The beer slowly evolves into a very earthy tea-like flavor, and finishes with a beautiful grass note.
F - On the thicker side. Medium in body. Medium carbonation. Satisfying to sip on.
O - A wonderful brew all-around. Great as a pairing to the sausage and potatoes I'm eating. Highly recommend.

Jul 29, 2021
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teromous from Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the back label: "10.2021 L28 000204 05:41"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a brown-gold color with lighter hues at the edge and darker ones at the center. It has very good clarity. It looks a bit like a dark tea. The head is short, white, and creamy. The head doesn't last too long but it leaves a decent creamy film. No visible lacing.

Aroma: It smells like black tea with a light bit of spicy hops and a somewhat skunky overtone. Mostly the hops and the tea character prevail. The skunky character seems to go away very shortly after the beer is agitated.

Taste: Up front there is a mellow caramel malt flavor mixed with a light bit of hops. Towards the middle of the mouth this character is amplified a bit. Some light alcohol is present but it is more evident in the aftertaste. After a while there is a bit of a nutty character that starts to come through which is nice.

Mouthfeel: It feels on the lighter edge of medium and drinkability is pretty good. Carbonation is alright.

Overall: The neckerchief of this bottle says "IMPORTED" and the back label similarly states that this is "IMPORTED BY IMPORT BRANDS ALLIANCE ST. LOUIS, MO." As an import beer it is alright but it has enough character that seems to grow and slowly compound over time. It's the kind of beer where you start drinking it and aren't really a fan but about half-way through you think about grabbing another one. For this reason I would recommend at least trying a full glass or bottle. As a whole it was alright and it works if you're looking to buy a sixer of Oktoberfest that has the added bonus of being imported from Germany, but I doubt I would buy it again unless it was an imported keg or if it was fresh in Germany.

Jul 24, 2021
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Elemental19xx from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

As many other reviewers have stated, the beer is a little skunky on the nose, kind of like what you would get from a stella artois, just a lot more bready. The flavor is good, not quite as good as a few other märzens that ive tried, my favorite is still the samuel adams octoberfest, but this one is probably top 5. If you can deal with a little skunk then give this one a go!

Apr 16, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

L: Amber-orange in color with a almost no head at all.
S: Fairly rich aroma to it, malty, biscuity.
T: Initially it has a nice malty taste to it followed by a bready quality, semi-sweet.
F:Medium-bodied, smooth, full mouthfeel.
O: Not a bad Marzen style.

Dec 07, 2020
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a willi becher

A: Dark copper/brown color with great clarity. Tight cream-colored head retains well and leaves a thin veil of lacing in its wake.

S: Heavy on the munich malt toastiness, bread crust, dried grass, nutty, earthy, mildly herbal, rich and sweet.

T: Follows the nose. Heavy toast right from the get-go. Loads of bread crust, nutty, dried grass and dried garden herbs, melanoidin sweetness, perhaps a pinch of cocoa powder. Oily hop bitterness comes out briefly. Finishes quite dry overall, with a lot of toasted crust, grass, and a bit of lingering hop oils.

M: Medium-full body. Definite sense of heft. Malt roundness presses into the tongue.

O: It's important to key in on the "Ur-Marzen" label to understand what they're doing with this beer. Ur basically means "old" or "original" or something of that context. So this is a bit of a throw-back recipe. Pretty far removed from the lighter colored festbiers served at Oktoberfest today. The marzen style has a long and storied history though, and has gone through significant changes over the years. This beer harkens back to the time when the newly-invented Munich and Vienna malts became all the rage and worked their way into Marzen recipes. There's still a nice melanoidin-rich body, but it is dominated by that nice toasty munich malt character. It finishes dryer than any other German-made marzen I've had in recent years, but I happen to like that.

Nov 26, 2020
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sjdevel from Utah

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

LOOK - very light for an oktoberfest brew - really clear golden color - 1 finger head - recedes quickly but a decent amount of lacing hangs on
SMELL - bread, crackers, caramel, and grape juice
TASTE - some herbal notes at first - nice caramel corn and white grape juice come in next - sweet and malty
FEEL - a bit thinner than hoped - could use more carbonation for a better feel - slick
OVERALL - a great Marzen/Okt-fest beer - one of the staples - there are only 1 or 2 that I like better but I am a fan of this one - this one is great on tap during Oktoberfest festivals - it is great to enjoy year - round as well

Nov 18, 2020
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Dark amber with off white one finger head. Rich, bready malt on the nose, slightly fruity, noble hops. Flavor is a tinge subtler but not bad. Bitterness isn't bold but lingers with sort of a slight aftertaste. Medium full mouthfeel.

Nov 08, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not often I give a perfect score...

...actually, I never give a perfect score, until today. This might be the most visually appealing beer I have ever put my eyes upon. Also, it has everything you can look for in the "look": Creamy head, lacing, and the most gorgeous copperish colored beer I have ever seen - absolutely spectacular. Now, the rest of this is special as well, for everything except the smell - I found it to be very muted for the style and even also ran. But no worries. This is a really good Oktoberfest beer - one I would like to have plenty on hand next year.

Nov 01, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: super dark copper color with some hints of ruby red and purple. 1/2 finger tan silky head

S: a bit of skunk upfront. Sweet malts, caramel, and fresh dark bread. A touch of sweet berries and earthy hops

T: big bready dark bread notes upfront followed by sweet caramel malts. Some earthy notes. A little bit of those generic sweet berries as well. There is a noticeable skunk in here as well, unfortunate

M: excellent mouthfeel. Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation

O: this one leaves me wanting more. The flavor is unremarkable, and has its share of skunk

Oct 24, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz green bottle
date stamped 06.2021
prost to Ken for giving me a couple of bottles!
L: effervescent caramel colored bier; tall foamy ivory head
S: herbal hops, caramel, toasted grain, a little skunk
T: toasty grain, caramel, herbal/spicy hops, again - slightly skunked from the green bottle
F: smooth yet a bit grainy, light-to-medium body, crisp & dry finish
O: a classic Oktoberfest Märzen and one that I come to almost every year

Oct 16, 2020
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