Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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From:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
 
Germany
Style:
Märzen
Ranked #282
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
82
Ranked #26,296
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 13.74%
Reviews:
1,269
Ratings:
1,597
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 13, 2022
Added:
Sep 04, 2001
Wants:
  67
Gots:
  442
SCORE
82
Good
Notes: This is the darker Märzen beer sold in the US and elsewhere as Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen. This is NOT the golden Festbier sold at in Munich as Oktoberfestbier.
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Rated: 4.04 by DudMan from New Jersey

Nov 13, 2022
 
Rated: 3.53 by Fallen232 from Pennsylvania

Oct 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.29 by Bcrowe3

Oct 15, 2022
 
 
Rated: 3.72 by KLHBB from Arkansas

Oct 08, 2022
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Rated by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A very light marzen. Would like a stronger flavor & balance of malt & hops.
Oct 08, 2022
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Enjoyed together as a nightcap @harvardgardensboston on 10/1- it just felt right to kick off the first of the month with a hearty stein of Marzen. At first the malt-forward ensemble was welcome, but RC and I just couldn’t shake the age-old familiar taste of Dunkin Donuts caramel swirl syrup, as if it was added in an adjunct fashion to an otherwise wholesome lager.”

“Couldn’t agree more, SS. This beer tries a little too hard to get that malty note. The caramel taste feels forced opposed to natural. Don’t get me wrong, we thoroughly enjoyed this festive treat, but a caramel syrupy goo lingers in your throat after a sip.”

“Overall, not bad but certainly nothing to write home about and we don’t quite understand the consensus opinion online of this being a “world class” Marzen. It seems others are too wrapped up in the “authenticity” of this beer (sorry to rain on your parade, guys, this is an Anheuser-Busch product). We are more likely to reach to some of our local breweries October products this month.
Oct 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.57 by JuanPn from Louisiana

Sep 28, 2022
 
Rated: 3.54 by McSeal from Connecticut

Sep 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Sep 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured that lovely honey copper color and topped with a manilla head, albeit briefly. Guess I wanted more.
The aroma was mild but all marzen scents, bready malts, wee bit sweet caramel, some noble hops.
The taste followed, not very complex but not sure a Märzen style needs to be. The malts are bready and a little sweet, the hops are present as an organic accent, and it’s just tasty.
The feel was a touch more viscous than expected, but that may have been to the age of the beer. Tough to get fresh foreign beer here.
OA, it’s good, a solid marzen. Prost!
Sep 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by HabaJohnTheReal1 from Illinois

Sep 03, 2022
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5
Shared by my brother, thanks Deel

Clear caramel color. Smell is really sweet, honey malts, little bit of dried leaves and hops (some kind of fruit maybe...) Taste being very full and sweet with complimentary spice and some bitter hops. The finish leaves something to be desired but I can't quite put my finger on it... Some alcohol and something else off... it still is A+ primo Oktoberfest
Aug 28, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by Ushouldbeworkinh from England

Aug 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.81 by Lukass from Ohio

Aug 07, 2022
 
 
Rated: 3.49 by Shiredave from New York

Jul 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the bottle in a snifter. This legend pours a medium dark amber with
a fantastic head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thick clumping layer,
and shows some excellent lacing. Nose of toasted malts, rich caramel, subtle
toast, faint peach hints, and spicy hop notes. Flavors hit the mark with spicy and herbal
hops balancing out toasted malts, nice caramel and light toffee touches, and light
breaded malts. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium light carbonation, and a
sweet yet hop balanced finish.

Overall, a classic!

Cheers
Jul 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Wrigfen from South Carolina

Jul 05, 2022
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Reviewed by nizzle8287 from Texas

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen, out of the bottle into a pint glass at about 45 degrees F. Pours deep golden in the edges of the glass to burnt orange in the middle with a sightly off-white head that dissipates to a thin film with a slightly thicker ring around the glass which lasts. Smell is sweet malt that resembles something between toffee and caramel, with an infinitesimal hint of skunky hops (which I don't really mind). Taste is a nice blend of malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness, with the hop character resembling something like grass clippings, and the malt character similar to the nose, of toffee and caramel. Tastes and feels great, with moderate carbonation and barely any alcohol presence. Overall, quite a nice beer, and if it was a bit fresher, it would have scored a bit higher. If you like German beer and can get this one fresh, it will not disappoint.
May 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by NorbertB1974 from Germany

Apr 30, 2022
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Reviewed by shadowmind from Venezuela

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
After poring it in a cup it looks pale yellow but cloudy with nice head and lacing, nice smell but not overwhelming, flavor nice, light smell, alright carbonation, good to be drank with a pork belly. A very nice beer to drink
Apr 01, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a green 12oz bottle

Sorry for the lazy review I've been posting on the forum about this beer tonight so I'm done writing about this one so from What beer are you drinking now? #3444, my review.

With a giant head off a not gentle but certainly not aggressive pour and lacing immediately with great head retention it's a good looking beer

Sweet malty lager nose, with some skunking (damn green bottles) and just a kiss of noble hops, that all carries into the taste, but somehow the skunk works in this one flavor wise at least. Still sweet and malty.

It's a nice velvety oktoberfest lager and despite the odd packaging (for a German beer 12oz green bottles) it's a good beer with only slight flaws.
Mar 27, 2022
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Reviewed by SLeffler27 from New York

3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours rich copper and crystal clear (SRM 14-17). There are occasional small random bubbles that lazily rise to fortify one inch of light chestnut foam. The head is rocky and creamy, quickly working its way to a thin veil. Spotty lace covers the top of a Spaten dimpled mug while a coating forms later in the session.

The aroma is rather simple, dominated by malt, with an earthy background. There is a faint skunkiness that I find disappointing after the first few sips.

The sweet/bitter balance is excellent and expected. Mild roasted malt compliments wheat bread and roasted peanuts. The finish is long and very mild.

The body is full, with light carbonation and a creamy, smooth texture. The finish is slightly dry, and the alcohol is as expected.

This beer is simple with mild flavors and nothing challenging. It is a great drinking beer which I enjoyed outside on an early Autumn afternoon. The coolness of the weather helps one relax after the day's work is done, allowing one to enjoy the quiet chirping of birds and bugs.
Mar 19, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Note: this is for Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen, not Spaten Oktoberfestbier

Review Date : 22 Sep, 2022

Best By: 05.2023
Glass: 0.5 L Mug
Serving Temp: 48.9 F


Look:
Dark and rich copper color that almost appears burnished. The initial pour yielded a 3-4 finger (!) off white head that took some time to dissipate. After it did, and a full half liter was poured, there was a 2-finger foamy and creamy head that also hangs around forever. When it does recede, excellent lacing remains on the glass.

Smell:
Toasted whole grain bread, and a lot of it. Some sweet biscuits. A fair amount of spicy hops and also hay, though not the fresh cut variety.

Taste:
Follows the nose. There is an additional earthy note as well as toasted bread crusts. The spicy notes linger on through the aftertaste, which is fairly dry yet also malty.

Feel:
Crisp yet also smooth and a bit creamy with a quite dry finish. The body is between medium with a wee lean to the light side.

Overall:
A solid Marzen-style Oktoberfest with good and substantial flavor that is bready but not sweet. Glad I found some this year.


Previous Review Date: 16-Mar-2022

1.5 x 0.33 L Bottles
Bottle Date: 05.2022
Glass: 0.5 L Fest Mug
Serving Temp: approx 48 - 50 degrees F


Look: Dark, rich copper with 2 finger off white head that leaves tremendous lacing. The sides of the glass have almost as much foam as the beer itself does.

Smell: Toasted whole grain bread. Biscuits. Melanoidin. Very slight tinge of hops.

Taste: Follows the nose. The hops have a nice earthy taste with an ever so slight tinge. The hops balance out the bready sweetness well. Finishes dry with a tiny hop bite.

Feel: Somewhat creamy. Very smooth. Medium mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice, quaffable Marzen-style Oktoberfest with a good flavor. A bit more hops than other such Oktoberfest beers, but they do a nice job in balancing things out.

A good fall and early spring beer, especially if one doesn't want something dark or higher ABV.

I had avoided this beer for awhile but decided to revisit it after reading some of @steveh's praise for it. I am glad that I did. Thank you, Steve. :)

I should note that I took care to choose beers from the back of the shelf or ones that were still in their cases. The green glass of the bottles can allow light in and lead to some skunking.
Mar 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.92 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by crm871 from Utah

2.64/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Look: Pours a deep red-orange with a thin beige-colored head. Dissipated rather quickly. Has the look of the style.

Smell: Not much going on here, smells like a standard domestic. Malt and barley.

Taste: Malty with some very slight hops, other than that not much else.

Feel: Pretty light, easy to throw back.

Overall: I didn’t expect much from this one but was left pretty disappointed anyway. Good price tag though if you want a cheap Oktoberfest and aren’t in the market for craft.
Dec 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.67 by Andrewwk

Nov 23, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.94/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
11.2oz bottle into a 0.3L mug.
L: Pours clear iced tea amber w good fine carbo, a 1/2" off white creamy head w excellent retention, skeletal lacing, sheeting & banding.
S: Rusty, earth hops, caramel malts, metallic, a sensation of bread dough. Clean & simple.
T: Gently bitter then sweet & toasty candied malts, a whisp of honey, cocoa?, earthy hops that dry, a light metallic taste. As the beer warms, malt flavours expand revealing more breadiness.
F: A light zip then smooth to the point of gently creamy medium bodied mouthfeel w a fast, clean lightly drying finish.
O: In the top 3 German beers of this style. It finishes with almost no trace. No hassle in the castle. Excellent in every way, it is world-class in it's style.
Nov 15, 2021
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Reviewed by NeutroMan from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle into a mug.

A: Clear amber color with a one-finger off-white eggshell head.

S: Toasted malt, fresh bread.

T: Bready malt with some warming spice. Very mild earthy hop bitterness. Well-balanced.

F: Medium-boded, smooth, and very drinkable.

O: A classic, good Marzen
Nov 08, 2021
 
Rated: 3.54 by arzt from Germany

Nov 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.01 by 12ozfan from Illinois

Oct 30, 2021
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Reviewed by krh from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I read that this Spaten was the first Märzen style Oktoberfest created in 1872. Though the fest syle in Munich has changed to festbier, this one really delivers. Less bitter and bready than American versions, has a crisp bite closer to a golden than amber.
Oct 27, 2021
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Reviewed by German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
This is a 12oz. bottle poured into the weizen glass. It starts with a half inch that recedes to a thin cap that hangs in for the duration. The foam is a light tan color over a dark mahogany, very clear beverage with ample carbonation. As I sipped away there was very thick lacing left behind.
The aroma is noticeable from a distance. This is sweet smelling, fresh bread, so good! So Marzen!
A very nice light sweetness , fresh bread malts, a nice lightly spiced finish that has a very light bitter bite that tames the sweetness perfectly!.
The feel to me is just above medium, a light creaminess, and so smooth.
This is an excellent Oktoberfest, everything is here that I look for in this style. The first glass I poured had a small head, thus the lower mark, the second bottle poured left a much larger head of tan foam. This is another Autumn bonus! Great brew!
Oct 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.66 by Rhetion from Florida

Oct 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.16 by Shan-man from New Jersey

Oct 10, 2021
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Reviewed by hankp59 from New York

3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
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
 
Rated: 3 by altrio

Oct 04, 2021
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Reviewed by UrbanCaveman from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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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