Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
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3.64 | pDev: 13.74%
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

InBev's Spaten has such a rich history that assuming its large corporate profile is a bad thing would be less than wise when choosing this märzen style beer. A deep rich caramel hue, no-nonsense smells just malty sweetness as expected, and a bit of hop character in this light dryish mouthfeel beer. Compared to Samuel Adams, the most recent märzen I tried this follows suit and is a bit less flavorful, though the mouthfeel is extremely soft and nearly ultra-light especially for this being 5.9%.

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beerguy04 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber, with a tiny white head. Smell is pumpkin bread, and bitter hops. Taste is similar with more malt profile. Mouthfeel, is medium. Overall, one of my favorite Octoberfests.

Jul 13, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L- Bright yellow gold, clear, pours with 1Cm white head.
S- Mild, just some grain.
T- Quite a rich mouthfeel into a moderately hoppy finish. The relatively high ABV% also reveals itself.
F- The feel has presence, it has a richness suited to the season it's designed for. But to me it lacks a depth of flavour that could make it sessionable, it seems rather one dimensional.
O- Quite rich and a bit heavy as a result. Nice to try but I wouldn't buy it again. I'd suggest this beer could handle being served well well chilled.
This beer has two entries here, and I suspect the 'Ur-Märzen' might be causing confusion. The lable reads 'Spaten Oktoberfestbier' and there is no reference to marzen on the bottle.
Bought from Wholefoods, London W8 £2.99/500ml bottle BB: 02/07/2020.

Nov 11, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks perfect in the Teku glass. Off white creamy head, ruddy copper color. Upward spiraling of bubbles. Smell is quite muted as are many Marzens I have sampled. Smells like toffee and fresh baked pumpernickel bread. Taste is reminiscent of toffee,cola,maybe some molasses. Feels damn near perfect, ample carbonation, crisp and refreshing. Finishes light and semi dry. Now this is a sessionable beer. Goes down almost too easy. Well done- Really don't understand the low scores

Oct 22, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle dated 07.2020. Dark amber color with a small amount of white head. Skunky smell with some floral and grassy notes underneath. Medium feel. Bready malt flavors with dry floral hops. Darker and dryer than other Oktoberfests, but Spaten should really use a dark glass bottle for the exports.

Oct 14, 2019
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Frank_TX from Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very good example of a Munich Oktoberfest beer. The amber Marzen character comes out when tasting but is not overpowering. I sampled this fine Marzen from a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Imported by Import Brands in St. Louis, MO. Prosit!

Oct 05, 2019
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G-Style from New York

3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Darker than most Oktoberfest beers, this one has a more skunky, roasted malt aroma to it. Taste is semi bitter, roasted malts, bread.... its good but there are a lot better marzen Oktoberfest's out there.

Sep 29, 2019
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aleigator from Germany

3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, glowing golden color with a bigger, stable head.

Smells of hay, copper, sweeter caramel and wheat.

Has a light body to it with a refreshing, higher carbonation, producing a late metallic peak.

Tastes of white bread dough, caramel malts and a rustic graininess. Develops a lighter noble hop presence, which offers a fitting dryness, balanced by the prominent, soothing dough in this. Has a sweet and malty finish with a remaining hop dryness among more dough and a little toffee.

Solid Festbier with enough character to it to convince.

Sep 21, 2019
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear glass. Has a rich and colorful dark amber color, with finger and half-thick of creamy white head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is light, with roasted malts and yeast being the primary notes. There are other notes of grass, lemon, bread, caramel, hay, and subtle brown sugar. Somewhat fruity in the smell oddly. Not very impressionable but still has good notes.

Roasted malts, barley, and caramel are the main flavors in the taste. Brown sugar is more prominent and the beer overall is sweeter than what the aroma would suggest. Also a little skunky too. Feels medium-bodied.

Sep 16, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

**Note, this beer is one year old and a review of the 2018 version**

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color with a slight ruby hue. A mild white head. SRM of 14. (4.00)

Aroma: Light on the aroma. Lemon, grass, and a touch of skunk. (3.25)

Flavor: Much more flavor than the nose. There is lemongrass, then lots of spice that evolves into a bready finish. Lots of fresh bread and caramel as the beer sits. Yet finishes light and dry. A nice complex flavor profile with nice German spices. (4.25)

Feel: Medium to lighter bodied. Appropriate body for a festbier. Low on carbonation. (3.50)

Overall: A great and authentic festbier. Great copper color and dynamic Oktoberfest flavor profile. Showcases great German spices. Spot on for a festbier and probably one of the better ones from the German breweries, even being a year old (Final Rating: 3.87)

Sep 15, 2019
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SaltofOH from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle best by 3/2020. Great Lakes tulip.

A: way darker than the other Oktoberfests I’ve had this fall. Pours a dark amber with a thick, two and a half finger beige head that fades to a thick cap with islands of bubbles. Streams of tiny bubble carbonation. A little lacing.

S: really flat on the nose. Not smelling much, but a hint of toasted malt and lager yeast.

T: arrives toasty, lightly malty, crisp. Mid palate is moderately sweet, more toastiness. Ending is an explosion of noble hop character and astringency. The astringency of this beer is really what stands out. Lingering mild hoppiness.

M: super crisp. Lighter side of mid weight. Bordering on lightweight. Amazed at how I usually think of the Marzen style as heavy, cloying and sweet, but one after another the Oktoberfestbiers I’ve had have been really clean. More carbonated than it appears.

O: a really crisp and somewhat hoppy Oktoberfest. I was wary of the green bottle, but this won me over. I still liked Hi Wire better. This is pretty close to Sierra Nevada this year, perhaps a touch hoppier.

Sep 15, 2019
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, best before date of 06.2020 printed on the back label. Served in a dimpled mug, the beer pours a mostly clear amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is light, the brew smells like grainy/toasted malt, earthy hops, caramel and a bit of skunkiness. Taste has some more kick to it, with grainy/toasted malt, caramel, grassy hop and a bit of an apple flavor. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and easy enough to drink with a good amount of carbonation. Overall I thought this was decent enough, but something seemed to be missing here. Worth a try at $6.99 a six pack.

Sep 08, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at MacGregor's Grill and Taproom in Brighton, NY.

This one pours a golden caramel brown color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like sweet caramel, musty lager yeast, brown bread, and sweet grainy malt.

This is basic and tasty, but doesn't contain that rich complex maltiness that I really want out of this style. There's a bit of fruitiness from the yeast, too, and a touch of earthiness.

This is still very drinkable, with a decent enough crispness, and a lighter body.

I'm happy with this, but there's definitely a lot of other superior takes on the style.

Sep 07, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by July 2020. 12oz green bottle poured into a tulip. Pours an amber/copper with nice clarity along with some bubbles racing upwards; white head that fades quickly leaving nice bubbly retention and okay lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Some caramel. Lots of bread and grains. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. More caramel. More bread and grains. Moderate sweetness. Low bitterness. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is an okay Oktoberfest. It's a little rough around the edges, but it still works. It is what it is.

Sep 06, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I'm told this is the original modern-day Oktoberfest. Pours a caramel colour, nose isn't much to write home about. Taste is malt forward with hops in for balance - good but probably wouldn't buy again.

Sep 05, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with a best by 06.2020 date, opened 9-2-19.
1 1/4" off-white head, very good retention. Good looking amber/golden color with excellent clarity. Fresh lacing.
Fresh, grainy aroma of a feed store. Caramel and hay. Faint grassy hop. Unique mineral quality in the nose.
Sweet malts, grainy and some light caramel. Some floral, earthy, grassy flavors.
Medium body, medium carbonation. Fairly dry finish is a surprise, definitely Marzen and not Fest style...expected more residual sweetness but not complaining.
I feel like I caught this at the right time, tastes fresh and I really like the aroma...good stuff.

Sep 03, 2019
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Edzona from Wisconsin

4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As another correct style offering, where malt is the star and the hop is used for balance and/or bittering, Spaten's Ur-Marzen, or original Marzen, is another traditional fest offering, offering the proper color, aromas, and flavors of the style. It pours slightly more brown than copper and the malt is slightly toasted grains with scant hop presence in the nose, reserved for bittering, making the malt character the star. The head is light and dissipates quickly. A swirl of the glass brings it back to the fore and the malt aroma is pronounced again at the agitation. As stated earlier, hops areleft for the finish and is more pronounced than a few other authentic examples, and is a welcome finish to the toasty character. A correct, yet completely different take on the style.

Aug 30, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours an amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has malt and spice hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a malt and spice flavor
M-A light bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A nice Oktoberfest beer

Aug 22, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Crystal clear dark amber. Two fingers of thick white head with good retention.

Smell: Bready, doughy malt. Sweet and slightly fruity.

Taste: Sweet and bready, followed by a balancing but mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full body with a good carbonation bite.

Overall: Refreshing and easy to drink, but with surprising depth.

Aug 01, 2019
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60sFolks from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown in color is very inviting to an ale drinker like myself. Carmel smell also draws me. Taste a bit malty Carmel and medium carbonation. Very light, refreshing in the mouth. Overall, 60s Folks will come back for more of this German brew.

Jul 27, 2019
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officerbill from New York

3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Amber with a finger thick hear that quickly dissolved into a light lacing replenished by a steady stream of Tony bubbles
S: not much of an aroma, some bread and malt
T: some caramel sweetness, malts, some bread, some hops to add a little edge
F: slick on the tongue with moderate carbonation, a swallow fills your mouth but it's kind of thin going down the throat
O: the bottle is dated 01.2020 so it's halfway to the best by date. Lighter tasting than I remember from last fall and flavors are a little muted. It's not the best example of an Octoberfest märzen, but it is a refreshing beer even in July.

Jul 25, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Best by June 2017"; drank 1/24/17 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange/red rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big, noisy khaki head; decent lace.

Sweet caramel & corn flavors up front; lager yeast notes on the finish.

Almost cloying; still drinkable. I'm not sure if the beer isn't good or if I'm just not a marzen guy.

Jun 15, 2019
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MercInc from Wisconsin

3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Continuing to finish off some of my fall and holiday brews. Poured at 45 Degrees. Nice honey amber color. Whitish Head. Taste of malts and touch sweetness and a bit of that hop finish. A nice drinkable beer, that very much represents the Octoberfest style.

Apr 03, 2019
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smitbo7 from Georgia

3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious beer. Caramel color, very subtle smell, sweet to the palate with slightly bitter finish. Off-white head resulting from the first pour into my favorite weekend glass. Part of a sampler. I would purchase a six pack if available or order a pint in my local establishment.

Feb 02, 2019
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C-Stockwell from Rhode Island

3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Copper color with a 0.25" off-white head at start. Transparent.
S: Light smell of caramel and malt.
T: Crisp and clean with a slight biting finish. Flavor reminds me of malt extract.
F: mild carbonation, like very fine champagne bubbles. No discernible alcohol hit.

This is a pleasant, inoffensive beer. Probably would go great with food like wings, pork, and pizza. Of course, German or Polish food like sausage with mustard and soft pretzels would be ideal. Despite being an Oktoberfest beer, I could see this being refreshing enough for summer, but filling enough for the late fall and winter.

Dec 01, 2018
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 2760 ratings