Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen
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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-MärzenSpaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen
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Style:
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #308
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
82
Ranked #40,133
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 14.01%
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Ratings:
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Photo of chitoryu12
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.

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Photo of 60sFolks
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.

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Photo of officerbill
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of MercInc
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.

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Photo of smitbo7
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.

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Photo of C-Stockwell
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.

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Photo of timon
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fitting that my 50th beer on here be a Spaten. My German grandpa used to have my buy this brand for him all the time. I have had all their beers, pretty much, except this one. Very nice deep amber color. Not much of a smell. Taste is simple: caramel/bread/malt. But wow...is this drankable. There is not one single hint of alcohol even though it's 5.9%. This could get me way too wasted way too quick....

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

Authentic look, smell, taste. Malts are more caramelized than their lager, providing this brew with a medium amber shade, but not so heavily roasted as to leave any trace of burnt flavor. Hops are not overly prominent, but provide a spicy middle bite. Not as fresh tasting as some domestics, but no wet-dog aftertaste, either.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like anything from Spaten. They are extremely consistent and they are very good across the board when it comes to having their beers be as traditional as possible. This one is very balanced and one of the more accessible versions in the style. Crisp, refreshing and perfect for football Sundays!

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Photo of jrc1093
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Best by 6/2019

Pours a beautifully deep, vivid, and clear copper with just under a finger of off-white head that fades at a decent pace, but leaves a thin film of foam to remain consistently on the surface.

Aroma bursts sharply of deeply refined caramel malts, dry and not cloying in the least; the malt profile is so powerful, it feels as though little else might get through, but still I get notes of black bread with a vague, toasty char as well as subtle brown sugar; sharp, evocative bouquet so nicely refined in its simplest aspects.

Taste brings a good bit of roasty malt and black bread together, dominating the flavor profile until a bready rye spice appears on the finish; almost imparts a gritty, earthy sweetness The profile is straightforward and maybe even lacking a malt complexity one might expect, but is so deep I've come to approach it differently; a great showcase of depth in a single element.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied and hoisted by a medium carbonation hiding consistently in the background and is hardly ever a distraction; ultimately finishes dry, and radiates a hearty crispness throughout that really sets this one apart and really enhances every aspect of the beer.

A straightforward yet deep exploration of malt; refined, undeniably approachable, and possibly one of the easiest drinking beers I've ever come across; simple, but oh so good, and so much more depth in the senses than you may expect at first.

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Photo of moodenba
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Spaten Oktoberfest bottle cooled to about 55F, then poured into a simple glass in early October, 2018. Look is a healthy amber color, with a wispy head that falls in seconds. Slight malty aroma. Flavor features a slight toasted malt body with a decent hoppy bitterness that fades quickly. There isn't enough oomph in the flavor for my taste. I recently rated Hofbrau Oktoberfest. I believe the Spaten is marginally better.

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Photo of Reef
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Craft&Draft; .5 liter Spaten glass
Luxurious cream head. Dark copper hue. Stubborn curtain of lacing.
Pleasant malt aroma.
Light hop zing over the nutty malt mainstream, slight herbs and pepper, brown bread.
Substantial mouthfeel with abundant carbonation.
Very enjoyable.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen brewed by Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu, with an ABV of 5.90% This Oktoberfest pours out of a 12oz bottle, into a pint beer glass. This brew is a deep golden amber color with a small white head. Not to brown, but not copper. There is a decent amount of lacing to this brew it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with grains and malts. A slight sweetness with hop bitterness. Has the look an smell of most Oktoberfest brews on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is Bold but mild with flavors. You pick up both a mix of roasted and mild earthy grains and malts. The hops and mild sweetness bring this brew together. The body of Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen is a soild medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. Really easy drinking, this brew would go nice on a cool fall day or with dinner. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen a soild 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu, did a nice job with this Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6-pack at the local grocery store, got them good and cold, and poured into a snifter for this review. Pours a clear amber color with a 1/2" off-white head. Roasted nuts, malt, and hops are present in the aroma. Taste is very even thru the mouthful, with a little bitter roasted taste in the background but not unpleasant at all-- roasted nuts, malty, and bread are all present. Feel is lightly carbonated with little aftertaste.

This beer is one of the 6 original beers sold at Oktoberfest in Munich, and a good quality, easy to drink example of a Marzen. These were acquired in a local grocery store and was on sale for $8.39. A steal here, and a perfect fall beer.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This Marzen style or Oktoberfest beer is straight from Munich and totes a 5.9% ABV. Let’s take a look.

Look-It pours a dark copper color with light orange hues in the light. The head is off-white or khaki and thin. The lacing is sticky yet thin.

Smell-It is a subtle aroma with roasted malts and the tiniest grassy hops along with hints of noble yeast strains dating back centuries.

Taste-The flavor is very well balanced and presents a caramel malt base with a grassy hop finish. It is evenly mixed, finishes clean and sweet, and has the right levels of carbonation and alcohol.

Overall- I think this is a well done Oktoberfest which is near the top of my favorites.

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

12 oz bottle. date 04/19

Pours a nice clear copper body with a white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Good thin lising. Moderate retention.

Faint smell is comprised of sweet and roasted malts, some yeast. And some hops that are barely discernible.

Taste is classic marzen! Malts perfectly balanced with the hops and slightly sweet.

Nice medium full feel

Overall a classic marzen! I've been drinking spaten Oktoberfest in the fall for years and was surprised I hadn't reviewed it before. This beer has always screamed Oktoberfest to me. Bottle is good but on draft is better...

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Photo of Notmtwain
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finally found some Spaten Oktoberfest. Have tried Sam Adams, Harpoon, others that have never reproduced the wonderful malt flavor in Spaten. Nice head. A fine beer.

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Photo of bret717
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best Before 01/19

Look- clear dark amber that's almost brown w/a large off white head that settles slowly. spotty lacing

Aroma- toasty, grainy malt along with spicy and slightly herbal hops

Taste- rich, toasty and slightly sweet bread with spicy and herbal hops a just a bit of bitterness

Feel- very dry with slightly bitter finish

Overall- excellent marzen with a rich, full malt character, nicely balanced by spicy, herbal hops.

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Photo of Impetuous
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, gold amber-ish body with small, rapidly vanishing head.

Flavors are sweet malts, bread malts and some herbal flavors. Carbonation is light this is very drinkable.

Not great, but good.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle dated 06.2019 poured into a becher shows a dark amber body and floats a persistent 1/4in eggshell colored foam leaving minimal lacing.

Aroma is a sweet bready malt.

Flavor is caramel malt with a balancing hop that shows up just short of spice.

Mouthfeel is a clean medium with no lingering taste or feel.

Overall this is exactly what I expect in the style!

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Photo of thebeers
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light breadiness and a little toasted caramel and cherry malt mixed with a more traditional Euro-Lager aroma.

Bready, semi-dry taste with just a kiss of malty sweetness balanced by some modest hop bitterness. None of the Heineken character that peaks through in the nose.

Medium-bodied, almost sticky feel, with Low carbonation.

A nicely-balanced, very drinkable Marzen.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Amber color slight white head and skimming
Smell - caramel maltiness
Taste - easy going maltiness and caramel
feel - medium light body with a crisp carbonation
overall - well balanced easy going marzen

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber with decent head and lacing.
N: Skunky malt with minor biscuit notes.
T: Follows the nose, malt/biscuit with a skunk taste to it.
M: Medium
O: An ok beer, the skunk notes hurt this one but overall it was not too bad.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 355ml, green colored bottle into glass. Date coding on back label is '07.2018 L1877204 15:50'.
Clear, medium amber colored body. About one finger of head upon pouring which reduces to small island and ring. A few spots of lacing are left behind with each sip.
Aroma is of roasted malts and a little caramel. Rather subtle.
More expressive taste of roasted malts, nuttiness, and caramel. Some spicy hops to counter. Overall more sweet than spicy.
Medium mouth feel, with good carbonation.
Bready beer with some sweetness and a touch of spice. Tasty and sessionable.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 2711 ratings