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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews by Kinsman:
Photo of Kinsman
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear amber colored body without the slightest bit of haze. A slightly foamy white head about 1 inch thick sits atop the glass but is very short lived and leaves behind almost no lace. Reminiscent of a darker colored Bud.

Aroma is most notably grainy with the slightest hint of toasted malt and maybe a bit of a leafy hop note.

Taste is kind of bland, with not much more flavor than your average macro lager. It is a little bit sweeter, with a presence of toasted malt but it's certainly not bursting with a whole lot of flavor.

Mouthfeel feel is crisp and light, but makes the beer feel kind of thin.

Overall this is a drinkable Oktoberfest, but I was a bit disappointed. Supposedly this is the beer that started all for Oktoberfest so I'm hoping if I ever make it to the real thing, the beer is a bit better. Simply put, it taste like a macro lager, with a couple traditional but low quality Maerzen style ingredients added in.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: Robust malt, semi sweet, smooth, some floral hop notes. Complex nose with hops and nutty malt sweet nose. Deep Amber/Gold color, clear with a nice foam head and average lace. Medium, almost full body. On tap beats in bottle any day.

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Photo of Schneidermeister
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am well aware I have given this brew the highest ratings I can. If it were possible, I would rate it better than perfect. This authentically styled German Marzenbier is perfect in every way to me. It is one of the select few brews served at the authentic Oktoberfest in Munich, Bavaria, in which the beer served is regulated by location. Only a select few breweries in the city limits of Munich are allowed to serve beer there, and the brews must conform to the age old standard of Reinheitsgebot, or Bavarian Purity Law; very regimented brewing standards set in Bavaria back in the 16th century to conserve wheat and rye for food. This is also a festive seasonal beer, unique in type and in everything else. Marzen is traditionally served only in the fall. Marzen is German for "March," which is when this beer is brewed, and you can tell that this brew is done slow, and done right. The brew is left to ferment and age over the entire summer, and is to be served only during Oktoberfest, when the farmer's toil in the fields is finally paying off, and food is in abundance.

Let's get to the brew. To begin, it is best served ice cold, in a big glass. You want this glass clear as so that your eyes may feast upon the beautiful ruby-bronze hue of this crystal clear brew. The head is a pleasing off-white creamy color, and the lacing is rather sparse, but sticky. Already there's evidence of lots of caramel hops, and just a hint of sugar. The head is thick and creamy and when poured properly, leaves a nice little dome on the rim of your glass. The aroma is absolutely divine. Fresh baked, yeasty bread, and loads of malt, with just the slightest hint of campfire, and a subtle floral note to boot. The hops scent is almost nonexistent, but it will become prevalent with the taste. Oh, the taste. This beer tastes like a properly made, refreshing and satisfying lager. You can almost taste the crisp, early spring air rushing through the Bavarian countryside. The snow is melting, the trees are budding, and life has come back to the home of the world's best beers. It's going to be a good year. The brew ages and ferments very slowly in cool, dark cellars and gains all sorts of flavors. Autumn leaves are a subtle one I taste, along with a slight hint of molasses and toasted marshmallow. The finish is nice and crisp, slightly bitter and tart, but not too hoppy. The hops takes a back seat to all the other flavors found only in Marzen, and is well balanced. Spaten makes a damn good year-round Pilsner Lager, and they love their hops like nothing else. But here, they allow the humble drinker across the Atlantic here in Central Illinois to taste the Bavarian Autumn and its festivities at their fullest, not just Bavaria's prized hops. The craftsmanship blows me away every time. Overall mouthfeel is delectable as well, as this beer is just a tad more filling than most lagers, but hey, it's Oktoberfest! Indulge!

I recommend Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Marzen to anyone who loves a satisfying, decadent beer, but isn't looking for something that's just good on its own. This is beer to be had with a feast, and with friends. Loud, boisterous laughter and hijinks will make this beer all the better. It tastes like a special occasion, so have a festival in your mouth with Oktoberfestbier, and you can bet it'll be a time with good friends you'll talk about for the rest of your life.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer I tried when living in Milwaukee. Koppa's Polish Grocer across the street, boom.

Pours an amber and caramel color, solid 3/4" off white head on top. Aroma of mild burnt sugar, smells like fall. Tastes like fall, lower carbonation, lets the rich maltiness pair with that minimal sweetness. I mean, if you're going into Oktoberfest land, this is pretty much what you're going for I imagine. Bitterness tempered appropriately. A little bit of toffee to go along with the caramel. Not overly viscous. Nuttiness. Almonds. Clean, well made, no flaws. Not my cup of tea, but would still bang again given a mild fall evening.

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Photo of jkblr
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz green bottle bb May 2018 poured into a.5L krug at fridge temp 5.9% ABV. The beer pours bright dark honey amber in color with light khaki head. The head recedes slowly to a thin ring and some islands with spotty lacing. The aroma is mildly sweet toasted bread. The taste is full soft toasted bread with only a hint of sweetness. The finish quickly removes those flavors with a dry counterpoint bitterness that is appropriate and tasty. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, well carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, excellent Marzen. This is exactly what I look for in an Oktoberfest. Big soft bready initial flavor that transforms into a pleasant nuetral drying finish. Recommended, just watch for bottles sitting in the open light!

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Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is light orange in color and comes with a full, gorgeous, pillowy head.

Smell – The light molasses and malt notes were subdued but present. I could also pick up some sweet, sugary caramel.

Taste – I’ll call this the “Optimator Light”. It has all the same flavors except not as intense and full. The deep, rich toffee came out nicely along with some good sugar cane.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied Oktoberfest bier has great balance. It has a lot going on in the mouth, especially for a style not known for its complexity.

Drinkability – This is the real deal. The order of flavors – rich malt, molasses, caramel, toffee – was just right. I really enjoyed this offering from Spaten.

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Photo of Kelby777
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I got this because my go-to German beer was not available. In respect to the German tradition, I poured this into a large German dimpled beer mug.

Appearance - Very beautiful hearty look to it, with a dark amber color. Even the bottles are dressed up nicely.

Smell - A subtle smell, but I was able to get a sweet cracker maltiness with a slight hint of grass.

Taste - Very well-balanced between sweet and bitter. You can't taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Very thick and creamy; one you will have to take your time on.

Overall - Usually, the beers that I encounter do not have a well-balanced taste to them. This was a very decent beer, and I wish I could experience it on tap.

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Photo of Lembeh
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one out in my blind taste test amongst several German and American Oktoberfest beers. Beautiful dark Amber color with a big bubbled head which dissipates sooner than you'd like. Very faint nose (very clean) which could be the weakest part of this beer. The taste is outstanding, big malt, tea digestive biscuits, faint caramel notes. Fantastic Oktoberfest beer. I'll have a boot of this please.

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Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of John
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the finer examples of the style for sure. Clear copper, rocky tan head with intricate lace. Nose is bakery fresh bread, whole wheat and roasted nuts. The taste is so smooth. I find it's disappearing quickly from my glass. Roasted malt, multi-grain bread, nutty notes are all elements of the fine flavor. The hops are oily and spicy but never step beyond their bounds. Very drinkable brew, in fact I've just had two and thinking about number three! Prosit!

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Photo of mynie
4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Germans better know how to make one of these, as I'm pretty sure this whole "oktoberfest" thingee has something to do with Germany. Whenever you see Ks were Cs should be it's a good bet that ol' Jerry's about.

Pours ice tea gold with no head. Unimpressive but not bad.

My oh my does it smell nice, though. Very potent, I can smell it while the glass is three feet from my nose. Incredibly rich and smooth fruit malts. Sour apples, plums, cherry juice. Nice.

Tastes like a kickass helles bock. A fruit juice bonanza that ends on nice grain with a sweet kick of caramel. There's the lightest hop at the end, to finish it off.

Nice marzen, is all I can say. I can certainly picture drinking a barrel full of this stuff while a bunch of people play polka music.

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Photo of srrn
2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours ok and is a deep amber color. I had this in Germany a long time ago and remember liking it, but spent most time at the Hacker Pschorr tent. The beer is malty, buiscity, with a bit of grassy hops, and while not skunked, or maybe it was, there's a nastiness there that has me wondering about the rest of the sixer. Good enough to drink, bad enough to never bother with again. I like their Optimator, I'll stick with that.

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Photo of bump8628
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper orange with a thin head of large bubbles. Mild breadiness, light caramel, and an odd grape juice character seem to be the primary flavors. Grassy hops are a bit rough before a husky astringency at the end. This is in the bottom quarter of both the German and American brewed Oktoberfests that flood the shelves this time of year. The green bottle doesn't help things either.

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Photo of justinehrlich
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of hopmashian
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good. Spaten has moved up on my list of Oktoberfest beers. It's up there with Ayinger, Paulaner and Weihenstephaner. Really tasty with bready malts, light hops and a creamy finish. Think I'll have another!

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Photo of tard24
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of runlikeakenyan
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of EricK83
4.88/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of Der_Kaiser
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oktoberfest is a Munich celebration whose origins date back to Ludwig and Therese's wedding in the 19th century. The celebration included horse races which became a festival that added food and beer in later years. The German beer purity law and the requirement of the beer served at the fest to have been brewed in Munich make this a prime example of the gold standard of Oktoberfest beers. Spaten, and its Oktoberfest March lager, has been there since the beginning. All the other swill you are slurping is a knock off.

I think we learned something today.

"Only beer conforming to the Reinheitsgebot, and brewed within the city limits of Munich, can be served at the Munich Oktoberfest. Beers meeting these criteria are designated Oktoberfest Beer.

The breweries that can produce Oktoberfest Beer under the aforementioned criteria are:

Staatliches Hofbräu-München

Oktoberfest Beer is a registered trademark by the Club of Munich Brewers, which consists of the above six breweries."

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Photo of beerguy101
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is bready fruity and sweet. A light bodied marzen-style beer. Nice malts and slightly sweet. Mild hops. Good full flavor. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased this beer because I was in the mood for an Oktoberfest, and I enjoy Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss. Not as impressed by this Spaten offering, however.

Pours a nice deep golden color with a small head that dissipates quickly, even on an aggressive pour. The smell is very weak, but smells somewhat of honey and pumpernickel bread, with a tiny hint of malt. The taste of this beer is again of honey and bread, with a hint of plum. A little too sweet for my taste.. Lacks the hoppyness that creates the bitterness that I enjoy. Mouthfeel is smooth and a wee bit creamy, but this beer does not have enough carbonation for my taste, or the spicyness that a lot of other Oktoberfests boast. It is very drinkable, however, but not something I would go out of my way to purchase.

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Photo of dherling
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out a deep bronze color into my glass, with a foamy/bubbly white head. I get this strange fak fruity flavor inthe nose, dark berry, like blackhaud or fruity pebbles. It tastes of some light malt, again with the berry fruit. Finishes clean with light efferescence, but again with the fruity pebbles. This became a discussion at the bar. One person picked out the fruity pebbles, three other people thought we were on crack and couldn't find it anywhere.

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Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous copper color with little to no head, simply a white film over the top of the brew.

Furious dancing bubbles show this is well carbonated.

Smells a bit like heineken. Maybe I smell some floral notes? Not much stands out here.

The taste is grainy and a bitter. Decent mouthfeel considering the raging carbonation and decent balance make not too many notes stand out. Drinkability is good! I could sit down with a six pack and finish it off no problem.

Overall a decent after-work beer, but nothing for a special occasion.

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Photo of Grebdioz
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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