Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-MärzenSpaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen

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Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Quaffer on 09-04-2001

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Photo of Deus1138
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was hoping for more from Spaten.

The Oktoberfest pours a reddish copper color. There is decent head retention.

The smell is mostly malty, but a little sulfury too. This is my second bottle of this, and the second time I've noticed it. It does seem to go away with time. Maybe I just got a bad six pack.

The taste leave something to be desired. It's not bad, it's just that there's not a lot there. There is some decent bready malt flavor, but it's just not enough. This would be a really good American Macro Lager, but it's not a good representation of a Marzen.

I'm a big fan of their Dopplebock. I had higher expectations from a German brewery.

If you're dying for a Marzen and this is the ONLY thing available, go ahead. Otherwise, opt for Brooklyn, Sam Adams, or Saranac.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer was fairly clear and a nice amber color.

Hint of fruity esters unlike others I've tried of this style

Tasted a little "bready" or stale that got more pronoiunced as it warmed and decanted a bit.

Moderate carbonation and distinct malt flavor.

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Photo of younger35
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer number three in my Oktoberfest beer drinking night. The Optimator is one of my favorite beers so hopefully this will be delicious as well. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Weizen glass. Consumed on September 12th.

Appearance- Poured a clear copper with hints of yellow. Mediocre half finger head that left a decent collar but zero lacing.
Smell- Not really all that exciting. A bit of lightly toasted malt and maybe a touch of caramel but that is about it. Hell, that may be stretching it.
Taste- Starts with a faint toasty sweetness that isn’t bad, just not as dominate and in my face as I’d like. Little if any real bitterness from the hops and it’s a tad watery. Overall it’s not bad, it’s just a little more refined than I was hoping.
Mouthfeel- Light body that is a tad watery but nice carbonation.
Drinkability- Uhh… If you were having a party and needed some help on which Oktoberfests brews to get, I wouldn’t recommend this one. That being said, it’s not a bad beer, there’s just better out there.

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Photo of kagent777
2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz green bottle from the Utah system, so this was likely brewed for last Octoberfest, but I poured it into my perfect pint anyway.

Appearance: A very nice clear golden amber with a one finger white head that settled to a film relatively quickly.

Smell: Smells of green onion and cereal malts. (An aside, I have never had a beer that I identified as "skunked", but this may be one.) The herbal notes almost overwhelm. Not too good.

Taste: Herbal hop notes, grass, and green onion. I also get some honey-like sweetness on the end of the finish. This is a lager with nothing to hide and what it shows is not good, but not terrible either.

Mouthfeel: Actually a pretty smooth mouthfeel with even carbonation.

Overall: I will choose other Oktoberfestbiers over this easily. Not sure if I just got an old bottle or if this is the taste they were going for.

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Photo of Goregazm
2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


Appearance: Pours with a reddish-yellow color. Full of carbonation bubbles which rapidly rise to the surface. Has a one finger white head which dissiaptes rapidy and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Has the smell of malt and herbs at the top, with some hops and subtle spices underneath. Can also detect a slight hint of pumpkin and honey.

Taste: Has a smooth taste with some herbal feels to it. Can taste some caramel sweetness in there as well. Kind of reminds me of a lighter Heineken, as someone previously alluded to. Couldn't find much spice in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but not overly watery. Gets a slight fizz after a few seconds, kind of like a mouthfull of soda. Has a bitter, tangy aftertaste which isn't spectacular, but there's much worse out there.

Drinkability: Not to repeat myself, but I think that I put it best a moment ago: "Isn't spectacular, but there's much worse out there. This is an ok Oktoberfest beer with a light, clean taste that is not impossible to enjoy. Personally I like Oktoberfest beers with a little more flavor, but if you like a more suttle one then you may want to check this one out.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber with a thick rocky off white head that leaves patterns of lace. Toasty malt with some euro hops is what I pick up in the aroma. Nothing too exciting. Nice malty body with toasted nut flavors and hints at noble hops. There is an unpleasant dirty hop bitterness towards the end. Finishes too sweet. This is almost flat in the mouth. Very little carbonation and what is there can not support the sticky body. Tastes alright, but I don't care to have more than one bottle.

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Photo of JayS2629
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Medium brown with amber hues, thin head, good retention, thin rings of lace.

S- There is a skunk on this one, musty, caramel underneath, floral tones.

T- Sweet malts, hints of chocolate and roasted malt, skunk comes up and slaps you, floral bittering.

M- Medium/thin with fizzy bite

D- Average, nothing offensive, but nothing interesting.

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Photo of jmich24
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A: One finger head, dissapates fast. Light brown and very clear. Lacing is nice.
S: Grainy, some roasted malt.
T: Again grainy, some roasted malt . Sweet middle. Faint bitterness at the end.
M: One the thin side. Appropriate carbination.
D: Drinability is just okay for me, mostly because I dont love the beer and would not buy another.

Would not purchase again.

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Photo of jackorain
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks good like an oktoberfest. Nice off-white long lastiong head that tops clear light brown liquid.

Smells malty and skunky

Tastes mostly skunky. There is some nice malt backbone that comes through after the skunk fades with each sip. There are not much of a hop presence.

Mouthfeel is nice light to medium body.

Not very drinkable really, I had trouble raching for this the last of the three I had.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

THey cleaned the cooler out and found some 12 oz bottles -- got a discount. Let's see how this stuff lasted being a near full season out of date.

Nice orange color with a decent head that left a fair bit of sticky lacing down the glass.

Smell is faint hop and malt, with a little caramel. Nothing that encourages you to take a sip.

Thin and a bit understated in flavor for a german Ockt. style. Sweet grainy malt and some hops, and fair carbonation, but little else.

Mouthfeel is mid-range chewiness. Still lacking any real character.

Drinkability is easy, mainly because there's not alot there. A disappointment. Not horrific by any means, but you can do so much better, German or domestic.

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Photo of hosehead83
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass(no freshness date)
Clear copper in color, with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-Faint skunkiness(green bottle syndrome) faint grain, musty.
Taste-Better than the smell but still muted notes of malt, faint hop note leading to a crisp and clean finish. Not exactly huge in the flavor department, but no telling how long it had been on the shelf. Would love a fresh one for comparison.

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Photo of aleric
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very little head. Clear and caramel-brown.

S - Slight skunk, malt.

T - The hops become apparent, and blend well with the malt. Slight nuttiness. Still a bit skunky, but there's an intriguing tobacco in the finish.

M - Medium mouth feel, oily.

O - This beer does the basics well, but isn't interesting enough for me to buy it again, and the skunk is a turn-off.

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Photo of claminat420
2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a transparent amber color with the slightest off white frothy head that dissipates moderately leaving little lacing.

S- like a macro lager. poopy!!

T- pretty much like a macro lager but has more of a caramel taste.

M- medium bodied. decent carbonation.

D- even tho the taste isn't too crazy they go down not to shabby. never will buy again tho.

Overall- i was expecting wayyyy more out of this brew. nothing special at all.

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Photo of Rio
2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bronzish color, with a decent off-white head that didn't stick around long. Bit of a toasted and floral aroma, guessing from the malts and hops respectively.

Taste brings out the toasted malts and the hop characteristics as well, but weakly. The taste just doesn't seem to be very much into this beer. It's a bit thin and watery, too.

I liked this one last year, but I'm not too impressed this year. After ImBev's buyout, I'm not looking forward to what's gonna happen to this brew next year.

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Photo of wac9
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

what can i say if you want a german oktoberfest try another one i had a spaten before and it was great thinking german oktoberfest i tryed this one the only good thing it goes down smooth but i had one stinky bottle so so color so so taste so just move on to another oktoberfest beer

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Photo of kernalklink
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Oktoberfest poured a light yellow into my mug- along with the light color, I was surprised by the euro-lager skunkiness aroma which followed. The flavor is not really there for an Oktoberfest- slightly sweet malts with an almost absent hop profile. There seemed to be an almost too sweet end on the tongue, maybe from the additives to up the alcohol content which is definately there. Couldn't really find any food that blended well- a big strike. Otherwise it was easy to drink, but no real Oktoberfest feeling here

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Photo of tykees88
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- nice white fluffy head and good golden amber beer. Very nice and pleasant looking

S- Skunky malts. Sorry the green bottles have killed your beer.

T- Just ok, I taste the skunk and taste the roasty malts and has a gentle hop character. Too bad they use green bottles.

M- Light bodied carbonated well.

D- look if this was bottled in a brown instead of green lookout America, but it's not so I'll pass on another until it's on draft.

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Photo of granger10
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I can't believe that this is a German oktoberfest, my only guess is that it's a little old and weathered. Pours a nice light tan color with a well proportioned fizzy white head. Smell is not too good though. There's a skunkiness in it, an off yeast byproduct scent. Taste is on the dry side to me. There's a toasted caramel flavor but it has more of a bready, yeasty base that is the main flavor. Finish is slightly weak. Maybe the yeast was old or something along that line because there was something not completely right in this beer. I had two and noticed the same in both, if it's different to me in the future I might change it. Still, not a terrible beer, just could be much better.

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Photo of TheLiterati
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden amber in appearance, almost bubbly. Smells malty, with perhaps an undertone of nutmeg or some kind of fruit or spice, but it’s very faint.

The sparkling, effervescent quality translates to the mouthfeel, which is buoyed by the carbonation. The taste is crisp, clean, but the predominant maltiness makes for a full-bodied beer.

Drinkable, maybe even pleasant, but not so special for a seasonal. Could very easily be an every day beer.

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Photo of mntlover
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear light amber in color with small white head. Light malt smell not much else. Good carbonation slight malt taste with a touch of hop, slight hop bite not much else to speak of. Rather bland actually. Light bodied brew with not much going for it.Probably let my wife or guest have the other 5 not something I will buy again. Thought I would try because someothers thought it a good repersentation of octoberfest. Wish I had some more Sam Adams know some of you think I'm crazy but I like it.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with 2F of soapy off-white head over a fairly dark amber body - quite clear, with very little carbonation present. No lacing to speak of.

Aromas kick off with plenty of yeasty/bready quality, some off-putting DMS, and caramel malt.

Fairly thick and rich on the palate. Flavors include sweet caramel, heavy biscuit, herbal tea, and corn. Finishes a bit cloying for the style, and could use more carbonation.

Drinkability is ok, but could use more carbonation to cut the thickness, and cleanse the palate from carrying aftertaste.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Amber hue with an off white thick head with somewhat decent retention.

Light hoppy smells with a somewhat metallic twist.

Thin mouthfeel with slightly sweet malts along with little carbonation. A bit of a bitter taste, but not from the hops. The hops add to a slightly dry finish.

A little bit below average. It just barely has that Oktoberfest feel to it. Pass this one up, and try another.

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Photo of johnrobe
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What a shame. This one is a wee bit skunked. It's not of the magnitude so that it ruins the brew (ala Heineken) but it gives it an unwelcome twang. When, oh when, will the scourge of green and clear bottles be banished from all breweries?!? The brew pours a light brownish amber with a scant off-white head. The skunkiness ruins the aroma and attempts to block out some sweet malt. Luckily, the skunk is not quite so pervasive in the taste, just a nuisance in the background marring the otherwise pleasant light caramel maltiness. This brew seems more one dimensional than the other big name import O-fests, Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr, which have a bready and nutty quality to the malt along with the caramel. Too bad, this one would be an adequate session beer if it was not skunked.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Big fluffy off-white head. Medium orange-copper head.

Smell: Grassy malts, this is a very euro styled offering. A little more toasty than most euro lagers, but still the grass is diminant.

Taste: The taste is a little more common of standard euro lager, and I am not a big fan of this example. The malt is more evident and caramely than a standard euro lager, but I am thinking that travelling hurts this beer.

Drinkability: Most likely drinking local is a better idea than buying this. Still, not a bad beer.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the Yard House in Phoenix, AZ.

Poured a reddish-amber colored with lighter tints at the edges. Decent head and retention with adequate lacing throughout.

The aroma was a bit off putting. At first whiff there was a citrus scent, but I couldn't detect the hops; instead I detected a vinegar smell. I don't know if maybe this brew was skunked or old or if this is just how it comes naturally.

Taste was mellow, not much carbonation, felt a little flat but not too bad. The flavor was well balanced but nothing I would expect from an Oktoberfest brew; it was more reminiscent of an American macro brew lager.

Mouthfeel was alright, medium bodied with a slight hop taste lingering on your palate for a second. Couldn't really detect the high alcohol content (5.9%).

This Oktoberfest was an okay beer, but nothing great. If it's there, I'll have one but I wouldn't go out of my way to have another.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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