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 deanhead
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Bright amber and brilliantly clear beer, a nice voluminous head that dissipated to a lace clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell-Bready, biscuity, and Malty. Virtually no hop nose to be found here.

Taste- This beer tastes like it's smell. Very malty and bready, with notes of biscuit. Liquid bread comes to mind here. Well balanced malt backbone, the Hops are very neutral in this beer. It's simply bursting with malt flavor. Very true to ithe style

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, smooth drinking beer

Drinkability-Spaten makes a great product. This beer is very polished. At 2.50 a bottle I'd be happy drinking all day long.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy and golden amber body had medium and steady carbonation and a smallish foamy head that left delicate lacing. The aroma was richly roasted caramel malt with a touch of noble hops. Despite the green bottle, there was no skunkiness here, so the store must have treated this six pack nicely while in there care. The primary taste was very smoothly sweet and bready malt with a refreshing lemony acidity, mild clove spiciness, and a low level of hop bitterness. I could also detect some notes of bananas and orange peel in the taste. The mouthfeel was creamy and full but displayed a dry aftertaste. Drinkable, yet complex, I can easily see how this beer can be downed in vast quantities at this time of the year.

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest beers are one of my favorite styles. I was happy to find the Spaten Oktoberfest in central Ohio this year.

The beer pours with a one inch off white head that quickly disapated. It was a nice dark amber color.

The smell is a bit sour like many German styles with a hint of citrus.

The taste is crisp in its initial phase, and the beer feels like it has high carbination. In the middle, the taste of the beer turns quite malty and earthy in the middle. Spaten Oktoberfest has a nice bitter finish.

This is one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a beer stein

Rich copper brown. Foamy two finger cap settles into a gentle layer. Slight lacings on the glass

Aroma of sweet caramel malty goodness.

Smooth malty , semi sweet delicious Marzen style beer. Light mouthfeel , no bitter aftertaste . Delicious.

I love September when Oktoberfest beers appear. I try as I many as I can but Spaten as a true Munich style is one that is always stocked in my fridge. Prosit!

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear deep gold/orange color with a reddish tint. Creamy off-white head at about 1 in., which laces the glass and eventually becomes a foamy film atop the beer after a few sips.

Smell: A nice blend of hops, grains, and some spices. A light but enticing aroma.

Taste: The taste isn't very distinct, but has a lot of grains and malts. It is fairly refreshing, just hard to describe.

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between light- and mid-bodied. Smooth and with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinability: Certainly a drinkable beer -- goes down nicely and the alcohol is at a good level.

An enjoyable beer, but it took a while for me to get used to the flavor. Would work well with food. I'll get this again.

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Resi's Bierstube...

A prototype Oktoberfest, domestics should be taking notes.

Served in a Paulaner glass, 0.5L. Rings of webby lace all the way down, a dark amber tone. Racing streams of carbonation intertwined within.

Bready nose, fairly standard. Some earthy mustiness as well.

Caramel, apple esters, very clean overall. Vague bitterness, but the malt is front and center. Their Maibock is better, but this isn't bad if you can find it fresh on tap, or a new bottle. Smooth and clean mouthfeel, very easy to put back a pint or two. Prost!

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Photo of Optimat0r
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this was my first non-cheap-american-brand beer. obviously it blew me away the first time trying it. i have since had many better beers, but i have good memories of this one and i still think its great.

relatively dark in color, decent balanced taste, i dont really pay attention to smell or 'mouthfeel', very drinkable but the alcohol will sneak up on you if youve had a six pack.
bottom line is, there are much better beers out there, but this one is still better than most and as far as its type/price range its hard to beat. in fact all the spatens ive tried so far have been great.

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Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

Pours a lovely copper color wtih good head retention and lacing. There is a rich, malty grain aroma, with an overlay of sweetness. These flavors are replicated on the palate, and the beer is medium bodied with subdued malty sweetness. This beer is very, very drinkable, and along with Oktoberfest from Paulener, is one of my favorite marzens. Very smooth in the finish. Quite well done.

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Photo of milkbaby9
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz green bottle into Samuel Adams sensory glass. Beautiful clear gold amber color topped by about 2 finger white foamy head.

Nice smell -- very malty with the barest hint of citrusy hops. Big malty flavor with an extremely light balancing bitterness.

Crisp carbonation, very drinkable. Malty aftertaste. This is was surprisingly nice. It is straightforward and not complex, but it was a very nice Oktoberfest/Marzen beer with a lot of flavor.

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Photo of jimbotrost
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper/golden hue, still not red or amber. medium size white head. Brilliant malty nose, very soft in the mouth, very nice flavor is malty sweet but very well balanced. finishes up with a nice long soft and sweet finish. What a nice beer

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Photo of bobquick
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Less than $24 at Sam's club for a case of bottles and a good representation of the style...who says it has to be October to enjoy this refreshing beer on a hot day. It's August and its readily available...I say drink it while its here. Balanced and tasty.

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Photo of bwood06
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice red amber in color. Clear. Head is a thin froth that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation. Head reduces to a thin layer on top that is maintained. 3.75/5

S - Bready but a fruity happiness as well. Tangerines. Cereal. 4.25/5

T - White bread. Grassy hop finish. A hint of light caramel sweetness. Cereal. 4/5

M - Very smooth and creamy. Very low carbonation. Finishes wet. 4.5/5

O - Love this Oktoberfest offering. Very smooth and goes down easy. Lack of bitterness. Very straightforward beer. 4.25/5

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Photo of mbrando33
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fall is in the air with this fine marzen. Definitely a sweet aroma with a slightly bitter finish that will remind you a little of Heineken. It's got a thicker feel to it and definitely hold its own in its pricepoint. Personally I enjoy the Sam Adams Oktoberfest better, but this one is sure worth a try on a cool fall evening.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap from the Hofbrauhaus, in the Food Court at The Big E, West Springfield, MA.

Clear plastic pint cup presentation. Adequate 1/2" beige head over the dark amber brew. Aroma is dominated by grains. Taste is sweet maltiness, like liquid roasted grain hulls, with a crisp close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. Very enjoyable brew, went well with my bratwurst.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. green bottle into a mug.
A: Light copper in color, with a medium amount of foamy off-white head atop the beer that fizzled slowly and left a creamy layering. Tiny amount of lacing, and a good amount of carbonation visible.
S: Crisp, pale malts in the nose, with some grainy/bready scents, as well. Noticeable hop character, too.
T: Much like the smell. Pleasant, mild hop taste that's dominated by a smooth, typical Oktoberfest malt flavor. Nicely balanced.
M: Clean, crisp and smooth. A perfect lager mouthfeel that left me wanting more.
D: Really good. Goes down easy and tastes great all the while.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a rich, clear golden with a nice white head. The aroma of malt filled my nose with every sip and enhanced the drinking pleasure. The flavor was wonderful. The malt and hop balance was just right. I have a carboy full of Oktoberfest in my lagering freezer and I would be thrilled if it tasted close to this. The mouthfeel was light to moderate light and is the major flaw in this beer. All in all, this is one beer that I would not mind having to drink all the time.

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Photo of nephlim
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

We had a housewarming/keg party a few weekends ago.

Poured from a keg into a red solo cup.

The head was nice and fluffly, lasting longer than the pint I poured from a bottle a week prior. The smell was light, but very sweet and malty.

Mouthfeel was good; I've had better.

The taste was amazing. FAR better than 07's Oktoberfest, and not just Spaten's, ALL 07 Oktoberfest (was it a bad year?). Sweet, malty, and very yummy! Very easy to drink!

I don't remember how many I had. We had maybe 50 people and killed the keg in seven hours.

I highly suggest this one.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen pours a dark copper from a 1pt .9fl. oz. brown bottle. Head climbs to over two fingers with small dense and firmly packed bubbles, leaving a nice pattern of lace down the side of the glass as the liquid is evacuated from the vessel.

Nose is a pleasantly sweet malt. Palate is major sweet toasted malt, almost to the point of being syrupy... almost. Hops have a presents, but the sweet malt overtakes any influence the hops might have had over the larger gastronomical picture.

Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen by Spaten of Munich is a sweet treat, not cloy in the least and a great way to start off Oktoberfest here in the good old US of A.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one filled my glass with a deep brass colored liquid, nice and clear. The head was rocky and tall, but clings well to the side of the glass.

There's a slight hop bitterness to the nose at first, but it quickly gives way to the heart of a marzen, the nice, earthy maltiness. There's also a trace of buttery discetyl in here. In fact, the overall impression is the smell of buttered toast. Not bad at all.

The taste is initially the same buttery malt toastiness as described in the nose, with just a touch o' the hops (sorry Schlitz) that keeps it from becoming too sweet. This isn't exactly a balanced beer, nor should it be, really. This is a malt based brew, and shows it off with pride. The diacetyl leaves an oily feeling on the tongue, but the hop bitterness is enough to scrub that clean. Overall, there's a good combination of bitterness, buttery flavors, toasty malts, and a good clean, crisp ending to make for a relatively complex lager, if that doesn't sound too contradictory.

The mouthfeel is a tad thick and oily, likely from the diacetyl again, but that hardly seems out of place for the style.

This is a tasty brew. Not the greatest marzen on the planet, but nice to have on tap year 'round. I'll come back to it once in awhile.

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Photo of andythejerk
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

5 for appearance--just because it's served in a giant 1-Liter glass stein here at Oktoberfest, Munich. Smell? I dunno. I smell pretzels, cigars, and pork knuckle. Taste--sooo delicious. The German word is suffig. I can't express it in English. Malty smoothness that is unparalleled by any other beer experience I have ever had. Mouthfeel is foamy and substantial, without being heavy in the least. Drinkability? I drank nine liters of it in ONE DAY. It's good enough to warrant sipping and better than most anything available to me at home, but I'm at Oktoberfest and it lets itself be gulped down so easily, so why the hell not. Repeated with similar results on several other days here at the O-fest. I peed my pants and got lost in downtown Munich. "Bedienung! Noch ein Maß, bitte!"

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Photo of Alexsu29
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark caramel, with good amount of head; shrinks quickly. Not as refreshing as the looks, and smell assume to be. Syrupmaltiness over- powers the hops in my opinion. Not as refreshing as I anticipated, but still a good buy for a 6 pack given the season. Would purchase again.

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Photo of jmatthew
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear copper in the glass with a minimal head and bouquet. Typical clean flavor for the style though more crisp and well refined with subdued hops playing their part. Good maltiness with a slightly roasted flavor somewhere in the middle, finishing smoothly with a touch of sweetness and then a faint lingering hop bitterness. Very easy-drinking with a medium body and pleasant mouthfeel.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draught in a mini pilsner!

Dark amber brown, three finger taupe head, fast reducing

Smells of bread, malt, wet grain, and a light bit of biscuits at the end

Tastes: bready and malty, perfect for a winter's night rather than fall.

Mouthfeel: thick

Overall, I'd have this again without delay.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Oktoberfest beer and it is very good.
Poured with a 2" off white head that fades pretty quick. Leaves a thin lacing that just covers the top of the beer. It's a darker orangy clear color.
Smells of sweeter malts and hops. Not to strong of a smell.
Tastes a bit maltier but the hops are still present. It is a sweeter tasting beer. There is a certain flavor that I can't put my finger on. The after taste is a sweeter maltier one with hops still present. It isn't to strong of an after taste. Has a medium stickier body with light to medium carbonation.
This is a very good beer and if this is a good taster to see what Oktoberfest beers taste like I will defiantly have to try a lot more. Is a very clean crisp beer and easy to drink.

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Photo of wsouloa
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I honestly cannot understand why this beer didn't get better reviews. I had this beer on-tap which may be a reason why and having it with a hearty German meal consisting of wild boar may also have had an impact. Honestly though, I found this beer to be extremely good. It was not really the style that I expected it to be, however. It pours an amber-brownish color. The taste and smell give you an idea of what the beer is like. Caramel and malt are very evident in this beer. It is not as thick as one would expect and goes down very smooth. This beer was extremely drinkable and I could see myself indulging in many of them the next time I see it available.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,536 ratings.
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