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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Photo of breadwinner
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Given the color, not surprising it falls on the sweeter side of the Oktoberfest spectrum, which isn't necessarily my cup of tea, but it's all done well, sweet bready notes, perhaps just the slightest bit thin/unrich, but nothing you'd be sad to drink a half liter of.

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Photo of Try-em-all
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with foamy head, subtle scent, I smell pretzel, smooth taste and feel going down. I need to drink this in a German beer hall. Good stuff.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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 woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am jumping right into this bottle, part of a recent drop-off from my local, in-person trader, tone77. It is too late for the #OktoberfestChallenge2016, but never too late for a review.

A Pop! of the cap to get things started & I was off and running. A heavy-handed pour caused three fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head to rush to the top of the glass before starting to slowly fall back. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-plus quality clarity. I could see into the future with this one! Nose had a grassy, earthy scent, the kind that I like in the style as they can be quite malty. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste had a nutty, bready, caramelized flavor, not at all bitter, but not overly sweet, either. It was definitely malt-driven, but that was fine by me, not unexpected and certainly in keeping with the style. Finish was in that realm between semi-sweet & semi-dry, but a very pleasant drink in total.

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Photo of Schlitz74
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a rich golden color, with little head, depends on glass. There was not much in the way of lacing. For a green bottled beer this is slightly above average.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 330 mL bottle into a pint glass, amber brown with a short white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: bready malt, caramel, slight mineral water, peppery noble hops

T: malty, slight spice, peppery earthy hops for balance

M: medium bodied with good prickly carbonation

O: nicely flavored marzen

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Photo of erk0607
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark oaky brown with a just barely off white head that lingers. Appealing.
Smell: Malty, bready, not very hoppy and not very strong
Taste: stronger than the smell but largely the same. Toasted nut or dark bread, bitter, maybe a bit of caramel, but it's definitely malt driven.
Feel: Intermediate body that foams up nicely on the tongue. Mild carbonation.
Overall: Very good and refreshing. A good fallback beer that I wouldn't necessarily seek out, but if I saw it, I wouldn't hesitate to get it!

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Photo of Zimmerman
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You can't get much closer to the original märzen style then by going directly to the source. Dark, malty, with a slightly toasted flavor, this bready beer is crispy with a toffee finish. The light caramel is pleasing and slightly sweet.

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Photo of gandres
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce glass poured to pint glass
Sight: light amber liquid, big white foam, clear
Smell: not a lot
Taste: very good, low bitterness, crisp
Palate: some tartness
OA: good beer , repeat: no, Look for: no
Drank: 10/1/2016 11:00 PM

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear, bubbly amber with a thin beige head. Minimal retention and lacing.

S: Grassy, toffee, cashews, brown bread, caramel, earth, mineraly. Slightly skunked, perhaps.

T: Caramel, toffee, toast, nuttiness, grass; clean, crisp lager finish, with a metallic and grassy aftertaste, but subtle, balanced, and clean.

M: Medium-light, snappy carbonation.

O: An okay lager. Should not come in green bottles, though.

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Photo of m_hall
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz green long-neck into a pint. A clear deep amber beer topped by a fluffy 3-finger tall off-white head, that falls into a film. Light, spotty lacing.

Aromas bring notes of biscuit, sweet caramel malt, and hints of spicy, grassy noble hops.

Flavors are classic marzen- toffee and lightly toasted biscuit malts right at first, hints of yeast bread, with floral, spicy hops coming in soon after. The finish is fairly short, drying, with light grassy, mineral-y bitterness.

Mouth-feel is medium-light, crisp, with brisk carbonation. Refreshing, easy-drinking. There's just a touch of alcohol noticeable at 5.9% ABV

Spaten's Oktoberfest ticks all the boxes you'd need for a prototype Marzen/fest-bier. You can find better (though where I'm located proper German representatives of the style seem to be rare birds...) but this one certainly won't do you wrong. It's not hugely complex, but it's just substantial enough while being a quencher to work as the days just start to get shorter. Really do wish this came in brown glass, though- while my specimens certainly haven't been skunked, I do wonder if the beer suffers just a bit for the packaging. Still, these were quite enjoyable.

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Photo of PDGreenB
2.74/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This Oktoberfest is rather incomplete tasting, quite watered down. It has a poor smell as well. I would like to enjoy the nutty notes and the malty points, but there are many better Oktoberfest-style beers out there.

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Photo of gopens44
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice color. Solid, clear caramel color with what turns into a fairly thin head and virtually no lacing.

Nose has few moving parts as the three dominant tones are noble hops, biscuity malt and some corn presence.

Taste follows along with the nose, as I'm immediately enjoying that noble thing, but the taste also brings with it a sweet caramel backbone.

Finish is a little sweet for this medium bodied beer.

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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 POOGMAN
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Yuengling with malt characteristics and a kiss of extra hop. Awesome fridge dwelling oktoberfest.

Worth a 6 pack for the season. Incredible drinkability for what it is. Mouth-feel is so crisp and easy, but the lager and hop flavors overwhelm the pallet a bit.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

TBD New to the scene regarding German brews and not especially fond of Octoberfests. This brew pours nicely with a full head that shrinks down rapidly after the pour. Color is Amber and dark orange tint. Smells of toffee, malts and brown sugar, molasses. Tastes nutty, of caramel and malt, with a bit of toffee and spice. It lacks a bit of carbonation feeling a little flat and less crisp as it could be. Earthly finish that it's quick and light but still leaves a nice sweet aftertaste in the pallatte. I'll have to revisit to give a better review.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.65/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle

Pours amber dark orange with a creamy off-white foam head. Smells like dark fruits, dried fruit, raisin, red apple, spice, brown bread, toasted malt, rich dark caramel, molasses, with mild earthy grassy pine. Tastes like rich creamy toasted malts, brown bread, dark caramel, molasses, dark fruits, dried fruit, raisin, red apple, sweet spice, with mild earthy grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with low carbonation. Overall a really great Oktoberfestbier.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Green bottle.

Very unique looking marzen. Rusty copper orange body color, quite clear and light looking. Creamy vannilla yellow head, easily makes a good three fingers, with some quick settling down to one with a good cap. Gleaming fine small rising carbonation, cascading nice and slowly through the glass. Great looking brew.

Clean aroma, slightly mineral, luckily no skunking detected. Very subtle touches of toffee like malt and caramel, even some hints of nutty walnut skin without the tannic dryness sense coming. A bit subdued but also a bit complex and fun to explore on the nose.

Palate is exceptionally basic and more exceptionally balanced. Light toffee and minerals on first sip, even a bit nutty like the nose hints at. Mid palate comes with lightest brown sugar and very faint banana. Aftertaste really washes away more of the banana and sweetness bringing in light dryness of nut and clove qualities. Rinses through the palate quickly, but fills with excellent airy flavors. Touches crispness almost but manages a bock like lightness to boot.

A real good classic Marzen, light on the taste, but drinks so well and easily.

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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 JacobusFavier23
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L-Looks great. Dark copper/amberish color. More copper... Small head though. Slightly foamy and glass hugging.
S-I smell caramel, molasses, and malt mainly. Maybe a touch of roasty-ness. Very sweet smell; nothing too dimensional but good aroma.
T-follows to nose for sure. Sweet, malty with a caramelized flavor. Slight bitter finish towards the end.
MF-Medium carbonation. On the thicker side.
O-Good beer for sure. Fairly authentic. It tastes like a good time at Oktoberfest in Deutschland. But maybe like the cheaper of the beers there.(just a thought) But in all reality, I get the feeling that fall is coming when I sip on this beer. Thats what I enjoy about it. It has that deeper, richer, and sweeter flavor that reminds you that cooler times are ahead. I know the leaves are changing colors when drinking it.
Once again, good beer, not great beer. Cheers.

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Photo of TH28
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12iz bottle. 5/22/16 bottle date. Appearance: Clear, amber/brown with a touch of orange and a moderate white head and nice lacing. Aroma: Pretty restrained aroma, mainly toasted bread and slight dark fruit. Taste: Rich caramel with strong toast and a little roasted malt. Fruitiness really shows up in the back end, like a restrained prune and raisin. Bitterness is a bit stronger than other Marzens. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish: Lingering toast and prune. Dark fruit really come thru retronasally. Overall: A good but not great Marzen. Compared to other Marzens I’d say this is stronger on the toasted malt and prune flavors, and slightly higher in bitterness

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear, caramel colored beer with an off white head. A little lacing left behind as the head fades to a ring around the glass. The smell is caramel, malt, apples, and bread. The taste is not as sweet as the smell but has the malt and yeast and a bit of apple taste as well. The whole taste is kinda muted and disappointing after the aroma. There is a nice finishing bitterness but there is not enough sweetness to balance it.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
2.2/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ah, as fall begins to near, I find myself thinking of the Octoberfest offerings - yum!! I tried one a little early this year.

Since the state of Georgia (otherwise known as the state of confusion) has a goofy set of laws that allow the beer distributors to do about anything (including not allowing certain beers into the state) they please, we do not see much of anything other than all the hops-overloaded "sweetwater" and other such "craft" offerings. Um, can we please get some actual beer in GA??? Not much of a chance. Especially not good German beers.

Then, I walked into a small store ("bottle shop" in GA) and found - YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!! - a six pack of Paulaner Octoberfest!!!! I bought it and snuck it home in a basket covered in laundry (in case the local powers stopped me because I had such a large smile on my face) so no one would know. It was great to actually taste beer again in this backwater state, with its 1752-era style laws, in the SE USA. Then, since I have found a little hops to be a good thing, I decided to try an Octoberfest I had seen at another store - Spaten's offering.

It has a good beer aroma, good beer color and pours a nice head in a glass glass that holds beer that is liquid. There , is everyone happy I have stated the obvious?? This Octoberfest has a good taste. There was enough hops to offer a contrast in its taste. The nice smooth maltiness and the sharpness of the hops. Nice, but a little too hoppy!! Not 175% hops like sweetwater and not the liquid bread taste of Warsteiner Dunkel. This is a good beer!! The only issue I have with it is the green bottle. This beer had a noticeable sour aftertaste. Not bad, but it is there. No doubt. I prefer brown bottles and have never had the same sour aftertaste from a beer in a brown bottle.

This Octoberfest is a good one. Will buy again.

9/8/2016 UPDATE - yes, slightly too hoppy for my tastes, I probably will remove this from my "buy" listing.

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Photo of Samlover55
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Perfect Pint Glass
BB 11/2016
L- pours a dark amber/light brown with quickly dissipating bubbly head
S- caramel malt, floral notes
T- toasted malt, hints of caramel, with a pleasant floral hoppy finish
F- medium bodied, quite thick on the tongue, crisp carbonation
O- what a great Marzen, well balanced, WOW! almost making me look forward to fall!!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spaten Oktoberfest pours a dirty lager color, very light caramel hues, much like some raspberry ales I've seen. The body in the glass is Cream Soda colored, and has a 2 finger head that gradually recedes to a ring.

Aromas of split rye and dry Club cracker, little else maybe some dry earth faintly trailing and twiggy fruits.

Flavors are mostly bready, but not fresh, just the crusts, dusted lightly with sweet tarts. Some fruits on the finish - backyard apples, mushy banana/bread, more apples and skins on the finish.

Feel is very carbonated, mildly creamy, and semi-dry on the finish. Right on key.

Overall, being optimistic - it was worth the $6.99 I paid for the single. Joking! 6 pack. I enjoyed one yesterday to prime myself and now today I'm reviewing it with at least a spec of prior experience. Not a bad one, I'll enjoy it through fall I'm sure (it hurts to think about fall already - tomorrow's my 29th birthday).

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