Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

2,545 Ratings
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: On tap at The Asgard in Cambridge, MA
Served: 28 Sept 2015

REREVIEW: First review was a simple 'had', 3.75 overall

Appearance: Arrives in a tumbler pint with a solid copper color, similar to what a Sam Adams Oktoberfest might look like. Soft, half finger head quickly dissipates to nothing. Slight carbonation visible in the glass.

Smell: Soft caramel notes, a pinch of herbal astringency, and whole-wheat toast.

Taste: Very similar to the nose except sadly this one had a metallic aftertaste as well, which means there were probably keg or line issues at the bar. Aside from the metallic flavors, the beer finished quite dry, which is roughly how I expect a German Oktoberfestbier to finish. Nothing too assertive though and nothing truly to write home about.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-light body, medium-high carbonation. Quaffable in the extreme.

Overall: A standard-normal Oktoberfestbier. Though this will get the job done, there are much better made imports for a similar price and comparable widely-available domestics as well.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a finger of head on a clear, dark straw colored body. Low head retention.
The aroma is a mild grain and barnyard, though what's there is nice.
Nice flavor: mild malt sweetness, a little woody and mild bitter finish.
The texture is crisp with fizzy carbonation.
A fine enough drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent light red with a small white head. Smells of dark grain with a hint of sweet caramel or candy smell. Tastes of dark grain with nice balance. This light bodied beer goes down great and has a nice level of carbonation. Overall a pretty good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer into a standard pint at about 55 degrees F and it was light copper in colour with a light tan one finger head that keeps as a fairly full head throughout the drink and leaves excellent archway looking lacing on the glass.

It smells mostly of caramel malts with a hint of apple and some biscuity yeast maybe. I'm not getting any skunky aromas as this was in a green bottle.

The tastes and the aromas are pretty straightforward. The beer starts off with a little carbonation bite then mellows to caramel malt sweetness with hints of apple and mild dark fruits, some bready characteristics and finally a well balanced finish that is only slightly hoppy, dry and peppery. It's a bit warming going down and the alcohol is mildly apparent, barely noticeable.

The beer is fairly full bodied or just under and has a mostly sweet, but not syrupy profile. The carbonation is moderate or slightly above which seems to accentuate the mild hoppy finish.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. In my book it is probably approaching world class and I could see how one can call it that. I think it may be a little thin and therefore I am only going to give it like a 4.3 out of 5 or so. Not shabby at all! Very good. I would seek this out again as it is sessionable even though the alcohol is noticeable.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,545 ratings.
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