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 BlakeAM
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dolfan907
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of scottum
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an amber with a full white head. Tastes full and malty sweet with a hint of butter and a nice light hop balance. Mouthfeel is quite smooth making for a very easy drinking brew. I'm happy to be able to even be able to buy german beer in my small town once a year so I'll take what I can get. Not the best Oktoberfest lager I've tried, but certainly a very solid offering worth checking out.

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Photo of carln26
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great deep, clear amber color with a light white head to top the pour. Just a hint of lace on this beer, but there are not many hops to support it. Full malty sweetness on the nose with hints of caramel, and maybe just a little taffy. The taste hast the malt up front. This beer is crisper than I expected. This is good. It adds to the depth of flavor, and lets just a hint of the hops to come through. The crispness lends to a lighter mouth feel than I originally expected. Outstanding drinkability. This is the main beer at the upcoming Newport Oktoberfest, and I can’t wait to get it on tap. Great style, great beer.

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Photo of Risser09
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a clear brown color with an orange/red highlight. The head is white and is so short-lived I don't know how tall it actually was. Swirling makes some lace.

Smell: Smells sweet with malt and almost an anise/licorice aroma. Not sweet or hoppy.

Taste: A little bit of spice. Some nutter flavors go well with the caramel malts. Not much else.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and lively with carbonation. This beer has no real noticeable alcohol.

Drinkability: Pretty good. Not the Oktoberfest that I would reach for. Maybe it could be the green bottle...

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Photo of cardinals22
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Branlott42
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jackndan
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spaten O-Fest Ur Marzen: Pours a tannish brown with a decent coffee and cream head. The head is quite rocky, and fairly long lasting. Typical marzen aroma, light almost butterscotch aroma. The taste is nice, not overwhelming but lightly flavored. Very nice malt sweetness, with a minimal taste of toffee. The aftertaste is pleasantly unrefined, with a little bit of a bite, perhaps a tiny bit of hops. Overall, nice and easy to drink.

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Photo of mlockman
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of seanyfo
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into my Spaten seidel

A - Lagerish blonde, not very copppery like a marzen. 2 finger head that disappates relatively quicking, does leave some lacing.

S- Lots of nice sweet munich malts here, a lot more oktoberfesty here! Some roasted nut qualities, no hoppiness.

T - A nice syrupy sugary malty backbone here, balanced well in the finish with a slight alcoholic kick. No real hop profile to speak of though. Almonds linger in the aftertaste.

M - Medium carbonation, full bodied, slightly syrupy.

D - Very drinkable although not the best marzen i have had. Colour is a bit odd though - this bottle is straight from the Spaten - franziskaner brewery in munich. I dunno if this is different in Spaten USA.Wouldnt pass on it if offered though. A standard example of the style.

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Photo of Sspeer1
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden color with a nice head and some noticeable lacing. The smell is very malty and sweet with a hint of a molasses odor. The taste is sweetly malty and well balanced with light hops. The mouthfeel is full and works perfect for this particular beer. This is a delightful beer that is worthy of a righteous Oktoberfest!

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Photo of RMentair
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jadler16
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of WholeLottaTricks
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ElGuapo
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

once again, spaten did not reach the level of hacker-pschorr, but they did quite well. it was a close call, but this one was just not the same. it was lighter and not as rich and smooth, but did well in all categories. a fine beer, but not the best

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Photo of nathanjohnson
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of harrisjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of everetends
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a glass stein.

A: Amber/Red color that is clear. Poured a huge head that left some spotty lacing, nothing too sticky.

S: Got a lot of malt in the nose, maybe a touch of caramel. Not a whole lot of anything else.

T: Roasted malt, floral/earthy hops, touch of caramel and it has a bitterness up front that cools as the beer goes across the tongue.

M: Medium bodied with an almost creamy sensation, which is wierd because of all the carbonation.

D: Very good. Love me some Spaten and the Oktoberfest rarely disappoints. Love this beer and love this brewer, but I have a special place in my heart for German beer.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Day twelve of the München Oktoberfest brings me full circle with another sampling of the original, the Ur-Märzen -- Spaten's original Oktoberfestbier. (I had originally planned to drink this to end Oktoberfest the way it began, but got home from work and realized I had forgotten to put a different Oktoberfest in the fridge. So here we have the bottled version, five days before Oktoberfest's end.)

Poured from a 12 oz. green glass bottle into a pint glass.

Clear, dark copper in color. Head retention is poor, with a tiny off-white cap that fades away to almost nothing and leaves behind virtually nothing on the glass.

Smells mostly of sweet toffeeish and herbal hop aromas. Nothing too complex.

Medium-bodied, with a nice tingly carbonation. Flavors of sweet toffee/caramel malt up front with a nice middling bitterness; finishes somewhat dry and bitter.

Nicely drinkable and very well-balanced. I only wish I could enjoy a liter of it in a Maßkrug amongst my deutsche Brüder. One day...

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Photo of Skabiski
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stella77artois
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andreji
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very attractive oktoberfest beer. Pours a light or medium copper colour, not excessive carbonation or head itslelf. and the smell, clearly perceivable, gives off much of its maltyness and slightly some hops. The taste follows up after, a sweet malty combination at a 'just right' point with the bitterness of the hops which provides for a bittersweet flavour that is very attractive. Rather more exotic than other Oktoberfest beers. nice buy.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Addison Oktoberfest, served in a big mug.

A: Pours a clear brown with an eggshell head that fades to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is a bit nutty with notes of caramel malt and slight toffee.

T: The taste is a bit better than the nose as the flavors really come out better. Nice flavors of almonds and caramel malt with a hint of toffee in the finish.

M: The feel is nothing special with decent carbonation.

O: Not the best in the style but it's great for drinking in quantity at a beer fest like Oktoberfest. I won't go out of my way to buy this but I will gladly swill it as long as they're the sponsor of this event every year.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,552 ratings.
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