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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Ratings: 2,622 |  Reviews: 1,169
Photo of stewart124
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fitting day for an Oktoberfest.

Pours a copper color with a half inch of white head.

Smells of euro pils malt, tea and noble hops.

The taste is clean and crisp with a nice malty backbone. Slightly tangy in the mouthfeel with some bite. Noble hop bitterness and a caramel character without being overally sweet or cloying.

Mouthfeel is slightly weaker than I antcipated. Still a nice Oktoberfest but I would love nothing more than to try this on draft over in Germany.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of atis
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from Germany

Pours sparkling pale yellow with white long lasting head that leaves several patches of lacing on glass. Aroma is grainy malt and herbal hops.

Taste is sweetish malty with notes of bittery herbal hops, as well as noticeable alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation.

Overall, drinkable, but not very good.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bronze colored with adequate head and decent carbonation. Little to smell but mostly malty notes. Somewhat grainy aroma. Tastes bready & biscuit like. Even bodied with good carbonation and slight tinge on the tongue towards the end of each sip. Wish it was a little darker with bigger malt profile. Nice drinkable beer. It's satisfying but doesn't seem to really express itself as a nominal fest beer.

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Photo of allstar255
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of ssgunbond
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of oelergud
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear semitransparent copper body with low carbonation. Off-white head, low retention and lace.
Lager scent is very apparent, lots of hay and some grass.
Bread, hay and grass flavors and some faint caramel. Aftertaste is bitter grass and flowery.
Medium body and a prickly sensation. Medium coating and abit slick.
Pretty good drinkability and a good version of the style.


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Photo of PatandDavid
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Redbones, Smooth, solid, and easy to drink. Not mind-blowing, but when you can do those three adjectives well, it sounds like a German session bier to me. Medium amber, low head. Light brown bread aroma. Medium in body, my flavor notes tell me that there was low malt (lets say not overwhelming), with some faint sweetness hovering around the edges. Low bitterness as well. Again, smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16.9oz bottle dated 12.06 poured into a tall oktoberfest glass. This is a dark orange almost clear dark brown/orange with a nice egg-shell white head that sticks around for a bit. The nose has of course malt and alcohol. The taste has a fairly light toast character to it, but the overall impression I get is that it lacks a little bigger maltiness, and tastes more on the watery side.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My mom picked this up for me at Costco today.

Appearance- dark amber color, thin head

Smell- bready malt, caramel

Taste- malt

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. Germans make the best marzens. Spaten does very well.

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Photo of BodiesLexus
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FreshButterbeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice medium burnt orange color, off white head, didn't last very long. Smell was much more appealing on tap than the bottled version I recently had. Sweet carmel malt nose, very inviting pleasant smell. Taste was very balanced, even amounts of toasted malt and sweet carmel flavors. Slightly crisp hop finish, didn't linger like the bottled version. Light to medium bodied. Went down without a fight, I was pleasantly surprised to see it on tap a nearby bar/restaurant.

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Photo of vancurly
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a) Pours a handsome golden yellow, with no haze, and a well-set 1cm frothy head
s) Fresh hay, cereal grains, tinned-corn, slight barnyard... Very bucolic.
f) Complex of malt, grain, husk, corn. Slightly sweet up front. Subtle tobacco leaf aftertaste. Very enjoyable.
m) Lightly creamy, yet crisp enough to want more.
d) Good beer, and one for the masses, with nice fresh flavours, subtle sweetness, and a good look.

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Photo of Theniz
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Beric
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of bigeyedfish89
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of dstc
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber with a big foamy off-white head. Head falls very slow leaving plenty of lace.

Mild malts and grains in the nose. Also picking up a slight skunkiness.

Taste is of the malts and a bit of hops. Musty and earthy.

Medium bodied in the mouth and well carbonated.

Average beer. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of matcris
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A crystal clear caramel in color, with a finger of white foam that lingers a while. Not much for lacing down the glass. The aroma is a bit skunky, I noticed that right when I cracked it open. Poured into a glass that subsides a bit, and I get the grain and grassy smell that you might expect. It also has bready, and toasted sunflower seed notes. The flavor has a bit of caramel malt, and the grassy quality, and again, lightly toasted sun seeds. The feel is medium thin, full carbonation, and fairly dry. Once the sulfur goes away, it's not a bad tasting brew, glad I tried it, but, too many better brands out there to go back for 2nd's.

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Photo of confer
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep orange/brown with a small amount of froth. Crystal clear.
S- I smell sweet bread with a hint of orange.
T- Starts good lightly malty but has a metalic finish.
M-D This is a good maerzen for someone wanting one with a bit less flavor. That's not entirely a bad thing, as the taste is good, just on the lighter side.

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Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of afinepilsner
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz green bottle

Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen was amber in color with good clarity. It had a beige head with decent retention. The smell was lightly toasted malt with a little spice. The taste was lightly toasted malt and a little sweet upfront with some spices and more balance coming through towards the finish. The finish was dry and a touch bitter. The mouthfeel was average with a just less than medium body and fairly high carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a decent Oktoberfest, but there are better ones out there..

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Photo of Walleybeer
2.77/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce glass on tap at Old Chicago, Madison WI. This beer has a very dark color for an Oktoberfest. It's dark brown with a 1 inch head. Nose is malty and nutty, but nothing impressive. Sweet malty flavor with notes of nuts and caramel. Very clean malt profile. Finishes with some tasty German hops. This beer is incredibly drinkable. I've never done it, but I'm sure I could make a fantastic session of this beer. This is a beer that doesn't get the respect it deserves. Certainly a beer to sample each Oktoberfest season.

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