Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-MärzenSpaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen
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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: 2,577 |  Reviews: 1,160
Photo of WholeLottaTricks
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ElGuapo
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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 -24%

Photo of Dovers
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of everetends
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +9.1%
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 stella77artois
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andreji
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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 -1.7%
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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Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice light brown color, tan head is thick and rocky, but does fade rather quickly. Just a few bubbles in this märzen.

A nice caramel malty aroma, sweet and hearty. This is just a great reminder of the season that's coming. Taste is sweet malty goodness, caramel and some light roasty character. Bit of a bitter turn in the finish, and this lingers for a short while.

Nice medium bodied, easy drinking beer that satisfies on a cool late-summer afternoon.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant copper color. Clear with good lacing.

Toasted bread, french caramel, slight nuttiness. Grassy, medicinal hops with a slight hint of grape and pepper in the finish.

Crisp for it's weight with good carbonation, just enough to keep it from being heavy, which adds to it's drinkability. A touch of heat from the alcohol.

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Photo of poskok
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Smconnor
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KingBiscuit
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of slimntubbs
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of xungmound98
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dnichols
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I split a pitcher of this beer with friends celebrating a beer buddies 40th birthday.

A: It poured a clear orange body with an one finger white head that fell fast.

S: It smelled of thin toasted malts, barely there caramel and floral hops.

T: It had a malty caramel front with hints of white spices. None of the flavors were dominant leaving it somewhat bland.

M: It was light bodied with a lot of carbonation and a funky sour aftertaste that lingered way too long.

D: Average at best. Not a session beer but adequate for serving with a hot spicy pizza.

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Photo of Barnsley
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Caskaway
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of charlatan
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately this seems to be the only oktoberfest which is easy to find in these parts. I recall drinking a number of different oktoberfests when I lived in PA so this is something of a blast from the past for me.

It is straw coloured with a moderate white head. The nose is very cidery. If I were blindfolded and forced to give it a sniff I think that I would have said it was cider.

It starts with a rather dry cider flavour infused with yeastiness before slowly sweetening on the tongue to leave a sweet hint of bock.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought on sale [$5.50/six pack] at a local grocery store. Made me a little nervous, since this could have meant it was sitting around a while.

Poured a nice amber color with a small white head. Good lacing. Decent carbonation can be seen rising.

Smell was light with some hops and malts coming through. A faint "strange" smell that I couldn't place.

Teh taste had a mild hop bitterness running throughout. Some sweetness with a light roasted malt backbone.

Mouthfeel was cleansing with a medium body. Overall, the beer was a little too bland for me. Lacked distinctive character. But, a decent beer that you can sit around and drink quite a bit of if you had the right food accompanying it.

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Photo of PeteRiz
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of MJSJr
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of J_Dub
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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