Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-MärzenSpaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Germany
franziskaner-weissbier.de

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Quaffer on 09-04-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,539
Reviews:
1,144
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
14.33%
 
 
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58
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357
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/4/2012. Pours lightly cloudy orange copper color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, biscuit, toast, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and fruity notes. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, biscuit, toast, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, biscuit, toast, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance of malt and fruity ester flavors; with good complexity and robustness of all flavors; and zero cloying sweetness present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest style. Very well balanced between malt and fruity flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly dark brown, more resonant of a brown ale than an oktoberfest. The smell is quite strange--it reminds me more of a strong czech pilsner than a marzen. The taste returns to the world of German marzens, with a deep roasty malt character balanced somewhat by dry European hops. The mouthfeel is rather light with moderate carbonation, and the drinkability is pretty good, especially on this relatively-cool Virginia evening.

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Photo of mothman
2.16/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into pils glass.

Pours a bit of white head. Color is a clear copper brown. Some active carbonation in the class.

Aroma: Skunk and then some. Some caramel and roasted malts. Grassy noble hops.

Taste: More skunk. It is pretty much identical to the aroma. Dry and roasted malts with a caramel sweetness. Earthy noble hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and crisp. A higher amount of carbonation with a medium bodied. Ends dry with skunk flavors.

Overall, it is just a shame that this beer has a lot of skunk flavors to it. I am not digging it too much because of that, but if that flavor wasn't there I could probably drink more of it. Not to drinkable for me.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a shade of orange color with nice big rocky head,smell was really toasty a nice malty taste with some caramel tones along with some sweet toffee.It is nice to have decent examples of the style pretty much year around,bring on September to get the fresh beer!

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.3/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep amber in color with a white head that is short lived but leaves a good collar and a light surface covering. The aroma is of rich, toasty Munich malt (possibly Vienna?) with a very light hop note. The body is medium with a moderate carbonation level and a lightly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is of a very nice, round maltiness that is somewhat bready and lightly toasty with a soft, light fruitiness and a well balanced bitterness. Finishes softly dry with just a slight lingering malt & hop character. Very well done.

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Photo of chinchill
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear amber-brown with a smallish off-white head. Head reduces quickly to a thin top coat.

S - a bit skunky (no date on bottle but consumed week of purchase), malty and floral.

T - not too bad for a skunky beer

M - OK carbonation; rather light body; semi-dry finish

Re-REVIEWED on 11/26/2011 with a 2011 sample & on tap in August 2013:

A skunky aroma is evident immediately after removing the cap. Some light hops and faint malt also present. The skunkiness carries over to the taste, rendering this barely drinkable and ruining the finish and aftertaste.

O - This beer had proper storage after purchase and prior to consumption. Moreover, it is unwisely packaged in a green bottle. With no improvement given a 2nd chance, it is appropriate to give it the poor rating it deserves, and to expect a different sample to be likely to suffer the same fate. The on=tap version was clearly better, with none of the skunky off-notes.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, apples, dark fruit, spice and decent amount of hops.

T: The tasty is very fruity (apple, apricot, raisins & berries) and that’s what comes out first. The malt character quickly follows up, but I didn’t find it to be as bready as most O-fests. It has a good hops presence for the style, but not a lot of bitterness. The after-taste is kind of sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is a little slick.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, good representation of style, this may not be the most popular beer in the style but I liked it and wouldn’t be disappointed to see it on-tap somewhere. That being said however, there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear copper, with several fingers of rich and billowy slightly off-white head. This eventually settles down into sudsy 1-2 fingers, which rings the sides of the mug with thick sticky lacing. The aroma smells fresh and earthy in the nose, with notes of spice and must. This is undercut by some bready sweetness but it’s mostly the crisp citrus presence present that holds things together here in the nostrils.

The taste mirrors the aroma, being crisp and green feeling throughout, with a tight sweetness that rides along on the edges. This is earthy and spicy on the finish with some lingering must. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm and crisp feel in the mouth that then gets a little creamier feeling underneath, giving this quite the overall drinkable feel.

While maybe not quite as flavorful as some imports out there, I’d still take this over the majority of the American takes on the style that many breweries are putting out, as it’s got the two things that count for me, balance and crispness. I’d drink one of these any time.

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

Served on tap at Mulligan's in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear light amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some deep copper highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with some grassy hops notes. Very light hints of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are flavors of toasted and caramel malts with light amounts of sweetness followed by some light amounts of grassy hops that lend a touch of bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is enjoyable and easy to drink but nothing about this beer really stands out and makes me want to have another - it is an average offering for this time of year.

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Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A mix of perfume and earthy darkness. Malty with a sharp taste. Some caramel, but quite edgy with the bitter aftertaste. Pale amber orange in the pint glass. Not much lacing, decent mouthful however. Very floral.

The sweet and dirty taste gets old fast. Sweat and incense. I think this is the least pleasant Oktoberfest I've had.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: ?
Have had in bottles and on tap at various times.

All InBev-ness aside...
Pours a clear orange-brown with a variable-sized white head, depending on the pour. A pretty basic brew all around, with scents of lightly toasted malts and floral hops. Not as pronounced as you would acquire in more prime examples of the style, but still decent. Light, toasted malts in the taste, white and brown sugar, and notes of apple and maybe a tad of grape skin. Light mouthfeel, thin, and easily drinkable, even if it's overall a bit lacking in the flavor department.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of dcmchew
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clear, basic brown body with a thin cap of white foam. Gee. A bit of an inauspicious start, I must say.

Smell: Meager, dull maltiness with light notes of spicy, floral hops and fruit. This is both tragic and heartwrenching, like receiving news a dear friend has died recently.

Taste: I fought to keep a troubled, even wearied look off my face upon the realization that blandness would be the order of the day here. Sweetish, vague malts with, perhaps, even some pilsner malt hints to it. Very light fruity undertones of apple and grapes. Mildly bitter, faintly spicy European hops. Sadly, it's just more of the same until the abrupt end. The finish is semi-dry and lightly crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I'll admit, I was taken aback by how surprisingly bland and ho-hum this one was, being Spaten is one of the propagators of this noble style. I'm simply left wanting more (any) malt depth and complexity and even just a tiny bump in overall body to keep that nagging though of drinking brown water away. Perhaps I'll give this one a re-visit sometime down the road so I can hopefully put this disheartening experience behind me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ripe orange topped by a largish head of bone white foam that doesn't look overly sticky. In time, a fine sheet of lace is laid down on the upper reaches of the glass, but more than half of it melts away within minutes.

The nose isn't Marzen-like. Neither is it very appealing. In fact, it reminds me of a macro lager; a lot of sour grain and musty hops, but little Oktoberfest character at all. Where's the toasted malt? The beer makes a minor comeback on the palate (operative word: minor).

It doesn't really taste like the stated style either. It's undermalted with almost none of the sweet, toasted, caramel malt flavor that is the hallmark of the Oktoberfest style. Plain grain and floral hops dominate the flavor profile. There's very little sweetness initially, more as the beer warms.

If the brewery is to be believed, Spaten Oktoberfestbier is the original Marzen/Oktoberfest. If that's true, then this is a classic example of the original having been surpassed by legions of its followers. I'd suggest leaving this one on the shelves. There are many, many versions of this style are more deserving of your time and thirst.

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Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flows lite caramel, but retains head white not thick, but okay...)alright...

Beautiful malty biscuits morish smell with some whiffs of hops..

great malty. give me some more taste...
super balance & swlllability.,.. tastes of biscuits & yum..

me like it much....

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow/golden color with a small white head that settled quickly. Little lacing to speak of.

S: Some grass, as well as some malt and a little bit of fruit, little bit of skunk.

T: Pretty malty with a little bit of caramel. There is a grainy characteristic as well.

M/D: Medium bodied, but smooth. Overall its ok, not great. I am guessing that the trip overseas has a lot to do with this. On tap, I bet its a whole different beer.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear light copper with no head ad really no lacing, but very clean lookin. Smell is very malty, with a classic lager like smell. Taste is a bit more intresting with some subtle roasted hints, and very crisp, clean short, dry finish. Goes down very easy and could put down these all night if I wasn't careful. Agood example of the style.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,539 ratings.
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