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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 PDGreenB
2.74/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This Oktoberfest is rather incomplete tasting, quite watered down. It has a poor smell as well. I would like to enjoy the nutty notes and the malty points, but there are many better Oktoberfest-style beers out there.

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Photo of gopens44
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice color. Solid, clear caramel color with what turns into a fairly thin head and virtually no lacing.

Nose has few moving parts as the three dominant tones are noble hops, biscuity malt and some corn presence.

Taste follows along with the nose, as I'm immediately enjoying that noble thing, but the taste also brings with it a sweet caramel backbone.

Finish is a little sweet for this medium bodied beer.

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Photo of Alexsu29
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark caramel, with good amount of head; shrinks quickly. Not as refreshing as the looks, and smell assume to be. Syrupmaltiness over- powers the hops in my opinion. Not as refreshing as I anticipated, but still a good buy for a 6 pack given the season. Would purchase again.

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Photo of POOGMAN
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Yuengling with malt characteristics and a kiss of extra hop. Awesome fridge dwelling oktoberfest.

Worth a 6 pack for the season. Incredible drinkability for what it is. Mouth-feel is so crisp and easy, but the lager and hop flavors overwhelm the pallet a bit.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

TBD New to the scene regarding German brews and not especially fond of Octoberfests. This brew pours nicely with a full head that shrinks down rapidly after the pour. Color is Amber and dark orange tint. Smells of toffee, malts and brown sugar, molasses. Tastes nutty, of caramel and malt, with a bit of toffee and spice. It lacks a bit of carbonation feeling a little flat and less crisp as it could be. Earthly finish that it's quick and light but still leaves a nice sweet aftertaste in the pallatte. I'll have to revisit to give a better review.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.65/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle

Pours amber dark orange with a creamy off-white foam head. Smells like dark fruits, dried fruit, raisin, red apple, spice, brown bread, toasted malt, rich dark caramel, molasses, with mild earthy grassy pine. Tastes like rich creamy toasted malts, brown bread, dark caramel, molasses, dark fruits, dried fruit, raisin, red apple, sweet spice, with mild earthy grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with low carbonation. Overall a really great Oktoberfestbier.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Green bottle.

Very unique looking marzen. Rusty copper orange body color, quite clear and light looking. Creamy vannilla yellow head, easily makes a good three fingers, with some quick settling down to one with a good cap. Gleaming fine small rising carbonation, cascading nice and slowly through the glass. Great looking brew.

Clean aroma, slightly mineral, luckily no skunking detected. Very subtle touches of toffee like malt and caramel, even some hints of nutty walnut skin without the tannic dryness sense coming. A bit subdued but also a bit complex and fun to explore on the nose.

Palate is exceptionally basic and more exceptionally balanced. Light toffee and minerals on first sip, even a bit nutty like the nose hints at. Mid palate comes with lightest brown sugar and very faint banana. Aftertaste really washes away more of the banana and sweetness bringing in light dryness of nut and clove qualities. Rinses through the palate quickly, but fills with excellent airy flavors. Touches crispness almost but manages a bock like lightness to boot.

A real good classic Marzen, light on the taste, but drinks so well and easily.

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Photo of mbrando33
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fall is in the air with this fine marzen. Definitely a sweet aroma with a slightly bitter finish that will remind you a little of Heineken. It's got a thicker feel to it and definitely hold its own in its pricepoint. Personally I enjoy the Sam Adams Oktoberfest better, but this one is sure worth a try on a cool fall evening.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L-Looks great. Dark copper/amberish color. More copper... Small head though. Slightly foamy and glass hugging.
S-I smell caramel, molasses, and malt mainly. Maybe a touch of roasty-ness. Very sweet smell; nothing too dimensional but good aroma.
T-follows to nose for sure. Sweet, malty with a caramelized flavor. Slight bitter finish towards the end.
MF-Medium carbonation. On the thicker side.
O-Good beer for sure. Fairly authentic. It tastes like a good time at Oktoberfest in Deutschland. But maybe like the cheaper of the beers there.(just a thought) But in all reality, I get the feeling that fall is coming when I sip on this beer. Thats what I enjoy about it. It has that deeper, richer, and sweeter flavor that reminds you that cooler times are ahead. I know the leaves are changing colors when drinking it.
Once again, good beer, not great beer. Cheers.

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Photo of TH28
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12iz bottle. 5/22/16 bottle date. Appearance: Clear, amber/brown with a touch of orange and a moderate white head and nice lacing. Aroma: Pretty restrained aroma, mainly toasted bread and slight dark fruit. Taste: Rich caramel with strong toast and a little roasted malt. Fruitiness really shows up in the back end, like a restrained prune and raisin. Bitterness is a bit stronger than other Marzens. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish: Lingering toast and prune. Dark fruit really come thru retronasally. Overall: A good but not great Marzen. Compared to other Marzens I’d say this is stronger on the toasted malt and prune flavors, and slightly higher in bitterness

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear, caramel colored beer with an off white head. A little lacing left behind as the head fades to a ring around the glass. The smell is caramel, malt, apples, and bread. The taste is not as sweet as the smell but has the malt and yeast and a bit of apple taste as well. The whole taste is kinda muted and disappointing after the aroma. There is a nice finishing bitterness but there is not enough sweetness to balance it.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
2.2/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ah, as fall begins to near, I find myself thinking of the Octoberfest offerings - yum!! I tried one a little early this year.

Since the state of Georgia (otherwise known as the state of confusion) has a goofy set of laws that allow the beer distributors to do about anything (including not allowing certain beers into the state) they please, we do not see much of anything other than all the hops-overloaded "sweetwater" and other such "craft" offerings. Um, can we please get some actual beer in GA??? Not much of a chance. Especially not good German beers.

Then, I walked into a small store ("bottle shop" in GA) and found - YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!! - a six pack of Paulaner Octoberfest!!!! I bought it and snuck it home in a basket covered in laundry (in case the local powers stopped me because I had such a large smile on my face) so no one would know. It was great to actually taste beer again in this backwater state, with its 1752-era style laws, in the SE USA. Then, since I have found a little hops to be a good thing, I decided to try an Octoberfest I had seen at another store - Spaten's offering.

It has a good beer aroma, good beer color and pours a nice head in a glass glass that holds beer that is liquid. There , is everyone happy I have stated the obvious?? This Octoberfest has a good taste. There was enough hops to offer a contrast in its taste. The nice smooth maltiness and the sharpness of the hops. Nice, but a little too hoppy!! Not 175% hops like sweetwater and not the liquid bread taste of Warsteiner Dunkel. This is a good beer!! The only issue I have with it is the green bottle. This beer had a noticeable sour aftertaste. Not bad, but it is there. No doubt. I prefer brown bottles and have never had the same sour aftertaste from a beer in a brown bottle.

This Octoberfest is a good one. Will buy again.

9/8/2016 UPDATE - yes, slightly too hoppy for my tastes, I probably will remove this from my "buy" listing.

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Photo of Samlover55
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Perfect Pint Glass
BB 11/2016
L- pours a dark amber/light brown with quickly dissipating bubbly head
S- caramel malt, floral notes
T- toasted malt, hints of caramel, with a pleasant floral hoppy finish
F- medium bodied, quite thick on the tongue, crisp carbonation
O- what a great Marzen, well balanced, WOW! almost making me look forward to fall!!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spaten Oktoberfest pours a dirty lager color, very light caramel hues, much like some raspberry ales I've seen. The body in the glass is Cream Soda colored, and has a 2 finger head that gradually recedes to a ring.

Aromas of split rye and dry Club cracker, little else maybe some dry earth faintly trailing and twiggy fruits.

Flavors are mostly bready, but not fresh, just the crusts, dusted lightly with sweet tarts. Some fruits on the finish - backyard apples, mushy banana/bread, more apples and skins on the finish.

Feel is very carbonated, mildly creamy, and semi-dry on the finish. Right on key.

Overall, being optimistic - it was worth the $6.99 I paid for the single. Joking! 6 pack. I enjoyed one yesterday to prime myself and now today I'm reviewing it with at least a spec of prior experience. Not a bad one, I'll enjoy it through fall I'm sure (it hurts to think about fall already - tomorrow's my 29th birthday).

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with some opacity. Small head with decent retention and good lacing.

Smells of bready malts, nuts, and various spices.

Taste is boring and subtle, yet not bad. The nuts comes out and the malts are still very present. Otherwise I mostly get caramel and very subtle hops. Mouthfeel is characteristically light.

This is boring, but not bad.

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Photo of James954
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L: nut brown ale color with a weak appearance of carbonation
S: dark fruit and malt
T: plum, raisin, sweet malt
F: thinner side of things, but barely acceptable carbonation

Overall: Basically a Spaten Optimator Light, if such a thing were to exist. Lovers of beers on the dark fruit side of things will really like this one.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into snifter. Decent head eventually fades to thin ring. Prominent but faint-colored lace. Beer is somewhere between sienna and umber.

Smells of malt, bread, and a little spice.

Taste is malt up front, not too sweet, though caramel comes into play as well. Faint hops and spice mixing together with green bottle dank, none of which affects the malt.

Mouth is a little dry, but fine.

Märzenbier is harder to mess up, but also hard to make unique. Spaten's Oktoberfest is another good example of the style. The maltiness is inviting, making it just a shade better than many of its competitors.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look unlike any beer I've had so far. It's a darker brown hue but its not completely opaque, nor transparent. You can somewhat see through the glass. Big white thick frothy head but it disappeared in a minute.

Aroma: malt, caramel, brown sugar
Flavor: sweet malty, caramel again, little bit of bitter in there - very faint. It's like a more flavorful Yuengling.

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Photo of nbaker290
4.74/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks good, good brown color. Good head. Smells great. Lots of lacing. Does not taste like a 5.9% alcohol beer, which can lead to drinking a few too many. Overall a 4.75 simply because I can't drink this beer all the time, only in certain situations and moods.

Pairs well with pipes.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong Euro yeast, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and slight caramel malt. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of caramel malt, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and slight Euro yeast. Overall, weaker appearance, aroma is dominated by yeast, good feel, great blend, and good body.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBD 5/16. Pours a clear amber that is rather brown. Outstanding head volume and retention, normal lacing.

Light, but typical, Oktoberfest nose. Light biscuit, a touch of caramel and light grassy hops.

Heavy light body that has a smooth texture with a few creamy aspects. Superb carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a reasonable prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. It begins with light biscuit that flows into caramel that hints at sweetness. As the middle approaches, a light nuttiness is noted. The middle brings a subtle hop flavor and bitterness, mostly herbal. The finish is somewhat crisp and has a very slight mineral quality as the hop, caramel and nutty grains slowly fade.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look-copper, modest head, thin lace
Smell- bready malts, caramel and molasses. A subdued sweetness, but overall, pretty clean.
Taste- sweet and malt forward, caramel, modest hops presence, just enough for balance. Hint of alcohol towards the end. Pretty tasty.
Feel- nice and crisp. Medium body. Drinkable.
I liked this one. A solid Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Golden amber orange woth a half finger head that moves to a thin lace at a moderate pace.

S- Standard Marzen with some Beck's green bottle smell.

T - Follows the nose. Caramel malt, toasted grains.

M - Smooth. Moderaate level of carbonation.

O - Another good Marzen.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a gorgeous, clear caramel color with a 1 finger, slightly off-white head.

Smells malty and biscuity.

Actually taste pretty good. Nice malty taste.

A good, not great, beer to drink for Oktoberfest.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Big Spaten stein. Pours a clear copper color. Pretty authentic Marzen nose. Aroma is of baked bread and crust. Slight fruitiness. Bready, yeasty and a nice mixture of sweet and dry. It has that toasty flavor that has really made this style grow on me in recent years. Lighter bodied. Easy drinking. This should have a higher rating on here.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,524 ratings.
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