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:
2,545
Reviews:
1,145
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
14.33%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
359
For Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BTodd
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Bammer21
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoctorEvil65
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drahodo
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 prost2hefeweizen
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Myboymi
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBarber
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 StoutAtTheDevil
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duff27
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gilpdawg
4.54/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
1.23/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

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 ok. Would buy again if they got rid of the stupid green bottles.

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 devilmakesthree
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluesyasian
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Hazen
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,545 ratings.
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