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 rajendra82
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy and golden amber body had medium and steady carbonation and a smallish foamy head that left delicate lacing. The aroma was richly roasted caramel malt with a touch of noble hops. Despite the green bottle, there was no skunkiness here, so the store must have treated this six pack nicely while in there care. The primary taste was very smoothly sweet and bready malt with a refreshing lemony acidity, mild clove spiciness, and a low level of hop bitterness. I could also detect some notes of bananas and orange peel in the taste. The mouthfeel was creamy and full but displayed a dry aftertaste. Drinkable, yet complex, I can easily see how this beer can be downed in vast quantities at this time of the year.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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 goindownsouth
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid interpretation of the Oktoberfest style, which is slowly growing on me, to be sure. This malty Bier offered a deep copper color out of the tap and something resembling a one-finger head. Notes of banana and other residual sweetness filled my nose. The flavor was a good bit of chewy malt, and some secondary sweetness to balance it off. A fine, fine brew.


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Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the first of three German Oktoberfestbiers I sampled on the night of September 30, 2004, and the one that, ultimately, was the most drinkable. The Spaten poured a clear, golden body with a one finger, ivory colored, head that retained well, before yielding some attractive, sheet lacing.
Aroma reveals caramel malt to the nose, and soft, floral hops.
Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, with an ideal level of moderate carbonation.
Taste was bettter appreciated after sampling the Oktoberfest biers of Becks and Hacker-Pschorr. The Spaten has a bettter balance, with buttery, toffee malt weaving in and out of the picture with a pleasant, floral hops bittering note, that works quite well here. Nothing to overwhelm, just a fine balance of malt and hop that results in a clean finish, and a desire to have another.
Good drinkability, and the best of the German festbiers I've sampled, as we enter October of 2004.

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Photo of scottum
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an amber with a full white head. Tastes full and malty sweet with a hint of butter and a nice light hop balance. Mouthfeel is quite smooth making for a very easy drinking brew. I'm happy to be able to even be able to buy german beer in my small town once a year so I'll take what I can get. Not the best Oktoberfest lager I've tried, but certainly a very solid offering worth checking out.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark honey color with a 1" head and some lace.
Smell is hops and malt only.
Taste is hoppy, malty and some honey.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, effervescent on the tip of the tongue.
Drinkability is decent, a middle of the road oktoberfest beer. Really expected more considering the others I've had from this brewer.

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Photo of pgroove
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As far as Oktoberfests go this is definitely one of the better ones out there, but in general Im not the biggest fan of them although I do like to modify preferences with the seasons (even though here in LA it is difficult to differentiate one season from the other). Anyhoot, It has a beautiful coppery color, and is rather full-bodied in comparison to other Oktoberfests. It ain't the Optimator, but its definitely a good brew.

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Photo of stirgy
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a crystal clear and glowing copper color. Looks like a shiny new penny. Orange highlights and topped with a small creamy head. The aroma is rich with caramelized fruit, milky sweet creamy malts and has some sour notes.. The taste is creamy and smooth caramel candy and sweet malt. Toffee like. Very smooth and finishes buttery and bittersweet. Nice beer.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Spaten's Oktoberfest brew is supposedly one of the most widely consumed beverages during the Munich autumn extravaganza. That snippet seemed to impress me, so I was a bit eager to try this offering. After trying it, the brew seemed a bit average to me. I guess this is a decent brew to drink while you are crammed into a beer tent in Munich, but on its own it seemed a bit thin.

Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen pours a nice orange copper/amber color with a decent foam head that lasts for a little over a minute. Sweet, nutty malts were detectable in the aroma. A very slight mustiness was present, (perhaps an attribute from being lightstruck?), as well as a light citric hop twang. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated, but did indeed seem a bit thinner to me than I had anticipated. The taste did focus on the malts, with some sweet caramel and nutty notes abound. A distinct fruitiness was present throughout the whole brew. Decent dryness in the finish, and a good spicy/citric hop presence was well. The flavor notes were good, but seemed to be a bit hindered by some wateriness. Certainly not Coors Light watery by any means, but I guess I just thought this beer would have more. Continuing dryness and citric flavors linger for a bit in the aftertaste, and it concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

This is a decent brew to try during the autumn months, but it really wasn't exciting in any way. Out of Spaten's products, I would stick with their Optimator.

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

Appearance – This one is light orange in color and comes with a full, gorgeous, pillowy head.

Smell – The light molasses and malt notes were subdued but present. I could also pick up some sweet, sugary caramel.

Taste – I’ll call this the “Optimator Light”. It has all the same flavors except not as intense and full. The deep, rich toffee came out nicely along with some good sugar cane.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied Oktoberfest bier has great balance. It has a lot going on in the mouth, especially for a style not known for its complexity.

Drinkability – This is the real deal. The order of flavors – rich malt, molasses, caramel, toffee – was just right. I really enjoyed this offering from Spaten.

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Photo of carln26
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great deep, clear amber color with a light white head to top the pour. Just a hint of lace on this beer, but there are not many hops to support it. Full malty sweetness on the nose with hints of caramel, and maybe just a little taffy. The taste hast the malt up front. This beer is crisper than I expected. This is good. It adds to the depth of flavor, and lets just a hint of the hops to come through. The crispness lends to a lighter mouth feel than I originally expected. Outstanding drinkability. This is the main beer at the upcoming Newport Oktoberfest, and I can’t wait to get it on tap. Great style, great beer.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper liquid with a nice white, airy head. Good head retention, and some lacing on the glass. Lots of bubble coming from the bottom of the glass. Smells like carmel, however also slightly earthy and skunky. Despite the smell, it seemed rather clean tasing with good sweet carmel malt flavor, with just a touch of hop bitterness to keep it from being one-sided. Medium body, but too much carbonation. Overall, I thought it was very drinkable and clean.

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Photo of marburg
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served extremely cold. Unlike my previous (bottled) experiences, this isn't too bad. Light, crystal clear honey color. No real aromas to speak of. Middling cracker-ish malt flavors and only a moderate hop flavor make this little more than -- as was the case with the bottled version -- glorified lager beer. It's not skunked, which is an improvement, I guess.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strange aftertaste, but not a bad tasting beer. Aroma of Heineken (yes thats bad!), or other skunky things. Otherwise not a bad beer. A bit malty, a bit of hops...nothing worth writing home about. I have had it a few times, but it seems to get worse each time I try it.

Edit: This years seems much improved or possibly just fresher. No skunkiness and much cleaner flavor. While last year it was one of the worts O-fests I had it's one of the best so far this year...of course I've just started in on them.

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Photo of anders36
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This nice beer pours a copper/orange colour into the glass. With a pretty high head, that disappears quickly. The smell is malty and bready with some hints of hops in the background. The taste is also malty and also a bit fruity. Some taste from the hops to that give the beer a nice bitterness. I like this beer and would like to try it at the Oktoberfest in Munich this year.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to copper color with a light beige head. Some biscuity and Vienna-like bready aromas and a subtle fruitiness from the yeast. Slight dosage of hops in there to round it all out, too. Malty smooth with a bit of caramel-like toasty sweetness and a crisp finish with some low alpha hops that is slightly drying to the palate. Not a bad brew; easy to drink, but lacks a bit of depth and complexity. I guess this beer is just meant to be drank in excess by the half liter, in lederhosen, of course :^)

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt brown color, pours with minimal head. Cross between burnt toast and caramel in the aroma. Avery full and awesome scent. Thee same characteristics in the aroma come through in the taste. There is also just enough hop present to balance out the flavor, Beer rest slightly tart like on the palate, but finishes very smoothly. Overall, and excellent oktoberfest.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(500 ml bottle, bought in Denmark). This rating is for the pale version sold in Europe. Pale golden colour, like a pils. Good to moderate head. Pleasant fruity aroma. Flavour is smooth, mellow and clean, hops are subdued. Easy drinking. Nice beer, but hardly worth a fest in itself.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark orange with minimal foam; no lacing

Smell: Light aroma of toffee (if you are lucky to get a bottle that isn't skunked)

Taste: Starts with malty toffee sweetness followed by a modest balancing hop profile, again if you don't get a skunked bottle - most times I've had this it falls apart into a skunky finish

Mouthfeel: Quite fizzy; needs to settle in the glass for a few minutes to calm down

Drinkability: Very enjoyable but I would prefer the maltiness to be a bit more pronounced

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

Bought this to compare to the Paulaner Oktoberfest I had earlier this week.

Appearance- Nice dark amber, almost a maple color. Medium head, rather thick.

Smell- Toasted hops, a little caramel. Good, but not amazing.

Taste- Smooth toasted malt flavor, I'm thinking some caramel. Smooth, goes down really easy. Minimal hops presence. Very good!

Drinkability- Really good, I like it a lot. Maybe a little too heavy for a big session.

Notes- I couldn't find to much of a difference between this and the Paulaner Oktoberfest I had earlier this week. Both were enjoyable, and easy-to-drink. Paulaner might have been slightly more complex.

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Photo of SBPCGuru
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this from the bottle into my air-dried beer mug. Head was fluffy but dissipated rather quickly. Copper color to it. Citrus aromas. Goes down very smooth. Texture is thin and light. Tastings of wheat and barley. Well worth the money for the sampling.

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

Pours a clear orange amber with a full white head. Exceptional lace.

Nice malty aroma that is sweet and carmely.

Taste is nice with a sweet fruity presence that is joined by subdued malts.

Mouthfeel is thin but is countered by strong carbonation. The finish is a touch bitter and sweet.

This is a nice beer that is very tasty.

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Photo of wsouloa
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I honestly cannot understand why this beer didn't get better reviews. I had this beer on-tap which may be a reason why and having it with a hearty German meal consisting of wild boar may also have had an impact. Honestly though, I found this beer to be extremely good. It was not really the style that I expected it to be, however. It pours an amber-brownish color. The taste and smell give you an idea of what the beer is like. Caramel and malt are very evident in this beer. It is not as thick as one would expect and goes down very smooth. This beer was extremely drinkable and I could see myself indulging in many of them the next time I see it available.

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Photo of ark57
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The light brown beer gave rise to a slightly malty aroma. There is some toasty aromas. The body was smooth and creamy and there was a lingering after taste reminiscent of wintergreen or root beer. This has the perfect maltiness that is not too sweet and just the right amount of bitterness with no hop flavors.

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Photo of beertaster13
2.09/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Picked up a six pack of these after a recomendation from a fellow BA and I have to say I was quite dissapointed. I love seasonal beers but Spaten Oktoberfest wasn't my cup of tea. Comes in a 12 oz green bottle and pours an amber color with little head which looks almost soapy. Smell has hints of caramel and malts but with skunky smells mixed in. The taste is about the same, very flat with no pizazz to speak of. Tasted to me like sucking pennies with malt flavor. Couldn't let this beer sit in my mouth for long. I couldn't drink many either, quite filling. There are good Oktoberfest and other seasonal type beers out there, this is not one of them.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,538 ratings.
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