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 86MonteSS
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a struggling head. Smells like a bare bones oktoberfest; good, but nothing to write home about. It's highly carbonated and tastes like Spaten wanted this beer to simply get by. "Ja, juzt give zee Americans vhat zey vant: ein vanabee oktoberfest." It's good, and no offense to Spaten (the brewery that gave me my beloved Optimator), but it's pretty much the Budweiser of märzens.

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Photo of dweideman
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Average frothy off white colored head that did not last too long. Excellent head lacing and sparkling clear body. Very few particles rising from the amber orange hue. Initial moderate malt smell -- very sweet. Very lighty hoppy aroma. Initially very heave sweet tast that turned moderatly bitter quite fast. Moderatly sweet finish with an average duration. Light to medium body with a dry texture and soft carbonation (slighly less as the beer sat). Very metallic feel in the finish.

The only German import that I've tried this season; very different taste from the American Marzen styles that I've tried.

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

Sampled from a 12oz bottle for the 2003 season.

Appearance: Deep amber, almost tawny, but not quite bonzish color with a medium sized wispy white head. A little lighter in color than others this season.

Smell: Very clean and fresh scents of malt and hops. Not a very powerful aroma, a little on the light side. (Also got a hold of a skunked bottle. One bottle out of a case isn't bad, but not good either.)

Taste: Good malt profile that moves into hops and some spice. All in all a little weak on all sides. Not as flavorful as I had expected or hoped. Very drinkable and not a bad beer, but there are better choices, especially give the limited availabilty of the style.

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Photo of Dubblebock
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up my sample with a certain measure of excitement, as it's mid-October and I was in a seasonal mood. I could almost hear the German polka band in the background as I brought the church-key out....

It poured well, but didn't leave much in the way of a head. What was there didn't stick around for long. Left a thin lacing around the mug on the way down. Nice dak amber color, though, very rich and inviting.

Almost no nose on this sample. Faint maltiness and a slightly sweet aroma, but I was not at all impressed with the bouquet.

Tasted good, lots of malt flavor. Started out a little bit bitter but got smoother as the drink went on. Began to even out and get really drinkable about halfway through the sample. Had a slightly sweet secondary taste once you got past the malts.

Mouthfeel was ok, nothing grainy or cloying. Finish was very good. The beer had really evened itself out by the time I had finished the sample. If I try this one again, I'll let it sit for 10 minutes before I begin drinking it. It really improved once it got to swim around in the mug, free from it's bottled prison.

All in all, a slightly above-average Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Dmann
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance was nice with a light amber color and a small white head that lasted and left decent lace down the glass. The smell had a certian grain and grass scent to it with not much else all, and the taste was simmilar. A mostly malty brew, this one did not have much in the way of hops or anyhting else. The mouthfeel was quite good though, with a good balance of carbonation and smoothness. Although this is not that exciting of a beer, it is easy to put back a few so I score it a little higher than others on the drinkability scale. But in the end, there are better Oktoberfest brews out there

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is definately a subdued Marzen, but that's ok because it makes it really drinkable in my humble opinion. It has a nice malty nose and an excellent mouthfeel but without gratuitous syrup-i-ness (I love inventing words, its like I was writing in German).

Not my favorite Fest from Germany, but I like it!

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Photo of far333
3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps my least favorite of the traditional Oktoberfest beers. Cinnamon colored with no head, and no aroma. Flavor is very light and delicate, a bit too light. Low low malt flavor, with barely noticeable hints of sweet pear and honey. Really had to roll it around the mouth and concentrate to pick them out. Mouthfeel is a bit watery upfront, but tingly in the finish. A light hop bitter lingers.

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Photo of alexgash
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber/dark golden with a medium sized off-white head. Smells of gingerbread cookie malt with a minor spicy hop presence. Starts off with rich, toasty malts with a touch of spice. Finish is a tad bitter. Not great, but then again, I'm not a huge marzen fan. I'm more of a maibock guy.

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Photo of rkhaze
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. brown bottle. This poured a light amber with a fairly dense head but no lace to speak of. The aroma was malty sweet.
The taste was of toasty sweet malts and caramel. This was right up to the edge of being a little too sweet for me but ended with a nice dry finish. Seemed light for the style in both flavor and body although this certainly enhanced the drinkibility.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the thousands of Russian tourists at Oktoberfest this year was kind enough to bring me a bottle of this a few days ago. As my bottle was intended for domestic consumption, the label is a bit different from what is pictured here. Most importantly, the word Ur-Märzen is nowhere to be found. The label just says "Oktoberfestbier." I'm going to assume that this is the same beer, however, as the Spaten website only refers to one type of Oktoberfest beer.

Pours a slightly darker than gold color under an ample white contoured head that lingers long and leaves nice, if thin, lace rings. The nose is mild and malty, but nothing to get excited about. The mouth is well carbonated and of medium consistency. The taste starts with a lot of basic malt, followed by just a touch of hoppy bitterness. This bitterness grows in the aftertaste, however, leaving a pleasant impression calling out for another sip. Not a bad O-fest beer by any stretch, but there are better...

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Photo of aracauna
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is the essence of caramel. The body is dark caramel. If you want to get an idea, take some sugar over a spoon and hold it over a flame until it melts and them caramelizes. That's about the color here. The head was very wimpy and since the waiter came back with the beer very quickly, I don't think it was just because of natural dissipation. This was a much maltier beer than the Warsteiner Oktoberfest I had just prior to this, but this also had less hops. There also seemed to be a little prune-like flavor that I sometimes get from beers that use one of the darker German malts.

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Photo of BierManVA
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as much head as some Märzen styles. Overall though, a very nice color and taste. Malty, but not too sweet as some I find. A little hops here. Some Märzen styles are very malty, but I like this.

Märzen's tend to go down very smooth and I find my Liter Krug seems to empty itself rather quickly with this one.

Good for the style.

"Las dir raten, trinke Spaten"


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Photo of hyuga
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad looking beer if you give it a hard pour to get a nice head out of it. Amber with a white sticky head, which goes away after a bit. Some hop spiciness in the aroma and a little sourdough bread malt, but not much. As for the flavors... where's the malt? (Read that using the old lady's voice from that 70's Wendy's commercial). Lots of carbonation and some spicy hops, but not much of that nice O-fest malt. There is some there, but it seems to struggle to keep up with the rest. The mouthfeel isn't bad, but would be much better without the massive carbonation. I'd recommend passing on this one and picking up one of the better German märzens like Paulaner's or Hacker-Pschorr's.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear pale orange with a short lived white head. Active carbonation. A decent amount of foamy specks are left on the glass.

Smell: Very faint caramel malt nose with a hint of toastiness. No real hops. O-fests aren't really meant to be savored for too long anyhoot.

Taste: Largely caramel malt flavors. There is a slight toasted malt flavor on the finish. Slightly bready. Pretty much a textbook O-fest, and an uninspired one at that.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied and rather refreshing.

Drinkability: A few liters of this? Not a problem, but only if I'm in a biergarten, and there's some lederhosen involved. Otherwise, I'll stick with Dominion's Ofest.

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Photo of johnrobe
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What a shame. This one is a wee bit skunked. It's not of the magnitude so that it ruins the brew (ala Heineken) but it gives it an unwelcome twang. When, oh when, will the scourge of green and clear bottles be banished from all breweries?!? The brew pours a light brownish amber with a scant off-white head. The skunkiness ruins the aroma and attempts to block out some sweet malt. Luckily, the skunk is not quite so pervasive in the taste, just a nuisance in the background marring the otherwise pleasant light caramel maltiness. This brew seems more one dimensional than the other big name import O-fests, Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr, which have a bready and nutty quality to the malt along with the caramel. Too bad, this one would be an adequate session beer if it was not skunked.

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Photo of winomark
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber hues, with a thin, cream-colored head.

Aroma: German malt aromas, with a healthy dose of hops.

Taste: Tart, bitter tones up front, with loads of carbonation, and some malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat watery and light; reminds me of a Pilsener, not an O-fest.

Drinkability: IMO, a dumbed-down version of an Oktoberfest, with milder malts and excessive carbonation. Not very impressive.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber/goldenish color. Malty aroma reminds me that it's fall again. Other reviewers say it pours a huge head, but I'm not really getting one. Lightly sweet on the palate, with a rich, malty, ever-so-slightly bitter finish that lingers for a while. Maybe not the best Oktoberfest beer, but it is the standard-bearer. Couldn't beat the $22 case I picked up at Sam's Quik Stop today. Am not disappointed.

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Photo of yen157
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber body topped by a pillowy-offwhite, pockmarked head. Nice looking steady rising carbonation. Good malt body highlighted by predictable Vienna malt. It wasn’t as malty as some (hell, most) other marzens, but It’s just what I was looking for. In addition to the malt, it had crisp hop bitterness on the finish to dry things out and keep it tidy. Easy drinking, more of a session beer then most Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Picked up a 6-Pack of Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen at Trader Joes recently, because I fancied something completely different and also because the price was attractive. It comes in a 12 fluid ounce green glass bottle with a colorful looking light blue main label that has a picture of a horse-drawn Brewery Dray loaded high with wooden casks. Very Teutonic.

Appearance: Extremely lucid, copper-amber with a smooth looking head that is somewhere between a dirty-white and a beige color. The massively frothy head looks very Oktoberfest, huge at first with a rocky mountain profile, which laces extremely well as it collapses slowly. A thin head covering remains at all times, even towards the end. Lots of carbonation in the body.

Nose: The expected malts at there at first, with some toffee and caramel at the back end, but the nose it is rather restrained I find.

Taste: A rather light initial beginning, when suddenly the malt explodes right up to the middle of the beer. The beginning has sweet malts that turn with a grainy feel towards the middle. Some light acidic feel, almost lemony at times towards the end. The sweetness soon fades and is replaced with a strong malty ending that has hints of toffee and caramel. An almost clean ending, which is spoilt a little with a very slight stickiness.

Mouthfeel: An average strength mouthfeel, with light body strength, all aided by the dissolved carbonation which adds a creamy and smooth velvety surface on the tongue.

Drinkability: Easily downed and very drinkable, the smoothness and creamy malts all lend a very high quaffing factor to the Oktoberfest. One of those beers that really ‘begs’ to be drunk in large mouthfuls and huge quantities. Not much of a problem to get rid of the 6-pack I had through the course of a 90-minute Movie tonight.

Overall: This is one of those solid quality beers, which is nothing overtly special, or even world-beating, but rather just a bloody good drinking beer that is very quaffable and highly dependable. Well worth the multi-bottle investment, and a damn good 6-pack to spend the night with!
Very Enjoyable.

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Photo of Ianhockey91
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very fine example of an o-fest. Pours out a deep orange, with a decent fast fading head. Smells of malts bread and alcohol at then end. Taste well, like it smells. Very nice and malty up front, taste like a doughy chewy malt, with a touch of hops followed by some alcohol at end. MMM is all i have to say.

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

This is one fine example of an Oktoberfest. It pours an orange-hued deep amber with a fast fading beige head. A pleasant malty aroma and fresh bread dough are backed by a mild whiff of hops. The malt is fairly sweet and has a light doughy flavor and hint of toffee. Lime-like citrusy and a light taste of tea offer a mild ballast for the dominant malt quality. A faint flavor of candy apples is detected. The body is a bit buttery and velvety liquid. It’s hard not to take large gulps and then reach for another…in fact that’s just what I’m going to do now!

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Photo of jcalabre
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appeance: This pours a clear a clear amber color with a small white head.
Aroma: The nose is lightly malty & carmelly.
Flavor: This is a slightly malty, light on the hops, light to medium bodied, Oktoberfest. This is a nice beer, but nothing spectacular. I was expecting more maltiness

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

Guest tap at the Old Toad(who had a Octoberfest flair this week). Presented in a .5 litre Spaten glass(I really like when beer is served in its proper glasswear and the Toad is very good about that). It was a ruddy orange color with an off-white head. Smell had some grassy notes coupled with a tart apple aroma and some floral hops. Taste was clean refreshing but sufficiently malty with more of the green apple taste and a bready, dry finish. Mouthfeel was up to par with a good dose of carbonation, but nothing overly spritzy. Proust.

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Photo of silks636
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. green bottle.

Light amber in color with a fluffy, slightly off-white head. Moderate retention, leaves a very thin sheet of lacing. A gentle swirl reveals an aroma of grass and grain over a roasted malt. Taste starts off sweet and smooth with a gradual ease into a grassy, earthy hop while still retaining a solid malt base. Nicely balanced, but not a whole lot going on. Finish is dry and crisp with barely any aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation.

A very easy drinking beer, as an Oktoberfest should be, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat of a copper, light orange hue. Odd aroma which is a bit grainy, grassy, some malt detection, but a bit off the beaten path for the style. Up front, sweet and tangy, a lingering malty palate, very little hops detection. Bordering on medium bodied, on the edge creamy. A bit thin for the style, not as tasty as some, but more drinkable than others. Not too shabby.

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