Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

2,544 Ratings
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 BigMike
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I usually don't review different serving types of the same beer. But Spatens Oktoberfest bottles and draft versions are 2 different beers completely.

A: Darker then the bottled version. Caramel red color with some light brown chestnut. Very clear. The he is khaki colored and about 1 finger.

S: The bottle versions nose suffered from an almost skunked quality. Not quite skunky but something seemed off. This version is loaded with a sweet maltiness. Lot's of light roasted notes and caramel. Also a noble hops presence.

T: Like the nose, theres a ton more substance as far as flavor then the bottle. Caramel sweetness, roasted nuttiness.

M: More light bodied then medium. Well carbonated. Crisp and easy to drink. Sweet but not cloying at all.

Overall: I've heard the reason for the difference in the 2 beers is that the bottle versions are pasturized thus zapping alot of flavor. I seem to believe that because these 2 beers do not taste the same.

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Photo of jrutigs
5/5  rDev +40.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Jwren5
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Sargully
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of projhex
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of harrylee773
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Elfastball7
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of rrock44
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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

500 ml bottle from Germany

Pours sparkling pale yellow with white long lasting head that leaves several patches of lacing on glass. Aroma is grainy malt and herbal hops.

Taste is sweetish malty with notes of bittery herbal hops, as well as noticeable alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation.

Overall, drinkable, but not very good.

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Photo of allstar255
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of beerme411
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of iLovehops23
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a frothy rich almond brown with good clarity and a two finger head. Retention and lace are modest, but the film held on.

It's nice having that German lager skunkiness hiding behind a malt bomb like this, it just brings that dash of bitterness in that I like in an otherwise malt heavy beer. Toasted crackers, sweet spice, and caramel balance sweet and roasty nicely.

The flavor has a nice balance, blending the toasty grains and caramel with the green beer character. It's got an earthy clean finish that's right where it's gotta be to go down all night drama free.

Creamy and robust, the feel is excellent. The carbonation is spot on; it adds just enough crispness while retaining it's extraordinary smoothness. It's amazing how easy to drink these are in large quantities, especially at an Oktoberfest when my belly is full of brats and kraut. They just have the ability to methodically go down like bottles of beer on the wall.

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Photo of demuzik
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, I can certainly say this brew will barely survive if bottled; like all offshore brews, this one will be pasteurized and zapped of its goodness before it ever touches your American lips.

However, if you can try this one on tap, unpasteurized, we're looking at a wonderful example of the Oktoberfest/Märzen style.

The appearance is impressive; rich, caramelly red that is crystal clear from a good lagering.

The smell is faint with noble hops, but dominantly caramel and malt - enough to get you wanting to dive in.

The taste and mouthfeel are where this one's at; very, very balanced, crisp, and drinkable. Not overly sweet like too many US takes on the style, not overly hopped which can ruin this style also, just good healthy amounts of malt, noble hop, at super crisp, lager levels. Very sessionable and appropriate alongside any German fare.

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Photo of vincicle
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this beer for it's purpose. Drinking in the back yard for the last days of our Colorado, Indian Summer days. This is a beer that well go down easy with just enough body and character to make it a drinking buddy both during the hot day and in the cool evenings. I find it hard to dislike any oktoberfest beer (except haufbrau) since the accompanying season is so spectacular. I don't think I would buy this beer at any other time though.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from multiple 12oz bottles into my Moonlight shaped pint glass.

Clear mahogany/sinopia liquid with a lasting pasty crust of beige foam. Creamy dense yet delicate lacing and superior retention.

Rich toasty aroma, crisp and simple with distinctive malt notes.

Light melanoidins intermingle with a grainy taste on the palate. Very low bitterness with little to no appreciable hop flavor. Finishes medium-dry.

Creamy, medium-light bodied with ample carbonation.

A pleasant if slightly bland version of the style...while my example is maybe not the freshest (and the green glass bottle probably doesn't help things either), this is still very drinkable.

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Photo of RankRefugee88
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours the color of a shiny new penny, with an attractive white frothy head. Good lacing.

S - Some nice cinnamon, floral hops, malty sweet character.

T - Nice sweet flavor, some notes or orange and lemon citrus. Mostly just a malty taste, but enough hoppy bitterness to balance the beer. A bit of the graininess that you get from your typical American lager (yuengling, rolling rock, etc.) is

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated, extremely smooth. The right mouthfeel for this beer.

O - While it may not be quite as good as some of the more recent versions of Octoberfests I've had, this is still the orginal, and is a very satisfying beer.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.74/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear and slightly transparent caramelized brown. Two fingers of soapy head that is quick to diminish. A light, almost root-beer like look.

Smelll - Light malt and crisp autumn scents. Smells fresh.

Taste - Tastes a bit fizzy and soapy. A bit if a funky malt all-throughout. Light grain and wheat notes.

Mouthfeel and Overall - Light-bodied. A bit flat with a grainy funk to it. A decent Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Valmor88
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Excellent copper color, with a pale tan head that reduces to a creamy top.

S: Very floral and grainy aroma. Caramel and chocolate linger afterwards. There is also some citrus near the back end.

T: Creamy, sweet taste hits up front. Not bitter, but some hop flavors come through in this beer. Orange citrus flavor adds a good compliment to the sweetness.

M: Very creamy. Medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish.

O: I love marzens, and I'm usually critical of them if they don't pass. This is a great marzen.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

App- The beer’s body is an attractive amber red with no carbonation. Not any head to speak of either.

Smell- There is very slight crystal malt and spicy herbalness here; I could be imagining this though. How incredibly slight.

Taste- The crystal malt is first out of the gate with that distinctive herbalness. Mid drink brings out a sweet raisins and slightly citrus orange flavor. There are many hop notes for an Oktoberfest.

Mouth feel- Right on the money for how this beer tastes, it is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall- This is a very interesting Oktoberfest with sweet and citrus notes. I wish the nose had something to give me, but the flavors are really fun and almost make up for the lack of a smell.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Dogfish signature glass.

Poured dark amber in color, which was beautiful, clear, with a 2 finger head that lasted for maybe a minute.

Smell - Just like what an octoberfest should smell like. The malts hit first, with yeast coming in 2nd, reminding me it's a lager. As well as a certain crispness comes across the nose as well.

Taste - Definitely one of the better octoberfest's I've had this year. Nice, light/medium bodied, crisp, flavorful. first sweet malts hit first and dance about the tongue till the dry but welcoming finish.

Mouthfeel - medium, carbonation is great for the style.

Overall - Not a bad octoberfest one bit. I think I would get it again this year, much better than Sam's, that's for sure. I like it!

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Photo of doktorhops
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another heady Oktoberfestbier, which gives me an idea for a new beer festival: "Doktoberfest - the Hop lovers beer festival"... my Doktoberfestbier is a 6 Hop affair with a toasted biscuit base and a hint of sour yeastiness... but anyway I'm here to review this beer, not some awesome brew which I just thought of that doesn't even exist [dammit!].

Poured from a real man's 500ml bottle into a real man's Stein, word man.

A: First off - this beer looks really flat, no head to be seen. The body is golden with a hue of Papaya whip (yes I got a colour wheel now!).

S: First whiff is a mixture between base malt grains and rubber... yeah I'm not looking forward to where the rubber odor leads. There are cut grass hops in there with a distinct (if you could call it that) water overtone, this brings it back from the verge of odd and places the aroma profile in the realm of "refreshing lager"... we'll see.

T: And we're back in Marzen territory; lager grains with a slight cloying sweetness and a crisp dry hopped finish. There is a sour yeast note that is much more pronounced than in the Lowenbrau Marzen and the finish is drier, however there is less sweetness here. Overall not bad but I'm not writing home to mum about this (or any beer for that matter - my mum doesn't drink and has zero interest in beer reviews).

M: Not sure if this borders on watery or not - it's a strange allusion with this brew because of the wateriness of the aroma and flavour, however the body is slightly cloying... let's just say that it's lighter than the Lowenbrau.

D: Deciding factor is the flavour with this brew and I think the Lowenbrau Oktoberfest/Marzen shows a bit more finesse. Whereas this beer is taking several wild swings ("Yeast!", "Sugar!", "Dry!", "Crisp!"), Lowenbrau is by comparison "floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee", and to me finesse and style will always defeat brute force.

Food match: German food, yeah that's been established before, what else? German beer is pretty versatile in my opinion; how about a classic porterhouse steak (medium rare) with a side of celeriac mash and carrots braised au jus? Is this beer good enough for a decent meal (aka is it up to the challenge?), well only YOU can answer that question.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,544 ratings.
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