Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

2,545 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 Radome
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in Germany from 12 oz bottle (theoretically fresher than bottles tasted in the US).

A - Color is a medium amber with red highlights. Very clear. Head is thin and wispy after the pour, and fades to a ring around the glass.

S - Aroma is very clean but muted. It has a bit of soft bready malt and some sharp noble hops.

T - Taste follows the aroma. It begins with a bready, rounded malt and a grainy note. I taste a hops note in the midpalate, then the bready malt returns in the final swallow. The alcohol is not noticeable.

M - Light to medium body. The carbonation gives a slight fizziness and an acidic bite. Hops bitterness is moderate. No alcohol burn.

O - This is a very cleanly-made, enjoyable example of the style. This is not all that interesting or complex; it is not made for sipping and contemplating. However, I can understand why somebody would drink large quantities at a beer festival.

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Photo of slassy
2.01/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Had this on tap in Illinois after a 6 hour car ride and thought it was incredible, so I picked up a sixer to give it a proper review. In retrospect, it might have tasted so good simply because I was in a car for 6 hours going through corn country.

A: Pours a dark copper color. Half a finger head that disappears rapidly. Bottle and packaging very 'German'; fit the brew style perfectly.

S: Malts all the way. If there's other notes to be detected, the malts cover them up to this reviewer's nose.

T: Malts. Taste doesn't really evolve in your mouth at all. What you smell and taste initially is what you get.

M: Minimal carbonation at the beginning of the sip. Beyond that, pretty smooth and water-like. 'Cardboard' aftertaste that makes the chin pucker.

O: Easy drinking Autumn beer for when the football is on and the weather gets colder. Not something I'd shun, but not something that would be my first (or second or third) choice if I am buying. Jokes aside, this is one of those beers that gets significantly better as you go along (no, I don't think that's true for every beer).

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

Poured into a pint glass. Nice foamy head that quickly dissipates to a wisp of bubbles over the top. Lacing is sticky but minimal, it dissipates as well. Color is a deep mahogany/amber. Taste ... well, it seems like last year's batch was awesome. Not this year. It is from a green bottle, and I picked up a bit of that skunky taste with this year's offering. There are slightly sweet caramel overtones mixed with some rich malts. The mouthfeel is a bit carbonated. I'm disappointed with this year's offering, but it's still a good sessionable Oktoberfest. I'd seek out a better one for a crisp Autumn weekend though.

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Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brownish amber with 1/2" of bubbly, foamy head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. This beer smells of faint malts and yeast, but mostly smells like the Spaten Munich Helles. The taste is caramel malts with a faint sweetness, very very faint fruitiness, and a smooth creaminess. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

From a German brewer, this is disappointing. Smells like a euro pale lager and the taste is one dimensional. It's drinkable though and you could put down several of these without knowing it.

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

Poured into a glass wide-mouthed Mason-style jar. Tight, creamy head tops a deep amber/caramel-colored beverage. Mild malty-caramel aroma. Well-balanced with a hint of sweetness at the finish. Caramel malt flavors to this, without it being a malt-bomb. Light, flavorful and very enjoyable. Can’t go wrong with this one.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half liter draft pour into a branded Spaten mug. Reviewed from notes.

The body is a fairly translucent caramel brown, with some maroon in the mix. A very creamy, half-finger white head recedes quickly but leaves soapy lacing.

The smell is quite malty and very sweet. Little to no hop presence, but that rich malt backbone imparts a caramel aroma that's very pleasing. Some spice is present as well, and there's a slight peppery note.

Like the smell, the taste is smooth but spicy. There's an earthy, grassy taste to this beer, but the malt is what really takes over. A light lingering bitterness, too.

The mouthfeel is very nice, with an appropriately low to medium level of carbonation. Again, this is very smooth.

A very drinkable and refreshing oktoberfest. Nothing outstanding, but a tasty example of the style.

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Photo of socon67
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours copper color with an inch of white foam. Some lacing is noted.

S - Has a bit of an acidic smell, with a malty scent. I found it kind of bland.

T - The generic smell translated ot the taste unfortunately. That touch of astringent bite makes this just an odd beer. There is a noted malt flavor and some sweetness.

M - Drinkability is decent. Medium bodied, with minimal carbonation.

O - Surprised this was such an underwhelming Marzen. Price is reasonable but there are much better options for this type.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass, no freshness date but I'm pretty sure its this years oktoberfest.

This pours a nice amber color with a foamy slightly off white head. The smell is pretty light but of toffee, toasted grain and bread. The feel is light to medium. The taste is okay, I get a little toffee, some caramel with some other malts in the back ground, overall a little light though. Not a bad oktoberfest but I've had better.

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Photo of dorianmarley
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, rich amber that gets darker as it reaches the top. Head is thick and foamy; fades quickly.

Sweet malt smell with a roasted corn element and molasses.

The taste has starchy grain, sweet molasses and light hops. There is a thorough sourness which is quite off-putting. Instead of complimenting a complex flavor, the sour taste falls flat and alone.

Pillowy soft mouthfeel with a contrasting sharp carbonation.

Overall it seems like a beer that is very true to style. It looks great, feels great, but the flavor is difficult to get into because of the dull sourness. And if you have a beer that does everything except taste great, do you really have a beer at all?

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Photo of rebel1771
2.74/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark amber color with very little head or lacing.

S: Smell is very lager like. Smells of sweet corn with a bit of toasted malts thrown in.

T: Flavor of very lightly toasted malt but fades to a macro lager flavor quickly.

O: Disappointed with this one. I love the Spaten brewery but this beer just isn't very good.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid four fingers of off white head with good retention. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma of caramel malts with some toffee. Lots of wheat grains. Some lager yeast adds some spice. Light hints of nuts and earthy hops. No skunk smell which is impressive for a green bottle.

Taste: Lots of lightly toasted caramel malts with some toffee and apple flavors. Biscuit and some lager yeast. Nice hints of nuts and spice. Mild earthy hop bitterness in the finish. Caramel malts stand out as expected. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and very smooth.

Overall: A very solid Marzen. Very bready and fairly sweet.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at brauhaus schmitz in philly during the oktoberfest party

Pours a caramel brown color with a thinner beige head. Some filmy retention with spotty lacing left behind.

Toffee and burnt caramel in the nose with bread crust. Light husk and toasted grain.

Decent layering of malts up front with toffee, caramel, and bready tones. Nothing explosive, but some decent sweetness driven by the more caramel tones. Light hops and spice towards the finish.

Medium body, alright carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. Pretty decent Marzen, although most of the flavor is pretty nondescript and unexciting at the best.

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Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a bronze chestnut with less than a finger of white head. Head doesn't stick around, lacing is mediocre. Looks over carbonated.

S- Dough, toffee, caramel. Slight yeast funk.

T- Caramel takes the lead with a nice breadiness backing it up. Just the slightest hint of hops, which come through pretty floral and grassy.

M- Medium to light bodied. Lots of carbonation, pretty crisp in the mouth. Alcohol is practically unnoticable.

O- Not my favorite o-fest but definitely a tasty brew worth trying.

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

On tap @ Brick 29, Nampa ID. Served in a pint glass.

A: Deep dark golden honey bordering on copper, body is clear. Head is off-white and sticks all over the glass in consistent horizontal rings.

S: Malty, some toffee sweetness, toasted grain and husk, honey...maybe some faint Red Delicious apples? Wood and spice on the nose as well, with a non-sweet floral/herbal/leaf presence.

T: Crisp. Just a touch of floral hop character and bitterness. Crisp toasted caramel malt, grain/toast, that faint red apple taste...wood and nuttiness as well.

MF: Medium-light body, smooth, low carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer; my first Marzen, and while I won't be running to the beer store for 6-packs of this style I can see why people dig this.

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

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle with no freshness date into my Carlsberg pilsner glass.

Appearence: Pours a clear coppery orange with two fingers of off-white head.

Smell: Very light roasted malt and piney hop aroma. Distinct skunkiness.

Taste: Average, if fairly light. Not a bad brew by any means but pretty forgettable. Biscuity malt up front with a slight, crisp hop finish. Mild skunkiness in the finish, as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation. I could see this being a decent beer to get drunk off of because it is not particularly filling.

Overall: Drinkable, but forgettable. Spaten's other offerings are more impressive.

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

12 ounce green bottle

Pours an orange coppertone with a nicely decent head. Did not have the skunky smell I have come to expect from green bottle import beer.Nice carbonation.

The taste was a bit hoppy/herbal with an aftertaste similar to Darjeeling tea.

Overall not bad, but there are some Oktoberfests' that are much nicer!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my Harpoon Krug. Looks great in the mug - pours a beautiful translucent amber with a rocky, 2.5 inch cream-colored head that eventually dissipates into a solid quarter inch cap. Nose expresses classic German sour-mash lager aromas - nothing too out of the ordinary. Taste follows nose; however, there is also a bit of caramel and a trace of dark fruit intermingled. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a bright carbonation and a slight, residual burn at the back of the throat. All and all, a pretty drinkable Marzen - not my favorite, but it goes down easy and is not at all cloying like some examples of the style I've had the opportunity to try.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz green (UGH!) bottle with cool label; wish there was a date. Into a dimple stein.

Appearance: Average looking copper beer with nice ivory cap which soon fades to a thick ring and film.

Smell: Light whiff of skunk at first pour...damn you green bottles! A bit of warming and a swirl or two and this mostly disappears. A decent kick of sweetness, but mostly of the candy variety, with little caramel and not much of the toastiness that I like my Oktoberfests to have. Not unpleasant, but ordinary in the extreme.

Taste: The flavors are nice, but far too light. Light maltiness, ghostly bready/toasty notes, hints of minerality. Medium bitterness and just a hint of fruity hops. Quaffable, but forgettable.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied.

Overall: Nothing offensive (save the green bottle and slight skunkiness) but I've had American pseudo-craft offerings for 3-4 dollars less a sixer with more flavor. You could drink a lot of this in big mugs (or boots) but there's nothing here that would inspire me to buy a sixer of this brew.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Yet another O-Fest finally getting sampled this year. Took me long enough... It pours a clear light auburn topped by a finger of dusty off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, rye bread, light orange peel, light cashew, and a touch of toasted wheat. The taste is a cleaner version of the smell, complete with sweeter caramel, slightly spicier rye, and richer orange. It's not a leap, really, but definitely a step up. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a very solid O-Fest, one of the better ones out of Germany herself.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-light brown/ochre color with about a 2 finger cream colored head that left a lot of lacing

S-mostly malt with some bread

T-at first I thought I detected a little skunk but after the second taste it didn't seem to be there so most of the taste was some toast and malt

M- nicely carbonated and not to thin

O-not too bad, I think I could enjoy a couple of these

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

On tap at the Addison Oktoberfest, served in a big mug.

A: Pours a clear brown with an eggshell head that fades to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is a bit nutty with notes of caramel malt and slight toffee.

T: The taste is a bit better than the nose as the flavors really come out better. Nice flavors of almonds and caramel malt with a hint of toffee in the finish.

M: The feel is nothing special with decent carbonation.

O: Not the best in the style but it's great for drinking in quantity at a beer fest like Oktoberfest. I won't go out of my way to buy this but I will gladly swill it as long as they're the sponsor of this event every year.

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Photo of garuda
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear ruby, thin white head that retains a little, with some lacing down the glass.

S/T - Whole wheat bread crust and caramel sweetness, with a touch of grainy hops. Malt flavors are dominated by caramel sweetness rather than a bready sweetness.

M - Medium body, nice level of carbonation, smooth across the palate.

O - A little dark for an Oktoberfest, and I'd rather have bready malt flavors in it than all the caramel. Easy drinking, like it should be, but there are certainly better ones around.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear off-amber color with a finger of foam that recedes and leaves a thin ring on top. Aroma is that skunky flavor that I associate with Heineken. Kinda grainy, cabbage, DMS.

First sip is pretty dry, a kiss of malty sweetness that quickly fades with a lingering metallic aftertaste. Not a huge fan. The metallic flavor is undesireable, and hides any hoppiness that may be in there.

I should just stick to domestic beers, as I tend to prefer the flavor profiles. This one just doesn't strike a happy note with me.

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

Bought from Trader Joe's as a single , this is pure Fall in a glass with its dark gold/brown colour combined with a nice fresh hop profile tempered with a strong malt backbone. Classic example of the style and so great with the richer flavours of fall foods. I should have bought more.

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Photo of bump8628
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper orange with a thin head of large bubbles. Mild breadiness, light caramel, and an odd grape juice character seem to be the primary flavors. Grassy hops are a bit rough before a husky astringency at the end. This is in the bottom quarter of both the German and American brewed Oktoberfests that flood the shelves this time of year. The green bottle doesn't help things either.

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