Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-MärzenSpaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen
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Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Germany
franziskaner-weissbier.de

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Quaffer on 09-04-2001

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3.56
pDev:
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Photo of Wreckoncile
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from standard bottle into nonic.

A - Pours a light copper hue with a single finger of lightly foamy head that disappates quickly.

S - Initially with a roasty malt profile, but quickly yeilds a slightly skunky afterscent that is probably the result of the green glass and the fact that it was an individual bottle purchase so had plenty of light exposure instead of being more buried inside a 6/12 pack. The skunkiness is fairly light and not all the offputting, almost seems to compliment the malt a bit.

T - Roasted malts upfront with a bakery yeastiness that follows through to give it a solid overall taste. Very minimal residual hops flavor, certainly not enough to counteract the yeasty sweetness that seems to characterize the backend of the flavor. A little skunkiness in the taste, but as with the scent, seems to compliment the brew decently well (although I'd like to compare it to an on tap version).

M - Light/medium overall body with minimal carbonation and a silky texture.

O - Tasty with an appropriate mouthfeel, but not the greatest offering of the style. Although it has some roasted maltiness, the skunkiness of the green glass can cover it a bit. I'll be looking for a draught version soon to revisit.

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Photo of fx20736
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug.

Coppery, dark amber. Some carbonation. 1 finger offwhite head. Tiny wisps of lacing. For all the world this looks a little like root beer.

Aroma: toasted malt and a spicy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: medium, not very carbonated.

Taste: a rich, malitiness like a well made whole grain bread, followed by a faint, spicy hopiness that is not bitter or floral or citrusy. I don't know what variety of hops are used but I think Augustiner Brau uses them in their Edelhell lager. Is it a cardamom aroma? Beer finishes long with a slight caramel aftertaste that lingers on the palate.

Notes: This is my first Import Maerzen. A very drinkable lager with a rich, slightly seductive taste. The whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. I really love Spaten's Helles Lager so I suppose I am predisposed to like this but this is nice, malty brew, perfect for the fall. I'll probably buy a case.

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

A: Pours an orange copper color with a light white head of tiny bubbles.

S: Fresh bread mixed with roasted malts and a bit of a spicy yeast.

T: Flavors are nice, subtle and balanced. There are no weird off flavors or spices to take this out of order. A lot of American Oktoberfest beers are over spiced and a different breed compared to the real Oktoberfests and I can definitely appreciate the clean taste profiles and the nice malt undertones. This is an extremely smooth beer and a nice way to ramp up the end of the summer for my trip to Germany where I will drink it extremely fresh out of wooden kegs.

M: Medium body with a light carbonation.

O: Definitely enjoyable, and smooth going. Definitely a standby beer, not one you only want to have one of and then call it a night.

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

A clear brown, slightly red. Big fluff of head at first but it vanishes quickly to nothing. Aroma is bready caramel malts and earthy hop overtones. Flavor is similar. Crisp and light lager. Mild toasty bread and a earthy smooth bitterness. Finish is more malty than bitter. Goes down smooth and quick. Drank a six of this while brewing some Oktoberfest the other night. Satisfying but there are other fests out there to be drinking for the same price.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured from the bottle it's a faint brown and very thin. No head retention.

A- Faint notes of sweetbread baking and alcohol.

T- no where as chewy or malty as I'd expect a Marzen to be. This tastes more like a Vienna Lager... and not a great one (although I'm unaware of the beer's freshness). It's a little sweet and chewy. Some crackery crispness.

M- It's more full-bodied than most Lagers, but it lacks the meatiness this beer should have. At least it can't be mistaken for water.

O- The lack of Pilsner malt saves this one from being compared to a Pilsner. For the price, I'd rather a Yuengling. It's a drinkable beer, but far from being a special seasonal offering.

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Photo of kflorence
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a translucent amber, copper color with very small, receding head that leaves lacing around the glass. The aroma smells of roasted malts, caramel, honey, nuts and alcohol (at 5.9% it is slightly more prominent in the nose). The beers flavor follows that of it’s aroma: the toasted malts and caramel really shine up front, followed by the sweet, honey flavor, some hops and just a tinge of alcohol. The mouthfeel of the beer is rather watery, but it helps to make the beer refreshing and drinkable. The alcohol and hops are actually masked quite well in this brew which leaves a sweet, roasted aftertaste in the mouth. A good example of a german oktoberfest.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a deep copper color. Thin off white head. Slight lacing.

Aroma isn't much. Just kinda malty. Needs a boost in aroma.

Taste is decent. Kinda caramely. Not as flavorful as other octoberfests I've had.

Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing. Nice carb.

Overall there are other october fests out there that have more flavor. This isn't bad but I think I'll buy the Sam Adams version over this.

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

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours gold but settles into a very nice copper color. It has a decent amount of white head that almost shimmers, it must be made of vampire skin.

S: The smell is bitter and has an peanut-like malty character, not a normal quality but very nice. There is a slight hint of some dark fruit that is hard to discern.

T/M: Has a low to medium amount of carbonation and a light but noticeable bitter hoppiness. The lingering flavor is almost like nutty licorice or plums. I don’t really like licorice or plums, but I like this a lot.

I’ll cheers this beer to the fest of beers that involves drinking beer during the beerfest that is Oktoberfest, the fest of beers.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten Oktoberfest has a thick, creamy, beige head and a clear, copper appearance with some bubbles streaming up and just a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is faint, but one can detect some water and mild bread. Taste is of roasted barley malt, light hops across the sip, and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Spaten Oktoberfest finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and on the dry side. Overall, this is a simple, yet enjoyable beer.

RJT

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Photo of beershrine
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer in a six-pack, Seemed fresh with an updated bottle label. First beer of the day and poured it into 1/2 Liter glass.

Great copper golden color with a head standing on it. I left it for 2 minutes
then came back and tasted. Bam...Germans now how to make beer. Great malt flavor with perfect hop balance. Achieving clean malt flavor like THIS is something few brewers try. Beer does not get much better than this example. Freshness is very important and this one impressed me. I want to drink it in a Full Liter mug.

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Photo of SamN
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown beer in my dimpled stein; nice solid brown hue, clear and lively in the glass. Not much head. Thin and wispy and doesn't last. Really nice color, especially in the right glass. Smell is surprisingly clean and dominated by grassy hops. Slightly toasty malt aroma in the background, a very mild breadiness. Boring aroma, and not what I expected from an German brewed Oktoberfestbier. Taste is a little better, more distinct malt taste, but still overly hopped with grassy/hay tastes. Malts taste slightly adjunct are are thin and static. Fairly boring tastes. Still, is pretty balanced and not terrible to drink.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: ?
Have had in bottles and on tap at various times.

All InBev-ness aside...
Pours a clear orange-brown with a variable-sized white head, depending on the pour. A pretty basic brew all around, with scents of lightly toasted malts and floral hops. Not as pronounced as you would acquire in more prime examples of the style, but still decent. Light, toasted malts in the taste, white and brown sugar, and notes of apple and maybe a tad of grape skin. Light mouthfeel, thin, and easily drinkable, even if it's overall a bit lacking in the flavor department.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out similar to most other beers of this style. It's got a nice light brown color with decent looking head that fizzles away rather quickly. There isn't too much in way of lacing besides the suds that run down the glass after each sip. The smell of beer has a good aroma of autumn, there are some spices and dry leaves on the nose mixed with malts. The taste is a little spiced but noting too much, there are some flavors of caramel malts as well. The mouthfeel is a little on the light side I think. Overall it's a pretty good brew.

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Photo of txbrew81
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Traditional dark amber appearance with a decent head that quickly dissapears. Almost no lacing.

S: Sweet malty smell. Not much going on here, not bad but not great.

T: Bready malts, with hints of caramel. Maybye even slight cherry hints. Decent.

M: Light carbonation, quaffable. Tastes sort of flat, but is refreshing.

O: Just okay. Much better examples of a Marzen out there. I have had on tap before and remember it being better. Maybye an old bottle? Wouldn't seek out again, but also wouldn't turn away a free one.

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Photo of Kendo
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Body is dark amber with a small whitish head. Leaves behind some lace.

S: Faint nose - a touch of bready malt is about it.

T: Dark bread and toasty malt, but something just doesn't seem right. Maybe some wet cardboard. Finishes dry, but again, there's a lingering "off" flavor of some sort.

M: Light-to-medium in heft; carbonation levels are appropriate.

O: Not so good - those "off"-type flavors detracted from this one, made me wonder if perhaps it wasn't fresh.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brought in a chilled but not frosted mug. Head of one finger was very tight foam, leaving a broken but very clingy lace. Color was a 9 on my pocket SRM beer color chart. Smell is like cottage cheese, but there are odors of roasted wheat and barley malt, with a hint of raisins, and corn. Taste is a little heavy, with flavors of wheat, raisins, orange peel, pine nuts, and malt. Mouthfeel is full, and lots of tingle, but there is a off aftertaste of grapefruit peel that is just not pleasing. This was my first and last, unless someone gives me one.

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

A: The beer pours a light copper/dark amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: There is a touch of skunk on the nose, but I only get it at first. Otherwise, good sweet bread, caramel, and toffee aromas. Nice toasted malts along with some floral hops and a touch of spice.

T: A smooth sweetness to the beer which is not overwhelming. Spiced bread, toffee, and caramel are all present along with some floral and spicy noble hops to balance the beer out. Very minimal bitterness, perhaps just a touch on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: It’s not my favorite Oktoberfest, but it’s not bad, and it’s readily available, so not a terrible choice.

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Photo of Duxx
2.36/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a green bottle with no packaging date.

A: A very pretty beer. It is a light copper color and crystal clear. The head is very minimal to non-existent and leaves on lacing on the glass.
S: Sulfur with no hop aroma. Typical lager nose.
T: One word: Skunked! When will I ever learn not to buy green bottle beers. I keep hoping to find a decent one but no luck again. I don't think I will finish this one!! Just have enough to finish this review. Why do imports even come in green bottles?
M: Actually very good if I can get by the skunk taste. Medium body with just enough carbonation to give a creamy feeling in the back of the throat.
D: Were it not for the skunking I could probably have several of these but if they are all like this one, no thanks.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant yellow-tinted light caramel while the smell is a malty mix of honeycomb and toffee. The palate is light-bodied with malty caramel flavors leading to a clean, crisp balancing hop cleanse with hints of coffee. Finish is short but crisp. Drinkabilty is nice, but there's nothing special jumping out of the glass at me. I can find a lot of other better beers to drink.

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Photo of DovaliHops
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm thinkin this bottle is quite a bit old, but I'm gonna review it anyway. Pours an almost-clear amber color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent doesn't have too much going on...somewhat reminds me of a dark mexican lager. I do detect some caramel malt, but that's about it. Taste is a lot better than the nose would lead. Some grainy notes with caramel malt and other malt profiles. I also get some bread characteristics with a bit of skunk (which can be expected from such an old bottle). Mouthfeel is light and crisp...not the most flavorful beer either. Drinkability is high, as this could be very sessionable on a hot day. All in all, I'm not a fan of Oktoberfest beers, and this one hasn't necessarily changed my mind.

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Photo of G2Brew
4.29/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen

No date, but I bought this bottle in February, if that tells you anything. I poured it in a chilled beer mug, but I might have done better with a stein to better capture the aromas.

A - I got less head than other reviewers here, which makes me further suspect that this might be an older bottle. Head was off-white, but there wasn't much of it, and retention was poor. Color is dark amber, with good clarity. Not a bad looking beer.

S - My beer smells awesome - none of the skunk others have noted. If this is an old bottle, I can't imagine how this would smell off tap. Lots of malt and noble hops.

T - Boom! Tons of malt and hops flavor. By George, it tastes like beer!!! The flavors are solid and straight-forward: strong Munich malt backbone, and some caramel for color and flavor. Hallertau hops is a safe guess, no mystery there. I'm pretty sure I could brew this beer from the flavors alone.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Crisp and dry enough to be refreshing, but with enough body to let you kmnow you've got something worthwhile. Smooth, with enough carbonation to feel it all over your mouth, but not dominating the nouthfeel.

D - Drinkable? Oh, yeah! Smooth, satisfying, refreshing, and delicious. I will be buying more of this brew. I'll also be doing my best to imitate it with my next batch. Good stuff!

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown amber color, off white head that dissipates quickly. Oaky, tobacco scent. Woody, somewhat bitter, spicy flavor. Some more carbonation would really round out this beer's mouthfeel, but it's great as is. Great drinkability, especially in a pilsner glass with some bratwurst and saurkraut. Has just enough spice and kick to remind you that you are in fact drinking beer, while enjoying a traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest food.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into dimple glass. This beer is one of my top 5 oktoberfest beers. Pours a copper-amber with a huge off-white head that lasts a long time and leaves good lace. The aroma is caramelly malty grain, cooked rice, dry grass, hints of pine and herb. The taste is caramlyl malty grain, strong and full but still light and tingly in feel, with an active palate, clear herbal and nutty bitterness, more bitter than usual for the style and just enough to make it more interesting.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Taken from some old notes.

Pours an amber/copper color, thinnish head that doesn't leave a cap on or anything, small bits of lacing on the glass.

Smell is as expected with a strong caramel malt backbone, no hop presence to speak of, fairly standard stuff here.

Taste is primarily caramel malt, lightly roasted presence, good carbonation level with a medium crispness, nothing overly complex here.

Spaten is a good baseline Märzen, I just wouldn't expect it too much higher than that though.

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Photo of tykees88
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- nice white fluffy head and good golden amber beer. Very nice and pleasant looking

S- Skunky malts. Sorry the green bottles have killed your beer.

T- Just ok, I taste the skunk and taste the roasty malts and has a gentle hop character. Too bad they use green bottles.

M- Light bodied carbonated well.

D- look if this was bottled in a brown instead of green lookout America, but it's not so I'll pass on another until it's on draft.

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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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