Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

2,539 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 JayS2629
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Medium brown with amber hues, thin head, good retention, thin rings of lace.

S- There is a skunk on this one, musty, caramel underneath, floral tones.

T- Sweet malts, hints of chocolate and roasted malt, skunk comes up and slaps you, floral bittering.

M- Medium/thin with fizzy bite

D- Average, nothing offensive, but nothing interesting.

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Photo of DPFRD
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper, decent head.

S- Caramel malts, hint of hops.

T- Good malt backbone with a hop finish. I little fleeting aftertaste wise, but good all the same. I want more of everything when I taste this beer.

M- Medium to light bodied, mild carbonation.

D- I've seshed on this beer all night long. Good flavor, but it is nice and tame, so you can pound them. Not the most remarkable marzen I've had though.

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

I've seen other reviews that really did not like this beer. I actually kind of enjoyed drinking this. It was October, my engagement party. Maybe the setting was right. I did not see the pour, drank out of the bottle, under-achieving smell, malty grain smell. Taste had some malty sweetness and a slight bite from the hops. It finished crisp and left me wanting more. I'll have to give it another shot next October.

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Photo of LuthersMug
2.14/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Golden brown hue, clear. Head was a bit fizzy and dissipated quickly. Not much lacing.

S - Malty, metallic, quite pungent.

T - Tasted a bit skunky to me. Very hoppy, a bit strong for me.

M - Carbonation good. The malts were overpowered by the hops.

D - I barely finished the one.

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Photo of jmich24
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A: One finger head, dissapates fast. Light brown and very clear. Lacing is nice.
S: Grainy, some roasted malt.
T: Again grainy, some roasted malt . Sweet middle. Faint bitterness at the end.
M: One the thin side. Appropriate carbination.
D: Drinability is just okay for me, mostly because I dont love the beer and would not buy another.

Would not purchase again.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance; amber with a white head, retains moderatly, leaving a bit of lacing.

smell; nutty malts, sweetness blends well with the hop florals.

taste; a little bit of roasted malts, rather bland for the style. Some sweetness in the finish with herbal hop bitters. Bready malts hang around in the aftertaste. Not really well balanced but still cleary a Märzen, not a bad drink but there are better choices.

mouthfeel/drinkability; a pretty light bodied beer, goes down smooth. Some chunkyness on the palate but otherwise not much to speak of.

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Photo of rjochman
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours with a clear, reddish/copper color. Had about an inch or so of head and left some lacing on the glass.

S: Subtle grainy/earthy tones with a bit of sweet smell to it

T: Malty and sweet taste

M: Smooth, fresh feel with a good amount of carbonation

D: A good drink and went down really easily. Would definitely enjoy a few of these.

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Photo of FredTheSeal
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Tanish fizzy head. Crystal clear medium amber/dark copper in color. Head dissipates slowly leaving moderate lacing.

S - Spicy malt, hint of banana with some other fruity esters.

T - German malt, hint of banana, rounds out with a slightly toasted nutty flavor and a light bitterness.

M - Highly carbonated, medium body. Starts to leave a thicker feel behind afer half a glass.

D - I like this beer. The lack of bitterness and presence of roasted flavors is nice. I could probably go through a few though.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

Considering this is the Ur-Märzen, expectations were high. And I must say, I was let down a little. The head pours full and high, bumpy and craggy, and the carbonation throughout maintains a refreshing zip. Laced like a champ: creamy. Color, an average shade of copper. The aroma is pungently spicy and malt-liquor-like, perhaps bordering on the good side of cheap and offensive. Flavor is much of the same, with the malt backbone and feel being obscured/over-matched by the funky spiciness. Funk is felt strong in the extra-dry finish - sucks the moisture out. Having painted some grim pictures on the "flaws" with this beer, it's certainly not the worst of the lot. With the spice toned down, you got yourself a respectable example of the style.

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Photo of Samp01
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a nice offwhite head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, a slightly fruity nose. Taste is sweet caramel malt, bread with some nice hops. Palate is nice med body, good carbonation. Finish is caramel malt, breadiness, ending with some nice hops bitterness to add some balance. Overall a good brew.

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into an pint glass.

A- Clear and reddish/copper. Pours with ~1 1/2 fingers of tan head, which fades gradually into a thin cap.

S- Subdued malty sweetness, and some grainy, earthy odors.

T- Moderate caramel malt sweetness, and some grainy flavor. Bitterness is fairly low.

M- Moderately carbonation. Medium feel. Fairly dry.

D- Pretty decent. Nothing tremendously exciting about any aspect, but its a easy drinker.

Future outlook: OK, but a bit disappointing. No need to repeat with superior options readily available.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bronze colored with adequate head and decent carbonation. Little to smell but mostly malty notes. Somewhat grainy aroma. Tastes bready & biscuit like. Even bodied with good carbonation and slight tinge on the tongue towards the end of each sip. Wish it was a little darker with bigger malt profile. Nice drinkable beer. It's satisfying but doesn't seem to really express itself as a nominal fest beer.

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Photo of AleBlager
2.32/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

We were excited about the legitimacy of a real Marzen from a real Germany. The look was promising, typical Oktoberfest, light amber and clear. Not much head or carbonation. The residual did not cling to the glass like an ex-girlfriend (BA-ZING!). The basic smell-malty. A woodshop memory also sprang into our minds. However, the inability of the smell to resonate brought the first disappointment of this beer. Upon first taste, I was convinced that there might have been a Munich, Ohio. This Oktoberfest is a very malty beer, and only if you let the flavors linger will you taste a hoppiness. The beer itself was not very carbonated, and did not sit on the palate at all (much like how the smell didn't resonate). Justin was very disappointed due to his travels and beerperiences in Germany. Despite the shortcomings, this beer would not disappoint an experienced Oktoberfest-er. Though it is not a special beer, it is a solid, basic beer, that is not at all bad tasting. It has a light body, and a pleasant smell, albeit fleeting. Taking that into consideration, we rate this beer drinkable. We expected more from a Munich Oktooberfest, as this beer was more of a late August/early September-fest. Much too basic, but a good general idea. A little more editing and this beer could be something amazing. Better luck next time.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Light amber, copper color. Clear. Fluffy 2 finger slightly off white head. A few bubbles coming up from the bottom. The head didn't have a tremendous amount of lacing or retention, but did have some.

Smell - The nose had an "earthy" grain mixed with some breadiness. Clean fragrance. Dry malt was subtle and hid more in the background.

Taste - The taste mimicked the smell with the grain and breadiness. A smidge of bitterness. Only a touch of the malt. Only a soft touch of butter. I do like that the grain didn't overpower the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium to thin in the mouthfeel. Dry at first, but after the brew warms it becomes just a bit watery. Goes down easy and smooth.

Drinkability - This beer is ok. Nothing I will seek out, but if someone offered this to me at a bar I would drink it no problem. German brews are a nice change for me from time to time.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Dark amber out of the bottle. Small one inch head. Good lacing.

S - Malty. A bit of sweetness. Possible some fruit in there.

T - Nice malty taste with some bitterness following. Not overwhelming but actually fits well.

M - Light to medium bodied. Decent carbonation.

D - Solid but not spectacular. It's drinkable but there are better.

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Photo of mwill7287
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 3/4 pint bottle.

A: Unfortunately, no glass to pour the brew into, so unable to get a good look at the color. Bird's eye view from a friend's cup seemed to reveal standard amber-copper color, with thin amount of head.

S: Average.

T: Good taste, as rich as American Octoberfests such as Harpoon, but not as forceful.

M: Quite crisp and refreshing. Easy on the tongue, rolls down smooth.

D: Smooth, crisp, light; doesn't fill one up excessively. Excellent, excellent, excellent. Could enjoy this for an entire long Saturday afternoon tailgate.

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

A - Pale amber, minimal head (which is slightly disappointing for this style of beer).

S - Honey, various malts & wheat.

T - Sweet crisp lager with a few malty overtones.

M - Spicy at first due to the solid carbonation. Otherwise nothing much to write about!

D - Easy drinking, decent lager. Problem is though it's just not that interesting and in fact is probably slightly bland.

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

A: Pours a crystal clear, medium brown color, with generous carbonation, and about a fingers worth of head with incredible retention.

S: German malts aplenty, caramel, and with a mild nuttiness.

T: Crisp, somewhat hoppy for this style, yeasty (grainy), and with more than a hint of German malts.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, and the ABV is hidden quite well (as in more Octoberfest beers).

D: It's not the best Octoberfest I've ever tried, but it's far from the worst. Nothing complex, but it sure gets me in the mood for the Harvest season!

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Kind of a syrupy brown liquid. Good carbonation and foam, but not great. This is just ok.

Smell: Caramel. I like the smell of caramel, so that's good. This has tons of hops as well. Pretty basic.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very, very, very hoppy. I love hops, but wow...this might have too many. Extremely bitter and only countered by a bit of caramel. The hops and carbonation also gives this a good, but not great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Would rate this lower, but I enjoyed this with a burger at a tailgate.

Overall: Disappointed overall. Maybe I just don't like this style of beer much.

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

Had this on Tap the other night down at my local Tavern. I picked this beer over two other Oktoberfests in a blind taste test, with much approval from the bar tender.

Smells malty and slightly like apple.
Tastes nice and flavourful, sweet to start with a malt finish. Goes down super smooth.

Looks pretty, nice bright brown/orange with a 2 finger width head, nice lacing.

All in all at the end of the night I had three, So that warrants drinability to me. I would highly reccomned this.

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

One of the six official breweries of Oktoberfest in Germany.

When I first tried the 2005 version of this beer I thought it was "skunky"...

I fell in love with the 2006 brewing and have enjoyed a Mas Krug full on the 1st day of the Munich Oktoberfest every year since.

L - deep amber color with a nice white head.

S - it smells good, sweet and malty.

T - this is a true German Oktoberfestbier, slightly sweet caramel malt taste, then a bit of Euro-hop biterness on the back end.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - I think you can drink more than a few of these in a sitting. Hell, it's an Oktoberfest beer, put another brat on the bbq and pour me another beer!

October 2010 - new packaging and IMO still an outstanding Oktoberfestbier.

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Photo of dcook11
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- One finger head that fades into very nice lacing. The carbonation is moderate and the beers color is a light amber. The lacing is the most impressive part of the look.

S- My first impresion is this beer is skunked...of course green bottles! Past that a malt sweetness that is almost cloying and a slight bit of hop bitterness. Not all that much happening in the nose.

T- Nice balnce between hop and malt initially. However, The bitternees is cheap and leaves an unpleasent medicine aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied and fairly unpleasent. Drinks similiar to a heinkein....not the best mouth feel.

D- Not a bad beer by any means, but definitly not something i would want to drink a sixer of.

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Photo of weller1js
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a clear golden brown with little carbonation, no foam, slight ring of lacing.

smell: very light earthy malt harvest scent.

taste: harvest malts are mellow and adequate (not over-the-top), has grain undertones of a typical german pilsner that imposes an overly bitter lingering that somewhat clashes with the harvest notes at the finish.

drinkability: for the Märzen style, it has the right elements, but the taste clashes and comes off as inconsistent, but still has much to be offered.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow/golden color with a small white head that settled quickly. Little lacing to speak of.

S: Some grass, as well as some malt and a little bit of fruit, little bit of skunk.

T: Pretty malty with a little bit of caramel. There is a grainy characteristic as well.

M/D: Medium bodied, but smooth. Overall its ok, not great. I am guessing that the trip overseas has a lot to do with this. On tap, I bet its a whole different beer.

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Photo of goalie33
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: Clear orange/bronze color with a little bit of white head that did not last very long, but it left some nice lacing in the glass.
S: Malty with a hint of skunk.
T: Caramel malt hits at first. Skunk is more pronounced in the taste then in the smell.

I found that this beer had more flavor then the Sam Adams Octoberfest, but the skunk brings it down.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,539 ratings.
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