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

Had this at the Octoberfest in Cape Coral (German-American Club). Poured into a 64 oz pitcher and then into 14 oz plastic cups. The aroma was sweet carmel and vegetables in the garden. The favor was heavy malt and sweet carmelizied sugars. The body was thick and after a pitcher it was not the easiest brew to be putting back.

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

12oz green bottle

Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen was amber in color with good clarity. It had a beige head with decent retention. The smell was lightly toasted malt with a little spice. The taste was lightly toasted malt and a little sweet upfront with some spices and more balance coming through towards the finish. The finish was dry and a touch bitter. The mouthfeel was average with a just less than medium body and fairly high carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a decent Oktoberfest, but there are better ones out there..

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a .4l mug.

Pours a very clear deep red amber, it's got a small light brown head. Nose is malty and sweet and fairly crisp.

Taste is quite bitter and a bit grainy. It's got a nice sharp bite to it's thats very crisp and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is quite full and really creamy. It's decent but not quite malty enough.

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Photo of rarbring
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear straw colored beer with a white head that settles quickly and leave a little lacing.

The smell is a bit sweet, raw sugar, has some orange acidity and a grass-like hoppiness.

Upfront it's rather sweet, sugar and white bread, then we have a fruity sourness, green apples, rounding of with a small bitterness.

Medium carbonation, a slightly oily feeling, a nice dry finish.

Not bad, but really not extraordinary. These oktoberfestbeers are rather predictable...

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Photo of lester619
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky, cloudy, amber-brown. Head and lacing are thin. The smell is rather sweet with some brown sugar molases notes. Grainy and toasted malt smells are mixed in with faint skunky smell underneath everything. You can taste a complex toasty malty roasted grain flavor at first. This turns into a bitter somewhat astringent alcohol taste with an oxidized skunky aftertaste. I'm sure this is a completely different beer fresh from the vat. I'm pretty sure this bottle has been around a while. I wanted to try a Marzen actually made in Germany. I think I will stick to domestic stuff unless I'm actually standing in Munich.

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

I can't understand why there's so many lukewarm reviews for this beer.... This is one of the helped define the style! I've noticed reviewers on this site favor newer extreme beers to the more subtle classics (Pilsner Urquell has a B rating, B- from the Brothers - there wouldn't be Pilsner beer without Pilsner Urquell!) and that's their prerogative but I'm going to give some of the greats the respect they deserve starting with Spaten Oktoberfest. The nose is dry and malty the color a perfect copper. The taste is malty with but with enough bitterness to make it slightly drier and more quaffable then many oktoberfests. Perfect for a pleasant fall day.

Recommended Music Pairing - Wilco - AM

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Photo of keithmurray
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

beer pours a cloudy brownish amber color

aroma - skunk, grass, caramel

taste - typical import 'skunk' flavor with hints of caramel and malt

mouthfeel - bitter, sour, decent carbonation, none of the traditional sweetness toward the back of the palate on this

drinkability - very disappointed by this as i've had it on tap, which was so much better, avoid this as there are several representations of the style which are superior

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Photo of confer
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep orange/brown with a small amount of froth. Crystal clear.
S- I smell sweet bread with a hint of orange.
T- Starts good lightly malty but has a metalic finish.
M-D This is a good maerzen for someone wanting one with a bit less flavor. That's not entirely a bad thing, as the taste is good, just on the lighter side.

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Photo of nboris827
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Amber with a quickly disappearing head

S- Malty....not too much going on for smell, but I'm coming down with a cold....

T- Malty, crisp, smooth

M- Light carbonation. Coats the tongue and slips down the throat easily.

D- Quite drinkable! I only bought a single, and am wishing I had bought more!

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Photo of slayer3604
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Golden amber, with a little fuzzy white head. Needs more head! I like head! Leaves decent lacing despite the fact that there really wasn't much to have put it on the sides of the glass. Interesting.

S-Malt, caramel, ginger and cinnamon. Just as it was last year! I give them props for repeatability.

T- Malty, nutty, smooth and clean.

M-Light to medium, its a nice relaxing brew, and since I'm German as they come, its part of my yearly duty to buy this beer.

D- VERY Drinkable. Going downstairs for another one right now. Has a little bit of a cloying sticky finish but guess what, the next one will take care of that!

As far as traditional practice is concerned for this brew, I feel that its a little bit toned down and geared towards the general public. It is the best selling Oktoberfest Marzen six pack at my store, with the only other better selling Okto-Marz being Ayinger; I see this brew as a good way to introduce people to the style and tradition.

This is the 200th annual Oktoberfest in Bavaria, PROST!

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Photo of bigrzman
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a very festive Bavarian flag draped 12 oz bottle.

A: Nice orange copper hue. Carbonation is even and all the same size and lively. The head was a white but dissipated down to a paper thin trail.

S: Caramel Munich malt, slightly grainy, slightly grassy. Clean overall. Not overly impressed but it is tempting.

T: Fruity esters,toasted malts, grain and grass finished by a grassy hop back. The fruit and grassy hops linger on the palate.

M: Light-medium body with prickly carbonation and a nice wet up front feeling with a dry kick in the end.

D: Does this beer meet the definition of being a fest beer? The answer is yes. Yes, I can drink this in mass quantity and yes, I will still enjoy it, and yes I will get snookered by its 5.9% ABV strength. This beer brings cheer like an Oktoberfest should!

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Redish brown, zero head, very bland

Smell - Has that skunky german lager smell, overpowers everything. Barely smell hops and malts

Taste - Well, more of a mass produced german lager, reminds me alot of becks. Its not bad, not great, You get basic 2 hop flavor, mild malts, and some heavy yeast flavor. If it wasnt for some spices and some very limited brown sugar and rye flavor, you'd not know this was a octoberfest beer.

Mouthfeel - Pretty easy on mouth. Nothing here will challenge tastebuds or overwhelm you. Typical entry level german beer here.

Drinkabilty - Easy to drink, not bad flavor, i could drink 3-4 of these easy. It is a good beginner beer for people that cant handle budweiser or coors etc anymore , but for me, this is like a light beer.

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

A - Pours a clear chestnut brown. A pretty color but the lackluster head starts small and melts into several inverted circle wisps.

S - Musty bready malt. Caramel malt, muted cherries, sweet husky grain, and almond notes.

T - Kind of an old wet grain, dark fruit, sweet malt, and amaretto. A weird thin caramel malt rides heavy and holds steady throughout the finish. Moderate carbonation adds a welcomed bite to balance out the malt. Hints of lemon towards the finish as well as the aftertaste.

The green bottle obviously adds a lot of the characteristics of this beer. The nutty malt is good but a little strange. Slight lemongrass notes come out on the finish. Not what I expected. Not what I expect out of the style. I wouldn't seek this one out.

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

Pours into a pint glass a slightly brownish-gold color with a medium white head. Lots of visible carbonation.

The smell is faintly earthy with yeast notes and a gently toasted bread characteristic.

The bready smell carries over beautifully into the tastes of this brew--it's very pleasant. Sweet maltiness and roasty flavors carry this light/medium-bodied beer smoothly over the palate. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. In honor of October, I bought this bottle the other day. Very festive. Pours a very clear golden color with a reddish tinger. Very minimal head of white foam that coasters on top. Malty, grainy aroma with some sweetness. No real hop aroma to speak of. Medium mouthfeel. Subtle sweetness that has a very minimal hop backend. Slight fruit type flavors as well. Ends rather cleanly and dry. Pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of mothman
2.16/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into pils glass.

Pours a bit of white head. Color is a clear copper brown. Some active carbonation in the class.

Aroma: Skunk and then some. Some caramel and roasted malts. Grassy noble hops.

Taste: More skunk. It is pretty much identical to the aroma. Dry and roasted malts with a caramel sweetness. Earthy noble hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and crisp. A higher amount of carbonation with a medium bodied. Ends dry with skunk flavors.

Overall, it is just a shame that this beer has a lot of skunk flavors to it. I am not digging it too much because of that, but if that flavor wasn't there I could probably drink more of it. Not to drinkable for me.

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Photo of MNJR
2.2/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

The color is dark yellow, head is light and foamy, lacing is moderate. The smell is skunky, banana peel, rock and rye, prunes, stale beer cups. The taste is not good, actually pretty bad. Just straight macro flavors but a bit thicker, similar to a cheap malt liquor: skunk, grass, old lemon rinds, newspaper ink. Tastes like it was run through twenty feet of aluminum gutters and drained out over the driveway. How did this beer go so wrong? Spaten? I thought that was a decent beer. Not in this case. The mouthfeel is gunky and chewy and the carbonation is just an afterthought. Drinkability is close to a zero. Can't see why you'd want another, unless you're stuck with a six pack like me. Bad beer overall. Cheap Octoberfests like Berghoff are better than this. Horrible.

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Photo of wowbragger
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Straight amber/copper color to it. Slow head dissipation.

S -Slight wheat, but mostly a clean smell off it.

T - Toasted malt initial taste with a smooth finish.

M - Carbonated feel, but works with this drink to give it some bite.

D - Good standard for the style. Drinks smoothly and leave too strong a taste behind.

Not an everyday beer, but for celebratory times when I tend to have it it works well. Definitely a drink to keep in mind.

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Photo of jampics2
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Beer Engine.  Served in a pint glass.      

Spaten Oktoberfest is a deep amber, copper and gold highlights around the edges. It has a small ring of head and film of foam.  Nice looking beer, one of the best Oktoberfest beers I've had this season!     

The smell is much more fruity than others; I had this next to the Paulaner and it was remarkable how much more sweet grape fruit smell this had.  Some mild hops and toasted malt round out the smell.  Nice, but I'd like more toasty presence from the Munich malt.  This is just plane Jane in the malt department, almost coming off as a pilsner at times.

Likewise, the taste is very fruity and, well, relatively boring. Some mild toast is there, it's just hidden under the other flavors, one of which is a Pilsen malt character.   Slight sweetness id also noted in the form of a kiss of caramel from the malt. This  beer is not too hoppy, but some mild bitterness lingers after the sip.  I'd like to see more toasty Munich malt, but it's hard to fault the original Oktoberfest beer as not being true to the style. Instead, I'll have to say the style guidelines have evolved to include more modern beers that fit my personal tastes better.   

The mouthfeel of this is nice, medium to light body with nice carb and a clean finish. Some mild bitterness lingers.  So, I enjoyed this but I like toasty Oktoberfest beers like the Paulaner more.  Something I'm happy to have tried but I don't think I'll be making an annual tradition of this.    

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

Clear tawny amber with an off-white cap of fine bubbles. Decent head retention, a bit of short-lived lacing. Malty aroma, a bit of caramel and toasted malt, sweet with a bit of floral hops. Bitterness was less pronounced than the malt sweetness, but it provided balance up front and lingered in the finish. Hops were slightly herbal, floral. Caramel sweetness and toasted character throughout. Not overly dry, medium to light bodied with average carbonation. Decent overall.

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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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