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 StaveHooks
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
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 +0.3%
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 -12.7%
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 -40.3%
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 -39.2%
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 +4.4%
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 -5.8%
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 -0.6%
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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Photo of r3o
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

here goes my first attempt at a review:
On tap,
A= amber, with a very thin head that disapeared rather quickly
S= toasty, did not capture much
T= malt, hint of hop, well balance
M= light, low carbonation
D= standard, easy palate, would have another one.

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Photo of Brideshead
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A fairly basic Octoberfest beer that's neither terrible nor terribly memorable. The appearance is of a darker amber body with a slowly-dissipating, fairly fine head.

On the palate we've got a large amount of toasted flavor. In fact, I can't say that I find the hint of toasted biscuits totally disagreeable. However, while the finish brings in a moderate hop effect and a bit of puckering astringency, I'm left with a take-it-or-leave-it feeling.

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Photo of jiggahertz
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: SIngle finger head dissipates slowly, on top of an amber translucent beer. Decent lacing.

S: Clean, some alcohol and wheat on the nose.

T: Roasted malts up front, fruity sweetness follows, some bite and a decent finish. Not in your face but decent.

M: syrup like finish, high carbonation

D: Slight bite in the middle but not offputting.

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Photo of vandemonian
2.79/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has an amber colour and a 1-finger head that sticks around due to the good carbonation. It smells like cheap grainy beer with perhaps a hint of hops. The taste is pretty similar: not great. It feels pretty watery but the carbonation gives it some interest at least.

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Photo of Zundo
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear brown copper light body. Tan, one finger head that is pretty bubbly. Some clinging.

Smell: Sweet grassy caramel hops. Pilsner malt, somewhat bready

Taste: Slightly tart with roasted caramel developing on the back end of the palate. Bit of corn

Mouthfeel: Definitely carbonated but a pretty good full feel.

Drinkability:This has a good palatability, is fairly smooth and has a light lingering taste that make me want to drink more.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a mild brown with a good amount of khaki colored head and lace. Munich malts, fair amount of sweetness and little hop presence. Malts are roasted and have a caramel and unsweetened cocoa flavor. Medium to full bodied and a fairly smooth drinker. A very standard O-fest but lacks the character to make it truly great.

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Photo of Duttonic
2.3/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Copper, 1/2cm head, vigorous bubbling.

S- Metallic, faint malt, not much else.

T/M- Light body, thin, what I would equate to marzen style OE malt liquor.

D- There's a reason it says malt liquor on the bottle, it was. Rather have a Hofbrau. I was surprised, considering Optimator and their Dunkel are quite tasty. Avoid.

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Photo of ebby82
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber into a pint glass. The smell is malty, it certainly smells like a lager, but with hints of caramel. The taste is delicious, with a hint of caramel. Overall, a really tasty oktoberfest. It's not my favorite, but I could put away many of these.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a coppery amber color. One and a half finger off white head showed some medium retention. Some light lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Caramel malts dominate this beer for me. Toasted malts come into play as well toward the middle of aroma with a light floral hop in the ending.

T- Caramel malts dominate most of the flavor with a touch of biscuit in the middle. Light floral hops show up a bitterness that makes the beer more balanced. Simple and to the point.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Caramel malts left on the palate and continue long into the aftertaste. Flavors are crisp and clean. Alcohol has no real drying on the palate which is nice. Everything is well balanced flavor wise to say the least.

D- This beer is highly drinkable. The ABV on this is a little higher but it goes down smooth. I really enjoyed this beer a lot and well it was easy to drink the whole sixer of. I think of this being the defining Oktoberfest beer to me.

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Photo of birdyone
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think my favorite Oktoberfest beer! Not just based on taste though. Don't get me wrong, I really do enjoy this beer's taste. Most of the time. Like anything that comes from Munich, it's been on a boat for a while. So some time it's great because it just got off the boat. Other times you can tell it's been on the boat. But it's not over priced, and it's worth the extra for an "import." A lot of American breweries make a decent Oktoberfest beer, but there's something about a real Munich brewed beer during Oktoberfest. Or it could be the fact that my Dad's Spaten Oktoberfest 1968 mug was in view of my crib. . .

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Photo of tubacharlie
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pop the top and it smells like fun -- fresh cut hay with a hint of sweetness and alcohol.

The head is not large, but frothy with a bit clinging. The copper colored brew does not have a lot of activity at rest, but froths up when disturbed.

A big mouthful of well-roasted malts hits the palate when quaffed, but is tempered by a fruity array of hop bitters as it foams and sloshes down the gullet with a pleasant afterglow of lingering treacle and citrus hangs on the tongue.

Although brewed for export, Spaten has not held back on this traditional, full-bodied, upfront festive favorite.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Winking Lizard in Independence, OH, served in a special 1L Spaten/Winking Lizard dimpled-mug. That's over 32 oz of pure Oktoberfest goodness in a glass - Aye, Yaye-yaye-yaye!

Pours a beautiful copper-amber, with a good 1" of white head. Head remains for a good 3/4 of the beer.

Smell is malty, with a decent amount of grains smell; barley, mild hops. Slightly bready as well.

Taste is full and creamy, with sweet malt, mild hops, and a slight yeast taste.

A decent bodied, easy drinking beer.

Is this a full liter? I hardly noticed, and could easily put down another. Send me to Munich!

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The have this on draft at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side. What a great beer for this time of year and it came with special 20 ounce stein-style glasses. Great, easy drinker that's light enough to easily enjoy 20 or 40 ounces of and still feel good. At the same time great malt flavor and aroma.

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Photo of stewart124
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fitting day for an Oktoberfest.

Pours a copper color with a half inch of white head.

Smells of euro pils malt, tea and noble hops.

The taste is clean and crisp with a nice malty backbone. Slightly tangy in the mouthfeel with some bite. Noble hop bitterness and a caramel character without being overally sweet or cloying.

Mouthfeel is slightly weaker than I antcipated. Still a nice Oktoberfest but I would love nothing more than to try this on draft over in Germany.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with 2F of soapy off-white head over a fairly dark amber body - quite clear, with very little carbonation present. No lacing to speak of.

Aromas kick off with plenty of yeasty/bready quality, some off-putting DMS, and caramel malt.

Fairly thick and rich on the palate. Flavors include sweet caramel, heavy biscuit, herbal tea, and corn. Finishes a bit cloying for the style, and could use more carbonation.

Drinkability is ok, but could use more carbonation to cut the thickness, and cleanse the palate from carrying aftertaste.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a clear copper hue with a two-finger off-white head, quickly receding to moderate, bubbly lacing.

S - Smell is of toasty, biscuity caramel malts, with lightly floral, tea-like hops.

T - Taste is a solid balance between the aforementioned toasty caramel malts, and tea-like hops.

M - Mouthfeel is medium/medium-light in body, with moderate carbonation. Quite quaffable and goes down easy.

D - On the high side. This is a solid session beer for the fall, no doubt.

Overall - A pretty fair to mid-land Oktoberfest. This is a decent offering, but there are better Marzens out there.

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Photo of WhittlingWombat
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a nice transparent and dark amber color, and tops with a medium sized, off-white head. Not much lacing is left around the glass and it does not look too carbonated.

It has a rather crisp bready aroma to it, with malt characteristics and little hops. The aroma is rather refreshing and clean.

The beer itself tastes rather crisp and clean as well, with notable caramel and malt flavor. It drinks rather easily with slight sweetness and finishes with a touch of hops, but not much.

I am not too familiar with many Oktoberfest beers yet, but I did expect more from one. Also, being brewed by Spaten, I expected more as well in general. While this is a nice beer that is pleasant and refreshing to drink, it seems lacking for its style. I do enjoy the beer; I just wish I had more to say about it. There is not much to praise it for.

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Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 2,602 ratings
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