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 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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Photo of zoso1967
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served up a rich reddish amber that is completely clear. The head is dense and slightly off-white, leaving moderate lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is very bready and clean, but seems to be lacking a lot of the toasted character that really makes a marzen. It smells nice with hints of caramel and malty breadyness, but it seems pretty tame for the style.

The flavor is a little bit better with some nice caramel malt character mixing with a sweet breadyness. There are hints of toasted malt and a bit of herbal hop character, but much like the aroma it seems to be pretty low key.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and seems a bit thin. The beer finishes well and leaves only traces of malty sweetness.

This beer is really tasty, but it is a bit of a disappointment when you are looking forward to a nice rich, toasty, caramely and chewy Oktoberfest. If you know what you are getting into though, it is a very drinkable and pretty good tasting German lager.

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Photo of ism
2.52/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very clear tan with a subtle amber hue, topped with a one-finger dense just off-white head that subsides to a thin layer, leaving rings of lacing behind. Nose is crisp and sweet malt, but very shy. Body is more impressive with a gentle carbonation through a medium-thin body that makes you want to chew it.

Taste is bland, to be honest. Sweet caramel back bone dominates the palate, with breadiness somehow coming through, slightly nutty, and hops are nowhere to be seen, until the finish. Crisp with the pils, but still comes out tasting like a macro. It's drinkable insofar as it is inoffensive.

I don't know if this is supposed to be very traditional, but compared to contemporary offerings, doesn't quite stand up. I was also fortunate to not have a skunked bottle, but I'd prefer they fix that issue.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.21/5  rDev -39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A= The pour is a nice medium amber color with a nice looking almost light grey looking head on it that holds nice retention and lacing. The head is actually pretty impressive with the retention and the tiny bubbles do a great job with lacing.

S= First thing I notice is skunk. From the second the bottle opened I got skunk. Under the skunk is a little more of a toffee character but it's mostly covered by skunk.

T= Skunk again. What the hell. I'm actually a little pissed. Why would they put it in a green bottle first of all and why would the liquor store let this happen. Beyond the skunk is a little extra toffee and the toffee is actually quite nice but the skunk is the dominate flavor.

M= Great. Nice carbonation and medium body.

D= Beyond the skunk I would imagine it was a very nice beer but unfortunatlly all I got was a lot of skunk.

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Photo of Getinthevan
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First review after a year and a half sabbatical from this awesome site.

Poured straight from the bottle into a 12oz pint glass.

Appearance is a light amber/tan color with no head. For this type of beer, it appears thicker than a traditional Marzen. Nice volume and lacing on the sides of the glass. Definitely well prepared.

Smell is mild, but not overpowering. The malts and hops give off a nice vibrant, yet modest smell.

Taste is refreshing. There's a very sweet center that goes with the textural taste. Very quenching with hints of spices and sugary sweetness. While there's also a nice bitter finish, this stuff does pull off a delightfully bittersweet concoction.

Mouthfeel is very thick and frothy. Very hearty and richly desired beer.

Drinkability is definitely a plus, especially since it's the 200th Oktoberfest. However this is more of a special occasion brew and not really a routine drink. Good in small doses, but not every day.

Glad to be back.

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Photo of dpcoz
1.84/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Oktoberfestbeir Ur-Marzen
120oz bottle
Standard Pint Glass


A - Copper towards the center, pale ale gold towards the perimeter. Clear in appearance, one finger of a white head.

S - Smell is tough, not a lot to it, faint malt

T - Muted carmel and bready malts. Weak Hops. You know what? This beer is skunked. Thank you, green bottle...

M - Decent carbonation, touch warming at the end. Skunkiness makes it regrettable at most.

D - Skunkiness ruined this bottle, don't know how it skunked as I took it out of the store at night. Sigh. I would like to try this on tap somewhere and give it one more opportunity.

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

Copper color, small amount of foam, thin. Aroma was nutty.

Taste, nutty as well, smooth, a little weak and thin for my desires. IBUs are prolly single digits. Comparable to Newcastle, with a little brighter color.

This might be something to offer your guests who don't like hoppy or thick beers. It really was neither offputting, nor impressive with me.

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Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 2,621 ratings
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