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 macx420
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a great beer if you can get your hands on a fresh stock. The more it sits in a fridge the lower quality of taste and freshness. The golden brown color has that crispy taste that goes down rough. It does have a skunkyness to it, that many others have talked about. I have had this on-tap in Munich and that's where you probably want to drink it. Once it's bottled the taste and freshness get totally ruined.

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

A good, malty German Oktoberfest. Probably prefer a dopplebock, but this is a great beer,

Spaten is a world class brewery, and is proof that the Germans know how to make beer.
When you drink this beer, keep in mind that the Germans perfected beer, and treat it as such.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium dark copper color with a 1 finger off-white head that fades to a thin ring after a short time and leaves a nice amount of lacing.

Smells of grain with a slight underlying citric tone deep in the back.

Taste is very bready upfront, biscuity with some caramel. At about the middle of the sip, a small hop presence comes in to balance out the malty tone somewhat. As it warms, the taste again hits the malty side with hints of toffee into the finish.

Medium bodied with a little more carbonation than needed. An easy drinker overall, okay on its own but much better as a food pairing. This won't be at the top of my list in any category, but is nonetheless enjoyable.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer is generally the most drinkable beer available at the kiosks at EPCOT in Orlando (at least in August). I was not a fan until I had spent 8+ hours walking in circles and standing in long lines under the blazing Florida sun. It was that point that this beer became my oasis.

A - Beautiful amber, nice head. I feel like this is the typical dark lager beer.

S - Bready german malt, noble hop. Typical stuff, again.

T - Tastes of slightly sweet malt, bready, with a (good) slight metallic bitterness from the hop.

M - Refreshing for a full bodied lager, though it does have lighter carbonation.

D - Ever since EPCOT, I love this stuff.

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Photo of unkk33
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dam i must say, this is one good oktoberfest. Although i do prefer Sam Adams version over this one, i would highly recommend you try it if you are a fan of oktoberfest.

Its not too heavy yet so flavorful. The germans did good. Oh and 5.9% alc is great too haha.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep gold color with about a one-finger-width head. Disappears quickly and does not leave much in the way of lacing.

S: Biscuit-like malt smell, some faint hops. And something else there, not quite sure what, but not the most pleasing or fresh-smelling Oktoberfest I have had.

T: I guess this one kind of grows on me after I've just about finished it. It's a respectable Oktoberfest, definitely a malty offering. Not sure the imported/bottled version does it justice. Likely far removed from the fresh foaming mug variety served in Munich. Not the best of this style I have had, but not the worst. As the beer warms, imparts a sweeter taste from the malt and becomes more pleasing.

M: Definitely a more highly carbonated Oktoberfest. Definitely let this one warm a little to appreciate the sweetness/smoothness. Until then, it's a bit rough around the edges.

D: Fairly easy drinking and overall enjoyable enough to make this one where you could come back to it over an afternoon/evening with company.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.82/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into glass mug a beautiful deep gold. Minimal head went away quick. A: one of the best appearing beers I've ever had. Deep gold like vanilla cream soda. S: aroma was of biscuits & caramel. T: flavor was perfect mix of caramel, malt, and hops. Very well balanced. M: smooth medium mouthfeel spread flavor to entire mouth. D: what a shame I only had one. Was the perfect pairing w/ pork & sauerkraut we had for dinner. Overall an outstanding beer, only knock was lack of head but the overall experience more than made up for it!

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten's Octoberfest brew is exceptional on-tap. Once I had it on-tap, I was very happy to find it in bottles. I was very disappointed with the bottle though, it's just not the same as on draft. It's a little more flavorful than the traditional American Octoberfest brew. If you ever have the opportunity to try this beer, it is a must.

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Photo of raclark
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The 12 oz. green bottle pours a dark reddish brown rust color. A couple of fingers of head slowly shrinks to nothing.

It has a sweet roasted smell that is almost smoky.

The taste is sugary sweet with a hoppy bitterness. Mild alcohol is noticeable. I let it warm up a bit and this really brought out the flavor.

It has a light body for an Oktoberfest and is decent in the drinkability department. It's not the greatest example of the style but not a bad beer.

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

Beer served on draft at a beer bar in FL, served in a 0.5L Spaten glass (correct glassware makes beer taste better).

Beer is clear and red. Forms a thick white head that falls away leaving no lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and made up of medium bubbles that rise quickly through the beer.

Has a sweetish lager aroma. Not much to it but it smells as expected and really good.

Beer has a medium body and the drinkability is really high. Beer is slightly sweet and has a slight sour tinge to it after the sweetness. There is a mild bitterness in the back of the mouth, overall mild to moderate bitterness. The bitterness was a nice surprise, overall this was a pretty good beer. Not my favorite Oktoberfest but a good one.

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Photo of kegger22
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen is a light/medium, transparent brown with a modest off-white head that has little retention.

The aroma is what you would expect to find in a typical lager/pilsener, a little maltier.

The taste does little to recommend itself. Light malt sweetness, but no real flavor. There is some bitterness, but mostly masked by over carbonating.

Mouth feel is light bodied and, as mentioned, too much carbonation.

Drinkability is fair as it strikes a balance between not being tasty and not being offensive.

Spaten Oktoberfest is a colored seltzer and about as flavorful. The beer is not recommended.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, slightly sweet. Taste is sweet, roasted malts and a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a quality brew.

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Photo of brewanddrink
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

as it says on my page marzen Oktoberfest is my favorite style of beer. This one pours a nice golden yellow and has a medium head that is full hop and malt aroma. When you taste it your thirst is gone it is a great balance of malt to bitter and is light enough where you can have multiple and have room for more great beer.

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Photo of Fillpott
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a pilsner glass from a bottle. It formed an off-white head that left no lacing from the 1/2" head. It had a faint smell of hops and malt after initial pour, but after a while a slight toasted malt and caramel smell emerged. The taste and mouthfeel can only be described as light. The taste begins bitter and ends smooth. Decent beer, but I can't imagine it standing up to most of the hearty, Bavarian food from its homeland.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a a nice dark copper color. A 1/4 inch off-white head forms and reduces leaving a nice lacing. Carbonation is visible and no sediment.

The aroma has a unique funk to it that I believe is an earthy hop aroma. If I get through this, there is a roasted malt sweetness that is fairly pleasant.

The taste is similar to the smell with that earthy hops component with a more pleasant component to the malty sweetness, which seems a bit more balanced than the aroma.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. The carbonation is reasonable and balances out with the flavor leaving a clean, crisp feel and a mild dryness at the end.

Overall, this beer is nothing special but it has the components present enough to make it fairly drinkable, despite having no outstanding spots.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Zeppelin Hall Biergarten in Jersey City

Appearance: darker that most oktoberfest beers, especially german ones. Reddish brown hue and a thick creamy head.

Smell: Smells of roasted malts and a faint bit of sweetness.

Taste; Tastes very sweet, malty with a slight hop finish. Dry, but finish lasts moderately long.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, rich and medium bodied. Perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: Very sessionable. Drank a liter of this stuff and it went down very easily. Great session beer.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Shows an clear amber in the glass with a quickly dissipating white froth and no real lacing to speak of. The nose is simple with aromas of grains, mild hop spiciness, caramel, light skunkiness, & a hint of lemon. The beer is dry with a lean mouthfeel and flavors of grains, noble hops, subtle caramel, & a lemon-like acidity on the finish. Overall, the beer is very simple and easy to drink with a mouthfeel that is expected from this style. I'll be honest, I'm not a real fan of this style, but I've had a few beers that I really enjoy.... unfortunately, that isn't the case here.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.52/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brown half litre bottle, best before Oct 2010, so a 2009 brew!

Very pale for a Marzen, very pale indeed, looks like a normal lager/helles/pilsner, golden with a pure white head. This is my second O'Fest beer of the little O'Fest I'm having tonight.

Almost odourless, gets my standard score of 3 for a non-smelling lager/pilsner.

Tastes like a pilsner which has had sugar added to make it stronger in its ABV. No great flavours or points to pontificate about, un-impressed.

I've been to Munich many times, including 8 O'Fests, this bottled beer bears no resemblance to the draught Marzens I've had from Spaten over the years. Reminded me of sugared water.

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Photo of DanJ
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass, came out a nice see through carmel color. A nice looking tan head formed. I could see the carbonation.

My first smell was a little skunky. Thought maybe I had an old bottle.

The taste was slightly malt forward, the funny thing was the skunky smell was not present in the taste. A nice balance of light malt and bitterness.

The beer was very carbonated and crisp. Not a real big mouthfeel, but very pleasant. The finish was crisp and quick. Nothing lingered at all. The skunky smell went away as the head went down.

I think that this is a real drinkable refreshing beer. I look forward to finding it on tap.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear, slightly dark golden amber with small covering white head and some bubbling

S: Kind of malty sweetness, but with definite hop presence, it doesn't smell carmelly really, could be due to skunking as this was from a six pack, somewhat heineken-esque aromas, but definitely retains its characteristics

T: Similar to smell, starts vaguely sweet, then hops hit, the skunkiness comes through more here though, big green bottle flavor, lingering bitterness fades to sweetness

M: Drier than expected, definitely not watery thin, but on the thinner side, retains good level of body though

D: I like this beer but it tastes like sweet heineken sometimes, definite minus for that

Notes: Again a good beer, but a definite export oktoberfest. I would love to try this fresh in Germany, but the imported version tastes like standard green bottle European beer.

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Photo of Carlton1964
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice color...served up nice. Smell was very typical but nice. I enjoyed the taste...but there is a faint aftertaste. Overall a pretty good brew. If they smoothed out that faint aftertaste this would be a near perfect brew. This it the type of beer I like so I'm probably a bit more critical on this.

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Photo of srrn
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours ok and is a deep amber color. I had this in Germany a long time ago and remember liking it, but spent most time at the Hacker Pschorr tent. The beer is malty, buiscity, with a bit of grassy hops, and while not skunked, or maybe it was, there's a nastiness there that has me wondering about the rest of the sixer. Good enough to drink, bad enough to never bother with again. I like their Optimator, I'll stick with that.

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

Decent beer. Pours a copper color with a slight off-white head, fair amount of lacing on glass, sweet, malty smell. Slightly bitter, citrusy taste. Not a heavy beer & very solid, but it just seems to lack something. I don't think this would be the best session beer, but a few would go good paired with sauerbraten or a nice steak. For an Oktoberfest, I'll stick with Blue Point.

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Photo of witster18
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tastes pretty good, but would wear on me after 2 or 3. Maltiness is tempered with a unpleasant and lingering astringency/off-putting citrus note? Starts like an amber... finishes like a weak bock... a weird almost pumpkinish sweetness that pulls a 180 and turns into a dry buttermilk....blah... not very good... I wanna real beer... not one that just comes from beer central and looks good on the label. Overpriced. About equal with a shiner bock, but cost about 4 dollars more.

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Photo of charlatan
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately this seems to be the only oktoberfest which is easy to find in these parts. I recall drinking a number of different oktoberfests when I lived in PA so this is something of a blast from the past for me.

It is straw coloured with a moderate white head. The nose is very cidery. If I were blindfolded and forced to give it a sniff I think that I would have said it was cider.

It starts with a rather dry cider flavour infused with yeastiness before slowly sweetening on the tongue to leave a sweet hint of bock.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,545 ratings.
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