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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 hosehead83
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass(no freshness date)
Clear copper in color, with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-Faint skunkiness(green bottle syndrome) faint grain, musty.
Taste-Better than the smell but still muted notes of malt, faint hop note leading to a crisp and clean finish. Not exactly huge in the flavor department, but no telling how long it had been on the shelf. Would love a fresh one for comparison.

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Photo of klewis
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fizzy, light amber with a bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: A typical mass-produced, green bottled beer smell (read: Heineken) with light aromas of honey and noble hops.

T: Quite malty with caramel and honey flavors. Quite sweet at first but with an eventual balance from the hops. More Heinkenesque references (albeit more subtle)....

M: Light-bodied and quite fizzy with a clean finish.

D: Easy drinking and a good pair for grill food. This is definitely not one to blow you away but a good choice for informal consumption.

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Photo of jhaitsma
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There isn't really much to this simple but classic Octoberfest. As my buddy put it, the original. Nice body, taste, and feeling when you drink this. Nice balance of light hops with some great roasted malty tones to the finish. With the low ADV, this makes a great session beer to enjoy for an evening. I will admit, although the beer was nice and fresh, enjoying a nice fall season beer when its 85 outside in August didn't really seem right. Look forward to enjoying more of this as the leaves change.

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Photo of Brno
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color, almost a brown. Sweet smell with a thin head. Rich flavor with a bit of chocolate/cocoa powder on the palate. Thin body that dissipates quickly. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste that is also rich. Not one to drink one after another while camping, but one to savor in Autumn, perhaps 'round the fire.

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Photo of rmolledo
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(drinking it in august)

A: Crystal Clear Sunset Amber. Little to no white head.

S: lager yeast. some malt.

T: Malty caramel and toffee flavors with a noticeable alcohol taste. Toffee Flavor Lingers. mild Noble hop flavor

MF: Moderate carbonation with a alcohol burn.

D: A fine beer. Perhaps needs a little age to mellow out the alcohol.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Spaten Octoberfest....on tap at Bohemia Beer Garden...Astoria, NY

Appearance-orange to light red color, off white head that rises to medium size and sticks around, looks good in this large mug.

Smell-normal spicy malt as is fitting an Octoberfest, this smell dominates, hints of bread and cinnamon as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium body, malted bread initially with spice (cinnamon, pepper) throughout, nice smoothness, finishes a little blander, much cleaner than I expected.

Drinkability-not the most powerful fest beer, ok flavor.

Overall-decent fest bier, solid drinking, no real complaints, that said, it didn't wow me.

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

A: its a nice brown color with off white head

S: nice brown sugar malts a touch of hops nice malty smell

T: sweet malts that finish clean

M: med mouth med carbonation

D: highly drinkable

Overall: this years is real good I think I had last years and the year before that they were orange this one is brown or dark amber with more complex flavors

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A- Transparent dark amber with orange and gold highlights. Decent head.

S- Not as much as I expected. Hint of spice and hops, slight caramel malt, not much cereal or bread. Skunky. Someone write Spaten and urge them to switch to brown bottles.

T- Slight fruitiness, dark caramel malt, nutty, some cereal midway through leading to a somewhat bitter hop flavor. Not anything like what I thought the smell would indicate. Still a bit of skunkiness but not as bad as others.

M- Coats the tongue a bit, mild carbonation, still a bit thin in the aftertaste.

D- The ABV is higher than many session beers but this is still a decent six-in-a-night beer. I expected a little bit better from Spaten though. I'd probably stick with their regular lager and switch to Hacker Schorr for an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - dark amber/dark copper in color. Good 2 fingers worth of foam that dissipated quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Smells like a good balance between hoppy and malty, but more malty with a hint of spices.

Taste - Spicy taste that hits the back of the palate, but not too harshly. Malty. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - More watery than creamy in texture.

Drinkability - Fairly smooth and easy to drink. Not as much complexity though, but that might be fairly typical of a Maerzen. Fairly easy to come back to, but the bitter aftertaste might need food to help balance it out.

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Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear light amber in color with a thin head that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of biscuity malts and noble hops in the nose.
T: There is a mix of pale roasted malts and bitterness from the hops in the flavors; the taste also has some notes of caramel and sweetness, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down easily but nothing really stands in the taste to make me want another one of these, except maybe during the Oktoberfest season.

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Photo of SigEp
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have to agree wholeheartedly with the last reviewer. While unimpressed with recent Spaten Ok/Ur vintages, this one is seriously worth another try. Very, very drinkable. Round, malty, with just enough hop at the end to make you want more. I don't know what it is but this year's batch tastes DARN close to fresh Munchen amber heaven. I recommend you re-try this one.

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Photo of steveh
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I last reviewed this brew in 2006, figure maybe it's time for an update now that Spaten is getting this to Northern Illinois year-round* -- and the latest batch seems to be a darn good one.

A -- Deep, clear copper color with a dense, long-lasting, off-white head. I recall last year's seasonal Okto being much lighter than this, almost orange -- this appears to be the Spaten I remember of old.

S -- A good balance of toasty malts and spicy hops. Though subdued, still pretty rich for a lager.

T -- Big, rich, sweet bready malts up front with just a vague hint of spicy hops. Finishes with that spiciness and leaves a lingering breadiness that fades to a dry malty note.

M -- Medium body with a soft, smooth mouthfeel.

D -- Highly drinkable -- the style was made for just that, and Spaten is the original of the style. To me, this beer has come back around after falling a little flat in the past few years. It's the Okto Märzen of old that I remember drinking in Munich 20 years ago.

*Mistakenly mislead by a retailer who was talking out of his a**

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Photo of jdense
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

PIB 7.17.2010, tap version.

One finger off white head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Very light copper amber clear body, minimal carbonation visible. The nose features a bit of toasted (very subtle roast) malt, floral hops for balance. Taste mirrors the nose, very floral, a bit sweet. Mouthfeel is pretty light, minimal effervescence, a bit thin. Drinkability is very good, I could certainly see myself quaffing several big steins of this in Munich next fall. Not as sweet as some of the Marzens I've had, but given the historical importance of this beer, I'm certainly glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of wcintula
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on-tap, poured into an English pint.

A- Brownish-orange colored clear body, with a fluffy off white head.

S- The smell is sweet and of toasted malt, light hoppy scent.

T- The taste is sweet as well with the roasted-toasted malts coming through. Has a sweet aftertaste that's honey-like.

M- A refreshing bit of carbonation, crisp, yet not too prickly on the tongue, very thin coating feeling down the throat.

D- It's good for it's style, fun and festive.

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Photo of udubdawg
2.72/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

while the date indicates this is not what I'd call fresh, if the style was historically brewed in the spring to be consumed in the fall, this was brewed in the fall and is being consumed in the spring - should be about the same, right?
Pours a coppery orange color, off-white head quickly receding to a ring and a stubborn patch in the center of the glass before hanging on.
Where's the aroma? It is light, far from the richness I expect. There is a vague and thankfully light suggestion of tartness. it isn't toasty.
Earthy and floral hops make more of an appearance than expected in the flavor. Again, no toast. Quite sweet, slightly doughy, not overly complex - hard not to be disappointed here. I'm not getting any significant tartness I feared from the aroma.
Carbonation is decent, slightly low. Beer is mostly clean, only slightly sticky, body medium light for the style.
Underwhelming in so many areas, but at least it is on the lighter end of the style. This brings the drinkability back up to average.

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Photo of jpittman80
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice golden brown. Offwhite head doesn't last.

S - Beautiful mix of roasted malt, Munich malt and hops.

T - Ah, if only this tasted as it smelled. It is, however, a nicely balanced Munich Oktoberfest. Sweet caramel up front which dries slightly and has a nice hop character.

M - Nice medium body lager.

D - Very drinkable, I'm enjoying this right now on 95 degree day in Florida.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this one on tap year round and Match in Norwalk. Served in a standard pint glass.

Pours a deep amber and copper with two fingers of light foamy head. Head lingers and lacing is strong throughout the drink. This is a good looking beer, but the nose leaves something to be desired - just nothing special is there. A bit malty, but primarily metallic alcohol in the nose.

Not usually my style of brew, but the medium body of this copper brew won me over a bit. A little malty, with a slight sweetness and a little twist of citrus in there. Overall well balanced, if not overly enjoyable.

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Photo of kcr357
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a pours a dark copper color with light finely bubbled foam that dissipates into nothing quickly.
s I suspect I have an old bottle, as it smells a bit skunky and very close to an American macro brew. Malty smell, faint hops.
t much better than it smells, I was concerned it would suck but Spaten comes through again. Nicely malted, not much hops but it is still very rounded and smooth on the palate. Hints of molasses.
M finely carbonated, tingly, tiny bit syrupy.
Very decent beer

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Photo of KTCamm
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light reddish brown with a little bit of white foam. Partially see through.

Heavy malty smell, light sweetness. Some fruitiness.

Marzen malt taste, heavy on the malt. Very sweet, virtually no bite at the finish. Could use a little more at the close.

Drinkable though.

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

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 5 mm head with good lacing. The appearance is amber and clear. The aroma is of sweet malts and a hint of hops, no trace of skunk. The taste is sweet and malty with slight bitterness. The feel is medium bodied with a clean finish.

This is a delicious and refreshing Oktoberfest brew. The Spaten brand is often available here where I live. I'll have to go to it more often if they do this well.

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Photo of JMD
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper color with small white head that fades slowly. Leaves some small lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malty aroma. Carmel and fresh apples. Some light earthy hops as well.

T: Same as the aroma, sweet and malty. Carmel, brown sugar and some bready notes. A nice fruitiness to the beer as well with hints of apples and white grapes. Finishes with a light hop bite.

M: Light to medium bodied, appropriate for the style.

D: Well-crafted and highly drinkable. Spaten is one of my favorite Marzens and I'm glad its available all year long.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a clear, coppery brown with a foamy, off-white head. No head retention, no lacing.
The aroma was malty sweet and grainy, with a touch of skunkiness. I've encountered worse skuniness in other beers, but this one was definately on it's way out.
The taste was lightly sweet malts, some breadiness, and a touch of the skunk.
Nice carbonation and moderate mouthfeel.
Not a bad beer, but it could have been much better. I'll probably revisit a fresh one this coming fall and see if my perception of this beer may change.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A decent cap of off-white foam sits on dark, dark copper brew (almost brown hued). Very clear with some rising bubbles. Okay head retention and lacing.

S: Sort of fruity dark euro-lager nose. Some faint caramel notes amongst a more general grainyness without much sweetness. Not really finding any hops to speak of.

T: Surprisingly light flavored malts given the darkish color. Bready and biscuity mostly with some toasty notes, but not much of the caramel, malty sweetness that usually comes to mind when thinking of, or better yet, drinking a good example of the style. What sweetness there is takes on undertones of light fruits (apples, pears, etc....). Hops just balance the malts and are mostly floral. As it warms it get a bit grainy and a slight astringency creeps in.

M: Carbonation toward the light side, but adequate. Medium body and a drying finish.

D: Not bad, but it hardly seems to be an O-fest. At least not stylistically stereotypical. It is not very malty - especially light on the caramel notes, and the hops seem almost restrained. Not exactly the robust life of the party. With the darker color, dryness, body toward the thin side, fruitiness, and lightish, biscuity malt - is it maybe an Alt-oberfest?

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Photo of macx420
3.15/5  rDev -13%
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 +7.7%
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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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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