Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

2,540 Ratings
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 crossovert
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another green bottle Oktoberfest. Apparently the original Oktoberfest beer

Pours a dark amber, the quintessential Oktoberfest appearance. Nice fluffy white head. Leaves more lacing than the typical Oktoberfest.

Smell is nicely malty with a hop twang, not as nutty as some, but this is the original isn't it? No sign of skunkage here.

The mouthfeel is a bit different compared to others, it is smooth up front but ends up with some nice carbonation. The taste is a bit more bitter than the average Oktoberfest but it is pretty good. It gets sweeter as you progress.

Overall it is in the middle of the pack for Oktoberfests, but it is highly competent and is very drinkable.

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Photo of ttrrooyy19
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper like, reddish orange with a decent head that quickly dissipated, then simply disappeared to a ring around the glass. Nose is sweet caramel malt with just a little resiny hoppiness
lingering about.

Flavor comes sweet right away, caramel, malty hits at the front, with a fair amount of hoppy astringency, that hangs around on the back of the tongue.

This isn't the best Marzen I've ever had, but it is the first one I buy every year, then measure the rest against it. Would love to try it before it made the trip over.

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

Not a bad mass-market brew. A nice rich mahogany color with a thin white head. Acceptable aroma, decent taste, somewhat harsh mouth-feel. A bit light on the flavors, and it tended to make the roof of my mouth feel a bit raw after a few. But, very drinkable all the same.

Not a terrible Oktoberfest, but I've had better for the same price.

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Photo of drtth
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a Spaten Oktoberfest glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a rich dark, burnished copper color with a very thin head that is soon gone leaving minimal lacing and a very small ring around the glass. At first there is minimal lacing which soon disappears so that for most of the beer there is no lacing at all.

Smell: The aroma is mild and mostly based off the malts. There is an almost honeylike, rich sweet caramel aroma somewhere between mild and dark caramel. There are touches of floral, herbal notes from the hops.

Taste: The flavor is at least partly predicted by the nose and contains rich caramel malt about half way between light and dark flavors. The earthy/herbal hoppiness has a light bitter bite but only enough to break up any monotony from the malts.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with minimal soft prickly carbonation mostly detectable as a slight feeling on the tongue and in the mouth. The finish is moderately long, beginning with the malt and then tapering off into dry herbal/earthy dryness with only very slight bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable Oktoberfest beer and one of the better ones I've sampled. The flavors balance well but without the cloying sweetness of some examples. I could easily have more than one and will certainly be looking for a chance to have another one during this fall season.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this at the local Old Chicago.

A deep amber colour with almost no head of foam. What was there disappeared completely after a couple of minutes.

A weak smell of some caramel malt and slight graininess greeted my nosebuds.

The taste is very light with just some light caramel malt, grain, a little bread and that was it. Not impressive, even compared to the bottles I'vs had of it. MF was the same as bottles, light, with medium carbonation.

The drinkability wasn't bad but I didn't feel the need to ask for another pint. A very blah member of the style, at least the tap I had..

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.64/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A housewarming present!

Orangey brown with a decent white head. Poopy retention. Aroma is on the nutty side of toasted malt with some hop leaf and wet firewood.

Has a styrofoam and diet cream soda element that permeates the taste. I spent most of this beer trying to figure out what that off flavor was and how to describe it. That's what I came up with.

Seems more watery and blase to warrant a %5.9 abv.

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Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lifts up to a two finger head of eggshell white cream, soft and foamy with some dimples, little lacing and with a steady dissolve down to the surface. Reddish copper color, complete clarity, only slight drop to rust orange around the rims. Malty with cocoa powder and maple syrup alongside corn, wheat and flour accents, mild raisin, grape and apricot scents, comes with a vague metallic edge as well. Medium-bodied, for its weight the carbonation gets things a little too fluffy. While it keeps the maple, milk chocolate and general malty sweetness through the attack, it dries up considerably thereafter with cornhusks, grass, unprocessed grains and rye bread albeit without any excess bitterness. Here you might get a zip of lemon or orange citrus. Seems more tightly knit and purposeful colder than approaching room temperature.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with very good clarity and a moderate head that fades to a thin ring. Smells very malty, but dry and with an earthy, fairly bitter finish. Tastes similar- very balanced between somewhat dry caramel malt and a fairly firm bitter, earthy finish with just a touch of sweetness at the end. Smooth and a bit nutty. A classic Marzen, and quite pleasant.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a 1/2 liter glass.

A - Poured an orange/amber color with mahogany hues. The pour produced a thick head of slightly off-white foam (with good retention) and spotty circular lacing.

S - Malty, with hints of citrus, caramel, ripe fruit and dark bread (yeasty). Slight aroma of Euro-skunkiness. Aroma were stronger as the beer warmed.

T - Slightly sweet (caramel and ripe fruit)up front. Finishes off with a slight hop bitterness. A little on the sweet side, but not in a bad way at all.

MF&D - Medium to light in body. Went down well. A great fall choice.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into half-liter Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a light brown color, like iced tea. Has a two-finger white head that dissipates so slowly, there is still a small bit of the head left after drinking some of it. Heavy lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt with a touch of grassiness.

Taste: Sweet, somewhat toasty malt. Has a taste almost like a weaker doppelbock. Pleasant malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp carbonation bite, refreshing finish- everything I want from this style.

Drinkability: A pretty good Oktoberfestbier. This is definitely a fall beer I would love to have in my fridge on a regular basis. You won't be blown away by this, but it is satisfying.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Brown and translucent. The fizzy head dissipates almost immediately leaving no noticeable lacing.

Smell: Malty and grainy with a touch of hoppiness. Not bad but leaves something to be desired.

Taste: Has a rich malty flavor to it with just enough hoppy bitterness. Leaves a pleasant malty aftertaste that lingers for a bit.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side but not too bad.

Drinkability: A decent Oktoberfest. Probably not worth the price of an import but you could do much, much worse.

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Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty copper with a big rocky head of cream colored foam. A little whiff of skunkiness hit me right as I cracked the cap but is gone after sitting for a moment and is replaced by fresh breadiness and sweet toasted malt with a bit of dark fruit. The flavors are pretty spot on for an O-fest. Rich and malty toffee flavor with bready yeast and a faint roasted bitterness in the finish. Medium light bodied with mild carbonation that makes it very easy to drink in large portions. I can't believe I've never reviewed this beer as I've probably had about a thousand of these over the years. I am also surprised by the relatively low scores it has recieved. I guess I just have a soft spot for this beer and it always reminds me of good fall weather.

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Photo of chetripley
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing is difficult at times not only due to changing tastes or opinions but also because from day to day we are in the mood for a certain flavor (or a memory of a flavor) that satisfies us in no other way.
Spaten does this to me, since it was the first imported Oktoberfest I ever tasted way back when, and it has remained a favorite to me ever since.

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Photo of BJDuty
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very drinkable beer, but it doesn't have the depth of flavor one would expect from an authentic German Oktoberfest bier. The appearance is great with a deep golden color. The aromas are exactly what you'd expect, but the flavors fall a bit short. It's better than most American impersonators, but it doesn't live up to it's appearance or the expectations of this "real deal" German Oktoberfest.

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured an orangeish copper. Seems a bit light in color, Lots of carbonation, but head falls fast and doesn't lace a bit.

S- Almost no malt smell. Its mostly carbonation. When shoving the nose deep in the glass there is a faint smell of caramel malt.

T- A bit better then teh smell but still lacks quite a bit. It has a very light caramel malt taste, finish is non existent.

B- Very Light, too light.

O- Disappointing Oktoberfest. Not much in the way of taste.

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

I usually keep clear of imports if they're in bottles. But this was on tap, so I tried it..finally.
Semi-deep and rich ruby/copper colored pour. Quite nice looking actually. Thin head...I think it was poured way too cold. Oh well.
Slight sweetness and breadiness in the nose. Malt is foremost with a sllight spice in the end.
Taste has a good blend of malt, spice and hops. too be sure, the hops are the least as the sweetness and malt blend well to produce a easy drinking beer. Some caramel is detected in the back, the hops serves as a cleansing agent and brings the beer out in the open. I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, amber, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, spices, wheat

Taste: toasted malt, spices, mineral water, touch of hops

Mouthfeel: noticeable high carbonation throughout, medium bodied, dry, sweet start with a moderately sweet body.

Drinkability: dry and sharp, this is kind of like the sparkling wine of Octoberfests. The carbonation is non-stop. The flavor is very good. I could have up to three of these. Currently in my top four of this style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly dark brown, more resonant of a brown ale than an oktoberfest. The smell is quite strange--it reminds me more of a strong czech pilsner than a marzen. The taste returns to the world of German marzens, with a deep roasty malt character balanced somewhat by dry European hops. The mouthfeel is rather light with moderate carbonation, and the drinkability is pretty good, especially on this relatively-cool Virginia evening.

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

A: poured dark amber to copper, with a fluffy two finger head that fell slowly with good lacing.
S: sweet and bready.
T: bread like with nice sweet malt and light hop bitterness
M: lightly carbonated
D: very drinkable hence its meant to be drunk in large quantities

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Photo of BDIMike
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color that is completely clear and see-through. However, there is heavy carbonation that creates a thick white head that retains well.
Smell is a little different than most oktoberfest beers. I get a bit of the usual caramel malt, but that is dominated more by a strong European hop smell.
Taste is more usual for the category than the smell. Caramel and other types of malts dominate the taste, but there is a good hop tinge at the end.
Mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. Medium-thickness with a really excellent smoothness, almost silky smooth.
Drinkability is great, as it is with most Oktoberfests. I have had better versions, but as usual this style has a good balance and is brewed to be able to drink all day with massive quantities. I'm in.

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Photo of jnezda
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on tap last night at Addison Oktoberfest and it was good. A good dark amber color with a pale head that faded right away. Great session for Oktoberfest with limited mouthfeel and low carbonation. Flavor was great and good compliment to brats and kraut. Enjoyed this beer at the VIP tent Thursday and they provided a good stien with good beer discounts fpr the weekend.


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Photo of Buebie
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A buddy grabbed a 6 pack of this and gave me a bottle. This being his favorite fest brew.

So, a 12 ounce brown bottle goes into a pub glass off a semi rigorous pour and creates just barely a half inch of head. Quick to recede, leaving not lace trails and really no head retention. Color is nice though in the traditional sense. A golden/ red darker copper, glowing bright when held to light.

Aroma is kinda skunky. Some malty carmelised sugars, grain aroma tailing the skunk and a bit of rye with a mixture of wheat.

Taste also portrays some of that skunk, but quickly falls away as the beer shines with much more welcome flavors.
Malty and somewhat sweet, grain is there with a cereal punch. Bready caramel goodness, a touch of rye spice. Then becoming a bit more bitter, hops kick it up and bring some mild pine with plenty of bitters balancing the malts. Finishing dry with a rye linger and mild bittering.

Mouthfeel holds an abundance of carbonation. Its somwhat thin, but not watery.

Pretty tasty brew, but the aroma is not so pleasant.

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

Continuing with the Oktoberfest tasting. This is probably the first marzen I ever had, as Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is perennially sponsored by Spaten. The review is on a bottle-pour into a pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a toasty brown with highlights of gold and amber. It is mostly clear with a good amount of bubbles running throughout. The initial 1 1/2 finger white fizzy head fades immediately to a well-retained skim. Spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Aromas of bready grains and toasty malts come through - comes across as slightly stale.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is dominated by a sweet, caramel, toasty malt and chewy, hearty graininess. Slight hoppy grassiness and green apple is present in the aftertaste. The flavors are a little weak compared to others in the style, but that matches well with the very crisp and bright mouthfeel. The beer is brightly carbonated and quite refreshing.

Drinkability: Seriously high. This is an Oktoberfest that's as refreshing to drink alone as it is with food. I typically expect a little fuller, richer feel and taste from the style, but this one is still very tasty and drinkable all day.

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Photo of eagles22
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden body with a nice white fluffy head

Smell: some what malty and very grainy also hint of caramel

Taste: very disappointing for an oktoberfest that much flavor...very dull

Mouthfeel: medium body..very crisp at the end

Drinability: drink the hell outta it

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Photo of flagmantho
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep golden color with a thick, rocky head.

Smell: very grainy with a slight spicy hop aroma.

Taste: quite malty and grainy with some caramel sweetness. Hops tend to the spicier side and are particularly apparent on the finish. Nice bitterness to balance the malt.

Mouthfeel: medium body; I would prefer a little more carbonation.

Drinkability: tasty enough, it's not a bad beer, but it's not particularly complex even for the style, so I might want to switch it up after a liter.

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