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

Pours a rich amber but not quite coppery dark enough and the head is minimal/soapy

Smell is strongly of sweet Munich malts thats how it should be

Taste is the same with some hoppy bitterness to balance but not quite deep enough - others do it better

Mouthfeel is rich an very refreshing like most munich beers - noch eins bitte!

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Photo of taxguyjase
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer really hit the spot with some Jagersnitzel. The light orange color was appropriate for the season. There is some definite malt flavor and smell in here. The brew has a little bit of an apple cider crispness to it, which was nice. A pretty smooth beer, can't say that I noticed any aftertaste at all. If you were having a Oktoberfest (or any fiesta for that matter), this beer would likely go over very well with a mixed crowd.

Appearance - 3.0/5.0 - light pumpkin color (orange, with hint of red) transparent
Smell - 3.5/5.0 - malty with sweet afterscent, almost apple cider-esqe, little head
Taste - 4.0/5.0 - malt with bit of sweetness, really smooth with little aftertaste, bready
Feel - 4.0/5.0 - extremely smooth, little to no aftertaste
Drinkability - 3.5/5.0 - would be good for mixed crowd, balanced and enjoyable

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Photo of beer2day
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange-gold with 1-finger head. Decent retention, with a nice rind left behind.

Strong lager nose. Slightly sweet, with bread dominating. Lots of straw as well.

Very crisp and clean, more like a fall lager than what I would term an octoberfest. Not enough malt body for my taste. A nice crisp lagerish finish, but none of the sweetness I would expect.

It is easy to drink. Just not sure I would have more than one if other fests were available.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a seidel and reveiwed courtesy of my roommate heissebier.

Appearance: A moderately dark brown colour with a disappointing head. I know it's a lager and I did pour as if it was an ale, but I was hoping for something more substantial.

Smell: Mmmmm...delicious! It's a fragrant aroma that is unique to only Oktoberfests. A sweet maltyness balanced by what I think might be hops. (this wasn't the first beer i've had tonight)

Taste: Slightly lighter than I expected. Bittered by the hops to a point where it works nicely with the sweetness. It's a pleasant taste and goes down very easily. Its only weakness is that it has a very slight metallic taste, but not enough to damage the taste much.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant. The right amount of carbonation and no sign of alcohol (which might be offputting in this style). Leaves a nice taste in the mouth. A little stale after a while though.

Drinkability: Very refreshing. I can't stress how easy this was to quaff. It's an great combination of light/refreshing and substantial at the same time. And at only 5.9% its something you can definitely have a few of. Good seasonal from a consistantly good brewery.

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Photo of heissebier
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this in honor of Oktoberfest ironically enough. I couldn't help but be impressed by the 1397 founding. It even claims to be the original Oktoberfestbier!

Appearance- Nice brown lager color. Weak head dissapears quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell- Malt blended with a sweet hoppy aromma. A pleasing sensation overall but I also detected traces of skunkiness.

Taste- Sweet and hoppy with a bitter finish. A light flavor without much depth.

Mouthfeel- Refreshing with good carbonation. Not too harsh.

Drinkability- A solid beer overall. I would buy this again but I'm not in love with it. Certinally a delicious Oktoberfestbier though!

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Photo of Thur123
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A heavy pour of this brew yields a three finger head with lots of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. The color is a light brown with some orange in it, like the leaves of autumn a little bit. (barf) The smell is toasty malts and buttery bread. A bit of grassy hop aroma permeates the smell nicely.

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The first taste is slightly bitter with the sweet toasty malts crating the rest of the character. After the initial hit, this well balanced Marzen leaves behind a bit more of the hops then the malts, giving it a clean finish. Overall this beer is pretty good, simple and humble and very drinkable, and for the price, an economical choice too. The mouth feel is a little watery but I'm not sure if this style is supposed to be really heavy or sticky.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Fox and the Hound. Came out a little flat but I'm guessing it wasn't the beers fault. Smells sweet and Munich-malty. A little grasssy maybe from some hops. Tastes sweet, maybe a little cloying. Definately some European hop characteristics in there; flowery etc. No real bitterness. Drinks easy, though. Been having a bunch of these marzens lately and honestly I prefer Paulener's, Sam Adams', and Real Ale's to this, but not bad if its the only thing around.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: the color of a new penny with short lived head of fine bubbles

S: sweet aroma of vanilla, caramel fudge, and roasted nut.

T: fruity up front with orange flavors, brown sugar, and spice. finishes with spices, citrus, wheat bread, and crisp hops.

M: smooth entry to a medium body with decent carbonation. finishes off-dry, crisp and clean.

Overall, A decent oktoberfest. This one has a very clean and well balanced character, with a traditional oktoberfest flavor. However, I would like to see the green bottles replaced with brown to prevent light spoil. All in all, the contents are pretty classic.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty straightforward Oktoberfest. This one is always at the organized Oktoberfests I go to.

More on the clean lager end of the spectrum. Different taste components seem pretty balanced to me. Some hops, butter notes and caramel.

Unfortunately, this bottle seems slightly skunked. Not bad, but not ideal. The perils of the green bottle.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Spaten mug from a 12 oz bottle.
Very average brew, but fitting to bring in the new season. Heavy on the spice notes, nutmeg in particular. Malts are mildly present and the hops take a third backseat.
Nothing overly impressive or mindblowing here, but it is a decent tasting beer and could definitely be quaffed in large quantities. Useful as a gateway to the big beers of winter.

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Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger of head falls into a nice layer of lace, walnut brown coloring, looks like i want a sip.

s- sweet, caramel malt with a tang of hops on the backend.

t- nice smooth even malt, brown sugary sweetess, interesting citrs hop tang in the back of the mouth.

m- medium to light body.

d- very drinkable, the hop presence was a nice addition to this solid oktoberfest, very sessionable, i could have several of these.

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Photo of popery
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Marzen but tends to get a bit sweet and lacks the depth of better version. I'm trying this beer against Ayinger's version. This beer pours a darkish brown-amber, completely clear with a small, white head. Bubbles stick around nicely, though. The aroma is malty and clean but quite light. There's no off note that can creep into lighter German imports. There's a touch of apples and grapes detectable, as well. The flavor comes through more strongly vinous with a light but fruity malt. It gets just a bit too sweet in the finish, but I'm sure that I'd lose sight of that quickly if I were drinking it any quantity. While both this beer and the Ayinger would be easy to drink all night, I have to give the nod to Ayinger. Still, Spaten puts out a nice marzen with a relatively low price tag.

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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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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,552 ratings.
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