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 LyonsHead
2.57/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a really dark orange/copper with a brown hue. There is a 1 finger white head that dissipates to about a millimeter very quickly

S: To me this smells more like a German pils than an Oktoberfest. There is a vegetal and grassy hop aroma laced over top the classic bready and biscuit notes. The hops are distracting and take away from the maltiness which should be the focus

T: You can catch a non-complex bread flavor but it is mixed with the same grassy hop that was in the aroma. this flavor is muting out the maltiness

M: Rather slick and thin for what I normally find in an oktoberfest. The beer finishes with a cloying sweetness

D: For me (and I think for most) an Oktoberfest-Marzen is about a complex maltiness. This beer has an aroma and flavor that profiles german hops. Not a good example of the style in my opinion.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper with a thick white head. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of some toasted grain and a small amount of hops. Also smells a little sour/musty.

Tastes of the malt sweetness upfront with a light background herbal hop note. The malt is biscuity and toasted. Again there is a little sourness that does not feel right.

The mouthfeel is a little slick and has a medium body.

This is drinkable, but I there are better beers for this style.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten Ofest 8/17/09, bottle into tapered mug, 5.9% ABV, 185 cals p12ozs
bought a 12ozx24 case for $17 @ 8 til Late, JB - what a deal!
A 3.0
Great color, brownish bronze-y copper, mediocre head with no lacing, head went away quick
S 4.0
Clean super malty brew day aroma, slight hop nose & skunky-ness in background (could be te green bottle, I have it had it non skuny too!)
T 4.0
Malty with balanced but hops - I REALLY DIG THIS TASTE, it reminds me of a good malty brew day!
MF 4.0
Medium in body for an Ofest, good balance of carbonation, smooth with no bad after tastes
D 4.0
I would order and drink this all day if it was available. Ofests are not my regular choice at home, but I love to drink them in the fall to bring in the October spirit!

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Photo of apbarwood
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Dark amber color with a respectable, white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell- Malty notes of toffee and caramel with a bracing hop aroma.

Taste- Pretty much like it smells, pleasant malt flavors up front leading into a hoppy, clipped finish.

Mouthfeel- Somewhat medium bodied feel with a nice malty quality that coats the mouth.

Drinkability- Decent but not great. It's definitely nice on a cool autumn day but not as food friendly as I had hoped. While the malts and hops were nice in and of themselves, I didn't feel they were blended as perfectly as they could have been.

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Photo of mwa423
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a pretty clear dark amber with lots of head that quickly died down to nothing.

S - Sweet german malt and spice along with a hint of hallertau hop bitterness. There was some slight skunk that really killed the best parts of the smell

T - Sweet german spices and lots of sweet malt. This is by far one of the best marzens that I have ever had!

M/D - Very drinkable and an easy session beer. The mouth is full and rich but not overwhelming.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bubbly copper/ruby color with a small rimming of off-white head.
Smell has notes of a bitter malt maybe a little skunky, but good.
Taste has great malt profile.
Finish is a bit dirty with a decent after-taste.
Drinks very well, as my friend said, I would love a stein of this to quaff.

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Photo of twelvinlucifer
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was my first Octoberfest of the season.

Very nice burnt golden color. The smell is not the best. It had a bit of that sulfer skunk that alot of import german lagers seem to get along with a bit of fruitiness in the background. The taste was crisp, and refreshing with a bit of carmel in front and a nice roasty back-end! Finishes very nice and clean. not my favorite Marzen but not bad!

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Photo of beerman207
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's almost Oktoberfest season so I decided to give my "go to" from last year a try after 6 months of service as a Beer Advocate. Would it hold up to the goodness I remembered? Well, yes and no.

A - Dark brown color, head didn't last long and left a little lacing.

S - The nose is kind of dissapointing with sweet fruit coming through with perhaps some skunk in the backend (uh oh).

T - The taste is how I remember it. Sweet and refreshing. I imagine there are better examples of the OkToberfest/Marzen style out there but Spaten does a god job and is also available all year long in my area.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty mild

D - I rate the drinkability of this beer as high. It's still a great standard beer to have around in September/October.

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Photo of brandoneast
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Burnt orange with a pillowy alabaster crown of foam collapses, leaving average lacing around the glass. Aroma is rich of toasted malt and some strange, faint, vegetal notes of Brussels sprouts from the weak hops. Malt flavors range from fresh toasted grain to crusty bready tones with caramel and enough hops to balance. Goes dry towards the end, with a soft working The nice balance and depth of this lager is wonderful, but not quite the benchmark for it's style.

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Photo of NODAK
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The nose has some skunk on it unfortunately...some thin malt...not really remarkable.

Mouthfeel seems remarkably thin here, even for style. Carbonation somewhat low. Taste profile has some light sweet malts upfront, fading into a finish with some faint grassy/husky notes and a bit of hops on the sides of the tongue at the end. Pretty clean finish; aftertaste minimal.

Drinkable but unremarkable. I like the style, but I think I'd go elsewhere if I wanted an oktoberfest beer simply based on how "light" everything is here.

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

A: Dark golden tone with fizzy carbonation leading to a fluffy, full white head

S: Bready, yeasty with touch of citrus and floral hop notes... small hints of dark fruit and spice

T: Bready, yeasty German flavor with ample hoppyness... small hints of sour dark fruit and spice

M: Suprisingly crisp and clean in the mouth

D: Good German brew but does not stand apart from standard beers not labled for Oktoberfest

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a orange and amber color with a modest white head. Nose is mainly grainy and skunky. Taste is sweet roasted malts, caramel malts with a mildly bitter amount of hops. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability is average. Not the best Oktoberfest brew.

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Photo of charlzm
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 06/23/09 from a bottle. Yes, I drank it from a bottle. Horrors!

Very clear amber beer with a nice white head. Noted more than adequate carbonation bubbles active throughout.

Aroma is subtle and "beery". My friend tells me that's the melonoidins. I only know it's what German lagers smell and taste like to me. Also, the faintest hint of floral hoppiness and some grainy caramel malt.

Overall palate is dominated by "lager beer" character noted in aroma. Flavor is fairly sharp, though I'm not going to go all the way to "crisp". Very subtle caramel malt flavor with notable but unobtrusive bitterness on the finish. Finsihes quite clean, almost evaporative, though not dry or parching.

Mouthfeel is good, aided and abetted by the carbonation and non-residual flavors.

This beer is certainly drinkable, as it is fairly light in flavor and not terribly high in alcohol. I prefer more flavor from my marzens, however; bigger malt and hop profiles would do wonders for this one.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber with an orange hue. Good sized head shrinks fast.
Aroma of grains,hops and some malt.

The taste is sweet,fruit hints and grains. Some caramel to go with the mild malts.

The feel is smooth,medium carbonation and thirst quenching. I could have a lot of these if I wanted to.

Notes: Not the best for the style and also not the worst. It is not a beer that will blow you away,but it barely reaches that decent stage.

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Photo of teejay76
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It poured a transparent brown w/ orange/red highlights. White head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Citrus sweet aroma with malt hints.

Taste: I know it was pretty basic but I actually liked this. It was sweet but refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Again, I liked this. It is what it is but as a refreshing alternative, this worked for me.

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Photo of lonestar1836
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear brown with a creamy white head that disipates fairly quickly

S: a little skinky at first but that goes away, leaving sweet toaste malts and an aroma of alcohol

T: toast malts with sweetness in the middle but not much in the hopps department

M: a little watery, but smooth with a slight fizziness on the tounge

D: not bad, but it's not the best i've ever had

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a slightly clouded muted amber color with about a finger of dense off white foam. No lacing to mention with this one. Aromas and flavors of bread, mild sweet malt, a hint of caramel, green apples, and grass are detected. Seems a tad thin bodied with almost ample carbonation. I'll stick with the domestic marzens for the most part.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clear, basic brown body with a thin cap of white foam. Gee. A bit of an inauspicious start, I must say.

Smell: Meager, dull maltiness with light notes of spicy, floral hops and fruit. This is both tragic and heartwrenching, like receiving news a dear friend has died recently.

Taste: I fought to keep a troubled, even wearied look off my face upon the realization that blandness would be the order of the day here. Sweetish, vague malts with, perhaps, even some pilsner malt hints to it. Very light fruity undertones of apple and grapes. Mildly bitter, faintly spicy European hops. Sadly, it's just more of the same until the abrupt end. The finish is semi-dry and lightly crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I'll admit, I was taken aback by how surprisingly bland and ho-hum this one was, being Spaten is one of the propagators of this noble style. I'm simply left wanting more (any) malt depth and complexity and even just a tiny bump in overall body to keep that nagging though of drinking brown water away. Perhaps I'll give this one a re-visit sometime down the road so I can hopefully put this disheartening experience behind me.

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

12oz bottle

App: Dark, crystal clear amber bordering on brown. Small head that leaves too quickly.

Smell: sweet toasted grain with a bit of soda sourness. Alcohol slightly shines through.

Taste: First sip is strong and biting; seems like a mix of the carbonation and alcohol. Next is the husky malt that I love about the marzens, but it only comes out now and again. It ends in a slight caramel sweetness, not at all cloying like it can be.

Medium level/amount but strong carbonation Medium body with a light film aftertaste.

Despite its failings, I could definitely have more.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is a deep gold with a foamy white head. Some nice lacing.

The smell is a bit caramel, some wheat and malt flavors and a bit sugary.

The taste is of caramel and cinammon. There is also so bitter fruit flavors as well.

One of the better Oktoberfest beers, is very flavorful and has a nice feel to it. Drinkability is pretty smooth and goes down easy.

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Photo of liquidsunshine
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was very impressed with the Spaten Optimator and saw this in the store and had to try it. Me and my friends all opened one together, pouring into nice tall glasses. Sitting out on the porch in beautiful weather we took in the experience. The pour was excellent, beautiful head and an awesome deep color. I was a tad disappointed in the smell, while it was good, it really did not fill the nostrils. The taste is extraordinary, and the main purpose to sip one of these. The rich flavors fill your mouth from corner to corner and do not fail to please. I would never have more than a couple of these in one night.

All in all, a great beer, and definitely one I will have again! Another great beer from Spaten.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/3/2008 (draft):

Pours a brownish colored body, with a small white colored head, very creamy looking. Has a very malty aroma. Some acidity in the palate. Sourish taste almost. Dusty malty taste. Don't know if the acidity and sour are a bad sign or not.

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Photo of maskednegator
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber. Head leaves frothy lace as it subsides.
Smell: Bread, alfalfa, sweet malts
Taste: Strong malt sweetness. Crisp, mildly citrus hop finish.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, high carbonation
Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, from ice cold all the way to room temp.

Verdict: Certainly not the most complex beer ever, but it's got enough going on to merit drinking on its own, rather than just using it to wash down some brats.

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Photo of harpo111
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is not a bad beer...they had it on firesale at the Saucer when i was there.
A: dard redish brown
s: fruity; malty
t: not too carbonated or hoppy...smooth
m: not overly filling..moderately light..mainly due to not being too carbonated
d: not bad...descent
a good brew..not super great, but still a descent food beer...had some wings with it...went well.

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Photo of wl0307
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coming in a slim 500ml brown bottle, BB 07/2009, served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: pours a dark golden hue with lively carbonation mixed of large and tiny fizz, topped with a 1.5cm thick white frothy head with pretty good retention.
S: a typical Munich malty brew with the pure lager malts leading the way, on a sound balance with doughy sourness, floral hops, a touch of egg white(!), and a touch of lemony aroma; the maltiness comes with a decent body, but not cloying or syrupy, just showing plentiful grainy aroma.
T: a rather lubricating flow of grainy lager malts comes lighter in taste than the aroma suggests, but decent enough to form a moderate backbone to carry through a mildly sour-fruity edge of hops and yeastiness; meanwhile, a powdery-textured bitterness as from hop extract develops slowly at the back of the palate, along with a faint trace of floral taste of German hops. Pretty decent and clean in the finish.
M&D: very easy-drinking, lightly carbonated, and surprisingly light-bodied for a 5.9%abv. brew, but somehow the maltiness on the flavour is slightly in the lacking that reduces the overall performance, for, the hops are too mild and the yeasty sour touch is subdued. An OK beer designed to quaff in the famous festival, but I suspect the draught version has to be much more delicious to be able to keep people on their benches under those huge marquees (but I hear one can't simply move to any other marquee without a prior booking nowadays... oh well, a pub crawl is so much more fun, innit?).

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,544 ratings.
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