Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-MärzenSpaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen
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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 wahhmaster
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +7.2%
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 +6.6%
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 -4.4%
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 -29.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.5%
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 +13.3%
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 +9.7%
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 -3.9%
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 -7.2%
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 +4.4%
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 -8.6%
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 -9.9%
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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Photo of spointon
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this one from a 12oz green bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This beer poured a super clear bright orange color with a thin white head that dropped to zero in a minute or two. No lace to speak of.

S= Though there was a slight hint of skunking (damn green bottles) it was at a small enough level as to not hide the rest of the aroma. I found very clean (read faint) notes of malt sweetness and grassy noble hops.

T= Like the aroma only more pronounced. Sweet malts lead off alongside a dry graininess. The middle showed a fair amount of the grassy hops, almost to the extent of some Euro pilsners. Finish was a bit astringent.

MF= Medium body with a moderate carbonation and stickiness in the mouth despite the dryness.

D= I had high hopes for this one, but I think I would have been better off with the "regular" Spaten Oktoberfest beer. Not terrible, but not terribly enjoyable either.

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Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a big bubbly white head that fades quick. Minimal lacing.

Fairly pronounced pleasant malty smell. Taste is stronger sweet malt than many marzens. The finishing bitterness is milder than the usual marzen.

Mouthfeel is rich enough, no funky metallic aftertaste that I have experienced with a few marzens.

Drinkability is good. I would happily session on this. There are better: Hacker-Pshoor and Legend (from Virginia) being two.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.59/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. No bottled date recognized.

(A)- Pours a clear brown amber. Produces a white foamy head, but quickly dissipated.

(S)- Lightly sweetened honey and corn husk.

(T)- Lightly dry with a sweet, yet almost sour malty taste of honey/maple with corn.

(M)- Good carbonation level, however, every other part of the beer is rather bland.

(D)- An alright beer, it just really has nothing going for it. Yes, it has flavor, but not much. Fine for a session, but just a tad too sweet to be enjoyed one after another. There are much better examples of the style than this one.

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Photo of FloppyDog
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a crystal clear amber orange with a minimal off-white head.

The aroma is of a clean maltiness upfront with hop aroma (possibly Saaz?) making an appearance in the background.

The taste is very clean and balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness.

Mouth feel is very light-bodied with light carbonation that combines to make this an extremely easy-drinking beer. Being a fan of "malt-forward" beers, I really like this one.

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Photo of WoogityBoogity
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Body is a medium to dark copper hue. Thick white head with lots of bubbles. Good lacing, but nothing like belgian lace. Brilliantly clear.

S - Strong smell of dark malts. Little hint of hops, but masked by various spices.

T - Good sweetness from the malt, finishing taste of some bitter. Definitely a spicey note. Not much hop flavor.

M - Average mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

D - Something about this Marzen has always been undrinkable to me. The mix of extreme malt and random spice kind of leaves a soapy residue in my mouth.

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

pours a a nice amber color with a nice head and lacing the smell is bready malts and hops the taste is crisp and malty with some nice hops in the profile it finishes with some sweet malts overall a nice marzen for this time of the year..spaten has some good brews try them

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

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- It has a dark orange color with a thick head and solid lacing. It was very bubbly.
S- Spicy, malt scent to it.
t- Slightly bitter pilsner taste to it. Some spice, perhaps some caramel. Slight malt taste in the back of the mouth. This is a very crisp, refreshing Oktoberfest.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Pours a crystal clear dark caramel color. Initial pour had a decent soapy foam head of about 1-1/2 to 2 fingers deep, white, and didn't last long. Reduces quickly to a ring of white bubbles at the glass.

Very faint aromas of caramel malts and herbal grassy hops. Did I mention 'faint'? The aromas really aren't an impressive part of this brew.

Tastes are a touch malty, moderate malts, with a pretty good balance of hops. The slight sweetness is part of a solid flavor that stays together nicely though the whole tasting experience. Mouthfeel is a touch thinner or lighter than I expected with some pretty spritely carbonation. The finish goes a bit dry but there is still some of that moderate maltyness in the linger.

The overall experience is enjoyable and the drinkability is decent. Not the best Oktoberfest that I've ever had but it was enjoyable just the same.

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Photo of KenOnBass
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a beer glass.

A: Great dark amber look. Okay head and decent lacing.

S: Sweet smelling beer. Good Oktoberfest smell.

T: Great tasting beer. Very smooth and tasty.

M: Smooth and great.

D: This beer has still been one of my favorite all time Oktoberfests. Just a great smooth malty taste.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a satisfying dark amber color with a fluffy head that leaves a nice ring around the glass. Good lacing.

Smells like Oktobery malty goodness. Nice round, full smell.

Tastes like the smell. It has some wonderful sweet and robust malt flavors with a touch of bitter.

In the mouth it feels creamy. The carbonation is balanced and fits nicely with the beer.

I could sit and drink this beer all day. This is one of my favorite styles to drink with some nice German food and Spaten does a great job with it.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 45.3% out of 100 with 2,580 ratings
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