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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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Ratings: 2,624 |  Reviews: 1,169
Photo of srrn
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours ok and is a deep amber color. I had this in Germany a long time ago and remember liking it, but spent most time at the Hacker Pschorr tent. The beer is malty, buiscity, with a bit of grassy hops, and while not skunked, or maybe it was, there's a nastiness there that has me wondering about the rest of the sixer. Good enough to drink, bad enough to never bother with again. I like their Optimator, I'll stick with that.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent beer. Pours a copper color with a slight off-white head, fair amount of lacing on glass, sweet, malty smell. Slightly bitter, citrusy taste. Not a heavy beer & very solid, but it just seems to lack something. I don't think this would be the best session beer, but a few would go good paired with sauerbraten or a nice steak. For an Oktoberfest, I'll stick with Blue Point.

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Photo of witster18
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tastes pretty good, but would wear on me after 2 or 3. Maltiness is tempered with a unpleasant and lingering astringency/off-putting citrus note? Starts like an amber... finishes like a weak bock... a weird almost pumpkinish sweetness that pulls a 180 and turns into a dry buttermilk....blah... not very good... I wanna real beer... not one that just comes from beer central and looks good on the label. Overpriced. About equal with a shiner bock, but cost about 4 dollars more.

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Photo of charlatan
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately this seems to be the only oktoberfest which is easy to find in these parts. I recall drinking a number of different oktoberfests when I lived in PA so this is something of a blast from the past for me.

It is straw coloured with a moderate white head. The nose is very cidery. If I were blindfolded and forced to give it a sniff I think that I would have said it was cider.

It starts with a rather dry cider flavour infused with yeastiness before slowly sweetening on the tongue to leave a sweet hint of bock.

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Photo of gilman
2.67/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper colored body with a thin white head that did not last. Faint aroma of sweet caramel malts and flowery hops. Mouthfeel was light waterery bodied with a low carbonation. Flavors were sweet and but not very refreshing. It has a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Drinkability was watered down not very impressive. Gonna have to choke down 3 more bottles.

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Photo of brystmar
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a coppery/brownish color with minimal head from the festival tap. Mild lacing remained in the cup.

Not much in the smell here: hints of hops are the only discernable smell aside from its standard "lager-y" scent.

The taste presents its malty qualities up front and finishes with medium hoppy bitterness. But that's about it -- this is a simple beer.

This medium-bodied beer feels a wee bit sharper than expected in the mouth, but not beyond expectations based on this beer's other qualities. Reasonably crisp overall and pretty drinkable, hence its inclusion in an Oktoberfest-style festival lineup.

Not a bad beer (and I certainly prefer it to Spaten's regular offering), but nothing special either.

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

Poured a dark copper body with a thin white head that fell to a cap. Faint aroma of sweet caramel malts and flowery hops. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a crip carbonation. Flavors were sweet and refreshing with a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Very good drinkability.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A clear, copper yellow with some brown highlights in there. Much darker than I was expecting. There are only a few streams of carbonation and the head is essentially non-existent. Looks sort of lifeless.

S- Ever so slightly skunky (although it doesn't smell light-struck skunky) and sweet. Rather simple and German. The more I got into it, the initial harshness of the skunk died down.

T- The skunkiness doesn't really come through much in the flavor. Rather sweet and malty with a bit of hop bitterness. Very clean.

M- The carbonation is spot on and it has a super clean aftertaste.

D- A very average take on the style and drinks like it.

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Photo of porterwoobie
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz green bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: amber color, clear, large initial white head that dissipates quickly, very little lacing

S: skunked. but what do you expect with a green bottle. still can detect some malty sweetness and some grain character.

T: the first thing i noticed was a metallic character. once that goes away, it is a thin, malty oktoberfest. some malt character, very little bitterness noted, nothing special about this beer.

MF: medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: i felt like i was drinking a macro-brewed attempt at an oktoberfest. seemed thinned down and lacking character. won't drink this again unless i get it before it makes the voyage across the atlantic.

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

A - clear, copper...nice 1-finger, white head...tight bubbles...leaves a thin cap that stays, but no lacing to be found

S - very light notes of sweet, grainy malts...get a little bit of mustiness as well

T - a little bitter up front, which is surprising...cracker and bread crust...slight bit of caramel sweetness as it warms a bit

M - a little thin and watery...moderate carbonation...not much lingering

D - easy drinking...not overly complex...good beer for a cool, fall evening

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Photo of GoalieRon33
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- suffers a little with a boring, brown coloration. Nice head retention, coming in at 2 fingers

S- Fruity, bready, malty. Overall nice.

T- wonderful strong taste. Not overpowering. Fruity with some breadiness. Hops dont hit till the end, but at nicely controlled.

M- Not thick like a stout, but thick enough to notice it's there. Refreshing with a hop bitterness at the end

D- Easy to drink a ton of this stuff. Even for the bud light drinker of the bunch. I love this beer, and would reccomend it to everyone.

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

Appearance: Dark amber in color. Modest head and slight lacing.

Smell: Malts are mainly what I smell from this beer, maybe a little hops, but not much.

Taste: Quite malty, with a little bit of sweetness coming from the malts. This is balanced by a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Middle of the road, not too heavy and not too light. Carbonation is apparent but nothing overbearing.

Drinkability: I might have a few of these if I was in the mood for an Octoberfest and this was readily available.

Overall, this is a solid Octoberfest, if nothing that outstanding. Certainly not the first Octoberfest/Marzen that comes to mind when I want this malty autumn style, but you really can't go wrong here either.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich, coppery amber body. Large eggshell white cap. Spotty lacing is left after the huge head crashed and burned quickly.

S: Spicy and grassy hops ride atop a backdrop of soft and sweet caramel malts.

T: A mellow caramel base comes through from start to finish as the grassy hop bitterness pokes in here and there. Slightly bready.

M: Medium bodied. Noticeable carbonation. Somewhat rounded finish.

D: Fairly good. The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than the flavor matches up with. A decent classic festbier.

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Photo of kpoole25
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another lager that I like, add it to 'the list'!. Reminds me of Negro Modelo in some ways. Just now getting around to the Octoberfest/seasonal beers, also got the Sam Adams and DFH pumpkin. 12 oz bottle (from make your own six pack) to glass. Looks like dark ice tea. Mostly get malt on the nose, very inviting. Good sweet flavors and just a bit of hoppy bitterness. Carbonation was noticeable but just about right. Very easy to drink, but noticed the alcohol effects quickly too.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light clear golden, with masses of carbonation, and a giant fluffy white head, with brilliant retention.

Aroma: Quite malty on the nose, with hints of dry grains, and a touch of honey.

Taste: Lots of clean grain and slightly biscuity malts up front, followed some light hops with a hint of grapefruit, finishing with a crisp dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp on the palete, very lively, and a mild dryness on the texture.

Drinkability Wonderfully drinkable, one of the best known oktoberfest beer, and rightfully so. Crisp and clean, with nicely balanced flavours and a great looking beer.

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Photo of katan
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown color - darker than most marzens. Carbonation is very obvious. Strong bubbling, which goes to support an off-white head. Very clear overall after it settles down.

S - Big time vienna/pilsner malt base here - that spicy edgy bready notes come through quite strongly. Almost too much a pilsner.

T - The vienna/pilsner malts continue to dominate - starts off with a malt malt sweetness that is immediately overwhelmed by those almost funky pils malt notes. Could have some vienna in there - but its hard to detect. No hopping. Finishes with another hit from those pilsner malts. Aftertaste is fairly sweet.

M - Moderate body - carbonation supports the strength of the unfermentables. Certainly leaves behind a combination of malty sweetness and carbonation bite.

D - Moderate drinakbility. ABV is manageable. Flavors are not overwhelming, but those vienna/pilsner malts are just a bit montone for me.. Carbonation is higher than I would desire in a marzen.

I must be picky in wanting my Marzens with less Vienna/Pils malts- just so dominant. I want to back those down and let more caramel and toffee come through.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So I guess this is supposed to be one of the original Oktoberfest style beers and I've wanted to give it a try for awhile, but was a little pricey for a six pack. I finally saw it at the Union Brewhouse In Weymouth and decided to give it a shot and take some notes while I was there.

Poured into a standard pint glass, has a dark amber color to it, certainly on the darker side of amber, but light enough to be away from the brown color. It has excellent clarity to it. At first it has a fizzy white looking head to it, but it ended up with close to average lacing. Not too much stick to the glass, but the lace kind of slide down to the liquid after each time you took a drink. There really wasn't much to the smell, I was a bit disappointed. It had a little bit of a malty/metallic smell, but it was pretty weak. The taste saves it a bit. I found it pretty malty and sweet. Certainly picked up on some caramelized malts. Nothing about the taste was overly strong though, I actually found it quite on the lighter side. The mouthfeel was good, extremely light though. This was one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, I couldn't believe how fast I drank it. I just remember looking at the glass and it was already just about gone. Certainly not a very hearty beer, not something I would like or normally like to drink in the fall, more of a summer beer in my opinion.

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Photo of dfillius
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: 3/4 finger off white head with poor retention. Clear copper colored liquid. More head please.
S: Skunky macro-lager smell floating over caramel malt. Grain comes through more when warmer.
T: Sweet, fair hops. Good quality macro lager flavor, but still tastes like a macro lager
M: Decent
D: No thanks on another, and I won't buy again. Does go down easy.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/17/2009- from notes.

Green 120z bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a deep, brassy-copper color with a two finger tightly bubbled white head that had pretty good retention. Left good lacing as well. Active carbination.

S- A little grassy, a little floral and a little light fruit. Pretty well blended I'd say.

T- Same as the smell with some spices mixed in. Maybe some light bread as well.

M- Light to medium, pretty smooth and crisp. A little dry on the finish.

D- Very easily sessioned, I'll definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, thin ring of retention, hints of lacing.

S: Big sulfury-mineral aroma, grassy spicing, toffee, roasted nut & caramel.

T: Sulfury mineral, roasted nut, grassy, peppery, toffee, balanced bitterness.

M: Moderate body, well-carbonated, crisp/dry finish.

D: A decent drinker.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque dark amber color that lets a little light in. Initially poured almost an inch of head, but quickly dissipated to a thin ring. Medium lacing.

S: Spices and sweet hops. Also some subtle malt, grain, and a touch of apples.

T: A strong malty flavor up front that transitions into some bitter hops. Reminds me a bit of a regular lager. Not bad, but I could use a little more complexity.

M: Light body with a good amount of carbonation. Once again, not bad, but I would like a little more body from a Marzen.

D: Light and crisp and finishes pretty well - goes down easy. I wouldn't mind sessioning a few of these, but there are definitely better options out there.

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Photo of EddieTheTrooper
4.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite oktoberfest beer, Spaten is the reason I look forward to the fall. Its deep ruddy brown color is pleasing to the eyes, more so when looking at it down the barrel of a huge 32 oz mug. The smell speaks of the experience behind Spaten's brewing, these guys know how to make a friggin' beer. The first sip betrays hints of sassafras and mint that stay with you to the bottom of the glass. It is a little creamier than other oktoberfestbiers, but I like that, it serves to make a rich and foamy head. If you find it on tap, call a friend to drive you home because you're going to want to drink as much of it as your can. Remember in the movie Beerfest when the guys find that secret beer recipe hidden in the doll and they're all talking about how they want to ice skate on it or are simply moved to tears by how delicious it is? I like to imagine that beer tastes like Spaten Oktoberfest.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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 +2.8%
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 +0.3%
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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Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 2,624 ratings