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

I'm not a big fan of Spaten beers. Even the Optimator has a bit of the grainy sweetness you find in domestic lagers. The Octoberfest follows suit. Typical in color, but nowhere near as smooth and flavorful as the best brews of the style. Reminded me of some US (macro) attempts at darker beers, with the thin body and sweetness. Pass on this one, there are much better versions out there.

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Photo of TheLiterati
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden amber in appearance, almost bubbly. Smells malty, with perhaps an undertone of nutmeg or some kind of fruit or spice, but it’s very faint.

The sparkling, effervescent quality translates to the mouthfeel, which is buoyed by the carbonation. The taste is crisp, clean, but the predominant maltiness makes for a full-bodied beer.

Drinkable, maybe even pleasant, but not so special for a seasonal. Could very easily be an every day beer.

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

The beer poured crystal cleam medium amber golden with a just barely off-white head that lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty continental malts with a caramel aspect and a slight hop aroma.

The flavor was malty with the same Munich and Vienna malt flavors and enough hop bittering to keep the maltiness and caramel in check.

The finish was dry with a nice caramel and continental maltiness impression lasting through to the aftertaste. The body was medium.

Big imperial pint glass. The beer I think of when I think of O'fest beers, a good solid representation.

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

My second Oktoberfest of this season.I've done some checking and found that this is the original Marzen , not Hacker-Pschoor as I mistakenly thought.So that being said.Light amber color with an offwhite head , about one half inch that diminishes after about 2 minutes to one eighth with decent lacing.Good balance of malt and hops. Good drinking.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was recommended as a good Oktoberfestbier by someone and they had a nice sale on a case at the liquor store. So, I decided to give it a shot. It's the sixth Oktoberfest style beer I've had so far, and I was surprised at how it was quite different from the rest.

Pours deep amber with a fairly copious head which lasts. Probably some of the head was due to only partial refrigeration. Smells of malts. I was hoping for more spice in the nose, it was faint if present at all. Tastes like a German beer (has that extra punch to it). Smooth and consistent, but doesn't taste like a wintery, inviting brew. Reminds me of a high quality Heineken. So, wasn't bad but wasn't what I expect from Oktoberfest.

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Photo of palliko
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is redolent of hops and an odd fruit/grain scent. Initial mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, medium body, sweet malt and an unidentifiable acidic bite that carries on over to the after taste, which stays in your mouth way too long. There are much better Oktoberfest beers out there.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the green bottle a nice golden reddish orange color with a small white head. The smell is of caramel malts with some earthy tones and a bit of skunkiness as well.

The first sip is a creamy caramely nutty infusion. This was not what I was expecting from the weak smell. Quite complex and flavorful...this is a nice example of the Oktoberfest style.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be...a very nice consistency and not overly carbonated. Drinkability is good here as well. An all around tasty brew that I could drink many of. This is a great time of year for beer and Spaten adds to my enjoyment!

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

This beer pours a light brown color. Very clear. Nice dense white head.

Aroma is minimal. Has that European/German nose, which I am very unused to.

Taste is quite sweet to start. Caramel?. Fairly clean and smooth. Mild toasty maltiness towards the middle and end. Very low bitterness.

Medium bodied. On the low end in carbonation which is fine.

Overall I can see how ppl can drink liters of this stuff. I would love to see more maltiness and also more hop bitterness to attenuate the sweetness up front.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brownish-copper with a light tan 1/4 inch head. Lots of fine lacing. Smells sweet and lighlty malty. A bit grassy like fresh hay and lightly sour. Taste is grassy up front followed by caramel malt. Fruity with a floral hoppy finish. Mouth is a good balance. Lightly crisp and lightly malty. It's not bad and damn drinkable. Really smooth and satisfying even though it is not an outstanding Oktoberfest. A solid choice for a session brew this season.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Coppery golden in color with a rocky, white-tan head. The beer is crystal clear. The aroma features a clean, almost nutty maltiness along with a slightly sickly-sweet worty aroma in the back - almost fruity, but not an estery fruitiness, more a grapish type aroma. The flavor starts with sweet malt followed by a more robust toastiness and a tea-like flavor, then follows with a clean bitterness at the end - frankly more bitterness than I expected and maybe a little too much. The beer was somewhat dry and a touch astringent in the mouthfeel.

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

Consumed in October 2004 at the Toronado on tap. Poured with a small head and decent lace. Had remotely no smell at all. Maybe a small amount of malt and hops, but barley any. Tasted the same as it smelled but a little better. Roasted malt and very little hops. Went down fairly easy and would have again if it were the only Octoberfest available.

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

12 oz green bottle.

Creamy white head with poor retention. Very little lacing; what's there doesn't last long. Clear copper in color; a bit thin looking.

A slight toasted malt aroma with a biscuit hint. Very mild aromatics.

Very lightly toasted malt flavors. Very crisp hop bitterness. A slightly bready quality in the aftertaste. Nothing monumental in terms of flavor, but nothing off either.

Medium bodied; crisp, clean, and unobtrusive on the palate.

Very drinkable; a pleasant Marzen, nothing flashy but a very stable version of the style.

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Photo of DPMomutant
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer comes out with a medium to dark copper color with a nice head and decent lacing. Does look very good.

A nice malt smell but nothing special.

The taste is slightly sweet and fairly bold. Nice and malty throughout. A little knocked off for a bit of 'Euro lager' type skunkiness, for lack of a better term. Could be attributed to the green bottle and the fairly well-lit store, but as a seasonal I would think it hasn't been in there terribly long. It isn't as obnoxious as, say, Heineken but is enough to notice.

The mouthfeel is fine with balanced carbonation in front and a dry, smooth finish....maybe a bit dry for my own taste.

This beer in itself is drinkable, it isn't harsh going down or with the ABV. If it tasted a bit better I'd probably rank the drinkability higher but after about two of these tonight I'm ready to move on.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice transparent deep golden amber color with 2 fingers of head that fall to about a finger of head before I start drinking it. The nose is a nice light, sweet caramel. The flavor is very much the same, being rather sweet on the finish. Of the Oktoberfest beers I've had recently, this is a nice one. I really like it. The mouthfeel is just bordering on the lower limit of thick. I could sit down to a six of this beer easily.

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Photo of jahred
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wrote a review of this beer at the Goose Island "Beer Academy" - when I started drinking "good" beer and learning about such things, I thought this beer was fantastic. Do I still think it's that good?

Pours with a large white head and a medium-brown clear body. The scent is pretty weak - there must be some malt there, but I don't notice it. The taste is largely malt focused, with not too much hop flavor going on (perhaps why I used to like this beer so much, before I learned to appreciate hops?) The mouthfeel is fairly creamy, and the beer is easy to drink.

Still quite good, but no longer a favorite, I suppose.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
2.31/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Color is right on - a nice orange yellow. Smell is very strong - has that wheaty, skunky smell.

Very thin taste. Mostly tastes like water with hints of wheat and grains.

This beer was not impressive. In general, I prefer to have a beer with a body that is not so thin. In this case, it went from refreshing to annoying - like rotten water.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy and golden amber body had medium and steady carbonation and a smallish foamy head that left delicate lacing. The aroma was richly roasted caramel malt with a touch of noble hops. Despite the green bottle, there was no skunkiness here, so the store must have treated this six pack nicely while in there care. The primary taste was very smoothly sweet and bready malt with a refreshing lemony acidity, mild clove spiciness, and a low level of hop bitterness. I could also detect some notes of bananas and orange peel in the taste. The mouthfeel was creamy and full but displayed a dry aftertaste. Drinkable, yet complex, I can easily see how this beer can be downed in vast quantities at this time of the year.

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

Had this on tap at Redbones, Smooth, solid, and easy to drink. Not mind-blowing, but when you can do those three adjectives well, it sounds like a German session bier to me. Medium amber, low head. Light brown bread aroma. Medium in body, my flavor notes tell me that there was low malt (lets say not overwhelming), with some faint sweetness hovering around the edges. Low bitterness as well. Again, smooth and easy to drink.

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

A solid interpretation of the Oktoberfest style, which is slowly growing on me, to be sure. This malty Bier offered a deep copper color out of the tap and something resembling a one-finger head. Notes of banana and other residual sweetness filled my nose. The flavor was a good bit of chewy malt, and some secondary sweetness to balance it off. A fine, fine brew.


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Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the first of three German Oktoberfestbiers I sampled on the night of September 30, 2004, and the one that, ultimately, was the most drinkable. The Spaten poured a clear, golden body with a one finger, ivory colored, head that retained well, before yielding some attractive, sheet lacing.
Aroma reveals caramel malt to the nose, and soft, floral hops.
Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, with an ideal level of moderate carbonation.
Taste was bettter appreciated after sampling the Oktoberfest biers of Becks and Hacker-Pschorr. The Spaten has a bettter balance, with buttery, toffee malt weaving in and out of the picture with a pleasant, floral hops bittering note, that works quite well here. Nothing to overwhelm, just a fine balance of malt and hop that results in a clean finish, and a desire to have another.
Good drinkability, and the best of the German festbiers I've sampled, as we enter October of 2004.

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Photo of scottum
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an amber with a full white head. Tastes full and malty sweet with a hint of butter and a nice light hop balance. Mouthfeel is quite smooth making for a very easy drinking brew. I'm happy to be able to even be able to buy german beer in my small town once a year so I'll take what I can get. Not the best Oktoberfest lager I've tried, but certainly a very solid offering worth checking out.

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

Pours out a dark honey color with a 1" head and some lace.
Smell is hops and malt only.
Taste is hoppy, malty and some honey.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, effervescent on the tip of the tongue.
Drinkability is decent, a middle of the road oktoberfest beer. Really expected more considering the others I've had from this brewer.

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Photo of pgroove
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As far as Oktoberfests go this is definitely one of the better ones out there, but in general Im not the biggest fan of them although I do like to modify preferences with the seasons (even though here in LA it is difficult to differentiate one season from the other). Anyhoot, It has a beautiful coppery color, and is rather full-bodied in comparison to other Oktoberfests. It ain't the Optimator, but its definitely a good brew.

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Photo of pezoids
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a crystal clear and glowing copper color. Looks like a shiny new penny. Orange highlights and topped with a small creamy head. The aroma is rich with caramelized fruit, milky sweet creamy malts and has some sour notes.. The taste is creamy and smooth caramel candy and sweet malt. Toffee like. Very smooth and finishes buttery and bittersweet. Nice beer.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Spaten's Oktoberfest brew is supposedly one of the most widely consumed beverages during the Munich autumn extravaganza. That snippet seemed to impress me, so I was a bit eager to try this offering. After trying it, the brew seemed a bit average to me. I guess this is a decent brew to drink while you are crammed into a beer tent in Munich, but on its own it seemed a bit thin.

Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen pours a nice orange copper/amber color with a decent foam head that lasts for a little over a minute. Sweet, nutty malts were detectable in the aroma. A very slight mustiness was present, (perhaps an attribute from being lightstruck?), as well as a light citric hop twang. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated, but did indeed seem a bit thinner to me than I had anticipated. The taste did focus on the malts, with some sweet caramel and nutty notes abound. A distinct fruitiness was present throughout the whole brew. Decent dryness in the finish, and a good spicy/citric hop presence was well. The flavor notes were good, but seemed to be a bit hindered by some wateriness. Certainly not Coors Light watery by any means, but I guess I just thought this beer would have more. Continuing dryness and citric flavors linger for a bit in the aftertaste, and it concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

This is a decent brew to try during the autumn months, but it really wasn't exciting in any way. Out of Spaten's products, I would stick with their Optimator.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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