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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 OtherShoe2
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

THey cleaned the cooler out and found some 12 oz bottles -- got a discount. Let's see how this stuff lasted being a near full season out of date.

Nice orange color with a decent head that left a fair bit of sticky lacing down the glass.

Smell is faint hop and malt, with a little caramel. Nothing that encourages you to take a sip.

Thin and a bit understated in flavor for a german Ockt. style. Sweet grainy malt and some hops, and fair carbonation, but little else.

Mouthfeel is mid-range chewiness. Still lacking any real character.

Drinkability is easy, mainly because there's not alot there. A disappointment. Not horrific by any means, but you can do so much better, German or domestic.

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Photo of hosehead83
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass(no freshness date)
Clear copper in color, with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-Faint skunkiness(green bottle syndrome) faint grain, musty.
Taste-Better than the smell but still muted notes of malt, faint hop note leading to a crisp and clean finish. Not exactly huge in the flavor department, but no telling how long it had been on the shelf. Would love a fresh one for comparison.

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Photo of aleric
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very little head. Clear and caramel-brown.

S - Slight skunk, malt.

T - The hops become apparent, and blend well with the malt. Slight nuttiness. Still a bit skunky, but there's an intriguing tobacco in the finish.

M - Medium mouth feel, oily.

O - This beer does the basics well, but isn't interesting enough for me to buy it again, and the skunk is a turn-off.

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Photo of claminat420
2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a transparent amber color with the slightest off white frothy head that dissipates moderately leaving little lacing.

S- like a macro lager. poopy!!

T- pretty much like a macro lager but has more of a caramel taste.

M- medium bodied. decent carbonation.

D- even tho the taste isn't too crazy they go down not to shabby. never will buy again tho.

Overall- i was expecting wayyyy more out of this brew. nothing special at all.

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Photo of Rio
2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bronzish color, with a decent off-white head that didn't stick around long. Bit of a toasted and floral aroma, guessing from the malts and hops respectively.

Taste brings out the toasted malts and the hop characteristics as well, but weakly. The taste just doesn't seem to be very much into this beer. It's a bit thin and watery, too.

I liked this one last year, but I'm not too impressed this year. After ImBev's buyout, I'm not looking forward to what's gonna happen to this brew next year.

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Photo of wac9
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

what can i say if you want a german oktoberfest try another one i had a spaten before and it was great thinking german oktoberfest i tryed this one the only good thing it goes down smooth but i had one stinky bottle so so color so so taste so just move on to another oktoberfest beer

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Photo of kernalklink
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Oktoberfest poured a light yellow into my mug- along with the light color, I was surprised by the euro-lager skunkiness aroma which followed. The flavor is not really there for an Oktoberfest- slightly sweet malts with an almost absent hop profile. There seemed to be an almost too sweet end on the tongue, maybe from the additives to up the alcohol content which is definately there. Couldn't really find any food that blended well- a big strike. Otherwise it was easy to drink, but no real Oktoberfest feeling here

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Photo of tykees88
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- nice white fluffy head and good golden amber beer. Very nice and pleasant looking

S- Skunky malts. Sorry the green bottles have killed your beer.

T- Just ok, I taste the skunk and taste the roasty malts and has a gentle hop character. Too bad they use green bottles.

M- Light bodied carbonated well.

D- look if this was bottled in a brown instead of green lookout America, but it's not so I'll pass on another until it's on draft.

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Photo of granger10
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I can't believe that this is a German oktoberfest, my only guess is that it's a little old and weathered. Pours a nice light tan color with a well proportioned fizzy white head. Smell is not too good though. There's a skunkiness in it, an off yeast byproduct scent. Taste is on the dry side to me. There's a toasted caramel flavor but it has more of a bready, yeasty base that is the main flavor. Finish is slightly weak. Maybe the yeast was old or something along that line because there was something not completely right in this beer. I had two and noticed the same in both, if it's different to me in the future I might change it. Still, not a terrible beer, just could be much better.

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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 mntlover
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear light amber in color with small white head. Light malt smell not much else. Good carbonation slight malt taste with a touch of hop, slight hop bite not much else to speak of. Rather bland actually. Light bodied brew with not much going for it.Probably let my wife or guest have the other 5 not something I will buy again. Thought I would try because someothers thought it a good repersentation of octoberfest. Wish I had some more Sam Adams know some of you think I'm crazy but I like it.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with 2F of soapy off-white head over a fairly dark amber body - quite clear, with very little carbonation present. No lacing to speak of.

Aromas kick off with plenty of yeasty/bready quality, some off-putting DMS, and caramel malt.

Fairly thick and rich on the palate. Flavors include sweet caramel, heavy biscuit, herbal tea, and corn. Finishes a bit cloying for the style, and could use more carbonation.

Drinkability is ok, but could use more carbonation to cut the thickness, and cleanse the palate from carrying aftertaste.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Amber hue with an off white thick head with somewhat decent retention.

Light hoppy smells with a somewhat metallic twist.

Thin mouthfeel with slightly sweet malts along with little carbonation. A bit of a bitter taste, but not from the hops. The hops add to a slightly dry finish.

A little bit below average. It just barely has that Oktoberfest feel to it. Pass this one up, and try another.

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Photo of johnrobe
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What a shame. This one is a wee bit skunked. It's not of the magnitude so that it ruins the brew (ala Heineken) but it gives it an unwelcome twang. When, oh when, will the scourge of green and clear bottles be banished from all breweries?!? The brew pours a light brownish amber with a scant off-white head. The skunkiness ruins the aroma and attempts to block out some sweet malt. Luckily, the skunk is not quite so pervasive in the taste, just a nuisance in the background marring the otherwise pleasant light caramel maltiness. This brew seems more one dimensional than the other big name import O-fests, Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr, which have a bready and nutty quality to the malt along with the caramel. Too bad, this one would be an adequate session beer if it was not skunked.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Big fluffy off-white head. Medium orange-copper head.

Smell: Grassy malts, this is a very euro styled offering. A little more toasty than most euro lagers, but still the grass is diminant.

Taste: The taste is a little more common of standard euro lager, and I am not a big fan of this example. The malt is more evident and caramely than a standard euro lager, but I am thinking that travelling hurts this beer.

Drinkability: Most likely drinking local is a better idea than buying this. Still, not a bad beer.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the Yard House in Phoenix, AZ.

Poured a reddish-amber colored with lighter tints at the edges. Decent head and retention with adequate lacing throughout.

The aroma was a bit off putting. At first whiff there was a citrus scent, but I couldn't detect the hops; instead I detected a vinegar smell. I don't know if maybe this brew was skunked or old or if this is just how it comes naturally.

Taste was mellow, not much carbonation, felt a little flat but not too bad. The flavor was well balanced but nothing I would expect from an Oktoberfest brew; it was more reminiscent of an American macro brew lager.

Mouthfeel was alright, medium bodied with a slight hop taste lingering on your palate for a second. Couldn't really detect the high alcohol content (5.9%).

This Oktoberfest was an okay beer, but nothing great. If it's there, I'll have one but I wouldn't go out of my way to have another.

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Photo of ReebShorts
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a gree 12 oz bottle, a clear orangish color with single finger head, fading a bit but leaving lacing all around.

Doesn't smell like other Oktoborfest's I've tried, this one smells a bit like a czech import or something. slightly skunky with an astringent tone, some malt breaking through.

Taste is not great, but not horrific. I'll get through the sixer, but look forward to moving on to something else.

Not recommending this one.

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Photo of chinchill
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear amber-brown with a smallish off-white head. Head reduces quickly to a thin top coat.

S - a bit skunky (no date on bottle but consumed week of purchase), malty and floral.

T - not too bad for a skunky beer

M - OK carbonation; rather light body; semi-dry finish

Re-REVIEWED on 11/26/2011 with a 2011 sample & on tap in August 2013:

A skunky aroma is evident immediately after removing the cap. Some light hops and faint malt also present. The skunkiness carries over to the taste, rendering this barely drinkable and ruining the finish and aftertaste.

O - This beer had proper storage after purchase and prior to consumption. Moreover, it is unwisely packaged in a green bottle. With no improvement given a 2nd chance, it is appropriate to give it the poor rating it deserves, and to expect a different sample to be likely to suffer the same fate. The on=tap version was clearly better, with none of the skunky off-notes.

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Photo of bltzburgh
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The third and final beer of our Aug. beer club meeting, and my favorite of the night.

Poured to a dark yellow slight amber color.

Head was small and diminished quickly.

Smell was not real potent

Tasted great at first considering the other two beers I tried that evening, left a little burnt aftertaste.

Usually after we taste and rate three beers we hang out discuss world events and drink our favorite of the night, this was mine

Not bad beer had a couple that night. Probaly wouldn't keep it on hand but would buy it in a multi pack to see what others this brewery had to offer.

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Photo of txbrew81
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Traditional dark amber appearance with a decent head that quickly dissapears. Almost no lacing.

S: Sweet malty smell. Not much going on here, not bad but not great.

T: Bready malts, with hints of caramel. Maybye even slight cherry hints. Decent.

M: Light carbonation, quaffable. Tastes sort of flat, but is refreshing.

O: Just okay. Much better examples of a Marzen out there. I have had on tap before and remember it being better. Maybye an old bottle? Wouldn't seek out again, but also wouldn't turn away a free one.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at the Bowery Bar & Grill in Franklin, WI.

I hadn't had this beer in years, and it seemed time to try it again. The beer certainly looks like an Oktoberfest, with white foam and a tan body. However, foam was not very abundant and head retention was not very good. Odor was practically non-existent. Flavor was not very full-bodied. Marzen/Oktoberfests seem to emphasize a maltiness that this beer just did not demonstrate. I thought it was decidedly mediocre. All things said, I'd prefer another Oktoberfest, such as the offering from Leinenkugel's.

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Photo of Kinsman
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear amber colored body without the slightest bit of haze. A slightly foamy white head about 1 inch thick sits atop the glass but is very short lived and leaves behind almost no lace. Reminiscent of a darker colored Bud.

Aroma is most notably grainy with the slightest hint of toasted malt and maybe a bit of a leafy hop note.

Taste is kind of bland, with not much more flavor than your average macro lager. It is a little bit sweeter, with a presence of toasted malt but it's certainly not bursting with a whole lot of flavor.

Mouthfeel feel is crisp and light, but makes the beer feel kind of thin.

Overall this is a drinkable Oktoberfest, but I was a bit disappointed. Supposedly this is the beer that started all for Oktoberfest so I'm hoping if I ever make it to the real thing, the beer is a bit better. Simply put, it taste like a macro lager, with a couple traditional but low quality Maerzen style ingredients added in.

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Photo of Bedlamist
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can't say I'm disappointed in this beer as something to drink, but (as Brother Jason) said it's just not a great example of an Oktoberfest. I'm certainly no expert, but to me it seems a little too sharp, thin and hoppy for the style. The main problem though is this is a bit too skunky, almost as bad as "regular" Beck's usually is. I'm afraid the solution might be for European brewers to stop shipping beer to the Americas in GREEN bottles. (Spaten's Optimator doppelbock comes in green glass too but doppelbock seems harder to damage with light and heat.)

I recommend that residents of the U.S.A. who like malty, sweetish and FRESH Oktoberfest beer should stick to a domestic example. (I'm fond of Samuel Adams', which is also easy to find here in Lexington, KY.) Spaten's Oktoberfest. on the other hand, might be delicious from a fresh keg in Munich (in case somebody wants to fly me there).

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Photo of champ103
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep and clear amber reddish color. A large head forms to leave some sticky lace.
S: Grain and cereal malt. Sweet with a bit of floral hops. A delicate toasted aroma towards the end.
T: Grainy, cereal and metallic. Astringent. A slight hop character. Pretty bland and not very impressed.
M/D: Thin and watery in the mouth and over carbonated. Not all that hard to drink, but not very inviting either.

This is not what I think of when it comes to Oktoberfest beer. Kind of bland and almost skunky. I have had this several times, and every time it seems like a bad Euro import. The journey from Munich never seems to be kind to this beer.

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Photo of ahking
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Strange brownish orange appearance with a nice sudsy white head. Smells like a wheat beer would. Caramel malts used here for flavor and color. I have had Spaten fest beer IN GERMANY AT THE OKTOBERFEST (Hippodrome tent) and this does not compare. Not sure what this beer is really. The fest beer in Munich was a helles. Overall, not what I expected and not a great tasting beer.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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