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 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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Photo of lester619
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky, cloudy, amber-brown. Head and lacing are thin. The smell is rather sweet with some brown sugar molases notes. Grainy and toasted malt smells are mixed in with faint skunky smell underneath everything. You can taste a complex toasty malty roasted grain flavor at first. This turns into a bitter somewhat astringent alcohol taste with an oxidized skunky aftertaste. I'm sure this is a completely different beer fresh from the vat. I'm pretty sure this bottle has been around a while. I wanted to try a Marzen actually made in Germany. I think I will stick to domestic stuff unless I'm actually standing in Munich.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a darkish gold color, sort of SAC Amber meets Goldenrod. White head, not much of it in either head size or lace. Pretty clear body. You can see the streams of carbonation rise up to the top where they don't amount to anything.

Smells like grainy, unappetizing malt. Not a good blend; too much like germinating grain. Stale hops: too-bitter lawn clippings. Not much fruit ester.

This beer tastes poorly. The malt base is not interesting; it reminds me of a macro lager. There are similar flavors. This basically tastes like a Michelob Lager that has had a splash of Marzen added to it. Unappealing flavors. Weak, undeveloped.

Watery mouthfeel. Not terrible but you notice it in a bad way. The drinkability is suspect. On one hand the proximity to macro lager makes this technically very drinkable. But if you're interested in drinking a good beer when you measure drinkability then this falls short. Not good enough for its ABV% or price.

Drink other Marzens instead. I don't care if this purports to be the first of the style. It is not good, and other Marzens/Oktoberfestbiers are good and your should drink them and not this.

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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 morebeergood
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12 pack to share with some friends recently. Poured into a pint glass. Brownish color with a hint of orange. Somewhat flat looking, not much head, and not much lacing. Smell was a bit earthy. Taste was a bit sub par. Way too much malt, to the point of sticking to the palate. Plus, there was an skunked flavor hidden after the swallow. It's an easy drinking beer, smooth going down, but I just didn't care for the taste. Kind of a let down from a from a brewer that's had a bit of time to work on the O'Fest recipe.

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Photo of Cruzin023
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured a dark brown color with little head
S: Smelled kind of skunky
T: Had a skunky taste overall and bitterness afterward; could taste a little of the roasted malts
M: Lots of carbonation
D: Drinkable, but definitely not as easy to drink as other Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of deebo
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a very clear reddish brown. Tan head has little staying power, not much for CO2 bubbles.
S-Hint of skunky beer with weak caramel malt aroma. I hate green bottles-all brewers should stop using them. Light degradation of beers from Europe packaged in green bottles never holds up by the time it gets here.
T-Nice upfront sweet toasted malt with a hint of floral hops at end with a little astringent aftertaste.
M-Medium body with moderate effervescence, hops linger.
D-Easy to drink but not a ton of flavor.
O-Not my favorite Marzen but respectable-would love to get some before the skunk sneaks in the bottle. I'm sure this on tap would be a much better experience. Maybe some people actually like skunky beer...Heineken anyone?

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Photo of vandemonian
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has an amber colour and a 1-finger head that sticks around due to the good carbonation. It smells like cheap grainy beer with perhaps a hint of hops. The taste is pretty similar: not great. It feels pretty watery but the carbonation gives it some interest at least.

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Photo of tylerprince
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a fresh bottle into a snifter.

A: Nothing special. Clear brownish copper with a one finger white head. Resolves into a thin lacing.

S: Pilsener malts through and through with an astringent fruitiness. Tastes ever so slightly skunked.Green bottles should be outlawed.

T: Better than I expected after giving this one a whiff. Starts and ends fruity, almost like a cider. Too sweet for me, though, and ends with an Earl Grey-like bittersweet profile.

M: Nothing to comment on here. Crisp and clean, but perhaps a bit lacking on the carbonation front.

O: Won't be buying this one again. I remember going to Germany a few years ago before I was really into beer and thinking nothing could beat a proper German brew. Since being back in the states, I can't find anything that comes close. Can't wait to get back to Europe to try some local German beers, or even just to find some good imports in the states.

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Photo of Goliath
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich, clear, amber color with a thin white had. Decent retention.

Aroma is not too great. Some pale bready malt, and a dominant skunky aroma.

Taste is ok. Some pale bready malts again, but a dominant skunky flavor. Had I not known it was an Oktoberfest, I never would have guessed.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavor is subpar for an Oktoberfest, but it's not horrible and it is certainly sessionable.

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Photo of 2814
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep amber color with very little head. Skunky aroma up front with a touch of raisin. Surprisingly clean taste, notes of caramel malt with subtle earthy finish. It is actually pretty refreshing despite first appearance and aroma. Nice, easy drinking with just the right amount of carbonation to clean your palate after each sip. Flavor stays consistent until the bottom of the glass.

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Photo of DurtyNellie
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very pretty beer. Copper body with an off-white head that quickly dissipated. Nice lacing on the glass, though.
Bit of a toasted and floral aroma.
I can barely taste the toasted malts or the hop characteristics.
A bit thin and watery.
I'm not impressed, I used to like this beer. Might do well with the Millcooweiser folks. Green bottle - possibly stale?

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Photo of witster18
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
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 bkilpatr
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 10/28/08.

Pours a clear copper-orange color with nearly three fingers of beige head. The head dropped quickly, no lacing. Aroma is lightly toasted malt and faint floral hops.

Taste is sweet caramel-ish malt and faint floral hops. Both tastes are very muted, leaving the beer fairly bland. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Carbonation is decent and the body is light. Drinkability is decent, though the poor taste drops it some.

Doesn't taste as good as other beers of the style.

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Photo of ReDave
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm kinda wondering what year this was.... no clue of date.

Not impressive sourish malt aroma

Nice head cream colored lasted a short while.. Nice lacing.

Sorta lemony sour malt taste, with bad sour-bitter aftertaste.

I think this is worth once a year, but not much more.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow/golden color with a small white head that settled quickly. Little lacing to speak of.

S: Some grass, as well as some malt and a little bit of fruit, little bit of skunk.

T: Pretty malty with a little bit of caramel. There is a grainy characteristic as well.

M/D: Medium bodied, but smooth. Overall its ok, not great. I am guessing that the trip overseas has a lot to do with this. On tap, I bet its a whole different beer.

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Photo of srrn
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
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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