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 wiscokid920
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A- Clear copper in color. White frothy head with average lacing and retention.

S- Green bottle Skunk, Doughy, nutty, slight floral hops but very much masked

T/M- Slightly sweet at first, then bready with flat herbal flavors and a touch of alcohol. Very slick. Somewhat dry finish with some spice notes.

Not the best offering of Oktoberfest I have every had. Not the greatest offering I had from Spaten either, but in the end not a bad choice. Could not tell the expiration date on the bottle, but it tastes as if its past its prime which is odd because its Oktoberfest season. If I were longing for a Spaten I think I will stick to an Optimator.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nce amber color body with a nice 1"finger head that hangs around for a while. The smell is of caramel and grains, with some sweetness to it. The taste is of caramel and has some sweetness to it, i don't get any hops notes at all. The mouth feel is smooth and well carbonated. Overall this is a ok marzen.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another heady Oktoberfestbier, which gives me an idea for a new beer festival: "Doktoberfest - the Hop lovers beer festival"... my Doktoberfestbier is a 6 Hop affair with a toasted biscuit base and a hint of sour yeastiness... but anyway I'm here to review this beer, not some awesome brew which I just thought of that doesn't even exist [dammit!].

Poured from a real man's 500ml bottle into a real man's Stein, word man.

A: First off - this beer looks really flat, no head to be seen. The body is golden with a hue of Papaya whip (yes I got a colour wheel now!).

S: First whiff is a mixture between base malt grains and rubber... yeah I'm not looking forward to where the rubber odor leads. There are cut grass hops in there with a distinct (if you could call it that) water overtone, this brings it back from the verge of odd and places the aroma profile in the realm of "refreshing lager"... we'll see.

T: And we're back in Marzen territory; lager grains with a slight cloying sweetness and a crisp dry hopped finish. There is a sour yeast note that is much more pronounced than in the Lowenbrau Marzen and the finish is drier, however there is less sweetness here. Overall not bad but I'm not writing home to mum about this (or any beer for that matter - my mum doesn't drink and has zero interest in beer reviews).

M: Not sure if this borders on watery or not - it's a strange allusion with this brew because of the wateriness of the aroma and flavour, however the body is slightly cloying... let's just say that it's lighter than the Lowenbrau.

D: Deciding factor is the flavour with this brew and I think the Lowenbrau Oktoberfest/Marzen shows a bit more finesse. Whereas this beer is taking several wild swings ("Yeast!", "Sugar!", "Dry!", "Crisp!"), Lowenbrau is by comparison "floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee", and to me finesse and style will always defeat brute force.

Food match: German food, yeah that's been established before, what else? German beer is pretty versatile in my opinion; how about a classic porterhouse steak (medium rare) with a side of celeriac mash and carrots braised au jus? Is this beer good enough for a decent meal (aka is it up to the challenge?), well only YOU can answer that question.

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Photo of Floydster
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased from a local store for two dollars

Poured into my Firestone pint glass with a bright amber color and a 1/2 inch creamy white head that disappeared very quickly, small bubbles, limited retention but some pretty good lacing for the first couple minutes until it settled down

Smell was dominated by malt, mostly bready and full of grain, some minor citrus aromas, not much bitter smells meaning that there was probably not much of a hop profile

Taste was biscuit-like from the beginning all the way to the end, malt the whole way around, once the beer warmed I tasted a faint cherry flavor to go along with some oranges and caramel, very chewy throughout though with faint fruity flavors only coming once in a while, not balanced and lacking a necessary dry feel, tiny bit of sourness towards the end but probably just because of the excess of malt, would have liked this to be either more hoppy or sweeter to distinguish itself from the other octoberfestbiers out there

Medium body with not much thickness, good level of carbonation, but taste did not really stick around for more than fifteen seconds or so after each sip

Could drink a few bottles of this before I got bored and moved on, light on the stomach, the taste would just get old, the ABV is slightly below six percent, making its drinkability even better than it would have been

Not a bad Marzen, this could have used more hoppiness to balance out some of the malt, Spaten makes some pretty fine German beers thoug, even though not their best, it is worth checking out next October

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Photo of Luigi
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear rich amber color with a two finger head. The retention is reduced to a thin sticky lacy around the glass.

The aroma is rich in sweet and toasted malts with a grassy hop to back it up.

Medium bodied with a soft bread like malt backed up with some sweetness. The hop is mild and spicy but the toasted malts re the dominate flavor.

Medium/light bodied and very easy to drink.

Because, this lager is an import I cannot evaluate a fresh batch. But, overall this lager is true to the style.

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Photo of abrand
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at local pub. Served in pint glass.

Pours a bright amber color from the tap with a big 3 finger head from the over carbonated keg. Smells of pure malts and grains. Really nothing else going on. Taste is somewhat sweet with plums but also a huge malted presence. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall a decent oktoberfest.

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Photo of Itoclown
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was really disappointed by this beer. I am very fond of Spaten and was hoping since it was Octoberfest, it'd be their best beer.

Look: Light brown, no haze, head gone quickly
Smell: Typical German/Dutch beer scent(which I assumed would happen)
Taste: Very average

Although it didn't live up to what I was expecting, I'm still going to purchase this and other Spaten products again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Spaten Oktoberfest is pretty good. The beer pours copper color with an inch of white foam. Some lacing is noted. The smell has a bit of an acidic smell, with a malty scent. I found it kind of bland. The taste is similar to the smell unfortunately. That touch of astringent bite makes this just an odd beer. There is a noted malt flavor and some sweetness. the beer is drinkability is decent. Medium bodied, with minimal carbonation. Overall, surprised this was such an underwhelming Marzen. Price is reasonable but there are much better options for this type.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fall is already creeping up upon us, so I am making it my goal to try all the Oktoberfest I can.

Pours to a coppery amber color, nice and clear with a great carbonation and a pillowy marshmallow tan head. Looks crisp and refreshing enough.

The smell is a tad bit weak. A bit biscuity and malty sweet. A bit of diacetyl maybe.

The taste is only slightly better than the smell, but more buttery. No noticable hops. This is not one of my favorite Oktoberfests.

Nothing impressive. I'll probably not try it again. Many more O'fests to be had...

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Photo of drperm
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall, too "corporate" tasting. I have learned that for me, with German brews, the small the brewery the better the result.
That being said, I find this Maerzen not completely unlikeable. It's not my favorite style, so perhaps I'm biased.

A color I can only describe as "fishy" leads into a nose of sawdust. The flavors are "woody" and there is a surprisingly nice finish on the palate. Fairly tasty overally, I do have to admit, but it's so doggone one-dimensional. I'm not sure if that's a style thing or a Spaten thing.

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Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous copper color with little to no head, simply a white film over the top of the brew.

Furious dancing bubbles show this is well carbonated.

Smells a bit like heineken. Maybe I smell some floral notes? Not much stands out here.

The taste is grainy and a bitter. Decent mouthfeel considering the raging carbonation and decent balance make not too many notes stand out. Drinkability is good! I could sit down with a six pack and finish it off no problem.

Overall a decent after-work beer, but nothing for a special occasion.

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Photo of budgood1
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out an auburn highlighted amber colour....large frothy off-white head with a lot of festive lacing. a fabulous looking o-fest when poured into a liter mug. the aroma is just of lightly roasted euro malts...lots of bready and crackery notes. pretty nice. upon tasting, the vienna and munich malts are subdued with some roasty/toasty notes mingling with a balanced sweetness. there is an annoying metallic ring on the tongue that is unsettling at best. i don't care for that. a slightly spicy alcohol finish makes it complete. the mouthfeel is on the lean side; the overall body follows suit. grill some brats, get your onions and sauerkraut and have a ball!

of course i'd like to have this fresh from the source, as i'm sure it's much better fresh as opposed to the obviously well traveled twelve pack i have to drink.

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Photo of DanJ
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass, came out a nice see through carmel color. A nice looking tan head formed. I could see the carbonation.

My first smell was a little skunky. Thought maybe I had an old bottle.

The taste was slightly malt forward, the funny thing was the skunky smell was not present in the taste. A nice balance of light malt and bitterness.

The beer was very carbonated and crisp. Not a real big mouthfeel, but very pleasant. The finish was crisp and quick. Nothing lingered at all. The skunky smell went away as the head went down.

I think that this is a real drinkable refreshing beer. I look forward to finding it on tap.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Gmann
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a small white head, left a little ring on the glass after it dissipated. The smell is light, grainy, with a very subtle hint of caramel malt. The taste is of bready malt with a touch of grainy sweetness, not much nobel hop detected. The feel is fairly light and crisp, a pretty neutral and balanced brew. Overall a pretty passive Oktoberfest, not terrible, not great, easy to drink.

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Photo of theopholis
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apearance - Nice amber body with a soft honey look. decent off-white head that disappates relatively quicking, does leave some lacing.

Aroma- Lots of sour-mash aroma with some sweet Munich alsts and bittering hops. Some roasted pine-nut.

Taste - A nice mix of a semi-sweet malt and some bittering hops.
A nice lemony hop after-taste.

Mouthfeel - About what you would expect from an Octoberfes. Medum body, slightly syrupy with a nice CO2 bite.

Drinakbility - Very drinkable. Light enough for back yard drinking or nice enough for evenings. Very sessionable.

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Photo of Pyro976
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of anthony-martinez
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of JackTheRipper
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice clear amber color. Head was initially about 1 1/2" of off-white foam. Now just a memory. Thin lacing.

S: Thin smells. Barely there malt aroma. Nothing special here.

T: Way better than the smells. There is a nice toasty malt taste. Fairly sweet, with a neat little fruitiness in the background. Late in the finish is a flash of bitterness.

M: Medium body. Nice levels of carbonation carry the tastes around. Alcohol is very well masked for the level.

D&N: Nothing exceptional, but a well crafted beer. Goes down really easily and would make a great session beer. If the smells were better, this would get better marks. Not something I would drive for miles and miles to seek, but if it's there, it's a safe buy.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear off-amber color with a finger of foam that recedes and leaves a thin ring on top. Aroma is that skunky flavor that I associate with Heineken. Kinda grainy, cabbage, DMS.

First sip is pretty dry, a kiss of malty sweetness that quickly fades with a lingering metallic aftertaste. Not a huge fan. The metallic flavor is undesireable, and hides any hoppiness that may be in there.

I should just stick to domestic beers, as I tend to prefer the flavor profiles. This one just doesn't strike a happy note with me.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lagaffe74
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a clear copper-like with a small off-white head which disappeared quite fast.
It had quite a floral nose with notes of caramel and honey on the palate. A little semi-sweet finish with a good drinkability. Quite nice.
I had this one with deer sausage in gravy over rice - I am in Louisiana! - and this went quite well!!

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Photo of pentathlete
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely copper with a foamy head. The smell is lightly toasted barley and not much else. Taste is watery mix of malts and harsh, but not strong, hops. Not very appealing because of the thinness. This is an ok beer, and apparently readily available, but there are much better Octoberfests.

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Photo of wcintula
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on-tap, poured into an English pint.

A- Brownish-orange colored clear body, with a fluffy off white head.

S- The smell is sweet and of toasted malt, light hoppy scent.

T- The taste is sweet as well with the roasted-toasted malts coming through. Has a sweet aftertaste that's honey-like.

M- A refreshing bit of carbonation, crisp, yet not too prickly on the tongue, very thin coating feeling down the throat.

D- It's good for it's style, fun and festive.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,552 ratings.
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