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 StaveHooks
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear chestnut brown. A pretty color but the lackluster head starts small and melts into several inverted circle wisps.

S - Musty bready malt. Caramel malt, muted cherries, sweet husky grain, and almond notes.

T - Kind of an old wet grain, dark fruit, sweet malt, and amaretto. A weird thin caramel malt rides heavy and holds steady throughout the finish. Moderate carbonation adds a welcomed bite to balance out the malt. Hints of lemon towards the finish as well as the aftertaste.

The green bottle obviously adds a lot of the characteristics of this beer. The nutty malt is good but a little strange. Slight lemongrass notes come out on the finish. Not what I expected. Not what I expect out of the style. I wouldn't seek this one out.

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Photo of 1angrydwarf
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: It looks fine
S: This beers initially smelled skunky but opened up a bit and has malt smell with an interesting light herbal grass hop note.
T: This beer has a malt forward taste with a nice clean finish. The hop to malt balance is leaning toward hop compared to other german marzens. This is still malt forward just with a crisper finish.
F: Light mouth feel easy drinking
O: Slightly different the skunky notes were off putting but this beer grew on me. The balance of the hop and malt with a refreshing finish is nice but not for everyone. I like others better but if you want a clean finish with malt taste up front this isn't all bad.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brandoneast
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Burnt orange with a pillowy alabaster crown of foam collapses, leaving average lacing around the glass. Aroma is rich of toasted malt and some strange, faint, vegetal notes of Brussels sprouts from the weak hops. Malt flavors range from fresh toasted grain to crusty bready tones with caramel and enough hops to balance. Goes dry towards the end, with a soft working The nice balance and depth of this lager is wonderful, but not quite the benchmark for it's style.

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Photo of TommyLiam
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A -- Semi-Aggressively poured into a pilsner glass. Formed two fingers of dense light cream head. The beer is a dark hued bronze without any clouding. Carbonation is active and ubiquitous. The head retains a cap for an extended period of time. Quite lovely.

S -- The nose is metallic and grainy. A little bit of time reveals sweetness. Not much going on here but not less than expected for the style.

T -- The Spaten signature crisp character is the first impression after the swallow. Light biscuit upfront with a sweet malt flavor which transitions into the almost austere dryness of the finish. There are traces of spice in the finish and the malts are slightly roasted but overall the flavor is restrained. Zero heat.

M -- The mouthfeel is lively and light as to be expected. The carbonation level is perfect but repeated consumption of this lager dulls the palate.

O -- A solid Marzen lager but nothing to write home about. Considering the price point there are better American expressions widely available for a better value. I'm never afraid to pick this up at a bar if it's the only Oktoberfest option or is I can find a great price at a wholesaler.

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Photo of Buebie
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A buddy grabbed a 6 pack of this and gave me a bottle. This being his favorite fest brew.

So, a 12 ounce brown bottle goes into a pub glass off a semi rigorous pour and creates just barely a half inch of head. Quick to recede, leaving not lace trails and really no head retention. Color is nice though in the traditional sense. A golden/ red darker copper, glowing bright when held to light.

Aroma is kinda skunky. Some malty carmelised sugars, grain aroma tailing the skunk and a bit of rye with a mixture of wheat.

Taste also portrays some of that skunk, but quickly falls away as the beer shines with much more welcome flavors.
Malty and somewhat sweet, grain is there with a cereal punch. Bready caramel goodness, a touch of rye spice. Then becoming a bit more bitter, hops kick it up and bring some mild pine with plenty of bitters balancing the malts. Finishing dry with a rye linger and mild bittering.

Mouthfeel holds an abundance of carbonation. Its somwhat thin, but not watery.

Pretty tasty brew, but the aroma is not so pleasant.

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Photo of superfriend
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I find Spaten makes better wheats than lagers. This O-fest proves it, just plain.
An undistinguished brunette, I find its strength is fewer bubbles.

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Photo of AltBock
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this on-tap at my local Winking Lizard. It came to me in a 22 oz. Spaten Oktoberfest glass. It was served a bit too cold, but not really frost on the mug cold. Just a little bit below frost cold. Anyway, the beer itself was a really nice clear golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head of foam had good retention leaving behind white rings and some spotty white lace around the glass. It had a nice above average aroma of toasted malt, juicy fruits, and a wet hops background. I thought the taste was dry with subtle flavors of bitter hops, a touch of juicy fruits, and a small taste of toasted malt in the background. The mouthfeel was kind of light and dry with an aftertaste of very subtle bitter hops. I could see why they drink big liters of this style of beer at Oktoberfest because it's somewhat light, there isn't too much flavor to it and it can be refreshing. Basically this beer is pretty much a nice slightly above average German Oktoberfest.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a super clear reddish golden color (amber) with a small ¼” head of small white bubbles at first pour. The head falls within a minute or so to end up as just a small ring around the top of the beer. There are very few bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: Well, I am afraid that the skunk has gotten a hold of this one. If you can get past that you can pick up quite a bit of toasty malt along with a butter-caramel presence.

Taste: The flavor is really mild for me. I don’t get as much skunk in the flavor as in the aroma. There is a little bit of hops in the middle of the profile that balance things out a bit so that they can make it over your palate unscathed, but then the malt is back for the kill in the finish. There is a noticeable sweetness to linger for some time in the finish. No alcohol noticeable.

Opinion: I was a little disappointed in the fact that that this beer was light struck. I really like the Optimator, but this one seemed a bit light in the loafers even if the skunk wasn’t there. I would like to try this beer again…preferably fresh and on tap.

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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat ordinary, no smoke or appearance or anythng, but malts without being sweetand drinkable. Some bitterness in finish for aftertaste. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Light colour. Grassy herbal. Palate cleaner. Complements of Raymond at Abbey Brewing in Miami Beach, where they very suitably carbonate.

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Photo of scootny
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the darker versions of the style with a light brown hue and a white head. Bits of lace. Smell is quite malty with lots of buttery toasted grains and yeasty bread. A bit of skunk as well. Taste is malty with a dry graininess. Some caramel malt sweetness. A light fruitiness that flows into a herbal hop bitterness. Clean dry finish with not much lingering but some toast. Feel is medium light weight but a touch thin with mild carbonation and a light crisp overall sensation. A decent take on the style and certainly enjoyable but unremarkable.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An amber O-Fest that's a little too malty for my tastes. Big caramel (Munich) malt flavors with not enough dryness. Seems to taste a bit stronger than most Marzen/Fest beers that I've had, perhaps this is because I haven't had dinner. Very smooth mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied. I think I like the Spaten Optimator (double bock) a bit better. That beer is maltier, of course, but also somehow drier.

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Photo of rabsten
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky, brown-amber pour into a pint glass; medium-sized white head with little retention and no lacing.

Aroma is very Eurolageresque. Smells just like a Heinie or St. Pauli Girl.

Malty sweetness with mild, light bitterness. It's okay.

Smooth yet heavy on the palate. Reflected in the drinkability as well, as this is a filling beer. I didn't want another after I finished this; I wanted to take a nap.

Bottom line: not bad; not great. Mediocre.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at First Street Draught House here in Winston. Came out an orange/brown color with a thin white head on top. This dissipated to an even thinner sheet. No good lacing/webbing.

Smell was a bit average. Some of the caramel malt and a little floral scent.

Taste was a little bland and mellow for an Oktoberfest. There was a weird finish that left a tangy aftertaste. Otherwise, the malt and hops were fairly balanced. This was drinkable if there wasn't any other option, but I would pass for better seasonals in the future.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From notes taken 02/02/17:

Multi-toned dull copper, nearly golden amber where glass at its least wide, approaching ruby at thickest and least amount of light, just under head. Fine and consistent tan foamy and almost frothy head of good retention. Honey to caramel on nose, pinch of toast, decent amount of skunk at first from green bottle. As it sits awhile, I detect toffee instead. Palate is caramel and malt tart for the most part, but well-balanced between these. Finish is toasty and almost herbal, barely bitter at all. Medium-bodied I reckon but fine creamy carbonation could be masking its true nature.

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Photo of RMentair
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear, slightly dark golden amber with small covering white head and some bubbling

S: Kind of malty sweetness, but with definite hop presence, it doesn't smell carmelly really, could be due to skunking as this was from a six pack, somewhat heineken-esque aromas, but definitely retains its characteristics

T: Similar to smell, starts vaguely sweet, then hops hit, the skunkiness comes through more here though, big green bottle flavor, lingering bitterness fades to sweetness

M: Drier than expected, definitely not watery thin, but on the thinner side, retains good level of body though

D: I like this beer but it tastes like sweet heineken sometimes, definite minus for that

Notes: Again a good beer, but a definite export oktoberfest. I would love to try this fresh in Germany, but the imported version tastes like standard green bottle European beer.

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Photo of gandres
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce glass poured to pint glass
Sight: light amber liquid, big white foam, clear
Smell: not a lot
Taste: very good, low bitterness, crisp
Palate: some tartness
OA: good beer , repeat: no, Look for: no
Drank: 10/1/2016 11:00 PM

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfests in August? Tis the season, I suppose. 12 oz bottle poured into a stein.

A: Pours a crystal clear copper color. The head is a two finger barely offwhite head with decent retention (settling down to a finger).

S: Light toasted and caramel malts, along with a touch of toffee and noble hops. Not the strongest aroma, but thank Jebus it's not skunked! My hopes are now moderately high for this one.

T: Truth be told, there's not a whole lot to this as expected - a light sweetness, some toasted and caramel malt, and that's just about it. The ever-so-subtle finishing hops give this an extremely crisp bite to it. Nothing complex, but it does what it sets out to do well, and that's to be drunk by the pitcher. Only a hint of metallic-ness on the finish detracts from the experience.

M: Light, crisp, and refreshing. The drinkability factor is excellent, and it's not overcarbonated.

O: Honestly, while it's damn solid at its job, I'd say look elsewhere for a marzen, simply because there's too much of a chance you'll get skunked bottles. If you can get it in a manner that doesn't allow this to happen (read: on tap), then by all means, go for it.

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Photo of homersimpson
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber with a thin lace.
Sweet malt, a bit of citrus, faint touch of earth in the nose.
Light, smooth, slightly carbonated body
Sweet malt flavor with a smidgen of herbs, vaguely spicy.
Definately made for imbibing with food, not enough going on otherwise. Lackluster in general, you can get an almost exact duplicate with the Brooklyn O-fest.

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Photo of dwmson1
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BobW696
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear, bubbly amber with a thin beige head. Minimal retention and lacing.

S: Grassy, toffee, cashews, brown bread, caramel, earth, mineraly. Slightly skunked, perhaps.

T: Caramel, toffee, toast, nuttiness, grass; clean, crisp lager finish, with a metallic and grassy aftertaste, but subtle, balanced, and clean.

M: Medium-light, snappy carbonation.

O: An okay lager. Should not come in green bottles, though.

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Photo of mjc410
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stein...

A: Lofty, pillowy white head, forming a cap. The brew is a coppery-gold color - beautiful!

S: Twang of astringent grain. Not much caramel comes through.

T: Caramel malt, no hop presence noticed. Bitterness? None, just a slightly cloying malt taste. I find it really tasty.

M: Thicker than most lagers of this abv - it really coats the mouth.

D: I have mixed feelings about this one. It's enjoyable, but so one sided - just sweet. It doesn't compare to my favs like Hacker-Pschorr and Paulaner, but I don't dislike it.

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