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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 milkbaby9
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz green bottle into Samuel Adams sensory glass. Beautiful clear gold amber color topped by about 2 finger white foamy head.

Nice smell -- very malty with the barest hint of citrusy hops. Big malty flavor with an extremely light balancing bitterness.

Crisp carbonation, very drinkable. Malty aftertaste. This is was surprisingly nice. It is straightforward and not complex, but it was a very nice Oktoberfest/Marzen beer with a lot of flavor.

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Photo of jimbotrost
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper/golden hue, still not red or amber. medium size white head. Brilliant malty nose, very soft in the mouth, very nice flavor is malty sweet but very well balanced. finishes up with a nice long soft and sweet finish. What a nice beer

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Photo of bobquick
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Less than $24 at Sam's club for a case of bottles and a good representation of the style...who says it has to be October to enjoy this refreshing beer on a hot day. It's August and its readily available...I say drink it while its here. Balanced and tasty.

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Photo of bwood06
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice red amber in color. Clear. Head is a thin froth that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation. Head reduces to a thin layer on top that is maintained. 3.75/5

S - Bready but a fruity happiness as well. Tangerines. Cereal. 4.25/5

T - White bread. Grassy hop finish. A hint of light caramel sweetness. Cereal. 4/5

M - Very smooth and creamy. Very low carbonation. Finishes wet. 4.5/5

O - Love this Oktoberfest offering. Very smooth and goes down easy. Lack of bitterness. Very straightforward beer. 4.25/5

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Photo of mbrando33
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fall is in the air with this fine marzen. Definitely a sweet aroma with a slightly bitter finish that will remind you a little of Heineken. It's got a thicker feel to it and definitely hold its own in its pricepoint. Personally I enjoy the Sam Adams Oktoberfest better, but this one is sure worth a try on a cool fall evening.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap from the Hofbrauhaus, in the Food Court at The Big E, West Springfield, MA.

Clear plastic pint cup presentation. Adequate 1/2" beige head over the dark amber brew. Aroma is dominated by grains. Taste is sweet maltiness, like liquid roasted grain hulls, with a crisp close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. Very enjoyable brew, went well with my bratwurst.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. green bottle into a mug.
A: Light copper in color, with a medium amount of foamy off-white head atop the beer that fizzled slowly and left a creamy layering. Tiny amount of lacing, and a good amount of carbonation visible.
S: Crisp, pale malts in the nose, with some grainy/bready scents, as well. Noticeable hop character, too.
T: Much like the smell. Pleasant, mild hop taste that's dominated by a smooth, typical Oktoberfest malt flavor. Nicely balanced.
M: Clean, crisp and smooth. A perfect lager mouthfeel that left me wanting more.
D: Really good. Goes down easy and tastes great all the while.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a rich, clear golden with a nice white head. The aroma of malt filled my nose with every sip and enhanced the drinking pleasure. The flavor was wonderful. The malt and hop balance was just right. I have a carboy full of Oktoberfest in my lagering freezer and I would be thrilled if it tasted close to this. The mouthfeel was light to moderate light and is the major flaw in this beer. All in all, this is one beer that I would not mind having to drink all the time.

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Photo of nephlim
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

We had a housewarming/keg party a few weekends ago.

Poured from a keg into a red solo cup.

The head was nice and fluffly, lasting longer than the pint I poured from a bottle a week prior. The smell was light, but very sweet and malty.

Mouthfeel was good; I've had better.

The taste was amazing. FAR better than 07's Oktoberfest, and not just Spaten's, ALL 07 Oktoberfest (was it a bad year?). Sweet, malty, and very yummy! Very easy to drink!

I don't remember how many I had. We had maybe 50 people and killed the keg in seven hours.

I highly suggest this one.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen pours a dark copper from a 1pt .9fl. oz. brown bottle. Head climbs to over two fingers with small dense and firmly packed bubbles, leaving a nice pattern of lace down the side of the glass as the liquid is evacuated from the vessel.

Nose is a pleasantly sweet malt. Palate is major sweet toasted malt, almost to the point of being syrupy... almost. Hops have a presents, but the sweet malt overtakes any influence the hops might have had over the larger gastronomical picture.

Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen by Spaten of Munich is a sweet treat, not cloy in the least and a great way to start off Oktoberfest here in the good old US of A.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one filled my glass with a deep brass colored liquid, nice and clear. The head was rocky and tall, but clings well to the side of the glass.

There's a slight hop bitterness to the nose at first, but it quickly gives way to the heart of a marzen, the nice, earthy maltiness. There's also a trace of buttery discetyl in here. In fact, the overall impression is the smell of buttered toast. Not bad at all.

The taste is initially the same buttery malt toastiness as described in the nose, with just a touch o' the hops (sorry Schlitz) that keeps it from becoming too sweet. This isn't exactly a balanced beer, nor should it be, really. This is a malt based brew, and shows it off with pride. The diacetyl leaves an oily feeling on the tongue, but the hop bitterness is enough to scrub that clean. Overall, there's a good combination of bitterness, buttery flavors, toasty malts, and a good clean, crisp ending to make for a relatively complex lager, if that doesn't sound too contradictory.

The mouthfeel is a tad thick and oily, likely from the diacetyl again, but that hardly seems out of place for the style.

This is a tasty brew. Not the greatest marzen on the planet, but nice to have on tap year 'round. I'll come back to it once in awhile.

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Photo of andythejerk
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

5 for appearance--just because it's served in a giant 1-Liter glass stein here at Oktoberfest, Munich. Smell? I dunno. I smell pretzels, cigars, and pork knuckle. Taste--sooo delicious. The German word is suffig. I can't express it in English. Malty smoothness that is unparalleled by any other beer experience I have ever had. Mouthfeel is foamy and substantial, without being heavy in the least. Drinkability? I drank nine liters of it in ONE DAY. It's good enough to warrant sipping and better than most anything available to me at home, but I'm at Oktoberfest and it lets itself be gulped down so easily, so why the hell not. Repeated with similar results on several other days here at the O-fest. I peed my pants and got lost in downtown Munich. "Bedienung! Noch ein Maß, bitte!"

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Photo of Alexsu29
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark caramel, with good amount of head; shrinks quickly. Not as refreshing as the looks, and smell assume to be. Syrupmaltiness over- powers the hops in my opinion. Not as refreshing as I anticipated, but still a good buy for a 6 pack given the season. Would purchase again.

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Photo of jmatthew
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear copper in the glass with a minimal head and bouquet. Typical clean flavor for the style though more crisp and well refined with subdued hops playing their part. Good maltiness with a slightly roasted flavor somewhere in the middle, finishing smoothly with a touch of sweetness and then a faint lingering hop bitterness. Very easy-drinking with a medium body and pleasant mouthfeel.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draught in a mini pilsner!

Dark amber brown, three finger taupe head, fast reducing

Smells of bread, malt, wet grain, and a light bit of biscuits at the end

Tastes: bready and malty, perfect for a winter's night rather than fall.

Mouthfeel: thick

Overall, I'd have this again without delay.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Oktoberfest beer and it is very good.
Poured with a 2" off white head that fades pretty quick. Leaves a thin lacing that just covers the top of the beer. It's a darker orangy clear color.
Smells of sweeter malts and hops. Not to strong of a smell.
Tastes a bit maltier but the hops are still present. It is a sweeter tasting beer. There is a certain flavor that I can't put my finger on. The after taste is a sweeter maltier one with hops still present. It isn't to strong of an after taste. Has a medium stickier body with light to medium carbonation.
This is a very good beer and if this is a good taster to see what Oktoberfest beers taste like I will defiantly have to try a lot more. Is a very clean crisp beer and easy to drink.

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Photo of wsouloa
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I honestly cannot understand why this beer didn't get better reviews. I had this beer on-tap which may be a reason why and having it with a hearty German meal consisting of wild boar may also have had an impact. Honestly though, I found this beer to be extremely good. It was not really the style that I expected it to be, however. It pours an amber-brownish color. The taste and smell give you an idea of what the beer is like. Caramel and malt are very evident in this beer. It is not as thick as one would expect and goes down very smooth. This beer was extremely drinkable and I could see myself indulging in many of them the next time I see it available.

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Photo of Murph
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very rich looking dark amber with a decent off white head that fades a little too quickly but leaves a nice lace down the glass. Light toasty aromas with some very slight hoppy bitterness to it. Smooth toastiness of the malt is excellent and it has a slightly crisp and finish to it. The hops exhibit just enough presence that they are slightly perceivable and nicely balancing. Smooth and slightly crisp and nicely drinkable. A very nice brew that reminds me why I like this traditional fall seasonal so much.

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Photo of StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice medium burnt orange color, off white head, didn't last very long. Smell was much more appealing on tap than the bottled version I recently had. Sweet carmel malt nose, very inviting pleasant smell. Taste was very balanced, even amounts of toasted malt and sweet carmel flavors. Slightly crisp hop finish, didn't linger like the bottled version. Light to medium bodied. Went down without a fight, I was pleasantly surprised to see it on tap a nearby bar/restaurant.

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Photo of drtth
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a Spaten Oktoberfest glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a rich dark, burnished copper color with a very thin head that is soon gone leaving minimal lacing and a very small ring around the glass. At first there is minimal lacing which soon disappears so that for most of the beer there is no lacing at all.

Smell: The aroma is mild and mostly based off the malts. There is an almost honeylike, rich sweet caramel aroma somewhere between mild and dark caramel. There are touches of floral, herbal notes from the hops.

Taste: The flavor is at least partly predicted by the nose and contains rich caramel malt about half way between light and dark flavors. The earthy/herbal hoppiness has a light bitter bite but only enough to break up any monotony from the malts.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with minimal soft prickly carbonation mostly detectable as a slight feeling on the tongue and in the mouth. The finish is moderately long, beginning with the malt and then tapering off into dry herbal/earthy dryness with only very slight bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable Oktoberfest beer and one of the better ones I've sampled. The flavors balance well but without the cloying sweetness of some examples. I could easily have more than one and will certainly be looking for a chance to have another one during this fall season.

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Photo of bonbright7
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tapped a keg of this last night before my party started last night in Lloyd Harbor, which is the annual Halloween party for the community. At first the beer was dribbling out and one push of the pump brought it to life as the reddish amber beer was ready to serve. I inhaled the sweet smell of the beer while I was pouring it with a healthy head to serve myself first.

My first taste was a splash of maple syrup with medium weighted malts and a dry finish. As the evening rocked into the later hours, I noticed the beer seemingly tasting lighter on the more refreshing side. The 50 liter/13.2 gallon barrel emptied slowly until midnight as more people gravitated to the regular Spaten Lager we had too.

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Photo of Ianhockey91
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very fine example of an o-fest. Pours out a deep orange, with a decent fast fading head. Smells of malts bread and alcohol at then end. Taste well, like it smells. Very nice and malty up front, taste like a doughy chewy malt, with a touch of hops followed by some alcohol at end. MMM is all i have to say.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is more like what I perceive (and taste) a 'fest / Marzen style bier to be. Pours a medium to dark brown color, has that richer and more malty body, more meaty presence that I expect to have at this time of year. Fall is coming and I will drink these all day while the leaves fly around me!

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice surprise that this was available on tap.

Appearance--Served in a pint glass, very little head. Nice dark amber color. If beer could look like autumn, this would be it.

Taste--Rich and malty, subtle sweetness with a bit of bite. Quite nice.

Drinkability--A bit too sweet to go crazy with, but I had no problem having a few of them.

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Photo of Aiptasia
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled after a 16 oz. Smuttynose pumpkin ale and an ahi tuna sandwich at a local St. Augustine watering hole.

A: Poured a rich amber brown in the glass with a toasted marshmellow head. No chill haze and ready to drink.

S: Smells of rich malts and slight hints of hops and spices. Very subtle.

T: Love how this one tastes. It's a subtle beer with just the right balance of hops and octoberfest spices (anise, ginger, etc.) in the background to make you pause and wonder if they're really present.

M: Definitely a "wet" beer, has no dry finish and leaves you refreshed and wanting another pint. Very low on the hops scale, alcoholics are there but not overpowering.

O: Again, an overall well balanced octoberfestbier. This is one you could drink out of giant German beer steins and not be overwhelmed by hops flavors. A great "mass quanities" party beer.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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