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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

1,118 Reviews
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 WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm sure having this one on tap makes all the difference in the world, but I will start by saying that this one tasted so fresh off the draught. Appearance: Pours a copper with an off white cream head not much lacing going on seems a bit thin. Aroma: Sweet caramel with nice touches of German hops, slightly roasted malts in the nose very nice. Tste: Clean with a substantial amount of hop bitterness for an Oktoberfest smooth slightly harsh caramel malt tones one of the better fresher examples of a German O-fest yet. Mouthfeel: Lighter body but still decent texture and perfect carbonation. Drinkability: Very drinkable not too heavy or syrupy but very refreshing could picture myself siding with this one at the tents in Munich.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Translucent copper-gold with consistent carbonation throughout. Decent head that settled to a clinging rim.

Smell: Malt dominates, with a very fresh sweetness in the forefront. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming or even distracting. Toasted grain with a hint of hops.

Taste: Nice and clean, with a very soft mouthfeel, almost creamy. Toasty-sweet malts at first, more of the same in the middle, and just a hint of fresh hops in the end.

Notes: One of the most drinkable festbiers of those I've tried this year. And that's pretty much the point of the style, right?

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Photo of Redrover
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz green (??) bottle no freshness dating.

Beer pours a light bronze/dark gold. Massive head and nice lacing.

Nice toasted/roasted malt smell. Bit of alcohol and caramel smell as well.

Taste is crisp and malty sweet. Just enough hops to keep the beer from being a unbalanced. Great representation of style. Decent but not to hefty mouthfeel and good drinkability round out this tasty brew.

I had this one while in Munich. Obviously the fresh draft version is better than the export bottled, but this beer holds up pretty well. If you ever get to Munich be sure and go to the Brewery’s Spaten Haus restaurant. It has great food and a nice sidewalk garten to people watch from. A must stop while in town.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented as shown in the picture - 16.9oz. brown bottle. Poured a clear coppery color with a large thick-looking light beige head that settled down to a thin ring after a couple minutes. Decent lace.
Smell had a sweet, almost toffee-like aroma initially before a more pronounced grainy malt note came out. Then a whiff of boiled veggies.
Taste was of light caramel malt at the start. A more earthy flavor not unlike boiled potatoes and veggies was faintly noted before it finished with a mild bitterness.
Feel was medium-bodied and smooth.
Overall, an okay brew. Only the second o-fest I've had (Paulaner's the other) but the second to have that veggie smell/taste. Not too sure I care for that.

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Photo of moulefrite
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was immediately attracted by the appearance- Crystal clear, Autumn leaf brown/orange colors that got me right in the mood of the fall season-very minimal head though the carbonation was ample. Then I tried, and tried some more to find anything at all on the nose, and really struck out-a little malt maybe? The mouthfeel was rather ordinary-light to medium in body, and the flavors were inocuous as well. I found some sweet malt, a bare bones dose of hops and a clingy malty finish. All and all a basic offering that I'll wait till next year to try again. Though if I find ONLY it at German Fest tomorrow, I may drink more than one-provided pretzels and sausages are nearby.

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Photo of ZAP
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Impressive bronze color with a tannish white head..sweet caramel like malt...some toastiness...nice soft caramel backbone of taste...finishes a little dry and tart...

I'll have to give this another try...I wonder if my buds were a little off as it is surprisingly tart and dry on the finish...It's decent but I've had many better..

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Translucent, amber-colored beer with a soft, malty scent and flavor. Spaten Oktoberfest has a slightly thicker than expected mouthfeel with a touch of sweetness. It finishes smooth, but there's too much going on to be highly drinkable. Oktoberfest is a pleasant beer and enjoyable out of the bottle, but I think it becomes rather outstanding when enjoyed on draught.

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Photo of MediocreatBest
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

looked nice smelled nice....tasted a bit off....i get the feeling that it might have been a bit off and not the natural taste of the beer...aftertaste was a but like back wash...and initial taste was good but a bit alcoholic/tainted...i like is ay might have been a bad bottle, something seems off, but still good...can taste the deep flavors through tainted-ness, if such a word exists

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Photo of putnam
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Just shipped to my store.
I'm more than satisfied with the color (deep honey and coppery brown), clarity, head, and aromas. It is scented with buttery caramel fragrances and little else. Certainly nary an aromatic hop that I can detect. Some faint, bubblegum/banana creaminess tells me this was freshly fermented. On the palate it is outright voluptuous, with broad, creamy, egg bread crust topped with baked apples texture punctuated with abundant fine gas. There is a moment of hesitation on the finish when an iron grip of tannic, dusty, brushed steel-flavored bitterness completely overwhelms this beer's considerable flesh. It literally dries up and fuses parts of my mouth together. Eventually the flavors evacuate, leaving a ringing, high-pitched hop bitterness that is not flawed, yet might be better if/when it integrates with the fruit. High marks for intensity, body, mousse and appearance. Question mark for balance.

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Photo of clvand0
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another good beer from the Spaten company. Had it on tap at the local pub. Pours an orange/amber color with a foamy white head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was grainy/wheaty with some malts and maybe a little hops as well. The flavor was pretty smooth, but average for the Spaten. This closely resembled many other Spaten brews I have had, but they are all respectable.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured out of its green 12oz glass bottle into a nice pint glass. It was an amber colour with a frothy, white head. The aromas were of skunk...but when that cleared up the aromas were of grassy, herbal hops, and dominating malts. The taste was malty, but a little thin, as was the mouthfeel. The drinkability, however, was quite excellent. A decent O-Fest beer!


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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25 oz brown bottle, capped, light blue foil around neck of bottle and covering cap. No date.

This beer poured clear, bubbly, amber brown color with creamy white foam that left lace on the glass. The smell was biscuit malt with some notes of grain and a hint of butterscotch. The taste was slightly sweet biscuity malt but with a touch of tanginess. The hop presence was low except for a touch of bitterness in the finish. There was also a faint hint of diacetyl in the flavor. The mouthfeel was relatively smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation. This was a decent marzen.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.54/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a beautiful, frothy head which slightly dissipated into a thicker formation. Extreme carbonation exploding through an amber orange beer that is totally clear. Aroma is of a slight toastiness with carmelly sweetness. Taste is ok with a nice toasted malt flavor, carmel tones, and a hop balance. Yet there is a definite problem with this beer as it has a weird bitterness that i thought wasn't supposed to be in this style. Fininshes clean and with a little flavor due to the body. A good beer to try along with others of this style in order to have some contrast as this beer is not spectacular but it is not horrible either.

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Photo of Zraly
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of trying this Oktoberfest from a Pint +, brown bottle. No skunk in sight! No weirdness.

Pours a bronzey-amber color with an off-white fluffball of a head. Wonderful sweet smells of fresh fruit. Laces nicely down the glass.

A very sweet and plentifully forward malt flavor. Notes of brown sugar, apples, citrus, caramel and a tiny-tiny note of alcohol finishes out the predominant flavor. The hops come across floral and somewhat subtle and delicate...which helps to round out this brew into a very enjoyable beverage.

I'm enjoying a toasted black forest ham sandwich on an "everything" bagel with this one. Seems to be fitting the bill.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good oktoberfest beer. Pours to a thin head and clear amber color. Flavor is predominantly sweet malt balanced with noble hops. Finishes sweet. Goes well with German meats and good times. I have had American versions of this style that are just as good or better, though. Must have been a rough trip.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The green bottle gave forth a copper beer with a coarse white head. It dissipated slowly into a thin layer of bubbles capping the top of the liquid. A thick, sticky ring of foam remained throughout the entire drink. Lacing was decent.

Smell: As I poured, I was sure that this beer was skunked. That aroma that we have all come to dread assaulted my nose, reinforcing my hatred of non-brown bottles. But, lo and behold, as the beer sat, most of the skunkiness went away, leaving just a hint of LaPue. The remaining aroma was grassy and crisp, with some hops and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth and velvety.

Taste: The flavor was pretty straightforward and not very complex. Just a combination of sweetness and bitter hops. The sweetness lingered for a long, long time. I wish I could add more, but that was all there was.

This was a pretty boring brew. One-dimensional and too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of Andreji
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very attractive oktoberfest beer. Pours a light or medium copper colour, not excessive carbonation or head itslelf. and the smell, clearly perceivable, gives off much of its maltyness and slightly some hops. The taste follows up after, a sweet malty combination at a 'just right' point with the bitterness of the hops which provides for a bittersweet flavour that is very attractive. Rather more exotic than other Oktoberfest beers. nice buy.

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Photo of fattychubs
2.18/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was on fire sale at the local tap room so I figured I would give it a try.

Copper color beer served with no head and slight white lacing. Aroma was very mild hops. Thin body, boring flavor, just a meek toasted malt taste. Somewhat acidic aftertaste, a pint was more then enough.

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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 oberon
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a shade of orange color with nice big rocky head,smell was really toasty a nice malty taste with some caramel tones along with some sweet toffee.It is nice to have decent examples of the style pretty much year around,bring on September to get the fresh beer!

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Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Its been a while, like 602 days since I had one of these fine beers, Spaten-Franziskaner has been a favorite brewery since my first sampling their beers way back in the late 1970’s.

The beer pours a transparent amber color with the head planetary in size and the structure frothy, the color a light tan. Nose is sweet malt; citrus crisp, clean and wholesome, start is loaded with malt, sweet, and the top thin. Finish is mildly acidic, the hops delicate in their spiciness, dry as a bone aftertaste, a clean drinking beer that is a good thirst quencher.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the brown pint bottle with the dray horses and cart on the label and BLUE foil round the neck!!
Poured a fantastic looking massive billowy white head..that sticks a round more than the Paulaner ..a crystal clear amber beer..
Dissapointed about the aroma..compared to Paulaner Marzen its very feeble. not offensive though average indeed.
The taste though I liiked again i got some nice malt profiles this time smooth coffee and creme sort of flavour , milk chocolate comes to mind..very pleasant.
I like a beer to be smooth on the tongue and this does the job.
Quite drinkable..but not overlly so..the lack of carbonation makes sure you wont drink 12 of these babies..but this is an Ok beer.

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Photo of avylover
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Nice golden brew with a large frothy head. Right away that dank, skunky heineken aroma hits you. The taste is disappointing, just a german macro really. There's really nothing too special about this beer, just a decent german beer, but the "oktoberfest" label makes me expect more. Too thin, not much taste.Barely average, but sub-par for the price.

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Photo of kbub6f
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), three days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

A big cream-colored head has big clear bubbles in the middle. There is thick lacing. The color is pretty straight amber.

The aroma is malty, sweetish, caramelized sugar, etc. There may be slight light exposure problems (damn green bottles).

The beer starts with sweet caramel giving way to a watery middle. The finish is sweetish with a hint of hop bitterness. Overall: ok.

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Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep orange-copper color, nice white foamy head that leaves a thick lace in the glass. Has a light flowery and malty caremel aromas, sweet, balanced malts and clean tasting, medium body, a little thin semi-watery mouthfeel, this is a good oktoberfest.

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