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 aracauna
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is the essence of caramel. The body is dark caramel. If you want to get an idea, take some sugar over a spoon and hold it over a flame until it melts and them caramelizes. That's about the color here. The head was very wimpy and since the waiter came back with the beer very quickly, I don't think it was just because of natural dissipation. This was a much maltier beer than the Warsteiner Oktoberfest I had just prior to this, but this also had less hops. There also seemed to be a little prune-like flavor that I sometimes get from beers that use one of the darker German malts.

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Photo of BierManVA
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as much head as some Märzen styles. Overall though, a very nice color and taste. Malty, but not too sweet as some I find. A little hops here. Some Märzen styles are very malty, but I like this.

Märzen's tend to go down very smooth and I find my Liter Krug seems to empty itself rather quickly with this one.

Good for the style.

"Las dir raten, trinke Spaten"


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

Not a bad looking beer if you give it a hard pour to get a nice head out of it. Amber with a white sticky head, which goes away after a bit. Some hop spiciness in the aroma and a little sourdough bread malt, but not much. As for the flavors... where's the malt? (Read that using the old lady's voice from that 70's Wendy's commercial). Lots of carbonation and some spicy hops, but not much of that nice O-fest malt. There is some there, but it seems to struggle to keep up with the rest. The mouthfeel isn't bad, but would be much better without the massive carbonation. I'd recommend passing on this one and picking up one of the better German märzens like Paulaner's or Hacker-Pschorr's.

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

Appearance: Clear pale orange with a short lived white head. Active carbonation. A decent amount of foamy specks are left on the glass.

Smell: Very faint caramel malt nose with a hint of toastiness. No real hops. O-fests aren't really meant to be savored for too long anyhoot.

Taste: Largely caramel malt flavors. There is a slight toasted malt flavor on the finish. Slightly bready. Pretty much a textbook O-fest, and an uninspired one at that.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied and rather refreshing.

Drinkability: A few liters of this? Not a problem, but only if I'm in a biergarten, and there's some lederhosen involved. Otherwise, I'll stick with Dominion's Ofest.

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Photo of johnrobe
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What a shame. This one is a wee bit skunked. It's not of the magnitude so that it ruins the brew (ala Heineken) but it gives it an unwelcome twang. When, oh when, will the scourge of green and clear bottles be banished from all breweries?!? The brew pours a light brownish amber with a scant off-white head. The skunkiness ruins the aroma and attempts to block out some sweet malt. Luckily, the skunk is not quite so pervasive in the taste, just a nuisance in the background marring the otherwise pleasant light caramel maltiness. This brew seems more one dimensional than the other big name import O-fests, Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr, which have a bready and nutty quality to the malt along with the caramel. Too bad, this one would be an adequate session beer if it was not skunked.

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Photo of winomark
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber hues, with a thin, cream-colored head.

Aroma: German malt aromas, with a healthy dose of hops.

Taste: Tart, bitter tones up front, with loads of carbonation, and some malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat watery and light; reminds me of a Pilsener, not an O-fest.

Drinkability: IMO, a dumbed-down version of an Oktoberfest, with milder malts and excessive carbonation. Not very impressive.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber/goldenish color. Malty aroma reminds me that it's fall again. Other reviewers say it pours a huge head, but I'm not really getting one. Lightly sweet on the palate, with a rich, malty, ever-so-slightly bitter finish that lingers for a while. Maybe not the best Oktoberfest beer, but it is the standard-bearer. Couldn't beat the $22 case I picked up at Sam's Quik Stop today. Am not disappointed.

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Photo of yen157
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber body topped by a pillowy-offwhite, pockmarked head. Nice looking steady rising carbonation. Good malt body highlighted by predictable Vienna malt. It wasn’t as malty as some (hell, most) other marzens, but It’s just what I was looking for. In addition to the malt, it had crisp hop bitterness on the finish to dry things out and keep it tidy. Easy drinking, more of a session beer then most Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Picked up a 6-Pack of Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen at Trader Joes recently, because I fancied something completely different and also because the price was attractive. It comes in a 12 fluid ounce green glass bottle with a colorful looking light blue main label that has a picture of a horse-drawn Brewery Dray loaded high with wooden casks. Very Teutonic.

Appearance: Extremely lucid, copper-amber with a smooth looking head that is somewhere between a dirty-white and a beige color. The massively frothy head looks very Oktoberfest, huge at first with a rocky mountain profile, which laces extremely well as it collapses slowly. A thin head covering remains at all times, even towards the end. Lots of carbonation in the body.

Nose: The expected malts at there at first, with some toffee and caramel at the back end, but the nose it is rather restrained I find.

Taste: A rather light initial beginning, when suddenly the malt explodes right up to the middle of the beer. The beginning has sweet malts that turn with a grainy feel towards the middle. Some light acidic feel, almost lemony at times towards the end. The sweetness soon fades and is replaced with a strong malty ending that has hints of toffee and caramel. An almost clean ending, which is spoilt a little with a very slight stickiness.

Mouthfeel: An average strength mouthfeel, with light body strength, all aided by the dissolved carbonation which adds a creamy and smooth velvety surface on the tongue.

Drinkability: Easily downed and very drinkable, the smoothness and creamy malts all lend a very high quaffing factor to the Oktoberfest. One of those beers that really ‘begs’ to be drunk in large mouthfuls and huge quantities. Not much of a problem to get rid of the 6-pack I had through the course of a 90-minute Movie tonight.

Overall: This is one of those solid quality beers, which is nothing overtly special, or even world-beating, but rather just a bloody good drinking beer that is very quaffable and highly dependable. Well worth the multi-bottle investment, and a damn good 6-pack to spend the night with!
Very Enjoyable.

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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 BeerResearcher
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one fine example of an Oktoberfest. It pours an orange-hued deep amber with a fast fading beige head. A pleasant malty aroma and fresh bread dough are backed by a mild whiff of hops. The malt is fairly sweet and has a light doughy flavor and hint of toffee. Lime-like citrusy and a light taste of tea offer a mild ballast for the dominant malt quality. A faint flavor of candy apples is detected. The body is a bit buttery and velvety liquid. It’s hard not to take large gulps and then reach for another…in fact that’s just what I’m going to do now!

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Photo of jcalabre
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appeance: This pours a clear a clear amber color with a small white head.
Aroma: The nose is lightly malty & carmelly.
Flavor: This is a slightly malty, light on the hops, light to medium bodied, Oktoberfest. This is a nice beer, but nothing spectacular. I was expecting more maltiness

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guest tap at the Old Toad(who had a Octoberfest flair this week). Presented in a .5 litre Spaten glass(I really like when beer is served in its proper glasswear and the Toad is very good about that). It was a ruddy orange color with an off-white head. Smell had some grassy notes coupled with a tart apple aroma and some floral hops. Taste was clean refreshing but sufficiently malty with more of the green apple taste and a bready, dry finish. Mouthfeel was up to par with a good dose of carbonation, but nothing overly spritzy. Proust.

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Photo of silks636
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. green bottle.

Light amber in color with a fluffy, slightly off-white head. Moderate retention, leaves a very thin sheet of lacing. A gentle swirl reveals an aroma of grass and grain over a roasted malt. Taste starts off sweet and smooth with a gradual ease into a grassy, earthy hop while still retaining a solid malt base. Nicely balanced, but not a whole lot going on. Finish is dry and crisp with barely any aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation.

A very easy drinking beer, as an Oktoberfest should be, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat of a copper, light orange hue. Odd aroma which is a bit grainy, grassy, some malt detection, but a bit off the beaten path for the style. Up front, sweet and tangy, a lingering malty palate, very little hops detection. Bordering on medium bodied, on the edge creamy. A bit thin for the style, not as tasty as some, but more drinkable than others. Not too shabby.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is bready fruity and sweet. A light bodied marzen-style beer. Nice malts and slightly sweet. Mild hops. Good full flavor. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber with some clumpy head. The smell is slightly malty. The taste is has a bit of malt, with more of a hoppiness than most Oktoberfests, and a slight off-taste. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, I want to have another

Why, oh why put something like this into a green bottle? This beer seems to have a lot of promise, with some good hoppiness over the malt base, but it seems to be a bit off, and with a green bottle, have to put 2+2 together. Hopefully, I'll try this one on tap sometime, or make it to Munich sometime!

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Photo of TinusTime
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours the typical coppery orange of a fest beer. Smell is of caramel malts and a bit of allspice? Taste is Ok but seems a bit bland compared to other oktoberfest beers ive had.. Its got the nice sweetish malty backbone and a nice finish but there is something missing. Drinkability and mouthfeel are Fine, but nothing to write home about.. overall a decent Oktoberfest, but not outstanding.

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Photo of TripelJ
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Spaten Oktoberfest

Pours a pale, clear copper with a nice dense head. Nice toasty malt aroma on this one, and thats about all I can detect. Taste is mostly sweet with the same toasted malts appearing on the palate. Somewhat of a dry finish and this is where the only evidence of hops comes into play. Not a lot of character going on here, but its still a very drinkable brew. One of the better 'O-fests' I've had thus far this season.

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Photo of goz
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light amber pour, small white head that leaves quick and laces little. Aroma is light, some light toast and a bit of flowery hops in there as well. Flavor is mostly some sweet breadiness, a bit of toastiness, and a very little bit of hoppiness. Medium-thin body, light carbonation.

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

Spaten O-Fest Ur Marzen: Pours a tannish brown with a decent coffee and cream head. The head is quite rocky, and fairly long lasting. Typical marzen aroma, light almost butterscotch aroma. The taste is nice, not overwhelming but lightly flavored. Very nice malt sweetness, with a minimal taste of toffee. The aftertaste is pleasantly unrefined, with a little bit of a bite, perhaps a tiny bit of hops. Overall, nice and easy to drink.

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

Golden-copper hued with substancial amount of sizzling cream, retreating moderately and relocating to the edges of the glass.
Mildly toasty Munich aroma with bits of grassy hops.
Taste begins with honeyed walnuts covered in a greasy caramel film. Impression of grapes, apples, and vaguely plums. Turns toastier and grainier, and rides a while this way. A seemless segue into the grassy hop closure. Dry at the finish.
Light bodied, refreshing and quite quaffable.
I've had this in the past and haven't been impressed. I'm glad I snagged a re-try. Absolutely worthwhile, if perhaps not worldclass.

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

Quite an average beer of this style. The pale yellow body is topped by a lazy white head and does little lacing. There is only aroma and those are undistinguished. The flavor also is quite average being neither sweet nor full. The body is light and the feel smooth leading to a slightly above average drinkability.

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Photo of Mustard
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. green bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" warning; purchased as a stray single from the West LA Whole Foods on National and Barrington for $1.25.

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale amber; voluminous, milk-white head; nice, ring style lacing; very good head retention.

Aroma: Mildly of toasted malt with hints of herbal type hops.

Taste: Weak malt profile for the style; faintly grainy and herbal with light notes of fruit; mild hop bitterness; medium-bodied with a creamy-to-syrupy mouthfeel.

Notes: Drank this on the heels of Köstrizer's and Beck's Oktoberfests and, have to say, this is my least favorite of the three; I almost feel betrayed in the malt department; I am now officially ready for that beefy blonde on the label of the Köstrizer.

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Photo of Darkale
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Interesting spread of opinions on this beer.

Clear copper body, very appealing smooth off-white head, almost bone in color (seemed an unusual shade to me). Excellent lacing.

Solid aroma, sweet but not overpowering. Thought I detected some vanilla in there.

Chewy in the mouth. Thick with a touch of brass at the edge. Slight hops burn after you swallow. Sweetness everywhere, but not too much.

This is an enjoyable Oktoberfest that I will purchase again. I am fond of Spaten's beers, and this one is no exception.

EDITED 24 Sept. 2005
Have I changed or has this beer changed? There is a skunkiness to this beer's aroma that I don't remember, and a grainy sourness to its taste. Bought a single this morning, it's not even October yet, so I'm sure that this is fresh. Not a good sign for Spaten.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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