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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 womencantsail
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a light copper/dark amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: There is a touch of skunk on the nose, but I only get it at first. Otherwise, good sweet bread, caramel, and toffee aromas. Nice toasted malts along with some floral hops and a touch of spice.

T: A smooth sweetness to the beer which is not overwhelming. Spiced bread, toffee, and caramel are all present along with some floral and spicy noble hops to balance the beer out. Very minimal bitterness, perhaps just a touch on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: It’s not my favorite Oktoberfest, but it’s not bad, and it’s readily available, so not a terrible choice.

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Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flows lite caramel, but retains head white not thick, but okay...)alright...

Beautiful malty biscuits morish smell with some whiffs of hops..

great malty. give me some more taste...
super balance & swlllability.,.. tastes of biscuits & yum..

me like it much....

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

11.2oz green bottle with a cryptic looking freshness code.

LOOK: Brandishes a clear copper color, enough head and lacing action to get by

SMELL: Loaf of bread, grape skin, nutty, very grassy, faint caramel, floral hop, mineral, clean

TASTE: Semi-crisp, slick, slightly sweet, bready, cake, moderate hop bitterness, flat herbal flavor, slightly spicy, hint of alcohol, very dry toasted grainy finish

For its travels and most likely its preparation for the trip the US it ends up being a pretty good lager. In the world of beer and Oktoberfest it is a pretty easy assumption that this beer tastes a lot better from the source but with that said ... the beer that is sent over is certain worth getting.

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

Served on tap at Mulligan's in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear light amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some deep copper highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with some grassy hops notes. Very light hints of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are flavors of toasted and caramel malts with light amounts of sweetness followed by some light amounts of grassy hops that lend a touch of bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is enjoyable and easy to drink but nothing about this beer really stands out and makes me want to have another - it is an average offering for this time of year.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Yet another O-Fest finally getting sampled this year. Took me long enough... It pours a clear light auburn topped by a finger of dusty off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, rye bread, light orange peel, light cashew, and a touch of toasted wheat. The taste is a cleaner version of the smell, complete with sweeter caramel, slightly spicier rye, and richer orange. It's not a leap, really, but definitely a step up. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a very solid O-Fest, one of the better ones out of Germany herself.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow/golden color with a small white head that settled quickly. Little lacing to speak of.

S: Some grass, as well as some malt and a little bit of fruit, little bit of skunk.

T: Pretty malty with a little bit of caramel. There is a grainy characteristic as well.

M/D: Medium bodied, but smooth. Overall its ok, not great. I am guessing that the trip overseas has a lot to do with this. On tap, I bet its a whole different beer.

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

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing a couple of these with me. Poured from a 12oz green bottle into a standard pint glass. This brew appears a perfectly clear light copper color with a finger and a half of lightly tanned head. The cap quickly fades down to a thin lacing across the top despite rising bubbles of carbonation. A light swirl agitates more bubbles back to the top and forms some spotty lacework on the glass.

The smell of this brew has a pleasant caramel malt sweetness balanced quite well with a touch of faint herbal to citrus hops. Sulfur is noted slightly throughout. As the brew warms up, a bit of buttery bread comes forward.

The taste is initially mostly caramel malt sweetness, a bit like toffee and toasty bready grain. Some buttery diactyl is noted throughout the experience. Faint herbal hops and a light touch of warming alcohol across the back contrast the initial malty sweet character.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is present throughout this brew with an expected level from the nearly 6% abv. It is a fairly decent take on the style that is easy drinking. Worth giving a try for sure when it is in season but nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of jwc215
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light orange with a white head that soon becomes a lasting cover. Some lacing is left.

The smell is of grass and sweet grain. Some mustiness is present.

The taste is of mildly sweet roasted grain. Some washed-out hops give it a slight bitter touch. To me, it tastes like a typical Euro-lager with an Oktoberfest twist of sweet malt. Some dry tea-leaf is noticeable as it approaches the middle.

The feel is on the thin side for the style. Some of the flavor holds up, but not as much as it could. Also, not as smooth as it could be. There is some astringency to it.

While it has something of a drinkability to it, it's not one of the better Oktoberfests to come out of Bavaria. I haven't been getting this one in the past few years, and now I remember why. I don't know if it loses something in the travel, but it's not as tasty or smooth as some other Bavarian O-fests I can, and do, get here (or even some American interpretations - certainly not as fresh.)

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in half liter mugs at a German Restaurant that I tried for the first time today. Deep golden amber with a huge fluffy white head that survived for most of the night. Smells of malt in spades. Bready caramel and burnt sugar mixed with just enough earthy floral hops to keep it from being sweet. Tastes is rich and malty. Melanoids mixed with bread and grain with a spicy floral hop bite that keeps everything in check. Medium body and carbonation level, rich sweet malt y mouthfeel. Light and easy to drink these went down quite quickly and paired well with my meal.

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Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brownish amber with 1/2" of bubbly, foamy head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. This beer smells of faint malts and yeast, but mostly smells like the Spaten Munich Helles. The taste is caramel malts with a faint sweetness, very very faint fruitiness, and a smooth creaminess. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

From a German brewer, this is disappointing. Smells like a euro pale lager and the taste is one dimensional. It's drinkable though and you could put down several of these without knowing it.

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

Bought this to compare to the Paulaner Oktoberfest I had earlier this week.

Appearance- Nice dark amber, almost a maple color. Medium head, rather thick.

Smell- Toasted hops, a little caramel. Good, but not amazing.

Taste- Smooth toasted malt flavor, I'm thinking some caramel. Smooth, goes down really easy. Minimal hops presence. Very good!

Drinkability- Really good, I like it a lot. Maybe a little too heavy for a big session.

Notes- I couldn't find to much of a difference between this and the Paulaner Oktoberfest I had earlier this week. Both were enjoyable, and easy-to-drink. Paulaner might have been slightly more complex.

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

Appearance: clear pale bronze color, with booming, boisterous cream-toned foam atop (I may have optimized the head potential by utilizing a Wehenstephaner weizen glass).
Aroma: soft, spare, tiniest hints of caramel & nuts, glimmers of malt.
Taste: bright, sweet, slightly coppery feel, mild. No hops felt, malt is all over the flavor, but never too strong. Body, very light, texture is small, finish is too quickly dissipated. A very subdued, but supremely approachable marzen. Geared towards those with less exploratory ambitions in their beer imbibement.

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

Appearance - Pours a light amber color with a decent head. Slight lacing.

Smell - Smells of sweet malt.

Taste - Lots of caramel malt taste slightly sweet which is how I prefer my Octoberfest's.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied.

Overall - One of my favorites the fresher the better as always.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Green bottle.

Very unique looking marzen. Rusty copper orange body color, quite clear and light looking. Creamy vannilla yellow head, easily makes a good three fingers, with some quick settling down to one with a good cap. Gleaming fine small rising carbonation, cascading nice and slowly through the glass. Great looking brew.

Clean aroma, slightly mineral, luckily no skunking detected. Very subtle touches of toffee like malt and caramel, even some hints of nutty walnut skin without the tannic dryness sense coming. A bit subdued but also a bit complex and fun to explore on the nose.

Palate is exceptionally basic and more exceptionally balanced. Light toffee and minerals on first sip, even a bit nutty like the nose hints at. Mid palate comes with lightest brown sugar and very faint banana. Aftertaste really washes away more of the banana and sweetness bringing in light dryness of nut and clove qualities. Rinses through the palate quickly, but fills with excellent airy flavors. Touches crispness almost but manages a bock like lightness to boot.

A real good classic Marzen, light on the taste, but drinks so well and easily.

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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 drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served on draft at a beer bar in FL, served in a 0.5L Spaten glass (correct glassware makes beer taste better).

Beer is clear and red. Forms a thick white head that falls away leaving no lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and made up of medium bubbles that rise quickly through the beer.

Has a sweetish lager aroma. Not much to it but it smells as expected and really good.

Beer has a medium body and the drinkability is really high. Beer is slightly sweet and has a slight sour tinge to it after the sweetness. There is a mild bitterness in the back of the mouth, overall mild to moderate bitterness. The bitterness was a nice surprise, overall this was a pretty good beer. Not my favorite Oktoberfest but a good one.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in October 2004 at the Toronado on tap. Poured with a small head and decent lace. Had remotely no smell at all. Maybe a small amount of malt and hops, but barley any. Tasted the same as it smelled but a little better. Roasted malt and very little hops. Went down fairly easy and would have again if it were the only Octoberfest available.

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

I'm always leary of light-struck green bottles, but this one came out all right. It has a sweet, faint aroma and an apple character complimenting its caramel malt flavor, a combination worthy of the infamous 1-liter Oktoberfest stein. Not the best O-fest I've had, but it's still authentic and delicious.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong Euro yeast, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and slight caramel malt. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of caramel malt, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and slight Euro yeast. Overall, weaker appearance, aroma is dominated by yeast, good feel, great blend, and good body.

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

I usually keep clear of imports if they're in bottles. But this was on tap, so I tried it..finally.
Semi-deep and rich ruby/copper colored pour. Quite nice looking actually. Thin head...I think it was poured way too cold. Oh well.
Slight sweetness and breadiness in the nose. Malt is foremost with a sllight spice in the end.
Taste has a good blend of malt, spice and hops. too be sure, the hops are the least as the sweetness and malt blend well to produce a easy drinking beer. Some caramel is detected in the back, the hops serves as a cleansing agent and brings the beer out in the open. I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of WesWes
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a nice white lace head. The aroma is exceptional. It has the smell of a good lager, but with the slightest amount of crystal malts to add color and a bit of sweetness. The taste is great. It isn't too plain or too bold. There is a fine balance here. The mouthfeel is awesome. It is a low/medium bodied beer with the right amount of carbonation. This is a great drinking beer; one of the best Octoberfests I've ever had.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Doesn't it annoy you when breweries bottle dark colored beers in green glass? You think you're getting a dark bottle, but as you pour out the beer, the bottle color changes to green. Might be a fun magic trick to show off, but I'm here for the beer, so on to it:

It pours a bronzish amber color. In the glass, it's topped off by a big creamy looking head. The aroma is musty; grains, spicy hop, and a whiff of malts. The beer is creamy feeling, easy drinking, and decent tasting. The maltiness doesn't explode off the bat, and is held in check by a subtle spicy hop flavor. Actually, the latter starts to become distracting, not what I want in an O-fest. It's still a decent beer though.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grain and toffee with a little bit of skunked notes mixed in. I assume this is because they decided to put the beer in a green bottle. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of grain and toffee with a little bit of nuttyness, but luckily there is not any of the skunk in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of stevoj
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Prost! Pours out a dark cola brown with off white fluffy head. Sweet, nutty malts dominate aroma and taste. Sweetness, but a biting bitter finish. Slightly different than the norm, but pretty solid.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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