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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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 Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a mild brown with a good amount of khaki colored head and lace. Munich malts, fair amount of sweetness and little hop presence. Malts are roasted and have a caramel and unsweetened cocoa flavor. Medium to full bodied and a fairly smooth drinker. A very standard O-fest but lacks the character to make it truly great.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with very good clarity and a moderate head that fades to a thin ring. Smells very malty, but dry and with an earthy, fairly bitter finish. Tastes similar- very balanced between somewhat dry caramel malt and a fairly firm bitter, earthy finish with just a touch of sweetness at the end. Smooth and a bit nutty. A classic Marzen, and quite pleasant.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderate caramel malt with a good graininess as the beer warmed. Some noble hop aroma noted as well.

The taste consisted of a sweet grainy malt with a light balancing hop. A robust multi-grain breadiness appeared as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a slight chewiness.

Overall a very tasty and easy drinking Oktoberfest.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep golden color with a thick, rocky head.

Smell: very grainy with a slight spicy hop aroma.

Taste: quite malty and grainy with some caramel sweetness. Hops tend to the spicier side and are particularly apparent on the finish. Nice bitterness to balance the malt.

Mouthfeel: medium body; I would prefer a little more carbonation.

Drinkability: tasty enough, it's not a bad beer, but it's not particularly complex even for the style, so I might want to switch it up after a liter.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear reddish amber hue and shows a bright-metallic, deeply red tinged, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a mix of sweet malty notes and dry, bread-like aromatics. Light hop notes contribute aromatics of lemon zest and faint herbal / grassy notes to the nose, but this is mostly a malt focused beer. Lightly browned soda crackers, fresh bread-crust aromas, aromas of fresh crushed malt and a touch of sweet, lightly caramelized grain character seem to be the main focus here. Not a bad aroma, but somehow leaves me wishing for a bit more depth.

Dry and herbal as it first hits my mouth, it quickly picks up a lightly sweet malt sweetness and a round, rustic bread like character. Each sip finishes with a herbal hop note that gets a bit metallic and a thin malt character. The malt sweetness while light is actually fairly rich and satiating, this balanced sweet malt character is exactly what I want to see in this style of beer, though it can be a touch too muted at times. I like that the hop character plays a significant role here in the flavor; it provides a nice balance to the malt character all the while contributing flavors of soft lemon zest, some light herbal notes, more hay / grass than anything and also a nice, biting bitterness that is found from beginning to end. Light enough to be quite drinkable, but the malt provides some body and texture to it that allows for the beer to stick just a bit to the palate.

A solid beer, nothing that makes me get really exited, but a nice beer that I could easily quaff a liter of. I definitely like that malt character here, even if it could use a little boost; it provides a nice biscuit-like, browned soda cracker flavored, rustic bread crust flavor to this brew that sort of defines things for me. Tasty and quaffable, though perhaps a wee bit forgettable.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle picked up at the Coop last Thursday for about $1.45.. poured into my New Belgium goblet tonight.

2 finger head drops leaving spotty lacing.. crystal clear amber red brew.

Very clean toasted malts dominate the aroma.. not much else to talk about here.

Toasted malts again are in the front.. sorta a husky note.. toasted bread with just a touch of earthy hoppiness... sorta creamy with a lite/medium body.

I've had the Spaten Octoberfest too many times to count over the years... I will continue to pick it up, but (and this may be my PNW palate talking) there could be more to this brew.. it just seems like it is bordering on great but settles on adequate... the best thing about this brew is it tastes alot more fresh than alot of the other German Octoberfest brews that make it to this neck of the woods.

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

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

Pours a lovely copper color wtih good head retention and lacing. There is a rich, malty grain aroma, with an overlay of sweetness. These flavors are replicated on the palate, and the beer is medium bodied with subdued malty sweetness. This beer is very, very drinkable, and along with Oktoberfest from Paulener, is one of my favorite marzens. Very smooth in the finish. Quite well done.

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

Pours a well-carbonated clear copper color.

Smells of malt and grain with a bit of caramel and tea thrown in.

Has a strong malty flavor. There are banana, raisin and caramel flavors to this too. Tastes like a very mild bock beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable, this beer keeps you guessing about what you taste with each sip.

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

12 oz. Euro-green bottle,

A: Pours a beautiful dark amber colour, nice to see, small 2-finger dissipates quickly though, but the colour is really nice.

S: Typical malt smell, very sweet, some bready character, not a lot of hops in this one though.

T: Very sweet malty, almost maple flavour, kind of over the top, but sort of in a good way, there were some times I liked it, but some times it was a little much. Hop flavour is slight, but some earthy notes are there in the background.

M: Typical German lager feel, light and smooth, medium-bodied overall, but has a nice briskness on the palate.

D: A pretty good German Oktoberfest beer, Spaten makes very good representations of typical German styles and they did another one with this beer. There are some faults, but overall, it is very good for its style.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.52/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brown half litre bottle, best before Oct 2010, so a 2009 brew!

Very pale for a Marzen, very pale indeed, looks like a normal lager/helles/pilsner, golden with a pure white head. This is my second O'Fest beer of the little O'Fest I'm having tonight.

Almost odourless, gets my standard score of 3 for a non-smelling lager/pilsner.

Tastes like a pilsner which has had sugar added to make it stronger in its ABV. No great flavours or points to pontificate about, un-impressed.

I've been to Munich many times, including 8 O'Fests, this bottled beer bears no resemblance to the draught Marzens I've had from Spaten over the years. Reminded me of sugared water.

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

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, thin ring of retention, hints of lacing.

S: Big sulfury-mineral aroma, grassy spicing, toffee, roasted nut & caramel.

T: Sulfury mineral, roasted nut, grassy, peppery, toffee, balanced bitterness.

M: Moderate body, well-carbonated, crisp/dry finish.

D: A decent drinker.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a copper, even close to light brown body with good head retention and decent lacings. Decent malt smell, although I couldn't really pick up anything that discernible. Malts are in the taste but unfortunately this beer has a really drying sensation to it. So while it has sweetness and some spiciness to it it also seems offbalance and not a sessionable. Not a terrible beer at all, but for an Oktoberfest you can easily do better.

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

A: This beer pours pale golden with a large rich well balanced white head that stays for some time.

S: This smells like bread, malty and with some citric notes. Very refreshing.

T: Refreshing, bready/malty (caramell) and surprisingly lots of bitter hops.

M: The aftertaste is a bit dry and bitter, but not to long. The body is medium with pretty much carbonation.

D: A nice refreshing beer. This one I will drink again.

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Photo of rudzud
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled with JLindros for pairings at our beer dinner. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear light amber with a half finger head that faded immediately to leave very, very thin wisps. Nothing special.

S - Aromas of biscuity malts and caramel along with some very faint floral grassy hops.

T - Like the nose, there are light bready malts and caramel sweetness with more of those faint floral/grassy hops. Slight bitterness on the finish. Its not bad, just a bit above average.

M - Mouthfeel again, solid with fair carbonation. That much carbonation though almost makes it feel thin.

O - Overall, I felt this was an average oktoberfest offering. Not bad, but nothing special.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Sweet malty nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet but balanced, smooth, good oktoberfest. Not skunky as some reviewers have noted. 12oz bottle $1.50 from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of weeare138
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a light golden color with a small amount of white head that slowly fades. Tiny traces of lacing are left around.
Smell is of light caramel and malt with a light hoppy aroma.
Taste is slightly sweet and caramelish with a mild doughyness and hoppiness that is borderline buttery/skunky.
Mouthfeel is ok. Ok roastiness and fruitiness with hops but slightly thin.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish bronze color with small white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Clean aroma with toasted malt, a faint amount of caramel and a a bit of hops. Taste is faint toasted malt and the hops seem to overpower the malt profile which is uncharacteristic of a good Oktoberfest in my opinion. Overall, this seems to a pretty subdued Oktoberfest that is not bad, but definately nowhere near the top of my list for the style.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this at the local Old Chicago.

A deep amber colour with almost no head of foam. What was there disappeared completely after a couple of minutes.

A weak smell of some caramel malt and slight graininess greeted my nosebuds.

The taste is very light with just some light caramel malt, grain, a little bread and that was it. Not impressive, even compared to the bottles I'vs had of it. MF was the same as bottles, light, with medium carbonation.

The drinkability wasn't bad but I didn't feel the need to ask for another pint. A very blah member of the style, at least the tap I had..

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear ruby-orange color with a nice rocky white head. Head retention was average, and lasted for a brief minute or two while a light splotchy lacing decorated the glass.

S: overall light in nature with some fresh grains and light sweet vienna caramel.

T: The flavor was sweet with some sweet citrusy hopping along with some light honey and toasted malt notes.

M: smooth from the light carbonation and the beer finishes with light caramel hints and a touch of malt sourness.

D: Overall moderate per style, moderate flavor and moderate drinkability.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.59/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. No bottled date recognized.

(A)- Pours a clear brown amber. Produces a white foamy head, but quickly dissipated.

(S)- Lightly sweetened honey and corn husk.

(T)- Lightly dry with a sweet, yet almost sour malty taste of honey/maple with corn.

(M)- Good carbonation level, however, every other part of the beer is rather bland.

(D)- An alright beer, it just really has nothing going for it. Yes, it has flavor, but not much. Fine for a session, but just a tad too sweet to be enjoyed one after another. There are much better examples of the style than this one.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer was fairly clear and a nice amber color.

Hint of fruity esters unlike others I've tried of this style

Tasted a little "bready" or stale that got more pronoiunced as it warmed and decanted a bit.

Moderate carbonation and distinct malt flavor.

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

Poured a orange and amber color with a modest white head. Nose is mainly grainy and skunky. Taste is sweet roasted malts, caramel malts with a mildly bitter amount of hops. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability is average. Not the best Oktoberfest brew.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,539 ratings.
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