The Brewski Report Reviews Spaten’s Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen
File Date: 10.17.2009
File Name: Oktoberfest Education
The Beer: Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen
Stats: 5.9% ABV
Country of Origin: Munich, Germany
Brewer Info: More than 600 years of brewing tradition in the heart of Munich. One of Germany’s most successful breweries, Spaten is deeply rooted in Munich’s venerable beer-brewing tradition, yet it remains modern and dynamic. Spaten has always been at the forefront of progress in brewing. It was at Spaten that Carl Linde developed his first refrigerator, and the Spaten ‘spade’ is one of the oldest trademarks in the world (1884), making the company a pioneer in the history of advertising.
Brewer Brand Hype: Spaten Oktoberfest Beer, created in 1872, is the world’s first Oktoberfest beer, brewed for the greatest folk festival in the world. Every year, over and over again, countless Oktoberfest visitors share their enthusiasm about this beer. Taste the Munich flavor. Spaten Oktoberfest Beer is amber in color. This medium bodied beer has achieved its impeccable taste by balancing the roasted malt flavor with the perfect amount of hops. Having a rich textured palate with an underlying sweetness true to tradition.
The Brewski Review: Six HUNDRED years of brewing! For that fact, 600 years of being in business! Started in 1397, Spaten has been around longer than the United States. I wonder if they exported their beer to Spain? If they did, maybe Christopher Columbus had some Spaten beer on board when he hit the Caribean beaches in 1492. Or, maybe Juan Ponce de Leone stocked his cabin fridge with it when he went looking for a pub crawl on ‘La Florida’ in 1513. Given the rich brewing history, I guess this would be THE quintissential Oktoberfest to be drinking if this was your favorite type of beer. Anyway, Oktoberfest refers to certian beers made by brewers in Munich proper. So, if you purchase an American craft beer named ‘Oktoberfest’ it’s not a true Oktoberfest beer. I thought Spaten’s Oktoberfest was just, well, okay. It wasn’t too bitter but it had too much aftertaste for me. Maybe I’m just not a fan of this type. I could see myself drinking it again but it’s definitely not on the top of the list.
Drinkability: Lots of roasted malt flavor.
Appearance: Dark Amber in color. Large foamy head.
The Buds: Okay. I haven’t been won over by this type of beer just yet.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5