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Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 1,049
Hads: 2,203
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 82
Gots: 200 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

An amber beer style that was developed to celebrate the original Oktoberfest over 200 years ago. This full bodied beer with its rich malt flavor, dark toffee note and underlying fruitiness has a masterful hop balance.
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Photo of gr0g
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle. Darker shade of amber, closer to copper in color. The head is made up of several fingers worth of foam and shows great retention, leaving rings of lace behind. Aromas of toffee and toasted grain. Floral hop note keeps it from being bland and one-dimensional. The malt-forward flavor profile is spot-on for the style. Hoppy enough to stave off the blandness that some under-hopped Oktoberfest biers exhibit. A bit of cracker-like grain character. Mouthfeel is soft and slick, devoid of any harshness, though after sitting in the glass, it can seem a bit under-carbed.

Really good 'festbier by one of Munich's own, definitely one of the better ones. It's worthy of a try, even if there are better, widely-available (in the northeast US) competitors. (776 characters)

Photo of VikingBeer
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An attractive dark-amber pour, with a nice, persistent head and lacing. Taste is very traditional, malt-heavy and nutty rich up front, with rich, bready malts and a kiss of hops on the mid-palate. Finish is dryish, with a slight sweetness of caramel and honey. Mouthfeel is medium-full, with mild to moderate carbonation. A good, very traditional Oktoberfest. (359 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks like a quintessential Oktoberfest/marzen - caramel amber color with good clarity and a creamy head. Smells mildly sweet and nutty, with a little grass as well. This is an inviting brew.

Tastes remarkably crisp for a marzen. In fact, the first time I had this beer I drank it straight from the bottle and thought it was a pale lager, owing to its crisp, green hop presence. There is of course a nice caramely backbone, complemented by nutty, biscuity and cinnamon notes. Not too sweet, unlike some examples of the style.

This is one of my fall favorites and must try for fans of German lagers. (601 characters)

Photo of akolb
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A lovely malty Oktoberfest, with a good amount of sweetness, a little caramel flavor, a nice head, and a smooth feel. I enjoyed American versions such as Sierra Nevada but you just can't beat this. (197 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle as part of a "mix-a-six" from Coaltrain in Colorado Springs. Label states best by 02/2016, so I am 6 months out.

Minimal aroma from a 2 fingers of head capped brown-tinged amber body. The flavor is typical for this brewery. It nails the style but do so in a "mass produced" level of quality. Like the hefe from Paulaner, this is a good beer, but not a great one. Moderately rich layers of malt form the middle of the flavor, and are backed up by some classic German style noble hops. Good balance and good flavor mix, and true to style to boot. This just lacks the wonderfully rich quality of the best marzens. This is one of my favorite styles, and not an easy one to hit the bull's eye with. (708 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rich grain malt aroma, light amber, brilliant, initial malt sweetness that lingers into the finish, moderate hops – balance leans towards the malt, medium body and carbonation. Enjoyable, refreshing, smooth. (209 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/2/14. Best By 5/15.

A: Some lazy carbonation; pours a dark copper/amber w/ 2 fingers rocky/thick khaki head; excellent retention; OUTSTANDING lacing.

S: Malty w/ noble hop aroma; way hoppier than other Marzen I've had. Definitely toasted malts. Some slight hints of alcohol.

T: Wow. Clean, light, noble hop arrival. Malty, clean mid-palate. Lingering caramel malt - but not sweet. Hint of (good) sourness.

M: Lighter than expected. Mid-weight.

O: This is a stellar beer; I'd put this head & shoulders above Sam Adams or Great Lakes, my two usual Marzen. (581 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour was clear orange-brown with minimal head. Aroma was toasted malts with notes of bread and caramel. Lots of malt flavors with a late sweetness and a mild hop bitterness. Soft carbonation with a medium body. (217 characters)

Photo of Walrus_J_Taco
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Paulaner Oktoberfest was one of my first expeditions outside the macro brew box. To this day (15 years later) it remains one of my favorite beers. Malty, yeasty, and smooth as the day is long. (193 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep amber in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: toffee, toast;

T: Cheerios, toast; a touch of malt sweetness at mid-palate; light bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; tingly carbonation;

O: very nice, but I prefer Hacker-Pschorr; (293 characters)

Photo of myelo
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap.

L: clear, dark amber with small off-white head, leaving a little lacing

S: sweet malt, caramel, bread/biscuit,

T: sweet bread malt with mild, earthy bitterness, slight cinnamon spiciness

F. Medium to light body, mld carbonation, minimal ethanol warmth

Overall nice well balanced Märzen ... very malty, a touch sweet (331 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Golden and crystal clear with almost no carbonation, 2 fingers of yellowish head.

S: Malts, lager yeasts, slight astringency, oregano oil, bready.

T: Bready, buscuity, light smooth mellow malts, little astringency, pizza dough, a little oregano oil, clean linen.

M: Light body, smooth fine carbonation, dry and clean finish.

O: Excellent and smooth, so much so I think of Munich Lagers. Got on wishbeer.com, drank in cnx Nov 15, 2014. (445 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a half finger white head. While the lacing is not really there, head retention is good.

Aroma has caramel and toast along with a healthy shot of wet glass. Very true to the style.

The flavor doubles down on the attributes in the aroma with a very nice biscuity malt character and awesome grassy hop flavors. Moderate bitterness balances out the malty sweetness and gives this great drinkability.

Overall, one of the better German Marzens available in the U.S. One of the standards of the style. (564 characters)

Photo of bassboneman
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Of the many Oktoberfest biers - this one is on top! I love the slightly sweet finish of this beer. The finish is slightly more robust than some of the other Oktoberfest biers.
Although - tasted back to back with Hoffbrau they are both very similar.
I have not had the chance to try the Augustiner Brau Oktoberfest -
Ohne geht no!
Ein mal beir bitte! (350 characters)

Photo of billiv
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Flavor, aroma, mouth feel. This one hits all the important high points for me. Rich, chocolate nose. A combination of sweet and bitter overtones beautifully balanced. Rich caramel flavors. Lovely carbonation--it is enough to notice without distracting from flavor and aroma. An almost perfect cool-weather brew. (311 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Appearance: Dark amber with a hefty white head, plenty of retention.

Smell: Malts and mellow yeast.

Taste: Slightly sweet carmel malts, lager-like yeast flavor, slightly bitter finish with a fruity taste.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and carbonated.

Overall: This beer manages to be balanced and easy-drinking, while still layered and rich. I would drink this regularly. (373 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

9/17...pours medium amber, hearty white foam, clings all over. Peppery malt nose. Smooth all malt flavor, firm carbonation, strong hop bite. Just a hint of sweetness. Balanced, smooth, delicious. One of the better Marzens I've encountered (238 characters)

Photo of SpencerLanham
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Super tasty. Low head minus an aggressive pour. It has a good light brown red color, and light grainy taste. It goes surprisingly well with any good spicy beef and potato dish. (176 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear amber with a short-lasting white head. The aroma is malt forward with nice aromas of dark fruit (raisins) and hints of earthy hops. The taste takes this and amplifies it, adding a nice bready quality. The body is lighter but not watery and has a little bit of carbonation. A very good Marzen. (311 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

I took a day trip to some of my more outlying bottleshops yesterday to keep my hand in and to see what I might have been missing out on in the interim since my last visit. Subs & Six Packs is on Columbia Avenue, so it is a decent bus ride for yours truly, but their policy of selling anything as a single is a winner IMHO. I scour the coolers, the racks, get a half-‘n’-half sammich (half for there, half to go) and watch a little telly and get back on the bus. It is a grand time, but only an occasional one.

From the bottle: “Brewed and bottled exclusively by Paulaner Brauerei in Munich, Germany, to the exacting standard of Reinheitsgebot, the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516.”

After Pop!ping the cap, I began a very aggressive pour and sat back as it transitioned from a pseudo-cascade into three-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with very good retention. Color was darker than I expected, Deep-Amber/Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to peer through the wall and across the parking lot where my neighbor was not yet open for business. Nose had a definite malty sweetness, but I also registered a slight Band-Aid phenolic quality. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was initially quite sweet, but then I also began to get a clove-like spiciness, almost like a Hefeweizen. Wild. Finish was semi-sweet with the malt being balanced by whatever was causing those other tastes. Being as that I dislike sweet beers and Oktoberfests/Marzens can often be cloying, I really liked this one. (1,539 characters)

Photo of fx20736
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6 pack from AJ's Beer Warehouse on 10/1/14. Poured into a dimpled mug at fridge temp.

look: medium dark amber with a natural white head. Nice lacing.

smell: toasted malt, moderate spicy noble hops.

taste: residual caramel sweetness with a modest hop presence.

feel: finishes clean

overall: decent Marzen. I assume this is their Export version and their Weisn is the version sold in Munich. (404 characters)

Photo of y2jrock60
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

A- Bright clear orange with a thin head that leaves behind some light lacing.

S- Sweet, slightly malty, with a hint of noble hops. There is also a light tea in the aroma in the nose.

T- Very sweet, you can taste the Vienna malt along with the grainy Pilsner in the finish. There's also a nice spicy/earthy bitterness imparted by the noble hops that help round this beer out.

M- Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- Definitely one of the better Marzens I've had. The beer isn't overly sweet and actually has a substantial amount of bitterness that I find lacking in other examples of the style. (611 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Sampled last night on 10/1/14. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle and is good by "05/15". Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5l 'Paulaner' weissber vase glass.

Pours a pretty deep amber in color with a thin beige head. Light to moderate lacing is seen that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of caramel, toasted malts and yeast and is very pleasant. The taste is even better with a bit of spicy hops in the mix as well. Just this side of medium bodied but perfect carbonation. No bitter or harsh aftertaste and a tasty example of this style of brew. One of the best ones out there! PROST! (643 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Dark amber in color with a copper tint. Pours a two finger, foamy head that fades only to leave some foam around the edges of the glass.

Aroma- Very sweet, nutty, caramel malt with a touch of herbal/spicy hops.

Taste- Herbal/spicy hops provide a crisp snap upfront followed by a smooth caramel malt that coats the tongue nicely. Finish has some toasted malt along with some more spice hops.

Feel- The malt gives this a very smooth feel that coats the tongue and doesn't linger too long. Medium carbonation with a slight bubbly feel in the middle of the mouth.

Overall- For me Marzens walk a fine line of sweetness and this hits the nail on the head. Not too sweet with the perfect amount of hop spice to counterbalance the caramel/toasted malts. A great fall beer and one that will be my go-to oktoberfest-marzen. (836 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light amber, deep orange with a decent sized off-white head. Bubbles continue to rush towards the top. Not too much lacing.

Rich malty aroma. Nice and toasty. A hint of dark fruits, but otherwise clean lager character. No hop aroma to really speak of.

Sweet toasty malt upfront in flavor drying out fairly quickly. Again some fruitiness, but is not out of whack. Just a hint of oxidation perhaps. Firm but pleasant bitterness, little hop flavor, mostly spicy in the finish.

Medium body and slick, but not heavy. Carbonation is medium-high. Malt sweetness lingers a bit, but is not cloying.

Rich and malty, but impressively drinkable, the way an Oktoberfest should be. (677 characters)

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