Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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4.22/5 rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I'm not big on this style, mainly because I have had many bland and uninteresting offerings made by American craft brewers (with a few exceptions, most notably the Harpoon Octoberfest which is excellent). I am psyched to review not only a German version but also what I have heard is one of the best made.
A - Medium amber color with a one finger light tan head that disappeared quickly. Neither too light nor too dark, this is a good looking Märzen.
S - Very fresh smelling with roasted malts, hops, and caramel. Has a dark fruity aroma to it and a touch of sweetness/brown sugar.
T - Very bready and fruity (raisin?) with a touch of herbal hop bite at the end. Everything here is balanced perfectly. Hints of spices (nutmeg) and a nuttiness that is very tasty. "Liquid sweetbread" is an excellent description. Caramel/toffee is also present as it warms.
M - Medium body and full carbonation, silky smooth mouthfeel.
D - This is the epitome of session beers and designed to be just that.
An absolute fantastic representation of the style and blows away any American offering I have had. This is one of the pioneers that has been around for hundreds of years. Worth the price tag and blows the competition away. So glad I finally got my hands on some! This has inspired me to seek out other German Märzen offerings, because so far from what I have tried the micros from America don't even compare.
Serving type: bottle
10-08-2009 01:01:41 | More by BeerPhan86
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