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

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1,821 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,821
Reviews: 1,018
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 54
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen was originally a seasonal brew, however, is now brewed and enjoyed all year long.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-18-2013 00:57:45 | More by ThePopper
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7%

I have always considered this a really good example of a "fest" beer and jump on it when its out.Pours a nice deep copper color with a pretty nice medium head,aroma is slightly malty and toasted but faint.The taste is on the sweeter side with some doughy flavors with a light hoppiness to keep it from getting to sweet.Real nice beer look for it if you like th style.

09-08-2003 01:00:57 | More by oberon
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3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance – Light orange in color with a nice, frothing head that laced well.

Smell – Lovely aroma of pure toasted malt. This one is buttery and smells like a ringer for the style.

Taste – The toasted grain was a little rough but sweetened just right with sticky sugars. There’s usually not much dimension to the style, and this offering from Paulaner holds true.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy and sticky. This is almost medium-bodied and feels terrific in the mouth.

Drinkability – After drinking the Skagit River Oktoberfest (that almost made me barf) this was a pleasure. I would have liked to have seen a little more refinement in the grain but otherwise this was a hit.

01-13-2004 02:12:42 | More by RoyalT
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-01-2012 10:41:46 | More by beerhunter13
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4.23/5  rDev +9.6%

It looks like apple juice and smells like bread/yeast. But what really matters is the taste. This is a very drinkable beer, so refreshing, and just darn good. I'm not a fan of bitter beers but this has a very light bitterness to it. Nothing unpleasant! I taste some bread, yeast, maybe some fruit like apple (it does look like apple juice). Hand me this beer and I will drink it!

Served in a wheat beer glass.

10-03-2013 02:00:00 | More by Fear4Beer
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2.95/5  rDev -23.6%

A: Yellow, completely clear, with a rather big white head. Good head retention and nice lacings.

S: Light malts, white bread and a fresh mild herbal hop note.

T: Rather sweet with malts and toast up front. Light but fresh grassy and herbal hop notes. The finish has some bitterness to it, a a quick hop flare and some malts. Clean and refreshing with decent flavors.

M: Moderate to light body, quite a lot of carbonation.

D: A decent beer.

10-15-2009 19:38:21 | More by ricke
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-30-2013 23:18:07 | More by OhioBobcat
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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

This a lovely deep amber to dark orange beer with an orange-tinged fluffy white head. The nose is caramel malt and faint spicy hops.

Taste is mostly caramel/ toffee maltiness with a splash of spicy hops to keep it light and a hugely bready character. Once gain, I had almost given up on european Marzens because they always wind up in my hands way old and sub-par. Bought a bottle of this at a store once and couldn't even finish it. This was a real treat on tap.

Mouthfeel was a bit thick for my liking and anfter one big wiesse glass of this, I was feeling kinda full. Maybe I'm just a lightweight.

02-11-2006 20:06:07 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-17-2013 03:46:04 | More by Tiernan
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-16-2014 02:42:32 | More by tbryan5
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-07-2014 14:19:22 | More by GameOfBeers
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a beautifully clear amber color with a nice 1/2" of soapy white foam. Retention is light and lacing is minimal.

Moderate and lightly roasted malt waft up to the nose, a deeper inhale seems to really bring out the light earthy hops.

Balance is the first word that comes to mind as this hits the tongue. Caramel malts but not sweet; light bittering but not hoppy; modest carbonation but not to active in the mouth. The whole package comes together for a nice creamy satisfying experience. The finish is very quick with hints of malt, but almost instantly dissipates to a lightly bitter linger - then gone, clean.

Very easy to drink and highly enjoyable. This really does seem to bring a lot of the good things of this style to the table.

09-14-2009 22:33:43 | More by SIRIUS2
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

Saturday September 22nd marks the first day of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Americans will be celebrating this holiday till the end of October as most think Oktoberfest is a month-long event. This beer is brewed year-round so you can celebrate O-fest anytime you please. Whatever works, right?

Brightly glowing orange-amber color shows a perfect clarity. Three fingers of off-white froth slowly collapse to a thin lace. Malty aroma with bready tones on top with light layers of caramel and biscuit, faint alcohol vapor and herbal hop in the back of the nose. Very smooth mouthfeel with a fluffy moderate body and a semi-creamy palate. Lots of malt character right from the get-go, fresh toasted grain with a long maltiness that brings a bit of sweetness. Hops are casual and walk onto the palate with a well-balanced bitterness, along with herbal and floral flavors. Slight alcohol warmth in the semi-sweet finish.

Just the sheer balance and cleanliness of this lager is amazing. If we had to come up with a benchmark brand for every style, this would be our pick for O-fest beers.

07-07-2010 00:11:17 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

03-06-2014 21:29:09 | More by bulldogg915
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

On tap at Uptown Grille Commerce MI.

A_Bronze amber body with a thick white head that settle into a thin lacy ring. Spotty lacing.

S_Toasted malt,caramel and toffee notes. Spot on for the style.

T_Caramel malt upfront. Bready/bisquity in the body with a touch of spice and hops.

M_Very smooth and creamy.

D_Delicious easy drinking. Perfect example of the Okto style.

09-26-2010 01:44:57 | More by nickadams2
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3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

This beer was a solid amber color, had a strong fragrant sweet malt aroma, strong carmelly malty taste that seemed to lose these features quickly.Seemed to me a perfect beer if you are a smoker, you get quick initial bursts of flavor, then you enjoy your smoke.

10-29-2003 01:54:36 | More by grynder33
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +17.9%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Spaten Oktoberfest Stange glass. There is a "produced on" date of 09/09 and sampled on 10-19-09

Appearance: The body has a deep coppery amber color with very good clarity. On top sits a tall light beige head. It is light, fluffy and fades out quickly leaving only a little spotty lacing at the top of the glass.

Smell: Its aroma is full of sweet bready, toasted and roasted malts with a touch of nutty character, caramel candy and noble hops. There is also a very slight hint of mineral like or hard water like aroma.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is much the same as the aroma. It has loads of sweet malty goodness with nice nutty and roasted character. Its sweetness fades towards the finish and leafy/mineral like hop favors come in and add a nice balance of flavor and bitterness. It finishes crisp and clean and has a nice solid medium body which is extremely drinkable. The carbonation is soft which make for a very smooth texture.

Notes: This is a very tasty and extremely drinkable Oktoberfest. The only thing I could ask for would be a little more head retention. This is one of the better Oktoberfest beers that I have had. Very well done!!!

10-19-2009 22:46:54 | More by generallee
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-13-2012 02:42:01 | More by Twifiter
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Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

appearance - pours a nice clear, amber color. Third of an inch head that remains for a while, clinging to the glass. Nice lacing.

smell - smells of german malts, yeast, bready/doughy notes, ....cherries?

taste - now this is an octoberfest beer. usually not a huge fan but this is one of the better ones. Bready maltiness, has that "german taste" to it...if that makes any sense. Yeast, honeycomb, hint of hop spice, very clean finish. Smooth as ice.

mouthfeel - nice body and not too carbonated at all. nice.

drinkability - Highly. Great session beer even though its almost 6% abv.

08-31-2007 19:32:26 | More by Doomcifer
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-03-2013 19:09:37 | More by JakerLou
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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A – Pours a very pale gold khaki. Big, fluffy three-finger head sets up instantly, necessitating waiting to finish the pour. Pillowy off-white foam collapses slowly as large bubbles pop. Eventually, all that's left is a thin sheen across the surface. Beer is a dark orange-amber and clear.

S – Nicely toasted malts. Some slightly burnt caramels. Soft nose stays buried in the glass. Hints of Bananas Foster when it warms up, along with more caramels.

T – Medium dark caramel with a touch of toffee spread on lightly grilled toast. Noble bittering hops immediately follow to balance any residual sugar, so what lingers is more of an almost-burnt toast taste rather than sugars. Pretty simple and straightforward, but tasty.

M – A bit fizzy, but not over-carbonated. Body is thin, on the edge of watery. Structure is a bit light, especially compared to American-style Oktoberfests. Finish is a tad bitter, and snaps off across the back of the tongue.

O – A refreshing German Marzen. Lighter than most Americans, but with a bit more flavor than a number of Germans. I especially appreciate that it lacks the American trend of over-hopping every style, but still has enough present to prevent any sense of sweetness. I'd include this in a six-pack mixer during Oktoberfest season.

03-09-2013 21:17:05 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

5 liter keg, moderate carbonation at best out of these. Very nice lacing and clarity.

Malty with toasted and bready tones in the aroma, alcoholic vapors are quick and clean.

Smooth and clean with a solid maltiness, lots of toasted flavours floating around. Bready sweet on the palate with a hop bitterness that grows to balance, little bit of flavour comes through in an herbal note.

Not too bad from the mini-keg, I'd get this again for sure when it comes around again next September.

11-15-2002 04:37:07 | More by Jason
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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

My first German Marzen style of the season compares very favorably to the two domestic versions I've sampled. 12 oz bottle pours a clear amber body with a one finger beige head that persists for a few minutes before dropping to a collar with patchy lace.
Aroma is very enticing, with floral/spicy hops and caramel maltiness.
Mouthfeel is ideal for style, with medium carbonation, a light medium body, and a spicy hops zing on the tongue.
Taste is pure bliss, with a wonderful blend of spicy, noble hops and toasty, grainy, caramel maltiness. The body lightens a bit for the finish as the bittering spicy hops come to life. Very tasty, with a clean and dry finish. By far, the most drinkable of the Oktoberfest biers I've sampled this September. I would gladly keep a couple of cases of this Bavarian around for pleasure.

09-14-2005 01:37:23 | More by merlin48
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12 ounce bottle, with "produced on" dating info on label. Pours a light, coppery, brownish almond, slim white head, tiny bubbles and just a smidgen of lacing. Not much of a nose, deep malty notes, hint of a metalic note. Fruity, malty and pleasant stuff, not my fav style, but cannot deny that this are good everyday drinkin' suds

09-23-2004 03:07:34 | More by Billolick
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-23-2013 02:49:18 | More by ctodda
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Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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