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

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Ratings: 2,168
Reviews: 1,057
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 75
Gots: 182 | 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

Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen was originally a seasonal brew, however, is now brewed and enjoyed all year long.
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Reviews by acevenom:
Photo of acevenom
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug. Pours clear amber with a tall, off-white head that dissipates slowly. There are lots of tiny streaming bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Some lacing is left behind as the head dissipates. There are aromas of bready malt and grassy and floral hops. The taste follows the nose. It's very bready. The hop bitterness is not strong, but it does lend some nice balance to the flavor. The body is light with adequate carbonation. The finish is smooth and dry. The drinkability is high. Overall, this is an excellent example of this style. Definitely give it a try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear amber in color with a thin white head that quickly faded away leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A moderate to high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of bready and caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of spicy hops.
T: The overall taste is very balanced between some malty sweetness with notes of caramel in the initial taste followed by a subtle amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a medium level of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze; it goes down very smoothly, which makes it very sessionable.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

A: Pours a clear deep amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted, caramel, and bready malts with a slightly stronger aroma of spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready, caramel, and toasted malts (in descending order of strength) with minimal amounts of sweetness present. That is followed by moderate flavors of spicy hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable, definitely a nice example of the style and a beer that I could easily have over and over again - kind of reminds me of time spent at Oktoberfest in Munich in 2000.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keeping it real for you you guys. Drinking this as it is a Marzen. This brew looks pretty in a glass. No lies. Beautiful medium copper/amber body with a big soapy white head. The aroma is that of toasted cereal grains and a touch of caramel. Taste as expected, toasted grains with residual sugars that help accent the caramel notes. Finishes semi clean and a little dry with a grainy aftertaste with a hoppy snap to it. The body plays on the palate with its feather weight smoothness and it's par carbonation.

Overall: Maybe this style of beer is my favorite. It's traditional refreshing and not really anything bad about it. I could crush a sixer of this with no problems. It's not adventurous yet isn't infected either just a good wholesome brew to watch Football or any sport for that matter. This brew is worthy!

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of ricke
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nickadams2
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of grynder33
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of generallee
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!!!

Photo of Doomcifer
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Jason
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of merlin48
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and biscuit malt, with a little bit of grass from the hops. The flavor is very malty. I get quite a bit of toffee, with some lighter malts mixed in as well. There is a little bit of grape character to the flavor and a little bit of grass in there as well. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Crystal clear, copper/orange with a creamy off-white head and nice lacing. Quintessential Marzen look

S: Big and Rich malty aroma. Heavy use of munich malt lends a great bread and toast like character throughout

T: There is an initial malty sweetness laced with hints of caramel that is quickly followed by typical malty flavors such as bread crust with a subtle biscuity background. I am getting a slight metallic flavor and a some subtle "export" flavors from travel and abuse.

M: Medium body with a moderately dry finish.

D: This style in general is a very drinkable style, this beer in particular is at the higher end. Very good display of munich malt, that is simple and classic. Nice complexity without throwing the palate around. Very good example of the style

Photo of bsp77
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into mug.

Appearance: Clear rich copper. Rapidly forming head but diminished to a fine line.

Smell: Biscuit, toast, nuts, toffee and metallic bitterness.

Taste: Biscuit and toffee are most pronounced, with some cherry fruit and noble hop bitterness. Unlike many American versions, the sweetness is kept to a minimum.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a clean smooth body. Mostly dry.

Drinkability: This is my prototypical Marzen, but I used to enjoy it more than I do now. Sometimes having an expanding palate sucks as it destroys old favorites. Even if no longer a favorite of mine, it is still very good nonetheless. Prost!

Photo of Prospero
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice Ocktoberfest lager light bodied smooth taste. When held up to the light the color is a clear amber. Malty on the front lightly toasted caramel flavor, mild hop profile. The nose is pretty subtle, mostly the malts come through. Very drinkable, moderate carbonation on pour about two fingers or so, light after settling. I definitely would drink this for a session beer during Oktoberfest.

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer on tap during a week in Telluride. Great amber color, small head. Toasty malt aroma with some nuts and pepper hops. Malty monster, with a crisp finish. Never had a sour one, but also never tried it out of a bottle. I'll get this again when I go back.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass,an inch thick head off white very creamy.
A dark amber,medium coppery color.The head dissipated into a thin layer atop the rest of the beer.
A complex taste consisting of caramell,chocolate,alcohol,bisciuty,woody but yet clean tasting.
The aroma was caramelly,chocolatly,winey,grassy the aromas were a little faint though.
The mouthfeel was grainey,dry,medium to thin body.It finished with a sharp,tart taste,a little flat though.
Doesn't seem like a beer I would drink a lot of,it just did really do any thing for me,it was kinda just there.

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