Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen Amber is my first Oktoberfest; if this is how they all look, I'll surely be buying more. The body is deep amber with an appropriately slim but uniform head with lacing. I like it when malty beers don't have too big of a head; sometimes it is a distraction against the body of the beer. Let it warm a little.
When I opened the pint+ bottle and decanted into my 14 oz. goblet, I was hit with a burst of ripe plums and currants. On the nose it's all that and a little yeasty. Goes well, actually, with a DFH Raison d'Etre.
The initial flavor is peppery bubble gum. The yeast and malt components make an interesting combination with the bittering hops. The yeast/hop then realizes the power of the malt and reveals something akin to an overripe pear. This beer operates on all parts of the tongue. With no yeast in suspension, the flavor is a pleasant surprise.
As a Marzen, this beer does exhibit properties of a lager including a certain crispness on the palette and that lagered (how else to describe it?) aftertaste. I would have expected it to be a bit more mellow; was this really brewed in March? While the malty sweetness and sharp but quickly lost hop bitterness is characteristically Oktoberfest, this beer lacks a certain integration. At times, the biting carbonation seems to seperate the malt and hop assertiveness on the tongue. Also, for such a malty beer, I expected a little more body. This is medium-light which, I suppose, a lager would be. Still, my tongue finds a lot of these elements inconsistent. The hop residue on the back of the tongue is pleasant; I think this beer could have made good use of just a touch more variety. I don't know what's in here, but a fruitier hop, something like a Cascade, could have worked really well with the malt. Or perhaps even more bittering. Though I take a little issue with the bittering because it is a little unpleasant, it's beacuse it seems like an afterthought. The beer is going to be malt-heavy, but I've had many malt-heavy beers with better hop balance than this. The aftertaste is lovely.
It has got me interested in Oktoberfests and I will certainly try several more. I hope there's a finer craft to them than this bottle has expressed.
Serving type: bottle
09-05-2003 20:08:58 | More by ngandhi
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