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

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1,820 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,820
Reviews: 1,018
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 53
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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1/5  rDev -74.1%

08-26-2014 01:46:50 | More by Scope
Photo of BrewmasterNPB


1.63/5  rDev -57.8%

This tastes oxidized and skunky, even for an import. I love octoberfests in general, and I know a lot of people enjoy this beer, so maybe I got an extra old one.
The color is a nice amber, good for the style.
There is a good malty flavor under the oxidation, but The hop character might be a tad too much for the style.

02-15-2008 04:32:47 | More by BrewmasterNPB
Photo of garyford


2/5  rDev -48.2%

02-15-2012 21:54:43 | More by garyford
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

03-16-2014 12:51:53 | More by Fettpopps
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

10-29-2013 00:50:53 | More by csadkins54
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2.03/5  rDev -47.4%

Reviewed 9/19/2007 (bottle):

Pours a golden brown colored body, with a yellow/white head. Somewhat lasting. Small bubbles. Very malty aroma. Weakish aroma. Chemically watery refreshing taste, clean aftertaste. Malty taste. Not too strong a flavor. Not my style.

02-18-2009 02:43:02 | More by jujubeast6000
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2.15/5  rDev -44.3%

Trader Joe's was selling big, huge aluminum barrels of this stuff. I exaggerate, but the cans on display were more-than-generous; more apt to be footstools or pieces of a makeshift barrier than a beer serving size. Still, splitting one of these azure monoliths with a friend didn't seem too greedy. Orange and frothy, this looks like a festival beer - good for celebrating outdoors where heady rays of sunshine and noise from adjacent crowds make good complements to the otherwise simple notes of honey paired with the crispness of pilsner malt and sharp carbonation. Unengaging, the Pauler Marzen is best left to being a session beer, or served with powerful dishes, or to slake undiscriminating thirsts. It deserves a glass boot more than a chaise.

02-04-2012 07:36:54 | More by GarrettB
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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

Tapped into a pint glass at the Flying Saucer in Austin.

Appearance - Clear brown body. Dull- white head.

Smell - Musky. like a Warsteiner. Corn. Corn. Corn. Musk.

Taste - Stale. Musky. Dry. Grassy. Earthy. Despite all these descriptors, not a particularly complex brew.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. About right for the style. Not particularly enjoyable.

Overall Drinkability - Not a very good beer; not good for its style either.

09-03-2011 18:10:29 | More by ZenAgnostic
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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

A- Dark reddish brown with some orange hues. Thick creamy head pours heavy. Rather dark for such a clear beer. Not much carbonation noticed.

S- Bready and lightly fruity malts. Slightly sour, vinegar aroma in here. Herbals.

T- Light toasty earthen malts, but with a dead hops bitterness with a ugly profile. Like the aroma, this has a funky herbal quality that I do not care for.

M- Medium body, with a good heaviness to it, some weight. Certainly is smooth and silky.

D- I don't get this beer. Funky, herbal and just not that good tasting.

06-27-2010 02:11:00 | More by SamN
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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

03-31-2013 01:39:58 | More by Stevotex
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2.4/5  rDev -37.8%

Pours from the bottle a clear, coppery-brown color with head almost non-existent. Smell starts things off poorly with a bit of immediate skunkiness, then, once in the glass, dishwater and diacytl. My bottle's not incredibly fresh, but even so I expected more, at least some semblance of malt.

A bit of skunk in the taste, along with some rough grain and just a little sweet caramel. Mouthfeel is pretty unoffensive, with a bit of an astringent aftertaste. Just not a very enjoyable taste and feel.

Next autumn, I'll have to try other imports or just stick to American octoberfests that I know are more fresh.

10-18-2009 20:19:53 | More by Riccymon
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Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -37.3%

Expecting something of exceptional quality, I stumbled into quite a fair ale. Not much in any category, but there is quality in how they did that. Musty aroma. Some initial head but nothing to look at. Suitable Above average carbonation, some malts and some bitterness and astringency in finish, with dry bitter aftertaste that's best part.

01-28-2005 03:21:43 | More by Sammy
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New York

2.42/5  rDev -37.3%

12 oz bottle pouredinto a pint glass.

Medium amber beer, average look, foamy head that recedes to a ring.

Aroma is caramel malt, and a bit stale. This beer tastes old and a bit skunked, but beyond that stale flavor I don't find much of interest. Would like to try one that is confirmed fresh. If it is nota vast improvement I will continue to avoid this brew.

11-19-2008 03:16:00 | More by kenito799
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

12oz bottle

App: Light copper color that slowly fades to gold in thin parts of the glass. Dense frothy head with nice lacing.

Smell: Strong caramel malt and burnt sugar. Slight edge of herbal hop aroma, but perhaps I smell it because I'm looking for it.

Taste: Slight sweet upfront with some characteristic sour caramel in the middle. Ends slightly dry with herbal hops and a bit of spicy alcohol but overly bitter with a flavor that reminds me of dried leaves. Long aftertaste of husky malt and grassy hops.

Body feels watery, especially in the finish.

I'll have to try this on tap.

11-15-2010 05:34:22 | More by emsroth
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

12-21-2011 06:38:53 | More by Thullin187
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New Brunswick (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

12-05-2012 17:01:57 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

09-28-2013 20:49:17 | More by jbierling
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

01-01-2012 22:52:08 | More by Sinewave
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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

11-30-2011 21:12:45 | More by kelvarnsen
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2.53/5  rDev -34.5%

The colour is very pale yellow. The small foam is white with medium-sized bubbles.

The smell is sweet and malty with a small sourish touch.

The carbonation is medium strong, but it is at the same time quite refreshing.

The first taste is sweet with a hint of diacetyl. The bitterness grows, but it doesn’t get up to the level that an Oktoberfest beer requires. The aftertaste surprises me with a developed and pleasant malty taste that saves this beer from being mediocre.

I have hoped more from this one, it was a slight disappointment.

09-25-2004 20:25:36 | More by bark
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2.55/5  rDev -33.9%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A- Very light for an Octoberfest in general, especially one that purports to be an "amber" (as this one does on the label.) 1 finger head that dissipated very rapidly leaving NO lacing whatsoever.

S- Sweet malts. I guess what one might call "caramel," but there's something a little off, which makes me not want to say caramel. Not much else coming through at all.

T- Sweet maltiness followed by a metallic taste that lingers. Maybe a slight toasted malt flavor, but I'm having a really hard time getting past the metallic flavor. I don't think this is a bad bottle because I've had the beer before on tap and not thought much of it.

M- That of a standard lager. Solid amount of carbonation that goes down nicely (apart from the flavor.)

D- I really just did not enjoy this beer. I don't typically drink a lot of Marzens and Octoberfest lagers, but I have had a few that I like...this is not one of them.

11-10-2009 03:27:57 | More by mbudner
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New Jersey

2.58/5  rDev -33.2%

September 2, 2008

Pours marzen amber, smells very malty. Weak, watery palate. Some malty caramel taste but overly very weak. Disappointing. There are some far better oktoberfest/marzens out there to taste. This unfortunately falls short -- I'd recommend Hacker-Pschorr over this Paulaner brew.

12-07-2008 23:52:17 | More by Vendetta
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2.58/5  rDev -33.2%

Appearance- Golden and cloudy body with no carbonation present. A ring of film surrounds the pint glass. I did not see the pour and the beer was served ice cold.

Smell- There is almost nothing here to smell. I can pick up some wheat and that is about it, moving right along I suppose.

Taste- The Maerzen characteristics are watered down at best, some herbal notes that are more sweet. It is a wheat backbone, but it is weak. Not very impressive for an Oktoberfest.

Mouth feel- It is light and watery. No carbonation to lift it up and make it fizzy.

Overall- Probably one of the Oktoberfest's you could skip without worry.

10-16-2011 21:49:58 | More by Pintofbrown
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2.65/5  rDev -31.3%

A light straw colored clear beverage, a small, quickly receding head. No lacing.

The smell is sweet, fruity, banana, bread, lemon and some hay.

The taste has a sweetness, corn flakes, lemon and a metallic short bitterness.

Medium carbonation, somewhat fizzy, a small dryness.

Actually I find this boring, could have been any macro brew.

10-15-2010 17:54:21 | More by rarbring
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2.68/5  rDev -30.6%

Don't forget the umlauts. Pours a sparklingly clear light amber color. Light for style, but ok. A soft white head with decent retention, although hides quickly to the edge of the glass. Some limited lacing throughout.

The nose has a mostly pilsner smell with some distinct caramel notes. Some bready notes as well. No note of Vienna or Munich to speak of, which is disappointing. Some minor skunk notes but nothing over the top. Some distinct yeast notes from Paulaner with a small mineral smell.

The taste is similar. A malt consists of pilsner and caramel flavors but no Vienna and no Munich (which IMO an O-fest should have!). The bready flavors really come out more as the nose indicated. Some earthy hop flavors are balanced nicely and leave just a hint in the finish. Some distinct yeast flavors and also a mineral like finish.

The body is light overall. A crisp finish, but lacks the depth for an O-fest. Carbonation is light but good. Overall this to me is not a very good example of an Oktoberfest. Where is the Vienna and Munich? Some off brewing notes, skunk, minerally, yeasty notes.

09-05-2008 15:12:35 | More by Oxymoron
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Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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