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

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87
very good

1,912 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,912
Reviews: 1,030
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 58
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

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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Photo of Scope
1/5  rDev -74.2%

Scope, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of BrewmasterNPB
1.63/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

BrewmasterNPB, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of Flyingbass
1.96/5  rDev -49.4%

Flyingbass, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of garyford
2/5  rDev -48.3%

garyford, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Fettpopps
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of csadkins54
2/5  rDev -48.3%

csadkins54, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.03/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

jujubeast6000, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of GarrettB
2.15/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

GarrettB, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.25/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

ZenAgnostic, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of SamN
2.25/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

SamN, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Stevotex
2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

Stevotex, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Riccymon
2.4/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Riccymon, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of Sammy
2.42/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Sammy, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of kenito799
2.42/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

kenito799, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of emsroth
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

emsroth, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of Thullin187
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Thullin187, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of jbierling
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

jbierling, Sep 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of bark
2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

bark, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of mbudner
2.55/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

mbudner, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of Vendetta
2.58/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Pintofbrown
2.58/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Pintofbrown, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of rarbring
2.65/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

rarbring, Oct 15, 2010
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Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 1,912 ratings.