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

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Reviews: 1,073
Hads: 2,296
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 16.84%
Wants: 93
Gots: 241 | 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

An amber beer style that was developed to celebrate the original Oktoberfest over 200 years ago. This full bodied beer with its rich malt flavor, dark toffee note and underlying fruitiness has a masterful hop balance.
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Photo of BrewmasterNPB
1.71/5  rDev -55.7%
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.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.1/5  rDev -45.6%
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.

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Photo of GarrettB
2.17/5  rDev -43.8%
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.

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Photo of SamN
2.26/5  rDev -41.5%
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.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.29/5  rDev -40.7%
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.

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Photo of Riccymon
2.38/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
2.41/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

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Photo of kenito799
2.48/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

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Photo of bark
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.51/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Wow. I was super disappointed the first two seconds of my pour because it looked like Coors light but some how it goes to a decent looking Marzen color at a snap - incredible; I've never seen that before!! Not very malty smell; pedestrian. Good flavor a but too light compared to a lot of other Marzens which is surprising that it comes from Munich.

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Photo of emsroth
2.56/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
2.56/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

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Photo of mbudner
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
2.67/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.69/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of philbertk
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--1997 16.9 oz. 5.50% ABV. (3.0 / 5.0) Cloudy orange golden color. Medium Head. Restrained citrus notes balanced by decent malt body. Sampled 10/10/1997.
Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--1998 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Slightly sweet with chalky, rich malt body. Different yeast flavor. Sampled 9/25/1998. Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--Accordian Monks--1999 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Very clear bright amber color. Light fruit front. Sweet rich smooth malty body. Light toasted doughy cherry flavor. Not as earthy as Northwest Oktoberfest's yet a nice ale. Finishes flavorfully clean. Sampled 10/16/1999.
Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--Chugging Herren--1999 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Very clear bright amber color. Light fruit front. Sweet rich smooth malty body. Light toasted doughy cherry flavor. Not as earthy as Northwest Oktoberfests yet an ale. Finishes flavorfully clean. Sampled 10/16/1999.
Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--2000 16 oz. Bottle. 5.8% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear rich deep bright copper amber color. Smooth rich lager malty body with mild toasted fruit sweetness. Caramel cherry notes. Clean lingering toasted dough end. Lagered Amber minus hops. Sampled 7/27/2000.

Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--Chugging Herren--2000b 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Clear bright rich amber red color. Bavarian fruit malt front. Toasty cherry biscuit malty body with medium sweetness. Rich smooth flavor. Ends with a crisp Bavarian spiciness. Rich and malty. Sampled 10/11/2000.
Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear thin copper amber color. Light head and lace. Crisp mild floral malt nut front. Smooth biscuit body. Thin texture. Crisp light sweet roasted Bavarian cherry fruit notes. Mild malt spice end. Stanky? Sampled 11/23/2001.

Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--2002 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Medium lacy head. Clear thin bright amber color. Bavarian malt mild hop front. Rich caramel biscuit notes in thin dry sweet malty body. Smooth tangy cherry nut hints. Clean smooth mild malt hop end. Rich. Sampled 11/4/2002. Oktoberfest Marzen Amber--2003 16.9 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear bright rich amber color. Mild lacy head. Rich malty light toasted mild hop front. Smooth buttery caramel odd fruit doughy biscuit Marzen body. Malty sweet mild hop end. OK but odd unremarkable flavor. Sampled 10/18/2003
PAULANER Oktoberfest Marzen Amber 2004 16.9 oz Yes 5.80% 25? 3.75 / 5.0 Oktoberfest Big foamy mild lace head.Clear thin copper amber color.Mild floral hop malt front with mild Bavarian stank.Smooth thin malty mild sweet toasted caramel cherry body.Clean smooth mild creamy hop end.OK 9/11/2004.
PAULANER Oktoberfest Marzen Amber--2007 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. 20 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) 6-Pack $7.99. Mild lace off white head. Clear thin bright copper amber color. Mild malt hop stank hint front. Mild dry sweet tangy toasted caramel smooth mild fruit thin malty body. Clean mild tangy crisp malt hop spice end. Sampled 2/1/2008.
PAULANER Oktoberfest Marzen--Longneck Advancing Frau Bar Maid Legions Logo--2010 11.2 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. 20 IBU's? (2.0 / 5.0) No lace fizzy thin head. Clear dark thin amber color. German Fest stanky mild hop front. Mild sweet mild caramel malty medium bodied Fest flavor. Easy smooth mild Noble hop end. Stanky by design? or just travels poorly? Dumped 3rd Bottle. Tired of pretending this is a good true to style Fest. Sampled 12/25/2010. 6-Pack purchased for $8.99 @ The Ballard Market, Seattle on 9/14/2010.

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Photo of armock
2.71/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured an amber color with an off white head that leaves some lacing

S - To be honest it smells like a can of Spaghettios

T - Is sweet and malty some spice and the Spaghettio flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I think its still to hot out to be enjoying Octoberfest quite yet but I'm a little disappointed with this one after liking the other beers from Paulaner

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Photo of scriabin
2.71/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I got excited when I saw this one in the store because in my book Paulaner is synonomous with quality. This Oktoberfest certainly isn't bad but for me it is a middle-of-the-road beer not quite up to some of Paulaner's other brews. It has a nice golden-brown color and a somewhat thin but decent head. The taste is smooth and a little malty with some floral overtones and some bitterness. The carbonation is okay and it goes down well enough. The bitterness does make it a bit tough to down several.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
2.74/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Golden yellow witha nice foamy head. Not the right color for an Oktoberfest.

Smell: Toasted malt and citrusy hops.

Taste: Toasty malt and medium hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Just wasn't impressed. Didn't match the style in my opinion and I've tasted better Pilsners / Lagers. Think Paulaner is overated.

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Photo of MOShepp
2.79/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light amber with a small frothy white head.

Nice malty aroma of caramel, bread and apricots.

I was expecting more after the smell, but there's a metallic taste that throws off the flavors of caramel and bread.

Nothing special, especially considering the metallic taste. I had this back in Nov. so it should have been in date, something was off though.

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Photo of ReebShorts
2.79/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellowish-orange in color. The head is medium thickness, off-white and has a hint of a pinkish hue. Medium carbonation, easy drinking. Flavor was a bit outside of what i had expected based on other Octoberfest's I've tried. Was nutty/caramel tasting, and the flavor was a bit forward for my liking. Has a very minor alcohol finish, and actually a bit more of that may have helped to disipate some of that forward nuttiness. I would probably give this one another try if I come accross it on tap. But I don't see myself purchasing another one of these in a bottle.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.81/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 30th, 2010. Pours a clear blonde-gold with a four finger head that reduces slowly. A fairly thick head. Mildly appealing.

Smell: A barely detectable biscuity smell. Actually a bit foul. Not appealing.

Taste: One note and finish. The note that's there is actually pretty good, standard barley with a twist. The finish gets the job done. No complaints.

Mouthfeel: Quite nice, but the finish is a bit wet. There's an uncomfortable slide from the body to the finish, sort of an increase in coarseness.

Drinkability: I'd have another, but there are better offerings.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
2.81/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on a paddle sampler at the Mellow Mushroom in Tampa.

Pours a light copper color with little head that fully diminished.

Smell is very nice. There were flowery notes with hints of Vinous grape juice.

Taste has a bit of butterscotch, grape, nuts and hops.

Slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of jonworth
2.84/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer reminds me somewhat of Old Speckled Hen, an English ale with which I once had a brief love affair before my palate became a little more, dare I say it, *refined* [opined with pointy nose].

Well, the head evaporates right away, leaving practically no lacing, so marks off for that. This beer's flavor is fairly straightforward -- Horrors! Do we have a macrobrew in sheep's clothing?

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