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

Paulaner Oktoberfest-MärzenPaulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen

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Ratings: 1704
Reviews: 1013
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%

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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 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 04:32:47 | More by BrewmasterNPB
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 02:43:02 | More by jujubeast6000
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.

Serving type: can

02-04-2012 07:36:54 | More by GarrettB
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 02:11:00 | More by SamN
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 18:10:29 | More by ZenAgnostic
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 20:19:53 | More by Riccymon
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 03:21:43 | More by Sammy
Photo of kenito799

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 03:16:00 | More by kenito799
Photo of emsroth

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 05:34:22 | More by emsroth
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 20:25:36 | More by bark
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 03:27:57 | More by mbudner
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 23:52:17 | More by Vendetta
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 21:49:58 | More by Pintofbrown
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 17:54:21 | More by rarbring
Photo of Oxymoron


2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 15:12:35 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of armock

New York

2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 01:21:43 | More by armock
Photo of gonzo46and2


2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2008 02:43:55 | More by gonzo46and2
Photo of scriabin


2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 22:19:50 | More by scriabin
Photo of ReebShorts


2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 01:21:07 | More by ReebShorts
Photo of rohrbachsfan

New York

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 02:25:16 | More by rohrbachsfan
Photo of MOShepp


2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 17:15:53 | More by MOShepp
Photo of philbertk


2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 19:03:02 | More by philbertk
Photo of Bighuge


2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a clear copper color. A thin beige head sits on top of it. It has a nice malty nose. Pretty clean taste. About medium to full in body . Toasted malt seems to be the dominant taste. Husky grains are apparant as well. One aspect is a bit disappointing on the pallate. A slight off-flavor. A bad bitterness coupled with a slightly soapy aftertaste. It isn't overbearing, but definitely there. This is the second german octoberfest I've been a bit disappointed in this year.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2002 20:33:06 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 octoberfest

Appearance- is absolutely perfect great amount of beautiful bubbles streaming up the glass to nice frothy white head, copper to brown color, very spot on lively appearance

Smell- slight hop and malt with a not very over powering nose

Taste- the taste is very lightly malted with strong firm hops and bitterness on the backend, alot less malts then im often a customed to on a lot of octoberfest, the malts there but just light, very much like a lager with maybe only a pinch more malt then normal, not bad flavor but just not what i want usually in a marzen

Mouthfeel- light and crisp with high carbonation

Drinkability- easy to drink in the aspect its just like a nice hopped lager with touch malt but in aspect of what id be looking to session as an octoberfest its bit of a let down, again not bad beer but just off on what i like in the style

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 23:54:21 | More by Stunner97
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2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer came in a 12oz bottle. Poured a very interesting amber color with a decent head that didn't stick around too long. The aroma was very sweet and promising with caramel malts being the forerunner. The flavor was not as I expected from the smell. The caramel malt is the strongest part of the flavor, but there is a certain bitterness that I did not like with this one. The bitter bite makes me give it low marks for drinkability and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 21:33:56 | More by clvand0
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