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

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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Reviews: 1,086 | Ratings: 2,398
Photo of PhilsPils
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear copper color with a restrained, off-white head. Aroma is slightly caramelly with yeasty, bready notes. Wonderful malty taste with initial sweetness but finishes fairly dry. It's all about the malt here with just enough delicate hops (I'm guessing Hallertau) to provide a reasonable balance. I go back and forth between this and Spaten as my favorite for the style but I think I slightly prefer the Paulaner. It seems to be slightly less sweet on the finish but still just as malty tasting. In my opinion, this is the beer style where American brewers swing and miss the most often. I virtually never have a domestic Maerzen than I think is in the ballpark with Paulaner and Spaten. I spent many years trying to replicate this beer as a home brewer and finally got pretty close with a recipe that was near 100% Weyermann Munich malt with just a bit of medium crystal. Bavarian lager yeast (Wyeast 2206) works well but only after re-culturing through two or three batches. Never great on the first ferment, for some reason.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Excellent appearance, bright, glowing amber, solid 1" off white head on the top provides above average uniformity in the lace department down the side of the glass. Aroma hit those nutty and caramel strides without being overly sugary.

Taste, mild unsweetened caramel, smooth ride, not bitter, hop notes downplayed for style sake. Alcohol hidden, a nice smooth creamy experience.

Good to try, traditional, well made to style.

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Photo of acelin
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm happy to try this one after having the golden, slightly maltier helles style beer that is their Wiesen Oktoberfestbier. This is what I expect, as an American, from a traditional Oktoberfestbier.

It's a bit clearer than American versions of the style - is that a good thing, or a bad thing? It actually makes the beer look even more appetizing, if unexpected. It's still dark amber gold, and is darker the fuller the glass. I only wish I had my Paulaner Masskrug full of this right now, instead of just the one in an old tulip pint.

It doesn't have a lot of smell, but then again, I've just had 2 Weihenstephaner Korbinians pints.

Taste is great. This is a Marzen, and would all should aspire to be. It's not fresh, but it's not bad either. I'd love to have this one fresh, and may re-review next fall.

Mouthfeel is awesome. It's appropriate for the style. Silky smooth amber lager.


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Photo of Act25
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Happy to rate this classic Marzen. Buy 1.

A: Light country amber body. Good clarity. One-inch head settles quickly leaving lots of dotty lace and a few bubble islands behind.

S: A sensuous aroma of earthy malts, pretzels, biscuits, and a pinch of yeast. As it warms, more honey and caramel.

T: Honey and cinnamon-raisin toast upfront, followed by a dry (though earthy/
grassy) hop finish. Nicely balanced.

F: Medium-light body. Prickly on the tongue.

O: Simple, classic, fresh, flavorful, and light. Buy 1 or 6.

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Photo of JetFeather22
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A grate beer, one of the best in the style.. I buy this beer all the time, It is a grate section beer for a grate price.. It has a strong malt backbone and the right amount of hots to balance out the beer

One thing i should note is it says Ale on the label, So im wondering why it was put in the lager category

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Photo of lastmango
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice light copper color with a thin white head. Moderate lacing. Nose is very faint bready malt. Sweet malt flavor with little hoppiness. Very smooth. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Very drinkable.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorites of the style, this pours clear copper with thin, clinging white top. Aromas of caramel and fresh bread, with the slightest early hop. Flavors are semi-sweet caramel, honey, and malt.

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Photo of Marraybay
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Golden: bright white head.

Smell: Lager yeast, fruit

Taste: Malt-centric as expected: Enjoyable fruity sweetness. Easy drinking: Clean.

Feel: full; good carbonation levels. Well rounded.

Overall: Pretty much a textbook--if not the definitive--example of a classic marzen lager.

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Photo of Dugue
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a gift box containing a liter can and liter signature mug. Can had a best by date of 2/16.
Appearance. light amber color. Huge white head with normal retention.
Aroma- Bread aroma. Little to no hop aroma.
Taste- Light body. Creamy smooth texture, with a prickly finish.
Overall, a great example of the style, but lacks complexity with very light hop character. Slightly out of balance in favor of malt. After taste has a bit of herbal bitterness however.
Compared to the Spaten example this is inferior.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A taste filled Octoberfest. The first time I tried it, I felt it was overpowering. I will write that off to my newness in trying German beers. I believe this beer has a great, full-flavored, taste. A smooth, easy to drink beer that offers the full flavor which the craftsman beers lack. The craftsmen try to make up for their lack with rose hips, lemon wedges, apple cores, dandelion pollen and other "unique" ingredients. Sorry, if I want a salad, I know where to get one. I asked for a beer, not a political statement. This Paulaner Octoberfest is a great beer. I am glad I tried it and I look forward to the next one, hopefully later today.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Clear orange
-malty, a slight fruitiness
-toasty malts, slight hops, a berry type fruitiness
-Medium, moderate carbonation

-one of my favorite Oktoberfests

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Photo of Spikester
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a slight orange hue. Big three finger white head that stays for about ten minutes in my nonic pint glass. Fair amount of lace.
Smell is very light bread malt. Maybe a tiny yeast component.
Taste is smooth malts with enough grassy herbal hops to balance.
Mouthfeel is smooth easy drinking medium bodied beer. Carbonation is just enough. Finish is pretty neutral.
Overall a fine beer for the style. My bottle was quite fresh it had a best by date of 05/16.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, best before 05/16. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear orange/copper color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like bready/grainy malt, toffee, herbal/spicy hops, toffee and some general fruitiness. For the most part I think the taste is just like the aroma, but there's also a bit of nuttiness noticeable. Seemed more sweeter and maltier than I expected, but in a good way. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was good, I know I'd like to pick this one up again as it's an enjoyable Märzen/Oktoberfest brew!

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Photo of brureview
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a copper color with a 4F head in a Brooklyn Oktoberfest glass.
The head took a while to resolve. Longer than most beers.

Aroma: Not strong, and very pleasant. fruity bready,sweet, raisins,sweet.

Malty crisp mouth feel.

Taste: excellent. better than the Ocktoberfest Wiesen. Fruit, raisins, malty, flavors which continued throughout the tasting. Food pairing brought out more depth to the taste.

Light bitter finish.

Excellent Oktoberfest. I enjoyed this more than the Wiesen: more malty, fruity, Heavier body.
One of the best Oktoberfests.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a thin white head. Smells of caramel and malt. Smooth feel, malt flavors dominate with a little bit of hop bitterness at the end. Very balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of gopens44
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice enough with a white foamy head and beautiful amber color.

Nose is spicy and toasty with just a pinch of bitter.

Taste has hints of caramel with a floral bitterness and grainy sweetness.

Finish is more bitter than sweet and not too cloying.

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Photo of Savan
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

looks Like one should expect a Marzen to look to zee T.
Poured a light bronze with a good bleach white head upon it!
Smells a little of Caramel Korn and happiness :)
Tastes is soft at first.... then develops into fiesta of malts! Finishes a little on the sweet side but not in a disappointing way by any means rather .. quite the perk :D

over all... LOVE waiting for this bier! Better may there be but, this is always available and its a well done octoberfest brew!

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Photo of Sheppard
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Dark orange, amber, some copper tones. Off white head. Some caramel aroma. There is some caramel and banana flavors alongside overbearing hop bitterness. There are better, cleaner, better balanced märzens out there.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden/copper color, fluffy white two finger head with nice retention and lacing. Some sweet malt, caramel, biscuit, and grassy aromas. Nice malty flavors up front with some good bitterness to back it up. Medium bodied, good carbonation and a nice crisp finish. Overall, I get why this beer has survived for a couple hundred years - its a classic in its style!

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a caramel brown with a few inches of white head that retains down to an inch cap around the glass and leave nice spotty lace after each sip.

S - Caramel, malt, toasted nuts, toffee.

T - Silky smooth malt forward, caramel, amazing balance with a crisp bitter finish.

O - This brew stands forward in this category as one of the best in the world. This is a world class Oktoberfest.

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Photo of m0ntels
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was good, but didnt stand out because it was exactly how I would describe a generic Oktoberfest beer profile. If this is supposed to be the original, that makes sense. So overall good and drinkable, but low profile.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brown color. Nice and clear with a light tan head. Medium carb. Smells of carbonation and sweet dried leaves, hay, corn and honey. Tastes are biscuity and malty. A rich red tree bark flavor persists through the middle with a hint of earthiness. Hints of honey sweetness are there but not overly sweet. A good dried foliage hoppiness finishes the beer with a good crispness but isn't overly bitter. The beer is fairly well balanced. The hops at the end are a little bigger than the sweet and malty notes that it plays against, but the crispness leads to an excellent finish. It tastes like autumn in a glass. This is the way lighter sessionable beers are meant to be.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle (where's my .8?) best by 4/16 poured into a tulip glass.

A - Clear orange/amber/brown, with a one finger fluffy white head that dissipates at a medium pace to a thin lace.

S - Classic Octoberfest aroma of malts, cereal grains, and a little bit of hops.

T - In line with nose. Pretty straightforward, but I think that's the intent. A hint of that "import" taste, which I can't quite explain, on the finish.

M - Crisp and clean, with just a hint of back end coating from the malts. Carbonation is medium or a touch below medium.

O - A well executed Marzen.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBD 05/16. Clear medium amber pour with a hint of garnet. Outstanding head volume and lacing, normal retention.

Light nose of grainy biscuit, caramel and a hint of hops.

Heavy light body with hints of creaminess over a smooth texture. Superb carbonation with a nice burst of effervescence in the middle and a rousing finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is almost outstanding. It lacks complexity and tends to be rather two dimensional - toasted grains and light hops. Boost the sweetness a bit and it becomes outstanding. It begins with toasted malt, more cracker than biscuit. Consequently, very little sweetness is provided for contrast and balance. The middle delivers a very mild bitterness over a light herbal hop flavor. The tail end of the finish provides a very subtle hint of caramel...but you REALLY have to look for it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this before, but I guess just never rated it. On tap at Bull Shooters Saloon, NE Philly.

Pretty standard Oktoberfest here, and probably one of the more popular ones worldwide. Clearish burnt orange, with a healthy puff of white head; good retention and lacing. Sweet malts in the aroma, caramel, light herbal hop notes. As is typical of the style, the German malts are front and center in the taste, and there's not much more to it than that. Light bitterness on the finish. Good drinkability, medium body. All around appropriate for the style.

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