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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%

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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Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Paulaner 'Oktoberfest Bier' @ 6.0% , served from a 1 L can & stein purchased for $12
(well I decided to treat myself to a new drinking glass , needed the Oktoberfest anyway's)

A-pour is Gold from can to stein with a big frothey white head leaving a sticky lace after every sip

S-mild earthy grassy harvest , tad bland

T-mild again , bit too mellow , some crispness in the swallow

MF-mild/ok carbonation , weak medium body

Ov-the beer is nothing to get excited about , the 'Oktoberfest' stein is ; )

prost LampertLand

Serving type: can

10-30-2013 18:38:29 | More by LampertLand
Photo of Serge

Alberta (Canada)

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

Pours a tawny brown with about an inch and half foamy head. Nice bubbles coming off the bottom of the drink. Clear as crystal. Weak retention and lacing. Smells of spice and floral hops. Some citrus also. Nice malt sweetness pulling through. Taste of slight spices. Good balance of malt and hops with low bitterness at the finish. A little watery, but smooth nonetheless. A pretty good marzen

Serving type: can

10-09-2012 05:00:09 | More by Serge
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Alberta (Canada)

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

1L behemoth of a can, sold inside an even more gargantuan, solid-ass German beer stein.

This beer pours a clear pale golden hue, with three fingers of billowing, pillowy white head, which leaves a dense spatter of painted lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of grainy, somewhat sweet barley malt, a bit of sour breadiness, some soft orchard fruitiness, and tame earthy, leafy noble hops. The taste is sweet bready malt, with a significant edgy, metallic swath cut through it, origins difficult to surmise, some slightly rancid buttery character, and herbal, leafy hops. A meek, probing booze essence arises here and then throughout this whole deal.

The bubbles are rather restrained, and given the general purpose of this particular style, that's a well-planned result, the body a decent medium-light weight, and smooth, but for a hollow metallic twang. It finishes mostly sweet, the graininess riding out the now fallen away mineral and booze twinges, and the hops do a commendably cute job of providing eine kleine, er, um, balance!

Not the biscuity, bready, softly balanced, moderately ABV-enhanced standard-bearer that I was expecting, but adequate enough in what it offers, once those awkward umami moments have passed. And nice of the manufacturers in the republic to allow we foreigners to experience the overindulgence they do, via that crazily over-sized serving size. Prost, I guess.

Serving type: can

09-20-2012 04:47:35 | More by biboergosum
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 RoamingGnome


3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the nice gift set Dr. K. That's a big ass can right there.

Poured out of liter can into the Paulaner stein provided.

A) Got a little aggressive on the pour, and had to let this settle a bit. This had a big rocky head, looked like a float. Head settled to a dusting, with a little sticky lacing at the top. The color was a hazy golden yellow.

S) Heavy on malt sweetness, light hops, and some white grape juice aroma.

T) Follows the nose pretty closely. This is sweet, bready, a little buttery. There is a hint of the hops, grape and some alcohol.

M) The palate is a wave of malt. This is pretty smooth. A medium body with the right amount of carbonation. The aftertaste lingers a bit for me.

O) A solid Oktoberfest option. I can't put it in my top five, but it's good overall. I paired this with an episode of World's Dumbest, and it went down pretty well.

Serving type: can

01-11-2012 01:49:05 | More by RoamingGnome
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a litre tub that came with an enormous Oktoberfest stein.

Pours a clear deep gold with a compact, foamy head. A lot of lace coats the glass. The nose is full of pale malt, sea air saaz hops and fresh mown grass. Spicy, lemony noble hops mix with a tight bready malt balast in the first sip, extremely quaffable. The mouthfeel is full bodied and highly carbonated. The finish is dry and softly bitter and herbal.

This is an excellent Oktoberfest. Very refreshing and flavorful. Great in all department. I highly recommend and will seek out again.

Serving type: can

11-22-2011 01:30:31 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 qt. 1.82 fl. oz. can with massive mug (set) $9.99

This one pours out a yella gold 4" high shimmering-white head

A honey-bready sweet malt aroma is classic for this, yeast up-front, corn on the cobb, green herbs, sour musty to the core.

A wild honey-edged malt with a classic sour-bread flavor, light and easy charecter, smooth and only mildly crisp, not flat but very relaxed indeed. Corn and earthy, herbacious effect all comes together well.

This one feels and taste rather authentic and this can is HUGE! sooo fun with the wonderful Paulerner giant Mug to go with it, easily the highlight of my oktoberfest drinking in 2011.

Serving type: can

11-20-2011 20:12:53 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden yellow color with high white foam,lasting for about minute. Small carbonation.

S-Sweet aroma,citrus and caramel i think.Alcohol in the nose also.

T/M-Spicy,low carbonation and bitterness,caramel again or something similar.

O-Very drinkable,but it must be cold in the glass!

Serving type: can

11-09-2011 15:53:27 | More by djura
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Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1L can into 1L Paulaner mug. Best before date of March 2012

A- Clear yellow pour, finger width white head that hangs on very briefly. Lacing is spotty.

S- Light yeast smell with a slight corn and grass touch to it. Slight bready sweetness.

T- Light bread with a grass and corn backing. Very bland.

M- Lively carbonation, thin bodied nothing to right home about.

O- Not true marzen. It's good, not great. 1L is an awful lot for this beer.

Serving type: can

11-02-2011 22:12:23 | More by korguy123
Photo of heygeebee


3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Gift-pack 1 litre can poured into 1 litre glass. Three pours in all.

Pours a two finger head, intense bubbling to start with , dies quickly. Head pits as it dies, not a good look after the great intial pour. Little lacing.

Aromas of bread, biscuit, malts.

Taste is sweet, malty, no hop presence, with a very identifiable initial watery mid-palate component.

Mouthfeel is watery, somethings up.

Overall, the sweetness catches up - affects drinakability as with all Marzens.

Note - glass supplied is large enough and heavy enough to warm beer quickly(!).

Serving type: can

10-22-2011 07:39:51 | More by heygeebee
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

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

1 Litre can poured in Paulaner Oktoberfest mug.

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of bready and caramely matls with some nice grassy and spicy noble hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice bready malt flavour to it with some caramel and some nice grassy hops with a slight spiciness. Clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance of malts and hops.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. Solid Oktoberfest beer!

Serving type: can

10-14-2011 18:23:01 | More by SebD
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, clear, golden amber with loads of visible carbonation and a sizeable head of dense, creamy, white foam. Good retention, gradually dissipating to a solid frothy cap and leaving loads of lacing.

S: Rich Munich and caramel malts with bread aromas and hints of fresh grain and biscuity malt. Noble hops, smelling slightly herbal, and just a whiff of ethanol round out the nose.

T: Munich and caramel malts with a prominent bready character up front, with toasty notes of biscuit and grain towards the end of the sip. The noble hops appear towards the finish, understated and rather floral and spicy.

M: On the light end of medium-bodied and creamy smooth, with modest and refreshingly crisp carbonation. The hops are just bitter enough to balance the flavour profile and keep the beer light on the palate.

D: An exceptionally well-balanced, easy-drinking Maerzen. A bit shallow, maybe, but perfect to knock back by the Mass. Prost!

Serving type: can

10-10-2011 22:29:17 | More by Kartoffeln
Photo of Daredevil


3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

color: somewhere betwen amber and copper, firm but not very long lasting head

nose: teak paired with quince

taste: woody, quite dryish on the palate, slightly pleasant bitterness

a bit average Märzen, lacks a bit of character and distinction, there are more inspired Märzens around

Serving type: can

10-03-2011 22:32:20 | More by Daredevil
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1liter can into a 1liter mass.

Poussin very clear, orange honey colored with a 2 finger hard that recedes quickly. Pretty standard color, wish the retention lasted longer. No lacing. Aroma is bready malts, a little caramel and lager yeast. Has a nice crisp lager bite to it and also has some bready characteristics on the finish. Nice clean finish and ample carbonation. Really begs for roasted chicken dishes, even roasted pork. There is also a really nice clean quality to this that makes this very drinkable and perfect this time of year. Great package too with the glass included!

Serving type: can

10-15-2010 01:13:03 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of unclejimbay


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen
Paulaner Salvator Thomasbraeu AG
Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest
ABV: 5.80 %

reviewed 9/7/09 - mini keg for JamMin Ofest Party

Clear light amber/copper in color, satisfactory color and retention.
Smells as a good brew day should with munich malts in the air.
Taste is malt dominant and follows the smell accordingly.
Drinkability is very enjoyable as a preffered Ofest brew if available.

Serving type: can

10-13-2009 18:35:42 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of Drew966


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I took a 5 liter mini keg of Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen Amber on a camping trip. It poured a nice reddish, dark copper color with a white head. Very malty nose. Excellent malty flavor, really a fine drinker. Recommended, and I might add that the mini keg had the coolest graphic ever, three fat german guys (presumably at Oktoberfest) chugging mass krugs of Paulaner Oktoberfest, no doubt.

Serving type: can

03-25-2007 21:20:00 | More by Drew966
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer out of a 5 liter mini keg. It had a great smell and poured brown in color. It's head was creamy but it did not last long at all.

As far as taste, it was full with traces of chocolate and malt.

It was light to the mouth as it did not give a heavy taste or after taste at all.

The only problem was that it seemed to lose it's carbonation very quickly from the keg. As my friends and I reach the lower part of the keg, the beer seemed to go flat.

I could understand if the keg were days or weeks opened, but we are talking a couple of hours.

Next time in the bottle but I definetly woud drink it again.

Serving type: can

09-18-2006 13:08:35 | More by crispy620
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed this as a can, but it was the mini-keg.

I got this keg on sale and thought it would be fun, I have had other mini-kegs before that leaked, but this one was really well made and had no leakage issues at all.

The beer pours a medium brown with a very large white head at first, but the head becomes more tame with each successive beer. Aroma is malty, bready and sweet. Taste is again malt, with a little carmel, apples and again bread. Great creamy feel with a crisp finish too.

This is a fantastic session beer, and the mini-keg is a fun addition.

Serving type: can

10-09-2004 21:22:27 | More by hobbes2112
Photo of ZoomanCru


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

Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen – Märzen (5.8%) – Paulaner (Germany)

App: Pours an absolutely clear amber brown with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving a soapy ring of foam and minimal lacing up the glass. Pretty standard looking.

Smell: Sligtht breadiness with some high buttery aromas. Light hints of caramel and molasses. Deep grain aromas typical of darker lagers. Dark honey like sweetness as beer warms.

Taste: Essentially follows nose with considerably more intensity. Sweet overall with massive honey, molasses, and burnt sugar flavors. Malts are slightly bready overall with a definitive grain taste. Hops are hidden behind sweetness and only reveal themselves in the aftertaste which turns a sweet fore and true taste into a pleasantly balanced after taste that is clean and crisp. Raw wort comes through a lot, as the lager yeast doesn't muck it up. Fairly light and drinkable overall, but very well balanced.

Mouth: Medium to medium-heavy for the style. Thick, but doesn't cling to the palate. Carbonation is medium-heavy as well and makes for a very refreshing brew.

Home tasting, 11.2oz bottle into Tulip. 2/7/14

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 21:17:35 | More by ZoomanCru
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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beutifully clear reddish gold color, nose is boozy and malty, with a light herbal finish. Initially malty and sweet, ending somewhat dry and lightly hoppy. Medium bodied and carbonated. Very easy drinking and simple; lacks the depth of flavors that would make it world class, but still enjoyable and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 23:58:04 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a mug. The brew pours a clear copper with an off-white cap that fades down to a thin film that holds around the perimeter of the glass. A swirl releases some bubbles that are quick to fade.

The aroma is sweet like toffee, lightly fruity alcohol noted with a hint of bready malt and buttery diacetyl.

The flavor is sweet with malt caught between caramel and toffee with a bready grain aspect. Buttery diacetyl is quite evident with a bit of fruity alcohol breaking things up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp and easy drinking. Overall a solid marzen but the diacetyl admittedly gets to me in no time. Worth it to try as a yearly fix but not something I would drink regularly.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 15:01:32 | More by stakem
Photo of TastyAdventure


4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

@ Tigin's Pub in St Louis
Paulaner Octoberfest
Clear copper, head dissipates, Toffee, sweet maltyness, full body. Hops no where to be found. :) as it warms there is a muted spicy ness. Medium carb. Final drink has slightly fruity, heavy sweetness taste, almost like a Belgian dark.
A- 4.5 S- 3.75 T- 4.25 M- 4.5
O- 4.5

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2013 20:56:47 | More by TastyAdventure
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4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed under the Reinheitsgebot (Bavarian Purity Law), this magnificent marzen is the quintessential version of this style - and, after Ayinger's, the second best Oktoberfest beers,

It opens in a thick foam that slowly settles atop a clear amber body. There is a mild scent of banana and cider on the initial nose. The palate receives a mildy sweet tostiness backed with a dollop of caramel and finished with a splotch of nuttiness.

The mouthfeel is crisp and light with little to weigh it down. So, I say "Trinkst du, Paulaner! Jawohl!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 00:49:22 | More by jjboesen
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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle

Thanks for the drank, Matt! Paulaner's Marzen is crystal clear to the point of being able to read a book through the copper body. Large bubbles snap to the surface where a dirty white head formed a cap one finger in height before falling to a skim coat and moderately thick ring of foam.

Munich, Munich, Munich malt everywhere. Grainy and slightly toasty malts are all over this beer a touch of floral hoppiness floats around, ghost-like, in the background. The Munich is rich, deep, and clean making my mouth water.

Flavor is in stride with the smell. Doughy, grainy, and lightly toasty malt is first and foremost in the flavor profile. A mild floral sweetness hits mid-palate and softly follows through to the swallow. A touch of caramel wafts here and there but the doughy, toasty malts are what dominate and they're totally clean.

There's some body to this beer but if I had one complaint it's that it feels a little light on the backend. Carbonation is active, tickling the tongue and the drinkability is high as a kite.

Paulaner certainly makes an enjoyable Oktoberfest. One that's rich, flavorful, and incredibly easy to put away. I haven't picked this up often in the past but will come next September. Thanks for opening my eyes, Matt!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 00:06:41 | More by joe1510
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3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle poured into craft beer glass (wide-mouthed stick)
03/14 best by date (drank on 9/18/13)

L: nice bit of foam, 3/8-inch thich off-white foam that floats for a bit, no stick or lace; brown/amber brew, not quite dark enough to qualify as copper but in that direction; brown that seems to hold off amber = orange

S: weak grain

T: solid start with a nice malty sweetness, light toasted barly; slight hint of hops but not much; hids 5.8% ABV perfectly

F: waterly, slick ... light

O: more than anything, i think this style (not this brew) is VERY underwhelming ... it doesn't do any one thing all that well and isn't having that sum-is-greater-than-the-parts quality. disappointing coming from Paulaner, but again, the framework of the style appears to be limiting

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 00:40:28 | More by Premo88
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