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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.

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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 UCLABrewN84


3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper orange with a 2 inch off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is very biscuit-like with some caramel and citrus aromas. Taste is exactly like the smell with biscuit, caramel, and some citrus zest on the finish. There is really no bitterness but there is a weird astringency on the tongue after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Oktoberfest beer but I am not a fan of the astringent aftertaste I am getting from this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 01:39:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Polished apricot with butterscotch edges. The large cap is the color of lightly toasted white bread with a pastel orange tint. Its tight-bubbled firmness allows it to persist nicely and its modest stickiness allows it to leave a respectable amount of lace. So far, so good.

The nose can only be described as disappointing. There's very little maltiness, Munich or otherwise. An Oktoberfest without malt is like a day without beer! Some degree of earthiness and mild tea-like notes are beginning to emerge with repeated sniffs, but it isn't nearly enough.

While Oktoberfest-Bier is more recognizably an Oktoberfest on the palate, it isn't an especially good one. As the nose suggested it would be, the malt load is too light. The typical flavors are present, but are arrived at by means of the experienced drinker filling in the gaps with the flavor memory of Oktoberfests past. I hope that makes sense, because it does to me.

What I'm trying to say is that Paulaner's version isn't a particularly vivid or complex one. The lack of malt translates into a lack of sweetness, allowing a stern bitterness to rule throughout the mouthful and to rule with an iron fist on the finish (that's my way of saying that it's a bit metallic as well). The body/mouthfeel is par for the O-fest course, perhaps a wee bit lighter than average.

Finally, finally, finally, I was able to find a fresh bottle of Oktoberfest-Bier in Minnesota after seeing nothing but one year old (and even two year old!) bottles on the shelves of local stores. As it turns out, I'm not sure why I was looking forward to giving this beer a go. There are much better versions around, many of them from little heralded American craft brewers.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 13:36:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ahh another Oktoberfest for me. Its getting late in that season, but there are still a few more out there that I need to try and this was one of them this year. It poured a nice golden amber with minimal head on top. A decent amount of carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top, but it did not really look all that special. The aroma was rather bland to be honest. A bready musty sort of aroma took over from the beginning and that was really all she wrote their. Very thin as far ass the
depth of it. The same could be said for the flavor. To be honest I was expecting it to pack more of a punch then it did, but it came off to me as simply an average marzen. A slight bitter bite in the beginning but this mellowed very quickly and left nothing more then a slightly off, but none the less malty taste. Decent sugar in the middle and a somewhat dry finish. Nice feel, had that slightly dry feeling and it was very light. Sessionable would be the best way to describe it as you could literally
have one in your hand constantly and served cold would probably be the best. I had actually expected this to be better then it was, but it merely turned out to be average. It was not terrible by any means, just again I expected a tad bit more. If it is there you could do worse.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 01:05:23 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a light copper color with a finger or so of white head.

S: Nice breadiness to it with some lightly toasty and nutty malts to it. Mild hop character which is lightly spicy and grassy. Hints of toffee and caramel are also present.

T: Toffee and bread give a lot of the beer most of its flavor and the sweetness. Mild hop flavor are here with some grassy, floral, and earthy notes, but hardly any bitterness. A definite yeasty character also exists.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: An okay Oktoberfest, but not the greatest.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 00:51:56 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Nice amber color with frothy head but minimal lacing once it dissipates

Smell: Malty smell with a bit of toasty bread

Taste: Initial malty breadiness with nice toffee flavors is soon complemented by some light hops to provide a nice balance through to the finish, which is a tad sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; very smooth

Drinkability: Typical example of the style

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2004 21:45:02 | More by brentk56
Photo of BEERchitect


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

Surprised to see that I had never reviewed this beer. A frequent sampling at my local German Pub -- Marrikas. A staple malty, lager with big bready and fruity notes and evidence of nice maturity and age. The beer, appearing a hazy rust color and good retention throws up good fruity esters in the aroma. Aromas and flavors of ripe-to-bruised fruits of figs, dates, and prunes. Maybe an orange, apple, and pear thrown in. The fruit flavors begin to overtake the bready and yeasty flavors that are present. Light alcohols show sweetness throughout. Medium to heavy body for the style. Finishes sweet and fruity. Never dry. A good middle-of-the-road beer when you want good flavors, but not and intense beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2006 22:23:35 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate orange-brown with a white head. A bit of lacing on the way down my pilsner glass. The nose brings some light hops as well as caramel and bread. The flavor is a bit more plain with some light bready notes and a bit of caramel and toffee. Feel is nice with good carbonation. Hearty. Drinks quite well and is one of the classics, for me at least.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 01:40:15 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

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

A: The beer poured clear amber in color with a thin white head that quickly faded away leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A moderate to high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of bready and caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of spicy hops.
T: The overall taste is very balanced between some malty sweetness with notes of caramel in the initial taste followed by a subtle amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a medium level of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze; it goes down very smoothly, which makes it very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:31:30 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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

Appearance: Light rustic amber in color. Good clarity. Two-inch head settles quickly leaving a few straggler bubbles behind.

Smell: An alluring aroma of earthy malts, day-old biscuits, and a pinch of yeastiness. As it warms, I'm smelling more and more caramel.

Taste: Honey and sweet toasted grains in the forefront, with a touch of cinnamon, followed by a dry (though gentle) hop finish. Alcohol is hardly apparent at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. The carbonation, though a bit low, helps to give it a little extra life on the tongue.

Drinkability: Simple, flavorful, and light. Ultimately, its all very refreshing. Buy yours today!

(Or preferably, have someone else go buy it for you.)

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2005 09:09:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always considered this a really good example of a "fest" beer and jump on it when its out.Pours a nice deep copper color with a pretty nice medium head,aroma is slightly malty and toasted but faint.The taste is on the sweeter side with some doughy flavors with a light hoppiness to keep it from getting to sweet.Real nice beer look for it if you like th style.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 01:00:57 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


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

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

One of many O-Fests finally getting sampled this year. Took me long enough... It pours a mostly clear rusted copper topped by a finger of light dusty-cream foam. The nose comprises mild caramel, wheat, light rye bread, orange zest, and coriander. The taste brings in more of the same, with a more pronounced caramel flavor and an addition of a few cashews. This nuttiness and maltiness really helps this brew pop a bit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, this is probably my favorite of the European O-Fests available 'round here. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 20:16:50 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of NeroFiddled


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

Clear, deep amber with an orange cast, topped by a cream colored head that holds well and leaves some decent lace. The aroma is of lightly toasted Vienna malts. The body is medium with a standard carbonation level. The flavor is richly toasty backed by a brisk bitterness. It has a bready quality that is not unlike the almost burnt crust. As it warms in the mouth some dark toffee notes are revealed, only to be quickly ushered away by a spicy hop flavor. There is an underlying fruitiness that includes some apple, grape, and plum. The finish is dry with a lightly lingering spicy hop. Very well balanced, alternating between a lightly sweet malt and a crisp bitterness. Refreshing and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 12:22:44 | More by NeroFiddled
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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 feloniousmonk


3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Distinctly amber color, clear, with creamy, frothy head. Rich aromas abound, with spicy, herbal, vegetal notes, some floral hints, too. Great, even perfect blance here, malt and hops are evenly matched. Sweet toffee notes on the palate, terrific tasting, and smooth drinking.
I recall a print ad where a cartoon duck embraces a bottle to declare "we go great together". This probably matches any meal well. Quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2003 12:12:17 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 9/9/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, fruit, a lot of grainy malts, some spices and some hops.

T: The taste is spicy up front and I'm getting some mint in there along with other flavors of caramel, fruit and nuts. The malt character is hearty and hops presence is mild for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer but there are several other O-Fest beers that would choose first.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2009 19:09:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of emerge077


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BBD 06/14

Poured into a pint glass, there's a billowing head that rises to the rim of the glass, 2-3 fingers width, with a halo of spotty lace in the glass. Bright clarity, copper amber color.

Toasty grains, mild unsweetened caramel, dry.

Clean toasted grains, slight apple esters, dry toast in the aftertaste. Slight papery note, not sure if oxidation or intentional. Light feel, smooth and dry with a slight bitterness in the finish and light honey graham lingering afterwards. Mild and drinkable, maybe a little too mild.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 01:17:26 | More by emerge077
Photo of russpowell


3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says 02/07

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 2+ fingers of off-white head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Faint maltyness that increases slightly as this warms

T: Caramel, dryness & herbal hops up front. More dryness & some grainy breadyness as this warms. Finishes dry with caramel, breadyness & leafy/herbal hops

MF: Medium-bodied with low carbonation & good balance

Drinks good, this was better in Germany, but not one of my favorites for this style

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 02:46:39 | More by russpowell
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New York

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

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It is creamy with a bit of sweet malts. The taste is good. Again, it's malty with a creamy finish. It is slightly bitter, but highly enjoyable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great fest beer. It is highly drinkable; one of the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 04:23:01 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at RFD served in a pint glass. No head, at all, ver low carbonation, but I have a theory that RFD is running low on CO2, all the beer there lately have had no heads. Beer is completely clear, and orange in color. High malt in flavor, full body. Weak aroma, practically nothing, definetly nothing specific to pick out. Kind of smells like generic beer. There are no hops in the aroma or in the flavor, shouldn't expect any so that's OK. Drinkability is fine, just not a very special beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 05:15:32 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Mora2000


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

The beer pours a medium amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and biscuit malt, with a little bit of grass from the hops. The flavor is very malty. I get quite a bit of toffee, with some lighter malts mixed in as well. There is a little bit of grape character to the flavor and a little bit of grass in there as well. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 23:49:43 | More by Mora2000
Photo of zeff80


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours out an amber hue with a small, short-lived head. Leaves no lacing.

S - Smelled of hops and malt.

T - It is quite malty and has a clove taste. There is a nice sweet touch, as well.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied.

D - A very nice flavorful octoberfest. It just tastes very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 20:58:42 | More by zeff80
Photo of jlindros


3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fluffy and fizzy 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly at first but slows, over crystal clear amber nectar orange color.

Nose has malts, mostly light lager sweet malts but hints of reddish malts, little toasty and touch of caramel, some light lager fruits, and nice wafting bright malts.

Taste starts malty but slightly watery as well, but the watery taste fades quickly as the malts take over, bringing more sweet lager style malts, lager fruits, some crisp and clean lager flavors, then light toasty malts and hint of caramel, toffee, and slight nutty taste. As the malts mellow the hops start to come into play, with hints of grassy and touch earthy hops bringing some bitterness, and a faint hint of spicy hop on the finish. The finish is not as clean and dry as I expected, a hint of sweetness and sticky, nice malts and spicy hops on the finish.

Mouth is med to slightly lesser bodied, decent carbonation.

overall nice, not the best of the style but decent, nice malts, some good hops on the finish, could have used a bit more of a clean dry finish, and the beginning it starts slightly watery which was a bit of a throw off, but overall it was nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 23:21:09 | More by jlindros
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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty, brilliantly clear, copper color that is topped by a light amber white head that is fairly thick. The aroma is light with notes of caramel, fresh baked bread, and bready malt notes. Actually the aroma is quite nice, though subtle at first it really comes to life the more you get into it. The taste of this beer is smooth, somewhat creamy, a little bit sweet, and has a finish that is a bit hoppy. The toasty bready flavors are here as well and really add a nice touch to this beer. A fairly simple beer that has a nice touch of Munich/ Vienna malt complexity and just a hint of hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2004 18:23:59 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a nice looking amber color. The head was a light tan color that leaves a little bit of lacing. The smell of the beer had some really nice autumn aromas to it. There was the smell of dried leafs, some cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg. The taste of the beer wasn't overly spiced at all. It was rather mellow tasting. The malts were the biggest part of the flavor. There wasn't much in way of hops. The mouthfeel was smooth and drinkable. Overall this was a pretty nice Märzen.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 20:37:49 | More by Knapp85
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Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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