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

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87
very good

1,912 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,912
Reviews: 1,030
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 57
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

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 Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

t0rin0, Dec 07, 2012
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -16%

djrn2, Feb 28, 2013
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

nmann08, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Jul 10, 2004
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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 02, 2006
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.

BEERchitect, May 07, 2006
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Texasfan549, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
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.

womencantsail, May 25, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

jaydoc, Dec 29, 2013
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.)

ChainGangGuy, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -16%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
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.

TMoney2591, Sep 18, 2011
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.

emerge077, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a 5L mini-keg into a 1L stein, this beer sits in the glass a perfectly clear auburn color. The head is three fingers high, thick and frothy, almost nitro-esque in density. Yeah, this is pretty impressive.

Smell: Caramel on toast. Hints of vanilla and dried fruit. Clean but unspectacular.

Taste & mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth, very malty. Grainy sweetness, toasted bread and nuts, a bit of dark fruit. Faintly mineral/metallic. Great mouthfeel; medium-light in body and carbonation, not so heavy or fizzy that it's difficult to drink a liter. The finish is moderately drying and only faintly hoppy. This is pretty straight-forward stuff, but very enjoyable for what it is.

largadeer, Sep 17, 2008
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.

zeff80, Nov 04, 2006
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Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 1,912 ratings.