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

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2,043 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,043
Reviews: 1,040
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 64
Gots: 118 | FT: 0
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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 LittleCreature
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Poured into a 0.5L stein, a big, frothy 3 fingers of white head gradually reduces over a clear golden body with lively carbonation.

Smell - 3.5
Dusty, bready malt, herbal hops and noticeable alcohol.

Taste - 3.5
The first impression is of a helles lager with greater alcohol content and a little more bready malt flavour. Hops provide low to moderate bitterness and a herbal flavour, alcohol (6.0%abv) provides a slightly medicinal character. A subtle toast and hard toffee character emerges with warmth.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Fine and relatively lively carbonation, medium body, goes down very smoothly. Ever so slightly warming.

Drinkability - 4.0
I can see how this would be a very sessionable beer at Oktoberfest, but I'd like some more malty chracter. I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Perhaps I am missing something here, but to me, like all Oktoberfests I have tried, this beer just seems like a stronger Helles Lager. A good beer, but not a great one for me.

LittleCreature, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of br3wmeister
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Two bottles pour a bright light brown beer into my giant Beer mug with room left to support a 4 inch light tan head. Weak head retention and minimal lacing. This beer smells of caramel, roasted nuts, hints of nutmeg and peppermint. Nice crisp beer, very nicely balanced beer, good malty sweetness with a nice bitter hop bite. Very crisp and drinkable, this is a very nice lager I will definitely have more of this for session drinking!

br3wmeister, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of rfabian
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug it produces a small head that leaves ample lacing. The appearance is light amber and clear. The aroma is of spicy and floral hops. The taste is of sweet malt with moderate hop bitterness. The feel is medium bodied with a clean finish. This is a very enjoyable ale.

rfabian, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear coppery amber with a fluffy cream colored head that lasts awhile and leaves splotchy lace behind on the glass. The nose is toasted grain and sassafras with mild wintergreen and floral hop notes. Mild tootsie roll sweetness with an herbal hop quality. Finished dry with mild metallic irony flavors. Medium bodied and creamy. A nice O-fest.

biggred1, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of Fillpott
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a copper color w/ a quick-dissipating, 1/2" head. It has a sweet, malty toast smell w/ a real hops spice smell in the background. It has the same taste. It is well-balanced w/ a malty sweetness on the front end and the hops bitterness on the backend. Overall, this is a good solid marzen that I will look for again.

Fillpott, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of Cs1987
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pale gold, 2 fingers of bubbly head which reduced to almost nothing, fairly high carbonation.

Smell - Mild herbal hops.

Taste - This pretty much tastes like a slightly stronger version of Paulaner Original. Quality German malts with a decent hop backbone.

Mouthfeel - Light, good carbonation level and texture.

Drinkability - Good, but affected by a lack of freshness.

Overall - Although this beer suffers from being transported thousands of kilometres, it is still one of the more enjoyable lagers available in Australia.

Cs1987, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of jera1350
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery brown with an off white, light and fluffy two finger head. Leaves some lace.

Sweet malts, subtle spice and some hops.

Sweet caramel malts with a nice toasty presence. Again, some subtle spices come through.

About medium bodied, smooth and actually has a slight creamy texture.

A great representation of the style. Easy to drink, plenty of flavor, but not overwhelming. Great availability make this an outstanding fall choice.

jera1350, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of mbudner
2.55/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

mbudner, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear body has a dark amber color with a hint of red. Head is active, but leaves no lacing and retains poorly

S- Classic Oktoberfest aromas of clean grain, caramel, grass, cinnamon and apple.

T- The flavor makes for quick drinking with little to think about. Clean and tasty but without being special in any way. The malt is complex but there's not enough of it in my opinion.

M- About the same consistency as orange juice with a bit of residue left sticking in the mouth after swallowing. Carbonation is standard.

D- I could drink this all night and wouldn't complain. It would make for a boring beer night however.

EnojysAnyBeer, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of krisandajt
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very rich, deep mahogany like color (very deep amber/red) with a fluffy inch worth of head. Very nice retention, and lots of rings of soapy lacing. Probably the best looking Oktoberfest I've ever seen.

Smell: A mild, biscuity malt. A bit subdued, but pretty much what is expected for the style.

Taste: Wow, sweet. Despite the subdued smell, this is a very sweet brew. Heavy on the biscuity characteristics, this is probably the sweetest Oktoberfest I've enjoyed this season.

Mouthfeel: A light, crisp texture with a medium body. Quite refreshing.

Drinkability: A very tasty brew indeed, in fact it is one of the better Oktoberfests I've had. The sweet taste is very pronounced, and the presentation is unbelievable.

krisandajt, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of Scrapss
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Octoberfest beer. Something magical happens when this combination of beer perfection comes together. I have yet to have a particular brand of octoberfest beer that I would not consider having another. That being said, Paulaner is up to bat.

Appearance: brilliant copper/red, light lacing that slides down the glass, light head but seemingly more carbonation than the head lets on.

Smell: wonderful malt, slight hops, nothing really punches me in the nose tho. It's subtle, which is nice but it's still subtle compared to, say, Sam Adams Octoberfest.

Taste: is spot on. light, malty like expected. less complex than most other Octoberfest offerrings, but there's something to be said for simplicity. This beer has a odd (not unpleasant) sugary feel in the back of the throat about 20 seconds after swallow. Like a halloween treat for adults!

Mouth is nice, balanced, not too light, not too heavy but definitely has some guts to it. It is like drinking silk, if you can imagine what that would be like. Again, that subtle sugary feel after swallowing. It's almost warming, but not like a booze warming.

Drinkability is good to me, like most octoberfest offerrings. It really is my favorite style of beer when the weather gets cool. A nice crisp night and a great octoberfest. this one definitely applies. The style in general is drinkable so I rate it very drinkable with not too much dryness or sweetness.

Scrapss, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to a small head. It is amber in color and clear. It smells of caramel and yeast and tastes burnt with some caramel sweetness. I wish I had another because I often find that I notice more flavor and aroma in my second beer. It gets better as it warms. The sweetness is more apparent.


buschbeer, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of BeefyMee
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber with a quickly disappearing head. The big malty nose is exceptionally clean if only a tad too sweet. A slightly acidic touch complements the bounding nutty taste, and I find myself thinking of the great SS Nut Brown. There's a very pleasant flavor to this one, better than your average Oktoberfest. I would call this comfort beer, and I can imagine myself draining mugs of it all day in Munich.

BeefyMee, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a leather-amber color with an initially thick and wispy white head. Head falls quickly to a thin covering of light bubbly froth. Relative lack of lace.

S: Clean, malty aromatic profile. Light toasted caramel, earthiness, fruity esters, and a slight noble hop presence. Very coherent and enjoyable, though it could stand to be a bit stronger.

T&M: An interesting and uniquely German flavor. Caramel and a good dose of that earthy Munich malt. Noble hops also contribute a lovely floral/spice note on the back end. Fruitiness from the aroma is less prevalent in the flavor, but still contributes a pleasant balance to the flavor. Body is medium, on the lighter side for a marzen, but nothing to complain about.

D: Light in body with an interesting and pleasant flavor. Definitely a highly drinkable and enjoyable marzen.

BamaBeerBuff, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of Phormula
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Paulaner Weizen Glass. Freshness date brewed 06/09.

A: Deep copper blonde, with a nice frothy head that quickly dissipates to a thin head, and minor lacing.

S: Bready, slightly fruity, sweet, malty.

T: Very much toasted malt from the start, with hints of caramel, apples, cinnamon. Typical fall/winter beer flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is very smooth initially, then you get the carbonation, and slight bite from the hops which is a nice touch.

D: This is a very drinkable, and surprisingly light on the gut beer. I could see this being a regular session staple through the winter.

Phormula, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of roddwolff
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep blond color with compact and creamy foam head, but dissipates quickly;

S: Fruity, scents of caramel, peach and tamarind;

T: Sweet malt combined with cinnamon, apple and molasses;

M: Refreshing, medium bitter and slightly sweet, medium body, fuzzy, one thing i liked, hides very good the level of alcohol;

D: Very easy to drink!!, in my very personal review, it might be the german version of "corona extra".

roddwolff, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of Minkybut
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this yummy beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was an nice Oktoberfest amber color as it should be. The beer however did not have a very good head and it quickly dissipated. The taste of this beer was a nice caramel tasted slightly taste that I just really like. This is one beer I will continue to buy.

Minkybut, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of AmberMan22
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a .5L brown bottle, poured into my German Weizen glass for for fun.
This is fresh from Munich, got it while I was at Oktoberfest less than a month ago.

The color is leaning toward a gold, orangey in the thicker parts of the glass. Maybe a bit pale, but this seems to be the trend with Märzenbiers of late. Big fluffy rocky head but not much lacing.

It smells wonderful. Pale malt, caramel, hops, slightest hint of alcohol. Smells like Germany and brings back good memories.

The taste is great. Makes me wish I'd gone to the Paulaner festzelt while I had the chance. Again the traditional pale and caramel malts are apparent, but this is noticeably hoppier than other Oktoberfests I've had. Absolutely wonderful example of the style.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with somewhere between light and medium heft. I'd go with light+. it leaves a wonderfully hoppy lingering aftertaste with a dry finish.

Drinkability? All day long if I could get it this fresh.

AmberMan22, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of BlackBearForge
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dating: 06/09

Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen pours a rich coppery amber in a glass, crystal clear with a frothy whitish head falling quickly as appears to be the manner of Oktoberfest beers leaving loads of oily lacing that slips away.

The aroma has that distinctive "beery" smell I equate with many German beers, lightly toasted malts while fresh clean Noble hops lend a slightly spicy touch.

Ah, the flavor has loads of toasted malt character eminently balanced with the spicy Noble hops. Hints of caramel and perhaps apricots.

Mouthfeel is light with just the right amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable and among the top three of German Oktoberfest beers that I try to have every year. Highly recomended if you like rich toasted malt flavors and subtle spicy hops.

BlackBearForge, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of jkrich
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with bottled on date on front label.

This one poured into a stein a clear, deep golden to shiny copper with a beautiful, fluffy sustained white head.

Unlike the oktoberfests I have tried this season, this one has a lot of aroma character. Spicy, perfumy malt aromas are quite evident upon opening the bottle and remain noticeable after the pour.

The taste is initially sweet malts with a subtle hint of cinnamon flavor. The european hops nicely balance this one, keeping each sip refreshing. This beer has a lot of complexity and subtle flavors not found in other oktoberfests.

This is a medium bodied festbier with less carbonation usually found for the style. It coats the mouth with a sweet maltiness that never becomes cloying.

This is my favorite oktoberfest this season. I had this about ten years ago, and I wish I had tried it again sooner

jkrich, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of gfreed
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As with most beer from Paulaner, this one is solidly okay. It's got a decent puffy head that releases a nice cloud of fruit and grain, but the taste is just a bit too sweet for my liking. I tend to prefer Oktoberfests that are drier and have more body. The alcohol is nicely subdued, which makes it rather drinkable. But for this style there are many better beers. If you want German, try Hacker-Pschorr; if you want American, try Victory.

gfreed, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of DrewS667
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Paulaner .4L mug...

Appearance - Deep auburn color, wisps of bubbles rise to the top consistently, decent activity. Poured to about a 1 inch head that reduces throughout the beer and is almost non-existent midway

Smell - Lots of yeast and toasted malts, a hints of apple cider and caramel.

Taste - Very complex, starts off dark, almost like a dunkel, then lightens as it goes down. Very smooth. Apples and pears are very noticeable...classic fall tastes, a great marzen...

Mouthfeel - Smooth and mild almost feels a bit under-carbonated...

Drinkability - Pretty good, the beer is not as heavy as I would think and the fruit flavors crisp up the beer to make it surprisingly refreshing

DrewS667, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of NightINgale
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper-to-brown body with loads of lively medium-sized bubbles. The head is nice and frothy at first, but like in most lagers, it dissipates pretty rapidly. Minimal lacing.

S - Very grainy and sweet smell. Some nice caramel notes and some floral hoppiness also.

T - A very solid malt base, very bready and quite sweet, with a strong caramel taste. Then it becomes a bit spicy yet flowery, and, finally, goes into a slightly dry, bready and sweet finish. Some bitterness from the hops becomes more apparent as you drink more of the beer. Very balanced!

M - Medium-bodied, a bit chewy. Very pleasant.

D - A very solid, authentic, drinkable marzen. Not meant to be the most complex beer, but rather this is the one you can drink loads of, without it becoming a hassle to drink.

NightINgale, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of generallee
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Spaten Oktoberfest Stange glass. There is a "produced on" date of 09/09 and sampled on 10-19-09

Appearance: The body has a deep coppery amber color with very good clarity. On top sits a tall light beige head. It is light, fluffy and fades out quickly leaving only a little spotty lacing at the top of the glass.

Smell: Its aroma is full of sweet bready, toasted and roasted malts with a touch of nutty character, caramel candy and noble hops. There is also a very slight hint of mineral like or hard water like aroma.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is much the same as the aroma. It has loads of sweet malty goodness with nice nutty and roasted character. Its sweetness fades towards the finish and leafy/mineral like hop favors come in and add a nice balance of flavor and bitterness. It finishes crisp and clean and has a nice solid medium body which is extremely drinkable. The carbonation is soft which make for a very smooth texture.

Notes: This is a very tasty and extremely drinkable Oktoberfest. The only thing I could ask for would be a little more head retention. This is one of the better Oktoberfest beers that I have had. Very well done!!!

generallee, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of thespaceman
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a light copper in color, decent size head dissaptated quickly. Lots of bubbles from the carbonation, decent lacing.

Smell: Lots of muted malt aromas up front, it's actually got a slight hoppiness that is small and reserved. A bit of spice is underlayed between the malt and the hops, a dash of Munich malt.

Taste: Maltiness is light yet very bold. I get tons of Munich style malt, your traditional German yeast flavorings, and a touch of caramel and toffee. Hops are very bitter yet broaden the range of the actual beer itself. A slight skunk flavor is almost pilsner-esque and very small.

Mouthfeel: Buttery mouthfeel, a bit tart from the hop bitterness. A bit too carbonated but the malt smooths out the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A sub-par offering for Oktoberfest, I like my Marzen beers more malt based and minus the residual hop to malt battle that can sometimes destroy a good Marzen. This beer is way too bitter on the tongue yet the smooth caramel and toffee flavors makes up for this. Not bad but not great either.

thespaceman, Oct 19, 2009
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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