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

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Ratings: 2,152
Reviews: 1,055
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 67
Gots: 160 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen was originally a seasonal brew, however, is now brewed and enjoyed all year long.
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Photo of Aphexwolf
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, pale orange, light-to-medium head that dissipates quickly
Smell: Dark, sweet, malty caramel. Nice.
Taste: Hoppy but not too dark, balanced with caramel malts. High quality taste.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium.
Drinkability: Good
Summary: This is a great beer. I gave it 8.4/10, or a B. Something about this beer screams "fresh ingredients". It tastes very natural. While the beer doesn't particularly jump out at me, it goes down well and is filling like an Octoberfest beer should be. Goes great with chicken, sauerkraut, and bratwurst.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.01/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We pour a golden brew that holds a two finger head of soft white bubbles. It recedes at a medium speed, leaving little lacing. Carbonation is highly active, and no sediment is noted. The beer is entirely translucent, with good clarity. The aroma consists primarily of malts, so much so that it becomes floury to the nose. There are also notes of possible adjuncts such as corn, honey, and a slight nuttiness way in the back. The taste is light, beginning with corny, standard malts. If you hold the sip in your mouth that white flour chalkiness is palpable. The middle is of cleaner malts, with a sweetness that is both bready and citrusy. We finish with these same notes, which mix with a saltiness and some spice. While it is really invisible everywhere else, some alcohol rumbles through in the breath of the aftertaste. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high, which cuts down on any creaminess that this brew might have possessed. The feel is otherwise neither coating, satiating, or drying. The mouth is just wet. The abv is within range, and the drinkability is standard.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was how well the taste made up for a fairly weak and faint aroma. The sipping was clean, for the most part, and easy. The inclusion of the ultra malty flour sensation in both the aroma and the taste conjured up curious thoughts from the drinker.

Photo of philbertk
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--1997 16.9 oz. 5.50% ABV. (3.0 / 5.0) Cloudy orange golden color. Medium Head. Restrained citrus notes balanced by decent malt body. Sampled 10/10/1997.
Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--1998 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Slightly sweet with chalky, rich malt body. Different yeast flavor. Sampled 9/25/1998. Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--Accordian Monks--1999 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Very clear bright amber color. Light fruit front. Sweet rich smooth malty body. Light toasted doughy cherry flavor. Not as earthy as Northwest Oktoberfest's yet a nice ale. Finishes flavorfully clean. Sampled 10/16/1999.
Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--Chugging Herren--1999 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Very clear bright amber color. Light fruit front. Sweet rich smooth malty body. Light toasted doughy cherry flavor. Not as earthy as Northwest Oktoberfests yet an ale. Finishes flavorfully clean. Sampled 10/16/1999.
Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--2000 16 oz. Bottle. 5.8% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear rich deep bright copper amber color. Smooth rich lager malty body with mild toasted fruit sweetness. Caramel cherry notes. Clean lingering toasted dough end. Lagered Amber minus hops. Sampled 7/27/2000.

Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--Chugging Herren--2000b 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Clear bright rich amber red color. Bavarian fruit malt front. Toasty cherry biscuit malty body with medium sweetness. Rich smooth flavor. Ends with a crisp Bavarian spiciness. Rich and malty. Sampled 10/11/2000.
Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear thin copper amber color. Light head and lace. Crisp mild floral malt nut front. Smooth biscuit body. Thin texture. Crisp light sweet roasted Bavarian cherry fruit notes. Mild malt spice end. Stanky? Sampled 11/23/2001.

Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--2002 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Medium lacy head. Clear thin bright amber color. Bavarian malt mild hop front. Rich caramel biscuit notes in thin dry sweet malty body. Smooth tangy cherry nut hints. Clean smooth mild malt hop end. Rich. Sampled 11/4/2002. Oktoberfest Marzen Amber--2003 16.9 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear bright rich amber color. Mild lacy head. Rich malty light toasted mild hop front. Smooth buttery caramel odd fruit doughy biscuit Marzen body. Malty sweet mild hop end. OK but odd unremarkable flavor. Sampled 10/18/2003
PAULANER Oktoberfest Marzen Amber 2004 16.9 oz Yes 5.80% 25? 3.75 / 5.0 Oktoberfest Big foamy mild lace head.Clear thin copper amber color.Mild floral hop malt front with mild Bavarian stank.Smooth thin malty mild sweet toasted caramel cherry body.Clean smooth mild creamy hop end.OK 9/11/2004.
PAULANER Oktoberfest Marzen Amber--2007 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. 20 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) 6-Pack $7.99. Mild lace off white head. Clear thin bright copper amber color. Mild malt hop stank hint front. Mild dry sweet tangy toasted caramel smooth mild fruit thin malty body. Clean mild tangy crisp malt hop spice end. Sampled 2/1/2008.
PAULANER Oktoberfest Marzen--Longneck Advancing Frau Bar Maid Legions Logo--2010 11.2 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. 20 IBU's? (2.0 / 5.0) No lace fizzy thin head. Clear dark thin amber color. German Fest stanky mild hop front. Mild sweet mild caramel malty medium bodied Fest flavor. Easy smooth mild Noble hop end. Stanky by design? or just travels poorly? Dumped 3rd Bottle. Tired of pretending this is a good true to style Fest. Sampled 12/25/2010. 6-Pack purchased for $8.99 @ The Ballard Market, Seattle on 9/14/2010.

Photo of CPeterson
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- A beautiful pour of copper amber liquid that produces a good froth and settles into a light skim.

S -- Roasty caramel, subtle nuance of hopping.

T -- The nose carries through to the tongue, roasted caramel malt, a hint of dark fruit, a nice fairly dry finish rounds out the brew.

M -- This is a great example of how very malty brews can still be silky and full bodied without being cloying. Clean and well carbonated.

D -- This is a very approachable beer for any drinker, and well suited for the extended session.

Photo of harrymel
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 7.1.10
Poured from bottle to New Belgium tulip.

A: Orange and ruby. Excellent clarity. Low-carb appearance with no head and only sporadic bubbles/ribbons.

S: Sweet and malty. Roasty.

T: Toasted oatmeal is the dominant flavor of profile.

M: Fuller body for a marzen style. Low carbonation allows for fuller attention to flavor profile.

D: This isa nice Marzen. A classic and great session beer for early fall. Hot days followed by cool nights.

Photo of Anthony88
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This beer has wonderful color of light brown and a soft white head.

S- A bit on the nutty side, but you can tell this is a malty, sweet beer as it is an Octoberfest.

T- The beer has a nutty taste to it with a strong flavor of malts. This is not the beer for the hop lover, but has a nice sweet flavor of spice and nuts.

F- The feel of this beer that of a creamy, not extra thick feel

D: smooth, full of flavor and low achohol. This would be a good session beer.

Photo of Prospero
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice Ocktoberfest lager light bodied smooth taste. When held up to the light the color is a clear amber. Malty on the front lightly toasted caramel flavor, mild hop profile. The nose is pretty subtle, mostly the malts come through. Very drinkable, moderate carbonation on pour about two fingers or so, light after settling. I definitely would drink this for a session beer during Oktoberfest.

Photo of mikeg67
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours reddish in color with a small, white head. Aroma is of caramel malt and some cherry. Medium, smooth body. Flavor was caramel malt and cherry, balanced by earthy hops. Finish becomes earthy and dry. Not my favorite, but still very nice Oktoberfest.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 11oz bottle poured into a porter glass

A: Light chestnut brown with a thin, spotty white head. When held to the light the beer is clear and takes on orange hues.

S: Sweet malty bread, with a slight nutty aroma, this beer is clearly dominated by malt (as it should be).

T: Following its aroma closely, the beers starts with sweet malty bread. The finish has slight nut and a bit of spice, and its creamy.

M: Medium and creamy

D: Smooth, tasty, and it blends 5.5 percent alcohol with little trouble.

Overall: I have been saving this beer for review, but I realized I was running out of time. Last year, Paulaner was my second favorite German Marzen lager; however, this year it was my favorite. It delivers exactly what I am looking for in a Marzen lager: smooth, sweet malty deliciousness.

Photo of uustal
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with an off-white head. Not too much lacing or retention in this pour. Sweet malt aroma, also a bit of apple. Very well put together taste. Nice clean sweet malt to start. Light hints of apple again in the middle and ends with a mild burst of grainy hops. Nothing in the flavor profile truly stands out, but mixes together perfectly. Clean, crisp and very refreshing for the style. Drinkability is great.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I stock up on fresh German lagers when I can. Dull apple juice and toffee color. Nothing like the glowing amber beauty portrayed on the six pack. No lace but decent retention.

Aroma is mildly sweet but doesn't exactly draw me in with promises of malty goodness. Mulling spice and green apple peel.

Taste is clean, almost too clean with very little flavor. Gingerbread and a hoppy sweet snap in the middle. Actually, it's blander than I'm describing. Smooth mouthfeel with a little Euro slickness.

Photo of sfprint
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellow with a half inch head. Moderate carbonation.

S: Smells like Germany. Slightly sweet malt, slightly metallic.

T: Very nice for this type of beer. Not my favorite style but this is definitely one of the better ones. Full flavored.

M: Medium bodied, slightly heavy, mild carbonation.

D: A very good Märzen. I wouldn't hesitate to drink it again.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

One of the first Marzens I remember having. On the strength of my love of their hefeweizen, I decided to try this way back, by not merely buying a single or a six-pack, but by snagging a mini-keg of it. Wonderful mistake, as I served up and put down 11-12 pints over the next 18 hours.

Coming back to this for probably the first time since then, it's no less enjoyable and it has somewhat helped shape my view on what the ideal Marzen is.

A deep amber, nearly mahogany color with an average, uninspired/-ing off-white head, the pour yields a wonderfully clean, softly-rich, simple malt aroma featuring subtle touches of bubblegum, phenols, and coppery-metallic qualities. The flavors are spot-on, uniquely Marzen - firm, light and smooth malt backbone with some spicy, gingerbread notes. Flows through almost flat but awesomely satisfying - neat drinkability. A delicate warm rush of alcohol chases on the end, keeping the palate fresh and alert. A go-to.

Photo of tmcelvain
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This will probably be one of my last Oktoberfests of the year - I love fall beer selections and make a point try try a few new ones each year. This poured out of a chilled bottle into a pint glass a nice light rust color with almost no head or retention. My overall impressions is a classic Oktoberfest with a bit of a livelier feel than most. There is a floral, caramely taste that I like, but is not quite right for the style in my mind. It finishes with a bitter, then nice and bready aftertaste. Quite refreshing and drinkable, though not terribly memorable.

Photo of DIM
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear, coppery amber color, a bit on the light side. It poured with a small fizzy cap.

s: Earthy, bready malts and light floral apricots.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part. Mildly sweet breadiness with a drier, floral finish. There is a hint of something fruity as well. No off flavors at all.

m: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

d: Clean and very drinkable.

Photo of Radome
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Dark copper color and extremely clear. The head is almost perfectly white, thick and fluffy. Lots of thick lacing on the glass.

S - Mixture of warm malt, biscuits, and sharp noble hops.

T - Same as the aroma. The emphasis seems to be on the hops. Moderate bitterness but lots of crisp, noble hops flavor. The warm, biscuity malt is not as pronounced as in some other examples. No alcohol, some lager yeast notes.

M - Light to moderate body. Fizzy carbonation.

D - Drinkable, enjoyable, well-made beer. However, I personally find it a little one-dimensional with its slightly harsh hops and muted malt flavors.

Photo of emsroth
2.56/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

App: Light copper color that slowly fades to gold in thin parts of the glass. Dense frothy head with nice lacing.

Smell: Strong caramel malt and burnt sugar. Slight edge of herbal hop aroma, but perhaps I smell it because I'm looking for it.

Taste: Slight sweet upfront with some characteristic sour caramel in the middle. Ends slightly dry with herbal hops and a bit of spicy alcohol but overly bitter with a flavor that reminds me of dried leaves. Long aftertaste of husky malt and grassy hops.

Body feels watery, especially in the finish.

I'll have to try this on tap.

Photo of mbusster88
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A: Pours rather clear copper color with some carbonation. Two finger head has fine bubbles but slowly dissipates. Very clean looking beer with no real lacing.

S: Loads of caramel and toffee up front. Get the bready Oktoberfest characteristics in the nose, as well as some light spice notes. Typical Oktoberfest, not tons of nose to this one, just the malt bomb aroma.

T/M: Little hop taste in this one. Not much at all, but enough to balance the extreme malt flavors. The caramel is tamed by the hops, but not overpowered. Very clean and smooth drink here, and a palate cleaner at that. Really like how the hops help keep the otherwise malt bomb from being to sweet. Just a bit more hop bite would make this that much more enjoyable.

D: Good Oktoberfest style, really like the hop characters in the taste and nose that balance it out. I would definitely pick this one up next year for the Oktoberfest celebrations!

Photo of Beerbluesbiology
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into pub glass

The beer pours with a small head dwindling to fine lacing. Color is amber-brown. Smells of bread, cedar and faint trail of alcohol. Very smooth feel on the tongue with flavors of bread, wood and once again, trail of alcohol. Overall, a very tasty Oktoberfestbier with substantial flavor, but not at a cheap price. It's perfect in the fall months when this beer's colour matches the color of the leaves!

Ein prosit!!!

Photo of BranfordBound
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date is "Best before 6/11"

Pours a crystal clear amber with a two finger white head that settles fairly fast. Carbonation is light and it leaves some lacing.

Smells like a lager, just some clean malts with a touch of sweetness.

Very clean taste, has that classic lager taste with a hint of cardboard sometimes. Strong malt note with a nice sweetness behind it. Hops leave a little bitterness but not the flavor like Hacker-Pschorr.

Mouthfeel is fairly neutral, only a little carbonation felt. Light bodied.

Extremely drinkable, hard to stop at one.

Very good Oktoberfest, but still can't beat Hacker-Pschorr.

Photo of xylophonica
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 50cl bottle into a Paulaner Oktoberfest mug.

A - Golden colour with very little head.

S - Sweet and wheaty.

T - Sweet & crisp, slightly bitter. Malty aftertaste prevails.

M - Slightly spicy but subtle at the same time.

D - Easy to drink and nice and cooling on a summer's day.

Photo of Kiwano
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Orange tan with generous head upon pouring but dissipates quickly

S - Hoppy with a bit metallic smell

T - Sweet a bit of bread-like flavor and malt some floral on the backend with a tiny bit of bitterness

M - a little bit of carbonation but not a lot of fizz

D - Pleasant - would like a bit more depth or ballance to the sweetness

Chilled bottle poured into a glass

Photo of weller1js
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a clear lightly-yellowish amber with heavy carbonation and bubbly white foam leaving similar light lacing.

smell: mild earthy malt scent, very light, with even fainter cinnamon sweet undertone.

taste: very clean and light throughout, the presence of the style becomes evident towards the finish with a pleasant harvest sweetness and an ever lighter bitter finish.

drinkability: very drinkable, comes off as lighter yet still pleasant to drink; but it is lacking in abv and could stand to have a bit more harvest notes.

Photo of CharlatanSin
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a couple of 11.2 oz bottles into my Radeberger half liter mug.

The beer pours a very pretty orange amber. I'm getting a small white head that dissipates into a very thin film of a cap and minimal lacing. There's a good amount of toffee and a little bit of grain in the aroma.

The taste is similar to the smell. Sweet caramel or toffee first and foremost, with a grainy undercurrent. There's a faint kiss of spicy hops that balances things out nicely. The mouthfeel isn't great -- seems a bit watery to me. The carbonation's on the high side, perhaps even a bit too much so. But it all goes down very smoothly.

The mug's gone before I know it. Looks great, tastes very good, which is what's most important.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 2,152 ratings.