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

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87
very good

1,917 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,917
Reviews: 1,030
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 58
Gots: 81 | 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 NoahSYGG
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is a great oktoberfest. it is a nice coppery color. a light head. the aroma is nice roasty malt. The flavor is a great cereally malty flavor with a hint of a bitter hop. the mouthfeel is medium with a great drinkability factor. i could sit and put down a case. i love oktoberfests!!!

NoahSYGG, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of NHGrafx
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Waldhorn Restaurant, Pineville NC.

Nice dark amber color. 2 finger head which didn't last very long, not much lacing at all.

Nice malty aroma with some sweetness. There were also some yeast notes coming through as well.

Taste is very good. Malty with some yeast in there. A nice bit of caramel sweetness was present, but not over powering. Light bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is good and pretty drinkable.

Overall this was enjoyable. Would recommend.

NHGrafx, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer recently at the Horseshoe Pub in MA. I've decided this year to make a bit of an effort to enjoy the beers of the season.

This beer came with a thin finger thick off white head. The head did not demonstrate a great deal of retention. No real lacing to speak of. The beer was an orange/amber (copper) color and mostly clear with the slightest of a haze. No real visible carbonation to speak of.

Aroma was sweet of toasted malt and some caramel notes.. Pretty nice.

Taste was very nice and a bit more complex than some other's I've had recently. I wish I could describe more accurately the flavor I taste in many European beers. It's almost mineral in nature. Not sure if it comes from the water, yeast or grains used. But it is very distinctive to me. Nice balanced sweetness and some fruitiness behind a caramel sweet flavor. Not as heavy and sticky as some American versions. Really quite nice.

Light/Medium in body, not as sticky as others. Good drinkability.

I find this a bit more interesting than many of the sweet sticky Octoberfest beers that are out today.

Reagan1984, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent brown body with a small white head.

Smells like some sweet malts with some hop presence.

Tastes hoppier than some festbiers I've had. Lots of caramel and toffee malts, along with some spiciness from the hops.

Thin bodied and well-carbonated.

Pretty drinkable, a solid O-fest.

Hojaminbag, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. on tap in a special pint glass.

A - Reddish brown with a thin white head.

S - Weak but it did smell sweet and faintly malty.

T - Really sweet and malty like the smell but with a little hops.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - OK, but not great. I have had a lot of Oktoberfest beers I would rather have.

jeffmonarch, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a dark, amber body with a silky, white head that was about 2 fingers thick. Slowed down a little bit, but the head was retained pretty well. Nice, decent lacing through the finish of the beer.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some olive undertones that seemed pretty balanced.

T: A robust, very sweet malt taste with a slight vanilla taste to it. A sweet, honey aftertaste that was pretty good for an Oktoberfest.

M: A very smooth and full-bodied mouthfeel. Nice carbonation yielded a beer that felt good on the palette and was still pretty refreshing.

D: An excellent combination of mouthfeel and taste made this beer and excellent drinking beer. Definitely a very nice example of an Oktoberfest.

maddogruss, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Agressive pour gave two fingers of head, which quickly fell. Not really any lacing. Beautiful orange amber color though.

3.5 S: Sweet and malty. I'm sick right now, so my already bad sense of smell is terrible. But it seems like there's a touch of fruit (nectarine maybe) and defintely grainy malt. Hop character low.

4.0 T: Caramel and spice. I'm still detecting a hint of nectarine and grainy malts. Hops have a pinch of bitterness. Very good taste for the style.

4.0 M: Though the head vanished into thin air, there is plenty of carbonation. A bit chewy, but smooth.

4.5 D: Of all the Oktoberfest's I've had, this and Penn Brewery's are my favorites. This is very good and drinkable.

DavoleBomb, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of JBushEsq
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: a clear copper that picks up some hints of red when held in good light. Not much of a head, but it laces nicely.

S: starts very bready/yeasty and finished rather sharply in the nose.

T: Its very tasty and well balanced, fairly malty with just a hint of sweetness with a slightly dry finish.

M: Not much carbonation to speak of. It goes down very easily

D: I could drink this all day long, a very pleasent and easy to drink beer.

JBushEsq, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper orange with medium white head, falling somewhat quickly. Fairly low carbonation. Good clean smell of lightly sweet caramel and a hint of nuttiness. Light toasted malt and some grain. Taste is basically the same. Not overly sweet and pretty solid. A refreshing touch of hops leave a lightly crisp finish. Just a tad watered down, a little thin to me. Still, it's pretty smooth. Overall, it's a good drinkable brew. I could have a few of these with no problem.

ncvbc, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of kshankar
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep amber/orange color with some carbonation seen inside, and a nice foam. Really good looking, I'd say this is the best Oktoberfest in terms of appearance alone.

Aroma: Not subtle..the aroma is really good. A lot is based in malts and the sweetness from that. Some hops in the background.

Taste: Caramel, malts, sweetness and a little bit of hops. The bitterness is minimal, and the alcohol isn't too in your face. Overall this is a great beer.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, it coats the tongue more so than the others I've had. Carbonation gives a crispness in the finish, which is clean.

Drinkability: Very high on this category. Crisp, great taste and goes down great. Probably the best of the style so far.

kshankar, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of cbn
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paulaner Oktoberfest pours clear, orange-amber color with a thin off-white head which quickly retreats, active carbonation.

Thin sweet aroma, slightly nutty, paper and paste, touch of spicyness in the finish.

Lightly sweet with a good bitterness.

Medium body, good carbonation, fairly clean.

Yes, very drinkable, even sessionable.

cbn, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single as part of a mixed sixer of seasonal beers at Liberty St. Tavern. Pours a clear amber with a short off-white head.

Ah, I love the original Oktoberfests. I wish I'd had this earlier in the season because these put everything in perspective. The aroma and flavor are a smooth caramel flavor that finish with light roasted flavors and a hint of hops. The flavor is fairly clean and there's nothing remotely off. Basically it's tasty and very drinkable. I'd drink a stein-full anytime.

tempest, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of albern
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Octoberfest available in the Munich festival and a fine representation of the style outright. The beer pours a bronze and coppery color that is clear only mildly carbonated with not much head, retention, or lacing. After having just sampled the Spaten Octoberfest, this beer has a lot more staying power than its counterpart. The aroma is quite light in that you will get some sweet caramel malts, a bit of the cherryishness found in the red ales, some toasted grain hints, not much spice or hop aromas detected.

The taste is quite crisp, but not overly so, there is lots of caramel malts, some spices and herbal hop bite, but not overly so, there is more carbonation in this Marzen than you will find in most others. The beer is definitely tilted towards the crisp rather than the creamy end of the continuum, but there is a tad bit of creaminess on the tongue, for it isn't entirely crispy either. There is a slightly husky graininess, there is a herbal, tea like hop character, and the finish is a bit biting, but much milder than some other Octoberfests you will find. The key principle in this beer is balance. The parts are well balanced and more so than most other Marzens you will find, and that makes this one a cut above the pack. L'Chaim.

albern, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark, copper body with hints of ruby and auburn; great tan head and good retention with minor lacings. A light malt smell with just a hint of any spices or hops. A smooth, almost creamy medium-bodied beer that has a not overpowering sweet malt taste of caramel and mixes it with some spices in the background. Passes over pleasantly and has a little kick on the backend. Hops lead to a floral, semi-earthy taste but do not overpower the beer, only give it a dry backbite. A great Oktoberfest to be had at any time.

clayrock81, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a small white head that settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass surface.

Nice aroma of toasted malt and a touch of Noble hops.

The flavor consists of a solid malt base with a noticeable hop presence. Has a spicy and peppery finish. Seems to be a little drier than other Oktoberfests from Germany.

The body seems a little thin in comparison of others in the style. Starting to go into Helles Lager territory. The carbonation is high and a little harsh on the tongue.

Good flavor, light body, and low ABV makes this go down quickly and often.

morimech, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful coppery-amber with a thin frothy white head. Retention was ok with a minimal lacing.

S: The nose was sweet vienna malt with some light toasty bread and sweet nuttiness.

T: The flavor was sweet Vienna malt and caramel with light toasted notes. There was a soft noble hop bitterness and a light fruitiness from the yeast.

M: light and creamy with a sweet malt lacing.

D: Really enjoyed this, sweet and easy to drink and extremely smooth going down. Warm, sweet, and toasty, perfect for the chilly fall evening.

beerthulhu, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of aquaderek
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Color perfect Marzen style copper with a head the quickly dissipates to rim lacing. The nose is nice on this beer, malts, clove, and gentle spiciness. The taste sweet malt followed by interesting cloves spiciness, and a black tea finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, slightly viscous. A good offering and would be a quick drinkable festival beer.

aquaderek, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super clear amber color with a quickly falling head.

Sweet bready malt is what I get when I give it a sniff. I also get a small hop note as well.

It tastes as it smells with a sweet bready taste with a touch of bitterness.

It is lively carbonated though not in a course manner. Mediumish body that flows nicely.

It is a beer that I'd be happy to drink in a 1 litre mug any day!

ThirstyBird, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The best of the German Octoberfests that I tried. This is also the only one I would probably even buy again (compared to Hacker-Pschorr and Hofbrau). Definitely has a nice European taste to it and some of the falls pices can be detected. I thought it could improve a lot in the body as it was way too thin for my liking. I still like the American versions better but this was a solid o-fest.

oriolesfan4, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of birchstick
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper with a small head. Reminds me of a fall color put into a glass.
S - Smells of grains and malts, neither of which are very strong
T - This tastes of malts and a little grain, as the nose suggested. There is also a bit of caramel and bread in the malts, as well as a bit of toastedness. One of the better Oktoberfest styles that I have tried.
M - Has a luxurious mouthfeel as it goes down, full and smooth
D - Paulaner has been my favorite Oktoberfest to date. This was very easy to take down and allows for easy drinking with its 5.8% abv. Definitely recommended.

birchstick, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of walshclimb
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear medium to dark amber with thin off-white head that quickly thins to barely a film. Malty aroma that is pleasantly musty with maybe a little spice. Good sweet to bready malty IF with a relatively long lived caramel and malt aftertaste that is nicely balanced with a light hop bitterness. Medium to fulll bodied with crisp carbonated finish. Overall a good beer, of which I tend to buy at least one six pack each October (or late September).

walshclimb, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pt. 9 oz. bottle, brewing date of May 08 stamped on the lower right hand corned of the label, poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber color, some carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed about 1 finger thick and faded quickly. Love the color.

Aroma: Toasted malt and sweet caramel.

Taste: More of the same, seeet caramel at first with some toasted malt and some faint hops in the middle. The finish is more sweet caramel, lingering nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, thick and chewy at times but mostly smooth and creamy. The carbonation was lively, and balanced well.

Overall: Simply stated, it's phenomenal. One of my favorite Oktoberfest brews. Highly recommended to all.

FenwaySquid, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

served in its own big ass mug

A- clear brownish dirty copper with a dense soapy ivory head. settles to a thin ring and leaves a shit ton of drippy lace.

S- sweet toasty and fruity. caramel malty aroma with some grassiness in the back. a bit of toffee and diacetyl with earthy hops.

T- mineral water, toasty caramel, toffee, and toasted bread, strawberry, with a nice bitter finish. grassy and lightly floral, gets toastier as it warms. very clean and slightly dry finish.

MF- just under medium body, medium carbonation, grainy crisp and neutral.

D- absolutely! smooth and refreshing, marzen are growing on me.

hustlesworth, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a big tall Paulaner Hefe glass. Pours a brilliant copper hue. Bold and bright in appearence... crystal clear. The head was a 1/2 finger in size and was made up of froathy foam. The retention is okay and some spotty lace was noted..

A: Light toasted caramel malt with hints of Munich. A bit of floral hops round things out. Both bitter and sweet.

T: Nice toasted malt upfront and throughout; Light floral hops have come to battle and can be tasted here and there throughout. Caramel and toffee sweetness mostly in the finish. I like.

M: Medium in body rather smooth with nice carbonation.

D: Not bad, I have enjoyed this one for the past couple of years.

tpd975, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of adamette
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Der Braumeister in Cleveland, Ohio into a clean, clear "Paulaner" flute type glass. Very cool.

A Minimal head, medium brown, caramel colored body. Kind of basic looking really.

S Malty, some hops.

T Dominated by hops but there is good balance in there. I can tell that this is superior (but not by that much) from American Oktoberfest offerings. It is difficult to describe why...it just is more true to the style...the american versions were a bit too safe for me. This one goes boldly for that Oktoberfest taste.

M Moderately full, nothing extreme. Actually fairly smooth.

D Pretty good but not the highest or anything.

Notes: I am finding that I am not a big fan of any Oktoberfest/Marzen but this is as good as any that I have sampled. I will not seek this beer out but it is a good example of the style.

adamette, Sep 29, 2008
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 1,917 ratings.