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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 metter98
3.97/5  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.

Photo of sommersb
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, with a best before date of 08-2011.

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the color is a dark amber, with a finger's worth of white head. Appearance is clear with lots of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Good lacing on the glass throughout.

The smells are of rich malts, with little hop aroma. The taste is crisp and refreshing, just as you'd like in this style, with the malts dominating and a low amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, clean, with a slight lingering bitterness.

This is a very enjoyable Oktoberfest -- Prost!

Photo of Chico1985
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a burnt orange with white head. Looks great for a bit but quickly fizzes away to a slight cap and ring

Sweet bready pilsner-type malt and hops in the scent.

Pretty solid flavor. A good mix of bready malts and sweet caramel malts, light fruity and floral hops, and crackers, along with a warm biscuity aftertaste. Nicely even between sweet and toasty. Notes of brown sugar and clove in the finish.

Carbonation is very well-done but mouthfeel feels a bit watery and thin overall.

Other than the watery mouthfeel, this definitely trumps the American versions of the style for the most part in terms of flavor and balance.

**Got another bottle for Christmas, brought up the scores for taste and drinkability. Really great flavors for an Oktoberfest, probably my favorite of the style.

Photo of russwbeck
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice amber brown pour with a two finger head and some lacing.

S: Malty and warm. The smell that welcomes you into fall beer season.

T: Malty up front, but very balanced. Fades away into hops, but with a clean finish. No overpowering single taste, which isn't a bad thing.

MF: Light and refreshing. More than average carbonation.

D: Very high. I see myself going back to the bottleshop for another 6pack of these.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, earthy with hints of fruitiness. In the taste, earthy, dry hops, and ends with a fruitiness. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean small fruit in the aftertaste. Nice balance and earth, but a bit too fruity.

Photo of wray7276
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this oktoberfest marzen.i have had a few other ones,but i must say this one is the best so far.

A=3 finger head,red/orange in color
S=Imagine the smell of fall leaves and you got it!!!very pleasant,with no beer smell thats a plus.
T=A very mild pumpkin flavor at first,then a mild sweetness,then a hint of spice,no awefull aftertaste,but a festive aftertaste(if that makes since!!!!
M=I feel like i just ate an autumn suprise!!!!
D=Very Very Very smooooth,this is one of your oktoberfest marzens that you can just chill out and enjoy....after halfway through the 1st one i was already for my 2nd.Cheers to all!!!

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=Beautiful orange-red/amber with good head that fizzles away shortly, leaving behind minimal lacing.

S&T=Very malty, with some sweetness, backed up by some hop extract in the background.

M=Medium-bodied, average with just the right amount of carbonation.

D=Very pleasant, smooth and easy to drink,can drink all night. A perfect session brew, and great for this time of year.

Another quality Oktoberfest brew, great for any Oktoberfest or for any time of the year, for that matter.

Photo of cgmees
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 6 pack 12 oz bottles.

Pours a light amber brown color with a quarter inch of thin white head that disappears quickly. No lacing.

The aroma is mostly malt, caramel and some hops

The flavor contains some sweetness with a semi tart dry finish.

Mouth feel has a slightly creamy mouth feel with medium carbonation and a malty finish.

Very drinkable and nice flavor. Will buy again as it is easy on the mouth.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a dull autumn orange with touches of gold and yellow on the edges. Tons of solid bubbles collect on the side of the glass and stream upwards fueling a thick off white head. Not very lasting nor is it sticky or lacy. It's very clear and looks nice but I feel the head could be thicker.

The nose is more like a dark brewed tea then a malty Oktoberfest. It is slightly sweet smelling but could be more roasty toasty. Kind of plain and slightly disappointing.

The taste picks up the pace a little by giving me more of the grain that should have been present in the nose. There is a sweet honey like taste but all in all the flavors are weak all around. Everything tastes slightly watered down and and reveals a bitterness that should be more masked by heavier grains.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth with a nice even carbonation. Like the scent and taste the feel is a little lackluster. I can see drinking this as a good session beer but it's not one I would buy regularly. For oktoberfests it's satisfying but not great.

Photo of jmbranum
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at McNellie's Public House in OKC (beer #3 in my quest to enjoy 200 beers at this fine establishment)

Clear amber brew with fluffy white head. Aroma is nice and malty. Flavor is nice. Clean and crisp. Reminds me a lot of Paulaner Salvator but maybe a tinge lighter and cleaner. This one also reminds me just a little bit of Warsteiner in its flavorful clean crispness.

Everything is in balance. There's some malt richness, some coppery/minerally notes. Some hops. Very clean flavor. One of the other reviewers said this one had a "cracker like grain finish." That seems pretty accurate to me.

Mouthfeel is good. Just a little carbonation prickle on the tongue.

Excellent session beer. Very drinkable. I think I've found my new favorite Oktoberfest beer.

Photo of rarbring
2.67/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A light straw colored clear beverage, a small, quickly receding head. No lacing.

The smell is sweet, fruity, banana, bread, lemon and some hay.

The taste has a sweetness, corn flakes, lemon and a metallic short bitterness.

Medium carbonation, somewhat fizzy, a small dryness.

Actually I find this boring, could have been any macro brew.

Photo of dudemuskie
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single 12oz bottle at The Andersons, Toledo.

Appearance- Pours a brilliant, deep orange-light amber with quickly fading, loose off white head.

Aroma- Fresh noble hop aroma with subtle herbal/floral character. Warm, fresh baked bread maltiness with hints of nuttiness and slightly toasted bread crust.

Flavor- Herbal hops and lightly toasted breadiness fight with stinging CO2 to start. Juicy malt middle with nice herbal hop bitterness to balance. Crisp finish with an intensifying hop flavor that lingers, reminding you to come back for more.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied, medium to high CO2, well balanced with moderate bitterness and very little in residual sweetness. Fairly clean finish with the exception of a nice herbal hop blanket that lingers a bit.

Overall- Very drinkable and excellent example of the style. Bigger hop presence than I would have anticipated, but it really helps reinforce the drinkability and crisp finish. Lighter bodied and thirst quenching, but still retains a nice malt complexity and firm backing hops! All I need is a 1 L mug...

Photo of Arbitrator
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a clear, honey-brown body with a finger of off-white foam. Retention isn't great, but it leaves spots of foam on the glass during sips.

S: Bready, biscuity (toast) malt. A light, leafy Noble hop presence.

T: Bready, biscuity malt. It's not particularly complex, and this is a criticism when I'm reminded of how excellent New Glarus Staghorn was. It's only mildly sweet, with a lingering tea-like bitterness and a smattering of cinnamon. The taste is not tops for the style (IMO), but I find it clean and enjoyable.

M: Light-medium bodied, with low-medium, creamy carbonation. I find this delivers the flavor with a light tingle on the finish, making it both tasty and clean.

D: Overall, quite good. But Staghorn is better.

Photo of DJM13
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer during Oktoberfest. The color, smell and taste are great. The appearance looks average.The mouthfeel is light and goes down easy. It is not hard to drink. I would definitely find myself drinking this beer not just during Oktoberfest.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1liter can into a 1liter mass.

Poussin very clear, orange honey colored with a 2 finger hard that recedes quickly. Pretty standard color, wish the retention lasted longer. No lacing. Aroma is bready malts, a little caramel and lager yeast. Has a nice crisp lager bite to it and also has some bready characteristics on the finish. Nice clean finish and ample carbonation. Really begs for roasted chicken dishes, even roasted pork. There is also a really nice clean quality to this that makes this very drinkable and perfect this time of year. Great package too with the glass included!

Photo of shambeano
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear, Golden and with a small amount of head that quickly subsides.

S- Sweetish Malts, but not too much happening.

T-Biscuity Malt comes straight to the Front. very light piny like hops, and just the tiniest bitterness to finish. its quite subtle so far as it warms a the bitterness comes out a little more, but the malt is the main player here. i like this.

M-just the tiniest tingle of carbonation, this one coats the whole mouth and whilst the bitterness lingers for a few moments on the back of the tongue.

D- is good. The taste and the way it feels in your mouth really seem to go together, i could drink a few of these.

Photo of dragonWhale
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a celestially clear dark gold with a smidgen of head holding itself together in the pint class.

sweet bready malt, slight toastiness and earthy hops. noble indeed.
the taste is similar...very bready, not as sweet as i thought it would be, finishes crisply at first, then the sweetness starts to linger.

this beer pleases me..it's good to be the king.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good and relatively for style brightness coming out of this amber beer. Good lacing. Aroma was rich, caramel and nutty.

Taste, a little bland, but enough heft to not be watery like a lot of the octo's from this side of the pond. Creamy. In the middle in terms of dryness. Hops and alcohol remain pretty undetectable. Wanted more to say about this, but it became pretty unremarkable. A little pricey, unless you're really into this style, I can't see this being anywhere near a customary purchase.

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this served in a liter mug at Oktoberfest in Munich:

A - Deep golden clear color, medium head, fair lacing

S - Sweet malt grains dominate the scent.

T - Malty sweet backbone well balanced with a small hoppy bite.

M - Medium/Light bodied, decent cargonation

D - Very drinkable...I can attest after 5 liters of this at Oktoberfest!

Photo of mintjellie
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey gold in colour and crystal clear. Has a well retained fluffy white head. Greets your nose with aromas of lightly toasted bread, honey, and floral hops. Tastes of biscuit malt, honey, and lemon with a hint of caramel. Pretty good beer, but doesn't really match my expectations going in either. It's only a shade darker than most of the pale lager styles, and there's really only the slightest hint of caramelized and toasty notes to differentiate it in terms of flavour and aroma. Am I missing something here? It's a light bodied beer with medium carbonation. Goes down nice and easy, doesn't fill you - you'd almost think it was made for drinking in large quantities.

Photo of jiggahertz
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber with a single finger head dissipating quickly and has decent lacing throughout.

S: Very faint, some sweetness and floral back notes.

T: Very rich malty goodness, grains come through amazingly well, sweet finish. Some spice throughout.

M: Full bodied, low carbonation.

D: Definitely want another.

Photo of jampics2
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ The Beer Engine.  Served in a pint glass.   

The beer looks nice in the pint - it's a copper color with some orange and gold. Some slight film of head on top.  Good color for sure.  Not the greatest head but decent lace.  Paler than many Oktoberfest beers, but still attractive    

The main component of the smell is toasty Munich malt. There's also a touch of caramel sweetness.  Earthy noble hops finish the bouquet with some depth, flowery notes and light spiciness. 

The taste follows with nice toasted, bready malt.  A kiss of sweetness from caramel malt.  Lingering toast and noble hop earthy bitterness.  Mild pleasant fruitiness emerges mid way through the pint.  

The mouthfeel features a nice crisp carbonation and light to medium body.  It all wraps up with some lingering sweetness with a touch of bitterness that's perfect for the style.  Almost a touch too carbonated, but drinkable thanks partially due to a dry finish.  This is a great Oktoberfest beer, very tasty and enjoyable.   

Photo of mjurney
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color, clear. Some carbonation. Head looks pretty foamy, lacing is fair.

Malty... Toasted malts, caramel, a little hint of nutty. I could smell some spicy hops, but it's not too strong.

Malty up front, toasted-biscuit, some caramel and nuts. Nice hop bite at the end, slight spicy. Crisp smooth finish with slight dry spicy aftertaste. Body is light to medium. Carbonation is moderate.

Pretty high. It's smooth, very easy drinking beer.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - crystal clear, but dark copper in hue. About a finger's worth of head and good carbonation.

Smell - fairly hoppy...smells of a caramel flavor..maybe pointing to a light boiling or roasting process.

Taste - Decently hoppy in the taste too, but not too bitter. Almost a pilsener-like taste. I sense a roasted quality/taste, but I don't taste the caramel that I thought I smelled. A little bit of an aftertaste, but fairly mild.

Mouthfeel - More on the watery side of texture, but still relatively smooth.

Drinkability - Aftertaste isn't too jaunting to disuade, decent brew with hints of complexity, but nothing that slaps you in the face. Good enough taste to bring me back.

Photo of drtth
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tall Paulaner dimpled mug. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a nice golden yellow color with lots of visible streams of carbonation rising through the beer. The ¼" white head leaves a thick ring and a nice layer of foam on the surface. Sipping produces leggy lacing that slides back down to the liquid. Some ring persists for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is fresh, clean, lightly malty and floral but faint

Taste: The flavors include light sweet malt with some crisp but gentle hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with some nice prickly soft carbonation. The finish begins with a touch of malt sweetness and then trails off into a dry, gentle, but definite hop finish, but one that could be dryer.

Drinkability: This is drinkable enough. It would be easy to have a second, and I'd be happy to have this one again. But that being said I found it a bit lightly favored for the style and thought both the color and the malt presence should have been more definite. There are others I'd choose in preference to this one.

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