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

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1,882 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,882
Reviews: 1,028
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 56
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Kyle987
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%

The thin head goes fast to leave a thin ring of foam. Has a clear, dark, amber-brown body. Aroma is of average strength, but nice and very malty. Taste is good but unexciting, but I might be drinking it too cold. Mildly sweet and malty, with a bite of hoppy bitterness in the finish. Also some tiny bit of spice and toast. Also a bit light on the carbonation, but otherwise solid mouthfeel. Overall it's drinkable, and enjoyable, and good, but nothing special.

Kyle987, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner

A-Very deep amber with about a 1 finger head

S-Malt, Barley, Bread and spices all come through very heavy in the nose with hints of a sweet fruit or maybe even cinnimon

T&M-Bready with a very plesant rosted pumpkin seed flavor as well, has a slight hop bitterness in the finish and goes down pretty smooth. A Tad undercarbonated.

D-This is one of my favorite oktoberfest brews and ill have more and more as the time nears.

SpecialK088, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4.45/5  rDev +15%

Pours light amber with generous & retaining white head.

Aroma reminds of brown-bread and faint butterscotch.

On the palate, a fresh bread character presents with toasty flavors, Vienna Lager like malt sweetness that is there but not overly sweet, and light hops to round it out.

This is a lighter Oktoberfest that is more thirst quenching and refreshing than others.

yemenmocha, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of Zadok
3.83/5  rDev -1%

A-Poured a dark amber with a minimal head and had almost zero retention.

S-Smells of hops and fruits and actually quite a bit of malt as well.

T-Hops at first taste with a malty after taste, maybe some dark fruits in there as well.

M-Light body with mild carbonation.

D-Nice beer with decent flavor, could see having several of these as starter beers.

Zadok, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of baseballrock
4.22/5  rDev +9%

appearance is a light amber color with a thin cream colored head.
smell - malty aroma with some slight hoppyness.
taste - has malty sweetness with some hints of caramel. a smooth complex flavor with the right amount of hops.
this is a beer i can enjoy on any day any time.

baseballrock, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

a: Brilliant orange/copper body, thin white head.

s: Sweet caramel malt and a dash of hops.

t: Delightful toasted caramel malt flavor. Sweet, bready, grainy. Noble hops add atouch of bitterness for balance.

m: Clean, smooth and crisp.

d: Excellent example of what an Oktoberfest/Marzen should be. Great beer. Its not my favorite style, but this is one of the best representations I have had. Great session beer too.

BradLikesBrew, May 11, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Copper-amber color with small, but nice amount of head that provides some lacing. Very aromatic, sweet, sorta like butterscotch. Pleasant buttery-bread flavor set to a minerally medium bodied liquid texture. Same great taste that I remember from a classic (and major) German brewery.

A good staple in beer drinking.

jayrod20, May 06, 2008
Photo of Madmax99
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%

Poured into a 12oz hoegaarden glass I got from the golf course I work at.

Pours a nice amber color, with a head that was so thin that it faded very quickly. Bubbles keep raising to the top of this brew.

Tasting this brew reminds me of october. The colr is amber, and it has some lingering hoppiness on the palate. There are some slight citris notes in this brew as well.

This is a decent octoberfest brew from a respectable brewery.


Madmax99, May 02, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

The Oktoberfest-Marzen poured a clear amber color with a single finger foam head and quickly depreciating lacing.

The aroma was bready malts and lemon. I tasted the grain like malt and hints of caramel. It was very crisp and clean for a malt dominated brew. Overall it was a excellent Octoberfest.

cswhitehorse, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Pours a clear orange tinted brown with a multiple finger thick frothy off-white head. It leaves a decent amount of lacing as you drink it down.

S: Roasted malt smell dominates the nose. There is a slight sweet aroma as well. Maybe its a dark fruit of some kind. It is appealing but not amazing.

T: The taste of roasted malts from the smell come through in the taste. There is also a sweetness to it that matches the smell. The after taste is slightly bitter and dry.

M: Very little carbonation and a thin to medium viscosity makes this one slightly better than the average beer of this style.

D: The slightly bitter and dry aftertaste makes you want to come back quickly for another sip. The low carbonation assists in making it easy to drink. It goes down much more smoothly than most Oktoberfests I have had.

GatorBeerNerd, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of churchillps
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

Presented in a 12oz bottle. No freshness date.

A: Very nice dark brown with a thin head. Very clear, nice lacing, and a pretty steady, but small amount of carbonation.

S: Smells pretty sweet. Some honey, toasted malts, perhaps biscuit.

T: I don't particularly like Marzen style beers, and this is pretty true to the style. Sweet, spicy, and a bit of alcohol flavor that dissipates quickly.

M/D: Dry and light. Crisp finish. Easy to drink.

churchillps, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of SaltyLime
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Appearance - very attractive clear amber, bright gold at bottom of weizen glass and fiery orange at top of pour, light tan head 4 fingers thick at beginning popping down to large bubbles after a few minutes

Smell - nice smell, a little fruity with mild hop aroma, sugary sweetness

Taste - slight sweetness, soft quality taste of malt

Mouthfeel - smooth, medium body, light carbonation

Drinkability - easy drinking, sessionable

SaltyLime, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of trackstar1043
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

A - Copper hue and perfectly unclouded, little to no head and minimal carbonation bubbles.

S - Sweet and roasted aroma, a mix of toasted malts, sweet molasses, a wheat or oats undertone, and the sweet smell of rasins and or apricots.

T - Malty and sweet, small presence of hops, but has a roasted character of nuts and molasses.

M - Med-bodied, low carbonation, crisp and clean finish.

D - Would be great anyday.

trackstar1043, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

A- Beautiful clear golden amber, one finger head faded slower than normal.

S- Faint hints of sweet malts.

T- Sweet complex malt profile with a dry finish. The hops are just barely present to keep it from being too sweet.

M- Smooth, right on.

D- Of course.

Truly one of the classic Oktoberfests.

Pauly2X, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into an Eichhof bier mug. Clear amber/copper color with a nice off-white head.

Aroma is malty, with a sweet biscuity character and a little bit of spiciness.

Taste is light and grainy, with sweet malt and a touch of black tea.

This beer is absurdly easy to drink. It's smooth and tasty, light but flavorful.

illidurit, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of GeoffW
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Clear amer color with not too much head that dissipates quickly.

Smell was good, nice and bread like with not very much hop to it.

Taste was nice and malty, reminiscent of a biscuit. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel was smooth and clean, could have been a little richer/fuller for my taste.

Drinkability is good but after a few I would want to switch to something else. Not too bad of an Oktoberfest.

GeoffW, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of flexabull
3.83/5  rDev -1%

Pours a clear amber color with a faint white head.

Aromas are bready, biscuit like, and spicy.

Beer has a nice clean light malty flavor. Some slightly sweet tea like flavors, a dry character, and a very crisp snappiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Full enough, yet still smooth and clean feeling.

Drinkability is good. This is a very nice Marzen. I'll have to look for this one this fall. But this bottle from 07 has held up well.

flexabull, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours amber with a nice clarity with a healthy head that fades to a ring. Smell is very malty with a hint of lager yeast tang. Lots of caramel aromas. Taste is similar- very malty, but not overly sweet. There is a fresh graininess that keeps everything in balance. Smooth and slightly grainy mouthfeel. This is pretty drinkable and pretty tasty, but its a bit utilitarian.

Georgiabeer, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of djeffbee
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Scored two cases at $19.99 at an Oktoberfest fire sale...

A - Deep amber with some light head and lacing that fades quick.

S - Simple carmel malts, no real hop presence.

T - Similar to the aroma, with a small amount of bitterness and aroma hops. Malt and hops are balanced well. Nice.

M - Fizzy, very malty - nice finish.

D - Very drinkable, average alcohol content - a bit over session, but easy to consume.

Especially @ 19.99 - a great find!

djeffbee, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance- This beer is beautiful. It poured in into my glass perfectly. The body was a nice bronze with plenty of bubbles. The head is frothy, white and level.

Smell- It smells like fall. Fruity, spicy and some yeast.

Taste- No after taste. There is a very natural flavor. Mild hops flavor supports the aroma.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and smoothe.

Drinkability- It is a great beer that it wonderful to drink.

MTNboy, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of davidt
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a reddish-orange color with a thin white head that drops quickly leaving a thin ring. Light, pleasant malt aroma. Taste is malty with a faint nuttiness. There's a very light bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with moderate carbonation. Classic example of the style.

davidt, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

One and one-half fingers of off-white froth top an orange-brown body, impressive on the whole. The nose emits plenty of malt and fruit. I like the taste--an admixture of toffee, mild spice, and fruit, primarily grapes and apples. Smooth with a modest bite of bitterness, this is easy to enjoy and return to. Delicious.

Gehrig, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of BrewmasterNPB
1.63/5  rDev -57.9%

This tastes oxidized and skunky, even for an import. I love octoberfests in general, and I know a lot of people enjoy this beer, so maybe I got an extra old one.
The color is a nice amber, good for the style.
There is a good malty flavor under the oxidation, but The hop character might be a tad too much for the style.

BrewmasterNPB, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

Here it is February and I'm still getting to some Oktoberfests, but it's always a good time for one of my favorite goto styles when I'm feeling a bit undecided. Pours a pale amber into a pint glass. The slight head fades quickly off an aggressive pour. If you blink you'll miss it. Smells of caramel, malts and faint esters. There's not a lot going on in the taste department, but it works just fine in this beer. Not everything has to be complex. It has a certain openness to it that is surrounded by a thin veil of hops. Very drinkable and satisfying. I see myself in Germany drinking a few of these while enjoying the company of a beautiful blond fraulein.

stephens101, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

A-Poured a clear rich amber, and formed a slightly off-white, creamy two-finger head that dropped off into a nice solid cap. Steady carbonation throughout. Nice plump group of bierfraus carrying steins on the label. Lacing is nice and lasting.

S-Toasted malt, light hazelnut.

T-Malty and light nut flavor. There is a hint of herbs, spice and fruit midway through, and a slight bit of hoppiness at the end. The aftertaste is light and clean. Nothing too interesting, but it's good.

M-Body is medium, carbonation is moderate and balances well with the flavors, complementing without overpowering.

D-I'm not blown away, but it's a nice classic brew that's a decent value. It is refreshing, and I expect it would pair with great versatility.

BoitSansSoif, Feb 04, 2008
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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