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

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2,125 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,125
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 65
Gots: 145 | FT: 0
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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 Sleestak
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know why but this has always been my favorite time of year. Maybe it's that the weather gets cooler. Maybe it's that all the good holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving) are coming up. Or maybe it's all the Oktoberfest beers! This has been a favorite of mine for a few years now. Dark copper color in my Paulaner dimpled liter mug. Caramel, toffee, lots of malty goodness with little bitterness. Tastes different to me than years before. Can't seem to put my finger on it, hmm maybe it's just me. A superb O-fest IMO.

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

I have to say I like this one, it is a light, spicy marzen, I can't help but enjoy the taste even if this style isn't in general one of my faves. It pours transparreant copper gold with thick white head quickly fading. It smells of spices, and tastes mush the same way with alot of wheat. It feels pretty smooth and is low on the carbanation. If you are in the mood for a marzen this one is drinkable.

Photo of katan
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very light brown, transparent color. Head formation is about nil, with only a light film being retained. Carbonation appears light.

S - Malt forward for sure. Starts off with some malty, toffee and caramel notes. Interestingly some pilsner malts sneak through.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, not too strong. Some 2-row clean sweetness, some caramel, nutty and toasted. Mid-stream doesn't add much - is balanced. Finishes with a bit of grainy pilsner malt notes.

M - Somewhat flat feeling. Carbonation is there, but really doesn't add much. Finishes somewhat clinging and sweet.

D - Easy drinking. Smooth flavors, well integrated. Somewhat sweet at times. Not filling. ABV manageable for sure.

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

12 oz bottle. Brew on date of 06/09. Does this mean my bottle was brewed last year? All of the 6-packs at the grocery store where I bought this had the same date..

Pours a dark orange with many densely packed small carbonation trailers. A tall head soon becomes but lace. Smell seems more fruity than malty. Taste is sort of wine-like as well, raisin-like and alcoholic, but not too bad. Other than that, a decent Oktoberfest backbone, an ultra-smooth finish, and drinkability like no other style this time of year. A solid brew.

Photo of Snamnoum
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - crystal clear dark weathered copper color. Produced one finger of off white head which dissipated quickly.

Smell - great clean lager smell. Plenty of toasted malt and yeast.

Taste - round full bodied cracker-like malt, new bread yeasty sweetness which fades to some light bitterness and very light hops. Somewhat tart citrus finish with some alcohol esters.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability - medium bodied with light carbonation and a subtly creamy feel. A very refreshing lager that could certainly be consumed in large quantities without much difficulty. An excellent benchmark for the style.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper with slight amber hues. A nice, white head sits on top initially but dies quickly. Moderately strong carbonation.

S: One of the more aromatic O-fests I've tried. Lots of toffee and toastiness in the nose. Some breadiness as well. Tons of caramel in the end. Floral, herbal aromas from the hops. Very nice.

T: Solid O-fest taste with more of the toffee and toastiness that was in the nose. Some caramel sweetness, but nowhere near what you'd find in a bock. The hops provide ample bitterness, but well balanced. The only hop flavor I can detect is a light herbal flavor. Maybe a little light on the malty flavors when compared to some, but nice.

M: Light bodied. Stonger carbonation. Finishes pretty dry. Slightly astringent, but not bad.

D: A really nice Oktoberfest. Not my favorite, but still quite good. The lighter body and flavor make this extraordinarily drinkable. A 12 oz bottle is not enough. I could go through a stein very quickly.

Photo of JohnnyP3
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 fl.oz. bottle with a best before date of 07/11. Pours an orange-dark amber (great fall colors!) with a head of about 1 finger of foam. I can smell toasted malts, caramel and some roasted grains.

This beer tastes deliciously malty with a caramel sweetness at the finish and is balanced out by some hop presence. Somewhat bitter up front.

The mouthfeel is smooth and sweet. Overall a good transition-of-the-seasons selection. A good malty Oktoberfest offering. The alcohol is there somewhat on the finish, but not excessively so.

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

Paulaner one my favorites
This is a preety good Marzin like with most Oktoberfest beers
has a little more hops in there but not too bad .
Very smooth drinking
This one says welcome to Oktoberfest in a good way .
Very nice looking in a glass
Good malt to hop ratio

Photo of Stunner97
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 octoberfest

Appearance- is absolutely perfect great amount of beautiful bubbles streaming up the glass to nice frothy white head, copper to brown color, very spot on lively appearance

Smell- slight hop and malt with a not very over powering nose

Taste- the taste is very lightly malted with strong firm hops and bitterness on the backend, alot less malts then im often a customed to on a lot of octoberfest, the malts there but just light, very much like a lager with maybe only a pinch more malt then normal, not bad flavor but just not what i want usually in a marzen

Mouthfeel- light and crisp with high carbonation

Drinkability- easy to drink in the aspect its just like a nice hopped lager with touch malt but in aspect of what id be looking to session as an octoberfest its bit of a let down, again not bad beer but just off on what i like in the style

Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium orange with a cream head and some light lacing. Good bright clarity.

Toasted malt and caramel are dominant scents.

Smooth clean beer here. Toasted malt, nice caramel sweetness balanced with light bitterness. Nothing abrupt -- it all just bleongs together. Some breadcrust, maybe some biscuit. Sweet and bitter mingle in the finish. Great.

Medium to fuller bodied, with just the right cleansing carbonation.

Loved this one. Great drinkability. Not too sweet, nothing over the top. Balance, strength of flavor, pleasant and distinctive flavors, good body. A really good one.

Photo of MorningBeer
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my sam adams sensory experience glass. Poured a brilliant copper with a one finger off-white head. Left an intricate mesh lacing with every sip.

Smell is subtle. Bready, some carmel, maybe a very slight hint of pumpkin.

Taste...yum. At first subtle, then a breif blast of complexity, and a smooth and somewhat carbonated finish. Nothing overwhelming. Nice and balanced. Leaves you wanting more. Overall, the taste is a nice surprise after a mild smell.

Medium to light bodied. Definitely a caramelized coating in the mouth as it's drank down a bit. A little swish in the mouth delivers carbonation and a peachy flavor.

Very drinkable. Thin enough to enjoy a few of these back to back.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: arrived in a half liter mug with a finger and a half light brown frothy head.
S: this i don't remember from last years Oktoberfest, it has a very light peachy aroma, along with bready sweet malt and light dry hop.
T: again with the light peach, i asked what was on tap before this and it was another lager. overall it is sweet bready malt.
M/D: medium carbonation, smooth and very easy to drink, wished they offered it in a liter mass krug

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from 12 bottle.
A: Bright amber body with a white head that settles into a foamy layer. The lacing settles quick, bit does get left on the glass for a short time.
S: A fine aroma of caramel grains and a bit of roasted.
T/M: A sweet front of notes from the nose, with a good lingering finish this is classic in style. Mouthfeel is smooth with a subtle dry finish. As brew warms a nice autumn spice is found.
D: A really great example of the style and very drinkable.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's that time of the year again, and at the store, I have been bringing in all sorts of really cool Octoberfest Beers and Pumpkin Beers to celebrate the autumn season.

One beer I brought in was Paulaner's Oktoberfest-Marzen bier, this was fantastic. Nice and Tasty.

This brew pours a copper amber, and has a nice fluffy head. The smell is clean and has a subtle herbal spice.

This beer is nice and refreshing, a great balance between hops and malt, with a great aftertaste.

This is a very good beer.

Photo of procha1970
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a twelve pack of this because I had not tried it yet and I like the style.

Poured a brassy amber color with a decent head.

Light on the nose with grassy grain aromas.

Taste is the same as the aroma but more pronounced with light floral hops.

Overall a very good beer.

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

A: nice dark amber burnt orange color

S: nice malt brown sugar some hops blend in to the smell nicely

T: brown sugar malt and hops are in there too some bready malt finish is clean

M: med mouth with med carbonation

D: highly drinkable

overall: a very good beer but not my fav in this style so far this years winner goes to Spaten

Photo of tchenery
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Looks lighter in complexion than other oktoberfests. Smells of a slight roastiness, very inviting.

It tastes very smooth. A nice approachable darker beer. Very lager-y taste. I guess they got it right after so many years of making this beer.

Exceptionaly drinkable.

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

I drank this beer without any previous research at a friend's house. It was very nice and malty with good brown toast flavor and just a hint of herbal bitterness. The finish was dry and clean, characteristic of a well made lager with a bit of warming alcohol. I enjoyed this and would recommend this to anyone wanting a medium-strength malty lager.

Photo of DaveHS
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw yellow with an inch of foamy white head. Clean aromas of bread grains and grassy hops. I'm not a huge fan of the Marzen style, but this is definitely a traditional example. Slightly maltier than a heller lager. Mildly sweet grainy malt with a grassy hop finish. Very simple. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I could drink a few bottles of this on a hot day.

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a Pilsner glass. Bottle is labeled as best-before Jan 2011, so we're good there.

Appearance: medium-gold color with a crystal clear body. Head, once the pour settled, is three fingers of bubbly white foam, though it appears to continue to dissipate. Still, quite attractive.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with just a hint of grain. I'm detecting some tiny wisp of whimsical fruitiness as well; my brain wants to call it raspberry. Very interesting, and, in my opinion, quite welcome.

Taste: flavor is quite malty and drier than the aroma would suggest. There is also a fair bit of grain in the flavor, which I actually don't begrudge. Hop character is very low, as is bitterness, but what is there seems to be earthy and blends well with the grain.

Mouthfeel: here, I'm not a fan. Body is on the light side, and carbonation is quite low. I just feel like it's not offering much here.

Drinkability: tasty and certainly drinkable. I bet this is great when consumed in Munich, especially out-of-doors. Here, it's good, but mostly middle-of-the-road.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

Saturday September 22nd marks the first day of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Americans will be celebrating this holiday till the end of October as most think Oktoberfest is a month-long event. This beer is brewed year-round so you can celebrate O-fest anytime you please. Whatever works, right?

Brightly glowing orange-amber color shows a perfect clarity. Three fingers of off-white froth slowly collapse to a thin lace. Malty aroma with bready tones on top with light layers of caramel and biscuit, faint alcohol vapor and herbal hop in the back of the nose. Very smooth mouthfeel with a fluffy moderate body and a semi-creamy palate. Lots of malt character right from the get-go, fresh toasted grain with a long maltiness that brings a bit of sweetness. Hops are casual and walk onto the palate with a well-balanced bitterness, along with herbal and floral flavors. Slight alcohol warmth in the semi-sweet finish.

Just the sheer balance and cleanliness of this lager is amazing. If we had to come up with a benchmark brand for every style, this would be our pick for O-fest beers.

Photo of SamN
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Dark reddish brown with some orange hues. Thick creamy head pours heavy. Rather dark for such a clear beer. Not much carbonation noticed.

S- Bready and lightly fruity malts. Slightly sour, vinegar aroma in here. Herbals.

T- Light toasty earthen malts, but with a dead hops bitterness with a ugly profile. Like the aroma, this has a funky herbal quality that I do not care for.

M- Medium body, with a good heaviness to it, some weight. Certainly is smooth and silky.

D- I don't get this beer. Funky, herbal and just not that good tasting.

Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured the expected caramel/amber color with just under an inch of light tan head that had decent retention and low-moderate lacing.

The aroma was malty, grainy and a bit sweet. The taste was a touch caramely sweet, with some grain notes in the background and a touch of hops on the end.

The body was the typical medium and smooth of the style. Drinkability is very nice, but is probably better closer to the source. Overall, a nice, classic version of the style.

Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Exceptionally clear dark gold. Near white 1 inch head reduces to disk. Lots of cling near the surface.

S - Malty with subtle hop notes.

T - Deep malt flavor nice subtle hop finish.

M - Light to medium body, slightly creamy, nice balance with tiny sharp finish.

D - Easy drinking ... I like this one.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass a crystal-clear orange. Thin white head soon degrades into an even thinner wispy white cap.

The smell is caramel sweet and slightly roasted. Not much of a hop note at all.

Tastes sweet as would be expected from the nose. Malty and grainy with just a hint of alcoholic sweet notes.

Medium bodied and slick; viscous.

Relatively drinkable. Not my cup of tea, however.

Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 2,125 ratings.