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

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2,124 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,124
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 65
Gots: 144 | 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 Anthony1
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type- bottle poured into 0.5L weissen glass

appearance- very clear amber color with a decent white frothy head.

smell- the smells were not to vivid, not much to say..

taste/mouthfeel- a very mild flavor, a bit of hops (not enough) a bit of spice (not enough). Very light body, i felt like it was almost watery...

drinkability- did not enjoy this beer, perhaps it was the specific bottle, but i felt it was very lacking in flavor and aroma, and almost felt like tea.

Photo of aristeros
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. There are a lot of German beers at most Army installations, Ft. Bliss more than most because of the Germans that work here. However, this might have been sitting awhile. Let's find out.

Pours a dark amber into my pint glass. About a finger of white head fades to a bit of froth on the top. Very active carbonation.

The smell is of roasted malts, toffee, and biscuit. My first thought on the back end of the nose was "root beer." A sharp scent, too, almost acidic. I'd think the beer was slightly skunked if I hadn't detected this in a Paulaner before.

The taste is very bready, slightly sweet, with hints of hops and that sharpness at the end. Very light-bodied, I could easily have a dozen of these. It is not surprising that this is a better-known festbeir. It is remarkably quaffable and subtle.

Photo of teejay76
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Distinct amber pour with decent head.

Smell - Smell of light sweet hops.

Taste - Light hops flavor with little aftertaste. Stronger hops...higher rating. It was good though.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, not too carbonated.

Drinkability - Easily downed. I would have another.

Photo of cmaloy
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The color was a perfect amber with a white head. The head did not last as long as I thought it would.

S: There was a malty sweet smell and the sense that I was getting ready to try a good beer.

T: The first thing that came to my mind was sweet. The taste remained very pleasant throughout the finish.

M: Seemed to be light bodied with average carbonation. The after taste did not stick around, but the beer was pretty mild and very tasty.

D: I would buy this beer again. It was pretty easy to drink and tasted very good. The beer was very mild in taste.

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

served in a large paulaner mug that came with the beer, looks amber and delicious
smells delicious
tastes great, pretty typical oktoberfest similar to sa but better, smooth yet full of flavor
cold and smooth, wonderful right when it touches your lips
great had about 6 at octoberfest last year and felt great

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. produced 11/08. (sampled in early-mid march 2009)

clear coppery amber. lots of fluffy head fades to wisps. moderate, delicate lacing.

lots of biscuity, toasted malt aroma. caramelized, with an almost fruit (apple) note and touch of phenol, counteracted with gentle noble hop whiffs wafting in and out. more caramel in backend.

flavor has more biscuity, toasted malts with that caramelized fruity-apple hint again. grassy noble hops give a balanced, moderate bitterness, with more caramel in the finish, but with some traces of phenols.

light but not thin, smooth with with light astringency near finish. moderate, prickly carbonation.

what a shame that this is now mostly an export-only style for the germans.

Photo of rdub
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a bright amber color into a pint glass. Nice looking brew. Smelled biscuity and malty. Quite a nice aroma. The taste was sweet and malty with a medium/light flavor. Mouthfeel was also right down the middle, not too heavy, not too light. I felt like a german woman with a bustier should be serving this to me. Drinkability was easy. I'd be able to drink a few of these no problem.

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass.

A: Nice clear amber color with a bubbly white head. Retention and lacing were average.

S: Big malty sweetness at first. Toasty and almost honey-like in character. Perhaps some soft toffee as well.

T: Sweet and malty. Hints of caramel, toffee and toasted barley. Hop bitterness is noticeable, but subtle and never taking over the show.

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied. Pretty good carbonation (just enough, in fact). Finished clean and almost neutral, save a slightly toasty aftertaste that doesn't linger very long.

D: A quite drinkable Märzen. Silky smooth and delightful.

This seems to be one of the quintessential Oktoberfest beers, and with good reason. It has a sweet malt profile that finishes clean and is very easy to drink. This bottle was pretty old (produced on 06/08!), so I may be inclined to take another stab at this one with a fresher bottle. Not too bad for how old it is though!

Photo of JBogan
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark copper with an exceptionally creamy head which leaves very good lacing. A beautiful looking brew.

Smell was somewhat muted. Malt is the predominate aroma.

Sweet malt is also the main attraction in the taste department. This is not a complex beer, but it is clean and pleasant without any off flavors.

Mouthfeel was superb. Thick bodied, smooth and creamy. This is like liquid velvet going down.

I can see why this is supposedly the number one Oktoberfest beer in the world. Very enjoyable and easy to drink.

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

Poured a copper/ amber color with a small white head. It smelled slightly fruity with a hint of a metallic smell. The taste was surprising, with an initial maltiness followed by a strong peachy, plum-like taste. One of the more unique beers that I've had for this style. Very smooth and refreshing. It's a good one but I'll put my efforts to trying other beers before having this one again.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.03/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 9/19/2007 (bottle):

Pours a golden brown colored body, with a yellow/white head. Somewhat lasting. Small bubbles. Very malty aroma. Weakish aroma. Chemically watery refreshing taste, clean aftertaste. Malty taste. Not too strong a flavor. Not my style.

Photo of selecter70
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely Christmas gift it was, a mini-keg of Oktoberfest. Perhaps a bit off-season, but enjoyable nonetheless! A dark honey with sun-yellow light pour to a light beige 2-finger head with small golden bubbles. The fluffy head shrinks down soon leaving nice lace throughout. The aroma is of a sweet malt with citrus-lemon hop. The flavor is a nutty malt with hints of cashew and lemon edging. A good, basic, drinkable beer without much complexity.

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

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2004.

Appearance : pale color, with white foamy head.
Smell : sweet and hoppy aromas, with notes of caramel.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet malty flavours, with notes of hops and caramel, a smooth hoppy bitter end.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style German Oktoberfest.

Photo of MillySox
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A real fest beer, full of flavor with a big pungent hop aroma. Dark copper color that pushes the boundries for the style. But they pull it wonderfully with a perfect dose of distinctly German noble hops to pair with the crisp carmel flavor. Light in gravity and highly carbonated sitting under a massive bright, white head.

On-tap at a responsible beer bar that takes care of its lines. Very important for European lagers. Bottled versions of this style are easily corrupted.

Photo of TheBear11D
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep reddish amber color that is clear. Features a tan head which didn't stay long.

Smells of honey, caramel, raisin and had plenty of spices. The spices are the most potent of the group, but otherwise the scents blend well.

Honey and spice are in the forefront of the flavors with a good amount of malt and a very small amount of fruit.

Thicker than expected but still in between medium to thick in body.

Has a pretty good relaxing flavor and is quite easy to drink. Not a bad beer.

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

Poured a nice orange color, hardly any head, tiny bit of lacing left.
Smells like honey and kind of pumpkish
The taste leaves a little to be desired, the finish is a bit bland. Underwhelming
Overall pretty decent, not a bad beer at all.
Not my taste in beers, but either way this is a good beer.

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

Poured into a pint.

A: Transparent copper color. Light carbonation pours into a 1 finger, foamy, off- white head. Fairly quickly settles into a thin layer of carbonation, and smattering of bubbles on the surface. Foam eventually dissipates completely, and rather quickly at that. No lacing to speak of.

S: Hearty malt, hops, a hint of bittersweet chocolate.

T: Hops, light but hearty malt, peat.

M: Light but robust feel. Bittersweet choco-malt first. Hops are mild but do bite, and linger around for the entire experience.

D: Really good drinkability. Nice flavor, but light feel, and no strong alcohol taste makes for some easy drinkin'.

Good. Atosphere is pretty decent. Good hearty flavor, but light in feel. Great drinkability. Really good quaff.

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

Jan 3, 2009
Bottle pour into Stella glass. Pours a medium dark amber with white head that diminished relatively quick. Sweet aroma with grainy and caramel notes. Smooth, flavorful. Nice beer, enjoyed each sip. Just a bit overpriced, but it is an import for me. OE

Photo of Bagman007
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear red/amber coloring with two finger width's of head.

S- Moderately strong pumpkin smell with a slight hoppy scent.

T- Pumpkin taste is not as strong as I though it would be. The beer has somewhat of a hoppy, dry finish.

M- Smooth with a hoppy finish. Not too bitter though.

D- Very drinkable beer. Could be a session beer.

Overall a pretty decent beer. Better than most pumpkin flavored beer's I have had.

Photo of MOShepp
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light amber with a small frothy white head.

Nice malty aroma of caramel, bread and apricots.

I was expecting more after the smell, but there's a metallic taste that throws off the flavors of caramel and bread.

Nothing special, especially considering the metallic taste. I had this back in Nov. so it should have been in date, something was off though.

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

Pours from a 12oz. brown bottle, dated 04/08 (hopefully the production date), into a pint glass. Color is an orange amber with great clarity and a good inch of head. Head disappears leaving a trace layer on top.

Aroma is sweet with wheat and malt, some fruitiness.

Flavor is a pleasant surprise in that it's not too sweet and has a really nice bitter punch to it. Earthy, fruity, and yeasty. A bit like a bock with ale yeast.

Mouthfeel is good, well carbonated, nothing to complain about but not exceptional.

Drinkability is very good and I'm glad I took a chance on the 12 pack and it was only a buck a bottle.

Photo of cvfish
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a dark amber color that produced a light tan head that retained moderately and left some laing around the glass

S - spices, berries, and hops

T - a little bit more malts than expected, hops and spices, and some berry taste

M - medium bodied with moderate carbonation

D - very good beer, the none seasonal aspect hurts in my opinion, but still good

Photo of yesyouam
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen is a clear amber beer with a large, fluffy, oily, off-white head that leaves nice lacing. It has a pretzely aroma of deep grain that seems almost salty. It is medium bodied, bubbly, dry and crisp. It tastes like pretzels. The flavor is well balanced and there's a touch of bitterness at the finish. It's refreshing and very German.
(rated Sep 9, 2008)

Photo of patobandito
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark amber, but the head dissipated too quickly. No lacing to speak of. Smells heavily of malt with a hint of a smokiness. Tastes similar with some sweetness, possibly toffee or caramel? Very smooth.

This beer was a very strong malty beer, easily the best Oktoberfest I have had to date.

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

A - pours a dark amber color with only swirls of tiny bubbles on top

S - aroma of grain and roasted malt, typical

T - roasted malt and caramel with a bit of hop finish

M/D - not a bad beer at all, easily consumed, just nothing too special about it.

Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 2,124 ratings.