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

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1,820 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,820
Reviews: 1,018
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 53
Gots: 56 | 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 sockeye101


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured the 1pt .9 oz bottle into a glass stein and immediately the crystal clear amber color jumped out at me, beautiful. Produced a nice head but left no lacing at all. Smells of apples and malts wafted up from the drink and was rather pleasant. I'm not a big amber or marzen fan but this one is down right tasty. Just a hint of a phenolic twinge in there that I didn't agree with but other than that the tastes of mild hop bitterness up front with a smooth grainy malt finish was very nice. Overall a very drinkable Oktoberfest beer and I'd have another for sure if offered.

09-08-2006 22:23:22 | More by sockeye101
Photo of seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance: On hard pour, amber body with large creamy thick head

Smell: Rich, lots of malt, toffee

Taste: Very creamy on the palate, with toffeeish undertones finishing on a large malty note

Mouthfeel: comfortably carbonated , crisp and fresh

Drinkability: At the oktoberfest, this would be the first tent i would head to.an extremely quaffable brew. extremely moreish, could drink for the whole autumn season

09-08-2006 17:59:06 | More by seanyfo
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

Quaffed a few at the Troll Tavern in Helen, GA. Came to the table in a pint beer stein. Lovely dark amber color with a thin quarter inch head. Aroma is mostly caramel and malt as an Oktoberfest should be. Taste is malty and sweet with just the right amount of hop bitterness. Medium body with the mouthfeel a little on the thin side. Great beer to have just to sit back and savor.

09-07-2006 18:16:51 | More by clemtig76
Photo of Neehan

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured a nice orange/amber with a moderate sized head, about half of which stays around with nice lacing. The aroma is of malts and spices, enticing but not outstanding. This is a great tasting beer with a nice combination of sweetness and just the right hint of bitter. Very clean and crisp. The mouthfeel is pleasant and well balanced. This is very drinkable, you will definitely want at least 1 more and would make a great session beer.

09-07-2006 04:38:33 | More by Neehan
Photo of diamondc


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

The appearance of this beer didn't impress me. There was a lot of carbonation, bubbles, and head in the beginning, but it quickly dissipated. The smell reminded me of grape bubblegum for some reason and maybe a bit of bananas. Sure IS tasty though, very fruity with a stinging hops aftertaste. The drinkability is where this beer shines through, very "well-balanced". I sure could go for another pint about now!

09-06-2006 05:24:46 | More by diamondc
Photo of hckyfn9999


4.78/5  rDev +23.8%

Pours a beautiful orange amber color with a cream colored head that lasts for quite some time.

The smell is a wonderful malt smell. Very sweet and bready(if that is a word)

The taste is of toasted malt and carmel initially with a little hops mixed in as well. I think the taste is very well balanced.

The mouthfeel is maybe a little thinner than I would prefer but still good.

The best Oktoberfest I have had. Its a style that I have not had a lot of but to me this beer is great. I will definitely be picking up more of this beer this season.

09-03-2006 03:07:54 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of bobarito


4.38/5  rDev +13.5%

Poured into a rinsed glass. The beer was bottled in July, 2005 so it is 13 months old. After a vigorous pour, the foam was thick and creamy. Very nice. After just a minute or two I was left with just a white thin layer - who knows the handling perils this beer has been through on it's trip to the arctic - so I can't be too cruel.

The color is a brownish copper color and perfectly clear. The aroma is a pleasing toasty maltyness. Suprisingly, the beer smells quite fresh and only a slight whiff of oxidation. The alcohol smell is subdued, but comes into the light occasionally.

The beer tastes great. Malty, toasty, caramel. I like. The delicious noble hops are just along for the ride, and the delicious malt flavor is the driver. The mouthfeel is perfect. Enough to stop on the tounge and give you a good idea of what the beer is about, but it disappears and begs you to take another sip...

09-01-2006 07:15:35 | More by bobarito
Photo of weasbri


4.38/5  rDev +13.5%

Picked up a mini-keg from Norm's in Vienna for a weekend party. Interesting little contraption. It worked reasonably well, but it seemed like there was a lot of carbonation at times, leading to very thick heads.
Definitely a switch from the summer beers I've been drinking, but a good transition. Malty amber color, with the aforementioned thick head, but it dissipated pretty quickly.
Fairly sweet maltiness in the flavor. A bit of hoppiness too, just enough to make a clean crisp drink going down. It's going to be an autumn favorite of mine, I can tell.
Good stuff, but don't get the 5L mini-keg unless you plan on finishing it in one sitting, as mine went flat the next day (could have been user error though).

08-29-2006 00:16:22 | More by weasbri
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

12-ounce bottle, "Produced on: 05.06," so this is a fresh bottle; 5.8% ABV. Crystalline orange-amber with a healthy head of just off-white froth. Utterly clean aroma with soft, round, bready notes and a subtly astringent noble hop character that leaves just a slight afterthought of sulfur. Very nice head retention for a lager. Chewy bread and softly sweet caramel malts come through at the beginning of the taste and are followed up by muted, clean and grassy hops. There is also a noticeable mineral presence in the finish that lingers through as an aftertaste. Lightly silky-smooth mouthfeel; refreshing and satisfying. Easily one of the most drinkable Märzens I'll try this year, I'm sure.

08-27-2006 22:13:08 | More by orfeu
Photo of sraimondi


4/5  rDev +3.6%

Hoping this year's offering is better than last year's.

Nice amber version of the style.

Good bread nose with malty flavor up front. Unlike last year's version, the hops are more subdued and truer to the style. Mouth feel is right on and drinkability is nice.

Glad to see that they are back to the style this year, as this has been one of the better O'Fests available in the USA from the Fatherland.

Looking forward to trying the H-P and the Hofbrau (new to Litchfield County, CT!!) next week. I love this time of year!!

08-27-2006 21:29:14 | More by sraimondi
Photo of SethB2


3.63/5  rDev -6%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice deep clear amber color with a tan 1.5 finger head and disipates into yeasty spotting on the top of the beer.

S - Very bready with berry-like sweetness peeking through. A little boozy as well.

T - Clean sweet biscuits, grapes with some roasted malt sweetness. I really need to emphasize the sweet factor. This thing reminds of of jolly ranchers, and not in a bad way.

M - Clean in both the mouth and finish, though nothing remarkable.

D - Good. Easy sessionable beer.

08-27-2006 02:35:27 | More by SethB2
Photo of kosmoraios


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

A good early-autumn beer. Pours a translucent caramel color into my pint glass, with hardly any head at all, even on an agressive pour. The aroma is immediately of dry malts, with maybe a hint of citrus.

Taste is malty, toffee-like, but dry, and not too sweet. There is a hint of the hops, but not much at all. There's also a hint of light french bread yeast flavor to speak of, which becomes more prominent as the beer warms to room temperature. I know all you purists are going to hate me for saying this, but a very small slice of lime or lemon goes extremely well in this beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side, with ample carbonation and a phenolic oilyness characteristic of Marzens that coats the palate nicely.

An excellent session beer. Seriously, open your mind a bit and try it with a squeeze of lime.

08-26-2006 19:50:11 | More by kosmoraios
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


3.9/5  rDev +1%

This is my favorite Oktoberfest out there behind Samuel Adams.

The beer pours a very nice rich, amber color. The beer smells very malty. As for the taste, it is very similar with a very nice, slightly sweet malt flavor plus a tiny bit of hops. Not very bitter at all, the malt is much more dominant.

I'm getting ready to go to Oktoberfest for my first time in late September. I think this will defenitely be my beer of choice for Oktoberfests. It is no doubt a classic, and sould be as it's a very tasty brew.

08-21-2006 00:07:26 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of tugdriver7


4.38/5  rDev +13.5%

I love August. That's when the Octoberfest/Oktoberfest beers (and, yes, the pumpkin ales) start arriving in the local store. While I haven't (yet) been to Munich for Oktoberfest, this Paulaner offering is exactly what I imagine it would taste like. This one was particularly fresh and sat a gorgeous dark amber in the glass, capped with a 1/4 inch delicate foam head. The nose was all carmel and malt; and I noted that it was rich and slightly sweet in the mouth. The taste is also quite carmel/malt, but I noted a very nice hops bitterness--even a mild tartness--in the aftertaste. Talk about complexity... it's like the taste changes from sip to swallow. Excellent! In terms of overall impression, this import easily beats even the most well-made micros of similar style. Those Germans know their Oktoberfest beer.

08-16-2006 22:41:50 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of Dizzy


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

Pours amber, almost orange colored. Head dissapates quickly. All I can smell is a caramel like malt odor. Taste is also malts and caramel, maybe some slight hop bitterness. Medium bodied. This stuff is great, I could easily drink 3-4 or more of these. The maltiness has enough complexity to keep this interesting, but its mild enough to easily session this beer.

08-14-2006 02:08:54 | More by Dizzy
Photo of TheSarge


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Paulaner Oktoberfest Maerzen bier pours with an ultra clear and amber in colour body. A moderate amount of carbonation is present and forms a thin pure white cranium. Lacing is present throughout the whole duration of the sample.

This gives off a very sweet and perfumy fragrance with hints of vanilla.

Oktoberfest Maerzen is definetly malty, slight tinge of esters with mild hops aroma.

This feels odd compared to other brews I’ve tried. It’s a bit on the thin side, but leaves behind a warm finish. This is surely something to drink on a crisp October evening.

Das Oktobervest Maerzen bier schmekt zehr gut! Ich will noch ein mal. TSCHUESS!

08-02-2006 08:40:12 | More by TheSarge
Photo of haz77


4/5  rDev +3.6%

A - Pours a clear golden amber with a half-inch of fluffy white head.

S - Grassy hops, caramel, fruity esters.

T - Caramel and toasty malts at first. Restrained hop bitterness follows and lingers for a short time in the aftertaste.

M - Clean, crisp, medium body, low carbonation.

D - Very easy drinker. Good stuff.

07-31-2006 08:53:49 | More by haz77
Photo of thelagerheads


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

I'm not sure which German harvest or pagan God this Oktoberfest commemorates or for how long it lasts or what else occurs besides the imbibing of spirits but it sure is a sweet bit of carmel. Frothy and dark as a wet cave it leaves a mein kampf mustachio on your lip and the feeling that you too can overthrow Poland at some point in your storied life and seize Chopin's heart from its tomb in the pillar at Holy Cross Church in Krakowskie.

07-27-2006 21:59:11 | More by thelagerheads
Photo of kimcgolf


2.9/5  rDev -24.9%

This is my fourth different Paulaner, and with the possible exception of Heffeweiss, I’m just not that impressed with their line. Like the others, this poured with a thick foamy head, which dissipated almost immeidately, and left little lacing. The body was thin, the taste okay, but the finish watery. I rated it just under 3, and I was being kind at that.

07-27-2006 02:30:41 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of Fuller


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

body is a golden amber color with a hint of red. What little head it did have was white and receded quickly leaving a small amount of lacing. Scent is faint and of fruit and spice. Taste is sweet and malty with a slight bitterness at the end. A good brew even during the hot summer days. I could have quite a few of these with no problem.

07-23-2006 03:31:24 | More by Fuller
Photo of scottoale


3.9/5  rDev +1%

From a 500ml. brown bottle, produced on: 07.05, pours a coppery, amber-gold brew with a finger of foamy white head. The head settles to a ring with very little lacing.

Some what sweet spicy malt nose with a grassy hop aroma in the background.

The taste is of earthy malt upfront, lightly sweet with a pipe tobacco flavor to it. It then turns to a mildly bitter black tea and on to a clean finish. A nicely balanced beer.

Good carbonation and a medium body lend a smooth yet crisp mouthfeel while the moderate 6% ABV make it quite easy to consume, a pleasant offering to it's style. A good German beer that probably tastes great fresh from the brewery...cheers!

07-22-2006 22:58:32 | More by scottoale
Photo of BrSpiritus


4.63/5  rDev +19.9%

12oz bottle purchased from Enchanted Foest Wine and Spirits (Yes we have the new batch of Oktoberfest in and it's only July!)

Pours a lively copper colour with decent head that reduces to thin lacing. I didn't even have to stick my nose into it to smell it, the aroma filled the room insted. Reminded me of biscuits with butter and molasses from my farm days, very rich smell. The taste bore through the smell, molasses and biscuits with a hint of spice and a balacing amout of hop bitterness. Simply awesome and captivating it holds your attention and slowly recedes to a lingering finish with only slightest hint of alcohol at the end. Definately has re-sold me on the style as it's been 10 years since I last had an Oktoberfest and it wasn't nearly as good as this.

07-22-2006 11:34:41 | More by BrSpiritus
Photo of Pepeton


4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

Even when it's a fall release, the bottle has a best before date of September 2006.

Pours a nice a deep yellow, almost amber, with a fluffy white head and some lacing.

Smell is a nice blend of malts and noble hops.

Taste is round, lightly tangy, with malts going all the way but with a nice light bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is almost creamy, but tangy.

Drinkability is really high, actually I just put another one in the fridge for later tonight.


07-20-2006 17:16:30 | More by Pepeton
Photo of HoustonTX


3.2/5  rDev -17.1%

Beer produced 08/05, 16.9oz bottle.

A - Poured a cloudy amber, slight head, slight lacing.

S - Not picking up any scent, and this is the first beer ever for that.

T - Taste upfront is smoked charcoal malts, roasty grain, and noble hops. Aftertaste is crisp with citrus undertones. Small amount of bitterness, but nothing overwhelming.

M - Easy and light on the palate.

D - Drinkability is middle of the road.

A drinkable Oktober, it was free, but I wish it had been fresher.

07-15-2006 01:41:22 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of msubulldog25


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

A: Amber pour, extremely clear, with a fluffy off-white one finger head.
S: Very good-smelling - malty, bready, caramel sweet. Clean.
T: A nice smooth and malty beer. Caramel sweetness is nicely balanced with minimal bittering hops.
M: Seemed a little thin in mouthfeel & light in carbonation. Flavor seems weaker as nothing lingers on the palate for very longer. Sort of a mystery as I was expecting a fuller, richer beer based on some other reviews.
D: A pleasing & drinkable beer. Not spectacular, but seems a definite winner for the big festivals and session-drinking it's intended for. Prost!

07-10-2006 19:29:38 | More by msubulldog25
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