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

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Ratings: 2,160
Reviews: 1,056
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 68
Gots: 166 | 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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Ratings: 2,160 | Reviews: 1,056
Photo of TheBear11D
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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
2.79/5  rDev -27.7%
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
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
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
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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
3.28/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of Risser09
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a sienna color with orange highlights. A short-lived 1/2" white head. The beer looks lively with bubbles streaming to the surface.

Smell: Sweet aromas of caramel malt, snickers, almond and nougat. Also a deep cherry aroma. Pretty complex and intriguing.

Taste: A sharp malt flavor with no hop flavor. Otherwise it is pretty pedestrian.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, with little alcohol presence. Goes down easy.

Drinkability. Alright. Not spectacular. More of a staple beer than something fantastic. Not worth seeking out.

Photo of JeffV
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at a friends party.

It pours a deep amber color with a thick, pillowy head that could probably support my weight if I laid down on it.

It had a beery, somewhat spicy smell with just a wisp of hops.

The taste mirrors the smell. A little bit smokier than I expected and with that somewhat sour, white grape finish you expect from an Oktoberfest beir.

It is heavy on the pallate but still enjoyable.

Easy to throw back but not a session beer...if that makes sense.

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

Appearance: Amber brew with a tan-gold head.

Smell: Malty sweetness balances with a kiss of hops.

Taste: The malt flavors become slightly smoky upon tasting. The brew limits its sweetness and actually becomes a bit dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Dry finish.

Drinkablity: This is another good Oktoberfest. It seemed to depart from what I am used to in the style because of the dryness an a pronounced, yet subtle, hop presence.

Photo of baos
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle into Atlas Good Luck jar.

A: Looks a bit like sweet teas with a two finger head on the get go that disappears completely . No lacing to speak of.

S: Malty almost a musty graindustiness.

T: Malty maybe a bit astringent, or some kind of funky gluten flavor. But hey a lot of really malty brews do me like this. This is a good beer. Toasted nuts and whole grains. Diacetyl notes in there too.

M: Very nice medium body with a nice full carbonation.

D: Good.

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

Poured this copperish red beer into a pint glass. The foam that appeared with it presented itself nicely and then decipated to a lingerance. The aroma off the beer is one you expect with a seasonal beer like this. While the taste was of the seasonal expectation it also went back to the english stylization that paulaners are known for.

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

I enjoyed this beer on tap during a week in Telluride. Great amber color, small head. Toasty malt aroma with some nuts and pepper hops. Malty monster, with a crisp finish. Never had a sour one, but also never tried it out of a bottle. I'll get this again when I go back.

Photo of Vendetta
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

September 2, 2008

Pours marzen amber, smells very malty. Weak, watery palate. Some malty caramel taste but overly very weak. Disappointing. There are some far better oktoberfest/marzens out there to taste. This unfortunately falls short -- I'd recommend Hacker-Pschorr over this Paulaner brew.

Photo of colts9016
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A reddish orange copper hue body with a nice slightly off white head that had some retention.
Nose: Roasted malts, caramel, molasses, and hint of earth, kinda musty, and floral.
Taste: Roasted malt caramel molasses with a hint of earth and slightly hoppy.
Overall: This is also another good Oktoberfest. The finish is nice, making you quench for more.

Photo of SShelly
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium crystal clear brown with nice red highlights, low white head with minimal retention.

Very light malt aroma, slight biscuity, no esters or hop aromas.

Very pleasant biscuity malt upfront (matching the aroma) a little bit of bitterness upfront but mostly tastes of light malt. This beer is slightly thinner than I was expecting very light bodied, I think it is taking away from what could be I nice bold flavor.

A decent marzen but nothing too special.

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

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a caramel amber with several fingers of foamy off-white head. Decent thin layer of retention that sticks around, leaving some nice swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is floral and citric with some underlying notes of citrus and bread.

The taste seems to be much more hop forward than others in this style with the profile putting a biting and dry lingering bitterness over the other flavors that lingers. Some notes of caramel, citrus, and bread do eventually come out, being most prominent in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp, biting, carbonation that is accentuated by the bitterness of this.

This was decent, with some good flavors but I like the hop profiles in my O-Fests to take a back seat and compliment the primary flavors instead of the other way around. Still, I liked the sharpness in the body and the drinkibility was good. There are just probably a couple of imports that I would go to first before this though.

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

A: 12 oz. NR poured into a SA glass. Beer is copper-colored and clear with some active carbonation. A one-finger head of thin bubbles dissipates quickly. No retention and minimal, if any, lacing.

S: Nose is clean and crisp and smells of grain and roasted malts. Not overly complex, but inviting.

T/M: Taste is definitely malt-forward, with chewy toasted and caramel flavors coating the mouth. Some noble hop bitterness greets you on the finish, which tingles from the tight carbonation and lingers on the palate. The bitterness builds as the beer progresses, and maltiness progressively coats the mouth.

D/O: One of the better German Festbiers I've had this year, both on draft and in the bottle. I think the bready sweetness would border on cloying if I tried to drink this all day under a tent, but I'd raise a few litres of this every Fall to celebrate the season.

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

Had during a september visit to Winking Lizard Tavern in Cleveland Heights. Served into Paunaler Mug.

a: amber with 1/2" thick head that has surprising good retention. Decent looking carbonation

s: malts and slight hops. Slight smell of what I think is alchohol

t: malts, carmel. Not much hops to speak of but still balanced

m&d: excellent mouthfeel, just a simple beer that delivers.

Photo of kenito799
2.48/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle pouredinto a pint glass.

Medium amber beer, average look, foamy head that recedes to a ring.

Aroma is caramel malt, and a bit stale. This beer tastes old and a bit skunked, but beyond that stale flavor I don't find much of interest. Would like to try one that is confirmed fresh. If it is nota vast improvement I will continue to avoid this brew.

Photo of Onenote81
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tawny brown with about an inch and half foamy head. Nice bubbles coming off the bottom of the drink. Clear as crystal. Weak retention and lacing.

Smells of spice and floral hops. Some citrus also. Nice malt sweetness pulling through.

Taste of slight spices. Good balance of malt and hops with low bitterness at the finish.

A little watery, but smooth nonetheless. A pretty good marzen, but I've had better.

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