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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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 FSUmac
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass....

Appearance: Pours a nice orange amber with a 2 finger head. Not much retention.

Smell: Malty and sweet with honey. Not much in the way of hops.

Taste: Malty with a slight hint of spice from the hops. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Pretty light mouthfeel. Definitely feels more like a lager than some of the American beers in this style. Finishes slightly sticky. Overall, not a bad beer at all.

Photo of pphunkdelux
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this out of an 8-pack of different Oktoberfests.

The appearance is a perfect amber. When poured it left a two inch head that receeded quickly.

The smell was ok, the malty smell was present but the smell of alcohol was threatening to take it over.

The taste was great, a perfect Oktoberfest taste. The aftertaste is malty and sweet.

The mouthfeel was also great. Not too carbonated with a nice thick feel.

I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting. No problem.

Photo of MisterClean
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml from Bev Mo

A - Deep orange, 2 finger orangish-white head, dissipates moderately slow. Slight lacing, which also disappears rather quickly.

S/T - Honey, lots of caramel, well-roasted, allspice, and little-no hops.

T - Amazing, it matches the smell.

M - Clean, crisp, and refreshing with a slight taste of noble hops.

D - I really do not like marzen style beers. THits all BJCP guidelines, and if I judged, would probably be a contestant for best in show..

Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into my Murphy's tulip pint, Paulaner's O-fest is a clear mahogany with a small off-white head. Stamped 1/08 production date.

Smell is big and bright, caramel, simple and super good.

Taste is also very robust, which I like, an unabashed old school o-fest with tons of melanoidin and caramel, a hint of orange, a bit nutty, touch metallic, smooth and clean, just a touch of spicy hops lingering on the finish. Very nice example of the style. Interestingly, I had a 6er of this a few weeks ago that wasn't as good as this bottle, which is in the traditional German returnable bottle size.

Mouthfeel is pretty lush with carbonation, crisp but slick, medium bodied and burpy.

Drinkability is good, this is damn tasty. As much as I love the full taste, several liters of this may be a challenge. But that's not how I drink beer, and for my pick this is a good one. Really much better in this bottle size for whatever reason. It tastes particularly fresh and full of life after the flacid Baron Oktoberfest I just fact, I had to go back and dial down some of those scores in contrast!

Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange bronze color... Mammoth head, which quickly fades, comes from a standard pour... Lots of carbonation races to the top... Highly translucent... Minimal lacing...

S - Apple... Pear... Malt... Caramel... Raisins... Not overpowering, but complex and quite appealing...

T - Caramel... Raisins... Malt... Subtle, but quite good... Not too complex, but still quite enjoyable...

M - Light bodied... Smooth... Crisp... Refreshing... Slightly carbonated... A little thin...

D - Very easy drinkin'... Light and smooth... Simple, in a very good way... I could and will, enjoy a few of these...

Photo of Lexluthor33
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium,orange brown with a fluffy head that settles to a respectable lace very quickly.

The aroma is simply malts and caramel.

The taste is sweet,malts and caramel tones.
The feel was smooth,slightly creamy with a medium body and low carbonation.

Notes: Do not let my simple notes fool you. Not only did I enjoy this beer,but I went out and got a sixer after tasting one.
Simply a good choice to ween off the summer beers and a good choice for something in between light and heavy.
Well done!

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

This one pours a pretty golden dark amber, not too much head. Aroma is malty and slightly spicy, not strong but promising. Flavor is crisp and malty and has a nice nutty undertone. Texture is fairly smooth and somewhat tingly. Not a great beer, but definitely worth a try.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice fall auburn color, clear and pretty. Thin tan head that lasts about a minute. Robust aroma of caramel malt, sweet and tempting. Taste is sweet with malty goodness. Some caramel and roasty notes. Finishes clean with a mild alcohol warmth that fades quickly.

It's a pretty heavy beer in my opinion, mildly filling but I did hit three of them yesterday in the hot sun with no problem.

This beer defines fall to me. From the bottle, to the presentation in the glass, to the taste. Solid.

Photo of NoahSYGG
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is a great oktoberfest. it is a nice coppery color. a light head. the aroma is nice roasty malt. The flavor is a great cereally malty flavor with a hint of a bitter hop. the mouthfeel is medium with a great drinkability factor. i could sit and put down a case. i love oktoberfests!!!

Photo of NHGrafx
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Waldhorn Restaurant, Pineville NC.

Nice dark amber color. 2 finger head which didn't last very long, not much lacing at all.

Nice malty aroma with some sweetness. There were also some yeast notes coming through as well.

Taste is very good. Malty with some yeast in there. A nice bit of caramel sweetness was present, but not over powering. Light bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is good and pretty drinkable.

Overall this was enjoyable. Would recommend.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer recently at the Horseshoe Pub in MA. I've decided this year to make a bit of an effort to enjoy the beers of the season.

This beer came with a thin finger thick off white head. The head did not demonstrate a great deal of retention. No real lacing to speak of. The beer was an orange/amber (copper) color and mostly clear with the slightest of a haze. No real visible carbonation to speak of.

Aroma was sweet of toasted malt and some caramel notes.. Pretty nice.

Taste was very nice and a bit more complex than some other's I've had recently. I wish I could describe more accurately the flavor I taste in many European beers. It's almost mineral in nature. Not sure if it comes from the water, yeast or grains used. But it is very distinctive to me. Nice balanced sweetness and some fruitiness behind a caramel sweet flavor. Not as heavy and sticky as some American versions. Really quite nice.

Light/Medium in body, not as sticky as others. Good drinkability.

I find this a bit more interesting than many of the sweet sticky Octoberfest beers that are out today.

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

Translucent brown body with a small white head.

Smells like some sweet malts with some hop presence.

Tastes hoppier than some festbiers I've had. Lots of caramel and toffee malts, along with some spiciness from the hops.

Thin bodied and well-carbonated.

Pretty drinkable, a solid O-fest.

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

22oz. on tap in a special pint glass.

A - Reddish brown with a thin white head.

S - Weak but it did smell sweet and faintly malty.

T - Really sweet and malty like the smell but with a little hops.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - OK, but not great. I have had a lot of Oktoberfest beers I would rather have.

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

Got a bottle of this at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a dark, amber body with a silky, white head that was about 2 fingers thick. Slowed down a little bit, but the head was retained pretty well. Nice, decent lacing through the finish of the beer.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some olive undertones that seemed pretty balanced.

T: A robust, very sweet malt taste with a slight vanilla taste to it. A sweet, honey aftertaste that was pretty good for an Oktoberfest.

M: A very smooth and full-bodied mouthfeel. Nice carbonation yielded a beer that felt good on the palette and was still pretty refreshing.

D: An excellent combination of mouthfeel and taste made this beer and excellent drinking beer. Definitely a very nice example of an Oktoberfest.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Agressive pour gave two fingers of head, which quickly fell. Not really any lacing. Beautiful orange amber color though.

3.5 S: Sweet and malty. I'm sick right now, so my already bad sense of smell is terrible. But it seems like there's a touch of fruit (nectarine maybe) and defintely grainy malt. Hop character low.

4.0 T: Caramel and spice. I'm still detecting a hint of nectarine and grainy malts. Hops have a pinch of bitterness. Very good taste for the style.

4.0 M: Though the head vanished into thin air, there is plenty of carbonation. A bit chewy, but smooth.

4.5 D: Of all the Oktoberfest's I've had, this and Penn Brewery's are my favorites. This is very good and drinkable.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: a clear copper that picks up some hints of red when held in good light. Not much of a head, but it laces nicely.

S: starts very bready/yeasty and finished rather sharply in the nose.

T: Its very tasty and well balanced, fairly malty with just a hint of sweetness with a slightly dry finish.

M: Not much carbonation to speak of. It goes down very easily

D: I could drink this all day long, a very pleasent and easy to drink beer.

Photo of ncvbc
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper orange with medium white head, falling somewhat quickly. Fairly low carbonation. Good clean smell of lightly sweet caramel and a hint of nuttiness. Light toasted malt and some grain. Taste is basically the same. Not overly sweet and pretty solid. A refreshing touch of hops leave a lightly crisp finish. Just a tad watered down, a little thin to me. Still, it's pretty smooth. Overall, it's a good drinkable brew. I could have a few of these with no problem.

Photo of kshankar
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep amber/orange color with some carbonation seen inside, and a nice foam. Really good looking, I'd say this is the best Oktoberfest in terms of appearance alone.

Aroma: Not subtle..the aroma is really good. A lot is based in malts and the sweetness from that. Some hops in the background.

Taste: Caramel, malts, sweetness and a little bit of hops. The bitterness is minimal, and the alcohol isn't too in your face. Overall this is a great beer.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, it coats the tongue more so than the others I've had. Carbonation gives a crispness in the finish, which is clean.

Drinkability: Very high on this category. Crisp, great taste and goes down great. Probably the best of the style so far.

Photo of cbn
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paulaner Oktoberfest pours clear, orange-amber color with a thin off-white head which quickly retreats, active carbonation.

Thin sweet aroma, slightly nutty, paper and paste, touch of spicyness in the finish.

Lightly sweet with a good bitterness.

Medium body, good carbonation, fairly clean.

Yes, very drinkable, even sessionable.

Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single as part of a mixed sixer of seasonal beers at Liberty St. Tavern. Pours a clear amber with a short off-white head.

Ah, I love the original Oktoberfests. I wish I'd had this earlier in the season because these put everything in perspective. The aroma and flavor are a smooth caramel flavor that finish with light roasted flavors and a hint of hops. The flavor is fairly clean and there's nothing remotely off. Basically it's tasty and very drinkable. I'd drink a stein-full anytime.

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

This is the best Octoberfest available in the Munich festival and a fine representation of the style outright. The beer pours a bronze and coppery color that is clear only mildly carbonated with not much head, retention, or lacing. After having just sampled the Spaten Octoberfest, this beer has a lot more staying power than its counterpart. The aroma is quite light in that you will get some sweet caramel malts, a bit of the cherryishness found in the red ales, some toasted grain hints, not much spice or hop aromas detected.

The taste is quite crisp, but not overly so, there is lots of caramel malts, some spices and herbal hop bite, but not overly so, there is more carbonation in this Marzen than you will find in most others. The beer is definitely tilted towards the crisp rather than the creamy end of the continuum, but there is a tad bit of creaminess on the tongue, for it isn't entirely crispy either. There is a slightly husky graininess, there is a herbal, tea like hop character, and the finish is a bit biting, but much milder than some other Octoberfests you will find. The key principle in this beer is balance. The parts are well balanced and more so than most other Marzens you will find, and that makes this one a cut above the pack. L'Chaim.

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark, copper body with hints of ruby and auburn; great tan head and good retention with minor lacings. A light malt smell with just a hint of any spices or hops. A smooth, almost creamy medium-bodied beer that has a not overpowering sweet malt taste of caramel and mixes it with some spices in the background. Passes over pleasantly and has a little kick on the backend. Hops lead to a floral, semi-earthy taste but do not overpower the beer, only give it a dry backbite. A great Oktoberfest to be had at any time.

Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a small white head that settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass surface.

Nice aroma of toasted malt and a touch of Noble hops.

The flavor consists of a solid malt base with a noticeable hop presence. Has a spicy and peppery finish. Seems to be a little drier than other Oktoberfests from Germany.

The body seems a little thin in comparison of others in the style. Starting to go into Helles Lager territory. The carbonation is high and a little harsh on the tongue.

Good flavor, light body, and low ABV makes this go down quickly and often.

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

A: Poured a beautiful coppery-amber with a thin frothy white head. Retention was ok with a minimal lacing.

S: The nose was sweet vienna malt with some light toasty bread and sweet nuttiness.

T: The flavor was sweet Vienna malt and caramel with light toasted notes. There was a soft noble hop bitterness and a light fruitiness from the yeast.

M: light and creamy with a sweet malt lacing.

D: Really enjoyed this, sweet and easy to drink and extremely smooth going down. Warm, sweet, and toasty, perfect for the chilly fall evening.

Photo of aquaderek
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Color perfect Marzen style copper with a head the quickly dissipates to rim lacing. The nose is nice on this beer, malts, clove, and gentle spiciness. The taste sweet malt followed by interesting cloves spiciness, and a black tea finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, slightly viscous. A good offering and would be a quick drinkable festival beer.

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