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 swizzlenuts
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper colour with a centimeter head. Not very much head retention on the beer.

S: Has a caramel malt nose to with the usual lager smell. Some sweetness behind it.

T: It has the usual biscuit toasty flavour with a lager bite at the end of it. A nice sweetness comes though as well. It's slightly bitter to make a good balance.

M: Carbonated and crisp/dry.

D: Very drinkable, like most Oktoberfests.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 5.8% ABV. Produced 5/08. Clear amber color. Dense white head. Lots of very fine bubbles streaming up to the top. Head trickles to 1/4 inch after a few minutes.

Toasty, bready aroma leaps out of the glass. Some caramel, and light earthy hops. This is how an Ofest should smell. in my opinion.

Nice bready malt flavor, not quite as toasty as I thought, but still nice. A bit of sweetness, but balanced well with some earthy hops. Very clean in the middle.

Good body and carbonation. Ever so drinkable. This is just so clean, and delicious. This seems to be near the top for me.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a regular pint glass. Label has an army of beer wenches marching to victory with one of them, the field general presumably, urging them on with a wave of her stein.

A--Tiny fizzy head burns off quickly without a trace left behind. But the body is something to behold: rich amber auburn hued. Looks like water that's passed through ample iron deposits. Inviting.

S--Closest thing I can come to resembles a cross between an apple pastry and cinnamon coffee cake. Bready, fruity, and rich, with lots of spice.

T--Doesn't disappoint. Level of spice and caramel-like richness in the malt, then almost nothing else afterward, with a super-crisp finish, makes this unmistakably not only a lager, but an Oktoberfest. Packed with flavors that are much subtle than the more brash American counterparts, and balanced, balanced, balanced. I think that's the standout here: that no one flavor dominates. This is potpourri, not a bunch of lavender stuck up one nostril.

M&D--I love both. Not too many bubbles to get in the way of that mulled cider warming feel. Just awesome for the onset of Autumn. Seems almost a crime not to have some mustard and sausage to accompany it.

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

Clear orangeish-copper with a nice head and good lacing.

Smell is vaguely of malts and caramel.

Tastes of malt, caramel, toast, and an accentuating european hop finish. Devoid of the skunky, pilsnery, off-flavors that plague some Oktoberfests.

Mouthfeel crisp, medium-high carbonation.

I really enjoyed this. I am not a huge fan of the style, but this one is well-made for sure.

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

Appearance: From a 5L mini-keg into a 1L stein, this beer sits in the glass a perfectly clear auburn color. The head is three fingers high, thick and frothy, almost nitro-esque in density. Yeah, this is pretty impressive.

Smell: Caramel on toast. Hints of vanilla and dried fruit. Clean but unspectacular.

Taste & mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth, very malty. Grainy sweetness, toasted bread and nuts, a bit of dark fruit. Faintly mineral/metallic. Great mouthfeel; medium-light in body and carbonation, not so heavy or fizzy that it's difficult to drink a liter. The finish is moderately drying and only faintly hoppy. This is pretty straight-forward stuff, but very enjoyable for what it is.

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

pour is a clear amber with a large off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of malt, hay, caramel, and some grain.

taste of malt, some caramel, roasted nuts, cheerios, and grain, ends slightly dry and slightly bitter.

overall it is a pretty good oktoberfest and of course an original.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Beautiful clear copper with a two finger head. Retention is decent before falling to a thin film. Minimal lacing.

S - Overall there's a pleasant roasted quality to this beer, with just a touch of caramel. Very nutty aromas as well, in the vein of peanuts and almonds. Weird metallic twang hiding out, lager yeast by-product?

T - Just a whisper of brown sugar sweetness kicks things off, followed by the full toasted, almost burnt, malt flavor. The nuttiness from the nose as well as some mild buttery notes lead into a rather drying finish of grain and a percievable but indistinct hop note. Finish is a little steely and burnt, with a lingering earthy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Too much carbonation for the full spectrum of flavor to come through.

D - Highly sessionable as are most of the style, but there was something about the toasted/roasted quality and the slight metallic flavor that dropped this half a point.

Photo of BWH3
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Gorgeous amber/copper color with the foamy bone colored head. Perfect effervescence and good retention. Rings out to a solid band encircling the glass.

S: The aroma is all Marzen oddly spicy maltiness and toasted hints. The hops are not very noticeable in aroma.

T: Pretty much an excellent platform for tasting Marzen malt and finishes with a dry earthy bitterness. Above average but nothing magnificent.

M: Heavier then the Helles stock with better head retention and great carbonation. Would like a creamier taste to the head.

D: I enjoyed aspects of it, but not my favorite of the big six.

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

A - Nice off-white head standing about a half in tall. The body is transparent with a nice amber color and sporadic carbonation. The head fades after a minute or two leaving whisps of what was once a solid surface.

S - Sweet malt and barley but very subtle.

T - This is a tasty malt brew. The flavor is smooth and simple.

M - The texture is soft and almost goes down to easy.

~ This is a good beer. No doubt about it.

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

A - Clear copper with a creamy head and some lacing.

S - Malty with a hint of fruit. Light herbal/grassy hops and some medicinal notes.

T - Dry, fairly bitter with a toasty grain and fruitiness. Substantial maltiness.

D - Solid brew. More substantial than refreshing, and malty rather than hoppy.

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

A: Brilliant amber color with somewhat active carbonation. Rocky white head as above average retention and leaves a generous lace.

S: Lots of pepper and cloves. A toffee and caramel sweetness sits in the background.

T: Bittersweet toffee from the malt is out front. Pepper and clove bitterness is moderate in level. Has a slight alcohol bite in the back end.

M: Medium body has the right amount of carbonation. Feels slightly grainy.

D: One of my favorite Oktoberfests from my early days of good beer appreciation. Great session beer that I'm glad I returned to.

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

Medium in amber in color with very little head despite a strong pour. Some nice malt in the nose, with caramel and coffee tones.

A bit dryer than expected, with a tasty but not overly strong malt body and medium hop balance. Carbonation is about right for the style. Easy to drink with a smooth finish and clean aftertaste. Maybe a little yeasty but this is avery solid German marzen.

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

Good Marzen. Pours a clear, light amber color. Medium head that fades to a small head and then a covering of the glass. Nice light malty smell with a bit of a floral scent as well.

Tastes pretty good, malty, crisp, the requisite Marzen bitterness, and a mild floral taste before the dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is rich enough for this style and drinkability is good. A few pitchers of this with friends would be nice.

Photo of racer2k
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper color with moderate carbonation. A nice malty tone with elements of biscuit and bread like flavor. This beer is extremely smooth. Mouth feel is spicy with a touch of hops at the finish. This is a solid Oktoberfest that provides an excellent example of the German brewing tradition.

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

Beautiful dark amber color with a creamy off-white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee and nuts. Soft medium bodied mouth feel delivers more mellow toffee and nuts flavor with a kind of crystal malty sweetness just barely balanced by soft hopping in the back ground. Smooth off-dry finish calls for more until this morning I have a headache.

Photo of techtatu
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very light caramel color with finger width head. Very smooth drink and not as heavy as I thought. It actually feels lighter than Sam Adams Octoberfest. Very little lacing was left on the glass after a drink.

A beer worth sharing with friends. Another plus for this beer is that it comes in a mini/baby keg.

Photo of MusicmanSD
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Side-by-side with the Sam Adams Oktoberfest and this beer made it no contest, and I really like the Sam Adams version. I mean, it just absolutely blew it away in mouthfeel, smell, flavor, malt, everything. It was a suprise to say the least, so I'll be doing it with the Spaten offering too. Hey, what can I say! It's that time of the year!

Photo of wiseguy142
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a really nice dark copper with slight head, low retention, with medium lacing. I definitely enjoy the color on this one for being as all-out Oktoberfesty as I want. Great aroma as well. Grainy, sort of a "dough in" smell with sweetness. Light but super malty, not too strong in any particular malt, smells of fall and freshly raked leaves. I think I get a little alcohol in the taste (5.8%.. oh). Noticeable hop bitterness and flavor blends well with the malt. A little floral/rosy as it warms up. Having had this I want to go back and try out the Hacker-Pschorr once more to really try to nail what IMO the best Oktoberfest is. The alcohol and hops make it a little less drinkable than other ones I've had but I enjoy it a lot.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

17 picked up today at the Coop for about $3... poured into my smaller weizen glass..

Impressive foamy head and lacing.. brew is clear dark gold bordering on light amber... pretty lacing.

Aroma is thick rich Munich malts.. toasty and slightly melanoidin.. very clean.

Flavor mirrors the aroma... slightly sweet and then smooth toasted malts.. clean dry malt finish. Body is creamy with medium viscosity.. smooth carbonation.

Fantastic Marzen.. probably my favorite import.

all 4's

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

A: a dark amber/brownish color. A decent 1 finger foam head. Minimal retention

S: Lots of bread, barley, spice, cinnamon and brown sugar.

T: Lots of bread, pumpkin, spice and brown sugar. Some hop flavor comes through on the back end.

M: Could use a little more carbonation but that is one of the few weaknesses of this beer.

D: An excellent raking leaves weather beer.

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

Poured a clear golden amber with a 1 finger head that quickly reduced to a simple layer.
Medium lacing
Smells of hops with a touch of spice
Not enough carbonation for me, it left my palette a little flat
This is the first beer from Paulaner that I have liked since I'm not a green beer bottle fan.
This was definately worth a try

Photo of gonzo46and2
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on a paddle sampler at the Mellow Mushroom in Tampa.

Pours a light copper color with little head that fully diminished.

Smell is very nice. There were flowery notes with hints of Vinous grape juice.

Taste has a bit of butterscotch, grape, nuts and hops.

Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Photo of Spidey13
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paulaner's Oktoberfest pours a nice, clear copper color with a small white head. The nose consists of some sweet caramel with hints of raisiny fruitiness.

The taste is crisp and malty with a hint of spicy hops at the end of the swallow. The finish is quick and dry. The mouthfeel is medium with a fairly high amount of carbonation.

This is a pretty solid example of a German Oktoberfest beer.

Photo of Oxymoron
2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Don't forget the umlauts. Pours a sparklingly clear light amber color. Light for style, but ok. A soft white head with decent retention, although hides quickly to the edge of the glass. Some limited lacing throughout.

The nose has a mostly pilsner smell with some distinct caramel notes. Some bready notes as well. No note of Vienna or Munich to speak of, which is disappointing. Some minor skunk notes but nothing over the top. Some distinct yeast notes from Paulaner with a small mineral smell.

The taste is similar. A malt consists of pilsner and caramel flavors but no Vienna and no Munich (which IMO an O-fest should have!). The bready flavors really come out more as the nose indicated. Some earthy hop flavors are balanced nicely and leave just a hint in the finish. Some distinct yeast flavors and also a mineral like finish.

The body is light overall. A crisp finish, but lacks the depth for an O-fest. Carbonation is light but good. Overall this to me is not a very good example of an Oktoberfest. Where is the Vienna and Munich? Some off brewing notes, skunk, minerally, yeasty notes.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice looking clear deep amber with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is very malty and rich with some light straw. Taste follows with very good lagery grain and nice rich malty flavor with going overboard. A very smooth drink with a slight bit of caramel hints. Mouthfeel is just a bit on the thick side. Drinkability is very good here, especially considering the rich maltiness in the flavor. Overall a very nice oktoberfest brew, and one I will be sure to revisit. Quite tastey, and very drinkable. Perfect for the season.

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