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

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2,136 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,136
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 68
Gots: 150 | 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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Photo of PiecefulToker
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear burnt amber orange color with a head that dissipates pretty quickly, doesn't leave much lace.

S: Sweet malt, sweet bread, biscuity, lots of caramel tones. This smells like an awesome bakery.

T&M: A lot like it smells. Very malty, but not too sweet. The mouthfeel is perfect, not too thin or heavy. Carbonation is decent, pretty low makes it highly drinkable. Lots of toasty malt flavors, some caramel, biscuity.

D: Extremely high. This is one helluva good beer, and one that I would enjoy for lengthyy periods of time. A very good Oktoberfest offering.

Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Weihenstephan Weiss glass.

A - Poured a clear amber color. The pour prodiced a head of slightly off-white foam which held together almost to the finish and some spotty lacing.

S - Sourdough bread, with slight caramel sweetness and very light spice aromas. A little metal/metallic also detected in the aroma.

T - Bready/teasty with a slight caramel sweetness up front followed by a slightly spicy hop finish. A tiny bit of Euro skunkiness also detected in the background.

MF&D - A very good example of Oktoberfest Beer. Boy do I love the fall!

Photo of mcsquint
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.
A - Dark golden brown color with a 1 finger head that dissipated very quickly. Minimal lacing on glass.
S - Caramel malt and nut aroma
T - Full caramel malt flavor with just enough hops for a smooth finish.
M - Nice, fully rounded mouthfeel that is typical for this style.
D - This is a very drinkable beer. I'm going to pour another one now.

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

From notes 9-8-08

Done back-to-back with Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest

Eye: Really disappointed with this one, compared to H-P this one fails, terrible head formation and retention, no lacing. The only redeeming quality about the appearance is the color-clear brown, maybe a muddy brown shade, I'd say its brown with some huge orange hues...as well as some red too, much like pumpkin pie in color.

Nose: Compared to the Hacker-Pschorr this one has a weak aroma. Slight caramely notes, overall sweet notes, but they're all faint and relatively weak. Munich malt is here but real weak as well as a toasty aroma, but again all weak. This one just isn't potent enough...I mean it's a stretch to find anything here...

Tongue: Just not there, too watery...I mean just not strong enough. The flavors in the beer are too shy, they are just there, not really making themselves known, they are afraid to take the spotlight and stand out. The flavors are well mixed and are nicely balanced with each other but they aren't forward enough. Overall a drier much less sweet, less caramely, but more nutty, and less "Munich malted" beer is what I'd say I've got here. Sure its got flavor, but in my opinion its not robust enough. It beats the pants off of quite a few micro brewed O-fests, but compared to the H-P I'd rather take the H-P and if we're talking micros too I'll take GLBC before either of these then H-P then Moerlein and perhaps a few others before this one. It just doesn't stand out enough. Its getting to the point here where I am starting to taste the alcohol in this beer, weird, maybe its just me though.

Mouthfeel and Drinkabilty: Overall too light and too much carbonation in my opinion. Feels too much like water and along with the overall weak flavor-when compared to others-it just seems a bit weak. Nice aftertaste here, but as far as the whole experience and the body (flavor included) this beer seems to me to be lacking. I'm just not a fan. Great to try, and a good offering but in my opinion it is lacking it leaves something to be desired. Glad to try it, but I'll be picking up many of the other O-fests (and those are the ones I've already tried, not to mention the drive to pick up O-fests I"ve not tried) before I pick this one up again.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into point glass.

A: Good 1" head to start, that quickly fades. Cascading bubbles. Beautiful dark copper color. Zero lacing.

S: caramel malt, slightly metallic.

T: nutty and caramel malt. With a great bitter hop finish. Wonderful.

M: Perfect carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel.

D: Excellent. The second one tastes better than the first, and the third even better. Great ABV. Wonderful sessionable beer for a crisp fall day.

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

L: Pours an amber brown color with a short but thick white colored head that leaves some nice lacing down the glass.
S: Very sweet malts underneath a slightly earthy hoppy aroma and a bit fruity perhaps from the sweetness of the malt.
T: Very big malty taste under a slight hop flavor that lingers a bit and then a sweet malt finish.
M: Very sweet, lighter feeling than it looks, with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer.

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

Pours a nice orange/amber color into a pint glass.

Smell is of sweet and roasted malts, bits of dried fruits and some richly endowed Saaz/Noble hops. Taste is likewise, and with a strong carbonation. This detracts a bit for me as for the quality of the beer, yet diminishes rather quickly and soon the malt nose, and close, resurfaces amidst the chaos.

A decent festbier that I find a bit too carbonated(initially) and a bit too cloaking in style, but is nonetheless a nice Oktoberfest Brew!

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

Since Oktoberfest is in full swing I figured Id review an old standard. Bottled May 2008.
Paulaner's classic example pours out a malty-amber tone with a nice foamy head of goodness.
Smells of light malts, some bitterness, light toasts, maple-like caramel malts, brown sugars, and that good "brown mustiness" of all good Oktoberfest biers.
Flavors are very much a liquid profile of the nose, only a nice light cirtic-like bite on the finish not really picked up in the aromas, but is highly refreshing and calls for MAS Krugs to be consumed!
This is an old standard. Nothing outstanding, mind-blowing,revolutionary, or "extreme double whatever" here. Just enjoy for what it is-a damn fine bier!. Prost!

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

On tap in the biergarten at Deutschesfest - Odessa, WA. Served in a plastic cup.

Pours a mahogany brown color, served with a minimal white head.

Smell is a faint earthy aroma. Notes of peat, malt and perhaps a little dirt.

Taste is a sour malt flavor with a bit of a mint taste on the finish.

Mouth feel is crisp and perhaps a little thin for the style.

Very drinkable. A nice mild unoffensive Oktoberfest, especially for an Ameican consumer. My guess is Germans and real Oktoberfest fans don't like this stuff, but I think it's fine.

Photo of dananabanana
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Foam on top was thin and white, disappeared very quickly. Dark caramel brown.

S: Sweet malt, slightly nutty.

T: Sweet with nuts, not too hoppy. Rich but light caramel develops later, almost a dulce de leche.

M: Very refreshing, well-carbonated.

D: I could drink this one all night. The more you drink, the better it tastes.

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

A - Copper in color, good sized head with good head retention and nice lacing on my pint glass.

S - Toasty lager aroma, little bit of alcohol to it.

T - Sweet, bready, definitely a very clean taste to it.

M - Crisp and refreshing with a nice, clean light to medium body.

D - Very sweet and goes down very easily.

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.

Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 2,136 ratings.