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

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2,065 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,065
Reviews: 1,040
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 63
Gots: 127 | 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 KodyBrannon
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a nice amber color with an off white 2-finger head, with a slight hoppy scent to it. This beer had a hop flavor to it, but was also very sweet. A little bit more sweeter than most oktoberfests i have had. Very enjoyable. I could drink this beer agian.

KodyBrannon, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into an Erdinger weizen glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear copper with a faint head that quickly turns to lace. This looks like the perfect Oktoberfest.

S: An aroma of alcohol soaked, dried fruit spirals into my nose. There is a definite sweetness from the malt, and the alcohol is noticeable, but the fruit scents add a layer of complexity not found in many American marzens.

T: Tastes like mildly spicy sweet malt. There is some lingering fruit in the aftertaste, like a faint banana or dates, but the taste is super clean. Nice balance with a wash of bitterness in the swallow.

M: Very clean and crisp tasting, and it washes down smooth. The mouthfeel is not as complex as the taste and smell, but it's crisp and light for a fall brew. Alcohol sting takes away very little.

D: It's tasty, looks great and given the season we're in, could be consumed by the keg. (and can, and should, if you have the means)

It became clear to me after having this brew why Paulaner is among the big 3 of German brewers to define the Oktoberfest-Marzen style with this more than appropriate and highly regarded fall offering.

Gambrinus1184, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of whiplash3825
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass a beautiful clear copper... head retention was nil and so was lacing.

Major blackberry in the nose... malts and alcohol are evident also.

Definitely taste some licorice and berry flavors. Reminds me a lot of a less potent Celebrator. I'd say it's pretty sturdy for Märzen.

Mouthfeel was way more thin than the smell and taste suggested, but makes it maybe more drinkable in the long run.

Excellent brew... so how could it NOT be drinkable? No problem at all making a session of this!

whiplash3825, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of rohrbachsfan
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Golden yellow witha nice foamy head. Not the right color for an Oktoberfest.

Smell: Toasted malt and citrusy hops.

Taste: Toasty malt and medium hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Just wasn't impressed. Didn't match the style in my opinion and I've tasted better Pilsners / Lagers. Think Paulaner is overated.

rohrbachsfan, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance- Poured a nice amber color with a thin off white head.

Smell- Malts and sweet with hint of hops.

Taste- Perfect balance of hops and malts. Had a slight metallic taste to it.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- This beer is nice. Very easy to drink and drink a lot of.

Beerbuddha, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of afinepilsner
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle

Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen was amber in color with good clarity. It had an off-white head with good retention and left some lacing behind. The aroma was sweet malt. The taste was sweet, toasty malt upfront with a dry finish. It was medium in body with good carbonation. Drinkability was very good. This was a well balanced and quite tasty Oktoberfest.

afinepilsner, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so, I'm at my local brew shop and they just got in a fresh shipment of this beer. being just shy of october of course I'm going to have one. 514 reviews as of this writing so I'm going to go a slightly different direction. I liked this brew but found it a shade lighter in color and lighter in that clean malty taste than I prefer in an octoberfest. To be fair this one is clearly noted as amber on the label so I'll say it's good but I think my tastes drift to a touch more in this style.

Still a can't go wrong choice if serving up a plate of brat's and sauerkrat!

barleywinebrewer, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of jbsteiny
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear copper color with two fingers of head (vigorous pour) that faded to a thin, persistent wisp, leaving chunks, then lines, of sticky lace. Smells like rich toasted malts -- mostly caramel cake with hints of plum, roasted chestnut, vanilla, and burnt toffee. Tastes equally rich, with a perfectly placed hop bitterness to keep it from being a dessert beer. The one thing that bothers me a bit about the beer is its sticky mouthfeel -- I'm pretty sure the style is supposed to be crisper than this (I mean, it's a malty lager, but it's still a lager, no?). Regardless, very sessionable, even at 5.8%, and you can tell that it's textbook Marzen -- definitely the best Oktoberfest beer that I've ever had. Hooray for Paulaner!

jbsteiny, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of cichief
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Frisco's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep amber gold, with a nice white head of foam.

S- Malty and sweet, very inviting.

T- A very good balance of sweet malt and dry hops, but a strange estherish aftertaste is somewhat offputting.

M- Smooth, very well carbonated, only the off taste in the finish puts this beer down a rung or two.

cichief, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper/ruby read color, more than ample head. Smell suggests exactly what this is, which is as good a representation of the style I know of. Sweet, velvety malt, and I know this is probably the power of suggstion, but I swear I smell pumpkin in here. Tastes like a meal, Euro-hops dance energetically on the back of the tongue, creating a fine counterpart to the malt. Mouthfeel coats, then washes away clean. A damn fine beer.

jeffjfindley, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of scottblaze
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clean, pretty, copper color, frothy head disappeared fairly quickly. Notes of vanilla in the nose. Delicious sweet, malty flavor hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel a little bit underwhelming, maybe little thin but certainly not bad. A highly drinkable and delicious brew, there are a few higher rated Marzen beers but this is one of the better examples of the style. Makes me want to go to Munich in Oktober.

scottblaze, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Ginger Man in Greenwich CT. It was dark orange colored and clear, with a thin white layer of foam. The smell was dominated by malts, it seems to me that the best Oktoberfests are almost malt bombs, lots of sweet malt with very little bitterness. Anyway this one was nice and had a really thick body which lent a hand in adding physical presence. Very good for the style.

TurdFurgison, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of smcreator
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A two finger head that dwindles down to a thin film over time on a nice golden copper color.
S: Smells light and refreshing. There is a nice fruity hint which I believe comes from hops.
T: Tastes clean and crisp with a slight fruit/sweet/hop taste to balance with the malts.
M: Smooth with almost creamy small bubbles. It does not leave but a slight film on the back of your tongue.
D: Very wall balanced and easy to drink.

smcreator, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of bradley194
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being that it is fall I am trying to drink all the Oktoberfest beer I can get my hands on. This one is really pretty good.

Color is about the color of copper and really looks nice when you hold it next to a light source.

The smell is caramel malt. It has a hint of fruit to it; maybe fig.

The taste is nothing extraordinary, but it certainly is very much worth trying. Strong malt taste. Medium to low carbonation with very little bite. It has a strong taste of spice. It is not the best Oktoberfest beer I have had (personally I really like the Great Lakes Brewing Co.), but it is really pretty good. I would recommend it. I would give it a 3.8 out of 5.

bradley194, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of ohoove
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Went to a wedding last week and some of the guests were from Germany so the grooms dad bought several cases. I haven't tried many of this style but after this one it's sure to be a seasonal must for me.

Poured off into the glass and settled down into a crystal clear see through copper color , like a fine single malt scotch.

Smelled of light apricot and sweet malt with the taste mimmicking the smell but finished with a more malty bite.

great drinkability- will be trying more of this style- just afraid after this most others won't stand up to this one

ohoove, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of Lothore
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep sunset orange color with a 1.5 finger head which dissipates fairly quickly. Appears to be very carbonated.

S- Smells sweet, fruity apricot notes as well as floral hints.

T- Taste is wheaty and bready with hints of peach and apricot as well as some floral tastes.

M- Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and fairly thick.

D- This is very drinkable by any standard. I'm happy to kick a few of these back as fall begins.

Lothore, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of sfoley333
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Warsteiner glass half liter mug. Poured to a copper amberish color with a nice foamy head. Smell light bread yeasty aroma with light hop aroma. Taste smooth crisp malt driven beer with low IBU's . Mouth feel is light. A perfect session beer for Octoberfest.

sfoley333, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice orange/amber, faily clear with a nice fizzy, white head that laces the glass. Aroma is very dry and very bready. Sort of fruity in the malty taste, some fruit candy and a great follow through of hops at the end keeps this brew from being too sweet.

A classic example of the style and one of the best in my opinion.

saintwarrick, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a reddish brown amber color with not much head, smells like roased barley(obviously) but a little more than other oktoberfests i've had, has some other sweet sugary, caramel scents as well. tastes good, rich and full, goes down easy, with alot of flavor. moutfeel is decent too, drinkability is high, good tasting, not overpowering.

1fastz28, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of shertz
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle at 50 degrees is poured into a Chalice. No date is given on bottle but just showed up in a local bottle shop.

A- Thin head, maybe a finger goes down pretty quick to a thin layer of foam on top. Amber red in color and cloudy, not much else happening.

S- Bready malts fill the nose with sweet plums or apricots following closely behind. Can smell hints of alcohol also. Nice.

T- Nice bready, malty taste. Has hints of floral like nibbling on a rose pedal. But the dominant feature is bread. Not as sweet as suspected.

M- The best part of this brew. Very thick in the mouth. Has pretty good carbonation but the thickness is awesome. I could probably chew this one. I don't give 5's very often, but love the mouth on this one.

D- Good as most of this style are. Really believe this to be one of the best O-fest beers because of the mouthfeel.

Cheers my friends,

shertz, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of KI9A
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour s a nice, clear amber, with a fine head. Smells of malts, bread.

Taste of malt, with a hint of hops, and fruit, maybe apple? Malt not too overpowering, just nice and balanced.

Finished very clean, making me want more. As a fan of Marzens, I have had some that were overly "malty", and tough to finish. This is easy to drink.

KI9A, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Wonderfully clear, burnished copper body. Slightly thin white head spreads to a light ring around the edge of the glass.

S-Deep caramel maltiness. Fresh biscuity aroma is dominant and hops don't make much of an impression.

T&M-Full-flavored malt all the way down. A sweet burnt sugar flavor is nice with a dry finish. Very clean lager yeast taste. Prickly carbonation leaves a slight metallic mouthfeel.

D-I am personally not an Oktoberfest beer fan, but this one is wonderfully crafted and easy to drink. Nice change of pace from my normal choosing.

ALESwhatCURESya, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a nice and rocky head that took its time to dissipate. The smell is of caramel malt and nobel hops. The taste is of bready caramel malts. A nice big malt presence followed by nobel hops. The feel is moderate and crisp, well balanced. This is one of the better Oktoberfests available. More of a malter presence than than the Hacker-Pschorr and Hoffbrau offerings.

Gmann, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. ubiquitous Euro-brown bottle,

A: Pours a light orange colour, solid amber, into a pilsner glass, with a nice, fluffy, white head, with lots of small bubbles.

S: Smells heavily of malt, some noble hops in there as well, but the malt dominates.

T: Very good, one of the better tasting Oktoberfests I've had, more robust flavour profile than your average Oktoberfest, very malty, caramel, with some slight hints of apple and pear.

M: Smooth, full-bodied for a lager, crisp, refreshing, and easy to drink.

D: Up there with the best lagers I have ever had in any category, definitely one of the best Oktoberfests made, great that its made year round. Drinking a couple liters of this while listening to an oompa band and celebrating my German heritage would not be a problem.

Halcyondays, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Lupe
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Clear cooper color, with an thin off-white that leave behind some lacing.

Sweet malty aroma of toasted grain, bread, and caramel. A touch of alcohol, a hint hops and a bit of dark fruit round things out.

Flavor like the aroma - toasted grain, bread, and sweet caramel. There is also some nuttiness in the beer. Hop bitterness balances nicely with a light spicy hop flavor. Finishes dry with a touch of spice lingering in your mouth.

Light-medium mouthfeel, smooth and a bit chewy. Crisp with fairly low carbonation.

Very easy to drink, great flavor. A top notch Oktoberfest.

Lupe, Sep 22, 2007
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 2,065 ratings.