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

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2,102 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,102
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 63
Gots: 137 | FT: 0
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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 basica
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is actually my first oktoberfest beer; I bought it from a Netherlands seller. This beer pours out with a more than 3 finger thick head that quickly reduces to a one finger creamy head with nice clinging action and finally to a thin layer of foam covering the golden see-through liquid below. Nice bubbling action in the tall slender Erdinger glass enhances the appearance of this beer. Smell was not really strong but I am picking up malts and light hints of fresh fruits and citrus. The taste starts off with slight sour note on the palates with a pleasing malt profile, subtle fruitiness and citrus also show up soon after. The taste was slightly bland though refreshing, like the Kristallweizens though I prefer this one slightly to the Kristals but of course not as much as the Hefeweizens of course. The finish was a little dry with a nice malty after taste where the wheat becomes more pronounced before a typically grapy, citrus conclusion; I am getting malt aromas on the nose as well throughout the after taste. The mouthfeel is between light to medium bodied with a slightly creamy, more of watery kind of texture and good carbonation. Goes down smooth and slightly dry.

basica, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of stephendr
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. glass bottle- color of clear amber, with a off white head - nose of light fruit, light nuttiness, and malty – taste of light fruit, light nuttiness, and roasted malt - body is light to medium, and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of sweet, caramel, and nutty

stephendr, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of Procrastinator
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into pint glass. "Produced on 08/07" is stamped on the bottle label.

Appearance: deep copper colored body with a small-bubbled beige head. Very clean looking with streams of carbonation dancing off the bottom of my glass.

Smell: sweet caramel grains, fresh bread crusts and floral hops.

Taste: bready sweetness followed by a subtle
hop bitterness. I enjoy it's maltiness, where many American versions are too hoppy.

Mouthfeel: upfront dryness on the tongue with gentle carbonation serves up a well-balanced medium bodied brew.

Drinkability: easily drinkable and tasty. A six-pack is not enough so shop for more. Hoist the tankards, it's Oktoberfest.

Procrastinator, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of foles
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gave this one a go on new years eve 2007 into 08. Pours a lager colour with a nice head. Simple grassy smell, with little carbonation visable. Grassy/lemony/fresh mouthfeel and aftertaste. Little complexity, a little syrupy and a bit boring in my opinion- & a tad too much alcohol present in the taste.

Drinkable but not a stand out.

foles, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange/gold. Flavor is slightly sweet, but smooth. At first there seemed to be almost a perfume touch. Goes down very smooth, which ups the drinkability. Feel is thick with character and a good level of carbonation too. Good to try, but not spectacular enough to warrant a repeat performance I say.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased from Edelweiss Delicatessen in Tehachapi for two dollars

I promise this will be my last Oktoberfest beer of 2007 even though I said about two weeks ago in another review

Poured into my Firestone pint glass with a surprisngly light golden color with a slight orange tint, muchg ligther than expected, big 3/4 soapy head that stuck around for about five minutes, pretty good lacing as well

Smell was mostly malt but definitely had a couple different fruity aromas going on, could not point out exactly what but smells like some kind of berries and also some citrus

Taste started off with lots of bready malt like most marzens do, once it warmed its other flavors came to the surface, there was a faint hoppiness, some tangerine, lemon, and orange flavors, also a small amount of cherries at one point, leaves a funky aftertaste for a few seconds, faint fruity yeast that might be more noticeable if there was not a dryness at the end of each sip, nicely balanced overall even though it is still a little too on the malty side, not overly sweet or bitter though which tends to happen in a lot of oktoberfestbiers

Not much of a body and definitely not thick in any way, also could have used some more carbonation, tasted lasted a pretty good amount of time though

This would make a great session beer and I will probably test out this claim next October, could drink a six pack with no problems because of its light and crisp taste and relatively low alcohol percentage, taste would keep you coming back for more

Not a bad beer from Paulaner overall, glad to see a light and flavorful marzen on the market, I would recommend this and would also drink it again, pretty impressed for a beer style that I am not usually very into

Floydster, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of JonB1958
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Over this last season, this has become my favorite beer of all time, and that's saying something. But the quality seems to be divergent from one bottle to the next, as I've had a few sub par bottles. I've also had it from 5-litre mini-kegs, and they're much better and more consistent.

It pours a rich dark amber color, with little or no head on it. What head there is quickly disappears, although it does leave nice laces down the glass as you drink.

The aroma is heavenly, conjuring up an almost candy sweetness to it, like nothing I've experienced before.

The flavor is of course very good in my opinion: It's extraordinarily smooth and malty, with really big flavor and a sweet finish.

If you like this style--or even if you don't--you deserve to give this one a try.

JonB1958, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of GoreStorm
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice at first, deep amber with some light beading. the head looks nice at first but leaves fairly soon. a lace is left behind that stays the remainder of the beer.

S - i like the smell of this. very simple malty caramel smell. nothing great but solid.

T - not far off the scent with a small amount of hopping. i like the hop balance in this as it's noticeable but stays in the background. nothing great again, but solid.

M - lighty fizzly and malty with a moderate length finish.

D - very drinkable, with no overpowering but present flavors and a decent alcohol content i could drink several of these and be pretty satisfied.

GoreStorm, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of Natural510
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was served on-tap in a traditional 20(?) oz Oktoberfest mug at The Chieftain Irish Pub in San Francisco.
The color is a deep amber...good for a marzen/Oktober which many times can be too pale. The smell & taste are both very sweet. The notes were toffee & liquorice....
Most notably, the aftertaste is distinctly that of Pepto Bismal. Sounds strange, but I challenge anyone whose tasted both to tell me otherwise. Still, despite the medicinal afertaste, this was a very drinkable beer. Good for its intended purpose...which is being served in large portions without being a "crap beer". Probably ideal to be served out of a traditional Oktoberfest boot.

Natural510, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange amber with an effervescent white head that recedes quickly and leaves no lace. Very much characteristic of the style. I would have liked to see some better head retention.

Malty and sweet but rather mild. A hint of dry yeastiness and just a bit of light fruit, Mostly uneventful but still appetizing.

Again malty and sweet with some fruity citrus. Lots of honey and a bit of roastiness. The finish has a light nutty flavor and additional honey. A good mild, sweet lager. Not too terribly flavorful but pleasant. Certainly a nice session beer. Much sweeter than a lot of Oktoberfests, and in this case I think that is a positive,

Smooth and a bit heavier due to lower relative carbonation. Not as clean of a finish as expected; rather heavy and a bit syrupy. Very nice overall, decently balanced and a good accompaniment to food.

letsgopens, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of animal69
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i picked this up to sample because kegs of it are on sale at BOTW ; pours a light-med copper color w/ a thin head which dissapates quickly leaving little lacing ; not a strong smell, some caramel notes w/ a faint hoppieness in there somewhere ; a clean dry malty flavor, accented by munich malts, a faint nutty taste, as well, a very good 'fest ; a dry, light, yet full mouthfeel, w/ mild carbonation ; a very drinkable brew, i may even put a keg of it in the bar at my new house...

Edit: 10/17/2009 Had some on tap and found it much better than in bottles, like a bready, nutty explosion of munich in my mouth, prob. my fav of the season

animal69, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of shirfan
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange/amber with a thin, quickly receding head.

Nice caramel malty aroma.

Flavor follows suit... dead-on Oktoberfest with moderately chewy amber malts and just a hint of leafy hops. Leans a bit more towards malt than Spaten's offering, yet is fairly similar in other regards. Classic example of the style, adequately malty mouthfeel without being thick. Highly drinkable.

shirfan, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this ontap last year from a place with a bad rep for dirty taps, so I decided to try it from the bottle

Very little head with some weak retention. I am not impressed by this. clear amber color

Smell is thick of caramel malts with a pear and apple undertones Nice little complexity.

Taste: I remember last year loving sam adams oktoberfest. I didn't try it this year cause I was a little short on money from GABF, so I didn't want to use my money to try something I already had. I remember that it had thick and complex malts and I loved it. This is a very good oktoberfest. To compare the malts aren't as thick, but I shall not compare, I shall just notice how much I like this beer.

There is some nice sweet caramel malting with some apple and pear fruitiness. The bitterness is mild and there is a slight astringecy from the alcohol.

This beer is a good standarf for the style. It was brewer 06/07. I would love to try it fresh from the brewery in germany.

jasonjlewis, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of Reanimator
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong, spicy, and enticing Oktoberfest aroma. Possibly some fruity overtones.

Pours a burnt orange color, with a thin orange tinted head, reminds me of autumn. A little bit of lacing.

Medium bodied. Very enjoyable malt character.

Bottom line: It's a Paulaner Oktoberfest, what are you doing reading these reviews? Just drink one already! =P

Reanimator, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of WaveRebel51
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last O-fest in the fridge for this year. Very fizzy when poured into the glass -- reddish-orange hue with lots of bubbles. Smell is all malts. Sweet, caramel and nutty. Taste mirrors the aroma -- all malts, caramel, nuts and sweet twang that I can't place. Very nice. Easy drinking and very enjoyable. Glad this now available year-'round.

WaveRebel51, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" white head that disappeared very quickly. Copper body with great clarity.

S: Caramel & toasted malt - little else, but who cares?

T: All about the malt here too. Caramel bread & toasted malt - very tasty. Just enough hops to keep in balance, but barely noticable.

M: Medium body & lively carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Lasting malty aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable & quite tasty. One of the better Octoberfests.

OKCNittany, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of dacrza1
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh malt and soft, unobtrusive aroma in a willibecker...nice one-inch head on an orange body...basically, the picture I imagine when ordering an Octoberfest... soft palate with a classic crispness...a slightly nutty malt taste...substantial body and a strong presence...a bit sweet too...the sweetness and strength are plusses....versatile and accessible, but with enough character not to be derivative...

dacrza1, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

October has past, but I have yet to try one of the classics from Germany. Paulaner is one of them. And on to the beer we go:

Clear amber orange in color, topped off by the perfect sized head. thin rings of lacing stick to the glass. Aroma suggests of bready malts, pumpkins, husk, and a bit of spicy hops. More of the same in the taste, with a faint fume of alcohol. Stable mouthfeel. It's very easy to sit back and drink this, without any monster flavors interrupting while having enough to have you going back for more.

DoubleJ, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of MarzenMan
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 10/26/2007

Poured from 12 oz bottle produced 12/06 (thats what you get in the midwest)

A - 1 1/2 fingers of delicate foam. Which disappeared within the first couple minutes. Little to no lacing (perhaps due to age). Nice Amber color which was nearly clear.

S - Subtle but all malt and acohol. The alcohol seemed rather prevelant considering the relatively average ABV.

T - Nice. Very malty up front giving way to a short hop bite. The malt is bready and not dark roasted. Finish is alcohol to remind you its Oktoberfest.

D - Extremely smooth and balanced. Just leaning toward the upper end of the ABV scale (even though its Oktoberfest you might not want to polish off a sixer in one sitting).

Another good one from Paulaner. I'd definitely drink it again but I'd prefer a Salvator.

Update 10/12/2008

This year's review of the Oktoberfest seemed slightly better. The smell was very raisin, prune, molasses. Taste is good caramel malt. Better than I remebered.

MarzenMan, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of therica
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As always, Paulaner comes through.

Pretty much like a standard Paulaner Marzen, except that there's a bit of a honey scent and taste, and aftertaste, quite pleasant. Some occasional bubblegum depending on what point of pouring or sitting, or what else I've eaten around the time.

Very nice slightly honey-tinted caramel color, nice aged-yellow-white head that occasionally poured huge, and other times just nice.

Otherwise, like a Paulaner Marzen, which is one of my personal favorite's.

Grab this stuff if you can find it! I got it locally for US$32 per case but didn't even check the place across town that usually has lower prices.

therica, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of meechum
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this Octoberfest at Vreny's Biergarten with a schnitzel and spaetzle. A very good Ofest beer. A dark amber poured into a pint mug with a nice pillowy head on top that fell to the hallmark skim on top of the beer.

The taste was very malty with just the right amount of hop bite at the end and was a great example of an Octorberfest bier and went excellently with the cuisine.

meechum, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of musicjustintime
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful Amber colors. Of the 5 different O-fests I've tried this year...I think this one is my favorite. (6, if you include Sam Adams that I had a couple years ago.) This was very smooth, crisp and clean, and a tad thin, which I personally liked. It was caramel-malty, typical of the style, but not TOO caramel-ly-sweet. Just enough to make it nice, and finish very clean. I recommend this one over many O-fests. Wish I had more, but maybe next year! I'm sure this one would be great with all the delicious German grub, but I drank it by it's lonesome. Very nice O-fest. (If you want to know the other 4?...they are: Spaten, Stegmaier (From PA), Victory Fest Bier, and Harpoon. I think Paulaner takes the cake over these.) Cheers and SAAALUTE my BA friends!

musicjustintime, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of ghostwalker
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel brown body with thick finger of frothy white head.

Nose is malty goodness with a brown sugar sweetness.

Flavor is smooth maltiness. Coats the palate with sweetness, like a caramel-flavored milkshake. Mild, but very tasty!

Mouthfeel is smooth but thin. Light carbonation makes this an easy sipper, or an easy chugger, (a la Beerfest, for those so inclined).

Drinkability is very, very high. A great quaffer!

ghostwalker, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of scoobybrew
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - clear amber/orange color with a decent foamy head that settles a bit after a few minutes

S - toasted malt character, very clean, no hops

T - bread-like toasted malt dominates the flavor, but it has a nice subtle hop finish to it - as with the aroma it's very clean

M - medium body, moderately to high carbonation

D - This is a very tasty Oktoberfest. Paulaner is a traditional brewery at THE Oktoberfest (Munich) and it's plain to see why they've maintained that place. They're no slouches when it comes to the Marzen style. Another fine beer from a fine brewery.

scoobybrew, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of dnichols
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was poured a four ounce sample from a capped bottle at the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, Washington.

A: It poured a clear bright copper; with a sticky and foamy head that supported a robust lacing.

S: It exhibited modest toasted caramel malt.

T: It had a sweet thick toasted malt front end with a barely noticeable hop nip later and a light sweet grainy finish.

M: Modest body with hardly any carbonation, low ABV and clean finish.

D: Easy beer to drink. I could drink it all night long.

dnichols, Oct 20, 2007
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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