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

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1,910 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,910
Reviews: 1,030
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 57
Gots: 79 | 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 ggaughan
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 bottle left over from an Octoberfest party. The beer poured a bright redish amber color with a thick off white head. Nice and fluffy. The aroma is a mix of toasted malts and floral hops with the malts winning out. The taste is more of what you get from the aroma, some good toasty malts and caramel with a bite of hop bitterness but mainly you get the malts. This beer is a bit thick but I find it very drinkable and a good representation of the style.

ggaughan, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of sewald
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got it from a local brazillian market for $4.50 (yes expensive but what can I do I live in Brazil...). But as another user said above, what a buy. Truly great drinkability, malty and full-bodied. In what concerns oktoberfest beer, I found this to be a very good one: smooth taste, good looks and very, very drinkable. Definetely worth a try.

sewald, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of francisweizen
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Edition: This one is usually a favorite of mine. Dark reddish amber with a nice cap of pure white. Aromas of heavy German malts and light floral German hops. I find it hard to describe these beers as anything but malty as they are so one dimensional usually. This one taste like an o-fest should with some dying hop character. Aftertaste is a bit funky. Mouthfeel is medium , drinkability is good. I find this one more one dimensional and less drinkable every year though. I prefer the Hacker o-fest amongst other choice. This one is too pricey too, considering what it is!

francisweizen, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decided to break in my Trappiestes Rochefort goblet with this, despite the fact that it's really not the best pairing of beer and glass!

Pours out a rich red-gold amber with a soapy ring of head that leaves equally soapy little puffs of lacing. Clear looking lager with oodles of lazily rising bubbles.

Smells gently sugary, toasted; almost imperceptible hop and alcohol.

Very slight hints of doppelbock in the flavor - malty, nutty, slightly toasty. Balanced between nutty and sweet, with a very slight hop addition.

Crisp mouthfeel; Definitely lagerlike (I didn't realize it was a lager until I read up on the style some more. Whoops.) Tight carbonation, a little watery but reasonably full, with an alcohol finish.

Pretty good. I'll have to try other Oktoberfestbiers to see how they stack up to this one.

Tupperwolf, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a lovely deep amber to dark orange beer with an orange-tinged fluffy white head. The nose is caramel malt and faint spicy hops.

Taste is mostly caramel/ toffee maltiness with a splash of spicy hops to keep it light and a hugely bready character. Once gain, I had almost given up on european Marzens because they always wind up in my hands way old and sub-par. Bought a bottle of this at a store once and couldn't even finish it. This was a real treat on tap.

Mouthfeel was a bit thick for my liking and anfter one big wiesse glass of this, I was feeling kinda full. Maybe I'm just a lightweight.

JudgeRoughneck, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of nicksta
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a very deep copper color with a thick foamy head that leaves quickly and doesn't give off any lacing.The smell is kind of adjunctly sweet with some spices. The taste is a little light. It is spicy and reminded me of some stirfry I made last weekend. It also has a toasted finish to it that rounds it out with some slight hops. The mouthfeel is good. It isn't light and it doesn't leave anyting on the tounge. By the way, WOW, this stuff is drinkable. It was a good intro into the style for me.

nicksta, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Aroma was hops, yeast and light fruit. Head seemed soft, a bit lacey, but that faded.
Taste was bread, fruit and a touch of hops to ensure it as a beer. Nothing special here, although nothing bad. I started drinking it cold, then the doorball rang. Came back and the beer was warmer...its better cold.
Overall a good beer, nothing outstanding

Mebuzzard, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of musingmonkey
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Austin for introducing me to this beer.
It poured an amber-orange hue, with a soft, downy looking head which held strong well into the drink. Fragrance was somewhat disappointing... an almost off-fruit odour accompanied sweet malt. My friend did not find this when he first tried the beer last month, and believed the taste was also a little different.

Nevertheless, a sweet biscuity flavour grew increasingly apparant as I drank. Tast of malt, while strongly present, proved a tasty foundation for some subtler flavours, like caramel.

Slightly thinner than I expected, but not enough to be offputting. Carbonation was right on, and no doubt aided it in this department.
Very smooth and drinkable beer. Especially on a coolish night.

I suspect I may have graded this even higher did I not drink it right before a Celebrator Doppelbock!

musingmonkey, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of NClifestyle
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a pint glass, the beer shows a clear, bright amber color with a thick, creamy white head and a ton of tiny bubbles. As you drink, the beer leaves lace rings around the glass after each sip. A hint of caramel greets the nose, followed by bread and grapefruit and a hint of hop and warm alcohol. Taste is similar to smell, with tons of semi-sweet malt on the tip of the tongue, bread and dry on the sides and top, crisp and hoppy bite in the back of the mouth. This beer offers up an almost perfect carbonation and a medium mouthfeel, almost chewy. The herb like hop becomes stronger as does the malt flavor as the beer warms. The second Paulaner Oktoberfest I had was even better than the first, a great balanced beer. Enjoy the brews.


NClifestyle, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of xduderx
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = 1/4" - 1/2" head. darnk amber color

S = sweet and malty

T = had a fruity/sweet taste initially that faded to a slight bitter taste

M = medium mouthfeel with slight carbonation

D = good drinkability. I could easily drink a few pints of this.

xduderx, Jan 10, 2006
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 3/4" off-white head. Frothy, bubbly. Amber, honey colored beer. Good retention, great lace.

S - Malty. Sweet. Dough. Bread. Spice. Faint hops.

T - Rich and malty. Honey. Tiny bit of spice. Mineral. Earth.

M - Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

D - Great drinkability. Very close to a 5. I can imagine, one of these days, sitting in a huge O-fest tent hammering mugs of this. Highly quaffable. Excellent session.

Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber color with modest tannish head. Smell is strong of malt with with great toasty notes and some dark fruitiness. Taste is mainly roasted malt wuth some date and prune tastes also present. Nice full creamy mouthfeel. Finish is malty with minimum hop character. A very good beer on a cold winter night.

tgbljb, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of taez555
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an amber/tan/orange body with a small off-white head.

Nose was a mix of fruity, bread, biscuit and earthy malts. Very sweet malt smell.

Taste was medium bodied. A very malty, malt syrup sort of taste. Caramel, molasses, earth, munich malt, vienna malt. Not much in the way of bitterness. Some touches of earth and slightly herbal hops, but it's overpowered by the rich malt tones.

A solid true Octoberfest beer. Very rich and very malty, almost like a mellow spaten optimator. One of the best Octoberfest beers out there.

taez555, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of doppelmeup
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say that this is one of my favorite beers.

Pretty amber color with white head.

I has a nice, malty aroma.

Taste is wonderful, very malty but not overly sweet.

Extremely drinkable. Hard to find in NC, but whenever I see it I buy it. Have I mentioned that this is one of my favorite beers?

doppelmeup, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of shererjt
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, deep copper with a huge, billowy, light tan head. Aroma was all malt--sweet as sweet can be, and everything an Oktoberfest should smell like. Taste was also strongly to the malt; rich, and with a classic Munich flavor. Had what I've come to call a "sulfate-y" taste that is common to all Paulaner beers. Mouthfeel leaned very much to the sweet side, though not cloyingly so. Medium body that was substantial but not overpowering. I could drink this stuff all day, but be careful as it will sneak up on you. (Or so I've heard...)

A classic Oktoberfest and one of my all-time favorite beers. If you've never tried it, run--don't walk--out and get some! Schnell!!

shererjt, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of falloutsnow
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours into the pint glass with a fluffy two finger head that slowly dissipates into a light froth, leaving lacing along the entire glass. This marzen is light brown/orange/amber in hue with barely visible carbonation. The color is homogeneous throughout and there is little murkiness and no visible sediment.
S: There is a distinct scent of cinnamon or similar spices in the nose along with some lightly toasted breadiness. No detectable hop presence.
T: Malt sweetness upfront, with something bordering on the tang of tangerine or apricot. Very mild hops in the aftertaste (and mild aftertaste in general). No dryness afterwards.
M: Light, but not watery, for there is a rich malt body that we encounter as the beer rolls around in our mouths. Carbonation is "there," but not vigorous or displeasing in the least. Smooth, but lacking in crispness; perhaps could have benefitted from slightly more hops.
D: Eminently drinkable, this is like a well-made piece of lightly spiced bread in liquid form.

falloutsnow, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light rustic amber in color. Good clarity. Two-inch head settles quickly leaving a few straggler bubbles behind.

Smell: An alluring aroma of earthy malts, day-old biscuits, and a pinch of yeastiness. As it warms, I'm smelling more and more caramel.

Taste: Honey and sweet toasted grains in the forefront, with a touch of cinnamon, followed by a dry (though gentle) hop finish. Alcohol is hardly apparent at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. The carbonation, though a bit low, helps to give it a little extra life on the tongue.

Drinkability: Simple, flavorful, and light. Ultimately, its all very refreshing. Buy yours today!

(Or preferably, have someone else go buy it for you.)

ChainGangGuy, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of redwolf1
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. Nice white head, impressive amount too, relatively good retention. Lacing was okay at best. Nice amber/auburn color with a frothy head. Sweet malty aroma, almost like apples or even apple cider (subtle fruity and floral character to it). The sweet aroma leads one to believe that the beer will also be sweet. In this case though, the beer may be sweet, but not overly so, like some other Oktoberfests that I've tried. It balances well with next to no hoppy bitterness. Any hops in this beer are very well hidden. Crisp and clean mouthfeel without much of an overbearing aftertaste. Nice and smooth going down and should be considered one of the better Oktoberfests on the market this year.

redwolf1, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light brown body with some pale yellow hues toward the bottom. 1" head dissipates quickly, and the lacing's not sticking around too much.

Smell: Sweet malts, some fig, some spice, and... sweet malt is basically what's there. Not much complexity, but it's pretty basic, and I wanted more.

Taste: Some caramel, fig, maple sweetness, and slight hop bitterness at the end. But it's a little twangy, a little... I don't know. It's not doing much for me at any rate. I like the taste of many more domestics than this.

Mouthfeel: Very slick and watery, with a slight burst of carbonation at the end. Not something I'm going to be swishing around for pleasure.

Drinkability: I'm highly disappointed with this, especially after the Hefeweizen being so damn good. I guess from Paulaner I expected a lot more. There are many domestics that are better for my money at this point.

asabreed, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of dciskey
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange-amber into a pint glass with about an inch of off-white head. The head soon turns into a ring around the edge and some spotty retention atop the beer. A little bit of lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell is sweet malt, some spicy hops and a little bit of alcohol if you inhale too hard. Taste is that same sweet, bready malt, a touch of carmel and then the spicy hop finish one expects from an Oktoberfest. As the tastes recede there's a bit more interplay between the hops and a cracker-like malt taste. Nice complexity.

Mouthfeel is about medium with some prickly carbonation on the tongue, which is somewhat refreshing and keeps the sweetness from getting out of hand on the palate. This is a good Oktoberfest to introduce people to the style, and darn good even if you're experienced. Yum

dciskey, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a very clear reddish amber color with about an inch of head after a pretty aggressive pour. The head is off white, and is made up of thick fluffy bubbles, and maintained for over a minute.

Aroma: Sweet toasty malts dominate the aroma profile. I can pick up a bit of floral hops lingering in there, but the malt rules the day.

Taste: Lot of toasty flavors in the beer also. The beer comes across sweet overall, but doesn’t finish syrupy. The carbonation and attenuation leave your palate feeling refreshed rather than like they just got dumped on. There is a bit of bittering hops in the finish, but still the malt is the most notable presence.

Opinion: This is a really clean and refreshing beer. I am eating it with pizza now, and it compliments the flavor nicely. This is one of those tasty brews that you can drink all year...not just in the fall. I highly recommend trying this one.

SkeeterHawk, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of Domingo
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The quintessential Oktoberfest/Marzen. Tasty, easy to find, and not too expensive either.
Pours a nice amber color. Lighter than some, but still easy to pick out by variety.
Taste is malty, but with some grain, a tiny bit of hops and a nice bitter finish that's quick and makes you want more.
The only complaint I have about this beer is that like Paulaner's other bottled brews...for some reason the head dissipates completely if not consumed quickly. On tap, this isn't an issue.
Still - this comes highly recommended. This is my default "I want a beer" choice.

Recent edit for Sept. 2006: This beer is better than ever. There's a new slight toastiness I'm picking up that I really enjoy. I'm noticing that the head retention is much better, too. I think this my favorite overall beer, honestly. It doesn't really have the depth of some other items, but in terms of sheer drinkability and good flavor...this is IT for me.

Domingo, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of joecast
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed as a side-by-side with hofbrau.

12 fl.oz. ale (?) brown bottle with produced on 07.05 on front label.

pours a much darker amber/copper color with a slightly tanned foam head. much more soothing appearance.

softer sweeter aroma. more malt, slightly floral, and some honey notes. reminds me of much stronger american ales.

completely different interpretation of the style than hofbrau. the taste coming across just as different as the appearance. smooth, full, bready malt. very little intruding bitterness, very well balanced. comes across as being very filling, a meal in a bottle.

nice. hats off to paulaner. a seriously drinkable brew and one i would be more than happy to try again. almost the "opposite end of the oktoberfest spectrum" from hofbrau, but easily the end i would prefer.

joecast, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A leftover 12 oz. bottle purchased for an Oktoberfest dinner held by a friend a few weeks ago. Pours a clear, dark golden/amber with a modicum of head (after a vigorous pour into a proper Paulaner glass) that completely disappeared in a couple of minutes.

Aroma is sweet toasty, caramel malts. Very typical of the style,and to be honest, hard to differentiate from other versions of the style. Not bad, decent aroma, just nothing unusual.

Flavor- there we go, now that's interesting. Much more complex than the aroma. Nice malty toasty caramel as in the aroma, but the caramel is the finest quality European chocolate filled caramel, not the artificial color-artificial flavor caramel from the discount candy store. This is a good example of the style.

The body is very full, and is quite good, and makes the drinkability quite nice.

Dukeofearl, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice looking marzen with an orangish copper body with a nice frothy white head that retains well. Aroma is very malty with notes of toasted bread, caramel, minerals, and some noble hops. The flavor is subtle yet complex with notes of toasted bread, caramel, minerals, grassy and spicy noble hops round out the taste. The mouthfeel is full and a little bit chewy but spot on for a marzen. This is a really solid marzen, in fact one of the best i've had, this is enjoyable for a style i dont personally like very much and that says something.

silver0rlead, Oct 28, 2005
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 1,910 ratings.