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

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1,765 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,765
Reviews: 1,015
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 50
Gots: 41 | 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 Shaw


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My local pub, the Cock & Bull (see BeerFly!) usually has this on tap at this time of year, so I got a liter.

The color, especially when viewed in a dimpled liter mug, is beautiful. A luminous amber. My liter had a monster head that extended at least an inch above the glass, which is pretty high considering the liter mugs have about two inches of head space in them to begin with.

This is the original Oktoberfest-Bier, and I can see why. A great malty flavor with enough hops to keep it from being sweet. It has little aftertaste and a great mouthfeel. This lager is very easy to drink, a characteristic which the brewers surely meant to include.

This is the gold standard of Oktoberfest beers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2003 06:43:35 | More by Shaw
Photo of littlebibs

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very drinkable Oktoberfest, nice head but it quickly
disolves. Lighter than I'd hoped but tastey, this is a master beer
maker after all. I've heard only great things about Paulaner beer.
The carbonation,caramel, hops blend nicely together, very smooth
and as I said very drinkable all the way.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 02:22:49 | More by littlebibs
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ouch! I remember this being much better (and much more substantial). Nice, reddish hue, but head disappears quickly, little lace. Stunningly thin mouthfeel, quite watery. I remebered this beer being creamier and maltier. Maybe Paulaner is being "dumbed down" as some have suggested. I was so disappointed, I couldn't drink two. Reminded me of a Yuengling lager, in a way. Some mild hoppiness and bite, but almost too little to notice. Where is the malt?! Not really bad, but just too thin and mild. I hope I can find a better Octoberfest before the season is over.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 02:54:08 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of TripelJ


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Paulaner Oktoberfest

I was eager to try this beer on tap and it did not disappoint at all. Nice deep caramel color with a nice creamy tan head that left some nice lacing in the mug. Aroma is subtle and mostly sweet. A nice caramel sweetness and light toasted malts dominate the taste. The toasty/roasty notes come out more as the beer warms up and really make for an enjoyable Oktoberfest beer. A light to medium body provides for a high drinkability and helps when quaffing a liter at a time : ).

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2003 03:54:40 | More by TripelJ
Photo of rkhaze


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

16.9 oz bottle that pours a clear light amber with a big foamy head and moderate lacing. A nice fresh malty aroma.
Big, not too sweet malty taste with some caramel and honey, complemented by a mildly spicy hoppiness.
Medium body and carbonation with a smooth, clean malty aftertaste. Nicely balanced, highly drinkable beer that I perceive to be the benchmark for the style amongst those available in the U.S.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 02:21:54 | More by rkhaze
Photo of 86MonteSS


4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the sweeter and hoppier märzens I've had. I'm starting to notice a phantom alcoholic flavor and more and more toasted malt as I reach the bottom of the glass. The carbonation makes its presence known in a very good way. A very sweet and very solid Oktoberfest. I wish that parade of beer maids would march out of the label and into my living room.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 02:57:26 | More by 86MonteSS
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber iced-tea color, 1 1/2 fingers of head that leaves a smooth covering of foam, then disappears entirely. Still looks attractive in the glass despite that, though.

Mostly caramel malt aroma with a touch of grassiness. After initial vapor, it is all caramel malt, about what you'd expect.

Predominantly and tasty toasted malt, does a respectable job at avoiding the sweetness factor. Instead you get an attempt to balance with hops. Not a bad attempt, but they come off sour as much as bitter (metallic?). Pretty good profile, really. Fairly good personality. The finish stays on the bitter/sour side without totally wiping out the malt, but resolves quickly enough so as to not slow you down.

Nice bubbles, well-checked body but substantial enough to earn good marks.

Not sure how long I would enjoy the acrid kind of aftertaste, but it's an easy sixer to take care of, and more enjoyable than the Hofbrau Octoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 01:39:43 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Suds


4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terriffic example of the style. Only slightly chilled, the beer produces a thin, verys table dull-white head. Nice lace, and a beautiful, clear, dark, copperish-amber color. Aroma is almost aall toasted malts. Taste is sweet and malty with a lot of bread-like doughiness. Clean, slightly chewy, and all-around wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2003 18:21:17 | More by Suds
Photo of johnrobe


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice light orange amber with a wispy bright white head. The aroma unfolds in layers of malt...caramel, bread, then slightly nutty. Bready toasted malts dominate the flavor with some nicely sweet, but not cloying, caramel malt thrown in the mix. I wish this brew was a bit fuller-bodied, but it is extremely quaffable as is.

Still, the brew to beat in the Octoberfest/Marzen/Vienna Lager genre is Great Lakes Elliot Ness.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2003 00:45:51 | More by johnrobe
Photo of DESTRO


4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a lovely orange with good clarity and a nice lace. smells nice and malty, sweet and a little doughy. the taste is of malt, caramel and a nice light hop touch. sweet and bread like, wonderful. perfect carbonation and a smooth texture round out a great beer. oh so drinkable, lovely beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2003 20:09:53 | More by DESTRO
Photo of Admiraldinty


4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly exceptional brew, probably the best Oktoberfest I've had.

Pours a golden amber with a lacy off-white head.

Aroma is heavenly, extremely malty with just a whiff of hop bitterness that balance it extremely well. I also detect a bit of raspberry, but I may be imagining things.

Very chewy mouthfeel. Very creamy mouthfeel. Sweet caramel malt, and enough hops to give it a little kick. Ends somewhat dry. Very warming with a nice alcoholic kick underneath.

Perhaps one of the best brews I've tasted thus far this fall, but there are plenty more to go.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2003 00:41:39 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of Redrover


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at one of the local Oktoberfests. The reps were there and were handing out some cool openers to boot!!

Beer is a lovely reddish brown with a tan head. As always with this beer, good lacing is very evident.

Beer has a nice toasted bread and malt aroma. Taste is equally yummy. Definite toasted malt sweetness , You also get a bit of caramel and a nice subdued hop/pine taste. Clear use of quality ingredients. Beer is smooth and carbonation seems to be perfectly calibrated for the style. Easy to drink and went great with the thuringer and kraut I had. Another beer I was lucky enough to sample at the Munich Oktoberfest and one that travels well to the states.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2003 02:50:44 | More by Redrover
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a rich looking off white head that falls upon light amber liquid with slight reddish highlights...very appetizing appearence!

The nose is filled with fresh bread-doughy maltiness steeped with a metallic hop aroma and some notes of hay thrown in for good measure.

The taste is a wonderfully tasty mix of slightly toasty malt sweetness, light tea-like astringency and a flowery and bitter hop prescence all blending towards a deliciously balanced and lingering finish. As of now, my top German O-fest...reccomended.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 00:10:01 | More by beerluvr
Photo of pezoids


4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, it's been a year since I've reviewed the bottled version of this beer. I had a case of it then, and it didn't last long.

This version was served through the jockey box at Ludwig’s Oktoberfest street party. Poured a very attractive copper amber orange with a thinning white head. This is one of my favorite ‘fest beers that I’ve tried. It’s sweet, malty and very smooth. There are some definite spicy notes, almost peppery - with a bit of citrus tang. Lagered perfectly. Beautiful melding of the malt and hops into a very smooth and a very drinkable product, and at the same time retains some of it’s spicy and distinctive character. Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2003 03:43:24 | More by pezoids
Photo of goz


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours pure clear amber, with a large tan head that mostly diminishes and leaves little lace. Aroma of caramel and toasted grains. Flavor starts sweet with caramel, some hints of toasted bread, and a bit of smoke squeezing in at the end. Medium body, super easy to drink - a truly great fest beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 00:42:37 | More by goz
Photo of rabidawg


4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep ruby-chestnut with a smallish head. Leaves a sticky, spotty lace.

Smell: Abundant roasted malts, with a nice sticky caramel sweetness. Hops are only a backdrop here.

Taste: Very soft, with dark fruits and toasted malts up front. Caramel-sweet middle, with only a slight bitterness in the finish.

Notes: Definitely a top-notch Festbier. A must try for fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2003 03:57:47 | More by rabidawg
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve been enjoying Paulaner O’Fest’s for the past 10 years, and this year (2003), for the first time, I seem to notice a difference. Less sweet, hoppier and a bit more alcohol kick. It pours a deep dark amber and holds a thin beige head. A sweet caramel sweet malt and hop aroma lasts for a while, then fades. The malty body is creamy and sweet, with toffee and honey flavors. The hops have a lime-like bitterness and mild spiciness. Slightly astringent and some noticeable alcohol, which lasts throughout. The slick, creamy, oily liquidity is representative of Oktoberfest beers. This years Paulaner seems to be a bit more intense than pervious years’ versions. Bring on fall!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2003 03:16:32 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of beerguy101


3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold color, large head (foamy) malty aroma. A medium bodied marzen. Mild malts, slightly sweet. Some hoppyness. Mild flavor. Smooth and mild taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. It a nice Oktoberfest -Marzen. Nice but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2003 02:59:03 | More by beerguy101
Photo of BierReise


3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep copper color that produced a sizable head which shrunk to nothing very quickly. Aroma is a malty nutty one with a sweetness and a slight roasty aroma as well. Mouthfeel is smooth with ample carbonation. Flavor is malty and sweet with a dryness at the finish. There is no retention here at all. Nothing. Dissapointing for Paulaner.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2003 21:04:21 | More by BierReise
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A small, creamy/tan, noisy, foamy head sits on a clear, dark, amber/brown body. Sweet toffee and chocolate in the nose. Tangy toffee at first. Not as sweet as I expected. Then chocolate and malty caramel. Finish is disappearing when cold, but the toffee and chocolate are still there. This is a fine beer. It's dark tasting, but light bodied until it warms. That's when it really matures: it sweetens and gets breadier. Much better. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2003 00:07:09 | More by kbub6f
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always considered this a really good example of a "fest" beer and jump on it when its out.Pours a nice deep copper color with a pretty nice medium head,aroma is slightly malty and toasted but faint.The taste is on the sweeter side with some doughy flavors with a light hoppiness to keep it from getting to sweet.Real nice beer look for it if you like th style.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 01:00:57 | More by oberon
Photo of edchicma


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice coppery appearance with a decent head that dissipated slowly. Light malty-hoppy aroma with an interesting taste. Initially it felt light, but then the hops kicked in to give it a nice crispness that lasted well and left a pleasing aftertaste. Mouthfeel likewise was initially light, then more robust.. a bit like a mild explosion. Easy and pleasing to drink, especially the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 22:33:39 | More by edchicma
Photo of mikeys01


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried the Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen yesterday on the recommendation of my local package store owner while staring at the case of many Oktoberfest beers to choose from. I think I made the right choice. The Paulaner is a nice dark amber/brown, minimal white head, nose of very sweet malt and autumn fruit with a hint of pumpkin pie. Body is hearty and chock full of sweet malt flavor, with a pronounced hop presence following that backs off quickly. Lingering flavors of pumpkin spice, raisins, and other unidentifiable spice make this a very worthy Oktoberfest beer. Highly drinkable, this is a good amber to savor a few pints of...

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 00:37:30 | More by mikeys01
Photo of ngandhi


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen Amber is my first Oktoberfest; if this is how they all look, I'll surely be buying more. The body is deep amber with an appropriately slim but uniform head with lacing. I like it when malty beers don't have too big of a head; sometimes it is a distraction against the body of the beer. Let it warm a little.

When I opened the pint+ bottle and decanted into my 14 oz. goblet, I was hit with a burst of ripe plums and currants. On the nose it's all that and a little yeasty. Goes well, actually, with a DFH Raison d'Etre.

The initial flavor is peppery bubble gum. The yeast and malt components make an interesting combination with the bittering hops. The yeast/hop then realizes the power of the malt and reveals something akin to an overripe pear. This beer operates on all parts of the tongue. With no yeast in suspension, the flavor is a pleasant surprise.

As a Marzen, this beer does exhibit properties of a lager including a certain crispness on the palette and that lagered (how else to describe it?) aftertaste. I would have expected it to be a bit more mellow; was this really brewed in March? While the malty sweetness and sharp but quickly lost hop bitterness is characteristically Oktoberfest, this beer lacks a certain integration. At times, the biting carbonation seems to seperate the malt and hop assertiveness on the tongue. Also, for such a malty beer, I expected a little more body. This is medium-light which, I suppose, a lager would be. Still, my tongue finds a lot of these elements inconsistent. The hop residue on the back of the tongue is pleasant; I think this beer could have made good use of just a touch more variety. I don't know what's in here, but a fruitier hop, something like a Cascade, could have worked really well with the malt. Or perhaps even more bittering. Though I take a little issue with the bittering because it is a little unpleasant, it's beacuse it seems like an afterthought. The beer is going to be malt-heavy, but I've had many malt-heavy beers with better hop balance than this. The aftertaste is lovely.

It has got me interested in Oktoberfests and I will certainly try several more. I hope there's a finer craft to them than this bottle has expressed.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 20:08:58 | More by ngandhi
Photo of Boilermaker88


3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, coppery color with a big-ass, lumpy 2" off-white head and light carbonation. Head thinned out slowly to a thin ring and left a nice patchwork of lace.
Smell was all malt until I aggitated it. Then I got an unpleasant blast of boiled veggie aroma. Lost a point for that.
Taste is earthy, grainy malt. Fortunately, the veggie smell didn't translate into the taste. Slightly bitter finish and a faintly metallic aftertaste.
Feel was smooth, medium-bodied, and dry.
My first Octoberfest beer of the season. A decent beer which has piqued my curiosity about the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 22:19:07 | More by Boilermaker88
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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