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

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2,041 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,041
Reviews: 1,039
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 64
Gots: 120 | FT: 0
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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 AlesRTasty
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - amber, with little white head
S - caramel, sweet maltiness some toast
T - caramel, malt and bready flavors with a spicy hop finish, i guess this is the standard?
M - medium body with good carbonation
D - good seasonal beer. I think this should be enjoyed every year.

AlesRTasty, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - this Marzen pours a dark amber reddish/orange with a thin tan dissipating head, plenty of swift streams of carbonation

S - a great malty profile is the first thing i notice, its up front and huge, behind it is a brisk aroma like an iced tea kinda nice and fresh, a very inviting aroma

T - the maltiness is up front and strong, but not overpowering, a nice mellow sweetness, the backgound is the same clean briskness that i detected in the aroma, very refreshing, a great quenching beer

M&D - super smooth and drinkable, a great o'fest, one of the best if you ask me

sinstaineddemon, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light amber color. Good initial head but it dies completely and leaves no lace.

Clear and crisp malty aromas. Some notes of light crystal malt.

Nice balance with a dry (not sweet) malt and a light, but noticable, hop bitterness. Nice full body for the style. Good carbonation.

The traditional Oktoberfest. Light flavor, good body, very easy to consume.

smcolw, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a Carmel colored with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers tall off white almost tan and quite creamy looking.

The smell is light hops, and a very nice and smooth toasted cameral.

The taste is great, it follows the nose well with a wonderfully smooth and pleasing toasty Carmel. Ahhh

The mouthfeel is good nice body, good carbonation, warming coating and chewy.

The drinkability is very good, this is a great drinking brew. Light on hops but the delicate yet big malt flavor is awesome. Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of supercolter
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this one at a local Bierstube.

I really like this style but this was not my favorite of them. It has a traditonal taste to it but not quite as malty or as much punch in the taste as like a Sam Adams Octoberfest. A bit thin in the mouthfeel but definately an above average beer.

supercolter, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1PT .9oz bottle into mug

Pours almost perfectly clear orange amber hue. Decent frothy light tan head that holds well, and eventually settles to a bubbly cap.

Sweet malt smells with a hint of grape-like fruit.

Cracker like malt flavor with bits of sweet notes. Hints of noble hops in the finish. Medium bodied with low carbonation. The finish is relatively smooth, with a slightly dry finish for the style.

Maybe one of the drier versions of the Oktoberfest. Good overall beer. No bad qualities about it. I recommend this one.

BeerSox, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with brown highlights, a big-bubbled head that fades to a ring, and sticky lacing on the glass. The nose is nicely expressive while maintaining a cleanliness characteristic of the style. Aromas of spice, vienna malts, and raw grain. Rich, sweet, chewy malts are the centerpiece of the taste here, but they're expertly balanced with dusky, earthy hops that are perfectly bitter. Mouthfeel is thick, robust, and hugely malty, with medium carbonation that doesn't need to be any bigger. This is one excellent Marzen; kind of prototypical of the style. Great.

geexploitation, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of MrVisegrips
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a very clear and deep amber color. The head is a bit flat for my liking and leaves minimal lacing. The carbonation is just right and stays consistent from start to finish. Heavy malt aroma and flavor take center stage with a light caramel flavor in the wings. The finish is smooth and soothing. Dare I say this might be the best Oktoberfest I’ve had this year? Yes. Other than the flat and short lived head, I find no faults worth mentioning. Another fine brew from Paulaner.

MrVisegrips, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark gold color with a moderate head. The smell is pleasant, mostly like malts with the wheat especially potent. Big malts in the taste as well. There is a hint of sweetness, which almost gives it a vanilla-like flavor. Extremely smoothe going down, and well-balanced: it seems there is not much in a way of range in the taste, but the depth of the mono-lithic taste is great. A lovely beer.

Toddv29424, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of gunnerman
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, appearance is that of beatiful orange color that we all love in our fall beers, leaves a nice head that leaves some lacing. Smells is of fruit; apples that have just fallen from the tree. Taste is tangy tarty bread that is very fresh and has a bitterness as well. In my opinion one of the best oktoberfest brews around.

gunnerman, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of MiScusi
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Weilan's in downtown LA.
After having a few other Oktoberfests in the last week, I can definitely say that this was my favorite. No need for much of a description, but Paulaner provided the most of what was expected from an oktoberfest. The nose was very malty and somewhat toasty, and the taste was plenty of bready/biscuity flavor without being sweet. It was very refreshing and I would put it above the Sam Adams Oktoberfest and way above the Spaten I had as well.
overall: 4.3
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 5

I thought this was a superb beer in the sense that it has a great drinkability.

Appearance is a clear orangish red,. No head at all and plenty of streaming bubbles from the bottom up. Smell is of sweet malts and alcohol mainly.

Taste is of sweet caramel malt. That is the lead actor and everything else is there just for a little support. Tastes like a lighter hopped amber ale, with a lighter mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side but the slightest slickness due to the malt. Drinkability is right on key. Who couldn't and wouldn't drink a bunch of these, especially during the time they are intended for- Oktoberfest?

[ serving type: bottle ]

MiScusi, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of LarryV
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber hue with a light fluffy head. Smell is caramel like, malty. Fairly active carbonation bites at the tongue. Big time malt flavor with a nice caramel undertone. Sweetness is kept nicely in check by a generous hoppiness. Very nice brew and easy to toss back a few of these.

LarryV, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of Boneheadmx
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out to an excellent light reddish amber with a fluffy head that subsides slowly. I can see a lot of carbonation in the glass. The smell is of light caramel. The taste is rather malty, and nicely sweet although it finishes off with a great hops taste.

The mouthfeel is rather interesting due to the high carbonation. It is fairly creamy and yet the carbonation tingles the tongue. This is a very drinkable beer that I will certainly have again.

Boneheadmx, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drunk as part of a Octoberfestoff comparing Paulaner, Hacker Pschorr and Ayinger. Not a bad one in the bunch.

The pour was caramel in color, crisp and bright with thick creamy off-white head. The aroma was caramel. The taste was malty, bready, with some toffee. Fine, drinkable beer. Possibly the favorite of the three, but it was really really close.

4thoseabout2bock, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of Budlum
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with one half inch of foamy, off-white head that leaves a thin blanket on top of the beer after about one minute. The body is light amber and orange in color displaying excellent clarity.

The smell of this beer is started in the classic Marzen style with a brown sugar-sweet malt profile. The aroma of cocoa powder adds some complexity along with a stronger than average hop smell.

Flavors are started by a bready and biscuity malt profile with a nicely restrained sweetness. The midpoint of each sip presents a delicious hop taste. The finish is composed of some deeply toasted malt flavors along with hints of smoke and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is deliciously smooth and buttery with light carbonation. The only downfall is a slightly watery body.

Drinkability is great. This beer is nicely balanced throughout and an excellent choice for a bulk Marzen purchase.

Budlum, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of Kulrak
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep caramel color with creamy light tan head that fades away to a film pretty quickly, but clings to the glass all the way down. Smells of molasses and chocolate malt, very pleasant. Tastes very chocolatey and malty, very slight hop flavor. Some bitterness, just enough to balance it out. I've had porters that didn't have as much flavor as this. Mouthfeel is very thick, heavy and creamy with just a little bit of carbonation. All in all, it's a very drinkable beer, I wish I could afford to get it more often.

Kulrak, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of Phocion
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a sparkling golden-amber with a thin but frothy white head.

Aroma is light but malty with a hint of caramel and toffee. Light spicy floral notes for a beautiful balance.

This beer is everything a true Oktoberfest should be. Warm breaded and caramel malts with just enough spicy hops to keep it in check.

Very creamy and warm mouthfeel, yet refreshing and crisp as a Märzen should be. This is as close as I'll get to Munich this year, but it's not a bad spot to settle.

Phocion, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz brown bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a clean, light amber out of the bottle. 1/2 inch, creamy white head that recedes to a semi-intact sheet after a moment. Faint lacing.

Sweet caramel, mild toffee. Biscuit-flavored malt character with hints of diacetyl. Clean whaffs of wheat, oat, and other grains.

Soft toffee and mildly sweet caramel. Hints of dark fruit: plum, raisin along with a dry nutty profile. Butterscotch-tinted grains: oat, rice, wheat. Very clean-tasting ingredients. Toasted oats and clean wheat last well into the aftertaste.

Medium in body; remarkably clean and crisp for the style.

A well crafted Marzen in terms of aunthetically-flavored ingredients and balance. A refreshing change of pace as 'newer' takes on the style can be too sweet, too heavy, and artificial tasting.

NEhophead, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of medic25
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-brown color, with a decent white head. Aroma is deliciously bready. Flavor is just right for a Marzen; extremely malty, with almost no hint of hops. Actually a little bit sweet. Highly drinkable beer; I look forward to this coming out every fall.

medic25, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was a clean caramel malt. Period.

The taste featured a crisp caramel sweetness and an excellent doughy graininess.

The mouthfeel was clean and crisp.

Overall a VERY drinkable German Oktoberfest. Not overly sweet.

plaid75, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crisp copper brown color with a thick, rocky head of tan. Leaves the glassware heavily laced. Nose is of sweet malt, as expected. Palate is light molasses and roasted malts. Only a slight hop balance. Mouthfeel ... predominantly sweet, of course. Medium-bodied and a surprisingly dry finish. Very drinkable for an Oktoberfest beer ... not among my favorites. If you like malt-dominant beers, you can't do much better.

beerphilosopher, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of bgraney
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey amber, slightly transparent and a little bubbly.
Deep roasted malt aroma with an alcohol hint in the background.
Very well balanced malty flavor with a hint of hops, smooth and refreshing.
Relaxes on the tongue, not too heavy, not too light. Fills the tongue with a mellow maltiness.
Drinkable from the beginning to the beginning to the end of October (or any other time).
As far as bottled Oktoberfests go, I don't think it gets better than this.

bgraney, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Orange translucent body with almost no head. Smells sweet and malty, but not overly strong. Tastes sweet and malty, slightly floral maybe? Carbonated but not overly so. On the lighter side of medium bodied, I'd say. I was surprised that it wasn't slightly heavier or more tasty, but it was very good. Deffinitely one of the better Oktoberfest beers I have had...

MrHurmateeowish, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours on the darker side of amber, good head. Head retention and lacing are just "okay"

Smell: Aroma is predominantly malty and toasty. The hop characteristics that come through are distinctly German.

Taste: Toasty, malty, distinctive German hop flavor. Well-balanced and smooth, tastes better than I remember. Could be a bit stronger in the flavor department, though.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, carbonation might be a bit on the low side.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, very smooth.

hunteraw, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass,an inch thick head off white very creamy.
A dark amber,medium coppery color.The head dissipated into a thin layer atop the rest of the beer.
A complex taste consisting of caramell,chocolate,alcohol,bisciuty,woody but yet clean tasting.
The aroma was caramelly,chocolatly,winey,grassy the aromas were a little faint though.
The mouthfeel was grainey,dry,medium to thin body.It finished with a sharp,tart taste,a little flat though.
Doesn't seem like a beer I would drink a lot of,it just did really do any thing for me,it was kinda just there.

jcdiflorio, Oct 09, 2006
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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