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

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1,821 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,821
Reviews: 1,018
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 54
Gots: 56 | 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 bark


2.53/5  rDev -34.5%

The colour is very pale yellow. The small foam is white with medium-sized bubbles.

The smell is sweet and malty with a small sourish touch.

The carbonation is medium strong, but it is at the same time quite refreshing.

The first taste is sweet with a hint of diacetyl. The bitterness grows, but it doesn’t get up to the level that an Oktoberfest beer requires. The aftertaste surprises me with a developed and pleasant malty taste that saves this beer from being mediocre.

I have hoped more from this one, it was a slight disappointment.

09-25-2004 20:25:36 | More by bark
Photo of counselor


4/5  rDev +3.6%

pours a light brown with a decent head in a lovely 0.5 liter stange. fairly malty aroma, but the best part of the beer was the crisp, firm well balanced quaffability of the beer. Carbonation was spot on. The balance of malt and noble hops was a pleasure. I wish it were less expensive because I would have a few mighty sessions with this most enjoyable, flavorfula and easy drinking beer. Makes me yearn for the biergartens of Munchen

09-23-2004 03:28:39 | More by counselor
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12 ounce bottle, with "produced on" dating info on label. Pours a light, coppery, brownish almond, slim white head, tiny bubbles and just a smidgen of lacing. Not much of a nose, deep malty notes, hint of a metalic note. Fruity, malty and pleasant stuff, not my fav style, but cannot deny that this are good everyday drinkin' suds

09-23-2004 03:07:34 | More by Billolick
Photo of Hibernator


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle. There is a freshness date on the bottom right of the label that reads 03.05.

Amber colored with a decent head.

Aroma of malt, apple sauce and caramel.

Taste has a clean carbination that highlights a sweet malt presence. Very crisp hop finish with caramel sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel overall.

Very enjoyable and tasty Oktoberfest beer.

09-17-2004 22:23:26 | More by Hibernator
Photo of allengarvin


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Served from a 5L minikeg, poured a full liter into a German liter mug.

Appearance: Dark brown color, with a big airy head. Nice lacing coats the glass as it's drunk.

Aroma: Bready munich malt dominates, a sweet and slightly toasty aroma.

Flavor/Body: Full malty flavor strikes one initially. Body is full and creamy, though carbonation is a little lower than in the bottle. Just a touch of hops in the end, that finishes it semi-dry.

What else can one say? This is Paulaner's best-selling beer in the US, and deservedly so.

09-17-2004 05:06:55 | More by allengarvin
Photo of marburg


4.45/5  rDev +15.3%

Excellent execution by the brewers. A bewitching, natural shade of amber / burnt orange. Caramel, malty aroma. Straightforward but dead on. Sweeter than it is bready, this is a smoother, more user friendly octoberfest than some others. It lacks any negative astringency or aggressive graininess. There's some in the finish, but this is largely a creamy, sweet, malty brew with exceedingly good balance. Crisp and remarkably drinkable.

09-15-2004 13:04:26 | More by marburg
Photo of tjd25


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

Great head, dense, fine, lasting perfectly on a dark orange color body. The smell shows very light hints of butter and toffee, nicely caramelized with some notes reminiscent of a barn (or maybe that's just the place where I'm having this beer).The taste is thicker than expected with some chocolate bitterness and with almost smoky hints of toast. Light liquorish hints of red fruits. Hops are noticeable. The mouthfeel isn't weak, but isn't overpowering either. just adequate. This beer has some character. Interesting.

09-05-2004 09:02:13 | More by tjd25
Photo of Joey7F


4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

I picked up a sixer of Paulaner to compare with Sam Adams which I got earlier last week. No doubt, this is a better brew. It is not quite as dry as Sam Adams' take on this is. The taste is of roasted caramel and is extremely smooth going down. The smell is probably the weakest area, it doesn't smell very much one way or the other. But to me there are two marks that matter Taste and to a much lesser extent, Mouthfeel/drinkability. This is a great beer and very representative of the style.


09-03-2004 23:37:43 | More by Joey7F
Photo of rugger


4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

This Oktoberfest pours a nice dark amber almost brown in color, with a nice thick head that leaves some impressive lacing. It smells of a nice malty character that makes you think of Oktoberfest, even though I have never been. I can only imagine what it is like with thousands of people drinking this stuff. I like to close my eyes and think about it when I smell and taste this. It has a nice malty taste which has a sweet nutty taste that I bet goes really well with bratwurst or sourkraut, or any other german foods that I can't think of right now. The mouthfeel is almost a chewy thick coating to it. Very complex and very satisfying. I could drink gallons of this like I am sure I would if I were in Germany during Oktoberfest. I know it is just now September, but Damn I love this time of year. Maybe it's because I am drinking it at work, but I am really digging this beer.

09-03-2004 18:07:17 | More by rugger
Photo of shippos

New York

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

clear brillant dark copper witha nice farily thick off white head. sweet and almost chewy cracked grain aromas mostly of vienna malt I think. very clean and balanced though there is a cloying residual sweetness that seems to build up in the finish. still very drinkable as it should be. I good go for a few liters of this anytime.

09-03-2004 16:05:53 | More by shippos
Photo of anders36


3.9/5  rDev +1%

This Oktoberfest beer from Munich pours a nice copper colour into the glass. The head is abouth an inch thick and long lasting. The smell is malty, very malty with some hint of alcohol too. The taste is also malty and bready with some hints of hops in the aftertaste. Some hints of alcohol in the aftertaste too. This is a nice beer that i will drink more of this Fall.

08-28-2004 20:25:47 | More by anders36
Photo of granger10


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

Deep mohagany color with a foamy white head. Not much in the way of lacing though. Smell is really caramelly sweet with a cherry flavor underneath. Taste begins with more caramel sweetness and caramel dominates my palate throughout. There's a nutty flavor underneath which is accompanied by a smoky kick. Hops linger in the back and are spicy. There's nothing extremely phenomenol about this beer but it is a solid oktoberfest all around. I think this is the way oktoberfests were meant to taste.

08-08-2004 23:04:41 | More by granger10
Photo of filabrazilia


4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a clear copper with a small tan head that floats on top. Very nice looking in the glass.

A sweet malt mixes with a doughy balance in the nose. Pleasant and nicely fragrant.

The taste is smooth, slightly sweet and very mellow. A touch of alcohol counters the sweetness nicely. This is a very smooth and easy to drink beer.

This is a thin and mellow brew that has a firm bite of carbonation that gives the beer some texture but does not overwhelm it. A touch of dryness finishes the beer.

This beer goes down good on a hot summers day. All the qualities of a good pilsener but with the complexity of an ale. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

08-02-2004 04:11:10 | More by filabrazilia
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: Nice amber color with frothy head but minimal lacing once it dissipates

Smell: Malty smell with a bit of toasty bread

Taste: Initial malty breadiness with nice toffee flavors is soon complemented by some light hops to provide a nice balance through to the finish, which is a tad sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; very smooth

Drinkability: Typical example of the style

07-10-2004 21:45:02 | More by brentk56
Photo of Gagnonsux


3.9/5  rDev +1%

Appearance- Nice dark honey color with creamy, average-sized head.

Smell- Malty, very malty. Mainly a caramel smell is detected.

Taste- Malty, caramel taste. Some hops bite in the finish. Taste really grew on my from first to second beer.

Drinkability- Quite drinkable, maybe just a tad too heavy for an extra long session.

My first Marzen style beer, I definently want to try some more of this style in the future.

06-30-2004 20:28:46 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%


Slightly cloudy copper with a nice inch thick white head.


Malts through and through with the barest hint of some fruits.


Extremely smooth with great malt characteristics that glide along the tongue. Slightly sweet with the barest hint of hops in the finish.

06-22-2004 19:58:13 | More by cbl2
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

It pours a clear honey amber, nicely carbonated. A finger of tight off-white head grows then settles to a pithy cloud of foam. Skylines of lacing lay etched on the inside of the glass.

The aroma is simple and straightforward, with a dense cloud of lightly toasted malt backed by brown sugar sweetness and notes of plum and raisin.

A sip brings a wash of malt, along a an essence of butterscotch and muted sloe fruit sweetness. A more indisctinct graininess comes through in the middle, along with a baked dough undertone. the finish is very short, with just a hint of bitterness dying out quickly. Overall, the flavor delivers just as the style is expected: malty, tasty, and fundamentally good.

Medium bodied, the thick malt presence lays long on the palate, like light syrup, sliding away in its own good time.

It is what it is, and that's a classic representation of the style. The solid malt character tells you all you need to know about this beer. The understated sweetness allows the flavor of the grain to stand out. After this one, a second is certainly possible, but one might fill the bill just as well, as all that malt can certainly fill one's gullet. So it may not be one of my all-time favorites, but it's good and capable, and that's not so bad, really.

06-02-2004 14:25:17 | More by Foxman
Photo of BeerBuilder


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours to a light copper color with a tan head. The aroma is malty, bready & toasty with a spicy hop smell. The flavor is bready and malty with a spicy hop finish. It is a very easy drinking beer; really smooth and clean. One tasty O’fest.

Sampled 2/6/04

05-26-2004 15:56:52 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

You know how many Oktoberfest/Marzens I could lay my hands on in coastal Maine last fall? One. Samuel Adams. Not bad but not great. This one is a bit more of what I was missing. It pours a clear rich copper with hints of ruby. A thin tan head with no lace but still looks good to me. Smell is familiar - nutty, rich malt and hints of caramel.

It's straight forward, not alot of complexity. Just that deep maltiness, light nuttiness and that light stickiness in th mouth you would expect from an Oktoberfest. This beer knows what it is and just sticks with it. Amazingly drinkable and statisfying. Not the greatest Marzen but a damn good one.

05-13-2004 00:18:21 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of Zorro


4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a clear bronze colored brew.

Smell is malty with a spice and biscuit aroma.

Taste is malty with a bit of caramel in there. Hop bitterness shows up to balance the maltiness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice drinkable brew, I think Hop Monsters have deadened my sense of taste.

05-09-2004 22:31:23 | More by Zorro
Photo of sinistersteve


3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

Well, time for something a bit different from the normal American beers I consume.

This one poured out to a nice amber color with a nice thick head that completely disappeared after a few minutes.

Strong malty presence on the nose; even stronger on the tounge.

Seems to be a decent beer, but I certainly wouldn't drink more than one in any single session. Perhaps the reason for that is my Ameicanized taste.

04-15-2004 04:51:49 | More by sinistersteve
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -15%

I hear that out of the six main Munich breweries during Oktoberfest, Paulaner's offering is the most widely consumed. I was able to obtain a six-pack of this brew in early April, so I assume that this stuff is available year round. Paulaner's Oktoberfest is a pretty average example of the style in my opinion. It was certainly easy to quaff, but I expected just a little bit more out of this in the flavor department.

The label on my botle says Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen, and depicts a horde of burly München barwaitresses marching in formation and carrying many steins of bier. I would certainly get out of these ladies way if I was at the Oktoberfest! This brew pours a nice reddish-orange/amber color with a decent light tan head that disappears in under 35 seconds. The aroma was quite clean, with only some light caramel malts being detected by my nose. The mouthfeel was a little bit thin and moderately carbonated, but very crisp and quaffable. The caramel malt presence is indeed in this beer as it should be, but I was surprised that this contain a rather nice and pleasant citric hop presence. The hop presence actually seemed to be more noticable in the flavor than the malts, which seems unlikely for the style. The hop flavors are there, but the beer is not bitter in any conceivable way. Some light nuttiness was detected too. The aftertaste contained some light caramel and grainy flavors, and finished off with no alcoholic warmth.

The crisp, citrus-like hop presence was a surprise for this brew, but altogether the beer was not very challenging to the tastebuds. It was quite simple, and perhaps a bit boring. This is probably a good beer to chug while standing in the crowds in München, as it is crisp and very drinkable. It ends up being a decent amber beer, but I could probably get a domestic micro-amber for much less than the price of this.

04-09-2004 03:38:50 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of cedricwarner

New York

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Amber Whiskey Color with a beautiful spongey head. I'm a sucker for rich malty aromas, and this has a great one. Medium-bodied malt flavor nothing too grand, but this is extraordinarily drinkable. Pretty average mouthfeel. Overall this is the best Oktoberfest beer I've tried.

04-07-2004 01:16:04 | More by cedricwarner
Photo of ColoradoBobs


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

Pretty amber color with a nice head that faded to a thin layer of foam. Moderate carbonation.

Smell was of spicy malt with a hint of alcohol.

Taste was of slightly toasted malt, some caramel, and a hops-bitter finish. Not quite as deep as I anticipated from the aroma.

Not bad, but not what I had expected from the world's most widely-consumed Oktoberfest beer.

04-05-2004 03:25:09 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of Mitchster


3.38/5  rDev -12.4%

Pours to a brilliantly clear medium-amber, forming a moderate light-beige head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is of a clean ferment, malty with loads of toast and sweet amber grain husk. Hops are negligible. Mouthfeel is initally tangy, then quite husky with a suprisingly dense body. Taste is predominantly husken amber malts with a touch of English (?) hop spiciness. I swear I taste Fuggles or Goldings in here. Perhaps they used some oxidized Tett or Hallertauer giving it a semi-ruddy note. There is even some toffee characteristics consistent with English brews, however the brief, crisp finish assures you it's a lager. Finish is also quote toasty and dry.

I would call this a quite average Oktoberfest. Maybe my taste buds are getting saturated tonight. I would certainly rather drink Ayinger for this seasonal.

03-31-2004 02:08:29 | More by Mitchster
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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