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

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2,067 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,067
Reviews: 1,040
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 64
Gots: 128 | 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 0tt0
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft, shaker pint...

Pours a nice amber color that resembles a glass of iced tea and is capped by a very loose bubbly head that dissipates quickly to the thinest of collars. The nose is dominated by caramel and sweet, warm bread. Almost a hint of something slightly tea-like (green tea?). First sip brings a crisp tingle to the tongue followed by a huge, caramel, biscuity, sweet middle. The hops are somewhat absent at mid-point, but they come through with a fairly long, dry, crispy finish. Body is just thinner than medium and spot-on for the style. The sweetness may get a bit much for me over an average session, but I can't complain as this pint disappears. Plus, I sampling in 100 degree Georgia heat, so this might be better on the palate in cooler Fall temps.

0tt0, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden amber with a head that dissipated quickly. Pretty smooth and drinkable, but not my preferred style of beer. I would much rather drink their Hefeweizen which is excellent. It kind of grows on you as you drink it, however. No real strong characteristic

biggmike, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of BadRockBeer
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 12fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Features freshness date.

Appearance: Amber to copper in color with golden hue. Clear, 1 finger head that faded to a nice tight lace.

Smell: Sweet malt, some what biscuity. Vienna malt is prevalent.

Taste: Big malt right up front, sweet and toasty. I taste a little butterscotch and very little in the way of hop taste, yet this beer is very balanced. I also taste notes of raisins and light coffee.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body. Mild carbonated.

Drinkability: Good. This beer is quite refreshing but becomes fairly heavy after a couple.

BadRockBeer, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cool label artwork with hefty German heifers hoisting steins of Oktoberfest brew! Pours a pumpkin pie filling orange with a thin white cap of loose bubbles. Leaves some very sporadic land spotty lace...loose, like dish soap. And the head settles to a very thin wispy haze.

S - Malty carrot cake and diacetyl butterscotch aromas. This just brings back memories of the fall!

T - Richly malted. Carrot cake, warm cookies, fruitcake. Lightly hopped...just enough to balance the malt forward flavors. Some cinnamon and nutmeg come through in the aftertaste. Fest beers always remind me of pumpkin pie and carrot cake....and this one is no exception. A really solid and well made Oktoberfest brew!

M - Starts out with some aggressive carbonation that lifts off the tongue and leaves a slick layer of sweetness coating the palate. Full bodied, chewy, and yet refreshingly crisp.

D - Excellent. I could drink stein after stein of this. A classic example of the style made extra drinkable by it's higher than average carbonation for the style.

pmcadamis, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of RoundelMike
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To be sure, Paulaner Oktoberfest is a pretty beer with its vibrant amber hue and impressive clarity. The taste does not overpower--it was probably never meant to--but instead provides a syrupy smoothness, pleasantly sweet, with a slight toasted character. It's quite mellow. The sweetness gives the beer an almost candy-like quality, the perfect dessert for a long week's work.

This beer isn't perfect however, with it's unimpressive and muted smell and a thick mouthfeel that can grow a little tiresome over an entire exclusive evening with this drink. This is a beer that you want to sip, relish, and move away from.

RoundelMike, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of mcarroll10177
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- coppery gold with an off white head and some nice lacing on the glass

S- some hops, but I expected more of a nose

T- some hops and not much else

M- a bit thinner than I would have expected or wanted

D- an ok beer that I would have again, but there are better selections out there.

mcarroll10177, May 31, 2007
Photo of theopholis
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a beautiful clear amber with a nice off-white head and some lacing.

Aroma-Lots of malt sweetness. Some caramel notes, and a hint of fruit. The aroma is very inviting.

Taste- Again, lots of malt sweetness. Some toasted malts, caramel. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel- body is a little on the heavy side. Good carbonation level.

Drinkability- Very nice brew. And this coming from a hop-head!!!!

theopholis, May 12, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I normally wouldn't be drinking this beer, but I'm down in Orlando for the weekend, and the options are just not the best here. As it turned out, that worked out OK....

I have had this beer a number of times, though not recently. The marzen style is a style I've come to enjoy less and less, with its focus on sweet malt and little hops. Still, even when I used to drink marzens more often, I was always struck by just how superior the orginal German version was to its American made counterparts.

Had this one last night fresh from the local ABC store, and was quickly reminded just how superb this beer is....

Pours a rich copper color with excellent foam retention and good lacing. The nose is remarkable. Yes it's malty, but there is a rich, roasty flavor that is just wonderful. You can almost smell the grain and sweet malt in the glass. On the palate the beer is very rich and malty, sweet, long and satisfying. There is no drop off in the flavor as you drink this beer; it remains rich, sweet, almost thick, and satisfying. The beer finishes well, is not the least bit cloying, and is very easy to drink.

I still wouldn't want to drink this beer all the time, but it sure made for a nice change from the usual hop monsters and other extreme beers I so enjoy. Excellent beer...

John_M, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of vancurly
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brew date 0706. 9 months is a long time....

A: Pours a clear amber, fairly tight off-white head, that fizzles away. To me an indication of too long in bottle.

S: Strong malty aroma, grainy/hay-like.

F: Same notes as the smell, but emphasised. Also some herbaceous & flinty hop notes, chewy malt. Soft bready yeast , and some subtle tobacco leaf & leather.

M: Light weight, short at the back, and even slightly hot, which is unusual for the ABV.

D: I think 9 months is showing its effect on head & mouthfeel, but the malt & hop flavours are still in relatively good balance & evidence. Hope the shop where I got this can acquire it sooner next time.

vancurly, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers in this style!

Beautiful amber color, nice little bit of a head, some lacing.

Smells sweet, oh so sweet

It tastes as sweet as it smells. Can make a hop-head convert!

It has a real nice finish and is not bitter at all.

I can, have, and will always drink a lot of this beer.
Soak your brauts in some other crap, this beer is for drinking!

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of loren01
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an orange color, very littel head, no lacing. Looks a little flat to me.
S: Lots of malt, slight alcohol.
T: Same as smell. Sweet, malty, slight alcohol taste
M: A little thin/watery.
D: Pretty good Oktoberfest beer, good malty flavor.Fairly easy drinking however.

loren01, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I took a 5 liter mini keg of Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen Amber on a camping trip. It poured a nice reddish, dark copper color with a white head. Very malty nose. Excellent malty flavor, really a fine drinker. Recommended, and I might add that the mini keg had the coolest graphic ever, three fat german guys (presumably at Oktoberfest) chugging mass krugs of Paulaner Oktoberfest, no doubt.

Drew966, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of wingman14
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange amber with golden hues and a decent white head that fades quickly. The smell is sweet and malty, with some yeast and doughy characters. Taste is very similar with some spices thrown in, and a doughy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium/light, with a good balance bringing in decent carbonation. This is a sessionable beer, not very strong in taste for an oktoberfest, but has that malt driven flavor. A good beer worth giving a try, I was happy with this brew. Cheers!

wingman14, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of uwmgdman
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Oktoberfest pours a brilliantly clear light copper into my glass, very striking. The white head was thin and diminished quickly to a rim around the top. The aroma of the beer high on the toasted grains (lots of Munich), there is also medium-low sweetness and a low spicy hop aroma evident. The taste of the beer is very malty, high toasted grain flavor with a little residual sweetness. The hop bitterness is low, but enough to provide a wonderful balance for the style. The carbonation is medium. The beer has a medium-light body with a very nice smoothness. Overall I really enjoyed this beer. The taste and aroma of toasted malts is wonderful, as is the smoothness of the beer. The drinkability of this beer is quite high and I will certainly buy this ‘Fest again, hopefully someday in Munich.

uwmgdman, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of notoriousdav
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is just a great Oktoberfest...I know some may say that this is "mass" produced beer, but hey, sometimes they mass produce something the right way. Pours a medium mohagany. Smells of maple sugar, malt, and polka music. Taste is sweet, with some caramel elements. Carbonation is middle of the road. Could drink this all day long, and sometimes I do. This just tastes like the fall to me...football, brats, and cool weather. Great with smoked cheeses and sausage. It's everything I like about beer.

notoriousdav, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of jim102864
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A must for the summer season, since it is oh so drinkable. However, I had one left in the fridge from a recent purchase and thought, why not? This pours a copper color with appropriate carbonation for an Oktoberfest beer. Somewhat light nose, some yeast, some malt. The taste is refresingly light with hints of sweet-ish hops and malt. Goes down nice and smooth. Almost like a summer pale. I'm a fan of all things Paulaner. This brew is easily a session beer.

jim102864, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of lpayette
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank some time ago- reviewing from notes-

Appearance- A brilliantly colored beer with a nice head. Some lacing.

Smell- The nose is fairly strong as I could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle. Smells are mostly malty with hints of freshly cut grass.

Taste- In short, delicious. On the malty side as expected, but with a finely balanced dose of hops.

Mouthfeel- Feels about right for the style.

Drinkability/Conclusions - This is probably my favorite oktoberfest so far. Worth seeking out this time of year. Another fine brew from paulaner.

lpayette, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of BamaWorKs
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Writing this review as I crack open my first. I must say, I have some expectations of this beer.... so here we go.

Appearance: clear, with an amber color (whoda thunkit?). Very nice. Not much head though.

Smell: Fruity, hints of orange, very pleasant.

Taste: Not as robust as I expected, but good nonetheless with caramel and cinnamon hints.

Mouthfeel: Light and quite thin.

Drinkability: This brew is certainly drinkable with its light mouthfeel and it's too thick.

BamaWorKs, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of RevDru
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Production Date of 03.06

A - Pours a clear, medium bronze. Light head formation which disappears quickly.

S - Fruity, orange and apple. Fresh grain. Crisp and clean.

T - Toasted caramel malt and cinnamon. Slightly bready.

M - Medium fullness. Crisp and bubbly.

D - Highly drinkable. A nice balance of malt and hops. Low-to-medium ABV makes it easy to drink multiples of this beer.

RevDru, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

These modern Marzens, well, they are not the same as the old ones, are they?

20 Brown .5 litre bottles, best before mid 07.

No real aroma from my bottles.

A good pilsner maybe, a good marzen, no.

A pleaseant enough beer, but why are all the main Munich brewers numbing down their Marzen beers? It couldn't be anything to do with cost and time could it? Surely not!

BlackHaddock, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of beeragent
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The appearance is a nice dark copper, with no head, and little to no lacing visible. Can't detect too much aroma on this one, aside from a slightly sweet smell. The taste is much the same, slightly sweet, but not overkill. An okay beer to session, but when it comes to flavor, this one is just a little lacking. Just not enough there. Maybe I just got a bad batch.

beeragent, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of hylton44
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess these guys have been brewing this beer for awhile. Well, they got a number of things right. It pours a nice-looking brownish orange color; just right for the season! Robust smell with the distinct odor of aged apples. Taste is crisp, nutty, and round. Mouthfeel is full, and is followed by a hearty finish.

hylton44, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of PEBKAC
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an absolutely beautiful dark amber with a near perfect head that didn't grow or shrink during the pour, despite my inconsistant hand.
It doesn't stay put however, as it creeps back into itself pretty quickly. Lacing is thin, but thorough.

An eye-opening malt, gingerbread, caramel, vanilla extract, brandy concoction.

Sweet & spicy, smokey & sweet, just like the sugar crust on top of a cup of creme brulee. Delightfully creamy the whole way through. Nothing overly sweet or thick. A very well managed pour that goes down easy,
but will become a bit intense if left sitting for too long. The mild bitterness only seems to accentuate the individual malt flavors, helping give an extra layer of spice to finish it off.

I love this brew. :)

PEBKAC, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a fluffy, fluffy white head and a clear, clear lovely amber.
Smells like a maltfest in that there glass. Some yeast funk can also be detected with some sweet floral notes and some herbal notes.
Tastes solid. A meaty, malt-fest of a beer with a tingle of hop bitterness. Some mild, bitter chocolate is in there with a dash of black cherry and raisin. Has a well rounded, lovely finish and is definately a tasty version of the style.

ommegangpbr, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours out an amber hue with a small, short-lived head. Leaves no lacing.

S - Smelled of hops and malt.

T - It is quite malty and has a clove taste. There is a nice sweet touch, as well.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied.

D - A very nice flavorful octoberfest. It just tastes very good.

zeff80, Nov 04, 2006
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 2,067 ratings.