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

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1,889 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,889
Reviews: 1,028
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 57
Gots: 77 | 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 danielharper
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

Served on-tap at Ol' Heidelberg, Huntsville, AL. Served in a twenty-ounce weizen glass.

I had two of these with dinner -- the first with bread and a salad, the second with a serving of Chicken Schnitzel Cordon Bleu and pan-fried potatoes. The combination was fantastic all the way around.

The presentation on this beer was really nice, with a generous head capping a dark-red, almost brown-colored brew. Head stuck around for awhile, but eventually faded to nothing by the end of the beer.

A very nice aroma, with a bready, fruity, maly aroma dominating. Hops seemed minimal to me -- overall this beer was a very pleasant sniff throughout the meal. No real spices or "off" aromas to counterweigh the overall aroma.

Taste was the best part of this brew. Very flavorful, with a sort of bready taste with very little hops. Carbonation was moderate, not enough to effect that taste at all.

Mouthfeel was good, too. The brew coated the inside of my mouth for a few seconds after swallowing, leaving me with a nice aftertaste that dissipated. Kind of chewy while being drunk, it nonetheless went down smoothly. While the head was present, it gave a nice foaminess to the beer, and the carbonation was present enough to give the beer some bite, but not enough to make the beer unpleasant.

As far as drinkability goes, I was originally planning to have only one of these, and ordered a second without hesitation. Had the meal been smaller, I would have undoubtedly ordered a third -- despite the relatively high alcohol content, this would make a pretty good session beer for me. I'm planning on buying a sixer of this as soon as I can get by my liquor store, assuming they still have it in stock.

This beer might also make a good intro into import brews for any fan of Sam Adams Lager. Has many of the positives of SA, with few of the negatives. Overall, a nice beer that I will be having again as soon as possible.

danielharper, May 14, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.6/5  rDev -7%

12 oz. brown bottle with produced on date of 08.04.

Poured clear amber with a thin collar of off-white head.

Nice rich, grainy malts in the smell with some toffee in there as well. Touch of fruit.

Creamy and smooth with a light fruitiness. Pleasant malt aftertaste that lingers. Threshold hopping is somewhat spicy.

A not too frumpy, easy drinker.

Shultzerdugen, May 01, 2005
Photo of whynot44
4.22/5  rDev +9%

Light/medium bodied, nice clear deep amber with an off white head.

Aroma is definite toasted malt, caramel, and toasted bread with a bit of hops.

The taste is sweet toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and bread with a touch of spicy hops at the slightly dry citrusy finish. Slight alcohol warmth, just right for the fall season (or anytime!).

Smooth, creamy, very drinkable. My favorite Oktoberfest so far.

whynot44, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of beertastegood
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a smallish, rocky head. Smells of bread, biscuits and caramel...sweeter than I expected. Tastes very light and refreshing, with predominantly caramelly-sweet flavors, but also very crisp and clean with a smooth hop bitterness. Finish is slightly dry. Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation. A good session beer.

beertastegood, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of karst
4.18/5  rDev +8%

This beautful brew came with a friend for supper in two 0.5 L bottles of amber-brown clear dark orange with creamy off-white head as tall as you want to pour it. Thanks Ben hope you liked the grilled chicken and burgers.

Malty bread & biscuit and toasted caramel aromas.

Malty and baked bread start with abiscuit malt top and some toasted caramel sweetbread on tail end. Clean and crisp finish with barely noticed hops. devilment though, a very attractive Oktoberfest-Bier.

Mouthfeel was medium with a nice roundness.

As you expect a good quality German that exemplifies the Oktoberfest Märzen Style.

As Ben said "my stomach knows a good beer" and with a name like Strehlmann I am sure it does.

karst, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

According to Paulaner's website, their Oktoberfest is only available between July and October. This accounts for how cheap it was to fill this growler. It pours a nice amber color with some orangy highlights and a thin off-white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Grainy/husky Vienna malt aroma typical of a good Oktoberfest with a light hoppiness. Very clean smelling and inviting. I know it is really not that fresh, but it doesn't come across that way in the taste. A nice husky and grainy malt profile with just the right amount of bitterness in the finish to keep it very drinkable. I'm looking forward to trying this one fresh this coming Oktoberfest season. No complaints, and the price was definitely right.

crookedhalo, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of Skidz
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours out a gold laced orange and sits a bright, reddish, golden-amber in the glass with a large off-white, light tan head. Excellent gradient of pale golden yellow to deep red-amber in the tuliped glass. Head fades slowly to a faint skim, clinging to the edges, leaving a good amount of lacings.

Smells rich and malty, loaded with stringy bits of caramel and toffee. Nice toasted character, lending hints of brown sugar. Leafy hop aroma is quite mild and approachable.

Tastes mildly sweet up front, good toasted malt presence. Caramel is abundant and well balanced with noble hop character, borderline floral. Malty sweetness fades out and opens up into a solid bitterness, which hangs well into the finish and beyond. Faint fruity esters, apples and pears, appear but are well contained.

Smooth, lucious and creamy in the mouth with a fine, yet muscular carbonation. A 'feely' medium body, lots to go around.

Highly enjoyable, standardized Oktoberfest. Well maintained flavors and aroma, suitable for drinking year-round.

Skidz, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of Sammy
2.42/5  rDev -37.5%

Expecting something of exceptional quality, I stumbled into quite a fair ale. Not much in any category, but there is quality in how they did that. Musty aroma. Some initial head but nothing to look at. Suitable Above average carbonation, some malts and some bitterness and astringency in finish, with dry bitter aftertaste that's best part.

Sammy, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of yeagerbm
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

I finally decided to pull a couple of fall brews out of the back of the fridge to remind me of Oktoberfest.

Appearance - Pours a very clear, bright copper-orange with a frothy tan head.

Smell - Gives the aroma of sweet bready malts and toffee.

Taste - The flavor starts with dark german malts, sweet biscuity grain and finishes with a slightly tangy aftertaste. The hops are noticeable but soft and mellow.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and very smooth and thirst quenching. This makes an excellent session brew any time of the year.

yeagerbm, Jan 25, 2005
Photo of IceAce
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance: Medium copper-colored body below three fingers of rocky white foam. Lacing is outstanding with the pattern resembling one of Grandma's doilies. Clarity from this 12 Oz. bottle is ooutstanding

Aroma: Earthy roasted malt dominates the nose of this traditional Germanic offering

Taste: The backbone of this beer is the earthy quality of the malt. Many refer to malt as the 'soul' of the beer...well, this brew has as much soul as Louie Armstrong and Lou Reed combined. Very nice!

Mouthfeel: A somewhat slick mouthfeel at the outset quickly subsides as the CO² gently scrubs the tongue. A tad thinner than expected...but not enough to change my impression

Drinkability: A highly quaffable Oktoberfest...definitely recomended

IceAce, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of FormatKid
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

A lovely marzen that pours out with the characteristic orange/light brown body. This one seems a little lighter and more translucent than others I have had. A nice resilent off-white head is apparent and sticks around to chill with me for a bit. The aromas I love from oktoberfests are all here, slight toastiness, gentle caramelly malts and nuttiness. One smell I’m glad that isn’t present is skunk, because this fest-bier comes in a lovely brown bottle. This beer is a really smooth drinker, nice slick mouthfeel. The flavor is mostly biscuity and caramelly malts with a crisp noble hop in the finish. This beer is a really nice marzen, I think it could stand to be a little fuller in the mouth though.

FormatKid, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of HochFliegen
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Im sure this beer is one of the standards of the Marzen style. It pours a nice clear deep copper color with a good sized head.
The smell was sweet of malt and a bit bready.
Taste was sweet but not to. Slight hops bite in the aftertaste. Nice carbonation which helps make it smooth.
I can drink this all night.

HochFliegen, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of Dubblebock
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

Paulaner Oktoberfest is another one of those standard-bearer beers that practically define it's style. I know that you can buy it year-round now, but I strill think of a marzen as a seasonal beer. It's hard to drink this and not think of German polkas and thick bratwurst...

The beer looks fantastic on the pour. Dark amber in color, it produces a surprisingly good head if poured correctly. Beautiful.

The smell is good, slightly bitter in tone, leaving a little bite in the nose.

The taste is full bodied and carries good character. Malty at first, it finishes with some hops bite and a swift rush of bitter aftertaste. Bready and heady, it goes down smooth.

Good mouthfeel, not overly carbonated.

Very, very drinkable. Pairs great with other staples of Oktoberfest food, such as sausages and sauerkraut. Also goes well with beef dishes. World-class all the way around.

Dubblebock, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of Sixpoint
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

I'm spoiled. I had this beer on tap at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. Having it in a bottle back stateside pales in comparison.... but it still is pretty damn good, thanks to the technical crew at Paulaner.

Pours a signature dark amber color. For me, the signature thing about this beer is the aroma. I swear, it smells like you walked into a bakery. Fresh bread and biscuits... the deepest melanoidins from the thorough mashing of high-quality Munich malts. To complement this hot bread, you get a whiff of pepper from the noble hops.

The beer is just so drinkable, and definitely a treat every autumn (although you can now find it year-round, and, depending upon your point of view, can be disturbing). My only gripe with the bottle version I had is that it was slightly undercarbonated, yet I definitely won't let that deter me from future samplings.

Sixpoint, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of beerceller99
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%

Pours a clear amber color with an off white head leaving a nice lace. Malty sweet red licorice smell with spicy hops. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Malty, grainy sweet taste with a sweet n' spicy euro hop finish. A smooth, easy drinking brew. Probably much better fresh than it is in a bottle.

beerceller99, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of BigRedN
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Finished off my last bottle of this Oktoberfest (even though it is November) today. It was gooood.

Appearance: Dark copper, small offwhite head (about 1/4 inch under normal pour), trace lacing. Used a pint glass for tasting.
Smell: Sweet, malts, caramel and toffee.
Taste: Sweet, malty, but finished with a hint of hops. I had a few with some brats on Halloween, and I thought the sweetness of the beer provided a nice contrast to the spice of the sausage.
Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, smooth, not overly sweet. Light to medium bodied.
Drinkability: Quite high, should have got out my stein from Germany and quaffed a few, but I didn't want to have to clean the dang thing out (stupid flip top lid).

BigRedN, Nov 11, 2004
Photo of Jacobob10
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

On-tap @ Big City in Allston, MA.

Deep auburn color with a nice fluffy head. A very malty taste and slightly spicy as well. But for the most part, the malt dominates. Not the most drinkable beer, but very versatile. I could have it in either the summer or winter and be satisfied. Great representation of an Oktoberfest beer that I would love to try again for a second opinion.

Jacobob10, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of trumick
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a light amber with a finger or so head that quickly dissapates. Theis very little lacing.

Scent is of sweet, sweet carmel malts a bit of raisins and bicuity tones.

Taste follows the nose with sweet malt up front and a sweet malty finish, nice, not much hops in this, although they are there at the end.

Mouthfeel is light tto medium. Smooth with just the right amount of carbination.

This is a nice beer very drinkable. I wish I had more than one.

trumick, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of surfmeister
4.22/5  rDev +9%

Really a great beer, for those that want a lager with more oomph than a pilsner but not the knockout punch of a dopplebock, here's your beer.
A: red/brown, crystal clear, firm head with staying power
S: very malty, sweet, hops are subdued here
T: balance is key, obvious sweet, malty flavors with a trace of roastiness, nuttiness, I really enjoyed how this beer was hopped, just enough to counter the sweetness and not a smidgen more, this beer is brewed with no concern for hop heads
D: very versatile, heavy enough for a cold evening, equally welcome at the summer BBQ

surfmeister, Nov 06, 2004
Photo of WanderingFool
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Paulaner Oktoberfest pours a clear copper color with a frothy off white head forming on tap. An aroma of caramel malt and orange peel hovers over the beer, while the head dissolves to a ring on the beer leaving a few spots of lace on the sides of the glass.

This medium bodied beer is smooth on the palate, but gives a slight tingle on the tip of the tongue. It's mainly crisp caramel malt flavor is blended well with some notes of orange peel and nutmeg. It finishes with a mildly bitter flavor with some metalic taste mixed in. A slightly bitter/dry malt flavor is left behind.

I look forward to this brew every fall and have never been disappointed.

WanderingFool, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

This poured to a nice looking orange and amber tone with minimal head and lace.

The smell wasn't that appealing to me. It was mostly of grains that had an odd tinge to it. The taste was quite a bit better. Caramel and malts dominate in a nice layered fasion. A bit of bitterness comes through in the finish.

The mouthfeel was decent, a little on the sharp side but still full. The drinkability is pretty high, without much sign of alcohol in the taste.

watermelonman, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of mrfosters
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours dark gold, not much head and minimal lacing,but very nicely carbonated.Appearence is a bit hazy.Good malt upfront in both the aroma and taste with a dry finish and slightly bitter aftertaste.Very drinkable.So far this year I think I prefer Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest, but this is pretty good.

mrfosters, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of trancefishy
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

a reddish-copper beer meets the glass and creates a foamy white head that doesn't last for a horribly long time. smell hits me while i'm pouring it, and it's all heady malts. the taste walks closely to the nose, with some nice caramel, and an earthy overall sweetness. posesses a tangy-zing flavour. mouthfeel is smooth, supports the flavours nicely. there is a lingering aftertaste which is sweet and nice. good easy-drinking beer that is not complicated and has good balance throughout, recommended.

trancefishy, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of scriabin
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

I got excited when I saw this one in the store because in my book Paulaner is synonomous with quality. This Oktoberfest certainly isn't bad but for me it is a middle-of-the-road beer not quite up to some of Paulaner's other brews. It has a nice golden-brown color and a somewhat thin but decent head. The taste is smooth and a little malty with some floral overtones and some bitterness. The carbonation is okay and it goes down well enough. The bitterness does make it a bit tough to down several.

scriabin, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of kmo1030
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

nice rich copper color with a pretty good tan head. smells very malty and sweet. the taste easily predicted by the smell. lots toasted caramel nuttiness up front. a bit bready. faint fruitiness and hoppiness towards the back, not bad at all. rich ,creamy, smooth mouthfeel, goes down real easy. solid oktoberfest. well balanced, and well crafted.

kmo1030, Oct 20, 2004
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 1,889 ratings.