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

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Ratings: 2,159
Reviews: 1,056
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 68
Gots: 165 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen was originally a seasonal brew, however, is now brewed and enjoyed all year long.
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Photo of MarzenMan
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 10/26/2007

Poured from 12 oz bottle produced 12/06 (thats what you get in the midwest)

A - 1 1/2 fingers of delicate foam. Which disappeared within the first couple minutes. Little to no lacing (perhaps due to age). Nice Amber color which was nearly clear.

S - Subtle but all malt and acohol. The alcohol seemed rather prevelant considering the relatively average ABV.

T - Nice. Very malty up front giving way to a short hop bite. The malt is bready and not dark roasted. Finish is alcohol to remind you its Oktoberfest.

D - Extremely smooth and balanced. Just leaning toward the upper end of the ABV scale (even though its Oktoberfest you might not want to polish off a sixer in one sitting).

Another good one from Paulaner. I'd definitely drink it again but I'd prefer a Salvator.

Update 10/12/2008

This year's review of the Oktoberfest seemed slightly better. The smell was very raisin, prune, molasses. Taste is good caramel malt. Better than I remebered.

Photo of therica
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As always, Paulaner comes through.

Pretty much like a standard Paulaner Marzen, except that there's a bit of a honey scent and taste, and aftertaste, quite pleasant. Some occasional bubblegum depending on what point of pouring or sitting, or what else I've eaten around the time.

Very nice slightly honey-tinted caramel color, nice aged-yellow-white head that occasionally poured huge, and other times just nice.

Otherwise, like a Paulaner Marzen, which is one of my personal favorite's.

Grab this stuff if you can find it! I got it locally for US$32 per case but didn't even check the place across town that usually has lower prices.

Photo of meechum
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this Octoberfest at Vreny's Biergarten with a schnitzel and spaetzle. A very good Ofest beer. A dark amber poured into a pint mug with a nice pillowy head on top that fell to the hallmark skim on top of the beer.

The taste was very malty with just the right amount of hop bite at the end and was a great example of an Octorberfest bier and went excellently with the cuisine.

Photo of musicjustintime
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful Amber colors. Of the 5 different O-fests I've tried this year...I think this one is my favorite. (6, if you include Sam Adams that I had a couple years ago.) This was very smooth, crisp and clean, and a tad thin, which I personally liked. It was caramel-malty, typical of the style, but not TOO caramel-ly-sweet. Just enough to make it nice, and finish very clean. I recommend this one over many O-fests. Wish I had more, but maybe next year! I'm sure this one would be great with all the delicious German grub, but I drank it by it's lonesome. Very nice O-fest. (If you want to know the other 4?...they are: Spaten, Stegmaier (From PA), Victory Fest Bier, and Harpoon. I think Paulaner takes the cake over these.) Cheers and SAAALUTE my BA friends!

Photo of ghostwalker
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel brown body with thick finger of frothy white head.

Nose is malty goodness with a brown sugar sweetness.

Flavor is smooth maltiness. Coats the palate with sweetness, like a caramel-flavored milkshake. Mild, but very tasty!

Mouthfeel is smooth but thin. Light carbonation makes this an easy sipper, or an easy chugger, (a la Beerfest, for those so inclined).

Drinkability is very, very high. A great quaffer!

Photo of scoobybrew
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - clear amber/orange color with a decent foamy head that settles a bit after a few minutes

S - toasted malt character, very clean, no hops

T - bread-like toasted malt dominates the flavor, but it has a nice subtle hop finish to it - as with the aroma it's very clean

M - medium body, moderately to high carbonation

D - This is a very tasty Oktoberfest. Paulaner is a traditional brewery at THE Oktoberfest (Munich) and it's plain to see why they've maintained that place. They're no slouches when it comes to the Marzen style. Another fine beer from a fine brewery.

Photo of dnichols
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was poured a four ounce sample from a capped bottle at the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, Washington.

A: It poured a clear bright copper; with a sticky and foamy head that supported a robust lacing.

S: It exhibited modest toasted caramel malt.

T: It had a sweet thick toasted malt front end with a barely noticeable hop nip later and a light sweet grainy finish.

M: Modest body with hardly any carbonation, low ABV and clean finish.

D: Easy beer to drink. I could drink it all night long.

Photo of grahambo
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 5 liter keg of this beer for my girlfriend's father's birthday as a present/as part of the party

a - out of the keg, this beer had an interesting pour, into a pint glass, it poured a nice coppery color with a tan head, the interesting thing is that the beer appeared to settle when poured, much like a boddingtons

s - this beer had a nice malty scent to it, there were definitely hints of biscuit, pepper and a little alchohol

t - excellent taste, not your average oktoberfest beer, it started with a nice maltiness and a mineral type flavor similar to english bitters, next came the bread flavors and a nice warming alchohol taste right at the end, the aftertaste was very dry but not off putting

m - the beer felt a lot thinner than it tasted like it should, not a lot of carbonation but still some bubbles

d - a very drinkable beer overall, very balanced...as people have mentioned before oktoberfests are meant to be session beers and this would do very well for an afternoon or evening of drinking, i look forward to getting this beer again

Photo of GPHarris
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick light tan head into my sam adams glass. it left nice sheeting and lace but was gone about halfway through. very disappointing, especially because the SA glass has always held it very well. the body was a crystal clear amber color.
s - caramel covered apples with a slight hop earthiness.
t - bready, earthy, hints of caramel wtih a crisp hop bite. nicely balanced.
m - creamy and smooth.
d - this is the best oktoberfest-marzen i've had to date. looks like it'll become a fall staple in my fridge.

Photo of mdagnew
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a light golden amber colour. White head poured fairly loose and frothy then faded quickly to barely anything...fair amount of carbonation rises to the surface... and no real lacing...

Aroma - Pretty unremarkable... light caramel malts, quite bready, some saltiness, some biscuit, light spicy / peppery notes, faint fruitiness (light lemons, apples), some alcohol noticeable, light grassiness...

Taste - Sweet grainy maltiness, some spicy and peppery hop notes, light caramel, quite a lot of alcohol coming through for a 5.8% beer, bready, light fruits (apples, lemons), some biscuity notes, straw traces, light saltiness...

Feel - Pretty smooth with a little sharpness underneath... light / medium bodied... Pretty drinkable and sessionable although as i said it's quite alcoholic tasting for such a low ABV brew...

Overall - A decent enough example of an Oktoberfest beer... well worth a try..

Photo of Murchmac
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a 1 finger head and looks like the hair from Rumpelstiltskin. This beer impresses the king with it's amber golden body.

The king wanted more from this beer so he locked it in the tower for three sips to see what he could get. After the first sip, a smoothness with little carbonation was noticed, which yielded a necklace. After the second sip, little hops but a sweet maltness makes me give up my ring for a third sip. The third sip has a lingering sweetness that coats the mouth but will not let me give up my first born to a dwarf. What was the dwarf going to do with that baby?

Decent octoberfest. On sale at bevmo.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ahh another Oktoberfest for me. Its getting late in that season, but there are still a few more out there that I need to try and this was one of them this year. It poured a nice golden amber with minimal head on top. A decent amount of carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top, but it did not really look all that special. The aroma was rather bland to be honest. A bready musty sort of aroma took over from the beginning and that was really all she wrote their. Very thin as far ass the
depth of it. The same could be said for the flavor. To be honest I was expecting it to pack more of a punch then it did, but it came off to me as simply an average marzen. A slight bitter bite in the beginning but this mellowed very quickly and left nothing more then a slightly off, but none the less malty taste. Decent sugar in the middle and a somewhat dry finish. Nice feel, had that slightly dry feeling and it was very light. Sessionable would be the best way to describe it as you could literally
have one in your hand constantly and served cold would probably be the best. I had actually expected this to be better then it was, but it merely turned out to be average. It was not terrible by any means, just again I expected a tad bit more. If it is there you could do worse.

Photo of jmalex
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So far I think this may be my favorite Oktoberfest of the season, but this will be my first chance to sit down with one and assess it.

APPEARANCE: Pours a crystal clear orangish amber. The head is a few shades darker than white and starts out at about one finger high. It quickly drops to a light collar with a healthy-sized surface covering of bubbles. Looks fantastic!

SMELL: Fairly bready with a decent amount of caramel aroma. Slight lager twang (for lack of a better word) to it, but overall the aromas are not too intense.

TASTE: Caramelly like the aroma but it doesn't introduce any sweetness to the beer. Overall it's quite balanced with some hop flavor even coming through, although just barely. The slightly off-putting lager "twang" is here too and almost seems like a slight sourness. It only barely gets in the way however.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium light mouthfeel with a perfect average level carbonation. A slightly bigger body might be my only request here.

DRINKABILITY: Drinkability is very good, as expected. Obviously this beer is meant to be consumed in mass quantities, and it delivers.

Though maybe the 5-point assessment brings this beer down in my mind a little, it is still one of the top Märzens of the season. I look forward to having more next year... if I don't buy more THIS year.

Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear, orange golden beer with a thin white head and some visible carbonation.

Smell is malty with some straw notes. Some hoppiness is observe but very low and mild, maybe a bit grassy.

Taste is predominantly malt with light straw and some biscuit notes. Bitterness is medium and the beer shows some hoppiness. The beer has something unfresh, a funny aftertaste and a sharp bitterness, combined with an unexpected warming alcoholic sensation. Aftertaste is also dry. A somewhat unbalanced beer at first, but after 0,5 liters of this stuff I have gotten used to it and drinkability isn't too bad after all.

Photo of rmfyeah
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 07/07. I had this last year and thought maybe it wasn't fresh. This one is. Pours a dark amber with lots of bubbles and a thin head that quickly subsides.
Smells good, hits of malts and even a alcohol.
Tastes good too. I like it because it is complex but subtle, the flavors are there but don't take the beer in a crazy direction. You know when the macro brews claim their beer is well balanced? Well this is an example of beer that is well balanced, smooth and light.
Mouthfeel holds up and overall this beer is extremely drinkable. I think this beer would be a great way to get a macro drinker to start looking for more in a beer without overwhelming him/her.

Photo of nickynick
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber. Makes me think Autumn is right around the corner. Really don't have much experience with German brewed Marzen/Oktoberfests, but I enjoyed this much more then any domestic Okotoberfests that I have ever had.Nice malt, and some sweet character give a pretty good balance. In the finish I tasted a very small hint of spice. Wonderful beer. Everything an Oktoberfest should be. Having had a small tasting of Okotoberfests with friends, this one stood out.

Photo of billybob
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a nice bright copper color with a one finger off white head that fades to a ring on the glass with some spotty lacing. smells are of a floral and herb mix. taste is toasty and bready malt, and slightly sweet. mouthfeel is light and carbonation is crisp and very good. i think paulaner makes a good octoberfest but it's not my favorite style of beer but still very drinkable.

Photo of chilidog
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked thisone up while on a Marzen grab. Glad I did. I've had a Paulaner glass for sometime, but not the correct beer to put in it.

It pours a nice clean amber, full tan head on top. Good lace over-all.

The aroma is malty and bread like. Caramel.

The taste is clean, malts run deep with a slight alcohol and hop towards the finish. Caramel and brown sugar can also be noticed.

Very tasty, smooth and easy to drink. The standard for the style.

Photo of berserker256
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden orange. Nice thick off-white head. Smells malty and sweet. I found that the Paulaner beers that I've had have all had a syrupy sweetness to them. I've had the double bock and I thought the same thing. Tastes good. Nice maltyness and german beer flavor with just a little bit too much sweetness. Not overpowering but it's noticed. A little thick to be superdrinkable. Good beer overall.

Photo of KodyBrannon
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a nice amber color with an off white 2-finger head, with a slight hoppy scent to it. This beer had a hop flavor to it, but was also very sweet. A little bit more sweeter than most oktoberfests i have had. Very enjoyable. I could drink this beer agian.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into an Erdinger weizen glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear copper with a faint head that quickly turns to lace. This looks like the perfect Oktoberfest.

S: An aroma of alcohol soaked, dried fruit spirals into my nose. There is a definite sweetness from the malt, and the alcohol is noticeable, but the fruit scents add a layer of complexity not found in many American marzens.

T: Tastes like mildly spicy sweet malt. There is some lingering fruit in the aftertaste, like a faint banana or dates, but the taste is super clean. Nice balance with a wash of bitterness in the swallow.

M: Very clean and crisp tasting, and it washes down smooth. The mouthfeel is not as complex as the taste and smell, but it's crisp and light for a fall brew. Alcohol sting takes away very little.

D: It's tasty, looks great and given the season we're in, could be consumed by the keg. (and can, and should, if you have the means)

It became clear to me after having this brew why Paulaner is among the big 3 of German brewers to define the Oktoberfest-Marzen style with this more than appropriate and highly regarded fall offering.

Photo of whiplash3825
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass a beautiful clear copper... head retention was nil and so was lacing.

Major blackberry in the nose... malts and alcohol are evident also.

Definitely taste some licorice and berry flavors. Reminds me a lot of a less potent Celebrator. I'd say it's pretty sturdy for Märzen.

Mouthfeel was way more thin than the smell and taste suggested, but makes it maybe more drinkable in the long run.

Excellent brew... so how could it NOT be drinkable? No problem at all making a session of this!

Photo of rohrbachsfan
2.74/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Golden yellow witha nice foamy head. Not the right color for an Oktoberfest.

Smell: Toasted malt and citrusy hops.

Taste: Toasty malt and medium hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Just wasn't impressed. Didn't match the style in my opinion and I've tasted better Pilsners / Lagers. Think Paulaner is overated.

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance- Poured a nice amber color with a thin off white head.

Smell- Malts and sweet with hint of hops.

Taste- Perfect balance of hops and malts. Had a slight metallic taste to it.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- This beer is nice. Very easy to drink and drink a lot of.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle

Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen was amber in color with good clarity. It had an off-white head with good retention and left some lacing behind. The aroma was sweet malt. The taste was sweet, toasty malt upfront with a dry finish. It was medium in body with good carbonation. Drinkability was very good. This was a well balanced and quite tasty Oktoberfest.

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