1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Paulaner Oktoberfest-MärzenPaulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,045 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,045
Reviews: 1,040
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 64
Gots: 120 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,045 | Reviews: 1,040 | Display Reviews Only:
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
Photo of Damian
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Label read "produced on 5/06."

Poured a dark, amber orange with a one finger pillowy head that quickly faded to a film of lace.

Aroma was somewhat hoppy initially (distinctly German saaz hops) with spices and sweet, rich caramel malts following. Later, the malts seemed to dominate and turn even sweeter before eventually giving off a toasted, nutty and earthy aroma. Also, notes of vanilla and a fruity sweetness emerged as the beer warmed.

Taste was hoppy up front with sweet malts becoming strong on the rear of the palate and more biscuity as the beer progressed. Quite spicy with some ripe fruits as well. A bit of noticeable alcohol warming in the back of the mouth. Crisp and clean finish with virtually no aftertaste (except a bit of spiciness).

Mouthfeel was somewhat creamy and smooth.

Damian, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of Freshie
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never tried this one, but with all the recent talk in the forum about Marzens, when I saw it in the store I needed to see for myself.

Caramel amber colour with visible carbonation and a nice white foamy head.

Smells of sweet malt with a bit if hop spice.

The tasty is very malty and somewhat sweet, but that is balanced well with the crisp carbonation. Medium body and finishes clean. Hops is more apparent as you drink it more and more. Spicy hops.

Very drinkable and decent. Not an everyday lager but I can understand why Germans toast to this every year in Munich during Oktoberfest.

Freshie, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of AChamberlain
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, this is not my favorite Oktoberfest beers, but it is pretty good. Many feel it is the best.

Served from a bottle with a produced on date of May 2006. Poured a nice dark honey, amber color.

A floral aroma and honey wafted up. The taste was also touched with honey and bold flavor. Medium body.

Not the most drinkable oktoberfest, but more so than others. Worth a try.

AChamberlain, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of DouggiePhresh
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Smithwicks pint leaving a thin, quickly dissipating head leaving some nice lacing. As I sit here I cant help but smell an incense type smoke emitting from the glass. (im not smoking . . . anything) looks a deep copper with very little carbonation. the taste is of strong malt and hops, yeasty. Feels very silky to the tongue. Definitly drinkable.

DouggiePhresh, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of beermanbrian
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice copper color with a thin white head. Nice malty, bready smell with a slight toasted note. Taste is also very bready. Nice balance with a slightly bitter finish. Also some fruit flavors in the finish. Nice medium body with a good carbonation level. A nice beer, I bet it would taste great in a beer hall in Germany.

beermanbrian, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Leaves a one finger head that recedes to surface skim that lasts, and there is some good spotty lacing. Body is a clear orange amber.

Smell - toasty malt bread with some plums and apricots. Mouthwatering.

Taste - same as the smell. Mouthwatering malt bread with plums and apricots. Lemon on the finish. Very straightfoward, and very good.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, full-bodied, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is very good beer, and very sessionable.

ultralarry2006, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of BlackAngus
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber color, tan head that reduced to a slight head.

S - Nice bready aroma, very malty, very light hopping.

T - Nice fruity hoppiness, malty, very nice.

M - Medium bodied, lightly carbed. Very clean.

D - Exceedingly drinkable, I could quaff liters of this.

BlackAngus, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 06/06.

Pours reddish orange with striking clarity. The white, bubbly head quickly disappears to a small patch, then nothing. Very nice color, sad head retention.

The smell is of mild fruit and bread. It's too subtle, but what's there is decent.

The taste is of mild, fruity hops. Some sweet malt is there too, though mild - not as sweet as it could be. Becomes more bitter as the drink progresses, though never overly so. The tastes generally all remain on the mild side. The hops tend to be a bit washed-out. A slight alcohol snap looms in the back. There's a certain touch of blandness to it that I'm never quite able to grasp. Still in all, a decent taste.

It could be a bit smoother, but the creamy, medium body holds up well.

Overall, it's a decent, though flawed (at least by the time it reaches American stores) O-fest. But, it's not the best Bavaria has to offer, IMO. If it were sitting next to a Hacker-Pschorr, for example, I wouldn't be grabbing this one. Still, if I were in the mood for a Bavarian Oktoberfest and this were it, or if offered, I'd certainly drink it.

jwc215, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Polished apricot with butterscotch edges. The large cap is the color of lightly toasted white bread with a pastel orange tint. Its tight-bubbled firmness allows it to persist nicely and its modest stickiness allows it to leave a respectable amount of lace. So far, so good.

The nose can only be described as disappointing. There's very little maltiness, Munich or otherwise. An Oktoberfest without malt is like a day without beer! Some degree of earthiness and mild tea-like notes are beginning to emerge with repeated sniffs, but it isn't nearly enough.

While Oktoberfest-Bier is more recognizably an Oktoberfest on the palate, it isn't an especially good one. As the nose suggested it would be, the malt load is too light. The typical flavors are present, but are arrived at by means of the experienced drinker filling in the gaps with the flavor memory of Oktoberfests past. I hope that makes sense, because it does to me.

What I'm trying to say is that Paulaner's version isn't a particularly vivid or complex one. The lack of malt translates into a lack of sweetness, allowing a stern bitterness to rule throughout the mouthful and to rule with an iron fist on the finish (that's my way of saying that it's a bit metallic as well). The body/mouthfeel is par for the O-fest course, perhaps a wee bit lighter than average.

Finally, finally, finally, I was able to find a fresh bottle of Oktoberfest-Bier in Minnesota after seeing nothing but one year old (and even two year old!) bottles on the shelves of local stores. As it turns out, I'm not sure why I was looking forward to giving this beer a go. There are much better versions around, many of them from little heralded American craft brewers.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served at fridge temperature in an Oktoberfest stange. Produced on 18663; July, 2006.

Appearance- Pours a rich, reddish tinted gold with an off-white, two finger head. Soapy and uneven, it diminishes slowly and settles to a thin mat... no real lacing to report, and there is little activity happening in my glass.

Smell- Great big biscuity notes blend with a sweet, caramel or Munich type maltiness... there is a wisp of hops on the nose that add some balance to the aromas. Full and unabashedly present.

Taste- Wonderfully intense malt, and a big bready character that thankfully outweighs any unpleasant sweetness that the malts could impart. The hop bitterness left behind on the sides of the tongue dry the palate, and as a result concentrate the malt and bread notes with almost perfect balance. Delicious!

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- From the instant this beer meets the lips, it's a certain victory. Fantastically effervescent, it rides into the mouth and over the tongue with confident grace... all the while alive and outspoken. What a prime example of this style to enjoy with bratwurst and sauerkraut... bring on the music and dancing, it's that special time of year.

yelterdow, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)
Bottled on 03.06

A- This beer has a crystal clear amber brown body with a thin light tan head that quickly disappears. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of dry lightly toasted malt with a honey malt smell that comes through as it warms. There is a light dry Munich malt note also.

T- The taste of dry lightly toasted malt with a light bitter green hops note . The bitter hop finish gets stronger after the sip is over. When it warms there is a light apple juice note in the malt but it is a dry taste also.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light watery finish.

D- This beer has a nice light malt flavor that comes through more as it warms but I would like a bit more. The hops flavor is pure noble bitterness which is not that interesting and could have more depth. This is a drinkable beer but I don't think I could drink 1 or 2 liter in on sitting.

rhoadsrage, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of SwillBilly
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle, Produced 06062006. Served in a Seidel mug.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper color with a relatively small, foamy white head that dissipated quickly to a fine layer of foam. Nice, sticky, sheets of lacing line th glass.

Smell: Rich and fruity sweet with malt. Hints of caramel with a touch of earthiness thrown in for good measure.

Taste: Nice and malty with a flavor of candied yams and caramel. The flavor has slight funkiness to it in the finish but its not off putting. The fruity sweet malts linger in the aftertaste, almost apricot like.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with a nice fully rounded texture.

Drinkability/Notes: Paulaner Oktoberfest is a big, malty somewhat fruity sweet Festbier. Very easy on the palate with a relatively low abv makes this an easy drinker. Definitely sessionable in every sense. A nice fall lager that I will seek again. This is a style that I'm starting to like more and more. Seek and enjoy. Recommended.

SwillBilly, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of ChuckD
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle poured into a chalice. Off-white fluffy lacing atop a pale copper body.

To the nose, bread and butterscotch sweetness - constrained. A hint of floralness in the back.

In the mouth, full malt flavors cover the tongue. Creamy sweetness tempered by slight hop character. Nice balance and texture from grains and spice. The finish is clean and organic.

Musings: A highly drinkable Marzen - as long as the dating is right. Keep an eye on it and you'll have a smooth drinker awaiting you.

ChuckD, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

The color of sunshine amaretto with some mediocre bubbling. A thin head and a thin film too boot. A nice lagery amber though I must admit. The aroma is an almost overwhelming sweet malt. Lots of Hawaiian sweet bread. PLenty fo the amber malt in the mouth too. Makes me think of a happy tasting lager. A little bit of clean and a lot of ale liuke fruityness. Refreshing yet flavorful.

scruffwhor, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Sparkling light reddish pumpkin color, squeaking clean. Just a few stray streams of bubbles meander to the surface. Head started off fizzy but chilled out and left a nice lacey deposit as it slowly fell.

S: Toasted cereals, tomato, canteloupe and some fresh almonds.

T: Begins lightly red fruity with some hints of popcorn. Malt barely leverages to the forefront with notes of green apple, cooked butter and red bell pepper along for the ride. Finishes with linger light brown sugar and cooked cabbage.

M: Somewhere between thin and medium with a fizzy carbonation.

D: For my first Oktoberfest of the season, I was let down. This is definately on the lighter...or more subtle part of the scale...and doesn't have any components that stand out to make it a great beer. Visually appealing yes, but the flavor and consistency are ho hum.

Westsidethreat, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of Sephiroth
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden copper hue with good head. Rich malty aroma, slight sherry, though not from oxidation.

Taste is big on malt. No single flavor lingers for long, caramel, slight butterscotch, spice. Finishes clean. Mouthfeel is light I think, but the fullness of flavor makes it seem thicker. Hugely drinkable, I wish this stuff could be had fresh all year.

Sephiroth, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of afdempse
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - nice reddish-orange color, a very thin wispy head

S - bready malty aroma with some hints of spice.

T - Smooth caramel malt with a crisp, clean finish. Hops are in the background, with a slight alcohol presence as well. Bready overtones that are quite nice.

M - Decent body with a bit more carbonation than I'd like from this style.

D - Highly drinkable, probably more so than any Oktoberfest I've had thus far. One of the most satisfying beers of this style that I've enjoyed this year.

afdempse, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A perfect shiney amber body with fairly aggressive carbonation. White head that falls to a thin but steady cover. Lacing is admirable with a spider web coating.

Malts are the story here: Hints of caramel and if I dig deep enough I pick up some dark fruit appeal that leans towards ripe plumbs. Spices come together about 3/4 of the way through before being swept away by a light citrus cleanser. Crisp and very clean. Having recently had a ton of oktoberfests including but not limited to spaten, sam adams etc...this one stands out above the rest. I think the cleanliness of the malt character mixed with more spices than most has my palate very happy.

Notes: This is a brew that may rejuvinate your enthusiasm for the Oktoberfest/Marzen style.

DogFood11, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good Oktoberfest. Not the best I've had this season, but it's probably the best German O'fest I've had. This is from the 06.06 bottling date (thought I would note since I'd heard reports of old Paulaner O'fest about the forums).

The beer pours to a nice copper amber color with a thick white head that stays to a centimeter. Carbonation is very lively. Lacing isn't bad either.

The smell is good. Has a bit of a caramel and munich malt aroma. Not much in the way of hops. A little bit of a soapy aroma as well.

The taste is of sweet, gently roasted caramel with some light vegetal undertones. Has a subtle bit of hops to balance out. Tastes slightly metallic in the finish.

The body is fairly full. Carbonation is sharp and stings the tongue. Crisp but not so clean in the finish, due to the metallic flavor. I could drink quite a few of these nonetheless, but there are other examples I've had this year that I would prefer for an Oktoberfest session.

neonbrown82, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a foamy, yellowish white head that fades briskly to a thick coating leaving a short wall of lace around the glass. Pungeant candied hops and some lightly sweet malt in the aroma. It almost smells like they soaked noble hops in gasoline, it's intense. The flavor mimics the aroma, but is very light, almost airy. The hops dominate the malt, but it's all very subdued. Finishes with a sprinkle of table sugar mixed with pale malt. Don't get me wrong, this is no hoppy IPA, but for some reason the hops reallz stand out. The malt profile is a bit timid for the style, which is probably why the hops pop. A delicate drinkable brew.

HappyHourHero, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of clickpush
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: .5L bottle to pint glass. One and a half fingers of off white head cap an apricot colored beer. No bubbles feed the foam and the head dissipates quickly to a nice coat of lacings.

Nose: Very fruity aroma like peaches and plums, maple syrup, brown sugar and cookie dough.

Mouth: Just like it smells, but grainier. Hops are more present than in the smell, making the flavor a bit more floral. Apple cider-like. Mouthfeel is a nice medium bodied carbonation that goes down smoothly.

clickpush, Sep 26, 2006
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 2,045 ratings.