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

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2,125 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,125
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 65
Gots: 145 | FT: 0
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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 Lothore
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep sunset orange color with a 1.5 finger head which dissipates fairly quickly. Appears to be very carbonated.

S- Smells sweet, fruity apricot notes as well as floral hints.

T- Taste is wheaty and bready with hints of peach and apricot as well as some floral tastes.

M- Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and fairly thick.

D- This is very drinkable by any standard. I'm happy to kick a few of these back as fall begins.

Photo of sfoley333
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Warsteiner glass half liter mug. Poured to a copper amberish color with a nice foamy head. Smell light bread yeasty aroma with light hop aroma. Taste smooth crisp malt driven beer with low IBU's . Mouth feel is light. A perfect session beer for Octoberfest.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice orange/amber, faily clear with a nice fizzy, white head that laces the glass. Aroma is very dry and very bready. Sort of fruity in the malty taste, some fruit candy and a great follow through of hops at the end keeps this brew from being too sweet.

A classic example of the style and one of the best in my opinion.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a reddish brown amber color with not much head, smells like roased barley(obviously) but a little more than other oktoberfests i've had, has some other sweet sugary, caramel scents as well. tastes good, rich and full, goes down easy, with alot of flavor. moutfeel is decent too, drinkability is high, good tasting, not overpowering.

Photo of shertz
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle at 50 degrees is poured into a Chalice. No date is given on bottle but just showed up in a local bottle shop.

A- Thin head, maybe a finger goes down pretty quick to a thin layer of foam on top. Amber red in color and cloudy, not much else happening.

S- Bready malts fill the nose with sweet plums or apricots following closely behind. Can smell hints of alcohol also. Nice.

T- Nice bready, malty taste. Has hints of floral like nibbling on a rose pedal. But the dominant feature is bread. Not as sweet as suspected.

M- The best part of this brew. Very thick in the mouth. Has pretty good carbonation but the thickness is awesome. I could probably chew this one. I don't give 5's very often, but love the mouth on this one.

D- Good as most of this style are. Really believe this to be one of the best O-fest beers because of the mouthfeel.

Cheers my friends,

Photo of KI9A
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour s a nice, clear amber, with a fine head. Smells of malts, bread.

Taste of malt, with a hint of hops, and fruit, maybe apple? Malt not too overpowering, just nice and balanced.

Finished very clean, making me want more. As a fan of Marzens, I have had some that were overly "malty", and tough to finish. This is easy to drink.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Wonderfully clear, burnished copper body. Slightly thin white head spreads to a light ring around the edge of the glass.

S-Deep caramel maltiness. Fresh biscuity aroma is dominant and hops don't make much of an impression.

T&M-Full-flavored malt all the way down. A sweet burnt sugar flavor is nice with a dry finish. Very clean lager yeast taste. Prickly carbonation leaves a slight metallic mouthfeel.

D-I am personally not an Oktoberfest beer fan, but this one is wonderfully crafted and easy to drink. Nice change of pace from my normal choosing.

Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a nice and rocky head that took its time to dissipate. The smell is of caramel malt and nobel hops. The taste is of bready caramel malts. A nice big malt presence followed by nobel hops. The feel is moderate and crisp, well balanced. This is one of the better Oktoberfests available. More of a malter presence than than the Hacker-Pschorr and Hoffbrau offerings.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. ubiquitous Euro-brown bottle,

A: Pours a light orange colour, solid amber, into a pilsner glass, with a nice, fluffy, white head, with lots of small bubbles.

S: Smells heavily of malt, some noble hops in there as well, but the malt dominates.

T: Very good, one of the better tasting Oktoberfests I've had, more robust flavour profile than your average Oktoberfest, very malty, caramel, with some slight hints of apple and pear.

M: Smooth, full-bodied for a lager, crisp, refreshing, and easy to drink.

D: Up there with the best lagers I have ever had in any category, definitely one of the best Oktoberfests made, great that its made year round. Drinking a couple liters of this while listening to an oompa band and celebrating my German heritage would not be a problem.

Photo of Lupe
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Clear cooper color, with an thin off-white that leave behind some lacing.

Sweet malty aroma of toasted grain, bread, and caramel. A touch of alcohol, a hint hops and a bit of dark fruit round things out.

Flavor like the aroma - toasted grain, bread, and sweet caramel. There is also some nuttiness in the beer. Hop bitterness balances nicely with a light spicy hop flavor. Finishes dry with a touch of spice lingering in your mouth.

Light-medium mouthfeel, smooth and a bit chewy. Crisp with fairly low carbonation.

Very easy to drink, great flavor. A top notch Oktoberfest.

Photo of BDIMike
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I decided on the eve of the German Beerfest here is Boston that I would compare the top two Oktoberfest beers, in my mind: Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest and Paulaner Oktoberfest-Marzen. I tried the H-P version first. It has a clear, amber color with a small head. The aroma is very sweet, malty, and carmelized smell. It tastes very full-bodied and rich. The mouthfeel is very nice and smooth with the drinkibility to last alll day....what it was brewed to do. The Paulaner version is very similar in appearance, with a slightly larger head, and also in aroma, but a slightly stronger smell. The taste is much the same, along with the mouthfeel and drinkibility. As far as I can see, you can't go wrong with either one!!!

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange copper with a thin off white head.

S - Caramel, warm fresh baked bread.

T - Nutty, caramel, toasty fresh baked bread. It also has a slight herbal tea flavor to it.

M - On the light side of medium with moderate carbonation and a slighly dry finish.

D - A solid easy drinking Oktoberfest.

Photo of esv
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in an emperial pint glass. (All that extra room in the glass is like training wheels for my nose) The "produced on" date: 07/07

Medium to stiff pour resluting in a nice head standing 3/4" tall. White and just starting to trend towards off-white. The head left me quickly with only a light lacing in the wake. Clear and a solidly amber color.

The smell was malty sweet with a stronger plum scent and hints of rasins but as the beer warmed the two switched places on me. I felt like their was a complexity in the nose that I couldn't identify; I kept coming up with tobacco and old leather but that wasn't it.

Malty sweet on the pallate as well. Not falling flat and watery but almost. Later the finish became more refreshing and the initial reaction could have been from the temperature or my unfamiliarity with the style. But no risidual flavor on the tounge. A hint of bitterness in the end but the malt clearly dominates.

The mouthfeel was a light-medium for me with a lower carbonation.

I kept hoping or anticipating a crisper finish. The beer was quite drinkable but no US Light Lager :)

Photo of livingregret
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 1pt .9fl oz

Appearance: Pours a lovely reddish copper colour. Only sad head to speak of and very very very little lacing.

Smell: Caramel, sweet malt and a little bit of the alcohol comes through. Rather pleasant except for the fact that I can't help but almost feel like the smell comes from syrup and NOT the hops/malts. Like it is artificial

Taste/Mouthfeel: Crisp, not overly carbonated. Cleanses the pallet and feels quite nice as it rollls off of the tongue. The flavour is malty goodness w/ a touch of hop bitterness to even out the sweetness. Just the right amount of hops in fact to make the taste quite nice. Your left w/ a slight bitter taste at the end that is enjoyable that reminds me of grains.

Drinkability: A very nice Oktoberfest but my favorite is still the Allgäuer Oktoberfest

Photo of Redwood21
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I love the deep red/brown copper color of this beer. it falls right where it should. however the head is lackluster and completely dissipates way too quickly
s: Has a nice syrupy like aroma, somewhat sweet with some earthy grains in there as well
T: not bad, some what malty more hearty than some of this style. a little buttery, with an almost double bock finish.
M/D: this is a good beer, and one of my fav for this style. very easy to drink, but provides you with more flavor and robustness than a weaker beer.

Photo of kaelingirl
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Redbones
Pours a golden amber with a thin white head that faded fairly quickly but did leave some bit of lacing. Nice sort of tasty malt aroma which carries over in the flavor where the malt is balanced by a nice hop finish. As the beer warmed I got a hint of alcohol. This was a very nice beer and I look forward to tasting it from a bottle this season.

Photo of younger35
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My roommate and I both had a little Oktoberfest sampler last night. We purchased a handful of different bottles and went to town. Poured this brew from Paulaners familiar half liter bottle into a Weizen glass.

Appearance- Pours reddish amber yellow with a one finger white head that quickly recedes. Aggressive carbonation fizzles in the glass helping to leave a decent cap and nice collar. Very little, if any, lacing.
Smell- Toasted bread with whiffs of sweet caramel and a light nuttiness. Really not all that exciting. Expected more malt…
Taste- Very crisp and clean. Lightly toasted malts start before giving way to a sweet caramel. Semi nutty as well that is balanced by a slight hop bitterness. Very simple and to the point.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with vibrant carbonation.
Drinkability- Great “seasonal” brew (I know it’s brewed year round but I’m not the biggest fan of big malt in the spring and summer). Tastes almost exactly how I expect an Oktoberfest beer to taste and is o-so refreshing.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paulaner- Oktoberfest Marzen

Appearance- Golden orange with a light frothy white head.
Smell- Caramel and doughy biscuits.
Taste- Big sweet caramel/ butterscotch malt. A touch of alcohol comes through in the end.
Mouthfeel- Sweet with a slight warming alcohol finish.

Overall- I recall this being delicious last year (2006) and this year it loses just a point or two for being a little too boozy.
Otherwise this is still one of the better Oktoberfest beers out there.

Photo of blakesell
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a curved pint glass (dogfish).

Appearance- A golden amber with a nice large head of froth that reaches the top of the glass. Foam lingers for a good couple minutes, then dissapates to a thin carbonation on the top of the brew.

Smell- Carmelly malts, some plum, nicely toasted biscuit, nuts, butterscotch, wonderful malt character on this one.

Taste- Biscuit, caramel and malt upfront with a touch of hop backbone sweetness at the end. The yeast here is the winner of the show. Paulaner has a yeast that I'm going to have to thief out of the bottle for my own brew at some point.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with a high carbonation, no alcohol warmth. Great for an Oktoberfest holiday. Well balanced and malty.

Drinkability- Very, I could enjoy this every oktoberfest. Strangely enough, no oktoberfests in my area have this anywhere to be seen. I lucked out and found a 6pk and I love it. Rich and creamy. A real pleasure to drink.

Photo of brendan13
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep amber into my pint glass with a couple or so of off white head.
S - A nice toasty, slighty sweet caramel maltiness.
T - Same flavours as the aroma but more pronounced with an added light herbal refreshing bitterness.
M - Medium mouthfeel with fairly high carbonation.
D - Drinkable without a doubt. Not a sessioner at 5.8% but a few wouldn't go down too badly.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a fresh party keg for the weekend...chilled it and am now trying it.

Pours a beautiful toasty orange amber that's crystal clear in the glass with a half finger white head that melts to some sticky white lace and a solid ring around the glass.

Aroma is sweet burnt malt and nuts.

Taste is a wonderful blend of toasted malt, nuts, bready yeast, and just the right amount of citrus hops to balance it all out and leave your mouth feeling clean and fresh and ready for another sip.

Definitely a session type of beer simply because you can drink it all day long without getting bored or tired of it and from the 3L can it's as fresh tasting as draft.

Photo of BBM
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice, clear orange-amber into a pint glass. A thin white foam lay atop the brew. The aroma was very muted and non-descript. There was a slight sense of sweetness, maybe very faint toastiness, but overall I couldn't detect anything overwhelming.

There is a beautifully sweet, well-crafted butternut flavor up front, along with roasted nuts and that signature marzen caramel sweetness usually found in the style. There is very low bitterness, but the beer never becomes overly sweet or unbearable. The flavor remains interesting and complex throughout the brew, making it one of my favorite Oktoberfests to date. It is a bit on the heavy side, but even so, I could have a few of these in a sitting. Excellent job by Paulaner. Now THIS is how to do an Oktoberfest.

Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says 02/07

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 2+ fingers of off-white head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Faint maltyness that increases slightly as this warms

T: Caramel, dryness & herbal hops up front. More dryness & some grainy breadyness as this warms. Finishes dry with caramel, breadyness & leafy/herbal hops

MF: Medium-bodied with low carbonation & good balance

Drinks good, this was better in Germany, but not one of my favorites for this style

Photo of hiikeeba
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours up brilliantly clear! But the off white head disappates quickly, leaving a few small bubbles around the sides of the glass. Hints of ruby highlights accent the amber color. It smells of caramel and a bit of roasted malt. The taste is almost all caramel malt. It is slightly sweet. It reminds me of maple syrup, but fizzy. It leaves a circle of sweetness on my lips. I prefer the classic Oktoberfest over the homebrewed or brewpub version, which is a much bigger beer.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - pours a nice clear, amber color. Third of an inch head that remains for a while, clinging to the glass. Nice lacing.

smell - smells of german malts, yeast, bready/doughy notes, ....cherries?

taste - now this is an octoberfest beer. usually not a huge fan but this is one of the better ones. Bready maltiness, has that "german taste" to it...if that makes any sense. Yeast, honeycomb, hint of hop spice, very clean finish. Smooth as ice.

mouthfeel - nice body and not too carbonated at all. nice.

drinkability - Highly. Great session beer even though its almost 6% abv.

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