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

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1,821 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,821
Reviews: 1,018
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 54
Gots: 56 | 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 jimdkc


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

Clear, medium amber color with a cream-colored bubbly head that dissipated pretty quickly to a thin film. Smell was sweet malt. Taste was initially slightly sweet, but not too sweet. Malty with roasted grain and a little carmel flavor. Followed by a nice, grassy hop flavor with just the barest touch of bitterness. Clean finish with almost no aftertaste. Medium body. Very nice overall. Would be really easy to throw back a number of these!

03-30-2004 02:30:53 | More by jimdkc
Photo of ark57


3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

It pours a clear copper color. It has a malty aroma with some hop character. The smooth body has some light toasted maltiness. It finishes with some noble hops. It has a little too much hop character for a Marzen, but the toasty malt character is easy drinking and tasty.

03-18-2004 18:45:57 | More by ark57
Photo of arizcards


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

This dark orange/amberish colored beer kept a small head throughout the life of my pint. The initial smell on top of the malts is something I can only guess is honey. The taste is definitely smooth but the marzen style is not one of my favorites as the slightly unpleasant aftertaste lingers on my palate. This is a nice full bodied beer which has a drinkable quality to it but not one for my tastes.

Re-review 10/24/04:

Picked up a bomber for our celebration for our late friend Jody for 2.19 at AJ's.

I have grown more accustomed to the marzen style. This version seemed a bit bready smelling which is nice but had a strong Eurograin presence. I suspect the sweetness is the caramel hopping. The finish is slightly biscuity and dry. Not a bad beer but not quite the quality of Hacker-Pschorr Ocktoberfest.

02-07-2004 02:56:13 | More by arizcards
Photo of JamesBerry


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

This beer poured a slightly foggy dark amber color, and smelled fairly sweet, with just a hint of clover honey. Smooth body with just a brief tingling feeling left on the tongue. As for the taste, it is sweet and malty, almost cidery. After the initial flavor dies down, a thick, hoppy aftertaste follows, leaving tones of alcohol on the taste-buds. This was the first Marzen beer I've tasted, but if it's any indication of the style, I'll be sure to try many more next Fall.

01-28-2004 00:32:30 | More by JamesBerry
Photo of alexgash


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Reddish copper body with a small, off-white head. Smells of cookie dough malt, tobacco and slight fruitiness. Taste: starts off with cookie dough malts, apple cider, toast, and light hops. Finish is slightly bitter with lingering medicinal malts and alcohol. Medium body. I'm not a big Marzen fan, but I really liked this one. Nice work Paulaner.

01-27-2004 18:53:59 | More by alexgash
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It is creamy with a bit of sweet malts. The taste is good. Again, it's malty with a creamy finish. It is slightly bitter, but highly enjoyable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great fest beer. It is highly drinkable; one of the best I've had.

01-27-2004 04:23:01 | More by WesWes
Photo of RoyalT


3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance – Light orange in color with a nice, frothing head that laced well.

Smell – Lovely aroma of pure toasted malt. This one is buttery and smells like a ringer for the style.

Taste – The toasted grain was a little rough but sweetened just right with sticky sugars. There’s usually not much dimension to the style, and this offering from Paulaner holds true.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy and sticky. This is almost medium-bodied and feels terrific in the mouth.

Drinkability – After drinking the Skagit River Oktoberfest (that almost made me barf) this was a pleasure. I would have liked to have seen a little more refinement in the grain but otherwise this was a hit.

01-13-2004 02:12:42 | More by RoyalT
Photo of yankeeheel


3.9/5  rDev +1%

Great O-fest beer. Pours a clear light amber with a puffy white head. Smells very malty with caramel and toasted notes coming through.

Tatses like a good O-fest should with lots of toasted nut flavor and just a hint of sweetness. Mildly hopped. Mouthfeel and body are dead middle of the road. I could drink this all night long.

01-12-2004 01:36:48 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of GeoffRizzo


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

Bright, clear ruby red, with a thin sheet-like head, stringy carbonation. A big malty and toasty aroma. Sweet malts noted on top, caramel like and very creamy. Noble hops extremely noticeable in the body, seem to overpower the initial malt-based body. Some delicate spicy offerings, yet a crisp, clean palate. A definite quaffable marzen, has great character, also serves as a good session brew. One to search for in the early fall.

01-03-2004 14:27:42 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of koolk


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Orange amber in colour with heavy carbonation and a little head that hangs on for a little time.

Super spiced nose that mingles well with the sweet malt aromas. Biscuits, cloves, anise etc etc are very identifiable and enjoyable.

Similar flavours come across on the palate that is thick, full and has a touch of creaminess to it that is off set by a slight tartness.

Good stuff, only down point is it didn't stand up to food to well, but thats fine, happy to drink it one its own.

12-31-2003 23:47:52 | More by koolk
Photo of palma

New York

3.55/5  rDev -8%

Appearance: Amber/light brown body with a light, white head that disappears quickly. Leaves a little lace afterwards.

Smell: Rich roasted nuts. Caramel. A slight floral aroma.

Taste: Very sweet throughout. Lot of malt. Tangy flavor. Grassy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: I noticed a lot of carbonation. Decent mouthfeel. Just a little on the watery side.

12-27-2003 05:09:14 | More by palma
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance: Amber copper tone with a nice sized off white head doesn't last all that long but does leave behind some pleasantly strewn lacing around my glass. Aroma: Robust caramel roasts with slightly toasted nuts even seems a bit spicy not bad. Taste: Finishes very clean but the toasted malt character gives it a great flavor doesn't overdo anything very reserved but hella drinkable. Mouthfeel: A bit thin the only thing I can say I'm disappointed about here just seems watery I even recall the original Munich formula having more body but hey sturdy carbonation excellent O-fest. Drinkability: By far one of the better Ofests outta of Germany I enjoyed it from beginning to end, gonna buy a case next year.

12-24-2003 20:40:44 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Starchild

New York

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

A layer of foam sits atop this cider looking lager. The sweet taste is undercut, by a sour, bread-like aftertaste. The beer remains subtle, yet man do I taste some type of fruit, maybe pear. Next, floral hops set in and the beer tastes tart. The tart quality only increases as the beer comes to a close. Then this supreme beer pulls out of the tart mode, and tastes clean. Nothing like a clean Oktoberfest aftertaste.

Paulaner was the first beer garden I vistited during last year's fest where I could find a seat. I'll always remember they were the first to bring me a liter.

11-27-2003 02:14:06 | More by Starchild
Photo of beergeek279


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber, with thick, creamy white head. The smell is cereal malt. The taste is a decent cereal malt with a hint of caramel malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could definitely have a few.

Thanks to aaronh for this sample...otherwise, would have missed this one. Amongst the best of the Munich Oktoberfests, a decent beer and one I'd have again.

11-18-2003 04:23:36 | More by beergeek279
Photo of homersimpson

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Deep gold with a beige head.
Sweet bread and caramel.
Crisp carbonation with a medium smooth body
Mild malt with a hint of caramel and maybe fruity sweetness. Dry finish with a touch of spice.
Good, though not really my style. Still it's excellent with food, Brats especially, and very drinkable.

11-17-2003 01:07:22 | More by homersimpson
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%

Poured a maple/bronze colour with an almost non-existant head. Lovely malt/sweet/spice smell which was also reflected in the taste as it is sweet and spicy as well. Almost reminicent of maple syrup (in after taste, not potency of sugar or consistency, of course). Very lightweight mouthfeel with almost negligible amounts of carbonation. I don't see how anyone could dis-like this, it's brilliant! Easily one of my favourites!

11-09-2003 05:35:37 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of Rumrunner


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

1 pint .9oz. bottle.

Sadly this one was good but I was expecting so much more.

Pours a basic amber. A good head and decent lacing. The scents are sweet and musty. Caramel and wet moss. A bit of mildew as well.

Flavors are pretty nice. A very sweet ale. Some caramel and molasses. Brown sugar is present as well. There is a hint of a crisp grassy and earthy flavors. They are not strong but provide some balance to the sweet flavors. Flavors are good and well crafted they are just too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick and watery. Carbonation stings the palate. A bit of an unpleasant tangy rusty quality make this not a real easy drinker.

Overall it is just too sweet and I did not think it feels very good.

11-08-2003 08:30:20 | More by Rumrunner
Photo of Dogbrick


3.63/5  rDev -6%

On draught at Spagio in Grandview. This beer is copper-colored with a medium light beige head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is lightly malty with some caramel as well. Medium-bodied, and not overly sweet like some Marzens tend to be, which I appreciated. Good malt flavor that was not too thick or syrupy. As a matter of fact it was very drinkable and complemented my food well. Maybe not the best example of the style, but I'd get it again.

11-07-2003 15:04:57 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of SheepNutz


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a light copper color with half a finger of head. There is only a tiny bit of lacing. The smell is malty and grassy with a bit of hops. The taste is fairly grassy with a little bit of caramel. The mouthfeel is fairly good, and so is the drinkability. A pretty good Oktoberfest.

11-07-2003 01:20:18 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of HardTarget


4/5  rDev +3.6%

Aroma: A rich toasted malt nose with earthy notes
Appearance: Clear orange with a white head of tiny bubbles that retreated to a thin film and laced a bit.
Flavor: The toasted malt flavor starts strong but finishes clean and crisp. The slightest touch of hop at the end, but nowhere near bitter. Wonderful balance and flavor lets the malt shine, but not a sweet beer.
Mouthfeel: Medium, with a touch of warmth and numbing
Overall Impression: Clean well made beer. I get an earthy taste in a good way, and malt malt malt. A classic Oktoberfest.

11-03-2003 04:53:46 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Globetrotter


3.55/5  rDev -8%

I got this on November 1 in a German restaurant in Moscow. A bit late for an O-fest on tap, I couldn't resist, as I had not had my share of Oktoberfest this year. I jumped at the chance for a nice O-fest on tap, regardless of the date.

The beer came out only slightly darker than gold under a good thick off-white head with lots of lace and excellent retention. Plenty of malt filled the nose, while the mouth was prickly, with a body just slightly on the light side of medium. There was lots and lots of malt in the opening taste, chased by a bit of hops that left a nice bitter aftertaste. On the initial taste, I noted just a hint of sourness, but this disappeared as I got further into the experience. A good drinking beer, I'd happily have another.

11-01-2003 19:56:09 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of barleypop


3.9/5  rDev +1%

Once poured many, many agitated bubbles rise to create a frothy yet soapy head. A nice dark golden colour that is very transparent. The nose is similar to Paulaner’s Weiss bier with caramel apricot notes. Roasted scents are released as it warms. This one coats the tongue with malt. Nice bier, yet not my favorite of the Paulaner line.

10-30-2003 18:01:12 | More by barleypop
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

Sampled (many times) from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Roasted brown, maybe tawny color with a pillowy white head and great lacing.

Smell: Malt, grain and some caramel with hints of hops. Little packets of alcohol, but not much.

Taste: Rich roasted malt and grains that glides to caramel then to hops. Nice an chewy, with a good punch of carbonation. Finishes very clean with a slight hop and spice to it. Wonderfully balanced and increadibly easy to drink. One of my favorites of the season.

10-29-2003 13:51:05 | More by Loki
Photo of grynder33


3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

This beer was a solid amber color, had a strong fragrant sweet malt aroma, strong carmelly malty taste that seemed to lose these features quickly.Seemed to me a perfect beer if you are a smoker, you get quick initial bursts of flavor, then you enjoy your smoke.

10-29-2003 01:54:36 | More by grynder33
Photo of clvand0


2.85/5  rDev -26.2%

This beer came in a 12oz bottle. Poured a very interesting amber color with a decent head that didn't stick around too long. The aroma was very sweet and promising with caramel malts being the forerunner. The flavor was not as I expected from the smell. The caramel malt is the strongest part of the flavor, but there is a certain bitterness that I did not like with this one. The bitter bite makes me give it low marks for drinkability and mouthfeel.

10-27-2003 21:33:56 | More by clvand0
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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