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

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2,136 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,136
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 68
Gots: 150 | 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 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.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so, I'm at my local brew shop and they just got in a fresh shipment of this beer. being just shy of october of course I'm going to have one. 514 reviews as of this writing so I'm going to go a slightly different direction. I liked this brew but found it a shade lighter in color and lighter in that clean malty taste than I prefer in an octoberfest. To be fair this one is clearly noted as amber on the label so I'll say it's good but I think my tastes drift to a touch more in this style.

Still a can't go wrong choice if serving up a plate of brat's and sauerkrat!

Photo of jbsteiny
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear copper color with two fingers of head (vigorous pour) that faded to a thin, persistent wisp, leaving chunks, then lines, of sticky lace. Smells like rich toasted malts -- mostly caramel cake with hints of plum, roasted chestnut, vanilla, and burnt toffee. Tastes equally rich, with a perfectly placed hop bitterness to keep it from being a dessert beer. The one thing that bothers me a bit about the beer is its sticky mouthfeel -- I'm pretty sure the style is supposed to be crisper than this (I mean, it's a malty lager, but it's still a lager, no?). Regardless, very sessionable, even at 5.8%, and you can tell that it's textbook Marzen -- definitely the best Oktoberfest beer that I've ever had. Hooray for Paulaner!

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

Had on draft at Frisco's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep amber gold, with a nice white head of foam.

S- Malty and sweet, very inviting.

T- A very good balance of sweet malt and dry hops, but a strange estherish aftertaste is somewhat offputting.

M- Smooth, very well carbonated, only the off taste in the finish puts this beer down a rung or two.

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

Copper/ruby read color, more than ample head. Smell suggests exactly what this is, which is as good a representation of the style I know of. Sweet, velvety malt, and I know this is probably the power of suggstion, but I swear I smell pumpkin in here. Tastes like a meal, Euro-hops dance energetically on the back of the tongue, creating a fine counterpart to the malt. Mouthfeel coats, then washes away clean. A damn fine beer.

Photo of scottblaze
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clean, pretty, copper color, frothy head disappeared fairly quickly. Notes of vanilla in the nose. Delicious sweet, malty flavor hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel a little bit underwhelming, maybe little thin but certainly not bad. A highly drinkable and delicious brew, there are a few higher rated Marzen beers but this is one of the better examples of the style. Makes me want to go to Munich in Oktober.

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

I had this on tap at the Ginger Man in Greenwich CT. It was dark orange colored and clear, with a thin white layer of foam. The smell was dominated by malts, it seems to me that the best Oktoberfests are almost malt bombs, lots of sweet malt with very little bitterness. Anyway this one was nice and had a really thick body which lent a hand in adding physical presence. Very good for the style.

Photo of smcreator
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A two finger head that dwindles down to a thin film over time on a nice golden copper color.
S: Smells light and refreshing. There is a nice fruity hint which I believe comes from hops.
T: Tastes clean and crisp with a slight fruit/sweet/hop taste to balance with the malts.
M: Smooth with almost creamy small bubbles. It does not leave but a slight film on the back of your tongue.
D: Very wall balanced and easy to drink.

Photo of bradley194
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being that it is fall I am trying to drink all the Oktoberfest beer I can get my hands on. This one is really pretty good.

Color is about the color of copper and really looks nice when you hold it next to a light source.

The smell is caramel malt. It has a hint of fruit to it; maybe fig.

The taste is nothing extraordinary, but it certainly is very much worth trying. Strong malt taste. Medium to low carbonation with very little bite. It has a strong taste of spice. It is not the best Oktoberfest beer I have had (personally I really like the Great Lakes Brewing Co.), but it is really pretty good. I would recommend it. I would give it a 3.8 out of 5.

Photo of ohoove
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Went to a wedding last week and some of the guests were from Germany so the grooms dad bought several cases. I haven't tried many of this style but after this one it's sure to be a seasonal must for me.

Poured off into the glass and settled down into a crystal clear see through copper color , like a fine single malt scotch.

Smelled of light apricot and sweet malt with the taste mimmicking the smell but finished with a more malty bite.

great drinkability- will be trying more of this style- just afraid after this most others won't stand up to this one

Photo of Lothore
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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
4.36/5  rDev +13%
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
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
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 thing....no 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

Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 2,136 ratings.