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

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1,912 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,912
Reviews: 1,030
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 58
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
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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 rajendra82
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden pour with an orange tint seemed a bit light for a fest bier. The body was topped by a short lived off-white head that left some decent lacing as it departed. The aroma was richly malty with earthy, bready notes wafting through. The taste was as advertised, with bready, caramel malt, and sweet esters giving just a hint of bananas. The aftertaste was grainy with a touch of herbal hops. A bit closer to a macro offering than I prefer, but a very appropriate session drink for the season.

rajendra82, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of hobbes2112
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed this as a can, but it was the mini-keg.

I got this keg on sale and thought it would be fun, I have had other mini-kegs before that leaked, but this one was really well made and had no leakage issues at all.

The beer pours a medium brown with a very large white head at first, but the head becomes more tame with each successive beer. Aroma is malty, bready and sweet. Taste is again malt, with a little carmel, apples and again bread. Great creamy feel with a crisp finish too.

This is a fantastic session beer, and the mini-keg is a fun addition.

hobbes2112, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of PatandDavid
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad by any means, but could have been better. Had on tap at 'bones. Medium amber, it came topped with a white head. Clean aroma, maybe a faint whiff of brown bread. Taste was sweet and smooth, mostly bready and lagerish. Nothing really jumped out at me, and to be honest, I think maybe it was too smooth, so it actually seemed a bit blah, like it didn't want to offend or shock. Would try it again though, especially if I was in D-Land.

PatandDavid, Oct 06, 2004
Photo of gentlebubbles
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Redbone's

Light toast color with - omg - a whole quarter-inch of white foam permitted in the glass. Wow. I hardly ever see a head on my beer at RB!

Faint, sweet cut-hay scent.

I'm struck first by citric sourness and only afterward does a mild maltiness sooth. There's something pleasantly spicy and odd about it, a hint of cinnamon or maple mingling with a mild, lingering lemon sweetness.

Eh. It's okay.

gentlebubbles, Oct 06, 2004
Photo of carln26
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has always been a favorite of mine, and in hindsight, I have to say this may be my benchmark for a fine Oktoberfest. It comes from the bottle bright amber to copper with a light creamy head, and a surprising sheet of lace. A small stream of champagne bubbles renews the head after a time. The nose is all malt with hints of candy and figs. The taste is sweet malt up front, and more of the candy overtones mid drink with a creamy light finish and mouth feel. Very drinkable, and a great candidate for a session beer.

carln26, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of cypressbob
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, brown

Pours with a light yellow body, creamy white head sits atop, some lacing

Smell, hints of sweetness, malty and a hint of some dried spices

Taste, malty, with a nice balance of sweetness, malty again but chewy mouthfeel

A really nice oktoberfest

cypressbob, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap from the Hofbrauhaus, in the Food Court at The Big E, West Springfield, MA.

Clear plastic pint cup presentation. Pleasing 1/2" creamy beige head over the deep copper brew. Aroma is deeply of grains, with a complementary hops aroma vying for attention. Taste is of medium grains upfront, quickly balanced by the hop character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great, and it goes down like all Oktoberfests should, easy. An excellent brew.

ppoitras, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of GreenWBush
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest season. The time of year where I seek out the malt-monsters instead of hide from them.

Possibly 'the' classic Oktoberfest, Paulaner pours out a modest, darker-than-pilsner copper with a great head and horrible head retention. I'll go ahead and blame this one on the glassware, because everything else seems well-crafted.

The nose is an interesting cacophony of malt. There's a little of the plasticene maltiness I fear - much like that in some of Sam Adams products. As the beer warms this subsides into a nicely dry, grainy German pils base. The hop character is properly noble; just a touch of distinguished bitterness keeps this quite poundable.

Overall this beer didn't strike me down as hugely malty - its noble hopping kept the package very festive and drinkable. With most Oktoberfests, the mouthfeel was creamy rich. Welcoming for morning, afternoon, and evening drinking sessions.

GreenWBush, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty, brilliantly clear, copper color that is topped by a light amber white head that is fairly thick. The aroma is light with notes of caramel, fresh baked bread, and bready malt notes. Actually the aroma is quite nice, though subtle at first it really comes to life the more you get into it. The taste of this beer is smooth, somewhat creamy, a little bit sweet, and has a finish that is a bit hoppy. The toasty bready flavors are here as well and really add a nice touch to this beer. A fairly simple beer that has a nice touch of Munich/ Vienna malt complexity and just a hint of hoppiness.

Gueuzedude, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of goindownsouth
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Truly one of the classics when it comes to Oktoberfest/Marzen-type brews. This beauty presented with a slightly darker than copper appearance, and a solid finger and a half head to it. The aroma was whafting immediately with notes of some residual sweetness and malt backbone. A smooth brew on the palate, this one would be a fantastic accompaniment to any traditional rich German fare.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 Pint 0.9 fl.oz standard tall brown glass which is more properly referred to as by civilized people as a “Half Litre Bottle” outside of the only Country in the World that clings to fractions with silly piss-poor Base-8 denominators. The dark blue bordered cream colored neck and main label have a definitive Munchen feel. The main label has a bevy of large Germanic Fraulein’s marching from left to right with a larger collection of beery Steins. Top left of the main label states that this is 5.8% alc. by vol., whilst the bottom right has the numbers 10.04, presumably informing me that I cracked the picturesque Paulaner Crown Cap just in time.

Appearance: Lovely looking gorgeous amber-brown body that is crystal clear and exhibits a dark orange hue when backlit. Swirled in the glass, the excellent conditioning assists the creamy off-white head which sits one-and-half fingers thick, and stays that way throughout the drink. This looks fantastic in a handled 20 ounce straight sided Mug I have to say. Superb presentation.

Nose: Bread crumb coated malty nose that has some biscuit and a lightly toasted caramel odor mixed with some spicy Scotch Egg twangs.

Taste: Malty start with a freshly baked bread entrance which leads up to a biscuit malt center which has some toasted caramel shortbread in the back third. Finishes with a very clean and crisp termination that has a lightly hopped feel. A sharp ending leaves no doubt about the fact that this is a damn tasty brew. This excites with the first and last mouthfeel; so often Germanic brews are staid and reliable to me, but never exciting, this Oktoberfest has a little Teutonic devilment though, a very attractive Oktoberfest-Bier.

Mouthfeel: This has a fantastic slick creamy biscuit malt feel that fills the entire experience. Start to finish this has a chewy creamy elixir but it retains a clean line which has a very silky crisp finish. Impressive for a 6.0% brew!

Drinkability: Seriously drinkable, a damn tasty brew that has poise, body, taste and balls, all lending to a good Quaffability.

Overall: A very pleasant Oktoberfest Märzen. Nicely done and well worth the $1.99 that I dropped for it, I may even pick up a few more of these if I can.

Definitely one of the better German Oktoberfests for my money!

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that goes quickly and leaves some lace. Nice clear, amber color, starts malty, finishes smooth and hoppy/malty. Nose is sweet and malty. Good carbonation and medium bodied. 12oz bottle for $3.75 from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA. The ABV is 5.8%.

jdhilt, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of zacharius
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a very nice appearance. Pours a deep amber with a frothy white head. Smell is dissapointing, mostly grain with some unpleasant undercurrants. This unpleasant undercurrant is repeated in the taste but is hardly noticable in the taste. Otherwise tastes clean, malty sweet with floral hops reminds me of honey. Decent carbonation and a firm body makes a decent mouthfeel. Beer is very drinkable abd I could have a session of these but is not something I'd drink all the time because of the rank smell.

zacharius, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of PorterLambic
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery-honey color and develops a 1 1/2" fairly tight head. Decent lace remains for the top 1/2 of the glass.
Smell is of roasted malt, a hint of sweetness, and some hops, no fruit notes detected.
Taste is malty, hops, grass and alcohol, a good bit of complexity but didn't notice any of the fruit from previous tastings..
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied.
Drinkability is good but not great. Had this beer with several other oktoberfests and it fared quite well but have had better.

PorterLambic, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of pheurton
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

crystal clear amber with pumpkin orange hues. big-bubbled snow white head lasts for a little while. very clean on the nose with hints of sweetened grains and noble hops. actively carbonated, yet still seems mellow and full. strikes a perfect balance between crispness and creaminess, just heavanly. big toffee/carmael sweet grain flavor balanced by clean european hops. strikingly balanced for the how big and malty this beer is. defines drinkability. the quintisential O-fest in my book.

pheurton, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice Oktoberfest. Pours a nice amber with a tiny white head. The smell is of toasted grain and toffee caramel sweetness. The taste in the beginning has a nice array of toasted grain and caramel sweetness, a light floral hop is detected and brings this beer together, hints of spices and herbs in the rear. Medium bodied and goes down smooth.

beertaster13, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of bark
2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is very pale yellow. The small foam is white with medium-sized bubbles.

The smell is sweet and malty with a small sourish touch.

The carbonation is medium strong, but it is at the same time quite refreshing.

The first taste is sweet with a hint of diacetyl. The bitterness grows, but it doesn’t get up to the level that an Oktoberfest beer requires. The aftertaste surprises me with a developed and pleasant malty taste that saves this beer from being mediocre.

I have hoped more from this one, it was a slight disappointment.

bark, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of counselor
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a light brown with a decent head in a lovely 0.5 liter stange. fairly malty aroma, but the best part of the beer was the crisp, firm well balanced quaffability of the beer. Carbonation was spot on. The balance of malt and noble hops was a pleasure. I wish it were less expensive because I would have a few mighty sessions with this most enjoyable, flavorfula and easy drinking beer. Makes me yearn for the biergartens of Munchen

counselor, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with "produced on" dating info on label. Pours a light, coppery, brownish almond, slim white head, tiny bubbles and just a smidgen of lacing. Not much of a nose, deep malty notes, hint of a metalic note. Fruity, malty and pleasant stuff, not my fav style, but cannot deny that this are good everyday drinkin' suds

Billolick, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle. There is a freshness date on the bottom right of the label that reads 03.05.

Amber colored with a decent head.

Aroma of malt, apple sauce and caramel.

Taste has a clean carbination that highlights a sweet malt presence. Very crisp hop finish with caramel sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel overall.

Very enjoyable and tasty Oktoberfest beer.

Hibernator, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of allengarvin
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 5L minikeg, poured a full liter into a German liter mug.

Appearance: Dark brown color, with a big airy head. Nice lacing coats the glass as it's drunk.

Aroma: Bready munich malt dominates, a sweet and slightly toasty aroma.

Flavor/Body: Full malty flavor strikes one initially. Body is full and creamy, though carbonation is a little lower than in the bottle. Just a touch of hops in the end, that finishes it semi-dry.

What else can one say? This is Paulaner's best-selling beer in the US, and deservedly so.

allengarvin, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of marburg
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent execution by the brewers. A bewitching, natural shade of amber / burnt orange. Caramel, malty aroma. Straightforward but dead on. Sweeter than it is bready, this is a smoother, more user friendly octoberfest than some others. It lacks any negative astringency or aggressive graininess. There's some in the finish, but this is largely a creamy, sweet, malty brew with exceedingly good balance. Crisp and remarkably drinkable.

marburg, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of tjd25
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great head, dense, fine, lasting perfectly on a dark orange color body. The smell shows very light hints of butter and toffee, nicely caramelized with some notes reminiscent of a barn (or maybe that's just the place where I'm having this beer).The taste is thicker than expected with some chocolate bitterness and with almost smoky hints of toast. Light liquorish hints of red fruits. Hops are noticeable. The mouthfeel isn't weak, but isn't overpowering either. just adequate. This beer has some character. Interesting.

tjd25, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of Joey7F
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a sixer of Paulaner to compare with Sam Adams which I got earlier last week. No doubt, this is a better brew. It is not quite as dry as Sam Adams' take on this is. The taste is of roasted caramel and is extremely smooth going down. The smell is probably the weakest area, it doesn't smell very much one way or the other. But to me there are two marks that matter Taste and to a much lesser extent, Mouthfeel/drinkability. This is a great beer and very representative of the style.


Joey7F, Sep 04, 2004
Photo of rugger
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This Oktoberfest pours a nice dark amber almost brown in color, with a nice thick head that leaves some impressive lacing. It smells of a nice malty character that makes you think of Oktoberfest, even though I have never been. I can only imagine what it is like with thousands of people drinking this stuff. I like to close my eyes and think about it when I smell and taste this. It has a nice malty taste which has a sweet nutty taste that I bet goes really well with bratwurst or sourkraut, or any other german foods that I can't think of right now. The mouthfeel is almost a chewy thick coating to it. Very complex and very satisfying. I could drink gallons of this like I am sure I would if I were in Germany during Oktoberfest. I know it is just now September, but Damn I love this time of year. Maybe it's because I am drinking it at work, but I am really digging this beer.

rugger, Sep 03, 2004
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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