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

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Ratings: 2,149
Reviews: 1,052
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 67
Gots: 159 | 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 mjc410
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour into my Mahr's mug raises a quick-falling off-white head over a straightforward transparent copper body.

The nose has a rich caramel maltiness, simple as that.

The taste is simple too, but effective: a balanced caramel malt body, with a bready aftertaste, and lingering caramel as well. Very "beery" in the best way that a lager can be.

The mouth has a great level of fine carbonation, and the body is just right at a medium weight.

This lager is fantastically easy to drink! A fine brew.

Photo of inbeertruth
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from a bottle into my favorite beer mug.

Appearance: Coppery, though light on the head.

Smell: Biscuits, malt, honey, brown sugar

Taste: Caramel sweetness with flashes of hop.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation. Tingly, but not heavy.

Drinkability: While I love Paulaner’s beers, this one seems a bit sub par compared to their other styles. I would rather drink Salvator, but I feel it is nevertheless a good Marzen. It takes well with greasy foods, washing down the palate. I had this beer with a plate of Weißwurst and Kässpätzle

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Medum amber color. Light white head. Light retention. Some decent lacing.

Smell - caramel malt, toastiness, butterscotch, mild hops.

Taste - Mellow caramel sweetness. The butterscoth and hops come across.

Mouthfeel - Medium/light. Crisp on the tongue. Active carbonation

Drinkability - Really easy to drink.

Photo of jonworth
2.84/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer reminds me somewhat of Old Speckled Hen, an English ale with which I once had a brief love affair before my palate became a little more, dare I say it, *refined* [opined with pointy nose].

Well, the head evaporates right away, leaving practically no lacing, so marks off for that. This beer's flavor is fairly straightforward -- Horrors! Do we have a macrobrew in sheep's clothing?

Photo of kguyty
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful copper/orange color. This looks like one good beer in a clear pint glass. The head, that does not last for long, appears to be orange in color as well. The smell is nice, and not too overpowering... nothing special though. The taste is not a "dark" as I had anticipated, but it is a good beer. I can see myself drinking a few of these on a nice fall day. Good beer for my first Oktoberfest - any other absolute "must try" suggestions?

Photo of atigerlife
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly off golden color with a creamy white head. Not much carbonation seen rising.

Aroma of sweet malts.

Taste is malty. Not much else going on.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, I was a little dissapointed with this Marzen. I really like this brewery, but feel this beer is lacking in depth and character. I also found it too sweet.

Photo of udubdawg
2.97/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle...date on the bottom right indicates this isn't quite what could be called fresh, but it's not that old either. I'll give it a try.

Pours a pretty coppery orange, with a big cream-colored head that fades quickly to a thin cap but otherwise never completely fades out. Lacing is limited to spotting in the first third of the glass.

Nose is a bit light, consisting of sweet toasted malt - nothing unpleasant here, but there isn't a lot there to like either.

Taste is better than the aroma. Quite a bit of doughy sweet malt here, with substantial hop kick in the finish. Carbonation is disappointingly quite low, but a low of creamy smooth body is revealed. Pretty decent, and quite drinkable. Refreshing, not too heavy, and decent taste - I could drink a few in a pinch.

Photo of 0tt0
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft, shaker pint...

Pours a nice amber color that resembles a glass of iced tea and is capped by a very loose bubbly head that dissipates quickly to the thinest of collars. The nose is dominated by caramel and sweet, warm bread. Almost a hint of something slightly tea-like (green tea?). First sip brings a crisp tingle to the tongue followed by a huge, caramel, biscuity, sweet middle. The hops are somewhat absent at mid-point, but they come through with a fairly long, dry, crispy finish. Body is just thinner than medium and spot-on for the style. The sweetness may get a bit much for me over an average session, but I can't complain as this pint disappears. Plus, I sampling in 100 degree Georgia heat, so this might be better on the palate in cooler Fall temps.

Photo of biggmike
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden amber with a head that dissipated quickly. Pretty smooth and drinkable, but not my preferred style of beer. I would much rather drink their Hefeweizen which is excellent. It kind of grows on you as you drink it, however. No real strong characteristic

Photo of BadRockBeer
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 12fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Features freshness date.

Appearance: Amber to copper in color with golden hue. Clear, 1 finger head that faded to a nice tight lace.

Smell: Sweet malt, some what biscuity. Vienna malt is prevalent.

Taste: Big malt right up front, sweet and toasty. I taste a little butterscotch and very little in the way of hop taste, yet this beer is very balanced. I also taste notes of raisins and light coffee.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body. Mild carbonated.

Drinkability: Good. This beer is quite refreshing but becomes fairly heavy after a couple.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cool label artwork with hefty German heifers hoisting steins of Oktoberfest brew! Pours a pumpkin pie filling orange with a thin white cap of loose bubbles. Leaves some very sporadic land spotty lace...loose, like dish soap. And the head settles to a very thin wispy haze.

S - Malty carrot cake and diacetyl butterscotch aromas. This just brings back memories of the fall!

T - Richly malted. Carrot cake, warm cookies, fruitcake. Lightly hopped...just enough to balance the malt forward flavors. Some cinnamon and nutmeg come through in the aftertaste. Fest beers always remind me of pumpkin pie and carrot cake....and this one is no exception. A really solid and well made Oktoberfest brew!

M - Starts out with some aggressive carbonation that lifts off the tongue and leaves a slick layer of sweetness coating the palate. Full bodied, chewy, and yet refreshingly crisp.

D - Excellent. I could drink stein after stein of this. A classic example of the style made extra drinkable by it's higher than average carbonation for the style.

Photo of RoundelMike
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To be sure, Paulaner Oktoberfest is a pretty beer with its vibrant amber hue and impressive clarity. The taste does not overpower--it was probably never meant to--but instead provides a syrupy smoothness, pleasantly sweet, with a slight toasted character. It's quite mellow. The sweetness gives the beer an almost candy-like quality, the perfect dessert for a long week's work.

This beer isn't perfect however, with it's unimpressive and muted smell and a thick mouthfeel that can grow a little tiresome over an entire exclusive evening with this drink. This is a beer that you want to sip, relish, and move away from.

Photo of mcarroll10177
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- coppery gold with an off white head and some nice lacing on the glass

S- some hops, but I expected more of a nose

T- some hops and not much else

M- a bit thinner than I would have expected or wanted

D- an ok beer that I would have again, but there are better selections out there.

Photo of theopholis
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a beautiful clear amber with a nice off-white head and some lacing.

Aroma-Lots of malt sweetness. Some caramel notes, and a hint of fruit. The aroma is very inviting.

Taste- Again, lots of malt sweetness. Some toasted malts, caramel. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel- body is a little on the heavy side. Good carbonation level.

Drinkability- Very nice brew. And this coming from a hop-head!!!!

Photo of John_M
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I normally wouldn't be drinking this beer, but I'm down in Orlando for the weekend, and the options are just not the best here. As it turned out, that worked out OK....

I have had this beer a number of times, though not recently. The marzen style is a style I've come to enjoy less and less, with its focus on sweet malt and little hops. Still, even when I used to drink marzens more often, I was always struck by just how superior the orginal German version was to its American made counterparts.

Had this one last night fresh from the local ABC store, and was quickly reminded just how superb this beer is....

Pours a rich copper color with excellent foam retention and good lacing. The nose is remarkable. Yes it's malty, but there is a rich, roasty flavor that is just wonderful. You can almost smell the grain and sweet malt in the glass. On the palate the beer is very rich and malty, sweet, long and satisfying. There is no drop off in the flavor as you drink this beer; it remains rich, sweet, almost thick, and satisfying. The beer finishes well, is not the least bit cloying, and is very easy to drink.

I still wouldn't want to drink this beer all the time, but it sure made for a nice change from the usual hop monsters and other extreme beers I so enjoy. Excellent beer...

Photo of vancurly
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brew date 0706. 9 months is a long time....

A: Pours a clear amber, fairly tight off-white head, that fizzles away. To me an indication of too long in bottle.

S: Strong malty aroma, grainy/hay-like.

F: Same notes as the smell, but emphasised. Also some herbaceous & flinty hop notes, chewy malt. Soft bready yeast , and some subtle tobacco leaf & leather.

M: Light weight, short at the back, and even slightly hot, which is unusual for the ABV.

D: I think 9 months is showing its effect on head & mouthfeel, but the malt & hop flavours are still in relatively good balance & evidence. Hope the shop where I got this can acquire it sooner next time.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers in this style!

Beautiful amber color, nice little bit of a head, some lacing.

Smells sweet, oh so sweet

It tastes as sweet as it smells. Can make a hop-head convert!

It has a real nice finish and is not bitter at all.

I can, have, and will always drink a lot of this beer.
Soak your brauts in some other crap, this beer is for drinking!

Photo of loren01
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an orange color, very littel head, no lacing. Looks a little flat to me.
S: Lots of malt, slight alcohol.
T: Same as smell. Sweet, malty, slight alcohol taste
M: A little thin/watery.
D: Pretty good Oktoberfest beer, good malty flavor.Fairly easy drinking however.

Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I took a 5 liter mini keg of Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen Amber on a camping trip. It poured a nice reddish, dark copper color with a white head. Very malty nose. Excellent malty flavor, really a fine drinker. Recommended, and I might add that the mini keg had the coolest graphic ever, three fat german guys (presumably at Oktoberfest) chugging mass krugs of Paulaner Oktoberfest, no doubt.

Photo of wingman14
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange amber with golden hues and a decent white head that fades quickly. The smell is sweet and malty, with some yeast and doughy characters. Taste is very similar with some spices thrown in, and a doughy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium/light, with a good balance bringing in decent carbonation. This is a sessionable beer, not very strong in taste for an oktoberfest, but has that malt driven flavor. A good beer worth giving a try, I was happy with this brew. Cheers!

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

This Oktoberfest pours a brilliantly clear light copper into my glass, very striking. The white head was thin and diminished quickly to a rim around the top. The aroma of the beer high on the toasted grains (lots of Munich), there is also medium-low sweetness and a low spicy hop aroma evident. The taste of the beer is very malty, high toasted grain flavor with a little residual sweetness. The hop bitterness is low, but enough to provide a wonderful balance for the style. The carbonation is medium. The beer has a medium-light body with a very nice smoothness. Overall I really enjoyed this beer. The taste and aroma of toasted malts is wonderful, as is the smoothness of the beer. The drinkability of this beer is quite high and I will certainly buy this ‘Fest again, hopefully someday in Munich.

Photo of notoriousdav
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is just a great Oktoberfest...I know some may say that this is "mass" produced beer, but hey, sometimes they mass produce something the right way. Pours a medium mohagany. Smells of maple sugar, malt, and polka music. Taste is sweet, with some caramel elements. Carbonation is middle of the road. Could drink this all day long, and sometimes I do. This just tastes like the fall to me...football, brats, and cool weather. Great with smoked cheeses and sausage. It's everything I like about beer.

Photo of jim102864
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A must for the summer season, since it is oh so drinkable. However, I had one left in the fridge from a recent purchase and thought, why not? This pours a copper color with appropriate carbonation for an Oktoberfest beer. Somewhat light nose, some yeast, some malt. The taste is refresingly light with hints of sweet-ish hops and malt. Goes down nice and smooth. Almost like a summer pale. I'm a fan of all things Paulaner. This brew is easily a session beer.

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

Drank some time ago- reviewing from notes-

Appearance- A brilliantly colored beer with a nice head. Some lacing.

Smell- The nose is fairly strong as I could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle. Smells are mostly malty with hints of freshly cut grass.

Taste- In short, delicious. On the malty side as expected, but with a finely balanced dose of hops.

Mouthfeel- Feels about right for the style.

Drinkability/Conclusions - This is probably my favorite oktoberfest so far. Worth seeking out this time of year. Another fine brew from paulaner.

Photo of BamaWorKs
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Writing this review as I crack open my first. I must say, I have some expectations of this beer.... so here we go.

Appearance: clear, with an amber color (whoda thunkit?). Very nice. Not much head though.

Smell: Fruity, hints of orange, very pleasant.

Taste: Not as robust as I expected, but good nonetheless with caramel and cinnamon hints.

Mouthfeel: Light and quite thin.

Drinkability: This brew is certainly drinkable with its light mouthfeel and it's too thick.

Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 2,149 ratings.