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

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1,970 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,970
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 60
Gots: 100 | 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 paterlodie
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 05-06. Good presentation with good and staying thick head and a nice and shiny deep golden beercollor.
Nose is very sweet malted, must have lots of munich in it and dry hersbruck like hops. Not much influence of yeast nose except the formed alcohol. Aftertaste is only bitterness and good. Yeah this is still good even if the brewery became Heiniken. Let's hope it stays like this in time cause this is a brew i always liked. Been at the fest itself so many times and always liked this one as one of the best. Fine but not to high carbonisation makes mouthfeel good and balanced. Drinkability is that that I had 8 of those MF's at the Oktoberfest in a row once.

paterlodie, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of fromage
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in its proper glassware, of course--made sure to get the freshest bottles I could find (after buying some bad, bad Weihenstephaner at the store and noticing that their Paulaners were a year old)--on one of the first cool nights of Fall.

Deep copper hue, incredible white head, all tiny bubbles, lacing lasted for about half the glass. Ridiculous amount of bubbles rising for the same duration.

Wonderful smell of cinnamon bread, lebkuchen, toffee, some cedar, but mostly sweet, warm, fresh bread.

Tastes caramelly, a substantial bit of refreshing hop bite--slightly citrusy and grassy--that fades into subtle fruits, pears, strawberries, dried apple, raisins, etc. No detection of alcohol.

Medium-full mouthfeel--this is a maltbomb. Sticky but not cloying. Fairly clean finish.

Quite drinkable. I had to pace myself. I'd rather finish them before the head is gone!

It took me a year to appreciate the subtleties of beers like this one... last year's Oktoberfest was a bit of a bust. Looking forward to getting a 1.5 liter mug of this and some wurst!.. and trying some of those Britishers again.

fromage, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of ThreePistols
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this time of the year as we move into the cooler months heading toward the holidays. The shelves start to fill up with the darker and tastier seasonal biers and the Oktoberfest biers. This makes me happy.

This beer pours amber in color with a rich creamy head. Rich and sweet caramel malt aroma fills the nose. With rich and creamy toasted sweet caramel malt taste balanced by the crisp presents of the hops. Full creamy rich mouth feel. The finish is excellent with its faintly spicy hops and sweet malt with a hint of alcohol.

Clean, crisp and flavorful.


ThreePistols, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful pour! Perfcet marzen orange with an incredibly retentive white head that sticks a finger and a half above the rust and leaves great lacing.

Smells of caramel malt. Rich and wooden, perfectly sweet. Not synthetic, processed corn syrupt sweet, either.

Sweet and smooth taste, chewy caramel and loose spice with a slight punch of euorpils fruit. Hellesbock aftertaste.

This is one of the bockiest marzens I've ever had, and also one of the best. Refreshing and very easily drank.

mynie, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of ryantupy
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this one in a 5 liter keg for a party and found it to be a very enjoyable beer especially since the mini keg only costed $18. It was very rich in malty flavors and some breadish notes and a little dry spice. It was very clean and smooth and easy to drink a little sweeter than most oktoberfests that I have tried.

ryantupy, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Pours out copper colored with a small head. Malty bread aroma with some caramel. The flavor starts off as sweet caramel with toasted malts. German hops come in, but can't quite balance the sweet flavor. Mouthfeel is full. Pretty good drinkability. I like the big malt flavor in this beer, but it is just a little too sweet. Still, this version is quite good.

beveragecaptain, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured to a deeper color than expected by the claim of amber on the bottle.

The smell was very subtle and the carbonation was superb. The mouthfeel was medium bodied.

The taste was what one would expect from a well crafted Oktoberfest; the flavor was rich and malty. The hops were well blended and at times not present in a blatant way. The finish was dry with no appreciable bad aftertaste. There is immense subtlety in this beer, but yet it is not subdued. There is a complex flavor of wheat and fruit, but it is not cloying or overpowering. And isn’t that really the point? Your are supposed to celebrate and put a “few” of these back- not sip on it like a mother’s teat.

I imagine that this would pair with sauerkraut and wurst just about as well as anything out there. OR, as aforementioned, putting a few back would alone would be fine also.

andjusticeforale, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of budsboy
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, brilliant amber color with a foamy, thin straw head that leaves lots of lacing.

Fruity-bready smell, slight scent of spicy hops. Carmel malts come through wonderfully.

Sweet and fruity, turning bitter as it goes. Carmel and ripe apple-plum flavor with warming alcohol, turning bitter and hanging around on the palate. Very nice.

Nearly full in the mouth, slick and appealing.

Very enjoyable Oktoberfest. A simple pleasure for the season. Fully satisfying. Try some.

budsboy, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from Liquor Mart and consumed later that same evening. Pours a two finger tan/dark yellow head over a crystal clear light rust-orange lqiuid. Smells mild. Some toasted grains and the hopp aroma is orange peels? Whatever. Also a tangy melon smell. Tastes smooth sweet and sharply carbonated. Aftertastes starts with toasted grains and a hint of caramel. Nice flat Munich malt character that starts chalky and finishes sourish. Also, a hint of smoke. Interesting. The bottle was stamped 11.04 32443K.

mentor, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of rousee
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orangey rust color that is almost golden at the very bottom part of the glass-2mm head into a light film of foam. Continued carbonation which is pretty to look at but doesnt indicate shit as Budweiser has excellent carbonation. Very minor lacing remains on the glass.

Smell is exactly what it should smell like--a very malty Oktoberfest. Tastewise-there is sweetness and caramel and tones of apple too. In fact a little too sour on the finish. This beer is not as good as I remember it being in past years. Maybe the recent thread about Hacker has influenced my judgement but I dont think so. Its just not as good this year.

rousee, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of nickss
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poors a deep copper hue with a 1/2" light cream head... looks delicious.

Smells of tremendous maltiness, syrup, brown sugar... smells like fall =)
Also a bit of apricot in the nose... interesting, but nice.

BIG malty taste.... a bit too malty for me, but I realize that it should be what I expect from this style. Definitely some brown sugar on the tongue as well. As the beer warms I taste tea leaves in the finish... interesting.

The mouthfeel is.... interesting. If I could have tasted the beer without having it in my mouth, I would never have believed the beer was this thin and active.

Despite this not being my favorite Oktoberfest bier I've ever tasted, it is a good example of the style. Not a bad place to start if you're looking for a solid Marzen. Extremely drinkable... I can feel the cold winds of October a-comin =P

nickss, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of battlekow
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Typical Oktoberfest color, a reddish-gold. Nice thick head that fades pretty quickly and doesn't leave very good lacing. Smells and tastes very sweet, like molasses or artificial grape flavoring. There's some dustiness to the flavor, which also features a slightly bitter and toasted finish. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. Overall, Paulaner's Oktoberfest is just too sweet, and I couldn't have more than one.

battlekow, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a light amber with a small off-white head. Sticks around for a moment before fading into a small colar. Tiny remnants of lacing are left behind.
Smell is of malty sourdough with a heavy hand of roasty caramel malt.
Taste is nice. Caramel malt infused yeasty sourdough with a nice little hop punch at the end.
Mouthfeel is decent. Nice chewy breadiness with a good amount of carbonation highlighting some sweets and sours.

weeare138, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a six pack this weekend in Jersey. Brewed in June 2005 clearly distinguished on the front label.

Appearance: Initially chill hazed nutty brown with a light beige head. Good retention and excellent lacing. Beautiful rivulets of carbonatino.
Smell: Like sticking your head inside a bag of fresh baked German bread. The dark, chunky stuff that you either need something liquid to force down or need spicy mustard and liverwurst on.
Taste: Mmm, liquid goodness. The first flavors are the caramelly malty baked bread. Light hoppiness only evident on the end.
Chewy mouthfeel that had some body to it.

Had three different Okt brews this weekend (with Victory and Lancaster) this one outshone the rest on all categories.

Dithyramb, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of ichigodisaster
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is my first beer of the style, but I am highly impressed!

Head seemed to vanish pretty fast and didn't leave any lacing. Beautiful amber color. It smells so good! I couldn't help smelling it every sip that I took. Smells heavily of carmel, like that of carmel apples, and maybe a bit of clove.

This is a tasty beer. Warm carmel, slightly bready, some autumn spices, and very toasty. It's slightly creamy to boot. Also toffee is present on the finish with a small hop bite. Yum!

It's very smooth and pleasant going down. I can't wait to get my hands on more!

ichigodisaster, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of Vancer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good grief, ya just can’t go wrong with a Paulaner brew! This is number 3, after the hefe and dobble bock – and way it another treat! Just in time for fall, the pour starts off on the right track with a copper/amber hue, nice head and lacing. Malts and cinnamon pop the nose, and the quaff, wow! Clove, spice, and malts, followed by a well balance of hops.

Rich and tangy a hearty brew for the fall season, but Very drinkable for one or two(ish).

Vancer, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear brassy pour with a thin white head that faded pretty quickly but left bubbling carbonation for the entire drink.

Smell is earthy malts with a touch of caramel and a hint of a slight hop bite. Somewhat toasty as well.

Flavor is juicy and malty with a toasted-grain undertone beneath a big wall of bready malt flavors. Slight hop bitterness on the end before a medium-dry finish that really pulls out the toasted elements.

Mouthfeel is darn near perfect, medium-bodied that's just full enough to stand up to the malt. Nice.

Overall: I think this is my favorite O-fest I've tried this year, just a well-balanced stab at it.

whartontallboy, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first German Marzen style of the season compares very favorably to the two domestic versions I've sampled. 12 oz bottle pours a clear amber body with a one finger beige head that persists for a few minutes before dropping to a collar with patchy lace.
Aroma is very enticing, with floral/spicy hops and caramel maltiness.
Mouthfeel is ideal for style, with medium carbonation, a light medium body, and a spicy hops zing on the tongue.
Taste is pure bliss, with a wonderful blend of spicy, noble hops and toasty, grainy, caramel maltiness. The body lightens a bit for the finish as the bittering spicy hops come to life. Very tasty, with a clean and dry finish. By far, the most drinkable of the Oktoberfest biers I've sampled this September. I would gladly keep a couple of cases of this Bavarian around for pleasure.

merlin48, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of steinlifter
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tryin out this years model, the pour was good, but head diminished quickly, and barely left a collar, color was a nice clear copper.
smell was very pleasant, I detected some dark fruits, and toasty malts.
taste was very good as well, fruits and malt,hint of clove, nicely balanced by a decent hop bitterness, finished smooth and balanced...very nice!
mouthfeel was full, tangy, and a bit creamy as well,..very refreshing!
Drinkability, is fantastic!!!...very good example of the style...and ....shit for that matter...just a good brew in general...put me down for 5 or 6!!!

steinlifter, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of Derek
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: More golden than expected. Some head, but poor retention, leaves some lace.

S: Bready malt.

T: Chewy bread & honey-like caramel flavour. No hop or fruit flavour, it tastes like it's pure malt! Bittersweet aftertaste, perhaps a hint of German noble-hop flavour.

M: Light to moderate body. Moderately amount of carbonation seems perfect.

D: It's like water! No... better than water!

Derek, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of bigdeuce
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stuff IS REALLY GOOD!! I was a huge fan of Wurzburger Fallfest and this rivals it.

Copper color, nice head traces down the glass. Has a burnt auburn, caramel-like taste to it.

Best part of Paulaner Marzen is the fact that the beer smells AWESOME!! One of the best smelling beers.

Very drinkable, though not weak. Great full taste. Love this stuff!!

bigdeuce, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at the Sunset. Served as Paulaner Märzen.

This Märzen poured a clear, light copper color with off-white foam that settled. The smell was malty, biscuity, with a touch of yeast. The taste was malty with notes of Munich malt and a very mild hoppiness. The mouthfeel was dry and smooth with medium body and good carbonation. The malty flavors lingered in the aftertaste nicely. This was a very easy to drink and enjoyable beer!

UncleJimbo, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of sopor
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle "produced" 5/04 and served at Harbor Haus in Copper Harbor Michigan, a great place for good food, some traditional German fair, servers in Dirndls, and a selection of Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr and Franziskaner the likes of whic the Upper Penninsula of MI has never seen! (which isn't saying much)

Colored amber-brown with three-finger head that dies fairly quickly to a centimeter thin but retains well. Slight bubbles.

The smell is tangy-sweet kind of "rotten".

The "rotten" tangy-sweetness is the most powerful flavor. Perhap this bottle is gettin a litte old? But it definitely did not taste bad, just didn't stand out to me. Very little hop profile leaves this beer feeling very unbalanced to me with a sweet ending.

Carbonation is light and body is medium-light.

I wouldn't want more than one of these, but it went very well with the marinted lake trout that I had for dinner.

sopor, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark amber/copper, thin white head

smell: mostly caramel in the nose, toasty malts, minimal hops

taste: caramel, heavy malt, discreet pear/apples. My first oktoberfest of the season, and a pretty decent representation.

mouthfeel: medium body, mild carbonation, creamy mouthfeel

drinkability: moderate

dirtylou, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just bought the whole damn keg. Several of us killed this beautiful keg in one night celebrating my wife’s graduation from law school.

The taste is slightly bitter and nutty, There is an effervescent bite that is just right. This is As far as Oktoberfest beers go this is hands down one of the best and just fresh out for this season too. Fortunately I have connections at our local Spec's that was able to hook me with this fresh shipment the week they arrived.

This is their best year so far and the keg is the only way to go.

AtrumAnimus, Aug 16, 2005
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 1,970 ratings.