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

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2,160 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,160
Reviews: 1,056
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 68
Gots: 166 | 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 kaelingirl
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Redbones
Pours a golden amber with a thin white head that faded fairly quickly but did leave some bit of lacing. Nice sort of tasty malt aroma which carries over in the flavor where the malt is balanced by a nice hop finish. As the beer warmed I got a hint of alcohol. This was a very nice beer and I look forward to tasting it from a bottle this season.

Photo of younger35
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My roommate and I both had a little Oktoberfest sampler last night. We purchased a handful of different bottles and went to town. Poured this brew from Paulaners familiar half liter bottle into a Weizen glass.

Appearance- Pours reddish amber yellow with a one finger white head that quickly recedes. Aggressive carbonation fizzles in the glass helping to leave a decent cap and nice collar. Very little, if any, lacing.
Smell- Toasted bread with whiffs of sweet caramel and a light nuttiness. Really not all that exciting. Expected more malt…
Taste- Very crisp and clean. Lightly toasted malts start before giving way to a sweet caramel. Semi nutty as well that is balanced by a slight hop bitterness. Very simple and to the point.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with vibrant carbonation.
Drinkability- Great “seasonal” brew (I know it’s brewed year round but I’m not the biggest fan of big malt in the spring and summer). Tastes almost exactly how I expect an Oktoberfest beer to taste and is o-so refreshing.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paulaner- Oktoberfest Marzen

Appearance- Golden orange with a light frothy white head.
Smell- Caramel and doughy biscuits.
Taste- Big sweet caramel/ butterscotch malt. A touch of alcohol comes through in the end.
Mouthfeel- Sweet with a slight warming alcohol finish.

Overall- I recall this being delicious last year (2006) and this year it loses just a point or two for being a little too boozy.
Otherwise this is still one of the better Oktoberfest beers out there.

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

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a curved pint glass (dogfish).

Appearance- A golden amber with a nice large head of froth that reaches the top of the glass. Foam lingers for a good couple minutes, then dissapates to a thin carbonation on the top of the brew.

Smell- Carmelly malts, some plum, nicely toasted biscuit, nuts, butterscotch, wonderful malt character on this one.

Taste- Biscuit, caramel and malt upfront with a touch of hop backbone sweetness at the end. The yeast here is the winner of the show. Paulaner has a yeast that I'm going to have to thief out of the bottle for my own brew at some point.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with a high carbonation, no alcohol warmth. Great for an Oktoberfest holiday. Well balanced and malty.

Drinkability- Very, I could enjoy this every oktoberfest. Strangely enough, no oktoberfests in my area have this anywhere to be seen. I lucked out and found a 6pk and I love it. Rich and creamy. A real pleasure to drink.

Photo of brendan13
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep amber into my pint glass with a couple or so of off white head.
S - A nice toasty, slighty sweet caramel maltiness.
T - Same flavours as the aroma but more pronounced with an added light herbal refreshing bitterness.
M - Medium mouthfeel with fairly high carbonation.
D - Drinkable without a doubt. Not a sessioner at 5.8% but a few wouldn't go down too badly.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a fresh party keg for the weekend...chilled it and am now trying it.

Pours a beautiful toasty orange amber that's crystal clear in the glass with a half finger white head that melts to some sticky white lace and a solid ring around the glass.

Aroma is sweet burnt malt and nuts.

Taste is a wonderful blend of toasted malt, nuts, bready yeast, and just the right amount of citrus hops to balance it all out and leave your mouth feeling clean and fresh and ready for another sip.

Definitely a session type of beer simply because you can drink it all day long without getting bored or tired of it and from the 3L can it's as fresh tasting as draft.

Photo of BBM
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice, clear orange-amber into a pint glass. A thin white foam lay atop the brew. The aroma was very muted and non-descript. There was a slight sense of sweetness, maybe very faint toastiness, but overall I couldn't detect anything overwhelming.

There is a beautifully sweet, well-crafted butternut flavor up front, along with roasted nuts and that signature marzen caramel sweetness usually found in the style. There is very low bitterness, but the beer never becomes overly sweet or unbearable. The flavor remains interesting and complex throughout the brew, making it one of my favorite Oktoberfests to date. It is a bit on the heavy side, but even so, I could have a few of these in a sitting. Excellent job by Paulaner. Now THIS is how to do an Oktoberfest.

Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says 02/07

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 2+ fingers of off-white head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Faint maltyness that increases slightly as this warms

T: Caramel, dryness & herbal hops up front. More dryness & some grainy breadyness as this warms. Finishes dry with caramel, breadyness & leafy/herbal hops

MF: Medium-bodied with low carbonation & good balance

Drinks good, this was better in Germany, but not one of my favorites for this style

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

This pours up brilliantly clear! But the off white head disappates quickly, leaving a few small bubbles around the sides of the glass. Hints of ruby highlights accent the amber color. It smells of caramel and a bit of roasted malt. The taste is almost all caramel malt. It is slightly sweet. It reminds me of maple syrup, but fizzy. It leaves a circle of sweetness on my lips. I prefer the classic Oktoberfest over the homebrewed or brewpub version, which is a much bigger beer.

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

appearance - pours a nice clear, amber color. Third of an inch head that remains for a while, clinging to the glass. Nice lacing.

smell - smells of german malts, yeast, bready/doughy notes, ....cherries?

taste - now this is an octoberfest beer. usually not a huge fan but this is one of the better ones. Bready maltiness, has that "german taste" to it...if that makes any sense. Yeast, honeycomb, hint of hop spice, very clean finish. Smooth as ice.

mouthfeel - nice body and not too carbonated at all. nice.

drinkability - Highly. Great session beer even though its almost 6% abv.

Photo of BucBasil
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: An amberish-gold color with a small one finger, quickly dissolving head. Typical... not really very impressive.

Smell: The best part of this brew... a rich nutty scent that gives way to a fresh bready aroma.

Taste: Bready malts greet you up front, but then it turns bad with some overly bitter hops in the middle here. Not very well balanced, but finishes pretty well. This is just average in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated and refreshing. Medium bodied and not too heavy.

Drinkability: I could put a few of these down, but the lack of balance kind of turns me off. Seek other Oktoberfest beers before picking this one up. That said, I may have another look at this one later...

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!!!!

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