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

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Reviews: 1,054
Hads: 2,214
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 82
Gots: 199 | 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

An amber beer style that was developed to celebrate the original Oktoberfest over 200 years ago. This full bodied beer with its rich malt flavor, dark toffee note and underlying fruitiness has a masterful hop balance.
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Photo of y2jrock60
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

A- Bright clear orange with a thin head that leaves behind some light lacing.

S- Sweet, slightly malty, with a hint of noble hops. There is also a light tea in the aroma in the nose.

T- Very sweet, you can taste the Vienna malt along with the grainy Pilsner in the finish. There's also a nice spicy/earthy bitterness imparted by the noble hops that help round this beer out.

M- Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- Definitely one of the better Marzens I've had. The beer isn't overly sweet and actually has a substantial amount of bitterness that I find lacking in other examples of the style. (611 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Sampled last night on 10/1/14. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle and is good by "05/15". Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5l 'Paulaner' weissber vase glass.

Pours a pretty deep amber in color with a thin beige head. Light to moderate lacing is seen that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of caramel, toasted malts and yeast and is very pleasant. The taste is even better with a bit of spicy hops in the mix as well. Just this side of medium bodied but perfect carbonation. No bitter or harsh aftertaste and a tasty example of this style of brew. One of the best ones out there! PROST! (643 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Dark amber in color with a copper tint. Pours a two finger, foamy head that fades only to leave some foam around the edges of the glass.

Aroma- Very sweet, nutty, caramel malt with a touch of herbal/spicy hops.

Taste- Herbal/spicy hops provide a crisp snap upfront followed by a smooth caramel malt that coats the tongue nicely. Finish has some toasted malt along with some more spice hops.

Feel- The malt gives this a very smooth feel that coats the tongue and doesn't linger too long. Medium carbonation with a slight bubbly feel in the middle of the mouth.

Overall- For me Marzens walk a fine line of sweetness and this hits the nail on the head. Not too sweet with the perfect amount of hop spice to counterbalance the caramel/toasted malts. A great fall beer and one that will be my go-to oktoberfest-marzen. (836 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light amber, deep orange with a decent sized off-white head. Bubbles continue to rush towards the top. Not too much lacing.

Rich malty aroma. Nice and toasty. A hint of dark fruits, but otherwise clean lager character. No hop aroma to really speak of.

Sweet toasty malt upfront in flavor drying out fairly quickly. Again some fruitiness, but is not out of whack. Just a hint of oxidation perhaps. Firm but pleasant bitterness, little hop flavor, mostly spicy in the finish.

Medium body and slick, but not heavy. Carbonation is medium-high. Malt sweetness lingers a bit, but is not cloying.

Rich and malty, but impressively drinkable, the way an Oktoberfest should be. (677 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keeping it real for you you guys. Drinking this as it is a Marzen. This brew looks pretty in a glass. No lies. Beautiful medium copper/amber body with a big soapy white head. The aroma is that of toasted cereal grains and a touch of caramel. Taste as expected, toasted grains with residual sugars that help accent the caramel notes. Finishes semi clean and a little dry with a grainy aftertaste with a hoppy snap to it. The body plays on the palate with its feather weight smoothness and it's par carbonation.

Overall: Maybe this style of beer is my favorite. It's traditional refreshing and not really anything bad about it. I could crush a sixer of this with no problems. It's not adventurous yet isn't infected either just a good wholesome brew to watch Football or any sport for that matter. This brew is worthy! (818 characters)

Photo of MikeKnauf
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured from bottle to pilsner glass.

Color is brownish-copper that somewhat resembles tea color. It is slightly reminiscent of late autumn.

Smell is faint, earthy, moist - almost that of wet leaves. Not particularly appetizing on the aroma.

Taste is smooth, bordering on nutty malt. It's sweet, maybe slightly caramel, without much opposition from the hops, which are slightly detectable in the finish, but not particularly bitter.

Carbonation is very nice and propels the sweet malt flavor in the middle of the sip. Mouthfeel is not heavy at all, but caramel and carbonation, much like a cola soda.

Overall the sum is greater than that of the parts. It doesn't look particularly beautiful or smell enticing but it's a very smooth, balanced, malty beer that fits in between a Helles and a Dunkel, as I think it should. There is nothing particularly interesting about the flavors either, but also nothing offensive. In some respects I think a good, drinkable beer should not be over the top - this one won't knock your socks off but when you finish your glass you'll most likely be wanting more. That's probably a good mark of a festbier. (1,150 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottle poured into an Ayinger glass ( I don't have a Paulaner glass so I decided to at least a glass from the Munich area)

One finger white foam quickly settles to a nice layer of white bubbles with good lacings. Tiny bubbles carbonate a clear copper brown liquid .

Aroma of sweet malts. Caramel & bread with a whiff of spicy hops.

Sweet malts on the back and sides of the tongue. Smooth finish.

Low sudsing, medium body , clean finish.

Love this time of the year when the sweet Marzens of Octoberfest appear. Very easy drinking, smooth and a great reason to fill up " Ein Mass" and sit under some linden trees in a bier garden. prosit! (646 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Not bad with it's deep color, average head and ok lacing. Malty sweet nose. Taste with a touch of spice biterness and bready malts. Pretty balanced, and a decent beer (166 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

A: Pours a clear deep amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted, caramel, and bready malts with a slightly stronger aroma of spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready, caramel, and toasted malts (in descending order of strength) with minimal amounts of sweetness present. That is followed by moderate flavors of spicy hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable, definitely a nice example of the style and a beer that I could easily have over and over again - kind of reminds me of time spent at Oktoberfest in Munich in 2000. (1,093 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance - clear copper color with white head

Smell - caramel, toasted nuts

Taste - slight caramel sweetness, toasty, bready biscuit flavor as well, bit of hop bite in the back end

Mouthfeel - crispness associated with a lager, medium bodied, higher level of carbonation, slightest of sweetness up front, hop bite at the back end

Overall - very solid Marzen, the flavors are nice enough to keep you coming back for that next sip, recommended

Price Point - $9.99/6pk bottles (482 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - good golden color with a great head.
Smell - great toasty marzen smell
Taste - malty and sweet and some toasty bread
Feel - needs more body and carbonation
Overall - pretty descent. (188 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Pours a thin head on a darker, clear body.
The aroma is lots of caramel and grain. Nice.
The taste is sweeter all around, mild lemon bitterness in the middle to end, but finishes on a sweet note. Good balance.
The texture is thick with lower carbonation.
Enjoyable. (265 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%

12 oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Clear and a nice looking deep amber, 1 finger head recedes into a foamy cap and leaves some wispy lacing

Aroma - Big hit of clean, sweet, toasty malts. Hops are pretty much non-existent, a little dry yeast character

Feel/Taste - Very smooth and creamy feel on a medium body, gentle carb. Taste starts off with that prominent toasty, bready, lightly sweet and clean malt flavor. Has a very odd, unique, slightly musty yeast character, but this flavor is pleasant and inoffensive. Ghost notes of vinous fruitiness? Hops are spicy/grassy but so very feint, they only serve to balance. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall - Really enjoyable amber festbier; this is the slightly sweet, amber, toasty malt-bomb style that one typically thinks of when they think "Oktoberfest". (805 characters)

Photo of BoilerMo
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Execellent example of an Octoberfest beer. Amber glow and sweet slightly malty aroma and smooth mouthfeel. Traditional slight finish, a good fridge beer when you want something light with a little body to it. (210 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from a bottle into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark coppery amber with a thin off-white head that retains a constant film and leaves light lacing. Aroma of bready malt with light biscuit, light grassy hops and caramel. Flavor is bready caramel malt with hints of biscuit, slight dark dried fruit and a mild, grassy hop finish. Medium bodied. Classic marzen style with a deft balance between dryness in the malt and a light sweetness overall. Flavorful caramel and biscuit malt. Enjoyable. (517 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 6/14. That was about six weeks ago but we'll hope for the best.

Appearance: Poured a wonderfully clear deep copper color with a thin layer of white suds on top.

Aroma: Bready with a hint of drunken raisins.

Taste: Richer in flavor than I was expecting, especially given the modest 5.8% ABV. The malt presence is massive with notes of dough, light spices, and some underlying sweet toasty notes. The hops, while subtle, deliver a bitterness to keep the malt from becoming cloying. The finish is a little muted but the aftertaste brings back ebbing hop bitterness and deep malt tones that nearly go unnoticed. Balanced in favor of the malt, which works for the style.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body with average carbonation. Not really smooth but not harsh either, which is to say it has decent drinkability. Sessionable if you are in the mood for malt bombs.

Final Thoughts: Although it was past the best before date, Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen still delivered very good flavor. I've only had a handful of beers made in this style but I think this one is at the top of my list. Would I drink it again? Yes, can't wait to find it in season in a few months. (1,174 characters)

Photo of TheVenerableMead
4.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into a frozen mug.

A - Beautiful, crystal clear dark, autumnal amber. Pretty white head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lace.

S - Typical fresh "hay field" smell of a well-crafted euro-lager. Not special, just lagery goodness. Would love to smell a bit more crystal in this one.

T - The taste of any world class lager with some extra caramel and honey notes. The hop bitterness comes out a little more as it warms up.

M - A bit dry, especially at the end, but crisp and refreshing.

O - What a great lager! I'd only had Sam Adams Oktoberfest before this and I thought it was pretty darned good and looked forward to it every Autumn. This was just such an incredibly better Oktoberfest beer. Paulaner Oktoberfest is available at my bottleshop year round and it's going to be a trial to make myself wait until Autumn to buy it. (849 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark gold, good head.

Smell: Very bready, yeasty.

Taste: Sweetened bread, fruit notes, bit of earthiness in the finish.

Overall: I've had Paulaner Octoberfest before, but haven't reviewed. This is a tasty, solid o-fest. Not too sweet or too boozy, nicely balanced malty flavor. Available year round too. (318 characters)

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen – Märzen (5.8%) – Paulaner (Germany)

App: Pours an absolutely clear amber brown with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving a soapy ring of foam and minimal lacing up the glass. Pretty standard looking.

Smell: Sligtht breadiness with some high buttery aromas. Light hints of caramel and molasses. Deep grain aromas typical of darker lagers. Dark honey like sweetness as beer warms.

Taste: Essentially follows nose with considerably more intensity. Sweet overall with massive honey, molasses, and burnt sugar flavors. Malts are slightly bready overall with a definitive grain taste. Hops are hidden behind sweetness and only reveal themselves in the aftertaste which turns a sweet fore and true taste into a pleasantly balanced after taste that is clean and crisp. Raw wort comes through a lot, as the lager yeast doesn't muck it up. Fairly light and drinkable overall, but very well balanced.

Mouth: Medium to medium-heavy for the style. Thick, but doesn't cling to the palate. Carbonation is medium-heavy as well and makes for a very refreshing brew.

Home tasting, 11.2oz bottle into Tulip. 2/7/14 (1,171 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beutifully clear reddish gold color, nose is boozy and malty, with a light herbal finish. Initially malty and sweet, ending somewhat dry and lightly hoppy. Medium bodied and carbonated. Very easy drinking and simple; lacks the depth of flavors that would make it world class, but still enjoyable and tasty. (306 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a mug. The brew pours a clear copper with an off-white cap that fades down to a thin film that holds around the perimeter of the glass. A swirl releases some bubbles that are quick to fade.

The aroma is sweet like toffee, lightly fruity alcohol noted with a hint of bready malt and buttery diacetyl.

The flavor is sweet with malt caught between caramel and toffee with a bready grain aspect. Buttery diacetyl is quite evident with a bit of fruity alcohol breaking things up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp and easy drinking. Overall a solid marzen but the diacetyl admittedly gets to me in no time. Worth it to try as a yearly fix but not something I would drink regularly. (740 characters)

Photo of TastyAdventure
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

@ Tigin's Pub in St Louis
Paulaner Octoberfest
Clear copper, head dissipates, Toffee, sweet maltyness, full body. Hops no where to be found. :) as it warms there is a muted spicy ness. Medium carb. Final drink has slightly fruity, heavy sweetness taste, almost like a Belgian dark.
A- 4.5 S- 3.75 T- 4.25 M- 4.5
O- 4.5 (318 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed under the Reinheitsgebot (Bavarian Purity Law), this magnificent marzen is the quintessential version of this style - and, after Ayinger's, the second best Oktoberfest beers,

It opens in a thick foam that slowly settles atop a clear amber body. There is a mild scent of banana and cider on the initial nose. The palate receives a mildy sweet tostiness backed with a dollop of caramel and finished with a splotch of nuttiness.

The mouthfeel is crisp and light with little to weigh it down. So, I say "Trinkst du, Paulaner! Jawohl! (539 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle

Thanks for the drank, Matt! Paulaner's Marzen is crystal clear to the point of being able to read a book through the copper body. Large bubbles snap to the surface where a dirty white head formed a cap one finger in height before falling to a skim coat and moderately thick ring of foam.

Munich, Munich, Munich malt everywhere. Grainy and slightly toasty malts are all over this beer a touch of floral hoppiness floats around, ghost-like, in the background. The Munich is rich, deep, and clean making my mouth water.

Flavor is in stride with the smell. Doughy, grainy, and lightly toasty malt is first and foremost in the flavor profile. A mild floral sweetness hits mid-palate and softly follows through to the swallow. A touch of caramel wafts here and there but the doughy, toasty malts are what dominate and they're totally clean.

There's some body to this beer but if I had one complaint it's that it feels a little light on the backend. Carbonation is active, tickling the tongue and the drinkability is high as a kite.

Paulaner certainly makes an enjoyable Oktoberfest. One that's rich, flavorful, and incredibly easy to put away. I haven't picked this up often in the past but will come next September. Thanks for opening my eyes, Matt! (1,262 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Paulaner 'Oktoberfest Bier' @ 6.0% , served from a 1 L can & stein purchased for $12
(well I decided to treat myself to a new drinking glass , needed the Oktoberfest anyway's)

A-pour is Gold from can to stein with a big frothey white head leaving a sticky lace after every sip

S-mild earthy grassy harvest , tad bland

T-mild again , bit too mellow , some crispness in the swallow

MF-mild/ok carbonation , weak medium body

Ov-the beer is nothing to get excited about , the 'Oktoberfest' stein is ; )

prost LampertLand (524 characters)

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