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

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Reviews: 1,072
Hads: 2,292
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 93
Gots: 240 | 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 WesMantooth
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, light redish copper color with a building, billowing off white head.

Aroma is not strong, but consistent with a German Marzen. Light toasted malts, a subtle sweetness, no hop notes.

Tastes and feels very clean. No overpowering flavors of any kind. Toasted bread malts, and slight floral hops among the sweet sugars that comes across like fruit. Very easy to drink. Crisp, clean, dry finish. A very nice example of a true Festbier.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rich grain malt aroma, light amber, brilliant, initial malt sweetness that lingers into the finish, moderate hops – balance leans towards the malt, medium body and carbonation. Enjoyable, refreshing, smooth.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/2/14. Best By 5/15.

A: Some lazy carbonation; pours a dark copper/amber w/ 2 fingers rocky/thick khaki head; excellent retention; OUTSTANDING lacing.

S: Malty w/ noble hop aroma; way hoppier than other Marzen I've had. Definitely toasted malts. Some slight hints of alcohol.

T: Wow. Clean, light, noble hop arrival. Malty, clean mid-palate. Lingering caramel malt - but not sweet. Hint of (good) sourness.

M: Lighter than expected. Mid-weight.

O: This is a stellar beer; I'd put this head & shoulders above Sam Adams or Great Lakes, my two usual Marzen.

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Photo of SierraFlight
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour was clear orange-brown with minimal head. Aroma was toasted malts with notes of bread and caramel. Lots of malt flavors with a late sweetness and a mild hop bitterness. Soft carbonation with a medium body.

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Photo of Walrus_J_Taco
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Paulaner Oktoberfest was one of my first expeditions outside the macro brew box. To this day (15 years later) it remains one of my favorite beers. Malty, yeasty, and smooth as the day is long.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep amber in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: toffee, toast;

T: Cheerios, toast; a touch of malt sweetness at mid-palate; light bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; tingly carbonation;

O: very nice, but I prefer Hacker-Pschorr;

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

On tap.

L: clear, dark amber with small off-white head, leaving a little lacing

S: sweet malt, caramel, bread/biscuit,

T: sweet bread malt with mild, earthy bitterness, slight cinnamon spiciness

F. Medium to light body, mld carbonation, minimal ethanol warmth

Overall nice well balanced Märzen ... very malty, a touch sweet

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

A: Golden and crystal clear with almost no carbonation, 2 fingers of yellowish head.

S: Malts, lager yeasts, slight astringency, oregano oil, bready.

T: Bready, buscuity, light smooth mellow malts, little astringency, pizza dough, a little oregano oil, clean linen.

M: Light body, smooth fine carbonation, dry and clean finish.

O: Excellent and smooth, so much so I think of Munich Lagers. Got on wishbeer.com, drank in cnx Nov 15, 2014.

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Photo of rangerred
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a half finger white head. While the lacing is not really there, head retention is good.

Aroma has caramel and toast along with a healthy shot of wet glass. Very true to the style.

The flavor doubles down on the attributes in the aroma with a very nice biscuity malt character and awesome grassy hop flavors. Moderate bitterness balances out the malty sweetness and gives this great drinkability.

Overall, one of the better German Marzens available in the U.S. One of the standards of the style.

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Photo of bassboneman
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Of the many Oktoberfest biers - this one is on top! I love the slightly sweet finish of this beer. The finish is slightly more robust than some of the other Oktoberfest biers.
Although - tasted back to back with Hoffbrau they are both very similar.
I have not had the chance to try the Augustiner Brau Oktoberfest -
Ohne geht no!
Ein mal beir bitte!

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Photo of billiv
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Flavor, aroma, mouth feel. This one hits all the important high points for me. Rich, chocolate nose. A combination of sweet and bitter overtones beautifully balanced. Rich caramel flavors. Lovely carbonation--it is enough to notice without distracting from flavor and aroma. An almost perfect cool-weather brew.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Appearance: Dark amber with a hefty white head, plenty of retention.

Smell: Malts and mellow yeast.

Taste: Slightly sweet carmel malts, lager-like yeast flavor, slightly bitter finish with a fruity taste.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and carbonated.

Overall: This beer manages to be balanced and easy-drinking, while still layered and rich. I would drink this regularly.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

9/17...pours medium amber, hearty white foam, clings all over. Peppery malt nose. Smooth all malt flavor, firm carbonation, strong hop bite. Just a hint of sweetness. Balanced, smooth, delicious. One of the better Marzens I've encountered

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Photo of SpencerLanham
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Super tasty. Low head minus an aggressive pour. It has a good light brown red color, and light grainy taste. It goes surprisingly well with any good spicy beef and potato dish.

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear amber with a short-lasting white head. The aroma is malt forward with nice aromas of dark fruit (raisins) and hints of earthy hops. The taste takes this and amplifies it, adding a nice bready quality. The body is lighter but not watery and has a little bit of carbonation. A very good Marzen.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

I took a day trip to some of my more outlying bottleshops yesterday to keep my hand in and to see what I might have been missing out on in the interim since my last visit. Subs & Six Packs is on Columbia Avenue, so it is a decent bus ride for yours truly, but their policy of selling anything as a single is a winner IMHO. I scour the coolers, the racks, get a half-‘n’-half sammich (half for there, half to go) and watch a little telly and get back on the bus. It is a grand time, but only an occasional one.

From the bottle: “Brewed and bottled exclusively by Paulaner Brauerei in Munich, Germany, to the exacting standard of Reinheitsgebot, the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516.”

After Pop!ping the cap, I began a very aggressive pour and sat back as it transitioned from a pseudo-cascade into three-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with very good retention. Color was darker than I expected, Deep-Amber/Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to peer through the wall and across the parking lot where my neighbor was not yet open for business. Nose had a definite malty sweetness, but I also registered a slight Band-Aid phenolic quality. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was initially quite sweet, but then I also began to get a clove-like spiciness, almost like a Hefeweizen. Wild. Finish was semi-sweet with the malt being balanced by whatever was causing those other tastes. Being as that I dislike sweet beers and Oktoberfests/Marzens can often be cloying, I really liked this one.

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Photo of fx20736
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6 pack from AJ's Beer Warehouse on 10/1/14. Poured into a dimpled mug at fridge temp.

look: medium dark amber with a natural white head. Nice lacing.

smell: toasted malt, moderate spicy noble hops.

taste: residual caramel sweetness with a modest hop presence.

feel: finishes clean

overall: decent Marzen. I assume this is their Export version and their Weisn is the version sold in Munich.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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!

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

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Photo of MikeKnauf
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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!

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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

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Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 1,072 ratings.