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

Paulaner Oktoberfest-MärzenPaulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen

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Ratings: 1704
Reviews: 1013
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%

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 axeman9182

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 5/13. It was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Paulaner's Oktoberfest pours a brilliently clear copper, with a decent amount of orange highlights. Roughly a finger of soapy white foam comes together atop the beer, leaving a little bit each of head retention and lacing in its wake. The nose is definitely a bit dull. I know this style isn't necessarily supposed to have the most bombastic aroma, but it really is barely there. There are some light toasted bready notes, as well as just a hint of herbal noble hops. The flavor profile, while following the nose step for step, is easily more potent. A deceptively deep maltiness leads off, very biscuity in nature. The hops are again playing a secondary note, with an earthy, herbal quality present against the dominant malty character. The mouthfeel is fairly full bodied, with just a little bit of carbonation cutting through. Paulaner Oktoberfest is a really nice well, and holds up better than some of the other German imports I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 04:04:42 | More by axeman9182
Photo of Dunderbaks

4.73/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been enjoying this fine brew since 1981 and I do feel it is in the top 3 True Oktoberfest creations.

I could do the dry mundane review that would help no one. SO, I will not, I will just call it like it is. I have no grass or bubble gum remarks, it is simply a brew conforming to the best purity law ever: the Reinheitsgebot, and that has always been good enough for me-over 400 years of true brewing!

It is a fine beer on its own if you like the amber side. Extremely well crafted and pure. It is one of the original beers that qualified for the actual Oktoberfest. Tested by time and true, a flavor of history that is so damn enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 21:28:22 | More by Dunderbaks
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Starts flat, but a thick lacing of tan lacing appears a bit after the pour. Amber in color, almost golden.

Smell: Grass, bubblegum, and sweet tobacco. I really like this combination, but it's a bit murky and hidden until it warms.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Black pepper with some lemon. Turns fruity as it warms. You can definitely taste banana. Clean mouthfeel with nice yeastiness, but not so much that you forget it's a lager.

Overall Drinkability: Very clean and refreshing. Great fruitiness. Fall is here!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 01:11:49 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of mschind


3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured into a pint glass yielding a thin foamy head that didn't last very long. Some thin foam clinging to the glass. Clear reddish gold color.

S- Carmel malt with a cidery twang.

T- The crystal malt flavor dominates but not much of that toasted flavor that I've come to expect in a Marzen. Not picking up the cider notes from the nose which is good.

M- Well rounded and smooth, a bit on the thin side.

O- A good Oktoberfest beer, clean, crisp and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 22:20:30 | More by mschind
Photo of Flounder57


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

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

The beer poured over a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper amber color with great clarity and plenty of bubbles coming up through the glass. The beer smells of sweet caramel and bready malts. There seems to be some light fruitiness to this beer too. The taste of the beer is along the same lines as the aroma with a mild hop bitterness to it too. Pretty simple tasty beer and easy to drink.

This beer is smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and easy to drink. I am overall impressed with this beer, but would have been happy to see more maltiness and maybe some nuttiness to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 02:43:13 | More by Flounder57
Photo of StaveHooks


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

Best before 05/13

A - Light amber body, dense off-white head with awesome patterns of tight doily lacing.

S - Toasted grains, rye bread, steely caramel malt, earl grey tea.

T - Toasty malts, chalky lager yeast comes on pretty strong, layered toffee and caramel malts, some earthy bitterness, grassy with tea tannins and some muted fruit on the finish. Finishes semi dry and bitter.

M - Light to medium body, average carbonation, slick feel.

Big doses of lager yeast with a dense grainy malt background. Very good looking beer as well. A solid pick for Das Boot!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 22:57:18 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of pvsob


3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crystal clear amber, almost tea-like color with a half inch head. Head fades quickly and above average carbonation holds up a thin film.

S- Light caramel, lightly toasted bread, earthy/herbal hops, and some alcohol aroma.

T- Bready malt, light noble hops, some sweetness (toffee/caramel), and a little booziness in the finish.

M- Above average level of carbonation with a medium feel. The dry alcohol flavors in the finish along with the carb level makes it feel more on the lighter side.

O- By no means is this my favorite Oktoberfest, but I never have a problem polishing off two-three pints of this in one sitting. A great/classic example of an Oktoberfest. Definitely worth a try. Prost.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 20:58:03 | More by pvsob
Photo of Maxwell


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

The beer pours a very light amber, bordering on dehydrated piss coloring with a lovely finger width head of soapy white bubbles that stick around. The color actually reminds me of changing leaf colors which is a nice nod to the season. Lacing is light and cloudy, with just a few dots and lines edging up the glass. The body is clear and full of a torrent of bubbles that are racing to the surface. The beer smells surprisingly spicy with yeast that has an almost spicy hot tingling in the nose. Touches of bread and sweet toasted malts are clearly present, with a nice side showing of earthy hops reminiscent of decaying leaves. The beer tastes sweet and caramelly with a big rush of decaying leaves in the middle of the taste which wonderfully offsets the sweet malt. The beer begins as sweet toasted caramel malts before it opens into the hops earthy-leafy flavor in the middle of the taste. The sweet malts transition back in at the end of the taste and into the aftertaste, along with the spicy yeast notes and a touch of bready malt. Mouthfeel is clean and just a smidge to thick for the style, leaving the tongue clean but for a touch of saliva, and the rest of the mouth slightly dry with sweet lingering. Overall, I have to say that this is my favorite of the German Märzens I have sampled. It is much more complex in flavoring than the others, with some wonderful yeast spices. Unfortunately, this also makes the beer a little too thick to continuously slug back, though I don’t really see that as a huge problem as I could still drink quite a few of these in the course of a day. Good beer, worth a try and a retry. Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 18:39:49 | More by Maxwell
Photo of beerman_60

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look at the avatar, here are 2x1L glasses of Paulaner Oktoberfest, taken at yes, you guessed it, the Paulaner tent at Oktoberfest on 26th September 2012.

This was truly a wondrous surprise, it's not my favourite style, but at Oktoberfest you have to drink something ! However, you can see the beauty in those glasses. Appearance almost a 5 - clear, lovely foamy head, but of course the Marzen style has little hop aroma so no extra marks for smell. The taste was delightfully balanced, good depth of malt but not overpowering in the slightest. Overall, another total gem from 'Phil and Ted's World Tour of Bavaria'. Do not underestimate the experience of tasting the beer at source.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2012 10:33:16 | More by beerman_60
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

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

Pours an amber color with orange hues. Has a good two finger head, (or three depending how you pour) off-white froth head that slowly turns into a thin lace.

There is a strong toasted malt aroma with hints of bread and caramel. A faint herbal hop pulls through the malt.

Toasted malt and caramel notes dominate the flavor. The hop is mild and spicy but do over power the malt. A faint hint of alcoholic sweetness ends quickly with a semi-dry malty finish.

The body is medium and mildly carbonated. A little slick on palate but super easy to drink.

Overall, this is a solid authentic representative of this style. As should be coming from the source and origin of the style. Drink up!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 07:38:26 | More by Luigi
Photo of eduardolinhalis


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color forming a big white creamy bubbled head. Good retention. A small layer remains for a moment and many lacings are formed and left around

S: Very grainy in the nose. Plenty of Lager yeasts which makes it really bready too. Notes of flowery hops

T: A simple Lager which is, at the same time, extremely well done. Slightly sweet upfront. Lots of grains. Really bready. I little bit metallic. Mild but nice hops bitterness

M: Light body and good carbonation. Excellent grainy aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. A perfect German session Lager. Paulaner quality. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 19:13:42 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into imperial pint glass.

A- pours a dark caramel itch a 1 finger white head. Nice trails and blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- slight skunk smell was first noticeable. Caramel, toast and toffee.

T- sweet caramel and toffee, toasted malts and slight spice.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice drinkable slick, creamy feel.

O- good Oktoberfest. Wish the skunk aroma wasn't there but still is a very tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 23:25:26 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of Serge

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tawny brown with about an inch and half foamy head. Nice bubbles coming off the bottom of the drink. Clear as crystal. Weak retention and lacing. Smells of spice and floral hops. Some citrus also. Nice malt sweetness pulling through. Taste of slight spices. Good balance of malt and hops with low bitterness at the finish. A little watery, but smooth nonetheless. A pretty good marzen

Serving type: can

10-09-2012 05:00:09 | More by Serge
Photo of GMB


3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Paulaner's Oktoberfest Märzen pours a deep tawny amber with a head that is slow to rise. The color of this Oktoberfest is darker than most.

The nose is appealing. Roasted malts toss up aromas of butterscotch and dark caramel. But there is also a faint tinny smell, which has me worried.

The taste follows the nose. The malty flavor of this beer is delicious, perhaps the best I've had in the style. The beer finishes much drier than most Märzens. In the upper-right corner of the label is written the word "Ale." Anyone who knows the history of Märzen brewing knows that Märzens are lagers. I am confused by the language, but delighted by the unexpected tastes I find in this beer. However, despite the perfectly toasted malt and interesting yeast-derived characteristics, the tinny flavor does gradually take over and ruin the beer's appeal. The last few sips were chores.

The mouthfeel is lovely. The beer's full body coats the palate with the rich flavors of caramel and butterscotch. A gentle roll about the tongue whips up a gentle froth that enriches the feel of the liquid without overpowering it. If only that tinny taste weren't getting in the way...

Some aspects of this beer suggest that Paulaner's Oktoberfest Märzen may be one of the best Märzens out there. I suppose I'll have to travel to Munich before I can say for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 18:25:13 | More by GMB
Photo of edfish


4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a six pack in late september.
- poured in a tall lager pint glass, rich dark golden color with a 5/8" head.
- smell was not overwhelming but had a traditional german malt smell, light bread/biscuit smell just what you would expect
-taste, is very smooth ,slight bitterness/crispness with a definite heavy barley malt accent perfect malt linger
- mouthfeel is not quite full but has a great malt fullness to it.
- overall this is one of the best German Ocktoberfest beers you can get

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 21:29:08 | More by edfish
Photo of garuda


4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear deep copper, off-white head has good retention and good lacing.

S/T - Bready, toasted malty goodness. Grains, fresh baked biscuit sweetness, touch of noble hops in the finish.

M - Light body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, clean finish.

O - Such an easy drinking beer with a delicious malty profile.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 18:26:53 | More by garuda
Photo of alexipa


4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear red-amber color. Nice thick white head that turns to a film after warming.

S: Malty, earthy, maybe even grassy. The smell reminds me of going to various oktoberfests, which is a very great thing.

T: The malt is pronounced, as it should be. Very earthy notes with a caramel back end. Enough bitterness to balance it out, but it's not detectable really at all.

M: Fantastic carbonation, enough to keep it from becoming too sweet but not enough to overpower the maltiness. Can taste a bit of hotness, but overall insanely drinkable.

O: Got a twelve pack of these, I would be very surprised if I didn't knock back at least 6 tonight. I'd like to freeze it in the winter so I could skate on it and melt it in the spring time and drink it.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 23:24:07 | More by alexipa
Photo of Hoptometrist


3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a very clear medium amber color with visible streaming carbonation, nice frothy head that left some spotty lace

S- Lots of toasted malt, grassy notes, breadiness, grains, and light fruitiness

T- Lots of grassiness and graininess, toasted malt, some earthy and fruity notes

M- Lots of prickly carbonation, pretty smooth, lighter to medium bodied, finished semi-dry

O- A pretty good Oktoberfest beer with a little more sweetness than I typically like for the style. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 01:24:16 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of barczar


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

Pours a brilliant amber brown color with a dense half inch cream head that dissipates slowly.

Caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and almonds comprise the aroma, with a hint of floral hops.

Flavor is nutty, slightly sweet, with caramel malt forming the backbone. Floral hops complement the toasted caramel malt character and keep it from becoming cloying. The hops finish the flavor profile with an herbal tone. Rich kettle caramelization surfaces as it warms.

Body is moderate to full, with carbonation on the high side of moderate, keeping the flavor from becoming offputting.

Overall, a fairly malt forward beer that has good malt character and a decent amount if hops to keep it in check. Very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 04:00:55 | More by barczar
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Crystal clear copper colored liquid topped with a good sized frothy white head. Lightly sweet, doughy aroma...fresh grain and floral hops. Fresh, grainy sweetness, nuts, and earth. There's some kind of dry, dusty blandness that follows each sip and drags the good qualities down with it. Nice, firm, medium body. Not the greatest - could use some more rich, toasty malt to counteract the cleanliness.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 00:20:33 | More by wedge
Photo of SnowFlowMfg


3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz cool bottle into a Guiness pint glass.

A: Mostly brown, slightly amber. Little head that disappears quickly.

S: Light malty smell but not much in this department. Pretty neutral really.

T: Malty goodness, but not so much that it is overpowering. Balanced out a bit making it have a good refreshing flavor that's easy to drink.

M: Crisp feel with medium carbonation that fizzes just right all the way down. A very refreshing beer.

O: I really liked this one but there are better marzen's out there. However, I found this to be really refreshing and a good drink nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 17:44:55 | More by SnowFlowMfg
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1L behemoth of a can, sold inside an even more gargantuan, solid-ass German beer stein.

This beer pours a clear pale golden hue, with three fingers of billowing, pillowy white head, which leaves a dense spatter of painted lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of grainy, somewhat sweet barley malt, a bit of sour breadiness, some soft orchard fruitiness, and tame earthy, leafy noble hops. The taste is sweet bready malt, with a significant edgy, metallic swath cut through it, origins difficult to surmise, some slightly rancid buttery character, and herbal, leafy hops. A meek, probing booze essence arises here and then throughout this whole deal.

The bubbles are rather restrained, and given the general purpose of this particular style, that's a well-planned result, the body a decent medium-light weight, and smooth, but for a hollow metallic twang. It finishes mostly sweet, the graininess riding out the now fallen away mineral and booze twinges, and the hops do a commendably cute job of providing eine kleine, er, um, balance!

Not the biscuity, bready, softly balanced, moderately ABV-enhanced standard-bearer that I was expecting, but adequate enough in what it offers, once those awkward umami moments have passed. And nice of the manufacturers in the republic to allow we foreigners to experience the overindulgence they do, via that crazily over-sized serving size. Prost, I guess.

Serving type: can

09-20-2012 04:47:35 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Jimmys


3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz bottle into tulip. best before 05/13.

A: very clear caramel color. slightly off-white tightly bubbled head. retention and lacing are reasonable.

S: woody. caramel. crystalized brown sugar. earthy hop undertones.

T: malty and chewy. the grain is rich and is the main attraction. lingering sweetness doesnt last too long, but does create desire to return to the glass.

M: moderate carbonation on a medium body.

D: pretty solid oktoberfest, no frills, true to the grain.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 01:52:01 | More by Jimmys
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P:  Pours a dark copper color with a full finger of frothy none colored head that vacates quick but leaves a nice creamy layer behind. Delicate lacing surrounds the glass. 

S:  Sweet dark fruits, plums, cherries, raisins, prunes, doughy yeast and a gracious spice aroma. Banana and clove and toasted caramel and toffee malt. Timid oak and spice bitterness. 

T/M:  Creamy and velvety mouthfeel with delicate carbonation. Toasted caramel and toffee malts base followed by stale wheat bread, molded wood, and a generous amount of spiced rum soaked persimmons.  The finish is semi dry lingering honey and spiced hops.  A musty taste surrounds the bouquet of flavors and is well fitting. 

O:  A solid Munich Marzen that has the spicy hop profile to back the toasted caramel and toffee malt base.  Not overly complex but great flavors that provide a delicious October brew.  The dose of hops may be a tad too much for the style but I liked it due to the fact that I love hops. Be sure to add this to your Marzen line up to try. Cheers! 

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 23:10:55 | More by Hopswagger
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New Mexico

3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a light, perfectly transparent copper with a steady stream of bubbles rising to the off-white one-finger head. Head is disappearing rather rapidly. Head is just a thin ring of bubbles a quarter of the way down the glass. Leaves behind virtually no lacing.

S - Caramel malt and spicy saaz/noble(?) hops reach the nose upon opening the bottle.

T - A bit of dark cinnamon and saaz hop spiciness upfront. Weak caramel malt makes its way into the flavor profile in the body, but spicy hops still dominate. A quick flash of bitterness as the beer passes over the back of the tongue quickly fades away to spiced rum and caramel finish.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with ample carbonation. Suits the beer fine although the body could stand to be a tad thicker.

Paulaner's Oktoberfest commits the deadly sin of being under malted in what should be a toasty and complex brew. The result is a weak tasting beer, who's only saving grace is a nice dose of hop spiciness. A decidedly average beer overall that is not worth the premium price tag. I don't plan on purchasing this again. I'm 0 for 2 on German Marzens.

Note - best by 9/12, so the beer wasn't over cellard .

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 05:46:18 | More by Bockrules
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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