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

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Ratings: 2,168
Reviews: 1,057
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 75
Gots: 180 | FT: 0
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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

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 joe1510
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Photo of Premo88
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle poured into craft beer glass (wide-mouthed stick)
03/14 best by date (drank on 9/18/13)

L: nice bit of foam, 3/8-inch thich off-white foam that floats for a bit, no stick or lace; brown/amber brew, not quite dark enough to qualify as copper but in that direction; brown that seems to hold off amber = orange

S: weak grain

T: solid start with a nice malty sweetness, light toasted barly; slight hint of hops but not much; hids 5.8% ABV perfectly

F: waterly, slick ... light

O: more than anything, i think this style (not this brew) is VERY underwhelming ... it doesn't do any one thing all that well and isn't having that sum-is-greater-than-the-parts quality. disappointing coming from Paulaner, but again, the framework of the style appears to be limiting

Photo of dwren89
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a chestnutty brown with tan fizzy head, great clarity as a German lager should

Aroma: great noble hop aroma with mint, earthy, and floral notes, with a toasted bread/slight molasses malt aroma

Taste: fantastic german lager flavor that really allows the noble hops to shine, but definitely showcasing the toasted bread and molasses malt flavors to differentiate it from a helles or even a vienna lager.

Mouthfeel: crisp and bracing with easy drinkability and thirst quenching ability. Medium body, medium carbonation

Overall: More evidence that if you're going to drink a lager, especially an Oktoberfest, you should really go with a German lager. Paulaner's Oktoberfest balanced noble hops floral and mintyness with toasted bread and molasses malt character.

Photo of smakawhat
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Chestnut brown, nearly dark mahogany with some orange amber character for the body. Simple two finger off white head with creamy retention and very long slowing rising carbonation. Quite dark for a marzen.

Toasty malts and brown bread, some light caramel toffee and sensing crispness, all very balanced and enjoyable, but sense is more like a bock.

Palate surprises with a bit of a watery malt backbone. Light toast with more sensing aromatics than palate flavor on first sip. Light caramel and a wet sensing finish. Airy toffee that doesn't seem to linger or last.

Overall it just feels run of the mill and quite ordinary, but not horrible by any means.

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

330 ml bottle into dimpled mug, best before 5/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear orange copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, toast, bread, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, apple, pear, toast, herbal, bread, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toast, bread, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice and clean balance of malt and yeast ester flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest style. All around clean and well balanced malt and yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of alphagnome
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass revealed a deep, rustic brown colored body that was both completely transparent and highly carbonated. Sporting a finger thick, white head that receded to a mere ring with no lacing left me a bit disappointed.

Nice and malty. Plenty of caramel and doughiness. Has a crisp, lager quality to it.

Quite similar to the aroma. A doughy character that reminds me of whole grain bread is ever present along with light caramel notes. An earthy hop presence hits as you swallow, counteracting the subtle sweetness of this beer.

Ok, but could definitely be better. Medium bodied. Carbonation is light. Could be a bit smoother but overall balanced and easy to drink.

Not a bad example of the style, just not great in my book either.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into clear beer stein.

Came up a clear, pale, golden yellow with goodly white head.Head lasted a fair time, moderately good lacing on glass. Scent was a bit biscuity/floral. Tasted sweet, no discernable bitters, tastes better as it warms!

Photo of BJ_Lindsey
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Look: Copper/light amber color with a one finger white head that quickly dissipated.

Aroma: A rich smell malts/biscuits and a hint of alcohol and caramel.

Taste: Pronounced malt taste with a bready followup ending with a slight hint of bitterness.

Feel: Clean and very smooth with a light to medium-light body.

Overall: A very nice Oktoberfest. It has a full taste, but still easy enough to drink casually.

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It looks like apple juice and smells like bread/yeast. But what really matters is the taste. This is a very drinkable beer, so refreshing, and just darn good. I'm not a fan of bitter beers but this has a very light bitterness to it. Nothing unpleasant! I taste some bread, yeast, maybe some fruit like apple (it does look like apple juice). Hand me this beer and I will drink it!

Served in a wheat beer glass.

Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BBD 06/14

Poured into a pint glass, there's a billowing head that rises to the rim of the glass, 2-3 fingers width, with a halo of spotty lace in the glass. Bright clarity, copper amber color.

Toasty grains, mild unsweetened caramel, dry.

Clean toasted grains, slight apple esters, dry toast in the aftertaste. Slight papery note, not sure if oxidation or intentional. Light feel, smooth and dry with a slight bitterness in the finish and light honey graham lingering afterwards. Mild and drinkable, maybe a little too mild.

Photo of mikerems
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fortunate to have tried a half liter bottle brought back from Munich. All aspects consistent with other reviews, dominant characteristics of malt and breadd.I actually prefer the darker Oktoberfests but this one is very drinkable. Definitely going to look for this locally.

Photo of FLima
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal golden color with a two finger thick head with short retention but leaving lots of laces.
Sweet aroma of biscuit malt with grassy hops notes and a hint of vanilla and caramels. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation and a light crisp feeling. 6% abv is not perceived.
Perfect balanced beer, although quite malty. Straight forward but still satisfying.

Photo of rx-beer
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2fl oz bottle poured into a 0.5 L dimpled stein

A - Pours a nice clear, brownish copper with golden edges, about two inches of white head, and minimal carbonation. Head shows nice retention and sudsy lacing.

S - Very malty and biscuity aroma with a hint of alcohol.

T - Very malty and slightly boozy upfront. Taste then turns quite bready with a touch of bitterness, predominating this brews finish. Any sweetness is noticeably absent.

M - Smooth and medium-bodied with light carbonation. Slight alcohol bite in the finish.

O - Almost feels like drinking liquid bread. Alcohol is quite noticeable. I enjoyed this beer, but, if I were to use this beer as the standard for Octoberfest Marzens, I must say that I prefer Samuel Adams', Victory's, and Ayinger's take on the style. Nevertheless, I find this beer more pleasing than Weihenstephaner's Oktoberfestbier and other 'blonde' fest beers. Wouldn't mind having this one again, but not in my top 3 of Octoberfest beers.

Photo of dar482
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark gold color.

The aroma is wonderful of sweet toasty bready malt, but also that refreshing lager aroma. There's a good amount of floral and grassy hops in there. Also some toffee.

The flavor follows with a honey sweet toasty malt. It's quite crisp and refreshing on the body as the hops are of floral and grassy notes. A really wonderful pop of German hops. That combination of the hops and gentle bitterness with that sweet nutty toasty breadiness is wonderful.

It's great to have found another German beer that I really enjoy, especially for those into malt in a crisp lager.

Photo of JackMcAwesome
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle

Look: A crystal clear copper, with a two finger head.Very foamy at first. It died down to a nice thin ring, leaving quite a bit of lacing.

Aroma: A very pleasant smell of caramel and malts. It also takes me as a very clean smell. Simple and direct. The malt is ever present.

Taste: Bready with no hint of the caramel I detected earlier. A nice bitterness throughout that balances out the malt nicely.

Feel: Very light and clean feeling. Although very foamy at first, it's not really present during the drinking, which is a plus to me.

Overall: A very nice experience. I only got two in a mix six, but would definitely drink a six of this sitting in my back yard relaxing. A great Octoberfest beer.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consistently enjoyable beer that helps put you in the mood for Oktoberfest. Easy to drink, just the right amount of sweetness, and nice malty flavors. Mouthfeel may be just a tad thin but certainly no problem. Never a disappointment. There may be better choices but you'll not be disappointed with this beer.

Photo of barnzy78
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deeper golden-copper color, creamy ivory head
S - malty aroma with caramel, toasted grain, spicy & grassy noble hops, yeast
T - bold, malt forward flavors; spicy, bready, toasty grain, caramel, toffee, sweet, grassy
M - sharp, crisp, dry finish, with a bit of bitterness to balance the sweetness
O - a favorite and a must get for the season

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a 1 L stein

Appearance – The beer is served a deep amber-reddish color with a small fizzy white head. The head has a decent retention however, slowly fading over time to leave a very light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather sweet overall with a decently strong caramel and buttery toffee smell. Mixed with these aromas are a good deal of a bready smells with notes of toasted malt and some spice aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Taste –The taste begins with a sweet caramel and lightly toasted malt flavor. As the flavor moves forward some notes of lighter fruits and some nut comes to the tongue. The sweet taste intensifies in caramel flavor and is complemented by some toffee. Spice flavors of some cinnamon and nutmeg come to the tongue more toward the end and are joined by a lighter hop taste of some citrus and herb and an increase in the roasted malt flavor, leaving a pleasant and smooth sweet and lightly roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. Both are fitting for the style making for a nice easy drinking but well supported Oktoberfest.

Overall – A rather enjoyable and tasty Oktoberfest with a nice sweet and decently roasted taste. Paulaner is a classic brewery for a reason; they make good stuff.

Photo of Andrew041180
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured vigorously into a shaker pint, the head comes just to the top. The beer is a brownish copper color, and quite clear. The head recedes relatively quickly to a thin film and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S - Very subtle malty notes, but strong enough that you can actually smell them without any effort. I don't like when I have to put my whole face into a glass to smell the beer.

T - Has the classic German flavor that I am beginning to appreciate more and more, along with comforting caramel sweetness and just the right amount of balancing hop bitterness.

M - Nothing exceptional. Pleasure to drink, maybe slightly on the light side of medium-bodied. Refreshing with a bit of a tingle on the tongue. I can see how someone could easily down quite a bit of this.

O - A great beer. I had been growing tired of the American attempts and finally found this one on the shelf. Can't wait to try some more now that the authentic German beers are popping up for Octoberfest season.

Photo of monorailred
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I am not quite sure how to describe this one. I like it. It has a slightly sweet taste to it with a pleasant aftertaste. It has a really nice mouthfeel and good carbonation. It is not a standout brew, but not one I would send back. I have a case and plan to enjoy them all.

Photo of rp07090
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the benchmark marzen in my opinion. The appearance is a beautiful copper color as one would expect. Smell is of roasted malts with caramel notes. The taste separates this brew in that it is a perfectly balanced marzen, not overly malty like most. Just has the malt hits the palate, the hop bitterness kicks in and equalizes it. The mouthfeel is nice and soft making for one special oktoberfest brew.

Photo of djnicke
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is as close to a 'perfect' beer as I have ever come.
Mind you, I'm a big fan of Lagers; specifically pilsners or 'weiz' (Amber) beers. So my tastes stray away from dark beers, stouts, ales etc...

This beer has an amazing aroma, a satisfying mouth feel, and such a pleasant taste.

When I was at Oktoberfest last year, I drank 3 liters of this beer before I stopped myself, and I had ZERO hangover the next day. The worst that happened is I got a little too happy and was overly affectionate to my GF on the train that night.

Definitely a great beer! If you find it, buy it. Lots of it.

Photo of godlessape
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this one enthusiastically out of my Paulaner mug found at thrift store for 23 cents. The mug fits two bottles. The body has a clear shiny bronze color to it, with a single digit creamy head.
The aroma is everything you would expect from a Marzen--honey sweet grain, toasty malt, and bready wholesomeness. I also pick up some caramel notes as well.
The flavor is toasted pumpernickel smothered in butter, a hint of vanilla, with an absolutely perfect hop sizzle on the back end--more then I expect from this style.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and smooth as glass going down the hatch.
Overall this is a fantastic beer. I"m glad to know they brew this year round so it will never be a stranger in my fridge. Das Bier ist gut.

Photo of justintcoons
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler poured into a tulip pint.

Clear amber with 2 fingers of creamy white head. Moderate carbonation.

Sweet breads, brown sugar and candy sugars.

Sweet brown breads and lightly toasted white breads. Touches of caramel and residual candy sugars. There does seem to be just a twinge of grassy hop action in there.

Medium bodied, smooth and refreshing.

Well malted, simple and easy drinking.

Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 2,168 ratings.