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

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Reviews: 1,075
Hads: 2,305
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 95
Gots: 245 | 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 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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

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Photo of Redneckwine
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%

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".

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Photo of BoilerMo
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of TheVenerableMead
4.66/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though just a bit early, I thought it time to review an iconic seasonal beer style: the German Märzen, or what Americans typically call Oktoberfest beer. Consumed in great quantity commencing the middle of September until the first Sunday in Germany inside cities like München (Munich) under tents, and consumed with copious amounts of wursts and pretzels. This is a cherished style of Bavarians. These beers were brewed in the spring and lagered for months (translation: stored) and signaled the traditional end of the brewing season.

On the docket: Paulaner's Oktoberfest Märzen, 11.2 oz. bottle, best-by date of 5/16

S: Thick foamy off-white head crowns a burnished, crystal-clear amber body. Tiny bubbles constantly journey up to replace the now-receded thin cap of head.

A: A few sniffs reveal a bread-crust, malty sweetness, a touch of toffee, almost no hop presence, clean lager aroma, with no fruit but just a notion of alcohol.

T: A sweet start, aided by toasted bread-crust, and malt. It starts to dry out in the middle, ending with a crisp thirst-quenching smack. Very subtle noble hops with tastes of hay and gentle spice. Did I mention the dry finish?

F: This one has a medium body, and nice carbonation. Though it has a short finish, you go back for more.

O: An excellent and typical example of this seasonal style, though the brewery produces this year-round.

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Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of jjboesen
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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