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

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Reviews: 1,044
Hads: 2,176
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 76
Gots: 187 | 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 mikerems
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of rx-beer
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (986 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of JackMcAwesome
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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 (344 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (1,432 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
3.91/5  rDev +1%
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. (996 characters)

Photo of monorailred
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of rp07090
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of djnicke
4.49/5  rDev +16%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of godlessape
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of Sunsetvenice28
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I can't find the ingredient list. Whole Foods told me it had 4 ingredients without sugar. I don't know how to find the exact whereabouts for said ingredients. Help I am looking for an organic beer without sugar. Basic ingredients, nice flavor and no sugar or side additives. This beer gave a nice buzz, taste good but want to know ingredient list. (347 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear brownish-amber color with a fingers worth of head. Nice amount of lacing.

Smell- Sweet bready malt with a note of caramel.

Taste- Same as the aroma with some nuttiness and a lightly bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied and very smooth. Slightly above average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Refreshing and a solid example of the style. (422 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clarity, plus, and color, bronze. Fluffy off-white head and superb lacing.

Soft aromas of smooth grain, German yeast, light apple, dry caramel, lagery crispness, and mustiness. Nutty with walnut notes.

Nice grainy malt flavors with appropriate smoothness from lagering. Esters are only faintly fruity now with a big slice of yeast must and a kiss of campfire smokiness. Lovingly toasty with a rough sweetness. Hops provide a choppy bitterness and help kill off the finish.

Rather light in body with a lack of weight on the tongue. Gets trapped in the mouth with a light glaze. Carbonation is quiet at first, then regains confidence late.

A very good Oktoberfest. One of my top picks in the category. (703 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce Euro bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Interesting brown/orange color. Big head that disappeared quickly. I'm giving it a four because I don't ever remember seeing a beer this color before.

Smell - Bready. Sweet. Smells a little like Marmite (English yeast extract).

Taste - Molasses. Sweet. Marmite. Malt. Herbs. Delicious!

Mouth - Creamy. Smooth. Fine carbonation.

Overall - This is one special beer. The aforementioned color is unique. The nose is big. The taste and mouth are complex/sophisticated. I don't mean to be so highfalutin but I don't know how else to explain what's going on here. (634 characters)

Photo of bbluemzbeer
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really most oktoberfest marzen but this on special.

Appearance=Red/orange in color and two finger head.

Smells=smell caramel and herbs and a hint of vanilla

Taste =. The taste has nice sweet and bitter balance, with malty, caramel and sourdough. It followed by light aromatic bitterness that complements the finish

Mouthfeel =The carbonation is soft which make for a very smooth texture

Overall= It is very very smooth,this is great oktoberfest marzens that you can enjoy. Very well done ! (497 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet (kinda wished I'd saved more than two and done the full glass stein, but ah well, I'll save it for Oktoberfest). One to two inch head goes away pretty quickly , leaving the sort of dingy, red-brown ale to stand on it's own.

Smell some candy-like malts and what I can only describe as a Paulaner-funkiness that you also get in the hefe. Faint alcohol, but overall, it's pretty two-note for me. Taste malt and alcohol, maybe a little caramel, and some sort of roastiness; reminds me of fall, and again, Oktoberfest. Mouthfeel is fairly light and refreshing, but malty enough to have some good presence, and leaves a little stickiness on the lips.

Overall, a nice banquet beer, probably better enjoyed in mass quantity from a gigantic glass stein. (781 characters)

Photo of Hefeyeah
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is enjoyable. Forgive my lack of a qualitative review of the four senses for this beer, but I am new to being able to describe a beer with a detailed level of description. I will say that having long out grown the introductory light beers that most Americans are experienced with, that this beer is on my list of brews I would not mind picking up again at the store. The after taste is bready and pleasurable. A joy to drink. (435 characters)

Photo of shanny1981
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - a very golden yellow color/dark amber with orange hues with an inch or so soapy head
S - grass, floral smell (typical with most lagers); sweet grainy and malty wheat aroma
T - tastes exactly the way it smells with a touch of lemony grassy flavor coupled with a touch of sweetness; not citrusy at all which is common with most lagers. A very well-balanced bitterness and sweetness. Very clean cut taste (very thirst quenching).
M - a very easy and smooth drinking brew session type lager; clean cut feel with light carbonation. Medium body lager

O- a perfectly solid tasting oktoberfest lager; I wouldnt change a single thing about this brew as it is definitely not one to disappoint for lager lovers. This has now become my favorite oktoberfest beer which trumped my once beloved #1 sam adams oktoberfest. Just what you would expect to experience with an exceptional clean cut lager. Best served cold (35 degrees) in a tulip glass. (936 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%

A - Amber beer with a frothy head, a definite drinking beer look. Orange hues and light carbonation apparent.

S - Wonderful aromas of sweetness and grain. First thing coming to mind is a sweet slice of bread, coated with some butter and plenty of honey, lightly toasted. Farm honey sweetness and hearty grains.

T - The flavors match with the smells. It has a good deal of chewy grain, bread goodness, hearty carbs. Mild hop notes blending in too. There is foremost a bit of dryness there, with a sweet aftertaste. Sweet syrup and honey on the palate. Superb flavors of a drinking beer.

M - Soft and smooth, very pleasant feel. Highly drinkable and quenching.

O - Holding very well to what you would want from a German Oktoberfest beer. Smooth, sweet, easy on the way down. (776 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle best by 11/13

Pours out a clear copper body with a white head that recedes to not much by the end of the glass.

Big malty character of toasted bread and caramel. Some herbal hop and alcohol.

Again with the alcohol and not enough of the other characteristics to make up for that aspect for me(most notably caramel). Bread and herbal hop dominate. Slight hop bitterness.

Seems a bit too light bodied and just washes away too quick for my liking. The carbonation is a touch too much until a few swirls down the road it drinks pretty good.

Good Märzen but I would almost have to reach for their Wiesn instead when Oktoberfest rolls around. (657 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A – Pours a very pale gold khaki. Big, fluffy three-finger head sets up instantly, necessitating waiting to finish the pour. Pillowy off-white foam collapses slowly as large bubbles pop. Eventually, all that's left is a thin sheen across the surface. Beer is a dark orange-amber and clear.

S – Nicely toasted malts. Some slightly burnt caramels. Soft nose stays buried in the glass. Hints of Bananas Foster when it warms up, along with more caramels.

T – Medium dark caramel with a touch of toffee spread on lightly grilled toast. Noble bittering hops immediately follow to balance any residual sugar, so what lingers is more of an almost-burnt toast taste rather than sugars. Pretty simple and straightforward, but tasty.

M – A bit fizzy, but not over-carbonated. Body is thin, on the edge of watery. Structure is a bit light, especially compared to American-style Oktoberfests. Finish is a tad bitter, and snaps off across the back of the tongue.

O – A refreshing German Marzen. Lighter than most Americans, but with a bit more flavor than a number of Germans. I especially appreciate that it lacks the American trend of over-hopping every style, but still has enough present to prevent any sense of sweetness. I'd include this in a six-pack mixer during Oktoberfest season. (1,339 characters)

Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 1,044 ratings.