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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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 ngandhi
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen Amber is my first Oktoberfest; if this is how they all look, I'll surely be buying more. The body is deep amber with an appropriately slim but uniform head with lacing. I like it when malty beers don't have too big of a head; sometimes it is a distraction against the body of the beer. Let it warm a little.

When I opened the pint+ bottle and decanted into my 14 oz. goblet, I was hit with a burst of ripe plums and currants. On the nose it's all that and a little yeasty. Goes well, actually, with a DFH Raison d'Etre.

The initial flavor is peppery bubble gum. The yeast and malt components make an interesting combination with the bittering hops. The yeast/hop then realizes the power of the malt and reveals something akin to an overripe pear. This beer operates on all parts of the tongue. With no yeast in suspension, the flavor is a pleasant surprise.

As a Marzen, this beer does exhibit properties of a lager including a certain crispness on the palette and that lagered (how else to describe it?) aftertaste. I would have expected it to be a bit more mellow; was this really brewed in March? While the malty sweetness and sharp but quickly lost hop bitterness is characteristically Oktoberfest, this beer lacks a certain integration. At times, the biting carbonation seems to seperate the malt and hop assertiveness on the tongue. Also, for such a malty beer, I expected a little more body. This is medium-light which, I suppose, a lager would be. Still, my tongue finds a lot of these elements inconsistent. The hop residue on the back of the tongue is pleasant; I think this beer could have made good use of just a touch more variety. I don't know what's in here, but a fruitier hop, something like a Cascade, could have worked really well with the malt. Or perhaps even more bittering. Though I take a little issue with the bittering because it is a little unpleasant, it's beacuse it seems like an afterthought. The beer is going to be malt-heavy, but I've had many malt-heavy beers with better hop balance than this. The aftertaste is lovely.

It has got me interested in Oktoberfests and I will certainly try several more. I hope there's a finer craft to them than this bottle has expressed.

Relax, relax.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, coppery color with a big-ass, lumpy 2" off-white head and light carbonation. Head thinned out slowly to a thin ring and left a nice patchwork of lace.
Smell was all malt until I aggitated it. Then I got an unpleasant blast of boiled veggie aroma. Lost a point for that.
Taste is earthy, grainy malt. Fortunately, the veggie smell didn't translate into the taste. Slightly bitter finish and a faintly metallic aftertaste.
Feel was smooth, medium-bodied, and dry.
My first Octoberfest beer of the season. A decent beer which has piqued my curiosity about the style.

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

Poured a glowing transparent bronze with gold at the edges. Had a soft head of even thin foam, patchy lace, but nice bits of stain. Smelled of malt with a moderate sweetness, brought to a better level with an addition of small amounts of both caramel and grainy types of roasted notes. Tasted of barely sweet amber malt, an easy middle of moderate roastiness, and a good bit of quality bitterness at the end made of a beautiful blend of toast and lemon flavors. Finish was surprisingly short given the strong bitter near the end. Very fresh and appetizing, it had a fair mouthfeel for this session styled beer, though such a concern is mostly an afterthought with a beer like this - which is a good thing. You expect a balanced but full 'o-fest' from such a good brewery, and you get it - a definite leader in the category.

Photo of Mustard
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 17oz. brown bottle with no "best by" or "bottled on" date; $2.19 from the new Santa Monica Whole Foods on Wilshire and 22nd; an army of mug-toting fat broads adorns the label.

Appearance: Pours a brilliant copper; pristine clarity; huge, foamy, three-fingered head; excellent retention -- at least one of those fingers made it down to the bottom of my 20oz. pint glass; heavy, heavy sheet lacing.

Aroma: Slightly toasted Caramel and Munich malts -- albeit more so the former -- and bountifully so.

Taste: Moderately thick toasted malt upfront and throughout; trailing hop bitterness fights its way out in the finish; lightly sweet; faint grain notes; floral-to-soapy hop taste. Light-to-moderate body with a rather smooth mouthfeel.

Notes: Look and smell superior to the overall taste package. Would have preferred a slightly punchier malt presence, but an enjoyable drink nonetheless.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another Paulaner winner! This is another of their products tyhat scores highly and consistently in every category. The red amber body carries a cream colored head, but it does not leave quite as much lace as the head would predict. Nonetheless it is able and willing to please. The nose is of malt, mostly caramelly and with slight toasted hints. The flavor is deliciously built on the nice carmel malt base and has distinct crispness added to the full and smooth body. Definitely drinkable!

Photo of far333
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love the label, and the web site is hilarious, but this is not my favorite from this brewery. Copper colored, and topped with an off-white head. Fruity smell, of sweet pear and honey. Flavor is sweet, consisting of light malt and honey. Mouthfeel is watery, but there is a tingle on the tip of the tongue. Dry finish with an offputting metallic aftertaste.

Photo of hotstuff
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a head with large bubbles. The body was clear and the hue was amber. There was good lacing on the sides of my glass with this beer. A mild aftertaste was observed with this beer.I enjoyed this brew due to its very sweet aroma and I found it to be smooth tasting which is very much to my liking unlike those brews that taste like strong coffee.This is a brew that I would enjoy drinking all night at a bar or party.

Photo of Tballz420
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has been dubbed the #1 oktoberfest in the world, cant say too much to back that up because the only other one ive had is sam adams. It was in a nice 1 gallon keg can. A pretty dark syrup-colored beer, i liked the taste. Fairly spicy, with a nice level of maltyness to it. Something i will have again.

Photo of LarryKemp
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was the Fire Sale beer at the Flying Saucer. I have to say this was the best Fire Sale in a long time. The draught Octoberfest poured a clear rich amber with a pretty good head. The head left a lot of lace on the side of the glass. I had just finished a Young's Oatmeal Stout, but the maltiness in the aroma and particularly in the taste was well formed enough to stand up to the Young's. The flavor was excellent. The only thing I mark this beer down for was it mouthfeel. I tought it had a very light mouthfeel and certainly no creaminess. This is a good beer bordering on a very good beer. I would recommend anyone trying this draught beer when they have a chance.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked the label. It said it all, with those women marching down the street. It poured a nice darker yellow color. The taste was pure malt, but not a bad taste. It was rather refreshing to have a overwhelming malt taste like this, and not be repulsed like drinking a malt liquier. I enjoyed this beer.

Photo of tavernjef
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Boy was this a disappointment, I really wanted to give this a better rating due to loving the Hefe-weisen by Paulaner.
Color is clear amber with golden yellow tones around the edge and bottom, some white head that left patchy lace, but flatened out quickly. Smell is faint roasty malt with a hint of spicy dry hop. Flavor is good, but man, there was no real punch, I give it the benefit of the doubt, but it seemed very empty in the malt, it wasn't very easy to swallow for some reason. It has a sweetish malt that seemed a little pushed or something, maybe under cooked? Not sure what it was, but it sure bothered me. The feel too, was empty and watery, it has a drying quality but seemed to light to me. It was OK, I so wanted more from this, it was a letdown.

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in the 1 pint brown bottle with the wonderful pic on the label..of what looks like a regiment of fat beer serving ladies..very amusing!
beer pours a nice crystal clear amber clour it had a good sized white head that dissapeared faster than snow of the face of the sun..but did leave a ring of lace round the top of the glass.
Lovelly malty aroma greets my nose..smells like english toffee ..mmmm
mmm nice malt taste not exactlly sweet but nice roasted chocolaty malt taste..this is good.
feels excellent and smooth apon the tongue leaving a pleasant aftertaste on the back of the tongue.
Nice beer could drink many of these.
This is my first Marzen so I did not know what to expect..if they are all like this I like em!

Photo of Quaffer
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Interesting label containing ranks of "mass challenged" women marching along with their fists full of beer steins. Looks like the BA Brigade front guard, heading out to do battle against the American macro army.

This was a clear, amber beer that had a heavy bead initially. A coarse and fizzy off-white head rose up to three fingers on the pour and sunk back into the beer rather quickly. It dissipated into just a ring around the edge of the glass and left just a sprinkling of lace.

Smell: The main smell was a very sweet, caramel malt that was supported by a hit of raisin. Also present was a strange vegetal aroma that sometimes reminded me of brussel sprouts. That last part was very odd, but very mild and didn't ruin the beer's aroma.

Mouthfeel: Thin- to medium- bodied brew that was fairly smooth in the front of the mouth, but kind of round on the back of the tongue and throat.

Taste: Not much to say here. A overly sweet caramel malt flavor was the overriding component from start to finish. There was a mild hops flavor on the finish as well, making itself known more by tongue tingle than by taste.

This was my first time with this beer, and I will probably steer clear of it from now on. It's not offensive, just not great.

Photo of TheDM
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very nice aroma! Mild and non-offensive. It poured a nice frothy head with a mixture of medium and fine bubbles like I expect for a good German brew. it's body was a very pretty dark brown/amber color very clear in it's consistency. The head soon died off though leaving a nice lacing around the rim of my glass. It tasted a little of carbonation with a slight after taste, but all in all a very mild smooth brew. One I could sit and drink all night long.

Photo of bierman2000
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A well balanced Fest beer. Maltier than most which I enjoy and very smooth and refreshing. The amber colro along with th smell of hops in the nose is an excellent coupling with the malty finish and the alcohol is low enough to be hughly drinkable I think around 5.8% So grab a pretzel and a wurst and enjoy this delicious Oktoberfest beer.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Distinctly amber color, clear, with creamy, frothy head. Rich aromas abound, with spicy, herbal, vegetal notes, some floral hints, too. Great, even perfect blance here, malt and hops are evenly matched. Sweet toffee notes on the palate, terrific tasting, and smooth drinking.
I recall a print ad where a cartoon duck embraces a bottle to declare "we go great together". This probably matches any meal well. Quite nice.

Photo of Andreji
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although way out of season, I must say the Oktoberfest-Maerzen by Paulaner is a year-round success. It carries important elements from the standard oktoberfest lager in some flavour and mouthfeel terms. you can tell the brewery's quality right away, and appreciate it, of course.

It pours a very nice bright orange/red tone with a tannish medium head with equally medium retention. the carbonation within is abundant and easily visible as it is all so clean and translucid.

The smell is a very vegetable-ish mixture between the malts and the hops, making it sweet but grassy at once. strongly perceivable, very attractive and growing as the beer warms up a bit. the malt definetly dominates, giving it an "oud bruin" feel, so-to-speak.

The taste is also very nice, with a sweet introduction within a considerable body that seemed more viscous than purely fluid. The malt sharply contrasts with a clearly bitter- planty sensation at the end, a pleasant breakthrough doubtless. the carbonation also appropriately accomodates at the right temperature, not overwhelming any of the flavours but rather seemingly enhancing them.

very pleasant all-in-all, doubtless a very drinkable one- year round even.

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

This marzen amber poured an orange amber color with no head or lace. That was the bad side of it. The smell of roasted malts was very inviting to the next step of tasting. The taste was of roasted malts and a slight bitterness that was well balanced to make this beer complete. A little bitter but smooth on the finish that made this beer pleasant enough to drink again and again and again!

Photo of Morris729
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and bright orange amber color with a bubbly white head. Nose is fresh grass and grains with some floral hops in the background. Sweet malts and lightly toasted grains are present in the taste with hints of caramel and a nice balance of bitter hops. Very nice full feel in the mouth with a crisp finish. This is one of the best Oktoberfests on the market.

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

Clear brown in color with an off white head. One of the best Oktoberfests that I have ever had. The smell is sweet and malty, as it should be. The taste is much the same, sweet and malty. Crisp, clean and refreshing. The ending is dry with a hint of caramel. This is a beer that I could have many of and would really like to sample this on tap at Oktoberfest.

Photo of maxpower
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear brown-amber color, decent white head, malty caremel aroma, sweet malty caremel roasty flavor, medium body, some musty flavors, a good Oktoberfest, I think its the only one avalible year round.

Photo of mjohn27603
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with an amber color. Smells of malt and caramel. The taste delivers much of what the aroma forecasts. For some reason I think of walnut flavor and aroma when I drink this. This would fit in well for drinking a few pints at Oktoberfest. Sweet, light and easily drinkable. I think for this style the rating would be more like a 4.5. Although there are Vienna style lagers or other Oktoberfests that are close. This might be a good bridge beer for some who are only used to pilsners.

Photo of Winter
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber with a nice head that retreated to about 1/4 inch after a couple of minutes. Subtle toasted malt aroma with a hint of caramel. Sweet middle followed a mild malt finish. Dryness prevalent in the finish. Body seemed a bit watery for an Oktoberfest, but overall a fine brew.

Photo of Jason
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5 liter keg, moderate carbonation at best out of these. Very nice lacing and clarity.

Malty with toasted and bready tones in the aroma, alcoholic vapors are quick and clean.

Smooth and clean with a solid maltiness, lots of toasted flavours floating around. Bready sweet on the palate with a hop bitterness that grows to balance, little bit of flavour comes through in an herbal note.

Not too bad from the mini-keg, I'd get this again for sure when it comes around again next September.

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

This beer (along with Ayinger) is the one I use to judge all other Octoberfests... right or wrong, these 2 stand out to me as the best examples.

Light amber color with a low white head. Light toasty, spicy and grainy malt aroma. A grainy, bready flavor with just the right amount of malt spiciness. Medium bodied with a light creaminess.

Bottle labelled as an "ale" ? Strange to me, must be a regulatory thing and not accurate. Also, found 07/03 on the label. Assuming that is a best before date.

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