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Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This full bodied golden Oktoberfest lager is the only beer served in Paulaner Oktoberfest tents today. It is the pinnacle of German brewing: wonderfully mellow with a balanced harmonious taste. It has a strong note of malt and the pleasant fragrance of hops.

Added by Daredevil on 10-03-2008

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Photo of ranger7
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright and clear gold in appearance. Small white head which sticks around. Nice carbonation. It's a beautiful beer. This is a great example of the style and better than the US version for some reason. More tasty.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.6/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best Before: 06/16 (L18151G)

Appearance: Pours a light pale golden body, just a bit hazy and topped off with a thin, thin white head that quickly fades out of sight.

Smell: Sugary, sweetly smelling of grains with a splash of low-grade cider for a hint of apple and a faint grassy whiff of the hops within.

Taste: Cereal sweet, grainy flavor with a bit of sulphury character to it and hint of raw dough. A sugary apple, cidery taste follows with a little hit of spice and only the slightest bitterness. Honestly, this isn't what I was expecting at all, it's a little like a malt liquor. A little grassiness on the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Haven't had it? You're not missing much. This is no way for me to be spending Christmas '15!

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle;

Best before 06/16;

Pale gold in color with amazing clarity and a thick, frothy, white head that refuses to go away. It has that classic lager look that is very easy on the eyes. Bready, doughy malts are abound in the aroma, but gone are the rich, toasty notes you would find in a traditional Märzen, as they are replaced with a generous dose of spicy, floral hops. The flavor implies sweetness initially from the malt, then gives way to moderate bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry while finding a beautiful balance between strength and drinkability.

This is the beer I drank in the Paulaner tent in Munich in 2007 that I have such fond memories of. To find a six-pack of it in America, fresh, mere miles from where I work, is truly a glorious thing. Prosit!

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Photo of fourstringer
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a flared pilsner glass. Best before 06/16.

A: Golden yellow body with nice clarity. 1.5 fingers of white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Bready malt with underlying banana, bubble gum and grape. Light floral hop notes. Hay. Caramel.

T: Satisfying maltiness opens and persists throughout. Tempered by the development of noble hops and a nicely balanced, mild bitterness. Finishes quite clean and semi-dry to dry. Minimal alcohol presence. A lingering floral character and faint pretzel in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body. Good weight for an easy session beer.

O: Mostly a Marzen with some fruity/hefe-ish flourishes, mostly on the nose. Goes down smoothly. Certainly a fine brew.


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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A light honey golden body under a white head that retains well. Light lacing.

Aroma: Spicy hops over toasted grains and buttery, biscuity malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little creamy.

Overall: The 6% ABV adds up real quick with this one, mostly balanced but the hops seem to overtake the malts.

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Photo of Spikester
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear pale gold with one finger of white head that fades in under five minutes. Splotches of lace on the side of the nonic pint glass.
Smell is bread malt and grassy herbal hops.
Taste is moderately sweet malts balanced by a nice herbal hop push.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with lots of carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and mild bitterness.
Overall a beer worth trying. I could drink quite a few without tiring of the flavor and that is what Oktoberfest beers are all about. From a 12 ounce greenish brown bottle and no skunk in aroma or taste.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - golden yellow w a white head that disappates after about a minute
Smell - bread, biscuit, honey, fruity
Taste - like a good pilzner but w a Sweet biscuity, malty mixture
Feel - mouth full w slight carbonation
Overall - good Oktoberfest. I'll have another

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Photo of vinicole
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow. Lots of effervescence but little head.
Light citrus fruit, wheat stubble and yeast on the nose.
Slight sourness followed by digestive biscuit, honey and a mildly astringent finish.
Good carbonation.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a single into a willi becher
Pours a crystal clear pale straw with a 2 finger white head that subsides over 2 minutes and leaves spotty lacing. This is paler than most Ofests that I've known. Nose is grassy and biscuity...also a little fresh warm bread that is quite fragrant and almost verges into a kind of flowery smell but not quite...verges on honey sweet, but is very faint, and I appreciate that. As for the taste, this is where things really get good. This is almost like a pilsner to me, with the bready biscuity pale malt and the kiss of grassy hops, and a really lovely dry slightly bitter finish. The only difference is that mid-way, there is a bit more of that light honeyed sweetness, but again, it blends really well with the grassy biscuity notes, and never gets very sweet or heavy. In fact, this is quite light, notwithstanding the lovely flavor. I could drink tons of this and never get tired of it. Not a bad idea...

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Photo of brureview
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light clear golden color with a 1F head in a Brooklyn Octoberfest glass.

Nice aroma:Fruit and bubblegum.

Highly carbonated and piquant MF.

Excellent taste: fruit, malt and bubblegum finished by a light, dry bitterness.

A classic Oktoberfest, one of my favorites.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce can poured into a stein

A: Pours a straw, pale color with a white head, very clear, lots of carbonation, slight lacing, minima head retention, looks a little thin and light.

A: Earthy, straw, grass notes, some biscuits and honey, malts, slight hop aroma at the end, smells good.

T: Honey, hay, biscuits and bread, finishes with more of the honey notes coming through, get some bitterness in the middle but finishes smooth, dry, and more honey, very good.

M: Very easy on the palate, drinks incredibly smooth, medium bodied.

O: I was not impressed with the appearance but the flavor makes up for the lack of appearance, this is very tasty with a big honey presence, nice balance of bread notes in the middle and hop bitterness, very easy drinking goes down way too smooth. I was expecting more caramel and toffee notes out of this beer but it's more grassy and honey forward than other Oktoberfest beers I've tried.

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Photo of James954
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear golden hue with very weak carbonation and no lacing

Smell: sweet honey wheat and fresh bread

Taste: classic golden honey wheat and light malty notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body.

Overall: As my favorite style of beer...it's a 3/5. But it's going to be everything that you expect.

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Photo of RickyS
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden and luminescent yellow color, very clear and bubbly. The head dissipates quickly leaving a permanent thin layer of foam at the top. Pretty big lacings left in the glass. The smell is very usual and very typical of the style. Not very pronounced and slightly grassy with hints of hay. The taste is also dominated by grassy bitterness, though, not overpowering
and accompanied by the malt which is quite richer than I expected, leaving a hint of honey sweetness in the aftertaste, which is relatively persistent. The mouthfeel is medium/light but is helped by the carbonation which gives it a bit of a creamy texture. And maybe I am wrong but I begin to taste a bit of the alcohol now that the beer is warming up! Am I drunk? Well, overall this is a good beer even though not the most remarkable example of the style, like, I have to say, many other beer from Paulaner.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Light yellow-golden color with a billowing head that lasts till the last drop. Aroma is fresh bread and fruit. It is quite different than the "Paulaner Marzen Oktoberfest" I've had in bottles which is amber and much less malty with a disagreeable bitter finish. This "Wiesen" is very malty, fruity, smooth and sessionable with a pleasant dry hop finish that is not as much bitter as it is herbal. One of the best Oktoberfest beers I have had, and easy to believe it is "Germany's #1 Oktoberfest beer" as described on the box. Whereas the "Marzen" was disappointing, this "Wiezen" is highly drinkable and enjoyable. The liter can went fast and was good to the last drop.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 quart can was poured into a Paulaner 1 liter mug.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden yellow orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted, doughy, biscuity and pale malts followed by grassy and herbal hops and lager yeast.

Taste: Pretty tasty malts, Noble hops, slight chewy malts, some sweetness, lager yeast, and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, light bitterness, and medium carbonation

Overall: To say I enjoyed a beer that is only enjoyed in the Paulaner tents is pretty cool. The fact that the can was sold inside the mug was just as cool. Will buy more cans and maybe mugs.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: clear pale straw color with a few light amber notes towards the center. large 3+ finger white head (this is poured into a huge Oktoberfest mug)

s: sweet malts, honey, green apple skin, lemongrass, grains. very smooth smelling

t: crisp sweet malts, a hint of honey, earthy grains, a very slight noble hop bitterness, sweet lemongrass. ends sweet and crisp. real nice taste

m: light mouthfeel, carbonation is pretty low. just what you'd want

o: i really enjoy this. smooth, not too complex, very drinkable, and delicious. clean flavors, and a great mouthfeel. could drink many mugs of this

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Photo of drmeto
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-pours a clear golden with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-honey,lemon,spicy,sweet malt,biscuity
-medium bitterniss for the style
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
Noticeably more hoppy than the other Oktoberfest Beers

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Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 1L can into a small mug.

Mouthfeel: Near medium body and medium+ carbonation.

Very clean and amply flavorful. Very good bitter-sweet balance, as is the hop-malt mix and balance.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The yellowish look and wheat-smell should not deter a Oktoberfest-romantic, this beer delivers.

The feel is incredibly smooth, almost as one would expect from a German hefeweisse. There are tones of grass and floral present in aftertaste which very much make this a unique experience. A great(yet, unique) example of the style and I could not recommend it higher.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer. More grainy than clearly malty or wheaty, but a nice mix. Smooth and thirst quenching yet with enough heft to be an early autumn beer. Head is smallish for something with wheat and the color is light, more yellow gold.

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Photo of TooGood
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright yellow with good carbonation with no head and minimal lacing. Smell is muted floral with a hint of spice. Taste of cloves and banana with a slight sweetness. Very smooth mouth feel.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

appearance- Clear golden yellow color. Pours a pillowy/foamy four finger head.

aroma- sweet, mildy toasted, bready malt and a tiny bit of floral hops.

taste- Follows the nose closely with a mild hit of floral hops at first and the malt taking over after that. The malt starts off sweet which then transitions to a less sweet bready malt in the finish.

feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and dry upfront followed by a semi sweet finish. Too easy to drink at 6% abv.

overall- Flavors are bit mild all around the balance and combination of flavors that are present make for a great tasting and incredibly easy drinking beer. When/if I go to Oktoberfest I will definitely be looking for this. Definitely a great pale oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle, purchased at local Boston area store.

I've had copious mugs of this during Oktoberfest in the Paulaner Tent, glad to see it in the US again this year.

While it does not form a massive head the lacing stays intact, crystal clear golden hue. Clean nose of dried grass, bread, cooked veggies, and a subtle herbal hop. Lots of crispness, moderate sized body, a bit of chewy malt up front. Balance hop bitterness, lots of clean grain, linger of herbal hop in the finish. Easy to knock back, more than enough flavor to keep me coming back.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an antique German bier Pilsner glass

Clear golden yellow, steady stream of carbonation, thick, frothy white foam cap, good lacings

Aroma, of grass, malts, biscuity

Malt taste on the middle of the tongue, slight hop spice on the front of the tongue, malts, bready

Very smooth, quaffable, no sudsing

It's almost Oktoberfest , time to lift the steins. Prosit!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has a big grain nose, brilliant straw gold with a clingy 2” finely bubbled white foam collar, packed with huge malt flavors. Starts malty, dries out, lingering grain lavors – just enough hops to balance. There is some of the Oktoberfest malt spice but not much.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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