Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 199
Hads: 481
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 27
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Daredevil on 10-03-2008

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.
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Photo of fx20736
2.26/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from a 1 liter can into an Oktoberfest Mug

Rich gold with thick white head that leaves nice lacing.

Smells like a Helles Lager, bready malts and floral hops.

mouthfeel: limp and flat

Taste: This is a Marzen? The can imparts a metalllic taste. Beer is a slightly darker Helles with a higher abv,

This can came free with the Paulaner Oktoberfest 1 Liter mug. I don't think I'd pay for it. I love Paulaner Pils so this was a disappointment.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.42/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

1L can: Poured a clear golden color beer with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma is not the best with light notes of overcooked vegetables and lightly sweet malt. Taste is a mix between some light overcooked vegetable notes with some light malt with sweet notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not sure if this is really what people drink during Oktoberfest but I sure ain’t looking forward to drinking this again.

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Photo of tobelerone
2.56/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On draft at NJ Pilsner Haus in Hoboken.

Let me say I am not the biggest fan of this style but I can be fair and this one left a good deal to be desired. Following this with a Ramstein Octoberfest cast it in even poorer light. The head wasn't particularly big, faded face. Very muted aromas on a straw yellow, clear beer. Mild, very mild taste with the faintest hop bitterness and little malt character to write home about. Metallic even on tap. Watery and boring.

Drinks easy and is crisp and refreshing. Guess it's a good one for all those endless steins but not for a BA interested in flavor. I don't need everything to be huge and barrel aged but gimme something to work with please.

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Photo of Daredevil
2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

on the can it says "Oktoberfest Bier" (ABV 6.0%), so I am not sure whether the brew I was tasting is actually the same as this one .... this does not really taste like a Märzen, rather like a pint Starkbier 'reduced' with say half a pint 'ordinary' lager ... lacks smoothness and pleasing flavors (what I taste is mostly bitter-sweet and sticky) ... not a brew to remember ....

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Photo of philbertk
2.72/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Paulaner Brauerei Munchen--Paulaner Wiesn Bier Limited Edition! The authentic beer of the 200th Munich Oktoberfest--2010 1.0 Liter Can. 6.00% ABV. 20 IBU's? (2.5 / 5.0) Oktoberfest. Lacy 1/2" white good retention head.Clear fizzy bright gold color.Sweet Bavarian yeast mild Noble hop stank front.Smooth pale malt delicate butter sweet crisp clean pale caramel Fest body.Mild hop clean dry end.Odd Hops? Yeast? Sampled 10/8/2010. Purchased 2 For $12.49 @ Seattle Fred Meyer--Ballard on 9/25/2010

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clean, clear, golden color. There is a white frothy head, about two fingers of it, that soon settles to only a halo around the edge.
Not much to the nose, there are however some malts and grains to be picked up.
The beginning is neutral, slight sweetness, followed by a balanced body, some more bitterness perhaps, coming to a nicely bittery finish.
Nothing special, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Mdog
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Yellow, lots of carbonation bubbles, but only a mild head.

Smell: Bready, sweet.

Taste: Fruity right off the bat with apple/grape flavors. A little bit of grassy hop comes through. Light body, fizzy feel. Very sweet.

Overall: Beer #2 from the Paulaner mix pack was the Octoberfest Wiesn. Summit recently put out a Wiesn fest beer so I was interested to see how this compared. Unfortunately, I didn't particularly care for this beer. Too sweet, with raw grape/apple flavors usually found in cheapo malt liquors. Strange mouthfeel too.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #106
Served On: 01/11/2012
Glassware: Dimpled Mug
Labeled ABV: 6.0%
Date/ Code: 2/11/2012

Found this at Ye Old Spirits Shop in Frederick, MD. A little out of season - but still just within the freshness date. Also came with a nice dimpled glass mug.

Look: Poured a clear golden macro-lager yellow with a large thick white head. Carbonation level was nice and high with tons of bubbles stuck to the glass.

Smell: Aroma caught me a little off guard. It was crisp and grassy with some sweet malty notes. I also noticed some sort of weird medicinal ester in the background. It could have almost been described as melted plastic or nail polish remover.

Taste: Had a medium body and went down real smooth. First was a sweetness that moved into a yeasty middle with that odd solvent flavor finally hitting the palate towards the end. Finish was crisp and grassy with some lingering sweetness.

This brew was alright. I have to say it was a little disappointing for my first Paulaner. Honestly I really just picked this up for the dimpled mug that was included.

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Photo of acelin
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow, almost helles lager color from the 1 litre can into the Masskrug that came with it.

Smell is of light pilsner malt, with a touch of darker malt. Hardly any hops. Faint grain and alcohol.

Tastes more like a Helles lager than an Oktoberfest. I think it is a Helles lager honestly, with perhaps a touch more caramel or munich malt.

Honestly can't believe this is 6% alcohol. It's very water, very thin, but I suppose it's ok. I wouldn't pay the prices they charge for this beer.

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Photo of hmk22
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty good, but not much personality. Liter can I picked up at Trader Joe's, but the picture on the label was more interesting than the beer IMO, so maybe I was pulled in by the marketing. I guess I expected more hops and flavor from a German beer -- especially a Paulaner Oktoberfest offering -- and it doesn't really seem to fit with the classification assigned to it. Not bad, but don't go out of your way or spend big bucks on this one.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1-liter can poured into enormous Paulaner mug that came with it

My can says "Oktoberfest Wiesn." I believe it is the same beer.

A - crystal-clear golden yellow body under a thick/fluffy white head; lots of visible carbonation

S - grain, grass, touch of sweetness, hint of alcohol

T - grainy flavor (primarily corn), honey sweetness, hops hide under the corn, bittersweet finish with a touch of alcohol

M - smooth medium body (certainly fuller than it looks); high carbonation; alcohol warmth in the finish

O - The mug is a nice addition to my glassware collection. The beer is average.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw yellow, thin short lived bright white head.

S: Nothing.

T: Slightly grainy but crisp pilsner flavour. Metallic flavour is countered by only just enough wheatiness, and there's something going on in the background. Nice lively mouthfeel, light but grainy, and not a tacky lager feel.

O: A chap in another review said he could go either way with this one, and I know what he means. It's metallicy but there's a bit of class going on in the background.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 liter can into a huge Paulaner mug.

The beer pours a yellow color with a nice-sized white head. The aroma is a mix of bready malt and some grain notes. Not too much going on but nothing offensive. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of grain and bread notes with a little bit of toffee and a hint of grass from the hops. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not really what I come to expect from an Oktoberfest beer, but you have to like the packaging which includes the 1L can and 1L mug for a nice price.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was one of those lighter - in color and taste - marzens.... was hoping for something a little more complex and tasty considering this was supposed to be a special 200th anniversary (of O-Fest) one-off brew. The beefy can it came in and the titan mug it came with were about the only things extra special here.

And speaking of "special", I'll offer that this had a noticeably potent spice character in the head (immediately upon finishing the pour) similar to Carlsberg Special Brew (albeit, not as floor cleaner-y) - and a variety of other malt liquors.

This really drank like a simple malt liquor: smooth and moderately filling, above average malt presence though equally sweet and dry (if that's possible) with the spicy, faintly cider notes. Nothing particularly interesting about the flavor - actually, I feel it got blander the further down in the mug I got. Yeah, the best comparison I have of this is to an Old E, perhaps marginally more complex -OR- to a weaker helles bock.

Pale amber color, big cottony head from the pour which deflated in short time. Looked awesome in the tall 1L mug, and it was fun to drink, in a way. Whatever.

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Photo of DrinkNoH2O
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A disclaimer here: This beer is not a Marzen at all!

Important to note though that true Marzens or Oktoberfests aren't really what is being served in the tents, and this beer is.

Appearance: Brilliant yellow with white head that dissipated quickly leaving nice lacing.

Smell: Not much aroma, just a faint graininess/breadiness from the malt with a touch of hops.

Taste: Malty sweetness that balances well with the hops. Slight metallic taste but not overpowering. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Pretty standard, nice level of carbonation.

Overall: A nice affordable German beer that goes down smoothly, but nothing incredibly unique. Hides the 6.0% ABV well.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Your basic medium yellow that is very clear and with a medium head. Not very impressive but still not bad looking

Smell - Hoppy, very light tones of grain and sweetness.

Taste - A very light beer tasting beer with a good medium bitterness but mellow enough to be delicious and drinkable

Mouthfeel - last longs and has great carbonation to keep the good flavor around for several minutes

Overall - a decent drinking beer but I would want a bit more on the appearance and semll

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Photo of kkipple
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Did anyone else simply HAVE to buy this massive liter can with the Krug when you saw it at your local beer pusher? I mean, the presentation practically sells itself. I immediately justified buying 2 at ten bucks each -- you can always use more Krugs around the haus, ya know?

Tonight is a hotter-than-it-should-be late October down here in the Sticky South, so I pulled out two good mustards, grabbed some Whole Foods brats and some kraut, and put together a meal my health-conscious mother would be sure to disapprove of.

A. Dumped into the same glass it came with, the can gives up a clear straw-gold brew with a fast dying, no-lace-leaving foamy head. It expires in mere minutes - disappointing. Oh well.

S. Clean and simple bier here - fluffy malt sweets and watery - I really think you can smell the water here... light and inoffensive and in-everything. Smidge of soap. Barely hints at a Marzen.

T. Pretty light going, easy German malt and noble hops to freshen it. Extremely small malt character compared to the Marzens I'm used to - there just isn't much here. A little hop-pepper spice, I suppose. Some sweet pale malt, a tinge of biscuit that vanishes as soon as you try to catch it, and a whisper of earthy hop bitterness that thankfully lingers a little into the finish. It's very easy to drink... but it's also not very rewarding.

M / D. Pretty darn spot-on... very good crisp-low carbonation that avoids being sharp. The beer itself is watery and seems to be tailor made for chugging out of big thick mugs... oh, wait. The best I can say is this: I drank this quickly, but if I was quaffing this at a proper Oktoberfest shindig, I'd request something else after the first. If nothing else was forthcoming, I would not have a problem drinking another few Paulaner Wiesens. Make sense?

This is pretty much teetering on the barest edge of an enjoyable Ofest bier for me... there is nothing really wrong with it if you like this style on the lighter end, and I can absolutely see this being a good gateway beer. Other than that... well, enjoy your Krug! I know I will.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this because of the free glass.

A: A dark golden hue very nice looking brew, a nice two finger head at the top and left a little bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Not to crazy of a nose, a little bit of bicuit and hops and slight hint of lemon zest.

T: Same as the nose, nothing to crazy with the taste, wheaty, and biscuits throughout, and hop presence is there as well.

M: Medium bodied and a good amount of carbonation.

D: Easy drinking beer, very subtle and refreshing but nothing wild on the taste side of things. Glad I got the monstrous glass with it!

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, its crystal clear and very yellowish with some decent carbonation. The body is topped off with a nice thick white head that’s bubbly and leaves minimal lacing on the glass. I smell some malt and slight citrus aromas but not much else. The beer is crisp on your tongue and remains crisp throughout the tasting, it a light to medium body and leaves a slight alcohol taste in your mouth. I picked up some slight spices and hops, some wheat flavors did come through. Its mildly sweet with a slight bitter aftertatse, but its flavor is pretty mild over all. This is a good beer and quit refreshing

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

Pours out a clear watery yellow with two fingers of white suds. No lacing to speak of.
Smell is yeast and spice like corriander and clove.
Taste is a bit watery but has a sugary maltyness with a spicy aftertaste with hints of pepper at the end.
Mouthfeel is clean. A sugar stickyness remains.
Drinkability is pretty good here since this is a great big can.

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Photo of tkelley
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker.

A - golden yellow straw color with very little head. Better than bad lacing.

N - lagery. Malty and a little fruity.

T - not too flavorful. Nothing overpowering. Sweet Euro malts and a light light hops. Fruit taste like apples kind of.

M - crisp. Ok carbonation.

O - a nice lager. Not my favorite Marzen.


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Photo of mscudder
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One Liter can poured into a massive mug. Thanks to a good friend for granting me this immense brew.

A - An orange inspired hue with an off-white head the length of my index finger. Perhaps I got a bit ambitious with my pour. Big frothy and fair retention.

S - Some caramel, lemon and some malts. Subtle.

T - Bready malts with some sweetness. Nothing really Marzen-like going on here. Some grassy notes to mention, although drinks like a malty lager.

M - Light with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy, yet thin for the style.

O - This beer is good, not great. Simple and focuses on a few tastes. The other great thing is I could use the mug to take out any intruder that makes their way into my home. Overall, a fine gift!

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Photo of Zorro
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Giant 1 Quart sized can of beer.

Clear golden colored beer with a tall white colored head. Far paler than I expected.

Smell is Sweet grains with a grassy hop scent.Nice herbal hop scent.

Starts out sweet with a big grain flavor. Sweeter than I would have expected but it doesn't detract from the drinkability. Still I expected more of a Hefeweizen. Nice agreeable beer but not a knock your socks off beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good beer. It is what Oktoberfest beers are meant to be, nice and consumable in a 1 Liter sized Mug!

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Photo of Goliath
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 1L can into the dimple mug.

Pours a clear golden/light amber color with a two inch bright white head. There is decent head retention and a bit of lacing.

The nose doesn't produce much. I get a little raw grain, and a bit of a bready profile.

The taste is ok. There's a bit of bread and raw grain. It's watery too. I'm not really getting that much from it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, yet kind of thin and watery on the finish. The carbonation is low as well. It's really not that good.

Drinkability is moderate to high. The ABV is easily managed, and the flavor profile is ok. It's a bit boring, and will certainly be a chore to finish the whole liter.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A= Pours from a big ass can that was actually sort of hard to pour from it was so big. The beer is a beautiful translucent yellow color with an enourmous head on it. The head is likely do to the vigor of the pour. The head is a nice snow white color that is super thick and creamy looking. almost looks alive. Nice lacing and retention.

S= Grassy hops are the first thing I notice. Much hoppier than most Oktoberfests. There is a really nice bready smell to it. Doughy. Not as malty or meaty as most O-fests.

T= The taste is also a little different than most O-fests. Again a little grassy with the hops. The malt character is light and actually reminds me more of a typical euro lager minus the skunk than an O-fest.

M= The mouth is great on the carbonation but a little dry.

D= This is a nice beer. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit but it doesn't do the O-fest style much good. A typical euro lager but not an O-fest. Really happy this came in a can however because most beers I find from europe are skunked pretty bad. A solid beer.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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