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Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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86
very good

351 Ratings
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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 13
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is a limited release brewed to celebrate the 200th Munich Oktoberfest.

(Beer added by: ZeroSignal on 09-03-2010)
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leprakhan

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-29-2011 08:03:55 | More by leprakhan
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palma

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liter can came with a liter stein. They changed the name on the can to Oktoberfest Wiesn. Originally they named it Wiesn Beer - but it's the same beer.

Pours a hay yellow. Fizzy white head fades quickly to a lasting lace.

Aroma is sweet cereal grains, hay, butterscotch, honey, clementines. A very sweet aroma, more sweet than other oktoberfests. Vanilla, almond butter. Floral. Faint fusel alcohol.

Taste is clean upfront. Some nuttiness in the flavor. Sweet almonds, hazelnuts maybe. Grassy and not as malty as I expected. Hops only towards the end. Mouth puckering but ends quickly. Very clean finish. Leaves only a grassy, light malt liquor aftertaste.

A lighter ockotberfest. Very easy drinking. Not very complex in flavor, but I like this beer a lot due to its drinkability. You can pound this. Nice marketing with the full liter can.

Serving type: can

12-28-2011 01:45:01 | More by palma
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 quart can poured into an oktoberfest Paulaner oktoberfest stein.

Appearance- Golden color with snow white head that settles. Great lacing for a lighter colored beer.

Smell- Lots of grain here. Also strong German beer smell. Don't know how to explain it, but while I was in Germany all the beer had this distinctive smell!

Taste- A nice grainy malt with very well balanced hops and carbonation.

Mouthfeel- Lots of bubbly carbonation with a nice smooth drinkable finish.

Very nice German beer but not nessacarily what have come to expect in a Oktoberfest.

Serving type: can

12-16-2011 07:41:15 | More by BrownAleMale
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-13-2011 21:31:39 | More by DeutschesBier
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notchucknorris

California

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear and pale golden color with a thin white head. I was a little worried about how this would taste after pouring, but luckily it was tasty.

S: Freshly baked bread, toasted cereal malt, a touch of earthy hops and some nuttiness.

T: I wasn't expecting much from this but it's actually really tasty. Great smooth malt flavor throughout with a nice almond meal nuttiness, a slight touch of hops and then a sweet grainy and cereal malt finish. Infinitely drinkable.

Serving type: can

12-13-2011 04:39:49 | More by notchucknorris
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Massive 1L can into a dimpled stein. Purchased from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO for $5.

A: Crystal clear gold in color with a massive white head that reaches almost two inches, but quickly recedes to a thin cap with a few spots of lacing left behind. Active carbonation moves up from the bottom of the stein.

S: Smells quite sweet, lots of grainy malt, and a touch of a spicy, earthy floral hop. A little bit of a honey smell. Fairly clean smelling, no sulfury lager smells that I sometimes get in lagers. Not too shabby.

T: Taste follows the smell, sweet malt with a touch of a floral hop bite in the finish. A touch of bitterness helps round things out. Kind of an odd sweet flavor in here, reminds me a bit of a few dubbels (weird) that I've had. Reminds me of a nasty, cheap candy flavor, it doesn't dominate but it definitely is there. Not bad though.

M: Light and crisp with excellent carbonation. Finishes quite dry. Not bad at all.

O: Not bad, a pretty tasty beer that I could drink a lot of and thankfully there's a lot here! I won't have any issues splitting this one tonight.

Serving type: can

12-10-2011 01:24:37 | More by pokesbeerdude
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jophish17

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-09-2011 01:45:33 | More by jophish17
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-08-2011 19:43:20 | More by Rochefort10nh
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afdempse

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1L can poured into the accompanying mass krug. Awesome so far.

First of all, this beer is not a Maerzen Oktoberfest, so I am not reviewing it as such. Seems more like a Spezial Helles or similar.

Head foams up nicely after pouring, but dissipates into a thin cap quicker than I'd hoped for. Still, nice lacing on the glass. The beer is a slightly hazy golden color.

Aroma of lightly sweet bready malt and cracker-like grains. Huge melanoidins here. Still awesome.

Flavor: the bready malt flavor is excellent in this beer. Notes of honey, biscuit, slight kiss of noble hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: here is where this beer falls slightly short. The sweetness tends to build up in the mouth a bit, detracting from drinkability. Carbonation is a bit low as well, and some of the flavors seem a bit muted. I can't help but wonder how much better this beer would be on draft or at least very freshly consumed. My can was sitting on a shelf at room temperature in the store...

Overall, a very interesting concept, and one that I'd like to see more German breweries taking advantage of. The light-blocking can could help a lot of sensitive Bavarian styles survive the voyage across the ocean better. Refrigeration should be mandatory, however.

Serving type: can

12-05-2011 03:05:19 | More by afdempse
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

Serving type: can

12-02-2011 19:20:34 | More by Phyl21ca
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taigor

New York

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into siedel mug.

A - Poured clear golden color with big white fluffy head that slowly dissipated leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Bready grains and wheat with earthy spices and floral scents.

T - Starts off sweet with malts followed by bready grains and light spiciness with a slightly bitter fruity finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very good oktoberfest that is light, crisp and refreshing. I would recommend it.

Serving type: can

11-22-2011 13:46:01 | More by taigor
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goalie33

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-17-2011 20:47:47 | More by goalie33
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azureoval

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-17-2011 01:00:50 | More by azureoval
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UnknownMale282

Michigan

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-16-2011 17:53:52 | More by UnknownMale282
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1L can purchased as part of stein/can package at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Date on bottom indicates 5/20/11 and 5/20/12, probably indicating born on and best by dates.

Poured into the krug that came with the package, formed a 1" eggshell head over the clear golden amber brew. Pillowy head falls slowly, with lasting lace. Aroma is bready with a tinge of citrus (but that maybe from the orange I just peeled for my daughter).

Taste starts moderately malty, bitter hops sizzle in the middle, closes with revisit of sweet and a lingering hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Good stuff, glad I fell for the marketing ploy and got a glass and some good brew.

Serving type: can

11-15-2011 22:18:43 | More by ppoitras
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DoubleJ

California

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The marketing for Paulaner Weisn Bier is rather clever. It comes in a one liter "oil can" with a one liter Paulaner branded Oktoberfest mug. Now I have two one liter mugs at home. On to the beer:

Somewhat golden and paleish orange colored. There's a big soapy looking head on top which has good retention and gives off spotty lacing. It has a sweet nose, along the lines of honey. Orange blossom sneaks into the overall nose.

Rather simple in the taste. Malty (duh!) and very hearty, providing plenty of honey annd blossoms with a touch of flowers in the mix. There's a trickle of alcohol that is perceived. The first half liter wasn't much of a problem to drink, but as I got inot the second half, the heartiness started to catch up to me.

Not bad, even though I'm more keen with my marzen's being darker colored. There are worse ways to spend your beer money than adding one more piece of glassware to your collection and getting a "one off" tick in the process.

Serving type: can

11-08-2011 06:18:25 | More by DoubleJ
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lwillitz

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Serving type: can

11-05-2011 00:14:45 | More by lwillitz
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vickersspitfire

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
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

Serving type: can

11-04-2011 01:55:27 | More by vickersspitfire
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; light amber with a bleached white head. Head starts out thick but dissipates slowly to a cm. for the duration of the drink.

smell; sweet malts with honey and a bit of hops that give a mild herbal tone. Really nice to smell this while drinking.

taste; the very mildest hints of grassy hops, before some powerful malts take hold and coat the palate with wet grains dipped in honey. This is a very delicious beer, with a lingering aftertaste of malts, a prime example of the style.

mouthfeel; upfront some spikey carbonation but mellows out into a crisp and refreshing finish.

overall; one of the better examples of the style and so very drinkable, a classic, highly recommended!

Serving type: can

11-03-2011 21:22:50 | More by Sachsenfreude
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ramseye4

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As most of the Americans that tried this beer, I got the 1 litre stein/can combo. And I'm pretty excited for it.
A=Pours a really light golden color, with a massive foamy head.
S=Faint, light, malty. Not too much going on here to be honest.
T=Malt heavy and surprisingly sweet, it has a touch of honey in it. Very drinkable and a pleasant departure from most marzens.
M=Medium in the body and the high carbonation complements the flavor well.
O=Not bad at all, very drinkable, and a refreshing example of the Oktoberfest style.

Serving type: can

11-03-2011 02:39:07 | More by ramseye4
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Zorro

California

3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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!

Serving type: can

10-30-2011 01:18:40 | More by Zorro
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally caved and bought the damn can/stein combo...1L can pours a very clear gold color with a big, fluffy off-white head. Modest retention and lacing in the new glassware, which I am not quite sure how often I will bustin this beast of melted sand out.

Nose is surprisingly sweet, with grainy malt and nutty lager yeast making up the majority of the aroma. I was expecting some grassy hops, but am not really detecting much of that.

Oh yea, this is nice! Sweet grains for sure, but it is so amazing at how drinkable this beer is and balances out nicely from start to finish. A moderate hop bitterness comes out in the middle to help dry things out a bit. After having the Hofbrau (light okto-fest style) offering more than a few times, I was expecting something akin to a helles..but this delivers much more malt body and flavor - mmmm, tasty. Im already halfway through the liter and showing absolutely zero signs of slowing down! So smooth and easy to drink. Makes you wish the mass-produced lagers in the US tasted this freaking delicious. I much prefer this to the marzen-style oktoberfests. So good in fact, I am actually thinking about buying another can/glass combo just for the beer and giving the glass away for free. Loved it.

Serving type: can

10-26-2011 03:44:29 | More by twiggamortis420
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Pwnzilla

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a giant beer stein from a giant can! Appearance is light golden. Smells strongly of bread. Taste some bread like qualities with a little malt. Kind of light on the mouthfeel, kind of surprised this is 6%. Overall I'm pretty impressed with this. I bought it so I would have a giant glass to drink beer from but now I might get another one. I wish I could get this year round here.

Serving type: can

10-25-2011 00:53:35 | More by Pwnzilla
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great aroma....bready...honeyed...richly malty...

Body is a little lighter than most ofests and not as sticky sweet...taste is .bready with lemon grass, and honey....definitely sweeter style of beer but a nice dose of noble hops adds a nice dimension.

I like this a lot and would love to drink many liters of this...for now I have one...

Serving type: can

10-16-2011 23:55:20 | More by ZAP
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dcook11

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a mug. Thick white three finger head. The beer is honey/golden star colored. Decent carbonation and lacing.

S- Malt forward. Very bready. Crackers with a touch of honey.

T- Very drinkable for the 6 percent. Bready, malty, sweet.

M- Light approaching medium bodied.

O- A good marzen. Not the best, but definitly would have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 09:29:42 | More by dcook11
Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
86 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.