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Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 20
Gots: 29 | 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 beer is a limited release brewed to celebrate the 200th Munich Oktoberfest.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 5/2014.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and super easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pilsner Haus, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that eventually completely faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of sweet, grainy malts in the nose along with hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of bready and grainy malts along with a good amount of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink; the sweetness isn’t cloying because it is balanced off enough by the underlying hops.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard and solid Oktoberfest beer, done in the more traditional and lighter Munich fashion.

Wiesn pours with a bright canary yellow color and modest haze. Ample carbonation fuels a froathy and exuberent foamstance. Moderate lacing left behind. Not expecting the activity level nor the haze in this beer.

Spicy hop aromas of lemongrass, light pepper, and honey suckle fill the nose; with a balance of grain/malt scent closely behind.

The balance of flavors also fall to the hops with a smooth bittering and grassy, lemony, peppery tastes. Waffer-like malts give a roundness to the grain flavors. Somewhat minerally compared to more smooth Marzens, but the salts do increase the crispness, cleanness, and refreshing nature of the beer.

High carbonation leads to an effervesent and bubbly feel early and leans away from creaminess. The carbonation ushers in the minerally crisp-clean feel late. For a 6%er, this one scrubs the palate a bit too much.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.42/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had no idea these guys did a wheated octoberfest. so glad they do, its amazingly tasty, and a wonderful contrast to all the marzel lagers going right now. this one is pale straw colored with a lovely inch and a half of white head that tries but cant hang on. way more clear than other german wheat beers. the nose is sweet from the wheat, uncovered by the yeast like i expected it to be, quite delicate for its 6% abv, and rather robustly grain forward. there is an apple nose too, and it comes through in the taste, especially in the finish. almost like cider meets wheat beer. the yeast is interesting, with some fruitiness but super dry at the end. the wheat adds a lot to this traditional style, really ramping it up to something that feels both distinct and historic. the germans still do some clever stuff, and they probably deserve a little more credit among american beer geeks for beers like this one. its really tasty, richer in feel but still dry and airy from the carbonation. it just feels like fall. far better than the regular paulaner oktoberfest, although i like that one too.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A strange (but not un-seasonal) find at a suburban Old Chicago in the the downriver Detroit area.

This beer appears crystal clear, gleaming gold hue, with one thin finger of creamy, soapy white head, which renders a broad limestone ring of lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells of faint wheat grain, a bit of floral fruitiness, and mild yeast. The taste is bready malt, more subtle, spicy yeast, and edgy, grassy, metallic 'meadow' hops. The bubbles are fairly zippy, the body medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes with a dry bready graininess.

A lighter, more lager-like version of an Oktoberfest, but still enjoyable on a late summer day, and drinkable enough.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the requisite Paulaner krug.

Finally pulled the trigger on the can/krug combo. Almost immediately proud of the decision. This stuff pours a mostly clear russet-golden-amber topped by a finger of light off-tan foam. The nose comprises light orange zest, lightly toasted wheat bread, light caramel, grass, and a touch of cashew. The taste drops the cashew, opting instead for a nice blend of mandarin orange and caramel-dripped wheat bread, with some grass tossed in the back for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation, and a smooth, kinda creamy feel. Overall, a very nice O-Fest, one I kinda wish I could sample in Munich sometime...

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of jlindros
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light fizzy slight creamy 1 finger head that fades at a slower rate, decent lines of lacing, very clear golden honey pilsner color.

Nose has a nice toasty straw aroma, pilsner malts, nice grainy grassy malt based aroma, with a good soft decoction base aroma, bit of wet hay and juicy malt, bit of a fruity lager aroma as well, malt has so many layers of greatness. In there is a hint of a grassy earthy mild hop.

Taste starts again with the grainy malt, toasted cereal grains, lots of cracked straw, toasted malt and bit of hay, very grassy like malt. Juicy malt as well, with many layers of decoction again, bringing a nice softness and almost creamy like feel as well. The hops bring a mild grassy noble hop flavor, mild bitterness, and just a touch of an earthy taste too. Also more fruity lager flavors in there. Finish is very dry, crisp, more crisp lager flavors, a little more grassy slight earthy hop base, and touch more toasty straw pilsner malts.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, nice carb, crisp, typical well done German pilsner.

Overall very nice, true to German pilsner, nice grainy straw malt husky like almost, grassy, very good malty character, and great decoction layers which I wish I could have a lot more often, and a nice light mild bitter hop character to go with it. Much maltier than typical pilsner so more in the Marzen line, but not even a touch of Munich malt I think. Tasty and well done.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up to compare it to the Marzen style that I've been enjoying since mid August. Novelty packaging but kind of cool, a liter can of Paulaner Wiesn Bier packed inside of a one liter Paulaner krug. Pours a bright straw deep golden hue crystal clear, egg shell white head forms thick and leaves beautiful scattered lacing. It was worth the 12 bucks I used to have the same krug in college and back then I paid 9 bucks for it. So for 3 dollars extra the beer and glass didn't seem like a bad deal. Aroma has a beautiful honey drizzled malt layer with herbal/spicy noble hops. Flavor is great clean sweet all malt presence huge biscuit/cracker with a touch of honey sweetness. Herbal/spicy German noble hop character balances it out perfectly. I can't think of any other beer I would like to festively drink by the liter, this is a nice version of it with a bit of fruit in the back end a touch of tart green apple actually fits the season. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied healthy but smooth carbonation flowing, it really goes down easy. The most drinkable form of a lager built for fest tents in Munich. I could definitely picture putting a few of these liters down at the big dance someday.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Mora2000
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into dimpled mug, best before 5/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of bread, toast, cracker, honey, pear, apple, light caramel, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of malt, yeast ester, and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of bread, toast, cracker, pear, apple, honey, light caramel, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of bread, toast, cracker, pear, apple, honey, light caramel, light pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of malt and yeast ester flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Oktoberfest style. All around great balance and robustness of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Can date of June 2010, Second date of March 2011; Sampled October 2010
A solid pour from the can into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that leaves some thin lacing patternes on the sides of my glass. The beer is a nice gold hue that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of tin-like hops, soft doughy malt, some dried-grassy-cracker like grain character, perhaps a hint of lemon like hops that mix with a touch of honey like malt character. As the beer warms the herbal / lemon zest honey notes become more noticeable.

Crisp and cold, straight from the food fridge, this has a nice bitter hop bite to it and a dry malt character helps accentuate this. This finishes with a pretty nice pale malt note that reminds me of pale grain crackers, a touch something that reminds me of dried barley still in the field, and even a touch of something that reminds me of a lemon / herbal honey that adds just a touch of spice to the finish. Actually the hop character, while not over the top, perfumes the entirety of each sip and melds quite well with the pale malt character. This is nicely quaffable (as a beer meant to drink by the liter should be), but does have some body to it; so it isn't like a Helles.

This is a pretty clean lager that drinks like a slightly amped up Helles; this is definitely a good thing and I am definitely enjoying the interesting pale malt character and the herbal - lemon honey character that comes from the mix of malt and hops. This is definitely an appropriate beer to drink by the liter; it goes down quite well. Nothing earth-shattering here, but I am definitely enjoying this brew.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to deep yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall bright white head that quickly fades to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy malts with some light amounts of sweetness and floral hops.

T: Moderate flavors of bready and grainy malts with some light amounts of sweetness and light to moderate amounts of floral hops which contribute just a touch of bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops making this beer quite easy to drink. Enjoyable.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1L can picked up at Farmer's Harvest, into my Paulaner liter mug she goes, canned 6/29/11,

A: Pours a sparkling goldenrod with a dense fizzy three finger white head, good retention, spotty lace.

S: Sweet notes of Vienna like malt, sweet caramel, subtle noble hopping.

T: Bready malt flavour, some sweet Munich flavours on the back end which were enjoyable. Some cracked grain, lightly bitter grassy hop flavour.

M: Light-bodied, thin for the style for me, fairly fizzy. Pretty smooth overall.

O: Not a bad fest, it was nice to get one fairly fresh. It's clear though that regular Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen is the superior brew, much more of a depth of character. It looks like the pale lager is the way Oktoberfests are going, I know why for mass appeal, but I don't like it.

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

The CANQuest (TM) has some catching up to do! I have been very lax since the beginning of the school year and I am hoping to get a) either off of that merry-go-'round or b) catch my breath and drink some beer. Tonight is more of the latter than the former. I scored the glass/CAN combo at The Fridge last weekend but I did not have a chance to drink the beer so here goes ...

From the (big-ass) CAN: " The long tradition of the Munich Oktoberfest began in 1810 on the occasion of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig von Bayern and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, to which the Munich population was also invited. Munich's residents lovingly call the area on which the world's largest folk festival has traditionally taken place since then the "Wiesn" (meadow). You [CAN] also participate in our festival this year again, since we are bringing the Oktoberfest feeling into your home. Celebrate with us and enjoy drinking a 'Oktoberfest Wiesn' specialty out of an original 'Wiesn' beer mug. Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn Bier is brewed strictly according to the Bavarian beer purity law of 1516 only from the best natural ingredients. It has the character of a typically bottom-fermented festival brew - a deep golden yellow color, with a balanced harmonious taste and the pleasant fragrance of hops. A full-bodied, wonderfully mellow Wiesn Ale [?] enjoyment."

I am sooo stoked to get the Crack & Glug going on this one! Just as Van Halen sang in "Everybody Wants Some!!", "... I like the little way the line runs up the back of the stockings", I like the way the seam runs up the CAN on the side. It is very evocative of the old steel CANs with the pop top. Now, I want some, too! So much so that I even paid for it, WTF?!?

The pour created no less than three (!) fingers of dense, bone-white head with excellent retention. I was impressed, which is unusual given my jaded persona. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Greg Koch CAN hate fizzy yellow beers all he wants, but this was my idea of epic! Nose was very sweet and grainy, cereal-like in its intensity. Not adjunct-driven, but a cereal-like semi-sweetness not generally found in an Oktoberfest. Prosit! Mouthfeel was medium and it was much less sweet in the mouth than the nose led me to expect. It had a medium body with a decent, but not overpowering, amount of carbonation. The sweetness of the style was there, but it was not cloying as some examples have been of late. We had the Lancaster Liederkranz Choir at Iron Hill today and I felt badly - I know all of the words, but in English, not German! Grummy Fryberger nee Chandler would be disappointed. Not disappointing, however, was this beer. The finish was semi-dry, which is about how I CAN tolerate the style. I really hate cloying, syrupy Oktoberfests (do you hear me, Sam. Adams?), but this was decent. Plus, I got a new big azzz glass in the deal. I love beer from a CAN - it makes me wistful and nostalgic.

Ach du lieber! I also intended to recount the tale of Erik M., a fellow student with whom I grew up. For his graduation present, his parents sent him to Munich for Oktoberfest and despite all of our underage drinking, he came home amazed at what he had encountered. "Little girls were drinking me under the table and I could barely lift my glass!" he told us. I snickered in my status as a seagoing sailor, but in my age, I know where he was coming from.

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

Paulaner Wiesn Bier

Pours a clear straw, bone white head, frothy. Smells of wheat, bready malt and herbal hops. Clean maltyness, wheaty with some faint bubblegum. Mildly bitter. Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp. Overall, a nice Marzen beer, on the light side and easy to drink in mass quantities.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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