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Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 198
Hads: 480
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 26
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

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 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 lager 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
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden hue with barely discernible carbonation.

Smell: sweet honey wheat and fresh bread

Taste: classic golden honey wheat and light malty notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body, carbonation is just right.

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, 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
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of trebbates
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of my all time favorite beers. i was able to find it for a while but no longer. Its a shame because i really loved this one. Very bready and matly. It was like drinking raw bread doughty best of a wheat beer combined with a good english ale.

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

Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn has a thin-to-medium, white head, a hazy, bubbly, gold appearance, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of pungent, full, rich, semi-sweet, yeasty, cracker, and the flavor is similar, with mellow and appropriate hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn finishes crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable.


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Photo of magpieken
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. 07/15. Pours a bright, pale straw colour with a frothy, slightly off white head which refused to disappear and excellent lacing. Very gentle aroma of malt and only a hint of hops. Light sweetness and light bitterness. Very clean. Medium body, smooth texture and just a touch of bitterness in the finish. Not very complex but subtle, well made and a perilously drinkable brew at 6% abv. I wish I had another one of these, as it's not a beer to be pondered and dissected, it's a beer to be simply enjoyed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

I love this beer. I bought a sixer earlier this week and followed up with a 12-pack shortly thereafter. Felt totally strange carrying the cardboard 12-pack around, but once the beer was busted out of it, all was right.

Pours clarified blonde with short, finely bubbled head. Nice looking lager. Biscuit and booze on the nose, with light spice and a hint of pineapple. Malty and sweet. Flavor is like liquid bread...with alcohol. Buttery apple and pear fruit and bread fades into only slightly astringent bitterness at the back of the tongue, really faint coconut aftertaste. Nice medium light mouthfeel. This beer executes on all levels.

I've had a lot of Paulaner, but this is surely one of their standouts.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sulfury on the nose, just how I like my lagers. Still being a german pale lager it doesn't smell like much. Medium bodied. Noble hops are evident mainly at the end and add a lingering flavor.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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