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Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Paulaner Oktoberfest WiesnPaulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn

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338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%

Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

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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Photo of BierStein711


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this mighty brew twice, and I'd have to say its a rare gem.

Draught pint in plastic, three finger off white head, moderate carbonation

Smells: Breads, toast, and wet grain

Taste: bread, toasty biscuits, warming malt, with a very dry finish

Mouthfeel: thin, but not watery

Overall, this is a rare gem as stated previously. Grab this beer if you have a chance. But, have it either from the can or on draught,. Brilliant either way!

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 17:43:55 | More by BierStein711
Photo of bmike86


4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up an Oktoberfest special from the Cellars in Woodbury, MN. It included a one liter Paulaner mug made by rastal, as well as a one liter can of Oktoberfest Weisn.

Appearance --- honey colored (like a golden yellowish-orange) with a nice two finger white head

Smell --- a bit like bread/grains, and a decent amount of malt

Taste --- can taste some bread and maybe even slight hints of banana, with a grassy finish

Mouth feel --- minimal carbonation, pretty smooth, light to medium bodied, slightly hoppy start to a subtle sweet finish

Overall --- This was the first time I have tried Paulaner’s Oktoberfest Weisn. I enjoyed it quite a bit and would love to see them offer it every September/October as an alternative to their Oktoberfest Marzen. This was a nice, enjoyable beer that is perfect for the fall. I will stock up on this while I can and will have something to look forward to during the cooler fall months. It is definitely worth a try, it is not a very complex beer… but it is the most similar to beers sold at Oktoberfest in Munich and about as close as you can get to being at Oktoberfest in Munich without having to buy a plane ticket :) Prost

Serving type: can

09-22-2012 15:34:40 | More by bmike86
Photo of mscudder


3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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!

Serving type: can

09-21-2012 04:40:06 | More by mscudder
Photo of DrinkNoH2O


3.18/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: can

09-17-2012 20:16:14 | More by DrinkNoH2O
Photo of Megahertz


3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1L can dated 5-29-12 into the Paulaner masskrug.

A - Bright yellow gold with a massive white head. Crystal clear. Good lacing. Carbonation appears moderate to high. Can't be any better.

S - Faint grainy malt with slight noble hop aroma.

T - Slightly sweet with a very faint toasted bread note. The finish has the very faintest hint of hop character. A beer it is easy to drink a lot of.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

O - This is the stuff they drink under a tent in Munich during a festival you may have heard of. Paulaner Original with more aroma hops.

Serving type: can

08-30-2012 03:57:46 | More by Megahertz
Photo of Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 01:21:29 | More by Hoppsbabo
Photo of MattSweatshirt


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a 1L can(canned 5.29.12) into a Paulaner maß. The beer appears a transparent gold with a big frothy white head.

Lots of grassy and earthy noble hop in the nose. Slight touch of grain and sweetness.

Great grassy and earthy hop flavor. Grainy. For how prevalent the hops are there is no bitterness present.

Very drinkable with a medium body, smooth, crisp, and drying.

Serving type: can

08-21-2012 03:17:27 | More by MattSweatshirt
Photo of TrevorWGrover


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I got this beer for the first time in the giant can which comes in an even more giant German mug.

Pours very smooth. A very nice golden color with excellent clarity. The head is thick white and sticks around for a bit due to the continuous bubbling in the provided glass.

Not a whole lot for smell. The abundance of malt is very obvious which does excite me for the taste.

Taste is good. Better than good actually... I am usually into a very dry hoppy beer but this guy is way more malt forward than I usually like. I say that because sometimes malty bears are too sweet for me (English Brews). This beer is not sweet. I love it, great taste but the best part is the mouthfeel.

Big thick mouthfeel. Crisp, full and delicious. My favorite part of this awesome beer. I'm a fan.

Overall a pretty darn good beer for casual drinking.

Serving type: can

08-02-2012 20:15:20 | More by TrevorWGrover
Photo of morebeergood


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

My local store had the 1L can/beer mug combo pack on sale, so I picked one up mainly for the glass. Freshness date best by end of Feb 2012, but I don't mind. Poured into 0.5L mugs to split with my wife. Very light yellow colored body, but a very huge white head and plenty of carbonation. Smell was neutral, which was fine knowing this beer wasn't the freshest. Taste was good. Light malt body with a clean crisp aftertaste. A bit surprised to see the ABV at 6%, so a very easy beer to drink. A fun purchase that was worth it.

Serving type: can

04-22-2012 23:03:20 | More by morebeergood
Photo of roblowther


4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big ol' can in a big ol' glass. I can smell the gemutlicht from here. Pours a goldent color with a big ol' white foamy head that makes me wish I had a mustache. Smells earthy and of bananas and a whole lotta good. Taste is even better. Slightly nutty, slight banana, a hint of sweet and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is soft and buttery. This is a great marzen, a great wheat beer, and just a wonderful, refreshing drink. Daddy like.

Serving type: can

04-19-2012 00:34:46 | More by roblowther
Photo of donmonkey1


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden yellow with a white head that receeds too quickly but has nice lacing.

Smell: Dough (water, flour, yeast), yeasty, bready.

Taste: Same as the taste but with the slightest hint of some type of spice. The words that come to mind to describe the spice are clove, corriander, and orange peel, but those aren't quite right.

Mouthfeel: Watery and lacking carbonation.

I like this beer because it's a quality beer that's unique and it's a nice change. It's not one of my favorites, but once in a while it's really nice to have one.

Serving type: can

04-18-2012 23:26:35 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of falloutsnow


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

Can from John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA
Poured, in parts, into an Ayinger willi glass

Paulaner has a successful "light" Oktoberfest with this recipe, taking lighter malt cues that let the hop characters be a bit more evident. Bread and grain characters, with some honey, are notable, creating a very satisfying marzen-type beer. My only complain is that it would be nice if the cans were smaller: getting through a single one of these basically puts an end to any evening.

Pours a dense, white head of small bubbles that gradually recedes to a thin cap atop the beer. Leaves some good lacing along the sides of the glass, both spots and streaks. Body is a yellow-gold color, transparent, and with visibly active carbonation.

Aroma is of moderate malt sweetness, a bit of bread dough, some flowery hops, honey, and slight grain.

Taste is similar to aroma, opening with malt sweetness and blending in some honey, bread, grain, and flowery hop flavors. Closes out with a mildly bitter finish and pleasantly sweet balanced with bitter aftertaste.

Body is medium in heft, with moderate carbonation, creating a slightly crisp mouthfeel at first, which transitions to smooth as the carbonation disperses across the palate. Finish is semi-dry.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 05:08:13 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of uwmgdman


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours brilliantly clear dark straw, with a thick, fluffy white head that diminished to just a skim. The aroma is medium-high malt, sweet, grainy, and a bit of biscuit. The flavor is dominated by sweet malts, a bit grainy, and finishes somewhat dry. Any hop presence is very subtle and the hop bitterness is just enough to balance the sweet malt (combined with the dry finish). The body is medium-light and carbonation medium-high. Overall a easy drinking, yet flavorful brew, decent.

Serving type: can

03-25-2012 01:18:19 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of dtreindl


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a massive 1+ quart can into a 1L Paulaner Oktoberfest glass mug. The aroma is unique from any beer I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying. The taste is as unique as the aroma and quite similar. In other words, it tastes like it smells. Not like any American Oktoberfest nor American wheat beers. You must try to experience this classic German beverage.

This beer is soooo drinkable! A perfect session beer for Oktoberfest!

Serving type: can

03-11-2012 21:40:32 | More by dtreindl
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 1 quart can stamped 05-20-11-02:20:12. Sampled on March 8, 2012. This is one big can of beer. The pour is pale yellow with moderate carbonation that extends to a huge, foamy white head. German malts are on the nose along with yeast. The body is smooth and creamy and pretty much in the medium range. The taste also brings forth the malty, yeasty character but then there is a notable bitterness on the tail end. This is one of those Oktoberfest beers that would really be fun to try during Oktberfest.

Serving type: can

03-08-2012 23:29:57 | More by puboflyons
Photo of HattedClassic


3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very rich and white head that lasts quite a while. The beer itself is a very clean and clear, beautiful golden color.

A light hops smell dominated by the grains and yeast.

I got a light and slightly diluted taste of malt and yeastly banana taste.

Light carbonation with a smooth feel.

This beer wasn't bad and rather refreshing and is fairly drinkable.

Serving type: can

02-26-2012 21:22:45 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of schlimenhaumer

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't resist buying this 1L can when I saw it at Trader Joe's. Poured from the can into a Pilsner Urquell stein at low altitude.

A: Pours a slightly dark gold color with a soapy one- to two-finger head of little retention. Plenty of carbonation bubbles float up toward the top of the glass.

S: Wheat, biscuity yeast and noble hops. A light smell overall, but very clean.

T: Wheat up front with biscuity yeast in the middle. Hops balance on the finish. The flavors are really clean and it's well-built.

M: Light- to medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation. The finish is very slightly drying and makes you want to go in for the next sip.

D: This is a really easy-drinking beer, especially at 6% ABV, and I'd be very happy to see this on Paulaner's regular lineup.

Serving type: can

02-19-2012 07:11:03 | More by schlimenhaumer
Photo of hmk22

New York

3/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Serving type: can

02-19-2012 02:10:30 | More by hmk22
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost clear, with just a hint of haze. The color is golden straw, and the head is a solid 2-fingers of cream-colored foam, with good retention and decent lacing.

S: Underwhelming, really. There's a little floral/spicy hops, and a little grain, but that's about it.

T: Medium-sweet malted grain, with just enough bittering hops to add balance. There isn't much complexity, maybe some mild citrus notes from the hops. But it is pretty tasty.

M: Smooth, with nice carbonation -- just crisp enough without being dry.

O: A very drinkable beer, if not very complex. This is what BMC types ought to aspire to: a high-quality beer that can be enjoyed by a broad base.

Serving type: can

02-13-2012 00:47:45 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

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

Poured unto a Paulaner signature mug (it comes packaged with the beer).

Appearance: Gold. with amazing head...seriously well over a 1 1/2" barely settled after a sip.

Smell: Smell is a little bland but light hoppy smell to it.

Taste: Very creamy, slight orange peel. Simple but incredibly tasty.

Mouth: Medium carbonation which may come off heavy to some drinkers but easy to swallow. Definitely designed to be a every person's beer, with flavor intact and the appearance of sweet hops.

Overall: Pretty Good beer I would recommend to all. It's not perfect but it is done just right. FYI, just incase you didn't know this is my number three "marzen". That doesn't mean that it is bad just keep them coming. Salud!

Serving type: can

01-29-2012 06:28:18 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of bmwats


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 1 liter can into Spaten mas mug.

A: Golden hue. Pours about a 3 finger, foamy, white head. Head dessicates and disintegrates fairly slowly leaving a blanket of persistent foam. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Really woody and earthy malt nose, with a little wheat and just a touch of hop.

T: Slightly sweet malt, and a little hop. A faint tinge of honey and olive oil.

M: Full body, but crisp and refreshing. Pungent finish.

D: This one goes down easy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Great head but no real lacing. Nose is simple, but earthy and full. Flavor is a robust malt with slightly sweet and woody notes. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: can

01-29-2012 02:54:23 | More by bmwats
Photo of Murrhey


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a Pilsner glass from a quart size can. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half-width head. Medium, minute long retention. Clear amber color and rapid carbonation.

S- Light hops, amber malts and some hay smells as well. Light smelling beer but with farmhouse notes as well.

T- Delightfully sweet and light. Great tasting oktoberfest beer. Reminds me of Germany.

M- Medium bodied, syrupy but light, which is sort of strange to describe. The body is thick, but the taste is light enough that it offsets it.

O- Wonderful beer. Got it as a Christmas present, and was pleasantly surprised with how good the massive can treated me.

Serving type: can

01-13-2012 04:39:26 | More by Murrhey
Photo of CraftBeerTastic


3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Serving type: can

01-12-2012 17:43:26 | More by CraftBeerTastic
Photo of indiapaleale


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - nice dark, golden color with a big, frothy, pancake batter like head on top. Clean and clear in appearance with nice carbonation and lits of tiny bubbles streaming upwards. Plenty of lacing in this big liter-size mug.

Aroma - sweet malt aroma with some notes of apples and caramel. Not a whole lot else going on. Smells very much like what it is, a darker, sweeter lager.

Taste - honey wheat flavor on the tongue with some caramel flavors coming in the back. Very solid malt flavors with decent carbonation on the tongue and a dry finish. The more sips of this I take the more I realize why this is they type of beer that folks are drinking at Oktoberfest. It's pretty straightforward with no palate killing flavors. Just a smooth, slightly sweet yet balanced lager. Certainly not an easy style of beer to brew but one that will appeal to a good many people in times of revelry.

Overall - easy drinking lager with a touch of honey-like sweetness in the finish of every sip. The hardest part of drinking this beer is lifting this huge liter-sized glass mug over and over again! Thankfully it keeps getting lighter with each gulp. Prosit!

Serving type: can

01-06-2012 01:33:17 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of jerryjeff


4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit of a yeasty, grassy scent in a 1 liter glass that it was packaged with. Hints of some caramel in there.

Bit of feel on the palette, a bit heavier than water

Poured to nice pillowish head I'd hoped for out of the can but alas without being on draft it dissipated pretty quickly. Golden/straw color.

Taste As expected there's the light grassiness with some hints of the caramel flavor, easy on the palette without much aftertaste.

Definitely, I can envision myself seeing how many of these I could get through in a very loud tent with a few hundred of my newest deutsch friends around.

it could be the serving vessel partially but this is a nice, light, drinkable beer exactly like what american macros should be shooting for instead of the bland stuff they're churning out.

Serving type: can

12-31-2011 22:57:12 | More by jerryjeff
Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
86 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.