Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Not Rated.
Paulaner Oktoberfest WiesnPaulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

199 Reviews
very good

(Read More)
Reviews: 199
Hads: 481
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 27
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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.
View: Beers (23) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn Alström Bros
Reviews: 199 | Hads: 481
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.

 191 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +4.2%

A - Look is a clear amber brown body with a bouquet of a 1/2 inch of sticky lacy head.
S - Grains take a backseat in this sweet very caramel and toffee like body, fruity like yeast, and some meal like grains that remind me of Smacks.
T - Decent blend of the style you got your toasted grain of the Oktoberfest, sweet marzen like body, and the fruity Hefeweizen yeast in the finish that keeps it from being too dry.
M - Light to medium easy to drink even from the bottle.

Overall I would get this again a very smooth take and still very toasty and bready Oktoberfest.

 567 characters

Photo of nicholas2121
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn brewed by Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co.KG with an ABV of 6.0% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a smell white head. The smell is rich with grains and that is about it. The taste is mild with some fruit taste at the end. This brew goes down smooth for having a ABV of 6.0% There is nothing over powering in this brew, it has a nice balance to it. The mouth feel is nice and clean with no bad after taste. Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG did a nice job with this one. I would have to say that this Oktoberfest is one of these. Over all I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out of 5.

 609 characters

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

Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG. Poured from the bottle into my seidel, this brew's got a 2 finger thick, lumpy white head,somewhat retentive lacing, and a clear golden body.

Smells like a greatly mixed malt variety, and just a microsniff of bitterness

I taste complex malts. A spot of earthiness on the tongue. Its got a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very clean and smooth. This certainly is a refreshing brew.

Overall a 4.25 for Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG. This is an easy-drinking, clean brew. Nothing really lingers, so you'll always be back for another! If this brew wasn't limited I would purchase it again.

 718 characters

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.

 548 characters

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.

 395 characters

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

 1,181 characters

Photo of Uniobrew31
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very sneaky beer. Low on up front flavor but nice mouthfeel and a lingering bready malt flavor makes up for it. Not as heavy as the regular ofest. Light straw color looks and behaves like budwieser in the glass only with better lacing. Compare it to hoffbrau ofest if you can't find this one. Worth a try and I will buy it again. This one will be in the late sept through November beer rotation at the uniobrew household as long as I can find it! And the 6% abv is well hidden with a mild sessionable flavor...hence the sneaky tag being hung on this one.

 554 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

 502 characters

Photo of Fjlainez
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Today, I read article of the top 10 best Fall seasonal beers! Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn was number 10. All I have to say is, WOW! I'm a beer advocate in training and this is one hell of a drink!

The beer has a very barley sweetness carmel scent to it, almost reminds me of cold nights here in Houston. Strangely it smelled very familiar to something else but I cant but my finger on it at the moment. Anyways, I took a quick sip and it was a rush of Full bodied flavor. I was surprised how GREAT it tasted. This beer is actually one of the actual beers they drink at the actual Oktoberfest in Germany!


One of my favorite seasonal beers defiantly gonna be picking more, although a little pricey. You pay what you get for! A great tasting fall beer you could enjoy with your bros!

 790 characters

Photo of dillon_1005
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Oktoberfest I've had. Light golden color, with a nice white head, good lacing. smells of sweet malty goodness. taste, smooth, a bit of that sweet aroma coming through on your palate, almost fruity, crisp finish. A wonderful Oktoberfest, I could drink this beer everyday, I enjoyed this outside on a cool evening with the smell of fall in the air, absolutely perfect.

 382 characters

Photo of barnzy78
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle
A - golden, impeccable clarity, rocky white head leaves some spotty lacing
S - different, fresh air, meadowy, woodsy, grassy, pale malt, maybe aromatic malt
T - different again here, grassy, mossy, biscuity, nutty, fruity (apple, grape), faint toastiness; very nice complexity
M - medium body, pleasant carbonation allows for palate coverage with the complex flavors; finishes dry and crisp with a lingering grassy, noble hop semi-bitterness
O - I love its complexity, but prefer its bolder brother, Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen by far.

 550 characters

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.


 351 characters

Photo of jlindros
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

 1,433 characters

Photo of beeragent
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a can.

A - Pours a clear straw, with good carbonation, forming a thin white head. Light lace on the glass.

S - Slightly sweet, cereal, and a hint of fruit aroma from the hops.

T - Very light flavor. A bit grainy and biscuity from the malts. Very low hop presence, only the slightest hint of fruitiness in the finish.

M - Not medium bodied, but heavier than thin. Very smooth and clean.

O - Awesome German lager! If I had the opportunity, I would drink several glasses of this and love every second! Having said that, this does not resemble a Marzen/Oktoberfest as the style suggests, as the color is wrong and this beer does not highlight the strong malt body and flavor that Oktoberfest is known for. Much more like a strong Helles. Whatever it is, I love it, but around $6-7 a can, my consumption will be limited. My rating of this beer is based more as a Helles rather than an Oktoberfest. Although the style characteristics are off, this is still a fantastic beer.

 998 characters

Photo of TBoneJones
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a good German example of what it is, a big frothy head and a bubbly golden liquid (and in an oversized mug due to this being the anniversary special I poured). Head drops slowly.
Smells nice of pilsner malts. Some graininess.
Plainly refreshing, some zest and mild bread. Somewhat sweet with a dry finish.
Stays carbonated well, feels crisp.
While lacking complex flavors, this Oktoberfest brew was just a highly drinkable brew as far as what you would expect if you were in Germany at the real deal. I kept forgetting this was 6% abv. Kudos for that. I wish i had a brat with this.

 597 characters

Photo of kristenspaintings
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is limited in brewing, so if you want it get it when you see it as it can be hard to find. That being said, it pours nicely with a generous head into a beer mug. The foam is plentiful a presents a nice sweet aftertaste to compliment the malty aromas. The beer itself is light and refreshing with more of a hoppy taste than expected from the taste of the foam. Is this a yummy beer? Absolutely, but is this beer super delicious? Not really. It is definitely a good beer, but not an excellent beer one would expect from a pricey limited edition Paulaner. Grab a can if you have not had it, but do not grab more than one.

 628 characters

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.

 503 characters

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a Christmas gift from a friend came with large Paulaner stein. Can is 1 Quart,1.82 fl. ounces. Dates on bottom of can are: 05.25.12 and 02.25.13.

Pours a nice clear golden yellow with large white head. Head is not very long lasting, no lacing of glass. Aroma is very faint grassy malt. . Taste is non descript, sweet, boozy. Mildly tingly mouthfeel,

 359 characters

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!

 572 characters

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

 492 characters

Photo of jpro
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stein and 1L can gift set from CBX.

A: gold; 3-finger, puffy white head; nice story and info on the can.

S: sweet malt; light bready yeast aroma; sweeter than I expected.

T: sweet malt; light bread crust; not much bitterness - perhaps some dryness on the finish, but barely; quite sweet, but still OK.

M: medium mouthfeel; low carbonation; a touch slick; nothing surprising

O: a nice Oktoberfest beer; perhaps a tad too sweet, but still very drinkable - I can definitely knock out a 1L can of it.

*from notes (10/28/12)

 525 characters

Photo of Fatehunter
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ein Maß. From the can into the seidel. Finger of head on a cloudy medium straw colored body.
Hay and barnyard smell, in the best way.
Nice grain taste, low bitterness, little honey and smooth.
Crisp texture with moderate carbonation. Clean finish.
Nice flavor and something to drink by the liter.

 298 characters

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured thh one liter can into the "free" glass that came with beer for a clearish, dark gold beer with voluminous head that left some lace patches down the mug as I drank. Not really a medicinal or aluminum type smell, although the hops take on a distinct earthy and grassy note. Hops are the smell for this beer, although some light citric notes in the hops as well as touches of bready sweet malt make an appearance. Like an good German bier, this brew is light-bodied and easy to drink with the dominant taste being the sharp hoppy bite. The hops are like they smell, earthy and dry, and are balanced not so much from any citric hops (there are some) but also from a moderate usage of bread/barley malts and a touch of sweetness shines through here and there. This easy to drinkness, as it were, makes this not only a good beer to quench your thirst but also easy to keep drinking (which might be the point since it's an Oktoberfest bier). A little pricey but you get a souvenier for your bucks.

 998 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

 886 characters

Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
86 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.