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Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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very good

360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 15
Gots: 14 | 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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jmbranum

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Comes in a giant can (1 quart) and pours into a big glass that comes in the packet. Giant white fluffy head that forms on a clear golden liquid.

Aroma is nice and fresh.

Flavor to me is like a more malty version of a lager. Some hops in the background. Fairly dry at first but goes sweet at the end. Fairly full mouthfeel. Great session beer.

Overall, this beer was interesting but not great. A bit over priced if it weren't for the free glass. I think I like Paulaner's dark beers (such as their Oktoberfest and Salvator) more.

11-22-2010 08:02:12 | More by jmbranum
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peabody

Kentucky

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%

Pours out a clear watery yellow with two fingers of white suds. No lacing to speak of.
Smell is yeast and spice like corriander and clove.
Taste is a bit watery but has a sugary maltyness with a spicy aftertaste with hints of pepper at the end.
Mouthfeel is clean. A sugar stickyness remains.
Drinkability is pretty good here since this is a great big can.

11-16-2010 23:21:05 | More by peabody
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -11%

A= Pours from a big ass can that was actually sort of hard to pour from it was so big. The beer is a beautiful translucent yellow color with an enourmous head on it. The head is likely do to the vigor of the pour. The head is a nice snow white color that is super thick and creamy looking. almost looks alive. Nice lacing and retention.

S= Grassy hops are the first thing I notice. Much hoppier than most Oktoberfests. There is a really nice bready smell to it. Doughy. Not as malty or meaty as most O-fests.

T= The taste is also a little different than most O-fests. Again a little grassy with the hops. The malt character is light and actually reminds me more of a typical euro lager minus the skunk than an O-fest.

M= The mouth is great on the carbonation but a little dry.

D= This is a nice beer. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit but it doesn't do the O-fest style much good. A typical euro lager but not an O-fest. Really happy this came in a can however because most beers I find from europe are skunked pretty bad. A solid beer.

11-15-2010 05:09:37 | More by jjanega08
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a surprisingly golden color with white head, and not what I expected for a Marzen. Bready/grainy aromas abound. On the palate is a dry quality but malt presence is still noted, almost wheaty, with some herbal hops kicking in to dry things out. More complex than most marzens that tend to be more malty, and more hop presence as well. Plus the pale color is nice, and this is very drinkable. Nice 1L krug in the gift pack as well.

11-08-2010 02:02:45 | More by yemenmocha
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured into a pint glass. Its all had at the moment.

A - Pours a clear light golden color with some active carbonation and a nice 1.25 inch head with some dense tight bubbles. The head is nice and white and pretty stubborn. The head is pretty sticky.

S - Starts off with some sweet grain and nice biscuit malt notes. Pretty grainy and slightly sweet malt notes.

T & M - The malts sweetness is present right away with some nice slightly spicy hints coming through as well. There are some nice hop hints on the back end with a slightly dry bitter finish. The beer is nice and and bready and goes well with many dishes. I could see how this is a great beer for drinking at Oktoberfest. Nice light body with some nice crisp notes and some clean flavors.

D - It is very drinkable. Light and refreshing for long hard days out in the field or warm days in general. Its not typical for the Marzens I've tried before but its still very drinkable.

11-03-2010 02:03:29 | More by JoEBoBpr
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -16.2%

Did anyone else simply HAVE to buy this massive liter can with the Krug when you saw it at your local beer pusher? I mean, the presentation practically sells itself. I immediately justified buying 2 at ten bucks each -- you can always use more Krugs around the haus, ya know?

Tonight is a hotter-than-it-should-be late October down here in the Sticky South, so I pulled out two good mustards, grabbed some Whole Foods brats and some kraut, and put together a meal my health-conscious mother would be sure to disapprove of.

A. Dumped into the same glass it came with, the can gives up a clear straw-gold brew with a fast dying, no-lace-leaving foamy head. It expires in mere minutes - disappointing. Oh well.

S. Clean and simple bier here - fluffy malt sweets and watery - I really think you can smell the water here... light and inoffensive and in-everything. Smidge of soap. Barely hints at a Marzen.

T. Pretty light going, easy German malt and noble hops to freshen it. Extremely small malt character compared to the Marzens I'm used to - there just isn't much here. A little hop-pepper spice, I suppose. Some sweet pale malt, a tinge of biscuit that vanishes as soon as you try to catch it, and a whisper of earthy hop bitterness that thankfully lingers a little into the finish. It's very easy to drink... but it's also not very rewarding.

M / D. Pretty darn spot-on... very good crisp-low carbonation that avoids being sharp. The beer itself is watery and seems to be tailor made for chugging out of big thick mugs... oh, wait. The best I can say is this: I drank this quickly, but if I was quaffing this at a proper Oktoberfest shindig, I'd request something else after the first. If nothing else was forthcoming, I would not have a problem drinking another few Paulaner Wiesens. Make sense?

This is pretty much teetering on the barest edge of an enjoyable Ofest bier for me... there is nothing really wrong with it if you like this style on the lighter end, and I can absolutely see this being a good gateway beer. Other than that... well, enjoy your Krug! I know I will.

10-28-2010 00:56:51 | More by kkipple
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Kanyon22

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured into the commemorative mug it came with. Thanks goes out to my wife for snagging this one from the local bev shop.

A: Pours a pale gold straw colored liquid with white tiny bubbly head. Not quite a marzen look to it but still pleasing to look at.

S: Has a classic imported smell of musty wet grassy grains. Some light sweet malts coming through as well but nothing else.

T: Starts out sweet sugary taste then flows to a clean watery lager taste then quickly into a slight herbaly, minty kick at the end. It also keeps the mouth dry and sugary tempting you to slug it down.

M: Has a nice thick mouthfeel for style, which is nice. Also carbonation seems dead on.

D: Everything about this beer screams drink me in large quantities. Smooth easy drinking beer that has just enough character that keeps it memorable.

Only problem I see from this beer is they only give you 1 liter of it. Paulaner should sell this in 1 liter cans year round. Overall a nice beer and a nice gift set for sure.

10-27-2010 18:45:22 | More by Kanyon22
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Augustiner719

New York

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured from a 1liter can into a 1liter mass.

Poussin very clear, orange honey colored with a 2 finger hard that recedes quickly. Pretty standard color, wish the retention lasted longer. No lacing. Aroma is bready malts, a little caramel and lager yeast. Has a nice crisp lager bite to it and also has some bready characteristics on the finish. Nice clean finish and ample carbonation. Really begs for roasted chicken dishes, even roasted pork. There is also a really nice clean quality to this that makes this very drinkable and perfect this time of year. Great package too with the glass included!

Serving type: can

10-26-2010 19:55:55 | More by Augustiner719
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MarshallMan

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +16%

Purchased the 1L can in the limited edition mug (A+ on the mug).

Poured full can into the provided mug.

Beautiful beer. Standard pour leaves large white head with the beer being brilliantly clear & golden. Smells like a classic German festival beer which I guess it should.

Taste is excellent. Slightly sweet with a great hop balance, especially at the end. Clean lager flavors with a perfect level of carbonation.

It is a little scary how easy it is to drink this brew. I could see myself, in Munich, during Oktoberfest, enjoying these all day and night.

I'm glad I grabbed this one off the shelf and I'm sure you will be too!

10-26-2010 19:48:56 | More by MarshallMan
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%

Poured from a huge 1l can into the provided 1l mug. A yellow brew slightly darker than your average Ameican adjunct lager, large white cap for a head that faded somewhat quick left a bit of lace. Since this is the "official" 200 anniversary brew I'm guessing the tent beers have been tuned down a bunch to appeal to the masses.
Smell is sweet malt and a slight floral hop note, seems like a watered down typical American Oktoberfest.
Now the true test...there we go, sweet malt typical Oktoberfest taste which is surprising given the look but hey those Germans invented the stuff why would they fail. Slight grassy hop tinge at the end perfect balance here.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied bordering on light, bright carbonation bites the tongue then disappears.
Drinkability... perfect I'm sure you could sit there with mug after mug after mug on a nice fall day in Munich and have a day to cherish if you could remember it.

10-25-2010 23:48:33 | More by sliverX
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scootny

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

A 1 liter can with a matching mug in a commemorative packaging. A vigorous pour yields a huge head that rises like shaving cream and stays quite a while. A bit of lace hear and there. Classic Marzen golden hue is brilliantly clear. Smell is malt with a light hop floral and a touch of pepper. Taste is light bready malt palate with good dose of clean saaz like hops in the finish. Feel is finely carbonated and medium weight with a refreshing tingley sensation. Super easy to drink. When you pour the big can in the big glass you don't expect it to be gone that quickly. It goes fast.

10-25-2010 01:39:38 | More by scootny
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afinepilsner

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

1 liter can poured into the 1 liter mug that came with it.

Paulaner Wiezn Bier was crystal clear and golden in color. It had a large, fluffy white head that faded fairly quickly with a little lace left behind. The smell was light malt with a touch of peppery spice. The taste was light malt upfront with some peppery and spicy hops coming through. The finish was dry and makes you want more. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and medium carbonation. Drinkability was outstanding. This is one the most drinkable beers that I have tried and is worth a try. Now I just just need to find more without having to buy another mug.

10-25-2010 00:45:58 | More by afinepilsner
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured from the beautiful 1-Liter can into the accompanying Octoberfest dimpled glass. Packaging is everything.

The pour - a beautiful clear golden light amber with thick, thick white foam. Lots of sticky lacing. Patience sold separately.

Malty clean smell. Nice.

Clean malty taste with light hop throughout. Modest water taste, but not a detractor. Low carbonation. Classic German Octoberfest, not as hearty as US versions.

Very drinkable. As drinkable a liter as any Octoberfest I've had. Great combo of beer, can, and glassware.

10-24-2010 13:06:52 | More by KTCamm
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Beerbluesbiology

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%

Picked up a 1L can inside a Mass Krug. I poured the can into the Mass Krug and...

A - Pours a beautiful copper color and looks oh so authentic in the Mass Krug. Its nice to bring Oktoberfest to the US!

S - Smells of faint alcohol, stereotypical German beer goodness.

T - Crisp, clean, yet plenty of bready goodness.

M - Very smooth, yet crisp and refreshing. Not a heavy beer, yet satiates my Oktoberfest beer cravings.

D - Finished the Mass Krug with Kein Problem! Could easily drink another.

Overall, an excellent Oktoberfestbier, and I believe that the Germans still do it better than the Americans (sorry Sam Adams).

10-24-2010 02:26:01 | More by Beerbluesbiology
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

1 Liter can with 2 dates on the bottom, 06.16.10 and 03.16.11. Poured into the Paulaner glass Liter stein it came with. Pours a very light translucent orange color with a medium sized head. Copious lacing. Aromas of malts, cut grass, and some spices. Nice taste to this beer. It has that typical Oktoberfest spice flavor. Somewhat sweet with a bit of a caramel taste to it. Malts as well. This was definitely worth the purchase. The well made glass stein, the beer is a one time brew I believe and its certainly a flavorful Oktoberfest. The only thing that would make this not too drinkable is that you have to drink the Liter at one time but that's something you want to do once you grip the mug

10-21-2010 05:03:29 | More by PicoPapa
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PreacherBrewer

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +19.1%

This beer is an experience to be had! Poured into my commorative Paulaner Liter stein. Brilliant golden color with a massive white head. Nose of toasted bread and fresh mild hops. Taste is excellent! Roasted malt and pretzel are there. Mild hops round out the deep malt character. Mouthfeel is smooth and easily drinkable. Slightly lower carbonation for the style makes this possible. This is a Grade A session beer: complex enough to keep you interested, drinkanle enough to take down a Liter (or two) at a sitting. Cheers!

10-19-2010 14:49:25 | More by PreacherBrewer
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

Although my hometown of Waterloo plays host to one of the world's largest Oktoberfest celebrations (which actually just ended yesterday), I'm sure the real thing in Munich would be something amazing to behold. Someday I hope to make the trip to Bayern, but to tide me over until then, the LCBO brought in a lovely Paulaner MaB and 1L can giftset to celebrate the Oktoberfest season. A lovely way to toast a splendid fall day.

The 1L pour was quite something, but it resulted in a brimming frothy head and scads of lacing. The brew itself is a brilliant golden, with visible carbonation until the bitter end (at a whole litre in volume, that 'bitter end' took about 45 minutes to reach). I've got to say, the glassware brings out the very best in this brew; what I'm sure would be underwhelming in a regular lager glass looks bloody brilliant in a shiny new MaB, so forgive my bias.

The nose is satisfactory, but less than exciting. Bready malts, honey sweetness, mild leafy hops, chestnuts. Not entirely unlike a German pils.

The taste is not that of a dark, robust marzen, but again rather like a German pils. Slightly sweet, bready, and with a crisp, hop finish. A touch of lemon to the finish as well. Although I'd very happily drink this over the standard Oktoberfest beer in KW (sadly, Molson Canadian), there's nothing overly interesting about this brew, save for the fact that it's called an "Oktoberfestbier" and comes with a giant MaB. Still, these things can't be overlooked - in a party atmosphere, a brew like this goes down outrageously well in vast quantities, which is a very good thing.

Mouthfeel is quite impressive; even near the finish of the giant can, still a steady carbonation. Lighter bodied, but still above average for the pils style.

A great Oktoberfest quaffer - nothing overly exciting, but damned exciting to drink in such a cool mug in a festive setting. Prosit to another Oktobefest, and looking forward to next year. Gemuetlichkeit!

10-19-2010 02:33:47 | More by JohnnyBarman
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1%

Pouring from a thick 1L can into a heavy 1L Maß isn't the easiest task - and it results in a head that's huge even proportionally to the big mug holding it. While some of the scuzzy white stuff fades, enough remains to leave the surface with a handsome dressing. Oktoberfest Wiesn's colour - a stock and appetizing golden - is slightly besmirched by a chilly, dense haze.

Oktoberfest isn't the kind of style that at first impression has you saying: 'wow!'. I remember when I first tried it (and, back when, Paulaner Oktoberfest was actually my first) I found it very average and, truth be told, a little underwhelming. Give it a smell and you'll see what I mean. There's not much excitement going on.

But that's not always the case. Over the years I've learned to appreciate, with the help of some phenomenal American renditions, the charms of this seasonal lager - charms that this offering lacks. The big problem with Paulaner Oktoberfest is that it really doesn't taste much like an Oktoberfest should. This is more like a stronger pilsner or helles bock.

Which, from what I understand, is both common and accepted in Germany. It's unfortunate, however, that anyone hoping to experience the toasty, crunchy, rich, sweet maltiness of the darker, more distinctive varieties seems to have been let on. At the risk of repeating myself, this makes a better Pils or Helles than it does Märzen.

But it's not all a wash! This clean, bready flavour is nothing to shake a stick at; its graininess is wholesome, undisturbed by any straying sweetness or unwanted esters and concludes with a heavy-handed hop bitterness that clamps down on the tongue like a steel trap. The beer has a weight to match that of its stein and is at once filling but endlessly drinkable. It may be plain but don't discount its flavour; this stays mighty tasty even as it warms.

Oktoberfest isn't about beer, per se. It's about *drinking* beer, and a lot of it for that matter. Therefore, the Oktoberfest style doesn't concern itself with connoisseurship or contemplative quaffing, subtle detail or creative innovation - it need just be well suited to festivities, food and merriment. And, while it goes without saying I'd be enjoying this more in Germany, I think the rest of this Maß will be put to good use.

10-18-2010 18:18:00 | More by biegaman
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

10-16-2010 18:31:56 | More by Gueuzedude
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jkrich

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

This came packaged as a one liter can inside a one liter mug glass; very good packaging as it certainly caught my eye.
Unlike the bottled paulaner oktoberfest (more amber hue), this lager poured bright, clear golden with a sustained fluffy white-head.

The lager was fresh as I could immediately detect the noble hops and fresh malty aroma. Often, the aroma of many oktoberfest beers is dulled by age; not this one.

The freshness carries over to the flavor: the sweet, bready malt flavors are quite evident with a good spicy hop flavor.

This lager is rather too thin-bodied, but has a very nice and satisfying, clean mouthfeel. The carbonation is lower than usual for this style.

This is an ideal oktoberfest to quaff while celebrating. While it retains good flavor, the brewery had mass consumption in mind.

10-16-2010 00:08:07 | More by jkrich
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -17.5%

This was one of those lighter - in color and taste - marzens.... was hoping for something a little more complex and tasty considering this was supposed to be a special 200th anniversary (of O-Fest) one-off brew. The beefy can it came in and the titan mug it came with were about the only things extra special here.

And speaking of "special", I'll offer that this had a noticeably potent spice character in the head (immediately upon finishing the pour) similar to Carlsberg Special Brew (albeit, not as floor cleaner-y) - and a variety of other malt liquors.

This really drank like a simple malt liquor: smooth and moderately filling, above average malt presence though equally sweet and dry (if that's possible) with the spicy, faintly cider notes. Nothing particularly interesting about the flavor - actually, I feel it got blander the further down in the mug I got. Yeah, the best comparison I have of this is to an Old E, perhaps marginally more complex -OR- to a weaker helles bock.

Pale amber color, big cottony head from the pour which deflated in short time. Looked awesome in the tall 1L mug, and it was fun to drink, in a way. Whatever.

10-14-2010 17:22:19 | More by Bouleboubier
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dirtyfab

New York

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured into a 1 liter paulaner masskrug(1 liter). Smells Great nice malty aroma. Taste, to me it tastes just like a munchener helles. Not a bad thing, but I wanted more. Good beer,but not worth the premium price. I'd rather spend my money on Paulaner's "regular" oktoberfest.

10-13-2010 01:53:49 | More by dirtyfab
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

I gotta say, I know its a novelty beer, sort of a gimmick, but there is something awesome, something truly excellent about opening a 1 liter can of beer and pouring it into a matching 1 liter glass. So cool.

Pours a light pale golden body with a big white head. A sheet of lacing and good retention.

Aromas of grassy noble hops and light toasted malt. Bready.

The malt lends toasty, bready, caramel notes. A little honey sweetness mid palate. Noble hops provide a spicy, grassy, mildly bitter finish.

Medium to high carbonation and a very smooth feel.

I can already tell that I am going to finish 33oz of beer faster than I have since college. Like I am unintentioanlly shugging it. If that's not a testament to drinkability, what is?

Hard to call it a great beer. Other lagers posess more depth of flavor, perhaps a more expressive nose, but that's not what this is for. This is for drinking epic amounts of beer at Oktoberfest and for that, this beer is perfect.

On a side note, Paulaner threw a 200th Oktoberfest celebration at their corporate HQ in Littleton, CO a few weeks ago. This was on tap and I think it was more flavorful in draft form, but I was at an oktoberfest, so who knows.

10-13-2010 01:49:16 | More by BradLikesBrew
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bigrzman

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

I bought this with a glass mass krug for 13 bucks. it came in a liter can with a drink before 11 MAR 11 on it. I have big expectations out of this. This is by far the palest Oktoberfest I have seen. It is a deep golden color with a thick puffy white head that sticks to the glass in patches. It smells of clean pilsner malts much like a helles. It is more sweet than bitter, there is imbalance in the force. Very grainy and grassy. I could swear this is Paulaner Helles Lager packed as Oktoberfest. Hop notes are astringent but minimal. It is thin and and sweet on the tongue. This is not good Oktoberfest it is another beer and another style. Not bad for everyday swill and at least I got a cool Mass Krug out of it.

10-11-2010 21:04:20 | More by bigrzman
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philbertk

Washington

2.65/5  rDev -30.6%

Paulaner Brauerei Munchen--Paulaner Wiesn Bier Limited Edition! The authentic beer of the 200th Munich Oktoberfest--2010 1.0 Liter Can. 6.00% ABV. 20 IBU's? (2.5 / 5.0) Oktoberfest. Lacy 1/2" white good retention head.Clear fizzy bright gold color.Sweet Bavarian yeast mild Noble hop stank front.Smooth pale malt delicate butter sweet crisp clean pale caramel Fest body.Mild hop clean dry end.Odd Hops? Yeast? Sampled 10/8/2010. Purchased 2 For $12.49 @ Seattle Fred Meyer--Ballard on 9/25/2010

10-08-2010 22:24:10 | More by philbertk
Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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