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Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 16
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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 BradLikesBrew
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

BradLikesBrew, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of bigrzman
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

bigrzman, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of philbertk
2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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

philbertk, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a big limited edition 1 liter can into a 1 liter Paulaner Masskrug. The beer came inside of the glass as a package deal. The can has a nice description of the Munich Oktoberfest and the beer. This info also includes its ABV which is 6.0%.

Appearance: Inside the big liter mug the body has a deep golden color with good clarity visible carbonation and a tall bright white head. This head slowly settles down to a much smaller cap that hangs on till the end. Lacing is slick.

Smell: It has white bready maltiness with a nice nutty character and some leafy/earthy/spicy noble hop notes as well.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is very similar to the aroma with the same base of clean bready malt and noble hop notes. Its medium bodied extremely drinkable and lively carbonated.

Notes: All I need now is some good German fest food and maybe some lederhosen to go with the other Paulaner Wiesn beer/glass combination packs I picked up!!!

generallee, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of saintwarrick
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my gigantic mug a nice shiny light orange with a big white billowy head; easily a true Octoberfest here. Aroma is honey and nice sweet malts with a hop-oil like hint. Lots of honey in the taste, a bready malt characteristic right along side. Not as sweet as other O-fests. Could use a bit more dryness as this tends a slight bit sweeter, though it's not really "sweet" by any stretch. Still, I love the beer, an easy finishing , easy-drinking brew. Worth a try for the season or any season.

saintwarrick, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hell ya I always wanted a big ass mug like this Sweet! so that can really looks cool and poured into the mug look Great big white head nice deep golden color

S: bready malt with some hops not much going on

T: again not much going on its a very pleasing taste however so I am going to put it at a 3.5

M: light mouth with med to high carbonation

D: I drank the whole thing in about 20 min so ya its super drinkable I was not trying to chug just goes down easy

JamisonM, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of russwbeck
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"1 Ale" can poured into 1L Paulaner Special Edition Mug

A: Beautiful in the huge mug. Large 3 finger head foamy head that reduces to a creamy film atop a golden brew.

S: Bready and malty, not really a lot happening for me here. I can smell some alcohol.

T: Light and malty. I get a little bit of hops. The alcohol is hidden very well, but still present.

MF: Light and bubbly, very refreshing.

D: I was wondering how long it would take me to drink this whole beer, it went surprisingly quickly, therefore it must have a good drinkability.

russwbeck, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow, surprisingly so, topped by a giant billowy white head. Minimal lacing and some head retention.

Fresh bread, corn an herbal hops in the aroma. Some raisins and caramel slowly sneak out as the beer warms.

Taste is biscuity and bready with a mild herbal hop showing up a little late to the party in every sip. Some overly ripe yellow apple and hints of marzipan and honey are present. The Vienna malt sweetness is balanced precariously against a nice, light, flowery noble hop.

Mouthfeel is very light and lowly carbonated.

It's a good beer, but the only way to get it in Ontario is in a 1L can with a giant glass in a gift set for $13.40. So this will be the only one I have in the format, alas. Still, I'll bet it would be fantastic served fresh.

MeisterBurger, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1L can served in a Paulaner Maßkrug.

L - slightly hazed golden color with a big white head that thinned out leaving some trails of lacing.

S - everything you'd expect from a classy German Oktoberfestbeir.

T - delicious blend of malt, hops and yeast.

F - medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D - fantastic drinkability.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Awesome 1L Anniversary can into 1L mug at about 45 degrees... warmed to high-50s thru tasting.

Pours with a half-mug full of sea foam white head over a traditional gold-colored and clear body, with a small amount of carbonation.

Yeasty, bready aroma - teetering on cardboard. Light caramel sweetness. Very nice.

Flavor is nice. French toast, butterscotch, light grassy hops in the background.

Smooth as hell, and relatively light on the palate... dare I say a little watery. Could use a touch more carbonation.

Incredibly drinkable - the most drinkable of the 8-10 Oktoberfests I've had this year.

BeerImmediately, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of kwjd
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 1L can with a 1L mug. Pours a golden colour with huge fluffy white head that eventually dissipates, but that is partially because it takes a while to drink 1L of beer. Small lacing on the glass. Smells nutty with some mild hop aroma. Flavour has a nice amount of bitterness with balanced sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel. A nice beer, I'd buy more of it if I could get it smaller than the 1L with the glass.

kwjd, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of crossovert
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 liter can into a Paulaner mug.

It pours light for an Oktoberfest, but stunning, especially in the big mug. It is a dark gold with a foamy white ehad that billows high and sits for a while before receding to some very nice lacing.

The smell is a dougier, nuttier, heartier version of a Helles. It manages to smell true to style despite it's lightened appearance.

The flavor is very nice, a Helles Oktoberfest mix with a nice hop presence. Fresh bread and nuttiness are the other predominant flavors. Sweeter than I expected.

It is exceptionally drinkable for the style, just massive drinkability.

An awesome beer.

crossovert, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of therica
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Official Beer of Munich's Oktoberfest.

1-Liter can that came with an official 2010 Paulaner Oktoberfest 1L stein.

Don't over-chill, recommended 45F/7C. The character really shines more as it warms.

A= light golden yellow, decent foamy frothy white head.

S= light scent, bready, light floral hops, touch of lemon.

T= very clean, nice floral hops, enjoyable but not bold flavor, well-balanced, light clove and ginger notes.

M= very clean and pleasant, light hops bitters.

D= until you drop.

therica, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of BierFan
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 liter can into a large dimpled mug that was packaged with the can.

Appearance: 3 fingers of rocky foam. Light coppery amber body. Carbonation seems kinda low. Lacing is light.

Smell: Biscuit and caramel. Light in hop aromas.

Taste: Caramel malt and breadiness with some nice herbal hops that show up after the malt and linger on the tongue for a while. Good balance between malt and hop.

BierFan, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I saw this on the shelves last week in Nashville and I knew I couldn't pass this up.. I wouldve paid the $ for the awesome stein alone but I was super stoked when I saw the brew inside...

Glugs out a light golden into this awesome stein slowly forming a thick 3 inch head of foam that dances and sways with every drink... Holding this one up reveals a good bit of active carbonation as well. My wife commented that I probably felt like I was at Oktoberfest since I had the stein and authentic brew. Not quite but it was pretty neat....

Lightly toasted malts mingle with a faint yeasty element and a healthy dose of noble hops finish the deal making this one a bit unusual for a Marzen but probably more authentic than what we normally call an O-fest here.... Very pleasant actually....

The toasted malts and sharp pungent kiss of the hops are interwoven perfectly together and with each sip, I fall more and more in love with this....its a perfectly crafted brew that could only be better were it consumed in a beer tent in Munich...I wish this brew was one we could buy all of the time or at least every fall...

Probably the best $12 I've ever spent beer-wise... The brew was awesome, I've got a kick-ass stein to both use and display and I got to drink the real deal even if I was in Tn...

Tilley4, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Liter can poured in the accompanying 1 Liter Paulaner maas krug. 6.0% ABV, "Store cool and dry - Serve at 45°F, Best by 03 16 11, "Limited Edition. The authentic beer of the 200th Munich Oktoberfest."

A - Bright and clear, it's a lighter-colored oktoberfest like most German versions are. Brilliant yellow golden in color with a dense and fantastically retained white head. Clumps of patchy white lace coat the glass. It doesn't look any sexier than this!

S - Classic German oktoberfest aroma with light caramel hints, märzen malts, and a balanced hop nose. Good, simple, floral German noble hops with an enticing malt backing. Soft mineral water on the back is nice too.

T - Smooth and soft malt and light, soft mineral water is actually somewhat bland after coming from the rich nose. The German hops lay over the malts gently adding a floral flavor and balance. A metallic note comes through on the finish dropping this down a bit.

M - Lighter-bodied and soft with a smooth texture and drinkability ending with a dry and harder finish. Well balanced light bitterness on the finish.

D - It better be drinkable for the size of the can. For $12 it's an absolute steal when you get the maas krug with it! A good oktoberfest that would be a pleasure to consume by the liter in Munich.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of BBP
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear pale gold with medium low carbonation. Very large amount of head from the beginning which took about 5 minutes to work it's way down to a film. Fairly good lacing as well. I enjoyed how every time I grabbed this beer the movement seemed to carbonate it intensely.

S- Bready notes and some fruitiness. Caramel as well and unapologetic malts. Somewhat herbal at first.

T- Enough hops to give this drink a foundation, but not enough for too strong of a presence aside from the aftertaste. Malts stack on to it, especially bready malts. This gives it a certain crispness. The beer maintains a good balance of bitter and sweet from the get-go. Notes of fruit can be found without too much effort, and the apple and pear give it a lot of it's flavor. I enjoy the way that this beer has been spiced. It entices the flavor, but doesn't take over at all.

M- Medium body. Fairly creamy and smooth.

D- Pretty easy to down, more-so for the ABV, and what I would consider a more traditional Oktoberfest beer.

I got a 1000ml can of this inside an Oktoberfest glass, and at first I was worried that it would be hard to down it all, but as I get further into it, it becomes more and more of a pleasure to.

BBP, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Kooz
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1 quart, 1.82 ounce can exclaiming this is a limited edition as it is the official beer of the 200th Munich Oktoberfest. Okay, that's pretty neat.

Poured into a seidel--yellow, maybe a bit darker than a Budweiser. Little head which dissipates immediately, no lacing. Not impressed with the look of the beer... except that it's in a seidel, which is always pretty cool...

Get some malty notes in the smell. Not much else.

Tastes surprisingly good! (Surprising because it didn't look like much.) Somewhat malty, not overly so. Very mellow. A nice, mild beer with just a hint of bitterness. I like this.

Mouthfeel isn't exceptional. Foams up alright. Fairly average, amybe a bit betetr since it successfully balances between being so carbonated it bites, and flat. I'm giving it a 3.5, since it may be just better than average. But I'm not really sold that it shouldn't be a 3.0. Close call.

Drinkability ranks high. This sits light and tastes good. There is nothing about this beer that would make me hesitate from grabbing another, except that it is almost 34 ounces!

Kooz, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Transatlantic
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 1 liter can into the beautiful 1 liter Paulaner mug.

A - Dark straw yellow color with nice creamy white head that dissipates quickly. Pretty good lacing but not the greatest. Lot of bubbling going on in the mug as well.

S - There's not a lot of smell going on. I'm getting the sweet malty smell, not much on anything floral or citric.

T - A very well balance of sweet malt and bitter hop but just not a lot else to it. I don't want to say it, but there's also a grassy/grainy sort of taste in it. It's not like a musty adjunct type taste...but it's there and it's not doing any harm. Carbonation is excellent.

M - Light bodied but not watery. It doesn't categorize anywhere near an adjunct type body.

D - This is perhaps the beer's highest point. You will have no problem downing this on the final hot summer day's. With the perfect balance of sweet and bitter and the perfect carbonation, this beer's drinkability is almost as good as it gets.

Transatlantic, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 1L can into the mug I got with it...

A: Pours a translucent, deep golden color with a big billowy head. settles soon to a thin, cloudy sheet.

S: doughy grainy aroma with a slight sweetness. straightforward and simple.

T: a cracker like flavor with a hint of sweetness, similar to the nose but better. also I sense some plum skin flavors in the finish.

M: smooth, medium body beer with low carbonation.

Overall, I wouldn't mind drinking this all day for a few days in Munich. Since I'm not there, this one can will have to do for now. Nothing too special, and the Oktoberfest from Paulaner is better. I'm happy with the glass though.

OlRasputin989, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awesome 1L can into stein. Love it.

Pours clear gold with a one-finger, fluffy white head that fades quickly into a thin layer of soapy suds with nice lacing. Looks pretty much exactly like it's supposed to.

Nose is has a nice, light herbal hoppiness to it, alongside a light pale malt sweetness that has just a bit of honey. Fairly light.

Taste follows the nose - nice balance, with the hop character combining the herbal characteristics from the nose with a nice, grassy bite towards the front of the palate as well. Malt character is perhaps a bit more forward than in the nose - again, pale malt with just a bit of honey. Finish has another grassy hit, just a bit of alcohol, just a bit of grainy cereal malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe just a hair on the light side, with a nice, light creaminess. Carbonation is certainly reserved, but really works beautifully with this one. There's a very light lingering dryness after the finish starts to fade.

Drinkability is spectacular. Beautifully flavorful, great balance, excellent mouthfeel. Nice to get a German beer like this where you actually know how long it's been on the shelf - beautifully fresh. Love it, beautiful beer.

JohnQVegas, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of droomyster
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours (from a massive can) a clear dark gold with a big, frumpy, white head. Aromas are predominantly grainy and honeyish, disappointingly simple. Luckily the flavors are more interesting, with lightly toasty and woody notes adding to the mix. Finishes toasty. All around it's just okay; I expected more from Paulaner.

droomyster, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Hex92
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a cool beer to buy. Big can that came with an even bigger glass. Using it as a celebratory beer this evening. Doesn't smell like much, but has good flavor and nice mouthfeel.

Poured with a nice big head that took a few minutes to dissipate. After that now head or lacing. Goes down real smooth. Very drinkable. Wish I was in Germany, but this is a nice reminder of what I had when I was there.

Hex92, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of darkmartin
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1L can into the provided 1L Paulaner Munchen mug.

Appearance: Pours to a clear, golden-amber with a big, foamy white head that hangs around.

Smell: Smells yeasty, with some citrus hops and a hint of butter.

Taste: Similar to the nose, some yeast up front with continuing butter and earthy malts. The citrus hops which seemed prevalent in the nose only make a small appearance in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Really goes down well, although I'm not too sure about a second 1L can.

darkmartin, Sep 21, 2010
Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
86 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.