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Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 16
Gots: 17 | 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 crossovert
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +6.8%
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 +7.3%
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 +13.4%
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 +2.9%
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 +8.1%
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 +2.9%
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%
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 -6.3%
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 +17%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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 +2.1%
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
Photo of Kbogac
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into big mug from 1L can. Beautiful golden amber with thick 1" foam that slowly dissipates.

Sweet malty aroma. I get a little honey and citrus. Wonderful light Marzen type taste. Lots of carbonation. Light mouthfeel. Sweet lightly biscuity flavor faint honey. I could drink a lot of this.

I haven't found this anywhere other than in these limited edition cans. Kind of limits the "drinking a lot" idea. I guess I need to go to Germany.

Kbogac, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Domingo
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at my local Old Chicago of all places. They even served it in a 1/2L Paulaner mug with the right amount of foam...which is pretty cool.
Arrives a light golden color that's a shade or two darker than a helles, but not really headed into pale bock territory. Lots of carbonation and a really fluffy white head. When you see pictures of what German beer looks like, this is pretty much what you should see.
The nose consists of sweet pale malts, clover-y lager yeast, and just a touch of noble hops. If anything, the nose no different than a Bavarian export.
The flavor profile follows the nose. Sweet sugar-cookie maltiness, honey, and just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Pretty similar to the spezial/strong hell beers served in and around Munich, but with more balance and slightly less sweet. Makes for a good food accompaniment or just a nice one for everyday drinking. The easiest comparison to make is Augustiner Edelstoff, which is certainly a fine beer to be compared to.
I'm normally not that big of a fan of the wies'n Maerzen festbiers or the stronger hell beers in general, but this one is great. Easy drinking like a normal hell, but kicked up a bit.
I'd definitely revisit this one. It's good stuff by any standards.

Domingo, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard and solid Oktoberfest beer, done in the more traditional and lighter Munich fashion.

Wiesn pours with a bright canary yellow color and modest haze. Ample carbonation fuels a froathy and exuberent foamstance. Moderate lacing left behind. Not expecting the activity level nor the haze in this beer.

Spicy hop aromas of lemongrass, light pepper, and honey suckle fill the nose; with a balance of grain/malt scent closely behind.

The balance of flavors also fall to the hops with a smooth bittering and grassy, lemony, peppery tastes. Waffer-like malts give a roundness to the grain flavors. Somewhat minerally compared to more smooth Marzens, but the salts do increase the crispness, cleanness, and refreshing nature of the beer.

High carbonation leads to an effervesent and bubbly feel early and leans away from creaminess. The carbonation ushers in the minerally crisp-clean feel late. For a 6%er, this one scrubs the palate a bit too much.

BEERchitect, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of bort11
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

OK, I'm not going to lie. I got the Paulaner Wiesn Bier because it came with a krug.

I'm a sucker for glassware, and this was a no brainer. For about $13 you get a liter can of beer and a heavy duty glass mug, or krug. The solid, dimpled mug is perfect for clanking together. If I can't go to Germany, I will have my own little fest at home.

I had to be a little gentle pouring in the last few ounces from the can. The head is a bright white soapy foam. The head recedes quickly, not leaving much in the way of lacing. Color is a bright and clear golden straw yellow. Lots of carbonation activity going on. Color-wise, this is more in line with a Helles than a Märzen

Smell has a clean grassy hops mixed with a fresh bready malt. Very clean and very inviting. The taste is clean as well. A mild toastiness mixes with the green grass to create a solid balance.

The mouthfeel has a light touch of carbonation. It verges on creamy without that filling feeling. This is the kind of beer you can use to wash down a big meal, or drink in mass quantities. Perfect for 'Festing.

bort11, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden honey color with a soapy pure white head that settles into a sparce cap, some chunky lacing on the dipple mug. The aroma is of a doughy munich malt, some honey, grassy and peppery hops. The taste is of the sweet doughy munich malt, light grains, honey, touch of tin and some grassy and peppery hop. Pretty much a stronger munich helles and typical festbier. The body is moderate with semi-soft carbonation; sweet overall finishes with a slight peppery hop balance. A good "tent or fest" style Oktoberfest. I prefer their marzen oktoberfest but this does remind me of your typical 1 liter tent brau. Definite try as it seems to be limited to this year only.

Gmann, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of hwwty4
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a giant 1 liter can into the 1 liter Paulaner krug that came with it. We really need more 1 liter cans.

This beer pours a crystal clear golden straw with a big frothy white head that leaves barley any lacing down the sides of the mug as it recedes. The aroma is grassy hops up front, with a slight toast and just a bit of fresh bread. Very simple and straight forward. Nothing but simple clean aromas. Thats my favorite thing about good lagers. There is no way to hide things, its either there or its not. The flavor is exactly the same with slightly grassy hops and some yeasty biscuits. A slight bit of caramel mixed with toasty bread. Really simple, really straight forward. Great stuff. The mouthfeel is light and slightly creamy, with just a hint of dryness that makes your mouth linger for another sip. Man, this brings me back to Munich. I would rather be sipping on a liter of this in a biergarten then in my living room. i have a feeling ill be giving away a lot of Paulaner 1 liter krugs.

hwwty4, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from can into the included liter krug
A: pours golden yellow with a frothy two finger head.
S: just a grainy malt and a light floral/grassy hop
T: also a bit grainy lightly sweet malt with again a grassy hop
M: smooth and seemingly low carbonation, crisp
D: as with all marzen its ment to be consumned in large quantities and this is one to fit in with the others

rootbeerman, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of tlazaroff
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 liter Oktoberfest Paulaner mug.

A: Nice golden color with visible small carbonation throughout glass. Foamy (small bubbles) - almost frothy head that lingers and sticks to the glass.

S: Smells like a wheat beer should. A bit yeasty, but not overpowering, with a wheat malt backbone.

T: This is a malt-forward beer. Flavors are nice, crisp, and clean.

M: Light on carbonation, it's not heavy at all, but the flavor remains for a short period.

D: Considering I had a 1 quart size serving of this, I would say 1 per sitting. If you find these in 12oz bottle form, it's easy to drink several.

tlazaroff, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the big ass can into the Paulaner mug. Beer produced on 06/16/10 with a best by date of 03/16/11. What am I going to do with this 1L mug after this beer? Pale yellow color with a small head that did not last very long. Not much for lacing either. I blame the mug more than anything for the lack of head and lacing. But the pale color is not what I would describe a good Oktoberfest as having. Has a hoppy and sweet aroma. Smells floral with notes of honey and grain. Too sweet for my tastes but otherwise a solid lager. Very floral and grassy in nature. The malt tastes very sweet. I would of preferred a more toasted nature. Feels a little heavier than it probably is because of the lingering sweetness weighs on the palate. Perfectly carbonated as to be expected. An arm workout hoisting the heavly mug and 1L of beer. No problem downing the entire contents of the can. Probably will be a little drunky after finishing this.

morimech, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Goliath
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 1L can into the dimple mug.

Pours a clear golden/light amber color with a two inch bright white head. There is decent head retention and a bit of lacing.

The nose doesn't produce much. I get a little raw grain, and a bit of a bready profile.

The taste is ok. There's a bit of bread and raw grain. It's watery too. I'm not really getting that much from it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, yet kind of thin and watery on the finish. The carbonation is low as well. It's really not that good.

Drinkability is moderate to high. The ABV is easily managed, and the flavor profile is ok. It's a bit boring, and will certainly be a chore to finish the whole liter.

Goliath, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of wahhmaster
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1L can into the 1L dimpled Paulaner mug that came with it.

Appearance: Pours a bright, translucent golden color with a few streams of carbonation bubbles. Has a large, rocky, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Malty, with grassy and toasty undertones.

Taste: Pretty bitter up front with grassy hops. Develops a sweetness as it goes along. Finishes sweet with a bready maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with a nice carbonation bite to it.

Drinkability: An easy-drinking and thoroughly enjoyable Oktoberfest beer. This beer looks absolutely stately in its intended mug and I can only imagine the pleasure that would come from quaffing down a few of these on the Wiesn!

wahhmaster, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an impressive looking 1 liter can into the giant 1 liter mug that came with it

A - Pours a perfectly clear, medium gold with a billowing white head. Retention settles to a thin layer after a few minutes with sticky lacing

S - Light notes of lightly toasted malt, bread, and just a hint of hops

T&M - Toasted malts and a yeasty breadiness are predominant. Faint notes of biscuit and caramel. Some herbal and floral hop notes arrive mostly in the finish and provide some nice balance, but this mostly finishes on the sweet side. The feel is soft and a bit fluffy.

D - Great balance and very easy to take down...I guess that's why the mug is so big. Now I just have to travel to Germany to compare to what they serve in the tent...

ZeroSignal, Sep 03, 2010
Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
86 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.