Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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424 Ratings
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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 19
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of doktorhops
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First bruview back since a cold debilitated my senses of taste and smell and I decided on something borderline special (a limited brew!).

Poured from a 1L can into a Paulaner 1L stein - glass matching my beers now.

A: The beer poured a 3.5cm white head that fizzled down to a half centimeter lacing. The body itself was a cloudy orange with a steady stream of bubbles rising... pleasing without being exceptional.

S: It's a wheat beer so all the usual suspects are here: banana's, clove spice, and sour dough. There is a stronger hint of actual spirit grain than usual and I surmise this may be down to the alcohol content more than anything else.

T: Quite a fruity taste upfront - led by banana flavours, with cider apples in close support. The sour dough is also strong in this one, but otherwise it's a standard fare weiss bier. I'm getting a sharp alcohol back note which betrays this brew in respect to it's competition (give me a Weihenstephaner any day of the week!).

M: It has a creamy and heavy wheat beer structure which beckons for another sip - I quite like my wheat beers for this reason. Carbonation is right in the middle (not too fizzy, not too flat).

D: Easily drinkable, and in large quantities. However one would argue this is the point of a wheat beer: to slake a thirst but leave it wanting more (God knows I want more), so for this reason and comparing it to other (more complex) wheat beers this is merely an above average beer. Will I drink another? Perhaps, but at the price Weihenstephaner is a much better buy/beer overall.

Food match: Oktoberfest food; fried pork, fried onions, fried potato, fried bread, fried sausage, fried etc... you get the picture.

Photo of marty21
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this review saved but apparently forgot to post it.

A: Poured from a large 1L can into a large Paulaner Mug. Pours a clear deep golden/amber with 2 fingers worth of fluffy white head. Settles to a decent cap and left a good amount of lacing. And it looks pretty good in this giant mug.

S: Mostly bready malt with a little caramel in the back.

T: Bready malt for the most part with a faint hoppiness in the finish,

M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body.

O: This was one of my first oktoberfest beers and it definitely opened the door for me for enjoying this style. I would recommend this beer for a great session beer.

Photo of cambabeer
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- semi dissapating off white head. Clear gold body with minimal carbonation.
S- fruity and grainy with malt and ethanol. A little herbal and spicy with hints of butterscotch.
T- Spices and grains. Butterscotchy. Minimal hops at end. Alcohol and malt up front with fruity, buterscotchy and herbal spices to finish. Toasty aftertaste.
M- Average, medium bodied.
D- very, I had a whole liter of it.

Photo of Brian101
4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is hands down the best beer I have found of this style. Too bad it is only available once. If you can still find it, buy it, chill it, then drink it!!

A: Clear , with a tint of Honey
S: Pretty good, but not great
T: Great, small hint of apple and honey, but not at all sweet, just enough bit to be interesting
M: crisp, refreshing
D: good thing it is a full liter, anything smaller would not last long enough.

Photo of BranfordBound
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Been looking for this one since the Oktoberfest beers hit the shelves in September. No luck until I walked into a hole in the wall packy near UConn and... score!

Poured from the 1 Liter can into the corresponding 1 Liter Paulaner stein. Best before March 2011.

Pours a nice light golden color, clean, with a nice foamy head that almost poured out of the top of the stein. Mediocre lacing, though.

Smells like a crisp lager. Clean malt bill with hints of yeast. Bready.

Follows the nose, a really nice lager here. Very bready with hints of sweetness, some lager yeast. Finishes clean with a touch of lemony hops creeping in every now and then.

Fairly light body and neutral mouthfeel. Refreshing.

Yes, this beer is drinkable. A little more flavor than a Euro Lager, and comparable to a good Helles Lager. Easy to drink a liter.

Photo of losdizzel
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Straight out the gate this came with a stein !!! Awesome stuff!
A litre hard to find but well worth it .
Its 6 % abv , nice lacy clingy head ,smells like beer ,deep golden yellow slightly cloudy .

Taste very smooth, kinda hearty breadish slight banana also .

For a golden beer this one is very nice , i enjoy a darker beer but this one is a keeper , to bad its limited edition . If you you see this in your local beer store snatch one up .

Photo of Offa
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful oktoberfest-marzen, full of character, balanced with some complexity and depth, and exceedingly drinkable.

Deep gold, huge off-white head steadily shrinking to lasting thin but rocky foamy top, a little foamy lace.

Aroma is a lot of yeasty dough, herbs, lemon, hint of bubblegum and banana (faintly like a hefeweizen yeastiness).

Taste is interesting, full, stonger helles/marzen character with hint of hefeweizen yeastiness again (banana and bubblegum). It has lots of dough, with herbs up front, then the banana-bubblegum yeastiness hint appears and lasts, nice crisp apple element. An herbal-zesty finish is followed by creamy dough-apple-herb-lemon aftertaste. Highly consistent, it is smooth, faintly oily with a light creaminess yet also a little liveliness.

Photo of Avagadro
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in the slick liter mug, Wiesn is deep amber in color, crystal clear, and holds a blanket of foam throughout the experience.

S: Bouquet is upfront and bold, delivering honey, toasted oats, and a touch of cinnamon.

T: Fairly dry, with heavy caramel and Honey Nut Cherios flavor. there is also a delicious hop presence to this brew.

M: Light body, but a touch too oily for my liking.

D: Over all this is a wonderful exhibition by one of my favorite German breweries. Highly flavorful, and highly sessionable. If only this brew were available year round!

Photo of steveh
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the commemorative, 200th Oktoberfest Anniversary can into the provided Paulaner Maßkrug.

Production date of 06.16.10 and best by date of 03.16.11 ink-jetted to bottom of can.

A -- Somewhat hazy, golden yellow with a very dense, off-white head that settles slowly. Looks nice in the full liter, if a little hazy.

S -- Spicy hops up front with sweet, bready, double-decocted malt back. Very nice.

T -- Sweet, bready malts up front with spicy, slightly citrus hops back and a vague pepperiness from alcohol -- not too big, but making itself known.

M -- Light medium body with a soft, slightly chewy mouthfeel.

D -- What can you say about a beer that's been created just for drinking in large quantities in great revelry? This is definitely the Wies'n style of Märzen that has become the brewers' choice at the Munich Okto, but don't mistaken it with Helles. It's the Helles' big brother and it wants you to enjoy! Prosit!

Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Poured from a 1 quart 1.82 fl oz can into a 1 liter seidel. Topped with a rocky three fingers worth of head is a clear orange beer.

Aroma: Floral hops with a little bit of dryness in the nose. Bready malts with twinges of grassy and piney bits. Minor sweet fruit notes towards the back end.

Taste: An interesting dryness but it's only the slightest touch. Floral hoppy goodness with bready malts grace the pallate. The mouthfeel is definately smooth almost buttery.

Notes: Well this is what marzen is like straight from Germany the verdict is quite tasty. Prost.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Liter can and reviewed from notes

A - Golden orange, very clear, and has a huge chunky white head. Lighter than expected for an October seasonal beer.

S - Traditional German lager; lots of slight roasted malt, awesome sweet malt/starch aroma.

T - Tons of malty sugars, bread dough, roasted marshmallow. Tons of malts from start to finish. Not too complex but wonderful flavor profile.

M/D - Medium body with a sweet finish and low carbonation. Super easy to drink (maybe too easy). Zero hint of alcohol so this one goes down smooth and often.

Wish this were served year round and easily available. Would be a top 5 session beer for me.

Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a massive 1 liter can into the krug. A nice dark golden colour that was nice and crystal clear with a fluffy 4 finger head that quickly dissolved and left minimal residue.

S - Typical aromas here. Light malts but nothing all that special. Smells hoppy (grassy) but doesnt taste it, just a nice light bready, malty flavour.

T - Much like the nose this is somewhat typical, just with a bit more grassy notes than usual. Overall tasty and just different enough from the run of the mill fare.

M - Nice and light with low but crisp carbonation. Really refreshing and enjoyable.

D - Such a nice fresh, crisp mouthfeel along with a nice aroma and flavour makes this an incredibly sessionable beer even with its amount!

Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from mondo 1 liter can into a Paulaner Maßkrug.

Appearance: rich golden yellow hue which, despite the wide diameter of this mug, still manages 4+ fingers of frothy white head. Magnificent!

Smell: light malt aroma with a fair bit of a wet grain smell. I can't really describe it, but the "wet grain" aroma of this beer is considerably better than the "wet grain" you get from cheap mega lagers. Not sure how this is possible, but I don't have a problem with it here.

Taste: sweet malty flavor with a bit of a bitter tinge at the end and a nice collection of earthy hops. Some of that wet grain persists, as well. It's not my favorite, but it actually is pretty decent (if a bit sweet and, actually, corny).

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. Not creamy at all, but there is an enticing fizziness about the brew.

Drinkability: while this beer only scores decent marks for flavor, aroma and feel, it is designed for drinkability and I find that it does quite well at that. This beer sets a goal -- drink 1 liter in a short sitting -- and it makes it easy to achieve.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 litre can poured into the 1 litre stein it came with.

Pours a honey gold just shy of total clarity. A massive off white head caps this reminiscent of whipped egg whites. The retentiveness is quite good leaving a fine train of lace as it gradually descends.

Syrup soaked bread aromas followed by scents of grass and apple. Very strong malt aromas with hints of golden raisin.

Malt flavours; crystal and or Munich, mingle on the tongue, sweet and bready, mouth filing. Mild bitterness provides a good balance to the grain husk, bready taste. Some roasted notes creep up in the finish.
The body is light crisp and quenching without being watery. The carbonation is medium.

Great beer good representation of the style. It went a treat with my home made sausages.

Photo of jmbranum
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of peabody
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jjanega08
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kkipple
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Kanyon22
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of MarshallMan
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of sliverX
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of scootny
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
86 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.