Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 180
Hads: 430
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 20
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

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Beer added by: Daredevil on 10-03-2008

This full bodied golden Oktoberfest lager is the only beer served in Paulaner Oktoberfest tents today. It is the pinnacle of German brewing: wonderfully mellow with a balanced harmonious taste. It has a strong note of malt and the pleasant fragrance of hops.
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Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 1 quart can stamped 05-20-11-02:20:12. Sampled on March 8, 2012. This is one big can of beer. The pour is pale yellow with moderate carbonation that extends to a huge, foamy white head. German malts are on the nose along with yeast. The body is smooth and creamy and pretty much in the medium range. The taste also brings forth the malty, yeasty character but then there is a notable bitterness on the tail end. This is one of those Oktoberfest beers that would really be fun to try during Oktberfest. (510 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Pours a very rich and white head that lasts quite a while. The beer itself is a very clean and clear, beautiful golden color.

Smell:
A light hops smell dominated by the grains and yeast.

Taste:
I got a light and slightly diluted taste of malt and yeastly banana taste.

Mouthfeel:
Light carbonation with a smooth feel.

Overall:
This beer wasn't bad and rather refreshing and is fairly drinkable. (410 characters)

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't resist buying this 1L can when I saw it at Trader Joe's. Poured from the can into a Pilsner Urquell stein at low altitude.

A: Pours a slightly dark gold color with a soapy one- to two-finger head of little retention. Plenty of carbonation bubbles float up toward the top of the glass.

S: Wheat, biscuity yeast and noble hops. A light smell overall, but very clean.

T: Wheat up front with biscuity yeast in the middle. Hops balance on the finish. The flavors are really clean and it's well-built.

M: Light- to medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation. The finish is very slightly drying and makes you want to go in for the next sip.

D: This is a really easy-drinking beer, especially at 6% ABV, and I'd be very happy to see this on Paulaner's regular lineup. (773 characters)

Photo of hmk22
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty good, but not much personality. Liter can I picked up at Trader Joe's, but the picture on the label was more interesting than the beer IMO, so maybe I was pulled in by the marketing. I guess I expected more hops and flavor from a German beer -- especially a Paulaner Oktoberfest offering -- and it doesn't really seem to fit with the classification assigned to it. Not bad, but don't go out of your way or spend big bucks on this one. (441 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost clear, with just a hint of haze. The color is golden straw, and the head is a solid 2-fingers of cream-colored foam, with good retention and decent lacing.

S: Underwhelming, really. There's a little floral/spicy hops, and a little grain, but that's about it.

T: Medium-sweet malted grain, with just enough bittering hops to add balance. There isn't much complexity, maybe some mild citrus notes from the hops. But it is pretty tasty.

M: Smooth, with nice carbonation -- just crisp enough without being dry.

O: A very drinkable beer, if not very complex. This is what BMC types ought to aspire to: a high-quality beer that can be enjoyed by a broad base. (668 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured unto a Paulaner signature mug (it comes packaged with the beer).

Appearance: Gold. with amazing head...seriously well over a 1 1/2" barely settled after a sip.

Smell: Smell is a little bland but light hoppy smell to it.

Taste: Very creamy, slight orange peel. Simple but incredibly tasty.

Mouth: Medium carbonation which may come off heavy to some drinkers but easy to swallow. Definitely designed to be a every person's beer, with flavor intact and the appearance of sweet hops.

Overall: Pretty Good beer I would recommend to all. It's not perfect but it is done just right. FYI, just incase you didn't know this is my number three "marzen". That doesn't mean that it is bad just keep them coming. Salud! (720 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 1 liter can into Spaten mas mug.

A: Golden hue. Pours about a 3 finger, foamy, white head. Head dessicates and disintegrates fairly slowly leaving a blanket of persistent foam. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Really woody and earthy malt nose, with a little wheat and just a touch of hop.

T: Slightly sweet malt, and a little hop. A faint tinge of honey and olive oil.

M: Full body, but crisp and refreshing. Pungent finish.

D: This one goes down easy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Great head but no real lacing. Nose is simple, but earthy and full. Flavor is a robust malt with slightly sweet and woody notes. Overall, this is a good quaff. (656 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a Pilsner glass from a quart size can. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half-width head. Medium, minute long retention. Clear amber color and rapid carbonation.

S- Light hops, amber malts and some hay smells as well. Light smelling beer but with farmhouse notes as well.

T- Delightfully sweet and light. Great tasting oktoberfest beer. Reminds me of Germany.

M- Medium bodied, syrupy but light, which is sort of strange to describe. The body is thick, but the taste is light enough that it offsets it.

O- Wonderful beer. Got it as a Christmas present, and was pleasantly surprised with how good the massive can treated me. (635 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #106
Served On: 01/11/2012
Glassware: Dimpled Mug
Labeled ABV: 6.0%
Date/ Code: 2/11/2012

Found this at Ye Old Spirits Shop in Frederick, MD. A little out of season - but still just within the freshness date. Also came with a nice dimpled glass mug.

Look: Poured a clear golden macro-lager yellow with a large thick white head. Carbonation level was nice and high with tons of bubbles stuck to the glass.

Smell: Aroma caught me a little off guard. It was crisp and grassy with some sweet malty notes. I also noticed some sort of weird medicinal ester in the background. It could have almost been described as melted plastic or nail polish remover.

Taste: Had a medium body and went down real smooth. First was a sweetness that moved into a yeasty middle with that odd solvent flavor finally hitting the palate towards the end. Finish was crisp and grassy with some lingering sweetness.

This brew was alright. I have to say it was a little disappointing for my first Paulaner. Honestly I really just picked this up for the dimpled mug that was included. (1,068 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - nice dark, golden color with a big, frothy, pancake batter like head on top. Clean and clear in appearance with nice carbonation and lits of tiny bubbles streaming upwards. Plenty of lacing in this big liter-size mug.

Aroma - sweet malt aroma with some notes of apples and caramel. Not a whole lot else going on. Smells very much like what it is, a darker, sweeter lager.

Taste - honey wheat flavor on the tongue with some caramel flavors coming in the back. Very solid malt flavors with decent carbonation on the tongue and a dry finish. The more sips of this I take the more I realize why this is they type of beer that folks are drinking at Oktoberfest. It's pretty straightforward with no palate killing flavors. Just a smooth, slightly sweet yet balanced lager. Certainly not an easy style of beer to brew but one that will appeal to a good many people in times of revelry.

Overall - easy drinking lager with a touch of honey-like sweetness in the finish of every sip. The hardest part of drinking this beer is lifting this huge liter-sized glass mug over and over again! Thankfully it keeps getting lighter with each gulp. Prosit! (1,148 characters)

Photo of jerryjeff
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma
A bit of a yeasty, grassy scent in a 1 liter glass that it was packaged with. Hints of some caramel in there.

Mouthfeel
Bit of feel on the palette, a bit heavier than water

Appearance
Poured to nice pillowish head I'd hoped for out of the can but alas without being on draft it dissipated pretty quickly. Golden/straw color.

Taste As expected there's the light grassiness with some hints of the caramel flavor, easy on the palette without much aftertaste.

Drinkability
Definitely, I can envision myself seeing how many of these I could get through in a very loud tent with a few hundred of my newest deutsch friends around.

Overall
it could be the serving vessel partially but this is a nice, light, drinkable beer exactly like what american macros should be shooting for instead of the bland stuff they're churning out. (837 characters)

Photo of palma
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liter can came with a liter stein. They changed the name on the can to Oktoberfest Wiesn. Originally they named it Wiesn Beer - but it's the same beer.

Pours a hay yellow. Fizzy white head fades quickly to a lasting lace.

Aroma is sweet cereal grains, hay, butterscotch, honey, clementines. A very sweet aroma, more sweet than other oktoberfests. Vanilla, almond butter. Floral. Faint fusel alcohol.

Taste is clean upfront. Some nuttiness in the flavor. Sweet almonds, hazelnuts maybe. Grassy and not as malty as I expected. Hops only towards the end. Mouth puckering but ends quickly. Very clean finish. Leaves only a grassy, light malt liquor aftertaste.

A lighter ockotberfest. Very easy drinking. Not very complex in flavor, but I like this beer a lot due to its drinkability. You can pound this. Nice marketing with the full liter can. (844 characters)

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 quart can poured into an oktoberfest Paulaner oktoberfest stein.

Appearance- Golden color with snow white head that settles. Great lacing for a lighter colored beer.

Smell- Lots of grain here. Also strong German beer smell. Don't know how to explain it, but while I was in Germany all the beer had this distinctive smell!

Taste- A nice grainy malt with very well balanced hops and carbonation.

Mouthfeel- Lots of bubbly carbonation with a nice smooth drinkable finish.

Very nice German beer but not nessacarily what have come to expect in a Oktoberfest. (561 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear and pale golden color with a thin white head. I was a little worried about how this would taste after pouring, but luckily it was tasty.

S: Freshly baked bread, toasted cereal malt, a touch of earthy hops and some nuttiness.

T: I wasn't expecting much from this but it's actually really tasty. Great smooth malt flavor throughout with a nice almond meal nuttiness, a slight touch of hops and then a sweet grainy and cereal malt finish. Infinitely drinkable. (477 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Massive 1L can into a dimpled stein. Purchased from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO for $5.

A: Crystal clear gold in color with a massive white head that reaches almost two inches, but quickly recedes to a thin cap with a few spots of lacing left behind. Active carbonation moves up from the bottom of the stein.

S: Smells quite sweet, lots of grainy malt, and a touch of a spicy, earthy floral hop. A little bit of a honey smell. Fairly clean smelling, no sulfury lager smells that I sometimes get in lagers. Not too shabby.

T: Taste follows the smell, sweet malt with a touch of a floral hop bite in the finish. A touch of bitterness helps round things out. Kind of an odd sweet flavor in here, reminds me a bit of a few dubbels (weird) that I've had. Reminds me of a nasty, cheap candy flavor, it doesn't dominate but it definitely is there. Not bad though.

M: Light and crisp with excellent carbonation. Finishes quite dry. Not bad at all.

O: Not bad, a pretty tasty beer that I could drink a lot of and thankfully there's a lot here! I won't have any issues splitting this one tonight. (1,107 characters)

Photo of afdempse
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1L can poured into the accompanying mass krug. Awesome so far.

First of all, this beer is not a Maerzen Oktoberfest, so I am not reviewing it as such. Seems more like a Spezial Helles or similar.

Head foams up nicely after pouring, but dissipates into a thin cap quicker than I'd hoped for. Still, nice lacing on the glass. The beer is a slightly hazy golden color.

Aroma of lightly sweet bready malt and cracker-like grains. Huge melanoidins here. Still awesome.

Flavor: the bready malt flavor is excellent in this beer. Notes of honey, biscuit, slight kiss of noble hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: here is where this beer falls slightly short. The sweetness tends to build up in the mouth a bit, detracting from drinkability. Carbonation is a bit low as well, and some of the flavors seem a bit muted. I can't help but wonder how much better this beer would be on draft or at least very freshly consumed. My can was sitting on a shelf at room temperature in the store...

Overall, a very interesting concept, and one that I'd like to see more German breweries taking advantage of. The light-blocking can could help a lot of sensitive Bavarian styles survive the voyage across the ocean better. Refrigeration should be mandatory, however. (1,244 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.42/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

1L can: Poured a clear golden color beer with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma is not the best with light notes of overcooked vegetables and lightly sweet malt. Taste is a mix between some light overcooked vegetable notes with some light malt with sweet notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not sure if this is really what people drink during Oktoberfest but I sure ain’t looking forward to drinking this again. (462 characters)

Photo of taigor
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into siedel mug.

A - Poured clear golden color with big white fluffy head that slowly dissipated leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Bready grains and wheat with earthy spices and floral scents.

T - Starts off sweet with malts followed by bready grains and light spiciness with a slightly bitter fruity finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very good oktoberfest that is light, crisp and refreshing. I would recommend it. (457 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1L can purchased as part of stein/can package at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Date on bottom indicates 5/20/11 and 5/20/12, probably indicating born on and best by dates.

Poured into the krug that came with the package, formed a 1" eggshell head over the clear golden amber brew. Pillowy head falls slowly, with lasting lace. Aroma is bready with a tinge of citrus (but that maybe from the orange I just peeled for my daughter).

Taste starts moderately malty, bitter hops sizzle in the middle, closes with revisit of sweet and a lingering hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Good stuff, glad I fell for the marketing ploy and got a glass and some good brew. (691 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The marketing for Paulaner Weisn Bier is rather clever. It comes in a one liter "oil can" with a one liter Paulaner branded Oktoberfest mug. Now I have two one liter mugs at home. On to the beer:

Somewhat golden and paleish orange colored. There's a big soapy looking head on top which has good retention and gives off spotty lacing. It has a sweet nose, along the lines of honey. Orange blossom sneaks into the overall nose.

Rather simple in the taste. Malty (duh!) and very hearty, providing plenty of honey annd blossoms with a touch of flowers in the mix. There's a trickle of alcohol that is perceived. The first half liter wasn't much of a problem to drink, but as I got inot the second half, the heartiness started to catch up to me.

Not bad, even though I'm more keen with my marzen's being darker colored. There are worse ways to spend your beer money than adding one more piece of glassware to your collection and getting a "one off" tick in the process. (969 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1-liter can poured into enormous Paulaner mug that came with it

My can says "Oktoberfest Wiesn." I believe it is the same beer.

A - crystal-clear golden yellow body under a thick/fluffy white head; lots of visible carbonation

S - grain, grass, touch of sweetness, hint of alcohol

T - grainy flavor (primarily corn), honey sweetness, hops hide under the corn, bittersweet finish with a touch of alcohol

M - smooth medium body (certainly fuller than it looks); high carbonation; alcohol warmth in the finish

O - The mug is a nice addition to my glassware collection. The beer is average. (591 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, its crystal clear and very yellowish with some decent carbonation. The body is topped off with a nice thick white head that’s bubbly and leaves minimal lacing on the glass. I smell some malt and slight citrus aromas but not much else. The beer is crisp on your tongue and remains crisp throughout the tasting, it a light to medium body and leaves a slight alcohol taste in your mouth. I picked up some slight spices and hops, some wheat flavors did come through. Its mildly sweet with a slight bitter aftertatse, but its flavor is pretty mild over all. This is a good beer and quit refreshing (620 characters)

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; light amber with a bleached white head. Head starts out thick but dissipates slowly to a cm. for the duration of the drink.

smell; sweet malts with honey and a bit of hops that give a mild herbal tone. Really nice to smell this while drinking.

taste; the very mildest hints of grassy hops, before some powerful malts take hold and coat the palate with wet grains dipped in honey. This is a very delicious beer, with a lingering aftertaste of malts, a prime example of the style.

mouthfeel; upfront some spikey carbonation but mellows out into a crisp and refreshing finish.

overall; one of the better examples of the style and so very drinkable, a classic, highly recommended! (692 characters)

Photo of ramseye4
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As most of the Americans that tried this beer, I got the 1 litre stein/can combo. And I'm pretty excited for it.
A=Pours a really light golden color, with a massive foamy head.
S=Faint, light, malty. Not too much going on here to be honest.
T=Malt heavy and surprisingly sweet, it has a touch of honey in it. Very drinkable and a pleasant departure from most marzens.
M=Medium in the body and the high carbonation complements the flavor well.
O=Not bad at all, very drinkable, and a refreshing example of the Oktoberfest style. (528 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Giant 1 Quart sized can of beer.

Clear golden colored beer with a tall white colored head. Far paler than I expected.

Smell is Sweet grains with a grassy hop scent.Nice herbal hop scent.

Starts out sweet with a big grain flavor. Sweeter than I would have expected but it doesn't detract from the drinkability. Still I expected more of a Hefeweizen. Nice agreeable beer but not a knock your socks off beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good beer. It is what Oktoberfest beers are meant to be, nice and consumable in a 1 Liter sized Mug! (541 characters)

Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
86 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.