Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #17
Ranked #13,933
3.89 | pDev: 11.57%
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Very Good
Paulaner Oktoberfest MärzenPaulaner Oktoberfest Märzen
Notes: An amber beer style that was developed to celebrate the original Oktoberfest over 200 years ago. This full bodied beer with its rich malt flavor, dark toffee note and underlying fruitiness has a masterful hop balance.

The secrets behind Paulaner's excellent taste and unwavering quality are locally sourced ingredients and a tradition of craftsmanship that has been passed down and perfected by our dedicated brewmasters since 1634. Here in Munich, Paulaner beer is not a mere product -- It's a matter of the heart.
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Photo of defunksta
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium-amber color with a nice, slightly off-white head. SRM of 14. (4.00)

Aroma: Breadiness comes through on the nose, although the aroma is light overall. Some light bread and Munich maltiness. A little bit of earthy caramel with hints of lemongrass. (3.75)

Flavor: More bread on the tongue. Some earthy caramel. Finishes with a Munich maltiness that may just be more earthy caramel. Restrained enough on the tongue too. Not too strong. Respectably light and clean. Finishes pretty dry. (3.75)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Strong carbonation. Feels full on the palate. More creamy than crisp, yet clean enough. Leaves a touch of earthy sweet bread on the palate. (4.00)

Overall: Needless to say, this is an accurate representation of the style. Restrained and clean enough while also showcases it's malt flavors. It's a good authentic German festbier. If I was at the festival, this is one sure to not miss. (Final Rating: 3.82)

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Photo of CLD92
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About as top notch for an Oktoberfest brew as you will find. From Paulaner you would expect nothing less. First time I’ve seen this in my area (East, KY) in all my years of drinking, but would definitely buy again if it’s available.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: clear, dark amber color with a nice copper hue. 1/2 finger solid off-white head. nice color, but could use a little more head

s: sweet grains, caramel, grass, hay, sweet berries, generic gum, and more sweet grains

t: sweet earthy grains, faint berries, and a nice lager spice crispness. more sweet grains, and a hint of cardboard. some slightly floral, yet very very mild hops...nothing more than a kiss. finish is more sweet grains

o: very enjoyable Marzen. sweet and grainy, just what you want as well as being extremely drinkable

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Photo of izraelc
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This ones a classic. Pours a clear amber. Not much of an aroma. Tastes a little thin but has a nice malt body with a smooth finish. This is the definition of Oktoberfest.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honestly thought that I gave this a review on here years ago but that wasn't the case as I had this tonight to celebrate the rapidly-dwindling days of the Octoberfest season. I'm not the biggest fan of these beers but this was a good take on the style that touched on all the bases and was as unassuming as a beer could be. While it's not the first beer that I'd reach for this time of the year, this would be a find choice to celebrate the season with!

The pour to this was good - clear, copper, and thin with enough offsetting head that quickly settled. Hardly any foam was left behind as the few bubbles that stuck to the side of my pint glass quickly faded away. Lots of bread, toasted malt, nuts, and caramel in the nose as the taste contained all of those, but not to a large extent. Sweet and soapy on the palate, this went down easily without any discernible hops with plenty of body. The carbonation was light and lively with the aftertaste feeling a bit like grain; though that quickly faded away.

Not a lot of booze to this as this was pretty close to being a session beer. Not sure if I could have another in a sitting after this but I'd probably want to see what else was on tap for the celebration. This is a classic that deserves a go-around as summer turns into fall but to me, it's not quite the best of it's kind out there. Glad I was able to have one this year!

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Photo of Stevosps
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good Marzen Octoberfest. A nice amber ,dark color. A soft sweet aroma. It has a smooth slightly Carmel flavor. When poured from a bottle a perfect 1/2inch foam head. Light on bitterness. But holds the flavor on your taste buds. Perfect for the fall,coming from Munich where Octoberfest is known best!

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems like a more traditional festbest. Darker golden color. White head. Lace. On tap. Caramel and toffee. Malty. Smooth and easy drinking. Nice feel to it.

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Photo of gvickery
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light amber, extremely clear, medium bone white head. Smells of dark bread, crackers, grass, a little sweetness and molasses.
Taste is a little underwhelming, dark bread, molasses, toasted grain, some bitterness from, I would guess, halertau hops. It has a semi dry finish. It’s not bad but I’ve had many good in this style that we’re more enjoyable.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Teku glass. Clear copper color with a fast receding head.Unusually still looking,no head,no bubbles,looks flat. Smells is reminiscent of malts,apples,fresh dough. Tastes of toffee,some hop spiciness,tart apple. Feels totally like a full blown session beer. It goes down fast and easy because it is so tasty. Carbonation is mild because they want you to quaff this beer. Overall super tasty,not appealing to look at. Maybe I used the wrong glass? Great fest beer.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really great Oktoberfest. The smell is really full and rich. Beautiful malty bread crust with very light cherry and raisin. The taste follows with a great balance and super smooth. yb

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Photo of German-Helles
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The 11.2 oz. bottle pours a clear medium amber color, plenty of carbonation, and a half inch of off white foam that slowly settled to a thin cap.
The smell is great, a nice malty, slightly sweet smelling aroma.
The taste perfectly follows the nose, malty bread, yeast, a little sweetness, with a very slight bitter finish. This is good!
The feel is medium to creamy.
This is a good one, definitely a lager, great malt flavors, very smooth, with very subtle Oktoberfest spices to finish the taste. The first bottle was good and I will enjoy the next five.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle

clear, medium copper colored, white head. decent head retention. bready, semi-sweet malt aroma. similar flavor, and taste is slightly sweet. medium bodied.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber body is clear under a coupla fingers of white foam... strong grain presence, with a leathery shellac of bitterness; some chewiness in the body, moderate hop bitterness, mild sweetness, with a something almost oaky about it... Light-bodied, amply carbonated... Good, and I see this beer is rated higher than many of the others I've tried, but I thought it about on par with Brooklyn's or Warsteiner's Oktoberfest beers...

Enjoy by date of "before the end" of 04/20...

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Photo of officerbill
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

04/19 bottle, almost 5 months old before I bought it

L: dark wheat/light amber with a tan head that slowly dissolved into a ring
S: malty, with some toffee and light citrus
T: well rounded grains with a little caramel/toffee flavor and light citrus hops in the back
F: moderate carbonation gives a full mouth with a mild tingle. Smooth across the tongue with a mild tart finish and little aftertaste
O: a very satisfying märzen oktoberfest, especially since Paulaner only brews it for the American market. A little too filling for all day, but good for a couple of hours

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Photo of teromous
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label states: "Enjoy Before End Of: 7382A 02.20 m L05785 S"

Appearance: The body is a bronze brown color with a short off-white head. The beer has a tea-like appearance in the light with good clarity. Mild head retention and lacing.

Aroma: It has a pleasant toffee aroma with notes of toasted caramel and noble hops. There is a slightly skunky aroma.

Taste: Toasted caramel and mild malt flavor come through immediately. The caramel is not sweet but rather an earthy flavor that works very nicely with the hops that join on the palate in the middle of the mouth. Mild skunky flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: It's nice and smooth with good carbonation.

Overall: It's a pretty good Oktoberfest. It has a nice earthy flavor with some enjoyable malty character. It has a bit of skunk character an the bottle does say "PREMIUM IMPORT FROM MUNICH GERMANY" so that could possibly have some impact. It's worth trying if you enjoy authentic Oktoberfestbier but if you don't care about authenticity it might be worth it to look for something fresher.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Hofbrau's Village Brauhaus in a giant stein. Nice aromas of caramel malt, toffee, fruit, and herbal notes. Big, full flavor and feel. Nice bready/biscuit malt, toffee, dark fruit, floral and herbal hops. Fantastic

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Photo of Richmondtexan
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap
amber color with about a half inch of pure white head.
Slightly sweet bread malt smells with notes of spice in the background.
Taste pretty much follows the smell with a little bit of a grassy finish added.
Head is creamy the beer its self is about a middle of the road feel.

Overall an above average beer. Better than almost all Oktoberfest style beers in my opinion. This has become my go to easy drinking beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

you cant go wrong with one of these, and while its obviously best in the fall, there really is no bad time to have one, as i learned last night on a hot summer evening when i was so thoroughly satisfied with this. such a classic example of the style, copper colored, frothy cream headed hanging well above the rim of the glass, and well carbonated through the whole drink, even if i let me half liter sit a little longer than i normally do. this warms up well too, as good ambient as it is ice cold. the malt is so rich and earthy here, and this one does carry some sweetness, but its never too much. things like chestnut and dark bread come to mind, very rustic but also so well refined at the same time. lots of character from the lager yeast here too, and the grain loves it. almost has some bock elements to it, nutty and a bit sweet. this beer almost drinks like a meal, but not in that its filling, just that i think i could drink these all day and never really want for food or anything, it seems almost nutritive. a classic for a reason!

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, copper in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is bready malts and cereal grain. Medium bodied and carbonation, sweet. Makes for a delicious classic autumn lager. Could have several of these.

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Photo of tone77
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is full of bready malts. Taste is bready malts, caramel, a bit on the sweet side, extremely refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer that I could easily consume several of.

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Photo of deedric
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Poured dark amber with a finger of white head which falls quickly and leaves no lace on the glass.

Malt predominates the aroma with rich notes of raisin bread and toast. Nice clean fermentation character with no additional esters or aromatics. Hop is not detectable.

Initial malt sweetness sets the stage with bready goodness, but the finish is dry. Very low hop bitterness detected which balances the sweet malt. Other than the bitter, really not any hop character, except for slight, pleasant floral note. Aftertaste has rich, malt characteristics with these following throughout the dry finish.

Medium body, some carbonation sensation followed by a creamy texture. I don't detect any alcohol warmth.

This is an excellent beer. The rich bready malt is well balanced by the slight hop bitterness. This baby rings in at 5.8%, but the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2oz bottle into prefect pint
Bb 4/19
Brown with average white head
Sweet toffee,  caramel,  some roast notes, overall stale though
Light bodied average carbo
Overall sub par from brownish color to stale taste

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
4.66/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My Favorite Time of Year

Man, I love Oktoberfest. A local restaurant has been brewing craft beer before it was popular. In late September they have an Oktoberfest party with roasted pork, live music and awesome beer. It's a great party. And the featured beer is their Oktoberfest style beer. Samuel Adams also makes a decent O-fest beer. Each entrant can only drink two glasses of beers so I had my two and Precious' two. Then you can go inside the restaurant and get a growler or two. So needless to say I was feeling no pain.

This is just as good as any. I'd be lying to you if I said that this was exceptionally better than any other Oktoberfest beers. But it's consistent with the other O-fest beers, and that makes it alright with me.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber/copper color with a generous head about a thumb length size.
Very malt forward aroma, toasty, brown bread crusts, hint of caramel/toffee. There is a hint of either fruity malt or fruit derived from hops.
As with the aroma, the taste is malty all the way, with a moderate sweetness that retains throughout. Slightly sticky dark bready texture, toasty and caramel/toffee like. Very low hops bitterness, however, there does seem to be some bright yet subtle fruity hops flavors hinting at citrus peel, as well as a hint of spice.
Medium bodied, smoothly crisp and with a moderate carbonation that is right on the money.
Wonderfully balanced. Lovely Marzen/Oktoberfest that deserves higher ratings.

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Photo of OlaB
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw-golden color with a small top of white head that dissolves rapidly. Aroma is of malts,bread,caramel,honey,grassy and herbal hops. The flavour starts of sweet with malty tones in the back. I sense bread and caramel in the flavour. The flavour gets more herbal notes in the middle , before finishing of with a grassy bitterness. Long and clean aftertaste, and a well balanced flavour in total. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a moderate carbonation and a medium body.
Quite a good example of a märzen. Tasty and enjoyable.

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