Oktoberfest Märzen
Paulaner Brauerei

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From:
Paulaner Brauerei
 
Germany
Style:
Lager - Märzen
Ranked #32
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,000
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 11.34%
Ratings:
2,892
Status:
Active
Rated:
Today at 12:35 AM
Added:
Jul 11, 2001
Wants:
  119
Gots:
  440
SCORE
87
Very Good
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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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4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by elmaji from Florida

Purchased from Total Wine South Beach in may. Pours amber brown with one finger of head. Smells heavily of sweet malt and molasses. Flavor is sweet with a very subdued bitterness profile. A bit of floral complexity on the palate but not a strong sense of hops here. A tasty and good drinker on level with a lot of other beers in this space.

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4.38 by Beecham from California on Apr 09, 2022
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4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

12oz bottle on a dark day

Looks great - orange and lace and all that crap, smells like malt and stank, okay ig. Smooth and easy af to drink, it's very sweet honey caramel malt, the pinnacle of sweet beers perhaps.. Crisp and clean, drink it cold, ideal campfire beer maybe

Mar 31, 2022
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SLeffler27 from New York

A frothy one inch of off-white head falls to hold at about one half inch. Spotty lace is left on a Pretentious Glass Company dimpled mug. The Marzen is dark amber, similar to corten steel and is almost clear. Tiny bubbles of carbonation lazily form in random patterns.

Sweet malt has an earthiness of orchard fruit in the background. There is also a light peppery hop aroma, however, it really is all about the malt. Fresh wheat bread comes on strong and grows with warmth.

While well balanced, it tilts slightly toward bitterness. The wheat bread is almost as strong in the flavor as it was in the aroma. Cashews and walnuts come in waves. The finish is simple, mild, and lingering.

A medium body of scratchy woolen texture. Carbonation is modest and fizzy, while the alcohol is as expected. There are slight notes of metallic qualities.

This is just a good drinking beer for after work or watching football.

Mar 20, 2022
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3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25
by Kelby777 from Iowa

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Has a wonderful kind of amber to it, nice amber hue. Has some nice lacing on the glass with plenty of carbonation.

S: Smells very bready. Hint of spice on the nose. Malty, bready sweet spice.

T: Spice to it. Some hoppyness in the background. Kind of boozy, tangy, dry. Little bit of bitter, mute overall taste. I’m really not a huge fan of the taste.

M: Really thick, full, almost syrupy.

Overall, not impressed.

Feb 15, 2022
 
3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jan 05, 2022
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3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beer_Economicus from Ohio

Tonight is a new to me beer

Paulaner – Oktoberfest Marzen

5.8% ABV

The beer is listed as a “Oktoberfest Marzen” on the bottle, and “Lager – Marzen” on BA.

The beer was removed from a 45ish degree temp fridge after having been refrigerated for approximately 2 weeks. Beer poured into a HB stein.

First Impression: Looks the part. Pretty. Clear. 4.5

Appearance: This is what I would call a golden amber color. Somewhere between gold and amber. 4.35

Smell: Bier, first and foremost, as I always say. Followed by a small amount of rye spice, bread, malt, There seems to be an almost underlying lemon zest note, almost dancing on the hairs in your nostrils, if you know what I mean. 4.0

Taste: Not as flavorful as some others. A bit more one-note. A bit of bread, a bit of malt. None of the rye or lemon mentioned above. I’m struggling to identify much, as it tastes a bit watered down. 3.75

Mouthfeel: A tad thin. I almost think of most oktoberfests as being almost syrupy in their consistency, but not that thick. That may be odd. I’m struggling to describe exactly what I mean. There’s something about them that is a bit thicker on the mouth than I think they appear. 4.0

Overall: I enjoyed this. I’d have more if I had them, but at the same time I don’t think I’ll specifically seek out more of these compared to others. Very middle of the road for me. 4.00

BA Review Score: 3.921

Dec 05, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by 1009 from Massachusetts

I’m not normally the guy who writes the Oktoberfest copy for this page, but I think we can both agree this is about the best we have had. We have were served on draft at the Burren in Cambridge, Ma, and also from a bottle and even a can. Every time and out of every vessel it’s great. So smooth, with a strong malty backbone. At the same time it is light and supremely disposable. Thanks for the lovely suds, Paul.

Nov 25, 2021
 
4.19 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 15, 2021
 
3.81 by MGibbons from Maryland on Nov 13, 2021
 
3.86 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin on Nov 12, 2021
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4.84/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by Foam from Pennsylvania

The absolute best of the authentic German oktoberfest beers with a sexy complexity and ebullient mouthfeel and finish.

Nov 08, 2021
 
4 by icemanexit from Indiana on Nov 07, 2021
 
3.75 by carrcolind from District of Columbia on Oct 31, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

A - Pours a nice amber with a one finger creamy white head. The head fades fast leaving some nice sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is biscuity malts and a caramel sweetness.

T - The taste is biscuity malts, caramel, white bread crust and some light floral hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a nice crisp finish.

O - A classic Marzen.

Oct 29, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Navanation from Pennsylvania

I miss 12oz bottles, but the ease of the
Is beer means you'll end up having 3-4 without thinking. Lovely amber color. Smooth malty yet balanced taste. Bready smell. Head laces lightly down the glass.

Oct 27, 2021
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by jft944 from Tennessee

Well rounded taste that stays balanced from start to finish.

Oct 25, 2021
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4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by dkoehler42 from New York

Paulaner's Oktoberfest Märzen pours a traditional transparent copper with a white head, and a grain heavy nose. The grain is very forward as one would expect with minimal hops. The mouth feel is clean and ready for the next sip (or chug). This is proof that Paulaner knows what they are doing.

Oct 23, 2021
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Profundobaso from New York

Look - amber in color, clear, and small but slightly foamy head with some lace.

Smell - toasty malts and light sweetness.

Taste - robust malty flavor that is surprisingly complemented with just a tad bit of hoppy bitterness that was undetected in the smell. some dried fruit flavors detectable as well. finish is slightly sweet with a decent malty aftertaste.

Feel - medium bodied, average carbonation, and right on par in ABV for the style at 5.8%.

Overall - didn't particularly stand out in the look and smell, but the taste wins on this one. nice layers of complexity, and another textbook-esque example of the style.

Oct 22, 2021
 
3.94 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Oct 21, 2021
 
3.94 by soarinsteven from Illinois on Oct 19, 2021
 
4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Oct 16, 2021
 
4.16 by MICAMD from Maryland on Oct 11, 2021
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lampro from Virginia

Malty, nicely balanced beer.

Oct 10, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by bluestringer from Georgia

Great beer, goes great with pizza.

Oct 08, 2021
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Attractive clear amber appearance with a large off white head and good lacing. Lightly toasted malts are the mainstay of the aroma while the hoppier aspects are well concealed. Taste pretty much follows the same script; the malts are assertive while hops add enough to the equation to bring a little bitterness into focus. Overall, a clean refreshing mouthfeel well suited to the style.

Oct 06, 2021
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by hankp59 from New York

Medium amber color with a medium mouthfeel. Not too bready, malty sweet or hoppy. You get the bread, you get the malt and then floral hops for a dry finish. Goldilocks for the style this stuff is great, go get some.

Oct 06, 2021
 
4 by MattDecker from Texas on Oct 04, 2021
 
3.93 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Oct 03, 2021
 
3.75 by mkh012 from Colorado on Oct 03, 2021
 
4 by dexterk1 from Illinois on Oct 01, 2021
 
4 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia on Sep 25, 2021
 
2.99 by bendukes86 from South Carolina on Sep 21, 2021
 
3.99 by mothmanscott from Georgia on Sep 20, 2021
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4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by WaterBoar from Pennsylvania

Marzens, German for the Month of March, brew this beer using late winter barely, malt, brewer's water, and yeast following Reinheitsgebot. Amber color, great nose, great flavor and 35$ a case here in Philadelphia. I drank this the week is was available in August from my suppliers who don't understand this is available all year. There is also Oktoberfest Bier which is lighter in color but they sold out of that so I wound up getting a Spaten Oktoberfest variety pack. I also want to get a Weinenstephan Oktoberfest but they wanted $49.99 a case which comes out to 2$ a bottle. This beer is heavy in Plato, and heavy on the palette but this beer sneaks up on you on your fifth you feel like you can have another then on your sixth you are not on about your 7.5 8th, this beer is perfect for German foods too.

Sep 18, 2021
 
3.73 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Sep 17, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

"Enjoy best before March 2022"; drank 9/16/21 @ the Yarchives.

See-through golden appearance.

An even pour yielded a big eggshell head; frothy, tree-rung lace.

Caramel, sweet corn & fresh wheat notes in the nose.

Medium thick, stick mouthfeel.

Caramel, acorn & brown sugar flavors; sweet but substantial.

A nice marzen.

Sep 17, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

Pale amber, even nearly gold, with a lumpy off-white foam head.

Slightly maltier than the Rothaus Eiszapfle enjoyed before it, there's actually a note of amaretto within the minimally toasty malt.

The frothy but medium-light body finishes amazingly dry.

Sep 13, 2021
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