Oktoberfest Märzen
Paulaner Brauerei

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #21
Ranked #16,375
3.89 | pDev: 11.31%
Paulaner Brauerei
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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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice reddish/orange with no real head at all.
S: Malty upfront, caramel, toasty, has a faint amount of alcohol smell.
T: Initially sweet from the malt, but ends with just enough hop bitterness that is very subtle. Once again it is toasty & somewhat bready.
F: Full-bodied, medium carbonation, smooth & creamy, yet somewhat crisp.
O: This is really a good Marzen style beer, best one I have tasted so far.

Feb 14, 2021
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Specialmick from Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look...tan brown light transparent. Ample carbonation
Smell...almost nonexistent with a little citrus hop character. Hint of bread
Taste...amber bitterness pringly spike of citrus alcohol quickly dissipates into a bitter swirl . Unique spices nutmeg
Feel...i believe i like this quality the most. Freakin Germans now how to carbonate a beer!!!i I might really enjoy this on a thirst quenching beer day. Reminds me a little of an Alt. The Alts were some of the first "Micro" beers i drank back in the 90"s little brew pubs.
Overall...At 5.8% this has a little punch of flavor. I try to be objective because this type of beer is not my favorite but i do believe it to be representative of the style. Reminds me of others i have had. I will try again next fall and try to enjoy a 12 or 6 of these a year.

Feb 09, 2021
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark copper colored with a fingernail of tan around the rim. The aroma is of biscuity malt. I’m tasting biscuity to bready malt and caramel. The mouth is smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

Dec 28, 2020
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Seamus_Hanrahan from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen on tap.. it was/is feckin' delicious and every year i wait for the one or two kegs i can get my hands on. Nice looking head and not too heavy to quaff multiples. Malty and velvet smooth.

Dec 18, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden with a fluffy white head. Smells like malty grains with slight hints of coffee and dates. The taste is slightly sweet date/raising taste followed by a white bread and biscuit flavor. This one really shines because it's probably the easiest drinking oktoberfest beer I've ever had. Overall not bad.

Nov 30, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium-amber color with a nice, slightly off-white head. SRM of 15-16. (4.25)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of German breadiness/toast comes through on the nose. Mild honeysuckle, lemon, and flowery and grassy fields. Some light bread and Munich maltiness. Nice Munich malts of bready toast with hints of grassy flower. (4.25)

Flavor: More authentic German bread malt on the tongue. Some earthy caramel and Munich malts. Even some dusty cocoa. Lemonflower and grassiness in the middle. Some rubber too. Finishes with an authentic Munich maltiness that gives it a near rubber flavor.. Leans bready without being too rich nor sweet. Not too strong. Respectably light and clean. Finishes pretty dry. (4.50)

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)

Compared to Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest 9/7/20: Pours a similar color. More Munich malt, Noble hops, and flower. Less caramel and sweet bread. Slightly lighter and dryer. Winner: Paulaner

Compared to Spaten Oktoberfest 10/2/20: Pours a similar color. Stronger aromas/flavors. More bread, earthy, honeysuckle, flower, grass, and German flavors. More everything all around. Winner: Paulaner

Compared to Surly Oktoberfest 2020 10/28/20: Pours a darker, more bronze color. Aromas have more authentic German bread, earth. Less honey and flowery zip. Dryer and more bready. More authentic. Winner: Paulaner

Compared to Bitburger Festbier 2020 11/3/20: Pours a slightly darker color. Stronger aromas. More crusty. More authentic Munich malts. Less pale bread sweetness.

Compared to Breckenridge Oktoberfest 11/6/20: Pours a similar, but slightly lighter color. Similar aromas of toast, caramel, honey, and flower. More toast & bread and not as sweet here. Flavors also have more bread and yeast with only mild flower. Less caramel and sweetness. A slightly lighter body and dryer. Overall, extremely similar and difficult to differentiate. These are the two best Oktoberfests of 2020. One American & one German.
11/19/20: Similar aromas, but slightly dryer of brown toast, caramel, bread, lemonflower. Slightly less caramel and more authentic German bread. Finishes dryer. Nearly identical.
Winner: Paulaner, but Breckenridge is a close second

Overall: This is probably the best of the festbier style I've had. Nice and authentic German breadiness. A little bit of rubber. Overall, nice and dry with mostly toast. Even provides a dusty cocoa note. Needless to say, this is an accurate and excellent representation of the style. Fantastic hop and authentic German malt flavors while being true to style and not too sweet. It's a good authentic German festbier. If I was at the festival, this is one not to miss. (Final Rating: 4.35)
*Compare to Breckenridge*

Oct 29, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle
Enjoy best before 06.21
L: clear copper/caramel colored bier, foamy beige head holds good retention
S: herbal & earthy noble hops, bread crust, toasted grain
T: caramelized grain, toffee, rye bread crust; herbal/earthy/spicy hops add bitterness
F: smooth, more bitter than I remember, very dry finish
O: this was always my favorite, but I think I have a change of heart this year. I am finding the bitterness to linger too long on the dry finish

*6th place out of 48 in my Ultimate Oktoberfest 2020

Oct 16, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.
Best by: 06/21

Clear and amber with plenty of fast-rising bubbles feeding the one finger cream-white head. The nose opens with big bread malt and eventually allows a small amount of noble hop aroma through. Taste is fairly balanced, malt to hop, semi-sweet bread and toast with spicy and herbal hops. The finish is slightly dry and drawn out. The medium body is frothy with a crisp finish. Another good German Octoberfest.

Oct 14, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this at one of my favorite tap rooms in Greenville NC, Tapped.
Poured from a tap into a pint glass.
Appears a very clear amber with a nice foamy head that dropped quickly to zero.
Smells lightly crackery, floral, yeasty.
Taste follows the nose, more malt forward, but a great overall balance.
Mouth feel is medium for the style, but, I feel could be a bit more carbonated.
Overall a very nice example of a Octoberfest Bier that I would definitely order again.

Oct 13, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic is as classic does.
O-Fest is a joy for many reasons. But the main one is that there is only a two month period to discover, easily, yet more classics that I have not had. Paulaner is the second O-fest this season and may be the best so far.

Poured into a stange, Paulaner's O-fest Looks like a champ; crystal clear, rusty amber with a generous head. Smells start mostly as bready malt, but only slightly better than the style's average. Tastes are balanced better than the average; but the yeast seems to mature in mid-palate from malty/bready to dark fruity. There are barely enough hops to keep any sweetness at bay. This O-Fest sits satisfyingly in my mouth, bubbly yet comforting.

From the makers of one of the greatest dopplebocks, Paulaner deserves very good OA Hugs for being true Bavaria's traditions. They seem rigid after the craft revolution of this Century; but if you like subtle, most beers.... those 16th Century traditions still produce some of the world's great beers. Prost !

Oct 12, 2020
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alexrichman from Oregon

4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Poured with 1 finger of head, nice light brown color. Brilliantly clear, some lacing present throughout the session. Very nice.

S - A little subdued, some light yeast and hop aroma. Hope come across as floral and a bit grassy on the nose. A bit of cracker on the back end.

T - To me this is about as perfect as you can get for the style. A beautiful blend of bold and subtle flavors from the malt, hops, and yeast.

F - A bit thin, quite effervescent, highly drinkable.

O - A true classic and a brilliant example of the style. One of my absolute favorites during this time of year when the weather is getting colder and the leaves are changing color.

Oct 10, 2020
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laquebrada from California

3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 33 cl bottle, nice and clear orange color, malty melanoiden aroma, flavor is sweet up front, some smoke, balanced finish, not at all cloying. Medium viscosity, dry finish. A pretty good beer, but definitely not the best sample.

Oct 07, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

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

Pours a clear amber, quarter inch off-white head, lots of visible carbonation. Nose is balanced between light toffee, slightly sweet malts and earthy, spicy hops. Lights sweetness on the palate, toasted malts, brown bread; mild earthy bitterness from hops; overall, a bit more delicate in terms of flavor than other Märzen (Ayinger, even Hacker). Mouthfeel is a bit crisper as well with some sharp carbonation. Solid, but less robust than others.

Oct 04, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: A beautiful clear amber leaning towards red in color with a nicely formed off-white head that settles leaving good lacing
Aroma: Brown bread, toffee, melanoidin, yeast, light notes of earthy hops, and some floral hop notes as well
Taste: A bouquet of bready malt, melanoidin, and floral hops come together in the open, followed and joined by toffee, some earthiness, and some yeast which all play together until coming to a nice, bready finish
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, clean, soft, medium-high carbonation, and a smooth, clean finish
Overall: Outstanding beer here. Super delicious and deep malt flavors with some nice hop balance and a clean finish make this one delicious Marzen. I buy this every year at least once but hadn’t picked up a sixer in some time and very glad I did. One of the best amber Marzens brewed in my opinion, that I have tried of course. A winner and highly recommended

Sep 29, 2020
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Explorer_Bill from Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of my two favorite märzen beers (very fond of Ayinger as well. Toasty, sweet, clean, and crisp; perfect for the fall.

L: amber copper with a thin lingering head.
S: apples, toffee, toast, honey, grass
T: toffee, toast, molasses, green apple, a bit of hops as well
F: thin to medium bodied, not overly carbonated, very clean to dry finish
O: an excellent Oktoberfest beer

Sep 29, 2020
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a copper hue with a one finger off white head that fizzles away immediately. No lacing.

Aroma: Subdued. Red apples. Caramel. Pretzel dough. Spicy noble hops.

Taste: Follows the nose, very well balanced. Toffee upfront with a bit of toasted almond and sourdough pretzels. A touch of honey. Hints of red apple strudel and rich cornbread. Ends on a spicy noble hop flavor that complements the maltiness upfront. A pleasure to drink.

Feel: Very refreshing and true to the style. Sweet/spicy/dry. Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Great for the style. Not overbearingly malty or thick on the palace with just the right amount of fruitiness, balanced out by a delicate German hop spice.

Sep 28, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange-amber, with moderate creamy off-white head.

Smell is light toffee & caramel, with a bit of fresh bread (malt) aroma.

Taste is similar to aroma, leaning more to caramel, and less sweet than in the aroma. Moderate drying bitterness during the latter half of tasting. Slight noble hop spiciness.

Fell is light-medium , with moderate , finely-sharp carbonation.

Overall, a pleasant, well-done marzen, on the lighter/dryer side of the spectrum.

Sep 27, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint

A- pours clear copper in color with a one-finger foamy white head that has good retention after the pour

S- smells of brown bread crusts, caramel & toffee, forrest floor, honey, apples, spicy and floral hops

T- sweet honey and toffee up front give way to notes of bread crusts, brown malts, stewed apples and molasses. The finish brings out just a hint of floral hops and lingers of caramel and bread

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy smooth finish, high drinkability

O- one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers, so flavorful yet remarkably drinkable with a creamy mouthfeel

Sep 26, 2020
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

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

Clear gold color. Large white head that disappeared quickly.
Sweet malt aroma, some fruit, some bread.
Taste of caramel, apple, bread. Late hops.
Crisp and refreshing.

Sep 26, 2020
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thesherrybomber from California

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours an off-white head which disappears quite quickly (I even missed the size). body is golden yellow

nose is quite honeyed, with toffee, some grassiness, and a slight metallic minerality

taste is a nice balance of sweet malt and spicy hops. body creamy

finish is short

Sep 21, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Delicious marzen offering here; bronze, clear body with a nose of toasty, nutty malt and fruity yeast esters (apple maybe?); more of the same on the light/creamy/drinkable palate with notes of cocoa as well; definitely a smooth sweetness that I appreciate thats vaguely reminiscent of vanilla or caramel. Marzens aren't my favorite but these Octoberfest beers are starting to hit the spot for me, so my scores are higher and to-style.

Sep 21, 2020
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

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

Pours into my seidel a crystal clear tawny amber brown with bubbly cream colored head.

Scent is caramel and vanilla with bread and light floral hops

Taste is clean and crisp. Caramel. Light fruit - apple, pear. Short finish with a crisp hop bitterness. Grainy malts. There’s a hint of spicy hops in the finish but just a hint.

Mouth is a light refreshing medium.

Drinkability is very high.

Excellent Marzen but comes in third for me personally after Hacker-Pschorr and Ayinger.

Sep 20, 2020
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Clear copper color with finger and half of creamy white head. Great retention and lacing.

Aroma is strong of tart apples, cherries, grapes, pear skins, molasses, toffee, barley, a little bit of hay, and fresh bread.

I can taste a rich sum of toasted malts, molasses, subtle apples, and honey upfront. Bready flavors, like well-salted pretzels, and sweet grains. Overall crisp, bready, and acceptably sweet. Body is medium-light.

Sep 19, 2020
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eppCOS from Colorado

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

L - coppery, see through, proper foam, decent downards lacing.
S - a little apple-y malt, molasses, toasty
T _ Better on the palate, fuller taste, roasty malts, a bit more apple-citric than some, with a distinct honey note!
Very nice.
F - Perfect balance, clean, (from the bottle so expected) and fresh from a few weeks ago, had it 9.15.20
O - a great festbier, glad I got a sixer of this.

Sep 17, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yet another opportunity to try an original märzen style, this one is on the lighter side and has a nice clear light brownish amber color. A rich malt profile that is not overly robust rolls outward from a white head. First taste and I am a little taken back by what seems like a real balance of sweet malts, a light, and airy yeast notes, and a few strong hops its finish. This doesn't remind me of the others I haved experienced and there is overwhelming ease to which I am enjoying this.

Sep 11, 2020
Oktoberfest Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei
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