Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #15
Ranked #12,856
3.89 | pDev: 11.57%
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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.
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

Saturday September 22nd marks the first day of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Americans will be celebrating this holiday till the end of October as most think Oktoberfest is a month-long event. This beer is brewed year-round so you can celebrate O-fest anytime you please. Whatever works, right?

Brightly glowing orange-amber color shows a perfect clarity. Three fingers of off-white froth slowly collapse to a thin lace. Malty aroma with bready tones on top with light layers of caramel and biscuit, faint alcohol vapor and herbal hop in the back of the nose. Very smooth mouthfeel with a fluffy moderate body and a semi-creamy palate. Lots of malt character right from the get-go, fresh toasted grain with a long maltiness that brings a bit of sweetness. Hops are casual and walk onto the palate with a well-balanced bitterness, along with herbal and floral flavors. Slight alcohol warmth in the semi-sweet finish.

Just the sheer balance and cleanliness of this lager is amazing. If we had to come up with a benchmark brand for every style, this would be our pick for O-fest beers.

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Photo of Jason
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5 liter keg, moderate carbonation at best out of these. Very nice lacing and clarity.

Malty with toasted and bready tones in the aroma, alcoholic vapors are quick and clean.

Smooth and clean with a solid maltiness, lots of toasted flavours floating around. Bready sweet on the palate with a hop bitterness that grows to balance, little bit of flavour comes through in an herbal note.

Not too bad from the mini-keg, I'd get this again for sure when it comes around again next September.

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Photo of akolb
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A lovely malty Oktoberfest, with a good amount of sweetness, a little caramel flavor, a nice head, and a smooth feel. I enjoyed American versions such as Sierra Nevada but you just can't beat this.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Pours a clear deep amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted, caramel, and bready malts with a slightly stronger aroma of spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready, caramel, and toasted malts (in descending order of strength) with minimal amounts of sweetness present. That is followed by moderate flavors of spicy hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable, definitely a nice example of the style and a beer that I could easily have over and over again - kind of reminds me of time spent at Oktoberfest in Munich in 2000.

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Photo of jp32
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an excellent copper color, totally transparent, with an airy white head that dissipates in a hurry. All aromas are very subtle in this beer. Toasted caramel malts with a bread-like property make up the nose and a faint floral aroma sits in the background.

Lots of toasted malts at the forefront of the flavor profile. A slight metallic tinge. Hops seem to creep into things the more the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is excellent. Very drinkable.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear amber in color with a thin white head that quickly faded away leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A moderate to high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of bready and caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of spicy hops.
T: The overall taste is very balanced between some malty sweetness with notes of caramel in the initial taste followed by a subtle amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a medium level of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze; it goes down very smoothly, which makes it very sessionable.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keeping it real for you you guys. Drinking this as it is a Marzen. This brew looks pretty in a glass. No lies. Beautiful medium copper/amber body with a big soapy white head. The aroma is that of toasted cereal grains and a touch of caramel. Taste as expected, toasted grains with residual sugars that help accent the caramel notes. Finishes semi clean and a little dry with a grainy aftertaste with a hoppy snap to it. The body plays on the palate with its feather weight smoothness and it's par carbonation.

Overall: Maybe this style of beer is my favorite. It's traditional refreshing and not really anything bad about it. I could crush a sixer of this with no problems. It's not adventurous yet isn't infected either just a good wholesome brew to watch Football or any sport for that matter. This brew is worthy!

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Photo of Buck89
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark amber color, slightly opaque, with a thin white head that left quickly. Muted nose with some crackery malt and mild grassiness. No hop notes. Taste followed with a muted light malty flavor, cracker, grassiness and a dry feel. Medium carbed and medium-bodied. I was surprised that I didn't like this more, but I prefer many others in this style.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.51/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Wow. I was super disappointed the first two seconds of my pour because it looked like Coors light but some how it goes to a decent looking Marzen color at a snap - incredible; I've never seen that before!! Not very malty smell; pedestrian. Good flavor a but too light compared to a lot of other Marzens which is surprising that it comes from Munich.

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Photo of palma
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber/light brown body with a light, white head that disappears quickly. Leaves a little lace afterwards.

Smell: Rich roasted nuts. Caramel. A slight floral aroma.

Taste: Very sweet throughout. Lot of malt. Tangy flavor. Grassy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: I noticed a lot of carbonation. Decent mouthfeel. Just a little on the watery side.

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Photo of 0tt0
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft, shaker pint...

Pours a nice amber color that resembles a glass of iced tea and is capped by a very loose bubbly head that dissipates quickly to the thinest of collars. The nose is dominated by caramel and sweet, warm bread. Almost a hint of something slightly tea-like (green tea?). First sip brings a crisp tingle to the tongue followed by a huge, caramel, biscuity, sweet middle. The hops are somewhat absent at mid-point, but they come through with a fairly long, dry, crispy finish. Body is just thinner than medium and spot-on for the style. The sweetness may get a bit much for me over an average session, but I can't complain as this pint disappears. Plus, I sampling in 100 degree Georgia heat, so this might be better on the palate in cooler Fall temps.

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Photo of Elfastball7
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of LyonsHead
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Crystal clear, copper/orange with a creamy off-white head and nice lacing. Quintessential Marzen look

S: Big and Rich malty aroma. Heavy use of munich malt lends a great bread and toast like character throughout

T: There is an initial malty sweetness laced with hints of caramel that is quickly followed by typical malty flavors such as bread crust with a subtle biscuity background. I am getting a slight metallic flavor and a some subtle "export" flavors from travel and abuse.

M: Medium body with a moderately dry finish.

D: This style in general is a very drinkable style, this beer in particular is at the higher end. Very good display of munich malt, that is simple and classic. Nice complexity without throwing the palate around. Very good example of the style

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Photo of BigRizz62
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Joshmistake
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Bigdood33
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MrFuster
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HochFliegen
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Im sure this beer is one of the standards of the Marzen style. It pours a nice clear deep copper color with a good sized head.
The smell was sweet of malt and a bit bready.
Taste was sweet but not to. Slight hops bite in the aftertaste. Nice carbonation which helps make it smooth.
I can drink this all night.

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Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I took a 5 liter mini keg of Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen Amber on a camping trip. It poured a nice reddish, dark copper color with a white head. Very malty nose. Excellent malty flavor, really a fine drinker. Recommended, and I might add that the mini keg had the coolest graphic ever, three fat german guys (presumably at Oktoberfest) chugging mass krugs of Paulaner Oktoberfest, no doubt.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date on the bottle says 04/08 but, whether this is a best buy date or a bottled date I don't know. The guy selling it said they just got a shipment in so I hope it is a bottled on date. This beer pours a deep caramel brown with a slight off white head that left no lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is toffee, raisins and a bit or roasted malts. The taste is much the same with caramel really dominating the flavor profile for me. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for me, also a tad astringent at the tail. While no the best O'Fest (I'm thinking about you Ayinger O'Fest) I've had, its still a great beer to imbibe on a nice cool evening.

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

I'm happy to try this one after having the golden, slightly maltier helles style beer that is their Wiesen Oktoberfestbier. This is what I expect, as an American, from a traditional Oktoberfestbier.

It's a bit clearer than American versions of the style - is that a good thing, or a bad thing? It actually makes the beer look even more appetizing, if unexpected. It's still dark amber gold, and is darker the fuller the glass. I only wish I had my Paulaner Masskrug full of this right now, instead of just the one in an old tulip pint.

It doesn't have a lot of smell, but then again, I've just had 2 Weihenstephaner Korbinians pints.

Taste is great. This is a Marzen, and would all should aspire to be. It's not fresh, but it's not bad either. I'd love to have this one fresh, and may re-review next fall.

Mouthfeel is awesome. It's appropriate for the style. Silky smooth amber lager.


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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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