Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Paulaner Oktoberfest-MärzenPaulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen

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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 88caprice
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall: a great, quality Oktoberfest.

This is a rich, red-copper colored brew. Crystal clear with persistent thin foam head and lacing.
Smells of malts and sweet caramelization with a tart edge and a touch of alcohol.
Tastes rich and malty with biscuit, bread, and a touch of sweetness. Alcohol is present.
Surprisingly smooth.

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Photo of jp32
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Try-em-all
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with light foam, amber color, strong flavor and smooth all the way down. Drank this in December, should have enjoyed an Oktoberfest earlier in Fall. Good stuff, worth a try.

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Photo of BigGold
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had at Middendorf's, Akers (Manchac), Louisiana, left over from its annual Octoberfest, poured from 11.2-oz. bottle, label stamped enjoy before end of "05.17," into mug. Very balanced, representative example of the style.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid anchor of a brew. Copper-amber appearance with nice fluffy, white head that smells of toasted grains and caramel. This beer's taste is on par with the aroma with a nice hop flavor on the back-end. Finished clean and crisp with a medium body and almost chewy texture. Simple, straight-swinging, and delicious. This is a go to for the fall season.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Paulaner Oktoberfest pours a clear copper color. The head is small and dissipates quickly. The aroma is malty and clean. There is toffee, bread, toast, and hints of caramel. The taste is equally malty with a similar profile. The finish is quick and clean. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a wonderful Oktoberfest that I will surely drink again.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours amber bronze with a creamy white foam head. Smells like big red grapes, red apples, pear, toasted brown bread, dark toffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, mild spice, with floral earthy grass and herbal minty pine. Tastes like red grapes, red apple, pear, toasted brown bread, dark toffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, mild spice, with floral earthy grass and herbal minty pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice Märzen Oktoberfest.

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Dark amber color with a finger thick cracking head.

S: Very malty aroma with a bit of caramel and herbal aroma as well.

T: Sweet and malty up front. Some floral hoppy bitterness at the end that balances things out well.

F: Light bodied and smooth drinking.

O: Very smooth and not very complex, as it is intended to be. Now I just need to try one fresh in Germany.

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-orange with 2 inches of off-white head. Clear, with good retention and good lacing. Inviting.

Rich toast tones and earthy, spicy hops. Sweet breadcrumbs.

Toast-rich flavors hit the palate, with a touch of spicy hop. This is minimal. Mouthful of breadcrumbs with a low hop bitterness in the finish. Edges of an oatmeal cookie. Tasty and clean Munich tones, with a nice aftertaste, make this a very drinkable beer. And that's what you want in a Märzen!

Medium-light bodied with a semi-dry finish. Crisp, drinkable.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber orange color. Light, bready and crisp. Some toasted malt sweetness. Some bitterness to balance out the flavors. Short finish, fairly dry. Pretty delicious.

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Photo of dnmyrick
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Pappy's Neighborhood Kitchen and Bar. Best Octoberfest I've had in a very long time, possibly ever! Poured into a Boston Shaker glass. Clear and medium amber in colour. 1/2 inch very fine dense light amber head that dissipates quickly. The nose is all malt and a hint of alcohol. Exactly what an Amber Marsen should smell like. Very pleasant. Taste is perfectly matched to the aroma. All malt and a little alcohol upfront that quickly recedes into a slight true bavarian hop bitterness. Excellent session Marsen!

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Photo of 1angrydwarf
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: amber with a orange hue
S: wet grain, Malt
T: Roasted grain and malt. Subtle sweetness with a very light kiss of hop on the end. A lingering roast flavor, and little to no astringency.
F: Very nice soft carbonation. Smooth and rich.
Overall: I had a six pack drank 2 every night to get a feel. I had high expectations. Initale impression was nothing special but after letting the beer warm a bit and in a glass really showcased the balance of the beer and the subtle flavors. This had more hop than I was expecting but it really enjoyed it. One of the best marzens I have had when it comes to balanced flavor profile.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty much what you'd expect from the style. Attractive foamy head. Very good caramel malt flavor, but maybe a tad bitter on the finish for my own personal taste.

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Photo of thebeers
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber with creamy off white head, jets of rising bubbles. Malt and noble hops in the aroma. Similar taste, relatively sweet with just a kiss of hops behind. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Not my favorite, but perfectly quaffable.

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Photo of Dzman
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This Oktoberfest is the closest to the actual bier you can get from Germany. The color is close maybe just slightly lighter so instead of copper almost bronze you have nearly see-through copper. The taste is caramel sweetness but not too sugary. The hops taste light and not overpowering it's really the malt balance I'm excited for. It's perfect this year. The aftertaste is just right it lingers a bit on the tongue in a very good way. Missing is the oak taste and color of previous years but it is still enjoyable from other Oktoberfest currently available in the states. This brand gets my attention and would recommend this as the only Oktoberfest to try.

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Photo of aleigator
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden color and aspongy white head, which won't receed at all.

Smells of sun bathed straw and honeyed, sweet malts, together with just the lightest hint of herbal hops.

Has a medium carbonation and a refreshing, lighter body with an effervescent finish, which almost makes up for the lack of crispness in this.

Taste mirrors the nose, while the higher carbonation provides a metallic quality, which mingles into the rich hay and malt foundation.
Finishes with a light, dry touch, pretty late, coating partly the malts.

Well balanced, easy drinking, pairs well with food, but kinda fails on itself, since it does not provide any taste evolution, but dough and hay.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a nice, clear medium amber that strongly resembles a nice copper look.

The smell has a strong yeast note with an equally caramel note and slight hop bitterness at the end. It's a decent smell but a bit too yeast for my preferences.

The taste is okay. It has a slightly sugary taste and a medium caramel malt note with a very light hop finish towards the end.

It has a medium body and some light carbonation. It's smooth but a little sticky.

Overall, an okay beer and has flavor.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely, crystal-clear Amber with a long lasting foamy, dense head that leaves swaths of lace.
The aroma is bready, fruity and nutty with hints of toffee and spice.
Taste is rich brown bread with some fruit and hippy spice. A snappy, slightly bitter finish sticks around.
Mouthfeel is medium, bordering on creamy.
Very tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of jakej0305
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I've had.

Pours out a nice amber color with a two finger bubbly head that cuts down half way. Smells very grainy with a faint smell of caramel. Flavors are wonderful. Malts layered on top of malts. So smooth that it will make you want to drink them all night long.

Another excellent brew from Paulaner!

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Ridiculously smooth
Layered malt flavors

Very very good
More than the sum of its parts
I've had sixers multiple times with no hangover

Will drink again

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky green tea color with a foamy white head of 3 fingers. Lace is left in flecks. The opacity is about 20%.

Smells of faint, dry musty grains, light coriander.

By and large metallic on the flavor, otherwise it is of malts, some musky, some fresh; a finish of wort, unfermented sugar and dark plum. As it warms it grows more and more metallic.

Feel is medium bodied and ends semi-dry.

Overall it's okay but nothing I'd want to visit again. Time to get back to making supper (Asparagus and Burgers)!!

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a 2-finger bubbly white head. The head is gone almost instantly leaving no lacing to speak of.

The aroma is extremely grainy with plenty of oats and yeast. There's just the faintest hint of caramel lingering on the back end.

The taste starts off with sweet bread, honey, and toasted oats. Then comes a subtle wave of fig and raisin. Finishes lightly hoppy with a very restrained bitterness.

Feel is medium bodied with decent carbonation. Very crisp, yet creamy and smooth. Slightly dry finish.

Overall, a very good marzen that has a slightly off-putting aroma, but packs a ton of flavor and is refreshing as can be.

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Photo of FBarber
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber brown - clear and crisp. Thin tan head dissipates quickly leaving a filmy slick on the top of the beer.

Smell is very malty, touch of caramel, bready with a touch of honey.

Taste follows the nose with a very malty up front with a note of bread. Notes of caramel and toffee, with a touch of honey. Mild hoppy finish with a nutty lingering aftertaste. Rather simple taste profile, but so tasty.

Feel is light, crisp and smooth.

Overall a nice Marzen -

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the lazy dog.
Crystal clear deep golden color with a decent sized but quickly receding off white head. Nice deep bready pilsner character with a faint bit of toastiness to it. Restrained floral spicy hop flavor balance but doesn't overpower. Lightly fruity and honey nose with a hint of sulfur and light caramel which seems a little out of place. Rich medium to full body with a bubbly creamy mouthfeel. Pretty tasty beer, I love a good Marzen

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Photo of BB1313
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by May 2017. 11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours copper with nice clarity; fluffy white head that falls leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas are subtle with some hints of cracker and caramel. Some yeast notes in the mix. The flavors seem to have more going on. Lots of rich caramel and toffee. Tons of malts. Hints of raisin and black cherry along with some other dark fruits. It's slightly sweet and not too bitter. Some earthy notes. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy and slightly creamy. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid Oktoberfest beer. It's not flashy and has traditional qualities of the style. Enjoyable stuff.

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