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

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,509 Ratings
Paulaner Oktoberfest-MärzenPaulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
paulaner.de

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,509
Reviews:
1,114
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
Wants:
96
Gots:
341
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Kieran_Harrison
1/5  rDev -74.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Boo this beer is bad

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Photo of Matt22x19
1/5  rDev -74.2%

Photo of bmeGT
1/5  rDev -74.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of sillE_Nate
1.28/5  rDev -66.9%

Photo of BrewmasterNPB
1.71/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This tastes oxidized and skunky, even for an import. I love octoberfests in general, and I know a lot of people enjoy this beer, so maybe I got an extra old one.
The color is a nice amber, good for the style.
There is a good malty flavor under the oxidation, but The hop character might be a tad too much for the style.

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Photo of Flyingbass
1.96/5  rDev -49.4%

Photo of jpuetz
2/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of garyford
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of Fettpopps
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of csadkins54
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.1/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 9/19/2007 (bottle):

Pours a golden brown colored body, with a yellow/white head. Somewhat lasting. Small bubbles. Very malty aroma. Weakish aroma. Chemically watery refreshing taste, clean aftertaste. Malty taste. Not too strong a flavor. Not my style.

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Photo of GarrettB
2.17/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Trader Joe's was selling big, huge aluminum barrels of this stuff. I exaggerate, but the cans on display were more-than-generous; more apt to be footstools or pieces of a makeshift barrier than a beer serving size. Still, splitting one of these azure monoliths with a friend didn't seem too greedy. Orange and frothy, this looks like a festival beer - good for celebrating outdoors where heady rays of sunshine and noise from adjacent crowds make good complements to the otherwise simple notes of honey paired with the crispness of pilsner malt and sharp carbonation. Unengaging, the Pauler Marzen is best left to being a session beer, or served with powerful dishes, or to slake undiscriminating thirsts. It deserves a glass boot more than a chaise.

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Photo of DarthVorador
2.17/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not a big fan of this Oktoberfest. I've had much better!

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Photo of Stevotex
2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of SamN
2.26/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Dark reddish brown with some orange hues. Thick creamy head pours heavy. Rather dark for such a clear beer. Not much carbonation noticed.

S- Bready and lightly fruity malts. Slightly sour, vinegar aroma in here. Herbals.

T- Light toasty earthen malts, but with a dead hops bitterness with a ugly profile. Like the aroma, this has a funky herbal quality that I do not care for.

M- Medium body, with a good heaviness to it, some weight. Certainly is smooth and silky.

D- I don't get this beer. Funky, herbal and just not that good tasting.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.29/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tapped into a pint glass at the Flying Saucer in Austin.

Appearance - Clear brown body. Dull- white head.

Smell - Musky. like a Warsteiner. Corn. Corn. Corn. Musk.

Taste - Stale. Musky. Dry. Grassy. Earthy. Despite all these descriptors, not a particularly complex brew.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. About right for the style. Not particularly enjoyable.

Overall Drinkability - Not a very good beer; not good for its style either.

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Photo of Riccymon
2.38/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours from the bottle a clear, coppery-brown color with head almost non-existent. Smell starts things off poorly with a bit of immediate skunkiness, then, once in the glass, dishwater and diacytl. My bottle's not incredibly fresh, but even so I expected more, at least some semblance of malt.

A bit of skunk in the taste, along with some rough grain and just a little sweet caramel. Mouthfeel is pretty unoffensive, with a bit of an astringent aftertaste. Just not a very enjoyable taste and feel.

Next autumn, I'll have to try other imports or just stick to American octoberfests that I know are more fresh.

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Photo of Sammy
2.41/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Expecting something of exceptional quality, I stumbled into quite a fair ale. Not much in any category, but there is quality in how they did that. Musty aroma. Some initial head but nothing to look at. Suitable Above average carbonation, some malts and some bitterness and astringency in finish, with dry bitter aftertaste that's best part.

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Photo of kenito799
2.48/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle pouredinto a pint glass.

Medium amber beer, average look, foamy head that recedes to a ring.

Aroma is caramel malt, and a bit stale. This beer tastes old and a bit skunked, but beyond that stale flavor I don't find much of interest. Would like to try one that is confirmed fresh. If it is nota vast improvement I will continue to avoid this brew.

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Photo of bark
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is very pale yellow. The small foam is white with medium-sized bubbles.

The smell is sweet and malty with a small sourish touch.

The carbonation is medium strong, but it is at the same time quite refreshing.

The first taste is sweet with a hint of diacetyl. The bitterness grows, but it doesn’t get up to the level that an Oktoberfest beer requires. The aftertaste surprises me with a developed and pleasant malty taste that saves this beer from being mediocre.

I have hoped more from this one, it was a slight disappointment.

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Photo of Thullin187
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of sjrodriguez
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of jbierling
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of Sinewave
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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