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Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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3.87/5
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2,585 Ratings
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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:
Also known as Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier

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
Ranking:
#8,500
Reviews:
1,131
Ratings:
2,585
pDev:
11.63%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
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Gots:
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3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thehyperduck
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL can from the LCBO; dated Sept 5 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours crystal clear, with a deep golden hue and two fingers of sparkling white head. It recedes steadily over the course of the next five minutes or so, generating a few uneven splashes of lace alongside a thick, frothy collar and soapy white cap about 1/4 inch thick that lasts a fair bit longer. On the paler side of the oktoberfestbier spectrum, and it looks great that way. Muted aroma of grainy pale malts, lightly caramelized sugars and grassy, earthy hops; clean and appropriate for the style.

This is a very well-made strong lager - not that I really expected a flop here, because after all, it's German - and somewhat fresh by exported lager standards, too. It all amounts to a superb swilling experience - clean, grainy pale malt flavours lead the way, supported by hints of toasted bread and caramelized malt sweetness. The sip concludes with a flash of grassy hay and an earthy, weakly floral hop bitterness that is halted by a finish that is not quite dry, but at least in that vicinity. Medium body that leans towards the fuller side, with restrained carbonation that provides a much-needed bite. Absurdly easy to drink, which is extra impressive at 6%.

Final Grade: 4.13, an A-. Paulaner's Oktoberfest Bier is one of my favourites in its category thus far, and an extremely crushable strong lager in general. This is not a complex beer - it is straight, blunt and to the point, but sometimes, that's just the most effective way to get things done. Even better than that, it's the sort of brew that almost any beer lover can appreciate with ease, whether they are a macro loyalist or a run of the mill beer geek. There's no wonder as to why it's one of the most popular selections at Munich's Oktoberfest celebrations.

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Photo of sirzekel
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kayakguy
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml can poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow with one finger of white head that leaves blotchy dripping lace as it recedes.

Smells of unsweetened breakfast cereal, fresh hay, cut grass, mild caramel and leafy green hops.

Tastes of more crisp cereal grains, bready caramel malt and grassy hops.

Feels peppy and deceptively light. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Finishes off-dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Easy and tasty, with just enough booze to cheer you up after a harrowing drive down the slippery streets of Edmonton.

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Photo of socon67
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spencer96
1.25/5  rDev -67.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of mltobin
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PatrickCT
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tawny body, on the copper brown side. Perfectly clear. 2 fingers of beige, soapy head that dissipates quickly leaving a weak cap and light trailing lace.
Delicate and layered dough and grain with some earthy and medicinal hops. A prefect tease of what is to come.
Toasted bread, roasted grains then caramel mingle with a medicinal, grassy hop balance. The perfectly smooth and fluffy mouth feel is balanced by the finish which is just dry enough and with a touch of spice and alcohol.

This is the bar for the style of export marzens. If you rated one higher I guess I will be the one to tell you that you are just wrong. Perfect balance, wonderful mouth feel and just the right amount of carbonation and finish.

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Photo of mizx
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of safaricook
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luckydog91
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Grunauer in Kansas City.

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Photo of cknoch
3.09/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GuitarGeek153
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JoeYarchak
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A golden colored pour with a slight head. Crisp taste with sweeter aftertaste. Enjoyable

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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of monkist
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What makes an Oktoberfest beer - I ask myself? From the German side: perhaps less yeast and more hops. From a regular hoppy beerlover's side: more yeast than needed.
I found this beer tasting a bit corny (although it has none) but luckily enough, Paulaner can still make quality, it was not bad. It was all the time on the edge, on the brim of being neither good nor too bad. It is consumable, though one was quite enough. Guess I'm not meant for an Oktoberfest - had this in October though...

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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vetbidder
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Almost had a grassy hop scent with some malt in the back. Taste has some hops in there too along with some malt but I'm missing the toasty malt I normally associate with an Oktoberfest. Also has a sweet element. Medium/thin with medium/light carbonation which actually works with this brew. Pretty good.

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Photo of jreinha2
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 2,585 ratings
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