Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Paulaner Oktoberfest BierPaulaner Oktoberfest Bier
BA SCORE
3.87/5
2,575 Ratings
Paulaner Oktoberfest BierPaulaner Oktoberfest Bier
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:
#8,168
Reviews:
1,128
Ratings:
2,575
pDev:
11.37%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
Wants:
99
Gots:
371
Trade:
0
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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 Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper orange with a 2 inch off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is very biscuit-like with some caramel and citrus aromas. Taste is exactly like the smell with biscuit, caramel, and some citrus zest on the finish. There is really no bitterness but there is a weird astringency on the tongue after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Oktoberfest beer but I am not a fan of the astringent aftertaste I am getting from this bottle.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a nice looking amber color. The head was a light tan color that leaves a little bit of lacing. The smell of the beer had some really nice autumn aromas to it. There was the smell of dried leafs, some cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg. The taste of the beer wasn't overly spiced at all. It was rather mellow tasting. The malts were the biggest part of the flavor. There wasn't much in way of hops. The mouthfeel was smooth and drinkable. Overall this was a pretty nice Märzen.

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The best of the German Octoberfests that I tried. This is also the only one I would probably even buy again (compared to Hacker-Pschorr and Hofbrau). Definitely has a nice European taste to it and some of the falls pices can be detected. I thought it could improve a lot in the body as it was way too thin for my liking. I still like the American versions better but this was a solid o-fest.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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 BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised to see that I had never reviewed this beer. A frequent sampling at my local German Pub -- Marrikas. A staple malty, lager with big bready and fruity notes and evidence of nice maturity and age. The beer, appearing a hazy rust color and good retention throws up good fruity esters in the aroma. Aromas and flavors of ripe-to-bruised fruits of figs, dates, and prunes. Maybe an orange, apple, and pear thrown in. The fruit flavors begin to overtake the bready and yeasty flavors that are present. Light alcohols show sweetness throughout. Medium to heavy body for the style. Finishes sweet and fruity. Never dry. A good middle-of-the-road beer when you want good flavors, but not and intense beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1L behemoth of a can, sold inside an even more gargantuan, solid-ass German beer stein.

This beer pours a clear pale golden hue, with three fingers of puffy, billowing, and densely foamy off-white head, which leaves a thick spattering of painted lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of grainy, somewhat sweet barley malt, a bit of sour breadiness, some soft orchard fruitiness, and tame earthy, leafy noble hops. The taste is sweet bready malt, with a significant edgy, flinty swath cut through it, origins difficult to surmise, some slightly stale buttery character, and herbal, leafy hops. A meek, probing booze essence arises here and there as I make my way through this tome of a beer.

The bubbles are rather restrained in their placid frothiness (and given the general purpose of this particular style, that's a well-conceived trait), the body a decent medium-light weight, and smooth, but for a hollow metallic and hoppy twang. It finishes mostly sweet, the graininess riding out the now fallen away mineral and booze twinges, and the hops (and hop extract) doing a commendably cute job of providing the illusion of balance.

Unfortunately, Paulaner's rendition of this seasonal style is not the biscuity, bready, softly balanced, moderately ABV-enhanced standard-bearer that I was expecting, but adequate enough in what it does offer, once those awkward umami moments (say that 10 times quickly, or after finishing this can) have passed. And nice of the manufacturers in the Bavarian Land to allow we foreigners to experience the same overindulgences they do, as not so subtly suggested by this crazily (but apt) bloated serving size. Prost, I guess.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.81/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 30th, 2010. Pours a clear blonde-gold with a four finger head that reduces slowly. A fairly thick head. Mildly appealing.

Smell: A barely detectable biscuity smell. Actually a bit foul. Not appealing.

Taste: One note and finish. The note that's there is actually pretty good, standard barley with a twist. The finish gets the job done. No complaints.

Mouthfeel: Quite nice, but the finish is a bit wet. There's an uncomfortable slide from the body to the finish, sort of an increase in coarseness.

Drinkability: I'd have another, but there are better offerings.

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Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BBD 06/14

Poured into a pint glass, there's a billowing head that rises to the rim of the glass, 2-3 fingers width, with a halo of spotty lace in the glass. Bright clarity, copper amber color.

Toasty grains, mild unsweetened caramel, dry.

Clean toasted grains, slight apple esters, dry toast in the aftertaste. Slight papery note, not sure if oxidation or intentional. Light feel, smooth and dry with a slight bitterness in the finish and light honey graham lingering afterwards. Mild and drinkable, maybe a little too mild.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice amber color with frothy head but minimal lacing once it dissipates

Smell: Malty smell with a bit of toasty bread

Taste: Initial malty breadiness with nice toffee flavors is soon complemented by some light hops to provide a nice balance through to the finish, which is a tad sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; very smooth

Drinkability: Typical example of the style

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours out an amber hue with a small, short-lived head. Leaves no lacing.

S - Smelled of hops and malt.

T - It is quite malty and has a clove taste. There is a nice sweet touch, as well.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied.

D - A very nice flavorful octoberfest. It just tastes very good.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of largadeer
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a 5L mini-keg into a 1L stein, this beer sits in the glass a perfectly clear auburn color. The head is three fingers high, thick and frothy, almost nitro-esque in density. Yeah, this is pretty impressive.

Smell: Caramel on toast. Hints of vanilla and dried fruit. Clean but unspectacular.

Taste & mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth, very malty. Grainy sweetness, toasted bread and nuts, a bit of dark fruit. Faintly mineral/metallic. Great mouthfeel; medium-light in body and carbonation, not so heavy or fizzy that it's difficult to drink a liter. The finish is moderately drying and only faintly hoppy. This is pretty straight-forward stuff, but very enjoyable for what it is.

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Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 2,575 ratings
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