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

very good
2,518 Ratings
Paulaner Oktoberfest-MärzenPaulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen

Brewed by:
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tawny brown with about an inch and half foamy head. Nice bubbles coming off the bottom of the drink. Clear as crystal. Weak retention and lacing. Smells of spice and floral hops. Some citrus also. Nice malt sweetness pulling through. Taste of slight spices. Good balance of malt and hops with low bitterness at the finish. A little watery, but smooth nonetheless. A pretty good marzen

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Paulaner's Oktoberfest Märzen pours a deep tawny amber with a head that is slow to rise. The color of this Oktoberfest is darker than most.

The nose is appealing. Roasted malts toss up aromas of butterscotch and dark caramel. But there is also a faint tinny smell, which has me worried.

The taste follows the nose. The malty flavor of this beer is delicious, perhaps the best I've had in the style. The beer finishes much drier than most Märzens. In the upper-right corner of the label is written the word "Ale." Anyone who knows the history of Märzen brewing knows that Märzens are lagers. I am confused by the language, but delighted by the unexpected tastes I find in this beer. However, despite the perfectly toasted malt and interesting yeast-derived characteristics, the tinny flavor does gradually take over and ruin the beer's appeal. The last few sips were chores.

The mouthfeel is lovely. The beer's full body coats the palate with the rich flavors of caramel and butterscotch. A gentle roll about the tongue whips up a gentle froth that enriches the feel of the liquid without overpowering it. If only that tinny taste weren't getting in the way...

Some aspects of this beer suggest that Paulaner's Oktoberfest Märzen may be one of the best Märzens out there. I suppose I'll have to travel to Munich before I can say for sure.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,518 ratings.
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