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

very good
2,510 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of Loaf31
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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

Photo of swetsastonic
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P:  Pours a dark copper color with a full finger of frothy none colored head that vacates quick but leaves a nice creamy layer behind. Delicate lacing surrounds the glass. 

S:  Sweet dark fruits, plums, cherries, raisins, prunes, doughy yeast and a gracious spice aroma. Banana and clove and toasted caramel and toffee malt. Timid oak and spice bitterness. 

T/M:  Creamy and velvety mouthfeel with delicate carbonation. Toasted caramel and toffee malts base followed by stale wheat bread, molded wood, and a generous amount of spiced rum soaked persimmons.  The finish is semi dry lingering honey and spiced hops.  A musty taste surrounds the bouquet of flavors and is well fitting. 

O:  A solid Munich Marzen that has the spicy hop profile to back the toasted caramel and toffee malt base.  Not overly complex but great flavors that provide a delicious October brew.  The dose of hops may be a tad too much for the style but I liked it due to the fact that I love hops. Be sure to add this to your Marzen line up to try. Cheers! 

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Photo of kindbill
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of kurgan3
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of PGVG
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Aleforme
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of Renegrenade
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Bockrules
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a light, perfectly transparent copper with a steady stream of bubbles rising to the off-white one-finger head. Head is disappearing rather rapidly. Head is just a thin ring of bubbles a quarter of the way down the glass. Leaves behind virtually no lacing.

S - Caramel malt and spicy saaz/noble(?) hops reach the nose upon opening the bottle.

T - A bit of dark cinnamon and saaz hop spiciness upfront. Weak caramel malt makes its way into the flavor profile in the body, but spicy hops still dominate. A quick flash of bitterness as the beer passes over the back of the tongue quickly fades away to spiced rum and caramel finish.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with ample carbonation. Suits the beer fine although the body could stand to be a tad thicker.

Paulaner's Oktoberfest commits the deadly sin of being under malted in what should be a toasty and complex brew. The result is a weak tasting beer, who's only saving grace is a nice dose of hop spiciness. A decidedly average beer overall that is not worth the premium price tag. I don't plan on purchasing this again. I'm 0 for 2 on German Marzens.

Note - best by 9/12, so the beer wasn't over cellard .

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Photo of doc17325
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of snowsurfer422
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of PatGreer
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of dwxr
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Checkurtone
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, dark golden amber with a thick, silky looking 2 finger head. Excellent retention. Resulting lace is thick and with good stick.

Smell - Notes of grain, sweet honey and floral hops.

Taste - Sweeter in the mouth than on the nose. Lots of honey bread character dancing around subtle notes of soft caramel and some distant euro floral hoppiness. Finishes with lingering honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, but somewhat chewy on the back end. Decent carbonation.

Overall - This is a total honey bomb, with a greater emphasis on malts than hops. I don't know that I could session this, but it's certainly good for a try here and there. Would I buy it again? IDK... so many god beers, so little time (and money).

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Photo of pkalix
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beautiful candy-brown color, or dark copper if you will. no head; no lacing. well, unless that is considered lacing....
sweet malty aroma, sweet malty taste.
commercial as heck but kicks butt over any american commercial. always a good selection with friends or watching sports. not terribly spectacular, but the quality is always there and i CAN drink 3 of these. i mean, what do YOU consider 'session'? and of course, if i'm limited to only ONE type of beer, i'm bringing in the side whiskey chasers. (i'm a big guy- i need the volume of alcohol...).
mouthfeel is light, but deceivingly so due to the dark tint of the beer. overall, it's a 'standard'. something you can go to and always know it'll be decent. good ol' germany. decent beer, bratwursts, and beautiful long-leggged blondes. what the heck else do you need to be happy?

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Photo of Rojada1988
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AdamBear
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A-amber with a thin white head

S-honey and dough. Good Oktoberfest scent. Medium to faint scent

T-comes in with a very light taste of honey and adjunct grains. It's got some bitterness to it as well. Matching after-taste. Not too great.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-a bit too adjunct tasting for me. This really isn't how I like my German oktoberfests. It doesn't have a good taste and it isn't something I could drink all might long.

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Photo of bump8628
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle. Pours a clear copper amber with a solid dose of white foam that laces nicely. Bready, toasty, caramel - pretty standard Oktoberfest profile. Clean with a mild floral bitterness. A touch of grape-like fruitiness. Dry with above average carbonation. A nice example of the style. Worth picking up a bottle or two this time of year.

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Photo of troysoy2
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, best by 5/13, poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

Big, finger and a half of bubbly, white head over a deep amber body. Decent retention, but not a ton of lacing.

Very aromatic, biscuity malt. Caramel in the background, as well as laid back citrus.

The taste is definitely interesting. Very biscuity, bready up front. Buttery caramel hides in the middleground, along with maybe a hint of oxidation. The citrus freshens up what would otherwise be a drab, biscuit-bomb of a beer. Crisp, if a tad watery on the mouthfeel.

Not my favorite, but I can definitely see what this beer has going for it.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,510 ratings.
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