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

very good
2,516 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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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%

Photo of Ri0
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12 oz bottle that is not as amber in color as most American versions. It is a bit darker with more of a brown tint. Nice classic German malt and noble hop profile in this Marzen. Taste is very bready, not as sweet, with a bit of spice. Nice and dry compared to American versions that seem to go overboard on the caramel malts. Pretty enjoyable and classic.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a lush, thick head of fine, creamy bubbles. Loopy, beautiful lacing, too. Splendid!

Nose is grainy and malty, with hints of caramel or toffee.

Taste is sweet, with a hint of roastiness. Drinks quite smoothly, with a slight citrus tang at the finish. Superb, rich in flavor, and an ideal Oktoberfest. A winner!

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Rather dark brown for style; clear with a bone head that has medium duration and lacing.

Aroma; too faint, featuring (as expected) more malt than hops.

T: more hops in the flavor such that they are on par with the malts, and the finish is mildly hoppy and bitter. Clean.

M: medium carbonation; thin-medium body.

O: very drinkable session beer. Relatively high ABV is well hidden.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another beer for Augustfest. 11.2 oz bottle poured into a stein.

A: Pours a darker copper color with good clarity. The head is a two finger offwhite color with nice retention. There's even some lace on the glass, which the other two marzens didn't provide.

S: Caramel malts and light noble hops. There's a cream-like scent I find enjoyable. Not the most interesting nose, but this isn't a RIS, so it doesn't really matter.

T: The toasty caramel malts and faint hops are typical, but what really sets this over the top is its note of almost milky cream, which helps give it a fantastic smoothness and drinkability. Not much complexity, but it doesn't strive for that, rather it aims to be drinkable yet extremely satisfying. In that regards, it's a roaring success.

M: The cream flavor pervades the mouthfeel a little, and dare I say it has a stout-like feel to it? Very smooth and downright delicate feeling, yet with the healthy carbonation and crispness typical of a marzen.

O: By the standards of the style, it's outright fantastic. Both wonderfully malty and smooth at the same time, this one is a joy to chug. One of the best marzens I've had not from Schlenkerla (which is a whole other beast entirely...)

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ShiftBeer
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of an odd brown/bronze color. Kinda ugly. Clear. Solid head.

Really nice smell of fresh noble hops. I appreciate how German octoberfests remember that octfests are meant to be balanced, sessionable beers and, thus, retain balancing characteristics like moderate hopping, instead of becoming malt bombs like many American octfests.

Body is smooth and somewhat fruity with a definate malted milk ball characteristic and just a light touch of crisp hops on the finish.

Pretty nice, balanced Octoberfest.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,516 ratings.
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