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

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,516 Ratings
Paulaner Oktoberfest-MärzenPaulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen
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:
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
Ratings:
2,516
Reviews:
1,117
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
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97
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342
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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.8% ABV, Best Before 03/13

A - Shining with gorgeous clarity, the polished copper color remains relatively lifeless below a tall, but quickly fading, off-white head. Small wisps of lace leave traces of it's former self on the glass.

S - Paulaner's Oktoberfest-Märzen has a voluptuously bready, toasted malt aroma that oozes sweetness, meanwhile earthy hops impart a sort of crisp herbal scent, balancing it out.

T - Toasted Vienna malts are prominent, giving the beer a toasted wheat bread with honey flavor that sits kind of thick on the tongue. Mild hops are much like the aroma in that they impart a mildly earthy finish that touches on herbal tones.

M - Paulaner Oktoberfest is one of the lesser drinkable beers of the style; with less hop balance, it's medium body and stronger maltiness rely solely on the dry, mildly crisp and faintly sulfuric finish to keep you're lips parting for another sip from the maaskrug.

O - Malt-driven to a T, Paulaner's Oktoberfest-Märzen is tasty and masterfully brewed, but it departs the style solely in that I don't find it as drinkable as other German oktos of the same ilk. Very good indeed, I quite enjoy it, I just wouldn't choose a liter of it.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of acevenom
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug. Pours clear amber with a tall, off-white head that dissipates slowly. There are lots of tiny streaming bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Some lacing is left behind as the head dissipates. There are aromas of bready malt and grassy and floral hops. The taste follows the nose. It's very bready. The hop bitterness is not strong, but it does lend some nice balance to the flavor. The body is light with adequate carbonation. The finish is smooth and dry. The drinkability is high. Overall, this is an excellent example of this style. Definitely give it a try.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

A. Standard amber color with a two finger head that lasts for only about a minute but leaves behind decent amounts of lacing.

S,T. Mild Earthen, grassy, and floral noble hopping, strong amounts of dry biscuit malts with a tint of yeasty breadiness. Relies more upon drier malts than the hopping to pull back into semi-dry balance.

M. Medium bodied, lighter side of medium carbonation levels.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite summer time and session beers. It has plenty of flavor and complexity while still having a refreshing and clean quality. A superb German lager.

A: light copper color with ruby highlights. Light carbonation dissipates quickly.

S: bread crust and bakery doughy smells. Feint grassy hop aroma. A light toffee sweetness is there too.

T: first gulp has a clean mineral quality with some alcohol. There is caramel flavor at first, followed by bready malt and then a clean, dry aftertaste with slight noble hops. Well balanced and designed to not overwhelm any one flavor/ sense

M : light and clean, not over carbonated. Allows for a crisp aftertaste.

O: a great example of traditional octoberfest. This one will always be on my top list. It has everything you could want in a beer

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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