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

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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.

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Photo of pettis
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frothy white head lasts several minutes and sits upon a amber-yellow brew. A little bit drier than I expected--I thought there'd be more sweetness from the malt as I've found in other Märzens. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as the beer hangs together quite well and is probably more drinkable as a result of the drier taste and crisp finish.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a red-copper with a one and a half finger white head with some lacing and good retention.
S- The smell is malty with a toffee, caramel, nutty presence.
T- It's a bit more on the light malt than some octoberfests, but there is stil a deep caramel, toffee, lightly biscuity flavor.
M- Medium light body, medium carbonation, long, slightly sticky, but still relatively clean finish.
O- This might not be my favorite in the style, but it's still the standard by which I judge others in the style. It's a good, standard example of the style.

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

Poured from an 33cl bottle into a pint glass, best before date of 12/11.

This pours a nice amber color with an okay white head. The smell is a grainy bready smell. Feel is medium to light. The taste is pretty somewhat light, yet good, I get the bready malts with a little toffee at the end. Overall a nice oktoberfest.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

One of many O-Fests finally getting sampled this year. Took me long enough... It pours a mostly clear rusted copper topped by a finger of light dusty-cream foam. The nose comprises mild caramel, wheat, light rye bread, orange zest, and coriander. The taste brings in more of the same, with a more pronounced caramel flavor and an addition of a few cashews. This nuttiness and maltiness really helps this brew pop a bit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, this is probably my favorite of the European O-Fests available 'round here. Not bad at all.

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Photo of chrisrhoppe
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a light amber copper color, near perfect clarity, big soapy head that quickly retreats. Lots of malt in the nose with a slight toffee nut like suggestion, Tastes of sweet malt with a faint toasty character, almond (?), and mild herbal hop with a fluffy creamy mouth feel. Finish lingers with sweet malt sticking to the tongue.

A refreshing beer and about as good as a Marzen (that’s not deliciously smoked) can get.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a deep, dark golden red. It has a light, frothy head.

It has a simple aroma. The smell is a straightforward, grainy harvest.

The flavor is bold, with caramel, sweet malt, honey, and orange blossom. The grain taste is thorough, but not grand.

The mouthfeel has a lot of coating, and a lot of carbonation.

Overall, this beer is just OK. While it may be true to style, it is not dynamic. It is meant more for drinking out of a large stein in the open air than sipping in the living room. That said, the former scenario sounds like a great time.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured into my Sam Adams Octoberfest half liter mug. It pours a light copper with an thick off white head that slowly dissipates. There is some very slight lacing.

S-Very, very malty as it should be. It smells of raisins, slightly musty, and a hint of hops.

T-Malts dominate for sure, but there is a slight hint of grassy hops that might could be of the Noble variety. As the nose suggests there is some raisin flavor, some caramel and as noted before grassy hops. It finishes clean. It is very refreshing.

M-Thinner than some American craft versions, but about what I would expect from a European brewery.

D-Very drinkable. The flavor is good and it is not too filling. It would be great to spend and entire day at Oktoberfest drinking this.

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Photo of IronLover
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a bottle - best by May 2012. Nutmeg brown in color with an orange hue and perfect clarity. Poured with a modest frothy white head that reduced to a wispy cap and a few sticky lacings on the glass. Crisp, sweet, bready malt aroma with a hint of nuts and an earthy undertone. Bready malt flavor up front, tangy, lemon citrus in the middle and smooth, wet, mellow finish. Smooth, clean and mellow. An easy drinking, satisfying autumn lager. After trying a hand full of oktoberfests this season, this one is pretty damn good.

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Photo of adam42381
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at Peg's Cantina on 9/10/11.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark caramel brown with yellow highlights and a 1/2 finger off-white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Very German, traditional Oktoberfest aroma. Nice earthy malts.

Taste: Sweet German malt throughout with a touch of hops at the finish. Malty aftertaste. Not a complex flavor, but a good one nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could drink a few without much trouble.

Overall: Good beer overall. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Lively amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three finger white head with nice retention. Lacing is fairly light.

Smell: Sweet biscuity caramel malts and wheat cereal grains make up most of the aroma. Also some hints of orange citrus, spice, and some grassy hops. Mostly grains and malt.

Taste: Taste is mostly wheat grains and sweet pale malts. A decent earthy hop presence helps balance things. Also some light hints of citrus and spice. Grains stand out the most.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly lively carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

Overall: A pretty decent take on a Marzen. Tasty and pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of Beeronious07
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a friend give it to as one of 6pack that he got in a temperature of 5 Celsius in a 0.3 liter Glass.
Best before end: 04/12.

A - strong golden colour, white head not a lot of retention and 1 finger head. none lacing at all.

S - herby and mainly fruity.

T - very strong taste just like the smell, but with some honey as well.

M - a lot of carbonation but still very easy to drink.

O - very tasty and at the same time easy to drink beer.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't overly impressed with this Oktoberfest, though I'm a big fan of Paulaner's other brews. Pours a medium brown with almost no head. Smell is sweet and malty, and the taste is smooth -- but for a marzen, it just seemed a little flat to me. Wanted it to have just a bit more of a kick to it. That said, its taste is very well balanced and this would be a great session beer for the fall/winter. Glad I got a six pack of it -- just not sure if I'd buy it again.

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

Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier, ABV: 6.0%.
500 ml bottle, 20.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: I pour a golden-coloured liquid, with a big, slightly off-white foam that leaves good lacing. This looks good - way above my expectations.

S: Malty, herbal and somewhat fruity on the nose, with notes of citrus (lemons, oranges), hay, spices and syrup-y bread. I sense some cardboard, but that doesn't really bother me.

T: The flavours are malty and fruity as well, with white bread, honey, butter, herbs, spices, citrus and apples. The alcohol isn't masked too well, though.

M: This is relatively smooth, and it has got a decent body.

O: Finally a good Oktoberfestbier from Munich - after the likes from Hofbräu, Löwenbräu and Spaten I was beginning to loose faith. This one from Paulaner doesn't contain all of those (more or less) unpleasant flavours I've encountered with the others. It's drinkable and smooth, with a nice fruity, herbal and spicy touch, and does the job quite well for me.

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Photo of KDawg
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this poured a very good and dark orange color with a malty head. Classic aromas of grains, a lot of cereal, some oranges and copper tones as well. Medium/full bodied with a lot of malty tones and some oranges on the palate. Very good with the feel being what was best on the beer

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Photo of DrewShal9
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: light brown almost amber in color with a quarter inch white head....lots of constantly rising tiny bubbles
S: caramel, slightly metallic, hay, my buddy says it smells like a quarter haha
T: caramel, a tiny bit of fruitiness, and some hops at the end. Delicious!
M: very light and velvety. Light and lingering bubbles
O: very drinkable and would have never known this is 6%. Quite yummy! Definitely want to comp pare to a bottle and going to order another one!

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Photo of jonb5
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half litre bottle. No real head retention, pale colour, very clear. Smelled hints of hay. This beer was on the sweet side but well balanced. It was crisp, refreshing and went down very well. Wasn't complex but thats not the point of this one. Without doubt the most drinkable Oktoberfest beer i've had

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.29/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tapped into a pint glass at the Flying Saucer in Austin.

Appearance - Clear brown body. Dull- white head.

Smell - Musky. like a Warsteiner. Corn. Corn. Corn. Musk.

Taste - Stale. Musky. Dry. Grassy. Earthy. Despite all these descriptors, not a particularly complex brew.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. About right for the style. Not particularly enjoyable.

Overall Drinkability - Not a very good beer; not good for its style either.

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

Clear amber with a faint trace of olive. The head quickly dissipates, but leaves some lacing. The nose offers bready aromas.

I didn't think this beer was particularly well balanced (maybe it's just me). There is a nice toasted malt sweetness, but I think it's a bit too bitter at mid-palate. Still, a tasty beverage.

I liked this, but I probably won't buy it again. There are others I found that are more pleasing to my tastebuds and to my wallet.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass -best by 04/12.

A:Poured a clear light caramel color with three finger head that decended into a thin line of a lacing, decent carbonation.

Smell: Caramel, light malt ,slight hop,spice.

T: Toffee , sweet fruit hints, roasted malts, slight spice ,tiny hop hints .

O: Overall a decent representation of the style, easy to drink and perfect for the season, I could easily drink a few of these in a setting.

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Photo of Sensaray
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear brownish copper wtih 1 finger white head.

Smells like caramel and toasty malts if you sniff around a bit.

A caramel sweetness that arrives mid sip is pleasant. A light sweetness you're left with is also redeeming but not too much. Hop profile is there but in the way way background. Nice spice.

Mouthfeel is light medium and pretty smooth, crisp.

Easy to drink is what I'd say overall.

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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 tito42
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from glass to a Blvd. Smokestack tulip. Best by 06/12.

A: Siena and clear. Thin, white head dissipates quickly to wisps and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Biscuity malts, caramel, and alcohol.

T: Very much like the nose. Rich roasted malts and a hint of caramel. Effervescent, alcoholic finish.

M: A little lighter bodied than I expected, very crisp.

O: A good Oktoberfest, very straightforward. I seem to like those offerings in the style that branch out a bit from this. It doesn't excite me in any one regard, but is so solid in all I bump it's overall rating up to 4.0.

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Photo of tko741
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like honeyed Autumn itself poured into my 24oz Mason jar (makes an excellent glass, by the way). A two-finger head, nicely bone-colored, turns into a thin cloud over the beer. Some little nips of lace hang around inside the glass.

Upon sniffing, it's bready, rich and malty, with that distinct German beeryness, which I guess is a lingering German hop smell.

This is a damn fine Oktoberfest. Smooth and nutty upfront, with raisiny malts. Finishes up with some noble-tasting hops that sneak in behind the big mask of malt. While that sounds big, nothing here is overpowering at all. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and the tastes are moderate enough to drink this in large quantities throughout the fall. Which, by the way, hasn't begun yet; good for me.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fluffy and fizzy 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly at first but slows, over crystal clear amber nectar orange color.

Nose has malts, mostly light lager sweet malts but hints of reddish malts, little toasty and touch of caramel, some light lager fruits, and nice wafting bright malts.

Taste starts malty but slightly watery as well, but the watery taste fades quickly as the malts take over, bringing more sweet lager style malts, lager fruits, some crisp and clean lager flavors, then light toasty malts and hint of caramel, toffee, and slight nutty taste. As the malts mellow the hops start to come into play, with hints of grassy and touch earthy hops bringing some bitterness, and a faint hint of spicy hop on the finish. The finish is not as clean and dry as I expected, a hint of sweetness and sticky, nice malts and spicy hops on the finish.

Mouth is med to slightly lesser bodied, decent carbonation.

overall nice, not the best of the style but decent, nice malts, some good hops on the finish, could have used a bit more of a clean dry finish, and the beginning it starts slightly watery which was a bit of a throw off, but overall it was nice.

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Photo of uawildcat
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Pours with a white finger sized head that disappears quickly. Has copper hue with large bubbles.

S – Not too much of a smell, but it is a lager beer. It smells of a champagne, apple-y, and malty sweet. Actually, had another one and realized that it is quite a feat for a lager to smell this good.

T – Taste is very similar to the smell. The malty sweetness is much greater than the champagne fruitiness. Tons of flavor; then again most lagers that I have had before are American adjunt lagers.

M – Feels light and watery on the palate and slightly prickly carbonation, but not too prickly. Very refreshing.

O – A very drinkable beer with plenty of flavor. A year-round brew that one can drink multiples of.

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