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Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Paulaner Oktoberfest BierPaulaner Oktoberfest Bier

Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier

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

Given my general taste for German beers, I was disappointed with Paulaner for this beer, nothing at all similar to any of the best Oktoberfest beers I've had. In general I would prefer a heavier, less wimpy German beer for the most German of all holidays.

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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%

Photo of djura
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden yellow color with high white foam,lasting for about minute. Small carbonation.

S-Sweet aroma,citrus and caramel i think.Alcohol in the nose also.

T/M-Spicy,low carbonation and bitterness,caramel again or something similar.

O-Very drinkable,but it must be cold in the glass!

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed November 9th 2011. 11.2 oz bottle, best consumed by 03/12, poured into a Blue Star Brewing Pint Glass.

A: Poured a very thin head. There's some nice carbonation rising which throws me off why I didn't get more of a head. The body is a dark amber, but still light enough to see through the glass and also not cloudy.

S: All I am really picking up is some nice light malts. Nothing really dominating in this smell, but it is nice.

T: Hits a very nice crisp taste. Malts are what I am taking in and even then they aren't that dominating. I feel as if heavier brews have almost ruined my palate. There is a light caramel and earthy taste. I am only really catching a slight bitterness on the tail end of the beer, but it's nice. This is simply a nice sweet beer.

M: Light body and medium carbonation.

O: Normally I would down a beer for these light characteristics, but I understand that a Oktoberfest is supposed to be smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. This beer hits all these qualities and I could imagine a large group of people drinking this all day at a festival. This beer is nice for what it promises and yeah I could drink a pack of this on a hot day.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a clear light copper color. Good 2 fingers worth of head that settles quickly to a small ring with no real lacing to speak of.

S: Lots of sweet malt, a little on the toasty side with a faint spicy hops floating around.

T: Smell does not disappoint, nice sweet toasted malt right up front. Mid palate has a nice spicy hops.. Nothing very strong, just a touch. The finish is pretty dry.

M: Medium body, very smooth.

D: Very drinkable Oktoberfest beer.... Just what a Oktoberfest beer should be... good malt flavor with a good ABV for the style. Worth looking for.

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Photo of Samp01
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark bronze / copper with nice lasting tan head. Aroma of toasted barley, sweet malt, bready, yeast and some slight fruity notes. Taste is same as aroma. Palate is a nice medium body with a nice smooth mouth feel and good carbonation. Finish is toasted barley and sweet biscuit malt with some yeast and light fruity notes and mild sweet bitter ending. Overall a very good drinkable and flavorful brew. A nice autumn brew.

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Photo of korguy123
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1L can into 1L Paulaner mug. Best before date of March 2012

A- Clear yellow pour, finger width white head that hangs on very briefly. Lacing is spotty.

S- Light yeast smell with a slight corn and grass touch to it. Slight bready sweetness.

T- Light bread with a grass and corn backing. Very bland.

M- Lively carbonation, thin bodied nothing to right home about.

O- Not true marzen. It's good, not great. 1L is an awful lot for this beer.

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Photo of keytown
2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark amber with half a finger white head.

S - Not much here on the smell, get a little banana & biscuit.

T - Some sweetness here. Getting some banana & clove, not much else going on here.

M - Light & watery.

O - Overall a decent beer, not great but not bad either.

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

An old favorite. A lacquered tan color complemented by a light, crisp aroma. Slightly malty with a clean, sharp finish—it’s everything I want in a marzen. Not sure if it’s brewed year round or the bottles that are available are old but on tap it’s fantastic.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass, this was amber in color. My expectations were low for the color, but it was actually a nice amber. A little darker than I expected.

The aroma showcases munich malt (I believe), and notes of bread are there. Although it does have faint notes of corn and plastic, which some marzens have. Faint caramel is there too.

Caramel and a cereal-like grain is more present on the taste. It does have a bready note to it as well. Noble hops are serve only to balance this.

Mouthfeel is a little boring. Carbonation is low, and it's a little lifeless.

Not bad. I know it's regarded highly in the marzen world, but I don't think it's as good as Ayinger.

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Photo of MerryTapster
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical Oktoberfest Marzen. Nothing spectacular but nothing bad either.

Overall: Malty, Bready with some fruity flavors. Decent head retention. Would be a fairly decent session beer if your looking for something darker but on the not so heavy side.

Apperance: Amber in color, decent head.

Smell: Malty, with some banana and caramel.

Taste: See Overall on top

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Photo of farrago
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light tan to eggshell white colored head, crests at about a half a finger, minimal retention and evaporates down to the surface quickly, little stickiness to the lacing as well. Clear amber orange to brown in color, lightens to a yellowish orange at the glass bottom, only a trace of bubbles visible. While there’s a decent core of malted milk balls, caramel and molasses to the nose there’s also a surprising amount of herbaceous notes and raw grains, at times gives it as much of a pretzel dough as bread character, offers more lemon zest than mix of peach, apple, pear fruit scents. Medium-bodied, zesty and refreshing mouth feel with that herbal side paired with pepper and flowers, the lemon contributes to forestalling the arrival of the caramel, molasses, honey aspects. White raisin and fig supplement the peach, apple fruit here and helps sweeten the back half. Carbonation is somewhat weak, more tiny prickle than a real contributing presence. Still, overall its freshness is appealing and it hits the “sweet spot” frequently enough to stay balanced and approachable.

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3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Gift-pack 1 litre can poured into 1 litre glass. Three pours in all.

Pours a two finger head, intense bubbling to start with , dies quickly. Head pits as it dies, not a good look after the great intial pour. Little lacing.

Aromas of bread, biscuit, malts.

Taste is sweet, malty, no hop presence, with a very identifiable initial watery mid-palate component.

Mouthfeel is watery, somethings up.

Overall, the sweetness catches up - affects drinakability as with all Marzens.

Note - glass supplied is large enough and heavy enough to warm beer quickly(!).

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Poured out with very little head. What head there was quickly disappeared, leaving the ol' frothiness around the edges of the glass. Very attractive deep amber color to this beer. I'd love to see a "mass" of this headed at me in an Oktoberfest tent.

-Smell 3.0: Has very little aroma, which was surprising. What I do smell is barley malt and some sugar. All very subdued.

-Taste 4.0: Sweet up front, followed by a deep barley taste. The aftertaste is slightly hoppy and sweet. Very nice and balanced taste to this brew that is excellent with food or just as a session beer.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Slightly too much carbonation, but not distracting. Thick in the mouth initially, it quickly becomes a thin feeling liquid. Refreshing, but not outstanding.

-Overall 3.5: Certainly one of, if not the best Oktoberfest beer available in the US. This is worth picking up, either in cans or bottles. I've had both and both are excellent session beers and are also excellent with food, particularly my favorite German dish: Saurbraten. Only available for a limited time, so buy 'em if you find 'em!

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Photo of Pintofbrown
2.56/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Golden and cloudy body with no carbonation present. A ring of film surrounds the pint glass. I did not see the pour and the beer was served ice cold.

Smell- There is almost nothing here to smell. I can pick up some wheat and that is about it, moving right along I suppose.

Taste- The Maerzen characteristics are watered down at best, some herbal notes that are more sweet. It is a wheat backbone, but it is weak. Not very impressive for an Oktoberfest.

Mouth feel- It is light and watery. No carbonation to lift it up and make it fizzy.

Overall- Probably one of the Oktoberfest's you could skip without worry.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: light amber with a half finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell: Heavy malts, spices; a very earthy scent. Honestly, the smell was my favorite part of this tasting. Kept sniffing it again and again. Minimal lacing on my nose.

Taste: Great malty sensations throughout with a dry, apple finish.

Mouthfeel: medium, good carbination

Overall: a decent Oktoberfest. Very sessionable. A perfect "watching the leaves fall" kinda brew.

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

1 Litre can poured in Paulaner Oktoberfest mug.

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of bready and caramely matls with some nice grassy and spicy noble hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice bready malt flavour to it with some caramel and some nice grassy hops with a slight spiciness. Clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance of malts and hops.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. Solid Oktoberfest beer!

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

A: Pours a golden amber color, crystal clear. Thin white head fades quickly leaving no film except a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Decent amount of lacing on the drinking side of the glass.

S: Sweet, bready malt, biscuit. Grassy hops.

T: Biscuit, bread crust, grassy hops with a bit of spice. Crisp and clean.

M: Medium bodied with just a slight sting from the carbonation.

O: This is a solid, enjoyable beer. Anyone looking for a great example of the Marzen style would do well to start here.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 2,589 ratings
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