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

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2,514 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 mcallister
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deeper copper almost amber in color than the Hacker-Pschorr O-fest I just had. But no carbonation bubbles at all. Head is fuller in density and just as high at a good three fingers. Leaving sticky lacing behind.

Nose isn't nearly as effervescent and vibrant as the H-P. Burnt caramel aromas, some dark bread, light toffee, with floral, and herbal noble hop notes. Gotta get your nose down in this one.

Nice delicate juicy malts. Bready, with some sweet cereal grain flavors. Toffee and caramel sweetness dried out by a sufficient dose of nobles. Again great bready, malty middle almost like chewing on the grain. Love this time of year.

The carbonation level could be a bit higher and help things come together otherwise still a terrific beer.

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

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Best before: 03/12. Oktoberfest Maerzen.

Appearance: Pours a watery cola colored body with a thin head that recedes very quickly. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Burnt or toasted caramel aroma. Smells sweet and malty.

Taste: Full malt flavor in this Oktoberfest. Sweet toffee flavor with little to no bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and syrupy. A pleasant surprise based upon the appearance. Carbonation is there, but not overpowering.

Overall: Good, but something missing for my tastes. Anxious to try more Oktoberfests as the season goes on.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From Notes) 12 oz bottle (One of the most beautiful labels I have ever seen) poured into a .5 L Paulaner mug

A - Beautiful copper color. Deep reddish brown that is completely transparent. Pours a nice creamy white head the quickly recedes. Very little activity The deep copper is really something to see. Awesome fall colors.

S - Big roasted malt character. Carmel and honey. Very little hop flavoring at all

T - Grainy husks and barley. Bread-like and something you can almost chew on. Surprisingly dry finish in the back

M - A bit think, could use some more bubbles or hops to round out the malt a bit.

O - A classic example of the style, totally reminds me of fall and something I look forward to getting again soon.

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

Bottle (best by date of 8/11) poured into imperial pint glass (7/11). Just before the best by date.

A- Copperish orange. Minimal off white head. Fades quickly.

S- Toasted malt, bread. No hop presence to note.

T- Sweet, bread like malt, some toasted cracker behind that. A minor hop bitterness sweeps over the tongue on the finish.

M- Medium bodied. Light on the carbonation.

O- I am not a huge Marzen fan, but this one is better than most of the American takes on the style that I've had.

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Photo of Naugros
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've got to say that I'm a bit disappointed in this beer. I expected more of a head from a German classic, but I've barely got any floaters left after only the most minimal of rises. The body is the right color though, a nice dark amber, bordering on brown.

Even the smell is a bit underwhelming. Mulitgrain bread malts are balanced with German hops and a bit of roast. So yeah, it's where it should be but it's nothing special above that.

The taste is what compensates a bit. The malts take on a sweeter and nuttier character, exhibited more caramel and less roast. The hops become a bit more assertive and very floral, throwing a decent amount of bitterness to counteract the sweetness of the malts. It's all balanced pretty well. The mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium and allows for an easy-drinking beer.

I could see gulping down huge glass steins of this beer all day long while eating giant pretzels, roasted sausages and schnitzel until it comes out of my ears. You'll want to keep me away from the sauerkraut and sauerbraten, if you know what's good for you.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a nice looking amber color. The head was a light tan color that leaves a little bit of lacing. The smell of the beer had some really nice autumn aromas to it. There was the smell of dried leafs, some cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg. The taste of the beer wasn't overly spiced at all. It was rather mellow tasting. The malts were the biggest part of the flavor. There wasn't much in way of hops. The mouthfeel was smooth and drinkable. Overall this was a pretty nice Märzen.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers of cream-colored head over a clear copper/amber body

S - sweet caramely malt; grain; not much in the hop department beyond a hint of grass; touch of alcohol

T - sweet caramel and roasted malt; some floral hop flavor emerges in the finish, mingled with grain; well-balanced

M - chewy medium body; smooth with a bite from the moderate carbonation

0 - I have only tried a few offerings from Paulaner, but I have yet to be disappointed. This is a good representation of the style.

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

A: The beer pours a light copper color with a finger or so of white head.

S: Nice breadiness to it with some lightly toasty and nutty malts to it. Mild hop character which is lightly spicy and grassy. Hints of toffee and caramel are also present.

T: Toffee and bread give a lot of the beer most of its flavor and the sweetness. Mild hop flavor are here with some grassy, floral, and earthy notes, but hardly any bitterness. A definite yeasty character also exists.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: An okay Oktoberfest, but not the greatest.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Erdinger weizen glass.

A - Pours an clear amber colour with a frothy white head that reduces to a film and laces.

S - Yaest and malt with a hint of caramel

T - Same as smell and a little bitter on the finish.

M - Medium to light body with medium carbonation

O - Recommended and well worth a try

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Photo of hiku7
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle to a nonic pint glass and enjoyed on my back porch as the spring sun disappeared this evening. Overall, I really liked this beer. It exemplifies the style, dominated by a delicious toasted malt, like having your breakfast toast in a beer. Simple, rich and tasty, though I don't buy this style too often, I seem to enjoy it each time I do.

A - Poured a clear deep amber-orange with a two finger off-white to cream colored head. The head was noticeably darker and richer than I expected, and added to the anticipation. Nice lines of bubbles soldiering up in streams.

S - Doughy and yeasty. No fruit or hop smell. Very clean smelling.

T - This is like drinking a fresh loaf of bread out of the oven. Deep toasted malt smell balanced by a very light noble hop bitterness. I didn't taste the alcohol, but felt it slightly after finishing the pint.

M - Medium lager bodied with a crisp dry finish that nicely complements the malty initial taste. Very drinkable.

Based on drinking this, I will be trying other Paulaner offerings.

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Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes...

This is a clear bright amber edging almost into copper. A soft off-white head settles just over a finger high and sits densely for awhile, eventually settling to a thick head that leaves moderate lacing in sticky patches.
This is a solid but light aroma, as well-balanced as could be expected with a bready, malty backbone offering caramel and biscuit coupled with floral hops. I'd like a bit more of the character to come out the way it does in the flavor, however.
There's all kinds of malt character in this beer, so a very doughy and caramel sweet body remains strong and steady without detracting from the hops flavors offering a nice, soft but flavorful balancing bitterness.
The body is medium and this is a pretty smooth beer as well as being quite clean. The finish remains smooth and doesn't linger too long.
This beer is a poster child for the style, and it does very well as such. I do believe it has been surpassed by exceptional variations such as NG's Staghorn.

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

I poured a 12 oz bottle into my glass mug...

The liquid was copper and burnt orange with a thick off white had that had medium sized bubbles.

It smells of nutty malt, caramel malt, toasted malts, some earthy tones and a hint of apricot.

I tasted some grassy hops, nutty, toasted, sweet malt, a hint of lemon and a bready aftertaste.

This beer is medium bodied and has perfect, soft carbonation.

Great session beer, you drink one and crave another.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into dimple glass. This beer is my top 5 rated oktoberfest beers. Clear and deep golden pour with a nice creamy and laceing white head. The nose is sweet, malty. It starts with a mild mouthfeel and a sweetish, biscuit-liked flavour The aroma has mainly a malty character completed by light spicy, herbal/hay and bottom fermented yeast notes. The clean finish is tiny spicy, citric and a bit dry which remain in a herbal liked aftertaste. In spite of its relatively higher ABV, it's easy drinkable. Mild and rounded.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Copper, orange color with decent head.
S-Roasted malts. Smells so fresh.
T-Definition of the style. great malt profile. Makes me want a pretzel with beer cheese.
M-Crisp, clean and refreshing
D-Awesome. I cannot wait to try this at oktoberfest in Munich. Could drink liters upon liters of this brew

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Photo of Aphexwolf
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, pale orange, light-to-medium head that dissipates quickly
Smell: Dark, sweet, malty caramel. Nice.
Taste: Hoppy but not too dark, balanced with caramel malts. High quality taste.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium.
Drinkability: Good
Summary: This is a great beer. I gave it 8.4/10, or a B. Something about this beer screams "fresh ingredients". It tastes very natural. While the beer doesn't particularly jump out at me, it goes down well and is filling like an Octoberfest beer should be. Goes great with chicken, sauerkraut, and bratwurst.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.01/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We pour a golden brew that holds a two finger head of soft white bubbles. It recedes at a medium speed, leaving little lacing. Carbonation is highly active, and no sediment is noted. The beer is entirely translucent, with good clarity. The aroma consists primarily of malts, so much so that it becomes floury to the nose. There are also notes of possible adjuncts such as corn, honey, and a slight nuttiness way in the back. The taste is light, beginning with corny, standard malts. If you hold the sip in your mouth that white flour chalkiness is palpable. The middle is of cleaner malts, with a sweetness that is both bready and citrusy. We finish with these same notes, which mix with a saltiness and some spice. While it is really invisible everywhere else, some alcohol rumbles through in the breath of the aftertaste. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high, which cuts down on any creaminess that this brew might have possessed. The feel is otherwise neither coating, satiating, or drying. The mouth is just wet. The abv is within range, and the drinkability is standard.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was how well the taste made up for a fairly weak and faint aroma. The sipping was clean, for the most part, and easy. The inclusion of the ultra malty flour sensation in both the aroma and the taste conjured up curious thoughts from the drinker.

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Photo of philbertk
2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--1997 16.9 oz. 5.50% ABV. (3.0 / 5.0) Cloudy orange golden color. Medium Head. Restrained citrus notes balanced by decent malt body. Sampled 10/10/1997.
Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--1998 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Slightly sweet with chalky, rich malt body. Different yeast flavor. Sampled 9/25/1998. Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--Accordian Monks--1999 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Very clear bright amber color. Light fruit front. Sweet rich smooth malty body. Light toasted doughy cherry flavor. Not as earthy as Northwest Oktoberfest's yet a nice ale. Finishes flavorfully clean. Sampled 10/16/1999.
Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--Chugging Herren--1999 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Very clear bright amber color. Light fruit front. Sweet rich smooth malty body. Light toasted doughy cherry flavor. Not as earthy as Northwest Oktoberfests yet an ale. Finishes flavorfully clean. Sampled 10/16/1999.
Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--2000 16 oz. Bottle. 5.8% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear rich deep bright copper amber color. Smooth rich lager malty body with mild toasted fruit sweetness. Caramel cherry notes. Clean lingering toasted dough end. Lagered Amber minus hops. Sampled 7/27/2000.

Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--Chugging Herren--2000b 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Clear bright rich amber red color. Bavarian fruit malt front. Toasty cherry biscuit malty body with medium sweetness. Rich smooth flavor. Ends with a crisp Bavarian spiciness. Rich and malty. Sampled 10/11/2000.
Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear thin copper amber color. Light head and lace. Crisp mild floral malt nut front. Smooth biscuit body. Thin texture. Crisp light sweet roasted Bavarian cherry fruit notes. Mild malt spice end. Stanky? Sampled 11/23/2001.

Oktoberfest Marzen Amber Ale--2002 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Medium lacy head. Clear thin bright amber color. Bavarian malt mild hop front. Rich caramel biscuit notes in thin dry sweet malty body. Smooth tangy cherry nut hints. Clean smooth mild malt hop end. Rich. Sampled 11/4/2002. Oktoberfest Marzen Amber--2003 16.9 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear bright rich amber color. Mild lacy head. Rich malty light toasted mild hop front. Smooth buttery caramel odd fruit doughy biscuit Marzen body. Malty sweet mild hop end. OK but odd unremarkable flavor. Sampled 10/18/2003
PAULANER Oktoberfest Marzen Amber 2004 16.9 oz Yes 5.80% 25? 3.75 / 5.0 Oktoberfest Big foamy mild lace head.Clear thin copper amber color.Mild floral hop malt front with mild Bavarian stank.Smooth thin malty mild sweet toasted caramel cherry body.Clean smooth mild creamy hop end.OK 9/11/2004.
PAULANER Oktoberfest Marzen Amber--2007 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. 20 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) 6-Pack $7.99. Mild lace off white head. Clear thin bright copper amber color. Mild malt hop stank hint front. Mild dry sweet tangy toasted caramel smooth mild fruit thin malty body. Clean mild tangy crisp malt hop spice end. Sampled 2/1/2008.
PAULANER Oktoberfest Marzen--Longneck Advancing Frau Bar Maid Legions Logo--2010 11.2 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. 20 IBU's? (2.0 / 5.0) No lace fizzy thin head. Clear dark thin amber color. German Fest stanky mild hop front. Mild sweet mild caramel malty medium bodied Fest flavor. Easy smooth mild Noble hop end. Stanky by design? or just travels poorly? Dumped 3rd Bottle. Tired of pretending this is a good true to style Fest. Sampled 12/25/2010. 6-Pack purchased for $8.99 @ The Ballard Market, Seattle on 9/14/2010.

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

A -- A beautiful pour of copper amber liquid that produces a good froth and settles into a light skim.

S -- Roasty caramel, subtle nuance of hopping.

T -- The nose carries through to the tongue, roasted caramel malt, a hint of dark fruit, a nice fairly dry finish rounds out the brew.

M -- This is a great example of how very malty brews can still be silky and full bodied without being cloying. Clean and well carbonated.

D -- This is a very approachable beer for any drinker, and well suited for the extended session.

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Photo of harrymel
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 7.1.10
Poured from bottle to New Belgium tulip.

A: Orange and ruby. Excellent clarity. Low-carb appearance with no head and only sporadic bubbles/ribbons.

S: Sweet and malty. Roasty.

T: Toasted oatmeal is the dominant flavor of profile.

M: Fuller body for a marzen style. Low carbonation allows for fuller attention to flavor profile.

D: This isa nice Marzen. A classic and great session beer for early fall. Hot days followed by cool nights.

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Photo of Anthony88
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This beer has wonderful color of light brown and a soft white head.

S- A bit on the nutty side, but you can tell this is a malty, sweet beer as it is an Octoberfest.

T- The beer has a nutty taste to it with a strong flavor of malts. This is not the beer for the hop lover, but has a nice sweet flavor of spice and nuts.

F- The feel of this beer that of a creamy, not extra thick feel

D: smooth, full of flavor and low achohol. This would be a good session beer.

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Photo of Prospero
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice Ocktoberfest lager light bodied smooth taste. When held up to the light the color is a clear amber. Malty on the front lightly toasted caramel flavor, mild hop profile. The nose is pretty subtle, mostly the malts come through. Very drinkable, moderate carbonation on pour about two fingers or so, light after settling. I definitely would drink this for a session beer during Oktoberfest.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours reddish in color with a small, white head. Aroma is of caramel malt and some cherry. Medium, smooth body. Flavor was caramel malt and cherry, balanced by earthy hops. Finish becomes earthy and dry. Not my favorite, but still very nice Oktoberfest.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 11oz bottle poured into a porter glass

A: Light chestnut brown with a thin, spotty white head. When held to the light the beer is clear and takes on orange hues.

S: Sweet malty bread, with a slight nutty aroma, this beer is clearly dominated by malt (as it should be).

T: Following its aroma closely, the beers starts with sweet malty bread. The finish has slight nut and a bit of spice, and its creamy.

M: Medium and creamy

D: Smooth, tasty, and it blends 5.5 percent alcohol with little trouble.

Overall: I have been saving this beer for review, but I realized I was running out of time. Last year, Paulaner was my second favorite German Marzen lager; however, this year it was my favorite. It delivers exactly what I am looking for in a Marzen lager: smooth, sweet malty deliciousness.

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Photo of uustal
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with an off-white head. Not too much lacing or retention in this pour. Sweet malt aroma, also a bit of apple. Very well put together taste. Nice clean sweet malt to start. Light hints of apple again in the middle and ends with a mild burst of grainy hops. Nothing in the flavor profile truly stands out, but mixes together perfectly. Clean, crisp and very refreshing for the style. Drinkability is great.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I stock up on fresh German lagers when I can. Dull apple juice and toffee color. Nothing like the glowing amber beauty portrayed on the six pack. No lace but decent retention.

Aroma is mildly sweet but doesn't exactly draw me in with promises of malty goodness. Mulling spice and green apple peel.

Taste is clean, almost too clean with very little flavor. Gingerbread and a hoppy sweet snap in the middle. Actually, it's blander than I'm describing. Smooth mouthfeel with a little Euro slickness.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,514 ratings.
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