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

very good
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.

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

A: Clear yellow with a half inch head. Moderate carbonation.

S: Smells like Germany. Slightly sweet malt, slightly metallic.

T: Very nice for this type of beer. Not my favorite style but this is definitely one of the better ones. Full flavored.

M: Medium bodied, slightly heavy, mild carbonation.

D: A very good Märzen. I wouldn't hesitate to drink it again.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

One of the first Marzens I remember having. On the strength of my love of their hefeweizen, I decided to try this way back, by not merely buying a single or a six-pack, but by snagging a mini-keg of it. Wonderful mistake, as I served up and put down 11-12 pints over the next 18 hours.

Coming back to this for probably the first time since then, it's no less enjoyable and it has somewhat helped shape my view on what the ideal Marzen is.

A deep amber, nearly mahogany color with an average, uninspired/-ing off-white head, the pour yields a wonderfully clean, softly-rich, simple malt aroma featuring subtle touches of bubblegum, phenols, and coppery-metallic qualities. The flavors are spot-on, uniquely Marzen - firm, light and smooth malt backbone with some spicy, gingerbread notes. Flows through almost flat but awesomely satisfying - neat drinkability. A delicate warm rush of alcohol chases on the end, keeping the palate fresh and alert. A go-to.

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Photo of tmcelvain
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This will probably be one of my last Oktoberfests of the year - I love fall beer selections and make a point try try a few new ones each year. This poured out of a chilled bottle into a pint glass a nice light rust color with almost no head or retention. My overall impressions is a classic Oktoberfest with a bit of a livelier feel than most. There is a floral, caramely taste that I like, but is not quite right for the style in my mind. It finishes with a bitter, then nice and bready aftertaste. Quite refreshing and drinkable, though not terribly memorable.

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Photo of DIM
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear, coppery amber color, a bit on the light side. It poured with a small fizzy cap.

s: Earthy, bready malts and light floral apricots.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part. Mildly sweet breadiness with a drier, floral finish. There is a hint of something fruity as well. No off flavors at all.

m: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

d: Clean and very drinkable.

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Photo of Radome
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Dark copper color and extremely clear. The head is almost perfectly white, thick and fluffy. Lots of thick lacing on the glass.

S - Mixture of warm malt, biscuits, and sharp noble hops.

T - Same as the aroma. The emphasis seems to be on the hops. Moderate bitterness but lots of crisp, noble hops flavor. The warm, biscuity malt is not as pronounced as in some other examples. No alcohol, some lager yeast notes.

M - Light to moderate body. Fizzy carbonation.

D - Drinkable, enjoyable, well-made beer. However, I personally find it a little one-dimensional with its slightly harsh hops and muted malt flavors.

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Photo of emsroth
2.56/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

App: Light copper color that slowly fades to gold in thin parts of the glass. Dense frothy head with nice lacing.

Smell: Strong caramel malt and burnt sugar. Slight edge of herbal hop aroma, but perhaps I smell it because I'm looking for it.

Taste: Slight sweet upfront with some characteristic sour caramel in the middle. Ends slightly dry with herbal hops and a bit of spicy alcohol but overly bitter with a flavor that reminds me of dried leaves. Long aftertaste of husky malt and grassy hops.

Body feels watery, especially in the finish.

I'll have to try this on tap.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A: Pours rather clear copper color with some carbonation. Two finger head has fine bubbles but slowly dissipates. Very clean looking beer with no real lacing.

S: Loads of caramel and toffee up front. Get the bready Oktoberfest characteristics in the nose, as well as some light spice notes. Typical Oktoberfest, not tons of nose to this one, just the malt bomb aroma.

T/M: Little hop taste in this one. Not much at all, but enough to balance the extreme malt flavors. The caramel is tamed by the hops, but not overpowered. Very clean and smooth drink here, and a palate cleaner at that. Really like how the hops help keep the otherwise malt bomb from being to sweet. Just a bit more hop bite would make this that much more enjoyable.

D: Good Oktoberfest style, really like the hop characters in the taste and nose that balance it out. I would definitely pick this one up next year for the Oktoberfest celebrations!

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into pub glass

The beer pours with a small head dwindling to fine lacing. Color is amber-brown. Smells of bread, cedar and faint trail of alcohol. Very smooth feel on the tongue with flavors of bread, wood and once again, trail of alcohol. Overall, a very tasty Oktoberfestbier with substantial flavor, but not at a cheap price. It's perfect in the fall months when this beer's colour matches the color of the leaves!

Ein prosit!!!

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

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date is "Best before 6/11"

Pours a crystal clear amber with a two finger white head that settles fairly fast. Carbonation is light and it leaves some lacing.

Smells like a lager, just some clean malts with a touch of sweetness.

Very clean taste, has that classic lager taste with a hint of cardboard sometimes. Strong malt note with a nice sweetness behind it. Hops leave a little bitterness but not the flavor like Hacker-Pschorr.

Mouthfeel is fairly neutral, only a little carbonation felt. Light bodied.

Extremely drinkable, hard to stop at one.

Very good Oktoberfest, but still can't beat Hacker-Pschorr.

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

Poured from a 50cl bottle into a Paulaner Oktoberfest mug.

A - Golden colour with very little head.

S - Sweet and wheaty.

T - Sweet & crisp, slightly bitter. Malty aftertaste prevails.

M - Slightly spicy but subtle at the same time.

D - Easy to drink and nice and cooling on a summer's day.

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Photo of Kiwano
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Orange tan with generous head upon pouring but dissipates quickly

S - Hoppy with a bit metallic smell

T - Sweet a bit of bread-like flavor and malt some floral on the backend with a tiny bit of bitterness

M - a little bit of carbonation but not a lot of fizz

D - Pleasant - would like a bit more depth or ballance to the sweetness

Chilled bottle poured into a glass

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Photo of weller1js
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a clear lightly-yellowish amber with heavy carbonation and bubbly white foam leaving similar light lacing.

smell: mild earthy malt scent, very light, with even fainter cinnamon sweet undertone.

taste: very clean and light throughout, the presence of the style becomes evident towards the finish with a pleasant harvest sweetness and an ever lighter bitter finish.

drinkability: very drinkable, comes off as lighter yet still pleasant to drink; but it is lacking in abv and could stand to have a bit more harvest notes.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a couple of 11.2 oz bottles into my Radeberger half liter mug.

The beer pours a very pretty orange amber. I'm getting a small white head that dissipates into a very thin film of a cap and minimal lacing. There's a good amount of toffee and a little bit of grain in the aroma.

The taste is similar to the smell. Sweet caramel or toffee first and foremost, with a grainy undercurrent. There's a faint kiss of spicy hops that balances things out nicely. The mouthfeel isn't great -- seems a bit watery to me. The carbonation's on the high side, perhaps even a bit too much so. But it all goes down very smoothly.

The mug's gone before I know it. Looks great, tastes very good, which is what's most important.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate orange-brown with a white head. A bit of lacing on the way down my pilsner glass. The nose brings some light hops as well as caramel and bread. The flavor is a bit more plain with some light bready notes and a bit of caramel and toffee. Feel is nice with good carbonation. Hearty. Drinks quite well and is one of the classics, for me at least.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear amber in color with a thin white head that quickly faded away leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A moderate to high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of bready and caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of spicy hops.
T: The overall taste is very balanced between some malty sweetness with notes of caramel in the initial taste followed by a subtle amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a medium level of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze; it goes down very smoothly, which makes it very sessionable.

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

12 ounce bottle, with a best before date of 08-2011.

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the color is a dark amber, with a finger's worth of white head. Appearance is clear with lots of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Good lacing on the glass throughout.

The smells are of rich malts, with little hop aroma. The taste is crisp and refreshing, just as you'd like in this style, with the malts dominating and a low amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, clean, with a slight lingering bitterness.

This is a very enjoyable Oktoberfest -- Prost!

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Photo of Chico1985
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a burnt orange with white head. Looks great for a bit but quickly fizzes away to a slight cap and ring

Sweet bready pilsner-type malt and hops in the scent.

Pretty solid flavor. A good mix of bready malts and sweet caramel malts, light fruity and floral hops, and crackers, along with a warm biscuity aftertaste. Nicely even between sweet and toasty. Notes of brown sugar and clove in the finish.

Carbonation is very well-done but mouthfeel feels a bit watery and thin overall.

Other than the watery mouthfeel, this definitely trumps the American versions of the style for the most part in terms of flavor and balance.

**Got another bottle for Christmas, brought up the scores for taste and drinkability. Really great flavors for an Oktoberfest, probably my favorite of the style.

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

A: A nice amber brown pour with a two finger head and some lacing.

S: Malty and warm. The smell that welcomes you into fall beer season.

T: Malty up front, but very balanced. Fades away into hops, but with a clean finish. No overpowering single taste, which isn't a bad thing.

MF: Light and refreshing. More than average carbonation.

D: Very high. I see myself going back to the bottleshop for another 6pack of these.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, earthy with hints of fruitiness. In the taste, earthy, dry hops, and ends with a fruitiness. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean small fruit in the aftertaste. Nice balance and earth, but a bit too fruity.

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Photo of wray7276
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this oktoberfest marzen.i have had a few other ones,but i must say this one is the best so far.

A=3 finger head,red/orange in color
S=Imagine the smell of fall leaves and you got it!!!very pleasant,with no beer smell thats a plus.
T=A very mild pumpkin flavor at first,then a mild sweetness,then a hint of spice,no awefull aftertaste,but a festive aftertaste(if that makes since!!!!
M=I feel like i just ate an autumn suprise!!!!
D=Very Very Very smooooth,this is one of your oktoberfest marzens that you can just chill out and enjoy....after halfway through the 1st one i was already for my 2nd.Cheers to all!!!

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=Beautiful orange-red/amber with good head that fizzles away shortly, leaving behind minimal lacing.

S&T=Very malty, with some sweetness, backed up by some hop extract in the background.

M=Medium-bodied, average with just the right amount of carbonation.

D=Very pleasant, smooth and easy to drink,can drink all night. A perfect session brew, and great for this time of year.

Another quality Oktoberfest brew, great for any Oktoberfest or for any time of the year, for that matter.

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Photo of cgmees
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 6 pack 12 oz bottles.

Pours a light amber brown color with a quarter inch of thin white head that disappears quickly. No lacing.

The aroma is mostly malt, caramel and some hops

The flavor contains some sweetness with a semi tart dry finish.

Mouth feel has a slightly creamy mouth feel with medium carbonation and a malty finish.

Very drinkable and nice flavor. Will buy again as it is easy on the mouth.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a dull autumn orange with touches of gold and yellow on the edges. Tons of solid bubbles collect on the side of the glass and stream upwards fueling a thick off white head. Not very lasting nor is it sticky or lacy. It's very clear and looks nice but I feel the head could be thicker.

The nose is more like a dark brewed tea then a malty Oktoberfest. It is slightly sweet smelling but could be more roasty toasty. Kind of plain and slightly disappointing.

The taste picks up the pace a little by giving me more of the grain that should have been present in the nose. There is a sweet honey like taste but all in all the flavors are weak all around. Everything tastes slightly watered down and and reveals a bitterness that should be more masked by heavier grains.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth with a nice even carbonation. Like the scent and taste the feel is a little lackluster. I can see drinking this as a good session beer but it's not one I would buy regularly. For oktoberfests it's satisfying but not great.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at McNellie's Public House in OKC (beer #3 in my quest to enjoy 200 beers at this fine establishment)

Clear amber brew with fluffy white head. Aroma is nice and malty. Flavor is nice. Clean and crisp. Reminds me a lot of Paulaner Salvator but maybe a tinge lighter and cleaner. This one also reminds me just a little bit of Warsteiner in its flavorful clean crispness.

Everything is in balance. There's some malt richness, some coppery/minerally notes. Some hops. Very clean flavor. One of the other reviewers said this one had a "cracker like grain finish." That seems pretty accurate to me.

Mouthfeel is good. Just a little carbonation prickle on the tongue.

Excellent session beer. Very drinkable. I think I've found my new favorite Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of rarbring
2.67/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A light straw colored clear beverage, a small, quickly receding head. No lacing.

The smell is sweet, fruity, banana, bread, lemon and some hay.

The taste has a sweetness, corn flakes, lemon and a metallic short bitterness.

Medium carbonation, somewhat fizzy, a small dryness.

Actually I find this boring, could have been any macro brew.

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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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