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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 ramseye4
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive really got into Oktoberfests this year, lets see how this stacks up.

A=Pours a nice, semi transparent copper color, with a half finger hear with pretty good retention, decent lacing.
S=Big caramel malt hits up front, with an overall strong bready aroma. Quite enticing
T=Huge on the caramel malt, similar to the nose, with a bit of a grassy taste. Very drinkable, if this were still a category it would score a 5 in the D department. Very easy drinking beer.
M=Medium bodied, the carbonation hits the tongue pleasantly
O=Great example of the style, and up there with the best of Marzens. Definitely worth a look!

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a big ass 1 litre can that came as part of a gift pack along with a 1 litre stein. Pours out a bright clear pale golden hue, with a massive frothy somewhat off-white head with excellent retention.

Sweet bready malt on the nose, some inoffensive buttery diacytl, along with floral, perfumey, grassy hops.

Crisp, clean grains up front in the flavour, clean bready malt in the middle, some raisiny fruit esters, with light floral, grassy hops on the finish and lingering briefly into the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, texture starts creamy and ends crisp, with brisk pin-prickly carbonation.

A solid Oktoberfest, and one of the classics to use as a starting point for those unfamiliar with the style.

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

Pours light red/amber with no head leftover. Aroma of spices, slight cinnamon bun, maple. Tastes of spice, slight apple skin, dried dark fruits, malt sweetness and some vague gingerbread. Light carbonation and light body. Some great balanced sweetness here. A fall beer through and through

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

A: Pours a bright, clear, golden amber with loads of visible carbonation and a sizeable head of dense, creamy, white foam. Good retention, gradually dissipating to a solid frothy cap and leaving loads of lacing.

S: Rich Munich and caramel malts with bread aromas and hints of fresh grain and biscuity malt. Noble hops, smelling slightly herbal, and just a whiff of ethanol round out the nose.

T: Munich and caramel malts with a prominent bready character up front, with toasty notes of biscuit and grain towards the end of the sip. The noble hops appear towards the finish, understated and rather floral and spicy.

M: On the light end of medium-bodied and creamy smooth, with modest and refreshingly crisp carbonation. The hops are just bitter enough to balance the flavour profile and keep the beer light on the palate.

D: An exceptionally well-balanced, easy-drinking Maerzen. A bit shallow, maybe, but perfect to knock back by the Mass. Prost!

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Brooklyn Oktoberfest.

A: Clear, light amber with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Not much lacing.

S: Some caramel malt. Spicy hops.

T: Light sweetness and moderate hop bitterness. Has an odd wood flavor. Not a fan.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth.

O: Everything about this seemed just slightly above average, and then the odd flavor kind of threw me. I liked the Brooklyn Oktoberfest better.

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

Bright, clear, golden colour with a smooth, white head with a very light bead.

A touch of grain and sweet malt with some lightly herbal, almost spicy noble hops. Decent.

Some sweet malt with moderate bitterness. A touch too sweet on the malt and lacking the depth of an Oktoberfest. It is more of a strong Helles.

Light body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A decent lager but the flavour profile gives away that it isn't really an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Giant 1L can poured into giant matching Paulaner Oktoberfest mug

A clear golden copper with lots of slowly raising bubbles that feed a massive hands width of bone white foam that just sits there caking my glass with lace,

S some noble hops with loads of bready malt, and just a little citrus

T some caramel to go with what I smell, slightly spicy and herbal at the same time, pretty good stuff

M medium bodied with less carbonation then I expected from the look, mellow but long aftertaste

O solid beer for sure and well worth trying regardless of the month

I just had to have the giant mug and can when I saw it, a novelty for sure but I love my new mug I'll never have a reason to use, maybe I'll start reviewing 40's just so I can use the mug

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

Nice one finger of off-white head that left plenty of lacing. appearance is a golden amber with medium carbonation that left small traces of bubbles. The taste is mostly malt with a hint of bitterness. A very smooth drinkable Marzen beer that in my opinion is much better that the American versions.

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

Paulaner Oktoberfest is much like the description. It has a thin-to-medium, off-white, root-beer-like head and a clear, copper appearance, with a few bubbles streaming up. Some lacing is left behind. The aroma is of sweet malts and slightly turned fruit (from the alcohol?). Taste is a combination of malt, sweetness, slightly turned fruit, a tinge of bitterness, and a touch of sourness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Paulaner Oktoberfest finishes fairly crisp, clean, and refreshing. Drinkability is medium. Overall, this is a very good and interesting Marzen beer, and I think you’ll like it.


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Photo of tlazaroff
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: I love the color on this beer, it looks like a burnt dark orange, I don't love the head however, because there is none at all.

S: It has this nice subtle sweet caramel bready aroma. No hops on the nose, just all malt.

T: It has this bready, doughy goodness about it which is very appetizing. The mid-palate brings a slightly roasted (maybe chocolate too) flavor, and it finishes with a slight bitterness.

M: Moderate carbonation and a light body, goes down very smoothly.

D: Quite drinkable, goes great with popcorn.

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Photo of mnrider
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. brown bottle. Freshness date on bottle.

A: Pours an orange amber color with good clarity.
Head disappears completely with little lacing.

S: Mild aroma of bready sweet and spicy malts.
Some herbal hops and caramel are thrown in to
round out the nose.

T/M: Crisp yet smooth. Malts dominate the brew,
with hops bringing in a slight balance. Herbal
flavors go well with the sweet malts. Clean finish.

O: Very good Oktoberfest. Balanced and easy to
drink. A definite winner in my book.


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

Paulaner Oktoberfest-Marzen

Appearance: 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a light copper color, crackling fizzy head forms and recedes to a thin layer.

Smell: Malty, with lager yeast and floral euro hops chiming in. There is a faint roasted/smoke scent which makes for a quite inviting nose.

Taste: Bready, Munich malts are there upfront. The hop (I would imagine Saaz) is very present with a spicy kick. A nice malty brew, with 6% being hidden well. Caramel, herbal tea, sourdough bread, and an even balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, and very clean on the finish. Could pair well with a wide array of foods.

Overall: A very tasty Oktoberfest, drinkable, and somewhat light. True to style, and most excellent with the season.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and biscuit malt, with a little bit of grass from the hops. The flavor is very malty. I get quite a bit of toffee, with some lighter malts mixed in as well. There is a little bit of grape character to the flavor and a little bit of grass in there as well. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Daredevil
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

color: somewhere betwen amber and copper, firm but not very long lasting head

nose: teak paired with quince

taste: woody, quite dryish on the palate, slightly pleasant bitterness

a bit average Märzen, lacks a bit of character and distinction, there are more inspired Märzens around

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

Updating my review after sampling quite a few Oktos this year and finding Paulaner especially nice.

Best by 06/12 on the label.

A -- Not sure why Paulaner's head settles so quickly, but the color and clarity are great.

S -- Pretty much the same as '10

T -- Again, same as last year, but I'm noticing some very nice, sweet toasted malts in the aftertaste and I also decided that I was judging this more against other Oktos than to style. Paulaner is very dry in the finish, but that doesn't detract from being a terrific Okto.

M -- Much the same as '10, which is to say very good.

O -- A great Amber Märzen to the traditional style.

2010 sampling.
I'm updating my review from last year since I was so disappointed in Paulaner's '09 offering. Hoping this year's is better.

Best by 06/11 on the label.

A -- Clear amber-copper color with a white head that settles somewhat quickly.

S -- Mild toasted bread character, vague spicy hops back.

T -- Big hit of sweet, bready malt that fades to a spicy hops finish. Not at all as thin tasting as last year, but the finish is very dry compared with some other Oktos

M -- Medium body with a smooth to crisp mouthfeel.

D -- Drinkability is very nice. Not as thin as last year's Paulaner, the malt character enticing you to take more tastes.

'10 - 3.73 -- B

2009 Overall Impression: Well, it's drinkable, but just a little sad for a beer that used to carry a good, malt character to it. I might have a couple to confirm if I was missing something in the first one. Just a bit thin this year.

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

On draft at Clementine's enjoyed with John Greenwood during homecoming weekend pre-Dave's Taverna Friday night shenanigans.

Poured a light rustic amber in color. Good clarity. Two-inch head settles quickly leaving a few bubbles behind.

Aromas begin with some light earthy malts, day-old biscuits and a pinch of yeastiness. As it warms, I'm smelling more and more caramel and some earthy light hops.

The tastes begin with honey and sweet toasted grains in the forefront, with a touch of yeast spice and finishes with a dry (though gentle) earthy hop finish.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium carbonation. I am glad the carbonation was restrained a little here as some examples of the style are too bubbly and mask the subtle flavors that make this style enjoyable.

Overall this is a simple, surprisingly flavorful and quality Oktoberfest style. I would never choose to drink a traditional Marzen anytime other than with food because the flavors aren't distinct/enjoyable enough more often than not, but this makes a perfect accompnayment to any meel when you don't want the beer to shine too strong over the meal pairing.

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Photo of yankeej13
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Did a tasting and wanted to keep it with the seasonals.

A- Poured out a semi dark amber or a light caramel color, had pretty light amount of foam that fades pretty quick and a mild amount of carbonation.

S- Pretty potent, alot of spicy malts, or roasted malts to it, Good amount of caramel and light floral hops.

T- Had a burst of different ingrediants, a nice roasted malts as well as a variety of spicy malts, mild rye and a tint of caramel, a nice almost sweet finish.

M- Good drinkability, pretty smooth, crisp, very refreshing, has a wide mid palette and a nice clean finish.

Overall- Much different than any other Oktoberfest that I have had but I rather enjoyed it alot. Cheers!

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Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brilliant orange/amber color, with a smallish beige colored head. A little spicy on the nose, with a bit of caramel, some cereal and rye bread. On the palate, this one is sweet, crisp and medium bodied, with some caramel, toasted malt and cereal.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at the Portsmouth Brewery. This one pours light chestnut color with no head; just a thin ring of foam around the rim of the glass.

Toasty caramel malts with a slight aroma of red fruit. Toasty malts on the pallet with just a little bit of a bitter hop finish. Hints of caramel and nuts linger on the finish.

The body is light and the carbonation is good. Overall not bad, but somehow it seems to be the American brewers are doing this style better these days.

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Photo of harleymonster1
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Amstel Light footed Lager Glass:

A rich Brown color with a nice light frothy head that disapated to a thin cover when settled.
I can see why beer like this remind me of liquid bread....wanted to spread some butter on it. Easy drinkng and a nice finish with little coating of the palate.
Had this and the rest of the Paulaner line up at a recent Oktoberfest in DE. Like it alot.

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Photo of dcook11
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

A- Dark honeyed colored with a thick two finger soapy white head. Fades into a pencil thin head that sticks. Good lacing. Little carbonation.

S- Sweet syrupy malt. Bready. Caramel. Grassy as it warms (like fresh cut grass).

T- Syrupy, malt forward. Touch of hops at the finish. Grassy.

M- Light approaching medium bodied.

O- Very tasty oktoberfest.

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Photo of Herky21
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A pretty brown Oktoberfest. Short head, almost nonexistent, but might've been the bartender's fault. It's a perfect fall brown though.

Smell: Malt is prominent, and it has some sort of minty notes, especially after having a few of them. There's a nice nuttiness underlying that though. Kind of an earthy Oktoberfest if you will.

Taste: Mint/licorice notes are prominent after a couple of the beers, a building flavor. The malt adds some good sweetness, balancing nicely with the bitter licorice note. Hops aren't prominent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing beer.

Overall: One of my favorite Oktoberfests so far this year. Less boring than some of the more popular ones. It's good, and much better on-tap. I've had bottles before and they're missing something in contrast to the tap.

If you aren't a big Oktoberfest person this is the beer that will turn you on.

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Photo of chefelf
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm a big fan of Paulaner as a brewery. This beer looked beautiful, pouring an expected copper color with a nice white head.

The smell was very difficult to get over, particularly after taking a sip. It smelled like a wet dog. I actually found myself Googling why this might be the case and finding some posts on the forums here with other people discussing this wet dog smell in beers. I've encountered it before but this was one of the most pronounced times I smelled it. I'm not sure if this is typical of the beer in general or if there was something off about this bottle.

The flavor and finish were all very nice but it was hard to get over the smell.

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