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 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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Photo of elNopalero
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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Photo of heygeebee
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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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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Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 2,601 ratings