Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Paulaner Oktoberfest BierPaulaner Oktoberfest Bier

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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 DrewShal9
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: light brown almost amber in color with a quarter inch white head....lots of constantly rising tiny bubbles
S: caramel, slightly metallic, hay, my buddy says it smells like a quarter haha
T: caramel, a tiny bit of fruitiness, and some hops at the end. Delicious!
M: very light and velvety. Light and lingering bubbles
O: very drinkable and would have never known this is 6%. Quite yummy! Definitely want to comp pare to a bottle and going to order another one!

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Photo of jonb5
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half litre bottle. No real head retention, pale colour, very clear. Smelled hints of hay. This beer was on the sweet side but well balanced. It was crisp, refreshing and went down very well. Wasn't complex but thats not the point of this one. Without doubt the most drinkable Oktoberfest beer i've had

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.29/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tapped into a pint glass at the Flying Saucer in Austin.

Appearance - Clear brown body. Dull- white head.

Smell - Musky. like a Warsteiner. Corn. Corn. Corn. Musk.

Taste - Stale. Musky. Dry. Grassy. Earthy. Despite all these descriptors, not a particularly complex brew.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. About right for the style. Not particularly enjoyable.

Overall Drinkability - Not a very good beer; not good for its style either.

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

Clear amber with a faint trace of olive. The head quickly dissipates, but leaves some lacing. The nose offers bready aromas.

I didn't think this beer was particularly well balanced (maybe it's just me). There is a nice toasted malt sweetness, but I think it's a bit too bitter at mid-palate. Still, a tasty beverage.

I liked this, but I probably won't buy it again. There are others I found that are more pleasing to my tastebuds and to my wallet.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass -best by 04/12.

A:Poured a clear light caramel color with three finger head that decended into a thin line of a lacing, decent carbonation.

Smell: Caramel, light malt ,slight hop,spice.

T: Toffee , sweet fruit hints, roasted malts, slight spice ,tiny hop hints .

O: Overall a decent representation of the style, easy to drink and perfect for the season, I could easily drink a few of these in a setting.

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Photo of Sensaray
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear brownish copper wtih 1 finger white head.

Smells like caramel and toasty malts if you sniff around a bit.

A caramel sweetness that arrives mid sip is pleasant. A light sweetness you're left with is also redeeming but not too much. Hop profile is there but in the way way background. Nice spice.

Mouthfeel is light medium and pretty smooth, crisp.

Easy to drink is what I'd say overall.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper orange with a 2 inch off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is very biscuit-like with some caramel and citrus aromas. Taste is exactly like the smell with biscuit, caramel, and some citrus zest on the finish. There is really no bitterness but there is a weird astringency on the tongue after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Oktoberfest beer but I am not a fan of the astringent aftertaste I am getting from this bottle.

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Photo of tito42
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from glass to a Blvd. Smokestack tulip. Best by 06/12.

A: Siena and clear. Thin, white head dissipates quickly to wisps and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Biscuity malts, caramel, and alcohol.

T: Very much like the nose. Rich roasted malts and a hint of caramel. Effervescent, alcoholic finish.

M: A little lighter bodied than I expected, very crisp.

O: A good Oktoberfest, very straightforward. I seem to like those offerings in the style that branch out a bit from this. It doesn't excite me in any one regard, but is so solid in all I bump it's overall rating up to 4.0.

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Photo of tko741
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like honeyed Autumn itself poured into my 24oz Mason jar (makes an excellent glass, by the way). A two-finger head, nicely bone-colored, turns into a thin cloud over the beer. Some little nips of lace hang around inside the glass.

Upon sniffing, it's bready, rich and malty, with that distinct German beeryness, which I guess is a lingering German hop smell.

This is a damn fine Oktoberfest. Smooth and nutty upfront, with raisiny malts. Finishes up with some noble-tasting hops that sneak in behind the big mask of malt. While that sounds big, nothing here is overpowering at all. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and the tastes are moderate enough to drink this in large quantities throughout the fall. Which, by the way, hasn't begun yet; good for me.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fluffy and fizzy 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly at first but slows, over crystal clear amber nectar orange color.

Nose has malts, mostly light lager sweet malts but hints of reddish malts, little toasty and touch of caramel, some light lager fruits, and nice wafting bright malts.

Taste starts malty but slightly watery as well, but the watery taste fades quickly as the malts take over, bringing more sweet lager style malts, lager fruits, some crisp and clean lager flavors, then light toasty malts and hint of caramel, toffee, and slight nutty taste. As the malts mellow the hops start to come into play, with hints of grassy and touch earthy hops bringing some bitterness, and a faint hint of spicy hop on the finish. The finish is not as clean and dry as I expected, a hint of sweetness and sticky, nice malts and spicy hops on the finish.

Mouth is med to slightly lesser bodied, decent carbonation.

overall nice, not the best of the style but decent, nice malts, some good hops on the finish, could have used a bit more of a clean dry finish, and the beginning it starts slightly watery which was a bit of a throw off, but overall it was nice.

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Photo of uawildcat
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Pours with a white finger sized head that disappears quickly. Has copper hue with large bubbles.

S – Not too much of a smell, but it is a lager beer. It smells of a champagne, apple-y, and malty sweet. Actually, had another one and realized that it is quite a feat for a lager to smell this good.

T – Taste is very similar to the smell. The malty sweetness is much greater than the champagne fruitiness. Tons of flavor; then again most lagers that I have had before are American adjunt lagers.

M – Feels light and watery on the palate and slightly prickly carbonation, but not too prickly. Very refreshing.

O – A very drinkable beer with plenty of flavor. A year-round brew that one can drink multiples of.

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Photo of MP72
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Copper color frothy white head,, didnt last though.
S- Carmel malt,,spice and a little hop

T- Camel ,,and bit of a spice zip not sure what same as the smell.

M- Perfect ,, nice carbonation clean feel.

O- Excellant O-Fest beer and worth seeking out. Having just reviewed SA O-Fest this blows it out of the water. The Sam Adams tastes weak and watery in comparison.

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Photo of bpw28
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: One finger soapy white head, copper (about a 20 SRM), very nice lacing, lots of carb.

Smell: Clean malt, very floral, herbs? marjoram?, light sweet berry, light alcohol.

Taste: Big herbs, berry, good malt, yeasty, crisp and clean, subtle sweetness, very light hop bitter, semi-dry, light body, good carb. Flawless balance in this one.

Final Thoughts: Very nice. I would drink this anytime.

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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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Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 2,602 ratings