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

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2,509 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 hoplover82
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color that holds it's off white creamy/bubbly head very well but with little lacing.

The aroma is a sweet biscuit and caramel malts.Simple and plain, but right on for the style.

Same as the aroma is the flavor. With notes of sweet caramel and the biscuit is up front with a little hop bitterness to boot!

The mouthfeel is very creamy and sweet and the carmonation is medium, just right for the style I'd say. With a clean crisp finish.

This beer is so drinkable I can't believe it! So glad I gave this beer a try. I will be having a lot moore of these this fall, since I can buy a pint, 8oz bottle for 2.49 at the sto!

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 6/11. Poured into a big mug.

Pours a clear, light-medium amber color with a white head. Lacing and retention are great.

Aroma is clean, malty, and strong. It's got a deep breadiness to it that feels really authentic. Some candy caramel and toast rounds out a malty nose. The flavor is clean and malty like the nose, but not as strong. Bread and caramel flavors interplay nicely up front, leading into a sweet, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with carbonation leaning on the low side. Drinkability is excellent. Next time I open a Paulaner Oktoberfest, I'm filling up the liter mug.

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

When I turned 21, ten years ago as of 2010, this was the first Oktoberfest beer I purchased. So it sort of became my standard for measuring the Oktoberfest style. I revisited this beer a few days ago and it did not disappoint. For this review I purchased the 500ml bottle.

It poured an orange amber color with a slight haziness - produced an off white head that clung to the sides of the glass. It had a refreshing malty aroma. The taste was just like I remembered. Medium malt flavors with a pale hoppiness. It sort of reminded me of a strong brewed tea - maybe that's just me. This makes for an easy session beer.

This isn't a knock out beer but it is still very solid, and a good example of the style. While I have tried better märzen/Oktoberfest beers, this one still holds a special place.

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

Appearance: Amber/copper, slight haze before settling down, Creamy two finger off-white foam, that dissipates into a somewhat spotty film. Sparse light sparkling lacing.

Smell: Sweet toffee malt but not very pungent

Taste: smooth toffee malt very slightly creamy with some earthy hops though a bit faint. Sweet to slightly bitter transition wile traveling down the palate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but a bit sticky with some faint carbonation.

Drinkable: has a light consistency and not overly sweet or bitter. Could easily drink a few.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours white gold with a puffy white head that fades to film. Nose is hay, honeypot, and grain sack. Fresh baked country white bread with slight toasted oats for malts followed by grassy hops with hints of coriander leaf and lemongrass. Tight tingly finish. Soft, round, clean, light-medium.

Malts are quiet, it's true. I know that hops forward is not to style for an Oktoberfest but this is still a pleasant drinker when it's this fresh and belies it's 6% ABV (according to the label.)

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Photo of divineaudio
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. freshness date marked.

pours an even, transparent copper color. only got a thin cap of off white head that is now a thin film, but it's hanging around. no lacing.

smells of sweeter toffeeish malts with a slightly pungent, earthy hop aroma.

taste is rich and malty with toasty notes and a bit of toffee or carmel. bitterness comes on slow and hits the middle of the tongue moreso than the back. hop character is earthy and slightly pungent the way that most lagers are (at least to my taste buds).

medium bodied with enough co2 to feel prickly on the tongue. has a slightly stickiness also.

very drinkable, could easily have a few of these in a sitting. fits the style well and pairs nicely with a cool fall evening. would certainly buy this again.

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

appearance; dark amber, with a moderate white head. Foam reduces to a nice lightly sticky froth around the edges of the glass.

smell; slightly of spicy hops, not much malty notes.

taste; nicely balanced and taste like a Märzen but the flavors although present could be more robust. Like Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen with more subdued malt flavors. Some malts in the after taste.

mouthfeel; realy nice to perfect carbonation but that's typical of German beers, nothing special over other German beers of this quality however. Could be a little more chewy but still nice nevertheless.

drinkability; this is my Märzen of choice for endurance/session drinking. Very smooth with light flavors that will make one want to drink more to isolate them.

If one is about superior taste go for the Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen. Paulaner, although nearly as good, is just a little too light and lacks the malty chewyness and spice of better Märzen. Still a great drink and the best for parties.

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

Appereance is a dark brownamber in color with about a fingers worth of white head good carbination

Tantalizing aromas of seasonal spices and toasted malts

This is a great taste a good ratio of bitterness to the beer it is clean a crisp taste

Great mouthfeel good fuller bodyand no substantial rough aftertaste good a clean seasonal brew

Overall, this has been the best oktoberfest of the season I've had so far and would reccomed it to someone to try it if you want a good fall beer to have

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

S- Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- This beer has a dark golden brown color with about a fingers worth of white head that dissipates rapidly.

S- Smells of malted grains and spices. A very good traditional Oktoberfest.

T- Traditional Oktoberfest beer, tastes of fall spices and malts with a tinge of pumpkin. Aftertaste has a little bite to it.

M- Moderate carbonation with a little bite.

D- Not a beer you should pound. Its a darker thinker style fall beer. Beginner beer drinkers and or people who prefer lighter style beers probably wouldn't enjoy this too much.

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

.5L bottle, German distribution, 6% ABV. Labeled as "Oktoberfest Bier."

Crystal clear medium gold with an unimpressive head. Okay lacing.

Aroma is of doughy and grainy malts, along with some hop tang.

The flavor is nice. Well-balanced. Sort of like a strong Exportbier. Lacks malt weight and depth, but there is a pleasantly sweet and doughy character countered by the musty hoppiness typical of lagers. The mouthfeel is medium-light with moderate carbonation. Nothing to write home about, and nothing to complain about.

Based on my limited experience, this beer is on the lighter side for a Märzen, but it is still highly drinkable, enabling a nice buzz.

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Photo of NODAK
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is of sweet caramel malt...along with a good bit of toastiness in there.

The predominant taste on the body of the beer is caramel malt, not surprisingly. It's not quite as sweet as I'd have expected from the nose, but it's still quite flavorful. The finish has quite a lot of toastiness/biscuit, and a smattering of minor hops on the side of the tongue. I get some toastiness lingering after the swallow. It's a delicious beer.

Once again, Paulaner does it. This is a fine marzen...good amount of malt, toastiness, a little hoppiness and just tasty. I haven't had a bad beer yet from them.

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

I don't know why but this has always been my favorite time of year. Maybe it's that the weather gets cooler. Maybe it's that all the good holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving) are coming up. Or maybe it's all the Oktoberfest beers! This has been a favorite of mine for a few years now. Dark copper color in my Paulaner dimpled liter mug. Caramel, toffee, lots of malty goodness with little bitterness. Tastes different to me than years before. Can't seem to put my finger on it, hmm maybe it's just me. A superb O-fest IMO.

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

I have to say I like this one, it is a light, spicy marzen, I can't help but enjoy the taste even if this style isn't in general one of my faves. It pours transparreant copper gold with thick white head quickly fading. It smells of spices, and tastes mush the same way with alot of wheat. It feels pretty smooth and is low on the carbanation. If you are in the mood for a marzen this one is drinkable.

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

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very light brown, transparent color. Head formation is about nil, with only a light film being retained. Carbonation appears light.

S - Malt forward for sure. Starts off with some malty, toffee and caramel notes. Interestingly some pilsner malts sneak through.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, not too strong. Some 2-row clean sweetness, some caramel, nutty and toasted. Mid-stream doesn't add much - is balanced. Finishes with a bit of grainy pilsner malt notes.

M - Somewhat flat feeling. Carbonation is there, but really doesn't add much. Finishes somewhat clinging and sweet.

D - Easy drinking. Smooth flavors, well integrated. Somewhat sweet at times. Not filling. ABV manageable for sure.

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

12 oz bottle. Brew on date of 06/09. Does this mean my bottle was brewed last year? All of the 6-packs at the grocery store where I bought this had the same date..

Pours a dark orange with many densely packed small carbonation trailers. A tall head soon becomes but lace. Smell seems more fruity than malty. Taste is sort of wine-like as well, raisin-like and alcoholic, but not too bad. Other than that, a decent Oktoberfest backbone, an ultra-smooth finish, and drinkability like no other style this time of year. A solid brew.

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Photo of Snamnoum
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - crystal clear dark weathered copper color. Produced one finger of off white head which dissipated quickly.

Smell - great clean lager smell. Plenty of toasted malt and yeast.

Taste - round full bodied cracker-like malt, new bread yeasty sweetness which fades to some light bitterness and very light hops. Somewhat tart citrus finish with some alcohol esters.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability - medium bodied with light carbonation and a subtly creamy feel. A very refreshing lager that could certainly be consumed in large quantities without much difficulty. An excellent benchmark for the style.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper with slight amber hues. A nice, white head sits on top initially but dies quickly. Moderately strong carbonation.

S: One of the more aromatic O-fests I've tried. Lots of toffee and toastiness in the nose. Some breadiness as well. Tons of caramel in the end. Floral, herbal aromas from the hops. Very nice.

T: Solid O-fest taste with more of the toffee and toastiness that was in the nose. Some caramel sweetness, but nowhere near what you'd find in a bock. The hops provide ample bitterness, but well balanced. The only hop flavor I can detect is a light herbal flavor. Maybe a little light on the malty flavors when compared to some, but nice.

M: Light bodied. Stonger carbonation. Finishes pretty dry. Slightly astringent, but not bad.

D: A really nice Oktoberfest. Not my favorite, but still quite good. The lighter body and flavor make this extraordinarily drinkable. A 12 oz bottle is not enough. I could go through a stein very quickly.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 fl.oz. bottle with a best before date of 07/11. Pours an orange-dark amber (great fall colors!) with a head of about 1 finger of foam. I can smell toasted malts, caramel and some roasted grains.

This beer tastes deliciously malty with a caramel sweetness at the finish and is balanced out by some hop presence. Somewhat bitter up front.

The mouthfeel is smooth and sweet. Overall a good transition-of-the-seasons selection. A good malty Oktoberfest offering. The alcohol is there somewhat on the finish, but not excessively so.

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Photo of losdizzel
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paulaner one my favorites
This is a preety good Marzin like with most Oktoberfest beers
has a little more hops in there but not too bad .
Very smooth drinking
This one says welcome to Oktoberfest in a good way .
Very nice looking in a glass
Good malt to hop ratio

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Photo of Stunner97
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 octoberfest

Appearance- is absolutely perfect great amount of beautiful bubbles streaming up the glass to nice frothy white head, copper to brown color, very spot on lively appearance

Smell- slight hop and malt with a not very over powering nose

Taste- the taste is very lightly malted with strong firm hops and bitterness on the backend, alot less malts then im often a customed to on a lot of octoberfest, the malts there but just light, very much like a lager with maybe only a pinch more malt then normal, not bad flavor but just not what i want usually in a marzen

Mouthfeel- light and crisp with high carbonation

Drinkability- easy to drink in the aspect its just like a nice hopped lager with touch malt but in aspect of what id be looking to session as an octoberfest its bit of a let down, again not bad beer but just off on what i like in the style

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium orange with a cream head and some light lacing. Good bright clarity.

Toasted malt and caramel are dominant scents.

Smooth clean beer here. Toasted malt, nice caramel sweetness balanced with light bitterness. Nothing abrupt -- it all just bleongs together. Some breadcrust, maybe some biscuit. Sweet and bitter mingle in the finish. Great.

Medium to fuller bodied, with just the right cleansing carbonation.

Loved this one. Great drinkability. Not too sweet, nothing over the top. Balance, strength of flavor, pleasant and distinctive flavors, good body. A really good one.

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Photo of MorningBeer
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my sam adams sensory experience glass. Poured a brilliant copper with a one finger off-white head. Left an intricate mesh lacing with every sip.

Smell is subtle. Bready, some carmel, maybe a very slight hint of pumpkin.

Taste...yum. At first subtle, then a breif blast of complexity, and a smooth and somewhat carbonated finish. Nothing overwhelming. Nice and balanced. Leaves you wanting more. Overall, the taste is a nice surprise after a mild smell.

Medium to light bodied. Definitely a caramelized coating in the mouth as it's drank down a bit. A little swish in the mouth delivers carbonation and a peachy flavor.

Very drinkable. Thin enough to enjoy a few of these back to back.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: arrived in a half liter mug with a finger and a half light brown frothy head.
S: this i don't remember from last years Oktoberfest, it has a very light peachy aroma, along with bready sweet malt and light dry hop.
T: again with the light peach, i asked what was on tap before this and it was another lager. overall it is sweet bready malt.
M/D: medium carbonation, smooth and very easy to drink, wished they offered it in a liter mass krug

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4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from 12 bottle.
A: Bright amber body with a white head that settles into a foamy layer. The lacing settles quick, bit does get left on the glass for a short time.
S: A fine aroma of caramel grains and a bit of roasted.
T/M: A sweet front of notes from the nose, with a good lingering finish this is classic in style. Mouthfeel is smooth with a subtle dry finish. As brew warms a nice autumn spice is found.
D: A really great example of the style and very drinkable.

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

It's that time of the year again, and at the store, I have been bringing in all sorts of really cool Octoberfest Beers and Pumpkin Beers to celebrate the autumn season.

One beer I brought in was Paulaner's Oktoberfest-Marzen bier, this was fantastic. Nice and Tasty.

This brew pours a copper amber, and has a nice fluffy head. The smell is clean and has a subtle herbal spice.

This beer is nice and refreshing, a great balance between hops and malt, with a great aftertaste.

This is a very good beer.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,509 ratings.
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