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

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Paulaner Oktoberfest-MärzenPaulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen

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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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky green tea color with a foamy white head of 3 fingers. Lace is left in flecks. The opacity is about 20%.

Smells of faint, dry musty grains, light coriander.

By and large metallic on the flavor, otherwise it is of malts, some musky, some fresh; a finish of wort, unfermented sugar and dark plum. As it warms it grows more and more metallic.

Feel is medium bodied and ends semi-dry.

Overall it's okay but nothing I'd want to visit again. Time to get back to making supper (Asparagus and Burgers)!!

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a 2-finger bubbly white head. The head is gone almost instantly leaving no lacing to speak of.

The aroma is extremely grainy with plenty of oats and yeast. There's just the faintest hint of caramel lingering on the back end.

The taste starts off with sweet bread, honey, and toasted oats. Then comes a subtle wave of fig and raisin. Finishes lightly hoppy with a very restrained bitterness.

Feel is medium bodied with decent carbonation. Very crisp, yet creamy and smooth. Slightly dry finish.

Overall, a very good marzen that has a slightly off-putting aroma, but packs a ton of flavor and is refreshing as can be.

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Photo of FBarber
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber brown - clear and crisp. Thin tan head dissipates quickly leaving a filmy slick on the top of the beer.

Smell is very malty, touch of caramel, bready with a touch of honey.

Taste follows the nose with a very malty up front with a note of bread. Notes of caramel and toffee, with a touch of honey. Mild hoppy finish with a nutty lingering aftertaste. Rather simple taste profile, but so tasty.

Feel is light, crisp and smooth.

Overall a nice Marzen -

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the lazy dog.
Crystal clear deep golden color with a decent sized but quickly receding off white head. Nice deep bready pilsner character with a faint bit of toastiness to it. Restrained floral spicy hop flavor balance but doesn't overpower. Lightly fruity and honey nose with a hint of sulfur and light caramel which seems a little out of place. Rich medium to full body with a bubbly creamy mouthfeel. Pretty tasty beer, I love a good Marzen

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Photo of BB1313
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by May 2017. 11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours copper with nice clarity; fluffy white head that falls leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas are subtle with some hints of cracker and caramel. Some yeast notes in the mix. The flavors seem to have more going on. Lots of rich caramel and toffee. Tons of malts. Hints of raisin and black cherry along with some other dark fruits. It's slightly sweet and not too bitter. Some earthy notes. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy and slightly creamy. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid Oktoberfest beer. It's not flashy and has traditional qualities of the style. Enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Caramel colored and clear. Off white head that leaves a few spots of lacing. Smells of caramel, malt, fruit (apples maybe), and yeast. Taste is sightly sweet and fruity with a slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into glass mug. Dark amber color.

Nose is a sweet sort of grain.

Taste surprises. Oats. Honey. Notes of plum, dried cherries, nutmeg.

Mouth is slightly dry, but not intolerable.

What a remarkable beer. Cool Autumn in a mug. For lovers of dunkelweizen, dubbel, Vienna lager, doppelbock, English brown, and, of course, Märzen.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear copper color with a restrained, off-white head. Aroma is slightly caramelly with yeasty, bready notes. Wonderful malty taste with initial sweetness but finishes fairly dry. It's all about the malt here with just enough delicate hops (I'm guessing Hallertau) to provide a reasonable balance. I go back and forth between this and Spaten as my favorite for the style but I think I slightly prefer the Paulaner. It seems to be slightly less sweet on the finish but still just as malty tasting. In my opinion, this is the beer style where American brewers swing and miss the most often. I virtually never have a domestic Maerzen than I think is in the ballpark with Paulaner and Spaten. I spent many years trying to replicate this beer as a home brewer and finally got pretty close with a recipe that was near 100% Weyermann Munich malt with just a bit of medium crystal. Bavarian lager yeast (Wyeast 2206) works well but only after re-culturing through two or three batches. Never great on the first ferment, for some reason.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Excellent appearance, bright, glowing amber, solid 1" off white head on the top provides above average uniformity in the lace department down the side of the glass. Aroma hit those nutty and caramel strides without being overly sugary.

Taste, mild unsweetened caramel, smooth ride, not bitter, hop notes downplayed for style sake. Alcohol hidden, a nice smooth creamy experience.

Good to try, traditional, well made to style.

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Photo of acelin
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm happy to try this one after having the golden, slightly maltier helles style beer that is their Wiesen Oktoberfestbier. This is what I expect, as an American, from a traditional Oktoberfestbier.

It's a bit clearer than American versions of the style - is that a good thing, or a bad thing? It actually makes the beer look even more appetizing, if unexpected. It's still dark amber gold, and is darker the fuller the glass. I only wish I had my Paulaner Masskrug full of this right now, instead of just the one in an old tulip pint.

It doesn't have a lot of smell, but then again, I've just had 2 Weihenstephaner Korbinians pints.

Taste is great. This is a Marzen, and would all should aspire to be. It's not fresh, but it's not bad either. I'd love to have this one fresh, and may re-review next fall.

Mouthfeel is awesome. It's appropriate for the style. Silky smooth amber lager.


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Photo of Act25
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Happy to rate this classic Marzen. Buy 1.

A: Light country amber body. Good clarity. One-inch head settles quickly leaving lots of dotty lace and a few bubble islands behind.

S: A sensuous aroma of earthy malts, pretzels, biscuits, and a pinch of yeast. As it warms, more honey and caramel.

T: Honey and cinnamon-raisin toast upfront, followed by a dry (though earthy/
grassy) hop finish. Nicely balanced.

F: Medium-light body. Prickly on the tongue.

O: Simple, classic, fresh, flavorful, and light. Buy 1 or 6.

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Photo of JetFeather22
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A grate beer, one of the best in the style.. I buy this beer all the time, It is a grate section beer for a grate price.. It has a strong malt backbone and the right amount of hots to balance out the beer

One thing i should note is it says Ale on the label, So im wondering why it was put in the lager category

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Photo of lastmango
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice light copper color with a thin white head. Moderate lacing. Nose is very faint bready malt. Sweet malt flavor with little hoppiness. Very smooth. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Very drinkable.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorites of the style, this pours clear copper with thin, clinging white top. Aromas of caramel and fresh bread, with the slightest early hop. Flavors are semi-sweet caramel, honey, and malt.

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

Look: Golden: bright white head.

Smell: Lager yeast, fruit

Taste: Malt-centric as expected: Enjoyable fruity sweetness. Easy drinking: Clean.

Feel: full; good carbonation levels. Well rounded.

Overall: Pretty much a textbook--if not the definitive--example of a classic marzen lager.

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

Purchased a gift box containing a liter can and liter signature mug. Can had a best by date of 2/16.
Appearance. light amber color. Huge white head with normal retention.
Aroma- Bread aroma. Little to no hop aroma.
Taste- Light body. Creamy smooth texture, with a prickly finish.
Overall, a great example of the style, but lacks complexity with very light hop character. Slightly out of balance in favor of malt. After taste has a bit of herbal bitterness however.
Compared to the Spaten example this is inferior.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A taste filled Octoberfest. The first time I tried it, I felt it was overpowering. I will write that off to my newness in trying German beers. I believe this beer has a great, full-flavored, taste. A smooth, easy to drink beer that offers the full flavor which the craftsman beers lack. The craftsmen try to make up for their lack with rose hips, lemon wedges, apple cores, dandelion pollen and other "unique" ingredients. Sorry, if I want a salad, I know where to get one. I asked for a beer, not a political statement. This Paulaner Octoberfest is a great beer. I am glad I tried it and I look forward to the next one, hopefully later today.

8/2016 update - as awesome as ever!!!!! Wonderful taste, superb maltiness, wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Photo of Urk1127
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Clear orange
-malty, a slight fruitiness
-toasty malts, slight hops, a berry type fruitiness
-Medium, moderate carbonation

-one of my favorite Oktoberfests

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Photo of Spikester
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a slight orange hue. Big three finger white head that stays for about ten minutes in my nonic pint glass. Fair amount of lace.
Smell is very light bread malt. Maybe a tiny yeast component.
Taste is smooth malts with enough grassy herbal hops to balance.
Mouthfeel is smooth easy drinking medium bodied beer. Carbonation is just enough. Finish is pretty neutral.
Overall a fine beer for the style. My bottle was quite fresh it had a best by date of 05/16.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, best before 05/16. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear orange/copper color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like bready/grainy malt, toffee, herbal/spicy hops, toffee and some general fruitiness. For the most part I think the taste is just like the aroma, but there's also a bit of nuttiness noticeable. Seemed more sweeter and maltier than I expected, but in a good way. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was good, I know I'd like to pick this one up again as it's an enjoyable Märzen/Oktoberfest brew!

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Photo of brureview
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a copper color with a 4F head in a Brooklyn Oktoberfest glass.
The head took a while to resolve. Longer than most beers.

Aroma: Not strong, and very pleasant. fruity bready,sweet, raisins,sweet.

Malty crisp mouth feel.

Taste: excellent. better than the Ocktoberfest Wiesen. Fruit, raisins, malty, flavors which continued throughout the tasting. Food pairing brought out more depth to the taste.

Light bitter finish.

Excellent Oktoberfest. I enjoyed this more than the Wiesen: more malty, fruity, Heavier body.
One of the best Oktoberfests.

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

Pours a nice amber color with a thin white head. Smells of caramel and malt. Smooth feel, malt flavors dominate with a little bit of hop bitterness at the end. Very balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of gopens44
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice enough with a white foamy head and beautiful amber color.

Nose is spicy and toasty with just a pinch of bitter.

Taste has hints of caramel with a floral bitterness and grainy sweetness.

Finish is more bitter than sweet and not too cloying.

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Photo of Savan
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

looks Like one should expect a Marzen to look to zee T.
Poured a light bronze with a good bleach white head upon it!
Smells a little of Caramel Korn and happiness :)
Tastes is soft at first.... then develops into fiesta of malts! Finishes a little on the sweet side but not in a disappointing way by any means rather .. quite the perk :D

over all... LOVE waiting for this bier! Better may there be but, this is always available and its a well done octoberfest brew!

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Photo of Sheppard
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Dark orange, amber, some copper tones. Off white head. Some caramel aroma. There is some caramel and banana flavors alongside overbearing hop bitterness. There are better, cleaner, better balanced märzens out there.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,503 ratings.
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