Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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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 Quaffer
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Interesting label containing ranks of "mass challenged" women marching along with their fists full of beer steins. Looks like the BA Brigade front guard, heading out to do battle against the American macro army.

This was a clear, amber beer that had a heavy bead initially. A coarse and fizzy off-white head rose up to three fingers on the pour and sunk back into the beer rather quickly. It dissipated into just a ring around the edge of the glass and left just a sprinkling of lace.

Smell: The main smell was a very sweet, caramel malt that was supported by a hit of raisin. Also present was a strange vegetal aroma that sometimes reminded me of brussel sprouts. That last part was very odd, but very mild and didn't ruin the beer's aroma.

Mouthfeel: Thin- to medium- bodied brew that was fairly smooth in the front of the mouth, but kind of round on the back of the tongue and throat.

Taste: Not much to say here. A overly sweet caramel malt flavor was the overriding component from start to finish. There was a mild hops flavor on the finish as well, making itself known more by tongue tingle than by taste.

This was my first time with this beer, and I will probably steer clear of it from now on. It's not offensive, just not great.

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

Very nice aroma! Mild and non-offensive. It poured a nice frothy head with a mixture of medium and fine bubbles like I expect for a good German brew. it's body was a very pretty dark brown/amber color very clear in it's consistency. The head soon died off though leaving a nice lacing around the rim of my glass. It tasted a little of carbonation with a slight after taste, but all in all a very mild smooth brew. One I could sit and drink all night long.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A well balanced Fest beer. Maltier than most which I enjoy and very smooth and refreshing. The amber colro along with th smell of hops in the nose is an excellent coupling with the malty finish and the alcohol is low enough to be hughly drinkable I think around 5.8% So grab a pretzel and a wurst and enjoy this delicious Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Distinctly amber color, clear, with creamy, frothy head. Rich aromas abound, with spicy, herbal, vegetal notes, some floral hints, too. Great, even perfect blance here, malt and hops are evenly matched. Sweet toffee notes on the palate, terrific tasting, and smooth drinking.
I recall a print ad where a cartoon duck embraces a bottle to declare "we go great together". This probably matches any meal well. Quite nice.

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Photo of Andreji
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although way out of season, I must say the Oktoberfest-Maerzen by Paulaner is a year-round success. It carries important elements from the standard oktoberfest lager in some flavour and mouthfeel terms. you can tell the brewery's quality right away, and appreciate it, of course.

It pours a very nice bright orange/red tone with a tannish medium head with equally medium retention. the carbonation within is abundant and easily visible as it is all so clean and translucid.

The smell is a very vegetable-ish mixture between the malts and the hops, making it sweet but grassy at once. strongly perceivable, very attractive and growing as the beer warms up a bit. the malt definetly dominates, giving it an "oud bruin" feel, so-to-speak.

The taste is also very nice, with a sweet introduction within a considerable body that seemed more viscous than purely fluid. The malt sharply contrasts with a clearly bitter- planty sensation at the end, a pleasant breakthrough doubtless. the carbonation also appropriately accomodates at the right temperature, not overwhelming any of the flavours but rather seemingly enhancing them.

very pleasant all-in-all, doubtless a very drinkable one- year round even.

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

This marzen amber poured an orange amber color with no head or lace. That was the bad side of it. The smell of roasted malts was very inviting to the next step of tasting. The taste was of roasted malts and a slight bitterness that was well balanced to make this beer complete. A little bitter but smooth on the finish that made this beer pleasant enough to drink again and again and again!

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Photo of Morris729
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and bright orange amber color with a bubbly white head. Nose is fresh grass and grains with some floral hops in the background. Sweet malts and lightly toasted grains are present in the taste with hints of caramel and a nice balance of bitter hops. Very nice full feel in the mouth with a crisp finish. This is one of the best Oktoberfests on the market.

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

Clear brown in color with an off white head. One of the best Oktoberfests that I have ever had. The smell is sweet and malty, as it should be. The taste is much the same, sweet and malty. Crisp, clean and refreshing. The ending is dry with a hint of caramel. This is a beer that I could have many of and would really like to sample this on tap at Oktoberfest.

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Photo of maxpower
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear brown-amber color, decent white head, malty caremel aroma, sweet malty caremel roasty flavor, medium body, some musty flavors, a good Oktoberfest, I think its the only one avalible year round.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with an amber color. Smells of malt and caramel. The taste delivers much of what the aroma forecasts. For some reason I think of walnut flavor and aroma when I drink this. This would fit in well for drinking a few pints at Oktoberfest. Sweet, light and easily drinkable. I think for this style the rating would be more like a 4.5. Although there are Vienna style lagers or other Oktoberfests that are close. This might be a good bridge beer for some who are only used to pilsners.

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Photo of Winter
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber with a nice head that retreated to about 1/4 inch after a couple of minutes. Subtle toasted malt aroma with a hint of caramel. Sweet middle followed a mild malt finish. Dryness prevalent in the finish. Body seemed a bit watery for an Oktoberfest, but overall a fine brew.

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Photo of Jason
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5 liter keg, moderate carbonation at best out of these. Very nice lacing and clarity.

Malty with toasted and bready tones in the aroma, alcoholic vapors are quick and clean.

Smooth and clean with a solid maltiness, lots of toasted flavours floating around. Bready sweet on the palate with a hop bitterness that grows to balance, little bit of flavour comes through in an herbal note.

Not too bad from the mini-keg, I'd get this again for sure when it comes around again next September.

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

This beer (along with Ayinger) is the one I use to judge all other Octoberfests... right or wrong, these 2 stand out to me as the best examples.

Light amber color with a low white head. Light toasty, spicy and grainy malt aroma. A grainy, bready flavor with just the right amount of malt spiciness. Medium bodied with a light creaminess.

Bottle labelled as an "ale" ? Strange to me, must be a regulatory thing and not accurate. Also, found 07/03 on the label. Assuming that is a best before date.

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Photo of putnam
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted after a Widmer Oktoberfest.

It is a darker bronze. The liquid is clear. There is a curdled, pearlescent foam on top.

The nose is perfect, with rich, steamy malted barley perfume. Exactly like the smell in the alley next to the brewery. Sunshine on stucko walls. Sweating wheat and barley seeds.

Rich, raisiny caramel malt is in the mix, but not more than a feather's weight. The sugars are completely attenuated and toasted to dryness. Beautiful.

A silky robe of fine malt obscures the dense, bitter hop residue. So the fresh hop flavor budlets are boiled-millet smooth but puffy and airy.

Fantastic achievement.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a lovely copper color with a very slight haze, good head retention, a small layer lasts to the bottom of the glass. Modest carbonation with thick glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Rich toasted malt aroma, bread notes, with some caramel, and faint hops.

Taste: The taste is dominated by the rich toasted malt flavors, dark bread notes, and an understated spicy hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full.

Drinkability/notes: Not particularly complex, but very smooth and easy to drink.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass Euro longneck bottle. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of Gusler
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear brown, the head is beige in color, vast in size, oodles of lace that last till the end of the glass. Aroma of the malt and the brewers art are in the nose, clean and fresh. Start is sweet, the middle light, the finish is fastidiously hopped, temperately acidic, the aftertaste dry and pleasant. A beer I look forward to every fall, as with several other "Oktoberfest Marzen's.

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Photo of aaronh
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice white head on a copper body. The aroma is fabulous, with sweet floral smells and a hint of spices reminiscent of nutmeg. The head leaves a light lace on the glass. The flavor is very rewarding. Sweetness balanced wonderfully by hop bitterness. This is my favorite O'fest by far. It feels good from the time you take the first sip to till you finish the last drink, which could be sevral hours and several beers down the road. Definitely need a case of this next year. Finally an Oktoberfest beer that I don't feel the need to compromise flavor or aroma for drinkability.

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Photo of budgood1
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this one goes in my personal top ten. best o-fest. clear dark amber....medium head and minimal lace. aroma to die for... munich malts....hints of spice...yum...hints of floral hop....tastes absolutely delicious, smooth velvety mouthfeel. oh baby what a beer. i'm not a huge fan of the marzen-oktoberfest style but this brew transcends all styles and should be respected as a classic.

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

Great looking rich copper color. Foamy, rich, light tan head. Great rich bready smell, sweet toffee aromas also bounce around. Very very inviting pleasing smell. Taste is very balanced, yummy sweet carmel malt, everything that is expected. Nice hop bubbles yeild a super bitter bite in the middle, especially on bigger sips. Medium bodied, very drinkable. Great with hearty fall meals or as a treat alone. Very good for the style, a really good beer.

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Photo of aracauna
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice color, sandy-looking head. Aroma is sweet malt and the flavor is nice malty, caramelly and sweet. Mouthfeel has surprising body to it. There are some esters to the flavor or maybe I'm picking up something else.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper red/orange body topped with a one-inch solid off-white head. But it does disipate too quickly. Malt sweetness dominates nose, but there is a touch of herbal hoppiness. There is a good earthiness to the taste. Wonderful caramel snap as it first hits the tongue. While malt is the dominate aspect, it has a depth of taste beyond being simply sweet. While the hops are secondary, they achieve a good balance. Overall, goes down easily but memorably.Year after year, one of my favorite imports.

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

Copper color with thin head. Delectable aroma with hints of cedar and smoke. Malts are fine, substantial, and a little bit raw which is part of the appeal. Hops don't give much dryness or kick in the finish, but what they offer is true perfection in terms of spiciness. Said spiciness is the true draw of a marzen, in my book. This has it in spades. While the malts are sweet and sticky, this beer is actually quite light to drink and could be offered to more trepidatious, less experienced beer tasters. Be absolutely certain to let it warm up. You are doing yourself an injustice if you drink it too cool. This is the quintessential Oktoberfest beer for me. Maybe not the highest marks but it is the most utilitarian.

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

Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen Amber draft came a light copper and had a nice firm head that left a lovely pattern of lace down the sides of the glass.

Nose was a light sweet malt with a pleasant hops.

Palate was a malty sweet but not sticky, with hops that were not in the forefront and just slightly bitter.

Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen Amber draft is drinkable in the extreme. This is one fine beer! “dieses ist ein feines Bier!“

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep amber with an orange cast, topped by a cream colored head that holds well and leaves some decent lace. The aroma is of lightly toasted Vienna malts. The body is medium with a standard carbonation level. The flavor is richly toasty backed by a brisk bitterness. It has a bready quality that is not unlike the almost burnt crust. As it warms in the mouth some dark toffee notes are revealed, only to be quickly ushered away by a spicy hop flavor. There is an underlying fruitiness that includes some apple, grape, and plum. The finish is dry with a lightly lingering spicy hop. Very well balanced, alternating between a lightly sweet malt and a crisp bitterness. Refreshing and highly drinkable.

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Photo of bditty187
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This O-Fest is damn good! What really makes this beer special is it’s excellent drinkability without losing any flavor. In fact, it is really tasty with chewy malt, orange zest, raisin, light hops, and spicy alcohol. The bouquet is most inviting, toasty caramel & malt with a faint orangey-spice-alcohol note. The body is a tawny-copper with a lacy white head, good retention. It looked wonderful in my mug.

All in all, this O-Fest is tops in my book!

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