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 tillmac62
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBD 05/16. Clear medium amber pour with a hint of garnet. Outstanding head volume and lacing, normal retention.

Light nose of grainy biscuit, caramel and a hint of hops.

Heavy light body with hints of creaminess over a smooth texture. Superb carbonation with a nice burst of effervescence in the middle and a rousing finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is almost outstanding. It lacks complexity and tends to be rather two dimensional - toasted grains and light hops. Boost the sweetness a bit and it becomes outstanding. It begins with toasted malt, more cracker than biscuit. Consequently, very little sweetness is provided for contrast and balance. The middle delivers a very mild bitterness over a light herbal hop flavor. The tail end of the finish provides a very subtle hint of caramel...but you REALLY have to look for it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this before, but I guess just never rated it. On tap at Bull Shooters Saloon, NE Philly.

Pretty standard Oktoberfest here, and probably one of the more popular ones worldwide. Clearish burnt orange, with a healthy puff of white head; good retention and lacing. Sweet malts in the aroma, caramel, light herbal hop notes. As is typical of the style, the German malts are front and center in the taste, and there's not much more to it than that. Light bitterness on the finish. Good drinkability, medium body. All around appropriate for the style.

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Photo of Jericho7x
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard beer glass...

Look: Dark caramel in color. Light bubbles. Thin head that dissipated quickly.
Smell: I am not yet capable of picking out specific notes, but smell is good.
Taste: Light hops, maybe a little watery, little malty. Mild carbonation. Very good. Lingers a little on the palate. Almost tastes like a amber lager, similar to a Boston lager but less hop bite.
Feel: Clean, refreshing.

I like it. Not a "deep" as a Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest, but better than a Sam Adams Octoberfest. Drinkable. I do like it, but it does come with a high price than your standard US craft beers.

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Photo of Buck89
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark amber color, slightly opaque, with a thin white head that left quickly. Muted nose with some crackery malt and mild grassiness. No hop notes. Taste followed with a muted light malty flavor, cracker, grassiness and a dry feel. Medium carbed and medium-bodied. I was surprised that I didn't like this more, but I prefer many others in this style.

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Photo of kpoole25
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle with best before date of May 2016. This was a really, really good lager. One of those where you can tell the brewery has spent decades dialing in the recipe and process. Delivers layers of malty goodness...graham cracker, toffee, caramel, molasses, honey (not oxidized flavors though). Possibly veers into too sweet but it's so good, really don't care. Not too crisp, not too soft/round, just balanced. Hops just in the background, again, really deftly used. I've been trying a few Marzens this season, US and German, this will be hard to beat.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a small stein.

Beautiful head (about 2cm) which retains well. Dark reddish color, yet quite opaque.

Definitive fruity smell, with underlying notes of malt.

Great taste, with an initial rush of bitterness, followed by a long aftertaste of newly-cut grass. Overall a great, yet light, example of the style, and something I'll definitely drink a lot of in the upcoming months.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.51/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Wow. I was super disappointed the first two seconds of my pour because it looked like Coors light but some how it goes to a decent looking Marzen color at a snap - incredible; I've never seen that before!! Not very malty smell; pedestrian. Good flavor a but too light compared to a lot of other Marzens which is surprising that it comes from Munich.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a clear light brown, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like light grassy hops, toasty bread, and some slight fruitiness.

This is a well balanced but slightly muted Oktoberfest. Nice grassy hop balance, but the malt depth seems a little weak here. There's some toastiness, but I wish it was a little stronger. There's some fruity yeasty flavors as well.

This one is light bodied, with a light and crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Not my favorite Oktoberfest, but still good nonetheless. I wish it was a little fuller.

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Photo of dbauer78
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: dark copper, very clear, good lacing, thin white head
S: biscuit, toffee, a slight black pepper spice
T: toasted barley very little toffee like sweetness and some pepper-like spice
M: very light body, crisp finish
O: refreshing, easy to drink

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL:

I can’t believe that I have never review this beer. The beer was served in a 22oz mug.

The beer appeared a crystal clear, deep amber color with a well retained, off white head. A thing of beauty.

The beer gave off a great sweet malty aroma. The aroma was full and really leads well into the taste of the beer.

As noted above, the taste follows nose really well. Nice and malty but not sweet. Classic for the style. Not really sure how the taste could be improved.

The beer was extremely smooth and exceptionally easy to drink. The beer was refreshing and had a slight creaminess to it. Overall, I think that I have only had one Marzen that beats it.

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Photo of puck1225
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful golden orange color with a good foamy head. A sweet bready smell with a taste to match. Fruity with hints of grape. This is a very pleasant beer!

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a clear amber with a nice head. Some grassy notes along with malt in the nose and the malt carries through on the palate. Smooth, easy drinking lager from Germany.

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Photo of hman43
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It is amber in color. It has aromas of bread, cereal, and grass. It has a sweet start with bread, grass, and nuts. It is rather smooth and mild on the palate.

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Photo of gr0g
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle. Darker shade of amber, closer to copper in color. The head is made up of several fingers worth of foam and shows great retention, leaving rings of lace behind. Aromas of toffee and toasted grain. Floral hop note keeps it from being bland and one-dimensional. The malt-forward flavor profile is spot-on for the style. Hoppy enough to stave off the blandness that some under-hopped Oktoberfest biers exhibit. A bit of cracker-like grain character. Mouthfeel is soft and slick, devoid of any harshness, though after sitting in the glass, it can seem a bit under-carbed.

Really good 'festbier by one of Munich's own, definitely one of the better ones. It's worthy of a try, even if there are better, widely-available (in the northeast US) competitors.

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Photo of VikingBeer
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An attractive dark-amber pour, with a nice, persistent head and lacing. Taste is very traditional, malt-heavy and nutty rich up front, with rich, bready malts and a kiss of hops on the mid-palate. Finish is dryish, with a slight sweetness of caramel and honey. Mouthfeel is medium-full, with mild to moderate carbonation. A good, very traditional Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks like a quintessential Oktoberfest/marzen - caramel amber color with good clarity and a creamy head. Smells mildly sweet and nutty, with a little grass as well. This is an inviting brew.

Tastes remarkably crisp for a marzen. In fact, the first time I had this beer I drank it straight from the bottle and thought it was a pale lager, owing to its crisp, green hop presence. There is of course a nice caramely backbone, complemented by nutty, biscuity and cinnamon notes. Not too sweet, unlike some examples of the style.

This is one of my fall favorites and must try for fans of German lagers.

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Photo of akolb
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A lovely malty Oktoberfest, with a good amount of sweetness, a little caramel flavor, a nice head, and a smooth feel. I enjoyed American versions such as Sierra Nevada but you just can't beat this.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle as part of a "mix-a-six" from Coaltrain in Colorado Springs. Label states best by 02/2016, so I am 6 months out.

Minimal aroma from a 2 fingers of head capped brown-tinged amber body. The flavor is typical for this brewery. It nails the style but do so in a "mass produced" level of quality. Like the hefe from Paulaner, this is a good beer, but not a great one. Moderately rich layers of malt form the middle of the flavor, and are backed up by some classic German style noble hops. Good balance and good flavor mix, and true to style to boot. This just lacks the wonderfully rich quality of the best marzens. This is one of my favorite styles, and not an easy one to hit the bull's eye with.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, light redish copper color with a building, billowing off white head.

Aroma is not strong, but consistent with a German Marzen. Light toasted malts, a subtle sweetness, no hop notes.

Tastes and feels very clean. No overpowering flavors of any kind. Toasted bread malts, and slight floral hops among the sweet sugars that comes across like fruit. Very easy to drink. Crisp, clean, dry finish. A very nice example of a true Festbier.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rich grain malt aroma, light amber, brilliant, initial malt sweetness that lingers into the finish, moderate hops – balance leans towards the malt, medium body and carbonation. Enjoyable, refreshing, smooth.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/2/14. Best By 5/15.

A: Some lazy carbonation; pours a dark copper/amber w/ 2 fingers rocky/thick khaki head; excellent retention; OUTSTANDING lacing.

S: Malty w/ noble hop aroma; way hoppier than other Marzen I've had. Definitely toasted malts. Some slight hints of alcohol.

T: Wow. Clean, light, noble hop arrival. Malty, clean mid-palate. Lingering caramel malt - but not sweet. Hint of (good) sourness.

M: Lighter than expected. Mid-weight.

O: This is a stellar beer; I'd put this head & shoulders above Sam Adams or Great Lakes, my two usual Marzen.

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Photo of SierraFlight
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour was clear orange-brown with minimal head. Aroma was toasted malts with notes of bread and caramel. Lots of malt flavors with a late sweetness and a mild hop bitterness. Soft carbonation with a medium body.

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Photo of Walrus_J_Taco
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Paulaner Oktoberfest was one of my first expeditions outside the macro brew box. To this day (15 years later) it remains one of my favorite beers. Malty, yeasty, and smooth as the day is long.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep amber in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: toffee, toast;

T: Cheerios, toast; a touch of malt sweetness at mid-palate; light bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; tingly carbonation;

O: very nice, but I prefer Hacker-Pschorr;

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Photo of myelo
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap.

L: clear, dark amber with small off-white head, leaving a little lacing

S: sweet malt, caramel, bread/biscuit,

T: sweet bread malt with mild, earthy bitterness, slight cinnamon spiciness

F. Medium to light body, mld carbonation, minimal ethanol warmth

Overall nice well balanced Märzen ... very malty, a touch sweet

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Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,505 ratings.
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