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 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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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Golden and crystal clear with almost no carbonation, 2 fingers of yellowish head.

S: Malts, lager yeasts, slight astringency, oregano oil, bready.

T: Bready, buscuity, light smooth mellow malts, little astringency, pizza dough, a little oregano oil, clean linen.

M: Light body, smooth fine carbonation, dry and clean finish.

O: Excellent and smooth, so much so I think of Munich Lagers. Got on, drank in cnx Nov 15, 2014.

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Photo of rangerred
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a half finger white head. While the lacing is not really there, head retention is good.

Aroma has caramel and toast along with a healthy shot of wet glass. Very true to the style.

The flavor doubles down on the attributes in the aroma with a very nice biscuity malt character and awesome grassy hop flavors. Moderate bitterness balances out the malty sweetness and gives this great drinkability.

Overall, one of the better German Marzens available in the U.S. One of the standards of the style.

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Photo of bassboneman
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Of the many Oktoberfest biers - this one is on top! I love the slightly sweet finish of this beer. The finish is slightly more robust than some of the other Oktoberfest biers.
Although - tasted back to back with Hoffbrau they are both very similar.
I have not had the chance to try the Augustiner Brau Oktoberfest -
Ohne geht no!
Ein mal beir bitte!

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Photo of billiv
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Flavor, aroma, mouth feel. This one hits all the important high points for me. Rich, chocolate nose. A combination of sweet and bitter overtones beautifully balanced. Rich caramel flavors. Lovely carbonation--it is enough to notice without distracting from flavor and aroma. An almost perfect cool-weather brew.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Appearance: Dark amber with a hefty white head, plenty of retention.

Smell: Malts and mellow yeast.

Taste: Slightly sweet carmel malts, lager-like yeast flavor, slightly bitter finish with a fruity taste.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and carbonated.

Overall: This beer manages to be balanced and easy-drinking, while still layered and rich. I would drink this regularly.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

9/17...pours medium amber, hearty white foam, clings all over. Peppery malt nose. Smooth all malt flavor, firm carbonation, strong hop bite. Just a hint of sweetness. Balanced, smooth, delicious. One of the better Marzens I've encountered

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Photo of SpencerLanham
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Super tasty. Low head minus an aggressive pour. It has a good light brown red color, and light grainy taste. It goes surprisingly well with any good spicy beef and potato dish.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,472 ratings.
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