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

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1,088 Reviews
Paulaner Oktoberfest-MärzenPaulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen

Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Germany | website

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 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 wishbeer.com, 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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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear amber with a short-lasting white head. The aroma is malt forward with nice aromas of dark fruit (raisins) and hints of earthy hops. The taste takes this and amplifies it, adding a nice bready quality. The body is lighter but not watery and has a little bit of carbonation. A very good Marzen.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

I took a day trip to some of my more outlying bottleshops yesterday to keep my hand in and to see what I might have been missing out on in the interim since my last visit. Subs & Six Packs is on Columbia Avenue, so it is a decent bus ride for yours truly, but their policy of selling anything as a single is a winner IMHO. I scour the coolers, the racks, get a half-‘n’-half sammich (half for there, half to go) and watch a little telly and get back on the bus. It is a grand time, but only an occasional one.

From the bottle: “Brewed and bottled exclusively by Paulaner Brauerei in Munich, Germany, to the exacting standard of Reinheitsgebot, the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516.”

After Pop!ping the cap, I began a very aggressive pour and sat back as it transitioned from a pseudo-cascade into three-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with very good retention. Color was darker than I expected, Deep-Amber/Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to peer through the wall and across the parking lot where my neighbor was not yet open for business. Nose had a definite malty sweetness, but I also registered a slight Band-Aid phenolic quality. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was initially quite sweet, but then I also began to get a clove-like spiciness, almost like a Hefeweizen. Wild. Finish was semi-sweet with the malt being balanced by whatever was causing those other tastes. Being as that I dislike sweet beers and Oktoberfests/Marzens can often be cloying, I really liked this one.

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Photo of fx20736
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6 pack from AJ's Beer Warehouse on 10/1/14. Poured into a dimpled mug at fridge temp.

look: medium dark amber with a natural white head. Nice lacing.

smell: toasted malt, moderate spicy noble hops.

taste: residual caramel sweetness with a modest hop presence.

feel: finishes clean

overall: decent Marzen. I assume this is their Export version and their Weisn is the version sold in Munich.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

A- Bright clear orange with a thin head that leaves behind some light lacing.

S- Sweet, slightly malty, with a hint of noble hops. There is also a light tea in the aroma in the nose.

T- Very sweet, you can taste the Vienna malt along with the grainy Pilsner in the finish. There's also a nice spicy/earthy bitterness imparted by the noble hops that help round this beer out.

M- Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- Definitely one of the better Marzens I've had. The beer isn't overly sweet and actually has a substantial amount of bitterness that I find lacking in other examples of the style.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Sampled last night on 10/1/14. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle and is good by "05/15". Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5l 'Paulaner' weissber vase glass.

Pours a pretty deep amber in color with a thin beige head. Light to moderate lacing is seen that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of caramel, toasted malts and yeast and is very pleasant. The taste is even better with a bit of spicy hops in the mix as well. Just this side of medium bodied but perfect carbonation. No bitter or harsh aftertaste and a tasty example of this style of brew. One of the best ones out there! PROST!

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Dark amber in color with a copper tint. Pours a two finger, foamy head that fades only to leave some foam around the edges of the glass.

Aroma- Very sweet, nutty, caramel malt with a touch of herbal/spicy hops.

Taste- Herbal/spicy hops provide a crisp snap upfront followed by a smooth caramel malt that coats the tongue nicely. Finish has some toasted malt along with some more spice hops.

Feel- The malt gives this a very smooth feel that coats the tongue and doesn't linger too long. Medium carbonation with a slight bubbly feel in the middle of the mouth.

Overall- For me Marzens walk a fine line of sweetness and this hits the nail on the head. Not too sweet with the perfect amount of hop spice to counterbalance the caramel/toasted malts. A great fall beer and one that will be my go-to oktoberfest-marzen.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light amber, deep orange with a decent sized off-white head. Bubbles continue to rush towards the top. Not too much lacing.

Rich malty aroma. Nice and toasty. A hint of dark fruits, but otherwise clean lager character. No hop aroma to really speak of.

Sweet toasty malt upfront in flavor drying out fairly quickly. Again some fruitiness, but is not out of whack. Just a hint of oxidation perhaps. Firm but pleasant bitterness, little hop flavor, mostly spicy in the finish.

Medium body and slick, but not heavy. Carbonation is medium-high. Malt sweetness lingers a bit, but is not cloying.

Rich and malty, but impressively drinkable, the way an Oktoberfest should be.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keeping it real for you you guys. Drinking this as it is a Marzen. This brew looks pretty in a glass. No lies. Beautiful medium copper/amber body with a big soapy white head. The aroma is that of toasted cereal grains and a touch of caramel. Taste as expected, toasted grains with residual sugars that help accent the caramel notes. Finishes semi clean and a little dry with a grainy aftertaste with a hoppy snap to it. The body plays on the palate with its feather weight smoothness and it's par carbonation.

Overall: Maybe this style of beer is my favorite. It's traditional refreshing and not really anything bad about it. I could crush a sixer of this with no problems. It's not adventurous yet isn't infected either just a good wholesome brew to watch Football or any sport for that matter. This brew is worthy!

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Photo of MikeKnauf
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured from bottle to pilsner glass.

Color is brownish-copper that somewhat resembles tea color. It is slightly reminiscent of late autumn.

Smell is faint, earthy, moist - almost that of wet leaves. Not particularly appetizing on the aroma.

Taste is smooth, bordering on nutty malt. It's sweet, maybe slightly caramel, without much opposition from the hops, which are slightly detectable in the finish, but not particularly bitter.

Carbonation is very nice and propels the sweet malt flavor in the middle of the sip. Mouthfeel is not heavy at all, but caramel and carbonation, much like a cola soda.

Overall the sum is greater than that of the parts. It doesn't look particularly beautiful or smell enticing but it's a very smooth, balanced, malty beer that fits in between a Helles and a Dunkel, as I think it should. There is nothing particularly interesting about the flavors either, but also nothing offensive. In some respects I think a good, drinkable beer should not be over the top - this one won't knock your socks off but when you finish your glass you'll most likely be wanting more. That's probably a good mark of a festbier.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottle poured into an Ayinger glass ( I don't have a Paulaner glass so I decided to at least a glass from the Munich area)

One finger white foam quickly settles to a nice layer of white bubbles with good lacings. Tiny bubbles carbonate a clear copper brown liquid .

Aroma of sweet malts. Caramel & bread with a whiff of spicy hops.

Sweet malts on the back and sides of the tongue. Smooth finish.

Low sudsing, medium body , clean finish.

Love this time of the year when the sweet Marzens of Octoberfest appear. Very easy drinking, smooth and a great reason to fill up " Ein Mass" and sit under some linden trees in a bier garden. prosit!

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Not bad with it's deep color, average head and ok lacing. Malty sweet nose. Taste with a touch of spice biterness and bready malts. Pretty balanced, and a decent beer

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

A: Pours a clear deep amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted, caramel, and bready malts with a slightly stronger aroma of spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready, caramel, and toasted malts (in descending order of strength) with minimal amounts of sweetness present. That is followed by moderate flavors of spicy hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable, definitely a nice example of the style and a beer that I could easily have over and over again - kind of reminds me of time spent at Oktoberfest in Munich in 2000.

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance - clear copper color with white head

Smell - caramel, toasted nuts

Taste - slight caramel sweetness, toasty, bready biscuit flavor as well, bit of hop bite in the back end

Mouthfeel - crispness associated with a lager, medium bodied, higher level of carbonation, slightest of sweetness up front, hop bite at the back end

Overall - very solid Marzen, the flavors are nice enough to keep you coming back for that next sip, recommended

Price Point - $9.99/6pk bottles

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - good golden color with a great head.
Smell - great toasty marzen smell
Taste - malty and sweet and some toasty bread
Feel - needs more body and carbonation
Overall - pretty descent.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Pours a thin head on a darker, clear body.
The aroma is lots of caramel and grain. Nice.
The taste is sweeter all around, mild lemon bitterness in the middle to end, but finishes on a sweet note. Good balance.
The texture is thick with lower carbonation.

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Photo of Redneckwine
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%

12 oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Clear and a nice looking deep amber, 1 finger head recedes into a foamy cap and leaves some wispy lacing

Aroma - Big hit of clean, sweet, toasty malts. Hops are pretty much non-existent, a little dry yeast character

Feel/Taste - Very smooth and creamy feel on a medium body, gentle carb. Taste starts off with that prominent toasty, bready, lightly sweet and clean malt flavor. Has a very odd, unique, slightly musty yeast character, but this flavor is pleasant and inoffensive. Ghost notes of vinous fruitiness? Hops are spicy/grassy but so very feint, they only serve to balance. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall - Really enjoyable amber festbier; this is the slightly sweet, amber, toasty malt-bomb style that one typically thinks of when they think "Oktoberfest".

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Photo of BoilerMo
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Execellent example of an Octoberfest beer. Amber glow and sweet slightly malty aroma and smooth mouthfeel. Traditional slight finish, a good fridge beer when you want something light with a little body to it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from a bottle into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark coppery amber with a thin off-white head that retains a constant film and leaves light lacing. Aroma of bready malt with light biscuit, light grassy hops and caramel. Flavor is bready caramel malt with hints of biscuit, slight dark dried fruit and a mild, grassy hop finish. Medium bodied. Classic marzen style with a deft balance between dryness in the malt and a light sweetness overall. Flavorful caramel and biscuit malt. Enjoyable.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 1,088 ratings.
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