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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of barleypop
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once poured many, many agitated bubbles rise to create a frothy yet soapy head. A nice dark golden colour that is very transparent. The nose is similar to Paulaner’s Weiss bier with caramel apricot notes. Roasted scents are released as it warms. This one coats the tongue with malt. Nice bier, yet not my favorite of the Paulaner line.

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

Sampled (many times) from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Roasted brown, maybe tawny color with a pillowy white head and great lacing.

Smell: Malt, grain and some caramel with hints of hops. Little packets of alcohol, but not much.

Taste: Rich roasted malt and grains that glides to caramel then to hops. Nice an chewy, with a good punch of carbonation. Finishes very clean with a slight hop and spice to it. Wonderfully balanced and increadibly easy to drink. One of my favorites of the season.

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Photo of grynder33
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a solid amber color, had a strong fragrant sweet malt aroma, strong carmelly malty taste that seemed to lose these features quickly.Seemed to me a perfect beer if you are a smoker, you get quick initial bursts of flavor, then you enjoy your smoke.

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Photo of clvand0
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer came in a 12oz bottle. Poured a very interesting amber color with a decent head that didn't stick around too long. The aroma was very sweet and promising with caramel malts being the forerunner. The flavor was not as I expected from the smell. The caramel malt is the strongest part of the flavor, but there is a certain bitterness that I did not like with this one. The bitter bite makes me give it low marks for drinkability and mouthfeel.

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

There is a reason that the label of this bottle shows an army of Frau's bringing liters to the table...it's because the bier is in great demand!

One of my favorite Märzen Biers..malty and smooth and beautiful. Munich is the home of this style and as usual, Paulaner does it right. This is a great large brewery. Don't kid yourself, just because a brewery is large, does not mean that the bier is inferior.

If the color amber was a smell and taste and visual...this would be it.


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Photo of byrd
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Oktoberfest brew as expected pours a deep orange amber color. There’s a small light tan head that doesn’t last very long. The aroma is of nice sweet malts, caramel notes with bready grains. Some mild hops are also on the nose. The start is smooth with a creamy mouthfeel and a decent amount of carbonation. The malt adds a foundation to this brew that holds everything together from start to finish. The carbonation picks up a bit towards the middle when a little yeasty breadiness comes through. There’s a nice crispness to this brew. Some slightly bitter hops come are apparent in the fairly short finish, but the aftertaste doesn’t last very long. Malts are still noticeable through the finish and into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium, but seems to feel a little thicker into the finish. Very drinkable brew.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If only it was October year round, I wouldn't have to wade through disappointing Hefe Weizens to get to a beer like this. Very nice rust colored brown, head goes away quickly. Flavors are very hard to discern. Tastes like smokey oranges, for lack of a better term. Paulaner is definetly at the top of it's craft.

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

I don't know what I can add about this classic, but I can say that I like it. Well constructed, easy to drink, tasteful with a clean finish. Sweet and spicy malt flavors come through primarily with a touch of hops for dryness. Nothing sloppy about this beer. Good show!

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear sparkling bronze brew with good head retention and lace. An initial sweet carmel malt that ends with a hint ot toastiness. Enough hop bitterness and some length to make this fest quite balanced and hence drinkable. Can see this as having some session possiblities. My third Fest so far and the best of the three.

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Photo of chaduvel
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Oktoberfest. Soon it will be time for the winter seasonals. Anyway, pours a orange/red amber with a taut white head. Smells of caramel malts and some leafy hops. Not as sweet smelling as other Marzens. Taste is mild with caramel malts, with a mellow sweet undertone and hops on the finish. Not as sweet as other Octoberfest beers and pretty tasty.

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

My local pub, the Cock & Bull (see BeerFly!) usually has this on tap at this time of year, so I got a liter.

The color, especially when viewed in a dimpled liter mug, is beautiful. A luminous amber. My liter had a monster head that extended at least an inch above the glass, which is pretty high considering the liter mugs have about two inches of head space in them to begin with.

This is the original Oktoberfest-Bier, and I can see why. A great malty flavor with enough hops to keep it from being sweet. It has little aftertaste and a great mouthfeel. This lager is very easy to drink, a characteristic which the brewers surely meant to include.

This is the gold standard of Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of littlebibs
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very drinkable Oktoberfest, nice head but it quickly
disolves. Lighter than I'd hoped but tastey, this is a master beer
maker after all. I've heard only great things about Paulaner beer.
The carbonation,caramel, hops blend nicely together, very smooth
and as I said very drinkable all the way.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ouch! I remember this being much better (and much more substantial). Nice, reddish hue, but head disappears quickly, little lace. Stunningly thin mouthfeel, quite watery. I remebered this beer being creamier and maltier. Maybe Paulaner is being "dumbed down" as some have suggested. I was so disappointed, I couldn't drink two. Reminded me of a Yuengling lager, in a way. Some mild hoppiness and bite, but almost too little to notice. Where is the malt?! Not really bad, but just too thin and mild. I hope I can find a better Octoberfest before the season is over.

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

Now Quaffing: Paulaner Oktoberfest

I was eager to try this beer on tap and it did not disappoint at all. Nice deep caramel color with a nice creamy tan head that left some nice lacing in the mug. Aroma is subtle and mostly sweet. A nice caramel sweetness and light toasted malts dominate the taste. The toasty/roasty notes come out more as the beer warms up and really make for an enjoyable Oktoberfest beer. A light to medium body provides for a high drinkability and helps when quaffing a liter at a time : ).

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

16.9 oz bottle that pours a clear light amber with a big foamy head and moderate lacing. A nice fresh malty aroma.
Big, not too sweet malty taste with some caramel and honey, complemented by a mildly spicy hoppiness.
Medium body and carbonation with a smooth, clean malty aftertaste. Nicely balanced, highly drinkable beer that I perceive to be the benchmark for the style amongst those available in the U.S.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the sweeter and hoppier märzens I've had. I'm starting to notice a phantom alcoholic flavor and more and more toasted malt as I reach the bottom of the glass. The carbonation makes its presence known in a very good way. A very sweet and very solid Oktoberfest. I wish that parade of beer maids would march out of the label and into my living room.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber iced-tea color, 1 1/2 fingers of head that leaves a smooth covering of foam, then disappears entirely. Still looks attractive in the glass despite that, though.

Mostly caramel malt aroma with a touch of grassiness. After initial vapor, it is all caramel malt, about what you'd expect.

Predominantly and tasty toasted malt, does a respectable job at avoiding the sweetness factor. Instead you get an attempt to balance with hops. Not a bad attempt, but they come off sour as much as bitter (metallic?). Pretty good profile, really. Fairly good personality. The finish stays on the bitter/sour side without totally wiping out the malt, but resolves quickly enough so as to not slow you down.

Nice bubbles, well-checked body but substantial enough to earn good marks.

Not sure how long I would enjoy the acrid kind of aftertaste, but it's an easy sixer to take care of, and more enjoyable than the Hofbrau Octoberfest.

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

Terriffic example of the style. Only slightly chilled, the beer produces a thin, verys table dull-white head. Nice lace, and a beautiful, clear, dark, copperish-amber color. Aroma is almost aall toasted malts. Taste is sweet and malty with a lot of bread-like doughiness. Clean, slightly chewy, and all-around wonderful.

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Photo of johnrobe
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice light orange amber with a wispy bright white head. The aroma unfolds in layers of malt...caramel, bread, then slightly nutty. Bready toasted malts dominate the flavor with some nicely sweet, but not cloying, caramel malt thrown in the mix. I wish this brew was a bit fuller-bodied, but it is extremely quaffable as is.

Still, the brew to beat in the Octoberfest/Marzen/Vienna Lager genre is Great Lakes Elliot Ness.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a lovely orange with good clarity and a nice lace. smells nice and malty, sweet and a little doughy. the taste is of malt, caramel and a nice light hop touch. sweet and bread like, wonderful. perfect carbonation and a smooth texture round out a great beer. oh so drinkable, lovely beer.

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

Truly exceptional brew, probably the best Oktoberfest I've had.

Pours a golden amber with a lacy off-white head.

Aroma is heavenly, extremely malty with just a whiff of hop bitterness that balance it extremely well. I also detect a bit of raspberry, but I may be imagining things.

Very chewy mouthfeel. Very creamy mouthfeel. Sweet caramel malt, and enough hops to give it a little kick. Ends somewhat dry. Very warming with a nice alcoholic kick underneath.

Perhaps one of the best brews I've tasted thus far this fall, but there are plenty more to go.

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Photo of Redrover
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at one of the local Oktoberfests. The reps were there and were handing out some cool openers to boot!!

Beer is a lovely reddish brown with a tan head. As always with this beer, good lacing is very evident.

Beer has a nice toasted bread and malt aroma. Taste is equally yummy. Definite toasted malt sweetness , You also get a bit of caramel and a nice subdued hop/pine taste. Clear use of quality ingredients. Beer is smooth and carbonation seems to be perfectly calibrated for the style. Easy to drink and went great with the thuringer and kraut I had. Another beer I was lucky enough to sample at the Munich Oktoberfest and one that travels well to the states.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a rich looking off white head that falls upon light amber liquid with slight reddish highlights...very appetizing appearence!

The nose is filled with fresh bread-doughy maltiness steeped with a metallic hop aroma and some notes of hay thrown in for good measure.

The taste is a wonderfully tasty mix of slightly toasty malt sweetness, light tea-like astringency and a flowery and bitter hop prescence all blending towards a deliciously balanced and lingering finish. As of now, my top German O-fest...reccomended.

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

Well, it's been a year since I've reviewed the bottled version of this beer. I had a case of it then, and it didn't last long.

This version was served through the jockey box at Ludwig’s Oktoberfest street party. Poured a very attractive copper amber orange with a thinning white head. This is one of my favorite ‘fest beers that I’ve tried. It’s sweet, malty and very smooth. There are some definite spicy notes, almost peppery - with a bit of citrus tang. Lagered perfectly. Beautiful melding of the malt and hops into a very smooth and a very drinkable product, and at the same time retains some of it’s spicy and distinctive character. Excellent.

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Photo of goz
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours pure clear amber, with a large tan head that mostly diminishes and leaves little lace. Aroma of caramel and toasted grains. Flavor starts sweet with caramel, some hints of toasted bread, and a bit of smoke squeezing in at the end. Medium body, super easy to drink - a truly great fest beer.

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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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