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 Beastdog75
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I hear that out of the six main Munich breweries during Oktoberfest, Paulaner's offering is the most widely consumed. I was able to obtain a six-pack of this brew in early April, so I assume that this stuff is available year round. Paulaner's Oktoberfest is a pretty average example of the style in my opinion. It was certainly easy to quaff, but I expected just a little bit more out of this in the flavor department.

The label on my botle says Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen, and depicts a horde of burly München barwaitresses marching in formation and carrying many steins of bier. I would certainly get out of these ladies way if I was at the Oktoberfest! This brew pours a nice reddish-orange/amber color with a decent light tan head that disappears in under 35 seconds. The aroma was quite clean, with only some light caramel malts being detected by my nose. The mouthfeel was a little bit thin and moderately carbonated, but very crisp and quaffable. The caramel malt presence is indeed in this beer as it should be, but I was surprised that this contain a rather nice and pleasant citric hop presence. The hop presence actually seemed to be more noticable in the flavor than the malts, which seems unlikely for the style. The hop flavors are there, but the beer is not bitter in any conceivable way. Some light nuttiness was detected too. The aftertaste contained some light caramel and grainy flavors, and finished off with no alcoholic warmth.

The crisp, citrus-like hop presence was a surprise for this brew, but altogether the beer was not very challenging to the tastebuds. It was quite simple, and perhaps a bit boring. This is probably a good beer to chug while standing in the crowds in München, as it is crisp and very drinkable. It ends up being a decent amber beer, but I could probably get a domestic micro-amber for much less than the price of this.

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Photo of cedricwarner
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Amber Whiskey Color with a beautiful spongey head. I'm a sucker for rich malty aromas, and this has a great one. Medium-bodied malt flavor nothing too grand, but this is extraordinarily drinkable. Pretty average mouthfeel. Overall this is the best Oktoberfest beer I've tried.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty amber color with a nice head that faded to a thin layer of foam. Moderate carbonation.

Smell was of spicy malt with a hint of alcohol.

Taste was of slightly toasted malt, some caramel, and a hops-bitter finish. Not quite as deep as I anticipated from the aroma.

Not bad, but not what I had expected from the world's most widely-consumed Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a brilliantly clear medium-amber, forming a moderate light-beige head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is of a clean ferment, malty with loads of toast and sweet amber grain husk. Hops are negligible. Mouthfeel is initally tangy, then quite husky with a suprisingly dense body. Taste is predominantly husken amber malts with a touch of English (?) hop spiciness. I swear I taste Fuggles or Goldings in here. Perhaps they used some oxidized Tett or Hallertauer giving it a semi-ruddy note. There is even some toffee characteristics consistent with English brews, however the brief, crisp finish assures you it's a lager. Finish is also quote toasty and dry.

I would call this a quite average Oktoberfest. Maybe my taste buds are getting saturated tonight. I would certainly rather drink Ayinger for this seasonal.

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

Clear, medium amber color with a cream-colored bubbly head that dissipated pretty quickly to a thin film. Smell was sweet malt. Taste was initially slightly sweet, but not too sweet. Malty with roasted grain and a little carmel flavor. Followed by a nice, grassy hop flavor with just the barest touch of bitterness. Clean finish with almost no aftertaste. Medium body. Very nice overall. Would be really easy to throw back a number of these!

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Photo of ark57
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a clear copper color. It has a malty aroma with some hop character. The smooth body has some light toasted maltiness. It finishes with some noble hops. It has a little too much hop character for a Marzen, but the toasty malt character is easy drinking and tasty.

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

This dark orange/amberish colored beer kept a small head throughout the life of my pint. The initial smell on top of the malts is something I can only guess is honey. The taste is definitely smooth but the marzen style is not one of my favorites as the slightly unpleasant aftertaste lingers on my palate. This is a nice full bodied beer which has a drinkable quality to it but not one for my tastes.

Re-review 10/24/04:

Picked up a bomber for our celebration for our late friend Jody for 2.19 at AJ's.

I have grown more accustomed to the marzen style. This version seemed a bit bready smelling which is nice but had a strong Eurograin presence. I suspect the sweetness is the caramel hopping. The finish is slightly biscuity and dry. Not a bad beer but not quite the quality of Hacker-Pschorr Ocktoberfest.

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Photo of JamesBerry
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly foggy dark amber color, and smelled fairly sweet, with just a hint of clover honey. Smooth body with just a brief tingling feeling left on the tongue. As for the taste, it is sweet and malty, almost cidery. After the initial flavor dies down, a thick, hoppy aftertaste follows, leaving tones of alcohol on the taste-buds. This was the first Marzen beer I've tasted, but if it's any indication of the style, I'll be sure to try many more next Fall.

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Photo of alexgash
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper body with a small, off-white head. Smells of cookie dough malt, tobacco and slight fruitiness. Taste: starts off with cookie dough malts, apple cider, toast, and light hops. Finish is slightly bitter with lingering medicinal malts and alcohol. Medium body. I'm not a big Marzen fan, but I really liked this one. Nice work Paulaner.

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It is creamy with a bit of sweet malts. The taste is good. Again, it's malty with a creamy finish. It is slightly bitter, but highly enjoyable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great fest beer. It is highly drinkable; one of the best I've had.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Light orange in color with a nice, frothing head that laced well.

Smell – Lovely aroma of pure toasted malt. This one is buttery and smells like a ringer for the style.

Taste – The toasted grain was a little rough but sweetened just right with sticky sugars. There’s usually not much dimension to the style, and this offering from Paulaner holds true.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy and sticky. This is almost medium-bodied and feels terrific in the mouth.

Drinkability – After drinking the Skagit River Oktoberfest (that almost made me barf) this was a pleasure. I would have liked to have seen a little more refinement in the grain but otherwise this was a hit.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great O-fest beer. Pours a clear light amber with a puffy white head. Smells very malty with caramel and toasted notes coming through.

Tatses like a good O-fest should with lots of toasted nut flavor and just a hint of sweetness. Mildly hopped. Mouthfeel and body are dead middle of the road. I could drink this all night long.

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

Bright, clear ruby red, with a thin sheet-like head, stringy carbonation. A big malty and toasty aroma. Sweet malts noted on top, caramel like and very creamy. Noble hops extremely noticeable in the body, seem to overpower the initial malt-based body. Some delicate spicy offerings, yet a crisp, clean palate. A definite quaffable marzen, has great character, also serves as a good session brew. One to search for in the early fall.

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Photo of koolk
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber in colour with heavy carbonation and a little head that hangs on for a little time.

Super spiced nose that mingles well with the sweet malt aromas. Biscuits, cloves, anise etc etc are very identifiable and enjoyable.

Similar flavours come across on the palate that is thick, full and has a touch of creaminess to it that is off set by a slight tartness.

Good stuff, only down point is it didn't stand up to food to well, but thats fine, happy to drink it one its own.

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Photo of palma
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber/light brown body with a light, white head that disappears quickly. Leaves a little lace afterwards.

Smell: Rich roasted nuts. Caramel. A slight floral aroma.

Taste: Very sweet throughout. Lot of malt. Tangy flavor. Grassy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: I noticed a lot of carbonation. Decent mouthfeel. Just a little on the watery side.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber copper tone with a nice sized off white head doesn't last all that long but does leave behind some pleasantly strewn lacing around my glass. Aroma: Robust caramel roasts with slightly toasted nuts even seems a bit spicy not bad. Taste: Finishes very clean but the toasted malt character gives it a great flavor doesn't overdo anything very reserved but hella drinkable. Mouthfeel: A bit thin the only thing I can say I'm disappointed about here just seems watery I even recall the original Munich formula having more body but hey sturdy carbonation excellent O-fest. Drinkability: By far one of the better Ofests outta of Germany I enjoyed it from beginning to end, gonna buy a case next year.

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

A layer of foam sits atop this cider looking lager. The sweet taste is undercut, by a sour, bread-like aftertaste. The beer remains subtle, yet man do I taste some type of fruit, maybe pear. Next, floral hops set in and the beer tastes tart. The tart quality only increases as the beer comes to a close. Then this supreme beer pulls out of the tart mode, and tastes clean. Nothing like a clean Oktoberfest aftertaste.

Paulaner was the first beer garden I vistited during last year's fest where I could find a seat. I'll always remember they were the first to bring me a liter.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber, with thick, creamy white head. The smell is cereal malt. The taste is a decent cereal malt with a hint of caramel malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could definitely have a few.

Thanks to aaronh for this sample...otherwise, would have missed this one. Amongst the best of the Munich Oktoberfests, a decent beer and one I'd have again.

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

Deep gold with a beige head.
Sweet bread and caramel.
Crisp carbonation with a medium smooth body
Mild malt with a hint of caramel and maybe fruity sweetness. Dry finish with a touch of spice.
Good, though not really my style. Still it's excellent with food, Brats especially, and very drinkable.

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

Poured a maple/bronze colour with an almost non-existant head. Lovely malt/sweet/spice smell which was also reflected in the taste as it is sweet and spicy as well. Almost reminicent of maple syrup (in after taste, not potency of sugar or consistency, of course). Very lightweight mouthfeel with almost negligible amounts of carbonation. I don't see how anyone could dis-like this, it's brilliant! Easily one of my favourites!

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint .9oz. bottle.

Sadly this one was good but I was expecting so much more.

Pours a basic amber. A good head and decent lacing. The scents are sweet and musty. Caramel and wet moss. A bit of mildew as well.

Flavors are pretty nice. A very sweet ale. Some caramel and molasses. Brown sugar is present as well. There is a hint of a crisp grassy and earthy flavors. They are not strong but provide some balance to the sweet flavors. Flavors are good and well crafted they are just too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick and watery. Carbonation stings the palate. A bit of an unpleasant tangy rusty quality make this not a real easy drinker.

Overall it is just too sweet and I did not think it feels very good.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at Spagio in Grandview. This beer is copper-colored with a medium light beige head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is lightly malty with some caramel as well. Medium-bodied, and not overly sweet like some Marzens tend to be, which I appreciated. Good malt flavor that was not too thick or syrupy. As a matter of fact it was very drinkable and complemented my food well. Maybe not the best example of the style, but I'd get it again.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a light copper color with half a finger of head. There is only a tiny bit of lacing. The smell is malty and grassy with a bit of hops. The taste is fairly grassy with a little bit of caramel. The mouthfeel is fairly good, and so is the drinkability. A pretty good Oktoberfest.

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

Aroma: A rich toasted malt nose with earthy notes
Appearance: Clear orange with a white head of tiny bubbles that retreated to a thin film and laced a bit.
Flavor: The toasted malt flavor starts strong but finishes clean and crisp. The slightest touch of hop at the end, but nowhere near bitter. Wonderful balance and flavor lets the malt shine, but not a sweet beer.
Mouthfeel: Medium, with a touch of warmth and numbing
Overall Impression: Clean well made beer. I get an earthy taste in a good way, and malt malt malt. A classic Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this on November 1 in a German restaurant in Moscow. A bit late for an O-fest on tap, I couldn't resist, as I had not had my share of Oktoberfest this year. I jumped at the chance for a nice O-fest on tap, regardless of the date.

The beer came out only slightly darker than gold under a good thick off-white head with lots of lace and excellent retention. Plenty of malt filled the nose, while the mouth was prickly, with a body just slightly on the light side of medium. There was lots and lots of malt in the opening taste, chased by a bit of hops that left a nice bitter aftertaste. On the initial taste, I noted just a hint of sourness, but this disappeared as I got further into the experience. A good drinking beer, I'd happily have another.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,501 ratings.
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