Oktoberfest (Wiesn) Bier
Paulaner Brauerei

Oktoberfest (Wiesn) BierOktoberfest (Wiesn) Bier
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Style:
Lager - Festbier / Wiesnbier
Ranked #10
ABV:
6%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,073
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 11.05%
Reviews:
290
Ratings:
728
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Oktoberfest (Wiesn) BierOktoberfest (Wiesn) Bier
Notes: Labeled as Oktoberfest Bier in Germany and Oktoberfest Wiesn in the US.

This full bodied golden Oktoberfest lager is the only beer served in Paulaner Oktoberfest tents today. It is the pinnacle of German brewing: wonderfully mellow with a balanced harmonious taste. It has a strong note of malt and the pleasant fragrance of hops.
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hankp59 from New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought the gift pack with a Maas glass and 1l can of Oktoberfest bier. Note to Paulaner, please sell this in the can at retail, I hate wasting three bottles for a Maas. This is rich, malty and sweet taking you on a nice journey. The hops have bright floral notes that balance the sweet malt without the bitterness desired by hopheads. Really drinkable at 6% and really nice for the style. Get some and make the darn cans available already.

Oct 11, 2021
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keithmurray from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - clear golden body with white head

Smell - slight toffee, spicy hops, toasted grains

Taste - toasted grains, white bread, slight toffee/honey, biscuit

Mouthfeel - medium plus bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, malty, toasted feel in the back, easy to drink, crisp and refreshing


Overall - really good representation of the Weisn style of octoberfest. Definitely worth a try.

Price Point - $7.99 4 pack 16.9 oz cans

Oct 09, 2021
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml can poured into a dimpled mug.
Canned 3/22/21

Pouring crystal clear and rich gold, @6 SRM, it is topped with near two fingers of white persistent foam that leaves lacing. This is a lively pour with masses of tiny, rising bubbles replenishing a head that lessens but never disappears. The moderate strength nose is also persistent featuring sweet bready malt along with spicy Noble hop aromas.

Delivering big but clean and balanced flavor front to back, it is semi-sweet with mild bitterness. Tasting bready with sweeter grains, spicy and light floral flavors. Mouthfeel is medium weight, soft and mildly creamy with lightly crisp edges coming from medium carbonation. Well rounded, easy drinking and very enjoyable. Great Festbier.

Sep 28, 2021
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear yellow with soft, soapy head.

Smell is bready and a bit grainy with notes of citrus, crackers, rye bread and a floral hint.

Taste is bready and a bit grainy, clean and crisp with a solid bitterness. Notes of citrus, rye, toast and some spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and well carbonated.

Overall, a very well made, tasty lager.

Sep 28, 2021
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Beersnake1 from California

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an enormous can at fridge temp into a giant Paulaner mug. Pours a nice golden transparent yellow. Good amount of white head that goes away within a minute.

Nose: Oranges, wheat, grass, crisp corn,

Taste: Super smooth. Sweet upfront, but a definite hoppy bitterness on the back end. Orange peel, grass, bread, a touch of spice, and a floral note. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel and overall: Light and crisp. Very refreshing. Overall, a very nice drinkable beer. As far as Oktoberfest beers go, this would land somewhere in the middle for me.

Sep 27, 2021
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and light gold. A great fluffy head. Retails well. Laces better.

Clover honey kissed malts and floral and grass hops balance well on the nose.

Clean grainy malts with some zest meld with the honey notes on the tip of the tongue. The brew rounds out very well with bready and more honey notes before closing with grass, lemon, and pepper. Well balanced.

Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Has a nice attenuated finish.

A well-rounded festbier.

Sep 26, 2021
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beergoot from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, light golden color; excellent looking carbonation; thick and frothy head, snow white. Fine, light malt nose; gentle hop spiciness. Great clean taste; light cereal grain base with a slightly prominent spicy hop flavor. Light to medium body; crisp; overall dryness to the mouthfeel.

The bottle label was wrinkled at the bottle dating point, so I can't make out if this is from last year or this year. The malt taste seems somewhat subdued, but I kind of enjoy that even if I would expect a richer malt flavor for this seasonal beer.

Poured at 44 °F; partial date code seen on label: Enjoy Best Before 03.22 [unreadable character] L06116 [unreadable character]

Sep 25, 2021
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 500ml can dated 3/22/21-3/22/22 into a tulip.

Pours an orangish golden yellow with about three fingers of white head. Great retention, decent lacing.

Smells of sweet grains (corn), some spice and earth.

Taste is a little milder than the smell. Some grains, cracker and slight bitterness.

Slight bitter aftertaste. Decent amount of carbonation. Medium-bodied.

Overall a really nice lager at a really nice price ($8/4pk).

Sep 22, 2021
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Whyteboar from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a liter of this on Oktoberfest opening weekend, sadly not in Munich but in Michigan.
Poured from the (really big) can into the (really big) glass mug that was its packaging.
Pours a very nice golden amber with a nearly white foaming head which leaves considerable lacing,
The aroma was faint but pleasant, got malts and biscuits and not much else.
The taste was *not* lacking. Very well balanced hops and malts, an amazing flavor from the restrictions they must follow. The liter is gone and I already want another!
The feel is ideal, crushable and carbonated for crisp edges. Really nice.
OA, I still have 5 more Munich fest beers and or marzens to try, but this is a great start!

Sep 19, 2021
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WaterBoar from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is simply perfection in Reinheitsgebot law, Oktoberfest Wiesn Bier. This beer was so tasty I could not stop drinking it. This is what German People Drink in Bavaria from Sept 16 to Oct 3rd. It pairs well with all the food, blue and white colors, the games, roller coasters, pretzels, brats, cheese, dirndls and lederhosen.
The flavor is out of this world and you know it is German right off the bat!
I had this in a can and on tap, and let me tell you, it is by far the tastiest beer I have ever had. 5/5!

Sep 18, 2021
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Enjoy best before March 2022"; drank 9/16/21 @ the Yarchives.

See-through yellow appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

An even pour yielded a big, noisy white head; frothy lace.

Corn, yeast & faint caramel notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Sweet corn & faint caramel flavors; big-time yeast dryness on the finish.

This tasted like a regular lager to me; it wasn't bad, but also isn't what I'm looking for in the style. Not one I'll return to.

Sep 17, 2021
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cleveland Oktoberfest in Berea, OH.

This one pours a clean golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like biscuits, liquid bread, light grassy hops, and some honey, maybe?

I've been dying to try this paler festbier from Paulaner for a while now, and I'm glad I got the chance! It's got more hop character than regular Paulaner marzen, with some nice hop spice. There's also biscuits, light sweetness, and a really tasty bready character, like drinking a pretzel without the salt.

This is light bodied, clean, crisp, soft, and super drinkable.

This is definitely one of the best beers of this style. I tend to prefer the pale festbier style, although I love marzens too.

Sep 13, 2021
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Notes of toasty white bread crust, honey, mild apple, pear, orange citrus, light floral earthy hops, smooth medium bodied, slick with crisp moderate carbonation. Overall a great pale fest wiesnbier.

Sep 08, 2021
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Beerdanza from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer mug from a 0.5 liter can. A beautiful light gold color, and a fine head that sticks to the glass and remains on top while you drink as a few pillowey clouds. The smell is a subtle blend of sweet malty notes and some piney hops. It smells like beer! The taste is a friendly lager that won't offend anyone, but with nice malty sweetness and a distinct bitter bite of hops. It's not watery like an adjunct lager, but has some substance to it. Not a light beer, but a beer for beer lovers. I wish I could get this year round. I think I'm pretty burned out on craft beers, and I also think the craft beer industry is often trying too hard to come up with stuff that is different and extreme, sometimes to the detriment of plain old good beer. Here we have a beer whose defining characteristic is good beer! No fruits, or spices, or massive ABV. Just good beer. I challenge the craft beer brewers (especially in here in Michigan) to create some year-round high quality lagers.

Sep 04, 2021
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gooddaydiablo from Texas

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

look: bright golden, clear, big white foam

smell: bread, lots and lots of bread ...

taste: same, this is just pure liquid bread

feel: smooth, thin body, balance,

overall: this is a high quality "standard beer", better than bud, and very good for chugging, cheers!

Sep 02, 2021
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over time to leave a bit of foamy cloud like lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a malty and bready smell mixed with a good deal of yeast. Along with these smells comes notes of caramel and some harvest fruit of pear and apple and a touch of apricot. Rounding it all out is a hint of herb and hay.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready and slightly doughy taste that has a bit of caramel sweetness and some flavors of yeast cake and a light pear. As the taste advances the yeast and bready tastes get even stronger and are joined by flavors of some earth and herb. At the same time, a graininess and a bit of light toast comes to the tongue. With some mild hay and a touch of spice more spice coming toward the end, one is left with a rather bready taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium to slightly more chewy with a carbonation level that is average. For the style and the more malty flavors of the brew the feel is fitting and makes for a nice cool weather October sipper.
Overall – A good, non roasty, but quite malty Oktoberfest.

Sep 01, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.0%. Colden colour, big to medium sized white head. Nice aroma of fruity German hops and sweetish malts. The flavour is fairly sweet and malty but still smooth and easy drinking, with decent hops in the finish.

Aug 30, 2021
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden on the paler side but not pilsner pale with bright white head. Getting some honey, floral hop, and some biscuit. It's definitely got some beautiful malt character, it's a light bread crust, with some honey wheat character, bitterness lends a leanness to the body, super drinkable. This is terrific.

Aug 30, 2021
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 4-pack 16.9oz cans $8.99 Village Bottle Shop
142 days old or 223 days before best by date
Smell of malts
Clear golden color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of malts, some bitterness finish
Overall a good beer. Nothing fancy, just straightforward of what you expect a beer to taste like and done well.

Aug 11, 2021
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Liter can with a best by date of 5-11-21. Opened 2-27-21.
Huge 3 finger white head with excellent staying power.
Straw gold with brilliant clarity. Early, sticky lacing. Good looking beer.
Sweet grain, light grassy hops...clean and simple.
Lightly sweet malt and again a light balancing dose of subtle, spicy hops.
Bright entry, soft carbonation. Slightly sweet and just a little longer than quick finish.
Good to Very Good.

Feb 27, 2021
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Todd from California

4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle with a best before 06.21. Labeled as "Oktoberfest Bier." Sample from the brewery. Discovered in the back of my beer fridge.

Bright, pale golden with a creamy white head and clingy lace. Herbal, bready, and citrus rind in the nose. Light-bodied, but there's some chew to this beer. It's very smooth and creamy too. Carbonation is tight and lively. Very refreshing. Malty backbone that's toasty and biscuity with a touch of honey sweetness. Light smack of lime bitterness. Floral. Minerally. Clean, dry finish.

Oktoberfest is long over, but this took me right back. Balanced, delicate, insanely drinkable. My only issue with this beer is that it wasn't in a 1 liter can.

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
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Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
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Oans, zwoa, drei, Gsuffa!

Feb 03, 2021
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Mortal_Wombat from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear gold with a thick, foamy white head. Smells distinctly different from a marzen, still biscuity but with more grassy and earth hops aroma in the mix. Up front it has some mild floral hops, followed by a moderately sweet malt with hints of honey, sour bread and grains. Finishes very smooth and does not linger, lazy carbonation with medium body. A very drinkable and pleasant Oktoberfest Wiesn.

Nov 21, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: clear golden yellow with a thick white head

Aroma: biscuit, toasted bread

Flavor: The flavor is bread, a bit of toasted bread, a hint of banana, and a little bit of grassy hops.

Body/Overall: light to medium body, It is easy light drinking

Nov 04, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Crystal clear light orange with a lively head that settles quickly to a lid leaving good lacing behind
Aroma: Sourdough starter, cereal grains, honey, and floral hops
Taste: Follows the nose well but much more pronounced. Huge bready notes up front along with sourdough and honey while the floral hops play in and out of the frame. Cereal grains and floral hops dominate the finish
Mouthfeel: Super clean and crisp throughout, medium carbonation, and a very clean and somewhat soft finish
Overall: Awesome stuff and a great compliment to their delicious Marzen Okto. A great representation of a festbier with more sourdough, honey, and floral hop presence versus the brown bread, toffee, and melanoidin prominent in their Marzen. I’ve had this before but it was never available near me so when I saw it, it was an easy buy. Delicious and highly recommended

Nov 03, 2020
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure why this is a "new" beer on BA. Released to the American market in a few forms...I found mine at the grocery in the form of a 1Liter commemorative can with a free mug .... If I'm reading the can correctly it was brewed some 5+ months ago ... Nice traditional, albeit light, German Fest beer ... Yum

Nov 01, 2020
Oktoberfest (Wiesn) Bier from Paulaner Brauerei
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