Oktoberfest (Wiesn) Bier
Paulaner Brauerei

Oktoberfest (Wiesn) BierOktoberfest (Wiesn) Bier
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From:
Paulaner Brauerei
 
Germany
Style:
Festbier / Wiesnbier
Ranked #16
ABV:
6%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,362
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 11.08%
Reviews:
308
Ratings:
451
Status:
Active
Rated:
Saturday at 11:30 PM
Added:
Oct 03, 2008
Wants:
  52
Gots:
  105
SCORE
87
Very Good
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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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I'm looking for reasons to like this Wiesn more, but they keep coming up short. It really seems quite average to start but finishes better, balanced and refreshing. I think a good Wiesn needs to distinguish itself early. And this does not.

However, I do give good Overall Hugs to Paulaner for its ability to market so well Bavarian culture and distribute here in the U.S... particularly this time of year.

P.S. Glad that they no longer use the label I the photo here.
Saturday at 11:30 PM
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Rated by MHL81 from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
If you can’t be at the Wiesn for Oktoberfest, this is the next best thing. The ultimate sessionable bier!
Sep 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.13 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

Sep 24, 2022
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500mL can purchased off the shelf as part of a 4-pack for $11.99.

Look: Pours a crystal clear golden color with a fluffy white head. Looks like a "textbook" beer.

Smell: Subtle fruity/estery/floral aromas balanced with grassy hop character. There is a crackery, doughy malt presence too. Notes of a pale, floral honey as well.

Taste: This is very crushable. It has a very pleasant flavor and a nice body. You would expect a beer that is this pale to be relatively light in body. However, this beer is probably closer to medium bodied because it has a rich maltiness akin to a Helles lager. It has a lovely toasted grain flavor. On the finish, which is mildly to moderately bitter, I get notes of white grape must. The beer is super crisp and clean. It's hard to believe that this beer is 6.0% ABV. It would be very easy to drink a lot of this beer.

Feel: The mouthfeel is really nice - it's perfectly carbonated and it is close to medium bodied. The beer is crisp, clean, and very refreshing.

Overall: This is my first time consuming a beer in the Festbier style. It's fitting that my first one is from Paulaner, who popularized the Festbier style. This is very different from Oktoberfest Marzen, which I am much more familiar with. I enjoyed this one and look forward to trying other Festbier examples from other breweries!
Sep 23, 2022
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Reviewed by mvogt from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very solid representative of the style. Looks exactly as it should, with its big fluffy head and clear golden color. Smells pleasantly of noble hops. Flavors are very well balanced between doughy malt, hops that are assertive but not aggressive, all supported by the yeast. Mouthfeel is a shade heavier than I expected, satisfying without overwhelming. Overall, a highly drinkable beer that doesn't get boring.
Sep 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by Eman17 from Illinois

Sep 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.91 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Sep 19, 2022
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
This is a very nice beer. What can I say that haven’t been said about it yet? Smooth, yes we know, hoppy, sure, well, balanced, hell yeah!
There is something about its taste that you could drink again and again and again - guess that is why they made this the Oktoberfest Bier. Some lagers might have strange hops, excessive yeasty overtone or are too heavy on malts and therefore are too sweet - and these make a beer less easy to drink. But when it comes to the Oktoberfest, it is all about drinking beers by the gallon so it had better be a good one and an easy drinker! Well, THIS is that one! Now all what is missing is a plane ticket to Munich, the timing would be right though… A legendary, amazingly drinkable beer.
Sep 16, 2022
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Reviewed by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Golden straw colour, slightly on the darker side with a three finger white head. Smell is big, rich, bready malt, fresh cut grass, a nice peppery note, with some alcohol presence. The taste begins with that nice doughy, bready malt, then gives way to quite noticeable ethanol, and finishes with gentle but interesting grassy and subtly spicy hops and more liquid bread. The carbonation is quite gentle for a lager, which makes it smoother and easier to drink, but the alcohol is noticeable in the smell and taste, which is a slight complaint for me. Overall a tasty, drinkable Festbier, with nice flavours and a smooth medium body. My only minor gripe is the ethanol note is not hidden as well as it is in some other beers that have just as high or higher ABV, but that's forgivable and it's not that bad anyway. Solid beer, recommended.
Sep 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.07 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Sep 11, 2022
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Reviewed by ATL6245 from Georgia

4.69/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Appearance: Brilliant, clear gold. Frothy thick head with excellent retention

Aroma: Floral and grainy

Flavor: Spicy hops. Sweet start to finish. Low bitterness. Short semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, soft and creamy. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Has lower bitterness than most German Festbiers. Also comes in a little lighter. Plenty of malty flavor and floral hops aroma. Moderate level of carbonation. Very soft and creamy on the tongue. Very conducive to drinking in large quantities.
Sep 11, 2022
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Reviewed by HalfFull from California

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Fresh liter can poured into a half liter glass mug. Pour is a clear light golden in color with a rich cap of white foam. Hazes up a bit after the pour then clears again. Good retention and soapy lacing.

Nose of light spice and lemon hop notes muddled with some bready malts. Taste follows and with a long simple but pleasant bready malt finish. Touch of citric sweetness permeates, touch oily on the finish. Second half poured into the liter 'stein' as intended. Feel is a bit thinner than expected but still a good festbier. Overall a bit of false sweetness and lighter bodied than some you might find at Therese's meadow. I preferred the Lowenbrau, cheers. Yet then, with some warming, it does seem to fire on all cylinders......
Sep 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into seidel. Fine Munich gold body, white sudzy head.

Nose is cracker malt delight.

Taste follows. Bready but light, grassy hops snuck within.

Feel is exactly what you want with a fat cheesy pretzel bite.

Classic Festbier. You see this pint in the wild get it and drink.
Sep 10, 2022
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Reviewed by jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Yellow and clear. Smell is lightly sweet and pumpkin-y. The taste is crispy and malty with just a touch of spice (maybe hops???) while the *aftertaste* is honey glazed baked bread along with a bowl of mixed nuts. Very flavorful while being easy to drink
Sep 09, 2022
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Rated by odannyob from Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Beautiful. Just beautiful.
Aug 19, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Big ass liter can was poured into its respective stein. That looked really cool. This definitely tastes good and is typical for the style. I wouldn't say it stood out though other than maybe a "spiciness" as it warmed. Overall fun beer.
Aug 07, 2022
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Rated by B501 from Arkansas

5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Cant beat it for $9.50/4 pints! Thank you Germany for this masterpiece!
Aug 04, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
500 ml Can
Consumed on: 14 July, 2022; 30 Aug, 2022
Glass: 0.5 L Fest Mug
Serving Temp: 45.5 F


Look:
Bright golden yellow with a 2-finger frothy and foamy white head. The head lasts ands lasts. And lasts. As is slowly dissipates it leaves excellent lacing on the sides of my fest mug.

Smell:
Bready and biscuity malts. Touch of sweet but slightly zesty lemon. Mild floral and grassy hops.

Taste:
Things start off with some tingly and zesty hops, then lemon and lemon rind shows up followed by sweet bready malts with a touch of honey. The hops provide a mild bitterness throughout the sip which dries out as it end.

Feel:
Soft and clean. A tad chewy. Body is light-medium.

Overall:
A very easy-drinking and quaffable Oktoberfest beer that is actually (and, to me, surprisingly) refreshing. I can certainly see this beer being consumed in great quantities at festivals. I am having this in the evening after a bit of a hot day (in the 90s) with some humidity and the beer is drinking very well. I haven't had many Festbiers to date, but this seems a pretty solid representation of the style. And, if I recall, it was one of the first Festbiers that I ever came across.

I have seen some comparison of this beer to an amped us Helles. I disagree. To me this beer is more like a slightly amped up Dortmunder Export.
Jul 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.85 by BeerBeast from Florida

May 08, 2022
 
Rated: 3.93 by Jakepitbull from New York

Apr 23, 2022
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Reviewed by CantDrinkEveryBeer from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Purchased a gift set on sale after Oktoberfest. Import from Germany. Liter-sized can poured into the big mug included in the set.

Appearance: Bright, straw yellow, with a huge, foamy, and tenacious head.

Smell: Banana bread, Wheaties, malted milk. Mild-mannered and sweet.

Taste: True to style, as expected. Malt is the main focus here. Initial sharp bite, but then sweet. Dinner rolls, unsalted peanuts, creamed corn, Twinkies. No bitterness, just a warm, almost buttery finish and a delicious aftertaste, again with those buttery notes.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, but pleasantly sticky and remaining on the tongue.

Overall: Great, mellow beer, just what you want from an Oktoberfest brew. Goes well with anything and is easily, happily consumed in large quantities.
Apr 12, 2022
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Rated by eatsluggs from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Amazing blondie.
Taste is smooth, easily drinkable.
A stronger alcohol content makes it desirable.
Feb 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by iftcoach from Germany

Dec 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by NorbertB1974 from Germany

Nov 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 11.2 oz bottle to a .5L stein. Color is clear gold. A white head falls quickly to a light cap. A lot of carbonation bubbles rising up through the body. Smell is malty, bready, a bit of honey. Taste starts with a balance between bready, doughy malt and herbal hops. Middle leans a bit more toward hops with a nice bitter kick that transitions to a finish with more bready, almost yeasty, flavors. Feel is medium-light body, good carbonation that cleans up your palate. Overall, this is a great beer that goes down easy during Oktoberfest "season". Pairs well with all the classic Oktoberfest foods too. Really enjoyed.
Nov 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.92 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Nov 05, 2021
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Can pour- clear yellow/gold straw color with thick white head leaving significant frosty lacing. Nose is sweet malt with grassy floral notes Taste follows with a crisp almost dry finish.
Nov 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
.5 liter can poured into a dimpled mug.

Clear light gold color. Three fingers fine white head.
Bread, pepper, grassy, light floral scents.
Honey, light citrus, rye, light mineral flavor notes.
Smooth, strong carbonation, dry finish.
Delighted to see this in cans. Very enjoyable.
Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a clear, light golden color with a moderate white head. SRM of 7. (3.75)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of pale malts, bread malts, only hints of toast. Smooth and somewhat bready. (3.50)

Flavor: Strong flavors of upfront of toasted pale malts and honey. An earthy and floral flavor of Munich malts. A pale bready malt finish. (4.25)

Feel: Medium-bodied and low to moderate carbonation. Leaves a sweet feel on the palate. (3.75)

Compared to Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen 10/28/21: Pours a lighter color. Milder aromas. More bready, pale malts. Less toasty and woodsy Christmas tree pine.

Overall: A fantastic and authentic festbier. This one nails the toasted pale malts, honey and earthy Munich malt flavors. Allows the flavors to shine through since this one is in a can. Sometimes these are bottled and often light-struck and skunked. However, this is excellent. (Final Rating: 3.99)
Oct 28, 2021
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Reviewed by dcscientist from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is Paulaner's second Oktoberfest offering - see Oktoberfest Marzen for the other one. This one is a bit less malty I think, which was a surprise when I saw that it was 6% ABV. I like my Oktoberfest beers to be very biscuity and malty, so this one was a little light for me in the flavor department. Not bad, just not as much oomph as I prefer.
Oct 26, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
500ml can into a pint glass. Canned 3/22/21, best by 3/22/22.

Looks decent in the glass. Crystal clear pale golden yellow body. The initial big white head shrinks to a ring and faint covering. A little lacing.

Strong aroma. Malty, grainy, even a little caramel.

On tasting, malty, bready, a little dry. The caramel lingers around. Somehow crisp but not clean.

Mouth medium, finish malty and drying.

Overall, not bad, just a little odd when compared to other recent festbiers. Perhaps 7 months in the can is the issue here.
Oct 26, 2021
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Reviewed by hankp59 from New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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
 
Rated: 3.57 by vvhvnt

Oct 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Oct 10, 2021
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Reviewed by keithmurray from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev +8%
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
 
Rated: 3.98 by jakecattleco from California

Oct 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by SpaethJam from New York

Oct 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by shigg85 from Japan

Oct 01, 2021
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
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
Oktoberfest (Wiesn) Bier from Paulaner Brauerei
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 759 ratings