Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier (Oktoberfest Wiesn)
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier (Oktoberfest Wiesn)Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier (Oktoberfest Wiesn)
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Style:
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #18
ABV:
6%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,920
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 11.34%
Reviews:
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Ratings:
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Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier (Oktoberfest Wiesn)Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier (Oktoberfest Wiesn)
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this yesterday at Mt. Rose's German Fest party. Good times. Good snow.

Anyways, pours a golden color this is slightly lighter than most oktoberfest beers. Might be my favorite too. Full 3/4" white head. Aroma kicked down a heftier lager yeast than anything I've had from Paulaner. Very nice and full bodied. Mild hallertau hop note.

Taste, wow, I dunno if its the surroundings, but was an awesome beer at an awesome place. Crisp pilsner malt stands out as golden and bready, but such a hefty yeast impression (for the better) and a hop smidge. Great carbonation keeps this feeling light despite its immense flavor profile. Crushed it with my pseudo brat (they were serving kielbasa essentially and calling it a brat) .

So look, this is my favorite Oktoberfest beer ever, avoids the trappings of fall, doesn't drape the mouth feel in nuts, caramel like most do. No surprise I'm high on this, had a lot of similarities to Bierstadt's excellent lager. Shit man, this isn't just my favorite oktoberfest, this has to be my fave beer from all of Germany. Thank you again Mt. Rose, hell of a good time much less affordable yesterday.

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Photo of farrago
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin white head which is quickly gone. When you tilt the glass leaves a solid rim at the liquid level but no real lacing per se. Dark golden colored liquid, clean and bright with a steady array of bubbles inside. Malty, grainy nose, corn syrup to honey, kind of floral, green apple to pear scents, stiffens its profile some as it warms. Medium-bodied, a little firmer than expected, carbonation is very fine and inconsistent. Bready, like challah or croissant even. Nice lemony touch, brings out more grassy notes. Caramel and some brown sugar accents. Texture overall is dry and it flows well and ends up more refreshing than sweet.

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farrago from New Jersey, Jan 08, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light, pale golden color. Roughly one finger lace that recedes fairly quickly. Moderate carbonation; no bitterness. Crisp and light tasting despite the 6% alcohol content. All toast. cereal, malt taste and aroma with a slight 'dry wooden' finish. Nice fall/winter beer watching some football and listening to Gregorian chants which is what I'm doing at the moment.

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Alexc11 from Quebec (Canada), Dec 15, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can.

A: Clear golden colour. 2 finger white head diminishing quickly into thin layer.

S: Very bread/biscuit with a bit of honey and sweet apple. Slight herbal hops. Smells very nice.

T: Light malt upfront with some sweetness but not overly sweet . Very low hop profile but it is there in a very balanced way. Finish is clean with nothing really lingering. Clean profile and very drinkable for 6%.

M: Crisp and surprisingly light considering the abv.

O: Very drinkable, balanced and well made 6% lager. I could easily drink a litre of this stuff.

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Photo of Beech105
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent fest bier. I perfer this style over the marzen. Poured from can into a pilsner glass. Clear with a white head. The taste is clean, crisp. I could drink many of these. Oh to be back in Kaiserslautern.

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Beech105 from Missouri, Oct 13, 2019
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3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is one of the two Paulaner Oktoberfest beers available in the US. While the Marzen is my favorite amongst that style, this is what they serve in the tents. It pours a honey gold color with a white head, that has a distinctively familiar aroma of Munich in late September. I'm not sure how to identify the flavor, for better or worse. It seems to have lost some of its freshness in the travel abroad. Still worth a try along with its sibling the Marzen.

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dkoehler42 from New York, Oct 09, 2019
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4.87/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I prefer the Wiesn style to the Marzen, and this is best I've had. (Weihen-stephaner Festbier is a close second.)

This beer pours a rich, golden color with a foamy, white head. It smells wonderful -- like freshly mown grass. There's some wheat in there, as well.

The taste is just...wow. Bready. Malty. And a touch of caramel-like sweetness.

Mouth-feel is good. Moderate carbonation.

Good night, nurse! I love this beer. I wish it were available year-round.

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ifnkovhg from California, Sep 28, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfest Wiesn, US import version, 330ml bottle.

Pale golden color, pretty much straw-colored. Aroma of lightly toasted crackers, a touch of honey, and some floral hop notes. Crisp, clean flavor with a pilsner-esque malt profile. Just a touch of bitterness. The 6% ABV is very well hidden. Exceedingly drinkable -- a 1L stein could disappear pretty quickly. The mouthfeel is the best aspect -- a very gentle carbonation is smooth and almost silky on the palate.

In a nutshell, I'd describe this as an "Extra Special Helles." While I prefer the original Oktoberfest Märzen and its maltier, toastier character, this is a fine lager, too.

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gr0g from New Jersey, Sep 24, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden amber coloration with a large, foamy head and very slightly visible carbonation. Smells of grainy, bready malts and grassy, herbal hops. Taste is a great balance of grainy, bready malt and grassy, herbal hops, with just a hint of a slight mineral note. Finishes with a light/medium bitterness and some bready malt and herbal hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is definitely the least sweet and most bitter of the Festbiers I've had so far, making it my clear favorite. While this is their Festbier, it almost borders on Märzen territory, with some more bready, grainy malts and quite herbal, grassy hops, making this quite a bit richer and more bitter and nuanced than most of the other Festbiers. I would just love to taste their actual Oktoberfest Märzen next to this, too bad it's only available in the USA...

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at Aldi in Trebur, 0.89 euro for a 0.5 liter can. This is the Paulaner 2019 Oktoberfest Bier. Popping the top I get a nice malt waft. Pours to a bright yellow with a thin head. Taste is hearty and sweet throughout with some steady background bitterness that lingers to the aftertaste. A good drinker with a 6.0% ABV. Nothing earth shattering but tasty none-the-less. Nice.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a custom taster pint; best by April 2020.
A: Pours a clear, golden color with a one finger, foamy white head, no more than ring retention and no more than soapy lacing.
S: Aromas of barley grain, caramel, and pepper. A cocoa note. Solid and rich.
T: Semidry to dry. Palate largely follows the nose, but with more cracker and bread rind. Bitterness balanced for the most part, but allows a a fairly clean, if peppery, finish.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: Not a Märzen, but a Festbier. Very flavorful, drinkable and enjoyable.

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VoxRationis from New York, Sep 12, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold color, a little head that dissipates quickly, with some lacing.
It smells like biscuit and crackery malt with a slight whiff of noble hops, and it tastes pretty much the same, a nice, clean lager with some pop on the back end. It’s well carbonated, also.

I love this style of Ofest, super easy to drink and very refreshing while it’s still hot outside. I prefer the Weihenstephaner Festbier, but this is a solid value for a good beer in the twelve packs, cheers!

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Photo of jgido759
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Color is clear, straw yellow with a thin, off-white head which dissipates quickly. Little to no lacing on the glass.

Aroma is light on the nose with a distinct, pils smell. Taste is similar to the aroma in that it reminded me of a pilsner or wheat beer (I prefer the amber, Märzen Oktoberfest beers).

Very light mouthfeel with a clean, dry finish.

A very drinkable Oktoberfest beer. . .

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jgido759 from New Jersey, Sep 04, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle bb 04.20 (about 4 months old) poured into a krug at fridge temp 6% ABV. The beer pours bright straw yellow with just off white head. The head recedes to a thin film. A few spots of lacing persist as the beer disappears. The aroma offers a bit of pils malt, honey and a hint of grassy hops. The taste is amped up pils with honey & bread before finish with mild, grassy & floral, hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with adequate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good. This beer was produced to be consumed by the liter. Very clean and mildly flavored with no brewing flaws.

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jkblr from Indiana, Aug 17, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this last year when I bought their mug set. I bought as much as I could this year before it sold out, which happened relatively quickly.

A: gorgeous golden beer with a nice foamy white cap of a head.

S: bready, zesty. And a very light hint of citrus.

T: light on the palate at first. This one hits you with light bready malts mid palate to end. There is a light, crisp zest the whole way.

F: exactly what I want in an Oktoberfest. It's light, but deceptively heavy. Not too heavy, but heavy enough to feel satiating without taking away from the crispness of the beer. Carbonation is just shy of a lot.

O: my favorite of the Oktoberfests. Extremely quenching and just about perfectly balanced too.

Taken from notes this past Fall.

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Photo of Nass
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cool looking bottle artwork. I do notice a best before date on the side of the label. Mmmm I taste white bread, some grains, slight cracker, I agree with the honey note that was mentioned on this beer as well. This beer is well balanced & well made. This is easy drinking & delicious. This is a great lager, too bad I don't see this beer as much. I prefer this over the regular Paulaner Oktoberfest. Cheers! A-

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Nass from Florida, Oct 17, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, light gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is bread, honey, and Belgian spice. Sweet, light bodied with moderate carbonation. Clean and enjoyable hybrid. Could have several. Great lager that reminds me of my time in Germany.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, Oct 07, 2018
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3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy before end of May 2019. 11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice transparency; small white head that falls leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas have lots of fresh bread, crackers and corn. Some caramel. Malts are there. The flavors are clean. More caramel. More bread along with some grains. Subtle spiciness. Moderate bitterness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid Oktoberfest. It's more or less what you would expect from the style. It's a traditional example of the style. Well done. I like it and it's probably better than my "numerical score" might indicate.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Sep 26, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeasty, malty aroma, some spice. Short white head than recedes quickly to a thin cap with little lacing. Crystal-clear bright gold color with moderate amount of rising bubbles. Moderate feel. Initial taste follows the aroma - herbal, perhaps even slightly fruity, with substantial bready malts. Light bittering comes along in the middle, remaining through the finish and into the aftertaste. This is, without a doubt, the best of the lighter "fest-style" that I've tried. Very nice.

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MNAle from Minnesota, Sep 24, 2018
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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The back label does say that this is an "IMPORT FROM MUNICH / GERMANY" with "8531A" next to it, but there is no clear bottle or import date. There is an "Enjoy Before End Of: 7395A" on the front.

Appearance: The beer has great clarity showing off its medium gold body. It has a short white head that doesn't last long. No retention or lacing.

Aroma: There is a light bit of caramel and just a hint of an herbal aroma in the background.

Taste: Up front it has a nice caramel flavor with a touch of alcohol. This turns into a mellow herbal flavor. It finishes with a slight bit of cedar and it is very tasty.

Mouthfeel: It is crisp and clean with great carbonation. It is extremely drinkable and very enjoyable. Every sip ends with a slightly bitter tail which tapers nicely into the slightly sweet following sip.

Overall: It is a very enjoyable beer to drink and it is one that you can drink multiples of and not get tired. I would recommend it and I would drink it again.

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teromous from Virginia, Sep 12, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey yellow with a thick white head which dissipates quickly leaving virtually no lacing. Aroma is faint biscuit malt and floral hops. Flavor is sweet caramel malt and bread. No bitterness. Feel is medium with low carbonation. Overall a fantastic Oktoberfest beer.

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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota, Sep 07, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Where have you been all my life? I've enjoyed the more common Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier (Märzen) many times, and would have said (until yesterday) that it was my favorite of the style. Fortunately, I was encouraged by members of my family (thanks, N&E) who have been there, to try this, the authentic Paulaner Wiesn (Festbier) that's served in the Paulaner tent at the Theresienwiese. So I did. And ended up buying a case. Pours a perfect clear gold (with an amber hue) in the glass, topped by a nice head of foam. Clean biscuity malt in the nose, with a soft sweetness in the taste that is quickly offset by a refreshing hops bitterness. The lighter-than-I-expected mouthfeel, coupled with the balanced flavor of the beer, rendered the whole thing very easy to drink. I now understand how you could enjoy this beer all day long with pretzels, bratwurst and fried potatoes. Time to take a trip to Munich. But until I do, I'm enjoying my new favorite Märzen.

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BackMarker from Maryland, Sep 07, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very solid and easy drinking Oktobterfest. On the lighter side, reminded me of Weihenstephaner Festbier. Crisp, clean, just enough malt depth. I'd like to try the Marzen version as well. yb

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SmashAdams from New Jersey, Aug 30, 2018
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3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into glass. Date code on label is '04.19 m L10785 V'.
Clear, pale gold colored body. Half finger of white head settles back to skiff of a cap and full ring. Leaves behind just a few spots of lacing.
Very faint aroma of lightly roasted malts and a hint of floral hops.
Rather dry taste profile with bready/cracker malt. Earthy, grassy hops are in the background. Has a touch of sweetness. Low bitterness.
Has a mouth feel made for mass consumption. Smooth, and thin to medium body.
Taste leaves a cracker at the end that calls out for another gulp. Very easy to drink.

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3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Oktoberfest 2017 1 liter can, it pours a golden color with a modest head into the glass. Malt and bready scent in the nose. The mouth gets the same with a light carbonation bite. Prost!!

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Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier (Oktoberfest Wiesn) from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 658 ratings