Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Paulaner Oktoberfest WiesnPaulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn

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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Daredevil on 10-03-2008

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Photo of Rand_Schoeb
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bready, sweet-tasting beer. Unfortunately only seem to find it sold in the form of a can placed in one of the .5 liter glass mass steins, so a bit expensive.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Light yellow-golden color with a billowing head that lasts till the last drop. Aroma is fresh bread and fruit. It is quite different than the "Paulaner Marzen Oktoberfest" I've had in bottles which is amber and much less malty with a disagreeable bitter finish. This "Wiesen" is very malty, fruity, smooth and sessionable with a pleasant dry hop finish that is not as much bitter as it is herbal. One of the best Oktoberfest beers I have had, and easy to believe it is "Germany's #1 Oktoberfest beer" as described on the box. Whereas the "Marzen" was disappointing, this "Wiezen" is highly drinkable and enjoyable. The liter can went fast and was good to the last drop.

Update 10-2-2016: Wiesn has become my favorite Oktoberfest, thankfully available in my area this year in 11.2 ounce bottles. Picked up 2 cases since it now the best oktoberfest available. I tried many U.S. versions but they are too rich or hoppy. I drink 3 bottles in a session.

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Photo of chicagobill13
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love this time of the season. I pick this up at my Costco. It came with a huge glass and in a can that is 36oz. I had to pick it up for the German lager glass. This is a very drinkable beer with a great head on it. A nice white head, sight malty taste but some like Warsteiner Oktoberfest. I can drink this beer all day. I can't wait to drink this during foot games. Back to beer, it has sight after taste to me is perfect for fest beers. Check this beer out. I get it there are many different Fest beers out there. There are some fakes but some really good ones that is true to its form. I believe this is one of them. Cheers!

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Photo of Brian101
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is hands down the best beer I have found of this style. Too bad it is only available once. If you can still find it, buy it, chill it, then drink it!!

A: Clear , with a tint of Honey
S: Pretty good, but not great
T: Great, small hint of apple and honey, but not at all sweet, just enough bit to be interesting
M: crisp, refreshing
D: good thing it is a full liter, anything smaller would not last long enough.

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Photo of roblowther
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big ol' can in a big ol' glass. I can smell the gemutlicht from here. Pours a goldent color with a big ol' white foamy head that makes me wish I had a mustache. Smells earthy and of bananas and a whole lotta good. Taste is even better. Slightly nutty, slight banana, a hint of sweet and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is soft and buttery. This is a great marzen, a great wheat beer, and just a wonderful, refreshing drink. Daddy like.

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Photo of Kbogac
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into big mug from 1L can. Beautiful golden amber with thick 1" foam that slowly dissipates.

Sweet malty aroma. I get a little honey and citrus. Wonderful light Marzen type taste. Lots of carbonation. Light mouthfeel. Sweet lightly biscuity flavor faint honey. I could drink a lot of this.

I haven't found this anywhere other than in these limited edition cans. Kind of limits the "drinking a lot" idea. I guess I need to go to Germany.

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Photo of Offa
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful oktoberfest-marzen, full of character, balanced with some complexity and depth, and exceedingly drinkable.

Deep gold, huge off-white head steadily shrinking to lasting thin but rocky foamy top, a little foamy lace.

Aroma is a lot of yeasty dough, herbs, lemon, hint of bubblegum and banana (faintly like a hefeweizen yeastiness).

Taste is interesting, full, stonger helles/marzen character with hint of hefeweizen yeastiness again (banana and bubblegum). It has lots of dough, with herbs up front, then the banana-bubblegum yeastiness hint appears and lasts, nice crisp apple element. An herbal-zesty finish is followed by creamy dough-apple-herb-lemon aftertaste. Highly consistent, it is smooth, faintly oily with a light creaminess yet also a little liveliness.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; light amber with a bleached white head. Head starts out thick but dissipates slowly to a cm. for the duration of the drink.

smell; sweet malts with honey and a bit of hops that give a mild herbal tone. Really nice to smell this while drinking.

taste; the very mildest hints of grassy hops, before some powerful malts take hold and coat the palate with wet grains dipped in honey. This is a very delicious beer, with a lingering aftertaste of malts, a prime example of the style.

mouthfeel; upfront some spikey carbonation but mellows out into a crisp and refreshing finish.

overall; one of the better examples of the style and so very drinkable, a classic, highly recommended!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1L can served in a Paulaner Maßkrug.

L - slightly hazed golden color with a big white head that thinned out leaving some trails of lacing.

S - everything you'd expect from a classy German Oktoberfestbeir.

T - delicious blend of malt, hops and yeast.

F - medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D - fantastic drinkability.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in the slick liter mug, Wiesn is deep amber in color, crystal clear, and holds a blanket of foam throughout the experience.

S: Bouquet is upfront and bold, delivering honey, toasted oats, and a touch of cinnamon.

T: Fairly dry, with heavy caramel and Honey Nut Cherios flavor. there is also a delicious hop presence to this brew.

M: Light body, but a touch too oily for my liking.

D: Over all this is a wonderful exhibition by one of my favorite German breweries. Highly flavorful, and highly sessionable. If only this brew were available year round!

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Photo of ZAP
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great aroma....bready...honeyed...richly malty...

Body is a little lighter than most ofests and not as sticky sweet...taste is .bready with lemon grass, and honey....definitely sweeter style of beer but a nice dose of noble hops adds a nice dimension.

I like this a lot and would love to drink many liters of this...for now I have one...

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is an experience to be had! Poured into my commorative Paulaner Liter stein. Brilliant golden color with a massive white head. Nose of toasted bread and fresh mild hops. Taste is excellent! Roasted malt and pretzel are there. Mild hops round out the deep malt character. Mouthfeel is smooth and easily drinkable. Slightly lower carbonation for the style makes this possible. This is a Grade A session beer: complex enough to keep you interested, drinkanle enough to take down a Liter (or two) at a sitting. Cheers!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has a big grain nose, brilliant straw gold with a clingy 2” finely bubbled white foam collar, packed with huge malt flavors. Starts malty, dries out, lingering grain lavors – just enough hops to balance. There is some of the Oktoberfest malt spice but not much.

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Photo of Fjlainez
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Today, I read article of the top 10 best Fall seasonal beers! Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn was number 10. All I have to say is, WOW! I'm a beer advocate in training and this is one hell of a drink!

The beer has a very barley sweetness carmel scent to it, almost reminds me of cold nights here in Houston. Strangely it smelled very familiar to something else but I cant but my finger on it at the moment. Anyways, I took a quick sip and it was a rush of Full bodied flavor. I was surprised how GREAT it tasted. This beer is actually one of the actual beers they drink at the actual Oktoberfest in Germany!


One of my favorite seasonal beers defiantly gonna be picking more, although a little pricey. You pay what you get for! A great tasting fall beer you could enjoy with your bros!

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Photo of generallee
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a big limited edition 1 liter can into a 1 liter Paulaner Masskrug. The beer came inside of the glass as a package deal. The can has a nice description of the Munich Oktoberfest and the beer. This info also includes its ABV which is 6.0%.

Appearance: Inside the big liter mug the body has a deep golden color with good clarity visible carbonation and a tall bright white head. This head slowly settles down to a much smaller cap that hangs on till the end. Lacing is slick.

Smell: It has white bready maltiness with a nice nutty character and some leafy/earthy/spicy noble hop notes as well.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is very similar to the aroma with the same base of clean bready malt and noble hop notes. Its medium bodied extremely drinkable and lively carbonated.

Notes: All I need now is some good German fest food and maybe some lederhosen to go with the other Paulaner Wiesn beer/glass combination packs I picked up!!!

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Photo of losdizzel
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Straight out the gate this came with a stein !!! Awesome stuff!
A litre hard to find but well worth it .
Its 6 % abv , nice lacy clingy head ,smells like beer ,deep golden yellow slightly cloudy .

Taste very smooth, kinda hearty breadish slight banana also .

For a golden beer this one is very nice , i enjoy a darker beer but this one is a keeper , to bad its limited edition . If you you see this in your local beer store snatch one up .

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awesome 1L can into stein. Love it.

Pours clear gold with a one-finger, fluffy white head that fades quickly into a thin layer of soapy suds with nice lacing. Looks pretty much exactly like it's supposed to.

Nose is has a nice, light herbal hoppiness to it, alongside a light pale malt sweetness that has just a bit of honey. Fairly light.

Taste follows the nose - nice balance, with the hop character combining the herbal characteristics from the nose with a nice, grassy bite towards the front of the palate as well. Malt character is perhaps a bit more forward than in the nose - again, pale malt with just a bit of honey. Finish has another grassy hit, just a bit of alcohol, just a bit of grainy cereal malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe just a hair on the light side, with a nice, light creaminess. Carbonation is certainly reserved, but really works beautifully with this one. There's a very light lingering dryness after the finish starts to fade.

Drinkability is spectacular. Beautifully flavorful, great balance, excellent mouthfeel. Nice to get a German beer like this where you actually know how long it's been on the shelf - beautifully fresh. Love it, beautiful beer.

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Photo of trebbates
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of my all time favorite beers. i was able to find it for a while but no longer. Its a shame because i really loved this one. Very bready and malty. It was like drinking raw bread dough. The best of a wheat beer combined with a good english ale.

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Photo of dillon_1005
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Oktoberfest I've had. Light golden color, with a nice white head, good lacing. smells of sweet malty goodness. taste, smooth, a bit of that sweet aroma coming through on your palate, almost fruity, crisp finish. A wonderful Oktoberfest, I could drink this beer everyday, I enjoyed this outside on a cool evening with the smell of fall in the air, absolutely perfect.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The yellowish look and wheat-smell should not deter a Oktoberfest-romantic, this beer delivers.

The feel is incredibly smooth, almost as one would expect from a German hefeweisse. There are tones of grass and floral present in aftertaste which very much make this a unique experience. A great(yet, unique) example of the style and I could not recommend it higher.

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Photo of Ryanthebear
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saw this beer in a giant 1 liter can packaged inside a giant seidel glass and had to give it a try. The appearance is a sort of golden yellow. The aroma gives off some floral notes, but nothing extraordinary. However, I was blown away in terms of taste and mouthfeel. This beer is sweet without being overpowering, full bodied without being heavy, and incredibly drinkable. Now I understand why it was sold by the liter.

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Photo of MarshallMan
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased the 1L can in the limited edition mug (A+ on the mug).

Poured full can into the provided mug.

Beautiful beer. Standard pour leaves large white head with the beer being brilliantly clear & golden. Smells like a classic German festival beer which I guess it should.

Taste is excellent. Slightly sweet with a great hop balance, especially at the end. Clean lager flavors with a perfect level of carbonation.

It is a little scary how easy it is to drink this brew. I could see myself, in Munich, during Oktoberfest, enjoying these all day and night.

I'm glad I grabbed this one off the shelf and I'm sure you will be too!

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Photo of maltyhops
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served perfectly in a litre mug!

Look - poured a deep gold w/perfect creamy 3 finger head. Strong with exellent lacing.

Smell - somewhat bready w/grassy hop character

Taste - follows the smell with a good balanced malty/bready taste and enough hop backbone to make it stand up. Smooth aftertaste with subtle honey note

Feel - carbonated asexpected from Paulaner - plenty of small bubbles but by no means overpowering. Smooth, slightly thin finish but by no means watery.

Overall. Delicious - not perfect but close to what I was anticipating

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Photo of steveh
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the commemorative, 200th Oktoberfest Anniversary can into the provided Paulaner Maßkrug.

Production date of 06.16.10 and best by date of 03.16.11 ink-jetted to bottom of can.

A -- Somewhat hazy, golden yellow with a very dense, off-white head that settles slowly. Looks nice in the full liter, if a little hazy.

S -- Spicy hops up front with sweet, bready, double-decocted malt back. Very nice.

T -- Sweet, bready malts up front with spicy, slightly citrus hops back and a vague pepperiness from alcohol -- not too big, but making itself known.

M -- Light medium body with a soft, slightly chewy mouthfeel.

D -- What can you say about a beer that's been created just for drinking in large quantities in great revelry? This is definitely the Wies'n style of Märzen that has become the brewers' choice at the Munich Okto, but don't mistaken it with Helles. It's the Helles' big brother and it wants you to enjoy! Prosit!

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Photo of beeragent
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a can.

A - Pours a clear straw, with good carbonation, forming a thin white head. Light lace on the glass.

S - Slightly sweet, cereal, and a hint of fruit aroma from the hops.

T - Very light flavor. A bit grainy and biscuity from the malts. Very low hop presence, only the slightest hint of fruitiness in the finish.

M - Not medium bodied, but heavier than thin. Very smooth and clean.

O - Awesome German lager! If I had the opportunity, I would drink several glasses of this and love every second! Having said that, this does not resemble a Marzen/Oktoberfest as the style suggests, as the color is wrong and this beer does not highlight the strong malt body and flavor that Oktoberfest is known for. Much more like a strong Helles. Whatever it is, I love it, but around $6-7 a can, my consumption will be limited. My rating of this beer is based more as a Helles rather than an Oktoberfest. Although the style characteristics are off, this is still a fantastic beer.

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