Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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very good
550 Ratings
Paulaner Oktoberfest WiesnPaulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
paulaner.de

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
550
Reviews:
216
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.69%
 
 
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 5/2014.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and super easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had no idea these guys did a wheated octoberfest. so glad they do, its amazingly tasty, and a wonderful contrast to all the marzel lagers going right now. this one is pale straw colored with a lovely inch and a half of white head that tries but cant hang on. way more clear than other german wheat beers. the nose is sweet from the wheat, uncovered by the yeast like i expected it to be, quite delicate for its 6% abv, and rather robustly grain forward. there is an apple nose too, and it comes through in the taste, especially in the finish. almost like cider meets wheat beer. the yeast is interesting, with some fruitiness but super dry at the end. the wheat adds a lot to this traditional style, really ramping it up to something that feels both distinct and historic. the germans still do some clever stuff, and they probably deserve a little more credit among american beer geeks for beers like this one. its really tasty, richer in feel but still dry and airy from the carbonation. it just feels like fall. far better than the regular paulaner oktoberfest, although i like that one too.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pilsner Haus, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that eventually completely faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of sweet, grainy malts in the nose along with hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of bready and grainy malts along with a good amount of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink; the sweetness isn’t cloying because it is balanced off enough by the underlying hops.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard and solid Oktoberfest beer, done in the more traditional and lighter Munich fashion.

Wiesn pours with a bright canary yellow color and modest haze. Ample carbonation fuels a froathy and exuberent foamstance. Moderate lacing left behind. Not expecting the activity level nor the haze in this beer.

Spicy hop aromas of lemongrass, light pepper, and honey suckle fill the nose; with a balance of grain/malt scent closely behind.

The balance of flavors also fall to the hops with a smooth bittering and grassy, lemony, peppery tastes. Waffer-like malts give a roundness to the grain flavors. Somewhat minerally compared to more smooth Marzens, but the salts do increase the crispness, cleanness, and refreshing nature of the beer.

High carbonation leads to an effervesent and bubbly feel early and leans away from creaminess. The carbonation ushers in the minerally crisp-clean feel late. For a 6%er, this one scrubs the palate a bit too much.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz Yankee pint, a strange (but not particularly unseasonable) find at a suburban Old Chicago in the downriver Detroit area.

This beer appears crystal clear, gleaming pale golden yellow hue, with one thin finger of bubbly, somewhat creamy, and soapy off-white head, which renders a broad ring of limestone cliff lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of a faint wheaty breakfast cereal graininess, some strong bready caramel, a bit of floral fruitiness, mild yeast, and ephemeral leafy, weedy hops. The taste is bready, lightly doughy pale malt, more subtly spicy yeast, a touch of gritty pome fruitiness, and edgy grassy, leafy, and sort of metallic 'meadow' hops.

The bubbles are fairly zippy in their roundabout fizzy and frothy meanderings, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, nothing really worth considering messing around here. It finishes well off-dry, with a spry bready graininess, and some lingering, and only slightly soused bitterness.

A lighter, more generic lager-like version of an Oktoberfest, but still enjoyable on a late summer day, and drinkable enough, as I await my leave of the Motor City, and the sports-crazy environs of this Windy City pizza joint franchise plopped right down in the middle of the former's southern borders.

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Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.42/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

1L can: Poured a clear golden color beer with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma is not the best with light notes of overcooked vegetables and lightly sweet malt. Taste is a mix between some light overcooked vegetable notes with some light malt with sweet notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not sure if this is really what people drink during Oktoberfest but I sure ain’t looking forward to drinking this again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into dimpled mug, best before 5/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of bread, toast, cracker, honey, pear, apple, light caramel, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of malt, yeast ester, and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of bread, toast, cracker, pear, apple, honey, light caramel, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of bread, toast, cracker, pear, apple, honey, light caramel, light pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of malt and yeast ester flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Oktoberfest style. All around great balance and robustness of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 1L can into a small mug.

Mouthfeel: Near medium body and medium+ carbonation.

Very clean and amply flavorful. Very good bitter-sweet balance, as is the hop-malt mix and balance.

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Photo of jlindros
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light fizzy slight creamy 1 finger head that fades at a slower rate, decent lines of lacing, very clear golden honey pilsner color.

Nose has a nice toasty straw aroma, pilsner malts, nice grainy grassy malt based aroma, with a good soft decoction base aroma, bit of wet hay and juicy malt, bit of a fruity lager aroma as well, malt has so many layers of greatness. In there is a hint of a grassy earthy mild hop.

Taste starts again with the grainy malt, toasted cereal grains, lots of cracked straw, toasted malt and bit of hay, very grassy like malt. Juicy malt as well, with many layers of decoction again, bringing a nice softness and almost creamy like feel as well. The hops bring a mild grassy noble hop flavor, mild bitterness, and just a touch of an earthy taste too. Also more fruity lager flavors in there. Finish is very dry, crisp, more crisp lager flavors, a little more grassy slight earthy hop base, and touch more toasty straw pilsner malts.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, nice carb, crisp, typical well done German pilsner.

Overall very nice, true to German pilsner, nice grainy straw malt husky like almost, grassy, very good malty character, and great decoction layers which I wish I could have a lot more often, and a nice light mild bitter hop character to go with it. Much maltier than typical pilsner so more in the Marzen line, but not even a touch of Munich malt I think. Tasty and well done.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to deep yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall bright white head that quickly fades to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy malts with some light amounts of sweetness and floral hops.

T: Moderate flavors of bready and grainy malts with some light amounts of sweetness and light to moderate amounts of floral hops which contribute just a touch of bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops making this beer quite easy to drink. Enjoyable.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.6/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best Before: 06/16 (L18151G)

Appearance: Pours a light pale golden body, just a bit hazy and topped off with a thin, thin white head that quickly fades out of sight.

Smell: Sugary, sweetly smelling of grains with a splash of low-grade cider for a hint of apple and a faint grassy whiff of the hops within.

Taste: Cereal sweet, grainy flavor with a bit of sulphury character to it and hint of raw dough. A sugary apple, cidery taste follows with a little hit of spice and only the slightest bitterness. Honestly, this isn't what I was expecting at all, it's a little like a malt liquor. A little grassiness on the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Haven't had it? You're not missing much. This is no way for me to be spending Christmas '15!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle, purchased at local Boston area store.

I've had copious mugs of this during Oktoberfest in the Paulaner Tent, glad to see it in the US again this year.

While it does not form a massive head the lacing stays intact, crystal clear golden hue. Clean nose of dried grass, bread, cooked veggies, and a subtle herbal hop. Lots of crispness, moderate sized body, a bit of chewy malt up front. Balance hop bitterness, lots of clean grain, linger of herbal hop in the finish. Easy to knock back, more than enough flavor to keep me coming back.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) has some catching up to do! I have been very lax since the beginning of the school year and I am hoping to get a) either off of that merry-go-'round or b) catch my breath and drink some beer. Tonight is more of the latter than the former. I scored the glass/CAN combo at The Fridge last weekend but I did not have a chance to drink the beer so here goes ...

From the (big-ass) CAN: " The long tradition of the Munich Oktoberfest began in 1810 on the occasion of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig von Bayern and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, to which the Munich population was also invited. Munich's residents lovingly call the area on which the world's largest folk festival has traditionally taken place since then the "Wiesn" (meadow). You [CAN] also participate in our festival this year again, since we are bringing the Oktoberfest feeling into your home. Celebrate with us and enjoy drinking a 'Oktoberfest Wiesn' specialty out of an original 'Wiesn' beer mug. Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn Bier is brewed strictly according to the Bavarian beer purity law of 1516 only from the best natural ingredients. It has the character of a typically bottom-fermented festival brew - a deep golden yellow color, with a balanced harmonious taste and the pleasant fragrance of hops. A full-bodied, wonderfully mellow Wiesn Ale [?] enjoyment."

I am sooo stoked to get the Crack & Glug going on this one! Just as Van Halen sang in "Everybody Wants Some!!", "... I like the little way the line runs up the back of the stockings", I like the way the seam runs up the CAN on the side. It is very evocative of the old steel CANs with the pop top. Now, I want some, too! So much so that I even paid for it, WTF?!?

The pour created no less than three (!) fingers of dense, bone-white head with excellent retention. I was impressed, which is unusual given my jaded persona. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Greg Koch CAN hate fizzy yellow beers all he wants, but this was my idea of epic! Nose was very sweet and grainy, cereal-like in its intensity. Not adjunct-driven, but a cereal-like semi-sweetness not generally found in an Oktoberfest. Prosit! Mouthfeel was medium and it was much less sweet in the mouth than the nose led me to expect. It had a medium body with a decent, but not overpowering, amount of carbonation. The sweetness of the style was there, but it was not cloying as some examples have been of late. We had the Lancaster Liederkranz Choir at Iron Hill today and I felt badly - I know all of the words, but in English, not German! Grummy Fryberger nee Chandler would be disappointed. Not disappointing, however, was this beer. The finish was semi-dry, which is about how I CAN tolerate the style. I really hate cloying, syrupy Oktoberfests (do you hear me, Sam. Adams?), but this was decent. Plus, I got a new big azzz glass in the deal. I love beer from a CAN - it makes me wistful and nostalgic.

Ach du lieber! I also intended to recount the tale of Erik M., a fellow student with whom I grew up. For his graduation present, his parents sent him to Munich for Oktoberfest and despite all of our underage drinking, he came home amazed at what he had encountered. "Little girls were drinking me under the table and I could barely lift my glass!" he told us. I snickered in my status as a seagoing sailor, but in my age, I know where he was coming from.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the requisite Paulaner krug.

Finally pulled the trigger on the can/krug combo. Almost immediately proud of the decision. This stuff pours a mostly clear russet-golden-amber topped by a finger of light off-tan foam. The nose comprises light orange zest, lightly toasted wheat bread, light caramel, grass, and a touch of cashew. The taste drops the cashew, opting instead for a nice blend of mandarin orange and caramel-dripped wheat bread, with some grass tossed in the back for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation, and a smooth, kinda creamy feel. Overall, a very nice O-Fest, one I kinda wish I could sample in Munich sometime...

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Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.85 out of 5 based on 550 ratings.
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