Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

very good
550 Ratings
Paulaner Oktoberfest WiesnPaulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn

Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of therica
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Official Beer of Munich's Oktoberfest.

1-Liter can that came with an official 2010 Paulaner Oktoberfest 1L stein.

Don't over-chill, recommended 45F/7C. The character really shines more as it warms.

A= light golden yellow, decent foamy frothy white head.

S= light scent, bready, light floral hops, touch of lemon.

T= very clean, nice floral hops, enjoyable but not bold flavor, well-balanced, light clove and ginger notes.

M= very clean and pleasant, light hops bitters.

D= until you drop.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of fx20736
2.26/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from a 1 liter can into an Oktoberfest Mug

Rich gold with thick white head that leaves nice lacing.

Smells like a Helles Lager, bready malts and floral hops.

mouthfeel: limp and flat

Taste: This is a Marzen? The can imparts a metalllic taste. Beer is a slightly darker Helles with a higher abv,

This can came free with the Paulaner Oktoberfest 1 Liter mug. I don't think I'd pay for it. I love Paulaner Pils so this was a disappointment.

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Photo of Dzu
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Goliath
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 1L can into the dimple mug.

Pours a clear golden/light amber color with a two inch bright white head. There is decent head retention and a bit of lacing.

The nose doesn't produce much. I get a little raw grain, and a bit of a bready profile.

The taste is ok. There's a bit of bread and raw grain. It's watery too. I'm not really getting that much from it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, yet kind of thin and watery on the finish. The carbonation is low as well. It's really not that good.

Drinkability is moderate to high. The ABV is easily managed, and the flavor profile is ok. It's a bit boring, and will certainly be a chore to finish the whole liter.

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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of samie85
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a crystal clear light orange color with three fingers of dense white head into the Paulaner 1L Seidel glassware.

S-Toasty and bready malts with herbal hops and light hints of that kind of spicy Oktoberfest aroma.

T-Light, toasty and bready malt with a spicy and crisp herbal hop prescence.

M-Smooth and medium bodied with a slick feel and moderate carbonation.

D-This is one of the more drinkable beers I've had. I've already polished off 1/2 L in about 5 minutes.... need I say more? A new favorite for me, especially after a long day at work.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Murrhey
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a Pilsner glass from a quart size can. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half-width head. Medium, minute long retention. Clear amber color and rapid carbonation.

S- Light hops, amber malts and some hay smells as well. Light smelling beer but with farmhouse notes as well.

T- Delightfully sweet and light. Great tasting oktoberfest beer. Reminds me of Germany.

M- Medium bodied, syrupy but light, which is sort of strange to describe. The body is thick, but the taste is light enough that it offsets it.

O- Wonderful beer. Got it as a Christmas present, and was pleasantly surprised with how good the massive can treated me.

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Photo of HermitDan
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste: delicate barley bread notes, balanced malts to hop. Mild sweet nose. Bright Gold in color, clear, with a tall white head of foam. Medium to medium lite body. Crisp and easy drinking.

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Photo of kkipple
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Did anyone else simply HAVE to buy this massive liter can with the Krug when you saw it at your local beer pusher? I mean, the presentation practically sells itself. I immediately justified buying 2 at ten bucks each -- you can always use more Krugs around the haus, ya know?

Tonight is a hotter-than-it-should-be late October down here in the Sticky South, so I pulled out two good mustards, grabbed some Whole Foods brats and some kraut, and put together a meal my health-conscious mother would be sure to disapprove of.

A. Dumped into the same glass it came with, the can gives up a clear straw-gold brew with a fast dying, no-lace-leaving foamy head. It expires in mere minutes - disappointing. Oh well.

S. Clean and simple bier here - fluffy malt sweets and watery - I really think you can smell the water here... light and inoffensive and in-everything. Smidge of soap. Barely hints at a Marzen.

T. Pretty light going, easy German malt and noble hops to freshen it. Extremely small malt character compared to the Marzens I'm used to - there just isn't much here. A little hop-pepper spice, I suppose. Some sweet pale malt, a tinge of biscuit that vanishes as soon as you try to catch it, and a whisper of earthy hop bitterness that thankfully lingers a little into the finish. It's very easy to drink... but it's also not very rewarding.

M / D. Pretty darn spot-on... very good crisp-low carbonation that avoids being sharp. The beer itself is watery and seems to be tailor made for chugging out of big thick mugs... oh, wait. The best I can say is this: I drank this quickly, but if I was quaffing this at a proper Oktoberfest shindig, I'd request something else after the first. If nothing else was forthcoming, I would not have a problem drinking another few Paulaner Wiesens. Make sense?

This is pretty much teetering on the barest edge of an enjoyable Ofest bier for me... there is nothing really wrong with it if you like this style on the lighter end, and I can absolutely see this being a good gateway beer. Other than that... well, enjoy your Krug! I know I will.

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3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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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 mikr
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of projectflam86
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33.82oz (according to the can) poured into a Paulaner stein. Best by date 02/20/12.

A- Pours a clear golden color with a thick white frothy head that leaves some lace.

S- Slight grain aroma with some spice and earth. Toasted and malty.

T- Bready and sweet with a slight peppery finish. Quite hoppy actually with some bitterness and grass flavors lingering. Not quite as caramel or toffee flavored as I was expecting but very solid.

M- Light bodied with good carbonation.

O- Drinking basically three beers at once seemed like a daunting task at first but the alcohol is well hidden and it still tastes fine as it warms.

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3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An oversized can (more than a quart) which comes in a massive dimpled glass beer mug for Oktoberest. Yeah it's a gimmick but the salesman somehow talked me into it. Yet the beer is actually not a disappointment. Poured a 3" white head and in fact every subsequent refill produced more than an 2" each time. Body is a clear straw yellow color. Smells of malt and classic hops. Taste, although a little BMC, has more malt and hops than typical, plus is nice and fresh and refreshing. It's a fine beer for a Fall party, Paulaner.

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Photo of hwwty4
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a giant 1 liter can into the 1 liter Paulaner krug that came with it. We really need more 1 liter cans.

This beer pours a crystal clear golden straw with a big frothy white head that leaves barley any lacing down the sides of the mug as it recedes. The aroma is grassy hops up front, with a slight toast and just a bit of fresh bread. Very simple and straight forward. Nothing but simple clean aromas. Thats my favorite thing about good lagers. There is no way to hide things, its either there or its not. The flavor is exactly the same with slightly grassy hops and some yeasty biscuits. A slight bit of caramel mixed with toasty bread. Really simple, really straight forward. Great stuff. The mouthfeel is light and slightly creamy, with just a hint of dryness that makes your mouth linger for another sip. Man, this brings me back to Munich. I would rather be sipping on a liter of this in a biergarten then in my living room. i have a feeling ill be giving away a lot of Paulaner 1 liter krugs.

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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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