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.

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Photo of albhms69
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank several .5 liter cans of this several years ago. Would like to purchase more. Problem is I live in Dallas. Very smooth going down. Nice European taste. One of my favorites.

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Photo of matuto
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, exp. 07/2017, "Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier", 6.0% ABV. Golden liquid with white and soft foam, with low retention. Nice aroma from malts. Spicy flavor and mouthfeel. Light body.

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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 bsp77
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modern Golden Festbier instead of the traditional amber Marzen. Biscuit and apple backbone, with spicy and floral noble hops for balance. Almost like a more biscuity Dortmunder.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into dimpled seidel. Fizzy, but only a ring of head. Light straw color.

Nose is light, sweet malt.

Taste is malted, with light, vague fruitiness, and a balancing hop spice at the end.

Mouth is pretty smooth.

Paulaner's lighter Oktoberfest exemplifies the more helles side of the style, and even bears some resemblance to mailbock. A serviceable lager, very sessionable.

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Photo of Vixie
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice yellow color with a hint of gold. Thanks to having to do a vigorous pour, it formed a large white head. It took several minutes for it to dissipate, leaving some foam on the sides of my glass/

Mainly bread in the smell, with bit of fruit mixed in, kind of citrus like.

Mainly malt up front, mixed with a lot of fruit. There is a bit of spice and bitterness at the finish from the hops, keeping the sweetness in check.

Nice and smooth going down, making this one easy to drink.

Definitely a nice beer here. Drinks very easily, it is light but has a lot of flavor. There is a bit of sweetness here, but it is well countered by the hops, so it doesn't get too sweet. I can see why this is popular, even people afraid to try new beers would likely find this one easy to like.

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Photo of jakej0305
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a clear pale ale color with a finger sized foamy head that lasts. Smells of some grains and has a very floral undertone with the taste to follow. Goes down very easy, however, not as smooth as other Oktoberfest beers offered by Paulaner. Solid beer.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh grain and flowers in the aroma. Bread dough. Light peppery note. Floral honey. Crisp graham cracker malt. Spicy, grassy hops. Rich malt character.

Pours clear gold/yellow with a frothy white head. Good retention and lacing.

Rich, fresh baked bread with a touch of fruit. Balancing bitterness with a spicy hop character, almost tea like. A touch of honey sweetness. Grassy and grainy. Sweetness seems to build. Honey and grain linger on the palate.

Medium body with medium high carbonation. Rich malts, and a slight mineral flavor. A touch of creaminess.

Lots of malt complexity but could be drier on the finish. With the complexity and sweetness, it still remains quite quaffable.

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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 ABabbidge
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Crystal clear pale golden color, very fizzy but no head.

S: Very bread-like and hop spiciness.

T: Initially lots of malt, then some spices I can't quite pinpoint, probably something from hops I am unfamiliar with.

F: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very refreshing and easy drinking.

O: Very enjoyable. I can see how this gets drunk by the gallon at Octoberfest tents. Goes down as easy as an AAL but with much better flavor.

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Photo of ranger7
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright and clear gold in appearance. Small white head which sticks around. Nice carbonation. It's a beautiful beer. This is a great example of the style and better than the US version for some reason. More tasty.

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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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Photo of Jacobob10
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle;

Best before 06/16;

Pale gold in color with amazing clarity and a thick, frothy, white head that refuses to go away. It has that classic lager look that is very easy on the eyes. Bready, doughy malts are abound in the aroma, but gone are the rich, toasty notes you would find in a traditional Märzen, as they are replaced with a generous dose of spicy, floral hops. The flavor implies sweetness initially from the malt, then gives way to moderate bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry while finding a beautiful balance between strength and drinkability.

This is the beer I drank in the Paulaner tent in Munich in 2007 that I have such fond memories of. To find a six-pack of it in America, fresh, mere miles from where I work, is truly a glorious thing. Prosit!

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Photo of fourstringer
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a flared pilsner glass. Best before 06/16.

A: Golden yellow body with nice clarity. 1.5 fingers of white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Bready malt with underlying banana, bubble gum and grape. Light floral hop notes. Hay. Caramel.

T: Satisfying maltiness opens and persists throughout. Tempered by the development of noble hops and a nicely balanced, mild bitterness. Finishes quite clean and semi-dry to dry. Minimal alcohol presence. A lingering floral character and faint pretzel in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body. Good weight for an easy session beer.

O: Mostly a Marzen with some fruity/hefe-ish flourishes, mostly on the nose. Goes down smoothly. Certainly a fine brew.


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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A light honey golden body under a white head that retains well. Light lacing.

Aroma: Spicy hops over toasted grains and buttery, biscuity malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little creamy.

Overall: The 6% ABV adds up real quick with this one, mostly balanced but the hops seem to overtake the malts.

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Photo of Spikester
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear pale gold with one finger of white head that fades in under five minutes. Splotches of lace on the side of the nonic pint glass.
Smell is bread malt and grassy herbal hops.
Taste is moderately sweet malts balanced by a nice herbal hop push.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with lots of carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and mild bitterness.
Overall a beer worth trying. I could drink quite a few without tiring of the flavor and that is what Oktoberfest beers are all about. From a 12 ounce greenish brown bottle and no skunk in aroma or taste.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - golden yellow w a white head that disappates after about a minute
Smell - bread, biscuit, honey, fruity
Taste - like a good pilzner but w a Sweet biscuity, malty mixture
Feel - mouth full w slight carbonation
Overall - good Oktoberfest. I'll have another

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Photo of josanguapo
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Hipercor. In Paulaner glass. At lunch, with chuleton de buey. Very drinkable, as good as Spaten's Oktoberfest beer. Avg 3.92.

16 and 17 Oct 2016. In Bavaria glass. Playing Magic Duels. A bit more sweet and light bodied than others but pretty enjoyable still

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Photo of vinicole
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow. Lots of effervescence but little head.
Light citrus fruit, wheat stubble and yeast on the nose.
Slight sourness followed by digestive biscuit, honey and a mildly astringent finish.
Good carbonation.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a single into a willi becher
Pours a crystal clear pale straw with a 2 finger white head that subsides over 2 minutes and leaves spotty lacing. This is paler than most Ofests that I've known. Nose is grassy and biscuity...also a little fresh warm bread that is quite fragrant and almost verges into a kind of flowery smell but not quite...verges on honey sweet, but is very faint, and I appreciate that. As for the taste, this is where things really get good. This is almost like a pilsner to me, with the bready biscuity pale malt and the kiss of grassy hops, and a really lovely dry slightly bitter finish. The only difference is that mid-way, there is a bit more of that light honeyed sweetness, but again, it blends really well with the grassy biscuity notes, and never gets very sweet or heavy. In fact, this is quite light, notwithstanding the lovely flavor. I could drink tons of this and never get tired of it. Not a bad idea...

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Photo of brureview
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light clear golden color with a 1F head in a Brooklyn Octoberfest glass.

Nice aroma:Fruit and bubblegum.

Highly carbonated and piquant MF.

Excellent taste: fruit, malt and bubblegum finished by a light, dry bitterness.

A classic Oktoberfest, one of my favorites.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce can poured into a stein

A: Pours a straw, pale color with a white head, very clear, lots of carbonation, slight lacing, minima head retention, looks a little thin and light.

A: Earthy, straw, grass notes, some biscuits and honey, malts, slight hop aroma at the end, smells good.

T: Honey, hay, biscuits and bread, finishes with more of the honey notes coming through, get some bitterness in the middle but finishes smooth, dry, and more honey, very good.

M: Very easy on the palate, drinks incredibly smooth, medium bodied.

O: I was not impressed with the appearance but the flavor makes up for the lack of appearance, this is very tasty with a big honey presence, nice balance of bread notes in the middle and hop bitterness, very easy drinking goes down way too smooth. I was expecting more caramel and toffee notes out of this beer but it's more grassy and honey forward than other Oktoberfest beers I've tried.

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Photo of James954
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear golden hue with very weak carbonation and no lacing

Smell: sweet honey wheat and fresh bread

Taste: classic golden honey wheat and light malty notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body.

Overall: As my favorite style of's a 3/5. But it's going to be everything that you expect.

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Photo of RickyS
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden and luminescent yellow color, very clear and bubbly. The head dissipates quickly leaving a permanent thin layer of foam at the top. Pretty big lacings left in the glass. The smell is very usual and very typical of the style. Not very pronounced and slightly grassy with hints of hay. The taste is also dominated by grassy bitterness, though, not overpowering
and accompanied by the malt which is quite richer than I expected, leaving a hint of honey sweetness in the aftertaste, which is relatively persistent. The mouthfeel is medium/light but is helped by the carbonation which gives it a bit of a creamy texture. And maybe I am wrong but I begin to taste a bit of the alcohol now that the beer is warming up! Am I drunk? Well, overall this is a good beer even though not the most remarkable example of the style, like, I have to say, many other beer from Paulaner.

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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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