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 darkmartin
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1L can into the provided 1L Paulaner Munchen mug.

Appearance: Pours to a clear, golden-amber with a big, foamy white head that hangs around.

Smell: Smells yeasty, with some citrus hops and a hint of butter.

Taste: Similar to the nose, some yeast up front with continuing butter and earthy malts. The citrus hops which seemed prevalent in the nose only make a small appearance in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Really goes down well, although I'm not too sure about a second 1L can.

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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 Domingo
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at my local Old Chicago of all places. They even served it in a 1/2L Paulaner mug with the right amount of foam...which is pretty cool.
Arrives a light golden color that's a shade or two darker than a helles, but not really headed into pale bock territory. Lots of carbonation and a really fluffy white head. When you see pictures of what German beer looks like, this is pretty much what you should see.
The nose consists of sweet pale malts, clover-y lager yeast, and just a touch of noble hops. If anything, the nose no different than a Bavarian export.
The flavor profile follows the nose. Sweet sugar-cookie maltiness, honey, and just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Pretty similar to the spezial/strong hell beers served in and around Munich, but with more balance and slightly less sweet. Makes for a good food accompaniment or just a nice one for everyday drinking. The easiest comparison to make is Augustiner Edelstoff, which is certainly a fine beer to be compared to.
I'm normally not that big of a fan of the wies'n Maerzen festbiers or the stronger hell beers in general, but this one is great. Easy drinking like a normal hell, but kicked up a bit.
I'd definitely revisit this one. It's good stuff by any standards.

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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 bort11
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

OK, I'm not going to lie. I got the Paulaner Wiesn Bier because it came with a krug.

I'm a sucker for glassware, and this was a no brainer. For about $13 you get a liter can of beer and a heavy duty glass mug, or krug. The solid, dimpled mug is perfect for clanking together. If I can't go to Germany, I will have my own little fest at home.

I had to be a little gentle pouring in the last few ounces from the can. The head is a bright white soapy foam. The head recedes quickly, not leaving much in the way of lacing. Color is a bright and clear golden straw yellow. Lots of carbonation activity going on. Color-wise, this is more in line with a Helles than a Märzen

Smell has a clean grassy hops mixed with a fresh bready malt. Very clean and very inviting. The taste is clean as well. A mild toastiness mixes with the green grass to create a solid balance.

The mouthfeel has a light touch of carbonation. It verges on creamy without that filling feeling. This is the kind of beer you can use to wash down a big meal, or drink in mass quantities. Perfect for 'Festing.

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Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden honey color with a soapy pure white head that settles into a sparce cap, some chunky lacing on the dipple mug. The aroma is of a doughy munich malt, some honey, grassy and peppery hops. The taste is of the sweet doughy munich malt, light grains, honey, touch of tin and some grassy and peppery hop. Pretty much a stronger munich helles and typical festbier. The body is moderate with semi-soft carbonation; sweet overall finishes with a slight peppery hop balance. A good "tent or fest" style Oktoberfest. I prefer their marzen oktoberfest but this does remind me of your typical 1 liter tent brau. Definite try as it seems to be limited to this year only.

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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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Photo of rootbeerman
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from can into the included liter krug
A: pours golden yellow with a frothy two finger head.
S: just a grainy malt and a light floral/grassy hop
T: also a bit grainy lightly sweet malt with again a grassy hop
M: smooth and seemingly low carbonation, crisp
D: as with all marzen its ment to be consumned in large quantities and this is one to fit in with the others

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 liter Oktoberfest Paulaner mug.

A: Nice golden color with visible small carbonation throughout glass. Foamy (small bubbles) - almost frothy head that lingers and sticks to the glass.

S: Smells like a wheat beer should. A bit yeasty, but not overpowering, with a wheat malt backbone.

T: This is a malt-forward beer. Flavors are nice, crisp, and clean.

M: Light on carbonation, it's not heavy at all, but the flavor remains for a short period.

D: Considering I had a 1 quart size serving of this, I would say 1 per sitting. If you find these in 12oz bottle form, it's easy to drink several.

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Photo of morimech
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the big ass can into the Paulaner mug. Beer produced on 06/16/10 with a best by date of 03/16/11. What am I going to do with this 1L mug after this beer? Pale yellow color with a small head that did not last very long. Not much for lacing either. I blame the mug more than anything for the lack of head and lacing. But the pale color is not what I would describe a good Oktoberfest as having. Has a hoppy and sweet aroma. Smells floral with notes of honey and grain. Too sweet for my tastes but otherwise a solid lager. Very floral and grassy in nature. The malt tastes very sweet. I would of preferred a more toasted nature. Feels a little heavier than it probably is because of the lingering sweetness weighs on the palate. Perfectly carbonated as to be expected. An arm workout hoisting the heavly mug and 1L of beer. No problem downing the entire contents of the can. Probably will be a little drunky after finishing this.

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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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Photo of wahhmaster
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1L can into the 1L dimpled Paulaner mug that came with it.

Appearance: Pours a bright, translucent golden color with a few streams of carbonation bubbles. Has a large, rocky, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Malty, with grassy and toasty undertones.

Taste: Pretty bitter up front with grassy hops. Develops a sweetness as it goes along. Finishes sweet with a bready maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with a nice carbonation bite to it.

Drinkability: An easy-drinking and thoroughly enjoyable Oktoberfest beer. This beer looks absolutely stately in its intended mug and I can only imagine the pleasure that would come from quaffing down a few of these on the Wiesn!

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an impressive looking 1 liter can into the giant 1 liter mug that came with it

A - Pours a perfectly clear, medium gold with a billowing white head. Retention settles to a thin layer after a few minutes with sticky lacing

S - Light notes of lightly toasted malt, bread, and just a hint of hops

T&M - Toasted malts and a yeasty breadiness are predominant. Faint notes of biscuit and caramel. Some herbal and floral hop notes arrive mostly in the finish and provide some nice balance, but this mostly finishes on the sweet side. The feel is soft and a bit fluffy.

D - Great balance and very easy to take down...I guess that's why the mug is so big. Now I just have to travel to Germany to compare to what they serve in the tent...

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Photo of Daredevil
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

on the can it says "Oktoberfest Bier" (ABV 6.0%), so I am not sure whether the brew I was tasting is actually the same as this one .... this does not really taste like a Märzen, rather like a pint Starkbier 'reduced' with say half a pint 'ordinary' lager ... lacks smoothness and pleasing flavors (what I taste is mostly bitter-sweet and sticky) ... not a brew to remember ....

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