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

Nice beer. More grainy than clearly malty or wheaty, but a nice mix. Smooth and thirst quenching yet with enough heft to be an early autumn beer. Head is smallish for something with wheat and the color is light, more yellow gold.

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Photo of TooGood
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright yellow with good carbonation with no head and minimal lacing. Smell is muted floral with a hint of spice. Taste of cloves and banana with a slight sweetness. Very smooth mouth feel.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

appearance- Clear golden yellow color. Pours a pillowy/foamy four finger head.

aroma- sweet, mildy toasted, bready malt and a tiny bit of floral hops.

taste- Follows the nose closely with a mild hit of floral hops at first and the malt taking over after that. The malt starts off sweet which then transitions to a less sweet bready malt in the finish.

feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and dry upfront followed by a semi sweet finish. Too easy to drink at 6% abv.

overall- Flavors are bit mild all around the balance and combination of flavors that are present make for a great tasting and incredibly easy drinking beer. When/if I go to Oktoberfest I will definitely be looking for this. Definitely a great pale oktoberfest beer.

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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 WunderLlama
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an antique German bier Pilsner glass

Clear golden yellow, steady stream of carbonation, thick, frothy white foam cap, good lacings

Aroma, of grass, malts, biscuity

Malt taste on the middle of the tongue, slight hop spice on the front of the tongue, malts, bready

Very smooth, quaffable, no sudsing

It's almost Oktoberfest , time to lift the steins. Prosit!

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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 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 matly. It was like drinking raw bread doughty best of a wheat beer combined with a good english ale.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn has a thin-to-medium, white head, a hazy, bubbly, gold appearance, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of pungent, full, rich, semi-sweet, yeasty, cracker, and the flavor is similar, with mellow and appropriate hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn finishes crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable.


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Photo of magpieken
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. 07/15. Pours a bright, pale straw colour with a frothy, slightly off white head which refused to disappear and excellent lacing. Very gentle aroma of malt and only a hint of hops. Light sweetness and light bitterness. Very clean. Medium body, smooth texture and just a touch of bitterness in the finish. Not very complex but subtle, well made and a perilously drinkable brew at 6% abv. I wish I had another one of these, as it's not a beer to be pondered and dissected, it's a beer to be simply enjoyed.

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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 BeerWizard
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

I love this beer. I bought a sixer earlier this week and followed up with a 12-pack shortly thereafter. Felt totally strange carrying the cardboard 12-pack around, but once the beer was busted out of it, all was right.

Pours clarified blonde with short, finely bubbled head. Nice looking lager. Biscuit and booze on the nose, with light spice and a hint of pineapple. Malty and sweet. Flavor is like liquid bread...with alcohol. Buttery apple and pear fruit and bread fades into only slightly astringent bitterness at the back of the tongue, really faint coconut aftertaste. Nice medium light mouthfeel. This beer executes on all levels.

I've had a lot of Paulaner, but this is surely one of their standouts.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sulfury on the nose, just how I like my lagers. Still being a german pale lager it doesn't smell like much. Medium bodied. Noble hops are evident mainly at the end and add a lingering flavor.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +3.9%

A - Look is a clear amber brown body with a bouquet of a 1/2 inch of sticky lacy head.
S - Grains take a backseat in this sweet very caramel and toffee like body, fruity like yeast, and some meal like grains that remind me of Smacks.
T - Decent blend of the style you got your toasted grain of the Oktoberfest, sweet marzen like body, and the fruity Hefeweizen yeast in the finish that keeps it from being too dry.
M - Light to medium easy to drink even from the bottle.

Overall I would get this again a very smooth take and still very toasty and bready Oktoberfest.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn brewed by Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co.KG with an ABV of 6.0% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a smell white head. The smell is rich with grains and that is about it. The taste is mild with some fruit taste at the end. This brew goes down smooth for having a ABV of 6.0% There is nothing over powering in this brew, it has a nice balance to it. The mouth feel is nice and clean with no bad after taste. Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG did a nice job with this one. I would have to say that this Oktoberfest is one of these. Over all I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out of 5.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG. Poured from the bottle into my seidel, this brew's got a 2 finger thick, lumpy white head,somewhat retentive lacing, and a clear golden body.

Smells like a greatly mixed malt variety, and just a microsniff of bitterness

I taste complex malts. A spot of earthiness on the tongue. Its got a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very clean and smooth. This certainly is a refreshing brew.

Overall a 4.25 for Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG. This is an easy-drinking, clean brew. Nothing really lingers, so you'll always be back for another! If this brew wasn't limited I would purchase it again.

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Photo of Mdog
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Yellow, lots of carbonation bubbles, but only a mild head.

Smell: Bready, sweet.

Taste: Fruity right off the bat with apple/grape flavors. A little bit of grassy hop comes through. Light body, fizzy feel. Very sweet.

Overall: Beer #2 from the Paulaner mix pack was the Octoberfest Wiesn. Summit recently put out a Wiesn fest beer so I was interested to see how this compared. Unfortunately, I didn't particularly care for this beer. Too sweet, with raw grape/apple flavors usually found in cheapo malt liquors. Strange mouthfeel too.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clean, clear, golden color. There is a white frothy head, about two fingers of it, that soon settles to only a halo around the edge.
Not much to the nose, there are however some malts and grains to be picked up.
The beginning is neutral, slight sweetness, followed by a balanced body, some more bitterness perhaps, coming to a nicely bittery finish.
Nothing special, but still enjoyable.

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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 Uniobrew31
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very sneaky beer. Low on up front flavor but nice mouthfeel and a lingering bready malt flavor makes up for it. Not as heavy as the regular ofest. Light straw color looks and behaves like budwieser in the glass only with better lacing. Compare it to hoffbrau ofest if you can't find this one. Worth a try and I will buy it again. This one will be in the late sept through November beer rotation at the uniobrew household as long as I can find it! And the 6% abv is well hidden with a mild sessionable flavor...hence the sneaky tag being hung on this one.

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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 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 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 barnzy78
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle
A - golden, impeccable clarity, rocky white head leaves some spotty lacing
S - different, fresh air, meadowy, woodsy, grassy, pale malt, maybe aromatic malt
T - different again here, grassy, mossy, biscuity, nutty, fruity (apple, grape), faint toastiness; very nice complexity
M - medium body, pleasant carbonation allows for palate coverage with the complex flavors; finishes dry and crisp with a lingering grassy, noble hop semi-bitterness
O - I love its complexity, but prefer its bolder brother, Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen by far.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.85 out of 5 based on 540 ratings.
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