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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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of bump8628
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap last year and couldn't pass up the big, glorious 1 L can this year. First, don't expect a traditional Oktoberfest/Maerzen. This is more of an amped up Helles, really more akin to what is being served at the real deal in Munich. Pours into 1 L krug a clear goldenrod with a voluminous head of airy froth. Soft, warm cereals matched with a pleasant fresh, grassy hop character - lemon rind, hay, green peppercorn, and meadow grass. Perfectly balanced and meant to be drunk by the liter.

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4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served perfectly in a litre mug!

Look - poured a deep gold w/perfect creamy 3 finger head. Strong with exellent lacing.

Smell - somewhat bready w/grassy hop character

Taste - follows the smell with a good balanced malty/bready taste and enough hop backbone to make it stand up. Smooth aftertaste with subtle honey note

Feel - carbonated asexpected from Paulaner - plenty of small bubbles but by no means overpowering. Smooth, slightly thin finish but by no means watery.

Overall. Delicious - not perfect but close to what I was anticipating

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3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a liter size can that came with a liter glass. Poured into a large German liter-size tankard.

Appearance- clear golden pour with a ton of head. I had to let this one settle a few times before pouring the rest into the glass. Huge creamy head. Almost three fingers before it settled down. This looked like a nitro tap, despite being poured from a can. This brew looked almost perfect- like an Oktoberfest advertisement minus the beautiful, buxom server. This is what a beer should look like.

Smell- straw, grass, clover, honey, a hint of lilac, cornflakes, sugary malts. Very faint hops- nothing too strong. Smells great. Fitting for how this beer looks.

Taste- clean, crisp, lightly hopped draw. Apples, honey, frosted flakes, hints of caramelized sugar and orange peel. Sweet and creamy. Finishes very musty and chemical tasting. This may be due to the fact that this was cellared in the can for a year. Perhaps some leaching occurred.

Mouthfeel- smooth and fizzy, slightly creamy texture. Nothing remarkable.

Overall- A great looking, picture perfect example of what "Oktoberfest" imagery conjures up. Unfortunately, the taste let me down a bit. This one was way past the "best by" date, but I optimistically figured I'd give it a go. It wasn't what I had hoped for, but that being said, I hope to try a fresher offering and update this review. This was the first time I have ever had an Oktoberfest Wiesn style, and I do look forward to trying it again.


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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale but rich golden hue with a puffy white head. It's quite transparent. Appearance is aided by drinking it out of a Maß. Hard not to enjoy looking at a beautiful liter glass. Aroma is sweet light malt with spicy noble hops. I feel like I should be in a beer hall in Munich. The taste is clean and sweet. There's a decent dose of hops, particularly in the finish. Feel is light and fizzy. The beer is quite refreshing, and this liter is going quickly. A very well made beer that evinces a sure brewing hand and heaps of tradition. That said, it's also rather boring, but that's hardly a fault. All in all, this beer is as German as apfelkuchen.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

Pours a clear gold with a one finger white head. Pretty ordinary looking but nothing really detracts from the appearance.

Aroma of bready grain along with some hay and grassy hops.

Flavor continues with they grain with tons of hay and grass from the hops. There is a touch of caramel but less than some of the other Oktoberfest beers I have had. A little bit of honey too. Finishes on the dry side which greatly increases drinkability.

Overall, probably my favorite Oktoberfest to date. This beer is just made to drink liters and liters of under a tent during Oktoberfest. An extremely tasty and quaffable. beer.

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3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this mighty brew twice, and I'd have to say its a rare gem.

Draught pint in plastic, three finger off white head, moderate carbonation

Smells: Breads, toast, and wet grain

Taste: bread, toasty biscuits, warming malt, with a very dry finish

Mouthfeel: thin, but not watery

Overall, this is a rare gem as stated previously. Grab this beer if you have a chance. But, have it either from the can or on draught,. Brilliant either way!

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up an Oktoberfest special from the Cellars in Woodbury, MN. It included a one liter Paulaner mug made by rastal, as well as a one liter can of Oktoberfest Weisn.

Appearance --- honey colored (like a golden yellowish-orange) with a nice two finger white head

Smell --- a bit like bread/grains, and a decent amount of malt

Taste --- can taste some bread and maybe even slight hints of banana, with a grassy finish

Mouth feel --- minimal carbonation, pretty smooth, light to medium bodied, slightly hoppy start to a subtle sweet finish

Overall --- This was the first time I have tried Paulaner’s Oktoberfest Weisn. I enjoyed it quite a bit and would love to see them offer it every September/October as an alternative to their Oktoberfest Marzen. This was a nice, enjoyable beer that is perfect for the fall. I will stock up on this while I can and will have something to look forward to during the cooler fall months. It is definitely worth a try, it is not a very complex beer… but it is the most similar to beers sold at Oktoberfest in Munich and about as close as you can get to being at Oktoberfest in Munich without having to buy a plane ticket :) Prost

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3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One Liter can poured into a massive mug. Thanks to a good friend for granting me this immense brew.

A - An orange inspired hue with an off-white head the length of my index finger. Perhaps I got a bit ambitious with my pour. Big frothy and fair retention.

S - Some caramel, lemon and some malts. Subtle.

T - Bready malts with some sweetness. Nothing really Marzen-like going on here. Some grassy notes to mention, although drinks like a malty lager.

M - Light with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy, yet thin for the style.

O - This beer is good, not great. Simple and focuses on a few tastes. The other great thing is I could use the mug to take out any intruder that makes their way into my home. Overall, a fine gift!

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A disclaimer here: This beer is not a Marzen at all!

Important to note though that true Marzens or Oktoberfests aren't really what is being served in the tents, and this beer is.

Appearance: Brilliant yellow with white head that dissipated quickly leaving nice lacing.

Smell: Not much aroma, just a faint graininess/breadiness from the malt with a touch of hops.

Taste: Malty sweetness that balances well with the hops. Slight metallic taste but not overpowering. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Pretty standard, nice level of carbonation.

Overall: A nice affordable German beer that goes down smoothly, but nothing incredibly unique. Hides the 6.0% ABV well.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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