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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 tkelley
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker.

A - golden yellow straw color with very little head. Better than bad lacing.

N - lagery. Malty and a little fruity.

T - not too flavorful. Nothing overpowering. Sweet Euro malts and a light light hops. Fruit taste like apples kind of.

M - crisp. Ok carbonation.

O - a nice lager. Not my favorite Marzen.


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Photo of jlindros
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light fizzy slight creamy 1 finger head that fades at a slower rate, decent lines of lacing, very clear golden honey pilsner color.

Nose has a nice toasty straw aroma, pilsner malts, nice grainy grassy malt based aroma, with a good soft decoction base aroma, bit of wet hay and juicy malt, bit of a fruity lager aroma as well, malt has so many layers of greatness. In there is a hint of a grassy earthy mild hop.

Taste starts again with the grainy malt, toasted cereal grains, lots of cracked straw, toasted malt and bit of hay, very grassy like malt. Juicy malt as well, with many layers of decoction again, bringing a nice softness and almost creamy like feel as well. The hops bring a mild grassy noble hop flavor, mild bitterness, and just a touch of an earthy taste too. Also more fruity lager flavors in there. Finish is very dry, crisp, more crisp lager flavors, a little more grassy slight earthy hop base, and touch more toasty straw pilsner malts.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, nice carb, crisp, typical well done German pilsner.

Overall very nice, true to German pilsner, nice grainy straw malt husky like almost, grassy, very good malty character, and great decoction layers which I wish I could have a lot more often, and a nice light mild bitter hop character to go with it. Much maltier than typical pilsner so more in the Marzen line, but not even a touch of Munich malt I think. Tasty and well done.

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Photo of beeragent
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a can.

A - Pours a clear straw, with good carbonation, forming a thin white head. Light lace on the glass.

S - Slightly sweet, cereal, and a hint of fruit aroma from the hops.

T - Very light flavor. A bit grainy and biscuity from the malts. Very low hop presence, only the slightest hint of fruitiness in the finish.

M - Not medium bodied, but heavier than thin. Very smooth and clean.

O - Awesome German lager! If I had the opportunity, I would drink several glasses of this and love every second! Having said that, this does not resemble a Marzen/Oktoberfest as the style suggests, as the color is wrong and this beer does not highlight the strong malt body and flavor that Oktoberfest is known for. Much more like a strong Helles. Whatever it is, I love it, but around $6-7 a can, my consumption will be limited. My rating of this beer is based more as a Helles rather than an Oktoberfest. Although the style characteristics are off, this is still a fantastic beer.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a good German example of what it is, a big frothy head and a bubbly golden liquid (and in an oversized mug due to this being the anniversary special I poured). Head drops slowly.
Smells nice of pilsner malts. Some graininess.
Plainly refreshing, some zest and mild bread. Somewhat sweet with a dry finish.
Stays carbonated well, feels crisp.
While lacking complex flavors, this Oktoberfest brew was just a highly drinkable brew as far as what you would expect if you were in Germany at the real deal. I kept forgetting this was 6% abv. Kudos for that. I wish i had a brat with this.

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Photo of kristenspaintings
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is limited in brewing, so if you want it get it when you see it as it can be hard to find. That being said, it pours nicely with a generous head into a beer mug. The foam is plentiful a presents a nice sweet aftertaste to compliment the malty aromas. The beer itself is light and refreshing with more of a hoppy taste than expected from the taste of the foam. Is this a yummy beer? Absolutely, but is this beer super delicious? Not really. It is definitely a good beer, but not an excellent beer one would expect from a pricey limited edition Paulaner. Grab a can if you have not had it, but do not grab more than one.

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Photo of acelin
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow, almost helles lager color from the 1 litre can into the Masskrug that came with it.

Smell is of light pilsner malt, with a touch of darker malt. Hardly any hops. Faint grain and alcohol.

Tastes more like a Helles lager than an Oktoberfest. I think it is a Helles lager honestly, with perhaps a touch more caramel or munich malt.

Honestly can't believe this is 6% alcohol. It's very water, very thin, but I suppose it's ok. I wouldn't pay the prices they charge for this beer.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a Christmas gift from a friend came with large Paulaner stein. Can is 1 Quart,1.82 fl. ounces. Dates on bottom of can are: 05.25.12 and 02.25.13.

Pours a nice clear golden yellow with large white head. Head is not very long lasting, no lacing of glass. Aroma is very faint grassy malt. . Taste is non descript, sweet, boozy. Mildly tingly mouthfeel,

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this because of the free glass.

A: A dark golden hue very nice looking brew, a nice two finger head at the top and left a little bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Not to crazy of a nose, a little bit of bicuit and hops and slight hint of lemon zest.

T: Same as the nose, nothing to crazy with the taste, wheaty, and biscuits throughout, and hop presence is there as well.

M: Medium bodied and a good amount of carbonation.

D: Easy drinking beer, very subtle and refreshing but nothing wild on the taste side of things. Glad I got the monstrous glass with it!

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Your basic medium yellow that is very clear and with a medium head. Not very impressive but still not bad looking

Smell - Hoppy, very light tones of grain and sweetness.

Taste - A very light beer tasting beer with a good medium bitterness but mellow enough to be delicious and drinkable

Mouthfeel - last longs and has great carbonation to keep the good flavor around for several minutes

Overall - a decent drinking beer but I would want a bit more on the appearance and semll

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Photo of jpro
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stein and 1L can gift set from CBX.

A: gold; 3-finger, puffy white head; nice story and info on the can.

S: sweet malt; light bready yeast aroma; sweeter than I expected.

T: sweet malt; light bread crust; not much bitterness - perhaps some dryness on the finish, but barely; quite sweet, but still OK.

M: medium mouthfeel; low carbonation; a touch slick; nothing surprising

O: a nice Oktoberfest beer; perhaps a tad too sweet, but still very drinkable - I can definitely knock out a 1L can of it.

*from notes (10/28/12)

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ein Maß. From the can into the seidel. Finger of head on a cloudy medium straw colored body.
Hay and barnyard smell, in the best way.
Nice grain taste, low bitterness, little honey and smooth.
Crisp texture with moderate carbonation. Clean finish.
Nice flavor and something to drink by the liter.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured thh one liter can into the "free" glass that came with beer for a clearish, dark gold beer with voluminous head that left some lace patches down the mug as I drank. Not really a medicinal or aluminum type smell, although the hops take on a distinct earthy and grassy note. Hops are the smell for this beer, although some light citric notes in the hops as well as touches of bready sweet malt make an appearance. Like an good German bier, this brew is light-bodied and easy to drink with the dominant taste being the sharp hoppy bite. The hops are like they smell, earthy and dry, and are balanced not so much from any citric hops (there are some) but also from a moderate usage of bread/barley malts and a touch of sweetness shines through here and there. This easy to drinkness, as it were, makes this not only a good beer to quench your thirst but also easy to keep drinking (which might be the point since it's an Oktoberfest bier). A little pricey but you get a souvenier for your bucks.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to deep yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall bright white head that quickly fades to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy malts with some light amounts of sweetness and floral hops.

T: Moderate flavors of bready and grainy malts with some light amounts of sweetness and light to moderate amounts of floral hops which contribute just a touch of bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops making this beer quite easy to drink. Enjoyable.

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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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Photo of maltyhops
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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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
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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Photo of popery
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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Photo of rangerred
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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Photo of BierStein711
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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Photo of bmike86
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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Photo of mscudder
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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Photo of DrinkNoH2O
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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Photo of Megahertz
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1L can dated 5-29-12 into the Paulaner masskrug.

A - Bright yellow gold with a massive white head. Crystal clear. Good lacing. Carbonation appears moderate to high. Can't be any better.

S - Faint grainy malt with slight noble hop aroma.

T - Slightly sweet with a very faint toasted bread note. The finish has the very faintest hint of hop character. A beer it is easy to drink a lot of.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

O - This is the stuff they drink under a tent in Munich during a festival you may have heard of. Paulaner Original with more aroma hops.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw yellow, thin short lived bright white head.

S: Nothing.

T: Slightly grainy but crisp pilsner flavour. Metallic flavour is countered by only just enough wheatiness, and there's something going on in the background. Nice lively mouthfeel, light but grainy, and not a tacky lager feel.

O: A chap in another review said he could go either way with this one, and I know what he means. It's metallicy but there's a bit of class going on in the background.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a 1L can(canned 5.29.12) into a Paulaner maß. The beer appears a transparent gold with a big frothy white head.

Lots of grassy and earthy noble hop in the nose. Slight touch of grain and sweetness.

Great grassy and earthy hop flavor. Grainy. For how prevalent the hops are there is no bitterness present.

Very drinkable with a medium body, smooth, crisp, and drying.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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