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Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

very good
204 Reviews
Paulaner Oktoberfest WiesnPaulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn

Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Germany | website

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 TownDunkel
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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 -3.4%
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 +1.3%
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 -3.6%
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 +0.3%
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 +4.9%
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 +14.1%
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 -10.7%
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 -2.9%
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 +11.2%
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 +2.6%
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 +7.6%
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 -12.5%
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 -17.2%
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 -10.9%
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 -18.8%
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 -8.9%
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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Photo of TrevorWGrover
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I got this beer for the first time in the giant can which comes in an even more giant German mug.

Pours very smooth. A very nice golden color with excellent clarity. The head is thick white and sticks around for a bit due to the continuous bubbling in the provided glass.

Not a whole lot for smell. The abundance of malt is very obvious which does excite me for the taste.

Taste is good. Better than good actually... I am usually into a very dry hoppy beer but this guy is way more malt forward than I usually like. I say that because sometimes malty bears are too sweet for me (English Brews). This beer is not sweet. I love it, great taste but the best part is the mouthfeel.

Big thick mouthfeel. Crisp, full and delicious. My favorite part of this awesome beer. I'm a fan.

Overall a pretty darn good beer for casual drinking.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My local store had the 1L can/beer mug combo pack on sale, so I picked one up mainly for the glass. Freshness date best by end of Feb 2012, but I don't mind. Poured into 0.5L mugs to split with my wife. Very light yellow colored body, but a very huge white head and plenty of carbonation. Smell was neutral, which was fine knowing this beer wasn't the freshest. Taste was good. Light malt body with a clean crisp aftertaste. A bit surprised to see the ABV at 6%, so a very easy beer to drink. A fun purchase that was worth it.

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Photo of roblowther
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big ol' can in a big ol' glass. I can smell the gemutlicht from here. Pours a goldent color with a big ol' white foamy head that makes me wish I had a mustache. Smells earthy and of bananas and a whole lotta good. Taste is even better. Slightly nutty, slight banana, a hint of sweet and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is soft and buttery. This is a great marzen, a great wheat beer, and just a wonderful, refreshing drink. Daddy like.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden yellow with a white head that receeds too quickly but has nice lacing.

Smell: Dough (water, flour, yeast), yeasty, bready.

Taste: Same as the taste but with the slightest hint of some type of spice. The words that come to mind to describe the spice are clove, corriander, and orange peel, but those aren't quite right.

Mouthfeel: Watery and lacking carbonation.

I like this beer because it's a quality beer that's unique and it's a nice change. It's not one of my favorites, but once in a while it's really nice to have one.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA
Poured, in parts, into an Ayinger willi glass

Paulaner has a successful "light" Oktoberfest with this recipe, taking lighter malt cues that let the hop characters be a bit more evident. Bread and grain characters, with some honey, are notable, creating a very satisfying marzen-type beer. My only complain is that it would be nice if the cans were smaller: getting through a single one of these basically puts an end to any evening.

Pours a dense, white head of small bubbles that gradually recedes to a thin cap atop the beer. Leaves some good lacing along the sides of the glass, both spots and streaks. Body is a yellow-gold color, transparent, and with visibly active carbonation.

Aroma is of moderate malt sweetness, a bit of bread dough, some flowery hops, honey, and slight grain.

Taste is similar to aroma, opening with malt sweetness and blending in some honey, bread, grain, and flowery hop flavors. Closes out with a mildly bitter finish and pleasantly sweet balanced with bitter aftertaste.

Body is medium in heft, with moderate carbonation, creating a slightly crisp mouthfeel at first, which transitions to smooth as the carbonation disperses across the palate. Finish is semi-dry.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours brilliantly clear dark straw, with a thick, fluffy white head that diminished to just a skim. The aroma is medium-high malt, sweet, grainy, and a bit of biscuit. The flavor is dominated by sweet malts, a bit grainy, and finishes somewhat dry. Any hop presence is very subtle and the hop bitterness is just enough to balance the sweet malt (combined with the dry finish). The body is medium-light and carbonation medium-high. Overall a easy drinking, yet flavorful brew, decent.

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Photo of dtreindl
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a massive 1+ quart can into a 1L Paulaner Oktoberfest glass mug. The aroma is unique from any beer I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying. The taste is as unique as the aroma and quite similar. In other words, it tastes like it smells. Not like any American Oktoberfest nor American wheat beers. You must try to experience this classic German beverage.

This beer is soooo drinkable! A perfect session beer for Oktoberfest!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 1 quart can stamped 05-20-11-02:20:12. Sampled on March 8, 2012. This is one big can of beer. The pour is pale yellow with moderate carbonation that extends to a huge, foamy white head. German malts are on the nose along with yeast. The body is smooth and creamy and pretty much in the medium range. The taste also brings forth the malty, yeasty character but then there is a notable bitterness on the tail end. This is one of those Oktoberfest beers that would really be fun to try during Oktberfest.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
86 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.
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