Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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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 JamisonM
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hell ya I always wanted a big ass mug like this Sweet! so that can really looks cool and poured into the mug look Great big white head nice deep golden color

S: bready malt with some hops not much going on

T: again not much going on its a very pleasing taste however so I am going to put it at a 3.5

M: light mouth with med to high carbonation

D: I drank the whole thing in about 20 min so ya its super drinkable I was not trying to chug just goes down easy

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Photo of russwbeck
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"1 Ale" can poured into 1L Paulaner Special Edition Mug

A: Beautiful in the huge mug. Large 3 finger head foamy head that reduces to a creamy film atop a golden brew.

S: Bready and malty, not really a lot happening for me here. I can smell some alcohol.

T: Light and malty. I get a little bit of hops. The alcohol is hidden very well, but still present.

MF: Light and bubbly, very refreshing.

D: I was wondering how long it would take me to drink this whole beer, it went surprisingly quickly, therefore it must have a good drinkability.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow, surprisingly so, topped by a giant billowy white head. Minimal lacing and some head retention.

Fresh bread, corn an herbal hops in the aroma. Some raisins and caramel slowly sneak out as the beer warms.

Taste is biscuity and bready with a mild herbal hop showing up a little late to the party in every sip. Some overly ripe yellow apple and hints of marzipan and honey are present. The Vienna malt sweetness is balanced precariously against a nice, light, flowery noble hop.

Mouthfeel is very light and lowly carbonated.

It's a good beer, but the only way to get it in Ontario is in a 1L can with a giant glass in a gift set for $13.40. So this will be the only one I have in the format, alas. Still, I'll bet it would be fantastic served fresh.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up to compare it to the Marzen style that I've been enjoying since mid August. Novelty packaging but kind of cool, a liter can of Paulaner Wiesn Bier packed inside of a one liter Paulaner krug. Pours a bright straw deep golden hue crystal clear, egg shell white head forms thick and leaves beautiful scattered lacing. It was worth the 12 bucks I used to have the same krug in college and back then I paid 9 bucks for it. So for 3 dollars extra the beer and glass didn't seem like a bad deal. Aroma has a beautiful honey drizzled malt layer with herbal/spicy noble hops. Flavor is great clean sweet all malt presence huge biscuit/cracker with a touch of honey sweetness. Herbal/spicy German noble hop character balances it out perfectly. I can't think of any other beer I would like to festively drink by the liter, this is a nice version of it with a bit of fruit in the back end a touch of tart green apple actually fits the season. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied healthy but smooth carbonation flowing, it really goes down easy. The most drinkable form of a lager built for fest tents in Munich. I could definitely picture putting a few of these liters down at the big dance someday.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1L can served in a Paulaner Maßkrug.

L - slightly hazed golden color with a big white head that thinned out leaving some trails of lacing.

S - everything you'd expect from a classy German Oktoberfestbeir.

T - delicious blend of malt, hops and yeast.

F - medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D - fantastic drinkability.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Awesome 1L Anniversary can into 1L mug at about 45 degrees... warmed to high-50s thru tasting.

Pours with a half-mug full of sea foam white head over a traditional gold-colored and clear body, with a small amount of carbonation.

Yeasty, bready aroma - teetering on cardboard. Light caramel sweetness. Very nice.

Flavor is nice. French toast, butterscotch, light grassy hops in the background.

Smooth as hell, and relatively light on the palate... dare I say a little watery. Could use a touch more carbonation.

Incredibly drinkable - the most drinkable of the 8-10 Oktoberfests I've had this year.

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Photo of kwjd
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 1L can with a 1L mug. Pours a golden colour with huge fluffy white head that eventually dissipates, but that is partially because it takes a while to drink 1L of beer. Small lacing on the glass. Smells nutty with some mild hop aroma. Flavour has a nice amount of bitterness with balanced sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel. A nice beer, I'd buy more of it if I could get it smaller than the 1L with the glass.

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Photo of crossovert
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 liter can into a Paulaner mug.

It pours light for an Oktoberfest, but stunning, especially in the big mug. It is a dark gold with a foamy white ehad that billows high and sits for a while before receding to some very nice lacing.

The smell is a dougier, nuttier, heartier version of a Helles. It manages to smell true to style despite it's lightened appearance.

The flavor is very nice, a Helles Oktoberfest mix with a nice hop presence. Fresh bread and nuttiness are the other predominant flavors. Sweeter than I expected.

It is exceptionally drinkable for the style, just massive drinkability.

An awesome beer.

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Photo of therica
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Official Beer of Munich's Oktoberfest.

1-Liter can that came with an official 2010 Paulaner Oktoberfest 1L stein.

Don't over-chill, recommended 45F/7C. The character really shines more as it warms.

A= light golden yellow, decent foamy frothy white head.

S= light scent, bready, light floral hops, touch of lemon.

T= very clean, nice floral hops, enjoyable but not bold flavor, well-balanced, light clove and ginger notes.

M= very clean and pleasant, light hops bitters.

D= until you drop.

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Photo of BierFan
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 liter can into a large dimpled mug that was packaged with the can.

Appearance: 3 fingers of rocky foam. Light coppery amber body. Carbonation seems kinda low. Lacing is light.

Smell: Biscuit and caramel. Light in hop aromas.

Taste: Caramel malt and breadiness with some nice herbal hops that show up after the malt and linger on the tongue for a while. Good balance between malt and hop.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I saw this on the shelves last week in Nashville and I knew I couldn't pass this up.. I wouldve paid the $ for the awesome stein alone but I was super stoked when I saw the brew inside...

Glugs out a light golden into this awesome stein slowly forming a thick 3 inch head of foam that dances and sways with every drink... Holding this one up reveals a good bit of active carbonation as well. My wife commented that I probably felt like I was at Oktoberfest since I had the stein and authentic brew. Not quite but it was pretty neat....

Lightly toasted malts mingle with a faint yeasty element and a healthy dose of noble hops finish the deal making this one a bit unusual for a Marzen but probably more authentic than what we normally call an O-fest here.... Very pleasant actually....

The toasted malts and sharp pungent kiss of the hops are interwoven perfectly together and with each sip, I fall more and more in love with this....its a perfectly crafted brew that could only be better were it consumed in a beer tent in Munich...I wish this brew was one we could buy all of the time or at least every fall...

Probably the best $12 I've ever spent beer-wise... The brew was awesome, I've got a kick-ass stein to both use and display and I got to drink the real deal even if I was in Tn...

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Liter can poured in the accompanying 1 Liter Paulaner maas krug. 6.0% ABV, "Store cool and dry - Serve at 45°F, Best by 03 16 11, "Limited Edition. The authentic beer of the 200th Munich Oktoberfest."

A - Bright and clear, it's a lighter-colored oktoberfest like most German versions are. Brilliant yellow golden in color with a dense and fantastically retained white head. Clumps of patchy white lace coat the glass. It doesn't look any sexier than this!

S - Classic German oktoberfest aroma with light caramel hints, märzen malts, and a balanced hop nose. Good, simple, floral German noble hops with an enticing malt backing. Soft mineral water on the back is nice too.

T - Smooth and soft malt and light, soft mineral water is actually somewhat bland after coming from the rich nose. The German hops lay over the malts gently adding a floral flavor and balance. A metallic note comes through on the finish dropping this down a bit.

M - Lighter-bodied and soft with a smooth texture and drinkability ending with a dry and harder finish. Well balanced light bitterness on the finish.

D - It better be drinkable for the size of the can. For $12 it's an absolute steal when you get the maas krug with it! A good oktoberfest that would be a pleasure to consume by the liter in Munich.

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Photo of BBP
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear pale gold with medium low carbonation. Very large amount of head from the beginning which took about 5 minutes to work it's way down to a film. Fairly good lacing as well. I enjoyed how every time I grabbed this beer the movement seemed to carbonate it intensely.

S- Bready notes and some fruitiness. Caramel as well and unapologetic malts. Somewhat herbal at first.

T- Enough hops to give this drink a foundation, but not enough for too strong of a presence aside from the aftertaste. Malts stack on to it, especially bready malts. This gives it a certain crispness. The beer maintains a good balance of bitter and sweet from the get-go. Notes of fruit can be found without too much effort, and the apple and pear give it a lot of it's flavor. I enjoy the way that this beer has been spiced. It entices the flavor, but doesn't take over at all.

M- Medium body. Fairly creamy and smooth.

D- Pretty easy to down, more-so for the ABV, and what I would consider a more traditional Oktoberfest beer.

I got a 1000ml can of this inside an Oktoberfest glass, and at first I was worried that it would be hard to down it all, but as I get further into it, it becomes more and more of a pleasure to.

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Photo of Kooz
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1 quart, 1.82 ounce can exclaiming this is a limited edition as it is the official beer of the 200th Munich Oktoberfest. Okay, that's pretty neat.

Poured into a seidel--yellow, maybe a bit darker than a Budweiser. Little head which dissipates immediately, no lacing. Not impressed with the look of the beer... except that it's in a seidel, which is always pretty cool...

Get some malty notes in the smell. Not much else.

Tastes surprisingly good! (Surprising because it didn't look like much.) Somewhat malty, not overly so. Very mellow. A nice, mild beer with just a hint of bitterness. I like this.

Mouthfeel isn't exceptional. Foams up alright. Fairly average, amybe a bit betetr since it successfully balances between being so carbonated it bites, and flat. I'm giving it a 3.5, since it may be just better than average. But I'm not really sold that it shouldn't be a 3.0. Close call.

Drinkability ranks high. This sits light and tastes good. There is nothing about this beer that would make me hesitate from grabbing another, except that it is almost 34 ounces!

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Photo of Transatlantic
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 1 liter can into the beautiful 1 liter Paulaner mug.

A - Dark straw yellow color with nice creamy white head that dissipates quickly. Pretty good lacing but not the greatest. Lot of bubbling going on in the mug as well.

S - There's not a lot of smell going on. I'm getting the sweet malty smell, not much on anything floral or citric.

T - A very well balance of sweet malt and bitter hop but just not a lot else to it. I don't want to say it, but there's also a grassy/grainy sort of taste in it. It's not like a musty adjunct type taste...but it's there and it's not doing any harm. Carbonation is excellent.

M - Light bodied but not watery. It doesn't categorize anywhere near an adjunct type body.

D - This is perhaps the beer's highest point. You will have no problem downing this on the final hot summer day's. With the perfect balance of sweet and bitter and the perfect carbonation, this beer's drinkability is almost as good as it gets.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 1L can into the mug I got with it...

A: Pours a translucent, deep golden color with a big billowy head. settles soon to a thin, cloudy sheet.

S: doughy grainy aroma with a slight sweetness. straightforward and simple.

T: a cracker like flavor with a hint of sweetness, similar to the nose but better. also I sense some plum skin flavors in the finish.

M: smooth, medium body beer with low carbonation.

Overall, I wouldn't mind drinking this all day for a few days in Munich. Since I'm not there, this one can will have to do for now. Nothing too special, and the Oktoberfest from Paulaner is better. I'm happy with the glass though.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awesome 1L can into stein. Love it.

Pours clear gold with a one-finger, fluffy white head that fades quickly into a thin layer of soapy suds with nice lacing. Looks pretty much exactly like it's supposed to.

Nose is has a nice, light herbal hoppiness to it, alongside a light pale malt sweetness that has just a bit of honey. Fairly light.

Taste follows the nose - nice balance, with the hop character combining the herbal characteristics from the nose with a nice, grassy bite towards the front of the palate as well. Malt character is perhaps a bit more forward than in the nose - again, pale malt with just a bit of honey. Finish has another grassy hit, just a bit of alcohol, just a bit of grainy cereal malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe just a hair on the light side, with a nice, light creaminess. Carbonation is certainly reserved, but really works beautifully with this one. There's a very light lingering dryness after the finish starts to fade.

Drinkability is spectacular. Beautifully flavorful, great balance, excellent mouthfeel. Nice to get a German beer like this where you actually know how long it's been on the shelf - beautifully fresh. Love it, beautiful beer.

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Photo of droomyster
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours (from a massive can) a clear dark gold with a big, frumpy, white head. Aromas are predominantly grainy and honeyish, disappointingly simple. Luckily the flavors are more interesting, with lightly toasty and woody notes adding to the mix. Finishes toasty. All around it's just okay; I expected more from Paulaner.

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Photo of Hex92
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a cool beer to buy. Big can that came with an even bigger glass. Using it as a celebratory beer this evening. Doesn't smell like much, but has good flavor and nice mouthfeel.

Poured with a nice big head that took a few minutes to dissipate. After that now head or lacing. Goes down real smooth. Very drinkable. Wish I was in Germany, but this is a nice reminder of what I had when I was there.

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Photo of darkmartin
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +19.9%
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 +1.6%
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 +1.6%
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 +0.5%
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 -4.7%
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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Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 583 ratings
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