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Review of Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen

13 Oct
For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be sharing with you a Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen produced by Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG located in Munich, Germany.

I must first apologize.  I wasn’t able to find any type of commercial description on the Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen on the website, paulaner.de, however there was a description of the Oktoberfest Bier.  I would still urge you to check out the website because they have plenty of information regarding the other brews they produce. 

Well, let’s get it in a glass and see how it looks, smells and tastes.

 
This brew has an ABV of 5.8% and comes in an 11.2 oz. bottle.

It poured a very clear, dark golden/amber color with an off white head.  Some orange and yellow highlights abound around the edges.  The head was sized ok, but the retention time seemed to be lackluster.  The lacing appeared to be only average too.  The cap was smooth and creamy and a few bubbles were streaming to the top from the bottom of the glass.

The nose started with some toasted wheat bread hints combined with fresh biscuits and slight tones of grain.  A very nice dose of caramel sweetness brought forth a touch more complexity and appealed to my nostrils.  The aroma seemed to be blanketed by a fragrance of dried leaves.  Very herbal in my opinion.  This beer smells pretty good.  It’s balanced well and has all of the proper Oktoberfest style traits, although I didn’t find much by way of hops.

The taste revealed more of the sweet caramel combined with a crisp, clean toasted malt background.  Toasted breads combined with a delicate touch of alcohol.  Also, a smidgen of grain or dough was noticed along with a nice, “earthy” hop snap.  The bitterness was kept at a minimum, but this brew was still balanced very well with plenty of flavor.  It tastes nice and complete.

The mouthfeel was medium, dry, crisp and snappy.  It’s darn near thirst quenching and refreshing.  It left an ok amount of flavor behind and it was oh so smooth when swallowed.  Not bad.

I’ll tell ya.  If I were to ever get the chance to visit Oktoberfest in Munich, I think the Paulaner Oktoberfest would be the beer I would like to start off the event with.  This beer is super easy to drink, has all of the proper characteristics and totally sets the mood for the season.  For me, this style is not one of my favorites, however I think that this brew is one of the better Oktoberfests out there.  I really enjoyed it.  So, while the season is still here, pick up a bottle of the Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen and tell me what you thought of it.  

Thanks for reading and commenting guys.  I really appreciate it. 

Cheers. 

Score:  3.75 out of 5
Grade:  B

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Posted by on October 13, 2011 in Country: Germany, Paulaner

 

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