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RATINGS: 1037   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Please note, this is NOT the Oktoberfest Märzen sold in the US.
Also sold as Paulaner Wiesn Bier in 1L cans

BrettTaylor's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrettTaylor (639) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Poured as a taster at local bottle shop - pours a bit thin, but typical Oktoberfest style. Wish there was a bit more ooomph to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Turtles (626) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2015
500ml bottle from Systembolaget. Clear golden, medium size white head. Sweet malt aroma and grassy hops. Sweet taste bread, biscuit. Sweet and dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1445) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2015
I get confused by European beer sometimes. Some breweries makes different brews of the same style but don’t differentiate them in the marketing so I sometimes never know which beers I’ve had and which I haven’t. Case in point: Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn – which, despite the name is not a wheat beer (“wiesn” apparently means fair – the event, not the sense of justice). This has been around for years and apparently I’ve never had it before. Not that I was missing much as this is a pretty standard pale lager with no frills. I’m wondering if this is truly considered an Oktoberfest/Marzen brew.

I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a mug. It had a best before date of 6/16.

Appearance: Dark golden color with crystal clarity. Some carbonation bubbles can be seen trickling up. Pours to a two-finger, off-white, soapy head which mostly evaporates and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Not much of anything other than the generic pale lager scent. I do detect a faint green apple character.

Taste: People tend to like Oktoberfestbiers better than regular pale lagers since they tend to have a little bit of actual flavor to them, but not so much that it’s overwhelming. In the case of this one I’m surprised it bears the Oktoberfest name because it seems like any other pale lager. I don’t detect any adjunct presence, but I don’t get any discernible malt or hop character, either. This seems like a rather boring lager to me. I will say it’s sweeter than the average lager, though; I notice a mild caramel sweetness, but that’s about it. Just a faint dry bitterness on the backend. It finishes clean, which is nice. That’s about it.

Drinkability: I’m surprised to see the label on the bottle mentions a potency of 6% ABV. I thought Oktoberfest biers were supposed to be fairly nominal in weight since they’re intended for sessioning? This beer does not seem to be nearly that strong as the palette is mild and direct. The actual deliver of Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn is a little boring, too. The mouthfeel is not as crisp and bubbly as most pale lagers. I would not consider it refreshing, either. At least it goes down smooth and leaves almost no aftertaste.

RATING: 5/10

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jenner707 (35) - DENMARK - AUG 18, 2015
Light clear amber color with little white head. Thin body, the aroma is fresh and the taste has hints of lemon or flowers in generel. The carbonation is very low but this is in this case neither a pro or a con. Overall a good beer, easy to drink and delicious in the summer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patricks110 (2126) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 10, 2015
A decent brew. Easy to drink, crisp and light sweetness. Very easy going. Pours a coppery straw colour with a thin off white head. Grainy, light grass and a bit of noble hop spice. Tons of carbonation. Crisp and clean but boring

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
alex_leit (684) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 13, 2015
Bottle and draft. Golden color with good white head. Aroma: malt and hops. Taste: sweetish malt backbone, alcohol, a little hop bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
erling1000 (297) - - JUN 20, 2015
A pale Oktoberfest / Wiesn Bier with white head. Aroma is yeasty, malty. Taste is light bitter, sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rulymel (219) - SPAIN - JUN 9, 2015
1 L really biuty can. Golden colour with a moderate white head- Aroma is pale malts and soft herbal hops. Taste is malty, some sweet, and light hoppy finish. Good for drinking but not necessary 6%ABV

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2015
A classic beer. one the the better german beers and great for an octoberfest. Medium look and nice palate

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
suurjuust (1882) - ESTONIA - MAY 4, 2015
Clear golden beer, medium white head with soapy retention. Grainy-malty nose with some corny notes, sweetness, grass, wet paper. Flavor is malty and grainy, finishes with a fairly pleasant, if nondescript, hop profile. Medium and pretty smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable, but not really remarkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Percy0103 (297) - MEXICO - APR 28, 2015
Bottle, 500ml. A clear golden beer with a big foamy white head. Aroma is of wheat and spices like clove. Taste is slightly bitter, especially at the end. Some carbonation and astringency. Light bodied. Very drinkable, so that makes it good for Oktoberfest. I can see myself drinking several liters of this. Yet nothing remarkable.

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