Beer: Oktoberfest Märzen
Brewery: Paulaner Brauerei
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Dull mahogany body with a full white, silky head.
Smell: Largely metallic and lemony aroma. A bit of caramel malt sweetness at the end.
Flavor: Shockingly watery tasting. As it sits, it becomes a pretty well balanced, straightforward lager. It’s not quite malty and not quite hoppy. It kind of lingers in this beer limbo. There’s a bit of an earthy soil taste, and at the bitter end, there’s a hint of spice from the Saaz hops.
Feel: Very thin, watery body with surprisingly low carbonation. Very dry finish.
Concluding Remark: Oh, Paulaner. I hate to do this to you, but I have to be truthful to the internet. Your 2012 Oktoberfest has no flavor. It tastes like seltzer spiked with a Märzen. It’s not bad–and at 6%, it’s kind of amazing that this tastes as mellow and neutral as it does.
Paulaner is one of the original six Oktoberfestbiers. In reviewing our way through these festbiers, the current rank is as follows:
Stay tuned for the completion of the list as we find more of the originals in local beer stores. If you find an Oktoberfest Augustiner or Lowenbrau, please let us know!!