Paulaner brewed their first beer in Munich, Germany back in 1634. Over the past four centuries, Paulaner has grown their portfolio and gained worldwide recognition. Munich is also home to the original Oktoberfest. It began as a wedding celebration in 1810 for Crown Prince Ludwig at which point it was decided that it would be an annual event. Held the third weekend in September through the first Sunday in October, some of the Oktoberfest attractions include music, contests, food, beer, rides and games. Several local breweries including Paulaner, brew a special beer to mark the occasion appropriately dubbed Oktoberfest Bier or Märzen.
Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen pours a crystal clear light brown color with amber hues. The one finger white head dissipates at a slow yet steady rate and leaves minimal lacing behind.
Aromas of sweet toasty malts along with yeasty bready notes dominate the nose. In addition to typical toasted malts one would expect, there is a malty note that is reminiscent of malt powder. There is a light fruit note of sour cherries that hits at the same time as the aromas of buttery toffee and sweet caramel. Rounding out the bouquet are mild notes of earthy and floral hops.
Much of what was detected on the nose is repeated on the palate. Toasty malts and bread notes are intertwined with sweet notes of toffee and caramel. A light floral hop taste is met by a light cherry taste on the midpalate where malty and bready notes still dominate. The floral hop notes continue to the finish where earthy hop notes are also detectable. The hops add a slight bitterness which counteracts all the sweetness and helps to balance the beer.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Pints out of 5
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