Established in the early 17th Century in Munich, Germany, Paulaner is one of the six breweries who provide beer for Oktoberfest, the German beer festival dating from 1810. “The name of the Paulaner brewery refers to the order of friars that resided in Neuhauser Straße in Munich who were part of the order of Saint Francis of Paola. The friars had brewed beer for their own use since 1634.”
- Oktoberfest Märzen (88 Points)
- Original München Premium Lager (87 Points)
- Hefe-Weizen (97 Points)
- Salvator (94 Points)
OKTOBERFEST MÄRZEN: 88 Points
This Oktoberfest Style Märzen is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “The Oktoberfest, the world’s greatest folk festival, attracts millions of visitors every year and of course, there’s a special beer here too. But, whether it’s in a bottle or in a Wiesn beer mug, the Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen is available the whole year round. Its clear amber colour, malty taste, with hints of toffee, and its zesty bitterness will instantly turn your own four walls into an Oktoberfest tent.”
My Description: This certainly would be a great choice to drink in one of those 1 Liter glasses during Oktoberfest. This beer is easy drinking, very smooth, and clean. It has a weak, white colored head, that fades quick and leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is fresh and slightly complex with notes of malt, caramel, and hints of fruit such as apples and bananas. It is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry, chewy finish. This is more of a malt forward beer with flavor notes of butterscotch and caramel. There are also hints of fruit that float around from time to time. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and the aftertaste is minimally bitter. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with German pretzels, grilled sausage, or burgers.
ABV: 5.8% Color: Tawny Brown Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10
ORIGINAL MUNICH PREMIUM LAGER: 87 Points
This Helles Lager is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “The dream guy from Munich. Gloriously golden blond, extremely elegant and full-bodied. The bubbles fizz perfectly in the glass. The Paulaner Original Munich Premium Lager is sparkling, light and slightly hoppy – the perfect lager beer.”
My Description: This is a nicely balanced Lager that is easy drinking and very smooth. It has a good sized, bright white colored head with a good retention level and it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is soft and pleasant with notes of light grains and floral hops with a minor note of grass. It is lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The honey from the malts does shine through but overall, there is not too much going on in the taste. There are some notes of light grains and noble hops but this beer is mainly a thirst quencher. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with Bratwurst, jambalaya, or your favorite burger.
ABV: 4.9% Color: Light Gold Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10
HEFEWEIZEN: 97 Points
This Hefe-weizen is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “The Paulaner Hefe-Weizen natural cloudy beer is our brewery’s best-selling product. Specifically cultivated, top-fermented yeast give it its unmistakable character: sparklingly mild and fruity with a delicate yeast flavour. The eye is immediately drawn to its gleaming orange colour, its uniform cloudiness and the large head. The unfiltered brewing method allows it to retain its natural authenticity along with the many vitamins, minerals and trace elements.”
My Description: This beer satisfies immediately with its refreshing taste and delicious flavors. The head is large and fluffy with an off-white color. It lasts forever and leaves behind a tremendous amount of lacing. The aroma smells great with notes of bananas, cloves, bubblegum, and other yeast phenols. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The creamy texture is welcoming and helps to make this beer ultra smooth. The flavor profile is on point with the style; upfront there are notes of citrus, pepper spice, bubblegum, and other hints of yeast. This transitions cleanly into an aftertaste that is minimally bitter with a lingering fresh wheat note. It is best served round 45°F and pairs nicely with chicken sandwiches, coconut shrimp, or salads.
ABV: 5.5% Color: Hazy Gold/Orange Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10
SALVATOR: 94 Points
This Dopplebock is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “This is the original Paulaner, the founding beer of Paulaner. The Salvator Double Bock is a bottom-fermented beer and has been brewed in almost exactly the same way since the end of the 18th century. It combines the most delicate of hops and dark barley malt to give a strong, characteristically malty taste and an inviting, gleaming copper colour.”
My Description: Not only is this the smoothest Dopplebock I’ve ever had, this is one of the smoothest beers I’ve ever had. It has a very large, beige colored head with a good retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma smells great with big bread notes that are accompanied by a caramel scent and dark fruits like raisins. It is medium/full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. It has a chewy texture and the alcohol is nicely hidden. The flavor notes are slightly complex with flavor notes of bread, tobacco, molasses, caramel, and cherries. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and delivers a nice finish. This beer definitely delivers a satisfying experience and is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled sausage or desserts.
ABV: 7.9% Color: Amber/Brown Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10