Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn

Reviewed by on September 2, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

  • Origin: Munich, Germany

  • Rated On: September 2, 2015

  • Best Before: June 2016

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Oktoberfest Wiesn

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Paulaner brewery is one of the six Munich-based companies that are allowed to produce Oktoberfest beer for the occasion, which is known by locals as the Wiesn, a colloquial shortening of the name of the fairgrounds themselves, Theresienwiese.  It seems that they have taken to packaging this offering for sale abroad, so those of us who can’t make it to Bavaria in late September can at least play along at home.

This 330ml bottle pours a crystal clear, gleaming pale golden yellow hue, with three fingers of bubbly, somewhat creamy, and generally soapy off-white head, which renders a broad ring of pockmarked limestone cliff lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of a soft wheaty breakfast cereal graininess, some strong bready caramel, a bit of floral fruitiness, mild yeast, and ephemeral leafy, weedy hops. The taste is bready, lightly doughy pale malt, more subtly spicy yeast, a touch of gritty pome fruitiness, and edgy grassy, leafy, and sort of metallic ‘meadow’ hops. The bubbles are fairly zippy in their roundabout fizzy and frothy meanderings, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, nothing else really worth considering messing around here. It finishes well off-dry, with a still spry bready graininess, and some lingering, and only slightly soused bitterness.

A lighter, more generic Euro lager-like version of the Oktoberfest (Wiesn) style, but still enjoyable on a late summer day.  Drinkable enough, what with its extra warming kick, as the air outside suddenly realizes that the calendar has flipped a page, and acquires itself a certain nip.

Brady White

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