Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn
Reviewed by Brady White on September 2, 2015 in Autumn Guide
- 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 !
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.